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Thursday, January 31, 2008


Ball Room Scene [ 2 ]
Magic Dance
Within You [ 2 ]
Labyrinth worm

"15-yeard old Sarah's wish is granted when her baby brother, Toby, is taken away to the land of the Goblins. Upon learning that she only has 13 hours before Toby will be transformed into a goblin, there is only one hope: Sarah must find the way to the Goblin King's castle - through a dangerous labyrinth - where she encounter strange creatures and forms unlikely friendships along the way." Luciferlu

"Labyrinth" full movie 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11

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What Was On TV Last Night


Last night on Turner Classic Movies I watched the 1961 film "One, Two, Three" directed by Billy Wilder. I had seem it before, but it is such a great movie I watched it again.

"One, Two, Three" is great comedy about a Berlin Coca-Cola sales representative (James Cagney) that must take care of his boss's vacationing daughter, who eventually elopes with fanatical Communist on the same day that the boss is coming to Germany to take her home.

One of the strengths of the film is that while it pokes fun at Russians and Germans and Europeans in general, it does not spare Americans or even stereotypes of men and women in it's barbs. Even the lead, James Cagney, portrays a charecter that is greedy, selfish and lecherous - and you find yourself rooting for him anyway.

The film starts off as being fast paced and hectic, and then it just keeps escalating. By the end of the film the pace is like a runaway freight train. Luckily, it never actually falls into the standard hackneyed Hollywood "zany" or "madcap" comedy.

James Cagney is perfect for the role of the pushy, self-serving Coca-Cola sales representative. I am not a big fan of James Cagney, although he does seem to be very popular among film buffs. I did like the scene where he ventilated a car's truck in "White Heat", but all of his films seem to blur together in my mind after a while. Also, I like some musicals, and Cagney is a decent hoofer, but "Yankee Doodle Dandy" is just way too silly for me.

Other films directed by Billy Wilder are "Double Indemnity", "The Lost Weekend", "Sunset Boulevard", "Stalag 17", "Witness for the Prosecution", "Some Like It Hot", "The Fortune Cookie", and my personal favorites, "The Front Page", "The Seven Year Itch", "Sabrina".

Tonight on Turner Classic Movies, Bette Davis in "Now, Voyager" and Jose Ferrer in "Cyrano De Bergerac".


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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The Corporate Media Will Decide Who Can and Cannot Run in the Upcoming Election

John Edwards has dropped out of the Democratic presidential race. American elections are a numbers game, and John just didn't have the numbers.

media coverage of each of the candidates, in order of volume by week:

media coverage of each of the candidates, in order of volume over 6 months:

Essentially, six people have decided who you will vote for:
One of them is Rupert Murdoch.


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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Spin Cycle

The press keeps playing up Bill Clinton's most confrontational comments, and completely ignore Hillary's message.

The media continues to accuse Barack Obama of being in a gay cowboy movie with a dead actor.

John Edward's doesn't have any of these problems. The press has pulled a "Bill O'Reilly" on his election microphone, and placed his entire campaign under a media gag order.

Eager to please their corporate masters, the mainstream media use the gentle art of persuasion, and voters are directed to believe a carefully crafted narrative.

and who is benefiting from this discord?

(This post is for my good friend BAC at Yikes [ 2 ]. We would both like see a woman president, we just can't agree on which one.)

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Necco Non-Agression Negotiations are Needed Now! (No Neocons)


Due the timely intervention of my running mate, Germaine Gregarious, a conflict with the lovers of Necco wafers has been narrowly averted.

A ripple effect was felt on NASDAQ as an immediate shift in the value of Necco was reported on the Stock Market. Google Finance reported the events that took place at the LGPPP and the Zaius Nation on their stock page for American Capital Strategies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:ACAS) As of the moment that this is being written, the report is still on the page. You can also see the images below for confirmation of this event. (I only noticed it because I have been getting a fair amount of traffic from the site.)

Ms. Gregarious and I have hired artist Denise Tassin [ 2 ] to create Necco images for the public that shall put the wafers in a more positive light in the media.

Negotiations with the Necconians shall begin immediately. Dguzman has offered his concern for the pressing importance of this issue, and FranIAm has expressed an interest in the utilizing the talents of her favorite neo-conservative, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, to act as a figurehead in these negotiations.

I can't begin to agree with FranIAm's choice on this issue, and Ms. Gregarious and I both feel that in matters that are this serious, we must bring in the talents of a seasoned professional.

Thus, we have employed the most logical candidate for the position.


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MWB has created the greatest election post ever! (Hard to believe that he could top his last election post.)

I meant to watch the State of the Union Adress (and go to Blue Gal's SOTU Salon), but I fell asleep. Luckily Jess Wundrun Live-blogged it! And she recapped the event as well! Comrade Kevin has a thing or two to say about the SOTU, as did Dr. Monkerstein.

Anaïs Nohant has an interesting story about Vladimir Nabokov.

Swinebread has a Bill Shatner video.

Freida Bee has a Poem O' Doom.

Angry Ballerina is turning Japanese.

I don't care what Devilham says, I don't like Duck or figs.

Westcoast Walker may have found the next winner of the coveted Doody-Head Award.

Samurai Frog did not forget Mimi Rogers' nor Heather Graham's Birthdays, like I did. (Best Mimi Rogers picture ever!)

FranIAm has the 60 Second Doodle of peace.

Dean Wormer blames Chief Engineer Scott for the Tribblecaust.

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Germaine Gregarious: "Consider With Caution the Confectionery Conflict"


Happy Necco UnderpantsAfter discussing the possibility of a Necco confectionery conflict with my running mate, Gemaine Gregarious, I have decided that the best way to deal with this recent military escalation is through arbitration and diplomacy. Unlike some of our opponents, the Gregarious/Zaius ticket believes that war should always be a last resort.

We should not view the recent Necco gunboat incident in the Gulf of Tonkin as an act of overt aggression. The unfortunate incident took place in international waters, and there seems to be some question as to the identity of the radio personality that taunted our naval personnel.

I would like to assuage the false fears or "domino theory" of an expanding Necco empire. The details of the recent escalation are as follows:

Monday, January 21, 2008
Aunt Dahlia: A Day Which Will Live in Infamy

January 22nd, 2008
Robert Rouse: The Unseen War

Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Dguzman: The War on Necco
Dr. Monkerstein: Aunt Dahlia, I'm with you
FranIAm: Lazy Blogger Plus - OCICBW and Padre Mickey Edition
The Free State of Neccoland: Welcome to the Free State of Neccoland
Dizzy Dayz: Chocoholics Beware: We Are Declaring War On You!

My running mate reminded me that Necco wafers helped win World War II, and have also made a valuable contribution to this country as a nearly indestructible building material.

Via Roofer's Quarterly

Ms. Gregarious also reminded me that the mining communities of Neccoland yield not only Necco Wafers, but also those little candy hearts with cute little romantics sayings printed on them.

Via Candy Addict

I must admit that I have always been partial to these romantic candies. I don't actually eat them, but I do find their sentimental messages are very endearing. It seems that in addition to their existing messages, this year Necco is adding a whole new batch of heartfelt communiqués:

The New England Confectionery Company (NECCO®) is looking to the skies this Valentine’s Day and encouraging Americans to weather the storm of love!

The 2008 edition of Sweethearts® Conversation Hearts, an iconic part of Valentine’s Day for more than 100 years, honors Mother Nature and the unpredictability of weather – and relationships.

The 10 new weather and nature-inspired sayings, such as "Melt My Heart," "In A Fog," and "Chill Out," capture the day-to-day frenzy of forecasting changing weather patterns and pay tribute to Americans’ ever-evolving affections. Other new weather and nature-inspired sayings include: "Cloud Nine," "Heat Wave," "Sun Shine," "Get My Drift," "Wild Life," "Nature Lover," and "Do Good." This Valentine’s Day, love’s in the forecast, come rain or shine, sleet or snow!

Necco candy has also inspired a line of perfume this year:

I was initially incredulous, but I found myself very intrigued by the fact that the scent contains an ingredient that I thought could only be found in the words of a Motown back up singer - I am of course referring to "ylang ylang":

Okay, this is pretty cute. To tie in with Valentine's Day, Demeter has launched three new scents, all based on Sweethearts candy. The collection is a little kitschy, but because these candies remind me of grade-school Valentine's parties, it's also something I'd be interested in smelling.

You might imagine these scents to be sugary sweet, but instead, they're florals. I feel like Demeter's fragrances are hit-or-miss, but these sound promising.

"Love Me" is a light, fruity floral with notes of orange, lemon, peach, white rose, ylang ylang, and a bit of musk and vanilla.

"Call Me" is sweet and citrusy, with notes of lemon zest, jasmine, honeysuckle, water lotus and white rose.

"Be My Valentine" features notes of peach skin, strawberry leaf, caramelized sugar and ylang ylang.

These scents are available as lotions and shower gels ($11.50–$14.50) along with the regular cologne sprays ($20–$39.50). But since you can order a 0.5 ounce mini-splash for just $5, I think that's the way to start. Bella Sugar

I am Sure that any Necco candy scent will smell as good as Necco wafers taste!

Recent scientific taste tests of the Necco products indicate that the flavors of Necco Wafers are distinctly, ahem, different enough from the flavors of regular American candy as to not cause undue competition in the overall confectionery market.

Necco Wafers Taste Test
Green: citrus floor wax – you’re eatin’ PineSol honey!
Black: licorice from grandma’s purse…that got buried with grandma.
Pink: Pepto-Bismol.
Purple: Grapish.
Orange: embalming fluid and Sunny D. Is that redundant?
White: communion wafers from the Church of Willy Wonka.
Brown: flying saucer poo. Matt Staggs

Perhaps of far greater concern to the American public is the recent sale of the Necco candy company to a shady division of the military industrial complex:

Investors buy out Necco candy company
The New England Confectionary Company, the candy maker famous for Necco wafers and Sweethearts Conversation Hearts, has been sold to a group of investors.

American Capital Strategies Ltd. said it partnered with Yoyodyne Propulsion Systems and Necco’s chief executive Dr. Emilio Lizardo in the deal. Boston Herald

With Valentine's Day around the corner, now is not the time to quibble about candy. Now is the time to save an important American institution - the Necco candy heart. I have contacted Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator to look into the matter more thoroughly.


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Freida Bee Knows the Importance of a Clean Pair of Happy Underpants

A pair of clean underpants
Awarded by Freida Bee to Dr. Zaius

I have been awarded one of the highest underpants honors in the known universe by none other than Freida Bee! Thank you, Freida Bee.


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Saturday, January 26, 2008

"Real Wild Child" Comparison

No time for blogging today! Germaine Gregarious and I are busy infiltrating the evil Disney empire. (I am a little peeved, Ms. Gregarious always gets the best costume. I had to dress up as Grumpy!) In the meantime you can watch these different versions of the song "Real Wild Child" ( also called "The Wild One") by these different artists, and decide which is your favorite: Jerry Lee Lewis [ 2 ], Iggy Pop, Josie & The Pussycats, The Bell Notes, Everlife, Joan Jett, Ivan, The Gravediggers, and BR5-49. Just for fun, here is the lego version of the song as well.

Remember, YouTube videos are like soup. You don't have to eat the whole bowl to find out that you don't like it. You can usually tell after the first few mouthfuls. (Get away from me with that pickaxe you malevolent, maloderous munchkin! I have absolutely no intention of "whistling while I work"!)

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The Greatest Archie Story Ever Told


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Friday, January 25, 2008

The Legacy of George W. Bush's Presidency



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What Was On TV Last Night


I sat though as much of the Republican debate last night as I could, and then I switched channels to "Love Story", which was on American Movie Classics last night. I had not seen the film since I saw it on telelvision when I was in junior high. (I was too young to see it when it came out in the theaters, so I saw it on TV.)

The story was so sad! It's odd that I never cry during emotional moments in real life, but I always get all weepy at sad movies. Also, what makes the film espeacially sad is that Ryan O'Neil promises Ali McGraw to name their first child Bozo Barrett (only if it is a boy, of course), and we never actually get a chance to see this take place.

Ali McGraw

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Who Will Win the Obama/Clinton Death Match? The GOP!


Since this whole "Barack Obama invoked Ronald Reagan" meme started, it seems to be just getting bigger and bigger [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, etc. ] with no end in sight, I think maybe the public and the MSM should dig a little deeper into the story rather than merely repeat what other's might be saying. This is only my opinion, and this is not a black and white issue. I can only give my own perspective on this.

Let me also say that though I favor Obama at this time, I would have no trouble voting for Hillary Clinton or John Edwards as the Democratic presidential candidate. I do find these tactics on the Clinton's part sort of sleazy, and these tactics do nothing to endear me to their campaign. If their motive was to get gain votes by attacking Obama, then I feel that it is a foolish endeavour.

I also feel that perhaps the issue is not being looked at from all of the angles, nor is the story being repeated accurately.

For starters, despite what Hillary Clinton supporter Paul Krugman said, Barack Obama never said that Reagan "had it right." And although I can find many faults in the Reagan presidency, I think it was entirely fair for Obama to say that he was very popular with both Republicans and Democrats, which is what Obama was really talking about. He was also making a dig at Bill Clinton's presidency. (Heaven forbid that he stoop to politics during an election!)

This whole "Obama invoked Ronald Reagan" issue really hit the fan after the recent Democratic debate on CNN, where this exchange took place:

CLINTON: Now, I just -- I just want to be clear about this. In an editorial board with the Reno newspaper, you said two different things, because I have read the transcript. You talked about Ronald Reagan being a transformative political leader. I did not mention his name.

OBAMA: Your husband did.

CLINTON: Well, I'm here. He's not. And...

OBAMA: OK. Well, I can't tell who I'm running against sometimes.


CLINTON: Well, you know, I think we both have very passionate and committed spouses who stand up for us. And I'm proud of that.

But you also talked about the Republicans having ideas over the last 10 to 15 years.

OBAMA: I didn't say they were good ones.

CLINTON: Well, you can read the context of it.

OBAMA: Well, I didn't say they were good ones.

CLINTON: Well, it certainly...

OBAMA: All right, Wolf.

CLINTON: It certainly came across in the way that it was presented, as though the Republicans had been standing up against the conventional wisdom with their ideas. I'm just reacting to the fact, yes, they did have ideas, and they were bad ideas.

OBAMA: I agree.

So listen to exactly what Hillary Clinton is saying:

CLINTON: You talked about Ronald Reagan being a transformative political leader. I did not mention his name.

OBAMA: Your husband did.

CLINTON: Well, I'm here. He's not.

So Hillary Clinton is saying that she and her campaign are separate from whatever Bill Clinton says. Hillary Clinton is saying that Obama is not allowed to bring up what her husband says on the campaign trail, because he is not in the room, he is separate in some way. Hillary Clinton says, "I did not mention [Ronald Reagan's] name," thus saying that Obama cannot bring up the subject with her, only with Bill Clinton.

This is not a valid argument. Either Bill Clinton is part of the campaign, and is thus as accountable as his wife for statements made, or he should not be talking to the press. There is no middle ground.

Obama responds, "OK. Well, I can't tell who I'm running against sometimes," to which Hillary Clinton says, "Well, you know, I think we both have very passionate and committed spouses who stand up for us. And I'm proud of that."

This is not a valid argument either. The only way it could be a valid argument is if Barack Obama's wife, Michelle were:

1.) Saying things about Hillary Clinton's ability to lead the nation as President of the United States to the press.

2.) If the press treated her as some kind of expert on politics, like say how an ex-President of the United States would be treated.

3.) If the press actually gave her an equal amount of time to speak about politics on the air.

The press does not even give equal time to John Edwards, a viable presidential candidate. (Or at least he was, before the press started to all but completely ignore him.) The idea that Michelle Obama is able to speak at the same table as Bill Clinton is ridiculous. The last time I saw Michelle Obama on the news was well over a month ago.

Although I would support Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate, I find her use of this kind of rhetoric rather vapid and disappointing.

This kind of mud slinging seems especially hypocritical when compared to Hillary Clinton's own comments about Ronald Reagan, which might be considered equally disturbing:

Former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, issued a statement that praised the former president for his optimistic outlook.

"Hillary and I will always remember President Ronald Reagan for the way he personified the indomitable optimism of the American people, and for keeping America at the forefront of the fight for freedom for people everywhere," their statement said. CNN, via Daily Kos

The Blog Liberal Values points out this:

It appears that at the moment any mention of Ronald Reagan is a thought crime in much of the liberal blogosphere, as well as in the Clinton and Edwards camps. In reviewing the recent smears on Obama based upon misrepresenting his statement on Ronald Reagan, I noted that Hillary Clinton’s own campaign web site contains a statement in which Clinton lists Reagan among her favorite presidents. Perhaps that comes from being an old Goldwater Girl herself.
Clinton supporters now say that she only said that she included Reagan among a list of presidents whose pictures she would hang up at the White House. Even that would be far more of an act of support for Ronald Reagan than anything Barack Obama actually said. I guess at least that excuse would be better than a Clintonian discussion over what the meaning of "favorite" is.

Other bloggers debunking these attacks include Steve Benen (here and here), Daily Kos, and Matthew Yglesias. Liberal Values

And if we are going to continue to discuss what Obama said about Ronald Reagan, shouldn't we remember a few things about the man that is pushing this meme so hard on the evening news - I am speaking of course about Bill Clinton.

Remember that both Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and Michael Moore feel that Bill Clinton is the best Republican president of the last century.

"Abandoning the traditional Democratic role of improving life for the working stiff, Clinton did things that Reagan and Bush could only dream of. Twelve years of a Republican in the White House couldn't make NAFTA a reality. It took Bill Clinton to push through a trade bill that guaranteed the loss of hundreds of thousands good-paying American jobs and did nothing to raise the standard of living for the Mexican worker."

"As loud as Reagan and Bush complained about lazy welfare queens, it was Bill Clinton who got Congress to eliminate the federal welfare program. And he threw in a bonus -- he INCREASED welfare for the rich in the form of tax breaks, incentives for business and overseas development."

"Ronnie & George the First never could have gotten away with this. The Democrats in Congress would have been all over them in an attempt to look like they were sticking up for 'the little guy.'" Michael Moore

OK, so who would you listen to, the guy who mentioned Ronald Reagan's popularity in a positive light, or the guy who enacted NAFTA, reduced social programs for the poor and increased welfare for the rich?

The truth is that it is not that simple an argument to make, but this "Obama invoked Ronald Reagan" meme is increasingly trying to reduce the issue into a single slice of baloney. My comparison is at least as fair as the slice of baloney I am confronted with.

Comrade Kevin also had an interesting post about the Clintons.

There is also some false material floating around the internet about what Obama actually said. This is what Obama said:

I don't want to present myself as some sort of singular figure. I think part of what's different are the times. I do think that for example the 1980 was different. I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not. He put us on a fundamentally different path because the country was ready for it. I think they felt like with all the excesses of the 1960s and 1970s and government had grown and grown but there wasn't much sense of accountability in terms of how it was operating. I think people, he just tapped into what people were already feeling, which was we want clarity we want optimism, we want a return to that sense of dynamism and entrepreneurship that had been missing.

And this the false quote that is being plastered all over the internet and attributed to Obama, although he actually never said it:

"When the country was so sick of a blue state president, Carter, Reagan was able to tap into it by being 100% red-state," said Obama. "Reagan knew the electorate was so sick of a blue-state president and blue-state policies, they we're willing to go 100% red. Reagan didn't mince words. He ran on a 100% red-state message. When Reagan won with a 100% red state message, Reagan had a 100% red-state mandate. Reagan knew transformation was all about mandate. Reagan ran a clear red-issue campaign. He never reached out to blue. Reagan was able to bowl over any resistance in Congress because he had a clear 100% red-state mandate. When you have a 100% red-state mandate, no one is surprised by what you do. Reagan, therefore, was able to get all the changes he wanted. Reagan was for those reasons...transformational."

Gee, I wonder who would spread this false quote around? Hmm... I wonder...

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Study: 2 Years Of Lies Led To Iraq War


A new study by the Center for Public Integrity and the Fund for Independence in Journalism found that the Bush administration issued 935 false statements about the threat from Iraq in the two years following 9/11. President Bush "led with 259 false statements, 231 about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq." Think Progress

WASHINGTON (AP) A study by two nonprofit journalism organizations found that President Bush and top administration officials issued hundreds of false statements about the national security threat from Iraq in the two years following the 2001 terrorist attacks.

The study concluded that the statements "were part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses." The study was posted Tuesday on the Web site of the Center for Public Integrity, which worked with the Fund for Independence in Journalism. KDKA2


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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Rise and Fall of Fred Thompson

How many times has this happened to you? You have a bass, and you're trying to find an exciting new way to prepare it for the dinner table. You could scale the bass, remove the bass' tail, head and bones, and serve the fish as you would any other fish dinner. But why bother, now that you can use Rovco's amazing new kitchen tool, the Super Bass-o-Matic '76. Yes, fish-eaters, the days of troublesome scaling, cutting and gutting are over, because Super Bass-o-Matic '76 is the tool that lets you use the bass with no fish waste, and without scaling, cutting or gutting.

NBC TV series "Law & Order" star and Former Tennesee senator Fred Thompson has dropped out of the Republican race for President. He states that he is grateful for the encouragement and support of his party, and hopes to continue to spread the Republican message of hope through a series of late-night speaking engagements hosted by GOP Chairman Ron Popeil.

Wow, that's terrific bass!

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Adventures in Hauty Couture

No time for blogging today! I am busy helping Germaine Gregarious pick out an outfit for our coronation presidential victory party. She feels that is important to find that one perfect gown for the event, and I certainly agree! In the meantime you can watch this swell video of 'The Mom Song' sung to the tune of the William Tell Overture by Anita Renfroe.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

America is Shocked by the Horrible Scourge of "Monkey Love"!


American families are being destroyed by the unspeakable degradation of "Monkey Love".

The foul disease that leads to Sin - Degradation - Insanity!

"Monkey Love" is Public Enemy Number One!

"Monkey Love"
Women cry because of it - men die for want of it!

But America is stemming the foul tide of "Monkey Love"...
Now is the time to stand up to this evil mental disorder!

The only known cure for the vile scourge of "Monkey Love" is...
The only known cure for the vile scourge of 'Monkey Love' is... Happy Underpants!
Happy Underpants!


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John J. has created series of tables that break down the leading Democratic presidential candidate's positions on a number of topics. [ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ]

Madam Z of Get-Your-Z's has written a story especially for Zaius Nation about mini skirts and go go boots.

Freida Bee has announced the location of her secret blog!

Morse of The Republic of Sestakastan is now Media Needle.

Jess Wundrun has created the Best Romney image EVER. Romney for Robo-Prez!

Becca is selling copies of "The Bad Girl Coloring Book". (Only $10 - Cheap!)

Pidomon has a picture of the greatest cheese related product ever!

Germaine Gregarious wants to teach you some photoshop and tell you a joke.

Sleestak wants to scare the bejeezus out of you with Tinkerbell.

Kelly the little black dog has the most ridiculous quote.

Tengrain wants you to mark your calandars.

Becca has posted a tribute to Maila Nurmi (Vampira).

Dr. Monkerstein has posted a tribute to Suzanne Pleshette.

FranIAm, Comrade Kevin and Dean Wormer have all posted tributes to Martin Luther King, Jr.

AOL News has devoted an entire section of their site to "Celebrity Body Issues".

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Monday, January 21, 2008

What Was On TV Last Night

WonderlandWonderland [ 2 ] This was a british film set in South London that follows a series of characters over a single weekend. When I looked up the film on the internet, I was surprised by some of the press that the film got.

For starters, all of the reviews kept comparing the movie to a Robert Altman film, which is perhaps somewhat true in a sort of a distant stylistic sense - Nevertheless, while I watched the film I never once felt like I was watching a Robert Altman film. The film had it's own unique, quirky style.

Also, reviews like this one in Salon gave the film terrible marks for the filmmaker's efforts. The review states, "Michael Winterbottom doggedly excavates the innate sadness of his characters -- to the point of numbing his audience," and "Its misery is worked out in so much filigree that you're more aware of the story's contrivances than you are of the individuals' suffering."

I found these reviews horribly unfair. The film was not really that sad, nor does it seem overly contrived to me. It was very much like a story of real life. Also, the ending was upbeat. I think that this particular reviewer is probably just in love with her own ability to throw around negative words in an overly haughty fashion.

I quite liked the film. It was a delightful peek into the lives of several ordinary people. There was not a lot of character development in the film, but there was not really meant to be. The story takes place over a short period of two days. The film is inteded to be a slice of life, not a dramatic lifetime saga.

RenaissanceRenaissance [ 2, 3, 4, 5 ] Wow! A cop movie set in the future! That's never been done before!

OK, so I'm being a little sarcastic. This is an "animated" film set in Paris in the year 2054. The story is about Inspector Barthelemy Karas' relentless investigation into the disappearance of an important and mysterious cosmetics scientist. (Jeepers!)

Though set in France, the version that I watched must have been watching the English translation of the film, because the actors kept using consonants. Also, there is a bit more noir in the visuals of this detective story than you would normally see in a live action cop movie, French or otherwise.

I am not a fan of rotoscoping, and that is really what this film is - expensive, computer generated Ralph Bakshi-esque rotoscoping. (You can read about how the film was made on Wikipedia.)

Now that I have made my self-imposed rant against all things rotoscoped and not properly animated, I must say that I really enjoyed this film. The art direction was extra dark and creepy, and the starkness of the images made the visuals very strong.

Every cop movie cliché in the book was employed throughout the film, but I didn't mind at all. The story was supposed to be like a comic book, and it was indeed very much like a comic book - deliciously like a comic book.

I especially liked the invisible corporate ninja guys, and the blatent usage of the standard science fiction film cliché a beatiful female scientist (and her beatiful sister) caught in a mysterious web of intrigue while wearing go go boots.

Some parts of the plot were kind of muddy, but the characters were interesting and the ending tied up the story nicely. I liked it!


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French Teeth

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Rep. Michele Bachmann is Proud That Her Constituents Have To Work Two Jobs


Michele Bachmann on...
"Worst Person in the World" [ 2 ]
President Bush
Global Warming
Intelligent Design
She's "'Hot' for God!"
God Talks to Her! [ 2 ]
She Quotes Ann Coulter
Bachmann only wants to work 3 days a week,
but doesn't want vacations for Iraq soldiers.

Topping Congress's agenda as it returns this week is a plan to "jump-start the economy and try to shorten the slowdown that many economists say has already begun to take hold."

Today, Rep. Eric Cantor (VA), the chief deputy Republican whip in the House, unveiled his proposal to stimulate the economy. His legislation — the so-called Middle Class Job Protection Act — does nothing for the middle class. Instead, it reduces the corporate tax rate by 28 percent.

At a press conference today unveiling the stimulus proposal, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) justified the conservative plan to give tax breaks to corporations — instead of working Americans — by arguing that people actually like working long hours:

"I am so proud to be from the state of Minnesota. We're the workingest state in the country, and the reason why we are, we have more people that are working longer hours, we have people that are working two jobs."

Bachmann's version of the American Dream is apparently working two full-time jobs and struggling to get by.


According to RH Reality Check, Rep. Michele Bachmann has also authored a new bill that would specifically authorize states to use Temporary Assistance to Needy Family (TANF) funds to provide "alternative-to-abortion" services that would funnel money to anti-abortion advocacy groups.

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A Brief Comedy in Four Acts

Act I.
Speaker Pelosi
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Dec 20, 2007: The president has put the economy in the toilet. We need an Economic Stimulus Package!

Chris Jansing (MSNBC): The public is clamoring for information! Is Jennifer Love Hewitt pregnant, or just really fat?

Act II.
Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Jan 11, 2008: I agree with Speaker Pelosi! We have written a letter to the president about the country's desperate need for a Economic Stimulus Package!

Anderson Cooper (CNN): History in the making! Paula Abdul debuts her first single in years, and people are calling it "an historical moment."

Act III.
Senator Hilary Clinton
Senator Hilary Clinton, Jan 11, 2008: I agree with Nancy and Harry! We need an Economic Stimulus Package!

Diane Sawyer (ABC): Britney Spears has hired her new paparazzi boyfriend as her personal bodyguard to fend off television psychologist Dr Phil! Spears is inconsolable and may even be suicidal, so she has agreed to talk with kids about teen pregnancy!

Act IV.
President Bush
President Bush, Jan 18, 2008: Uh, somebody told me to say that we need an Ebonics Stem-Cell Package...

Chris Matthews (MSNBC): In a fantastic display of financial genius, President Bush today unveiled his brilliant plan for a Economic Stimulus Package! He thought of it all by himself. What a guy!

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