Archive for August, 2008

Sarah Palin, et al

Between his wife and his veep, I’m pretty sure I know John Mccain’s criteria for selection.

Secretary of State Christie Brinkley?

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

In the Depths of Your Ignorance…

John McCain seems almost obsessed with not only proving that he’s out of touch—mixing up Sunni and Shiia, not knowing how many homes he has, etc.—but that his entire team is just as bad off. Such as McCain’s advisor who recently went on the record as saying that there is no such thing as an uninsured American. (Link via HuffPo)

Mr. Goodman, who helped craft Sen. John McCain’s health care policy, said anyone with access to an emergency room effectively has insurance, albeit the government acts as the payer of last resort. (Hospital emergency rooms by law cannot turn away a patient in need of immediate care.)

“So I have a solution. And it will cost not one thin dime,” Mr. Goodman said. “The next president of the United States should sign an executive order requiring the Census Bureau to cease and desist from describing any American – even illegal aliens – as uninsured. Instead, the bureau should categorize people according to the likely source of payment should they need care.

“So, there you have it. Voila! Problem solved.”

If there is any great indicator that a vote for John McCain is a vote for More of the Same, it’s this page straight out of the Cheney/Bush playbook. The best way to solve a problem? Change the definitions of the terms, twist the truth behind the matter, and rewrite the laws to avoid counting the people you don’t want to have to face. With one pen stroke, millions of Americans who have valid concerns about their health and well-being will be simply erased from the dialogue without so much as a by-your-leave.

Meanwhile, Mr. Goodman fails to realize that emergency rooms are supposed to be just for that – emergencies. It’s not where you go for your annual check-up, or where you go to talk to a doctor about ways to correct your obesity, or where you go to your doctor to have your prostate/pelvic exam. And as for the government stepping in? Only after you’ve been bankrupted completely, and then it’s not really the government so much as the hospitals’ own insurance policies.

Emergency rooms are not health care – they’re for the treatment of catastrophic injuries and illnesses. Suggesting that they somehow automatically equal national health care is more than just misguided, it’s ignorant and villainous to the highest degree.

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Bouncing Painfully Through Security

If I ever need a story that illustrated how one day the TSA will have us strip completely naked while security screeners giggle like rabid schoolgirls while snapping Polaroids, it has to be this one.

The Constitution bars unreasonable searches and seizures, Kates reminded the TSA supervisor, and scrutinizing a woman’s brassiere is surely unreasonable, she said.

The supervisor told her she had the choice of submitting to a pat-down in a private room or not flying. Kates offered a third alternative, to take off her bra and try again, which the TSA accepted.

“They tried to humiliate me and I was not going to be humiliated over this,” Kates said. “If I was carrying nail clippers and forgot about them, I wouldn’t have gotten so upset. But here I was just wearing my underwear.”

I think 500 adult websites just decided what their next video update is going to be.

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Genuine analysis in humor? Genius! certainly loves its lists. Every time it shows up on Digg or any other source, it seems to be for another list. Usually, they’re incredibly funny. This particular list, however, has some humor, but also has some pretty sharp insight into the nature of horror fiction. Eliza Skinner examines the real world fears behind 8 famous movie monsters. Among the insights?

At first glance, modern zombie movies seem to be about a fear of disease – most of them feature the “infected” type of zombies, not the “crawled out of a grave to dance with Michael Jackson” type. But the really threatening thing about zombies isn’t their crazy diseased eyeballs, it’s their sheer numbers.

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

Investigating the Narrative

McCain’s been riding high, convincing the American people that by simple virtue of his being a Republican, he’s better on the economy – even though McCain’s major backers are the investment bankers and stock gamers who put us into the mess we’re currently in in the first place.

But while McCain keeps selling himself as good for the economy and just like the common man, there’s obvious proof that he doesn’t know what’s going on with his own family finances, let alone what the common man goes through economically. See McCain’s Mansions:

And when quizzed about how many mansions he owns, what’s McCain’s response?

“I think — I’ll have my staff get to you,” McCain told Politico in Las Cruces, N.M. “It’s condominiums where — I’ll have them get to you.”

In a crashing housing market and a recession spiraling rapidly into depression with the devaluing of the dollar imminent, do we really need the economy in the hands of a business-first Republican with more McMansions than he can remember? He’s got his – and he really doesn’t seem to care about people who can’t afford theirs.

Advice for living in a McCain administration: If you don’t have a stock portfolio worth at least five figures and you live near a levy – move.

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Tomorrow on Popcorn Theater: Elske McCain!

The lovely and talented Elske McCain will join Popcorn Theater tomorrow at noon (EST) for a full hour of chatter!

The vivacious star of screen and smaller screen will be joining us to talk about a career that has seen her turning up in such films as Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead, Gimme Skelter, You’re Next 3: Pajama Party Massacre, Killer Biker Chicks, and the upcoming Jessicka Rabid. You can catch the show live at the episode’s page, and/or you can download it in mp3 form from blogtalkradio following the show. Help me kick off Popcorn Theater with a bang!

And if you haven’t added Popcorn to your blogroll yet, stop by the website where you can see news about who and what will be on each show, and catch episodes of the tv series uploaded for your viewing pleasure!

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Talking about movies…

I’ve been doing a lot of work lately on my film review show. Now, in addition to posts at Anvil & Sprocket, you can catch me on television (in a select viewing area) or YouTube (Vimeo, too) talking about flicks. And you can also take a look at, where this Friday at noon my new film talk show debuts.

And there’s a new website to keep up with all of this independent media – go and add to your bookmarks. It’s basic at the moment, but I’m working on it – and for the moment, basic still means you can keep up with what’s going on.

Check it out, and enjoy!

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Queue up for your outrage here

Over at Huffington Post, Cenk Uyger echoes what I’ve said about the political sex scandal issue – if it doesn’t effect their policies or fly in the face of their politics, then why does it matter to the public at large? Why isn’t it just a personal issue? If someone is a law-and-order politician, a moral watchdog, and then they’re caught with a hooker – yes, that’s a story. If someone supports anti-gay marriage amendments to the constitution and lectures constantly on how we need to enact rules against gays, and then they’re caught soliciting anonymous gay sex in an airport restroom or exchanging crystal meth to a male prostitute in exchange for “backrubs,” then yes – that’s a story. But someone whose main issue is poverty and justice has an affair with a campaign staffer? Sure, tabloid it up – but what does it ultimately do to their political career and why is it political news?

Then, Uyger does me one better. All right – let’s accept the narrative that sex outside of marriage=your political career is at an end. Then why is John McCain still standing?

Now, we get to the most relevant question – if John Edwards’ political career is done, why isn’t John McCain’s? John McCain had a well-documented affair on his first wife, with his current wife. He has admitted in the books he has written about his life that he ran around with several different women while still married to his first wife. And don’t forget that he left her for a younger, richer woman – multi-millionaire Cindy Hensley who is now Cindy McCain – after she had been severely hurt in a car accident.

So, why are McCain’s actions any more excusable than Edwards’? Because it was thirty years ago? Does that wash it away? Will we be fine with Edwards running for office again in a couple of years because then it will all be in the past? What is the statute of limitations on an affair?

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

Read this entry aloud for comical effect = pay me mah moneys

Via Boing Boing comes this link to Joho the Blog’s “20 Things I’ve Stolen.”

The idea is simple. Under the “if value, then right” argument, if something can be shown to have value, then the creator of that object has the right to demand compensation for its use. This is used to justify some of the more heinous acts of companies like the RIAA or MPAA – the idea being that if you rip a CD or DVD to put on your iPod, then you have recognized further value than was initially included in your original purchase, and the creator (or the MPAA/RIAA, since the creators don’t usually see a dime in those cases) has the right to demand that you pay them for that further value.

Joho’s got 20 things he then confesses to “stealing” under this argument – including a Ding-Dong (by saving half for later snacking instead of consuming it all at once) and the lyrics to a song (by saying “What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been” without using air quotes).

I’ve made a list of ten things I’ve done that violate the “if value, then right” argument – can you think of at least ten that you’ve done?

  1. I have used a porcelain piggy bank to hold down papers on breezy days in addition to using it to hold change.
  2. I have used a hammer to knock errant objects other than nails into their proper place.
  3. I have used a pocket knife not only for cutting, but also to clean under my fingernails.
  4. Conversely, when found without a pocket knife, I have used fingernail trimmers to cut yarn and small threads.
  5. To get a near-perfect circle while working on a design project in college, I placed the base of an Arizona Iced Coffee bottle on the paper and traced around it – using the container as a makeshift stencil.
  6. Additionally, I refilled said container with water after the iced coffee was gone, and later gave it to a friend who needed a similarly-shaped bottle for a play she was staging.
  7. On many occasions as a child, I placed a sock not on my foot but rather on my hand, tucking some of the material between my thumb and forefinger to fashion a crude puppet.
  8. My bookends have not only propped up books, but also DVD’s, CD’s, and – on a couple of occasions – my door.
  9. I have purposefully purchased items not only for the goods themselves, but also for the many uses I knew I could put their container to.
  10. The bag I carry my still camera and its accessories in is, in fact, an old bag for a long-lost Kodak Super-8 film camera.

Saturday, August 9th, 2008


I’m just trying to imagine the conversation that went into the development of this idea.

1: “Nunh-uh! The Predator would kick Fett’s butt!”

2: “No they couldn’t! He’s Boba the Fett – his backpack’s got jets, man!”

1: “Don’t quote MC Chris to me. MC Chris was nothing before I blogged about him!”

3: “You’re both nuts! Neither one could take on the Alien. Case closed. Suckas.”

Batman, Aliens, Predators, Star Wars (HD) – Fan Film, Draft Trailer from David Liu on Vimeo.

Friday, August 1st, 2008