Former arena booster: Boycott Maloofs!

Forget all that needy Here We Stay stuff. The new Bust Their Balls campaign on Facebook (and maybe, sort of, in the real world) seems much healthier to me.

The idea is that Sacramento is much better off boycotting the Billionaire Boys Club, rather than trying to sell out Kings games and otherwise go through lots of anguish trying show how much the team means to us. (Really, we can change, if you’ll just give us one more chance.)

Of course, anybody can put up a Facebook page, but this one got the endorsement of veteran political consultant Doug Elmets.

You remember: Doug got his butt kicked running the Measures Q and R campaigns back in 2006, which would have raised sales taxes to build the Kings a new arena. The initiatives flopped—beaten by 60 points at the polls—in no small part because the Malooves pretty much sandbagged them. They got all greedy and weird and walked away from negotiations in the middle of the initiative campaign, then simultaneously appeared in those infamous Carl’s Jr. TV spots which made them look even more greedy and weird, and kind of gross, too.

In a post on the Bust Their Balls page, Elmets evoked a Sacramento Bee story detailing the $50 million loan that the Brothers Bling are expected to get from Orange County billionaire Henry Samueli. Said Elmets:

“This article is one more reason why the April 1st Kings game should be boycotted. Send a message that ‘We’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore!’”


Compiled from Snog.

The pen is girlier …

You know, I thought I had it pretty good—that my life was so much better than my mother’s or grandmother’s could have been.

But I’ve learned there’s always room for improvement.

Indeed, my friend and colleague Becca Costello pointed out that, until recently, I’ve been horribly oppressed. But now, thanks to a tipster over at the Jezebel blog, things are looking much, much brighter, because I can finally add lady-friendly writing instruments to my arsenal of women-only products (bubble-gum-pink razors and tool kits, energy bars, ear plugs).

Bic’s Cristal for Her ink pens are thin, plastic devices that come in shades of lavender, pink and blue and, as the Jezebel reader points out, they’re a godsend for those of us who felt overwhelmed using all those “bulky male pens.”

I think the Bic website, however, best explains this startlingly and long overdue advancement in women’s studies: The pen’s “key benefits,” the site points out, is its “tinted barrel (pink, purple, blue, green or orange)” which is “thiner [sic] for a better handling for women.”

Good spelling, apparently, is not a very ladylike concern.

Compiled from Popsmart.