Saturday, December 13, 2008
Meanwhile, Penny-Arcade has started its annual Child's Play charity. Cincinnati's own Children's Hospital is on there this year. You should check it out and buy a present for some sick kids.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
March of the Pigs
The Great Destroyer
Piggy (Ghosts version)
The Greater Good
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like a Hole
The Good Soldier
In This Twilight
Friday, November 21, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Funny, as someone who is supposedly such a good Christian, she missed the whole lesson on who hell is meant for. Not only did she misquote Madeline Albright, but apparently she thinks statements like that are intelligent and appropriate things to say. Yet I'm fairly certain she wasn't supporting Hillary Clinton's presidential bid.
"Okay, now, thank you so much for receiving that well. I didn't know how that was gonna go over. And now, California, let's see what a comment like I just made, how that is turned into whatever it'll be turned into tomorrow with the newspaper."
The media doesn't need to do much to make you look stupid, Sarah, when you give them idiotic comments like that.
Friday, October 03, 2008
Jon Stewart hit the nail on the head.
Obama and McCain gave me further incentive to vote third-party when they both voted--along with Joe Biden--in favor of the revamped $700 billion Wall Street bailout. Far from helping end our economic woes, this move will simply push our country closer to recession and even possible depression. The government cannot keep buying bad debt, propping up failing industries, and giving handouts. Look what happens: now California is saying it needs $7 billion from the government. Our own states are asking for bailouts!
The worst part is that the new version of this bill is absolutely riddled with government earmarks and "pork barrel" spending. Some of those "important" groups receiving the nearly $150 billion in tax breaks, government money, or tax credits:
- Makers of real-wood arrow shafts
- Puerto Rican & Virgin Island rum makers
- Auto racing tracks
- Exxon Valdez victims
- Movie studios shooting films inside the U.S.
- Wool research, and more...
The truth of the matter is that these men don't care one iota about you or me. Every poll I've seen shows the American public is very against the bailout, but the politicians vote for it anyway. If this is Obama's idea of "change," it looks like things will be staying just as they are.
And I can't believe the gaul of John McCain. He votes in favor of the bill, then uses the excuse "that's the way the system works" when confronted with all this useless pork that he just voted for. Then he says the President needs to take leadership and veto bills like the one he just voted for if the system is going to ever be fixed! Sorry John, you cannot have your cake and eat it to. You cannot vote for a bill that is saturated in earmarks and then turn around to gripe and complain about the corruption in Washington that let's this type of thing happen. YOU, John McCain, are that corruption. You are a hypocritical, lying, manipulating snake. And you sold your principles for a shot at the presidency.
A voice of reason:
We're past the point of fixing our economy without anything bad happening. We need to suck it up and deal with some short-term problems, instead of prolonging this and making things worse.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
And here's an interview with Paul and Nader on CNN talking about the same subject (and featuring CNN hack Wolf Blitzer):
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Lest anyone complain about me only choosing one source, here's a wide variety of reporting issue:
The conservative Wall Street Journal was one of the first to widely report that Palin's claims were false.
Even FOX News(!) reported her support of the bridge project and the huge number of earmarks requested by Alaska:
MSNBC's Keith Olbermann:
Olbermann on newer Palin developments, including that she used government funds set aside for travel expenses while living at home:
Then there's the story about how she promoted the Alaskan National Guard General who originally criticized her and then changed his tune.
And just for giggles, here's Jon Stewart comparing how different McCain and Bush really are, based on McCain's convention speech:
Friday, September 05, 2008
TerrorismThis video is disgusting. The Republicans have shown time and time again that they have no qualms about using the September 11th attacks as a tool to advance their political agenda. John McCain clearly has decided to take up one of President Bush's favorite tactics: using the American people's memories of 9/11 to frighten them into giving the government more power to curtail civil liberties and increase the powers of the executive branch. What McCain is basically saying in that video is "vote for me or you'll die." Downright shameful.
1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes.
2. the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
3. a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.
What kind of government do we have when those in power repeatedly show graphic footage of American civilians being killed in order to frighten Americans into giving up their freedoms, but banning footage of American soldiers' coffins coming home from Iraq so people won't get discouraged about the war?
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
The band was on top of things yet again. A lot of the same great songs from the first show were just as good this time--"Head Down," "Reptile," "The Warning," and "God Given" especially. As always "Terrible Lie" was another highlight of the night. After playing it for twenty years, Trent Reznor still pours everything into it. I couldn't believe we got to hear "The Great Destroyer"--best song of the night; "The Beginning of the End" and "Ghosts 14" were two new standouts as well. In fact, I liked the whole "Ghosts" mini-set even better this time. The only real disappoint was not only did we get "The Frail" without "The Wretched" but the exclusion of "The Big Come Down" left us without any real songs from The Fragile. Overall it was another unbelievable show and it left me eager for November. Seriously. Any takers?
All my photos from the concert can be viewed at my flickr page.
March Of The Pigs
The Great Destroyer
Piggy (Ghosts version)
The Greater Good
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like A Hole
The Beginning Of The End
In This Twilight
Thursday, August 28, 2008
College Pick'em: League #1650 password bearcats
Pro Pick'em: League #3371 password bengals
NFL Survival Football: League #957 password cincy08
College Pick'em starts in just two days and the NFL games start next week, so don't delay!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Libertarian Presidential Candidate Bob Barr was on The Colbert Report yesterday. It was a decent interview; not a lot of substance, but that seems to be how a lot of Colbert's interviews go. But hopefully Barr will reap the benefits of the "Colbert Bump".
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
If people want to go to the Columbus show they'll have to let me know very soon. Plus, I don't have the funds to buy tickets at the moment, so someone else would need to pay for those tickets. Please let me know soon if you're interested so I can make plans.
NIN Lights in the Sky 2008 Tour Dates.
Directions to Fort Wayne.
Directions to Grand Rapids.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
NIN always puts on a great light show, and this one was the best I've seen yet. I was glad I took my camera; surprisingly I got some decent pictures and managed to avoid having my camera destroyed. I tried getting a picture during every song, but it just wasn't possible during ones like "March of the Pigs" and "Gave Up". I wasn't willing to risk having my camera broken while being shoved around.
Musically the band was tight and energetic. Trent Reznor was fantastic as always--though his reported throat problems were evident a couple times--while Josh Freese and Robin Fincke were especially amazing. There wasn't a dull song in the whole two hours of the show. Even staples like "Wish" and "Terrible Lie" were fantastic. They ended up playing mostly songs from The Slip and Year Zero, which sounded great, with a handful of older classics thrown in. I was really glad they incorporated a mini Ghosts set. It was great getting a couple less popular Downward Spiral songs like "Piggy"--which had a different feel from the album version--and "Reptile". Jon and I managed to slip to within ten feet of the front of the stage during "Wish". I'd have to say my own highlights were "Head Down," "Vessel," "Terrible Lie," "Echoplex," "Reptile," and "God Given". Oh, and Freese's drum solo on "Piggy". This also had to be the best engineered concert I've ever been to. The sound mixing was perfect; no overpowering bass, no ear-splitting highs, no vocals being drowned out by the music. At times it sounded like an actual live album mixed by an engineer in the studio. My hat goes off to the stage and sound crew.
Fantastic show by the best band out there right now. Can't wait till the Lexington show. Hopefully Trent's strained voice will hold up.
March of the Pigs
Piggy (Ghosts version)
The Greater Good
The Big Come Down
Head Like a Hole
In This Twilight
Thursday, August 21, 2008
There have been some big changes lately. First off, I sold my Canon Powershot S3 IS camera, and bought a new Sony A200 DSLR. I only have the standard 18-55mm kit lens but I hope to get Sony's 55-200mm lens soon.
The bigger and better news is that I finally have a new job. Starting Monday I will be a new claims processor for Great American Insurance. It may end up being boring, but the pay is nice and it gets me out of Circuit City. The real test will be how my wrist and arm fair being in front of the computer for eight hours a day.
I just got back from Daufuskie Island in South Carolina with Jess and her family. The island was beautiful and we had great weather most of the time. It was great to get out of Cincinnati for a few days.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Robby and I traveled to Indianapolis Sunday night to see Radiohead at the Verizon Wireless Music Center. We had lawn tickets, but still had a good view of the stage since the Verizon amphitheater is laid out much better than Riverbend here in Cincinnati.
I'll keep this brief; but the band was fantastic. Awesome light show, great set list. The band played for slightly over two hours, blowing through all of In Rainbows, along with a good peppering of songs from Hail to the Thief, Amnesiac, Kid A, and OK Computer. While there wasn't a bad song among them, I'd say my personal highlights included "How To Disappear Completely," "Idioteque," "There There," and all three cuts from OK Computer.
I have to again mention how cool the stage setup was. With the exception of my second Nine Inch Nails show--which was at this same venue, coincidently enough--I haven't seen a better light show. Check out these awesome pictures from Keith Klenowski to get a good idea of what I mean (although even they don't do it justice).
It was an awesome show, and I wouldn't hesitate to see Radiohead again.
01. 15 Step
03. There There
04. All I Need
05. Pyramid Song
07. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
08. The Gloaming
09. Climbing Up The Walls
10. Faust Arp
12. Morning Bell
15. Everything in its Right Place
17. How To Disappear Completely
18. You and Whose Army?
19. Bangers and Mash
20. Exit Music (For A Film)
21. Jigsaw Falling Into Place
22. Karma Police
23. House of Cards
24. The National Anthem
25. Street Spirit
That ends the first of my three big concerts in August. Next up: Nine Inch Nails in Cleveland on August 22...
Thursday, July 24, 2008
- Senator Reid Says Barrack Obama Will Revisit FISA If Elected President. - Then why not oppose it in the first place?! Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.
- Obama Would Consider Using Military Action Against Iran; "No Options Off The Table." - Apparently Obama's definition of "change" is to use the same foreign policy as the Bush administration. This is despite the fact that polls show the majority of Americans oppose a military solution for Iran. Sadly, most of these Americans will still vote for either Obama or McCain, even though these candidates are not interested out the will of the American people.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
This still isn't getting any easier to swallow. John Turley does an excellent job of laying out why the passage of the FISA bill is a horrible blight on the history of this country (this video was aired on July 8, a day before the bill was passed). Quite simply, the spineless Democrats are allowing Bush and his Republican cronies to cover up the fact that the President is guilty of a felony--a felony he committed at least thirty times! From the clip:
"What the Democrats are doing here with the White House is they're trying to conceal a crime that is hiding in plain view. ... Nobody wants to have a confrontation over the fact that the president committed a felony. ... That's a very inconvenient fact right now in Washington."
"The Democrats have learned well from Bush," Turley said in amazement. "They're just going to change the rules. ... It's otherworldly. ... I am completely astonished by Senator Obama's position -- and obviously disappointed. All of these senators need to respect us enough not to call it a compromise. It's a cave-in."
"It's like all those stories where someone is assaulted on the street and a hundred witnesses do nothing," continued Turley. "In this case, the Fourth Amendment is going to be eviscerated tomorrow, and a hundred people are going to watch it happen because it's just not their problem. ... There's not an ounce of principle, not an ounce of public interest in this legislation."
Turley added that even though the telecoms could still be prosecuted criminally, it's unlikely to happen. "The fix is in," he concluded. "Tomorrow night, there's going to be a lot of celebrating among telecom lobbyists. ... What we will lose tomorrow, it's something very precious."
This country has come a long way since Watergate in how it deals with Presidential felonies and unfortunately the change is not for the better.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Today the Senate overwhelmingly passed the bill to expand Federal domestic surveillance powers and grant retroactive immunity to telecommunication companies for aiding the federal government in spying on American citizens.
I'm furious. Our elected officials in the federal government have made it clear what their priorities are, and it isn't upholding the Constitution or looking out for the rights of the American people. I will never vote for the reelection of Congressman Chabot, Senator Voinovich, or anyone else who supported this act. In fact, I plan to write both of their offices and tell them this. It's not much, but it's something. I'm tired of people saying that there's nothing that can be done about it. The solution is actually fairly simple: stop voting for them!! These people have willfully betrayed the Constitution and the American people. In my mind they are traitors and should be dealt with as such.
We elect people to go to Washington to speak and vote on our behalf; anyone whose votes show their lack of respect for the principles this country was founded on does not speak for me. Senator Obama ultimately voted in favor of the bill, which is the last straw for my declining support of him. He does not care about the Constitution. He does not care about the rights of the American people. His "change" is a lie. I do not want him to be my president. Even Hillary Clinton voted against this bill!
At least John McCain hasn't tried to hide the fact that he's a disciple of Bush and will unapologetically continue to expand the executive branch while eroding civil liberties. I've come to the conclusion that Barack Obama may actually be worse--he's guilty of manipulating people into believe in a movement towards change, and once the Democratic nomination was secured, he's shown his true colors.
Not that it ultimately matters which one of them is elected; they'll both continue to expand the powers of the executive branch at the expense of checks and balances, the Constitution, and our civil liberties. Not that any of those things are important to Americans--not if they can continue to grow fat and watch reality t.v. with the false illusion of safety. Getting angry and actually taking action requires too much thought. We are sheep, and I fear we're letting ourselves be led to the slaughter.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
George Stephanopoulos should be ashamed of his slanted questions and arrogant attitude, but what can one except from someone in the mainstream media?
I've been hesitant to support Bob Barr for president, mainly because I wasn't sure how sincere he was in his political beliefs. Barr was once a die-hard conservative Republican who espouses a libertarian philosophy (the video explains this in more detail). But since he realistically has no real shot at winning the presidency, I feel confident that his conversion from neo-con to libertarian is fairly genuine--and since the evolution of my own political beliefs is fairly similar, I'd be a hypocrite to hold that against him.
I've been feeling that a third-party vote is the way to go this November. Voting for McCain is completely out of the question--as cliched as it sounds after hearing it over and over, he really is running on a platform that sounds exactly like four more years of Bush. I've been growing more disillusioned with Obama--especially after his FISA flip-flop--and I'm sadly realizing that all his inspirational speeches and talk of "change" are nothing but more empty political change. Since the two major political parties are essentially one and the same--and care nothing for the Constitution--I doubt that I can vote for even more of them in good conscience. It makes me happy that I stuck with my guns and voted for Ron Paul in the primary.
Stephanopoulos might be right about Barr taking votes from McCain and helping Obama win, but since one of those two has to win, I'd rather take a chance with Obama. Neither option looks promising. That said, after feeling guilty for the past few years that I helped reelect a president who is one of the worst violators ever of our Constitution, I don't want a vote for either McCain or Obama on my conscience. That way I can maybe take some small satisfaction--offer a smug "I-told-you-so"--as our country continues circling the drain towards a bankrupt police-state.
Friday, June 27, 2008
5 out of 5 Davies. *****
Thursday, June 26, 2008
The Top 2:
If these aren't the two best movies of the year, I will be greatly shocked.
The Highly Anticipated:
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - David Fincher has some awesome movies. The trailer looks great.
- Gonzo - Hunter S. Thompson is one of my favorite authors, and this looks like an excellent documentary on him.
- Burn After Reading - From the looks of the trailer, this should be another classic from the Cohen Brothers.
- Choke - A good book from Chuck Palahuniuk (author of Fight Club) and the movie looks promising.
- Pineapple Express - Looks hilarious. [Red band trailer, probably NSFW]
- Tropic Thunder - Ben Stiller has been stale lately but this film looks like it might change that.
- The Admiral - The trailer is very impressive, despite the fact it's entirely in Russian with no subtitles. I'm sure the American release of the movie won't have that problem.
- War, Inc. - Looks like it could be a funny satire.
- Quantum of Solace - The newest James Bond film will hopefully improve upon the success of Casino Royale.
- Miracle at St. Anna - It looks like there is more to this movie than simply a World War II film but it looks good from the trailer.
- The X-Files 2: I Want to Believe - Looks like it could be a solid second installment in the X-Files movie franchise.
- The Good, the Bad, and the Weird - This ridiculous-looking Korean spaghetti-western looks like it could be hilarious.
- Traitor - An interesting action/political thriller starring Don Cheadle.
- OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies - This should be a funny French spoof on the 1960s spy genre.
Might Not Be Bad?:
- The Mummy 3 - The first two movies weren't terrible, so this might be a decent action movie.
- The Clone Wars - You would think I would be more excited about this, seeing as it is Star Wars related but I have no faith in George Lucas anymore.
- The Rocker - Could be funny.
- Righteous Kill - Normally a film starring both Robert De Niro and Al Pacino would look awesome, and this but could be good, but the trailer didn't blow me off my feet.
- RocknRolla - Another British crime film by Guy Ritchie.
- Taken - Looks like a decent action movie starring Liam Neeson.
No doubt there are some I've missed, but that's all for now.
Friday, June 20, 2008
"The proposed FISA deal is not a compromise; it is a capitulation," said Wisconsin Democratic Senator Russ Feingold, the only senator who voted against the Patriot Act in 2001. "The House and Senate should not be taking up this bill, which effectively guarantees immunity for telecom companies alleged to have participated in the President’s illegal program, and which fails to protect the privacy of law-abiding Americans at home."I don't see how someone can argue that this isn't a horrible thing. By definition, the very fact that Congress had to vote to grant telecom companies retroactive immunity means they were breaking the law; which also means that whoever ordered the companies to break the law--the Bush administration--are guilty as well.
California lawmaker Barbara Lee referred to the days of J. Edgar Hoover and concluded, "This bill scares me."
Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Washington) slammed retroactive amnesty, asking "Don't we realize there are some lines we should never cross?"
But the short debate and quick scheduling made it clear that the House leadership was confident the measure would easily pass, thus sparing conservative Democrats from campaign ads in the fall attacking them for not being tough on surveillance.
Even if trust the Bush administration and don't think they would use these powers for ill, how can you be okay with the precedent this sets? All it takes is for a would-be tyrant to get into office, and all the groundwork has already been put into place. This should have nothing to do with allegiances to political parties.
Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the Democrats who have continued to give the Bush administration a free pass to violate the Constitution should be ashamed, not to mention removed from office. They are either cowards for being too afraid to oppose Bush, or they are crooks and villains guilty of greed and a lust for more power at the expense of our liberties--in other words, they are cut from the same cloth as Bush, Cheney, and the rest. It's time to start holding our elected leaders accountable; they are in Washington to look after our interests, not their own. Steve Chabot will never get another vote of mine until he stops toeing the Republican Party line and starts voting for the Constitution. Even Barack Obama disappointingly seems to be too afraid to disagree with the Democratic majority. Some "change" that is. It's truly a sad state of affairs when Dennis Kucinich is one of the most rational, patriotic politicians in the federal government by actually standing up in defense of the Constitution.
Why are we so willing to impeach a president for lying about oral sex, but not for repeatedly violating the Constitution? Which one of these actions truly represents "high crimes and misdemeanors"?
I think George Orwell could see the future when he wrote 1984, he was just off the mark by about twenty-five years.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I wish that the South American World Cup qualifying games were also being aired on TV. The United States completely destroyed Barbados 8-0, and sadly we have to play them another time. In the three games the U.S. has played against Barbados, the cumulative score now comes to a total of 19 goals to none.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Weezer attempted to channel the success of their debut album when they finally returned, making it their second eponymous album and even using a similar album cover. What has come to be known as The Green Album is a good pop album, but it failed to reach the same level of excellence as the band's first two efforts.
Things got worse with the band's next two albums, Maladroit and Make Believe. Maladroit featured a more "metal" sound which resulted in a lot of dull tracks, although the album is not without its highlights ("Burndt Jam" and "Keep Fishin'" to name a couple). Make Believe was even more disappointing considering the album was made with Rick Rubin, one of the best producers in music. While "This Is Such a Pity" ranks up there as one of Weezer's best songs, the album also features "Beverly Hills," which might be the worst piece of garbage Cuomo has ever recorded. Aside from a couple decent tracks, the album was the band's weakest yet.
With their latest release, Weezer once again tried to mimic the success of their first album by self-titling their new record and using a similar cover, Weezer (The Red Album) is way off the mark from the band's early releases. It shows a slight improvement over Make Believe, but that may have more to do with the fact that the record doesn't have any songs as bad as "Beverly Hills" and "We Are All On Drugs" than that it features better songs. Don't get me wrong, there are still plenty of stinkers here like the emo-sounding garbage like "Heart Songs" and the irritating "Everybody Get Dangerous," but they aren't the worst we've heard from Weezer. Cuomo can't be blamed for all the bad songs, as the tracks written by the other members of Weezer ("Thought I Knew," "Cold Dark World," and "Automatic") are equally awful. The album has a couple hits like the catchy singles "Pork and Beans" and "Troublemaker," but most of the other tracks are completely forgettable. The Red Album is ultimately another disappointing release from a band that we know can do--and has done--much, much better.
- 1994: Weezer (Blue Album) - 5 out of 5 Davies
- 1996: Pinkerton - 4 Davies
- 2001: Weezer (Green Album) - 3 1/2 Davies
- 2002: Maladroit - 2 1/2 Davies
- 2005: Make Believe - 2 Davies
- 2008: Weezer (Red Album) - 2 Davies