Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I thought it was a horrible idea and I screamed something to the effect of "Richard Dreyfuss can go f**k himself" at the TV for exploiting the deaths of those people. This movie is going to be like watching a snuff film I thought. Although I probably would watch some of Shark Week this movie will not be apart of it...
Well today's article from Slate confirms my thoughts and makes me wish I wish I had a little less of a blockade between mind and blog...
If you really want to memorialize these vets, go here: The USS Indianapolis National Memorial
Buy Morphine music here.
This reminds me of a story Laura told me about the Latvian library system...here is how it works there...you go to the card catalog and find your source, then you go to a main desk and tell a person what book you want and they get it for you...the main book shelves are not open to the public and there is no browsing...five decades of communist rule can mess things up...
Monday, July 30, 2007
UPDATE: Now they are reporting the Roberts had another seizure as in 1993...
Sources close to the chief justice said Roberts suffered an unexplained seizure in 1993, soon after his first nomination to the D.C. circuit stalled in the Senate.
Friends blamed the seizure on stress from the confirmation fight, and Roberts limited certain activities such as driving after it happened. But after a few weeks, the problem went away, and he has since not suffered any health crises, the sources said.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Who would look at this photo of Mikhail Gorbachev, former dictatorial leader of The Evil Empire, and think, "I want his bag?"
UPDATE: Oh yeah, and P.S. when did Gorbachev start looking like Dick Cheney?
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Buy music from Iggy Pop.
Buy music from Oasis.
Buy music from Travis.
Buy music from John Mayer & Radiohead.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
The concert was packed as you might expect but surprisingly arriving at 4:00pm exactly found us already late with the duo on stage with their band. They were surprisingly talkative (well Sara was at least) and it was almost a comedy show between songs.
1. Where Does the Good Go? (false start)
2. Where Does the Good Go? (Punk rock version)
3. Walking With A Ghost
4. Monday, Monday, Monday
5. Back on Your Head
6. Like O, Like H
7. (A Song from The Con...not sure which one until I hear the album)
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
But now things seemed to have reversed and Republicans are faced with making the decision between the "lesser of four evils." Recent polls have "none of the above" as the biggest vote getter among Republican candidates.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
Let's start with Hillary Clinton and her ground breaking decision to allow her supporters (or not in some cases) to select her main campaign song for her. This is an astonishing bit of political theatre as a campaign giving up control of any aspect of their image is something rare.
The initial group included songs by The Temptations, Smash Mouth, U2, and the Dixie Chicks. When the votes were tabulated...the song that might sweep the first female American President into office is....a song by a Canadian. Celine Dion's "You and I," specifically.
The song itself is an unusual selection as it is not apart of Dion's standard cannon of greatest hits and I seriously doubt my sister (a devout Celine Dion fan who will serve as the standard by which I judge all Celine Dion songs) could sing this song. It is relatively new and appears only on a CD that honors her extended stay on the Las Vegas strip. Let's put it this way, this isn't "My Heart Will Go On."
Oh yeah, Barack...thanks for all those emails...I think I can squeeze out another $10 for you. Only if you're good.
But today's post from CNN's Political Ticker put things into sad perspective for me. Pauly Shore donated $1000 to the Hillary Clinton campaign. He must have really manged that Encino Man money.
The accompanying picture of Thom Yorke from Radiohead is unfair, unfortunate, and disturbing...
Why I am their fan:
Groening (Simpsons creator, Matt Groening): Fox News gives me a headache and not even so much for its political content but the spinning logos and American flags and music designed to scare you shitless. Who needs it? We make fun of Fox News on the show. The most fun we had was putting a news crawl like theirs across the bottom of the screen. It said things like "Rupert Murdoch: terrific dancer," "Brad Pitt plus Albert Einstein equals Dick Cheney," "Study: 92 percent of Democrats are gay," "The Bible says Jesus favored capital gains cut."
Playboy: What was the reaction at the network?
Groening: We were forbidden ever to do it again. Fox said it would confuse viewers. I don't see how you would think it's real news on a cartoon show, but we'll see.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
I will not play the "Lady Bird" games either...any man (and I don't care if he was President) who re-names or names his wife and children (Linda Bird Johnson and Luci Baines Johnson) after his own initials is not to be respected...forget Vietnam.
That being said, in 25 or 30 years when Laura Bush passes away, I don't see the Crawford, TX ranch becoming public property.
Herman's Hermits -- A Must To Avoid
Friday, July 13, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Also, Think Progress has a photo and commentary that is pretty interesting...
Remember, this isn't the first time Prince has done something "new" with CD sales. Rolling Stone considered Prince's 2004 tour to be the top earner of the year. Every ticket for those concerts had a $10 fee built into the cost which gave the concertgoers a copy of his then-new album Musicology if they wanted one or not.
(By the way, the source of rage from music shop owners is strong because new CDs in England typically go for about 16.99 pounds which translates into $34.49 in America. HMV is selling Planet Earth at 8.99 pounds ($18.25) on their website currently. A price American's would rightfully laugh at.)
The same principle is now in play now on a smaller and less expensive scale. Whether you want it or not, you get a Prince CD with The Daily Mail on Sunday. This will allow Prince to reach a much larger audience than he could ever expect through "normal" CD purchase. And I would imagine, with the assumption that the new album is good, that his back catalogue might see a health jump. In the long run, this experiment may proof profitable by generating new CD sales and alerting the music media in America that there is a new Prince album coming, which in turn could lead to more record sales. We did enjoy his Super Bowl half time performance after all.
And please don't mention Prince's name being a musical philanthropist. It reminds me of a line from The Simpson's Mr. Burns, "I trade it all for just a little more."
Florida State Rep. Bob Allen (and co-chairman of McCain's campaign in Florida -- Matt) faces charges of solicitation for prostitution after he was arrested in a Titusville city park that had been under surveillance, police said. He allegedly offered an undercover police officer $20 for the unspecified act.Reading some other articles on this "event" it really isn't clear if Mr. Allen wanted to be paid $20 for the unspecified act or whether he was going to pay $20 to do the unspecified act. Allegedly.
Either way, it sure is looking like a wonderful day out there.
The Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer (Wal-Mart for the geographically challenged -- Matt) recently hosted seven weddings in its stores as part of a promotion for July 7, 2007, considered by some brides to be an especially lucky day. The events included wedding cake, party food and other items from Wal-Mart. Raddohl said it was too early to say whether the 07/07/07 promotion would help boost sales of wedding items.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Monday, July 9, 2007
Over the weekend however my girlfriend and I took a little trip and I said "bring along some of your music."
She looked at me in stunned silence. "Are you sure?" she asked as if I had just asked her to cut the green wire while defusing a car bomb.
"Yeah, sure" I said remembering the numerous times that we have jokingly said that she shares the same musical tastes as teenage girls and lesbians. She selected the new Avirl Lavigne CD "The Best Damn Thing" and we listened to it in its entirety while on the road.
Ms. Lavigne is facing some legal troubles currently with her hit single "Girlfriend" which is without the doubt the best pop song since Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone." Legal troubles aside, the album flow nicely from there and you might confuse these middle songs as something from other Avril records.
But things hit the apex (I say this with all sincerity) when Avril starts rapping on "I Don't Have To Try:"
I'm the one I'm the one who knows the dance
I'm the one I'm the one who's got the prance
I'm the one I'm the one who wears the pants
I wear the pants!
I'm the one who tells you what to do
You're the one you're the one if I let you
I'm the one I'm the one who wears the pants
I wear the pants!
Is "I Wear the Pants" to go down with "I'm The Decider" as another ridiculous thing said by a person of cultural power? I don't think so! I've taken to shout "I wear the pants" whenever Laura and I differ on anything from pizza toping to which movie to rent...let's just say it doesn't usually go as well as it should.
The concluding track is "Keep Holding On" from the Eragon movie soundtrack and is more singable than anything by Spoon, Slint, or Grizzly Bear.
Overall, however, I am left conflicted and I think I will forever be, based on this clip from The View:
How can I respect a woman who clearly hates education? It is one thing to leave school to get a job to support yourself or a family but to leave school and not continue an education because it gets in the way of your stardom is terribly disappointing.
Avril Lavigne -- The Best Damn Thing Review: Ronald Reagan
Avril Lavigne As A Person Review: Warren G. Harding
I can hear it now..."Homosexuals are destroying the sanctity of milk!"