Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sunday, May 23, 2010

America's new culture war: Free enterprise vs. government control

This excerpt is the from The Washington Post's Outlook section; "America's new culture war: Free enterprise vs. government control" by Arthur C. Brooks. No matter what side you are on (I'm sure you can guess where I stand on this), its a great read. Click here to go to the article.

This is not the culture war of the 1990s. It is not a fight over guns, gays or abortion. Those old battles have been eclipsed by a new struggle between two competing visions of the country's future. In one, America will continue to be an exceptional nation organized around the principles of free enterprise -- limited government, a reliance on entrepreneurship and rewards determined by market forces. In the other, America will move toward European-style statism grounded in expanding bureaucracies, a managed economy and large-scale income redistribution. These visions are not reconcilable. We must choose.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Comedy Central developing Jesus Christ cartoon -- The Live Feed

Comedy Central developing Jesus Christ cartoon -- The Live Feed

I'm glad to see this for several reasons. Personally its a slap in the face for those idiots offended by deities documented in cartoon form (don't forget this by the way) . Secondly, no matter who satiric in nature, a cartoon like this could very well promote positive elements of religion to a largely disaffected audience.

Will it offend the majority of Christians? Probably. I'm a lapsed but still struggling Roman Catholic, and I might find it uncomfortable. But satire is meant to make people feel uncomfortable. I'm sure there were Victorians upset by the notion that cutting off a child's legs at the knees would prevent them from reaching doorknobs and escaping from the house. That's why Johnathan Swift wrote it all those years ago, and why people still laugh at the absurdity today.

When I do a satiric piece for this blog, my email averages 6:1 negative to positive. Four out of the six are idiots and not worth discussing. Two may hate the post, but they take the time to thoughtfully frame their arguments, and generally avoid the word castrate. I really appreciate their effort. After all, they could be doing something more valuable with their time. Sometimes they admit it was a funny idea, they get the joke, but its a little too close to home. And that my friends, is why people write satire.

Friday, April 9, 2010

#086: Chris Anderson

#086: Chris Anderson – all about FREE

Giving away music for free: does it help or hinder an artist’s career? There are those who believe that giving away music devalues it and makes it disposable. Others believe that free music is an essential marketing tool that artists can use to expand their reach and build their fan base. Both Schools of thought offer valid points.

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Disney resort hit by staff suicides

Disney resort hit by staff suicides - Times Online

Its a small world after all. There is a short story to be written to here. But Disney would kill it. Errr- I mean stop it.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Hard Times Come Again No More

Miracles are everywhere

I just finished watching the telethon - sets the bar pretty high. My friend Ema is spot on when he said Mary J KILLED it! I was crying, and my son was making fun of me. If you haven't already, please go to Hope for Haiti Now. I know its hard for everyone, but there are so many miracles out there.

Wait! What? Did I actually post something positive? Crap.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Friday, January 8, 2010

Halle Berry and boyfriend bypass airport line

Halle Berry and boyfriend bypass airport line

Now you know if it was me Halle would STILL be in front of the scanner.

Ford Unveils Car For 2010: The 1993 Taurus

2010 - Time to adjust myself

Here are a few observations / resolutions:

Virginia needs to bring back Blue Laws. It's a win for everyone. I'll be talking about this in future posts.

It is wrong for people my age to dismiss West Coast Hip-Hop entirely. Stop it.

Kanye West should be waterboarded, and his screams auto-tuned and released as a download on CD Baby.

My fellow Republicans seem to have their green-cast panties in a bunch over these airport "naked body scanners". Psychologically demeaning, so that the government can control the populace? Total crap. For every power mad, TSA goon who may wait all day to catch a glimpse of a hot college silhouette, remember the next fifty guys going through that scanner look like - well, me. Do I care? No. I am however, going to have to allow extra time at the airport to slip into the bathroom with a magazine, to make sure I am "adequately represented" in front on the scanner. If you catch my drift.

Here are my resolutions for 2010.

1.) Lose more weight. This has been on every list to myself since 1973, along with marrying identical twins from Brazil. I lost 22 pounds this year (from 264 down to 242), so I want to lose another 22, to get down to 220. At this rate I'll be where I want to be by 2011. I'll still be obnoxious, but thinner.

2.) Trash my porn collection. Yes, its time to get rid of all my naked friends. Not because I've suddenly matured. But my son is now ten, so he is of the age where he will actually look for stuff in his daddy's bottom drawer (credit: Zappa). I remember finding my father's Playboy collection in his home office, and while I appreciate the life lesson, Brandon will have to work harder for the same epiphany. So, there goes my beloved Exploited Black Teens video collection. It is strangely liberating to get rid of any personal effects you don't want around, after you're dead and gone.

3.) Defeat my personal addiction to aspartame. I never had a problem with nicotine and narcotics. Hard liquor wasn't much of an issue either - it was BEER. Lots of it. Inordinate amounts of it. I admit I've been a binge-drinking, beer-swilling alcoholic for years, but it was actually easy to finally taper off, and then to give up beer entirely. I cannot say the same for the crack-like carbonated allure of Diet Pepsi. Damn PepsiCo! Is it the caffeine? I think not! The artificial sweetener the FDA pushed down our throats, creating a tidal wave of future cancer. Fluoride and aspartame are both on my hit list this year.

4.) Stop playing Eve Online. Eve is an attack on your reality. I'll concentrate this year on tangible things instead, like practicing saxophone, studying magic, and watching pro wrestling.

Q: Where can men over the age of 50 find younger women who are interested in them? A: Try a bookstore under fiction.