My Oscar Review

I watched some of the Oscars last night – the first time in four years – and I enjoyed seeing James Cameron get his ass kicked (which is why I watched in the first place). While The Hurt Locker is insulting to the military in many ways, Avatar was much worse in that regard so I can’t complain. Of course,  Up should have won Best Picture, but what cha’ gonna do.

Speaking of Avatar versus The Hurt Locker, it was fun to see Hollywood reward a small well-made film instead of a CGI-carried horror while also proving that Cameron is not only disliked by the public but by his peers as well.

It was nice to see Sandra Bullock win Best Actress for her role as a conservative Christian performing an incredibly kind act without the government’s help or suggestion – a minor miracle there – but most of her speech was bad acting, which is something a Best Actress winner shouldn’t be caught doing.  She really loves her man though, at least as much as I hate him because he gets to bang that all the time.

Steve Martin sucked, but Alec Baldwin wasn’t half-bad (he left his bad part on the phone with his poor daughter I suppose). Why they felt the need to drag Barbara Streisand out of her coffin I can’t imagine, except that she made all the other women look even prettier.

I’m also glad Jeff Bridges won. Haven’t seen Crazy Heart, but he’s The Dude and therefore deserving of all things good. Plus he played one of the best presidents in film, whose use of presidential food in intimidating other politicians is priceless, and I’ve wanted to taste a shark sandwich every since I saw this scene.

Let me see. What else?

Oh yes, the overall production sucked, but that was to be expected based on what I’ve read every year. (Again, I haven’t watched in a long time.)

I really hated the long speeches by the “friends”/co-workers of the Best Actress and Best Actor nominees.  They were way, Way, WAY over the top as is usual, and it’s no wonder these people think they can pontificate on every known subject in the universe – they are definitely legends in their own minds. That ginger actress with the bad teeth and tiny boobs whose name I can never remember knew Colin Firth for three fricken days and she came to the conclusion that he was evidently a better person than Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, and Mother Teresa all rolled in one?  Give me a break.  And Oprah telling the obviously talented young woman, Gabourey Sidibe, who was nominated for her role in Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire that she has a great career in front of her?  Please, on what planet is she going to get roles in the “looks are everything” film industry.  Not planet Hollywood that is for sure.

Well, that’s it. Nothing particularly novel in my observations here, but I needed a post and this was it.

First Ten Minutes Of MTV

Remember when MTV was cool? Cutting edge? When they played music videos – some fantastic, some fantastically bad – instead of moronic reality TV shows and wet t-shirt contests at Spring Break? Okay, well, the wet t-shirt contests rocked. (Come on, wet boobs? Best thing ever except for a nice MLT: a mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe. They’re so perky, I love that.)

I remember. And I especially remember the first video.

BTW, Pat Benatar was SMOKING HOT.  I’m pretty sure she started my brunette fetish.

Via Three Donia.

Look To The Cookie

Remember the Seinfeld episode where Jerry promotes the Black and White cookie as the cure to racism. “Look to the cookie, Elaine,” he says, “Look to the cookie.”

Well, I don’t know about those cookies but I am loving this whole black and white bra look.

Plus here’s a great cheerleader look.

Here’s the episode in case you haven’t seen it.

And not that this post was supposed to be remotely political – it wasn’t, it was about bras and boobs –  but doesn’t this episode remind you of Barry and the millions who elected him?

Not only was Barry – “The Cookie” – supposed to cure America’s racism issues, but he was actually supposed to cure, well, everything.

“Look to the cookie,” they said, and the nation  did.

But instead of  the wonderful experience we were promised all we got was a broken toe and nausea.

Hat-tip to Theo for the gals.

See This Is Why I Am Not A Big Fan Of Blondes

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All their brains are in their boobs.

Suzanne Somers thinks Patrick Swayze could have been alive today if he would have used alternative methods to treat his pancreatic cancer instead of chemotherapy.

The former “Three’s Company” star, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1991 and rejected chemotherapy in favor of natural treatments, reportedly told Toronto-based columnist Shinan Govani that it was Swayze’s chemotherapy treatments, not pancreatic cancer, that ended his life prematurely.

“They took this beautiful man and they basically put poison in him,” she reportedly said. “Why couldn’t they have built him up nutritionally and gotten rid of the toxins in his body? I hate to be this controversial. I’m a singer-dancer-comedienne. But we have an epidemic going on, and I have to say it.”

Some people . . . especially has-been celebrities like Chevy Chase, Roseanne Barr,  and former presidents like Jimmy Carter . . . should just go away. They only make the world a poorer place.

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1. Democrats are warning health care lobbyists NOT to meet with Republicans. As Gabriel says at Ace of Spades, “Apparently, even talking to Republicans cannot be tolerated in Obama’s America.”

2. The National Organization for Women puts Letterman in his place for making a joke about raping a 14 year old girl. Good to hear. Now if only they would only tell all liberals to lay off the sexist crap when talking about women, especially Sarah Palin who, I hope anyway, will be running in 2012. Of course, that won’t happen because if they did that their arsenal would be pretty empty.

3. Democrats not so hot on Cap and Trade? Good, now if they will only stop this socialized health care we might have a chance at saving our nation.

4. Everyday normal Republicans. A video that for some reason won’t post on my blog. Click on over and watch it – it’s funny and so very true.

5. Let the Boomers die. The solution to the health care cost issue.

6. Why Letterman say what he says about the Palins. Man, that’s gonna leave a mark. As an aside, the reference is to this movie, which is great.

7. John Wayne is the United States of America. I missed this yesterday on the 30th anniversary of his death, but better late than never. He was the greatest and they don’t even make them close to him anymore, much less like him.

8. Obama moves terrorists from Gitmo to Bermuda. I wonder if they will add that wonderful attraction to the cruise brochures?

In The Wonderful Days Before Sports Bras

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And fake boobs.

Beam Me Up, Hotties

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Hat-tip to

Ten Things

1. Did you see the HBO Film Taking Chance? If not, you need to because it is a remarkably powerful and moving film based on a real event. I am not ashamed to admit I more than teared-up on several occasions. Hell, I teared-up watching this trailer as I posted it.

2. And speaking of films, did you watch the Oscars? I did not. A bunch of poorly-informed, rich, hypocritical, elitist snobs engaging in mutual masturbation has never interested me (unless it was Playboy bunnies) and when you add in the fact that I haven’t seen any of the nominated films – save The Dark Knight that was ripped-off big time – I had no interest whatsoever. However, this idea (NSFW) might make me change my mind next year. At least it will keep Meryl Streep out of the running.

3. Switching the subject, I see George Walker Bush remains a class act. Barry, so far, isn’t even coming close. My bet is he never will.

4. Speaking of Barry. He plans on cutting the US deficit in half during his first term. What a joke. You have to have a second term to have a first.

5. If you’re Catholic, Sea Kitten time is coming soon. That means catfish, shrimp, and salmon croquettes in my house. Not much of a sacrifice for me though except for the croquettes.

6. Times when even a man must cry. On a serious note, I have cried twice “for real” in my adult life. One is too painful to talk about here, but the other was when a heavy metal ladder snapped-down on my thumb. I almost passed-out and wish I had it hurt so bad.  It is officially called the “evil ladder” now.

7. Speaking of a time when a man must cry. To circumcise or not to circumcise, that is the question. Aside from wondering if they took too much off of me, I am pretty much in the pro-category. They are even voting on it.

8. Chicken-fried bacon. Yum.

9. Meat Loaf was devasted by this defeat. Loving wife’s homemade mac and cheese is da bomb and, as good as her meatloaf is, it never has a chance.

10. How martial arts can supercharge your “man spirit.” I took Tae Kwon Do for a couple of years back in my early 20s but quit and still regret it. I never pushed my two oldest boys into it and wish I had, but my youngest son is really enjoying it. So much in fact that he is a red belt with just six months to black. It’s great fun, good exercise, and definitely builds men . . . and women.

Obligatory Super Bowl Comment

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Watched the Super Bowl last night. Not having a dog in the fight I didn’t really have much interest past seeing the commercials and Bruce Springsteen – and then only because I wanted to see how well he had held-up after all these years – but when Arizona managed that second TD I was rooting for them to win and damn if they didn’t almost do it. Great game. Best I have seen in years.

Oh and as to Bruce. Well, he rocked. But only his music. Him on stage – not so much. At the beginning my oldest son and I both laughed because we weren’t sure he was going to be able to stand back up when he did one of those “lean back on his legs” rock things at the microphone. He stayed down an awfully long time and his face was all, “Oh, oh, oh, guys help me up here, my back has gone out.” Running and gyrating and sliding on a stage if for young rockers, Bruce, stick to singing and playing your guitar. Also, I thought he was going to ruin the show when he brought out that choir and started singing about dreaming or whatever hopey-changy thing he had going there. Ugh. Fortunately he saved it with Glory Days and Steve Van Zandt.

All in all a good Super Bowl night. First one I have watched all the way through in a few years.

Suddenly Patriotic Dissent Is “Treasonous”

Or so says Jon Stewart.  See where this is going  folks?  Stewart and his ilk spent eight years “patriotically dissenting” against Bush, not only hoping he would fail but doing everything in their power to make it happen (which it didn’t much to their annoyance),  but now that their guy is in power suddenly they are calling those who do the very same thing traitors.   What next, midnight visits by the Obama Youth to those who don’t bow down to The One?   It’s happened before so don’t think it can’t happen again.

Hoping Obama will fail is not un-American nor treasonous if you believe that what he is doing is going to harm America.  He is the president, not a King. Not a god. Frankly I hope he fails miserably in establishing any and all programs that will result in a weaker national defense and a socialist government.  I just hope that before he leaves he doesn’t do much damage to our precious nation or change our way of life into something unrecognizable.

How’s that for hope and change?

Time Warner Threatening To Cut Jon Stewart At Midnight

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Considering that many of the people (and all of the youth vote?) who voted for Barry Obama got all their “facts” from pseudo-intellectual comics like Stewart,  Stephen Colbert, and Bill Maher, this would not be a bad thing at all.

Time Warner Cable subscribers could lose “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Dora the Explorer” and Jon Stewart at midnight tonight if the cable company fails to agree on a new contract with one of its biggest suppliers. Viacom Inc. has threatened to pull its programming in a high-stakes showdown over pricing. Nearly 2 million homes in the Los Angeles area that are customers of Time Warner Cable Inc. could lose such Viacom channels as Nickelodeon, MTV, VH-1, Comedy Central, Spike, TV Land and BET. Viacom blamed the cable company for the stalemate. “We’ve been attempting to negotiate in good faith but they seem to have taken it to the brink. Unfortunately, we are now at an impasse,” said Philippe Dauman, chief executive of Viacom. The company’s two-year contract with Time Warner, the nation’s second-largest cable company, which provides service to 12.3 million homes, expires at midnight.

Then again, the so called “news” they were getting from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC and most of the newspapers and mags wasn’t much, if any, better so what can you expect.

Happy Thanksgiving

Rachael Ray Eat Your Heart Out

The Top 40 TV Theme Songs

With YouTube links. They all bring back memories for me since I actually saw the original shows.

My favorite is Hawaii Five-0 which was played by every marching band in America back when I was in high school.

I have fond memories of all the old ones I grew up with, but I find myself more drawn to the newer ones like the one from The Sopranos.

And this one that did not make the list from The Wire.

And this one from another HBO show, Deadwood.

Notice how all three are from HBO. I rarely watch network television anymore and frankly I couldn’t name more than one or two non-reality shows on any of the big four networks. But then again, I am not sure they are producing anything past Dancing with the Stars and American Idol so I guess I am not missing anything.

Here’s two more that I like.

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Plus a guilty pleasure that I developed while stationed in Germany where we only had one channel – the Armed Forces Network – and a limited number of shows to watch. Under those conditions I found myself quickly addicted to this show and the two soap operas – General Hospital and Guiding Light – that were shown daily.

So what are your favorite TV theme songs?

Hat-tip to Dirty Harry.

For Sci Fi Geeks

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Click on the picture to make it bigger and then click the bigger picture to make it even bigger.

A quick look at the chart reveals that George Lucas really appears to be compensating for something vis-à-vis the size of his space ships. On the other hand, Captain Picard better hope he never has to fight a Star Wars Executor Class Battle Star Destroyer. It wouldn’t be pretty.


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