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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Jesse James Enters "Sex Camp for Men"

Well, it's not really a sex's just my smart-assed way of referring to the sex rehab that all the celebrity men enter when they've been caught cheating.

Here we are again-- another one of these stupid men thinking that spending tens of thousands of dollars for some sex clinic is going to "cure them" of their proclivities. It's the "get out of jail free" card for adulterous men. It's like those "re-education" camps that closeted gay men go to when they've "sinned". All that money to quell urges that...well, they're not urges-- they're natural feelings!

Men like this are pathetic. They're emotionally skewed and completely uncomfortable with who they are. They may think that they will not be accepted by their families or society-at-large if they are true to themselves. This Jesse James guy is not made for monogamy, period. Tiger Woods is not made for monogamy, either. And that's okay! There is nothing wrong with loving (many) women-- as long as you're HONEST! Hey look, most women may not go for the "plural" thing...but some will-- ESPECIALLY when there's lots and lots of money and/or fame attached to it. Guys like Jesse and Tiger have to seek those women out, so they won't have to worry about lying and hiding. Think about all the embarrassment spared, and money saved on therapy and bribes IF they were just honest with themselves!

This guy was sleeping with four women. Granted, those are not the numbers that Woods was working with, but still...Elin didn't win an Oscar. To have to embarrass their wives, their families, and even the mistresses like that really worth it? I think about that-- all the sex that these guys were getting from these women...they'd have to have attained the mightiest of orgasms to justify putting themselves and others through this crap. And I'm sure we've all had some pretty good "O's"...were they that good? I think not.

So, there you go Jesse James. Your love of strippers, porn stars, and Nazi whores have needlessly ruined your life. If it weren't for your misguided notions of relationships and marriage, you would have led a reasonably enjoyable life having foursomes, and having your hog polished by tattooed bimbos.

It's funny how these guys would LOVE to live like Hugh Hefner. Maybe they should just start magazines. You know, many print publications are migrating to the iPad-- they could make millions, AND get laid whenever, and by whomever, they'd like! Be practical, for goodness sake!

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A Modest Proposal: The RIGHT Kind of Violence

I used to feel sorry for the teabagger (bowel) movement. I used to think "Wow, here are some people that are truly wanting to take on our government officials to put this country back on track to accountability and fiscal responsibility...and they are being manipulated by the GOP, who are getting these poor, uneducated people all anxious so they can get they will pull the "elephant" lever in the Fall." But day by day, these people have proven that they are in no need of pity-- they know what they want, they know what they're doing and, frighteningly enough, they know what they're thinking.

Recent events have helped to shed some light on their "true colors", as it were. Threatening voice mail messages, vandalism, hateful epithets, and even spitting have resulted as GOP politicians and pundants continue to stoke the fires of their base.  Rabble-rousers like Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh fill the heads of these empty vessels with horrifying imagery pulled straight from their own subconsciousness, providing a "rational" narrative for their greatest social/political fears. Sure, some on the Right have come out to condemn the violence, but at this point they're a day late and a dollar short; much like the mentality and emotional stability of their base. And as these same troublemakers now scoff at the idea that they are, in fact, inspiring violence among the willfully ignorant of our countrymen, there seems to be no end in sight to the levels with which they will try to stir the pot...that is, of course, until people start getting shot, or run over, or stabbed, or bombed. What is a true American to do in the face of these violent extremists, that are fighting hard to rally against a democratically-elected official and his administration?

My "Modest Proposal" is....knuckle up, and smoke some fools. In other words, they've got guns, and so do we...and maybe it's about time we start using them.

F*ck these people. What can you POSSIBLY do with people that are proud of their ignorance-- SO proud, in fact, that they laugh in the faces of those that know more than they do. They don't want to cooperate. They don't want to listen. They are seething balls of hate, stupidity and immaturity...and they are threatening the lives of our elected officials. I don't think the government should sent the troops out to take care of these people-- I think WE should do.

There should be a lottery-- each Progressive and Liberal, armed with a loaded weapon, should get a list of five people that has either been to a teabagger rally, or has contributed money, or made a stupid sign....and that person, that waste of humanity named for a sex act involving a scrotum in someone's mouth, should be shot. PERIOD. Put out of their misery, AND ours, like a dying deer after being hit by a car.

Self defense, people! You've heard the threats, you've seen the posters, you've heard the speeches! They want to take the REAL America away from us, and replace it with some fetishized vision-- this NEO America, where immigrants and gays have no rights, and women are forced to have babies that resulted from rape, and where Black and Brown folks are deemed "illegitimate". THAT'S not the America that I know! And they are trying shove it down our throats!!! Well, I say HELL NO YOU CAN'T!!! IF any of you people can reach passed the barrel of my rifle...!!!!!!!!!!!

Hell, it's obvious that it's come to this. You want to spit? The next time you do it, it'll be from the blood that's collected in your mouth after a vicious beating! You want to throw bricks? I'd rather drop them from a 10-story building, onto your soft, brittle skull. I, for one, am sick and tired of seeing the same ignorant, brainless hicks on television and the interwebs running their mouths, and saying NOTHING. I don't want them in charge, do you?! I don't want them taking my America, DO YOU?! And as long as they continue to act irresponsibly, well...they need to be punished. Or wiped out, before they spread like an ass-rash.

Make no mistake, people-- the 'baggers are evil. They are antithetical to the American way. And they are GETTING in our way. And they must be stopped before it's too's us, or them.

Well, either we shoot them all, or give them books to read so they won't be so stupid anymore. But honestly, it's probably a lot easier to pull a trigger.

Hey-- THEY STARTED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sat·ire \ˈsa-ˌtī(-ə)r\  noun 1 : a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn  2 : trenchant wit, irony, or sarcasm used to expose and discredit vice or folly

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Movie Review: Leaves of Grass

I love movies. I love making movies, I love watching movies, I love talking about movies. As I've gotten older, and technology has evolved, and people have become ruder, I have not had the desire to go to the movie theater very much. And that sucks, because I LOVE going to the movie theater! However, in the last several months the only thing that's dragged me from my flat screen/surround sound goodness at home was Avatar, and that was because it had a fun gimmick that made an otherwise run-of-the-mill, Sunday morning-rainy-day-SciFi kind of thing that you would only really watch at home. I know people say that in order to really appreciate movies like Avatar, you HAVE TO see them in the theater. But you know what? I've never had a problem playing video games on my television or hand-held device, and never had a desire to see those video games on a big screen. In other words...BFD. Truth be told, once my ass left the seat, I all but forgot about it. It existed in each individual moment, then POOF!, it blew away.

I knew nothing about Leaves of Grass going in. I just knew that it was directed by Tim Blake Nelson, and featured Edward Norton playing a dual role (potentially a gimmick). I didn't know what to expect, and to be honest...I don't expect much from most movies these days-- even movies with actors like Norton. And if it wasn't for the fact that I was invited to a screening, I may not have taken the time or the energy to see it in the theater (Netflix for sure). Not only was I pleasantly surprised and thoroughly entertained, I doubt very seriously that there will be many films released this year that will be as good as Leaves of Grass. It's very smart, very funny, and once again proves that Mr. Edward Norton-- to use a parlance of the streets-- can act his ASS off!  It's been a LONG time since I've had the pleasure of seeing what should be, if there is any justice in the world, a sleeper hit (remember those?). But what do I know-- I'm no fancy Hollywood insider. I just know a great film when I see one.

(**Minor Spoliers**)Edward Norton plays Billy Kindaide, a philosophy professor at the top of his game. He has written books, and papers, is liked by staff and students, and even loved by one student played hilariously by Lucy Devito-- who delivers lines on Latin sentence structure like she's pouring a glass of water. When he receives news that his twin brother Brady was murdered, he makes the reluctant journey back to his home town of Little Dixie, Oklahoma. He's reluctant because he hasn't been home, or spoken to his brother or mother, in 12 years.  Only when he gets home, he discovers that his brother Brady is still alive-- he lied in order to get Billy to come home, to help out with a scheme involving the cultivation and distribution of Brady's super-special, 7th generation strain of hydroponic weed (or grass). There's a lot of weed in this movie. Philosophy and weed-- like a weekend in a dorm room. But this isn't really a "pot movie"; if anything, it'd be the Citizen Kane of pot movies (except the buds wouldn't be rose...unless the little hairs were rose-colored....). Like any good movie, it's well-formed and interesting characters that guide us through the story.

Everyone in this film is great. It seems as if the key to great comedic acting is to NOT act like you're trying to be funny. You get the idea that these people are reacting organically to their situations, and they just happen to be hilarious while doing it. Josh Pais is very funny as Ken Feinman, the orthodontist that Billy meets on the plane. Keri Russell is fine and a bit playful as Norton's love interest Janet, a local teacher and poet. It's always great to see Susan Sarandon in anything; she only has a few scenes, but she's great as Billy and Brady's hippie mom Daisy. Richard Dreyfuss also makes an appearance as Rabbi Pug Rothbaum, and manages to deliver one of the funniest lines I have heard in a movie in YEARS! And Tim Blake Nelson gives a subtle and sometimes warm performance as Brady Kindaid's best friend Bolger.

Many actors have played dual roles: Jackie Chan, Lindsay Lohan, even Arnold Schwartzenegger. But very rarely is it done well; and I'm not just talking about the CG or slight-of-hand camera tricks. Cate Blanshett did it well, and Nicolas Cage did a good job, too...but I still knew it was them playing against themselves. There's something special about what Norton does in Leaves of Grass. There were times that I completely forgot that he was playing two parts. Both performances are fully-formed, organic and believable, especially when he is on screen with himself. There was one really brief dual shot that I thought was a little jarring, but that had more to do with the effect than it did with his performance, for which he deserves a variety of mantel decorations, including a couple of golden ones.

Overall, the film is well paced, beautifully shot by Robert Shaefer (Monster's Ball, For You Consideration), and Tim Blake Nelson as the writer and director has really done such a wonderful job of sculpting a world in Oklahoma that's as vivid and as interesting to watch as the Coen Brother's visions of Fargo or Arizona. The dialogue is full and meaningful, and delivered very well all around. We hear a great deal of talk of philosophy and poetry, and none of it is dry or dull. And it's funny, without having to debase the characters. There is not one dim bulb in this film; these are all smart characters, who just happen to be doing (or have done) silly or stupid things.

These days, it's hard to get motivated to go the theater to see anything...unless something is blowing up or hurtling at you through special glasses. Leaves of Grass is a film worth seeing on a nice summer night, followed by a few drinks...or a couple of bong hits, whatever floats your boat. It doesn't seem like they make many movies like this anymore, and it's a shame. It's going to be pretty difficult to find a more stimulating movie-going experience.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

It's Official...We Are Now Socialist-Communist-Marxists!

Just moments ago, President Barry signed into law, Health Care Reform.

No, this Bill is not every single thing that many people wanted...yet. There is even some talk about the Senate possibly adding a Public Option to their final revision.  There will be several amendments made to really shape the Bill into something that provide real help for the people that really need it:

1) No more pre-existing conditions
2) Young adults covered under parents plan (I remember when it wasn't)
3) Tax breaks to small businesses
4) NO recissions
5) Tax on tanning beds (for the dumb-asses that use them)
6) Preventative care coverage
7) Investment in new treatments and therapies

...among other things.

How could anyone fault legislation that takes care of these problems? What is the alternative? Do you really feel as if your rights have been challenged because health insurance is a auto insurance? That's what I don't understand-- people who bitch about a health insurance mandate, but don't mind the car insurance mandate.

It's a great day in this nation's history. And a lot of you may not see it now...and may never see it-- who knows...but chances are that if you don't see it, it's worked. But no one will know any time soon.

Stay healthy!'s candidate Obama in 2007, almost a year ago to date of the Bill signing:

Monday, March 22, 2010

teabaggers = Monkeys Throwing "niggers" and "faggots".

teabaggers = Monkeys Throwing "niggers" and "fagots".

I have to be honest. I sat down here wanting to write another mouthy screed about the Tea Part Movement. After I read an article or two about Saturday's Tea Party protest on House Democrats in Congress, I immediately thought of that title; first thing that popped into my head. It made me laugh, I thought it was clever, and stuff...and I jumped up, sat down at the machine, and wrote several sentences...then deleted...wrote a few words...deleted...and so on. So...I dunno what to say. It's an easy story to use to insult these people, to call them names, make snarky comments about their intelligence and all that good stuff that's fun to say and write. The more I think about it, I guess it kind of makes sense that people like this exist. And they shouldn't be condemned for that. But when you start literally spitting at, and shouting out "nigger" and "faggot" at Congressmen, you have lost the war. Not the battle, not "the fight", but the WHOLE DAMN WAR. Why kick a dying animal when it's down?

Here's something that Noam Chomsky said about this movement:

"The reaction we should be having to them is not ridicule, but self-criticism. We are the ones that ought to be organizing them, not Rush Limbaugh. There are historical analogs, which are not exact, of course, but are close enough to be worrisome. This is a whiff of early Nazi Germany. Hitler was appealing to groups with similar grievances and giving them crazy answers, but at least they were answers: that is, they blame the Jews and the Bolsheviks. They were the problem."
I always felt that it was kind of ironic that some of these people have taken to comparing Obama to Hitler, when it is they who are in fact more representative of the mental state of millions of Germans involved in the birth of the Nazi Party. They are a people fueled by aggravation and needing a rationalization to project their anger. They have people like Rush, and Glenn Beck, and "The Michel(l)e's" (Malkin and Bachman), and Tom Tancredo, and Sarah Palin giving them some "crazy answers." Of course, this is different. In Germany they had signs that said "Achtung Juden". And this time, it's "nigger" and "faggot". Totally different.

I know that there are plenty of teabaggers that would claim that they are not racists, and that this is just a fringe element to the party. But these things pop up at every rally-- EVERY SINGLE ONE. How can people who were furious at Obama for his association with Reverend Wright not condemn people like this? And look-- I don't care that they are racists; if you want to be stupid, that's your problem. But you cannot expect to be taken seriously.

All this idiocy, immaturity, ignorance...all of this to fight against Health Care Reform. Well, it's Health Care Reform'll be Finance Reform later...then Education Reform...any kind of reform to these people is dangerous because it represents the kind of change that they don't like...the change that may make level out the playing field:

"These people think, "I've done everything right all my life, I'm a god-fearing Christian, I'm white, I'm male, I've worked hard, and I carry a gun. I do everything I'm supposed to do. And I'm getting shafted." And, in fact, they are getting shafted. For 30 years their wages have stagnated or declined, the social conditions have worsened, the children are going crazy, there are no schools, there's nothing, so somebody must be doing something to them, and they want to know who it is. Rush Limbaugh has answered: it's the rich liberals who own the banks and run the government and run the media. They don't care about you. They just want to give everything away to illegal immigrants and gays and communists and so on."-- Noam Chomsky

America is always changing. That's what it does. And for reasons that we all know, and many of us refuse to accept, change is inevitable. We have evolved a great deal over the years, and we will continue to do so. And like with many strong social changes that have taken place, they are all met with anger, and animosity, from people who think the world will explode with change. To believe that, is to not believe in America. It is to doubt who we are and what we represent. To not believe that we are capable of smarter, better things is to be trapped in a mindset that is truly antithetical to freedom and liberty. You are either a part of this society, or you are not. You will evolve, or you will get left behind. That's the way nature works.

I just do not think, unfortunately, that the teabaggers really represent an America that I am familar with. The only thing that I can assertain from their protests is that they don't like the Black Muslim President. And taxes-- they hate taxes, and the Black President. And Health Care Reform. I thin this story gets a lot of coverage because it's so hateful, and foolish. And maybe it's because I live in New York, but I am yet to meet a person that would want to affiliate themselves with the teabaggers. This party represents a section of the nation that...well, just hates. They hate so much that when they're painted in a corner, when they are intellectually defeated, they resort to the only thing they know...shouting slurs at congressmen, and the handicapped...

These are the kind of people you want running the country?

UPDATE: Here are a series of interviews of the teabagger protest from New Left Media:

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Friday, March 19, 2010

"Press Play On Tape"

If you know what those four words mean, you are a geek.

It's true. That means that you owned either a Commodore 64 or a Commodore Vic 20, and you played games that had to be loaded into memory via a cassette tape drive. And while it loaded, you only saw the words "LOADING" on the next line. Then when it finished loading, it said "READY.". Then, you typed "RUN" and you got to play your game...sometimes 5-10 minutes after starting the process.

Now this was before the 5.25" drives came out. After that happened, well...that opened the floodgates for games, games, and more games. There were so many games out there, it was dizzying-- more than you could really play...even if you tried to play them all. And aside from game play, and the graphics, the one thing people loved was the music. C64 game music has a specific sound-- it was one of the first home computers to have a built-in audio synthesizer, so you could create "life-like" sounds. And after playing these games 1000 times, you start to pick up the melodies.

That brings me to this band of geeks who have taken their name from the tape drive command line. "Press Play On Tape" performs Commodore 64 melodies with real instruments. What's pretty insane is that they know the songs really well...and they know some pretty obscure games to base their remakes on. Take for example, the them music to one of the most frustrating and annoying games of all time: Aztec Challenge.

How about the theme from the game Auf Wiedersehen Monty:

I must say, however, that one of my favorite covers of theirs is the theme from the game Commando:

It's for fun and nostalgia, that's for sure. It's always a treat when you realize that there were people all over the place that were into the same things you were; especially the things that make you feel like a dork! Makes me wish I knew people that I had more in common with back in those days.

I only wish that someone would do a kick-ass cover of the Skate or Die theme:

Friday, March 12, 2010

A Haiku for my Friend

It can wear you out,
looking for someone special.
Just be happy now.

Some Bullshit is Always Happening Somewhere

There are times that I watch the news a lot. And there are times when I cannot be bothered. For the last couple of weeks, I have fit into the latter. There comes a point and time when you just see too many patterns, and it just kinda all starts to blend in and be boring. I mean sure, there's been that Eric Massa thing going on, but it's really only just another politician getting caught in a (gay) sex scandal. Otherwise, again, it's all the same shit.

The following is the truth, the only way that The Onion can provide it:

Breaking News: Some Bullshit Happening Somewhere

Thursday, March 11, 2010

OnLive Gaming Service: Or, The Death of Console Gaming?

I first heard about this service a couple of years ago. Industry insiders speculated at the time that the OnLive gaming service could very well be the end of console gaming as we know it.

The requirements are simple-- you either need a PC or a Mac, and a broadband connection (with an HD adapter coming later in the year). There is apparently nothing to download-- you play the games straight through your browser. The thing is that you're playing the game, but not's visuals are transmitted as streaming video, so you don't need any kind of crazy hardware to process the best graphics. You controller simply transmits your moves, and the video is sent back to you instantly! No need to replace a console every few years-- the processing power all depends on the server that's streaming the game!

On top of all of that, you can also play games from your iPhone (Wow!). I must say, this is pretty slick...! Once again this proves that software is king-- and truly in this case! It's like the old days back in the 80s-- most people had no clue what chips or what hardware makers were producing the arcade cabinets and their technology...all they cared about was how good the games were! And with this technology, you don't have to worry about what system your friends you can use whatever computer, or TV, or iPhone you want!

Check out their blog for updates and info.  I know I said before that I was interested in getting an Xbox 360 with Natal...but I may take more than a fancy controller to get my interest...

The Playstation Move Is Here...Anyone?

I remember back in 2006 when the Wii came out, and most people talked about how Nintendo is releasing nothing more than a gimmick machine that would never sell, and that people would instantly become bored with. Sure, motion control could be interesting, but the argument was that people don't want to stand up and play games, or have to move around a lot to play games-- and that hardcore gamers would never go for it. It was widely mocked and ridiculed by industry insiders as a joke. Upon the Wii's release, it sold out so quickly that they couldn't keep them on the shelves. It took some people up to a year to get one, unless you were willing to pay two or three times its cost.

Flash forward to 2008, with both Microsoft and Sony being totally outsold by the Wii...introduce motion controllers. Microsoft presented Project Natal (released later this year), which uses a Z-Axis camera to record the player in their own environment, using your own body as the controller (promising...). And Sony introduced a motion wand similar to that of the Wii-mote. Both technologies were introduced, but not ready. They also promised true 1:1 feedback from the player, and none of that phoney waggle stuff that the Wii games use. However, that year also saw the release of the Wii Motion add on that provides true 1:1 feedback for Wii games...and consumers could have it now, and not have to wait two years for it.

And now, two years later, Sony has just released the specs for what they are calling Playstation Move.

As you can see, it's almost exactly like the Wii...with prettier graphics. The games and game play look to be pretty identical to an experience that many gamers have had for years...except, again, that the Playstation 3 has prettier graphics. But so what? The biggest problem with most video games today is that production value seems to always trump gameplay. I still play Pac-Man and Donkey Kong and Defender and Asteroid, not because the graphics are so amazing...but because they are fun games, and have been fun for damn near 3 decades! And with the same graphics they had when they were introduced (8-bit baby!).

So Sony can release anything they want, and show all the cool videos they want...but is it fun to play? Are the games going to be fun? Will this be worth my time and/or money? I have to say that this may be the first generation of Playstation that I pass up. I had the first two...and currently have a Wii...but if I get another system, it will be the XBox360 with Natal.

Otherwise, I already have a Wii-mote and a BluRay player-- why would I want another one?

Are Ya There God? It's Me, Sarah

Are Ya There God? It's Me, Sarah
Dear God,

Gosh, I am just so honored to be here with you, in all your power, and wisdom over all of us...and I want to thank you for your love of America and our values, which we all, Americans, obtain from you, oh Lord.

As you know, Dear God, we Americans and others around the world face trying and terrible times before us. Now more than any time in our history do we need your divine guidance.  Ever since the attacks of September 11th, 2001, we were challenged beyond what anyone has had to face in the history of our great country. And you have shown us the way.  You helped to guide our then-President Bush to...well, to make the right decisions, even though we may not have fully understood what you had planned for us. But we believe in you, and we trust you, and we love you, so we let you lead the way. And you did, Lord, you did! You gave us one affirmation after another that we were on the right track; too many for me to list right now! But you gave us purpose, and you gave America and Americans the strength to stand up for our values and for freedom.

But you threw us kind of a curve ball when you elected our next President and Vice President for our great land. I gotta tell ya, I was a little confused at first with your call for me to run for Vice President, particularly because I didn't know what the heck a VP did! But as always, I answered your call. And boy, did I get more than I bargained for! I stayed consistent with your words to me, even through the malicious attacks of the liberal "lamestream" media machine...! It was your guidance, Lord, that gave me the direction I needed for this calling in my life-- when I tried to...forget convention and just move forward the way that you would expect me to move! And now, after leaving my Governor's position in Alaska 2 years early, I was able to fulfill the beginning of the process of my true work to speak for American values-- true Conservative and American values that you have bestowed among us, God-- and we thank you every day for that!

What I've rilly wanted to say to you, oh Lord  God, is that I want to reach out to you and talk to you about what people have been saying about me recently, that...well, you know, it's not the kinda thing that I expect you to trouble yourself with, but I gotta just tell ya about what these liberals-- again with the liberals and their smear tactics in the media, I gotta tell ya what they've been saying about things I said about me in reference to you. You may have read somewhere in the New York Times, or the Daily Kos, or one of those places, that I compared myself to you. Now of course, God, Oh Lord Almighty, that I would never, ever compare myself to you! You see, the far-left in this country have made such a big dill out of my writing notes on my hand when I gave a speech a few weeks ago. Now, I don't hafta get into why I did it-- you know why I did it! It was just a thing that the mainstream media uses to skirt important issues that are important to Americans all over the country today. So I don't need to go into that, you know why! But I merely quoted your divine words, Lord, from Isaiah 49:16...and you know what that said. I'm not in any way comparing myself to you! I was merely pointing out that you as God and l'il 'ol me have one thing in common. Just one thing, that's all! I mean, you're the Almighty God, and I was only made in your image, like all of your children! I am sure that all of us can look down and see a bit of your divine grace in ourselves.  The fact of the matter is, I did not have to use a fancy teleprompter to speak to my people! I like to think that I work well with my hands-- get my hands dirty, and rilly get down in there, in the dirt and the grime, so that we can do the good work for the American people!

I just want to close this letter by saying Thank You God. Thank you for all you have given us, and thank you for making this country of ours so great, and it's people so deserving of everything that we work so hard for! And I ask you to please give us the strength that we need to win back our position in government, so that we can shrink government and put our country back on the right track, to lessen spending and big government sweet-heart dills that come out of the pockets of tax payers-- hard working tax payers that aren't as privlaged and advantaged as members in Congress that seem to think that it's okay to pad their pockets with their hard-earned money. With your guidance, I will lend my power and my voice to spreading the word of liberty, freedom, and Conservative policy and values that will make America great again.

Thank you God!

With Great Love and Admiration,

Sarah Louise Heath Palin

Dear Sarah:

Thanks for your interest. Keep the Faith.


This article was written by me, and originally published at NowPublic.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Corey Haim Dead

Wow. Lost Boys, License to Drive, Dream a Little Dream, First Born, Lucas, Silver Bullet...I spent most of my childhood with this kid. They found him dead in his apartment, possibly from some kind of drug overdose. He was 38 years old (I'll be 38 next weekend).

No excuse to die this early, like this. It's a damn shame. I didn't really watch the reality show that he and Feldman starred in a few years ago, for no other reason than the fact that I'm not a fan of reality show. As corny as it sounds, I think I may try to watch it now. As a team of movie star kids, they were fun for that time-- they usually made good movies, and they seemed like okay guys...and I say that because we didn't have the internet back then, so we didn't really crawl up the asses of celebrities like we do now (we just had ET and the National Enquirer).

But now that's it. And I'm sorry to have seen him die this way.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Legalizing It: It's Happening Now

It's the stuff of fantasy from college dorms and bachelors apartments all across the land: "Yo, man-- you know their gonna legalize pot, man-- why wouldn't they! They'd be stupid not to-- it's so stupid that it's illegal, man!" Well, roll up my good man...'cause your little masturbatory dream is becoming a reality.

Over the last two years, states all over the country have been loosening marijuana laws-- some lifting bans on the medicinal side, and many others looking to decriminalize it altogether. It may be due to the economy, or just due to the change in social norms, but many lawmakers are now looking to rethink how our nation treats pot and pot smokers. (wow, I just said "pot" and "treats" in the same sentence...I'm hungry...!)

So, it looks like legalization may actually happen. Great, for someone who doesn't smoke weed that much anymore (damn it...). But it really is about time. I mean, aside from all the fun of the high, it will give great opportunities for more production and experimentation of the use of hemp in production of most or all of the things that we normally produce with cotton or oil. It will also provide a nice hefty revenue stream. Tax the hell out of it-- and people will still buy it. And with regulation, you can be assured to get the best stuff, without having to take your chances with inconsistent "suppliers". That was another thing of talk amongst the stoners-- "You know Phillip Morris has already got designs for their joints, man...they're just waitin' for the go-ahead!" Print Magazine actually has an interesting piece on marijuana packaging designs.

So, there ya go. People said it would never happen. Now, it is.

Smoke 'em if you got 'em.  And if you don't got, you will soon.

Puppetry of the Penis

I've known about this show for a few years now, but have absolutely know desire to see it. I'm sure it may be clever and fun for some, but for me...watching two guys literally play with their penises on stage does nothing for me. Well, it does one thing for makes me not want to see this show.

But I can't, or shouldn't, talk a lot of smack about something that I know nothing about. And until I saw the following clip, I never really had an understanding of how the show would work. I mean, it just can't be a couple of guys jerking and smacking themselves around on stage...can it?

Well, I guess it can. They even have a DVD. And a book.  I mean, all guys have "experimented" with the ultimate balloon animal, but that's almost always done (usually) in private, or with one or three friends. I dunno, seeing a guy's junk is one thing. Seeing men do funny things with their junk is not necessarily something that I want to see on video. But none of that trumps the sheer and absolute lack of desire or interest that I have in NOT seeing this show live. No offense, boys...but no thanks.

Everyone else, enjoy!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Movie Review: The Hurt Locker


What motivates people to want to go to war? In our generation, it is most likely the 9/11 attacks that have encouraged thousands of American men and women to join the military. The wars that we have fought over the last two decades are different in that respect-- no draft, all-volunteer.  Some people join because they want to pay for college. Some people join because of family tradition. Others join because they are addicted to the legal substance known as adrenaline. 

The Hurt Locker opens with a quote by war correspondent Chris Hedges: "The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug." This is the quote that applies to the film's protagonist, Sgt First Class William James. He diffuses bombs; over 800 in his time in the military. He is gifted, but he is reckless; he is a team-leader, with the two members of his team (Sgt Sanborn and Specialist Eldridge) lacking trust in him. And we spend the bulk of the movie waiting for this guy to mess up. Of course, we don't want him to mess up-- wouldn't be much of a movie if he did (unless they are going for a "Psycho"-like moment; most people had no idea what would happen to Marion Crane...) It's like watching a NASCAR race...sure, you wanna see someone win, but you're also waiting for that moment, that seems so inevitable, that one or a few of those cars are going to crash...and could possibly kill the driver(s).  

That's one of the things that makes this movie to effective-- it FEELS real. All of the characters in this film are real. There are no outrageous caricatures, or clichés, or stereotypes that you would find in other war movies (like, say, Avatar). There are people that had real lives before they got sucked up in the shit storm of war. And these are real people dealing with real situations; uncertainty of over-all mission, shoddy equipment/vehicles...all the unglamorous sides that we never see. It's no surprise that the US Military found it more advantageous to aide in the production of the latest Transformers movie, and not this one; if it's Michael Bay, apple-pie and the Star Spangled Banner will be shot up your ass for that optimum American feeling! The Hurt Locker was a little too real for them. Not at all anti-American...but at the same time not too shy about telling it like it is, ass-kissing aside.

You hear so much about IDEs on the news, and how dangerous they are...but until you see or feel it in context, you really have no idea. This would have been an intense film to see in 3D, for sure! Talk about enhancing the experience! There's a great scene of Sgt James practically disassembling a car by hand to find a trigger for multiple canister IDEs that would, as he put it, "...blow us all to Jesus."

This is the latest of contemporary war movies that I have come to really enjoy. It's a movie not about the war, but about how people deal with the situations they've been given in this war. There is no talk of politics, or philosophical speculation...these are people just trying to get through their tour in one piece.

Last night, this film won 6 Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture. I was afraid that another film was going to win instead; not that I don't like the other film, I did like it...but this film is better. And well-deserved. Many people are making a big deal out of the fact that Bigelow and Cameron were married at one point. I don't think that gossipy crap really matters much. They are both clearly very talented people. In a time when people place much importance on big budget's just nice to see something of a considerably smaller scale, and in some cases better execution, do well.