September 23, 2008

Frickin' laser beams

My beautiful wife has been saying since the beginning of primary season that the good senator from Arizona reminds her a lot - and by a lot, I mean "can't look at him without putting a pinky to the corner of your lips" - of famed Austin Powers antagonist Dr. Evil.

Say what you will, but the comparison proved particularly perceptive (shout out for alliteration) during McCain's acceptance speech in St. Paul a few weeks ago. If you were watching, you noticed him force a big, craptastic grin - almost painfully, it seemed - following most of his little zinger-ettes. Looked to me like the last piece of advice his handlers gave him after the speech was to smile a lot, and whenever those orders flashed through his brain, he methodically did just that.

All of which is sort of old news by now, but I'm mentioning it anyway because I came across this very closely related story on The Onion's web site. I think you'll enjoy it.

Oh, by the way, I found the Onion article thanks to a link from what I assume was a non-satirical article about Cindy McCain's past drug use (completely unrelated to the topic at hand, but kind of a fun read) on the Washington Post's site. Although the link was clearly under a heading that indicated "From Our Partner," with an Onion logo, this seems a little concerning. As if we needed more evidence of media synergy gone stupidly awry.

A friend recently told me that the Post was an excellent, serious newspaper, but if its web site is providing links to related "news coverage" on the Onion, then, uh, nah.

ANOTHER SFTC CONTEST: Free iTunes song of your choice to the person who comments first with the correct explanation for the headline of this post. Judge's decisions are final and all that.


"Highland Park" Attorney said...

As you will all recall one of Dr. Evil's schemes is to have "frickin' sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their frickin' heads,". Unfortunately, he cant't do this because they are endangered and I think that his number two man offers him the alternative of mutated sea bass or salmon....I can't remember.

Your escalator operator said...

DING DING DING! We have a winner. (HPA - email me your selection.)

Other loyal readers, you're all still winners - you just don't get a song. But if you didn't get in on the action today, keep reading for more thrilling contests in the days to come.

"Highland Park" Attorney said...

As a good Republican and supporter of Senator McCain (the only one around this website it seems) I need to clarify that my above post was not quoting a plan of the "look alike" Dr. Evil as noted in the original post, but is a plan of the fictional Dr. Evil from the movie. I don't want all my Democrat friends and family to think otherwise. :-)

Your escalator operator said...

Probably good that you clarified. McCain would want to keep laser beams on their heads for 100 more years.

GlutenGirl said...

I'm impressed that HPA admits he has family members (though I think it is actually singular) that is/are Democrats!

bugs said...

HPA - I'm still waiting for my free itunes song, so don't hold your breath.
HPA - You just lost SERIOUS points with me for admitting to supporting Senator McCain. humpf.

Your escalator operator said...

GG - I know. It's like some kind of big breakthrough.

B - He's been this way for a while.

"Highland Park" Attorney said...

Singing......."Why can't we be friends, why can't we be friends, why can't we be friends?!?!"

YEO....that is not my ITUNES choice.....just an olive branch to my dear bugs

bugs said...

i don't like olives, HPA.
(just kidding)
okay - we can still be friends. we'll just choose not to talk about politics. we'll talk about other things - like our cute kids, or something?!

"Highland Park" Attorney said...

B: We can continue to share about our Cute kids as well as our shared and never ending goal to get that boy back east!!!!!!

bugs said...