Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Top 10 Things We Could Have Done Without
1. Sarah Palin
2. Joe the Plumber
4. The writers’ strike
5. The new iPhone
6. $4 a gallon gas
7. Tom Brokaw hosting Meet the Press
8. Sex and the City (the movie)
9. Windows Vista
10. Black Friday and all the morons who participated
Top 5 things I learned this year
1. Depression and grief are not the same, though both totally suck.
2. Couples therapy is silly.
3. The Hotel Chelsea is the most disgusting lodging this side of Calcutta.
4. No matter how hard I try I just don’t like Feist.
5. Absinthe is everything it’s cracked up to be and sometimes more.
1. Back to Black – Amy Winehouse
2. Frank – Amy Winehouse
3. Collected – Massive Attack
4. Unbreakable: A Retrospective – The Afghan Whigs
5. Oh My Nola – Harry Connick, Jr.
1. Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness and Creativity – David Lynch
2. The Age of American Unreason – Susan Jacoby
3. Free Thinkers: A History of American Secularism – Susan Jacoby
4. Acting In Film: An Actor’s Take on Movie Making – Michael Caine
5. The Great Derangement – Matt Taibbi
6. Obsessive Branding Disorder – Lucas Conley
7. A Mencken Chrestomathy – H.L. Mencken
8. Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom – Dr. Christiane Northru
9. Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers – Thich Nhat Hanh
10. The Federalist Papers – Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Friday, December 05, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
My shiny new computer is due to arrive any day now and posts will resume accordingly. Meanwhile, this wonderful bit of news courtesy of the Huffington Post is sure to bring some holiday cheer:
Ann Coulter's Jaw Wired Shut
It's pretty drastic, but she's not exactly a subtle presence in the pundit club.
Monday, November 17, 2008
"Joe the Plumber Book Due Out In December"
Commence banging head on desk.....now!
To top it off, my brand new laptop also had a mother board issue and had to be sent back to Dell to be fixed. That was almost two weeks ago. I'm still waiting for them to send it back all fresh and shiny new. Until then, my only post time is at work which is totally not cool. So, stay patient reader. I'll be back making opinionated useless commentary before you know it.
Friday, November 07, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
- Joe the Plumber
- Sarah Palin and her entire family
- Reverend Jeremiah Wright
- Bill Ayres
- John McCain’s evil twin (the one who took over these last several months on the campaign trail)
- Are we ready for a black president?
- The Bradley Effect
- You betcha (wink) again, also too…
- Secret Muslim
- Hank Williams, Jr.
Monday, November 03, 2008
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Some days I'm actually proud to live in Connecticut. Once again, our laws reflect the constitutionality of an issue, and not the religious righteousness that all too often permeates the political and social discourse in this country.
Reuters North American News Service
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
This is an actual quote from an interview done with Mrs. Palin yesterday. I shit you not:
QUESTION: (FOX) Are you going to continue to link Obama to Ayers with all of the economic problems going on?
A: Well, Americans are caring about the problems in the economy of course And wanting to know what those long term solutions are that our ticket can provide and what the other ticket is proposing so when you talk though about what it is that we are proposing and what it is that Barack Obama is proposing again it is relevant to connect that association that he has with Ayers--not so much he as a person Ayers, but the whole situation and the truthfulness and the judgment there that you must question if again he's not being forthright in all of his answers as to how did you know him, when did you know him, why would you continue to be associated with him!? It makes you wonder about the forthrightedness, the truthfulness of the plans that he is telling America in regards to the economic recovery because that is first and foremost on American's minds."
Once again, the junior senator from Connecticut literally sucks out loud. Honestly, this man needs to learn how to think before he speaks. What a jackass.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
I had a horrible revelation today while navigating my way up 91 North in the pouring rain. Sarah Palin is playing us all. From the moment her face was plastered on every news outlet and blog in the universe anger erupted from all sides. Mostly because the media, used to their customary hand job in the back seat of the Cadillac we like to refer to as the first amendment, were not properly introduced to Mrs. Palin and subsequently had to jack themselves off – much to their chagrin.
Crazy stories about pregnant unwed teens, witch doctors, retards and tattooed lip liner flooded every lane and exit on the information super highway blocking the rescue crews from getting to the mangled wreck of how a potential vice president should be handled and applying the jaws of life. All of this was in the master plan of the Republicans, who for some reason have the market cornered on evil geniuses. All of it – from her nonsensical answers to seemingly direct questions, to her folksy demeanor – was in the can long before any of us outside of Juneau could reckon. It’s a total academy award worthy act.
I won’t be surprised in the least if she nails Joe Biden to the wall in tomorrow’s debate. She very well could come across as a slick, well-scripted politician with all the right answers and a smoking set of gams to boot. By letting the McCain campaign frame the entire debate around phony sexism and “gotcha journalism” the media has no choice but to retaliate. But their sheer predictability out of profound laziness will play exactly into the hand of McCain.
The bar has been lowered so far that Mrs. Palin can basically step over it without even showing any thigh. This is too easy for her. And if I’m right, it’s going exactly as planned. Biden hasn’t got a chance because we no longer care about the issues. All we’ll be looking for is Palin to completely fuck up beyond reproach. This is not going to happen. She’ll sparkle and shine. She’ll look lovely. We’ll eat it up. Nothing said will even resonate with anyone. Each base will walk away with what they’re craving. “Undecided” aka low information voters will comment on her looks, her accent, that she was sharper than they’d imagined and she’ll win it. All. A beautiful woman is never taken seriously. No matter what happens, she can’t lose. But for now, let’s savor the absurdity for a little longer. I give you Sarah Palin (nee Heath) in the talent portion of the Miss Alaska pageant.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Which ticket understands the issues and concerns important to women?
Obama also went from a 44% lead (69% to 25%) to a 54% lead (75% to 21%) over McCain among Clinton voters as they learned more about Sarah Palin's background and her positions on core issues.
View the poll in its entirety here.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Monday, September 08, 2008
This post just reiterates what I've been saying about the RNC, only much more eloquently and with more gravitas. Jon Stoltz is the co-founder of VoteVets.org and has served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
"How Did the RNC Insult the Troops and Veterans? Let Me Count the Ways..."
Friday, September 05, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Fake Soldiers Used In RNC Video
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
She also was mayor of a town of 8,000 and has been Governor for a little over a year. Big time score with experience there, John. Furthermore, she has no policy what so ever on international affairs. The cherry on the Sunday - and it's a big one with a pit - she’s got a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. That’s it. No JD. Not even a Master’s. As a former Journalism graduate student with a 4.0 average I can assure you it is the second easiest degree to acquire next to Physical Education.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Last night's "conversation" between the presidential candidates and the high king of Christian goonery was pretty banal as far as I'm concerned. No big surprises or revelations. McCain was tolerable and Obama once again proved that he is a thinking man and was very frank about his religion and his views on the hot button issues like marriage and abortion. Whether or not the fact that Obama actually uses his gift of cognitive thought to make important decisions was a selling point among a group, who all too frequently suspends rational discourse in favor of letting Jesus handle everything, remains to be seen.
The strongest impact the program had on me personally was the drinking game I concocted over the three hour extravaganza. Every time someone said "my friends," "remarkable" or "fascinating" I took a drink. Needless to say I was quite plastered by the end of the evening. And might I recommend drinking Absinthe during this type of mental ping pong - it really illuminates the ridiculousness of the whole process like nothing else.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Obama will not only make John McCain look like the cantankerous old fart that he truly is, he also just might sway the goon vote fully in the Democratic direction. Bring it!
Friday, August 08, 2008
Why is the news media so fixated on John Edwards and his alleged marital affair? Sure, it comes off as pretty lame that while his wife is battling cancer he’s off screwing some campaign aide that he met in a bar. But really, why should anyone give a shit about any of this very personal business?
CNN ran a “breaking news” story about the whole thing. Breaking news? Are you fucking kidding me? To quote Anderson Cooper, “There’s a war on. There’s a war on. There’s a war on!”
I’ve tried to ignore the articles that have been popping up throughout the blogosphere over the last couple of days. Then tonight I happened to tune into Larry King Live and there’s Wolf Blitzer drooling into his beard trying to get information out of Edward’s spokesperson about the affair.
Blitzer looked like a gossiping fishwife of the Gladys Kravitz variety. One could only speculate what was going on below the waist. My tolerance level peaked after about five minutes of this drivel and then I completely lost it.
And now even the Huffington Post has gone totally off the rails with the largest most absurd headline yet: “Anatomy of the Edwards Affair.”
I believe I’m long over due for a lengthy vacation from all things media. Somebody get me a beer and a shot gun.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
For those of you who have wondered about Otis - here is the abridged version of the Tao Te Bin.
The Otis that can be described
Is not the eternal Otis.
Otis that can be named
This is not the eternal name.
The Otis is the eternally real.
Naming it is the origin
Of all particular drunks.
Free from sobriety, you realize the mystery.
Caught in sobriety, you only see the manifestations.
Yet drunkenness and manifestations
Arise from the same source.
This source is Otis.
Otis within Otis.
The gateway to all understanding.
When people see some things as fucked up,
Fucked up things become cool.
When people only see some things when drunk,
Other things look hung over and hazy.
Drunk and sober create each other.
Employed and unemployed support each other.
Excellent and bogus define each other.
Assholes and non-assholes depend on each other.
Cheap liquor and vomiting follow each other.
Therefore, Binner is drunk without taking a sip,
And teaches without saying a word.
Things arise and he lets them come;
Things disappear and he lets them go.
He has but does not possess,
Acts but does not expect,
Drinks, but does not hurl.
When the party is over, he forgets it.
That is why it lasts forever.
If you over esteem beautiful people,
Others become ugly.
If you Bogart your booze and smokes,
People begin to steal.
Binner leads by emptying peoples’ glasses
And filing their cores.
He helps everyone to party on,
And they abandon worry and ambition.
This creates confusion on those who think
They know Otis.
Practice getting lit
And everything will fall into place.
Otis is like an infinite keg –
Tapped, but never tapped out.
It is like the sky –
Empty, yet filled with infinite possibilities.
It can be sober
But always present.
I don’t know who gave birth to it,
It was probably Binner.
The Tao doesn’t take sides,
It gives birth to good and evil.
Binner doesn’t take sides,
He welcomes assholes and non-assholes.
The more you use Otis
The more it produces.
The more you speak of it
The less you understand.
Hold onto a blade of grass.
Otis is always present within you.
You can use it any way you want.
Otis is infinite and eternal.
Why is it eternal?
Because it is.
Why is it infinite?
It has no buzz for itself –
Thus, it brings enough for everyone.
So it is like Binner –
Present for all beings who party.
Binner is the master because he stays behind.
That is why he is ahead.
He drinks all drinks –
That is why he is one with them.
Because he has completely let himself go,
He is perfectly fulfilled.
When you are content to simply drink and be yourself,
And you don’t mouth or show off
Everyone will respect you.
Drink your drink,
Smoke your weed,
Then put on some tunes.
The only path to serenity.
Binner observes the world
And often falls off the side,
But he trusts his inner vision.
He allows things to come and go.
His heart is as open as a punch bowl.
Binner is profound and subtle.
His wisdom is unfathomable.
There is no way to describe him,
All we can describe is his appearance.
He is short.
He is drunk.
He is clear as vodka.
He is tranquil.
He is Binner.
This is Otis.
Do you have the patience to wait
Until the Old Crow nests in your mind?
The master doesn’t seek drunkenness.
By not seeking or expecting
He is present and can welcome all things.
All drunks in the universe
Return to the common source.
Returning to the source is Ovalon.
If you don’t realize the source,
You stumble in confusion, not drunkenness.
When you realize you are lit,
You naturally build up a tolerance,
Become amused, compassionate as a bartender –
Wise as a sage, dignified as a king.
Immersed in the wonder of Otis,
You become like Binner.
When Binner parties
The people are hardly aware he exists.
That is why Binner is the master.
Next best to the master
Is a drunk who is funny.
Next – one who is clever.
The worst is one who is an asshole.
This is not like Binner.
The master doesn’t talk
He builds a fire.
The guests of the party enjoy.
When the party is over, the host says,
“My party was amazing! I threw it all by myself!”
Stop thinking and planning!
What difference between yes and no?
What difference between drunk and just buzzed?
Throw away bullshit and build a fire.
This is keeping with the Bin Wei.
Must you value what the herd values?
Avoid what the herd avoids?
The herd is excited as if at the mall.
The master does not care.
He alone is expressionless,
Like a minor in the package store before they are legal.
The master keeps his mind always at one with the O.
This is why he is like the Tao.
This gives Binner radiance.
How can the master be at one with it?
Because he doesn’t cling to ideas.
Otis is dark and unfathomable –
How can it make him radiant?
Because he lights a fire with it.
Binner is born of Otis.
Otis is born of Binner.
Both are born of the Tao.
Tastes great – less filling,
Which is more important?
Bowl or papers –
Which is more valuable.
Drunk or sober –
Which is more destructive?
Be content with your own party, your own scene.
Rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
The whole world belongs to you.
True words aren’t eloquent;
Eloquent words aren’t true.
Good wines are not expensive,
Expensive wines are not always good.
Wise men do not need to prove their point;
Men who need to prove their point are wise asses.
The master knows the more he does for others,
The happier he is.
The more he drinks with others,
The drunker he gets.
The Tao nourishes by not forcing.
By not dominating, the master leads.