Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Toyotas

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, today:

In remarks before a House appropriations hearing, Mr. LaHood said his advice to owners of recalled Toyotas was to “stop driving it, take it to a Toyota dealer because they believe they have a fix for it.”

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, later today:

Afterward, at a news conference, Mr. LaHood, backing away from his off-the-cuff remarks, said: “What I said in there was obviously a misstatement.”

One question: In the hearing room, was he under oath?

LaHood Backs Off Call Not to Drive Recalled Toyotas [NYT]

Man, just when you think a member of the administration has some balls, they gotta shove ’em back up under taint.

They showed the CEO of Toyota on the Daily Show last night getting into an Audi. That really should say it all.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: I was going to say that Ray “can’t stop his tongue,” but Jon flooded the zone on that angle.

@nojo: Como se dice in “theater speak” “flooded the zone”?

ADD: The Navajo Nation Courts for the Shiprock (NM) District uses Comic Sans as the font for its certification stamp, which appears on an order I got today.

@redmanlaw: Honestly, I’m the last person who should be dropping Sport & Car metaphors.


Comic sans is genius, but only for specific uses and sparingly.

Old Tired Complaint: People have a fundamental inability to assess risk.

Fewer than 20 deaths are attributed to Toyota accelerator malfunctions. Thats from 3 million affected cars, over a period of some years.

Thats fucking infinitesimal.

Yes the recall is warranted, and yes you should get your car fixed, but no, no need to park the car, thats insane, dude was out of his mind to say it.


It works perfectly as a caption font for insets on kid packaging.

Helvitica is the Antichrist.

@Mistress Cynica:

I’ll say it again: Helvitica is the demon of petty minds! Muah-ha-ha-ha!!!!!

@Tommmcatt Say Relax: No, Akzidenz Grotesk is the Antichrist, and any other font that tries to improve Helvetica for the purpose of making hack designers purchase esoteric sets.

Futura, on the other hand, is God. At least since Kubrick used it.

Oh, and Helvetica Neue makes all other fonts mere scribbles.

@Dodgerblue: That was literally the reason I switched from PC to Mac back in the Dark Ages: Fonts, fonts, fonts.

Now it you wanna get really geeky, let’s discuss Type 1 v. TrueType v. OpenType.

Expression of enthusiasm for abstruse hipster/anti-hipster affectation.
Escalating references to the ever more obscure.


Insouciant brush-off of meta-communication with irrelevant quip.


That’s some serious wonk shit right there, are you sure you all can stay awake for it? I won’t be able to…

I like Comic Sans in its place and am not ashamed to admit it. I will also admit to a passion for Copperplate. Helvetica makes me feel warm and runny inside.

Courier is the anti-Christ. In all its many repugnant manifestations.




as in the opening. The cursor beating steadily, waiting.

A PHONE begins to RING.

It is answered and the screen fills instantly with the trace program. After a long beat, we recognize Neo’s voice.

NEO (V.O.)
Hi. It’s me. I know you’re out there. I know you’re working as fast as you can to catch me.

We CLOSE IN ON the racing columns of numbers shimmering across the screen.

NEO (V.O.)
I thought I should call and let you know how things stand.

We DIVE THROUGH the numbers, surging UP THROUGH the darkness, sucked TOWARDS a tight constellation of stars.

NEO (V.O.)
I know you’re real proud of this world you’ve built, the way it works, all the nice little rules and such, but I’ve got some bad news.

We realize that the constellation is actually the holes in the mouthpiece of a phone. Seen from inside.

NEO (V.O.)
I’ve decided to make a few changes.


Copperplate is too heavy to use for anything but a title treatment, where you can bevel it and add highlights. It gets too hard to read otherwise.

Again. great font, but you wouldn’t want to use it for more than a few words.

@redmanlaw: I imagine comic sans font is required for anything coming out of the NN council.

@Tommmcatt Say Relax: Ooh. Goin’ against conventional wisdom. I like it!

@Tommmcatt Say Relax: I used Copperplate for our litzine logo wayyyy back in the day. But that was an ironic use, intended to make our scrappy little tabloid look really important.

@nojo: Not unlike using Trajan for the Stinque logo.

Fuck you. I use Copperplate for my notecard heading and it looks totes fab. And since I have impeccable taste I am NOT WRONG.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: Actually, Comic Sans is Michael Steele’s favorite font. I hear that all internal GOP official missives must use it.

@nojo: Now we know who’s the screenwriter here. Hmm. A PHONE begins to RING. Indeed it do.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: That would be “tragic sans”:

“Why does it take so long to get the state capital outlay funds that go for projects In Indian Country to get spent? It’s a hot topic again as lawmakers look for $150 million in stalled capital outlay projects to cancel and use the money to resolve the deficit of upwards of $600 million. State Senator Linda Lovejoy says getting the money spent that has been authorized for Indian Country projects is often delayed because of a nightmare bureaucracy:

“‘The Navajo Nation’s governmental process is enormously complex and time-consuming because it not only must deal with the federal government where projects involving land is involved, but must also deal with 3 states and 11 counties in those states where capital projects are involved…’

“Lynda says many of the projects being considered for cancellation are for basic human needs like running water and electricity. If so, legislators will be sympathetic, but can Indian Country Senators Lovejoy, Munoz and Pinto give us some guidance on how the ‘enormously complex’ task of getting these projects moving can be simplified and expedited?”

The Navajo Nation bureaucracy Sen Lovejoy refers to was designed by Franz Kafka and people fired by the Bureau of Indian Affairs for incompetence on a three day bender of fortified wine, outdated prescription painkillers from the Indian Health Service and a tangle of sting to use as an organizational chart. Everybody gets a piece of the approval process from the local community to the tribal council committees and tribal departments. Also, the BIA may also have to approve leases or rights of way which can require an Environmental Assessment or Environmental Impact Statement under NEPA. It’s a Big Fucking Mess.

Movie reference completely over the head of poser pretending to understand what “meta” means.


Testy inclusion of the fact that this poster has a Master’s degree in a criticism-related field, and as such may just have a pretty thorough understanding of the use of the term “meta”.

Cute quip to deflect anticipated hostility.

@Tommmcatt Say Relax, Prommie:

Random outburst of pseudo-techo-geek knowledge badmouthing WordPress plug-ins.

@redmanlaw: “If so, legislators will be sympathetic, but can Indian Country Senators Lovejoy, Munoz and Pinto give us some guidance on how the ‘enormously complex’ task of getting these projects moving can be simplified and expedited?”

Lawl! Yeah, sure, buddy. That’s why it hasn’t been done before – because no one thought to ask.

You’ve linked to this guy before, RML, so I imagine you have some respect for his POV but it’s like he didn’t fully understand what Lovejoy said there.

@Tommmcatt Say Relax: clarification that poster was referring to himself as “poser” who only pretends to understand “meta.”

@Tommmcatt Say Relax: Automatic reference to Gene Wilder in early, funny Woody Allen film.

@Tommmcatt Say Relax: question regarding absence of persona noted for violent scatological ironic hyperbole.


Embarrassed apology for unnecessary offense.


Yeah, where is Chainsaw, anyway?


Preening reference to preferring earlier, less-serious Allen films.

@SanFranLefty: NM State Sen. Linda Lovejoy (and the photo does not quite do her justice).

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: There is a fix that Snarky Indian Girl Lawyer in a Government Position and I were discussing yesterday, but it involves having the Nation waive some requirements and let others act as fiscal agents for the cap outlay munnies.

@nojo: We do have a Snowpocalypse here today. Fleeing office now.

@SanFranLefty: comment inverting meaning of earlier comment re buttseks and drugs.

so last weekend I put up a 120 gallon aquarium and today I read this in my horoscope:

This is the only possible fly in the oatmeal. Neptune will be conjunct the Sun, suggesting Father Neptune may want to come in! Of course, this would be important to discover. Check the purity of the water, look at the roof for possible past leaks – you get the idea. Have an engineer check things out for you.

now she tells me.

Comment inadvertantly revealing creepy excessive fascination with buttseks.

@Capt Howdy:
sorry to break the flow.
I suppose that should have been “random off topic comment”.

@Capt Howdy: Stock definition of all comments on this site.

@redmanlaw: Ha ha! Like anyone would ever give up their territory. They peed on it and gawdamnit, they’re keepin’ it!

Re: Lovejoy. I “like” the “quotation marks” she has all over her “website.”

@nojo: Vociferous denial of any knowledge of the concept, nom de blog notwithstanding.

Too-cool-for-school observation that this latest meme has so jumped the shark already.

@Tommmcatt Say Relax: Clueless attempt to continue ironic meta joke long after it ceased to be funny.

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