Monthly Archives: October 2009

Leftist’s say what?

Over the past few weeks the White House has asked other news organizations to disregard programing and statements made by Fox News. Why is the administration doing this you ask? It’s simple! With the current struggle to pass a socialized healthcare system and to promote a liberal agenda, the administration seeks to block the conservative perspective to further their efforts for more government control. The administration claims that Fox News channel presents the news and issues with a conservative stance.

I suppose Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow are 100% neutral and unbiased with their news reporting. Otherwise this would not be an issue on valid reporting but an issue on promoting a leftist agenda. For an administration that claims “bipartisan” tactics, the decision to make a public statement about a conservative  news station only contrasts their efforts (or lack their of).

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The Channel Channel

As of late I find my television set tuned to the repetitively monotonous channel known as “The TV Guide channel.” Despite the extremely annoying programming located above the scrolling channel list, I continue to switch to a channel that merely shows what is on other channels. Why am I inclined to stare at the color coded boxes and listen to the unbearable weight loss adds and Michael Jackson tributes?

Perhaps I do this in hopes to find an enriching, entertaining program on the air. It seems to me that there is a lack of interesting programing available for viewers  throughout the day. Viewers used to be (and perhaps still are) enticed by people eating bugs and quarreling amongst themselves but even those programs seem to have become less popular.

When I see a good movie or a television program that I am already familiar with and enjoy, I will jump to that channel and sit back and relax. Don’t get me wrong, I am by no means a television addict. I watch less than one hour of television a day (unless a good movie is on) and spend most of that time watching the news- or the TV Guide channel.

I wonder if other people suffer from the same minor obsession of scrolling words and no message. Maybe that is what the media is coming down to- no messages, no meanings, only words and images meant for the sole purpose of entertainment.

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The Efforts Award

The Nobel Peace Prize

Well apparently anyone can win it, even if his or her so called “accomplishments” are represented only in a phrase and not by action. “Yes we can” and “change” are not copyrighted phrases but they seem to serve as constant motivation for an administration that gets nothing done.

According to the Nobel Prize website, the award was given to President Obama for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”

Well considering that efforts don’t count as much as actions, I find this a poor, premature decision on prize committee’s part. Although I am of no authority to judge who is deserving and who is not, as an American with common sense it is impossible for me not to notice the current administration’s lack of progress when it comes down to dealing with important issues. With a stimulus bill that caused nothing more than economic waste and the possibility of a socialized healthcare plan, our government is merely postponing its responsibilities and not acting on the benefit of the nation. 

But the prize committee awarded him on the basis of “international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” so for now he can be excused from his inability to govern successfully. President Obama can frequently be seen on television and within other categories of the media. His charismatic nature and good public speaking skills are undoubtedly ways in which he promotes his agenda as well as his image to the public. As far as his international diplomacy, he successfully shakes hands with important foreign leaders like all other presidents do in their terms, so I suppose we can give him that one…

What do you think?

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I was wrong about Sen. Al Franken

And I’ll be the first to admit it. I was never fond of his books, his characters on SNL were amusing, but never gratuitously hilarious, and I thought that the same warmed-over smarmy attitude would be ill fit for the Senate, regardless of whether he won the election fairly or not.


Which he didn’t, by the way, if you agree with Bill O’Riley.

But Franken has done a fabulous job winning over, starting with his solid line of questioning with Justice Sonia Sotomayor (though it was a bit cheesy), continuing with his excellent filmed debate with his own constituents regarding health care, in which he only revealed his pretentious liberal side a few times, and then subsequently apologized for it while defending his viewpoint and perhaps swaying a few opponents.


Watch this, it’s pretty enlightening. And no, they’re not an “angry mob” as the video’s title alleges them to be. Sheesh, the left loves its labels.

And just two days ago, Franken proposed Amendment No. 2588, which has the following purpose: “To prohibit the use of funds for any Federal contract with Halliburton Company, KBR, Inc., any of their subsidiaries or affiliates, or any other contracting party if such contractor or a subcontractor at any tier under such contract requires that employees or independent contractors sign mandatory arbitration clauses regarding certain claims.” This is a direct response to the alleged rape of Jamie Leigh Jones, who says that while at a Halliburton/KBR camp in the Green Zone of Baghdad she was raped by several co-workers and placed under guard in a shipping container.

The amendment passed by a vote of 68-30, as it darn well should have, further giving credence to the theory that Franken is a senator who actually has his wits about him, and would like to use his office to actually accomplish something. Also, he made the Republicans look like they’re pro-rape (though 10 Republicans did vote for it). It seems as though Franken really is good enough, smart enough and dog-gone it, I like him.

As for Franken’s speech on the Senate floor…

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Amusing headlines…

I’m sorry, but the Politico headline “ACORN: Congress cannot hurt us,” amused me to no end. There’s an article there somewhere, but I couldn’t help but just think of this:

I think this takes the idea of taking something literally to a whole new level.

I think this takes the idea of taking something literally to a whole new level. Also, that guy doesn't seem excited by what's next to him.

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If you film it, they might not come

Surprise, surprise. Hollywood is starting to think that maybe tossing gajillions of dollars at pet projects and stupid star vehicles isn’t so much of a good idea. After a 6 percent increase in costs and the death of the DVD market (don’t tell anyone, but you can get DVDs for free at libraries or on this “Internet” thing) and a series of flops like “Land of the Lost” (More like “Land of the Lost Profits!” Ha!) and “Funny People,” (More like…well, I already wrote about this…) the co-chairmen of Universal Studios, Marc Shmuger and David Linde, have been kicked right out the door. The chairman of Disney Studios, Dick Cook (and also, the worst name for a restaurant I can think of) left after a similar situation.

Now that the summer’s over and pretty much everything is out of theaters entirely, let’s take a look at the top 10 highest grossing films so far shall we? Let’s examine how well they fit the standard Hollywood model of overpaying for directors and actors/actresses so that the poster can have some moderately well-known name attached to it.

1. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
I’m sure folks flocked to this because of Michael Bay and Megan Fox. Oh, wait. They just wanted giant, stupid robots. It’s probably in Ms. Fox’s best interest to know that excitable teenage boys can get the same amount of, if not more, happiness through doing a Google image search of her as they can from buying a ticket to “Jennifer’s Body.”

And robots don't come much stupider than this.

And robots don't come much stupider than this.

2. Harry Potter and Some Magic Stuff Happens
This speaks for itself. Moving on…

3. Up
Oh, wow. A well-made movie with a brand recognition built upon unrivaled creative success as opposed to a snide marketing scheme or a single heartthrob? I can imagine the Disney executives when they first realized just how awesome Pixar is…”You got quality in my movie!” one shouted, to which the other replied, “You got movies in my quality!” at which point they shrugged their shoulders and said, “At least we still have Return to Witch Mountain.”

4. The Hangover
Remember “Wedding Crashers?” This is that movie, but funnier. Again, the wolf pack’s success speaks for itself.

5. Star Trek
There simply aren’t enough “Star Trek” dweebs left on the planet to have put this so high up on the list, nor are there enough die-hard “Lost” devotees remaining to worship everything J.J Abrams has his name attached to (no matter how temporary his influence may be). The reason this did so well? It was a great film that even my mom could like.

6. Monsters vs. Aliens
I’d say this is just an example of “Hey, kids will go see anything,” but I saw it too. I guess 3D really does draw folks in…

7. Ice Age: This is really the third-highest grossing movie worldwide? Ever?
I’m going to need to sit down a bit and recover from this realization.

8. X-Men Origins: The Work Print

I know it was bad. No need to yell.

I know it was bad. No need to yell.

9. Night at the Museum wamdoawmfef
This is where I say, “Kids will watch anything.”

10. The Proposal
There’s always that one movie that everyone’s mom goes to see. Last year it was “Mamma Mia!” and the year before it was “Wild Hogs.”

Now let’s see…which of these films features a big A-list star? None? Oh, well which features a brand-name director? Just one, since Abrams needs a few more hits under his belt to certify that platinum status (a recognition completely based on revenues, since Bay is still a rubbish director).

At least Hollywood’s doing something to fix the broken model, as opposed to doing what I’d expect them to, try and do more of the same, but BIGGER. With more EXPLOSIONS. And carefully-hidden BREASTS.

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Fabulous!

Shake off those cobwebs, it’s time for the blog to get back into action again. Now if only I could find that ignition switch…ah, here it is. Are you ready? Yes, this has been the umpteenth time the blog has undergone a reboot, but c’mon, college life can be a busy thing, where days are spent shuffling between classes, nights are spent working for said classes or the paper and the weekends are charactarized by broad swaths of procrastination punctuated by late-night realizations of, “Dear lord, I just spent the entire day plopped on a couch playing ODST.”

So consider the cobwebs gone.

The spiders in those cobwebs, however, continue to be a problem.

The spiders in those cobwebs, however, continue to be a problem.

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