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Goodbye, Mister Clean

house peters, mr the original mister clean

In an effort to help McGoo scrub Barney Frank off his eyeballs before his manly bits run away from home, I give you — House Peters, Jr. Peters died in the night. He was 92.

He starred in a fair bit of movie and TV between 1930-something and 1960-something, but he will be forever remembered as the original Mr. Clean.

Was he the one that came whooshing out of the bottle when you opened it, like a big, bald genie? Must be; how else would you explain a dude with an earring in 1958? Or am I confusing him with the White Tornado…?

The world of unconvincing early advertising mascots reels from another blow. First Mrs Olson, then the Maytag repairman, then Madge, then Mr Whipple. Now this. I may never buy stupid household shit for no good reason again.


Comment from apotheosis
Time: October 2, 2008, 3:08 pm

And a pall fell over the advertising world, the likes of which hadn’t been seen since the passing of Clara Peller.

Comment from apotheosis
Time: October 2, 2008, 3:11 pm

unrelated: new one!

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: October 2, 2008, 3:12 pm

Mr. Wipple is gone?!? Say it ain’t so! And Mr. Clean, too?


…and thank you for pushing that – that – that er, man, so-to-speak – down below the fold, Weasel. I appreciate it immensely.

Comment from Jill
Time: October 2, 2008, 3:52 pm

And I bet Barney Frank never guessed that he wasn’t the original House Peter.


Comment from Muslihoon
Time: October 2, 2008, 4:00 pm

I’m glad Mrs. Butterworth and Aunt Jemima are still alive. They bring comfort unto my soul (and pancakes and waffles).

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: October 2, 2008, 4:00 pm

Amen, Musli.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 2, 2008, 4:05 pm

I love McCain’s latest ad:

I’m going to say this plainly and without unnecessary invective, because it’s a serious statement of opinion and not a rant: I believe Joe Biden to be a vain, shallow, deeply stupid man. To stand out for these qualities in a group of 100 vain, shallow, deeply stupid people is remarkable.

That said, I doubt he’ll be Joe tonight. He says the really stupid stuff when he’s relaxed and comfortable. With all eyes upon him, I think he’ll be able to control himself.

Comment from porknbean
Time: October 2, 2008, 4:10 pm

Is that ad running on TV? It should be.

I think ol’ Joe has been given the debate questions beforehand, so that he can rehearse in the mirror.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: October 2, 2008, 4:12 pm

100% agreement here, Stoaty. Good ad, too.

Note that – from your own statements – he will be less than comfortable or at ease tonight.

Therefore, Palin will make mincemeat out of him unless the media seriously stack the deck and run interference for Joe. She’ll do it because she already knows the deck is going to be stacked against her. Fortunately the deck is being stacked by for-the-most-part idiots.

I’m actually looking forward to this tonight.

Comment from Allen
Time: October 2, 2008, 4:28 pm

Have faith Weasel. Joe will come through, it’s who he is. It might take a bit of time, but he’ll think he’s on a roll, the ego will kick in and, “Oh Gawd, what the heck am I saying?”

Hey, there’s an idea. Everyone picks a time frame the one who gets it right gets an all expenses paid vacation to Akismet. His first, “Oh my God I can’t believe he said that” will occur 20-25 minutes into the debate.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 2, 2008, 4:44 pm

I don’t know, Allen. I don’t think he’ll say something stupid until he’s comfortable that he’s winning big. And for that to happen, Sarah has to underperform. I’d rather have Sarah do well and Joe come through it without a spectacularly wonderful gaffe.

So that’s where I’m putting my money.

Comment from Allen
Time: October 2, 2008, 4:59 pm

Maybe, but if she gives him a bit of snark that will set him off too. All she has to do is needle him once about something and he’ll go off. He’s always got a bit of the nasty edge in his speech.

Senators are often under the misconception that they are great debaters, but they don’t debate in the Senate. They blow hot air at each other. He’s got 36 years of experience at bloviating, it won’t stop happening tonight.

Comment from Mr. Clean
Time: October 2, 2008, 6:22 pm

Ah, one of the best portrayls of Mr. Clean. He was also the classic Shark Man in some of the old Flash Gordon serials.

Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: October 2, 2008, 6:52 pm

oh man, that ad is brutal. I love it.

*on pins and needles for Sarah*

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: October 2, 2008, 7:04 pm

I was just at your site, Mr. Clean.
Very nice!

Comment from doubleplusundead
Time: October 2, 2008, 8:54 pm

Stoaty, feel free to drop by our debate chat.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: October 2, 2008, 10:19 pm

Well, according to Drudge, Palin took it 75% to Biden’s 22%

Interesting. I was listening, but with my back to the tv as I read dpud’s chatromm traffic. My impression (without visual feedback) was that Palin did not do well, and was ambushed by everyone else in the room. Weird.

Comment from Jill
Time: October 2, 2008, 10:35 pm

Good to see you over there, McGoo!

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: October 3, 2008, 5:48 am

Likewise, Jill. It was nice to see/hear/read a friendly voice in that digital cacophony.

I guess Drudge revised his figures, but according to him Palin was considered the winner by about a 2:1 margin. Don’t know how accurate the figure is, but since it pleases me I’ll accept it.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 3, 2008, 7:41 am

I never watch debates live; I’m too neurotic. And, in any case, I’m tucked up in my weasely bed snoring my weasely head off by nine. I’ll watch the recap this morning.

The guy in the cube two down is playing some kind of song, I can’t quite make it out, but instead of a drumbeat, it has a crowd chanting ‘O-BAM-A’ in the background. That’s just creepy as hell.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 3, 2008, 7:59 am


First two comments on Toby Harndon’s blogpost in the UK Telegraph on that diplomat’s letter about Obama that leaked.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 3, 2008, 8:50 am

Shit! I can’t find a stream of the debate I can access from work. YouTube is blocked, Google Video apparently goes to YouTube and the C-Span .rm stream is flat timing out (pa firewall thing, I guess. None of their videos will load for me).

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 3, 2008, 8:55 am

Well, I got audio. That’ll have to do.

Comment from porknbean
Time: October 3, 2008, 10:29 am

“I miss, for instance, the sudden illumination into the worldview of my patients that their replies to simple questions sometimes gave me. I still do a certain amount of medico-legal work, preparing pyschiatric reports on those accused of crimes, and recently a case reminded me of the how sharply a few words can bring into relief an entire attitiude toward life and shed light on an entire mental hinterland.
A young woman was charged with assault, under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, on a very old lady about five times her age. Describing her childhood, the young accused mentioned that her mother had once been in trouble with the police.
‘What for?’ I asked.
‘She was on the Social (Security) and working at the same time.’
‘What happened?’ I asked.
‘She had to give up working.’ The air of self-evidence with which she said this revealed a whole world of presuppositions. For her, and those around her, work was the last resort; economic dependence on state handouts was the natural condition of man.” – Not With A Bang, But A Whimper – Theodore Dalrymple

Just came in the mail.

That there hinterland is the problem.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 3, 2008, 11:23 am

Oh god, PnB. If you’re reading Dalrymple, hide all the firearms and sharp instruments.

I love him to bits, but he’s DARK, DARK, DARK.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: October 3, 2008, 11:27 am

It’ll be interesting to see what impression you get from audio-only, Stoaty.

Recall the Kennedy-Nixon debate results from TV versus radio. Those who watched it on TV gave Kennedy the win hands-down. Those who listened on the radio insisted Nixon won the debate.

Comment from porknbean
Time: October 3, 2008, 11:42 am

Hmm…I think the folks he writes about are darker than what I observe about him. Surrounding yourself in that kind of environment most of your day is bound to do things to your outlook.
Heck, I could never survive in his profession. There is only so much one could take of the neverending bad decisions and worse outcomes before one takes things into their own hands to solve some of them. *slap, slap, damn fool, here try on this lovely rope necklace – and that is to the politicians who create the environment*

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 3, 2008, 11:45 am

I had to bail on the audio, McGoo. She sounded nervous and fast-talking at the very beginning, and it was making me uptight. I figure the good reviews mean it’s better with pictures.

That, and Uncle B called and we started wrestling with my first visa application. Ugh.

I’m filling out the online form (you have to start online for most visas now): he’s a UK citizen, born in the UK and currenly in the UK. The next question was when did he arrive in the UK?

Ummm…his fucking BIRTHDAY, you stupid online ASCII piece of shit!

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: October 3, 2008, 12:09 pm

Civil servant forms. Ya gotta love ’em.

One of my favorites is seeing “enter your complete name and address” next to a box about 2.3 cm long and 5 mm high.

Interesting comment about her sounding nervous. One of the few comments I made on dpud’s chatroom was something like, “she has a quiver in her voice. Weak.”

I, too, was listening audio-only.

Like they say: Ya gotta be there.

Comment from Jill
Time: October 3, 2008, 12:20 pm

John McCain and Barack Obama somehow ended up at the same barbershop.

As they sat there, each being worked on by a different barber, not a word was spoken.

The barbers were even afraid to start a conversation, for fear it would turn to politics.

As the barbers finished their shaves, the one who had Obama in his chair reached for the aftershave.

Obama was quick to stop him saying, “No thanks! My wife Michelle will smell that and think I’ve been in a whorehouse.”

The second barber turned to McCain and said, “How about you?”

McCain replied, “Go ahead. My wife doesn’t know what the inside of a whorehouse smells like.”

Comment from Allen
Time: October 3, 2008, 1:19 pm

Well Joe did come through for me in one way. Hey, did you know That we, along with France, kicked Hezballah out of Lebanon?

I was just sitting there slack jawed thinking “what the heck is he babbling about.”

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: October 3, 2008, 2:07 pm

FYI – this link
( http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/easescredit.asp )

gets you to Snopes evaluation of the (true) existence of articles back years ago that a) lay this latest finance fiasco dead at the feet of the Dems, and also the articles mentioning that Bush tried getting the shit regulated, but was blocked by Barney “toothless” Franks.

If the pol parties were reversed, it would be a death blow.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 3, 2008, 2:11 pm

I’m trying to work on a nickname, McGoo. Gummy Joe Frank comes to mind. Sadly, “Gummy Barney” has too many y’s in it.

Snopes. Wow. They definitely tilt left, as a rule.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: October 3, 2008, 2:19 pm

That’s why I mentioned it. If snopes admits it’s so when it undermines their usual bias, then it really must be true.

BTW: did you know Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine has more episodes now – and (sadly) they’re trying memberships and subscriptions. But Lick Poop makes an appearance!

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: October 3, 2008, 2:26 pm

Gnawin’ Franks.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: October 3, 2008, 5:33 pm

Hey, did you all catch the Seattle clinic that is having a Joe Biden Botox special? 🙂 http://ssattlermd.wordpress.com/2008/10/03/bidens-been-botoxing/

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