Friday, March 30, 2007


James Dobson's ridiculous statement regarding Fred Thompson (who I'm still on the fence about).

From US News:

Focus on the Family founder James Dobson appeared to throw cold water on a possible presidential bid by former Sen. Fred Thompson while praising former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is also weighing a presidential run, in a phone interview Tuesday.

"Everyone knows he's conservative and has come out strongly for the things that the pro-family movement stands for," Dobson said of Thompson. "[But] I don't think he's a Christian; at least that's my impression," Dobson added, saying that such an impression would make it difficult for Thompson to connect with the Republican Party's conservative Christian base and win the GOP nomination.

Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Thompson, took issue with Dobson's characterization of the former Tennessee senator. "Thompson is indeed a Christian," he said. "He was baptized into the Church of Christ."

In a follow-up phone conversation, Focus on the Family spokesman Gary Schneeberger stood by Dobson's claim. He said that, while Dobson didn't believe Thompson to be a member of a non-Christian faith, Dobson nevertheless "has never known Thompson to be a committed Christian—someone who talks openly about his faith."

Here's the kicker (italics added):

"We use that word—Christian—to refer to people who are evangelical Christians," Schneeberger added. "Dr. Dobson wasn't expressing a personal opinion about his reaction to a Thompson candidacy; he was trying to 'read the tea leaves' about such a possibility."

Dobson can kiss my ass. Oh wait, that's not very Christian of me...but then again, according to Dobson, I'm NOT one anyway.
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Sly, Say It Isn't So!!

Sly Stallone is using a body double for his next Rambo movie -- "Rambo: The Golden Years."

This saddens me more than Marcia Brady being on "Celebrity Fit Club".

From The Daily Mail (a UK news site):
Ageing actor Sylvester Stallone is to revive another of his most famous film characters - John Rambo - for one last mission.

But unlike his character in last year's Rocky Balboa, in which he was acclaimed for having a buff body, he will use a 30-year-old body double.
Then again, he did have his steroids confiscated.

The actor and his entourage of minders were stopped last month at Sydney airport en route to the Australian premiere of his sixth Rocky movie when a routine X-ray of the party's baggage revealed 48 vials of Jintropin, a so-called miracle drug.

Considered a performance-enhancing hormone, its use is strictly controlled in Australia. Stallone did not appear in court in Sydney, and is expected to be fined up to a maximum of £9,000.

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Paglia's Latest

How'd I miss this Camille Paglia column from March 14th. My favorite parts hightlighted below:

Barack and Rudy:
The blatant manipulations of the mainstream media are betrayed by the way that mercurial polling data has been relentlessly promoted about the candidates of both parties for more than a year. That material simply assesses name recognition in an ephemeral beauty contest. Thus we've had endless reports about Hillary and John McCain as front-runners, despite rampant dissatisfactions with them among embers of their own parties. Now we're onto the challenger-with-momentum drama starring Obama and Rudy Giuliani, which may be equally short-lived.
Hillary Clinton:

Hillary didn't help herself with her over-the-top sermon at the First Baptist Church in Selma, Alabama, two weeks ago. Her aping of a black Southern accent from the pulpit was so inept and patronizing that it should get a Razzie Award for Worst Performance of the Year. At times, it approached the Southern Gothic burlesque of Bette Davis chewing up the scenery in "Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte."

Fox News:
What is this morbid obsession that liberals have with Fox? It's as if Democrats, pampered and spoiled by so many decades of the mainstream media trumpeting the liberal agenda, are so shaky in their convictions that they cannot risk an encounter with opposing views. Democrats have ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, the New York Times, Newsweek, Time and 98 percent of American humanities professors to do their bidding. But no, that's not enough -- every spark of dissent has to be extinguished with buckets of bile.

But Fox is certainly disingenuous with its absurd "fair and balanced" motto. Oh, come on, give it up! Why can't Fox honestly admit its conservative agenda, as do major radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, and simply argue that it represents a culturally necessary antidote to the omnipresent liberal line? Yet for Democratic presidential candidates, who will be assessed by voters for their ability to stand up to China, North Korea or al-Qaida, to run squealing from a Fox moderator as if he or she were a boogeyman with blood-dripping fangs makes the whole pack of them look like simpering wusses.

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Marcia, Marica, Marica??


I'm not sure what make me feel older:

The fact that Marcia Brady (Maureen McCormick), is 150 lbs and on the new season of Celebrity Fit Club or that Sally Fields has osteoporosis.

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Don't Mess with Texas

From the Post Chronicle:

Texas Legislators Expand Self Defense
By Staff
Mar 22, 2007

Texas lawmakers have approved a broad self-defense law that expands the use of deadly force against attackers to locations outside the home.

Supporters say the new legislation will strengthen a resident's right to defend not only his home but also while in his vehicles and businesses.

The proposal passed the state Senate unanimously, 30-0, last week and the state House of Representatives, 133-13, on Tuesday.

Texas Rep. Joe Driver, R-Garland, the lead sponsor of the measure in the House, said Tuesday, "With the enactment of this bill, law-abiding Texas citizens can defend themselves against criminal attack in their home, car or business without having to worry they will be prosecuted."

Works for me.
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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Feed a Fever and Starve a Cold

The only thing more frustrating than watching George Bush try to string together two sentences during his press conference on the Gonzales situation, was listening to Al Gore drone on and on yesterday at the Senate hearings on global warming.

His baby analogy was laughable:
"The planet has a fever," Gore said. "If your baby has a fever, you go to the doctor. If the doctor says you need to intervene here, you don't say, 'Well, I read a science fiction novel that told me it's not a problem.' If the crib's on fire, you don't speculate that the baby is flame retardant. You take action."

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

They Couldn't Wait a Month?

Bwah ha ha...

Some things just write themselves:
Participants in the Interfaith Walk for Climate Rescue, a group advocating environmental issues who are walking between Northampton, Mass., and Boston, trudge through a spring snowstorm on the first day of the walk in Northampton on Friday.
Stay tuned for the "Global Cooling" summit in July or August.
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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Maul Madness (Part 2)

Round 1 results. Biggest upset was Deadwood's fall to South Park.

  • Round 2: Saturday, March 24th
  • Final: Saturday, March 31

Battlestar Galactica
Scarborough Country

Rescue Me
South Park

The Office

Law and Order
The Shield

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Friday, March 16, 2007

SUV Drivers for Peace

After picking up my usual from Starbucks the other day (plain coffee with cream), I was assaulted by the sight of a bumper sticker on the back of a sports utility vehicle which was parked next to me in the lot. The car's owner was probably still in line waiting for their half-caf, low fat frappuccino latte del rio deluxe.

The bumper sticker read: "You Cannot Simultaneously Prevent And Prepare For War - Albert Einstein 1879-1955." It was applied right next to a "Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Kerry" sticker and some other limousine Liberal paraphernalia.


The laughable irony is that before the second World War, Einstein feared Hitler so much (and with good reason), that he lobbied VERY hard for the United States to build atomic weapons.

Here's a different quote of Einstein's that unfortunately wouldn't fit on a bumper sticker. It's from a letter he sent to Franklin Roosevelt in 1939:

In the course of the last four months it has been made probable -through the work of Joliot in France as well as Fermi and Szilard inAmerica - that it may become possible to set up a nuclear chain reactionin a large mass of uranium,by which vast amounts of power and large quantities of new radium-like elements would be generated. Now it appearsalmost certain that this could be achieved in the immediate future.

This new phenomenon would also lead to the construction of bombs, and it is conceivable - though much less certain - that extremely powerful bombs of a new type may thus be constructed. A single bomb of this type, carried by boat and exploded in a port, might very well destroy the whole port together with some of the surrounding territory.
BTW, Alfred Nobel, of "Nobel Peace Prize" fame, invented dynamite (hee hee).

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Maul Madness

Place your bets:

  • Round 1: Saturday, March 17th
  • Round 2: Saturday, March 24th
  • Final: Saturday, March 31

Battlestar Galactica

The Simpsons

South Park

Fox and Friends
Law and Order

Curb Your Enthusiasm
Scarborough Country

American Chopper
The Office

Rescue Me
Imus in the Morning

The O'Reilly Factor
The Shield

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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Can't a White Man Be Attractive?

Senator Barack Obama on John Edwards while campaigning in Iowa last weekend (italics added):
"I want to wait and hear what John Edwards has to say, he’s kind of good-looking," Obama envisioned Iowa caucus-goers from the small town of Clinton telling themselves. During an appearance in West Burlington, Iowa, the phrase appeared again, this time with Edwards as "kind of cute."
I can just see the "Clean and Cute in '08" bumper stickers now.
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Friday, March 09, 2007

More on Coulter

Amazingly, the Ann Coulter remark is still in the news.

As usual, I'm of two minds on this.

On the one hand, it seems that many of the Liberals who are complaining the most are usually the "free speech" fanatics that would yell the loudest if, say, an artist who dips crucifixes in urine lost their government funding.

Dan Savage, editor of the Stranger, a Seattle alternative news weekly get it's right:
I don't have a problem with people using the word 'faggot.' I use the word 'faggot' all the time," said Seattle's Savage. He started a public humiliation campaign against former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, a Republican, after Santorum made derogatory statements about gay men. But he does not think there should be a campaign to silence Coulter.

"When we start acting like the thought police, it plays into the right-wing paranoia that we are going to force them all to say only nice things about us in public," Savage said. "I think we would gain ground faster in the gay and lesbian civil rights movement if we drop the Sally Field act of, 'You like me! You really like me!' "
On the other hand, Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, also makes a very effective argument:

Referring to John Edwards by using a word meant to demean homosexuals? What was she thinking? Ann Coulter has never been married. She has been known for once dating Bob Guccione, Jr., son of the Penthouse magazine magnate. John Edwards, on the other hand, has been married for almost thirty years to his wife, Elizabeth. Together they have had four children, Wade, Cate, Emma Claire, and Jack.

Wade died in a tragic car accident at age 16, throwing the Edwards family into a grief that often tears spouses apart. Their marriage not only survived the tragedy, but went on to produce Emma Claire and Jack. John Edwards stood by his wife through her more recent fight with breast cancer, and there has never been a scandal associated with their long marriage.

I oppose John Edwards' political platform, but not John Edwards the man, husband, and father. I do not want to see him elected President of the United States, but this has everything to do with his political positions, not his personal life. I do not appreciate his crude oversimplification of the challenges that face our nation, but I must oppose any crude talk about John Edwards the man.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Okay, Coulter Isn't Funny, But She's Still Sexier Than Sandra Oh...

Ann Coulter created another controversy when she used the "f" word to refer to John Edwards at the Conservative Political Action Conference:

"I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word 'faggot,' so I _ so kind of an impasse, can't really talk about Edwards."
When I first heard it, I had no idea what she was referring to. So, it didn't strike me as funny at all.

Someone had to point out to me that Coulter was making a vague reference to the rift on the set of "Grey's Anatomy" (which I never watch). One of the cast members, Isaiah Washington, used that term to denigrate another cast member, T.R. Knight. Apparently, Washington uttered the slur while he was choking a third cast member, Patrick Dempsey. As a result, Washington is now or was in some sort of anger management retreat.

Ah, I get it now. Still not funny.

I'm not sure what disappoints me more -- the fact that Coulter made such a lame joke or the fact that she watches "Grey's Anatomy."
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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Area 51 To The Rescue

Former Canadian defense minister Paul Hellyer wants top secret alien technology to be applied to global warming:

"I would like to see what (alien) technology there might be that could eliminate the burning of fossil fuels within a generation ... that could be a way to save our planet," Paul Hellyer, 83, told the Ottawa Citizen.

Alien spacecrafts would have traveled vast distances to reach Earth, and so must be equipped with advanced propulsion systems or used exceptional fuels, he told the newspaper...

..."We need to persuade governments to come clean on what they know. Some of us suspect they know quite a lot, and it might be enough to save our planet if applied quickly enough," he said.


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