Saturday, July 11, 2009

Hard to argue with this, really

Does anybody else hear Satanic chanting in the background?

Via ohnotheydidn't...

MICHAEL Jackson's three children are being groomed for stardom.

Family patriarch Joe Jackson, who famously had a troubled relationship with his own children as he guided their careers, believes his bereaved grandchildren have the makings of showbiz domination just like his late son, Michael.

Joe Jackson, 79, told Good Morning America that the three children Prince Michael, 12, Paris, 11, and Prince Michael II (also known as Blanket), 7, could follow in the footsteps of their father.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Well, this is sorrowful news

NBC's new fall drama series "Parenthood" has been pushed to midseason because of an illness of one of the stars, Maura Tierney.

"Start of production on NBC Universal's new series 'Parenthood' has been postponed for eight weeks due to medical evaluation that valued cast member Maura Tierney is undergoing," NBC said in a statement. "The top priority for NBC, Universal Media Studios and Imagine Television is the well-being of Ms. Tierney. We are unable to release further details and ask that you respect her privacy at this time."

Tierney, 44, who has been public about her long struggle to quit smoking, is best known for her 10-year stint as Dr. Abby Lockhart on ER, for which she earned an Emmy nomination.

She also starred on another Peacock series, comedy NewsRadio, and has appeared in a number of features, including Insomnia and Baby Mama.

She's also TPWFMA. Get well soon, Ms. Tierney.

"Well, the Big Bad Wolf was really gone..."

What's your inner spirit?

You are faithful and cautious. You tend to run with a group of others and like to have others around you. You are brave and also gentle.
How do you compare?
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I admit, I retook the test until I got the answer I wanted

Which Movie Killer Are U?

U like to watch people kill themselves...which is incredibly odd...
How do you compare?
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Jumpin' Me!

What planet are you?

Largest of the local celestial bodies and named for a god who overthrew the tyrannical Saturn to assume universal leadership, Jupiter is a force to be reckoned with. Its namesake was considered the Justice of the gods, and lends its roots to terms like "jovial", meaning anyone cheery or optimistic. You share many of these qualities, and tend to be a good leader, if not a source of inspiration. Even justice has its breaking point, however, and every Jupiter has its Great Red Eye... a swirling storm of such ferocity and size that it could swallow three earths, whole... and likely burp, smile, and return to the party.
How do you compare?
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...but deadly.

what kind of assasain are you?

your a silent killer
your a silent killer
you take out your hits quickly and quitely
How do you compare?
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I probably shouldn't take this quiz after spending almost nine hours with my nephew

Which type of Dragon are you?

Fire Dragon
Fire Dragon
Hot-Tempered,Competitive,and Protective.You scored as the Fire Dragon.You are Hot-Tempered because you are easilly annoyed by others.You are competitive in games of such.You are protective of your family or friends towards new people.You are compatible with Chinese and Demon Dragons.Avoid Air Dragons.
How do you compare?
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Thursday, July 09, 2009


You know that utterly unnecessary Heathers sequel that Winona Ryder keeps talking about?

Not happening.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Select your Satan.

Okay, these are quotes from TV and Movie Depictions of Satan. How many can you name? If you need a hint, some--tho not all--of them are on this list, which is where I got the idea.

"Aw, hell-- I mean "heck"!"

"It's alright, you can say that here."

"No Good without Evil. No Love without Hate. No Innocence without Lust. No light without...Me!"

"This picture gets old instead of me?"

"Yes. And you must watch it every day, just to see how lucky you are."

"I'm crazy about pictures of myself."

"-The tape from which it comes...must be guarded at all costs."


"When it goes, you go."

"And the magic word: Julie Andrews!"

"Well, I've learned my lesson. From now more Mr. Nice Guy!"

"Your wide behind won't save you this time! Hey Bart."
(nonchalantly) "Hey."

"I'm here on the ground with my nose in it since the whole thing began. I've nurtured every sensation man's been inspired to have. I cared about what he wanted and I never judged him. Why? Because I never rejected him. In spite of all his imperfections, I'm a fan of man! I'm a humanist. Maybe the last humanist."

"How come you always want to make love to me from behind? Is it because you want to pretend I'm someone else?"

"Satan, your ass is gigantic and red. Who am I going to pretend you are, Liza Minnelli?"

This is another one of those times when I feel ok about breaking my "no paparazzi photographs involving children" rule of thumb.

It's Halle Berry and her daughter, Nahla, and I just think it's a beautiful picture.


Tuesday, July 07, 2009


Oh yeah, I shoulda mentioned this...

A little over a week ago Cal gave me one o'them blog awards.

It is the Uber (synonym to Super) Amazing Blog Award -
a blog award given to sites who:

Inspire you
Make you smile and laugh, or maybe give amazing information
A great read
Has an amazing design
Any other reasons you can think of that make them Uber amazing!

Well, let's look at this thing sanely.

Is this blog inspiring? Well, I wouldn't think so, unless you find eulogies to the likes of Robert McNamara that inspiring.

Does it make you smile and laugh, or give amazing information? Again I have a hard time believing that, maybe especially the "amazing information" part. I mean, I spend a lot of time talking about a film series which I'm quite sure none of you watch.

I will say that I think by reading this, you get a "take" on films and gossip and news or whateveritis I find to talk about that day you won't get anywhere else. How valuable that take is, of course, is in the eye of the beholder.

Is this blog a great read? Sometimes I think it's a better viewing experience than a read. I'm actually proud of some of the YouTube clips and things I've found.

Does it have an amazing design? Well, it has Blogger Template Rounders 4, created by: Douglas Bowman. I picked it because, as you might guess, it features my favorite color.

Plus there's my links to things like the essay arguing that so-called "torture porn" isn't, especially where a certain series of films is concerned. I put that up because I occasionally get people finding this blog from really disturbing search terms, and I wanted to draw my line.

Then of course there's my oh-so-clever name for the archive feature (the "Wayback machine") and the explanation of why the blogs called what it's called.

Anything else that makes this blog "Uber amazing?" Not that I can think of, but Cal apparently thought so enough to bestow this award upon me, and I thank him.

Actually he originally awarded it to "Ken at Dragon Dancing with the Buddha," but I'm not one to hold a grudge (ask Tennessee).

Gotta love the MPAA

...word is that the next Saw movie has been
Rated R for sequences of grizzly bloody violence and torture, and language.

"And language."

I love it.

As if somebody's gonna be looking at the ratings, and say to themselves, "Well, I'm okay with the bloody violence and everything, but what's this? Somebody might say piss or fuck in the movie? Well, never mind then!"

...and the sad thing is, there probably are one or two people who would do just that.

Ladies and gentlemen...Senator Al Franken.

Now this, of all things today, makes sense

At least two members of the House of Representatives–both of whom are on record opposing gay rights–will be hosting fundraisers at the upcoming Billy Joel/Elton John “Face2Face” concert at Nationals Park on July 11.

Why does this make sense? Because the two members of the House of Representatives are, clearly, idiots. However, so is Elton John.

Hayden Panettiere, come on down! You're the next...

Hayden Panettiere is preparing for girl-on-girl love scenes in the next series of Heroes - her character will reportedly enjoy a smooch with her college roommate.

The 19-year-old actress plays cheerleader Claire Bennet in the hit US show and TV bosses are considering working a lesbian storyline into the upcoming fourth season.

A source tells the Daily Star, "It's just girlie fun at first. But it might progress into something more serious. It depends on how viewers respond."

"It depends on how viewers respond?" So if the viewer response is stupid, how you treat a potential relationship between two human beings will be stupid too? Great.

Sigh. Another "Oh, look! Lesbians! For god's sake, watch our show!" storyline. Damn, it's times like this I'm glad I never got into Heroes.

And speaking of things that don't make sense...

...I'm really trying to avoid Michael Jackson stuff today. I don't want to watch what looks to me like just another television show, rather than a rememberance of a man who, whatever shameful things may (or may not) have been in his personal life, had talent; friends, and family who loved him.

But this calls out for a question. TMZ has it that an LA SWAT team was dispatched to escort Jackson's body to the private, then public memorials. And the question is...why? Are they afraid the body's going to make a break for it?

'Cause this is Thriller...

Wait a minute, this doesn't make sense

Far be it from me to defend Michael Bay...really, really far be it...but I have to call bullshit on something.

According to Jason Solomons of UK’s Guardian, Megan [Fox] had to wash a car at director Michael Bay’s house to audition for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Solomons reports, “[Michael] made her wash his Ferrari while he filmed her. She said she didn’t know what had happened to that footage. When I put it to Bay himself, he looked suitably abashed — ‘Er, I don’t know where it is either.’ ”

Now, it would appear that my reaction is supposed to be one of disdain for Bay playing sophmoric games with young actresses. Which for all I know he does. see it, don't you?

Why the heck would Fox need to audition for the Transformers sequel, when she'd already starred as the female lead in the original (inasmuch as anything in the Transformers movies is original)?

It was considered her breakout role, she was a Maxim, FHM and GQ cover girl; ranked one of the hottest women in the world. I'm just saying, it would seem to me that any negotiations concerning her return would involve a lot of getting down on knees and begging, and not on her part.

BTW, I got two new (to me) pieces of information from her Wikipedia page. The first is that she was born and lived for the first 10 years of her life in Tennessee, god's gift to collectors of human oddity and the insane.

The second...

TotalFilm recently interviewed the actress and asked her how she would stop the villainous Megatron from demolishing the planet. Fox first said that she would "make a deal with him," adding: "and instead of the entire planet, can you just take out all of the white trash, hillbilly, anti-gay, super bible-beating people in Middle America?"

Girl knows what she's talking about...

Monday, July 06, 2009

That's what my heart yearns for now...

Besides, Victoria, if you're gonna salute the troops...

May I suggest...

Remembering Robert McNamara...or rather...

Robert McNamara and America's Tragic Memory Loss

Robert McNamara died today at age 93. As Secretary of Defense for Presidents John F. Kennedy and more notably Lyndon Johnson in the mid-1960s, it was McNamara who oversaw America's tragic military buildup in Vietnam.

He was a man with great intelligence that didn't prevent him from executing a plan that led to the unnecessary slaughter -- for reasons that remain hard to fully comprehend -- of tens of thousands of Americans and many more Vietnamese.

In Iraq, as in Vietnam, our policy-makers knew nothing or cared little about the long history and convoluted ethnic and religious politics of Mesopotamia's Fertile Crescent. In Iraq, as in Vietnam, there was no plan for the proper military follow-up to a period of "shock and awe" bombing. In Iraq, as in Vietnam, we totally misjudged the "nationalism" of the people who lived there and how they would react to a long American occupation. And perhaps most importantly, In Iraq, as in Vietnam, there was no real "public debate" as we marched headlong and foolishly into 2003 -- with way too many "unexamined assumptions," "unasked questions," and "readily dismissed alternatives."

Pull the covers a little tighter, Rumsfeld.

This is beautiful (edited w/addition)

So, yeah, the "tea parties" were back this weekend...sorta.

Some East Tennesseans celebrate independence with tea parties

Saturday was round two for the 'Taxed Enough Already' or tea parties which are protests against big government spending and high taxes.

"This country was founded on independence. Small government, not big government," said Harriman tea partygoer Robert Briggs.

The first modern day tea party was held on Tax Day, April 15, in over 700 cities and was attended by hundreds of thousands of people.

"I really do appreciate the ones who showed up. Maybe people needed better directions? Who knows why not that many showed up?" [Tirita] Phillips said.

Emphasis mine.

"People are strapped. We have reached the breaking point. Everyone is going to be on welfare before it is all over with," Briggs added.

Remember that, the next time your puppetmaster starts talking about how he hopes our President fails.

ETA: Meanwhile, at an Anti-tax rally in Los Angeles...
[Victoria "UHF"] Jackson goes on to call for the impeachment of President Obama -- "There, I said it" -- then does a handstand on stage that she dedicates to the men and women of the U.S. military.

Surprisingly, it doesn't say on what grounds she called for our president to be impeached. Personally, I think one of the many ways in which the whole Clinton debacle backfired (not just on the Republicans, but on the country as a whole), is that it took impechment off the table for at least a generation.

If we didn't impeach George W. Bush (don't get me started)...we ain't gonna be impeaching nobody, nohow, no time soon.

But more importantly: Miss the words "We're not laughing with you, we're laughing at you," mean anything to you? No? I thought not.

Pity, really.

Hey, kid! If you get near a song...sing it!

PS: Actually, I just looked up her early life...I'm sorry I even made fun of her...

PPS: But on the other hand, who does she think she is, Patti LaBelle?

Note to self:

Things not to do in a book:

1. Spend a paragraph asserting that Nirvana is one of your characters' favorite bands, so much so they lie about having driven to Seattle for Kurt's funeral, even though this is chronologically impossible (given the characters' age), and get mad whenever someone mentions Courtney Love.

2. In next paragraph, have same character misquote the lyrics to one of their singles.

Yes, I'm reading a book where that happens (or rather I was...)

Sunday, July 05, 2009