Friday, September 29, 2006
So, let's start by saying that I'm glad Slick Willy reacted the way he did. I'm a little too Italian to think that I wouldn't have reacted in the same way. My problem, though, isn't the interview, my problem is the offical response from the White House. Condi's all flappin' her jaw about and saying that they weren't given a solid strategy or plan for dealing with the Al Queda situation. I didn't believe her at first. But then I found this! And then this!! And now, I know the truth.
And, because he's funny, here's what Jon Stewart said about the issue:
But that's not what's really bothering me.
What's bothering me is the piece of legislation that was passed by the Senate today. With the stroke of a pen, the reputation and good will of the United States of America which took over 200 years to build, was destroyed. America has stooped to the lowest of the low when she may espouse only two years ago that "freedom from torture is an inalienable human right" and that the "United States is committed to the world-wide elimination of torture and we are leading this fight by example" and in the next breath pass legislation that would grant legality to this!
The NY Times (that old rag) calls it "our generation’s version of the Alien and Sedition Acts" for how it allows the executive to arbitrarily decide who is and isn't a terrorist and whether or not they have any right to challenge his authority.
I like Barak Obama alot. I like how he has the credibility and respect of the African Nations. I'd really like to see him make a run for VP in 2008. He voted against this legistlation, and he urged others to do so as well. "But politics won today. Politics won. The Administration got its vote, and now it will have its victory lap, and now they will be able to go out on the campaign trail and tell the American people that they were the ones who were tough on the terrorists."
"The bill also expands the definition of an unlawful enemy combatant to cover anyone who has “has purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States.” Quick, define “purposefully and materially.” One person has already been charged with aiding terrorists because he sold a satellite TV package that includes the Hezbollah network." (source)
Since the elected officials put in place in order to ask tough questions of the executive and keep him in check have failed to do so, someone else has to ask the questions around here: Do you believe the Administration has over the past five years earned the colossal expanse of trust the Congress is about to give it in the name of fighting terrorism? Do you believe that Administration officials will be able to accurately and adequately identify so-called "enemy combatants" here at home so as to separate out the truly bad guys from the guys who just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time? Did you want your legislative branch to abdicate so completely its responsibility to ensure that there are adequate checks and balances upon executive power even in a time of terror? You might have answered "no" to all three questions. But your answer doesn't matter. And neither does mine. To Congress, the answer is "yes, sir." (source)
Why is the Congress so bent on dissolving its own power? It seems with each passing year, the executive becomes more and more powerful. More signing statements, more secrecy, less oversight, more ways to go over, under, or around the legislative branch all of which are granted under the pretext that we are in a time of war.
I am not even kidding when I say my heart hurt today. My heart hurt for the USA. Last night I went and saw Burning Coal's production of 1776. Fantastic. Check out their blog on the list. But my point is, I must've been on some sort of Nationalistic/Patriotic high from learning more about the lives of the founding fathers. Maybe that's why I was so upset today. But I had the overwhelming feeling that this was a black day on American history.
Children: I know that you have responsible parental units when the shirt says, "Your Boyfriend is a Good Kisser" and the parents say, "I know she's a sweet girl, and I know that she's very conservative and is not sexually active."
Dog: Moldy grilled cheese sandwiches, trunk's of trees, and now...
When Theatre Attacks!
I become simply giddy when someone takes a crap all over the RIAA's breakfast.
By far the coolest clouds ever photographed in the history of ever.
I don't often do movie plugs, but he is Ironman and Jon Favreau is directing.
Courtney Love's Jesus
And remember Timmy, it's not how smart you are. It's how smart you think you are.
I'm so excited! Someone finally did a graphic analysis of intelligence versus beauty.
Monday, September 25, 2006
It is I. And as in I, I mean Ego, as in Sigmund Freud in your face. What?!
Anyway, it's been an emotional Monday Night what with the Saints marching back into New Orleans and whupping on them Falcons. That's pretty painful. Atlanta doesn't have a fan in that building.
I closed An American Daughter this Sunday and it was swell fun. Met some very very cool people, got my foot in the door with another theatre in town. I'm doing King Lear in February with Peace College and I may be working on a show with Burning Coal in Oct. which takes place in a cemetery. Sounds wicked cool to me.
The Poetry Bus is coming to Durham Oct. 6th. I'm doing my damndest to be there. Check out Th3_C0bra's Xanga for at least one (and eventually, hopefully, more) poem by one of the featrued artists.
Is Jon Stewart planning a presidential run? Or do you think its just that Hollywood really wants him to? I don't know. But I would vote for him.
For all my married readers (yes, you) and all my single readers, too (that's the rest of you -- whom I think stand to gain the most from this): never forget your aniversary again. Gives new meaning to "burning ring of fire."
Get an IV league education for free.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
In case you haven't noticed by the comments left on your blogs, I can now leave comments on your blogs!! HUZZAH!!! Now, you have no choice but to hear me.
In honor of the fact that I can post comments on all your blogs, I invite you all to comment on this, ostensibly, politic free post. Without further ado, here's some wicked interesting things from today that, hopefully, won't piss off anyone who believes anything.
- We'll start with this awesome story which offers yet another reason why the vegetarian lifestyle can do nothing but good things for you and your health. GO VEG!
- Recently, The Cavorting Celt published this post about Claudia Mitchell's new bionic arm. In case your wondering how it works, here's a super-sweet article about how the doctors managed to use nerve endings in her chest to receive the signals her brain was sending to her arm (which her brain still recognized as existing) and then move the appropriate parts of the arm, often simultaneously.
- Random picture that r0x0r
- Guess what I majored in...
- Of course, my vote is for the Italian Renaissance.
- Motorcycle Roller coaster?!?!
- Talk about a filthy stinking drunk.
Well my collective mon freres, this is your favorite linguistic master saying "Adios..."
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Oh, how I wish I could comment on your blogs. It is a sad day whenever I read a cohorts blog and cannot write some witty remark in reply. But soon, you will be in BloggerBeta, or BloggerBeta will stop sucking. Until then, here's some current events:
The Faith of Foot Licking
Princeton reviews Diebold's electronic voting machine
"Let us suppose, for the sake of argument, that the war declared by al-Qaeda and other Islamists is under way....If such war is under way, there are ten good reasons why, as things stand, Islam will not be defeated in it." I like #2.
I've read ten books on this list
I just watched the film Waiting for Guffman. Funny movie. You should see it.
I've also been seeing alot of Bill Clinton lately. He's promoting his Global Initiative and I really like it. Perhaps I will post on that soon. They really do amazing work, like bringing sterile surgical tools to clinics and helping to create sterile water systems in under-developed areas of Africa. The coolest part, is they make people sign their names on the dotted line. So, once you commit, since you're a private individual and not a corrupt government, you can be held accountable in a REAL court of law. But you see, no one gets sued. They just follow-through. It's effing brilliant.
In reverence to Clinton's Global Initiative, I've decided to start The Cobra's Global Initiative. My mission is simple: to get everyone to, once a day, when someone/thing is causing you ire, shake your fist in response to their humbuggery. I believe that this will lower stress all over the nation and violent crime rates will be reduced -- certainly road rage.
"It’s unacceptable to think" -- W.
"We are conducting military operations inside Iran right now." -- U.S. Air Force Colonel Sam Gardiner.
Senate NSA Approval
More NSA Approval
Stop NSA Approval
Oil down, approval up
Monday, September 18, 2006
The Associated Press is a terrorist organization
Microsoft vs. Apple Round 3
Walking Shark found in Bird's Head
Silly Walk Generator
And I also heard that gas was going to continue to fall in price as we get closer to the electi.....Thanksgiving.
In lighter news, I finished The Brothers Karamazov. Such a good book. I'm not sure how I feel about the ending. So much uncertainty. There's also the deification of a major character. Granted, Doestoevsky makes no bones about who the hero of the novel is. He tells you in the opening chapter. Regardless, if you haven't read this book, I highly(!) recommend it. One of the most intriguing parts of the novel goes like this:
Many many moons ago, in a small town in Spain, Jesus returned to Earth. This was during the height of the Inquisition. While Jesus was performing his first miracles, during his first hour back on Earth, the Grand Inquisitor sees him, catches him in the act. The Inquisitor looks at Jesus, and has him arrested, so great is the power that he holds through fear. What follows in the prison of the Inquisition is the Grandest Inquisition ever heard. Jesus listens unflinchingly, uninteruptively. The Inquisitor breaks down the three temptations of Christ in the desert, and how through those three denials of Christ (bread, angelic protection, and the ultimate denial of power and control), He had relinquished all his control over men, for if any man controls the means of sustenance and protection for the masses, that man will be he who is worshipped by the people, for Man is weak, and not perfect, like Christ, and not capable of refusing such dire, neccesary and base elements of this world.
So, the inquisitor, in closing says to Christ "thou cantst return," since He had already passed the keys. The Inquisitor's position was that so long as the Papacy existed and that that order which possessed the keys to the Kingdom of God was held infallable in the eyes of Man and God, that Jesus had no right to come back and that it would undo all He had wrought.
One other story, also of strong religious connotations goes like this:
An agnostic man, strong in his disbelief in God and all faiths, notorious among he community and peers for being such a devout agnostic died. And when he died he found himself in a great void, alone. A voice echoed through the darkness that he was to walk a Trillion miles at the end of which he would arive at the gates of heaven. Hearing this, he scoffed, and lay down, and went to sleep.
There he sat, now sleeping, now awake, for many thousands of years, when suddenly, one day, perhaps consumed by boredom, the man rose and began walking. And after an eternity he arrived at the gates of heaven and was welcomed into the Kingdom whereupon he exclaimed, through weeping eyes that he would walk a Trillion Trillions of miles to be there in the presence of the Lord.
Read this book.
I need a new one. I'm debating One Hundred Years of Solitude, Arabian Knights, or Pilgrim's Progress. You can vote in the new poll!
Well, all, it's Daily Show time. Hopefully I'll be able to put up some video's soon, for there are a few I'd like to discuss with ya'll.
Monday, September 11, 2006
If you're a member of Blogger, then you should have heard about the new Blogger Beta. In case you hadn't noticed, I've updated. Again, I effectively display how much more awesome I am than you. I'm all ahead of the blogging curve, forging ahead into Beta mode while all your "Pre-Beta" bloggers are floundering about in that old-school world of Blogger 1.o. Here's a break down of how I feel about it.
- Template editing is super-sweet. Drag and drop elements such as links and pictures all over without having to edit lines of code I don't understand.
- I can't comment on your old, prehistoric blogs. Update!! Immediately! So that I might troll your blog with incessant, egotistical babblings and ravings.
- And the new look and feel is pleasing to me, and me is all that matters.
There are some very cool, very new links listed to the right as well. I highly recommend some of them, not all of them, though all of them are cool, all of them are not "highly" recommended as there wouldn't be a "best" link (which is obviously the one that says "Go Veg!").
Many people have been newly endorsed. Let me be the first to congratulate you. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You have recently been found worthy of The Cobra's endorsement. You will soon be the envy of all your blogging cohorts...except for those who are also on the list, in which case, I've prepared the following dialogue to help you feel superior to them.
You: I just got endorsed by The Cobra! My blog totally kicks your blogs ass!
Them: Uh, no. I've been endorsed by The Cobra for like almost a year now.
You: No you haven't.
And with that, citizen, you have indisputably proven the superiority of your blog. This can also be accomplished by putting the word "superior" (or some derivative thereof) into the title of your blog, but then you'd be copying me, the greatest blogger ever.
I would like to draw your attention to the Propaganda Pipeline. This is done by the Hayworth and frequently makes me laugh right out loud. Visit his page. Laugh out loud. It'll be great. You'll love it.
Expect continued changes from the Ego as time goes on and Blogger lets me do more cooler things that you can't do because you're all living in the dark ages.