SFL Friday -- And the Pulitzer Goes To.....

Can you imagine all the good karma a practice like this generates:
In December, a Staten Island judge said debt collectors seemed to think their lawsuits were taking place in a legal Land of Oz, where everyone was supposed to follow anticonsumer rules invented by some unseen debt-collection Wizard.

Last month, a Manhattan appeals court threw out a credit-card case, saying a debt collection company had sued the wrong person but pursued the case anyway.

“I think these judges are outraged at the status quo, and they’re trying to change it,” said Janet Ray Kalson, a Manhattan lawyer who chairs a City Bar Association committee that has studied the deluge of credit-card cases.

Debt-buyer businesses purchase lists of names and amounts supposedly due — for pennies on the dollar — from credit-card companies and sometimes have no real evidence about who they are suing or why.

They then file tens of thousands of suits, often with little to back up their claims. A Nassau County judge said this winter, for example, that one of New York City’s high-volume debt-collection law firms, which has close ties to a debt-buying company, did not provide “a scintilla of evidence” that there was a debt at all in a case against a Long Island woman.

Hey, a job's a job, right?

Yes it's Friday and the waves are kicking up, and I have the warmth of the sun within me tonight (within me tonight).

The Sliding Scale of Modern Journalism:

You had Woodward and Bernstein bringing down a corrupt President, Tom Fiedler hiding in bushes to "catch" a canoodling candidate, and now we have Glenn Garvin going undercover to figure out that reality shows aren't all that "real."

Next on Glenn's list -- Captain Kangaroo was neither a true Captain nor a true marsupial.

I smell Pulitzer, my heavily-bearded, red-glassed (glassy eyed?) friend.

What else -- big win for animal lovers. Way to go, Tally!

More news you already knew:

One of the most pronounced changes over the 10-year span dealt with sex outside of marriage. In the 1999 survey, 41 percent of the respondents said nonmarital sex was wrong. That figure dropped to 22 percent in the new survey.

Yet sexual activity - marital or not - seems to be less frequent overall for this age group. In the new survey, 28 percent said they had intercourse at least once a week, and 40 percent at least once a month - both categories were down roughly 10 percentage points from 2004.

Asked if they were satisfied with their sex lives, 43 percent in the new survey said yes, down from 51 percent in 2004.

Lies, damn lies, and statistics!

I guess we'll have to just work harder to get ourselves in the right statistical pool this weekend.

And don't forget to save the date, don't be so sensitive, and why can't we be more like Brazil?

Happy Mother's Day!!


  1. Garvin leading a post involving wee-willies....

    methinks its another stroke of genius

  2. I'd love to see Glenn on Survivor, The Amazing Race or in the backseat of a ride along in COPS.

  3. The Biggest Loser/Celebrity Fit Club


  5. The song was written a few hours after JFK's assassination but Brian has since recanted the Kennedy rumor.

    I think I have to stick with Don't Worry Baby.

  6. I'm thinking the reverend doctor rekers and mr garvin would make damn fine "travel companions," if you know what I mean.

    although who "lifts" whose "bags" is uncertain.

    and not something that would make a reality tv show.

    outside of the bowels of amsterdam.

    i've put far too much thought into this

  7. Does the chevy have a juke box?

  8. Btw 7:21-- Brian DID NOT recant.

  9. I think it's fair to say Brian's memory can be somewhat hazy or unreliable.

  10. @8:29, AC DC.
    SFL gets his 'thunder' struck on Fridays.

    History buff to the rescue--

    This was inspired by the assassination of US president John F. Kennedy, an event that Chicago's Museum Of Broadcast Communications declared the 'most memorable' political moment in American radio and television history (followed by the events of September 11, 2001 and the Nixon/Kennedy debate in 1960). There is some debate as to exactly when and where the song was written, but Fred Vail, who was the manager and promoter for The Beach Boys, cleared things up in the Forgotten Hits newsletter. This from Fred:

    "Every generation has certain events that are forever etched in their memory. They vividly remember exactly what they were doing, who they were with, and what was going on in their lives at that precise moment in history. For our parents - that event was December 7, 1941 - the day Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and the USA was thrust into World War II. For today's generation that special day was Sept. 11, 2001 - the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and UA Flight 93 going down on a lonely Pennsylvania field; but for us 'baby boomers,' the events of November 22, 1963 still haunt us and remind us that much of our 'innocence' was lost that morning on the streets of Dallas."

    "Brian Wilson is G-d, and we are all worshiping at his little altar hoping for a light touch."

    Btw-- The song is the one good thing about the soundtrack to Good Morning Vietnam.

  11. 6:47 again-- Brian recanted that he recanted.

  12. Can you make shit up for $120-K ?May 8, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    If you can make shit up contact AG Bill McCollum for your $120,000 check.

    The Florida Attorney General that hired Rekers to testify against foster children being able to be adopted by gays was none other than Bill McCollum-who is still Florida's AG. McCollum paid Rekers $120,000 for his "expert" testimony.

    Seems McCollum is currently running for Governor in Florida. The same McCollum that has joined the lawsuit against our government to block health care. Evidently misusing taxpayer money to further his conservative agenda is the norm for him.

    You have to read some of the comments being left on his Facebook page.

    Course, poor Bill is trying to get them erased as fast as they're posted but quite a few people are still managing to get their posts up and their voices heard.

  13. History buff is wrong. Pearl Harbor was not etched in the memory of a generation. I assure you 99% of the people of that era never remembered what they were doing when Pearl Harbor was attacked because they did not find out about it until some 8 hours later. It happened on a Sunday morning. It was early afternoon in the continental US. The government did not realize what had happened until after it was over. Radio at that time was still primitive. The news cycle was 24 hours late. When people did find out, their first reaction was: where is Pearl Harbor? The event that is etched in that generation's memory is FDR's death. JFK's death was the seminal event of the TV generation. But if you talk to people who came of age in WWII and the depression, they will tell you that FDR's death really shook the country. People were stunned into disbelief even though FDR's closest advisers knew it was coming in 1944. Truman's selection as VP in place of Henry Wallace in 1944 was motivated in part by the realization that FDR would likely not live out the term and it would be disastrous for the country to have a communist sympathizer like Wallace as president. But that is another topic for another day.

  14. STL-- I quoted his manager -- http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1437

    Brian recanted that he recanted??????? Methinks Brian dipped into "special brownies"
    or took one too many puffs on the hookah pipe.

  15. somebody call in the big guns -- we need an expert --- glenn what say you?

  16. Every generation has a significant historical memory. In the sixties two dates- November 22, 1963, April 4 1968.

  17. SFL and 9:33 got it right.

  18. None of you readers understand-- SFL does this on purpose-- to engage his readers in stimulating, intelligent conversations back and forth while he and his latina 'work out' in the chevy.

    Does the van have an easy bake oven? The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook?

  19. 10:42-- MEATHEAD

  20. Rekers is symptomatic of the people that follow and fund the right wing sludge permeating out airwaves, print media and internet. These fools gladly fund the hate that they don't know how to express beyond their living rooms all the while not realizing they are being fleeced by the hypocrites like Rekers, Haggard, Craig, Swaggart, etc. They spend billions supporting these clowns and others like Beck, Limbaugh, et al who rake in the money and then fly away in their private jets to underage brothers in the DR without thinking of them again until the news cycle resumes on Monday morning

    "Among many other things, the boy is open to shaving, spanking, and vanilla."

    I don't know if that means he likes to bake or he enjoys the missionary position. I guess we just have to sit and wait for the sex tape, I mean massage tape.

  21. "I'd love to see Glenn on Survivor"

    That is funny!

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  22. Holy hail, you folks were busy this weekend.

    It's interesting to look at the collective Beach Boys journey as parallel with much of the American cultural experience of the 60s, 70s, and even 80s.

    You had the clean-cut youthful optimism of the Kennedy era, replaced by the drug-fueled brillance of Pet Sounds, which gave way to a psychic break from which Brian never recovered.

    Then you had Mike Love dressed like a guru singing about TM, Dennis writing songs with Charlie Manson, and the Boys opening up for the Dead in the early 70s.

    By the late 70s Brian was a recluse writing electronic songs about Johnny Carson, Dennis drowned ala Natalie Wood, and the drummer was the kid from Full House.

    By the time Kokomo came around in the early 80s I think, as John sang, "the dream was over."

  23. Kokomo was the last hit by the Beach Boys a song made famous by the movie Cocktail-- introducing a new generation to The Beach Boys.

    Has Brian considered getting into gangsta rap? I hear there is quite a big following for it.
    Btw SFL-- the kid from Full House. You mean John Stamos?

  24. Although not a reality show-- Jeopardy- I want to see Glenn showcase his vast fountain of knowledge.

  25. For some reason I have vague recollections of John Stamos playing the drums at a few Beach Boy gigs -- but that may have been those funny mushrooms talking.

  26. Brian and rap music? How about Pat Boone dressed in chains and a leather vest? Oh wait that happened.


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