Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Cultural Obscurity

There are certain phrases and terms that we use as a culture that are universally understood in our time and place. Yet some terms pass into the twilight of our conscieness. We've all heard senior citizens and old movies use terms like "the cats meow," and "23 skidoo." Nobody uses those now. Which brings me to this point, are we watching the term "Chicken" as conoting someone who is timid and afraid, move into obscurity before our eyes? Who calls someone chicken anymore. Marty McFly used it, but that was 1985. Lets all have a moment of silence for chicken, and hope "don't go there" follows it to a miserable death.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

A Time To Give Thanks, And Other Musings

With the arrival of Thankgiving there are many things we have to be thankful for. In a world of turmoil and chaos, we in the land of the free and home of the brave still live in relative comfort. Our impact on the world has still been largly for good in our time as a republic, and overshadows our more insideous accomplishments. The great democratic pendulum has swung once again and we change the sheets in the halls of Congress once more. Our country has deep economic problems, but they are still paltry compared to the vast majority of the planet. This is both a problem to be tackled and a great position to work with. Many Americans lack health care, but we as a nation do not face the pandemics that strike the developing world. We can do more good than any force in the world, we just need to begin working toward that goal. We all should count ourselves the most fortunate in the world when we sit down to our feast, but we should understand that we are the exception and not the rule. A fed and employed person should not feel the need to blow themselves up, and the threats to the world can be solved by empowerment. My friends and family are the finest a man has had, and I live in the finest conditions in the world. All of us should work to ensure that eveyone shares in this fortune.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Office Space

What if Office Space was a horror movie you ask? Well, here you go.

Friday, November 10, 2006

John Henderson will eat your children

This guy is one of my favorite football players. I'm glad he plays in my hometown.

Jump Pass

The pride of Allen D. Nease High School and the University of Florida Tim Tebow.

It's Basketball season again

Shirley Fights The LightbulbMan

The Mid-Terms

The results of this year's mid-term elections have produced a varied mix of emotions in me. I'm overjoyed anytime I can be witness to one of those turning points in American history, and this election was most certainly that. There has been a realignment in the power structure of the country, and a reassertion of the middle way. Nobody wants to cut and run, but they sure as hell are sick of the same shit. I must say the first thing I wanted to do was listen to right wing talk radio all the way to work and at lunch. The range of emotions stretched from despondency to bitter rejection of the losers. But I must say the reaction of the international community does not live up to what I thought it should be. I've heard weak factions with no control of the American political process talking as if it were a victory for them. As if Nancy Pelosi is going to have Osama bin Ladin to dinner in the Speaker Offices. You don't think Pelosi would carpet bomb Bakuba to gain votes in Birmingham? No one can claim a victory except the Independents in the middle. They controlled the balance of power and we'll see how the Democrats handle it. They need to get off to a quick start to gather momentum, because I think one minor misstep will have the Republicans eating them alive like it's 1998. We'll see what happens in this new reality. Maybe we can stop hearing about 9/11 over and over.

More Precious Roy

Sifl and Ollie, Anime Style.

More on the elections soon. But here's a different take on Precious Roy.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Dave on Ann

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

On Elections

"An election is coming. Universal peace is declared and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry."
- T. S. Eliot

The Apples In Stereo

On Politics

"Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage."
- Ambrose Bierce

Melissa Auf Der Maur

I really enjoy listening to music performed by women who could probably kick my ass. This is no different.

Lewis Black On Cheney

Like a Kid on Christmas

The month of November has me excited like few others in the past few years. Two of the things I look forward to, that come around every few years, are elections and Bond movies. On November 7Th the national mid-term elections will bring a new Congress, and a new Governor of Florida. Those on the national stage only George to worry about. Down here we have ourselves an extra Bush. That being said, with a few exceptions, he has not been a horrible governor. We didn't elect the dumb one like you Texas. The races all across the country are just so tight, and with all those contests going at once my ADD will be an asset. It's like the NCAA Tournament with all the games being played on the same day and at the same time. The real races to watch are in the Senate. The races to watch on the 7Th include Tennessee, Missouri, and Virginia. I would really like to see Harold Ford Jr elected in Tennessee, because I think he scares the shit out of Republicans, but he will probably fall in a tight one. Virginia though is a barn that has already burned down. George Allen once thought of this race as an afterthought on his way to a Presidential bid, but then he started talking. He called that kid a monkey and it's been all downhill since. I'm not in love with Webb, but Allen just looks like a badly disguised racist child of privilege. The Governor's race in Florida is interested as well. Just when it looked like Crist would lap Davis, things got tight. Watching the debate was surreal because Crist would just repeat tired Ronald Reagan lines, and Davis kept using anti-administration catchprhases to lob at Charlie. Crist really is the better qualified candidate, but I would like to see the Republican vice grip on the State let up a little bit. After the dust settles from that it occurred to me that I hope James Bond is secretly fighting the War On Terrorism for us. Lucky for me on November 17 we have the premier of Casino Royale. The 21'st Bond movie (match that Lucas) has a new actor and some hot British lady in it. I bet Bond could totally kick Congress' ass. They deserve it.