Monday, March 31, 2008

What is Politics?

A little boy goes to his dad and asks, “What is Politics?”

Dad says, “Well son, let me try to explain it this way: I am the head of the family, so call me The President. Your mother is the administrator of the money, so we call her the Government. We are here to take care of your needs, so we will call you the People. The nanny, we will consider her the Working Class. And your baby brother, we will call him the Future. Now think about that and see if it makes sense.”

So the little boy goes off to bed thinking about what Dad has said.

Later that night, he hears his baby brother crying, so he gets up to check on him. He finds that the baby has severely soiled his diaper. So the little boy goes to his parent’s room and finds his mother asleep. Not wanting to wake her, he goes to the nanny’s room. Finding the door locked, he peeks in the keyhole and sees his father in bed with the nanny. He gives up and goes back to bed.

The next morning, the little boy says to his father, “Dad, I think I understand the concept of politics now.”

The father says, “Good, son, tell me in your own words what you think politics is all about.”

The little boy replies, “The President is screwing the Working Class while the Government is sound asleep. The People are being ignored and the Future is in deep doo doo.”

R.I.P. Sean Levert

O’Jays front man Eddie Levert has lost another son.

Sean Levert, one third of the popular musical trio Levert, died of unknown causes after beginning a one-year, ten-month jail sentence for failure to pay child support.

There is currently no suspicion of foul play in this death... but the coroner’s investigation concerning the nature of Sean’s death has not yet been revealed.

The Associated Press has the full story.

Our prayers go out to the Levert family and loved ones.

Mother Knows Breast

I was scratching my melon over the story published in The Boston Globe about a woman who got kicked off of an airliner for the crime of breastfeeding her child.

Crime?

Granted, the post 9/11 rules say you can’t bring liquids on a flight... so if a mother can’t bring milk or formula, then breast feeding is the only alternative.

Isn’t it?

Naomi Watts had better luck when she breastfed her seven-month-old son during a 14-hour flight.

Maybe it helps to be a celebrity traveling in first class to be permitted to breastfeed your child on an airline?

Several moms posted their comments on the Mama Knows Breast web site. Interesting reading...

Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Other Housing Industry Threat...

I remember, as a wee youngster, watching Huckleberry Hound cartoons on some esoteric UHF station... long before the advent of cable and satellite TV with billions and billions of channels (as Carl Sagan might have said).

One favorite was Tough Little Termite, where a tiny bug caused what would be millions of dollars of damage in real life.

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Bowling for Obama

So, how does a Presidential Candidate such as Senator Barack Obama connect with the blue collar working Joes in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania?

Well, one good way to start is with a pair of size 13½ bowling shoes.

Hmm... so what is it they say... big feet... big tax breaks?

Anyway, the Obama family tree continues to get more and more interesting’er. According to TMZ Obama is related to Brad Pitt.

But wait... there’s more!

Hillary Clinton is related to Angelina Jolie!

Both are 9th cousins...

Now, this gives us some interesting ideas. Let’s just stop with all the debates and pundits and caucuses and just work this thing out Mr. and Mrs. Smith style.



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R.I.P. Dith Pran

You may not remember the 1984 motion picture about the horrors of genocide in Southeast Asia, “The Killing Fields.” But those who grew up during or shortly after the Vietnam war remember the horrors that the people in Cambodia suffered at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, the Communist Party of Cambodia.

The man who opened the eyes of the world to these horrors, Dith Pran, was a photojournalist who worked for The New York Times. Pran’s photographic work inspired the motion picture, which garnered an Academy Award for actor Dr. Haing S. Ngor.

The 65 year old Pran, a resident of Woodbridge, New Jersey, will be remembered for many years.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Oops, she did it again...

No, not Britney... it was Hillary.

First, she stated (on at least two occasions) of ducking and dodging sniper fire on a fateful trip. This was ostensibly proof of her foreign policy experience. Then, video of that trip came out and (surprise, surprise) there was no sniper fire... and, in fact, what we saw on the video directly contradicted what came out of Hillary’s mouth.

Hillary recanted, stating that she misspoke and that she is only human.

But wait, there’s more!

Later, Hillary decided to badmouth Barack Obama because of his former pastor.

You think she just misspoke again?





Monday, March 24, 2008

XM and Sirius Merge

One of the reasons I don’t have satellite radio is because I couldn’t choose between XM and Sirius.

I remembered dueling technologies in the past and did not want to be on the losing side:

  • VHS versus Beta
  • MS-DOS versus DR DOS
  • Windows versus OS/2
  • Blue Ray versus HD

But now, the Justice Department has given permission for XM and Sirius to merge. That is great news. The question... how long to wait to decide which receiver to buy?

There is, of course, the other question. How will Martha Stewart and Oprah Winfrey feel about being on the same network as Howard Stern?

FOUR THOUSAND

You may have read the New York Times article that gives the death count for the Iraq War as reaching 4,000.

This not only includes young men but, for the first time in our history, young women who have died in combat.

Pray daily for our young men and women who are serving in the Persian Gulf.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

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Friday, March 21, 2008

River... Stay Away!

Remember that song “River Stay Away From My Door” by Frank Sinatra? Click here to listen to a clip.

Well, the folks in Missouri can probably relate. They have been experiencing floods like crazy.

According to The Chicago Tribune, five people have died... and there has been extensive property damage.

The death toll nationwide from these freak floods is at least 13, according to the BBC.

Dozens of people have been evacuated from their homes and are sleeping on the floor of a stadium.

Hmm...

Déjà vu all over again?

With roads closed and even houses being washed downstream, it looks to be another heartbreaking disaster.

Estimates are that FEMA will show up some time before 2011.

Just kidding...

Bill Richardson Endorses Obama for President

Former Presidential candidate and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson is endorsing Senator Barack Obama for president, The Associated Press has reported.

“I believe he is the kind of once-in-a-lifetime leader that can bring our nation together and restore America’s moral leadership in the world,” Richardson said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press.

Read More: http://www.nytimes.com/?emc=na

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Obama Passport Breach

Those darned contractors...

MSNBC reports that two contractors did some inappropriate things with Senator Barack Obama’s passport file. Those individuals were summarily dismissed.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

R.I.P. Sir Arthur C. Clarke


We were surprised to see on IMDB that the acclaimed science fiction writer Sir Arthur C. Clarke has left the planet at the age of 90.

Most known for the classic 2001: A Space Odyssey, Clarke sat beside CBS anchor Walter Cronkite during the Apollo moon shots in the late 1960’s and was knighted in 2000.

Although briefly married in the 1950’s, Clarke died with no heirs... only millions of fans who have enjoyed his work.

A More Perfect Union

You Can Still Help New Orleans

The New Orleans Public Library is asking for any and all hardcover and paperback books for people of all ages in an effort to restock the shelves post-Katrina.

The staff will assess which titles will be designated for its collections. The remainder will be distributed to needy families or sold for library fund raising.

Please send your books to:

Rica A. Trigs
Public Relations
New Orleans Public Library
219 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112
Be sure to send them Library Rate to save money on postage!

Happy Anniversary

The 5th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq and, according to The New York Times, the initial cost estimates to fight this war were a tad off.

Originally, it was thought that it would cost between $50-60 billion to remove Saddam Hussein from power and create a new democratic government. And now, five years later, American taxpayers have spent roughly $600 billiion dollars.

That works out to about ten times the original guesstimate.

You can view an interactive timeline of the Iraqi war in the NYT Middle East section.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Obama Answers His Critics

Hopefully, we will once and for all be over the race issue and get back to the real topics of mudslinging that we are used to on an election year.

But seriously, folks... the speech that Barack Obama delivered today should answer, once and for all, the issues about his former pastor and about the future of race relations in the United States.

You can read the full transcript of the speech and make your own determination.

R.I.P. Anthony Minghella


We were saddened to learn of the loss of Oscar® winning writer and director Anthony Minghella...

According to Variety, Minghella succombed following a surgical procedure.

Prayers for his family and loved ones... and to all of the fans who will miss him and his creative work.

Life is short! Make sure you have made your travel arrangements!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Halle Baby

Congratulations to Halle Berry who, according to E! Online, has delivered a healthy baby girl.

We wish homegirl all the best as she and dad Aubry enjoy their little bundle of joy!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Beware Those Anthropomorphic Carrots

Was reminiscing with some fellow fans of Irwin Allen’s oft maligned sci-fi series... rival to Gene Roddenberry’s more cerebral (and infinitely more successful) Star Trek series. Of note... the episode “The Great Vegetable Rebellion” in which the crew was held hostage by an anthropomorphic carrot.

An anthropomorphic carrot?

What kind of threat could that be to anybody?

I mean... c’mon. He’s a carrot. A sentient, anthropomorphic carrot... but still, the dude is a vegetable? How can a vegetable hurt you? They are actually good for you!

How do you deal with a maniacal anthropomorphic carrot? How about grabbing a machete and doing a Martha Stewart style julienne on his a$$.

How about you douse him with extra virgin and basalmic and eat him as a heart healthy snack?

How about you send an attack rabbit to devour him. No, wait... Lost in Space was a 60’s show and we didn’t have killer attack rabbits until the Jimmy Carter administration.

But still... this isn’t a Klingon or a member of the Jem H’Adar we are talking about. It is simply an anthropomorphic carrot!

In this momentous hour of TV history, when the anthropomorphic carrot began to dehydrate, the Professor Robinson character displayed compassion by giving the anthropomorphic carrot some water.

Hmm... and CBS thought Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek was TOO cerebral and turned it down for this show. Well, CBS was the network that brought us the Hillbillies and Green Acres...

I could understand being threatened by space age hillbillies... but an anthropomorphic carrot?

Oh dear... the pain... the pain of it all...

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Would You Believe?

After watching Steve Carrell attempt to channel Paul Lynde in the disastrous movie version of Sol Sak’s classic comedy, Bewitched, I thought... what next?

Would you believe that Steve will now be doing the character created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry... and embodied by Don Adams?

You might want to check out the trailer at Apple Quicklime and judge for yourself...

The Media Loves Obama, But The Tabloids...


I stopped by the local supermarket to pick up a few items and couldn’t help but notice that Senator Barack Obama has been featured on the scandal rags...

Both the Globe and the National Enquirer have posted the most ridiculous accusations against the front runner in the Democratic race.

Now, we don°t want to make any accusations as to who would allege that Obama has terrorist ties or that he has been on the D.L., but we hope people will see through these thinly veiled attacks.


Friday, March 7, 2008

Hillary the Monster ???

The New York Times reported that one of Barack Obama’s aides resigned from the campaign after referring to Hillary Clinton as a “monster.”

Samantha Power, a professor at the Ivy League Harvard University (a place where Dwacon® briefly matriculated), made the comment to a European newspaper and later apologized for the remark.

But was that all she had to say?

As Marissa Tomei said in “My Cousin Vinny,” THEY’RES MOWAH!

Ms. Power also told The BBC that she had doubts about Obama’s plans to withdraw troops from Iraq.

Right now, I’m thinking of a line from the theme song to Mister Ed...

Patrick Swayze


We were sad to hear from CBS News that our favorite Dirty Dancer has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. We are not sure what the prognosis is, but our prayers are with Patrick as he fights for his life.

Forbes reports that Whoopi Goldberg, Swayze’s co-star in the movie Ghost, claims that Swayze is the reason she won an Oscar® for her performance in that film.

Whoopi, the rest of Hollywood, and all of us pray for a swift and complete recovery.

Outed


People Magazine reports that Lisa Marie Presley was forced to reveal her pregnancy after her “physique” began to change.

This is the first child for Presley, 40, and her husband, guitarist and music producer Michael Lockwood, 46.

We hope all goes well and that the baby is healthy and happy.

You can read more about her reaction to her “outing” at her MySpace Page.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Mammy! It's your son Sammy! From alaBammy!

Have you seen the article on The Canadian Press about Robert Downey Jr’s latest acting role?

Downey will be co-starring with Ben Stiller and Jack Black about a white actor who gets a job by putting on blackface. No, not like Al Jolson... well, take a look:






According to our hot and sexy friend Television Traci, test audiences sat through the film without feeling any overwhelming need to beat Ben Stiller about the cranium with Elmo dolls.

One surmises that is a good thing...

Monday, March 3, 2008

Never Choke in a Restaurant in the South

Two hillbillies walk into a bar. While having a shot of whisky, they talk about their moonshine operation.

Suddenly, a woman at a nearby table, who is eating a sandwich, begins to cough. And, after a minute or so, it becomes apparent that she is in real distress.

One of the hillbillies looks at her and says, “Kin ya swallar?”

The woman shakes her head no.

Then he asks, “Kin ya breathe?”

The woman begins to turn blue and shakes her head no.

The hillbilly walks over to the woman, lifts up her dress, yanks down her drawers and quickly gives her right butt cheek a lick with his tongue. The woman is so shocked that she has a violent spasm and the obstruction flies out of her mouth. As she begins to breathe again, the Hillbilly walks slowly back to the bar.

His partner says, “Ya know, I’d heerd of that there ‘Hind Lick Maneuver’ but I ain’t niver seed nobody do it!”

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