Another installment of the Reactionary Hurl, the series in which I take the easy road to blogging and react to news in short, opinionated, useless snippets. Some days, Arianna’s crew covers everything, and some days, nothing at all.
- Bush is more transparent. If you follow Nevada blogging, as I do, you’ll no doubt agree that this will be completely ignored. Which is sad. Campaign finance is a HUGE issue, especially when you consider a lot of criticism is leveled at George Bush for being in the pocket of Big [insert industry here]. (Also, as if the “Big” somehow makes it more evil). Well, one thing you can say about Bush now is that we know he was more open about who he took money from. I’ve long said that it would be great to remove all limits on campaign financing, but require full disclosure. It’s probably really naive, but sometimes those simple things make a difference. Instead, we get horse race BS about who seems more “electable”. I’d like to know who’s paying for whom. (Huffington Post)
- Apparently Katie Couric did something to make fun of Dan Rather. I don’t know anything about it, because I didn’t watch the video, but it seems to have made an impact on people. Three posts in the same minute by the same site, with different headlines but the same story? That’s worth a screencap. (Google Reader)
- Take the phishing test. My good friends at PayPal sent me this in the email, All I had to do to be able to take the test was reply with my username, password, credit cars number, and bank PIN and I was good. I then aced the test. Whew. Seriously, if you don’t get every question right, please remove me from your email address book. (PayPal)
- Jackass posts, always funny. John Gruber does not screw around. If you’re dumb, he makes sure that people know you’re dumb. Good for John. Plus, he does so in a way that makes me laugh. I can only hope to rise to that level of skill someday. (Daring Fireball)
- Suzy Schuster, while admirably denouncing the objectification of hot women, sure seems a little bit over the top here. Why do I say that? Because a lot of sideline reporters are good-looking women, and that’s why they’re there. A lot are also middle-aged dudes ho are probably bitter because they’re old school and can’t stand women hanging around on the sidelines. And a lot are former athletes who absolutely suck at sideline reporting (the easiest of the broadcast jobs) (and I’m looking right smack at you, Marcus Allen). But what I really cared about with her rant was that she acts like somehow we should respect the people getting paid ten times more than anyone other than the athletes and coaches on those sidelines, yet work a grand total of about 3 minutes per three hour game. Give me a break. Sorry you were sweating on TV. Sorry you had a hard time pronouncing hard words in the cold. Try lugging around a 30 pound camera and actually having to be pointing it in a meaningful direction the entire time, then pop off. The sideline guy I work with is sore after every game, and he has to wear just as much warm clothing as Suzy. But he doesn’t get to go stand in front of the heater for an entire quarter between the “Let’s go to Suzy” asides that the real broadcasters throw her way. If it’s that tough, get the boob job and move into the studio, already. (Huffington Post)
- LiLo is a free ho. I feel like that was sooo cheap. But I’ll sleep tonight. Seriously, 84 minutes? That had to be horrifying. By the way, don’t even think about bashing her in the comments. I have her back. (Huffington Post)
- NYTimes numbers are up. And good for them. They should still be flogged for ever firewalling their stuff, but it has to make anyone who likes the internet happy that positive things are happening to those who open up their archives. I’m curious, though, if that means increased revenue or decreased. The price of the Times Select membership might outweigh the additional ad revenue the Times is bringing in with more eyeballs. (Huffington Post)
And just to be clear, please read the initial Reactionary Hurl so you can understand the context.