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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Sign of the Times

Smoking Gun

Big Tobacco continues to run the biggest con game in America. We'll see if the issue goes to the Supreme Court given they haven't paid despite a judge ruling they concealed the dangers of smoking. Normally I might be receptive to the anti-paternalism argument but this is a set of companies marketing an addictive product that kills you; if it was easy to quit, things might be different.

Healthcare Deal Imminent

Whether they actually get to vote on the deal is another question.

Gamblers Anonymous

Saints 34, Cardinals 31
Colts 19, Ravens 17
Vikings 27, Cowboys 24
Jets 23, Chargers 20


Each soldier in Afghanistan costs just under $1,000,000.

Saturday Cartoon

Not Ready for Primetime

Brian McGrory on why Coakley is failing. "In Coakley, they see someone who hasn't earned their support. Worse, they see someone who assumed she'd get it."

Friday, January 15, 2010

Friday Lunch: Honor with a Side of Stereotypes

Someone in the Denver school district thought it'd be a good idea to plan a MLK Jr. Lunch of fried chicken, collard greens, and sweet potatoes. As Jay Leno put it, what are they serving for St. Patrick's Day? Potatoes and whiskey?

Why Jon Stewart Failed

His interview with John Yoo was widely regarded as a missed opportunity. Matching wits with John Yoo and arguing against torture/enhanced interrogation techniques isn't quite as easy as dealing with the indefensible media culture of the last 10-20 years. The latter is usually like shooting fish in a barrel for anyone with access to cable news clips.

Conan Cashes In

$30 million to walk away.

That Ain't Right

Floor caves under Weight Watchers weigh-in.

The Team That Scores the Most Points Will Probably Win the Game

ESPN's Madden simulation takes the Jets, Colts, Cowboys, and Saints. I still have a hunch the Vikings are going to win despite almost everyone picking against them. It's not easy to play in the dome as evidenced by their 8-0 home record.

Check Your Phone Bills

New wireless plans/prices for Verizon and AT&T. Now if only there was a fee one could pay to avoid watching those terrible Luke Wilson commercials.


1. If Scott Brown wins on Tuesday, will the Democrats pass the Senate bill as is, start over and do reconciliation, beg Olympia Snowe, or scrap healthcare reform?

2. How is it possible that the only person whose job isn't in danger on NBC Late Night is comic failure Jimmy Fallon?

Crisis = Opportunity (to Say Stupid Things)

Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh, as usual, hit the right note in discussing the earthquake in Haiti.

Bad Company

Martha Coakley is now being compared to John Kerry. Scott Brown might actually win by taking a page out of the Bob McDonnell (Gov-VA) playbook and let the Democrat self-destruct while running a cheery average campaign. Now, Barack Obama is heading to Massachusetts to try to save this one and avoid derailing the healthcare agenda.

World Progress Report

6.7 billion of us now. 0% unemployment in Andorra, 90% unemployment in Zimbabwe. France is, not surprisingly, the tourism capital of the world.

Health vs. Freedom

The great salt debate. Take a look at the sodium content in most restaurant/fast food menu items; it's usually well above 50% of the daily recommended amount and that's only for 1 meal.

Rare Positive News

Doomsday clock pushed back to 6 minutes to midnight. Clearly Glenn Beck needs to step up his rhetoric to get it back to 5.

NFL Playoffs: Round 2

Bill Simmons picks the divisional round games and designates each game as a Jersey Shore character.

Tonight Show for Sale

Also willing to trade for Coldplay tickets.

The Irresistible Farce Meets the Immovable Object

You know you've gone overboard when even Sarah Palin thinks you're a little weird. Jon Stewart comments on the Beck/Palin interview.

Boston Tea Party

Democrat Martha Coakley is apparently in trouble against Republican Scott Brown in her attempt to hold Ted Kennedy's Senate seat for Democrats. The special election is next Tuesday the 19th.

The Scowl to Gotham?

Bill Cowher might be holding out for a job with the New York Giants. If true, it's time to give Tom Coughlin the Conan treatment.

Senator Inhofe v. Planet Earth

The worst senator in America (in my opinion), James Inhofe (R-OK), was disappointed to find out he's only #7 on the Planet's Worst Enemies list. This is the same man who said global warming was a weather channel conspiracy.

Do Tell

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy might meets its end in 2010.

While You Were Sleeping

"A baby born when our show started would now be...a slightly larger baby."- Conan O'Brien

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The End of Conan?

Looks like Leno's back at 11:35 and Conan's out in the cold. Out in the cold might be better described as FOX's new late night host.

Likes: Hunting; Dislikes: Shooting Children

Potential candidate for Senate from New York, Harold Ford, discusses guns with the New York Times: "I never got an A rating, like my opponent - would-be opponent - has enjoyed. I don't own them. I do shoot them, and I shoot them at things that can't shoot back. And will continue to do that. And by that, I want to be clear, I don't mean children. I have done a little bird hunting in my day."

Why Even Play the Games?

Andy Staples of SI with his early projections on the 2010-2011 college football top 25. Shockingly, UVA did not make the cut.

Is Our Childrens Learning?

Texas considers whether schools should teach about the "basically vindicated" Senator Joe McCarthy.


I will hopefully update this blog frequently with mostly links to interesting things I find on the internet, kinda like the Drudge Report without the sirens and sensationalist agenda. Happy reading. For those who are wondering, "Tonight's Forecast: Dark" is a George Carlin joke.

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