Incidental Acts of Spontaneous Cerebral Violence

Sunday, February 20, 2005

There's only so much fear & loathing a person can take

Author Hunter S. Thompson Kills Himself

May the mescaline be plentiful and the blow ultra-pure.

Sleep well, Dr. Gonzo.

[Photo courtesy The Great Thompson Hunt]

Check out "Shotgun Golf with Bill Murray" -- HST's final Page 2 column

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Social Conventions - Super Bowl Edition

1. A super bowl party invite should not be made five minutes prior to kickoff when the party in question is a minimum half-hour drive away.

2. An individual at a super bowl party should refrain from making any druken non-football related phone calls DURING THE GAME to any individual not at that very same super bowl party.

3. It is not considered polite form to cancel a super bowl party RSVP with an "Im in vegas" text message sent mid-second quarter.

4. It is perfectly acceptable to base one's rooting interest solely upon the alma mater of a team's quarterback.

5. Regardless of how pathetic Paris Hilton's SNL performance may have been, a postmortem analysis does not take precedence over Sir Paul. Ever.

6. The failure of a team to properly manage the clock in the waning minutes of the most important game of their respective careers is a reason sufficient to call their (likable) head coach and (overwhelmed) star quarterback "a couple of complete and utter schmucks."


7. There is only one answer to the question of who gave the best individual performance at Super Bowl XXXIX: Charlie Daniels. Yes, Charlie Fucking Daniels.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Remind me again, which one's Shemp?

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

And here I thought that nothing could top the State of the Union

Thanks to my brother (the M.D.) for pointing this one out:
New York City health officials have gone to court to stop a rabbi from performing a type of ritual circumcision they believe may have led to the death of a baby boy from herpes.

The baby was one of three infants found to have contracted herpes simplex virus after being circumcised by Rabbi Yitzchok Fischer, who used his mouth to draw blood from the infant's wound, a traditional Orthodox practice during the bris, or religious circumcision.

Ten days after Fischer circumcised twins last October, one died of herpes and the other tested positive for the virus, according to the court papers. A third baby circumcised by Fisher was later found to have also tested positive for herpes, health officials said.
NY Officials Bar Rabbi from Circumcision Ritual

As if fellating a just circumcised newborn wasn't sufficiently horrific... Sometimes there's just no answer to the question, "What the fuck are people thinking?"

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

At least Rush Limbaugh relishes his prickdom

"Reason #67 why Michael Medved is an unmitigated asshole"

Critics have no right to play spoiler

Excerpted from Roger Ebert's discussion of "Million Dollar Baby":
The decision of Maggie and her trainer is not a surprise to the readers or listeners of two right-wing commentators, Michael Medved and Rush Limbaugh. They have revealed every secret of the plot. Limbaugh even chortled as he "apologized" for an earlier broadcast. Just as the movie was opening, Medved appeared on Pat Robertson's "700 Club" to describe the plot in great detail. The outcome of the movie does not match their beliefs. They object to it. That is their right. To engage in a campaign to harm the movie for those who may not agree with them is another matter.
Medved feels moviegoers deserved to know what the movie is about, and that critics have been dishonest in not telling them. Medved has for a long time been a political commentator, not a movie critic, but he must remember from his earlier days that moviegoers do NOT want to be informed of key plot surprises, and write enraged letters to critics who violate this code. He says the studio concealed the ending because "no one would come" if they knew how it turned out. In fact, the movie is a great success because of word-of-mouth praise from people who have admired it and urged others to attend.
WARNING: Do NOT read Ebert's complete essay until you've seen the movie. (Yes Virginia, it is outstanding; right up there with my favorite movies of 2004.)

And, almost as important, please disregard any "movie reviews" offered up by born-again neoconservative commentators who use their own brand of self-righteous, judgmental, morally superior orthodox judaism as the impetus for their criticism.

Hell, Medved was a pathetic movie critic even when he was a "liberal."

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