Wednesday, November 08, 2006

TheNuttyBuddy.com
  • "The Nutty Buddy is a revolutionary athletic cup designed by a pro baseball player for superior protection of your most valuable assetsThe Nutty Buddy is a revolutionary athletic cup designed by a pro baseball player for superior protection of your most valuable assets"
  • It comes in three sizes: The Boss, The Hog, and El Jefe


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"Cheney Reminds Bush He Has Pictures of Him Naked" ... Veep Unlikely to Be Axed, Insiders Say
  • Bush axe Darth Cheney? In my opinion that will never happen. Cheney is Bush's #1 insurance against impeachment. You think any Democratic congress would hand the Presidency to Big Dick? That'd be like B'nai Brith electing Mel Gibson president.


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I love British colloquialisms: Oh,oh. The Democrats are already cock-a-hoop. Especially Ted Kennedy.
  • I was also cock-a-hoop a while back, but a shot of penicillin fixed me right up
  • The OED has a ton on this one:

    Phrase. to set (the) cock on (the) hoop, cock a hoop: app. to turn on the tap and let the liquor flow; hence, to drink without stint; to drink and make good cheer with reckless prodigality. Obs.
    1529 More Comf. agst. Trib. ii. Wks. 1177/2 They+set them downe and dryncke well for our sauiours sake, sette cocke a hoope, and fyll in all the cuppes at ones, and then lette Chrystes passion paye for all the scotte. 1538 Bale Thre Lawes 1806 Cheare now maye I make & set cocke on the houpe. Fyll in all the pottes, and byd me welcome hostesse. 1540 Palsgr. Acolastus (Wedgwood), Let us sette the cocke on the hope and make good chere within doores. 1562 J. Heywood Prov. & Epigr. (1867) 54 He maketh hauok, and setteth cocke on the hoope. He is so laueis, the stocke beginneth to droope. 1606 Heywood 2nd Pt. If you know not me Wks. 1874 I. 257 These knaues Sit cocke-a-hope, but Hobson pays for all. 1611 Cotgr., Se goguer, to+make good cheere, set cocke-a-hoope, throw the house out at windowes. 1621 Molle Camerar. Liv. Libr. iii. i. 147 Resolued+to set cock in hoope, and in guzling and good cheere spent all that was left. 1658 R. Brathwait Hon. Ghost 26 (N.) The cock on hoop is set, Hoping to drink their lordships out of debt.

    By extension: (a) To abandon oneself to reckless enjoyment. (b) To cast off all restraint, become reckless. (c) To give a loose to all disorder, to set all by the ears. Obs.

    1547 Boorde Introd. Knowl. 117 Now I am a frysker, all men doth on me looke; What should I do, but set cocke on the hoope? 1560 J. Daus tr. Sleidane's Comm. 441b, There be found diuers+which setting cocke on houpe, beleue nothinge at all, neither regard they what, reason, what, honesty, or what thing conscience doth prescribe. 1576 Newton tr. Lemnie's Complex. (1633) 221 Lighting in the company of amorous and beautifull Damosels, they set cocke on hoope, and+become as merry as the merriest. 1592 Shakes. Rom. & Jul. i. v. 83 Youle make a Mutinie among the Guests: You will set cocke a hoope, youle be the man. [Some would connect this rather with 2 or 3.]

    As an exclamation of reckless joy or elation.
    1568 Jacob & Esau v. i. in Hazl. Dodsley II. 246 Then, faith, cock-on-hoop, all is ours! thou, who but he?

    as adv. in phrase to set (oneself or something) cock-a-hoop: i.e. in a position or state of unrestrained elation or exultation. [Quot. 1689 prob. influenced by cock n.1 the fowl.] Obs.
    1689 Trial Pritchard v. Papillon 6 Nov. (1684) 31 He sets himself Cock-a-hoop, as if there were no one that took care of the City besides himself. 1720 Gay Poems (1745) II. 123 Your eyes, lips, breasts are so provoking—They set my heart more cock-a-hoop Than could whole seas of cray-fish soupe.

    as pred. adj. (in to be, make cock-a-hoop): In a state of elation; crowing with exultation. [Here association with the fowl becomes evident.]
    1663 Butler Hud. i. iii. 14 Hudibras+having routed the whole Troop, With Victory was Cock-a-hoop. 1673 Marvell Reh. Transp. II. 264 You were exceedingly straitned in time; and then a little after were all Cock-a-Hoop. 1677 Coles, To be cock-a-hoop, ampullari, insolescere, cristas erigere. c1690 B. E. Dict. Cant. Crew, Cock-a-hoop, upon the high Ropes, Rampant, Transported. 1719 Cordial Low Spirits 162 The church was very cock-a-hoop, and held up its head and crow'd. 1817 M. Edgeworth Love & L. ii. i, To make Catty cockahoop, I told her that, etc. 1834 Greville Mem. Geo. IV (1875) III. xxiii. 104 The Tories have been mighty cock-a-hoop. 1887 H. Smart Cleverly Won x. 86 They are all as cock-a-hoop about her chance as ever I saw folks in my life.

    as attrib. adj. Elated, exultant, boastfully and loudly triumphant.
    1837 Gen. P. Thompson Exerc. (1842) IV. 201 The cock-a-hoop hilarity of the Tories. 1863 Mrs. C. Clarke Shaks. Char. iv. 102 We never lose the cock-a-whoop vein in Bottom's character.

    adv. Elatedly, triumphantly.
    1809 W. Irving Knickerb. iii. vi, That ingenuous habit of mind which always thinks aloud; which rides cock-a-hoop on the tongue. 1871 Member for Paris II. 10 M. Paul+began unwisely to crow cock-a-whoop before the time.

    Hence cock-a-hooping vbl. n.; cock-a-hoopish; cock-a-hoopness. (nonce-wds.)
    1862 Sat. Rev. XIV. 776/2 These groans and these cock-a-whoopings at the sale of the Cornhill. 1885 Globe 9 May 3/1 The younger sister—for France considers her as such—is getting too ‘cock-a-hoopish’. 1889 Ibid. 23 Nov. 574/1 The boisterous cock-a-hoopness of some of his present associates.


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Vacation Tips: "Giant, Hungry Snails Overrunning Caribbean Island of Barbados" That headline has to be great for tourism.

French tourism.


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"An attempt to answer how a beauty pageant and a muskrat skinning contest came to co-exist."


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An 8-point buck wanders through a SuperTarget in Iowa


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The HD trailer for Turistas
  • "Finn and Liam, who just want to experience for themselves the beautiful Brazilian women they’ve heard so much about. The new friends find a hazy night of exotic liquors and sensuous dancing later, they wake up alone, their possessions gone, and only the faintest traces of the nightmare to come on their lips."


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The HD trailer for Deja Vu, a new thriller starring Denzel.
  • "It is deja vu that unexpectedly guides ATF agent Doug Carlin through an investigation into a shattering crime. Called in to recover evidence after a bomb sets off a cataclysmic explosion on a New Orleans Ferry, Carlin is about to discover that what most people believe is only in their heads is actually something far more powerful."


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The spectacular HD trailer for Pan's Labyrinth, the new "adult fantasy" from Guillermo del Toro


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The trailer for Deck the Halls - a family Christmas comedy
  • "A family comedy about one-upsmanship, jealousy, clashing neighbors, home decoration...and the true spirit of the holidays. Steve (Matthew Broderick), a suburban dad and Christmas enthusiast, leads a well-ordered, well-planned, and well-organized life. His new neighbor, Danny (Danny DeVito), is Steve's polar opposite: a big personality with big dreams, which have yet to materialize. But Danny's latest dream - to create the biggest holiday light display in the world, visible from outer space - is turning Steve's disciplined world into a chaotic nightmare. As Danny's home explodes with festive lights of incredible design, increasing complexity, and exponentially-growing wattage, Steve becomes a man on a mission. At any cost, he will thwart Danny - or top him."


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The trailer for Venus, the latest Peter O'Toole movie, which comes from the director of Notting Hill


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Can It Be? Is this the Britney Spears/K-Fed Sex Tape?
  • ... As the ever-wise Dalton would have said, "Opinions vary." Fleshbot's online poll is currently running 50-50. I say "no chance."


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Senate Update - Elections 2006
  • Montana goes to the Democrat. Current count: Dems 48+2, GOP 49, Undecided 1. The undecided race in Virginia determines control of the entire senate (GOP needs 50 for control, Dems need 51). As of now, it appears that Macaca has lost, but I read that Virginia has some astromical number of absentee ballots, like 130,000, so those will have to be layered in. And then there's the recount. Assuming that Macaca loses his seat, the Dems will control the Senate IF Lieberman stays in line. He probably will, but not before imposing some conditions and extracting some favors. If he weren't such a Holy Joe, he'd be getting his knob polished several times a day right now.


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Politicians Sweep Midterm Elections


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Bizarre commercial for the Borat soundtrack


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This Week's Movies: a pretty good line-up.
  • Babel - from arthouse hot-shot Inarritu - 1200 theaters, 74% positive reviews, and some modest Oscar buzz.
  • Stranger than Fiction - Will Farrell - 2200 theaters, 67% positive reviews
  • Harsh Times - the follow-up to Training Day, starring Christian Bale - 60% positive reviews, 900 theaters
  • The Return - a supernatural thriller starring Buffy - 1800 theaters - not pre-screened for critics
  • A Good Year - Russell Crowe's new one - the only film with poor reviews (so far) this week: 33% good reviews, 2000 theaters


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The Weekend Warrior's box office predictions for the upcoming weekend. It's a weekend for big stars in offbeat films.
  • Borat is pegged for #1 in its expansion to 2550 theaters, grossing $30m. Warrior's numbers for this film make perfect sense to me. They seem to be modeled directly on the second week of Blair Witch, which is the only film with comparable numbers. Whether he's right or wrong, I came up with the same exact prediction independently.
  • Will Ferrell is expected to be #2, but since it's kind of an arty Will Ferrell movie with about 2/3 of the normal theater coverage, the numbers are not expected to be impressive.
  • Russell Crowe is also starring in what is an atypical film for him, the one that looks like a chick-flick, a gender-reversal of Under the Tuscan Sun. This one is not expected to be a barn-burner either. amd Warrior thinks it will finish 5th.
  • Well, I suppose Buffy is expected to be in a supernatural thriller, but her drawing power is ... well, let's face it, her trail is cold. She's expected to place no better than 9th


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PAM WAS IN ON 'BORAT' JOKE


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Last night's Daily Show/Colbert Report hour-long Midterm Midtacular


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Lindsay Lohan’s Brilliant Halloween Costume


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Elections 2006 Update
  • CNN has called Missouri for the Democrat. That leaves only Montana and Macaca's race in Virginia to close to call, but with the Dems leading in both. That means they may take the senate (assuming they can hold Lieberman in line.)


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Senate Update.
The Democrats lost Tennessee, where they had a chance, so they are standing at +3 with three to go. All three seats are currently held by GOP senators, and in all three cases, the challenger is winning!
  • Virginia. It appears at the moment that Macaca has lost his seat, but this one will be in dispute for quite some time. The candidates are separated by only 2700 votes out of 2.3 million cast.
  • Montana - looks like that seat will move into the blue column. The Dem is currently up by four points, and won the exit polls by six points.
  • Missouri - the Democrat is up by one point, and was three points up in the exit polls. Too close to call, but leaning toward the Democrat.
If the Democrats win all three of those, the final tally will be Dems 49, GOP 49, Independent 2. The two independents will caucus with the Democrats, so the Democrats will hold a 51-49 edge, and thus get to determine all the committee chairmanships, etc. BUT - if the Democrats lose any one of those three, the final score will be Dems 48, GOP 50, Independent 2. The Indies vote with the blue side, making it 50-50, but since Dick Cheney will cast all tie-breakers in the Senate, a 50-50 Senate means continuing GOP control. In other words, control of the Senate is probably all going to boil down to whether Macaca wins, and that will depend on re-counts and absentee ballots! You just know that's gonna get ugly. Look for a Civil War recreation as both armies of lawyers swing into Virginia like the Army of Northern Virginia against the Army of the Potomac. Will Macaca have to concede at Appomattox Courthouse?

Note that even if the Democrats win all three, they HAVE to have Joe Lieberman in their camp to gain control. That will make Liebermann the most powerful man in the country for now, since he may also choose to caucus with the GOP. Whichever party he chooses to caucus with will control the Senate. If he goes GOP, it's 50-50, which means GOP control. If he goes Dem, it's 51-49, which means Dem control. To put it another way, HE personally will control the Senate. Quite a comeback for a guy who lost the primary. I'm still not quite sure what a catbird seat is, but I'm quite sure he's in it.


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