Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Wow, what a shocking end to such a well written character. Omar escaped a well planned ambush and boldly limped around the streets in the face of the toughest street criminals. And who finally takes the man down?
An eight-year-old kid?
It was shocking... it was unbelievable... it had me yelling at the television. It was...
It was perhaps some of the best written television since Vladmir Zworkin and Philo T. Farnsworth invented the thing.
And what are the chances this final season will finally get the well deserved Emmy® nod?
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
We wanted to formally express our pride at fellow scribe Diablo Cody (the artist formerly known as Brook Busey-Hunt) for her Oscar® win.
Diablo’s very first screenplay, for the hit movie Juno, went straight to the top.
And we are sure that this sagacious young writer will do the same with her future screenplays.
For those unfamiliar with Diablo, check out her bio on Wikipedia.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
In 1946 the American Transit Association, through its radio program, “Speak to America,” sponsored a nationwide contest to find the REAL Kilroy, offering a prize of a real trolley car to the person who could prove himself to be the genuine article.
Almost 40 men stepped forward to make that claim, but James Kilroy from Halifax, Massachusetts had evidence of his identity.
Kilroy was a 46-year old shipyard worker during the war. He worked as a checker at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy. His job was to go around and check on the number of rivets completed. Riveters were on piece-work and got paid by the rivet.
Kilroy would count a block of rivets and put a check mark in semi-waxed lumber chalk, so the rivets wouldn’t be counted twice. When Kilroy went off duty, the riveters would erase the mark.
Later on, an off-shift inspector would come through and count the rivets a second time, resulting in double pay for the riveters.
One day Kilroy’s boss called him into his office. The foreman was upset about all the wages being paid to riveters, and asked him to investigate. It was then that he realized what had been going on.
The tight spaces he had to crawl in to check the rivets didn’t lend themselves to lugging around a paint can and brush, so Kilroy decided to stick with the waxy chalk. He continued to put his checkmark on each job he inspected, but added KILROY WAS HERE in king-sized letters next to the check, and eventually added the sketch of the chap with the long nose peering over the fence and that became part of the Kilroy message. Once he did that, the riveters stopped trying to wipe away his marks.
Ordinarily the rivets and chalk marks would have been covered up with paint. With war on, however, ships were leaving the Quincy Yard so fast that there wasn’t time to paint them.
As a result, Kilroy’s inspection “trademark” was seen by thousands of servicemen who boarded the troopships the yard produced. His message apparently rang a bell with the servicemen, because they picked it up and spread it all over Europe and the South Pacific. Before the war’s end, “Kilroy” had been here, there, and everywhere on the long haul to Berlin and Tokyo.
To the unfortunate troops outbound in those ships, however, he was a complete mystery; all they knew for sure was that some jerk named Kilroy had “been there first.” As a joke, U.S. servicemen began placing the graffiti wherever they landed, claiming it was already there when they arrived.
Kilroy became the U.S. super-GI who had always “already been” wherever GIs went. It became a challenge to place the logo in the most unlikely places imaginable (it is said to be atop Mt. Everest, the Statue of Liberty, the underside of the Arch De Triumphe, and even scrawled in the dust on the moon.)
And as the war went on, the legend grew. Underwater demolition teams routinely sneaked ashore on Japanese-held islands in the Pacific to map the terrain for the coming invasions by U.S. troops (and thus, presumably, were the first GI’s there). On one occasion, however, they reported seeing enemy troops painting over the Kilroy logo! In 1945, an outhouse was built for the exclusive use of Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill at the Potsdam conference.
The first person inside was Stalin, who emerged and asked his aide (in Russian), “Who is Kilroy?”...
To help prove his authenticity in 1946, James Kilroy brought along officials from the shipyard and some of the riveters. He won the trolley car, which he gave to his nine children as a Christmas gift and set it up as a playhouse in the Kilroy front yard in Halifax, Massachusetts.
Friday, February 22, 2008
According to The New York Times, there were actually WMD’s in the Persian Gulf. But they are in Iran.
Unfortunately, the Times article creates more questions than it seems to answer... but it strongly suggests that Iran is definitely up to some mischief.
Meanwhile, we thought it would be a good time to mention the book, “Weapons of Mass Destruction,” that we wrote for the Powerhouse Ministry.
There was an interesting article in The Star-Telegram, there was a serious lapse in security during a recent Obama campaign.
According to the report, an order came to stop metal detectors and personal belonging checks about an hour after the gates were opened.
On USENET, there is speculation that someone may want Obama to get shot. We won’t go that far, but remember the old adage:
Paranoia is only heightened awareness...
According to a Texas television newscast, an Elmo doll began threatening to kill a child after its batteries were changed.
You can see a video report at this Florida television station has video of the “threaten me Elmo” incident.
At least he didn’t say it in a Tony Soprano voice...
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
The Clinton campaign is responding with the slinging of ye olde mudd. But does being able to wage the nastiest sucker punches make a candidate better?
For some people, that may be so. But, we think the majority of the American people will look at who is truly the best for our future.
After Ted and Caroline Kennedy showed their support for Obama, the comparisons with JFK ramped up.
Granted, Kennedy was jumping in to kick off the second half of the 20th Century... a young visionary taking over from an old war veteran. Kennedy was able to pick up and take over where Eisenhower left off. He was what was needed during a critical period of American history.
The upcoming general election may very well be between a young visionary and an older war veteran.
These are exciting times in American history!
Monday, February 18, 2008
Fans of HBO’s series The Wire should tune into the Fox series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles...
André Royo, who plays our favorite junkie, Bubbles, is one of the warriors from the future, fighting terminators under the command of the future John Connor.
I would imagine, the terminators could still get the best of him...
Just give him some crack.
Or, since it is the future, perhaps he would go for what the Jem’Hadar are hooked on, Ketracel-white.
But seriously... we are glad to see another HBO graduate on this show (the other is Garrett Dillahunt from the dirty western Deadwood).
Sunday, February 17, 2008
I noticed an article where someone said they couldn’t afford to eat healthy food because it cost more. At first I thought that was a cop-out.
Then, I noticed that I was paying $5.00 for carrot juice when the equivalent amount of soda (which is sugar and acidic water... basically, sweet tasting poison) cost a fraction of that amount.
Is there a conspiracy here?
What are your thoughts?
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Perhaps you remember our blog about the terrorist version of Mickey Mouse that taught young children to wage war against Israel.
Well, the Disney clone met his demise last summer. However, a new Palestinian children’s program is using Warner Brothers clones to attack Israel.
Assod the rabbit and his friends is the latest attempt at convincing youngsters in the Arab world the elements of hatred and warfare.
According to Anorak News, the name “Assud” means Lion. And we hope those poor kids over there don’t bite the lion (line).
Check out the video below. If this is how Palestinians do Sesame Street, I would hate to see their version of The Electric Company.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
If you watch Fox News, you may have heard about the latest batch of suicide bombers used to wreak havoc. These include:
- The Mentally Disabled
We also saw on CNN that a recent bombing in Baghdad involved two mentally disabled women who unwittingly carried bombs that were remotely detonated.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
A man has 50-yard-line tickets for the Super Bowl. As he sits down, a guy comes over and asks if anyone is sitting in the seat next to him.
'No,' he says, 'The seat is empty.'
'This is incredible,' said the man. 'Who in his right mind would have a seat like this for the Super Bowl, the biggest sporting event in the country, and not use it?'
He says, 'Well, actually, the seat belongs to me. I was supposed to come with my wife, but she passed away. This is the first Super Bowl we haven't been to together since we got married in 1987.'
'Oh. I'm sorry to hear that. That's terrible. But couldn't you find someone else, a friend or relative or even a neighbor, to take the seat?'
The man shakes his head. 'No...they're all at the funeral.'
Barack Obama is on a roll...
And he has taken the lead in the Democratic primaries...
With the endorsement of Ted Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy...
Are we looking at the 21st Century Camelot?
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Obama’s win was for the audio version of his book “The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming The American Dream.”
Bill Clinton was nominated for his book “Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World” and Jimmy Carter for “Sunday Mornings in Plains: Bringing Peace to a Changing World.”
Also nominated in the same category was poet Maya Angelou and actor Alan Alda.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
The New York Times reports that the Writers Guild strike may soon be over.
Of course, we have heard it before and hope that it is finally true.
It is a commonly known fact that writers are almost as welcome on a movie set than the person who cleans up after the craft services folks.
Still, without a writer, Ahnuld would never had said, “I’ll be back.”
Clint would never had said, “Make my day.”
And, Bogie would never had said, “Here’s looking at you, kid.”
Writers may never get much respect... but at least we should get our fair bit of crust from the pie.
Will the next President fix healthcare in the USA? If so, what will we look forward to? Well, maybe if McCain gets in, after he bombs Iran, he might give us something like this:
You can click any of the items above to see more.
And, by the way... Just kidding, Senator McCain...