Mike Rowe’s Dirty Job: QVC Salesman for Precious Moments (and the Amazing KatSak)

I was just preparing to enjoy one of my last doses of NFL football for the year and heard the very familar and comforting voice of Mike Rowe selling large trucks.

If you aren’t familiar with the fellow, here’s the wiki bio.

He also did/does a fun little show called Dirty Jobs.  As the United States is currently in an employment crisis, he’s also been called upon by Congress to testify about the nature of many of those “dirty jobs” and how there don’t seem to be enough Americans willing and/or able to do many of them.  That testimony is here.

This post, however, is not about that.  It’s about Mike’s own dirty job in his paying profession (“salesman”..in case you didn’t notice how TV works and makes money), as captured by someone’s misprogrammed (one would hope) VCR.

Mike and his Precious Moments…

Mike and *the* KatSak…

Some very precious moments there as well.  If I had to define my own take on things in a general sense, I’ve precisely described that outlook as  “cynically sarcastic optimism”.     Rowe captures that sentiment precisely.   Good stuff, and a Happy New Year to you all.

May you enjoy your own dirty jobs (if you are blessed to have or find one) in 2012.

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Why Romney will get the Republican nomination and lose handily to Obama

Video version here…

Suffice it to say…the Republican primary pool is exceedingly shallow, and the President (who killed Osama bin Laden mind you) has a long track record of *at least trying*.   While many partisan Republicans give him no credit for this, and blame Obama for Bush’s economic catastrophe, most people do not, and like the hyperbolic attacks on Bush that failed to land in 2004, they will fail to land on Obama in 2012, as the Republicans nominate their very own John Kerry, who will lose handily to Obama in about a year’s time.

UPDATE: D’oh, accidentally left the video as private.  Fixed that.

Ron Paul figures fifth time is the charm…

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…he’s still wrong.

The news:

Ron Paul, the patriarch of the libertarian stream in GOP politics, will announce on Tuesday that he is forming a presidential exploratory committee, taking a step to join the Republican nomination sweepstakes.

Paul, who will be 76 in August, has served about 20 years in the House representing districts in Texas, most recently the 14th, which includes Galveston. He is a doctor by training, having served as a flight surgeon in the Air Force and in private practice as a gynecologist.

Ronald Reagan, BTW, was old as heck in office, had Alzheimer’s and was still much younger than Paul when running.

I’m thinking being well beyond mandatory retirement age is probably a detriment to have the new, fresh ideas we need to deal with the 21st century.    Ron Paul’s devotees are some of the funniest, most passionate, and least informed (with actual facts…they’ve got TONS of other data) people you meet.  The majority is his strongest supporters are truthers, birthers, and anti-gubmint nuts, all of which seem to love Paul’s only solution to every single societal problem: less government.

The sad thing about this ideology is that a) it’s utterly inflexible and b) reality has no bearing on it (which are kinda the same thing).   Paul is one those people who actively campaign on how government can’t do anything right, and then does his best to make that come true once elected.

He’s not a serious candidate, at least if you consider some hope of winning a necessity for “seriousness” but given our media’s ability to monetize stupidity (see: Trump, Donald), he’ll stick around for a while and his supporters will lament that his lack of support is because  no one really knows what is going on and they are all just sheeple.

The rest of us know that’s exactly why  he gets so little popular support and such huge passionate support.