December 7th, 2011

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weald [weeld] n. wooded or uncultivated country

birthday

Eli Wallach (1915), Ted Knight (1923), Noam Chomsky (1928), Tom Waits (1949), Larry Bird (1956), C. Thomas Howell (1966), Damien Rice (1973)

standpoint

I’m not breaking new ground here when I state that, Eric Bolling, the host of Fox Business Network’s Follow The Money, is a complete fucking idiot. Like most everyone associated with FoxNews, he’s just an antiquated windbag promoting an absurd agenda and not to be taken seriously.

But this segment is not only ridiculous, it’s mostly pathetic.

It would be easy to pick this video apart and shine a light on why everything Bolling, Dan Gainor and Andrea Tantaros said is just the worst kind of bullshit journalism, but I’m trusting that, after viewing it, you’ll see exactly why people like this are a problem.

If you don’t see it, I’m sorry, but you’re a dipshit.

For Christ’s sake, it’s The Muppets.

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The past is our definition. We may strive, with good reason, to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it, but we will escape it only by adding something better to it. ↔ Wendell Berry

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This is one of the greatest videos I’ve seen in the past couple of weeks. It’s Leslie David Baker, better known as Stanley from The Office, in a real music video for a real song he made.

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Michele Bachmann‘s presidential campaign is often laughable. But this is absolutely awesome. Way to go, little man.

Alec Baldwin may be a funny mofo but he’s definitely a crazy one, as well. Or maybe he’s just really competitive when it comes to Words with Friends.

→ Yeah, this country got lots of shit wrong with it and none of it looks like it’s getting fixed anytime soon so, sure, why not dick around with China? Makes sense to me.

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November 23, 2011

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bibliophage [bib-lee-uh-feyj] n. an ardent reader; a bookworm

birthday

William H. “Billy the Kid” Bonney (1859) (most likely inaccurate), Boris Karloff (1887), Harpo Marx (1888), Bruce Hornsby (1954), Chris Hardwick (1971), Miley Cyrus (1992)

standpoint

I’ve watched a lot of movies. And when it comes to movies there’s about a million lists out there of the best this and the worst that and what have you. But one list that’s mostly overlooked is The Biggest Assholes in Movie History. Sure there are a few out there but it’s largely an explored area. So I thought I would weigh in on this topic that is obviously in dire need of address. So here’s my list…so far.

Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker in The Social Network – Usually, Timberlake does his best to look squeaky clean in his cinematic endeavors but I gotta respect the guy for taking this role and doing a great job with it.

Hart Bochner as Harry Ellis in Die Hard – Ok, I know he’s more comic relief than serious asshole but the guy exemplifies every douchebag in the 80s. (Side note: I had no Bochner directed PCU until I had to look him up for this post.)

Matt Damon as Charlie Dillon in School Ties – If you can watch this movie and not want to punch real-life Matt Damon in the face, you’ve got ice water running through your veins.

Gene Hackman as John Herod in The Quick and The Dead – This clip doesn’t really reveal the extent of what a gigantic shithead Hackman plays in this movie but it’s the best scene so I thought I would include it.

William Atherton as Walter Peck in Ghostbusters – Atherton might be a very nice guy in real life but he will always be known for being one of the biggest assholes to ever grace the screen. I could’ve also cited him for Die Hard or Real Genius.

So that’s that. Feel free to comment if you think there are any I’ve overlooked.

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I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land. ↔ Jon Stewart

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Here’s the thing about The Muppets: They’re fucking awesome. Even though, they’re not technically members of the human race, they sum up everything great about it. They always assume the best about whatever situation they find themselves in. But they’re also incredibly sarcastic and, at times, they do actually get angry. But, in the end, they always forgive. I love this clip of Jason Segel’s SNL monologue from this past Saturday. (Sorry, you’re going to have to clip on the link. It wouldn’t embed properly.)

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→ Last night, CNN aired the GOP National Security Debate. I listened to most of it as I was preparing this post. When is the GOP going to realize it is doing itself absolutely no service by holding all of these debates? It’s become comical. My favorite part was when Herman Cain addressed Wolf Blitzer as “Blitz.” Here’s an article on some of the other gaffes from last night’s hi-jinks.

→ I know I’m probably beating this to death but what else is new? Yesterday, on 97.5 The Fanatic, Mike Missanelli interviewed Eric Lindros and John LeClair. During the interview, they discussed their latest charity efforts with CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia), what it was like to play with each other, Lindros’ feelings about his return to the city that shunned him and lots of other stuff.

→ I won’t be posting again until sometime next week. Happy Thanksgiving!

November 17, 2011

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cosmogony [koz-moguh-nee] n. a theory or story of the origin and development of the universe, the solar system, or the earth-moon system

birthday

Rock Hudson (1925), Martin Scorsese (1942), Lauren Hutton (1943), Danny DeVito (1944), Lorne Michaels (1944), Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (1958), RuPaul (1960), Jeff Buckley (1966), Sophie Marceau (1966), Rachel McAdams (1978)

standpoint

On Monday night, I watched the Bob Costas interview with Jerry Sandusky on Rock Center. Due to the fucked up nature of the allegations against Sandusky, I was expecting to be outraged by his words.

But I wasn’t.

The guy did nothing to exonerate himself. In fact, he probably made it worse.

Costas: How would you define the part you played? What are you willing to concede that you’ve done that was wrong and you wish you had not done it?

Sandusky: Well, in retrospect, I — you know, I shouldn’t have showered with those kids. You know.

In retrospect, he thought it was a bad idea. In retrospect.

But, wait, there’s more.

Costas: Are you a pedophile?

Sandusky: No.

Costas: Are you sexually attracted to young boys, to underage boys?

Sandusky: Am I sexually attracted to underage boys?

Costas: Yes.

Sandusky: Sexually attracted, you know, I enjoy young people. I love to be around them. But I’m not sexually attracted to young boys.

Why, oh why, in the world didn’t Sandusky’s lawyer, Joe Amendola, who happened to be seated right next to Costas during the entire interview (and has a kinda messed up story of his own) prep his client better?

The only answer is that he couldn’t. Amendola was trying to get his client out in front of the 40 charges against him but, most likely, Sandusky realizes he’s completely done for and he knows it doesn’t matter what he says.

quotation

Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is. ↔ Jim Morrison

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As forthcoming as I am, there are certain memories that I choose to keep just for me. And listening to “Stockholm Syndrome” by blink-182 always makes me think of one of them.

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This is pretty damn funny website. Make sure to check it out.

OK Go makes the best videos.

→ I am going to be unapologetic about how much I will be mentioning this in the next two weeks. My best friend Harvey died last November 30th after a valiant battle against CML, which is a type of leukemia. It’s been almost a year. I can’t fucking believe it. Anyway, before I get started on a rant, I’m going to once again announce that there will be a happy hour for the Harvey Forsyth Memorial Fund on Wednesday, November 30th at the Field House (1150 Filbert St., Philadelphia) from 6pm to 9pm. Please do your best to attend.

07.07.11 – a thursday

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catawampus [kat-uhwom-puhs] adj. 1. askew; awry 2. positioned diagonally; cater-cornered  adv. 3. diagonally; obliquely: We took a shortcut and walked catawampus across the field.

birthday

Satchel Paige (1906), Pierre Cardin (1922), Doc Severinsen (1927), Ringo Starr (1940), Joe Spano (1946), Shelley Duvall (1949), Jim Gaffigan (1966), Michelle Kwan (1980)

standpoint

I have a mostly cynical view of the world and, in particular, this country we live in. But, on the other hand, I have optimistic tendencies from time to time. Actually, if I have to be completely honest, it’s probably the other way around. I’m more of an optimist than a cynic.

The more I see of what’s going on around me, I don’t feel like I’ll be that way forever. Perhaps that’s the natural progression of life or whatever. But am I the only one who thinks everything is completely fucked up? Let’s explore the Casey Anthony situation.

Casey Anthony killed Caylee, her two-year old daughter. That’s the bottom line. In my mind, that’s factual information. I disregard the not-guilty verdict that came down earlier this week. She did it.

After her daughter went missing she felt no need to alert authorities. Instead, she partied her ass off for a month straight and even entered something called a hard-body contest. She got a tattoo that read, “Bella Vita” or “Good Life.” She created a story in which an imaginary nanny kidnapped her daughter. She told investigators she worked at Universal Studios, took them there and wandered around for a while before admitting to them she hadn’t worked there in years. She did internet searches for “neck breaking” and “chloroform.” Those are just a few items in the long list of incongruities surrounding the death of Caylee Anthony.

Those things, while damning, don’t translate to Casey Anthony being guilty of murder. But Caylee Anthony was murdered. Her remains were eventually found in three different bags, duct tape attached to her skull, around the area of Casey Anthony’s parents’ home.

Unless you’ve been conducting some sort of research in a remote area of the world for the past year, you all ready know all of the above and more.

And knowing what you know, you most likely had the same reaction on Tuesday when you found out Casey Anthony would serve less than another year in jail and then would be free to go about her life: nausea. Lots and lots of nausea.

I’m of the opinion that a lot of aspects of our society don’t work the way they’re intended but I’ve always been a fan of our legal system. I understand that the prosecution’s case had holes in it a mile wide. But, COME ON. We all know Casey Anthony killed her daughter. At the very least, she had intimate knowledge of how it happened.

I’m pissed about this. Yes, mainly because a defenseless little girl was murdered by the one person in the world who was supposed to be protecting her. But, on a lesser note, I’m pissed because it’s just another incident causing me to inch further away from a closet optimist to a devout cynic.

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More than anything else the sensation is one of perfect peace mingled with an excitement that strains every nerve to the utmost, if you can conceive of such a combination. ↔ Wilbur Wright

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There’s a song by The Muppets that’s been in my head for days: “Movin’ Right Along.” I have no idea why I keep humming it but hopefully posting it here will exorcise it.

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I’m continually in awe of these gentlemen. Happy to hear they’re doing this.

I heard about this at work the other day. There’s a lesson here but for the life of me I can’t figure out exactly what it is.

→ I’m going to leave you with a trailer for Awake, a new show on NBC this fall. I’m asking all of you to watch it and let me know what you think. I’ll reveal my thoughts on it in tomorrow’s post.

12.23.09 – A Wednesday

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rogue [rohg] n. 1. a dishonest, knavish person; scoundrel 2. a playfully mischievous person; scamp: The youngest boys are little rogues 3. a tramp or vagabond 4. a rogue elephant or other animal of similar disposition 5. Biology. a usually inferior organism, esp. a plant, varying markedly from the normal v. (used w/o object) 6. to live or act as a rogue v. (used w/ object) 7. to cheat 8. to uproot or destroy (plants, etc., that do not conform to a desired standard) 9. to perform this operation upon: to rogue a field adj. 10. (of an animal) having an abnormally savage or unpredictable disposition, as a rogue elephant 11. no longer obedient, belonging, or accepted and hence not controllable or answerable; deviating, renegade: a rogue cop; a rogue union local

BIRTHDAY

Joseph Smith Jr. (1805), Robert Bly (1926), Chet Baker (1929), Harry Shearer (1943), Susan Lucci (1946), Adrian Belew (1949), Victoria Williams (1958), Eddie Vedder (1964), Carla Bruni (1967), Corey Haim (1971)

STANDPOINT

In the spirit of the holiday season, I won’t rant about any of the issues making my blood boil right now.

Instead, I’ll just wish everyone a happy holiday season. Truly. Spend time with your family, friends or whomever. Enjoy it. Make it count.

Obviously, I won’t be posting for the rest of the week. Come back Monday for some more.

QUOTATION

If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read:  “President Can’t Swim.” → Lyndon B. Johnson

TUNE

Best Christmas album ever? A Christmas Together: John Denver and The Muppets. Listen to it over and over again. You’ll dig it.

GALLIMAUFRY

→ Listen. I get it. George Lopez is not exactly someone who’s thought of as really hip. But his new late night show on TBS, Lopez Tonight, isn’t half bad. He probably dips too much into the whole Latino thing, but he’s kind of fearless about some of the shit he has to say.  

→ Fucking finally. David Goldman, who’s fought one of the most heart-wrenching battles of all-time for custody of his son, has won. Not sure what kind of bullshit law they’re practicing down in Brazil, but the whole country should be ashamed of themselves for putting Goldman through this ordeal.

→ I’ve been saying this for years. Say what you will about Kevin Costner, but Open Range has the best shootout in the history of Western movies. And AMC.com agrees with me.