Monthly Archive for November, 2004

Found On Japanese Website

A Haiku (sort of):

the cough of my wife
louder than
the snowstorm outside…

Babbling Babs

Barbara Streisand has a new post up on her website about Dr. Rice. Here’s an excerpt:

John Ashcroft lost the Senate election to a dead man. He then was made Attorney General of the United States…that to me is failing upwards. Condoleezza Rice, who has failed miserably the last four years with respect to national security, is yet another example.

Only in the Bush Administration can one’s consistent failures and misjudgments lead to ascension within the ranks.

I find the use of the term “failing upwards” interesting. Sounds to me like affirmative action, no? I thought liberals supported affirmative action.

Coming Soon To A Night Sky Near You

Remember those odd lights above Phoenix a few years ago? It made national headlines back then. Well, since then, they’ve been spotted all over the place, over cites and interstate highways. Most recently, they were seen over Las Vegas, heading in the direction of Nellis Air Force Base. You know, Groom Lake, Area 51, that place that everyone knows is there but the government says doesn’t exist.

KLAS has a report and a video clip of the piece they aired on TV up on their website. Interesting stuff.

Top 5 Movies So Far This Weekend

1. National Treasure
2. The Incredibles
3. Christmas with the Kranks
4. The Polar Express
5. The Spongebob Squarepants Movie

Hmmm… See anything missing from that list? Where is Alexander, the new epic from Oliver Stone? It’s in sixth place. With a price tag of about $215 million, it hasn’t quite made $6 million yet this weekend. I wonder why?

I’m guessing it’s got something to do with the whole gay thing. Stone is known for stretching the truth in his films based on history. Look at JFK, for instance, that thing was so full of historical distortions and flat-out lies, it was laughable. In this film, Stone portrays Alexander as a bi-sexual. And Stone is standing by the “accuracy“ of the film. Despite that there’s nothing in the historical record to indicate that he was into buggering young men. Greeks are even threatening to sue Stone and Warner Brothers over the bi-sexual representation of the arguably the greatest and most powerful Greek to ever walk this earth.

With Troy being such a huge success, one had to know know that copycats were soon to follow. I’ve seen the behind-the-scenes shows on HBO and elsewhere, and it really does look like they went to huge lengths to make this film. Colin Farrell underwent massive amounts of training, then trained everyone in the movie who was playing a soldier in Alexander’s army in order to try and artificially create the bond that develops between men in the military, just to make the film more realistic. Now that’s going the extra mile.

And I believe the movie would have been a huge success instead of a dismal failure, if once again Hollywood hadn’t tried to ram homosexuality down America’s collective throat. I see absolutely no reason to have scenes in the movie where Alexander is portrayed in that fashion. I can’t imagine how that furthers any plot line or character development.

However, you have to take into consideration the fact that movies take a long time to make, and I’ve read that Stone’s been working on this project for about thirteen years to get it to where it is today. I can imagine that on election day, when the results were coming in, Stone was watching with dismay. Not just because Kerry lost (although I’m sure that saddened him) but because the initiative to make marriage between a man and a woman was passing with sixty percent margins in some states. I’m guessing Stone saw the writing on the wall for his movie right about then.

But, to his discredit, even after all the pre-release negativism about his film, Stone didn’t alter his film. How hard would it be to cut out the obvious scenes, such as those where Alexander kisses other men, and not affect the tone and pacing of the film? That could easily have silenced critics, including the Greeks, and probably saved the film. But Stone opted to leave it as is, and it will flop, as is.

Now, having said all that, have I seen it? No, I have not. I am going to see it tomorrow, though. I am a huge history buff. And I have a free pass.

UPDATE: Saw it last night. Opening weekend for this movie, and there were only about twenty people in the theater. And many of those didn’t sit through the whole thing. Without getting into too much detail, it was boring, and overall, it sucked. Here’s a little excerpt from The Independent:

While the movie, for the most part, is not entertaining those who are paying money to see it, at least it is giving others a good laugh.

The New York Post labeled it “Alexander The Gay”, describing Farrell’s Alexander as being “Light in the sandals” and the film “like something out of Queer Eye for the Macedonia Guy”.

A three-hour movie about a man who conquered the known world, and only two battle scenes? Save your money, people.

An Observation

Friday morning, by 6:30AM, every parking lot of every store that was open here was full. A Best Buy store near my office had employees lining people up outside, because the store had so many people in it, they were about to violate fire codes.

I’m hearing this same story from all parts of the country, not just from my neck of the woods.

Consumers spent about $8 billion on Friday, up over 10% of last year’s sales.

Worst economy since Herbert Hoover, my ass, Senator Kerry. Now get your ass back to Massachusetts and shut the fuck up.

Trouble Brewing

Arafat is dead (and there was much rejoicing). Which leaves an open spot at the top of the Palastinian Authority. We’ve been hearing hopes of renewed talks between the Palastinians and Israelis since his death, pending new leadership.

So who’s up for this coveted position? Currently Mahmoud Abbas is in the spot now until an election can be held. Who’s his opponent going to be? Why, none other than Marwan Barghouti. And by all accounts, Barghouti seems to have a pretty good chance of winning.

I’m sure you’re asking yourselves, “Well, what’s the difference between these guys? Who’s the red guy and who’s the blue guy?” Having just endured a rather lengthy election cycle here in the US, election politics are still fresh in our minds.

So briefly, here is a rundown. Abbas (apparently) has the support of both the US and Israel. Barghouti is a convicted terrorist who is currently serving multiple life sentences in an Israeli prison. Here’s a little history on the guy:

Barghouti was born in 1958 in the village of Kobber, west of Ramallah in the West Bank.

    He descended from a poor family that was part of the big clan in the West Bank.

    Barghouti received his primary education at schools in Kobberand finished his secondary education in Ramallah.At the age of 18, Barghouti was arrested by the Israeli army forthe first time in his life. He spent five years in jail.After being freed, Barghouti entered the Beir Zeit University in the West Bank, where he got a master’s degree in the French-Arabrelations.

    In 1987, he was deported to Jordan by Israel which accused himof leading the first Palestinian Intifada (Uprising).When he was in Jordan, he was an aide to chief of Fatah’s armed wing Khalil Al Wazeer.

    In 1994, Barghouti returned to the West Bank after the Oslo Accords were signed between Israel and the Palestinians.In 1996, he was elected as a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, or the parliament.

    Within Fatah, Barghouti was one of the seven senior leaders. He represented the stream of reformists in the movement, calling for holding internal elections and giving a chance for the younger generation to lead.

    Since the outbreak of the second Intifada in September 2000,Barghouti has become more popular among the ordinary Palestinians.Considered as the uprising leader, Barghouti ever stated that the Palestinians would defeat Israel one day.

    On April 15, 2002, Barghouti was detained in Ramallah by the Israeli army during a large-scale military operation code-named the “Defensive Shield”.

    In early 2004, he was sentenced five life terms in imprisonment by an Israel court after being convicted of plotting the murder of at least four Israelis and a Greek monk.

Wow, tough choice there. I sincerely hope that the Palastinian people realize that it’s not in their best interest to elect this guy. I doubt Israel will be willing to work with a “leader” who resides in one of their jails. Of course, it would be really easy to keep track of what he’s up to…

And running for office from prison? What, has this guy been taking political advice from James Trafficant?

My Brain Hurts

Courtesy of Truth, Lies, and Common Sense comes this optical illusion. Which square below, A or B, is a darker shade of gray?

Guess what? They’re the exact same color. See the proof. Or use the eyedropper in Photoshop or any other image-editing program that will give you values for the colors.

Not A Bad Day

I slept in somewhat. I got some stuff out of the attic I’ve been meaning to for weeks. I smoked one hell of a good turkey. It’s all in the seasoning, and I only use one. If you’re curious, here’s a hint. It’s dry and it comes in a green container. And it’s not Soylent Green, either.

I also put up my exterior Christmas lights. First one on the block. Hell, first one in the neighborhood. I can see them out the window now.

Speaking of Christmas lights, every year I marvel at their lack of longevity. The very same four strands of functioning icicle lights I put in a box on January 1st of this year are all dead today. Amazing. I think they’re designed to last a month, maybe two at the most. Then there’s a secret pocket of acid in all the bulbs that is released. Yeah, that’s it. The best part of them dying was that Walgreen’s had a sale on them today. Normally, they’re $3.99 a box (the price was printed right on the box). When I went to purchase them today, they were three boxes for $3.99. That’s a deal. Too bad they don’t sell liquor.

Mmm, Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone out there in Blogland. And remember, the holidays are always better when you celebrate with family. And if you have nothing else to be thankful for, just imagine if this was the family you were celebrating with.

Hat Tip: Legal XXX

The Newest Minority

That would be blondes. In Hungary, anyway.

Hungary – Blonde jokes are set to be banned in Hungary after blonde women staged an angry protest outside parliament.

The protestors handed in a petition claiming they were being discriminated against in every walk of life by bad taste blonde jokes.

Spokesperson Zsuzsa Kovacs said: “Blondes face discrimination in the job market, in the workplace when they get a job, and even on the streets.

“People are banned from discriminating against Jews, or blacks, so why not grant blondes the same protection.”

The petition was handed to the equal opportunities minister Kinga Goncz asking her to investigate whether jokes about blondes fall into the same category as religious discrimination.

The petition was just short of the 100 000 needed to force parliament to debate the matter but Goncz’s deputy who spoke to the crowd pledged the government would act to stop any discrimination.

Blondes – real and bleached – protested outside the ministry as the petition was handed in, waving banners with slogans like “We’re blonde, not stupid” and “Love us for our minds”.

Somehow, I don’t see blond jokes rising to the level of religeous discrimination. At least it’s nice to see that some countries have moonbats that make ours look tame.

Hey blondie, “Help is on the way!”