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Saturday, March 22, 2008


The Foxnews website reports today:

Britney Spears' ex-husband on Friday celebrated his 30th birthday at Pure Nightclub in Las Vegas, saying he felt "great" about entering his third decade, reported.

Okay, "entering his third decade" is outside the quote "great," so I can't say from whom the "third decade" part came from, whether uttered by established knucklehead K-Fed, news for knuckleheads, or the knuckleheaded reporter--and all the editors who missed it-- at Foxnews. Whomever it was (and keep in mind that the further back it goes, the more people are implicated in the knuckleheadedness by their passing of it along uncorrected), the originator must've pompously thought that saying "entering the third decade" provided more import than "entering the thirties" would have, but the dramatizing fool failed to realize that the age of thirty enters the fourth decade, not the third (something that should have been learned by the fourth grade, at the latest).


Blogger Phelonius said...

Well, as a certifiable "old person" entering my 45th this November, I guess that in the end analysis I could not care less. When I worked for the funeral home in the 80's I learned a very valuable lesson: namely, our supposed lifespan is not anything that we can count on.

I buried infants. I buried pre-teens. I buried young adults. I buried men and women in the prime of their lives. I buried old old people.

The underlying truth is that none of us, and I mean everybody, does not have tomorrow for granted. None.

The blessing of that revelation taught me much. To those alive today, enjoy it, and relish that you have it. If you are lucky enough tomorrow to wake up in the living world, thank whatever god it is that you thank for blessings and enjoy THAT DAY.

This guy is a fool to measure his life by small standards. Who cares? He needs to examine where he is and what he is doing and then, maybe, just then I might be impressed. Perhaps after raising those trailer trash kids he has brought into the world some of the adults might take notice. Otherwise, who the hell cares?

8:59 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

I have seen those IN their 30s who have yet to entertain any kind of maturity. This guy reminds me of them at that time.

Those poor kids. What a 'great' example they have...not!

9:10 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

I reread this blog entry and am not sure what you, John, are arguing...whether it is about the guy turning 30 or if it was about the mistake of saying he was entering his 3rd decade as being 30..took me a few reads to catch that, myself.

That being said... I like the take that James took with it...except to ask if he is entering his 45th decade ;) or if he is entering his 45th year. I do believe that you, James, will be entering your 46th year...when you turn 45.

Now back to the other line of thinking...

...for me, so much of my 'growing' up has happened since I turned 30.

Lets see...I had twins that year and life has been one big learning experience since then.

But the biggest learning experience of all has been taking care of someone else's children. I have watched those children grow up while their parents struggled with their addictions.

The oldest of those kids was just 7years old when they came to live with us. She is now taller than me and will enter middle school next year.

Their parents are both over 30. Being 30 means nothing. Being 40 means nothing. Being 50 means nothing...if you have done nothing with those years.

Whether he be entering his 4th decade or turning is of little consequence in maturity at times, me thinks.

1:15 AM  
Blogger John said...

I thought I was clear that the post was a comment on the standards and quality of journalism today--no less on the tabloidization of the "conservative" Foxnews.

This "front page" article illustrates both the embarrasing inanity of what today's editors consider to be "newsworthy," the inabilty of those very same editors to spot errors of elementary mathematics, and their decision to subtly and ridiculous inject gravitas into a clown like K-Fed because he was "entering his third decade," a derisible decision which brought about the equally derisible error.

What should give one pause is that the people who made these errors aren't high school kids, but "professionals" in a news media outlet.

Happy Easter.

7:13 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

So, true, John, Fox News should know better...but, as I said, two of us completely missed it, as well.

All we saw was that this guy was thinking how great it was that he had celebrated his 30th birthday.

I almost didn't even comment about something so frivolous as Britney's ex (no offense intended)...but I saw the comment and really liked what our phelonius had to say.

In all honesty, I probably skimmed through it because of the subject matter. My apologies for that.

8:57 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Happy Easter, btw!

8:57 AM  
Blogger John said...

You too. My religion actually celebrates Easter in April due to calendar differences (the dates coincided recently, I can't remember which year).

Phelonius is properly--and unsurprisingly--annoyed that any time is wasted on celebrity insects.

P.S. Is it just me, or does everyone else need at least two tries in the "word verification" step before being able to post a comment?

I could swear I get it right the first time...

2:32 PM  
Blogger nanc said...


as i'm into my sixth decade...nearly 52...

if he's turning 30 - he's actually going into his FOURTH decade, not his THIRD.

quick! nobody tell him or he'll go via keith ledger!

all is vanities.

john - me too. april 19th.

7:44 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

John, sometimes I have had to type the word verification in a time or two, but haven't had to for a bit. I have noticed, however, that the email notifications sometimes come through multiple times from you. Could be...

9:41 PM  
Blogger John said...

Why doesn't K-Fed run for congress? (as a Democrat, of course)

"Congressman K-Fed." How does that sound?

Help me out here, Phelonius.

5:16 PM  
Blogger John said...

Don't knock it. The U.S. House of Represantatives has enough shady characters (with criminal records--it's true, look it up) to make a freshman Congressman K-Fed look like Mr. Smith going to Washington.

Come on, Phelonius. Don't you want to talk about K-Fed? Or even his ex, Britney?

5:24 PM  
Blogger Phelonius said...

Actually the comment was deleted by a good friend and personal mentor of good taste.....

8:54 PM  
Blogger Phelonius said...


I guess the nicest thing I can say about these icons of popular wisdom is that I have had bowel movements more interesting than either one of those trailer-trash morons.

We DO live in a world where recently 46% of interviewed UK students thought that Winston Churchill was a famous astronaut. I suppose that since nature abhors a vacuum, SOMETHING has to fill the empty heads that populate our malls, junior colleges and high schools. The press knows what makes headlines and sadly that is what they are going to write about.....

9:01 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Sometimes, somethings are best unsaid. Sometimes there are much better ways of saying it.

Phelonius, :)

9:48 PM  
Blogger John said...

Just remember that there was the Pleistocene Epoch, the Bronze Age, the Rise of Christianity, the Rennaissance Period, the Era of Industrialization, the Tech Revolution, and then, someday, K-Fed Entering his Fifth Decade, bedecked in bling-bling and other kingly accoutrements that are indicative of his worldly wealth and import, his skyrocketing musical career having transfigured him into the new Elvis.

Behold, America, the wages of sin.

11:57 PM  
Blogger John said...

Good Lord, it's worse than I thought. Has the world gone mad?

Kevin Federline Scored Seventh On '50 Most Influential Men Under 45'
by Staff

Kevin Federline has come seventh in a list of the '50 Most Influential Men under 45'.

"The star, the ex-husband of Britney Spears, came in joint seventh position along with the late Anna Nicole Smith's lover Larry Birkhead in 'The Good Fathers' category in the list compiled by Details magazine.

The publication wrote: 'Meet America's new parental role models. We all expected Kevin Federline and Larry Birkhead to crash and burn as fathers. Instead, by being more visible presences in their children's lives than many Hollywood A-listers, they emerged as unlikely candidates for Dad of Year.

'The New Dad, as represented by Kevin and Birkhead, is involved. He trucks the kids to the supermarket, decorates their bedrooms, and even lets them dictate the direction of his career.'

The list was topped by 'High School Musical' star Zac Efron who, along with 'Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull' actor Shia LaBeouf and the 'Disney Kids' - including Hannah Montana and Hilary Duff - took joint number one spot.

Details attempted to justify the positioning, commenting: 'If you think you can escape Disney's mind-controlling power, think again. Like it or not, we're all caught in the mouse's trap!'

Mark Zuckerberg, who founded social networking site Facebook, came third on the list, while Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold - who went on a shooting rampage and killed pupils in their respective high schools - controversially rounded out the top five.'

lol He's in the same club as Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.

12:16 AM  
Blogger John said...

Kelly said "So true, John, Foxnews should know better."

I don't know where you've been, Kelly, but Fox news has been getting trashy. You've got Greta following up a pissing contest between Hannity and Colmes over American flag lapel pins excitedly squeaking: "Hold on to your hats! Coming right up, I've got an exclusive interview with Anna Nicole Smith's hairdresser's cousin who was on a date with K-Fed on Anna Nicole's birthday! Coincidence, or Connection? Stay tuned!"

I like O'Reilly personally. He's a funny guy who's not fond of lefties and has no problem calling a Ph.D professor a "pinhead" on national cable television, but he acts like a bozo sometimes.

The eye-candy strategy works for me, though. They've got some quality babes reporting the news (though I have no idea what the hell they're saying because they're too bodaciously distracting, and I'm not talking about Greta).

12:42 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

John, I will tell you where I have been. I haven't watched the news on tv in...oh, more than a year and a half. I have only watched tv perhaps 4 times at all in that time.

I do listen to the radio and follow the news on the, it is likely that Fox News has gone downhill since I last watched it.

After reading your comments I think I have not missed much.

HOWEVER...the whole Hannah Montana thing...she is in that number one spot because she is promoted and promoted and the point that parents shell out mega bucks to take their little 6 year olds to her concerts.

I have a 6 year old (my niece) in my home and that little girl is all googoo gaga about Hannah Montanna. Sheeeesh!! They learn early to be groupies.

Now, to be fair, I am quite the fan of a singer or two. But...only in listening to their music. As to their personal lives...I really could care less who they are dating or what they did for their birthday.

As to these fathers being involved in their kids lives...doing things with them is one thing...teaching them how to live is quite another. Example is a huge thing.

As Phelonius said, "He needs to examine where he is and what he is doing and then, maybe, just then I might be impressed. Perhaps after raising those trailer trash kids he has brought into the world some of the adults might take notice. Otherwise, who the hell cares?"

7:10 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

...and no I did not take my niece to see Hannah Montana.

7:11 AM  
Blogger John said...

I've heard Hannah Montana's name a lot but don't even know what she looks like. The adjulation by kids is normal. I remember my older sister oohing and ahing Keith Patridge and Donny Osmond back in the day (I'm talking seventies here).

Not too long ago, a younger post-Mouseketeer Britney Spears was a phenomenon similar to Hannah Montana today.

8:30 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

"Not too long ago, a younger post-Mouseketeer Britney Spears was a phenomenon similar to Hannah Montana today."

and we wonder why we have all this madness today...

I was a kid in the 70s. I remember some of my friends and their fixations with certain stars. My next door neighbor friend was the biggest groupie I knew. The Bowling for Soup song "1985" describes this friend, in so many ways.

Luckily, she has grown out of a degree. But some people never do.

9:02 AM  
Blogger John said...

It's personality cults.

1:26 PM  
Blogger nanc said...

kell and john - remember, a saudi prince bought a goodly portion of fox news a few years ago...we need a new news network!

i somewhat parted ways with bor a few years ago when he agreed with geraldo rivera that child molesters were BORN THAT WAY and not made! so now i take what he has to say with a grain of salt and test it before belief.

8:55 PM  
Blogger John said...

P.S. While describing to Kelly how Foxnews was "getting trashy," I referenced Hannity & Colmes' "pissing contests," which is using the kind of trashy language that would never get past the censors on Foxnews.

So that was the pot of Republicus calling the kettle of Foxnews black.

Republicus, however, will plead victimhood to the same debasing, cultural forces that have infected the once-conservative content of Foxnews.

No one is safe...

7:11 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

"Republicus, however, will plead victimhood to the same debasing, cultural forces that have infected the once-conservative content of Foxnews.

No one is safe...

It is getting harder and harder to avoid those cultural forces...


it can be done...simply by being aware of it...and then not giving in to it.

Resistance is NOT futile!

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's no longer an aristocracy for the press to faun over... so I suppose that it's just as well that they concentrate on covering the lives of fools.

There was once a tradition in the entertainment field for the players to make fun of the aristocrats in the audience... I think that "the aristocrats joke" was born of the tradition.

Only today, the tables have been reversed, and the real joke is on the entertainers.

9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...they actually live the joke.

9:49 AM  
Blogger John said...

I did not know that. Interesting (and good shock value).

2:18 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

..and they think this is normal

2:41 PM  

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