Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Pat Sajak Bitch Slaps the Hollywood Elite

After reading Pat Sajak’s thoughts regarding Hollywood’s silence over the murder of Theo van Gogh, I’m wondering why he isn’t a comedy writer, or, if he’s ready to retire.  A couple excerpts.

“Perhaps they are afraid that their protests would put them in danger. That, at least, is a defensible position. If I were Michael Moore, I would much rather rail against George W. Bush, who is much less likely to have me killed, than van Gogh’s murderer and the threat to creative freedom he brings. Besides, a man of Moore’s size would provide a great deal of “bulletin board” space.”

And this.

“There’s another possibility; one that seems crazy on the surface, but does provide an explanation for the silence, and is also in keeping with the political climate in Hollywood. Is it just possible that there are those who are reluctant to criticize an act of terror because that might somehow align them with President Bush, who stubbornly clings to the notion that these are evil people who need to be defeated? Could the level of hatred for this President be so great that some people are against anything he is for, and for anything he is against?”

Go, Pat.

“A Hush Over Hollywood”

Posted by John Venlet on 11/30 at 12:32 PM
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From Genius to Madman in Just One Day?

Nietzsche’s writings produce as much debate today, as they did when they first appeared on the scene.  The writings toward the end of his sanity are typically debated the most hotly, as some debaters tend to downplay these works, due to his rapid decline into imbecility.  Their stance being that Nietzsche’s insanity was not a sudden occurence, but had been accelerating during the time he was most prolific.

UMass-Amherst geobiologist Lynn Margulis thinks that Nietzsche’s sudden descent into madness did occur in one day, and has stated so in the current issue of Daedalus, as reported in Boston.com.

“But on January 3, 1889 in Turin,” Margulis concludes, channeling Vincent Price, “armies of revived spirochetes munched on his brain tissue. The consequence was the descent of Nietzsche the genius into Nietzsche the madman in less than one day.”

“Bugs in the belfry”

Via Arts & Letters Daily.

Posted by John Venlet on 11/30 at 09:43 AM
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It’s the Parents Duty, Not the “Assortments”

In an article titled ”`GAME OFF’ URGED”, you can read the following.

“An assortment of politicians, religious leaders and social advocacy groups lashed out Tuesday at the video-game industry and retailers, saying they make violent and racy games too accessible to children.”

The “assortment” lashes out at the video-game industry and retailers, I assume, because they profit from the sales.  But what really caught my eye, in this article, is what follows.

“Retailers were lambasted for allowing sales of Mature-rated games—suggested for people 17 and older—to children as young as 7.”

What I’m wondering, is where a 7 year old comes up with the 50 bucks needed to purchase a video game, of any type, let alone the ones the “assortment” is whining about.  Bitch at the parents, assortment, not the retailers and video-game makers.

Posted by John Venlet on 11/30 at 08:58 AM
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Honest Reporting in Russia, Go Figure

An article in Pravda notes the Putin gave “gave an interview to Russia"s leading TV companies and touched upon particularly important issues.”  Note the phrase particularly important issues.  What is the issue prominently discussed within the article?  Public beer consumption, and enforcement of law prohibiting public beer consumption.  A paragraph, from the article, I particularly enjoyed.

“It is not a secret that very few Russians can afford expensive restaurants. So, the police may be happy if the law is adopted. Indeed, if the innovation is introduced the police will be able to accept bribes from those who violate the new law and drink beer in public. It is perfectly clear that policemen would like to take 50 rubles instead of drawing up reports as concerning every man drinking beer in public. Let us switch over to the economic part of the problem. The Russian beer market made up 7.57 billion litres last year. Expert researches reveal that about 15 per cent of beer is consumed in public. It means that violation of the new law mat be registered over 2 billion of times a year. In other words, annual wages of the police will rise by at least 100 billion rubles. However, this may be a happy perspective for the police only.”

“Russian police to profit from the “beer law”.”

Posted by John Venlet on 11/30 at 07:42 AM
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Monday, November 29, 2004

It’s Neither

Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on a medical marijuana case.  DailyBreeze.com reports on this case in an article titled “Cure or Crime?, a title which, in and of itself, is misleading, as marijuana is neither a cure for any disease, nor a crime, except in the eyes of the State.

Marijuana is like any other medication out there in the marketplace.  Simply a management tool, whether it be for pain, nausea, or other affliction which marijuana’s attributes or properties, when applied, can be a salve which can assist individuals’ ability to function.  Except for the fact that the State can toss you in the clinker if they find you in possession of it, or marketing it to those who purchase it of their own free will.

The case before the court supposedly hinges on an interstate commerce clause.  It’ll be interesting to read how the court rules.

As for a medical grade marijuana worth utilizing, I recommend White Widow.

Posted by John Venlet on 11/29 at 07:22 AM
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Sunday, November 28, 2004

I’ll Add One Note

In a post titled “Fuggetaboudit,” Billy Beck notes recent murmurings regarding the possibility of bloggers being recognised as Time’s “People of the Year.”  Billy references Groucho Marx’s statement, “I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member.,” and adds some additional thoughts as well.

I’ll add that if such an event occurs, there will in all likelihood be some association of bloggers formed, and the next thing you’ll know they’ll be voting to form a union, just like the pizza delivery drivers, mentioned below.

Posted by John Venlet on 11/28 at 10:13 AM
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Kudos to Frank Rich

More often than not, what I read in The New York Times is so skewed to the politically correct, or to the advancement of “social equality,” cough, cough, or some other such rubbish that at this blog, at least, the NYT is typically being drubbed rather than praised. 

But this morning, Frank Rick has a column up, titled “The Great Indecency Hoax,” which uses words like “hucksters,” I like that word, and “commisar,” to describe Michael Powell, and “mob,” to describe, well the majority of unthinking individuals, that I had to link to the piece and note kudos to Rich.

Posted by John Venlet on 11/28 at 09:23 AM
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Saturday, November 27, 2004

I Hope They Squash It Like a Bug

Individuals see the word “Free,” when utilized by the State, and it’s as if they become hypnotized, neigh, stupid, not realizing that there is no “free” if the State is supplying a service or product.  The monies required for the State to supply “free,” whatever, is coerced out of indivduals’ pockets, dime by dime and dollar by dollar.

And why do politicians desire to offer “free” wireless service?  Because it’s supposedly a “social leveler.”

With that said, I wish wireless businesses all the success in the world in their efforts to defeat the so called “free” wireless service cities across the nation are attempting to coercively implement.

“Lobbyists Try to Kill Philly Wireless Plan”

Posted by John Venlet on 11/27 at 11:02 AM
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Pizza, With the Union Label?

Unions must be hard pressed, for dues paying subjects, if they are attempting to organize pizza drivers.

“Pizza delivery drivers vote on unionization”

Yeah, that’ll fly, like a lead balloon.

Posted by John Venlet on 11/27 at 10:58 AM
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Friday, November 26, 2004

An Excellent Summation of Why Matthew Shepard Actually Was Murdered

“What it came down to really is drugs and money and two punks that were out looking for it,” Fritzen said.”

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“New Details Emerge in Matthew Shepard Murder”

Posted by John Venlet on 11/26 at 02:34 PM
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I Know Why

Bridget Johnson, writing for The Wall Street Journal, wonders why Hollywood wonks won’t step up and condemn the murder of Theo VanGogh.

I think it’s because he hadn’t paid his SAG dues.

“Look Who Isn’t Talking -  A filmmaker is murdered, and Hollywood loudmouths say nothing.”

Posted by John Venlet on 11/26 at 09:46 AM
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Step Aside, and Stay Out of My Little Garden, Too

“The case could put conservatives on the Supreme Court on the spot. Since the mid-1990s, Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas have trimmed federal attempts to enter areas, such as gun regulation and pornography, that traditionally have been covered by state or local ordinances.

But to do so in this case, notes Kermit Roosevelt, law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, would place the conservatives on the side of pot smoking.”

The above is taken from a USA Today article noting an upcoming Supreme Court case regarding medical marijuana.

The title to this post, is advice the conservatives should embrace.

“Medical-pot fight goes to justices”

Posted by John Venlet on 11/26 at 09:34 AM
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I Don’t Think So

Peter Singer has some extremely whacked ideas, though he considers them rational, logical, and oh so intellectual.  Sex with corpses?  Have it at.  A full grown chimp has more value than a infant, and other supposedly rigorously rational, logical thoughts.

Just because someone states they are rational, logical and intellectually endowed, or are considered by others in that vein, does not mean that they are.  Recall Chauncey Gardiner, if you will.

“Blue-state philosopher”

Via Arts & Letters Daily.

Posted by John Venlet on 11/26 at 09:07 AM
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Property Rights over Visionaries

“Under a ballot measure approved on Nov. 2, property owners who can prove that environmental or zoning rules have hurt their investments can force the government to compensate them for the losses - or get an exemption from the rules.”

Naturally, The New York Times pins a negative headline on this news.

“Property Rights Law May Alter Oregon Landscape”

Posted by John Venlet on 11/26 at 08:38 AM
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Has Anyone Informed Monty Python?

“New clue to mystery of Holy Grail”

Via Google News.

Posted by John Venlet on 11/26 at 08:10 AM
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