May 28, 2005

The Birthday Stripper and the Law

Greetings. This one's from the "Jeez, spend a few bucks and buy a digital camera" file.

A Nashville woman (and her husband, and others) have been charged with various criminal offenses after she hired a stripper to perform at her 16-year-old's birthday party.

"No minors permitted in adult establishments," insist the police, who presumably had plenty of spare time to devote to this critical case.

Says the Mom, "It didn't harm him... Who are they to tell me what I can and can't show to my own children?"

Ah hah! Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!

Of course, her big mistake was trying to get the photos developed down at the local drugstore (apparently she wasn't aware that photo developers have become effectively an arm of both the morality squad and the Department of Homeland Security).

OK, maybe a stripper for that group wasn't the brainiest of ideas. But given the reaction, next it'll be life in Guantanamo if an old copy of Playboy falls into the wrong hands.


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May 21, 2005

Filibuster Wars: Revenge of the Frist

Greetings. I don't usually have guests in the studio when I record my DayThink audio commentaries.

But for "Filibuster Wars: Revenge of the Frist" I was honored by a special interview guest, who not only explained the real purpose behind the Senate filibuster battle, but who also provided a strong incentive for joining his cause.

The short mp3 audio feature is playable via:

Be seeing you.


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DirecTV Sports Meets "Willy Wonka"

Greetings. The promotional sports package ads that run on DirecTV tend to range from obnoxious to stupid to just plain weird.

Examples of the first category included a series of spots showing sports fans suddenly dying in horrible ways while watching games, only to be immediately transported to "heavenly" versions of their homes, where the same games remained in progress. Sports to die for, apparently.

A new 60-second ad, that pretty squarely falls into the "weird" zone, is now in DirecTV rotation. In this video (Windows Media), we see several familiar television and sports-oriented "celebrities" (and their backing singers) performing a bizarre musical-comedy-sports version of the song "I've Got a Golden Ticket" from the 1971 film classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

I can't quite put my finger on what's particularly disturbing about this commercial, but see what you think.


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