Monthly Archive for February, 2006

Gall-oway: Evicted

What a moron. Or more accurately: What a pussy.

But you say ‘what range this man has’ ( I use man loosely here): Pretending to be a cat drinking milk out of the hands of an actress, dancing in a red leotard with a transvestite, shaking hands with murdering thugs and, oh yes….a member of British Parliament and the champion of the UK “anti-war” crowd.

“We need to use new and innovative methods to put across our arguments,” he said. “I believe Celebrity Big Brother will be hugely successful for our ideals.”

Right then, hands up all those who are now familiar with Respect’s policy on local government finance. How about housing and the homeless? And surely Galloway managed to get in a word about the party’s pioneering ideas on sport and recreation?

Alas no, but it seems very likely that in years to come old folk will still be sitting around the fireside and reminiscing about the time the honourable member for Bethnal Green and Bow pretended to be a little pussycat licking pretend cream from an actress’s cupped hands. And let’s not forget the time he pranced about in a red leotard; not to mention his row with Michael Barrymore or the day he dressed up as Dracula.

The poor British. He’s like their very own version of Jesse Jackson, though I don’t think even Jesse would stoop so low as to appear on Big Brother.

Props to Egypt for (temporarily) not allowing that idiot into the country. He was going there to take part in a mock trial against all the good guys involved in the Iraq war. What impressive versatility – from vulgar reality show to pro-terrorist propaganda participant. What a jewel this man is. Seems as if his east London constituents may have finally had enough of him, too.

Separating Fact from Satire

As if pulled from the pages of Mad magazine or The Onion, we have life imitating satire. This, thanks to the geniuses in the razor blade industry.

We now have five blade razors!

But wait, it was satirized in Fuck Everything, We’re Doing Five Blades back in The Onion’s Feb 2004 issue.

What part of this don’t you understand? If two blades is good, and three blades is better, obviously five blades would make us the best fucking razor that ever existed. Comprende? We didn’t claw our way to the top of the razor game by clinging to the two-blade industry standard…
…They don’t tell me what to invent—I tell them. And I’m telling them to stick two more blades in there. I don’t care how. Make the blades so thin they’re invisible. Put some on the handle. I don’t care if they have to cram the fifth blade in perpendicular to the other four, just do it!

CEO and President,
The Gillette Company

Man, if we could only get those bright minds from Schick and Gillette into politics or foreign policy, we’d have world peace, or at least perhaps less scary-looking, clean-shaven lunatic Muslims burning our flag.

When does the madness with razors stop? When will we have enough blades? Six, ten, fifteen perhaps? And are consumers really buying into this more-blades-is-better crapola?

It’s so funny, it’s almost not funny.

To Warm a Mother’s Heart

NPR’s stories usually make me snicker, but today on Morning Edition they had an interesting, and beautiful, piece. It was about how scientists have hypothesized that baby cells stay with a mother for many years, perhaps the rest of her life. Even from babies that have been miscarried. The wonderful and beautiful part of it comes in here: these fetal cells have been shown to rush to damaged areas of the mother’s body and repair and defend it. There’s also a “bad hypothesis” where the cells may be responsible for the rarer diseases that occur disproportionally in females. The “good hypothesis” is being supported in research though, while evidence doesn’t seem to support the bad one. You can read more about it and/or listen to the original broadcast on npr.org.

Let the Players Play, Dammit

The Super Bowl wasn’t all that super in terms of the play of either team. I thought that Seattle played better than Pittsburgh overall and left lots of points on the field. Pittsburgh played just well enough to win with two big plays propelling them – the 75 yard TD run and the gadget Flea Flicker.

I think the NFL really needs to look at the officiating. It’s been horrible all season, even with instant replay. Actually, instant replay makes it worse because those zebra geezers still get it wrong even after looking at the film. The Super Bowl was marred by some questionable calls. Here’s my take:

The offensive pass interference call on the TD catch by Seattle’s Darrell Jackson was borderline and usually not called unless your name is Randy Moss. Seattle settled for a field goal. 4 point swing.

More disturbing was the dubious holding call that negated a pass to Seattle TE Stevens (one he actually caught, after dropping three), all the way down to the one yard line. As I watched it, I thought the Steeler left DE was offsides, but no flag there. The same DE “drew” the holding call. Seattle threw an interception soon after that. 0 red zone points.

And speaking of that interecption, the ridiculous call on Seattle QB Hasselbeck, a 15 yard personal foul for blocking below the waist, when he made a great tackle on the interception return hurt more than people realize. It gave them field position to feel confident enought to try that Flea Flicker play.

The first Steeler TD could have easily been ruled down before the goal line. I thought the replay showed Roethlisberger was down before he broke the plane, but I can kind of see why they didn’t think it was clear enough (“incontrovertible”) to overturn. By the way, where was this officiating crew during the Raider-New England Tuck Rule shenanigans? Regardless, if it were called no TD on the field, it also wouldn’t have been overturned into a TD, and the official sure took a while to raise his hands on the play. That would have brought up a fourth down and Pittsburgh may still have gone for it and scored, but all I’m saying is it was very fortunate for them.

I also noticed that there were a couple of penalties called (one was a holding on a 34 yard Seattle punt return, which is their favorite penalty to call whether it’s there or not), where ABC didn’t show it on replay. I wonder why. A directive from the NFL perhaps to not show every penalty, lest it reflect badly on their lame officials. That was a big call in that it created a 44 yard swing in Pittsburgh’s favor. This is the biggest game of the year. Why isn’t ABC showing us these replays with their barrage of cameras?

I’m a huge football fan and what I’ve been seeing the last few years is the lousy officiating affecting way too many games. It’s making me question my loyalty to the sport. Something’s gotta be done or the almighty NFL is going to start losing fans.

Cartoon Fever

Support Denmark and Free Speech
Support Denmark and Free Speech worldwide

I think what’s going on all over the Muslim world, in reaction to these cartoons, just legitimizes the whole idea behind them – that there was self-censorship going on when addressing Muslim issues in journalism. Writers were afraid to write anything that might be construed as negative, lest something happen to them like the barbaric killing of Director Theo van Gogh in November 2004. Sadly, when you see this reaction – the burning of embassies, the threats of murder – you can kind of understand why some journalists steered away from any subject that may have shed a negative light on anything Muslim.

Let’s face it, a good portion of these people want the world to go back to the Middle Ages. It’s in their doctrine. I hope this opens civilized peoples’ eyes to the danger their thinking poses on the world, in terms of freedom, and more importantly, peace. Countries have bent over backwards to Muslims, allowing them full citizenship, and attempting to integrate them into democratic societies. Shouldn’t they show respect in return? They need to respect the countries’ laws and they need to tolerate the countries’ culture. They need to be willing to integrate, or not emigrate.

I’m suddenly a huge fan of the Danes for showing some cojones. I read somewhere that at least fourteen countries have published these toons. Are the IslamoFascists going to kill us all? Every newspaper should publish them to show that the civilized world will not cower to these idiots. I doubt it will happen though, as the all-powerful CNN is displaying how brave they are by showing one of them (the bomb-in-the turban), but with the bomb fuzzed out.

I saw nothing that offensive myself. The most offensive of the cartoons was probably the one depicting Mohammad with a bomb in his turban, but don’t those whacky suicide lunatics justify their actions by citing him anyway? He’d be proud of them killing infidels by exploding themselves, right? One was even a bit funny in a twisted sort of way – suicide bombers arriving in Heaven, only to find Mohammad turning them back because they were out of virgins. All the caricatures are available in a slide show here. If they were offended by that, hate to see their reaction to the gallery on this Dutch site. Some really offensive ones here.

My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has been roasted and caricatured in a negative light for ages. The movie, The Temptation of Christ, stirred up some protest but nothing more. Go to just about any “Contemporary Art Museum” to see anti-Christian tripe they call art. I see the little Darwin fish on cars all the time, mocking the Christian ichthys (Greek abbreviation for Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior). If Christians behaved the same way, there’d be a lot of killin’ goin’ on.

The civilized world needs to stick together on this issue and support freedom of speech everywhere, regardless of who it might offend. This is getting ugly, but it’s good in a way because it serves to show how ugly these people are in their form of response.

Now, doesn’t that make you worry even more that Iran is working on a nuclear bomb?

Eleni’s One

Eleni at the poolEleni turned one year old this week (31 January). Her Daddy had to go up to DC for a conference, so she spent her birthday in our nation’s capital. She really enjoyed the pool at the hotel until the “lifeguard” inexplicably made her Mommy stop going under water with her because “he didn’t feel comfortable” and “didn’t want to be responsible if anything happened”. At least, that’s what we think he said with his thick Russian accent.

Very strange indeed.

At first, we thought he was joking. I was thinking of complaining to the hotel manager, but I just thought, why bother.

Yes, I suppose Mommy could have inadvertantly let go and could have lost Eleni in the murky, three foot deep, indoor pool waters. And the lifeguard would never get there in time to do anything as he was a whopping 10 feet away. And Mommy would somehow fall unconscious or something. All this while Daddy is filming everything with the video camera.

Yeah, I don’t blame him. He looked to be in the middle of a magazine article and surely didn’t want to be bothered with the extremely remote possibility of an actual life saving anyway.

That’s the Westfields Marriott, by the way, for anyone interested.

In the photo here, Eleni is looking a little disappointed after her short swim. We actually changed hotels to a central DC Marriott and we’ll try the pool here tomorrow. Hopefully no nazi-like lifeguards. In the meantime, Eleni’s been loving just roaming the large hotel lobby and the gargantuan DC Convention Center.

Xronia Polla (many years) to our little girl!