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10/31/08 10:09 - 52ºF - ID#46443

Hamster on a Piano

enjoy the ear worm
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10/30/08 01:49 - 44ºF - ID#46428

> Rock the Vote

much, much, much better than Aerosmith urging you to vote for whoever.

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10/28/08 12:49 - 38ºF - ID#46385

Halloween Movie Madness

Movies don't scare me. I love horror movies for the pure cheese, without a trace of felt terror. Movies like The Exorcist, The Shining, The Omen, are all good horror movies, but I don't get a chill up my spine at any point. Never have I been actually terrorized.

Until Freaks.

Todd Browning's Freaks is the only movie to creep me out. To make me so uncomfortable I had to take a break and untangle the disgust in my brain.

The film takes place in a carnival. There are the big ring circus folks, and the sideshow freaks. Plotting brings the big ring people into the world of the freaks. The freaks are so other that we can't help but empathize with the plotting, evil characters. The viewer is the villain.

The movie is filled with little scenes of simple humanity. Like a man born without limbs rolling a cigarette.

Or take a look at this iconic scene. Just prior to it, the woman was mocking her new dwarf husband (all part of that evil plotting) at their wedding. The sincerity of the freaks response is one of the most chilling things on film.

And the ending... if the ending doesn't keep you up all night you aren't human. But I wont spoil it. Go out and rent it.
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10/27/08 01:11 - 42ºF - ID#46366


In regard to Jim's most recent post on Baconnaise (e:jim,46365)

A trifecta of an outstanding sketch.

god I love throw away culture
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10/24/08 10:56 - 44ºF - ID#46298

WTF McCain-Palin?

Does it ever end?

It was recently revealed, through the magic of campaign financial disclosure, that $150,000 was spent on wardrobe and accessories for Sarah and family. Which, from the convention to election day is over $2,000 a day in clothing. Hockey Mom indeed.

But what gem surfaced this morning?

Who would you guess is the highest paid staff member on the McCain-Palin team?

A hot economic advisor?

Campaign manager for Ohio?

Makeup artist?

That is right, the highest paid staff member is Palin's makeup artist. Amy Strozzi picked up $22,800 in the first two weeks of October as Palin's traveling makeup artist. To put that in perspective, McCain's top foreign policy advisor only made $12,500 in the same period.

McCain's new campaign slogan: MILF the vote!
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10/23/08 04:37 - 49ºF - ID#46282

On a happier note

So, I find it difficult to not get angry sometimes. And I don't fault myself for getting angry. The trick isn't never being angry, but dispelling that anger. And so, to no longer be angry at Sarah "me so awesome for not aborting fake person" Palin I just had to look at this video.

You should watch it, even if it looks familiar. Trust me.

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10/23/08 02:29 - 49ºF - ID#46278

Palin: I'm so AWESOME!

Way to go Sarah Palin!

You are such a great, principled woman. You could of had an abortion, but you didn't! You would have been tempted to abort one of those horrible, ugly, demi-human's with Down's syndrome. But you are so filled with conviction that you didn't kill this disgusting offspring.

Dobson reminded Palin that he sent her a letter after her infant son, Trig was born saying the baby's birth was "a powerful testimony" to the "sanctity of human life." Trig was born 6 months ago with Down Syndrome.

She told Dobson that Trig's birth was "an opportunity for me to really be walking the walk, and not just talking the talk" on her opposition to abortion.

maybe I am just a little pissed off at this woman, maybe I am a little sensitive about this issue lately, maybe it is the way this article was framed. But these remarks do not come off well, as if there was doubt that an absolute stance against abortion applied to other human beings we value less.
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10/23/08 09:13 - 38ºF - ID#46269

Jacob Bronowski

There has been some chatter about Carl Sagan's Cosmos being available online in the chatter pannel, which got me thinking.

The first series that got me hooked on these epic, far reaching TV series was Jacob Bronowski's The Ascent of Man. He was a prominent mathematician, but his mind was not bound by mere numbers. He was more of a numbers-based anthropologist, able to dissect what it is to be human through the lens of science. Much like one of my favorite authors, Lauren Eisley.

The Ascent of Man talked about not just science, but the scientific mind and the unraveling of the human story. Filmed at the height of cold war tension, the series is an appeal to the scientific reason which both brought us to the verge of annihilation, and could being us back. Here is the final clip, where Bronowski goes to Auschwitz, where many of his friends and family members were killed.

It is one of the most moving pieces of film I have ever seen.

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10/22/08 07:27 - 38ºF - ID#46257

Fucking Idiot in Chief.


I have said it before and I will say it again, John McCain should have fired his entire political operation months ago. Look at that scarf!

I guess while in Neiman Marcus spending $115,000.00 she asked the sales clerk "I need a political scarf, the one for my party. Is that the one with the Elephant or the Donkey?"
and the good clerk said hiding the smile "The donkey, definitely the donkey. You betch'ya."
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10/22/08 08:50 - 34ºF - ID#46246

And the Ass Saw the Angel...

... and that angel had pea soup on his chin.

John McCain got an endorsement today that is right out of the Onion. John McCain has said he will be tough on terror. He wont come home from Iraq in defeat. John McCain is going to crack down on rogue states like Iran and their all powerful president. So it is no surprise that McCain should receive the endorsment

This requires presence of an impetuous American leader such as McCain, who pledged to continue the war till the last American soldier," the message said.
"Then, al-Qaeda will have to support McCain in the coming elections so that he continues the failing march of his predecessor, Bush."
"If al-Qaeda carries out a big operation against American interests," it said, "this act will be support of McCain because it will push the Americans deliberately to vote for McCain so that he takes revenge for them against al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda then will succeed in exhausting America till its last year in it."

What a chilling retelling of The Emperor's New Cloths.
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