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Mother Jones doesn’t like dubious math:

So did DOJ really pay $16 for muffins? Of course not. In fact, it’s obvious that someone quite carefully calculated the amount they were allowed to spend and then gave the hotel a budget. The hotel agreed, but for some reason decided to divide up the charges into just a few categories instead of writing a detailed invoice for every single piece of food they provided.

  • I don’t like the new toolbar at the top that WordPress implemented for its bloggers.  I felt like the last one was better organized.  This one breaks down links into too many sub-categories and some of them are redundant.
  • Anyone who remembers Myspace, i.e. over 21, remember Tom?  He’s got a Facebook.  And he’s apparently a Facebook corporate whore now.
  • Speaking of FB, it keeps making chatty noises at me when I’m not actually getting IMs.  I’m not sure what it means.  Is this the side news feed thing that everyone thinks is useless?  Whatever it is, it’s annoying.
  • I will not be live blogging the debate tonight, mostly because Fox says it’s going to be 2 hours long and I like not sitting on my ass for 2 hours.  It’s 9:30 and mostly it’s just been talking point after talking point, “You’re book lies!,” and a classic Fox-noxious crowd.

◦Who the fuck is Gary Johnson?

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble, Uncategorized Tags: $16 muffin, mother jones, new facebook, WordPress toolbar

Update: Netflix Scraps Qwikster DVD-only Service Idea

9/21/2011

Dear Board of Chairmen at Netflix,

Last November, when you launched your $7.99 unlimited streaming plan, DVDs by mail was treated as a $2 add-on to your unlimited streaming plan. Since your July announcement of price increased and from when the new prices went into effect–Unlimited Streaming for $7.99 a month and/or 1 DVD at a time for $7.99 a month–you lost 1,000,000 subscribers. Your stocks now look like crap.

You then release a memo in your blog, “An Explanation and Some Reflections.”  Your attempt to placate your obviously pissed-off customers went as follows:

It is clear from the feedback over the past two months that many members felt we lacked respect and humility in the way we announced the separation of DVD and streaming, and the price changes. That was certainly not our intent, and I offer my sincere apology… When Netflix is evolving rapidly, however, I need to be extra-communicative. This is the key thing I got wrong.

This blog post was signed Reed Hastings, Co-Founder and CEO, Netflix.  You should fire him, because he’s an idiot.

We don’t give a shit about the level of communication in announcing the separation of streaming and DVDs. We like streaming and would be willing to pay the increased fees if your service was more competitive than other services avaialbe. But you just lost your Starz contract and all the movies that went with it. Your streaming service is not “evolving;” it just got worse and you’re charging more for it, in the middle of an economic stagnation no less.

So for you to complicate the situation even more by announcing you will re-branding the DVD service to a separate website called “Qwikster” demonstrates a severe lack in ability to respond to consumer wants and needs. It’s like selling fruits and vegetables and then making another store with another name (but it’s a subsidiary!) to sell just the fruit. It doesn’t make sense for you or your customers.

You said in your blog, “Companies rarely die from moving too fast, and they frequently die from moving too slowly.”  Well, companies also die from a common business practice known as “sucking at life.”  Refer to Wikipedia’s List of Businesses that Failed, and be prepared when you join that list.

One business analyst compared your business plan to Apple’s iPod, suggesting that this business gamble will have long-term benefits for your profits. He’s also an idiot. The iPod is a technologically superior product in its field with aesthetics, durability, and easy to use feature. But streaming movies and TV shows is a pretty standard service that has competition coming from everywhere.

Also, next time you decide hike your prices, we’re going to remember your blog post and quote you: “There are no pricing changes (we’re done with that!)” “Done” with price increases? Really? For how long?

I guess as long as it takes for Redbox and Hulu to undercut you.

Sincerely,

Your Pissed-off Customers


Netflix doesn’t have an e-mail address.

But you can call their customer service at: 1-866-716-0414
(Be nice to the techs, though. It’s not their fault.)

And you can write to them:

Netflix, Inc. 100 Winchester Circle

Los Gatos, CA 95032

Categories: Pop-culture, Social commentary Tags: angry customers, complain to netflix, netflix, netflix address, open-letter, price hikes, price increases, qwikster, streaming movies, streaming TV, unlimited DVDs

I normally don’t do posts where it’s only a link to a news article.

But this is the best title for a news article ever: http://gawker.com/5839596/gordon-ramsays-porn-dwarf-double-eaten-by-badger

Also, I really wanted to use the tags “Chef Ramsey” “dwarf porn” and “badgers” all the in the same post.

Badgers badgers badgers Badgers badgers badgers

They don’t know yet how the dwarf managed partially eaten in a badger den, but they are not ruling out suicide. Either that, or the badgers are planning a hostile takeover of the porn industry.

Badgers are Wisconsin’s state animal and generally weigh between 15-25 pounds. They can be aggressive, but normally only when provoked or threatened.

Categories: things that amuse me Tags: badgers, Chef Ramsey, dwarf porn, UK

(cc) William Cho on flickr. My mall does not have palm trees. Nor do I think I will get to battle any zombies.

5. Waking up “early” to do stuff involves driving in rush hour traffic.

4. I’ve developed a fear that there are homicidal clowns lurking in the empty 50 cent rides at the mall.

3. I can feel my social skills withering away under my sunlight-deprived skin.

2. I actually have to make my own sandwiches since the food court isn’t open at 3 AM. Ugh, first world problems.

1. People start to mow their lawns the same time I want to go to sleep.

Categories: Autobiographical Stories Tags: crappy hours, night shifts, overnight, retail, work, work sucks

I’m going to drop some knowledge on lady-part business today, followed up with some commentary on the HPV vaccine mandate debate going on among the GOP primary contenders. I’m also going to drop my CPhT credentials here, since I’m talking about health care and am technically a health care professional.

I received the Gardasil vaccinations against the Human Papilloma Virus last year. It’s a total of three shots over 6 months. Under Merck’s prescription assistance plan at Planned Parenthood, the vaccines cost $31 each/$93 total. (Without insurance, they’re pretty pricey, between $100-180 depending on your pharmacy and whether your MD prescribes the vial or the pre-prepared syringe.)

might already have HPV, since I was active for several years with more experienced partners before getting vaccinated. HPV is estimated to be the most common of all STIs. Studies of prevalence vary, but they generally agree that at least 30% of all women will have at least one form of HPV by mid-adulthood. Condoms may help, but will not fully prevent the transmission of HPV.

HPV is normally detected when a routine pap smears shows cervical abnormalities. The pap smear isn’t the official HPV test; there’s also a DNA test performed for high-risk women or those whose paps come back abnormal.  There are no FDA-approved HPV tests for men.

Most infected men and women will live out their happy lives completely unaware, but certain high-risk strains can cause genital warts and more disconcerting, cervical cancer.

—–

At the Tea Party Debate, Michele Bachmann spun a second-hand story of HPV vaccine causing mental retardation, which several fact check sites and doctors everywhere debunked immediately.

The point of her story, of course, was to draw ire to Rick Perry’s unpopular HPV vaccination mandate for girls entering middle-school. On February 2, 2007, Texas became the first state to enact a mandate-by executive order from the governor that all females entering the sixth grade receive the vaccine, with a parental opt-out option. The state legislature disagreed, overturned the mandate with H.B. 1098, and at that point, Perry withheld his veto.

Rick Perry’s rebuttal during Tea Party debate included the statement that he only received a $5,000 donation from HPV vaccine maker Merck. But that figure only refers to funds donated by Merck’s political action committee during Perry’s re-election campaign. The Washington Post finds that Perry’s campaigns have received almost $30,000 from Merck since 2000 and the drug maker has given $380,000 to the Republican Governors Association (RGA) since 2006—which Perry chaired twice and has contributed around $4 million to his campaigns. One of Merck’s top three lobbyists in Texas is Mike Toomey, Perry’s former chief of staff.

Toomey’s mother-in-law, the former Texas state Rep. Dianne White Delisi (R), was a state director for Women in Government, another organization heavily funded by Merck.

—–

I fainted for a few seconds during my first shot. I had been told to eat before coming in to prevent this side-effect, and I did eat a McMuffin meal but had finished it only a few minutes before I arrived at the clinic. That was obviously not enough time to get my blood sugar levels up.

Passing out during a shot is an example of a vasovagal response, an automatic nervous system response to needles going into your skin. Compared to other intramuscular injections, Gardasil has an increased risk of this fainting, also called syncope. For the next two shots, I ate at least an hour before going in and the shots went peachy. No light-headedness at all.

In terms of pain, this shot was worse than the flu shot, but not nearly as bad as the meningococcal vaccine I had to get for college in New York.  I would recommend it to all sexually active ladies, because I’m sure paying $93 is nothing compared to cervical cancer.

Information Is Beautiful finds that the HPV vaccines are extremely safe. (Nice infographics too.)

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: cervical cancer, Gardasil, Gardasil stories, HPV, HPV testing, HPV vaccine, human papilloma virus, Merck, rick perry, Tea Party Debate, women’s health

^Anthony Weiner’s Speech Presented by Guilty Looking Dachshunds.

Anthony Weiner’s vacated seat is lost to the GOP.  How did the Democratically heavy 9th district manage to lose to the Republicans?

Dem. contender David Weprin had a series of gaffes over the summer, fucking up knowledge of the national debt.  He also failed to pander to the Hassidic Jewish population, which are a significant voter demographic in the Brooklyn section of the 9th.  His opponent, Bob Turner, was supported by Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat and an orthodox Jew, and local rabbis.

Nate Silver predicts that the 2012 elections will end up looking a lot like 2010:

Democrats might not lose many more seats in the House if that were the case, since most of their vulnerable targets have already been picked off, but it would limit their potential for any gains. And it could produce dire results for the Democrats in the U.S. Senate, where they have twice as many seats up for re-election.

Newsflash:  Young people still suck at knowing what district they’re in and who their Congressperson is.  In case you missed it:

In Ohio, volunteers are rallying against House Bill 194, which would limit the window to send in absentee ballots, among other voter-friendly practices. In this op-ed by Cincinnati’s Howard Wilkinson, whose Enquirer byline is “don’t trust anyone else,”  he notes that “it won’t be in effect for the November 2012 presidential election either, because that is the day when Ohioans will go to the polls not only to choose a president but to vote up-or-down on House Bill 194.”

By his own logic, it won’t help the 2012 election. Yet the rest of his article is talking about why Democrats are flipping out right now.  It’s a sad day for politics, when people sincerely believe that everything that hurts the other party and democratic process is good for America.

Oh wait, that’s every day now.

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: 2012 elections, 9th district, Anthony Weiner’s seat, Bob Turner, Dachshunds, David Weprin, Hassidic Jews, Nate Silver

This is a spontaneous endeavor, so bear with me.  Popping my liveblogging cherry!

8:03  I haven’t watched many debate openings, but is that how networks normally present them?  “Rick Santorum – The Fighter?”  Isn’t “the guy who needs to quit now or will go broke” a more appropriate epithet?  I love how they later referred to Herman Cain as the “pizza guy.”  Is this a debate or a reality TV Show?  I guess both.

8:10  Wolf Blitzer indeed has a glorious beard.

8:13 Nice of you to talk to Michelle Bachmann first, unlike MSNBC’s snubbing of her last time.  Her answer was still terrible though.

8:18  “We’re having a conversation, right now.”  Mitt Romney to Rick Perry.  The moderators are letting some bickering go on.  The crowd loves it.  The “ooh ooh ooh ohh!” coming from the crowd is deserving of some fist-pumping.

8:30 I wasn’t really paying attention to Mitt Romney’s talk about growing the private sector, because I was busy admiring at his gorgeous salt and peppered coiffure.

8:39 “[The stimulus] created zero jobs.”  Rick Perry blatantly lies.

[The Indecision Live-blog  says, “Does Ron Paul for serious think that we’d ever elect a person who wears a plaid tie?”]

[Andrew Sullivan says Rick Perry has a “smug teflon smirk that this crowd is lapping up… As he strutted onto the stage he looked like a rooster in an Italian suit.”  Accurate analysis.]

8:49  Finally a Ronald Reagan reference. Thanks Newt!

8:58 Michelle Bachman talking about leashes.  Fiscal… Discipline!

9:07 If this was a slow talking contest, Rick Perry would win.  He’s so ashamed of his Gardasil stint.

9:09  Still, I get the impression Rick Perry is really afraid of dying of cervical cancer.

9:20 Ron Paul wants to legalize “alternative” medicine.  That’s the cure for rising health care costs. Leeches for everyone!

9:25 “I’m Wolf Blitzer, now back to the… psych! Back to commercials.”  What was the point of that?  Thanks for letting me know your name, Wolf Blitzer.

9:31 Ooh, Rick Perry got his first boos.  I’m glad the mods and other candidates are calling out RP on his hypocrisy.

9:38  My immigration attorney boyfriend got Jon Huntsman’s H1-B reference. He’s the only one.

9:46 What would you bring the White House if you moved in?  A Bible.  A Bible.  Another Bible.  An army of unvaccinated foster children.  And not Mexicans.

9:50 There’s nothing I want more than a creepy bust of Winston Church in my house.

That’s a wrap!  All that happened tonight is that we’re reminded that Michelle Bachmann is against the violation of little girls, Rick Perry regrets violating little girls, and Tea Partiers will boo at anything that doesn’t involve wrapping themselves in the copies of the Constitution to ward off the terrorists (and the Mexicans).

Click here to read to my annotated transcript of the Sept. 7 Politico-sponsored bitch-fest.

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: CNN debate, GOP primary, live-blogging, liveblogging, Tea Party

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Mother Jones doesn’t like dubious math:

So did DOJ really pay $16 for muffins? Of course not. In fact, it’s obvious that someone quite carefully calculated the amount they were allowed to spend and then gave the hotel a budget. The hotel agreed, but for some reason decided to divide up the charges into just a few categories instead of writing a detailed invoice for every single piece of food they provided.

  • I don’t like the new toolbar at the top that WordPress implemented for its bloggers.  I felt like the last one was better organized.  This one breaks down links into too many sub-categories and some of them are redundant.
  • Anyone who remembers Myspace, i.e. over 21, remember Tom?  He’s got a Facebook.  And he’s apparently a Facebook corporate whore now.
  • Speaking of FB, it keeps making chatty noises at me when I’m not actually getting IMs.  I’m not sure what it means.  Is this the side news feed thing that everyone thinks is useless?  Whatever it is, it’s annoying.
  • I will not be live blogging the debate tonight, mostly because Fox says it’s going to be 2 hours long and I like not sitting on my ass for 2 hours.  It’s 9:30 and mostly it’s just been talking point after talking point, “You’re book lies!,” and a classic Fox-noxious crowd.

◦Who the fuck is Gary Johnson?

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble, Uncategorized Tags: $16 muffin, mother jones, new facebook, WordPress toolbar

Update: Netflix Scraps Qwikster DVD-only Service Idea

9/21/2011

Dear Board of Chairmen at Netflix,

Last November, when you launched your $7.99 unlimited streaming plan, DVDs by mail was treated as a $2 add-on to your unlimited streaming plan. Since your July announcement of price increased and from when the new prices went into effect–Unlimited Streaming for $7.99 a month and/or 1 DVD at a time for $7.99 a month–you lost 1,000,000 subscribers. Your stocks now look like crap.

You then release a memo in your blog, “An Explanation and Some Reflections.”  Your attempt to placate your obviously pissed-off customers went as follows:

It is clear from the feedback over the past two months that many members felt we lacked respect and humility in the way we announced the separation of DVD and streaming, and the price changes. That was certainly not our intent, and I offer my sincere apology… When Netflix is evolving rapidly, however, I need to be extra-communicative. This is the key thing I got wrong.

This blog post was signed Reed Hastings, Co-Founder and CEO, Netflix.  You should fire him, because he’s an idiot.

We don’t give a shit about the level of communication in announcing the separation of streaming and DVDs. We like streaming and would be willing to pay the increased fees if your service was more competitive than other services avaialbe. But you just lost your Starz contract and all the movies that went with it. Your streaming service is not “evolving;” it just got worse and you’re charging more for it, in the middle of an economic stagnation no less.

So for you to complicate the situation even more by announcing you will re-branding the DVD service to a separate website called “Qwikster” demonstrates a severe lack in ability to respond to consumer wants and needs. It’s like selling fruits and vegetables and then making another store with another name (but it’s a subsidiary!) to sell just the fruit. It doesn’t make sense for you or your customers.

You said in your blog, “Companies rarely die from moving too fast, and they frequently die from moving too slowly.”  Well, companies also die from a common business practice known as “sucking at life.”  Refer to Wikipedia’s List of Businesses that Failed, and be prepared when you join that list.

One business analyst compared your business plan to Apple’s iPod, suggesting that this business gamble will have long-term benefits for your profits. He’s also an idiot. The iPod is a technologically superior product in its field with aesthetics, durability, and easy to use feature. But streaming movies and TV shows is a pretty standard service that has competition coming from everywhere.

Also, next time you decide hike your prices, we’re going to remember your blog post and quote you: “There are no pricing changes (we’re done with that!)” “Done” with price increases? Really? For how long?

I guess as long as it takes for Redbox and Hulu to undercut you.

Sincerely,

Your Pissed-off Customers


Netflix doesn’t have an e-mail address.

But you can call their customer service at: 1-866-716-0414
(Be nice to the techs, though. It’s not their fault.)

And you can write to them:

Netflix, Inc. 100 Winchester Circle

Los Gatos, CA 95032

Categories: Pop-culture, Social commentary Tags: angry customers, complain to netflix, netflix, netflix address, open-letter, price hikes, price increases, qwikster, streaming movies, streaming TV, unlimited DVDs

I normally don’t do posts where it’s only a link to a news article.

But this is the best title for a news article ever: http://gawker.com/5839596/gordon-ramsays-porn-dwarf-double-eaten-by-badger

Also, I really wanted to use the tags “Chef Ramsey” “dwarf porn” and “badgers” all the in the same post.

Badgers badgers badgers Badgers badgers badgers

They don’t know yet how the dwarf managed partially eaten in a badger den, but they are not ruling out suicide. Either that, or the badgers are planning a hostile takeover of the porn industry.

Badgers are Wisconsin’s state animal and generally weigh between 15-25 pounds. They can be aggressive, but normally only when provoked or threatened.

Categories: things that amuse me Tags: badgers, Chef Ramsey, dwarf porn, UK

(cc) William Cho on flickr. My mall does not have palm trees. Nor do I think I will get to battle any zombies.

5. Waking up “early” to do stuff involves driving in rush hour traffic.

4. I’ve developed a fear that there are homicidal clowns lurking in the empty 50 cent rides at the mall.

3. I can feel my social skills withering away under my sunlight-deprived skin.

2. I actually have to make my own sandwiches since the food court isn’t open at 3 AM. Ugh, first world problems.

1. People start to mow their lawns the same time I want to go to sleep.

Categories: Autobiographical Stories Tags: crappy hours, night shifts, overnight, retail, work, work sucks

I’m going to drop some knowledge on lady-part business today, followed up with some commentary on the HPV vaccine mandate debate going on among the GOP primary contenders. I’m also going to drop my CPhT credentials here, since I’m talking about health care and am technically a health care professional.

I received the Gardasil vaccinations against the Human Papilloma Virus last year. It’s a total of three shots over 6 months. Under Merck’s prescription assistance plan at Planned Parenthood, the vaccines cost $31 each/$93 total. (Without insurance, they’re pretty pricey, between $100-180 depending on your pharmacy and whether your MD prescribes the vial or the pre-prepared syringe.)

might already have HPV, since I was active for several years with more experienced partners before getting vaccinated. HPV is estimated to be the most common of all STIs. Studies of prevalence vary, but they generally agree that at least 30% of all women will have at least one form of HPV by mid-adulthood. Condoms may help, but will not fully prevent the transmission of HPV.

HPV is normally detected when a routine pap smears shows cervical abnormalities. The pap smear isn’t the official HPV test; there’s also a DNA test performed for high-risk women or those whose paps come back abnormal.  There are no FDA-approved HPV tests for men.

Most infected men and women will live out their happy lives completely unaware, but certain high-risk strains can cause genital warts and more disconcerting, cervical cancer.

—–

At the Tea Party Debate, Michele Bachmann spun a second-hand story of HPV vaccine causing mental retardation, which several fact check sites and doctors everywhere debunked immediately.

The point of her story, of course, was to draw ire to Rick Perry’s unpopular HPV vaccination mandate for girls entering middle-school. On February 2, 2007, Texas became the first state to enact a mandate-by executive order from the governor that all females entering the sixth grade receive the vaccine, with a parental opt-out option. The state legislature disagreed, overturned the mandate with H.B. 1098, and at that point, Perry withheld his veto.

Rick Perry’s rebuttal during Tea Party debate included the statement that he only received a $5,000 donation from HPV vaccine maker Merck. But that figure only refers to funds donated by Merck’s political action committee during Perry’s re-election campaign. The Washington Post finds that Perry’s campaigns have received almost $30,000 from Merck since 2000 and the drug maker has given $380,000 to the Republican Governors Association (RGA) since 2006—which Perry chaired twice and has contributed around $4 million to his campaigns. One of Merck’s top three lobbyists in Texas is Mike Toomey, Perry’s former chief of staff.

Toomey’s mother-in-law, the former Texas state Rep. Dianne White Delisi (R), was a state director for Women in Government, another organization heavily funded by Merck.

—–

I fainted for a few seconds during my first shot. I had been told to eat before coming in to prevent this side-effect, and I did eat a McMuffin meal but had finished it only a few minutes before I arrived at the clinic. That was obviously not enough time to get my blood sugar levels up.

Passing out during a shot is an example of a vasovagal response, an automatic nervous system response to needles going into your skin. Compared to other intramuscular injections, Gardasil has an increased risk of this fainting, also called syncope. For the next two shots, I ate at least an hour before going in and the shots went peachy. No light-headedness at all.

In terms of pain, this shot was worse than the flu shot, but not nearly as bad as the meningococcal vaccine I had to get for college in New York.  I would recommend it to all sexually active ladies, because I’m sure paying $93 is nothing compared to cervical cancer.

Information Is Beautiful finds that the HPV vaccines are extremely safe. (Nice infographics too.)

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: cervical cancer, Gardasil, Gardasil stories, HPV, HPV testing, HPV vaccine, human papilloma virus, Merck, rick perry, Tea Party Debate, women’s health

^Anthony Weiner’s Speech Presented by Guilty Looking Dachshunds.

Anthony Weiner’s vacated seat is lost to the GOP.  How did the Democratically heavy 9th district manage to lose to the Republicans?

Dem. contender David Weprin had a series of gaffes over the summer, fucking up knowledge of the national debt.  He also failed to pander to the Hassidic Jewish population, which are a significant voter demographic in the Brooklyn section of the 9th.  His opponent, Bob Turner, was supported by Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat and an orthodox Jew, and local rabbis.

Nate Silver predicts that the 2012 elections will end up looking a lot like 2010:

Democrats might not lose many more seats in the House if that were the case, since most of their vulnerable targets have already been picked off, but it would limit their potential for any gains. And it could produce dire results for the Democrats in the U.S. Senate, where they have twice as many seats up for re-election.

Newsflash:  Young people still suck at knowing what district they’re in and who their Congressperson is.  In case you missed it:

In Ohio, volunteers are rallying against House Bill 194, which would limit the window to send in absentee ballots, among other voter-friendly practices. In this op-ed by Cincinnati’s Howard Wilkinson, whose Enquirer byline is “don’t trust anyone else,”  he notes that “it won’t be in effect for the November 2012 presidential election either, because that is the day when Ohioans will go to the polls not only to choose a president but to vote up-or-down on House Bill 194.”

By his own logic, it won’t help the 2012 election. Yet the rest of his article is talking about why Democrats are flipping out right now.  It’s a sad day for politics, when people sincerely believe that everything that hurts the other party and democratic process is good for America.

Oh wait, that’s every day now.

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: 2012 elections, 9th district, Anthony Weiner’s seat, Bob Turner, Dachshunds, David Weprin, Hassidic Jews, Nate Silver

This is a spontaneous endeavor, so bear with me.  Popping my liveblogging cherry!

8:03  I haven’t watched many debate openings, but is that how networks normally present them?  “Rick Santorum – The Fighter?”  Isn’t “the guy who needs to quit now or will go broke” a more appropriate epithet?  I love how they later referred to Herman Cain as the “pizza guy.”  Is this a debate or a reality TV Show?  I guess both.

8:10  Wolf Blitzer indeed has a glorious beard.

8:13 Nice of you to talk to Michelle Bachmann first, unlike MSNBC’s snubbing of her last time.  Her answer was still terrible though.

8:18  “We’re having a conversation, right now.”  Mitt Romney to Rick Perry.  The moderators are letting some bickering go on.  The crowd loves it.  The “ooh ooh ooh ohh!” coming from the crowd is deserving of some fist-pumping.

8:30 I wasn’t really paying attention to Mitt Romney’s talk about growing the private sector, because I was busy admiring at his gorgeous salt and peppered coiffure.

8:39 “[The stimulus] created zero jobs.”  Rick Perry blatantly lies.

[The Indecision Live-blog  says, “Does Ron Paul for serious think that we’d ever elect a person who wears a plaid tie?”]

[Andrew Sullivan says Rick Perry has a “smug teflon smirk that this crowd is lapping up… As he strutted onto the stage he looked like a rooster in an Italian suit.”  Accurate analysis.]

8:49  Finally a Ronald Reagan reference. Thanks Newt!

8:58 Michelle Bachman talking about leashes.  Fiscal… Discipline!

9:07 If this was a slow talking contest, Rick Perry would win.  He’s so ashamed of his Gardasil stint.

9:09  Still, I get the impression Rick Perry is really afraid of dying of cervical cancer.

9:20 Ron Paul wants to legalize “alternative” medicine.  That’s the cure for rising health care costs. Leeches for everyone!

9:25 “I’m Wolf Blitzer, now back to the… psych! Back to commercials.”  What was the point of that?  Thanks for letting me know your name, Wolf Blitzer.

9:31 Ooh, Rick Perry got his first boos.  I’m glad the mods and other candidates are calling out RP on his hypocrisy.

9:38  My immigration attorney boyfriend got Jon Huntsman’s H1-B reference. He’s the only one.

9:46 What would you bring the White House if you moved in?  A Bible.  A Bible.  Another Bible.  An army of unvaccinated foster children.  And not Mexicans.

9:50 There’s nothing I want more than a creepy bust of Winston Church in my house.

That’s a wrap!  All that happened tonight is that we’re reminded that Michelle Bachmann is against the violation of little girls, Rick Perry regrets violating little girls, and Tea Partiers will boo at anything that doesn’t involve wrapping themselves in the copies of the Constitution to ward off the terrorists (and the Mexicans).

Click here to read to my annotated transcript of the Sept. 7 Politico-sponsored bitch-fest.

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: CNN debate, GOP primary, live-blogging, liveblogging, Tea Party