Thursday, August 31, 2006

Keith Olbermann annihilates Rumsfeld

Although his humility would surely prevent him from accepting this compliment, I think we have a new Murrow on our hands. And just in time, too. Thank you, Keith Olbermann, for balancing the Fox News nonsense that seems everpresent in this little corner of the world.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Limbaugh blamed the left for obesity crisis

Rush Limbaugh, blaming liberal government for the current obesity crisis, said,we "[d]idn't teach them how to ... slaughter a cow to get the butter; we gave them the butter". Man is this guy clueless! Since when was slaughter a part of the butter-making process? Hey Rush! Butter is made from milk. You don't have to kill the cow to get the milk. Too much oxy contin this morning? Republicans should just stay away from mentioning dairy products. Remember the fuss when Bush the first couldn't tell reporters how much a gallon of milk costs? Poor rich white guys . . . so out of touch.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Real Wages Fail to Match a Rise in Productivity - New York Times

So much for the American Dream, unless you're a CEO. This article from the NY Times(Real Wages Fail to Match a Rise in Productivity - New York Times) shows that minimum wage workers are not the only ones due for a raise.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Trailer: An Inconvenient Truth

It's not too late to see it in the theatre. It's still playing at Island Cinemas. Unfortunately, it's sharing a theatre with Zoom, so the showtimes are 7:50 and 10:05. Worth the time and money. Remember, if we don't change things soon, St. Simons, Jekyll, Cumberland, and much of Brunswick will be underwater before today's kindergarteners graduate from college.

UPDATE: Three weeks was apparently the max for AIT at Island Cinemas. I really am amazed it stayed that long. The team is putting together training seminars for folks to learn how to present the slide show to even more folks. If they're smart (and I think they are), they'll focus first on coastal areas. Hopefully coming soon to a town near you . . .

Friday, August 25, 2006

A Terrifying Message from Al Gore

So, guess what movie I finally saw last night? My mother says it was a campaign movie, and there is quite a bit of Bush bashing and bitterness from Fmr. Vice President Gore. Still, I argue that the campaign is about the issue, not the man. The personal stuff about Gore is in the movie to help it keep our interest and to keep it from just being a recording of his slide show tour. For those of us who love living near the coast, we should wake up to the fact that the Georgia Barrier Islands and much of the rest of the coastal U.S. could all be under water in our lifetimes. The worst part is: the American government has the power to make the changes necessary to stop or slow global warming. We just need to make sure it's a priority. If you've missed "An Inconvenient Truth" in the theatres, I urge you to watch it the first chance you get on DVD.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Recommended reading/viewing

First, I must advise everyone that reads this post to get a copy of "Where Would Jesus Put The Sidewalks?" by Dr. James A. Nelson (aka Rev. Jim Nelson, candidate for congress). Regardless of your religious affiliation, I think you'll find this book to be a fascinating exploration of the connection between faith and politics. Granted, it is definitely written with the Christian reader in mind, but anyone interested in politics needs to be able to speak to Christians using their own terms. There are discussion questions at the end of each chapter that are perfect for a bible study or book club.
Second, I have three movies to recommend. I doubt any of them will be nominated for Oscars, but I thoroughly enjoyed all three of them. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby might not have been as funny if my buddy Jack McBrayer weren't cast as Glenn. Still, I had a good time, even if I did spend the whole movie waiting for the next time Jack's giant grin would appear. I also recently saw Snakes On A Plane! That m*&%er f*^@in' movie is m*&%er f*^@in' awesome! Loved every minute of it. You must see it in the theatre to get the full communal experience of screaming until you laugh until you scream again. Finally, Accepted may not be the most original or intelligent movie ever made, but I liked it. It's a college misfits movie in the line of Revenge of The Nerds, Van Wilder, and PCU, and I'm apparently not old enough to be bored with those movies yet.
With school back in, I'm not sure I'll have much time for movies, but I hope y'all find the time.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Daily Show: Pimp Tax

I've said it before. I'll say it again. Jack Kingston is a Tool! He thinks he's cool because he's been on Colbert and TDS.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Too tired/busy/overwhelmed to blog Open Thread

I'm certain I'm missing all kinds of important news. Please fill me in. What's on your mind? It need not be political. Although, even the weather can get pretty political. Can y'all believe we actually got "An Inconvenient Truth" at Island Cinemas? I'll probably go tonight. I just know we need to go before Friday, 'cause there's a good chance it won't be around long.
Okay, that's all I have to say for now.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Bush makes Carter look better & better

I had to search around to find an open access site that carried this Bill Shipp column, now that The Brunswick News has made most of its site for subscribers only. Finally I settled on the Gwinnett Daily Post, which prints Shipp's columns twice weekly. This particular column compares the track records and reputations of presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush. A very interesting read. Who'd have thought we'd long for the Carter era?

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Curiosity, not Capitalism

I have succumbed to adsense for the moment. Don't know if I'll make a dime for it, but I was curious. The good news is, I can remove the little boxes anytime I want. I think it's hilarious that, based on my content, the first ad I got was for a republican-owned robocall company. What do y'all think?

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Congratulations to Jim Martin, Gail Buckner, Hank Johnson, and others

Well, I've taken my "Give 'Em Hecht" bumper sticker off my car and thrown away all the spares I was saving for after the primary. Honestly, I'm just glad the whole business is over, and we can get down to the business of winning the general election. Of course, Hank Johnson may have to deal with legal proceedings from the McKinney camp . . .
My political world is getting a little smaller this weekend, when we finally get a visit from my Uncle Jimmy. He is Mayor James Naugle of Fort Lauderdale. He's a democrat, but sometimes I wonder, considering his close relationship with Jeb Bush and numerous invitations to the Bush White House. I'm anxious to pick his brain about all kinds of political topics in the short time he's here. I'll be sure to report back, including a family photo as verification : )

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Voting report from North Glynn

I showed up at my polling place at just about the last second, and got the most enthusiastic greeting I've ever received at a poll station. Turns out they'd just been wagering amongst themselves as to whether they'd even get to 2% of the registered voters in our precinct. Turns out I was voter number 72, which just got us to 2%. Don't know how many of those were democrats, but three of the five poll workers definitely were. Voted for Hecht and Buckner.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Yee Haw Y'all

Well, I'm back from Music City, USA. I had planned on blogging from the hotel, but my laptop is useless, and the hotel lobby computer wasn't much better. We had a lot of fun. It was good to be back in the land of orange and white. We were attending a music conference called Live On Stage, and were privileged to see and hear two days of showcases featuring some outstanding performers. I especially liked the Polyjesters from Canada and The Jeni Fleming Trio from Montana. We also did some shopping at the enormous Opry Mills mall, which is a hybrid of an outlet mall and a regular mall. It has a 3D Imax theatre, so we got to see Superman Returns in all its three-dimensional enormity. Something I didn't notice when I saw it on the regular screen: Lois' son is wearing Aquaman pyjamas in the final scene. Cool.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Washington Traffic Jam? Senators-Only Elevator - New York Times

Washington Traffic Jam? Senators-Only Elevator - New York Times
They get their own elevator? No wonder they'll sell their souls to stay!

The GOP Auction House: Jack Kingston of Georgia

Here's a site that tells us whose side Jack Kingston is really on:The GOP Auction House: Jack Kingston of Georgia. Be sure to check out some of the other GOP auctioneers while you're there!

Nelson for Congress Blogosphere

Rev. Jim has set up a new, improved blog on our very own Check out Nelson for Congress Blogosphere to keep up with the campaign. Let's take back the House!