Trash Talk – Election Weekend Special Edition

Down to the nitty gritty. The big game is Tuesday. No, CTMET, I am not talking about University of Buffalo v. Miami of Ohio. I am talking The Obama State U v. McCain Community College. This OSU isn’t in the Big 10, and we are expecting victory baby!

But the good old boys at ESPN have been scheming to game the pre-election scene. Here is the play ESPN is running:

On the eve of the presidential election, with "Monday Night Football" from Washington as the backdrop, candidates Barack Obama and John McCain are planning to participate in one-on-one interviews on ESPN via satellite.

"We worked with our partners at the NFL to schedule a Monday Night Football game in Washington on this special night, and this presents a unique opportunity for John McCain and Barack Obama to reflect upon the last few months and address a large primetime audience on the final day of the campaigns," Norby Williamson, ESPN executive vice president, production, said in a statement.

It will be the first NFL game played in the D.C. area on the Monday night before a presidential election in 24 years. The Redskins defeated the Atlanta Falcons 27-14 on Nov. 5, 1984; Ronald Reagan was re-elected the following day.

The Redskins, in fact, are an accurate barometer for presidential elections. According to Steve Hirdt of the Elias Sports Bureau, who coined the term "Redskins Rule" in 2000, the following bromide has held true for the past 17 presidential elections: If the Redskins win their last home game prior to Election Day, the party that won the popular vote in the previous election wins the White House; if the Redskins lose, the party that lost the popular vote in the previous election wins.

In this Monday’s case, a Steelers win would forecast an Obama victory; a Redskins win would indicate a McCain win.

Lovely. The last time we did this, Reagan won. And we are relying on the Steelers to win this time if we want Obama in the White House. Hope Willie Parker is back. On the plus side, maybe the Stillers will remember the pandering lie McCain pulled using them as a stage prop:

And then McCain told a rather moving story about his time as a P.O.W. "When I was first interrogated and really had to give some information because of the pressures, physical pressures on me, I named the starting lineup, defensive line of the Pittsburgh Steelers as my squadron mates."

"Did you really?" asked the reporter.

"Yes," McCain said.

"In your POW camp?" asked the reporter.

"Yes," McCain said.

"Could you do it today?" asked the reporter.

"No, unfortunately," (more…)

This Day Anything Goes

halloween450.jpegThe greatest day of the year is upon us, and for the glory of a costume for tonight’s Fickeween II: The Fickening party, I have shaved my beard. As men must do upon shaving after a prolonged hirsuteness, I decided on a silly halfway phase of comically long Wolverinish sideburns for a bit, but. Now I sort of want to change my costume. This would require leaving Attackerlady in something of a lurch, since we have planned on a joint costume (yes) and for her to just go as half of what we’ve planned is, at the least, awkward. So instead of being an asshole for Halloween — today, after all, you’re supposed to dress up as something you’re not — I’m posting instead, to get the temptation for a last second change-of-plans out of my system.

In honor of the day, all posts (except for any RIP posts and one substantive post I have planned) will feature Misfits lyrics for headlines.

Update: Erm. So. I blame the sideburns.

Why be euphemistic here. What I wrote above about not leaving Attackerlady in the lurch? That is exactly what I’m about to do. As an experiment earlier today, I put on my Glenn Danzig outfit — as you can see on an earlier post — and I can’t let it go. It’s so much cooler than going as Hotel from the Kills. Basically, Attackerlady looks extremely hot as VV/Allison Mosshart, and we created a backstory — she’s right here watching me type this, so I suppose I need to be honest and say I created an unconvincing and self-serving alibi over dinner — whereby Hotel is out tonight with Kate Moss and so a jilted VV relives her punk days by calling on Glenn Danzing from his mom’s attic in Lodi. The truth of the matter is that I’m vain and selfish and my end of the bargain is to publicly say so. Tomorrow Attackerlady will write a post here — forever retrievable through the All-Seeing Eye of Google — also calling me out for what an asshole I’ve proven myself to be.

But till then: Death comes ripping! I turned into a Martian and I can’t even recall my nay-yame.

Late Late Nite FDL: Progressive Halloween Edition: Scare Blue Dogs

Fischerspooner "We need A War" 

 In Cadeo "The Archer" 

Blue Dogs, Time to read and honor your oath of office. Time to reject fear itself, reject enormous MIC spending, needless war and torture. Honor our constitutionally guaranteed liberties by rejecting the surveillance state, mired in to much secrecy. And for Pete’s sake, drop the self defeating Pay Go meme.  

 We see through your mask. No more.

What’s on your mind tonight?


What are you doing here?


Get out and vote for Barack. 34 states let you vote early.

Get out and make phone calls. Get out and go door-to-door. Get out and go to your local Obama/Dem headquarters and pitch in and help ’em out.

Get out and wear your Obama button, your Obama tee-shirt, your Obama cap…strike up a conversation in a pizza takeout line. Talk to the folks you meet walkin’ your dog. Don’t let one opportunity pass by.

Pour it on. Nobody’s working harder, thinking more, doing more than Barack Obama…but let’s all make sure he’s leading a campaign of working, thinking, doing voters who are ready to roll up our sleeves and make America happen again. Just as this campaign has.

Go on, get outa here…. GOTOV. Get Out The Obama Vote.
(crossposted at homeblog Prairie Sun Rising)

NO-on-Prop-8 Signs at 49er Steve Young’s Home


Twenty million dollars in Mormon contributions to Prop 8 notwithstanding, one of the Bay Area’s most prominent Mormons and a Bay Area sports hero has "Vote NO on Prop 8" signs in the windows at his Palo Alto home, and has even incorporated "No on 8" messages into the family’s Halloween yard decorations.

Former San Francisco 49ers’ Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young has two official "No on 8" signs in the windows of his house in Palo Alto. On Friday, there were also three Halloween-themed signs in Young’s yard that also urged people to reject the gay marriage ban.

Young’s wife, Barbara, has also donated approximately $50,000 to the "No on 8" campaign aimed at defeating Proposition 8. Steve Young, answering a doorbell ring at his home late Friday afternoon, declined to comment about the signs in his yard.

But in an e-mailed statement to the gay rights group Equality California, Barbara Young wrote: "We believe all families matter, and we do not believe in discrimination, therefore, our family will vote against Prop. 8."

Also worth noting: In addition to Steve Young’s iconic status as a Hall of Famer: he is the great-great-great-grandson of the patriarch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Brigham Young.

Studs Terkel, RIP

From Working:

No matter how bewildering the times, no matter how dissembling the official language, those we call ordinary are aware of a sense of personal worth–or more often a lack of it–in the work they do. Tom Patrick, the Brooklyn fireman whose reflections end the book, similarly brings this essay to a close:

The fuckin’ world’s so fucked up, the country’s fucked up. But the firemen, you actually see them produce. You seem the put out a fire. You see them come out with babies in their hands. You see them give mouth-to-mouth when a guy’s dying. You can’t get around that shit. Tht’s real. To me, that’s what I want to be.


I can look back and say, "I helped put out a fire. I helped save somebody." It shows something I did on this earth.

Halloween Qs of the day

We didn’t have any trick or treaters tonight. We’re in an off the beaten path area in our neighborhood, and don’t usually have many.

Anyway, here are some Qs for you…

* What was the most creative costume you’ve seen?

* What was your favorite costume as a kid?

* What was your favorite treat to receive in your goodie bag?

For me I cannot remember a favorite costume, but the treat that was most coveted was one house where she gave kids homemade popcorn balls, or whatever you call them (made with fresh-popped corn and mixed with caramel, sort of like Cracker Jacks).

Obviously, this dates me, since it’s been years since most people gave out homemade food because of those old razor-blade-in-the-apple urban legends (did that ever really occur?). (more…)