Mar 25 2010

Famous sayings of pinball

Category: Uncategorizedharmonicminer @ 11:53 pm

Herewith, famous sayings of pinball players of my misspent youth and early adulthood.

* “It’s hard to play pinball when you have both hands wrapped around your neck.”  (An obvious reference to “choking” while trying to flip.)

*  “Hey, another Lazzie ball!”  (So named in honor of Lazarus being raised from the dead, in reference to the relatively rare phenomena of missing with both flippers up the middle, and the ball hitting the back wall and bouncing back into play anyway.)

*  “Another pin-ball related fatality.”  (Don’t ask.  I won’t tell.)

*  “Wow!  A double match, a special and two wins on points!”

*  “I had the high score on Highway Patrol for three weeks running!”  (Pull over, buddy.)

*  “Life isn’t fair.  HE got extra ball, double multi-ball on the same turn, a special and a round the world bonus.  I got bumpkus.”  (Live with it.  You could have been playing Alien Invasion or something.)

*  “I usually try to catch it on the flipper.”  (Nothing to do with dolphins.)

*  “You’re not holding your jaw right.”  (That’s pure mythology.  The set of the jaw has nothing to do with the ballistics involved.  However, the angle of your left knee certainly does matter.)

*  (After a TILT and lost ball)  “Hey, I hardly touched it!”

Mar 25 2010

The whitewash in the media continues #2

Category: government,healthcare,mediaharmonicminer @ 8:27 am

And the beat goes on….

Obama, Democrats Begin Reaping Political Benefits Of Reform

Only hours after the president signed health care reform legislation into law on Tuesday, the immediate political benefits for the Democratic Party are already coming into focus.

According to a Gallup/USA Today poll conducted the day after health care legislation passed the House of Representatives, 49 percent of the respondents think the passage of reform is a “good thing,” compared to the 40 percent who think it is bad. The numbers are a welcome relief for a party and a presidency that had been bleeding popular support over the course of the past six months.

We’ll see how many other polls confirm THIS result. I’m guessing they mostly won’t.

I expect to see each and every day a mainstream media attempt to do damage control for Democrats.

I don’t think it will work.

On another front, did you know that newspaper advertising revenue has dropped by over 25% this year? That’s because somebody has to be reading it for advertisers to bother with it.

Most people who buy newspapers are using them to paper-train puppies and start fires.  Which is about right, I think.

In the meantime, I conclude that mainstream newspapers are so in favor of Obama-care because most of their employees are in justifiable fear of losing their jobs, and they hope it will give them some help.  Maybe some of them can be part of the 16,000 new IRS workers that will be required to enforce the mandatory health insurance enrollment, administer fines to scofflaws who don’t buy health coverage, etc.

There are going to be a lot of scofflaws, once the young folk figure out that the fine is cheaper than the insurance coverage, and that they’re going to get health care regardless.