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Wednesday, January 21, 2021

another moment
Thanks to the John Roberts-Barack Obama tandem flubbing of the word “faithful” in the Presidential oath of office, the Chief Justice and President decided to err on the side of Constitutional caution by redoing the ceremony.

Of course, they just had to leave it with seedlings of doubt in the process:

This time, the scene was the White House Map Room in front of a small group of reporters, not the Capitol platform before the whole watching world…

Roberts then led Obama through the oath without any missteps. The president said he did not have his Bible with him, but that the oath was binding anyway.

So, for the conspiracy theorists, that’s two further gotchas:

- The second — and, presumably, more binding — oath taking place in private instead of publicly, thus giving the action a clandestine air;

- And no Bible for Obama this time around, meaning suspicious minds can keep the “secret Muslim” accusations on further life support.

Between all this, and the “forged” Hawaiian birth certificate, the whackjobs will have enough poli-poppycock to gnaw on well into the next four years — if not eight…

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 01/21/2009 11:49:20 PM
Category: Politics
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Of all the television shows crowding the tube, I think the least likely to find inspirational source material from current events would have been HBO’s “Big Love”. And yet, that’s exactly what it’s done, by incorporating last year’s spate of polygamist crackdowns into the script:

For Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer, the creators and executive producers of “Big Love,” the raids confirmed what they had known all along — that polygamy is alive and thriving in several pockets of the American West. Suddenly, the intriguing tale of suburban polygamy that they had woven over two seasons on HBO had a new catalyst that would make it feel more current.

Within days of the events in Texas, Mr. Scheffer and Mr. Olsen realized that the third season of “Big Love,” which began on Sunday night, would have to deal directly with the heightened sense of danger that the raids created.

Siege mentality takes hold among the multi-married. At least there are plenty of hands on deck…

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 01/21/2009 11:03:44 PM
Category: TV, True Crime
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Here’s Vince with ShamWow:

Here’s what comes to mind as I watch this low-grade as-seen-on-TV spot:

- Vince has a distinctly crackheaded look about him. The sun-dried, craggily-looking facial figures are a giveaway.

- Vince gesticulates with his forearms in such a way as to give the impression that they’re abnormally long. I’m betting he’s giving kid viewers nightmares with those flapping, tentacle-like appendages.

- Vince’s monologue is given an odd cadence by his inscrutable accent (is he from Brooklyn? Queens? Jersey? Nova Scotia??), not to mention his weird off-the-cuff asides: “Made in Germany — you know the Germans always make good stuff” and “You with me, camera-guy?”, etc.

- That conspicuous black plastic headset attached to Vince’s head makes you wonder if they didn’t pull some random telemarketer/phone-support temp out of a cubicle to shoot this commercial.

As you can see, Vince steals the mindshare from his product. It barely registers that the ShamWow owes its name to a cheesy play on “chamois” or “shammy”. Instead, they should call it the “Vince-Wow”.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 01/21/2009 11:17:40 AM
Category: Advert./Mktg., TV
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