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Saturday, August 21, 2010

What a Spineless Prick

There's a lot of ifs and buts coming from Franklin Graham here and I'm not sure why. Asked this question of anyone else, would Graham's answer be so...qualified? "Is George W. Bush a Christian?" "Oh, definitely." I mean, come on.

I have to conclude that the people confused about Obama's religion are stupid. I'd like to say they're just cynical, spreading lies to cut the guy down, but even then, that's stupid. Everyone knows the dude is a Christian. You know what they call it when you say something that everyone knows is a lie? Stupid.

With that said, I think it's funny that CNN brought him on. "Surely if there's a guy who's going to put the kibosh on this Obama is a Muslim stuff, it's Franklin Graham, who prayed with the guy, for Christ's sake. He's a straight shooter, right? He's a good, decent Christian man who would never bear false witness, right?"

Wrong. "He was born a Muslim..."

Fuck off.

Friday, August 20, 2010

We Will Eat You...After We Eat Your Children

I'm not surprised someone else wrote about this scene, because it's a really good scene. As soon as I saw it, I knew --I knew!-- that I had just watched a brilliant performance.

From about 2:15 on, it's just gold. I've watched it a few times and each time I'm struck by the watery eyes, the curled lip, and then, "And now time for the weather."

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Boring

I saw a copy of Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace at the thrift store the other week, but I didn't pick it up. It wasn't a very good copy and they wanted too much for it, and to be honest, once I picked it up and thumbed through it, I didn't even want to buy it.

Raging Bull

Check the blood-tipped horns...

The Book Biz

Barnes and Noble is going down!

Of course, the blame goes to the internet, ebooks and competitors like Amazon. Part of me gets that these things all contributed to the death of Barnes and Noble, but the other part of me recognizes that B&N weren't exactly helpless here.

Imagine if B&N had out-Amazon'd Amazon! Let's go back to the mid-90s: I don't see why the established bookstore with locations in every major American city should lose out to the start-up with no name recognition. Do you?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Sunday, August 15, 2010

A Short Short Story (Actually a false start...)

The skies over the barren hills of New Beslan are always gray. Houses painted melancholy shades look out on overgrown lawns and untended gardens. The heartbroken townspeople carry with them the ache of loss and even the trees, with their bare sagging branches, are overcome with sorrow.

Diana, the youngest child in the Stern family, had no memory of a time when New Beslan wasn’t depressed. For all of her five short years, the only faces she had seen had been dour ones, the only voices, choked with grief. Her mother started each day behind closed doors, quietly weeping over some profound tragedy. Hours later she emerged, fresh tears still streaming down her cheeks. Her father was no better, though he never let his tears show. He sat on the porch with his knife, whittling sticks into spears. When he had enough spears, he tied them into a bundle and stacked them behind the shed.

Diana had never asked her parents why they did these things, but the question did occur to her. She thought about it a lot, and prayed every night before bed for an answer. None came. Finally, she asked her brother David why mommy cried all the time and daddy sat on the porch carving his spears.

“They’re sad,” David said.

“But why?”

“Something bad happened a long time ago,” David said. “You’re too young to understand.” That’s what he always told her when he didn’t feel like talking about something. It meant stop asking questions. But Diana couldn’t stop asking questions. There was a lot about the world that Diana did not understand.

Slayer Rulez

Next week my brother is going to have to endure listening to live sets by thrash metal legends Testament, Megadeth, and Slayer. I'm not going to endure it. I'm gonna love it.

I hear Slayer will be playing the whole Seasons in the Abyss record. Should be good.

Bucky Done Gun

I don't know why I find M.I.A. so fascinating, but I do.

Rowdy Roddy Piper Rules

I wish I hadn't written the last post. So I'm going to bury it with videos.

Going Deep and Getting Personal

Never mind.

Not Even Supposed to Be Here Today

So no weekend for me this week. I agreed to work today, not only to plug in some holes in the schedule but to get the overtime, but by showing up today, I discovered that they have no coverage tomorrow.

So tomorrow...more OT. Yeah, I'm trying to remain positive about it.