Saturday, March 24, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
So, ask yourself how often do you get to hear something truly original? Not manufactured by TV or industrialized for your protection. Real music. With feeling and style. No kidding. That they are no longer around, and one is gone forever and we can still enjoy their heart work is the joy of music. It doesn' t matter if you're late. It just matters that you're here.
If you're not into the adventure, check out Honey White, Thursday or Buena or one of Honey White live. I sincerely think that it is impossible not to like this music. I challenge you to get through the first 15 seconds of Honey White without starting to nod your head or tap your foot. Or both.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Then, I tire of the banality and cast my gaze over to the next TV, tuned to the boobs who run that Pardon the Interruption show. Boob Tony Kornheiser was talking to another guy about the NCAA tournament. The guy was picking Texas A & M to go to the Final Four, and he asked Tony what his pick was. Tony said, "Don't ask me, I had Louisville coming out of that quadrant." Quadrant? That's something that the girl at the laundromat who plays the pool because she wants to pick the school her brother went to says. They're called Regions, dunderhead. He gets paid to talk about sports. The girl at the laundromat gets paid to wash shirts. One of the two is overpaid.
So, the NCAA tournament re-started tonight. I'm watching the Kansas/Southern Illinois game (at home, this time) and the commentators are Dick Enberg and another old, white guy. The other old white guy couldn't wait to tell us whenever it was a "one possession game" every time the scores were 3 points or less apart.
Then, he tells us that "the longer Southern Illinois has the ball, the more Kansas will be on defense." Brilliant. What time will my shirts be ready?
Next up is Brilliant Observation #2. "Kansas has no rhythm at all offensively. That's because of the defense Southern Illinois plays." Insight.
Later, their attention turned to Jamaal Tatum, a player with Southern Illinois. They said he was a great student, and "his only C came in African-American Studies", then they chuckled, because he's African-American, and everyone knows how ridiculous it is to think that a black student would do poorly in African-American Studies. That's right. No white kid ever got a C in American History, so it stands to reason. Idiots.
I can't figure out why I enjoy television so much.
Or, I could post this...
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
1921 - 2007
"Everyone always wondered if Calvert was an actor playing a character, but in reality he was just himself — a genuine, modest and nice man," Letterman said in a statement. "To our staff and to our viewers, he was a beloved and valued part of our show, and we will miss him."
"It was the greatest thing that had happened in my life," DeForest once said of his first Letterman appearance.
Then, it makes sure you choose an identity. As Bloggers, we have identities. I do like the idea of choosing my identity, though. That would be pretty cool right about now. I could be Anna Nicole's baby. Just until I'm 18, then I am so outta there.
Their prize amount is half of the largest jackpot in the history of Mega Millions and in the history of North American lotteries. The largest single-ticket win in New Jersey Lottery's 36-year history, however, was claimed by Harold and Helen Lerner - the sole winners of a Mega Millions jackpot of $258 million on September 16, 2005.
It's already strange enough that the government runs a numbers game - for profit - you would think they would be interested in helping more people.
Wait ... I said government, didn't I?
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Part of the reason I don’t do that anymore is because I used to ask a lot of questions. “Why are we playing in church? People here already believe. Shouldn’t we be playing in bars or homeless shelters, where people need to hear a different message?” They heard me, but they desired the built-in acceptance of people with whom they shared a common belief.
However, I felt that by playing for Christians, we were essentially wasting our time, similar to re-reading
Now, I am reading about protests surrounding the fourth anniversary of the War in
Consider three recent stories to come out of the White House:
"It can be tempting to look at the challenges in
In the past week alone, the White House threatened to veto House bills dealing with presidential records and protection for whistle-blowers and a defeated Senate bill that would have set a deadline for withdrawal from
Amid bipartisan calls for the resignation of
So, they whine, moan and complain in this tiny format. The White House is steadfast and the protests will cause you both emotional pain and lost time from work. If you do it until you fatigue from it, then the gun has backfired in your face and the people you were shooting at will be laughing at you as they get further from your range while you re-load. It may not be worth the blow to your emotional well-being to fight people who are not listening or willing to debate. Not to mention the fact that rage and anger are not socially enhancing forms of behavior. They turn beautiful people ugly and generally cause more problems than they solve.
But, like drug addicts and alcoholics, they persist in spite of the detriments. They protest, blog, scream, yell, grow weary, rest and start again. Lather, rinse, repeat. Meanwhile, the biggest change has taken place in the voting booth, which appears to be the only place we can find a captive audience. Keep voting, and stop yelling so much. It took an election to get us out of
If the other party is not listening, you are yelling at each other. Here, we are preaching to the choir, while the people you seek to reach are deaf to it or ignorant of it. They do not want to hear and will not listen.
Monday, March 19, 2007
It's one of those times where a we hear a single word so much that it wears at us. Bracket Pool, Bracket-buster, Bracketology, bracket - bracket - bracket. It's quite a racket, this bracket - in more ways than one.
Nobody wants to be left out, and if your harebrained selection winds up winning, you don't want to be one of the people who wishes they had filled out a bracket. But which type of pool to choose? If you are among more sophisticated types, the choices are far-reaching.