Archive for September, 2007

This is a Call

Posted in Local Color on 30 September 2007 by jason

Hey all…there’s a website that needs your help:

Local Color.

What we’re looking for (I’m one of the editors) is fiction, poetry, essays…anything, really. Go here for an address to contact the editors!

“Do you say ‘hello’ to the floor for me, like Fox?”

Posted in Language, Movies on 30 September 2007 by jason

A Wicked Deception, by Blame Society Films. Good stuff.

Top 5: Albums

Posted in discussion, Meme, Music on 29 September 2007 by jason

Ok…It’s Saturday, so I thought I would start a new meme. Tell me what your top 5 favorite albums of all time are. You can have honorable mentions, you can have ties, I don’t care. You can name an album that’s your favorite now, but won’t be in a few days. Think of this assignment like everything the Democrats have done since taking congress: Non-binding and essentially meaningless.

I list my top 5 tomorrow…you guys list yours on your blogs and link back to me, and I’ll post a linking list when I update.

If you don’t have a blog, wait until I list mine, then list yours in the comments.

(If you haven’t noticed, I’m experimenting with the logistics of the “meme”.)

An Analogy

Posted in Education, Politics on 29 September 2007 by jason

As you may know, I am a writing tutor at a local technical college. The other day, I was tutoring a student who was supposed to use various forms of figurative language in her paper. She said, “I know what a simile is and what a metaphor is, but I’ve never heard of an analogy.”

“Well,” I said, “It’s kind of like a metaphor, but you are comparing things conditionally…like if a is b, then c is d.”

“It still doesn’t make sense.”

“Ok, I’ll give you an example: If the war in Iraq is like a game of chess, then George Bush is rolling the dice.”

By the Time He Got To Lennox Ave., He’d Be Kentucky Fried!

Posted in Comics, Television on 28 September 2007 by jason

In the ’70s, a live-action super hero show was made. You’ve probably never heard of it, and you’re probably better off for it.

Anyway, ponder this clip:

Also ponder that, even if the humor make you cringe in your modern sensibilities as the commedian makes jokes against his own culture, it’s still not as bad as Carlos Mencia:

OOPS! I was going to find some of Carlos’ racist humor, but this is far more interesting. NSFW, due to language…

I hate that guy!

More Dental Woes…

Posted in Rambling on 27 September 2007 by jason

Spaghetti-Monster-Damnit!. I think I cracked my tooth. It hurts worse that my previous dental problems. I am sweating, the pain is so bad. I need to go to the dentist, and I may cry.

Superman Never Made Any Money…

Posted in Comics, Memories, Television on 27 September 2007 by jason

Another Cartoon Network thingy…

Most of the art is taken from the 1st episode of Challenge of the Superfriends. Solomon Grundy is the best part of this.

So…What do I believe?

Posted in Conspiracies, discussion, Kucinich, Politics, Television on 26 September 2007 by jason

The flipside of yesterday’s post: What exactly do I believe?

I believe in the Military Industrial Complex, and that it’s largly to blame for the war in Iraq.

That the Kennedy Assasination was executed by a conspiracy, and not a lone gunman.

The US government used drugs to try to create assassins.

That many national leaders are members of a secret society.

Obviously, I believe that the media, the corporate interests, and sections of the Democratic Party are conspiring against Dennis Kucinich, though the groups probaby aren’t working together.

That there was a vast, right-wing conspiracyto bring down Bill Clinton, but that that is also politics as usual.

That insurance companies, most of the right, and a portion of the left are conspiring to gain profit at the expense of the health, jobs, and lives of America’s poor and lower-middle class.

That there is an effort to demonize China, in prepreation of another cold war. See the “conspiracies” tag for more on this.

That the Oil and Auto industries conspired to end the Electric Car program in California.

That, as Amuirin stated in a comment on my last post, life on earth is no accident, but also that evolution is the most plausible mechanism that got us here. I also believe that, since Creationist theory can not be evidenced scientifically, it should not be taught in schools, especially as a scientific theory.

What don’t I believe?

Posted in Conspiracies, discussion on 25 September 2007 by jason

Just for fun, here is a list of conspiracy theories that I just can’t buy into:

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, especially since It’s been discredited as a forgery.

The Bavarian Illuminati.

Reptoid aliens have infiltrated human society.

That Global Warming is a deliberate lie. I mean, come on. The frickin’ permafrost is melting. It’s supposed to be, well, permanently frosted!

That the lunar landings were faked.

That Kurt Cobain was not a suicide.

That Elvis did not die in 1977.

That Satanic Ritual Abuse runs rampant in the US.

That the 9/11 attacks were an “inside job.” (Though I think that the Bush administration has profited from the attacks.)

That a UFO crashed in Roswell. I suspect it was a top secret American project. I doubt that we have been visited by aliens, though I imagine there is life on other planets.

That barcodes have anything to do with the Biblical mark of the beast.

That contrails from jets are actually chemicals being dropped on people.

That flouride poisons Americans, is used for mind-control, or anything other than strengthening teeth.

That Paul is, indeed, dead.

I’m sure there are others. So…what don’t you believe?

In Case You Missed It:

Posted in Books and Literature, Kucinich, Politics, Television on 25 September 2007 by jason

Here is the September 24th appearance of Dennis Kucinich on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno:

He mostly discusses his book The Courage to Survive, but he does some campaigning at the end.