Monthly Archives: August 2007

Barbie’s Dreamhouse of Ill Repute

From USA Today:

NEW YORK — Toy maker Mattel isn’t amused by a model’s pornographic play on the name of its clean-cut Barbie dolls.

Mattel went to court Tuesday to complain that the website of an adult entertainer named China Barbie has tried to benefit from the success of the 48-year-old line of dolls. They include Barbie’s sister, Skipper, her best friend, Midge, and Skipper’s boyfriend, Kevin.

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The lawsuit said Global China Networks used a domain name containing the word “barbie” in a “bad faith attempt to profit from Mattel’s Barbie trademarks” and had damaged Mattel’s good name.

But…but….but….Barbie doesn’t have a…well, you know! I guess some people aren’t picky.

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If He Can’t Decide on a Branch, Is He….

…out on a limb?
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From The Gate:

Less than two months after Dick Cheney reversed course on the claim under a congressional threat and much ridicule, the vice president is once again severing himself from the executive branch of government — this time to defy a subpoena.

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How Does the Man Put Food on His Family?

White House mouthpiece, Tony Snow, announced that he will be leaving his post at the White House, but he didn’t set a specific date for his lectern abandonment. It could be as early as next month. Come December, it seems that, for poor Chimpy, it will be:
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Homeland Security: The Reel Story

Hey, kids, are you sitting down? I have some bad news. We are out of bullets. Well, when I say we, I mean our first line of defense here in the homeland–the police. The Washington Post has the scoop:

Troops training for and fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are firing more than 1 billion bullets a year, contributing to ammunition shortages hitting police departments nationwide and preventing some officers from training with the weapons they carry on patrol.

Uh-oh!

One police department is considering a novel solution:

In Indianapolis, police spokesman Lt. Jeff Duhamell said the department has enough ammunition for now, but is considering using paint balls during a two-week training course, during which recruits fire normally fire about 1,000 rounds each.[sic]

Hold on there!! Paint balls? You can’t substitute paint balls for bullets!! Haven’t they considered what that will do to our society? What about the macho image? Who are we gonna scare if the evil doers know that all they need to fight us is a can of turpentine? Even worse, what about our popular culture? Consider the following:

Edward G. Robinson and George Raft were tough guys in the movies. In fact, George Raft was rumored to be a gangster in real life. He was good friends with Bugsy Siegel. In 1930, Edward G. Robinson won acclaim for his portrayal of a gangster in Little Caesar. Can you imagine how different the future of American films would have been if Raft and Robinson had been forced to make movies like this in 1955?
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Nunn-sense

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

Former Sen. Sam Nunn weighs run for White House

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Alaska Gold Rush…….in Florida

From The New York Times:

It is not often that a local government tries to turn down $10 million in federal construction money.
But then it is not every day that an Alaska congressman surprises a Florida community with the gift of a highway interchange that just happens to abut the property of a major political fund-raiser.

The money for the interchange was the work of Representative Don Young, the Alaska Republican who was chairman of the transportation committee before the last election.

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Beat the drum, ’cause here comes….

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null tip of the hat to Melvin for the shove in the right direction!

Hillary says:

I consider myself a thoroughly optimistic and modern progressive, and we need a new progressive vision for America.

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Filed under 2008 election, Dana Perino, Dennis Hastert, Hillary Clinton, humor, Iowa, movies, parody, politics, Rudy Giuliani, snark

The Pryce is Wrong….

and she’s also outta here! The Columbus, Ohio representative, like a growing number of Rethugs, is not running for reelection in 2008. Are the rats leaving a sinking ship, or are they just drowning? Whatever the case, let’s all watch as Deborah says…..
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Filed under 2008 election, Bob Ney, Deborah Pryce, Dennis Hastert, humor, Jack Abramoff, Mark Foley, movies, parody, politics, Republicans, Scandals, Tom Delay