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Wednesday
Mar232011

Obscure Joke of the Week

Three refractions and you go to prism.

 

 

 

Oppps! Forgot to give a nod  to 

Tracy King

@tkingdoll London
Geek and gamer. BAFTA-longlisted Producer of Tim Minchin's Storm movie. Organiser of TAM London 2009/10. Occasionally witty.
I unashamedly stole that joke from her.
See you at TAM Tracy
Wednesday
Mar232011

Shameless Plug for Someone Elses Product: The B-Movie Cast

I haven't plugged the B Movie Cast in a while, and since show Number 150 is coming up I thought I'd take a mo here and now.

Not of This Earth Episode 148

 

Since last we spoke of this happiness, a new member has been added to the cast, and she is most welcome to be here. Mary is Vince Rotolo's wife and she is a Gem! She is like the girl that came to your tree house, walked over to your comic books and started reading. She does manage to keep Vince and Nic in line, but only when really needed.

But Mary's presence has been felt on the show long before she was given a mike. She has been doing all the graphics for each show. Note this one for "Not of This Earth" featuring Beverly Garland from the 1957 version  AND Traci Lords from 1988 .

Beverly... and Traci..... Hmmmm.

Sorry, got off track there.

The show itself is a lot like a book club. Everyone reads an assigned book and then meets at so and so's house for ice cream and book chat.

Here, we know what next weeks movie is all about, and when we meet, you bring your own dessert of choice.

My favorite as you might have guessed is gin and tonic.

By the way, I keep forgetting to mention Nic Brown's book, "Blood Curse: Werewolf For Hire " Nic is no slouch in the B movie pantheon himself. Check out his website B Movie Man.

 

But do Nic a favor. Don't mention "That Movie", or the music will start to play.

 

 

Sunday
Mar132011

No Billionaires Were Hurt In The Making Of This Web-page 

After the 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan failed to induce a market nosedive, CNBC’s Larry Kudlow expressed his relief in terms that seemed to appall even his fellow cheerleaders for capitalism: “The human toll here,” he declared, “looks to be much worse than the economic toll and we can be grateful for that.” 

Thats a quote from:

CNBC contributor Larry Kudlow  as posted by Bob Cesca's Awesome Blog! Go by contibibuted by JM Ashby yesterday afterenoon.

 

What does it profit when a person gains a lot of money and looses thier soul?

 

 

Friday
Mar042011

Tea Party History

If there is anything that the average American knows about his own country's history, it's that what he learned in the sixth grade is good enough. If they want to go any deeper, they'll wait for the movie.

Most of us couldn't tell why Davy Crockett died at the Alamo. Here's a hint. It had to do with slavery. The Mexican government had outlawed the practice but it's estimated that one in five Texans at time were slave owners. Yep. Davy was on the wrong side of that debate. Walt Disney never told you that.

If Santa Anna Had These, Crockett could have died years later in a retirement home



"What do you mean I die in the first movie ?The early settlers of the Plymouth Colony in present-day Plymouth, Massachusetts did not dress in black, wear buckles, or wear black steeple hats. That image was formed in the 19th century when buckles were a kind of emblem of quaintness.

Most of us are surprised to learn the signing of the Declaration of Independence did not occur on July 4, 1776. The final language of the document was approved by the Second Continental Congress on that date, it was printed and distributed on July 4 and 5, but the actual signing occurred on August 2, 1776. It's a little like when the electric company sends you a warning they are going to cut your power off on the 30th of the month. The date at the top of the letter says it was sent to you on the second.

We cant sign this, it's almost a month old.I admit, I was surprised to learn the United States Constitution was written on parchment, not hemp paper. Stoners love to tell that one, and some of us bought it hook, line and wheat straw paper.

But let's talk about something that people are getting wrong these days, that has consequences : Today's TeaParty.

Ask anyone today about where this political group got it's name and they will proudly tell you a story about how the People of Boston were so upset about paying unrepresented high taxes on tea. Some people will tell you the story, leaving out the representation and/or the high part say it was a tax revolt, pure and simple.

I blame the schools.

The no representation clause is about the only thing in that paragraph that were relevant or even true. The big issue was The East India Tea Company, a business that was getting preferential treatment from the English Parliament. In essence, Parliament was subsidizing the company.

One of the wealthiest men in the colonies at the time was John Hancock, a noted exporter. Some have said that he was also a noted tea smuggler. Since the English tea was actually cheaper than the smuggled variety, he and lots of other colonist were stuck with tons of Earl Grey they couldn't unload.

Tempers ran high because of the Tea act. On November 5, Hancock was elected as moderator at a Boston town meeting that resolved that anyone who supported the Tea Act was an "Enemy to America"Hancock and others tried to force the resignation of the agents who had been appointed to receive the tea shipments. Unsuccessful in this, they attempted to prevent the tea from being unloaded after three tea ships had arrived in Boston Harbor.

Hancock was at the fateful meeting on December 16, where he reportedly told the crowd, "Let every man do what is right in his own eyes."Hancock did not take part in the Boston Tea Party that night, but he approved of the action, although he was careful not to publicly praise the destruction of private property. Today we call this a CYA moment.

Later that evening a group of colonists boarded the ships and destroyed the tea by throwing it into Boston Harbor. By the way, apparently only a few of the protesters were dressed as Indians. I'm fine with this, because I always saw that aspect of the story as an act of cowardice . Let's do something significant, and blame it on a group of people who are innocent.

So all the "Indian" guys posed for a shot together, and so a myth was born.


Most of us have a tendency to believe the first story that comes along. I think this is why so many people I've talked to are still in such an uproar about Pluto. I honestly wonder how many people still think babies are brought by the stork.

"That's what I was told and it's good enough for me."

I'm not against this Cliff Notes overview of history in the lower grades, as you should teach a student at a students level. But at least by high school, they should be able to grasp a bigger picture, warts and all.

And if your argument is that teaching the glossed over version is some how more patriotic, here's my question to you.

Since when is the truth un-American?


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Tuesday
Mar012011

Brother Dave

I keep hearing about how the right wing could gain more if they had comedians on thier side.

 

Here's he only guy on the right that I ever thought was funny, Brother Dave Gardner.

One of his last albums starts out with him saying something about how Washington DC will be so much better now that one of our own is in there. You might think he was talking about Carter, but check the date of the release, its Richard Nixon.

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