Sunday, February 25, 2007

Murder at the Oscars!

It's Oscar night and the festivities are well underway but there is murder afoot! I hope that the authorities have been summoned! It took only moments for me the realize that the dress Oscar 2007 dress worn by Penelope Cruz:

Was obvioulsy made from the poor, poached remains of none other than Aloysius Snuffleupagus!

This is a tragic event and I expect Ms. Cruz and her designer to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for their treachery!

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Guilty Pleasures

I don't generally listen to country music. It's not anything philosophical although I do believe that Toby Keith's "Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue" is a perfect example of everything that's wrong with Hickland Patriots (i.e. the gaping, uneducated masses agreeing mindlessly with whatever spews from the reigning Republican's pie hole).

That said, I've developed a fondness for "Nashville Star." It lacks the visciousness of "American Idol" - both the contestants and the judges demonstrate at least a modicum of manners and class. They even sing the occassional Kenny Rogers song and who can complain about that?

This week, I was completely disappointed when my favorite country crooner, Joshua Stevens, got the proverbial boot off the show. He was the anti-hero of the crew -- no flash, no depressing story or cute kids -- just a decent performer looking for a chance to succeed. I think he'll do well in Nashville anyway but it's sad that he'll have to do it without the help of a guaranteed recording contract.

If you need a break from Simon, Paula, and Randy then give it a try. You might even find a new passion!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Dirt Bag Lawyers Anonymous

Just when it seems that the collective conscience of the country has once again driven back the grotesque spectre of O.J. Simpson, he looms up to clog the news with another horrid example of thwarted justice and sordid immorality.

In the latest episode, he convinced a judge to overlook his earnings from the "If I Did it..." debacle because (a) the money doesn't really exist OR (b) he's already spent the money OR (c) he doesn't have to pay on the civil judgment because he's O.J. Simpson, damn it.

To add insult to serious injury, Simpson's rancid lawyer Yale Galanter had this to say about the Goldman family:

"They got kicked to the curb again. Every door they're banging on gets slammed."

Kicked. To. The. Curb.

O.J. Simpson is found liable for the murder of the Goldman's child in a civil court and ordered to pay restitution. O.J. Simpson finds ways to NOT pay restitution while continuing to maintain a celebrity lifestyle; his lawyer gloats about their flagrant disregard for the law and likens the Goldman family to dogs that can be kicked around by legal system.

How do we, as a civilized society, abide this disgusting situation? O.J. Simpson appears to be in flagrant violation of the court ruling and he is being aided and abetted by his lawyer. Both men belong in jail; at the very least, Galanter should be disbarred.

It's time to stop tolerating dirt bag lawyers who twist the law, manipulate the legal system, and invent ways to inflict additional harm on the victims of crime. They are filth, they are parasites, and their presence should be anathema to every one of us.

Friday, February 16, 2007

The Votes have been Cast

There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle. ~Alexis de Tocqueville


Despite the hopes of those who clamoured for a change of leadership in the US House, one of the first acts of the controlling Democrats was a pointless, toothless, non-binding resolution designed simply to exalt their new found power.

The electorate wanted a new landscape. Instead, it's "business as usual" - posturing, politicking, and sound-biting.

The electorate wanted a new leader. Instead, Nancy Pelosi throws fuel on the fire of partisan division with every word she speaks.

The electorate wanted a course correction. Instead, the country continues to careen deeper into the abyss with diminishing returns and diluted promise.

Is it time to ask if our system is hopelessly broken? Do the people need to rise up and lead in the absence of qualified leaders sitting in office?

Is it time for Revolution?


Friday, January 26, 2007

Hokie: A Tribute

"Near this spot are deposited the remains of one who possessed Beauty without Vanity, Strength without Insolence, Courage without Ferocity, and all the Virtues of Man, without his Vices. This Praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery if inscribed over human ashes, is but a just tribute to the Memory of Boatswain, a Dog."
- George Gordon, Lord Byron about his Newfoundland.

My parent's Newfoundland dog, Hokie, died today after bringing joy and happiness to this world for 12 years and 5 months. He was a buddy, a clown, a wise old companion, and a friend when the world seemed to be a friendless place; his passing will leave a gaping hole in the hearts of those who loved him.

I ask you to please take a moment to rub your dog's tummy, remember a beloved pet from your childhood, spare a prayer for the soul of this gentle creature, or simply send a warm thought for those waiting at the Rainbow Bridge.

Goodbye, Hokie.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Middle East News Ticker

At the core of any major conflict is a fundamental failure to find common ground - a basis for understanding and respect. This is true of the acrimonious relationship currently plaguing the world of Islam and the West.

It's not that we don't have common ground, it's there, it's simply overshadowed by the vast gulf of differences.

Case in point: Official Says Jordanian Man, Doubting Daughter Still a Virgin, Fatally Shoots Her in the Head

This Islamic practice of "honor killing" is apparently a contentious topic among Jordanian leaders. Some demand that these crimes be treated as the horrendous murders they are. Others would rather see young women shot in the head than risk premarital sex as evidenced by this excerpt:

"But attempts to introduce harsher sentences have been blocked by conservative lawmakers who argue that tougher penalties would lead to promiscuity."

Read that again and try to wrap your head around the concept - Islamic leaders in that nation prefer to condone cold-blooded murder over sex. And it's not just Jordan. Honor killings have occurred and been condoned in many other Middle Eastern countries including Turkey, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

If respecting Islam and Middle Eastern culture means respecting the people who would condone, tacitly or not, this type of horror, then I have to admit that the gulf is far too wide for me to ever cross. The family members who carry out these "honor killings" should forfeit their lives. The conservative lawmakers with the such misaligned priorities should rot in prison until the day they die.

Ibtihaz Hasoun was stabbed to death by her brother in front of a crowd of celebrating villagers.
Source: International Campaign Against Honour Killing

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Geek Love

I'm in love with the MythBusters.

Floating majestically atop a rancid slurry of insipid reality shows and predictable crime dramas, MythBusters presents well-produced, entertaining, and thoroughly fascinating episodes designed to intrigue, not just titillate.

Learning something new and interesting has never been so much fun and my inner scientist lusts after the two lead "geeks" - Jamie and Adam. They aren't handsome but they certainly meet my definition of sexy: smart, curious, and able to use a blow torch without singeing their eyebrows.

Take a break from the mundane opiate of popular culture and flip on over to the Discovery Channel. You won't regret it.