Did Cameron steal “Avatar” from 1994 Dean Koontz book?
It took Cameron 15 years to come up with an idea so formulaic, he had to make the characters blue to create difference. Then again, perhaps he didn’t come up with the idea at all. Here’s an excerpt from a Dean Koontz novel from 1994. Hmmm….about 16 years ago. Interesting. To set up the scene (and this includes a few spoilers), a nameless government agency | Read More »
Nothing but Foxnet
Here is one tiny piece of evidence, minute really, to reaffirm not everyone on the planet has lost their minds. (the bold is mine) CABLE NEWS RACE WEDS., JAN 6, 2010 FOXNEWS O’REILLY 3,919,000 FOXNEWS HANNITY 2,611,000 FOXNEWS BECK 2,609,000 FOXNEWS BAIER 2,182,000 FOXNEWS GRETA 2,154,000 FOXNEWS SHEP 2,005,000 MSNBC OLBERMANN 1,085,000 CNNHN GRACE 983,000 MSNBC MADDOW 983,000 CNNHN BEHAR 689,000 CNN KING 656,000 MSNBC | Read More »
TSA: Bombs, okay. Honey, no way.
From those lovers of reason at Reason.TV, a public service announcement from the TSA. I’ve been on seven planes in my entire life. Only seven. And despite my curly hair, girlish dimples, innocent blue eyes, and angelic heart of gold, I’ve been scanned. That odd wand was waved up and down my body while I looked at my friend sitting in the waiting area and | Read More »
Jail preferred in midst of global warming
When the weather gets cold, Joe Baker goes bad. And I thought I had a lot of bad hair days.
Obama as Max Headroom?
Who here believed him? Raise your hands. Why does he remind me of Max Headroom? Jake Tapper from ABC and another reporter from NBC asked Gibbs today about why the President is refusing to do what he so adamantly campaigned to do – broadcast ObamaCare discussions on C-Span. Gibbs won’t answer the question, instead getting testy to the reporters who ask. Ingrates! How dare you | Read More »
David Brooks: You’re dumb and I’m smart
I’ve never paid much attention to David Brooks. I can’t see myself being thought-policed by a man still wearing circular spectacles from 1995. But that’s just me. I’m one of the dumb masses. Brooks has built himself as an intellectual Republican. He disdains the conservative movements. We’re only ill-educated, redneck throngs that his party must put up with to their great dismay and disgust. As | Read More »
Senators? Read? Nay.
Hold on. Sen. Max Baucus is giggling and he’s making me giggle, too. Oh the whimsy of it all! clearing throat I’m over it. On a cold day in December, while Americans hustle about their holiday preparations – spending less and saving nothing – a Senator in the capital decided to create a little light reading. Taking the steaming bowl of excrement known as the | Read More »
The Goracle has mispoken
Insolence! Do not ask a question of The Goracle that The Goracle will not ask of himself. That’s the first rule of ClimateClub. Truthfully, I was impressed to see Al Gore walking. I assumed he rode everywhere on one of those battery-charged shopping carts. The man burns so much energy everywhere else, I assumed he’d want to practice conservation with his own. He doesn’t take | Read More »
Constitution? what Constitution?
This is for all you ignored Constitutions out there. Do bills being passed without you got you down? Do you feel under appreciated by the citizens you love? Did your government forget your birthday? Or show up to the celebration begrudgingly? Do you suspect your government no longer takes it’s vow to you seriously? Here’s how to tell if a Congressman just isn’t that into | Read More »
Cary, our suave Capitalist
Mark Steyn wrote a love letter, or at least a respect letter, about Cary Grant recently. It’s excellent, a winding tale of the man’s humor and greatness, achievement and memorable moments. I’m a huge Cary Grant fan. You have no idea how huge. Thus, I had to send Steyn a response. Here is his article. I definitely recommend it. And for you, my committed and | Read More »
the graphic might of One Voice
I try to laugh a lot of this stuff off. I really do. During an average day, I sporadically shut down all political information outgoing and ingoing, all to keep my emotions balanced. Basically, so I don’t hurt quite so much. This man, however, bruised my heart. I never saw his face, but I heard his voice. It was an unsteady sound, one with disappointment | Read More »
the Thrill of the Fight
You look different, he said. It might have been the new shirt from Target. Or maybe it’s the wind. Either way, despite my aversion to the word “change”, I’ve had some. A friend of mine, and one of my blog readers, sent me a direct message on Twitter today about a recent photo I posted. “Your countenance has changed. Sarah, Ayn Rand, perhaps a guy, | Read More »
So long Sarah
via TVguide.com I take it back. Her announcement I hoped was a political move. That was my initial reaction. Perhaps, it was optimism getting the better of me. But I was wrong. She’s gone. She’s really, truly gone. Over the last two hours I’ve been searching for every shred of information I can find. Here’s what I’ve come up with – nothing. If she was | Read More »
the blundering, Sunburned freedom fighter
The sunburn stops abruptly at an imaginary line long my shoulder, ending where my sleeves did double duty – clothing my nakedness and blocking the sun. When time mellows the red, all I’ll have left is a farmer’s tan and thicker freckles. I’ve heard of sunscreen. I simply chose to ignore it. By the end of today’s cookout, a project for a group of needy | Read More »
Obama opposes Obama’s policies
This spending cannot be sustained. Someone must stop Obama. And Obama is just the man to do it. President Barack Obama, calling current deficit spending “unsustainable,” warned of skyrocketing interest rates for consumers if the U.S. continues to finance government by borrowing from other countries. “We can’t keep on just borrowing from China,” Obama said at a town-hall meeting in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, outside | Read More »
this little piggy had swine flu, this little piggy had none
When I first read about the swing flu, my first thought was ‘Oh dear.’ My second thought was, ‘Wait a minute.’ The media feeds on whispers of pandemonium like a pig on slop: If it bleeds, it leads. Sensationalize the scandal. Sell the news. They are in the business, remember, of getting an ever growing audience. And if their reporting style doesn’t do it, and | Read More »
the suicide of Journalism Excellence
Journalism isn’t dead. But I don’t see it running any races. You could say it’s still on life support, but even the chronically ill are fed oxygen. This appears to be asphyxiation on it’s own propaganda. The corpse I see now more closely resembles Jeff Goldblum in the final scenes of the 1986 “The Fly” – a lump of the greatness it was, the pollution | Read More »
the 10th Commandment: Don’t mess with Texas
There’s just something about Texas. You can’t help it. Cross into the state and suddenly everyone’s driving faster, with purpose, with polite aggression. You have a mission. You are going…somewhere. And the journey is a competition of agility, quick lane changes, traffic openings, and efficient wheel manipulations. This is legendary country, producing greats like Nolan Ryan, George Jones, and Howard Hughes. In Texas you walk | Read More »
You say you want a Revolution
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Tenth Amendment You could call them the winds of change, propelling individual states to rise from the burnt ash of federal control, like Phoenix taking flight, and declare their sovereignty. But in actuality, they were just western | Read More »
Work: the new four-letter word
I’m disgusted with myself. I am. And not because I can’t break the habit of chomping on ice. If the President gets to keep smoking, I get a glass of ice cubes without a dentist shooting me dirty looks. No, my revulsion comes from within and without, from myself and onward, from the individualized self-pity clogging our economic drain. Oh, it’s grimy and gross and | Read More »