Monday, February 28, 2005

The Oscars Rock-ed

I didn't watch the Oscars, as the History Cannel had a show regarding a long lost sequel to Hitler's Mein Kampf (Interesting show. remind me to tell you about it sometime), but I was curious about the winners and whether Chris Rock woul live up to the jittery "apprehension" the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences "]had about him. I put "appreension" in quotes deliberately, as the AMPAS knew exactly what they were getting when they hired Rock. They wanted him because he would raise hackles. was amused that he was largely lackluster by most accounts.

I was appy for Million Dollar Baby and its four Oscars. It is the bes Clint Eastwood movie since The Unforgiven. Kudos also to Morgan Freeman, who gave his best performance since The Shawshank Redemption.
It's in the Constitution, Ladies n' Gents

I suppose after that last one, I should take some legal issue serious. i like symmetry, don't you?

The michael jackson case doesn't interest me one whit. there isn't anything fascinating about the case, and Jacko's defense team knows it. That's why they are planning to introduce such famous witnesses. They want to dazzle the jury into thinking Jacko is well respected by celebs they see every day, therefore he couldn't possibly be something as evil as a pedophile.

It isn't much different than whwn Donald Trump leaked his wedding guest list. Prince Charles? Oprah? Ain't gonna come, sorry. It's a variation on the old adge that if people think you have power, you do. Here it's if you have celebrity friends, you are someone we should respect and pay attention to. You'll never convince me that doofus Paris hilton din't leak her address list on purpose just to impress. It's all about the dumbing down of America that tis sort of ting even gets our attention.

To the point of my post, and to do my part to turn the tide against that duming don. After an interview with jacko, Geraldo Rivera, who holds a law degree, said he believed Jacko to be innocent. geraldo has been subsequently been raked over the coals by the media. after all, thy've already tried and convicted Jacko.

To bad Geraldo remembers that defendants are innocent until proven guity, and is therefore reiterating what te Constitution guarantees. The media seems to believe freedom of the pess is the ony amendment worth remembering.

yes, Jacko is creepy, but let's not throw him in the pen and toss out the key before it's time and let's cut some slack when it's pointed out that the rule of law still prevails in the United States.
Consider the Source, But Still

The Sun is the British equivalent of the National Enquirer and therefore even the least discrimnating of canaries won't poop on it. Nevertheless, the idea that Saddam might be forced to sit through his trial in a cage is an amusing one. it is also preposterous considering he has already had a hearing and was treated at it just like any defendant. Scratch that. He never gave Iraqis that luxury. he was treated as any defendant should be.

Such a plan would be a sure fire way to get world sympathy on Saddam's side, especially considering most of the world was willing to tolerate him in the first place. So why do I commeny on such a ridiculous news article from a even more ridiculiys paper? because he first thing I thought of when i read it was I ope they hang a sign on his cage saying, "Don't feed the despot."

Yes. All that to make a joke as old as Milton Berle's baby booties.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Yes, I'm Asking For It

In two posts, I've insulted Trekkies and NASCAR fans, even though many of the latter are well armed. I live on the wild side.

Good news. I've doubled my readership. Now, instead of just getting diverticulitis Googlers (and dvaticulitis Googlers and DIVATICULITIS Googlers) I now get high school and college mythology students irate that this site is not about the Odessey. I've always believed that if half the people aren't mad at you at any given point, you are doing something wrong. Therefore, I must be doin something right, no?

No? oh well. Can't win them all.

Cuurently, a few people are coming by to see if Jeff Gordon is a Democrat. Now come on guys. i know he's the most despised NASCAR driver around, but do we really need to mobilize the already overwhelming red state NASCAR fan base against Jeff? After all, he did just win the Daytona 500. He's on his way to a fifth championship, guys n' gals. No sense in being whiny about it.
Forget Desperate Housewives, Try Desperate Trekkies

As expected, is up and rolling and you smell te desperation of their tribble loving, pointy ears. I liked Enterprise, I'll admit, even thoug it was the worst Star Trek by a country mile. I'm willing to let it die, if for no other reason than I can snicker at tis site. Check out the 'Fund a Fifth Season" section. These poor sould are on the verge of having bake sales.

There is already discussion of a new series set in the 25th Century, so one has to wonder wat is the point of either cancelling or saving Star Trek? it's obviuosy harder to kill than a usload of cockroaches.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Presidential Prognostications II

Continuing in our series of the 2008 Race for the White House:

A draft Condi Rice committee has been formed to urge Dr. Rice to mae a bid. The committe was formed after polls shoed Dr. Rice ad ded even approval ratings with Hillary Clinton, but a lower disapproval rating. Ohers are pushing Dr. Rice to join the California Senate race against Diane Feinstein. none of this is particularlr relevant, as Dr. Rice has expressed no interest in either job.

Gov. Mitt Romney made a trip to my home state, the Sovereign and Independent Republic of South Carolina. No word yet on why a prochoice Mormon from Massacusetts thinks he can woo red state Bible Belters, but more power to him, say I.

Bill Frist is making the rounds in New Hampsire, as is John Edwards. edwards has also made a trip to Southcarolina, but he is spending much of his time promotin his new Pulic Polict Center at the University of North Carolina.

Jeb Bush is broke, people. He isn't running. Period.

Rudy Guiliani was in Mississippi last week raising money with Trent Lott. i can't begin to tell you how many tings are wrong with that statement.

Christian Coalition cofounder and candidate for Lt. Governor of Georgia Ralph Reed trekked trough Iowa last week meeting with GOP officials. nice to see he hasn't lost his sense of the absurd.

Finally, newt Ginrich is the new Pat Buchanan: write a book, then run for president to promote it. Too bad he'll likely go down in flames doing so. I question his leadership skills, but am fascinated with his ideas.
Deep Throat

Speaking of Woodward and Bernstein, Woodward has stated Deep Throat, of Watergate fame, is in poor health and dying. Woodward promised he would reveal Deep Throat once he had passed on. Personally, I don't believe there is a Deep Throat. Signaling with flower pots and meeting in parking lots? No top Presidential staffer would ever handle a plant or get his own car. He certainly wouldn't lower himself to play such cloak and dagger games.

I really think that whoever is in poor health now suggested creating Deep Throat to ake the memiors more exciting. It's dishonest, but not unusual, as Edmond Morris created charcters and dialogue for his expose on reagan, Dutch. This would be a further example of the rapid decline of journalistic integrity, not the least of which is why the newspaper would allow Woodward to profit handsomely ($5 million) from the sale of this story when all the work was done on company time?

So here's my prediction: thre is no real Deep Throat. He's is probably the creation of Woodward's zealous editor who wanted to spie up the story and sell a few more books. That editor is the one in poor health.
Way Down Upon the Swann-y River

Gov. Ed rendell of Pennsylvania has a pretty solid hold on reelection in 2006. That has left Keystone State Republicans in a search for some star power. They have often tried to recruit athletic stars before 9Arnold Palmer being the most famous case) and now they may have succeeded. all of famer and former Pittsburgh Steeler Lynn swann has formed an exploratory committee called Team88 to guage his chances.

Now, 88 was his number as a player. It makes since that he'd want to call attention to his claim to fame. However, it has been my displeasure to encounter some white supremesist prpaganda online, and one of it's ore subtle features is an "88" after a signature. I have since learned that "88" is shorthand for "Heil Hitler," as "h" is the eigth letter of the alphabet.

Lynn Swann is one of the most decent men in the NFL. he has always given his time to charity, and has never exhibited any of the antisocial behavior I talked about earlier this week. He doesn't represent any fascist agenda in the slightest, and has absolutek no idea that his good intentions have been usurpe by online racists.

I'm wondering, when and if the Swan campaign icks up steam, how long will it take some Lefty blogger to point this out and make some wacky accusation? bloggers hve acheived some notoriety of late, by exposing the fake National Guard documents in the CBS scandal and binging to light Trent Lott's comments at Strom Turmond's 100th birthday party. Now blogger's may consider bringing down people as a holy crusade. I don't blast that, mind you. I'm all for a free press, which is why I'm making this post now.

Eat your hearts out, Woodward and Bernstein.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Diverticulitis Update

According to Google this is what you actually want to read about, so i oblige. Thus far, symptoms have not largely emereged. That's small comfort considering my first and only symptm was collapsing on the bathroom floor with a burning sensation in my abdomen. I have, however, eliminated green leafy vegetables and veggies with seeds from my diet. I wouldn't call what results from the partcularly painful, but it does cause an irritation. it was est to quit wit those now rather than experience the real pain as the diverticulitis gets worse.

There was a time for a few days there when my colostomy was passing a lot of water, which it is not supposed to do. the colon absorbs both food and water, so the caused an eyebrow to raise. It didn't persst, so it has been considered an anamoly rather than a synptom of something else.

There seems no real point on a second surgery, and i have given up on the idea. As of now, there is no treatment available other than to watch my diet and deal with problems as they emerge.

I have to reiterate for anyone looking fora typical case odf diverticulitis: this isn't it. I'm only 28. it's virtually unheard of for someone my age to develop it. When someone my age does develop it, it is especially aggressive. If you are over fifty and have diverticulitis, surgery has a 70% success rate of elimnating it, so take my case with a grain of salt. you can't honestly even say I'm part of the 30% falure rate. Take tht for what it's worth.
From the Odessa Files

How Josef Mengele Escaped Justice: A long read, but well worth the time. South America's role in providing refuge for escaped Nazis has been one of the handful of esoteric subjects that I take an interest in. It began with an article written by Harlan Ellison in the late 1960's in which told of returning to his hotel room in Rio de Janeiro one night and spotting a tattered Nazi flag hanging on the wall of another hotel room across from his. my interest was solidified by reading The House on Garibladi Street, detailing the Mossad's capture of Adolf Eichman.

I keep waiting to her about how the Israelis pulled off the elimnation of Rudolph Hess, but have tus far been kept waiting.

(Hess was the sole inmate of Spandau prison in the UK. He was due to be released after 47 years in jail in 1987. On the morning he was to e released, he was foun hung. Yes, normally one would assume he feared being killed on the outside and took matters into his own hands, ut how did an octagenarian who couldn't raise his arms above his head hang himself? An eye for an eye.)

The question of escaped Nazis does lead to some uncomfortable truths, such as American use of defectors in atomic bomb research and the space program and the complicity of the Catholic Churc in many Nazi's escape from Europe, but this is a largely--and undeservedly--ignored part of history.

Weeeee. That was fun. Anyhow:

1. Apocalypse Now
2. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
3. Citizen Kane
4. The Silence of the Lambs
5. Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
6. Planet of the Apes
7. Duck Soup
8. Bridge on the River Kwai
9. King Kong
10. Raiders of the Lost Ark

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Movie Quotes Game

I know 99.8% of my visitors couldn't care less about most of my posts *waves to all the "diverticulitis" Googlers* but on the off chance a passery miht feign interrst and restore my faith in humanity, here's a lighter post on a favorite topic. it works best on Live Journal, but what the hey.

1. List 10 quotes from movies that mean something to you.
2. Readers guess what movies they are from in the comments section.
3. Post the answer in a few days.

Wht do you win? Diddly, except for the satisfaction of restoring my faith in humanity. At the very least, maybe these will make you pause and think.

Here we go:

1. "You smell that? Do you smell that?... Napalm, son. Nothing else in the world smells like that. I love the smell of napalm in the morning. You know, one time we had a hill bombed, for twelve hours. When it was all over I walked up. We didn't find one of 'em, not one stinkin' dink body. The smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole hill. Smelled like... victory. Someday this war's gonna end..."
[walks off unhappily]

2. "I've done far worse than kill you, Admiral. I've hurt you. And I wish to go on hurting you. I shall leave you as you left me, as you left her: marooned for all eternity in the center of a dead planet, buried alive. Buried alive."

3. "A fellow will remember a lot of things you wouldn't think he'd remember. You take me. One day, back in 1896, I was crossing over to Jersey on the ferry, and as we pulled out, there was another ferry pulling in, and on it there was a girl waiting to get off. A white dress she had on. She was carrying a white parasol. I only saw her for one second. She didn't see me at all, but I'll bet a month hasn't gone by since that I haven't thought of that girl."

4. "Amputate a man's leg and he can still feel it tickling. Tell me, mum, when your little girl is on the slab, where will it tickle you? "

5. "Ahem... The Duty Officer asked General Ripper to confirm the fact that he *had* issued the go code, and he said, uh, "Yes gentlemen, they are on their way in, and nobody can bring them back. For the sake of our country, and our way of life, I suggest you get the rest of SAC in after them. Otherwise, we will be totally destroyed by Red retaliation. Uh, my boys will give you the best kind of start, 1400 megatons worth, and you sure as hell won't stop them now, uhuh. Uh, so let's get going, there's no other choice. God willing, we will prevail, in peace and freedom from fear, and in true health, through the purity and essence of our natural... fluids. God bless you all" and he hung up"

6. "Beware the beast man, for he is the Devil's pawn. Alone among God's primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him, for he is the harbinger of death."

7. "You're a brave man. Go and break through the lines. And remember, while you're out there risking you're life and limb through shot and shell, we'll be in be in here thinking what a sucker you are."

8. "You make me sick with your heroics. There's a stench of death about you. You carry it in your pack like the plague. Explosives and L-pills - they go well together, don't they? And with you it's just one thing or the other: destroy a bridge or destroy yourself. This is just a game, this war! You and Colonel Nicholson, you're two of a kind, crazy with courage. For what? How to die like a gentleman... how to die by the rules... when the only important thing is how to live like a human being."

9. "And now, ladies and gentlemen, before I tell you any more, I'm going to show you the greatest thing your eyes have ever beheld. He was a king and a god in the world he knew, but now he comes to civilization merely a captive - a show to gratify your curiosity. Ladies and gentlemen, look at the Eighth Wonder of the World!"

10. "You and I are very much alike. Archeology is our religion, yet we have both fallen from the pure faith. Our methods have not differed as much as you pretend. I am but a shadowy reflection of you. It would take only a nudge to make you like me. To push you out of the light."

Sunday, February 20, 2005

The Ignoble Savage

Earlier, i commented on the NHL cancelling it's season, which now may not be true as a deal seems imminent. I turned that post into a commentary on althetes as thugs. It bears elaboration, as the undelying problem is something we as a society are going to have to confront as armed servicemen begin returning from the Terrorist Wars.

(Aside: When history gives us some perspective, the war on terrorism will be viewed truly as a globel conflict. Operation Restore Hope, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, the battle againstthe the Intifada, the enevitable Syrian withdrawal from lebanon, and a likey conflict with Iran will one day be lumped together in the same way the Indian wars or the napoleonic wars are grouped together. That's an armchair prediction. Take it for what it's worth. Back to the sociology lesson.)

I think it's also relevant considering the post below on American sacrifices for the greater good. they run deeper, and are more costly than i previously wrote. But first, some background analysis. We take young kids, many of whom are from hard scrable backgrounds, and tell them the only way they ave a future is to play sports. Tus from a young, impressionable age, we point to the guy with the ball and say, 'Knock him down." Kids devote their entire formative years to games of aggressive which they now feel are a matter of survival to them. When they anniilate the other side, who is just a nameless, faceless opponent from another town, they are rewwarded by being recruite by major universities.

There, they are still encouraged to battles agressively on the field or court, again against a faceless enemy. It's important, because it brings in millions. It is so important, they are treated like royalty. Their messes are cleaned up, their antisocial behavior excused, and academics are irrelevant. After all, 80,000 never showed up to watch a chemistry test.

Finally, they are rewarded with multimillion dollar contracts to wage arrgessive batle on the fiel and court. now their are high priced lawyes to clean up their esses as they reap the rewards we pile on them. After they've been socialized to be aggressive, yo view opponents as faceless opposition, and are now rewarded for it with money, women, and the admiration of kids everywere, do we expect athletes to behave properly in regular society. Most do, but aren't we asking for it? I believe so.

one of the niggest reason the West was wild was because it was settled by restless youn men who had just spent their youthful years in a brutal War etween the States. when it was over, we expected them to go back ito polite society. They ouldn't. one as to expect many broken people will emerge when they are put into competitive, situations where survival (real or imagined) is at stake. There are going to be brutal acts and anti social rampages.

The Gulf War lasted 42 days. Out of it came Timothy McViegh, who murdered 168 people and might have killed more if not four a routine traffic stop. How many Gulf War time bombs are icking out there? how many will return from Terrorist Wars that may last decades? I hate to leave posts on a cynical note, but I honestly have no real solution to the problem. it's a matter of human nature that can only be changed by a spiritual awakenin, ad I am not naive enough to think there will be enough of that to make more than a dent.

Light a candle, people. the war is never over. The battlefield move constantly, and only the names change.
What a Long, Strange Trek It Would Have Been

J. Michael Straczynski (JMS) posted on the usernet a few days ago that he approached Paramount with a show bible and a five year story arc for a new Star Trek. The idea was rejected for political reasons, in other words, to not offend the current producers. noting tht Babylon 5 is my all time favorite science fiction show, largely because of its intricate story arc, i salivated at what might have been.

Upon futher JMS elaboration, the wind cae out of my sails. JMS wanted to return to the roots of Gene Roddenberry's vision. JMS dislikes all trek beyond the original series and the first season of the Next Generation. Ugh. As much fath as i have in JMS, thank heaven for small blessings.

At the risk of ten thousand trekkies burning me in effigy, (Get in line, folks. Don't crowd. you'll all get a shot at me.) Gene Roddenberry gooey octopus ink. The best episodes of the oringinal series were either writeen by Gene Coon or freelanced. None of wat you like about trek was by gene. The Prime Directive? The Klingons? Gene Coon. Tribbles? David Gerrold. The Guardian of Forever? That was Harlan Ellison. The nuances of Vulcan culture, including the creation of Sarek? Credit those to D.C. Fontana. Roddenberry gave us stryrofoam rocks, a Vietnam wr on another planet, complete with U.S. Constitution, and a Davy Jones knock off at the helm. And this one couldn't even play the tramborine convincingly.

plus, the first season f the next Generation, the only one Roddenberry oversaw, was he most uneven of the entire run. i can understand floer stems in the gun barrel stories from the hippy generation of the first series, but not during the Yuppie years of the Reagan Era. Roddenberry bashed us over the head with blatnt, unreasoned humanism that bordered on xenophobia. Witness a ship full of perfect moral people, lecturing evil, ignorant alien races on how to do things the human way. Data, an ansroid, has only one ambition in life: to become human. Worf, a Klingon, is appluaded when he rejcts his Klingon ways and makes human choices. The human crew believes in the sanctity and dinity of humans, but have no problem using the alien empath Troi to intrude on the emtions of others to gain a manipultaive advantage.

Add to this the overall concepts that trek still celebrates, even though the world has largely rejected, suc as socialism, a one world government, an elimination of national symbols and borders, and complete secularism. The list goes on. This is a vision that dos not need a weekly outlet. The Summer of Love was 30 years ago and wasn't that great the first time around.

Thanks, JMS, but no thanks.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

To Those With "American Imperialism" in Their Vocaulary

Need I remind you that the United States is a revolutionary country that also through off its colonial, Western European masters, and therefore knows full well the trappings of being lorded over and controlled? That it's inherent, founding principle is freedom? That Americans have liberated more people from tyranny than any other nation on Earth, and has cemetaries all over Euope and the pacific to prove it?

Just checking.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Add One More to the Roster

Please welcome to the blogroll Terra Atlantis, the blog by my new bestest buddy, Jessica.
Naming a Sub Carter Doesn't Mean Peanuts

The US Navy intends to name a submarine after former president Carter, who served in the Navy. A number of my fellow conservatives are up in arms about this. i however, am not.

Yes, I realize Carter gutted the mlitry during his term in office. Yes, he made the US look weak in the eyes of the world. Yes, that emboldened the Iranians to take the embassy hostage. Yes, Carter was ineffective in gtting those hostages released. yes, Carter did nothing to get the Soviets out of Afghanistan. Luckly for the world there was a fellow named Osama bin Laden to pick up his slack, huh? yes, Carter gave back the Panama Canal yes, Deert One was an embarrassing and fatal mistake...

Okay, I need to stop with that. Carter has continued to be a dismal filure, as North Korea has announce it has the nuclear weapons it promised Carter it wouldn't make. I'm disappointed most that Carter has embraced the moredn Democratic Party's platform, especially abortion, in violation of many of the Christian values he professes. Nevertheless, he is a former president, and is owed honors, even if they are ironic. Reagan fired the air traffc controllers in 1981, and now has an airport named after him. personally, it is entertaining.

I appreicte irony. I sat nane all ur military vssels after pacifists. Picture the newsast in 2007: "Fighters from the USS Ghandi bombed suspected nuclear facilities in Tehran today..." You see, my philosphy is that if they are not going to like you anyway, you might aswell really tick them off.
The Night the Lights Went Out in Canada

Management of the NHL cancelled the remainder of the season yesterday afternoon because of the latest labor strife. In response, America yawned. Telling Americans hockey has been cancelled is like telling them Michael Bolton has abandoned his music career in order to breed llamas. You're sure someone cares, but you couldn't name anyone in particular.

Canada officially moved it's heart to the US in 1989 when Wayne gretzky moved from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles kings. Canada accepted this blasphemy for the sake of the game's helthy future. little did they know the monster they created. Small markets in Canada couldn't compete with the salaries offered by American franchise, which have since sprung up in unlikely places like Miami and San Jose. Think about it. freeze your patootie off, making league minimum in the land of moose, or making 8 figures in Florida? Even a polar bear would conider it.

So what's the main insult to Canada, aside rom the new found greed plaguing both players and owners? Americans jus don't care about hockey. canadians are distraught with nothing to do. Look what their idle hands have wrought: medicinal marijuana and gay marriage. What's next? Annexing Alaska? For our own sake, this is a problem we must examine.

So why don't Americans like hockey? it isn't because it's foreign. Basketball was created by a canadian, and Americans love it. Baseball has vague elements of cricket. So that isn't it. Peraps it's the name's of players. Too many foreign names we can't identify with. "...And Vladimer XLtzly scores!" Gee, I'd like to buy a vowel, Pat. maybe it's the fact tems can go for hours and only score one goal, while commentartators analyze the game for an additional hours.

Maybe it's because African Americans can't identify with it. Think about it. A bunch of white guys, faces covered with white masks, take ig sticks and pound a black puck. of course, if this theory held true, African Anericans would love pro bowling, in which a lrge black ball smashes ten white pins with red necks. So that can't be it.

You know what the prolem is? hockey doesn't have enough hoodlums. Sure, a player nearly paralyzed another last season, and one hired a hitman several years ago, but that's not nearly as flashy as other Americans sports. Come on. Kboe's accused of rape, the Pistons go into the stads to beat up fans, and let's no even talk about drug use and paternity suits. What about football? killing your girlfriend and stuffing her in a car is no reason the coach sould prevent one from playing in the Super Bowl, nor will dragging your pregnant girlfriend by her hair down a staircase should keep one from a multimillion dolllar countract. Baseball/ Well, all they can muster is beating up on fans, rampant steriod use, throwing 71 year old men, by the head, to the grond. i guess tey ave a little catching up to do.

So get with it, NHL. You'll play again eventually, and when you do, you need to do you part in making the sports page into the crime blotter. That's the way to America's heart and more importantly, their wallets.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Presidential Prognostication I

I've gotten a few jabs regarding my Frist/Coleman 2008 ticket, so I'm going to, over time, develop a more serious and nuanced approach to the whole thing. So far, 2008 is shaping up like tis:

Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (Can't carry the South)
Gov. Mitt Romney (Pro choice, from MA. Naaah.)
Gov. Huckabee (Goood guy, from South. Former minister)
Gov. Owen (Who?)
Speaker Newt Gingrich (His time has passed.)
Sen. Bill Frist (Colorless, but still there.)

Sen..Hillary Clinton (2004 all over again.)
Sen. John Kerry (Will spend more time in OH than the Cleveland Indians.)
gen. Wesley Clark (No base to run from.)
VP Al Gore (Moving right along...)
Gov. Vilsack (Hmm. pro life red stater.)
Sen Bayh (Red state, but not much else)
Sen. Bob Kerry (Red state,two Kerrys on one ballot?)

All right. The list should fluctuae quite a bit in the onths to come, but the crack staff at Casa de Ployphemus (a one eyed mysanthrope, neurotic cat, an noe a hypey Yorksire Terrier) will be on top of it all.
Iraq Election

As expected, the ruling coalition of Iraq will be a Shiite-Kurdish alliance. Sunnis will be invited to take an active part in the drafting of the constitution, and the ruling coalition will recruit various businessmen, lawyers, and educators who did not actively seek election to take seat in the legislature. They will be chosen based on expertise, and not ambition. It's good to know the Iraqis are taking things seriously.

You know another way I know they want this thing to work? New York University School of law Professor Noah Feldman consulted with the interim government in establishing the permanent government. Prof. Fldman did not advocate an American style representative republic, but instead helped created a legilative centric government. This is logical, considering a Parliamentary government has a weak executive, something a country prone to brutal dictators would prefer. Legislatures are tougher to control and influence than an strong executive. Throw that in the face of anyone claiming the US wants a puppet regime in Iraq. The most dangerous export of the united States is it's form of representative republic.

It's also good that the Iraqis waited a few more days to allow for a recount before certifying the election. they wante to make sure the people who won were the people who won. That's prudent, because we wouldn't want the wrong people to get assassinated.

Yes, I had to get in one cynical jab. I don't want to get rusty.
The Real Emergency

Wy in the name of all that is holy and sacred are people picketing Paramount Studios to save Enterprise when Warner Brothers is considering replacing the entire cast of Babylon 5 in the feature film, The Memory of Sadows, set to film in April? Geez Louise, people! Such blasphemy cannot occur!

No Bruce Boxleitner. No Mira Furlan. no Claudia Christian. it was the cast that made the show. without them you've just got...well, a cookie cutter Star Trek.

The movie will be dedicated to Richard Biggs, so it must have his old castmates in it.

Saturday, February 12, 2005


We have a delete comment from Ruth Suehle regarding Thad Viers, who long odds said wouldn't be Williamsburg County dogcatcher, becoming a SC State Representative. He is in his second or third term. this is further proof we are now officially living in Fredonia.

Kudos to all who catch the above refernce. Thou art truly kindred spirits.
Eternal, Infernal Question

Is there no justice in the world, or an overabundance? I ask tis purely as an intellectual and philosophical exercise, and not because Enterprise has been cancelled. yes, the one Star trek show that can lay claim to being worse than Voyager has gotten the ax.

The show had a lot of potential, but sadly missed the mark every time. hopefully berman & Braga will be on the unemployment line rather than developing a new show. The Paramount cash Cow needs a break for a while, and some new creative blood.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

What's the World Coming To?

I get preoccupied for a whle, and look where the world goes. in a andbasket no less.

The Democratic national Committee is going to elect Howard Dean as its chairman. Have you ever seen a political party self destruct that quickly? The Clintons tried to get General Clark to run for Chair, but he declined because he is running for president in 2008. How he is in a position to do this is a mystery, considering he is from Arkansas and has no shot at Governor or Senator there. He's got to run on his resume. he tinks he's Eisenhower, but he's more like Westnmoreland. Would have made a good Chair,though. He's incredibly liberal and a military vet. in fact, he's Howard Dean with scarier flashbacks.

They are finally going to nail Michael Jackson. Good. That weirdo looks and acts like he's from mrs. He should have a good time in prison.

Donald trump fired Danny. Bummer. You know why that show's ratings are collapsing? Beause audiences havw finally wised up to the fact that Trump only wants colorless management types. Anyone there with backgrouds in law or marketing are cannon fodder. Plus, The Donald an't stand for anyone colorful to take the show's spotlight away from him. Boo, Donald!

Id anyone else wondering why critics are raving over the new Battlestar Galactica? I've been waiting for something--anything--to actually appen. Edward James Olmos moving a muscle--something. So far all I get is a need for Dramamine because o the camera fast switches and tilts.

My sister now has a Yorkshire Terrier. i don't like dogs, but she is crazy about me. Both she and the cat congreate in my room daily. I should appreciate it as a positive symbol of interspecies relations, so I do. I must be getting soft in my old age.
Yes, But I Have a Good Excuse

I just discovere that Richard Biggs, who played the sawbones on Babylon 5 died last May 22 of an aortic tear. I'm surprised I hadn't heard until now, but that was ten days after my own near fatal tear, so I think no one will revoke my fan status for being a bit behind on the latest buzz.