Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Do you have Olympic fever, or are you just going to mock it?I want team USA to do well, but I do not care much for the Olympics. There are three points that bug me. One, and probably most important, I am not interested in any sport featured at the Olympics. I have never been able to get into even amateur versions of professional sports I like, such as baseball and boxing. So the Olympics are not my thing on the most basic level. Two, the politics. I am too young to remember much of the Cold War drama aspect of the Olympics, such as the 1980 Miracle on Ice, so I do not have that competitive spirit to latch onto. The first Olympiad I ever really paid much attention to was the 1996 games in Atlanta. Georgia is right next door to South Carolina, so the Palmetto State was as much abuzz as the Peach State. The whole free world v. Communist totalitarianism element was replaced by a sense of global utopianism. If you have read the eye for any length of time, you should know I scoff at any notion human nature will allow for utopianism, so I have been turned off the Olympic spirit. And come on. The thirtieth Olympiad--2012, for crying out loud--is the first one in which every nation’s team has women? Why did that take so long? Muslim teams do not want to live in the same facilities with Israelis. Some refuse to compete against Israelis. There was an adamant refusal for a moment of silence to memorialize the Israeli Olympic team murdered by Black September during the 1972 games. These examples are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of how geopolitics taints the game even though virtually everyone associated with the Olympics puts on a happy face. I cannot do. The death blow for me was Stevie Wonder covering John Lennon’s ’Imagine” at the closing ceremony in 1996. “Imagine” is probably the worst song in existence in regards to its silly utopian philosophy. Imagine no religion/ no countries? Just a brotherhood of man sharing all the world? Not only is that a load of horse pucky in general, the Olympics itself does not stand for any of that. The closing number turned out to be the kiss of death as far as any emotional connection to the Olympics. Finally, I have a tough time overcoming the economic issues surrounding hosting the games. The London Olympics were supposed to cost $4 billion dollars. At no point was it expected to turn a profit, so taxpayer were always on the hook for a huge portion of that sum. Final costs are now estimated at $15 billion, so British taxpayers are really getting hosed. There might be some short term gains for local businesses and tourism, but will that justify the huge price tag? I do not think even people who visit London for the Olympics are going to become hooked on its charm and return someday because a London hosting the Olympics is a London completely different than at any other time. Replace London with Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, or Chicago, the three cities that were competing for the 2016 games, and the argument still holds up. So no, I do not have Olympic spirit. I do reserve the right to further mock the Olympics if deserving. Brace yourselves.
alleged lewd conduct in an adult theater. not to segue too much from the review or to condone Willard’s alleged actions, but the Pee Wee Herman question must be asked--what do you expect from adult theater patrons? It is nice to know crime is at such a low rate, cops have nothing better to do than sit in an adult theater and arrest viewers for 8ahem8 getting into it. Willard is 78 years old, too. Truly a dangerous man, no? Moving passed the real world intrusion, Willard plays Jacek, Vala’s con man farher whom she has not seen in years. He contacts SGC with intel about a doomsday attack planned on earth by Arkad loyalists. They have four naquadah laden ships with whih they plan very large, nuclear bomb level explosions at targets on Earth. Jacek will reveal the ship’s location if he is given sanctuary on Earth. His intel checks out when one of the ships is right where he said it would be and its destruction results in a very large kaboom. Jacek is granted sanctuary, but cannot resist going back to his scamming ways. Nor can he reconnect with Vala. The entire seeking sanctuary bit is a scam itself. He is in league with some of the Jaffa to steal the naquadah that is going to be used to destroy Sgc, sell it, and split the money with them. The SG-1 team scams Jacek instead so they can take the real ship carrying the naquadah and prevent the impending terrorist attack. “Family Ties” certainly qualifies as filler. Not very good filler at that. While I have no complaints about Willard--he is perfect casting for Jacek--most of the episode is too weird and pointless to be enjoyable. It feels like the powers that be started with the novelty of Willard playing Vala’s father before coming up with a reason for that to happen. There are a few bittersweet moments, such as Vala opening her memory chest to put a necklace Jacek gave her along with the other gifts he has given her since childhood, but the bits like that are not enough to elevate “Family Ties” beyond frivolous filler. I am disappointed by that. There is a running theme about absentee fathers reconciling with family as Landry does the same with his ex-wife and daughter, but it just does not resonate like it should. The episode would have been more sentimental if the tone had been a little more serious. I think the script is not good enough to hit the right tones. Too much emphasis on Jacek antics, maybe? One cannot help but think because of the in jokes taking jabs at the Sci Fi Channel for cancelling the series, including mocking the network’s ingratitude and naming its replacement Eureka, the cast and crew are merely phoning it in at this point. Funny, I would think after ten years they would be relieved to move onto other jobs. Perhaps their emotional attachment to the series is greater than I think. Or maybe they are speaking out loud what the fans are thinking. Whichever the case, it is sad to see the end finally come. It is not necessarily fair to mention a previous episode when judging the current one, but I must note that I was right about the events of the previous episode having no lasting impact. The SG-1 team maintains its strong bond even though Teal’c ran off last episode on a quest of torture and murder for revenge that lead him into physical combat with his friends. Not only is everything fine, but Tealc’s two largest scenes in “Family Ties”--taking a jab at Jacek and inadvertently attending The Vagina Monologues---are played for laughs. Strange, considering Arkad’s plot to attack Earth is a r reminder of the previous episode. Rating: ** (out of 5)
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Mt Formspring inbox still frequently receives requests to clarify my position on gay marriage. Some supporters of gay marriage do not appear to know the difference between tolerating and condoning a certain thing. The problem in differentiation is relevant to the current chic-fila-a bruhaha, so it seems like a good time to address matters once again. Cast aside my true belief that government ought not regulate marriage at all. Marriage is a cultural/religious institution that predates government in the first place. There is no conceivable way any government will relinquish it power to regulate marriage, so there is no sense in even discussing the idea further. I do not condone gat marriage. I am a traditionalist who believes marriage is between a man and a woman. The idea that homosexuals should be able to marry is relatively new. Even ancient societies well accepting of homosexuality drew the line at marriage. However, when gay marriage is legalized--not I say when, not if--I will bebop along as I always have. What I have just demonstrated is the difference between condoning--the act of approving--and tolerating--enduring something one opposes. Chic-fil’A’s critics do not have to condone the company’s support for traditional marriage, but they do have to tolerate it. Unfortunately, there appears to be an epidemic among progressives that tolerance is allowing something they do not like, not trying to either change it or, failing that, get rid of it altogether. It is my understanding the Chic-fil-A COO said in a radio interview a few weeks ago when asked about the company’s Christian philosophy of business and support of traditional marriage, “Guilty as charged.“ Cathy’s answer set off a firestorm in which the mayors of Boston, San Francisco, and Chicago declared a ban on Chic-fil’a in their cities. Chicago in particular is an eye opener. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Chic-fil-A;s values are not Chicago’s values. Amazing, considering native son Barack Obama was against gay marriage until joe Biden forced his hand six months ago, and Emanuel recently welcomed raging anti-Semite and gay marriage opponent Louis Farrakhan. Chicago values, indeed. Boston and Chicago have recently backed off the idea of banning Chic-fila-A when it was pointed out government cannot prevent a private company from doing business because of a difference in political opinion. No less an organization than the ACLU spoke up in Chic-fil-A’s favor. But the declaration by progressives Chic-fil-A ought to be banned for its political opinion is out there and telling. You must have the proper opinion or else. For the sake of full disclosure, let me say I like Chic-fil-A. I probably get food from there once or twice a month. I have done so for many years in three different cities in which I have lived. I appreciate the company’s Christian convictions, because they are also mine, but it would not matter to me if the company pushed another agenda or none at all. I eat there because I like the chicken sandwiches or the occasional nuggets. I have no emotional investment whatsoever. I am only commenting on the general principles involved. Those general principles are free speech and free enterprise,\ regardless of whether the entity in question shares what you deem the “correct” opinion. If there are any out there upset at what I have written here, I am genuinely curios as to why. Do you have a reason beyond chic-fil-a holding a different viewpoint than yours? Because to my knowledge, the company has never refused to hire gay employees. I am confident if they had, whoever was turned down for the job would have been hauled on MSNBC by now. I am also confident chic-fil-a does not refuse to serve homosexual customers. If the company has taken any actions beyond donating money to pro-family organizations, I am unaware of them. If anyone cares to enlighten me, please do. While you are at it, explain how any opposition to gay marriage is comparable to, say, iran lynching homosexuals for their sexual orientation. I am interested in why proponents of gay marriage see the opposition in nothing but absolutes, because that is pretty much where the criticism of gay marriage opponents is headed.
It is time for the weekly round up of favorite posts from my blogroll. These are not ranked, but in alphabetical order by blog title. If you would like a specific post listed next week, you may email it to me and I will include it. Adrienne's Corner-Wild Bill on Chic-fil-A American Perspective-Mr. Bean Opens Up the Olympics American Power-Just Half of American Voters Identify Obama as Christian Amusing Bunni's Musings-Have You Caught the Fever Yet? Blog of the Nightfly-shut Up, They Explained Born Again Americans--Restoring Love Camp of the Saints-Rule 5 Saturday Classic Liberal-On Capitalism with Serinda Swan Colossus of Rhodey--The difference is coercion Conservative Hideout-Saturday Links Da Tech Guy-The Bigot Card Daley Gator-DaleyGator DaleyBabe Anna Konno Diogenes' Middle Finger-Some Thoughts on the Olympics First Street Journal-Can They Really Be This Stupid? Fishersville Mike-Next for Obama Campaign - Amazon Links? Goldfish and Clowns-This is Why Gormogons-The 2012 Olympics Salute The Welfare State House of Eratosthemes-Waterboarding a Watermellon Laughing Conservative--Israelis Loudly Cheer Mitt Lazy Farmer- Minneapolis-Moline Forklift Lonely Conservative-Another White House Leak? Maggie's Notebook-Mitt Romney's Israel Speech Monkey in the Middle--DOJ's Thomas Perez on the Hot Seat Motor City Times-Saturday Night Links New Atlantean--Should College Football Be Banned? Other McCain-The Olympic Princess Fantasy Paco Enterprises-Sunday Funnies Pagan Temple--My Heart and My Soul Pirate's Cove-If All You See... Proof Positive-Lou Dobbs on Gun Control Myths Pundit & Pundette-Nannies & Circuses Randy's Roundtable-Thursday Nite Tart (on Friday) Reaganite Republican-Yahoo Out of the Closet; Goes Full Commie Riehl World View-Why People Don't Like Mitt Romney? Sentry Journal-Building Something Already Gives Us More Than We Contributed Teresamerica-Mini-Eagle Freedom Links Troglopundit-This Week in Automotivators We the People-Thought of the Day Western Hero--Woody Guthrie turns 100 Woodsterman--Interesting Statistics Zilla of the Resistance-Bloggers Beware: An Important Reminder
Saturday, July 28, 2012
It is time once again to round up all the bloggers gracious enough to link to me this week. Sentry Journal links to The Colorado Theater Shooting. Proof Positive links to Katy Perry and Mariska Hargitay. Say Anything links to Katy Perry and Mariska Hargitay. Woodsterman acknowledges the Rule 5. Randy's Roundtable links to Kaley Cuoco and Alessandra Torresami. Reaganite Republican links to Kaley Cuoco. Pirate's Cove links to FMJRA # 160, Blogroll Spotlight #155, and Katy Perry. Classic Liberal links to Aimee Teagarden, Mariska Hargitay, Kaley Cuoco, Gillian Anderson, Anne Hathaway, Mandy Moore, and Alessandra Torresani Motor City Times links to The Colorado Theater Shooting. A sincere thank you to all who linked this week. If you linked to me in the last week, but I do not have you here, you unfortunately fell through the cracks of Technorati, Google Blog Search, and Sitemeter. Please drop me a note in the comments and I will update with your link.
“Wormhole X-treme” or “200“. I chalk up the warped charascterizations to Ben Browder, who earns a story by credit. Often episodes written by the actors are more self-indulgent than consistent with what has gone before. The bottom line is I liked certain elements to not get uptight about the parts that miss the mark. The West Wing fans should note regular cast members Josh Malina and Ron Canada makes appearances as Cicero, the museum employee who aids the SG-1 team, and Quartas, the head of security forces ready to storm the museum, respectively. The two play more interesting characters than the usual guest stars, so there is that. Rating: *** (out of 5)
Friday, July 27, 2012
“Covenant.’ It is dumb luck the sniper happened to aim for her holographic projection. The bulk of the story centers on cam returning to Kansas for his twentieth high school reunion with Vala in tow as a favor to her. Bounty hunters converge on the reunion and cause mayhem until the rest of the SG-1 team shows up. They ’surrender,” but turn out to be holograms. When they capture the bounty hunter, they plant the seed in his head that Netan now looks pitifully weak since he has failed again. He is going to big a big prize to bag now. The episode ends with Netan being shot, so we have a plausible end to the Lucian Alliance threat as well, though they can continue on plausibly, too. This wrapping up loose ends is not a definite business, no? “Bounty” is a light hearted episode best taken not too seriously. You are mostly supposed to enjoy Claudia Black in a midriff, Daisy Dukes, and a risqué formal dress. I do, by the way. The episode is like cotton candy. Enjoyable, but not much to it. Did I mention Black in a midriff, Daist Dukes, and a risqué formal dress? Because that is important. I know these two points are picking nits, but that is what I do best. Cam is an Air force brat, so he has moved around a lot with his father’s job. I am going to assume the series is not implying he grew up in Kansas with that thick Southern accent. But why did they not set the episode in Tennessee where Ben Browder is from? It would not have made a big difference story wise, but the question of how an obviously Southern boy is from Kansas could have been avoided. The second point is the absence of popular music from 1987. I think rock and roll died about 1989, so I long for the music of the era. Color me disappointed the powers that be did not fork over the cash for Billy Vera’s “At This Moment” or Whitney Houston’s “Didn’t we Almost Have It All” instead of an 80’s twinged simple melody of the Stargate SG-1 theme. For the last dance of the evening. Oh, well. It is not a huge deal. Neither is “Bounty,” but it is fun enough to overcome its flaws. Rating: *** (out of 5)
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Would you really be surprised to see Trump at the RNC? I would be more surprised if he didn't speak.I would not be surprised if Donald Trump showed up at the RNC. He is raising a lot of money for Mitt Romney, so the party poobahs would probably grit their teeth and grin shaking his hand while desperately hoping there are no cameras around. But speaking? I doubt anyone in charge wants that. Trump is a weird egomaniac too heavily identified with birthers to be given prominence. Did you not notice how much Romney winced at having to be a stage with him in Las Vegas for what turned out to be a worthless endorsement in terms of public opinion? Did you also miss the revelation Trump’s faux president run was a bargaining chip in order to earn a more lucrative payday from NBC? The GOP has missed those points. There may be some grassroots pockets like the Sarasota GOP, who have awarded Trump Statesman of the year for his hounding Barack Obama over his birth certificate, but the party leadership is not ken on putting the Trump Train Wreck on prominent display. In the unlikely event he earns a speaking slot, his speech will be buried somewhere during the day far away from public attention. I have a difficult time believing he will do anything more than show up, however.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Should Sarah Palin be invited to speak at the RNC?Of course. She ought to have a prime time speech as well, if for no other reason than her skill at firing up a crowd with the red meat. she is like Pat Buchanan, Newt Gingrich, and even Rudy Giuliani in some regards at her ability to still be a crowd pleaser while the same crowd would be averse to electing them to any real power for various reasons. That said, I am not as defensive about Sarah Palin as I used to be, so if she gets snubbed, oh, well. Her foot dragging over whether to jump into the 2012 race was unfair to her supporters, many of whom spent every day since the day after the 2008 election prepping for her potential run. I do not begrudge Palin for opting for media cash instead, she needs to embrace the costs of her decision in terms of grass roots support and her own credibility. The bottom line is I still like Palin, and I like to see her fire up a crowd. But if she does not get a chance to do so at the convention, so be it. She seems interested in taking the Donald Trump road to media success while hoping to maintain political credibility. Allowing Donald Trump to speak at the convention would turn it into a farce. Palin has not degenerated to that point yet, but I cannot begrudge any of the party poobahs for nipping her in the bud before she reaches that point.
To his credit, Cam offers words of wisdom from his famously devout Christian grandmother. When I met Ben he told me that the writers stole his life in this regard - his own grandma was a 'bible thumper from Tennessee'Ben Browder graduated from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, with a BS in Psychology. Furman university is just down the road from Bob Jones University. Furman students have a long history of hazing the highly reclusive student BJU body. The most famous prank is painting “F” and “U” on one’s posterior and driving by the gate to moon whoever happens to be holding back Satan’s minions from the flock. I cannot say I have ever heard Browder talk of any BJU encounters, but I have never met a Furman student who did not have at least one story to tell. Regardless of personal involvement, I am certain Browder knows all about BJU’s reputation and likely views them with the same arm’s length skepticism I do. They are not the Ori, but that is probably only because hardly anyone pays them any attention. I took the LSAT at Furman many years ago. It was my only visit to the campus. Nice place. I have gotten the impression from meeting students the admission process consists of 1) who is your daddy and 2) where is his checkbook, but this is South Carolina. That is pretty much how anyone gets anywhere around here.
Katy Perry, so she earns a return spot as USA Network runs its usual Law & Order: SVU marathon all day. Adam Baldwin will make a three episode appearance at the beginning of the series fourteenth season in the fall. The Law & Order series has earned the ire of conservatives in the past for progressive leanings and alleged moral ambiguity. Can a Hollywood Christian conservative prompt new, conservative viewers? i will be curious to see if there is an uptick for the first three episodes, then a drop off after Baldwin departs. Fans are incensed Hargitay did not get an Emmy nod this year. The series is in transition after the departure of Christopher Meloni. It floundered about quite a bit this season without him because her character has not taken to her new partner at all. I do not blame the Emmy nominating crowd for passing her over this time around. The powers that be are considering bringing Meloni back for an episode this season, so they know losing him has been a problem.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
It is time for the weekly round up of favorite posts from my blogroll. These are not ranked, but in alphabetical order by blog title. If you would like a specific post listed next week, you may email it to me and I will include it. Adrienne's Corner-Aurora... American Perspective- Happy Summer from Southern California American Power-Politicizing the Colorado Shootings Amusing Bunni's Musings-Something to Think About, AJ on Theatre Massacre Blog of the Nightfly-Shut Up, They Said. It's for Your Own Good. Born Again Americans--It's Really Not that Difficult Camp of the Saints-Rule 5 Saturday; Carrie Stevens Classic Liberal-Socialized Healthcare with Gianne Albertoni Colossus of Rhodey--A Lot on His Plate Conservative Hideout-Sarurday Links Da Tech Guy-A Slightly Distasteful Post on a Delicate Subject Daley Gator-What is Cool on the Net Today? Diogenes' Middle Finger-It Must Be Tough Being Obama These Days.... First Street Journal-Resistance is futile; you must comply Fishersville Mike-Chick-Fil-A: The Same Yesterday, Today and Forever Goldfish and Clowns-My Cunning Plan to Calm the Interwebs Gormogons-A Little Office Anthropology House of Eratosthemes-Everything I Need to Know I Learned From Batman Laughing Conservative--True Heroes Lazy Farmer- The Biggest 60 Acre Field of My Life Lonely Conservative-What Does the EPA Have Against Alaska? Maggie's Notebook-Congressional Reform Act of 2012 Monkey in the Middle--American Dhimmi Motor City Times-One Man Carries Out Evil Act Using a Gun; Liberals Immediately Call for Stricter Gun Control New Atlantean--Wednesday Wenches Other McCain-Obama Campaign: Money for Nothing Paco Enterprises-Sunday Funnies Pirate's Cove-If All You See... Proof Positive-Quote du Jour Pundit & Pundette-What Obama Has Built Randy's Roundtable-Thursday Nite Tart: Rachel Reynolds Reaganite Republican-Reaganite's Sunday Funnies Riehl World View-Obama bailing on Elizabeth Warren? Sentry Journal- Thank You For Building That — by Patrick Kelly Teresamerica-2012 Buchet List for America Troglopundit-The Parable of the Misguided Tea Partier We the People-VOD: Fast and Furious Edition Western Hero--Integrity is Destiny Woodsterman--Thank You, Oh Great One Zilla of the Resistance-Oh, Those Compassionate Leftists!
Saturday, July 21, 2012
It is time once again to round up all the bloggers gracious enough to link to me this week. Say Anything links to Kirsten Dunst. Proof Positive links to Kirsten Dunst. Motor City Times links to Yul Brynner's Posthumous PSA. Classic Liberal links to Kristin Chenoweth Shania Twain, Rachel Bilson, Christina Ricci, Kaley Cuoco, Hayden Panettiere, and Marrisa Miller. Paco Enterprises links to Shania Twain. Randy's Roundtable links to Katy Perry and Mariska Hargitay. New Atlantean plugs The Eye. Pirate's Cove links to FMJRA #159, Blogroll Spotlight #154, and Alex Morgan. Woodsterman acknowledges the Rule 5 A sincere thank you to all who linked this week. If you linked to me in the last week, but I do not have you here, you unfortunately fell through the cracks of Technorati, Google Blog Search, and Sitemeter. Please drop me a note in the comments and I will update with your link.
Friday, July 20, 2012
in yesterday’s review Daniel and Vala’s relationship has evolved from slapstick antagonism peppered with sexual innuendo into a friendship. “Memento Mori” is a vala-centric episode that demonstrates she is now a vital part of the SG-1 team and not just comic relief eye candy. The change is a definite improvement over her tiresome catty ways. Vala is kidnapped by members of The Trust from an outing with Daniel. Athena, a Goa’uld who once had connections with Qetesh, uses one of those memory retrieving devices on Vala in order to discover the location of an alleged treasure map to a cache of Ancient riches. In truth, the treasure is a myth. For whatever reason, Qetesh was yanking Athena’s chain over it. The issue is a McGuffin anyway. It is only a catalyst to explore Vala’s importance to the SG-1 team. An accident occurs when they attempt to rescue her from Athena. The memory retrieving device is damaged in the attempt. Vala wanders off with a case of amnesia, Hollywood style. She takes a job at a diner when the owner takes pity on her. Vala quietly works there for a couple weeks while suffering strange flashbacks until she forcibly stops a robbery by beating up the armed crooks. The incident attracts the attention of police, Athena, and SGC. The race is on to find her. The plot flirts with absurdity as Vala flows in and out of everyone’s custody, from the police to The trust’s, and finally Cam’s before she slips away from them all, only to be recovered by Daniel in a sweet shipper moment. In the end, Vala is welcomed back as a full fledged member of the SG-1 team. The character moments highlighting “Memento Mori” make it a fun episode. Daniel does not want to admit to himself how much he has grown to like Vala, but he is the one who refuses to give up hope for her when everyone else assumes she died when the rescue attempt went bad. Cam, too, goes above and beyond the call of duty to rescue her in their second opportunity to do so. Chasing her captors on a motorcycle zipping through traffic is pure action movie macho drivel, but I am amused nevertheless. I am probably more amused by the street signs passed by during the chase which clearly indicate the setting is British Columbia, not Colorado. Cam’s attempt to convince Vala who she really is while handcuffed to the bed in a fleabag motel must bring back Farscape memories of the two for whom it may concern. If there is anything that truly bugs me about the episode, it is the title. Memento mori is a latin phrase that roughly translates to remember your mortality. How does that relate to anything in the episode? There is no reason Vala is reminded of her mortality anywhere within. Indeed, she is trying to remember her life instead. My guess is the title is either an homage to the 2000 Christopher Nolan film Memento about a man with short term memory loss or the powers that be just wanted to use a latin phrase to sound intellectual. Memento mori is nicely alliterative, so they went with that. I do not know. Take your pick which option sounds best. Do notes Vala mentions watching reruns of my beloved X-Files during her time as a waitress. One of my favorite episodes of the series is also entitled “Memento Mori.” The title is used more properly there, as the episode features scully’s cancer diagnosis. I just posted a Gillian Anderson photo today, too. See how this all ties in? I bet you thought I do all this stuff by the seat of my breeches, no? It often feels strange when Stargate SG-1 goes earthbound with nary a stargate in sight. Indeed, “Memento Mori” feels much like X-Files meets NCIS in many ways. There is not much to complain about, however. Vala is necessarily growing as a character. As silly as some plot elements of ’Memento Mori” sound, the episode does a good job developing the character. Rating: *** (out of 5)