Happy Halloween... Dance and be merry.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Alongside and usually hand-in-hand with beer is another thing that Pittsburgh loves - its music. There is a profoundly dedicated following for local acts like the Clarks, Joe Grushecky and the crown jewel of Pittsburgh rock, Donnie Iris.
The thick-framed glasses-wearing Beaver native has been rocking for decades. Donnie is to Pittsburgh rock and roll what Reggie Jackson's home run against the light tower in the '71 All-Star game is to baseball: monumental. Even Donnie's name is Pittsburgh.
So when you combine the two, you get probably the most Pittsburgh thing known to man.
And, according to the Trib, it is going to be on sale soon.
I am physically preparing my body to be ready to take cases of this at a time upon its release. King Cool beer from the King of Cool himself. This is epic.
Ah, yes, because a holiday in which, as we mentioned earlier this week, children dress up like ghouls and get free candy and adults dress slutty and get trashed is such a blatant move by the devil to get us off of Jesus' side. Because these people take their minds off of the baby Jesus for one day to dress up like Frankenstein, we are all waiving our rights to paradise. No thanks, Vatican. Stop taking our lives so seriously. Then again, I guess that's what we pay you for. Sigh.
Enter Jon Stewart, who is thankfully doing the work that the rest of these alleged media watchdogs and government skeptics are blatantly coming up short on. He tactfully points out in this clip the absurdities in this story that, by the end of this clip, will make you want to throw a chair out of the nearest window and just rage. Behold:
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|For Fox Sake!|
Woe to you, America, when you lose this man. If he takes Letterman's spot, I am going to kill myself.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
actual photo, sadly, from Greater Things. Don't click on that link.
No, according to wingnut and pseudo-holyman Pat Robertson's blog, the day that kids dress up and get free candy and adults dress up slutty and get shitfaced is a feast of the devil!
What?!? My Almond Joys have been prayed over by witches before they reached my grocery store? Does Satan hang out down at the wholesalers?
This shouldn't actually suprise anyone, as the ultrareligious crazies have pretty much tried to get rid of everything fun; not just everything halloween-related. Other amenities include booze, Harry Potter, sex, art, other religions, stories about gay penguins, and actual fun.
Friday, October 23, 2009
His name is Tucker Carlson, and his straw man arguments against the left are - surprise! - inching toward the Ann Coulters of the world in recent days, primarily due to the fact that lately some White House staffers - who ironically, are liberal Democrats, I know, shocker - have been a bit critical of Fox News.
Tucker's take on the matter is a bit different. He thinks that, since Fox has a view slightly different than the White House's perspective, the Obama Administration is attempting to criticize and discredit them.
This is all, in minds similar to Tucker's, a blatant attempt to make an example out of Fox in order to shush any future dissent to Obama's agenda. It has nothing to do with Fox's credibility as a news organization, since the only people who claim it has any are beyond our - and certainly the White House's - help.
In his conclusion, Tucker issues a warning to those journalists who seem to be turning the other cheek to this unwarranted hostility from the White House:
Which is something the White House press corps ought to keep in mind as it stands by in silence while Fox is bullied: Your politics won’t save you. You’ll be next.Unfortunately for Tucker, those who are standing in silence know that bullshit fear mongering and empty anti-progressive rhetoric might fly with Greta Von Susteren, but it is undoubtedly of no value to rational human beings looking for real news.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Enter Patterson Hood, lead singer of Drive By Truckers. If you've heard the Truckers before we strongly endorse picking up Murdering Oscar (and other love songs). If you've never before heard this southern rock glory, go out and grab Decoration Day and Southern Rock Opera, both are clutch albums.
Hood's work on Murdering Oscar is far less intense than the songs written for Truckers. There is a intimacy in this work that is not found on the full band's albums. The album puts forth a very close setting, acoustic driven feel with dark, almost heart wrenching lyrics. Filled with steel guitar and Hood's raspy southern drawl even the country music haters (count this author among them) will enjoy this.
Find a nice preview of his work and an interview on NPR's World Cafe.
What a beast. We knew there was a reason why we liked the guy. Go get 'em, Luke. Just be home before the streetlights come on, or Onorato's going to get all "goosey" on you.
Such is the case of our friends over by the lake, the Cleveland Browns. Not only have they been sucking immensely since about the time the Pirates stopped winning, but in recent years they have squandered talent and have given sub-par quarterbacks starting gigs while wasting draft picks on other equally overrated quarterbacks. Matt Taibbi, one of our many man-crushes, had an interesting take on the Browns' woes, as well as their coaching choice - who he refers to as Augustus Gloop, the fat kid that drank all of the chocolate in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Jesus.
Although it is not mentioned in this local news blurb, Taibbi also designates the Browns as "the most fucked franchise in all of sports right now."
The issue hits the newsstand October 29, but the constant berating of all Clevelanders, luckily, needs no release date.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Little needs to be said about this. I mean really guys, come on...
If you, like this author, are a fan of the Battlestar Galactica series (except for the STUPID fucking ending), then this will put your sausages in the skillet. In an attempt to promote their new two-hour movie Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, SyFy and Maxim teamed up to make Grace Park and Tricia Helfer to do their best porn star impersonations... Which they pull off well. Go here for more tasty goodness. So say we all.
Is this as troublesome as the recent injury to a key member of the other championship Pittsburgh team? Not quite. While Gonch is clutch and a fan favorite this may be a bit of a blessing in disguise. Kris Letang, who becomes a restricted free agent at seasons end, will have a chance to show management why he deserves a long term deal, and vice versa.
Hopefully this also helps keep Gonchar, who is 35, a bit more fresh for the latter half of the season when having him sitting on the point waiting to blast one past any unsuspecting goalies is key. Rest up Sergei and we will see you in a few weeks.
Our thoughts here at the tRBT is, although we don't necessarily trust all of the info that comes out of that commie bastard county of China, this is certainly a step in the right direction, especially coming from a nation that is responsible for polluting the skies of other nations. Expect a lot more concepts like this one to come out in the near future before any building actually gets done, though. You know how this goes.
However, it wouldn't be a bad idea to set one of these bad boys up right along the Mon, or anywhere else in our fair city. Any yinzer waiting for a bus down on Penn Avenue in February knows the epic, soul-crushing wind tunnel that is the whole of downtown Pittsburgh.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
This has actually been a long time coming. Someone found footage of our first spat:
Five women were paraded naked, beaten and forced to eat human excrement by villagers after being branded as witches in India's Jharkhand state.Now according to the article this is a common occurrence, you know, making someone literally eat shit and die, but the fact that video footage is included apparently makes this all the better.
Nothing like picking people out of a crowd and pinning all our problems on them. Everyone does it... This just happens to be an extreme example thereof. Lost the football game? The fucking kicker was too sober to kick the ball. Wife left you? The goddamn hooker wouldn't get dressed fast enough! US auto industry gone to hell? Who knew that making nothing but piss poor cars with horrendous gas mileage would come back to haunt you?!
Anyway you look at it we all need people to blame. Witches are bad... we must kick them repeatedly, strip them naked, drag them through the street and feed them shit.
Or, you know, burn them:
These two baboons took it upon themselves to compare Sen. DeMint to a Jew:
There is a saying that the Jews who are wealthy got that way not by watching dollars, but instead by taking care of pennies and the dollars taking care of themselves. By not using earmarks to fund projects for South Carolina and instead using actual bills, DeMint is watching our nation’s pennies and trying to preserve our country’s wealth and our economy’s viability to give all an opportunity to succeed.
Behold Google's latest creation, Wave. And what better way to show it off than performing one of Samuel L. Jackson's best scenes on film?
Monday, October 19, 2009
Senior Treasury official David Cohen said al-Qaeda had made several appeals for funds already this year.I don't know what's more bizarre: the fact that al-Qaeda actually has appealed for money or that they feel the need to warn us that their recruitment is down. Can you imagine that phone call?
The influence of the network - damaged by US efforts to choke funding - is waning, he said.
The Taliban, meanwhile, are in better financial shape, bolstered by Afghanistan's booming trade in drugs.
According to Mr Cohen, the al-Qaeda leadership has already warned that a lack of funds was hurting the group's recruitment and training efforts.
It appears that Malaysian religious leaders don't want Beyonce coming to their shores and performing her bubbly, scantily clad, well-choreographed numbers and getting all those Malaysian men all hot and bothered. No cleavage?! No wonder these people are so angry all the time. And doesn't Malaysia owe us the right to sport our American cleave whenever we want to after we saved their political system from the clutches of this man?
You're welcome, you ungrateful bastards.
Sadly, this is not the case. In fact, our perennial robo-enemies at iRobot are one step closer to being able to morph into a goo, slip in through cracks and kill you and your parents while you sleep.
As a new kind of chemical robot (or chembot), the blob bot has stretchy silicone skin, which is composed of multiple cellular compartments that each contain a "jammable slurry." When some of these cells are unjammed, and an actuator in the center of the robot is inflated, the robot inflates in the areas of the unjammed cells. By controlling which cells are unjammed, the researchers can change the shape of the robot and make it roll in a specific direction.Yeah, like the mission T-1000 had where he morphed his limbs into all kinds of weapons, only to become Johnny Cash's father and probably kill him too.
The new robot is being funded by DARPA, which gave iRobot $3.3 million to work on the chembot last year. The goal is to build a robot that can squeeze through tiny openings smaller than its own dimensions, which could be valuable in a variety of missions.
On top of it all, iRobot released a video of how it works, perhaps to jazz us all up about technology so that, when the revolt happens, we blindly submit our sovereignty in exchange for a sweet iPod Touch with one of those fancy workout armbands...God do I love listening to Nickelback and Fergie while I sweat off that Sammy's corned beef...anyways, here it is:
Sunday, October 18, 2009
This image is from the upcoming Modern Warfare 2 video game due out November 10th. Yes it appears that Pittsburgh is on fire. And yes those are warships sailing up the Ohio River. Still Awesome. While the developers would not comment on whether or not this is simply concept art or an actual mission in the game, it is still pretty hard. And let's all hope it is in the game. There is something about the prospect of sniping Russians from the top of Polish Hill that seems all too fun yet historically fitting.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Just as the Steelers' defense is looking to get their heads out of their collective ass with the welcome of the previously absent Blitz this season as well as the return of Troy Polashampu, we sadly learn that one of the most feared and respected monsters on any D-line, Aaron Smith, could be out for a significant amount of time due to an injured shoulder.
Are we worried? A little. Do we think Tomlin, being the classy man that he is, knows what to do? Absolutely. Expect seeing Ziggy Hood in there from time to time, but not as a full-time replacement.
**Update: it's the season, folks. Damn it to hell!**
Really, Mike? What up? White kids in the suburbs don't even use that word anymore, and your votes are safe with them anyways. Unfortunately for you, The only thing that is going to make the GOP appealing to young urban people is if, you know, you drop that whole GOP thing.
I really dig the first post, though. It starts out with a vague tribute to the internet and social networking tools:
Internet! Connect! Republicans! Okay, you've got my attention, Mike. Go on:
The Internet has been around a while, now. But, I still find it an amazing platform for innovation, not just in technology, but in life. Beyond admiring the way it powers so many inventions and businesses, it has become a personal thing for me. I love the fact that, wherever I might be, I can use technology to see my family and chat with them, and Social Media to tap into what my friends are doing.
Today, I want to begin to better connect with Republicans everywhere.
My first blog entry, therefore, is really a couple of questions for you; use the comment button to send me replies. We will run as many questions as we can, which I will answer.
Why are you are Republican? Think about that for a minute.
No, I don't want to think about that for a minute. Gross! Also, I'm sure there are some serious questions and lucrative answers after the "Read More" tab, but the What Up? staff must have been too busy catching up on Glenn Beck YouTube videos to realize that the link was broken. So that's all the fun we can have right now.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Yes, that is the true headline... A man assaulted a horse and was subsequently tossed in jail. These are the type of things only drunken undergrads would do yes? Well...
Police say 37-year-old Reed Ciotti of Indiana, Pa., pushed the horse, then grabbed the animal's reins when police asked Mr. Ciotti to move out of the area while they dealt with another incident. Police say this all incident happened about 1:35 a.m. yesterday.
After much research, the authors of this blog discovered video evidence of the incident and the end result is just shocking:
Friday, October 9, 2009
“I was nominated three years ago and I’m still waiting for the call,” laughs Bolton. “Today’s news is just another demonstration of how politicized the Nobel Peace Prize has become, from President Carter winning in 2002, to Al Gore in 2007, and President Obama in 2009.
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
"This is probably an encouragement for him to act. Let's see if he perseveres. Let's give him time to act."
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Yes ladies and gents Temple of the Dog reunited for to play one of the 90's best songs: "Hunger Strike". Article can be found here... I'd go into more detail, but it is hard to type and listen to the crowd sing along word for word in awe.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
This guy is 23 years old. So long as he evades the dreaded 27 club, he's going to be around making tasty jams for quite some time. If you don't have War Elephant and Born on Flag Day yet, purchase them or steal them immediately. If you didn't know this was a Stones cover, you should probably stop reading this blog.
Behold! A chart to prove it:
So next time you look at the unemployment rate in the country (9.5, last time I checked...ouchies), know that the "America" nation-brand, whatever the hell that means, is back on top again. Damn skippie.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Amazing how those FOX polls just always make it glaringly evident how little we are doing around the world militarily.
Speaking of global deployment, I wonder what the pollsters would report if the question was how many Americans knew we still had hundreds of thousands of troops still deployed in places like Germany and Japan? Or tens of thousand in places like Spain, Italy or Turkey?
Also, if you're ever wondering how to differentiate between a FOX News poll and any other one, simply look for the subtle hints suggesting that government stop spending so much money on programs (cough cough, welfare) and stop intervening in all of our lives (except wiretapping). For example:
How incredibly profound!
In terms of the war banter, you listen here media: we're sick of this bullshit. Stop lying to us and then sending us into countries that half of our nation can't even point out on a fucking map. Before you shit your pants about how volatile Iran's nuclear plans are, make sure they have nuclear plans. Because we all remember what happened last time you fearmongerers decided to stop reporting real news.
Anyways, it seems that we here at tRBT have had a slight "Eureka!" moment regarding the psyche of some of these very strange fundamentalist ideologues. In this breakthrough discovery, we (well, someone else really) have found that it is not evolution that makes them the angriest, not healthcare, not even poor people getting some help with that whole living thing. It is the overall concept of gay penguins.
Yes, it appears that of all the books that have been requested by parents, churches or that asshole from Growing Pains to be banned, the number one spot belongs to none other than And Tango Makes Three, a children's story about a family of male penguins. Big no-no among the saved.
The sodomite penguins are trailed by His Dark Materials, a story that has a Catholic-esque church as the sort-of bad guy in the story, so it is naturally requested to be banned a lot. You know, because churches have never, ever been the bad guys. Ever.
In light of this week, I'm going to read some Harry Potter. Which, by the way, made headlines of its own earlier when it was discovered that some good and faithful stewards in the Bush Administration decided against giving J.K. Rowling a U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom a few years ago because her books "promoted witchcraft."
Let's all do a slow clap for America. Who wants a drink?