Monday, May 28, 2007

Tattoo You

You can bet there's no ink on these two.

Here's Burt Prelutsky, who wrote a few episodes of Dragnet, weighing in on one of the most pressing issues of the day:

"The tattoos that most confound me are those I see on black basketball players. I’m afraid that whatever the designs and messages NBA stars are toting around on their arms and torsos are lost on me. Blue and purple simply don’t register on dark skin. They look like Rorschach ink blots, as if instead of having the work done by a tattoo artist, the work was jobbed out to Jackson Pollack wannabes, who had the athletes lie on the floor while they dripped paint on them."

Do tattoos on black people who don't play basketball confound you? Or is it that the only black folk you ever see are shooting hoops on the idiot box?
Mr.Prelutsky's readers tell us how to live our lives:

"Post-it writes:
Monday, May, 28, 2007 7:29 PM
Clear thoughts on an important issue.
I've come to the conclusion that everybody thinks the same thoughts that I do on most issues, just that they don't think 'em clearly enough, would rather think something else, and so must be reminded of what they already know. On this issue, we think that:Men are allowed (no more than two) tattoos symbolic of nationality, family/heritage, or military service on either the upper shoulder or upper back. Anything else is perceived suspiciously as indication of jail time, former (or current) methamphetamine addiction, and/or a seedy secret life.Women are allowed zero tattoos. Any stray mark is perceived as graffiti. With a neighborhood, the property value depreciates proportionally with the amount of graffiti on the walls. Too much, and the neighborhood starts to take on a "rough" look; like a place a good person wouldn't want to raise a family, where a bad person might go looking for drugs or hookers. Similar with a woman.Other: any tattoo in the area below the navel extending around to the lower back and down to the upper thigh...symbolizes promiscuity. Here to help."


And:
"The question that invariably passes through my mind, ( but never my lips ), is, "So, its not enough to be obese and ignorant, huh?" And I'm always amazed at the carloads of tattooed folks that spend so much of their welfare dollar on lotto tickets while feeding the kids pop and potato chips. Have you priced a tattoo lately?I'll never understand it!"

Decoration Day Recap









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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Memorial BBQ Blogging ("Blogging." What a hideous word.)

Well, I won't be blogging typing here for a while, as I am going to the Swish Alps (or at least the foothills thereof) to consume flame cooked meat substances, which is how this country (once a yr.) honors some of those it has sacrificed to the Hebrew war g-d on the altar of greed & blood-lust to perpetuate the profits & power of the parasite class. Happy Memorial Day, America! (UPDATE: Or not...Swish Alps wise. If we don't go outside, do the agoraphobists win? And...BBQ @ its best.)

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Memorial Weekend Death Blogging

Swell drawing by STERANKO.


Illustration: Peter Scheer from truthdig.
Our Beloved, Heroic, Honored, Sacred Dead.

Fineman sez: "Gore, Bloomberg to Run."

Mr. Mayor picks & grins.
Mr. Fineman is on the left. (From washingtonlife.com)
Well, maybe. Upon further quizzing, this weekend on NBC Uni's syndicated The Chris Matthews Show, Newsweek's Howard Fineman admitted he wasn't completely sure about Gore, but if it didn't go well for Mrs. C. in Iowa, Al might just jump in. And something about Gore & Bloomberg talking about cooperating. Fineman did say Bloomberg was running, but wasn't asked about it again. I should look for a transcript & the most unflattering pix of the participants, to make this look extra blogerrific.

Pictures found. Who cares about a transcript? (Actually, the very link to Howie's Newsweek column above answers most questions.)

Is This Shizzle fo' Reals?

Mujahideen Data Form (in a .pdf stylee) allegedly Jose "Dirty Bomb" Padilla's, brought to our attention by our partners in paranoia @ The Gathering Storm. And since it was brought to their attention by one Michelle Malkin, here's my chance to use this shot of her from approx. 1999, for her column in, IIRC, The Jewish World Review.


(The jihadi intake form was released over a year ago, but it's news to me. See what you miss when you rely on the liberal MSM for vital information?)

In the Bowels of the Blog-O-Sphere


A couple of interesting comments from:
It really is a swamp in there.

Posted by BUSH WINS AGAINMay 26, 2007
"BAGHDAD - A day after radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr resurfaced to end nearly four months in hiding and demand U.S. troops leave Iraq, American forces raided his Sadr City stronghold and killed five suspected militia fighters in air strikes Saturday.U.S. and Iraqi forces called in the air strikes after a raid in which they captured a "suspected terrorist cell leader," the U.S. military said in statement.
The statement claimed the captured man was "the suspected leader in a secret cell terrorist network known for facilitating the transport of weapons and explosively formed penetrators, or EFPs, from Iran to Iraq, as well as bringing militants from Iraq to Iran for terrorist training."
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ABOUT G-D TIME, IF ABOUT 3 YEARS TOO LATE.
WIPE THEM ALL OUT, NOW.
GO USA GO.


Posted by Bows and Flows of Leftist CrapMay 26, 2007
Note to leftardians...
CONTINGENCY PLANNING, ahem, IS the SOP for the DOD - and has been for DECADES.
BTW, Kinko's called.
YOUR FIRED.
No, I didn't take the second one personally. (Except "YOUR [sic] FIRED.") No excuse for poor grammar, Mr. Military Expert. ("CONTINGENCY PLANNING," MY ASS!!)
(EDITED 27 May '07 p. m.)

A Blog About Politics in the Nation's Capital

The NYT announces "'08 Cut in...Troops."
Joe Klein asks us to let him "deconstruct" it in Swampland today.
Later, he replies to one of his contemptuous commentators:

"This is good news because if the indigenous Sunnis can kick out AQI--a longshot--and this becomes a straight-out Iraqi civil war, Bush's rationale for staying will grow more tenuous, especially with Republicans. Not saying he'll quit, never that. But any defeat for AQ is a good thing."

Yep, that's some Good News From Iraq there, except it's, well, a "longshot."
Bigger Picture: The wheels are now visibly coming off the Bushmobile. (Sure, in Reality World it's been running on rims, sparks flying everywhere, for the last several yrs., but in Denial World it's not 'til the kids in the back seat lose their fear of Authoritarian Daddy & begin fighting w/ each other & Daddy that anything is considered to be slightly off.)

The Greatest Hollywood American Ever II



A letter to Hal Wallis. Click on letter to make legible.
They Were Expendable
The Greatest American Hollywood (John Ford) Ever Invented was born 100 yrs. ago today. If it weren't for him we would've lost The Big One, and maybe Korea, too.
28 yrs. after the late Duke became worm food, he came in right behind Tom Hanks (#2) & Denzel Washington (#1) as the third most popular American film star in January's annual Harris Poll. Stagecoach's Ringo Kid has been in the list's Top 10 every year since its inception, & he is the only currently dead film star on the list. Take that, Elvis!
Celebrate by watching, Couch Potatoes!

See also: Susan King's Cine File in the L. A. Times.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Let's Have a War III (We Can All Use the Money)

The Washington Note has some fairly detailed info on what's up in the corridors of power viv-a-vis The Coming End Times.

Vice-President Richard B. Cheney rouses "The Base." (And moves & shakes in the corridors of power.)

Out of Uniform, Somewhere in Europe.

Then Joe Klein received a visit from some of his mysterious sources.
You'll have to judge for yourself if
this is sufficient confirmation for an impending apocalypse. And I haven't even had a chance to see what Seymour Hersh may have to say on the subject. But there'll always be Commentary.

Again, Already? (UPDATED)

The Angriest Cat in the World, Perhaps Not as Angry as She's Been.

Damn! This whole pix of cats on Friday afternoon for cubicle slaves who've had a tough week writing their own blogs, etc., and therefore just can't handle any more of the current terrible situation so they post pictures of the only living beings they ever have physical contact with, their feline roommates, is not working out too well here at Just Another Blog.

Between the camera's crumminess and Princess LIllie's refusal to lighten her fur a few shades so she might be visible, for all I can tell some ninny is posting shots of a stuffed animal that might not even be an attempt to represent a cat.
And I'm not a cubicle/wage slave. Take a tip from me, slaves, give up on the "job" concept, soon other bourgeois concepts like "weekend" will disappear as well, your existence will be improved, and you'll have only me to thank.

UPDATE: Here's some Fri. Cat Blogging that's worth the effort. 25 May '07 early eve.

The Greatest Hollywood American Ever I

The Dynamic Duo


Renaissance Man


Football @ the Univ. of Spoiled Children? Or Hollywood publicity still?
"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a rat's ass."

Tomorrow, 26 May, is the centenary of the birth of John Wayne (under the name Marion Morrison). (Related to Jim? Probably would've heard about it by now.)
Observe according to your beliefs.

Hot Rails to Hell

The Octopus
A new CBS News/New York Times poll (if you believe those things) says 72% of the 1,125 citizens polled during18-23 May thought the country was "on the wrong track." (I'll just assume that means the "track" that heads off over that cliff a-yonder, and ends up smack dab in the very bowels of Hades.) This is the highest the "wrong track" or "headed for hell in a handbasket" question has polled in the almost 25 yrs. it's been asked. And there are other interesting opinions about Mr. Bush & so on. Why do these Americans hate America so much?

Thursday, May 24, 2007

I Saw Another Dipshit on the Tube Last Night

Just saw footage of House minority leader John Boehner almost breaking into tears (literally) on the floor of said House while speechifying about how much he wanted to really fight the terrorists in Iraq, because it's the responsibility of someone (not sure who he meant, of course he wasn't making much actual sense) to defend the American people & blah, blah, blah...(INSERT @1713: Just saw J. B. again, tearing up: he wants to stand up & take them down!!?? Huh? What've we been up to the last five plus yrs., again? END INSERT) Whip over to C&L for A/V & transcript.
When will someone with a voice loud enough to penetrate the waxy yellow build-up in the ears of these inane, droning, numbskulls tell them, once and for all, that THERE IS NO MILITARY SOLUTION FOR IRAQ? Really, when?
I saw another dipshit on the tube last night who is sorely disappointed that "we" can't use "our" F-16s and soldiers & Apache helicopters to fight these dirty commies terrorists. Let me explain it: You can't use a fucking F-16 against insurgents who live among a civilian population who agree with the
insurgents' desire for you to leave their country. It's just that simple. Has never worked, will never work.
And (are you listening?) you can't use the Army, Navy, Air Force & Marine Corps, and all their swell weapons, to fight loosely affiliated, loosely structured, small, decentralized cell-based terror organizations. Especially not with a military still pretty much designed to fight a land war on the plains of Central Europe. (Mind you, a battalion or two of Rangers w/ air support is the answer to a camp full of terrorist wanna-bes; it's locating/confirming that training camp/cave headquarters "we" can't seem to get right. But that's an even longer story. Check the "Hatin' on America" label regularly, I'm sure I'll get around to it.)
To make it as clear as possible: Al Qaeda & the rest of the outfits "out to get us" (or hoping to cause us as much trouble as they can) are NOT nation-states with actual territory, established governments, uniformed militaries, industrial bases, or much else that traditional military force can be effectively used against. So give up the whining, already. Yes, you have The World's Mightiest Hammer right there in your Mighty Right Hand, but there aren't enough nails to pound into submission today, so I have to let you go. Come back again, about 2012 maybe, we might have something for you.
So the struggle against the Mad Jihadi Bombers (the "project of National Greatness" desired by some neo-cons, y'know, just to "unify the nation against..." so we can have a strong, unitary Cheney executive) is guaranteed to go on for generations because it will take us that long to learn to fight effectively against an opponent who is using our own strength against us, jiu-jitsu stylee.

How Can You Throw Rocks With Your Mittens On?

"You'll Put Someone's Eye Out!"
And equal time for the ladies:
Read how Mittens' first encounter w/ Mrs. Mittens went. (See the section "Mitt Meets Ann.")
The Beatles and the Rolling Stones were playing on 45 rpm records. Mitt saw her across the room. He remembered that when he was a Cub Scout in elementary school, he and some other scouts saw Ann riding a horse bareback across a railroad track.
"What do Cub Scouts do when they see a little girl on a horse?" Mitt says now. "We picked up stones and threw
them [at her]."

Years later, at Cindy White's party, Mitt thought, "Wow, has she changed!"

(Emphasis added.)
Was this a part of anyone else's Cub Scout experience?
Or just Michigan in the '50s?
(First brought to wider public attention by The Politico.
My chapeau tipped to The Daily Dish.)

Let's Have a (World) War II: Terror Blueprint


I'm surprised the Terror Alert Level isn't at Double Plus Extra RED!!!
Especially in Orlando. Talk about striking at the heart of the beast!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Let's Have a War (So You Can Go Die)

Denny Cantrell US Navy via AP
Our Boys & Betties on the Briny Pace Up & Down in Front of Iran, Waiting for Something to Happen. (USS Stennis, USS Bonhomme Richard & USS Nimitz, sailing a tight formation with escort vessels. And there's a submarine or two around.) Text. Images.
More text. (No one would want to see the pictures of this stuff, the details alone are grisly enough.)

Covered Bridge & Changing Colors

Would you like to visit a special place, long ago and far away, where men are John Wayne (commenter romans 1616) women are different, and, yes, negroes are negroes?
A lovely, tasteful place, no Norse runes or hakenkreuzen, just a peaceful stream with a covered bridge and the colors of fall.
Click away & be transported to a world of wonder.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Single Funniest Cartoon Ever to Appear in The New Yorker

Road Rage

Close personal acquaintance Cary Fosse was quoted in the L. A. Times over the wknd., in an article by Greg Burk. Alas, rather than something about what a fine axe-slinger Mr. Fosse is, it concerned the actual, unjustified murder of Rod Poole, apparently a fine guitarist himself who (English or not) didn't deserve to die young. Said murder (Mr. Poole took umbrage at being almost run over and was knifed to death by the same air-polluting driver who almost ran him over) took place Sunday 13 May just down the street from hideous tourist trap Hollywood & Highland (and why Americans' idea of a vacation is going to a different part of this great nation of ours to wander slightly different malls & buy the same crap from the same mall stores is beyond me, but that's the subject of a different rant). As a human being and non-polluting permanent pedestrian I can only hope that crazed (alleged) murderer Michael Sheridan gets the book thrown at him, and then is put away for the remainder of his life. And the (alleged) killer's wife Angela oughta do quite a term herself.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

MOSCOW SNIPER!!! BREAKING NEWS! (UPDATED)

Oh. Ohh. Moscow, Idaho. Sudden jihadi syndrome!! Or pre-jihadi syndrome! Oh, horrors, 75 shots fired! The sniper, or snipers (they don't even know yet!) are hiding in a Presbyterian Church! They want to make us all wash our feet five times a day! And now they're in a chuch!! They won't let anyone shave anything, anywhere! It's been four hours since there was any shooting, they haven't talked to anyone. They'll take away the tee vee! Oh, wait, maybe it was a drunken illegal alien, or Marxist-indoctrinated college students from Idaho State or whatever that school is in Moscow, or videogame addicted te- [Editor's note: Let's just relax there, Little Missy. Remember when the mouse jumped out of the oven and you got so hysterical you needed stitches? We don't want that to happen do we? If there hasn't been a round fired in four and a half hours, as I type this @ 0530 May 20, and if they haven't talked to any one "hiding in the church" by now, the suspect(s) are long gone, and in Idaho they're as likely to be retired LAPD officers mad about their property taxes as jihadis.] --enagers or, or...let me just catch my breath here...that's better...I know, I'll google the tubes for "unknown sniper" + photos + moscow and see if he was wearing a turban or not... UPDATE: The last shot @ 0100 was the sniper offing himself. Now I haven't gone out of my way to dig up more info on this, but there hasn't been another mention of this in the media that I've perceived, THEREFORE SINCE I PERSONALLY HAVEN'T HEARD ANY FOLLOW UP ON THIS CAN WE ALL JUST ASSUME IT WAS A JIHADI AND THE GODLESS LIBERAL MAINSTREAM MEDIA ARE COVERING IT UP? CAN WE, HUH? P. S. It's the University of Idaho, not Idaho State. (22 May '07 early a. m.)

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Uh Oh. (UPDATED)

Could be trouble for the man who wears a cobra snake for a necktie and asks the question: "Who Do You Love?"
A much more important question than Kojak's "Who loves ya, baby?"
UPDATE: Not yet. Mr. D. was apparently struck the wknd. of 12-13 May; no announcement was made 'til four days later when he was said to be up & walking around...but it's still one step closer. So let's lift a glass or whatever to all these guys & gals while they're still here. (20 May '07 a. m.)

Friday, May 18, 2007

Bad Acts, Bad Photos

"You're not a cop, are you?"

"The one on the left didn't get the memo."


Have you visited the Hall of Douchebags? I have. You should. Definitive proof that the only type of human life lower than a musician is an actor. Or a band photographer.

Tofu Links

No Friday night slackery here, it's just links, links, links: Buncha innerestin' things on today's cursor.org Report from Planet Republican, via The Guardian. Join Team Mittens! (tip of the chapeau to the somewhat popular tbogg.) Commenter Uncle Lumpy at The Comics Curmudgeon brings to our attention the latest twist in country music. Ick. Tonight, of course, all America awaits National Bingo Night on ABC. The Long National Bingo Night of the Soul begins.

Friday Feline Frolics

The Angriest Cat in the World, not especially angry or frolicsome in this shot.
It's a shame & a pity this digital camera is a cheap piece of shit. (It was given to me by Kinko's because our store sold more crap of one kind or another to more morons than some other stupid store. And I had to pay tax on it. The Kinko's assholes stated its value as $120.00, but I saw the very same crummy made in China-by-slave-labor camera @ Target for $99.00. Screwed in every direction. On the other hand, if Kinko's hadn't given me the damn thing, I...well, why dwell on the "positive" more than necessary?)
The shame & pity is that Lillie is actually a snappy looking feline, but with this non focusing, low-res, no contrast, generally sucktastic imager it's hard to make her look good. Maybe that's why she's so angry.
P. S. Yes, I know "lighting" might help, but that'a an awfully bourgeois concept, isn't it? We're all about actuality here @ Just Another Blog, as well as the perception of proletarian reality.

55 Years Ago Today

This happened: Followed by this:

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Falwell From Outside the Beltway

I obtained this Herblock cartoon (29 Oct., 1954) from the same place you can read about a regular guy's encounter w/ Jerry Falwell in 1980, and some other stuff.

Just imagine the Nix, hot on the mid-term election trail in late October 1954, coming to your town via the underground to try out the Rove Mark I campaign manual.

Human Resources Dep't.: Czar Updates

War Czar: FILLED. Thanks for all the applications. (Next time this is open, we really will need some four-star applicants, guys.) World Bank Czar: OPEN. Start Date: 1 July '07. (We're not sure yet, but this position may not be subject to U. S. taxation. We'll look it up.) Justice Czar: APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED. Must be qualified this time. No, really. Texas real estate experience NOT a plus!

New Polls, No News

Looks like an all NY general election. But do remember that the last time Rudy had a chance to compete with Sen. C., in the 2000 NY Senatorial race, Rudy pooped out. (His ass hurt, or something.) So keep in mind that anything can happen in the next few (ha!, "few" my ass, try 10-18) months. No southern accents this time, we can only hope. "Cracker free 'til Two Zero One Three!" Donkeys here, Elephants here. Also: The G. O. P. held a debate last week sometime, but little or nothing happened, i. e., not one of them condemned himself to a remaining political lifetime of being the guy who said something stupid & blew it. Not that I could tell you what qualifies as "stupid" in a forum where 30% of the participants think evolution is a godless communist plot to turn our children into vicious, murdering Darwinian sex machines.

Intergalactic Conspiracy Central

Ooops, missed a day there, and right after bragging about how dedicated, committed & disciplined I am.
Even worse, nothing here but pointless stupid links:

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

May Day II

UPDATE I: La Cucaracha checks in. (17 May '07, p. m.)

This banner appears atop the CityBeat page at random, here it is in case you missed it.

Two weeks on, CityBeat looks at your LAPD in action, in the mayor's press room, and through the lens of history.
(The very phrase "police terror," under which this post is labeled, was first brought to my attention in 1967 by the Mothers of Invention. 40 yrs. of history right there.)

N. B. This is #30, not bad for 15 May considering I started 3 May. That's better than two a day. We'll see how long that lasts. (This web activity is time consuming. Looking at the popular kids' blogs to see where they're getting ideas, scanning through scores of vile pornographic photos to find the Jerry & the bear photo, complaining, being annoying, and on and on...)
UPDATE II: A. Reader inquires: "Hey, U pretentious asshat, 'P. S.' is bad enough, WTF does 'N. B.' stand 4? 'No Bullshit?' That ain't very likely, considering the content of your stupid blog! ROTFLMAO1!11!!"
Thank you, Gentle Reader. Curiousity is always welcomed, especially if it gives me a chance to share my wide but shallow pool of trivial knowledge with the wide but shallow pool of readers here. "N. B." is short for Nota Bene, Latin for "Note Well." I like it 'cause it's almost threatening, there's an implied "or else" at the end! And thanks for asking! (17 May '07 in the afternoon)

Is There a God After All?

Tinky-Winky waves buh-bye.
In happier times.

Well, no. If there were, we would have seen these headlines 30 years ago, not today:
FALWELL DEAD AT 43
Bloated Hate-Imp "Raptured" Directly to Hell
by Loving, Merciful God;
Nation Spared from Further Moralizing
and Self-Righteous Braying

Alas, it's been 30 yrs. since he pushed his way to the front of the American evangelical tent and began speaking his roly-poly branding of religious politics to the ears of power, & the horrifed eyes & ears of anyone channel surfing, and it is heaven that has allowed us Reverend Falwell all that time.
Many of the big name Bible-thumpers who've been grubbing money/getting out the vote on behalf of the forces of reaction for the last 30 odd yrs. aren't nearly as young as they used to be; it's possible one or several of these aging white males could be "called home" before the election. That means the organizations they founded, inherited, or grabbed for themselves would again be up for grabs, and the power struggles will occupy time better used to money-grub & advise the faithful how to vote.
(In the Falwell empire it's his two sons, both attys., who presumably will be duking it out for total control. You know those patriarchal hierarchies! And I've already heard it spun that the "succession" is all in place, the Rev. planned ahead, not to worry. But that's just early spin, I'm ignoring it for the moment 'cause it doesn't go along with my colorful description of the Falwell boys. Although as a shrewd businessman, you'd expect nothing less from Rev. F.)
The two leading Republican candidates, Rudolph "The Catholic" Giuliani & John "Maverick Cowboy" McCain aren't exactly beloved of the evangelical/fundamentalist wing of the party; will the Republicans almost accidentally extricate themselves from the grip of the God Squad?
How many more pixels, electrons, MWpH, actual hrs., mins., secs., etc., will be lost in idle speculation, & what events will "change everything" again, in the next 18 mos.?
Questions, questions, quest......

Race to the White House 2008


There's a horse's patoot for every light on Broadway, some say.
Some of the spare patoots have enlisted in the quadrennial Run for the Battleground States to take place over the next 17+ months at oval tracks 'crost the Newnited Snakes. Luckily for the viewing public, the early heats are earlier than ever next year, and they're always tough on the weaklings in the herd, so it shouldn't be more than, oh, EIGHT EFFING MONTHS (February/March?) before we have to lay down any actual money. And still ANOTHER SEVENTEEN MONTHS before the punters & the office poolers have to put down their life savings & maybe their lives come next NOVEMBER. That's NOVEMBER. 2008. Can't wait.

If you do like to bet early & bet often, here are the latest odds:
Top Ten White Guys Wearing the Same Suit

Hillary & The Seven (approx.) Candidates

Chapeau tipped to PollingReport.com.



Three Strikes & I'm Out

Here I am, dread at the controls, putting things on the internet so I can look at them later & laugh & laugh & laugh at how clever I am, & then laugh & laugh some more...But this is a third, bonus post for the day, so I'm outta here!

Three "Men of the People" or "If the Three Stooges Had Been of the Irish Catholic Faith, Begorra."


Had this shot of millionaire man of the people Matthews taking up space on the hard drive (Just look at that boyish grin, how can you resist his "Hardball" coverage of the Great American Horse Race, five days a week on MSNBC?) but enough is enough, use it & lose it, I say!

But what to say? What enlightening context in which to put it? Another millionaire man of the people, that's what: Tim Russert. And isn't his expression interesting? There, that's two of 'em, that must be some context or another. Then the trifecta hit me: Bill O'Reilly. Three of 'em. That's not a context, that's a trend. What the hell's up?