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Friday’s Political Roundup

Posted by thelanetrain on October 24, 2008

Hah, this actually happened last week (I think) after Sen. John McCain mistakenly walked off the stage in the wrong direction (and not, according to popular belief, by trying to initiate a game of grabass with Sen. Obama).  But aside from this attention grabbing (pun intended) picture, two very important political items occurred this week, one local and one bizarre.  Details after the jump.

After The Jump: A mayor for life and a Hockey Mom goes to Neiman?

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This Person Will Probably Get Fired

Posted by thelanetrain on September 25, 2008

Just read this:


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Clay Aiken Successfully Distracts America From Dying Economy

Posted by thelanetrain on September 23, 2008

Well America, we finally found a way to take our minds off of the second great depression.  In what could be described as the biggest “No shit, sherlock” moment of the year, Clay Aiken, the androgynous bespectacled runner-up from the second season of American Idol is totally gay.  Who knew, right?  Did anyone really not see this coming?  Even after this shocker from waaaay back?  The story, which will be carried by People Magazine (above) has generated a resounding “finally!” from all of the webernets, including fellow gay Perez Hilton, who merely said:

“Welcome to the gayborhood, daddy!”

We’re so proud of you, Clay.  Now if only that other really famous gay celebrity will follow your lead…

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Gawker Totally Pwns Palin Family

Posted by thelanetrain on September 18, 2008

If there was any doubt that the editors over at Gawker have an agenda in this political election, we clearly know who they’re rooting for (or rather, who they’re rooting against).  Aside from the daily headlines slamming McCain and the MILF, the NY-bassed Gossip and Media rag came out on the offensive against the Palin Clan, and in particular, their pleasantly pregnant daughter Bristol.  First, they reported that B-Pal (I love that name) smoked pot on camera while smiling (damn how I wish they had a funny video to go along with that) and was apparently dubbed “the makeout queen” of her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska.  Then, they later got a hold of Bristol’s private voicemail greeting (not so scandalous, but more like, how the hell did they get that?).

But the big story?  Somebody hacked into Sarah Palin’s personal Yahoo account and exposed all of her private emails.  Awesome.  Vultures need not be interested though, as the post contains mostly benign email messages, and silly pictures of family members being all goofy with Trig, the Downs Syndrome Baby.  Although the government did react violently and call the leak a huge breach of privacy, which I guess it is.  But you know what else is a huge breach of privacy?  This thing (which a lot of GOP members support, like this guy).  I mean, as long as she has nothing to hide, what does it matter.  She’s not a terrorist, right?  Right?

For all those still wondering, they changed her password like totes ASAP so nobody could read her private emails anymore.  I don’t know about you, but I’d be lookin’ out for her, Dubya.  She’s suspicious…

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TRL, Shoutouts to MAH GIRRRRL, SHANIQUA IN WEST PLAINFIELD!!! WOOOO!!!, to Cease in November

Posted by thelanetrain on September 16, 2008


No, it’s really true.  For reals yo.  As if today couldn’t get any worse, MTV announced that it would put TRL on hiatus on it’s tenth anniversary in November (producer Dave Sirulnick gives some sort of logical explanation to this, but like a facebook relationship, its complicated).  This makes me really sad, because I personally wanted to be among the throng of screaming high school kids making who shouted “wooooooo!” every time a camera passed by them.  But the show, which in all honesty was getting lackluster ratings and losing its popularity to other shows, needed to be put down like Old Yeller.  I think MTV got the message that nobody was watching TV after school anymore ever since sidekicks, texting, and crackblackberries started ruling the tween and teenage world.  Plus, if a pop act was going to make it big, a MySpace campaign or facebook group could do so much more than some two-bit TV appearance with this dude.

I just want to know: will we go all retro and see Carson Daly hosting with special guests Backstreet Boys and Eminem?  I hope so, yes.

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Hurricane Gustav Creates Rain, Media Storm

Posted by thelanetrain on September 1, 2008

Well it finally happened today.  That clusterfuck of a hurricane dubiously known as Gustav hit the Lousiana coastline this morning, and luckily, just west of New Orleans.  Taking a page from Katrina, the residents in the area seemed to be prepared.  The City of New Orleans was evacuated, levees were scrutinized and ready, and for the most part, while the damage is still underway, nothing too tragic has happened (yet).  Hell, even President Bush and FEMA are like, totally preparing with how to deal with this natural disaster and the potential aftermath!  Yee-haw!

But the greatest tragedy this hurricane is bringing is the massive media storm that comes along with it.  All the major networks PLUS all the cable news networks (MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, CNN, Fox Business (WHATTTTTTTT??????)) are having nonstop weather coverage and tracking the storm millisecond by millisecond.  On my way out I caught a roundtable discussion on CNBC about how the storm will affect the price of crude oil (it’s dropping, beeteedubs), and whether or not economists are going to have a hard time predicting oil prices after the storm.  FUCK THAT SHIT.  We should be more concerned about people’s homes being wiped off the map!  Who gives a rats ass about an economists’s ability to predict oil when Mr. and Mrs. American Voter are gonna be decimated?

And speaking of gigantic storms that happen on September 1st…

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What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Posted by thelanetrain on August 14, 2008

Over the last two days, the Spanish Basketball Team (or as they like to be known, El Equipo de Baloncesto Nacional de España) has been getting a lot of flack for this photo, which has been regarded as racist.  Yes, they are slanting their eyes.  Yes, it has been splayed all over the Spanish media and advertisements.  Yes, even Jason Kidd is angry (there are NBA players here!).  But so what?  Last time I turned on the TV or checked the Olympics coverage, I didn’t see mass protests in the plazas of Beijing calling for the Spanish team to disqualify themselves, or Chinese hurling equally racial insults at the Spanish.  Nope, the only reaction I saw was one I’ve seen a million times before: White PC flacks getting all uppity about racism.  Besides, let’s not take our focus off of what an incredibly successful games this is turning out to be so far (despite one horrible tragedy that the media is rudely overshadowing), and that we’ve already seen historyTwice.

So, to the media who is calling Spain racist, offensive, and rude, please do us a favor and shut the fuck up.  To Spain, a modest apology to China would be a nice gesture.  And to the rest of the world, just sit back and watch the games unfold.  It’s much more enjoyable to take it all in rather than nitpick every gesture and minute detail.

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Is The Daily News In Trouble? Or Desperate? Or Both?

Posted by thelanetrain on August 13, 2008

I’m not sure what to think about The New York Daily News new marketing campaign, but it is certainly making the city’s #2 tabloid paper looking more and more desperate.  It all started when the Daily News called my house to get me a low-rated subscription, and begged to keep me on the phone.  Then I saw them cutting their prices while on sale at a local newsstand, offering a reduced price if it was paired with a purchase of polar opposite Wall Street Journal.  But the icing on the cake was seeing a vendor make his way up and down a 4 Train peddling the paper and hollering for customers.  It was just like those guys who sell candy for the Harlem Basketball League, or beggars asking for change, but from “New York’s Hometown Paper”.

Gawker keeps telling us that printed journalism is dead, or on its way to a slow painful death at least.  But this latest show of desperation by the Daily News is getting me legitimately concerned.  How can a paper that nobody takes seriously get any lower?  Maybe they should consider being bought out by a major corporation.  Then they could become a vindictive, snarky, and thoroughly entertaining outlet of corporate America and the conservatives.  Like this shitty rag!

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NBC Thanks Their Lucky Peacock-Feathered Stars for Phelps and Johnston

Posted by thelanetrain on August 13, 2008

It’s certainly been a whirlwind couple of days for Team USA.  Michael Phelps became the winningest olympian ever.  A Hamm-less men’s gymnastics team eked out a bronze medal.  And the women’s gymnastics team, feautring the ever-dominant Shawn Johnston, nabbed a silver medal (they got beaten by a bunch of eighth grade girls).  But the biggest winner in this olympics so far?  Team NBC, who drew 30 million viewers last night, and has averaged more viewers so far than the Athens Olympic Games.  It also drew five times as many viewers as its closest competitor, ABC.

After The Jump: The secrets of NBC’s success.

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Mary-Kate Olsen: Actress, Socialite, Pusher?

Posted by thelanetrain on August 5, 2008

Everyone knows how crazy the Olsen Twins are, or really, how crazy Mary-Kate Olsen has been lately.  When we last saw her, she was locking lips onscreen with Sir Ben Kingsley in “some little indie film that nobody’s gonna see“.  Now she’s being shoved back into the media circus again, but this time, as suspect #1 in the investigation of Heath Ledger’s death.  FOR REAL?  What would Danny Tanner say?

After The Jump: Immunity, OxyContin, and why MKO is under fire.

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