Wednesday, May 31, 2006

vroooom, vroooooooooom!

Its that time again! Its the Republic of Texas Bike Rally. For the next four days, you can expect about 40,000 bikers to roll into town.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Whistleblowers beware!

because the Supreme Court says blowing the whistle is NOT protected by freedom of speech. So basically, the government can fire your ass when you tell the world about their wrongdoing. Go Bush!

For the Majority:
Justice Anthony Kennedy (the evil swing vote writing for the court majority)
Chief Justice John Roberts
Justices Antonin Scalia
Clarence Thomas
Samuel Alito

For the dissent:
John Paul Stevens (wrote the dissent)
David Souter (so pissed, he wrote a separate dissent)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg and
Stephen Breyer

Monday, May 29, 2006

Is carbon dioxide your friend?

The fine folks at the Competitive Enterprise Institute seem to think so. They've even made a movie to show you how good it is for you. And if you agree with CEI (an organization funded by major oil and car companies) you can give them a donation. I'm sure they need all the help that they can get.

If you think that there is no such thing as too much of good thing, then you won't mind that with more carbon dioxide that there will also be more prevalent and itchier poison ivy. Not to mention more severe storms (like floods, bigger hurricanes, and the like), extinction of species, fewer glaciers, and all that other fun stuff.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Thanks for blowing my mind

Last night I finally watched the season finale of "Lost". I just have one thing to say: What the fuck?

Friday, May 26, 2006

To the powers that be at the Big 12: You suck!

So those jackasses at the Big 12 are at it again. While they did decide to keep the football season at 8 conference games and the conference championship games the same, they are thinking about messing with Texas tradition AGAIN. When Texas was a part of the Southwest Conference, we played the aggies on Thanksgiving Day. It usually led to even more interesting holiday experiences than normal. There's really nothing like a side of rivalry with that turkey dinner. Inevitably, some kid from a Longhorn family would go to a&m against the whole family's wishes (and vice versa). During the game, even the closest most loving families become vicious and rowdy.

When teams once belonging to the Southwest Conference joined the Big 12, Texas and a&m agreed to change the game day to the day after Thanksgiving. I have never really gotten over the change, but I accept it. Football is a business after all. So now they are thinking about changing our game day again. Those assholes want to have teams play regular conference games on Thanksgiving weekend. They give some crap ass explanation about schedules and whatever. Bullshit, Big 12. Now Texas isn't the only school with a tradition. Colorado and Nebraska have their big rivalry game the day after Thanksgiving too. They don't want their game changed either.

Thanksgiving is a time to get together with your family, eat too much food, drink too much, have big fights, and watch all the big rivalry games. Football just has more oomph that weekend. Making it a weekend of regular games will ruin it all.

Get a clue, jackasses.

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I'm so shocked, not!

Kenneth Lay was "shocked" that a jury found him and Jeffrey Skilling guilty. Well, he's the only one shocked about that. Any shock he may have experienced is nothing compared to the shock of the four thousand employees that lost their jobs and their retirement pensions when the energy giant went belly up out of the blue. I hope they go to jail for a good long time.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

I'm back from South Texas

This week, I had work to do in George West. Alice , Corpus Christi , and Sinton. You know, just a quick tour of South Texas. One thing I can say is that it was h-o-t. When I got out of the car in Alice, I felt my skin frying in the sun. I guess that's what happens when its 101 degrees. Because I am tired from my rock star tour, I'm only going to write a synopsis of my trip.

One thing I remembered:
Why I live in Texas. As I was driving over the hill on the way into Goliad, the only thing I could see for miles was rolling hill after rolling hill covered in trees. It gave me chills (and it was 98 degrees outside).

Things I learned:
1. There are transgenders everywhere -- even in Alice, Texas. Although I don't know why a transgender (or anyone else for that matter) would stay in Alice.
2. Jesus is the King of Cuero . Its true, I read the sign on the way into town.
3. The Luling Watermelon Thump is the last weekend of June. I am so there!

Things I'd like to forget:
1. How hot Texas is in the summertime (especially since it isn't even summer yet).
2. How crappy it is to drive in San Antonio. I need to remember the Alamo and to take the back roads so I don't have to drive through there again.
3. How much I hate going to George West and that I have to go back next week.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Because it is the weekend, they rule,

and I am obsessed with 80's bands that have a song that is the same name as their band name.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Tony Snow doesn't want to hug the tar baby

Today I turn to a more serious topic. The new press secretary, Tony Snow. The president has aligned him self with idiot after idiot (after all it takes one to know one). And it didn't take long for Tony Snow to show us what he's all about. A racist idiot. There has been some debate as to whether "hugging the tar baby" is racist or not. Those defending him claim its an old phrase. No one seems to remember hearing it before or know what it might mean. There is an interesting article in The Sentinel discussing this issue.

But let's break it down:

As per wikipedia , "The tar baby is a form of a character widespread in African folklore. In various folktales, gum, wax, or other sticky material is used to trap a person. In Southern black speech in the 19th century, the word "baby" referred to both a baby and a child's "doll." Thus, the expression "tar baby" meant a tar doll or tar mannequin. For an example of such a character in popular American culture see Br'er Rabbit. The term also has a negative connotation. The expression tar baby is also used occasionally as a derogatory term for black people (in the U.S. it refers to African-Americans; in New Zealand it refers to Maoris), or among blacks as a term for a particularly dark-skinned person." (citing Maven's Word of the Day: Tar Baby, February 12 1999, accessed May 16 2006).

I'll leave it up to you to decide.

Here's the video for your viewing pleasure

Thursday, May 18, 2006

This week is pop culture week

So much has been going on in the pop culture world the past couple of weeks. New networks. The new fall TV Schedule. May sweeps. The Da Vinci Code. Summer blockbusters. But I think Stephen Colbert continues to be the big winner. He has been completely ignored by the media. Of course, he did give them a good lashing. Why would anyone go around broadcasting that they have been doing a shitty job and pandering to the administration? But he wins because he is the top search on Technorati. People just can't stop blogging about how he bashed the president in his face. I know I'm not tired of the hype. Hell, I've even written about it. For those of you that have missed it here is the video of Stephen Colbert's roast of W.

Rob Corddry is FOX-y

So, FOX has decided to keep its lineup pretty much as it has been (same timeslots and everything). And that's a good thing. Why fix something that isn't broken? And they have given Rob Corddry his own show called "The Winner". That is the best news I've heard all day. So we get to watch 24 (this we know since they resigned Keith Sutherland for 3 years) and Bones. House and Prison Break fans also get to keep watching their shows, too. FOX did replace some of its little watched sitcoms for some crime solving shows. Let's face it everybody stopped watching "That 70s Show" years ago.

CBS has also decided to go with the status quo. And why wouldn't they? They can been the ratings leader all year. They are adding yet another crime show, a comedy and some show about nuclear annihilation. They have also decided to ditch the Sunday Night Movie and replace it with "Amazing Race," "Cold Case", and "Without a Trace." Monday night is comedy night and the rest is CSI, I mean crime dramas and the like.

As expected the CW is a mix of the best of the WB and UPN. Not that I have watched much on either of these networks since they cancelled "Buffy" and "Angel". I love "Supernatural" (and watch it regularly), but I haven't been able to watch "Veronica Mars" because of too many shows in the same timeslot. Maybe this fall that will change. Either it was vicious rumor or they just couldn't make picking up "Invasion" work. Either way, goodbye to a good (and very creepy) show. I guess we will never know what happened to Larkin and her unborn baby.

If you want to look at grid of the new fall lineup go to

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

They always do this to me

ABC cancelled another one of my favorite shows -- Invasion. Hopefully, the CW will pick it up for the fall. I'm not holding my breath. Apparently, ABC hates Grey's Anatomy because now they are putting it up against one of those CSI shows. Thursday has been ABC's lowest ratings night since Barney Miller was on the air. I think they are trying to kill it. This move is almost as bad as the year FOX put all of its hip, cool shows on Friday night. Fast track to series death.

If you liked any of the new series on ABC, you are out of luck. They decided the whole lot was crap and are giving us brand new crap next fall. Personally, I have no interest in watching Callista Flockhart do anything, ever. But I am interested to see how it works for Dancing with the Stars to lead into Lost. Seems odd to me, but only time and ratings will tell.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

My new favorite book

My favorite book for a long time has been "Bitter with Baggage Seeks Same (The Life and Times of Some Chickens)" by Sloane Tanen. But since I've read "Going for the Bronze", I think that is my new favorite. While it would be fair to say that I hate birds as a whole, I love these chickens!

Immigration and TV reform

Last night the President came on TV to talk about immigration reform. In short, everyone has a different idea about what to do about this "problem" while very few are realistic in their plans. Its like W hasn't never had to deal with immigration issues before. Maybe that's because when he was the governor, he was too busy learning how to mangle the Spanish language. The thing that pissed me off the most about his little speech is that he completely fucked up the television schedule for the night. My DVR was not prepared to make the adjustment to record all of Grey's Anatomy. I'd rather watch that than W anytime.

In other TV news, yesterday NBC confirmed that they have monkeys running their programming department. They cancelled Surface. Instead, they give Regis Philbin a show that rips off American Idol and a new ensemble Friends type show. No wonder NBC comes in fourth in the ratings. They give us crap TV. How many times a week do you have to watch some version of Law and Order? At least My Name is Earl and Medium will be back.

Monday, May 15, 2006

It really isn't a problem... leave out a known group of people from useless polls. Apparently, pollsters aren't concerned that they are leaving out people that only have a cell phone from their inane polls. Why would you want to get the opinion from a group that is "younger, less affluent, and more liberal"? That might actually change the results that these polls come up with. God forbid.

Is love the ultimate dream?

Or is Olivia Newton-John and a disco roller rink enough?

Friday, May 12, 2006

The Onion Reads Alito's Mind

'The Onion' Reads Alito's Mind
The National Law Journal
May 12, 2006

Sometimes even satirical newspapers get it right.

Shortly following his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Samuel Alito read a story in The Onion suggesting that he was annoying his new colleagues by going on about how much better things were run on his old home turf, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

"It was very disorienting," Alito confessed to the assembled judges and lawyers during a black-tie dinner at a recent circuit conference, because the newspaper must have been reading his mind about the relative efficiency of the high court.

"I hadn't said anything to anyone," he said. "But I had been thinking it."

The conference also heard from Justice David Souter, often pilloried as a liberal in conservative clothing. While Alito's confirmation was pending, the political right's rallying cry was: "No more Souters."

With that history, Souter cheerfully broke the news that Alito had issued his first Supreme Court opinion -- and that the staunch conservative had reversed a criminal conviction in North Carolina. "A year from now will I read headlines, 'No more Alitos?'" Souter wondered aloud.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

migraines suck

So, I woke up Monday morning with a fierce headache and it quickly deteriorated into a migraine. This morning is the first day that I feel almost human. I am still exhausted from having my head in a vice for three days. So that is why I haven't updated my blog all week. Get over it.


Monday, May 08, 2006

Let's Impeach the President for Lying

Let's Impeach the President by Neil Young

Lets impeach the president for lying
And leading our country into war
Abusing all the power that we gave him
And shipping all our money out the door

Hes the man who hired all the criminals
The White House shadows who hide behind closed doors
And bend the facts to fit with their new stories
Of why we have to send our men to war

Lets impeach the president for spying
On citizens inside their own homes
Breaking every law in the country
By tapping our computers and telephones

What if Al Qaeda blew up the levees
Would New Orleans have been safer that way
Sheltered by our governments protection
Or was someone just not home that day?

Lets impeach the president
For hijacking our religion and using it to get elected
Dividing our country into colors
And still leaving black people neglected

Thank god hes cracking down on steroids
Since he sold his old baseball team
Theres lot of people looking at big trouble
But of course the president is clean

Thank God

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Saturday, May 06, 2006

but now we know

that what really happened is that Patrick Kennedy has a drug problem. I am so shocked.

Friday, May 05, 2006

I wonder if Patrick Kennedy is a sleep eater too...

Is this another case of Ambien doing bad things to you? While it isn't as humorous as the videos of midnight Ambien eaters, it did make me giggle. The Congressman crashed his car at about 2:45 am on Thursday into a Capitol barrier claiming to police that he was late for a vote. So, did he really think he was late or is it another case of that bad Kennedy judgment?

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Am I movie literate?

According to Jim Emerson, there are 102 Movies I should see before I die. So, do I have to see all of them to be considered movie literate and do I really have to see all of them before I die?

For your entertainment (and to determine my movie "literateness") here is the essential list. I have marked the movies I've seen with an "*" so you can see how much time I spend watching movies.

* "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968) Stanley Kubrick
"The 400 Blows" (1959) Francois Truffaut
* "8 1/2" (1963) Federico Fellini
"Aguirre, the Wrath of God" (1972) Werner Herzog
* "Alien" (1979) Ridley Scott
* "All About Eve" (1950) Joseph L. Mankiewicz
* "Annie Hall" (1977) Woody Allen
* "Apocalypse Now" (1979) Francis Ford Coppola
* "Bambi" (1942) Disney
"The Battleship Potemkin" (1925) Sergei Eisenstein
"The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946) William Wyler
"The Big Red One" (1980) Samuel Fuller
* "The Bicycle Thief" (1949) Vittorio De Sica
"The Big Sleep" (1946) Howard Hawks
* "Blade Runner" (1982) Ridley Scott
* "Blowup" (1966) Michelangelo Antonioni
* "Blue Velvet" (1986) David Lynch
* "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967) Arthur Penn
"Breathless" (1959 Jean-Luc Godard
* "Bringing Up Baby" (1938) Howard Hawks
* "Carrie" (1975) Brian DePalma
* "Casablanca" (1942) Michael Curtiz
"Un Chien Andalou" (1928) Luis Bunuel & Salvador Dali
"Children of Paradise" / "Les Enfants du Paradis" (1945) Marcel Carne
* "Chinatown" (1974) Roman Polanski
* "Citizen Kane" (1941) Orson Welles
* "A Clockwork Orange" (1971) Stanley Kubrick
* "The Crying Game" (1992) Neil Jordan
* "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (1951) Robert Wise
"Days of Heaven" (1978) Terence Malick
* "Dirty Harry" (1971) Don Siegel
"The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie" (1972) Luis Bunuel
* "Do the Right Thing" (1989 Spike Lee
* "La Dolce Vita" (1960) Federico Fellini
"Double Indemnity" (1944) Billy Wilder
* "Dr. Strangelove" (1964) Stanley Kubrick
* "Duck Soup" (1933) Leo McCarey
* "E.T. -- The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982) Steven Spielberg
* "Easy Rider" (1969) Dennis Hopper
* "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) Irvin Kershner
* "The Exorcist" (1973) William Friedkin
* "Fargo" (1995) Joel & Ethan Coen
* "Fight Club" (1999) David Fincher
* "Frankenstein" (1931) James Whale
* "The General" (1927) Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman
* "The Godfather," "The Godfather, Part II" (1972, 1974) Francis Ford Coppola
* "Gone With the Wind" (1939) Victor Fleming
* "GoodFellas" (1990) Martin Scorsese
* "The Graduate" (1967) Mike Nichols
* "Halloween" (1978) John Carpenter
* "A Hard Day's Night" (1964) Richard Lester
"Intolerance" (1916) D.W. Griffith
"It's a Gift" (1934) Norman Z. McLeod
* "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946) Frank Capra
* "Jaws" (1975) Steven Spielberg
"The Lady Eve" (1941) Preston Sturges
* "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962) David Lean
* "M" (1931) Fritz Lang
* "Mad Max 2" / "The Road Warrior" (1981) George Miller
* "The Maltese Falcon" (1941) John Huston
* "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962) John Frankenheimer
* "Metropolis" (1926) Fritz Lang
* "Modern Times" (1936) Charles Chaplin
* "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975) Terry Jones & Terry Gilliam
* "Nashville" (1975) Robert Altman
"The Night of the Hunter" (1955) Charles Laughton
* "Night of the Living Dead" (1968) George Romero
* "North by Northwest" (1959) Alfred Hitchcock
* "Nosferatu" (1922) F.W. Murnau
* "On the Waterfront" (1954) Elia Kazan
* "Once Upon a Time in the West" (1968) Sergio Leone
"Out of the Past" (1947) Jacques Tournier
"Persona" (1966) Ingmar Bergman
* "Pink Flamingos" (1972) John Waters
* "Psycho" (1960) Alfred Hitchcock
* "Pulp Fiction" (1994) Quentin Tarantino
"Rashomon" (1950) Akira Kurosawa
* "Rear Window" (1954) Alfred Hitchcock
* "Rebel Without a Cause" (1955) Nicholas Ray
* "Red River" (1948) Howard Hawks
"Repulsion" (1965) Roman Polanski
"The Rules of the Game" (1939) Jean Renoir
* "Scarface" (1932) Howard Hawks
"The Scarlet Empress" (1934) Josef von Sternberg
* "Schindler's List" (1993) Steven Spielberg
"The Searchers" (1956) John Ford
* "The Seven Samurai" (1954) Akira Kurosawa
* "Singin' in the Rain" (1952) Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly
* "Some Like It Hot" (1959) Billy Wilder
* "A Star Is Born" (1954) George Cukor
* "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951) Elia Kazan
* "Sunset Boulevard" (1950) Billy Wilder
* "Taxi Driver" (1976) Martin Scorsese
"The Third Man" (1949) Carol Reed
"Tokyo Story" (1953) Yasujiro Ozu
"Touch of Evil" (1958) Orson Welles
* "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948) John Huston
"Trouble in Paradise" (1932) Ernst Lubitsch
* "Vertigo" (1958) Alfred Hitchcock
* "West Side Story" (1961) Jerome Robbins/Robert Wise
* "The Wild Bunch" (1969) Sam Peckinpah
* "The Wizard of Oz" (1939) Victor Fleming

Well, that's 75 *s! And in my world, a 75 is a passing grade. I guess I'm semi-literate when it comes to movies...


Monday, May 01, 2006

I'm not mad anymore

Well, at least not at Technorati. "They" finally let me claim my blog today. I'm still mad about a lot of things, but I can mark them off my list.

a shout out to...

13th Floor. It is always fun when someone thinks I posted a blog that is worth reposting.