Saturday, June 26, 2004

you should care more about your child

how about naming him "spike" or "fox" or "lifetime" instead?

get with it america!

it costs britons the equivalent cost of two glasses of milk a day to care for the royal family.

so here's the plan. make me american royalty for the low low cost of a dollar a day from each american. for the cost of a king sized candy bar, i'll serve the worthless role of monarchy in a representative democracy. i'll even challenge their royal family to a wrestling match. it'll be great. so, just tell your friends to send $1 to me, king charles melin.

Friday, June 25, 2004

fahrenheit 9/11

let's start with the worst part: the audience. i hate audiences that feel a need to interact with the move. well, this audience was worse than a trekkie at the latest star trek film. it was almost insufferable. they cheered when moore's name came up, booed bush the first time he was on screen, and yelled "yeah" so many times i wondered if a group could catch tourette's from those around them. the booed when the film cut out a few seconds before the credits, then gave a standing ovation to the screen when it finished. i hate these types of people.

as for the movie, the grade first: A-

ok, moore's unfair attacks:

1. the eggs thrown at bush when he was elected.
-sure, it was shady and likely should have gone the other way, but don't give time to nuts that throw eggs.

2. that bush was on vacation 40% of the time in his first eight months.
-he was away from washington, so it looked like he was on vacation. i'll give bush the benefit of the doubt and assume he did some work in his 96 days away from the white house.

3. that it was bush personally that allowed the bin laden family to fly.
-this issue is all over the news today, so go find out the latest. it does seem odd, however, that the fbi would let them go

4. bush as deserter.
-i think we've all agreed that deserter is a step too far.

5. bush's oil company going under.
-have you been to west texas? it was rather dry to begin with and has been pumped beyond all reason. i'm not shocked a company would fail.

6. asking if bush was wondering what would be best for the saudis, instead of america.
-this was mostly baseless and totally unfair.

7. the look at the war.
-while he did a great job showing what was really happening in iraq, he did not mention how bad saddam was. this was being unfair by omission.

8. giving the lady outside the white house on screen time.
-not really unfair. i just don't like her.

******
highlights:

1. highlighting the disenfranchisement that occurred in the 2000 election.
-this story was buried under chad-mania.

2. the choice not to show the planes hitting

3. the video of bush as he heard about the planes hitting.
-i looked more concerned.

4. examining the interference run by the white house at dissuade commissions from looking at 9/11.

5. the bonanza scene

6. look at the terror alerts.

7. small town america being warned to fear terrorists.

8. the patriot act and the wacky stories about it
- peacefresno was funny

9. oregan state police

10. powell and rice stating in 2001 that saddam didn't have wmds.

11. rumsfeld calling the coalition of the willing the mother of all coalitions

12. looking again at "mission accomplished"

13. the list that the recruiters were keeping of people who did not want to sign up.
-what was up with that?

that said, i think this movie is important, and you should see it. just keep an open yet skeptical mind.

Thursday, June 24, 2004

a task for you

i am sick of all the france bashing our country does. so here is a task: look at our relations with france from our inception until now. really, go look. when you see all of our history together, i then want you to give an honest opinion of our relationship.

scarborough

this guy bugs me. it's the hypocrisy. two recent examples? calling for people to stay out of the private lives of politicians. (remember clinton? do ya joe?) and the attack on moore's movie, after complaining for about three weeks strait about how the passion was being attacked. let's at least be consistent.

who the f*** cares?

so cheney drops the f-bomb. like the senate hasn't heard it before. i say they should curse in public addresses.

sports: giants, tennis, and the nba

first nba: tech's emmitt is headed to the griz. i think he'll be a good role player. if he can create his own shot he'll stick around.

tennis: i really don't follow it, but venus got screwed

giants: they sweep the hated dodgers and open up a 2.5 game lead. i love this stuff.

baseball: so the astros get beltran? it won't matter. dotel, however, will greatly help the a's.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

mavs trade

so they pick up stackhouse and laettner, as well as the 5th pick. seeing as jamison was the odd man out for a lot of the year, i guess this makes sense. that is assuming, of course, that they make another deal.

the terminal

grade: A-

this movie was a modern fairy tale. what it loses in plausibility, it makes up for in whimsy. SPOILER the fountain was a bit much. END SPOILER catch it. you won't regret it.

stepford wives

grade: B-

this movie was ok. totally predictable, stilted acting, but fun for what it was. wait for the cheap theatre.

dodgeball

first the grade: B

this movie delivered all the laughs you'd expect from a movie with stiller and vaughn. highlights: a pirate, lance (i beat cancer) armstrong, and chuck (walker) norris. see it if you enjoyed the casts' other movies.

colin quinn

he is about as funny as SIDS.

bush

my feelings on him are pretty evident, but i must say that i'm with him on battling AIDS.

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

The Graham Norton Effect

The premier hasn't even aired yet and I'm already sick of this damn show.

giants

they can take over the top spot with a win.

does this surprise anyone?

the only shocking thing is that it's only about one of them.

Monday, June 21, 2004

sounds like a good idea to me

cheating through cell phones is a big problem in some places, so why not block the signals? i don't think a high schooler or younger needs a cell phone in school anyway, but this makes sure there is no foul play.

Sunday, June 20, 2004

crossing mediums

a pet peeve of mine is when movies are lambasted for paling in comparison to books they are based on. i think we should judge each as separate entities due to the extreme differences in the art forms. this isn't to say that i on average enjoy translations when i am familiar with the material. for instance, primal fear becomes unwatchable if you've read the book. if you haven't it's a fine movie. that's all i'm trying to say.

the strangest story ever

this story blew me away. the question (at least the first question) i have is this: how does this prevent gambling?

giants

riding shmidt's one-hitter, the giants take two of three from the red sox and still sit a game and a half behind the hated dodgers going into their four game series starting tomorrow. on shmidt, of course i love the results, but 133 pitches seems a tad high for the giants only good starter. the guy has already been on the dl. how about some kid gloves here?

who hasn't had a bad day at work?

these pilots were really close to getting it right. i think we should appreciate how rare these stories are. it is still rather funny, though.

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