Sunday, August 30, 2009
I came across this movie, the story of an Afghan family and their circuitous journey from Afghanistan to America to Pakistan.
The Kite Runner tells the story of people who live their lives the best way that they know how... in the midst of war and other turmoil that has ravaged that part of the world.
I highly recommend watching The Kite Runner!
Friday, August 28, 2009
You may have heard about a scary but powerful Public Service Announcement meant to alert people to the dangers of texting while driving. Check it out below (great acting and production values BTW)... and do not text while driving!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I remember reading about the minority of Russia’s Black population years ago... and now that the U.S.A. has an African-American POTUS, we are seeing Black Russians moving into the field of politics.
I guess his opponents will accuse him of being a Capitalist?
Read all about it at The Washington Post.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I don’t get it... I am always early paying my car note...
But the credit union without warning changed their address... and my check and loan stub came back to me marked “Forwarding Order Expired.”
That was preceded by a letter from the credit union telling me that I owe a $10 fee because my payment was now late.
It was late because of their giving me payment stubs with an invalid address and not informing me of the change. I explained that to them... but still, they are not revoking the penalty.
What a rip off!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Have you read the article in The Hollywood Reporter about the director of the upcoming Galactica movie?
The one and only Bryan Singer is the man with the plan.
This film will be separate from the 1978 series...
Separate from the SyFy Channel’s reimagining...
Separate from the upcoming series Caprica...
Wouldn’t it be whack if Apollo and Starbuck are played by...
Read more at The Los Angeles Times.
Hmm... checking out this article in The Independent to get the British perspective on the raucous and sometimes violent protests in regard to the concept of health care reform.
Here are some interesting statistics from that article:
Health spending as a share of GDP
Public spending on healthcare (% of total spending on healthcare)
Health spending per head
Practising physicians (per 1,000 people)
Nurses (per 1,000 people)
Acute care hospital beds (per 1,000 people)
Infant mortality (per 1,000 live births)
Source: WHO/OECD Health Data 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
A major retailer (Costco) sells white dolls bundled with panda bears with a headband that reads:
On the same display rack, they sell African-American dolls bundled with a monkey... and holding a partially peeled banana. Its headband reads:
But that wasn’t an intentional attempt at racism, was it?
After all, we have previously established that calling someone a banana eating jungle monkey is not a racist act.
We have some new and updated designs at the Dwacon® Store:
Over 50 original designs from Dwacon Entertainment on:
- Sigg Water Bottles
- Coffee Mugs
- Tote Bags
- Messenger Bags
- Pet Toys
- Thongs and Boxers
- Mini Video Recorders
- And more...
Visit The Dwacon® Store to see them all...
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
This film starts out at a slow and sleepy pace. When I first viewed it, I almost thought about turning it off and watching something else. But once I got into it, I found The Visitor to be a heartwarming and unique view of the human condition.
The Visitor wins 3½ out of 4 stars for a quartet of powerful performances within an intriguing drama that draws you into its web. A quick synopsis:
Widowed professor Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins) discovers an immigrant couple, Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) and Zainab (Danai Gurira), squatting in his Manhattan flat and becomes wrapped up in their lives when Tarek is thrown into a detention center. A wonderful Hiam Abbass co-stars as Tarek's mother, who forges an unlikely connection with Walter. Director Thomas McCarthy's follow-up to his indie hit The Station Agent was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Have you heard about the loud and violent outbursts at town hall meetings to discuss the controversial health care reform?
An article in Talk Radio News provides a perspective on these developments.
While the White House doesn’t seem to give much weight to these antics, according to The Wall Street Journal, they are garnering a lot of attention.
The attention has extended from North America to across the Pond.
An article in The London Daily Mail notes that violence has erupted in opposition to healthcare reform.
Check out this video:
But could there be some Machiavellian influence behind these protests? According to The Washington Post, over $52-million has been spent to influence opinions regarding healthcare reform. Fifty-two Million Dollars? That is a lot of money to help convince people that they should continue to accept being denied treatment because insurance companies profit margins might be harmed by saving their life.
If the health care industry is spending TENS OF MILLIONS to counter reform, do you think maybe they will eventually hire SAG and AFTRA members to show up at town halls? Do you think maybe they’ll pretend to climb from graves with MJ’s Thriller choreography and do a song and dance against healthcare reform?
da da da da dum
da da da da dum
Obama health care
Health care fright
You’re privacy will go away if this bad bill is signed
Obama health care
Leave things they way they are or you will give up
Then... the dancers jump around while holding up signs condemning healthcare reform while arguing to keep things the way they are.
Finally... as an encore... John Cleese will enter doing one of his silly walks and say, “Obama turned me into a newt.”
And, when someone looks him up and down... realizing that he hardly resembles an anthropomorphic reptile... he will say, “Well... I got better.”
And he did so without reforming the health care industry!
Okay, I’ll stop...
Thursday, August 6, 2009
It is a known fact that cats love baseball...
- The other day, there was a cat sighting on the field of Kauffman Stadium
- 2007, cats made several appearances during Mets games at Shea Stadium
- 1969, a black cat walk past Cubs third baseman Ron Santo during a game at Shea Stadium
But I don’t think they grabbed the cat by the tail like they did last night at Wrigley Field.
Sheesh... is that any way to treat a fan?
We are still trying to comprehend the sudden and too-soon death of Blake Snyder when we learned from Reuters of the death of filmmaker extraordinaire John Hughes.
Hughes was reportedly taking a morning walk in New York City when he succumbed to cardiac failure.
Hughes was 59.
Read more about the celebrated life of this film legend in The New York Times.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
We read about the senseless mass murders at a Pittsburgh fitness club. It turned out that the killer, who committed suicide after shooting several innocent victims, was what members of the Pick-Up society would call an Average Frustrated Chump.
That may be a bit cruel... but the sad reality is that here is a guy who had no self-confidence. And, if one has no confidence in himself, nobody else will have confidence in him. And even if someone tries to get past that, the person who feels himself to be a loser will react negatively to that (evidenced below).
The police read brief excerpts from the guy’s journal. You can see that video in the embedded clip below:
A heavily redacted version of George Sodini’s suicide journal... in which he goes into rambling detail about his lack of success with women... can be downloaded here.
I guess that practitioners of the oft maligned world of speed seduction (chronicled in my buddy Neil Strauss’ best-selling book The Game) could be considered life savers? But, then again, as Dennis Miller might say...
That’s just my opinion... I could be wrong...
And, hey... whatever your situation or malfunction... murdering innocent people or killing yourself is the worst thing you can do. So, don’t do it!
If you are feeling suicidal about anything, check out the good advice given by The Powerhouse Ministry.