Thursday, July 24, 2008

Pack up the Babies and grab the Old Ladies...

The week in news has been so amusing thus far. Watching Senator "Brother Love" Obama's traveling salvation show in the Middle East has been equal parts nauseating and laughable. Some of my favorite highlights though:



-The constant stuttering: "Uh, uh, are, uh, uh, uh, um. That's -- that's a bunch -- so -- so let me tick these off. Deh... Uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, um, uh. So the issue is not a perception that, uh... Weh, weh, let me put it this way. Uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, We're -- we're trying to -- you know, we've got a bipartisan group here and -- and -- and, uh, uh, uh, uh, um, uh, uh, uh."
Yes I know it's tough to get teleprompters while on tour, the roadies may have forgotten to pack them, but don't worry Sen., once you get back stateside all will be written for you.



-Then there's the coverage of our major news syndicates who pause every once and a while to take their lips out of the "illustrious one's" rectum to show how he's soooo loved and supported by foreign officials. Hmmmm? really? Well yes, there's that paragon of leadership, al-Maliki, who hasn't left the green zone, and has been stating for the past 2 and a half years that Iraqi security forces are ready to assume control. His statements have often been something along the line of "any day we'll be ready" "yeah in a couple months we're ready" Really? How funny that Obama and al-Maliki are just two cute peas in a pod with their refusal to acknowledge that it was the Surge that quelled the violence. But who else agrees with Sen. "Brother Love"? Well there's Brigadier General Bilal al-Dayni, commander of Iraqi troops in Basra. He is saying, "We hope the Americans will stay until 2020." He's the commander on the ground by the way. Then of course, there's the defense minister, Abdul Qadir, who says his forces "cannot assume full responsibility for internal security until 2012 and for external security, "meaning an invasion from Iran,"until 2018." So yeah I would say Obama's definitely in touch and acting accordingly. Finally, we have the Sunni tribal leaders that Obama credits with the decrease in violence. Ali Hatem Suleiman, a top Awakening tribal leader who was at the meeting in Ramadi, said they asked Obama to support the tribes -- and not the Sunni Islamic parties that rejoined Iraq's government over the weekend. ... 'You can pull out and withdraw all the forces in Iraq, but you have to keep the Marines in our province because we still have problems with the Islamic parties and we can face a bad situation at any moment,' Suleiman said they told Obama. Keep spinning up there Sen. post turtle*



-My favorite though, has to be the "illustrious" Sen.'s seemingly honest belief that he is always speaking ex cathedra. Even when, of all people, Katie Couric pressed him hard to explain the logic he used in saying he still would have voted against the surge, despite the fact that Petraeus explained how it worked. Rather than be a man and admit, "Yes I was wrong", the Bizzaro version of the pontiff can't admit it. He has to spin it with some bullshit:

COURIC: You raised a lot of eyebrows on this trip saying even knowing what you know now, you still would not have supported the surge. People may be scratching their heads and saying, "Why?"
OBAMA: Well, uh, er, ka, uh -- because uh, eh, er, what I, uhhh. What I was referring to and I consistently referred to is the need for a strategy that actually concludes our involvement in Iraq and moves Iraqis to take responsibility for the country, uh, and --
COURIC: But didn't the surge do that?
OBAMA: L-l-l-et me -- Let me finish, Katie. The, uh -- What happens if we continue to put $10 to $12 billion a month into Iraq, if we are willing to send as many troops, uh, as we can muster continuing into Iraq, uh, there's no doubt that that's going to have an impact. But it doesn't meet our long-term strategic goal which is to make the American people safer over the long term.
COURIC: Given what you know now, you still wouldn't support it.
OBAMA: Because the -- Because the --
COURIC: So I'm just trying to understand this.
OBAMA: Because -- because, uh, uh, i-i-it's pretty straightforward. By us putting $10 to $12 billion a month -- $200 billion -- that's money that could have gone into Afghanistan. Those additional troops could have gone into Afghanistan. That money also could have been used to shore up, uh, a declining economic situation in the United States.

WTF?

Good on ya Katie for asking tough questions, but I'm still wating for one of you to ask this simple one... "Sen. Obama what accomplishments in your political career as a Senator have you made that you believe qualify you to be President?"

Now let's add this to his recent changes in position on topics such as: public financing for the general election, the immunity of telecommunications companies re: wiretapping, the DC gun control issue, and a host of other issues. According to the infallible Sen., these aren't in fact changes in position but misunderstandings on our parts. Oh yes, let us peons grovel at the feet of the ever wise Obama. It has to be our misunderstanding. How could Sen. "Brother Love" Obama ever be wrong? It's so sad and pathetic that it's past being hilarious.



-Again, I can't express my sadness enough at the fact that there's so many sheeple who desperately want Obama that none of this will matter. Now mind you I'm not saying all Obama supporters are vacuous sycophants of the post-turtle*. One of my dear friends is an Obama supporter and has cogent reasons. But, there are other individuals that I know, who are the typical Obama supporters: sad, lonely people, so pathetically full of angst and self-righteous indignation that they refuse to see the forest for the trees. Or maybe they simply can't because their face is so buried in Sen. Obama's colon all they can see is how much he's full of shit, and they're so afraid, that like an ostrich they'll keep themselves buried and hope that the shit floats with the American voters.



*If you're unsure of what a post-turtle is: It's quite simply a turtle on a post, You know he didn't get up there by himself, he doesn't belong up there, he doesn't know what to do while he is up there, and you just wonder what kind of a dumb ass put him up there to begin with.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Let's all go to the snack bar...

So Bridie and I went to the Drive-In on Friday to see The Dark Knight. Here's a report:

1.) The Drive-In is awesome.
2.) It's more fun when you go with other people. We were accompanied by another couple, dear friends of ours, who parked next to our car, and joined in the pre-game festivities.
3.) The movie itself. Oh where to begin: Christopher Nolan nailed a ton of stuff, and missed the mark on some others.
-What's good? Heath Ledger, amazing performance. Aaron Eckhart, masterful work! Gary Oldman, phenomenal. (I've yet to see poor work from him) The pace, story-line, etc...Twists and turns that one could see coming but was surprised at how they got there.
-What could have been better? Batman. I hate his voice, his mask, his outfit. I think that all should have been re-thought. I know the movie is essentially centered around Joker and Harvey Dent. However, Batman is the protagonist, he is the super-hero, he has to be perfect and unfortunately, imho, he wasn't.

-All in all, I love the film, I thought it was far better than Batman Begins. Is it on par with other sequels like Empire Strikes Back and Godfather II? I'm not sure I'm ready to claim that yet, only because I felt BB was not a strong first film. (unlike A New Hope and Godfather) Therefore, I didn't think TDK had to make a monumental leap to top what had been done. Is it the best superhero movie I've ever seen? No that title is still held by Iron Man, but I'd put TDK right up there with Spiderman 2, possibly ahead of ol' webhead.

That's all for now...

Friday, July 18, 2008

Leaving a bad taste...

So the "illustrious" Sen. Obama has finally decided, after setting his policy on the war in the Middle East (and claiming to know what's best for our troops) that maybe it would be a good idea to actually go there and hear what the generals on the ground have to say. Logical, right? The sickening part? All three major news nations ABC, CBS, and NBC are sending their anchors to tag along with their lips firmly embedded in his ass. Meanwhile Sen. McCain has made four overseas trips in the past few months, without a blip on national news. Nice, huh? What's sad is that the sheeple in this country won't even realize that this trip will merely be nothing more than a pandering, spin-filled, photo-op, instead of the meaningful, informative sojourn that it should be. Please excuse me now I have to go wash the vomit out of the back of my mouth.


-In movie news:

Bridie and I saw Vantage Point last night. All I can say is I thoroughly enjoyed the choice of pace and fliming style. If you've ever seen the classic Rashomon (a film I love!) You'll immediately recognize what the director was trying to do here. For the most part it paid off. There were only minor leaps of ridiculousness, but it's a movie and suspension of disbelief must be applied.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Winged Freak Terrorizes Gotham City?

I've been hearing a lot of buzz about The Dark Knight. Though most of what I read confirmed my suspicions: TDK is a glorious action movie, and succeeds brilliantly in that role, but it's tough to consider it a comic book movie. That's exactly how I felt about it's predecessor Batman Begins. I love Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne, but I hated what they did to Batman. The suit looked laughable (though better than the polyurethane nipples on Clooney's abortion) and I loathed the gruff, laryngitis stricken voice of the Batman. I've seen more than a few minutes of the new film, courtesy of some friends of mine, and I still can't get past the horrible voice, and the batsuit is even worse this time out. It looks like a motorcycle suit, with a really bad helmet, and a cape. I'm disappointed in that. On to the good, no great... Heath Ledger is the definitive Joker. Forget Caesar Romero,(and his make-up covered moustache) forget Jack Nicholson (which for me was difficult because I love Jack) Ledger is now and forever will be the Clown Prince of Crime. From what I've seen, the movie excels at what I think it sets out to achieve. A portrait of the demented mind of the Joker. I'll wait until I see the entire film before I give my official review, but so far I was very entertained.

-In other movie news:

-Jumper: I really liked the concept, but I thought so much more could have been done with it. Unfortunately, the film is plagued with Hayden Christensen. He's not as bad as his woeful turn as the Dark Lord of the Sith, though that's not saying much.

-The Other Boleyn Girl-Horrible. Yet another SW prequel alum, Natalie Portman can be found acting just as horrible in this film. Scarlett Johansson.....wait, what...oh yeah sorry, I'm always a bit distracted at the mere thought of her;) but yes she was surprisingly ok. Eric Bana had almost a nothing role, and the movie just out and out sucked.

-What am I really excited about? Tarantino's latest film set in WWII: Inglorious Bastards. Can't wait!

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

"An All America City"? Yeah...

Oh the plight of Buffalo continues. Today, U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny issued a decision against the Seneca nation and their casino building project. This is a project that goes back to 2006,when the Senecas unveiled designs for a $125 million permanent casino. They revisited it in 2007 and designed blueprints for a $333 million casino complex. It's billed as the largest privately-funded construction project in Buffalo's history.

The Senecas want to construct a 22-story, 206 suite hotel tower, to complement a 90,000-square-foot casino, with 2,000 slot machines and some 45 table games. The complex would also be home to four restaurants, a spa and include a 2,500-vehicle parking deck.

What about help for the city of Buffalo? Well, the casino complex is expected to employ more than 1,000 people and generate some $7 million a year in revenues to the host community.

The "Citizens for a Better Buffalo" led by Dianne Bennett and including such financially brilliant minds as Sam Hoyt, Joan Bozer, Judith Einach, and Arthur Eve filed the suit. Well "Citizens for a better Buffalo" way to go! You sure did it. I can't wait to find another private entity willing to invest $330 MILLION in the degenerate, dilapidated fixture, called the city of Buffalo. But you're right... I'm sure, Buffalo is "better" without having such a financial commitment. Buffalo's unemployed are certainly "better" without having a chance for a decent job. And hell, the city and county are certainly financially strong enough to not have to worry about $7 million annually. It's not like those municipalities can use all the financial help they can get. Hell no! Good plan...

Please don't give me any more crap about the "evils" of gambling and how people and families will be "destroyed". The "Citizens for a better Buffalo" claim they're looking out for the population of Buffalo. I say, "Who the hell do you think you are?" and I think the city of Buffalo should say, "Piss off, you sanctimonious shit-heads." People are adults, they don't need any liberal-minded govt. members, lobbyists, or quasi-intellectuals telling them how to run their lives, what to say, how to think, and what to spend their money on. If you believe gambling is wrong, don't go, don't partake, but don't assume that something that is legal is wrong for everyone, and that it is up to you to make decisions for everyone else. Because, if that is the case, you hypocritical mental midgets, then I want to see you file a suit against: the State of NY to ban the lottery, Erie County to get rid of the gaming at the fairgrounds, and the Buffalo Diocese of the Catholic Church banning bingo.

This is what sickens me about that rat-infested, hell-hole called the city. (and by rats I'm not referring to rodents) Every time an individual, organization, or other business entity wants to come and improve it's standing, a select few open their mouths, spew forth some liberal diarrhea and Buffalo is no "better" off. It's just mired by more shit. It's almost like these dumb-asses want Buffalo to have a nation-wide identity as a "Charlie Brown" city. Well, "Citizens for a better Buffalo" congrats! you've maintained that image.

You should be absolutely ashamed of yourselves...


*I'm sorry for the use of profanity today. I have tried not to use it on this blog, but I was so disgusted and outraged today that I felt it was warranted. Again, my apologies.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Echoing Bobby Jones

I played my first sub 100 round of golf this season. I know most of you find this very exciting...

I had started to flirt with the barrier last season and wound up hitting more than a couple rounds under the century mark. However, this season had been a mess. My swing was all screwed up and my scores were reflecting that. So what to do? Well, not having a Bagger Vance of my own, I decided to go out Saturday by myself, and just work on the mechanics, forget the score. As it turned out, I remembered my swing positioning that had been forgotten and my score actually wound up quite nice. To Dr. Strongbridge, perhaps we shall continue our rivalry again sometime soon?


-In other news:

Definitely, Maybe-I actually liked this romantic comedy. I got it for Bridie to watch, but sat down and couldn't leave. Very cute film.

10,000 BC- Horrendous. Don't even think about renting this film.

-Still more news:

Bridie has started to really get into Guitar Hero III. She even moved up to medium difficulty last night and did rather well for her first foray. Now just wait until GH IV when the drum set comes in!

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