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  not afraid to be servicey

When I Am An Old Lady I Shall Be Ungrateful, And Several Other Most Excellent Outbound Links!

Is your mom this old lady? No, because your mom is not a professor emerita of English. Your mom is, however, ungrateful and ungracious. MOMS! SO COMPLICATED! Is New Pope rocking your world? Is Pope Francis going to be the next John XXIII? (Gonna go with yes, and also “callllled ittttt.”) Read more on When I Am An Old Lady I Shall Be Ungrateful, And Several Other Most Excellent Outbound Links!…
  big issues

Is Monstrously Obese Chris Christie Even Too Fat For Republican Voters?

Republicans are a large bunch, if you get what we mean. When Teabaggers sit around the house, they literally sit around the 3,800-square-foot foreclosed tract house, in Florida. The latest advances in physics are repeatedly tested by the makers of Hoverounds and Rascals, as the wee scooters are expected to carry ever heavier loads. So there hasn’t been a lot of political speculation regarding the Jabba the Hutt-esque physique of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. After all, if two-thirds of Americans are already overweight or obese, then it would seem Christie has a huge built-in constituency. But in an effort to avoid writing about the Wall Street protests now spreading across the nation like a Sam’s Club 12-pack of Velveeta on a Family Size sack of Tostitos in the microwave, the nation’s pundits finally had to “go there” and write about how Chris Christie is too fucking fat to be president, because he’s about to fall over and die, due to fatness. Read more on Is Monstrously Obese Chris Christie Even Too Fat For Republican Voters?…
  wait what?

Because TIME Fired Him, Michael Kinsley’s Pretty Disappointed With This ‘New’ Newsweek

Michael Kinsley, the dignified journalist and dinner companion to David Denby, starts his review of the new Newsweek reboot with this: “Having recently been dumped by Time, I naturally had great hopes for this week’s much-anticipated makeover of Newsweek.” And 2,000 annoying words later — including a long bit about masturbating to a large photograph of the homophobic idiot Miss California — he closes with this: “Don’t forget to cancel your subscription to Time while you’re at it.” Read more on Because TIME Fired Him, Michael Kinsley’s Pretty Disappointed With This ‘New’ Newsweek…
 

Wonkette Party Crash: ‘The Week’ Magazine Opinion Awards ’07

This is a very special party crash, because we actually did crash it: despite being on the panel that selected one of the winners, we weren’t actually on the list for The Week’s annual award dog-and-pony show. It all worked out in the end, of course, as we’re consummate complainers. The event, held last night at the Four Seasons, honors people whose opinions a group of rich old people can generally agree are pretty good, or at least entertaining. Oh, and a blogger. We attended, of course, with the lovely Liz Gorman, whose lovely photos are here. Our write-up can be found, as always, after the jump. The Week Opinion Awards Gallery Read more on Wonkette Party Crash: ‘The Week’ Magazine Opinion Awards ’07…
 

Michael Kinsley Holds Our Interest For Record One Paragraph

There’s a pretty good li’l blind item in Michael Kinsley’s column this week (thesis: people on the Internet sure are full of themselves MySpace MySpace blog bloggy blog): The first person I knew who had a Web site of his own was a fellow Washington journalist. This was when many journalists were still just getting into e-mail, but the URL for this Web site quickly circulated around town and around the world. Why? Well, we were all impressed by the technological savvy. But we were absolutely astounded by the solipsism. What on earth had gotten into Joe (not his real name)? This was a modest, soft-spoken, and self-effacing fellow, yet his Web site portrayed him as an egotistical monster. Read more on Michael Kinsley Holds Our Interest For Record One Paragraph…
 

Other Subpoenaed Handwritten Cheney Notes:

On Sunday’s “Blondie”: “Is the mailman always on Dagwood’s bowling team? Was he sent by Mr. Dithers?” Pitchfork review of new Paul Simon album: Have we done this sort of thing before? Sent out Eno to make songwriter relevant? Read more on Other Subpoenaed Handwritten Cheney Notes:…
 

What the Hell Is Michael Kinsley Talking About Watch: Day 2

wonkette: i’m sorry, but indulge me. wonkette: WHAT THE HELL IS MICHAEL KINSLEY TALKING ABOUT? operative: i think you need some wacky theme music to kick in when you ask that operative: benny hill, or something wonkette: HE FORGOT TO GET TO THE OPINION PART OF THE OPINION PAGE wonkette: it’s like you keep reading it, figuring he’ll get to some sort of point, and then… operative: is he hopping mad? or he’s the happy one? operative: perhaps some editor cut out the graf before the last line that explained everything operative: because if it made sense, then it wouldn’t be a Kinsley column, would it? wonkette: next week he will write an op-ed on Kim Jong-il that sums up the history of the Korean war, and then says “shit, figurin’ out stuff is hard!” operative: if only he had been alive 220 years ago, the Federalist papers would have kicked ass! wonkette: if he’d been alive 220 years ago, the federalist papers would’ve been a sarcastic summary of the magna carta operative: I think that was Tom Paine’s bit at the Continental Congress Talent Show wonkette: all i know is “speaking of crazy talk” is just about the most appropriate way possible for kinsley to start a paragraph Read more on What the Hell Is Michael Kinsley Talking About Watch: Day 2…
 

What the Hell Is Michael Kinsley Talking About Watch: Day 1

wonkette: k, tell me something: WHAT THE FUCK IS MICHAEL KINSLEY GOING ON ABOUT HERE operative: ??? wonkette: it’s like he’s writing from an entirely different world wonkette: a wondrous world of his imagination wonkette: “It’s probably true that most billionaires have acquired their wealth in ways that make life better for the rest of us.” wonkette: WHY IS THAT A GIVEN? wonkette: WHY IS THAT PRESENTED AS SOMETHING HE ASSUMES HIS AUDIENCE WILL ALREADY TAKE FOR GRANTED? operative: I enjoy the half-hearted debunking of Social Darwinism wonkette: i can’t even figure out what he’s arguing because the premises all involve parallel universe logic operative: way to be a moderate from the late eighteenth century, Mike wonkette: “Surprisingly, not *all* rich people are morally superior to you.” operative: “Meanwhile, science undermines the notion that people deserve moral credit for their smarts, daring, vision, dedication and similar virtues, even when these are applied in socially beneficial ways.” operative: what does that mean? operative: what the hell is moral credit? operative: can you use it to buy a plenary indulgence? operative: was he just building up to the idea that maybe we should have a special billionaire’s tax? wonkette: HE SAYS HE DOESN’T AGREE WITH THAT IDEA operative: but, but… operative: I DON’T UNDERSTAND Read more on What the Hell Is Michael Kinsley Talking About Watch: Day 1…