A direct example of how what Obama said during the state of the union address is the complete opposite of what his actual administration is doing.
Speeches are for people who think that a speech means something. I didn't watch it because I know it's a puppet show. I of course still downloaded it, because I've had to play speeches in the past to prove people wrong.
Basically, Obama is waving his left hand while doing something else with his right hand. Political sleight of hand. And so many people are buying it.
January 31, 2010
January 30, 2010
Obama: Endorsing medical marijuana while still raiding establishments. Hope?
Obama: Just nominated the Bush-administration acting DEA director to be the official DEA director. Change?
Obama: Pledging to put science before politics. Really?
Some hope this is! A lab dedicated to science and medicine, shut down by feds who don't want to listen to doctors. Meanwhile everyone froths at their mouth about the state of the union address.
Uh… Wow. I guess it's good that he does all these things while everyone is frothing at the mouth over the State Of The Union address?
This is pretty typical of how Obama says one thing, and does another.
What dicks. OMFG, Anne Frank had a vagina. Forget the holocaust; we can't talk about vaginas. Fucking Culpeper redneck idiot pieces of shit.
January 30, 2010
LIMERICK REVIEW: They once were all just characters in books:
Heroes, villains, charlatans, and crooks.
But then there were the silvertongues,
Who breathed REAL life into their lungs.
And if they ever told anyone, they’d just get strange looks.
HAIKU REVIEW: Fiction characters
should prob’ly just stay that way…
They’re often ruthless.
PEOPLE: From director Iain Softley (K-PAX, Hackers), based on the book by Cornelia Funke. With Brendan Fraser (The Mummy, Journey To The Center Of The Earth), Sienna Guillory (aka Valentine from Resident Evil:Apocalypse), child actor Eliza Bennett, and Paul Bettany (Jarvis from Iron Man, Silas from The Da Vinci Code), Andy Serkis (Gollum from the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, Clueless). And yes, that’s Jennifer Connelly in the itty-bitty role of Roxanne (the wife of Dustfinger). Which makes sense, since she’s the actor’s wife in real life (!).
The book is recent — 2003. The author actually had Brendan Fraser in mind when she wrote the book. The studios had to cave to her demand :)
QUIRKS: “Since the dawn of time, storytellers have enchanted audiences with their words. But there is an even rarer gift. There are those, who by reading out loud, can bring characters to life. Out of books and into our world. Most of these Silvertongues, as they are known, prefer to keep their skills a secret. But some do not even know this gift is theirs, until it is too late.” Expect to see characters out of books come to life. Not as many as you’d like — they’re all from the book Inkheart, except Farid who is from Ali Baba & His 40 Thieves, and Toto from The Wizard Of Oz. This is a fantasy — but one that happens in our normal, non-fantastic reality. Which makes it more interesting than most fantasies.
VISUALS: As fantasy movies go, the visual level here is really low. It takes place in *our* reality. Other than the finale, and some fire play, there’s barely anything unrealistic in this fantasy. Which is in and of itself a bit unusual for a fantasy movie.
BAD STUFF: Nothing, really… But it is rated PG.
CONCLUSION: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10. A solid fantasy movie. Good stuff! Not as cliche or as predictable as most fantasy movies. If this was edgier and more intense, it could go on to get 5/5 stars. But it’s kind of a kid’s story in some ways, so it can only be so good.
RECOMMENDATION: Writers might find this interesting due to the characters-coming-alive angle. But anyone who likes fantasy movies would probably like this.
SIMILAR MOVIES: Well… Cool World had the cartoon characters crossing over into the real world… (more…)
January 29, 2010
The two things Clinton had going for him were: No bullshit GROUND wars [he still had his own pet war, though], and reducing our national debt the most any president has done during the 1960s.
But it looks like today's Democrats have made sure to undo all of that. (Actually, Bush already did that, so this is even worse..)
WE DON'T HAVE MAGIC MONEY. Did they learn nothing from the bailout? A huge debt will destroy our country. It's already started happening. The dollar is dropping. Nations are starting to trade in other currency. We can't just keep spending money that we don't have.
I'm sure the liberal cult of Obama is going to talk about how great this is. Short-term thinking for optimistic idealists who think this country is somehow going to go in a better route.
News flash: Every 5 year period, this country gets worse and worse. I'm starting to think the economy peaked in the 1950s, and freedom peaked in the 1970s, and it's only downhill from here.
SO HEY! LET'S MAKE IT WORSE!
January 28, 2010
"You heard that right — under these conditions, the new proposed net neutrality regulations would allow the same practices that net neutrality was first invoked to prevent, even if these ISP practices end up inflicting collateral damage on perfectly lawful content and activities."
If this passes, will the Obamans then quote this as one of Obama's success? Because it wont be a success, it will be another empty promise, like so much of what has come out of the Obama administration.
Net Neutrality that lets an ISP block bittorrent is not neutrality in any form.
The corporations have wanted to turn the internet into "television 2.0". They hate that we can publish content without going through their channels. Lack of net neutrality is another step towards THEIR goal, which is NOT a goal that has The People's best interests at heart.
Listen to the EFF. They know what they are talking about. Always.
Just another RSS service. This lets you monitor non-RSS pages for changes — kind of like ChangeDetect and it's email updates back in the day. (Anyone remember changeDtect? No? Bueller?)
Also sounds like it's useful for those who podcast.
Yup. Glad I didn't get a swine flu vaccine.
Lawsuit ensues. Kyle Yrigollen should be fired, and never hired as a cop again. Or better yet, remove one of his eyes. An eye for an eye.
This was probably a reprisal for a previous incident where he was assaulted by the police previously. I'm going to venture a guess that this man was black.
Wow. Pretty amazing. Cunningham may be rationalizing immoral decisions, but he has valid points too. I'd do the exact same thing in his situation.
If you're in debt, I strongly recommend using these dickish tactics. It is absolutely nothing less than what a soulless corporation would do to you, and it's time the people fight back against these "immortal" corporations.
I guess after bankrupting the treasury with a bailout that cost more than all wars combined, Obama's gonna save some money by not lifting a finger to go back to the moon. Must be more of the bringing science to government that he talked about.
More and more fails from Obama. Sigh.
(Actually, he said he'd do this. Still a FAIL, though.)
BTW, this isn't just moon travel. This pretty much stops all manned space exploration. When the shuttles finish blowing up, there'll be nothing (?).
I guess this is more of that promised "change"?
The same DEA head who operated under Bush, and raided medical marijuana patients?
The same DEA head who rejected applications to study marijuana's medical value — because that might represent the same aforementioned "change" — EVEN AFTER A JUDGE RULED that they cannot reject said application.
Didn't Obama promise to not let politics get in front of science? Pffft.
Way to go, Obama. Disappointment after disappointment after disappointment. I hate being right.
60% is better than chance.
You can indeed tell something about people by looking at them. (The PC crowd hates this idea so much, because it smacks of discrimination and therefore racism.)
It's like when I was at the mall with Carolyn, and I said, "Look at that chick! She's so hot! But like… Republican hot. You can see it in her nose." [/end anecdote]
1) Good! I think the FDA seized some stuff headed for me, and I would like it back now.
2) New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine is an idiot. People come up with an alternative that doesn't use smoke, and he signs a law banning it in public anyway. This was never about people's rights. This was always about limiting their freedom. The drug warriors would take away everything — even our coffee — if they could.
A Firefox Greasemonkey script to let you use YouTube without flash! PLUS it offers direct download links for each video.
No more flash player slowing down your machine and creating ugly video lag!
Play video via HTML5, or via your VLC firefox plugin!
Download videos reliably!
This is totally going to change my YouTube experience. For the most part, I have been refusing to watch stuff on YouTube. I'll download a file and throw it into the pile for later viewing, but I have used YouTube more as a downloading service than as something to watch stuff with. Maybe with a tolerable non-flash implementation, my habits will change.
Just in case you wanted to see the Muppets cover Queen. In 1080p HD, even!
January 27, 2010
This totally kicks the ass of anything I’ve ever seen at a proper beach.
A cop sped through a red light and killed someone. And Fairfax County is going to pay the family $1.5M.
But get this: The system is still fucked. She was found NOT GUILTY of reckless driving, despite running a red light and killing someone. Because she was a cop. Thin blue line. Underly harsh punishments.
And the only reason they won the legal settlement was because her siren wasn’t on, and it wasn’t really an emergency anyway (it was a shoplifter).
In other words, if I’m blasting music so loud I can’t hear someone’s siren, and they run a red light and kill me: That’s just too fucking bad. I deserve nothing.
Yes: Fuck that. Washington Post tries to frame this as some noble act, but the fact of the matter is, the system is still tilted to allowing police to kill us with impunity.
They also never really punished Amanda R. Perry. They had to wait until she falsified her timecards to be able to fire her. Even then, she was just “forced to resign”.
Wow. By not mowing my lawn [or ever having mowed a lawn], I’m saving the environment! Yay me!
They only charge other officers if they are in an accident — and only then because it threatens their career.
When cops protect other cops, we literally create law enforcement via criminals. Criminals that have been protected by other criminals, all pretending to be enforcers of the law. You can’t be both.
January 27, 2010
QUIRKS: Animated post-apocalyptic fantasy. This would almost be a steampunk movie, but it seems to happen after the 1950s rather than in the 1850s. But there is still a definite, modernized steampunk feel to it, what with the way everything in the movie is a cobbled together, non-digital machine.
UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers]→ Mankind causes self to go extinct; remaining soul of last human mostly dies.
PEOPLE: Produced by Tim Burton.
Voice actors include Christopher Plummer as #1 (Charles Muntz in Up, General Chang in Star Trek 6, 12 Monkeys, Gandahar, Dreamscape National Treasure, Wolf), Martin Landau as #2 (Scorpion in the 1990s Spider-Man cartoon, Mission Impossible, Ed Wood), John C. Reilly as #5 (Step Brothers, Dr. Steve Brule from Tim And Eric Awesome Show Great Job, Walk Hard:The Dewey Cox Story, The Aviator), Crispin Glover as #6 (Grendel from Beowulf, The People Vs. Larry Flynt, Wild At Heart, Twister, Friday The 13th 4), Jennifer Connelly as #7 (Inkheart, Requiem For A Dream, A Beautiful Mind), Fred Tatasciore as #8 (Beowulf, Samuel L. Jackson in Team America:World Police, Hulk in Hulk Vs. Wolverine/Thor, goblin voices in The Spiderwick Chronicles, William Shatner in 8 eps of Robot Chicken, Family Guy, Beast in Wolverine & The X-Men), and Elijah Wood as #9 (Frodo from Lord Of The Rings, Sin City, The Faculty).
VISUALS: Incredible cgi animation. Incredible detail. A beautifully bleak post-apocalyptic world. Looks GREAT in HD! This is the 2nd animated film released by Focus Features, after Coraline.
MORALS: Sometimes it’s better for the greater good if you take bigger risks. Don’t be a coward. I’m talking to you, 1.
BAD STUFF: This movie is too short. Things fly by too fast. The great experience is over too soon. They could have spent more time developing the characters and the backstory. On the other hand, part of the fun was guessing what the backstory was… But the lack of depth caused by these flaws keeps this movie from realizing its true potential as a 5-star fantasy adventure movie.
CONCLUSION: A great animated fantasy adventure — but a bit rushed. They should have developed the story more and made it longer. This flaw kept it from being a 5-star movie.
Parthena: Netflix: 4/5 stars. “I really liked it, I just think if they’d filled in a bit more detail it would have made my rating go up to 5. :) At the same time, maybe leaving a bit of mystery makes the movie more impactful/haunting?” I was wondering that myself. “In hindsight, the movie was a bit more depressing than I’d originally felt last night. Like…the reason I hadn’t been as sad when the [highlight for spoilers]→ dolls were absorbed by the machine is that I thought when the souls escaped, they’d re-animate the doll bodies and they’d continue to be basically immortal. What I didn’t expect was that the souls would simply leave the machine and just…ascend to Heaven, or wherever. So there’s only like 3-4 of the pieces of humanity left… Brutal!”
RECOMMENDATION: Animation and fantasy lovers must see this!
MOVIE QUOTE: #6: The source! The source! Go back… to the source.
COINCIDENCES: (Terminator 4:Salvation, 9) 2 movies in a week where the good guys wanted to destroy the bad-guy robot-factory, but were split into 2 factions: Those who wanted to blow it up, and those who wanted to go in and save those who were imprisoned.
FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Christian loved it. (more…)