The ShamWow guy (who also sells the now-classic Slap -Chop) was always a little creepy, but apparently he’s been busted for slap-chopping a hooker in Miami.  From the mug shot on Smoking Gun, it looks like she wrang out his face faster than it takes to clean up grape juice on carpet.

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If you have the stomach for it, watch this clip of Glenn Beck. He’s trying hard to keep it together, getting all lachrymose with Chuck Norris and others about how America is lost.  I seriously thought this was something from the old SCTV show when I first saw it.

George Packer has a couple of insighful posts on this renewed paranoid style of American politics, which has been around, unfortunately, for a while.

For perspective, Colbert. And lachrymose is a totally underused word.

Coolest geek since Jeff Goldblum in The Fly.  His explanation of the Republican road to recovery

I grew up loving the Three Stooges.  Pissed off my teachers through 6th grade by “nuk-nuk-nuk”-ing them when they asked me a question and rolling on the floor like an idiot.  But I’m not sure if this is a stroke of genius or the lamest idea ever.  Who am I kidding… I’ll be the first one to fork over $10 to see Benicio Del Toro play Moe.

Nasty comments from Laura Ingraham in five…four…three…

A couple of posts by Sullivan and Knapp to follow up on the pathetic “Going Galt” and “Tea Party” nonsense.  Sullivan sums up the total hypocrisy and shrill panic of many on the Right beautifully:

Think of someone like Glenn Beck.

He sat back and watched Bush preside over the worst domestic attack in US history, explode the entitlement state, engage in unending projects of nation-building in two of the most dysfunctional countries on earth, rip up the Constitution, and bequeath as his legacy a trillion dollar deficit, unprecedented domestic discretionary spending, a banking collapse and the worst recession in many many years. The right will take some time to absorb this but Bush was Carter II – with two full terms. All that rage at what has actually happened – bottled up by rank partisanship for years – has come bounding out. Hence the bizarre spectacle of a president just two months on the job being treated on the right as if he’s already Robert Mugabe.

Cool.

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More here.

fotlogo1I was sent news today of some friends of mine from college, Mike and Wendi, who are packing up the kids and going off the grid for a while. They are calling it “Family Off Track” and this is their website.  This is a bold and brilliant move, I think.  I’m actually jealous…the idea packing the RV and taking off without any set agenda is something all of us, I think, wish we could do (or had the guts to do). As someone wise once said, “When life looks like easy street, there is danger at your door.”

Compare their story and motivations with the latest in a series of incoherent anti-Obama “protests,” the so-called Going Galt “movement.” The fact that Michelle Malkin is endorsing this is proof enough of the vacuousness of the cynical, shrieking posturing against… well…. socialism! Yea, Obama’s a socialist! No, wait, a communist. No, wait, the Anti-Christ! No, wait, the teleprompter…Muslim…I mean, not an American citizen!!!

John Galt is the hero of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, a captain of industry who leads a revolutionary movement in which the top leaders of the banks and corporations forsake their corporate jets and perks to work in diners or as subway repair guys.  Galt urges them to go on strike and withdraw their unique expertise and unparalleled wisdom from an increasingly socialist world. Deprived of the genius of their genius, the world economy collapses.

But the application for today seems a bit off.  Didn’t these captains of industry, practicing the radical laissez-faire capitalism Rand endorses, just destroy the economy? But not quite in the way Rand romanticizes?

The Galters posture that this is all about taxes on the wealthy, but it’s hard to see the radicalism in returning to the Clinton era tax-structure. And, really, what is so indispensable about these guys? Would the world shut down without the shmucks at AIG who helped us into this clusterfuck? Or Rick Santelli and Michelle Malkin? Or some middle-manager working in a cubicle somewhere?  The whole thing sounds delusional. As Tyler Durden says, “You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake.”  Your marginal contribution at Pajama’s Media doesn’t matter all that much to our survival and well-being, does it Dr. Helen?  Hell, with all the outsourced jobs the would-be Galt’s engineered, finding replacements for the Galt wannabes wouldn’t be that hard, would it.

Gosh, we’ll miss you. Take care now.  Buh-bye.

But back to the point. Mike and Wendi seem to be taking this journey in a completely different spirit. The decision isn’t motivated by paranoia of creeping communism or paying the same tax rate as 10 years ago.  Instead, as they so wonderfully put it, “The choice to disconnect from the everyday track offers the opportunity to take time to reconnect to family, life and learning in ways that would otherwise never be possible.”

I wish them well and await news of their progress.

For many years, I believed that nothing happened in life that Shakespeare did not address. But now I feel that way about The Big Lebowski. This clip seems to sum up the past couple of days. Just substitute “Geithner” (or “AIG”) every time you hear “Lebowski”. It’s down there somewhere…

Everyone is outraged…outraged, I tell you! And with good reason, but the disingenousness of the GOP isn’t really being talked about much.  I know that is is comfortable to forget, but let’s snap out of this amnesia and see where this is all headed. Nobody has enabled this sort of crap more than the GOP, though the Dems are acting ridiculous as well.

If we take a step back, we can see that there is something so fundamentally flawed in the system. I remember a few years ago I saw Art Spiegelman speak here in Denver, and he put it this way: “We have two parties in this country — a right wing and a far-right wing.” Both are beholden to their corporate masters, and a look at who donates to who and when is interesting reading.

But then we need to look at why the political system demands all of this cash. Another day for that…. But a few words from Jim Manzi of the National Review seem worth thinking about, and that’s saying something since the NR’s world view is not one that I tend to share:

Commentators on both the Left and Right seem to think that if only we could get the right person to take over these companies and clean up the financial mess, everything would be OK. All it takes is somebody competent and honest, because the answers are so obvious. A rotating series of scapegoats has been created. Paulson? Fool. Geithner? Moron. Liddy? Stooge. It’s funny how their idiocy didn’t seem to surface so much in their prior careers.