Archive for July 19th, 2009

July 19, 2009

Going Postal? U.S. Postal Service SeeksBailout; Could Miss October Payroll

Via NewsAlert, this shocker:

Four unions representing the nation’s postal workers are pleading for a meeting with the White House to address possible funding shortfalls for workers’ payroll and retiree health benefits, according to a letter obtained by CongressDaily.
The presidents of the American Postal Workers Union, National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, National Association of Letter Carriers and National Postal Mailhandlers Union co-signed the Tuesday letter to White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina, warning that the U.S. Postal Service is at risk of defaulting on a $5.4 billion payment to prefund retiree health benefits at the end of September.
The letter alleges that USPS “may not be able to make payroll in October and will be forced to issue IOUs instead.” . . .

Read the whole thing. Imagine that: A taxpayer-subsidized, union-dominated, government-regulated monopoly having financial problems . . .

It’s a crisis! Wonder if the president has those cardigans ready?

July 19, 2009

TWO MILLION VISITORS!

About 3 p.m. today, The Other McCain recorded its 2 millionth visitor. It took slightly more than 11 months to hit the 1-million mark on Feb. 13, and barely five months to knock down the next million.

We must therefore begin by thanking Carrie Prejean nude. Any other famous people who want to take on hot political issues that offend the Left, please do us a favor and e-mail Smitty as soon as you find out TMZ has posted those topless photos taken when you were 20. We need the traffic. (C’mon, don’t be so coy, Hillary . . .)

In addition to thanking Googlers of topless celebrity photos and our regular readers — to the extent that these are not coterminous categories — Smitty and I are grateful to the numerous bloggers who have linked us. Here are the folks who’ve thrown us the most traffic, according to E-Referrer.com:

Loyal readers, please congratulate yourselves in the comments. You bloggers . . . OK, story time.

It was the last night of CPAC, back in February. As I was circulating around trying to squeeze every last schmooze opportunity out of the event, I came out of the hotel bar and there in the lobby stood Professor Glenn Reynolds and the magnificent Dr. Helen. I’d never met either of them before.

Walked right up, reached out to shake the professor’s hand, handed him a business card and, by way of introduction, said, “Hi, I’m Stacy McCain. You haven’t been linking me enough lately.”

Our slogan: All Your Links Are Belong To Us!

UPDATE: You like me! You really like me! Linked at Memeorandum, and by Jimmie at Sundries Shack, Doug at Daley Gator, Fisherville Mike and Professor Douglas at American Power, who is pounding “controversy” into a coma. (Megaphone voice)

PROFESSOR DOUGLAS, WE KNOW YOU’RE IN THERE!
STEP AWAY FROM THAT PEEPHOLE AND COME OUT WITH YOUR HANDS UP!

(Voice from inside bullet-riddled hideout.)

YOU’LL NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE, COPPER!

Sigh. Remind me to amend No. 5 in The Rules v2.0: “Unless images of the aforesaid hottie shall constitute evidence in a criminal investigation . . .”

UPDATE II: On the other hand, if the Professor is trying to make a point about the sheer insanity of celebrity culture and how it intersects with the voyeuristic impulses rampant in the TMZ/Perez Hilton Epoch, he might have the makings of a Los Angeles Times op-ed essay there.

Look, over the last month, a typical day for American Power — that is, a day without any especially “hot” new post that spiked up the traffic — was in the 1,400-1,800 hit range. He’s currently knocking down about 500 hits an hour, which should easily put him at 5,000 hits by the end of the day, and that extra 3,000 is almost entirely due to people Googling for the notorious video of a cable-sports reporter almost nobody ever heard of before.

When you get a hot meme, you gotta ride it, like Professor Jacobsen rode DijonGate to SiteMeter glory. The demand calls supply into existence. There is something important in this thing, and if Donald Douglas can distill it into 700 thoughtful words, he might find real value here.

But I still wish more people would follow the upstanding example set by John Hawkins at Conservative Grapevine, and only link classy, tasteful Rule 5 stuff like Miranda Kerr in a Victoria’s Secret photoshoot.

Do I have any inkling who Miranda Kerr is? No. But until about a month ago, I’d never heard of Gerald Walpin, Fred Wiedersdorf or Judith Gwynne, either.

July 19, 2009

Rule 5 Sunday

by Smitty

You may have been the luck 2 megahit winner by navigating to this Rule 5 Sunday post. In the face of all of the ++ungoodness afoot these days, we round up cheerful imagery from all over the web for your admiration and appreciation.

  • We have a Rule 5 Premiere on our hands. But we don’t know the exact identity of the lovely in question. We do have some clues:
    • The blog is Obi’s Sister.
    • The year is 1977, the same year Star Wars premiered.
    • The subject has a twin-croissant hairdo, reminiscent of a brace of Carrie Fisher danishes.

    My guess: Una Hotta Uga, Obi Wan’s girlfriend. Then again, I was never a Star Wars geek.

  • The Physics Geek has a physiques geek moment.
  • Morgan Freeberg links Maria Sansone. That lady seems to change clothes and hairstyles a lot. He also has a bit of a women dressed as super heroines theme going. This blog approves that message.
  • The Instapundit points to Reason Magazine’s Economic Suicide Girls. Yeah, that kinda harshes the Rule 5 Sunday mellow, but we’re really trying to help Reynolds with his traffic, see.
  • Grace Jones in a study in blue, with a mohawk. I’m not sure if if don’t prefer the crew cut, though.
  • Miss Celania has a topless carwash clip that manages to be safe for work, while arguably committing vehicular homicide on good taste.
  • Donald Douglas submitted Breanne Ashley, triggering an outburst of medical opinion from Stacy. Contemplating the discussion of Douglas’s image choice from Porch Manqué Headquarters, I will say that Breanne has nice ears.
  • Fishersville Mike discovered this week, to his chagrin, that Madonna is a Rule 5 landmine. Condolences to Fishersville on the occasion of this tragedy: he was a fine blogger. Too bad the stage landed on him. As a consolation prize, we’ll link his Sarah Palin on ATV pic.
  • The Troglopundit features an extreme stripper, going right past the epidermis. “I want a doctor / To take your picture / So I can look at your from inside as well”

  • Sir Bob of Belvedere brings you the soft drinks and hard…links. Then he takes retro dame blogging to a new, narrative noir level. Paco’s iron grip on Cold War hotties may be threatened by all this.
  • No problem for Paco, though. He’s graduated from stills to movies with some Eleanor Powell action.
  • Jeffords brings us the Kim Kardashian, but that last shot of her is nearly as rough as the gawd-awful cyclops pic at the top of the page. (Rule 5 generally being about the ‘less is more’ school of makeup and enhancement).
  • 3…27, 4…64…that distant screaming you hear is the Troglopundit, who (5…125) quite foolishly, revealed a fear of cube roots while linking Sarah Michelle Gellar. And you thought I was calling a football play.
  • Three Beers Later submits Rosella Brescia with a NSFW warning, but it’s YouTube, so it’s probably not too extreme. No, I’m not previewing everything. I have to maintain plausible deniability.
  • Dustbury contributes a mother-daughter pair in red. Actresses, apparently.
  • The Classic Liberal features Rose McGowen. This blog weeps at the bitter economic downturn expressed in the threadbare attire of the third photograph. Rose, arms raised in supplication, looked over her shoulder with a plaintive expression on her face in hopes of a federal bailout from the G-Man onlooker.
  • Carol at No Sheeples Here keeps us honeston track with some Alan Ladd linkage.
  • Dan, at Piece of Work in Progress, remains googoo for Gaga. See, the beauty of the cloudy-nets is that I can write sentences like that.
  • Dave at Point of a Gun links the Nike Bear Butte Running Camp clip, a co-ed nudist jogging exposé in pixelated, cheeky, non-sexual, arguably SFW glory.
  • We welcome the return of the Political Castaway, who links the POTUS Brazillian booty-quiddick moment.
  • And, speaking of -quiddick, Atlas Shrugs posted Mary Jo, a flower plucked way too early. Saturday marked the 40th anti-versary of something unspeakable on a variety of levels.

Only you can help Rule 5 Sunday end on a less tragic note. Send links and treasure maps to Smitty. If you were the lucky winner of the 2 millionth hit on this blog, we can assure you that you won’t be taxed for that event. The 3 millionth visitor may not be so fortunate.

Update:
Rule 5 All Star Deuce at the Skepticrats contributes some Drew Barrymore.

Update II:
Donald Douglas on the “Double Fibbative Theory” posts a fully clothed Erin Andrews photo under the title Nude Video of Erin Andrews! Two wrongs don’t make a right, but sufficient prevarication makes a successful political campaign. Douglas for CA governor!