Sunday, August 30, 2009
I recently had a conversation with the ignorant women I work with about television sitcoms. I decided to impart to them a bit of knowledge from my vast personal stores.
I opened my mouth and spake unto them, saying, "Did you know that sitcoms are recorded in two different ways?"
They looked back at me as if I was speaking Chinese, a vacant look to which I've grown accustomed.
But for their sake I patiently continued by explaining that sitcoms were recorded on either film or videotape. With video tape, everything in the picture is in focus and has the look of live TV, like newscasts. Soaps are recorded in this format.
Film has a different look. In filmed sitcoms, the action is in focus and the background is not.
Videotaped sitcoms include The Cosby Show, All in the Family, Three's Company.
Filmed sitcoms include Mary Tyler Moore, Seinfeld, Mash.
Newhart (Vermont Inn Newhart) started out on video tape, but later switched to film.
You may be able to visualize scenes from these programs and note the distinct difference.
Skyepuppy's son probably knows all about this... He may know more than... even I.
Your assignment, should you decide to accept it, is to report back and demonstrate the ability discern the difference between video taped sitcoms, and those that are filmed...
And remember, I'm always here to help you enrich your life with Amazing Knowledge.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
One of Kennedy’s close friends, former editor of Newsweek and New York Times Magazine Ed Klein, tells the Diane Rehm Show that Chappaquiddick jokes were high up on the list (of the jokes Kennedy enjoyed).
"I don’t know if you know this or not, but one of his favorite topics of humor was indeed Chappaquiddick itself. And he would ask people, 'have you heard any new jokes about Chappaquiddick?' That is just the most amazing thing."
Yes, indeed. That is the most amazing thing.
I believe this is an amazing illustration of the irrational absurdity of the Kennedy mystique that has pervaded this country since the election of John in 1960. Not just the fact that senator Kennedy would feel free to ask about the jokes, but that his friend, Klein, feels free to reveal the fact and not suspect that America will be shocked and disgusted.
Friday, August 28, 2009
"Ted Kennedy unlike so many politicians of his day, he didn't dabble in the small stuff, the petty personal attacks -that was not him, and again that's why so many people are feeling so sad..."
--David Schuester MSNBC
"Robert Bork's America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens' doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the government and the doors of the federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens."
--Teddy Kennedy, Judicial Hearings for Robert Bork 1987
Thursday, August 27, 2009
In the words of Obama Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, "You never want a good corpse to go to waste."
Shades of Paul Wellstone. It looks as if the Democrats are going to attempt to revive government-run health care by naming it after Ted Kennedy and adopting the battle cry, "Let's win one for Ted!"
But the "Dead Ted Health Care Plan" is still government-run health care, and I doubt the town hall protesters will be moved simply because it's named after the biggest reprobate and embarrassment in the history of American politics... Even if he was the brother of a former popular president.
I have a better idea. If you want to name a socialist program after Ted, why not create government-run car insurance? Try this on:
This is a far more appropriate and fitting monument to the hero of Chappaquiddick.
After a day of sailing and heavy drinking, Kennedy drove his black Oldsmobile sedan off a small wooden bridge into Poucho Pond, trapping (Mary Jo) Kopechne in seven feet of water.
The second-term senator waited nearly 10 hours to report the accident and offered virtually no explanation other than he "panicked."
But during those 10 hours this "panicked senator" managed to change into his Regatta-worthy duds and have several light-hearted yuck-it-up conversations with people on the island.
Even those who had faith in the senator worried about his ability to handle a crisis. Friends testified in an inquest that after the accident a confused and crying Kennedy, trying to blame the accident on others begged, "What am I going to do, what can I do?"
Americans were horrified when they learned that rescue workers found her body in the well of the back seat with her head held up, perhaps indicating that she had been alive for some time breathing in an air pocket.
Ironically, in 1988 at the Democrat National Convention, Ted gave his famous "Where was George" speech on the 19th anniversary of the night Mary Jo Kopechne was suffocating in an Oldsmobile foot well wondering, "Where is Teddy?"
Within five days of the accident, Kennedy's lawyers arranged for him to plead guilty to leaving the scene of the accident involving personal injury with a two-month suspended sentence and one-year probation.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-WV) thinks that the health care reform bill should be named for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA): "In his honor and as a tribute to his commitment to his ideals, let us stop the shouting and name calling and have a civilized debate on health care reform which I hope, when legislation has been signed into law, will bear his name for his commitment to insuring the health of every American."
I love it when I'm right.
When I was 4 or 5 years old, I decided that "Ted" was the best name to have, and I couldn't understand why my parents hadn't named me "Ted." So for a while, I would answer to nothing but "Ted." If my family called me by my real name, I would ignore them.
My mother still sometimes calls me Ted.
OK. That's pretty much the nicest thing I can think of to post about Ted Kennedy. If you can't say something nice...
No, wait. Ted once said that he couldn't understand why the media was so critical of Dan Quayle. He said he had worked with Dan and he liked him.
OK. That's it.
Ted is more thoroughly explained Here: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=8212665
I read a comment recently on Facebook made by a woman from our church that I'd heard glowing spiritual things about. I followed the comment back to her profile page, and because she'd not activated security, I was able to nib in her personal stuff. Under her "favorite TV shows" she listed a couple programs that feature stories of your basic immorality, people sleeping with people... Well, you know how network television is... It celebrates immorality.
Anyway, it was sooooo disappointing.
It's funny how things haven't really changed since Old Testament times. When the Israelites worshiped other gods, it often involved sexual immorality. Some people performed the sex acts, and other people watched.
Evidently the woman from church likes to watch.
I don't think it's possible to be engaged in the popular culture and its entertainments, and not be polluted by the world. I've given up TV evenings, though I still watch the news and turn on "Nick at Nite" type stuff when I crawl into bed. In the evenings when I need to be entertained, I listen to my podcast sermons.
I'm sure I'm still not as good at being good as the woman from Church, but at least I recognize my desperate situation, and less and less of my sin is premeditated.
Next thing to give up... The Internet!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Marco Rubio is running against RINO Florida governor Charlie Crist for the U.S. Senate nomination. Rubio is expected to lose.
Crist supported Obama's stimulus package, and conservatives believe he will shake-out to be another Olympia Snow or Arlen Specter.
Rubio is a Reagan Republican.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration will raise its 10-year budget deficit projection to approximately $9 trillion from $7.108 trillion in a report next week, a senior administration official told Reuters on Friday.
At some point our bills come due. Unfortunately for people my age, it looks as if the day of reckoning will come just about the time we retire... Or the time we thought we would like to retire.
Anyone old enough to remember the 70's understands how cruel an inflationary period can be. People who played by the rules in the 50's and 60's, saved their money, creating a nest egg that seemed like so much, were made poor when their dollars suddenly bought so much less.
Washington will buy votes and level the playing field by printing money, and that will make my money worth less.
I spend my life working hard, giving the government about a third of my income so that lazy people can stay home and watch TV... And then when I retire I'm not significantly better off than the lazy people my hard work supported. That's Socialism's reward for the industrious.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Evidently the Democrats are as afraid of Kelly Ayotte as they are of Sarah Palin.
Ayotte is a rising Republican star. The popular Attorney General for the state of New Hampshire is a pro-life, pro-gun, anti gay marriage mother. She'll be running for the U.S. Senate.
South African Caster Semenya, 18, had to take a gender test after doubts were raised about her sex.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. Mt 13
Unfruitful... Meaning not saved.
I wonder if this verse describes many of the people in American churches. I haven't attended mine in a couple Sundays because I've been sick... But the last time I was there I heard a sermon about grace that made me want to spit up on my shoes. Somehow narrowly preaching about grace to a group of lukewarm, proud, distracted, rich people seems a little irresponsible.
I would have felt better if the preacher had ended his sermon this way: "Now remember that you are the rich of the world and you need to examine yourselves... You know about the camel and the eye of the needle thing, so - who more than you - needs to work out his salvation with fear and trembling?"
While we are not saved by "works", works are the only indication as to whether we are saved, or we are just the seed that fell among the thorns. If we are saved, works will spring up... And we would be unable to quench those works even if we tried. I believe your "personal fruits" are the easiest way to gauge all this. If you start your day with Bible reading and on-your-knees prayer... If you take joy in tithing... If your conversations with Christian friends take on an excitement when they center on the Lord... If you are turning off your television and searching for entertainment that honors God... If day to day and year to year, you love the world less and seek the Kingdom more, and seek it first... If you're putting in quality and quantity time with God... ... ... I suspect your feet are on the path.
But if you comfortably go a day without praying... If your Bible is dusty... If the entertainment you choose is questionable... If your giving is based upon what's left over after you've purchased what you want... If a conversation about Jesus makes you want to whisper... If your faith is something you only do in church on Sunday... ... ... ... ... ... Good luck with that Grace thing!
Anyway, I wish the preacher would have warned, challenged, and encouraged... But everyone was having such a good time...
My personal goal is to humbly put in the time... To tremble...To progress... And surely Grace will cover the rest.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I checked out the information below on Snopes, and it's true.
Lou Pritchett is the author of this opinion and told TruthorFiction.com that he submitted this to the New York Times under the title of "Obama, You Scare Me" but they never published it. Pritchett did say that his article managed to make it to the world wide web where circulation went ballistic.
Pritchett is a former vice president of Procter & Gamble and wrote "Stop Paddling and Start Rocking the Boat" as well as numerous books and periodicals.
Dear President Obama:
You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me. You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.
You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support. You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.
You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll. You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don't understand it at its core.
You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others. You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.
You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America ' crowd and deliver this message abroad.
You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.
You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.
You scare me because you prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.
You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world. You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tactics against certain banks and corporations.
You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.
You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.
You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.
You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.
You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O'Relllys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.
You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.
Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Gene Green, a Democrat Congressman from Texas posted this on his website:
Town hall meetings are one of my favorite ways to communicate with constituents. I have held hundreds during my years of service in Congress and always welcomed everyone to attend. Unfortunately, due to a coordinated effort to disrupt our town hall meetings, we will be restricting further attendance to residents of the 29th Congressional District and verifying residency by requiring photo identification.
According to Tom Blumer, Congressman Green isn't quite the stickler when it comes to photo identification prior to voting. He's against that.
Sunday, August 09, 2009
Friday, August 07, 2009
White House to Democrats: "Punch back twice as hard." Town halls turned violent last night and yesterday afternoon in Tampa; and in St. Louis, where a black conservative was roughed up and had to be sent to the emergency room thanks to union thugs. Six were arrested at the Russ Carnahan town hall after the St. Louis meeting, and this is the one where the union thugs, the SEIU people, beat up a black conservative, 38 years old.
Here we go...
From the AARP Site:
Don't Let the Myths About Health Care Reform Scare You.
There are special interest groups trying to block progress on health care reform by using myths and scare tactics. Like the notion that health care reform would ration your care, hurt Medicare or be a government takeover. Actually, these are false statements.
All of the health care reform plans currently being debated in Congress would ensure that you and your doctor are the ones making decisions about your health. The majority of working Americans will continue to receive their health care through their employer. In addition, health care reform will strengthen Medicare by eliminating billions of dollars in waste while lowering prescription drug prices.
Throughout the debate on how to fix what's broken about our health care system, AARP pledges to help you cut through the noise and find the facts about what health care reform means for you and your family. When we see special interests using scare tactics, we'll make sure you're given the facts so you can make informed decisions about health care reform.
Wow. I guess AARP is in the tank for Obama, the Democrats, and Socialism.
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
This gives me a headache.
Henry Waxman’s bill, HR 2749, would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate all of America’s farms and the produce from our farms with a “Rube Goldberg” system of huge buffers, drained wetlands, bulldozed trees (to prevent the possibility of bird droppings) and fields lined with poison-filled tubes to kill rodents.
That’s not all. Children under age five “will be prohibited from setting foot on farmland or tilled soil for fear of leaking diapers,” according to an analysis of the proposed legislation by journalist Paul Williams. And if a crow should be so bold as to land in a cornfield, the whole crop would have to be destroyed, under the radical provisions of Waxman’s bill.
The stated purpose of Waxman’s bill is to rid farms of the food-borne, lethal bacteria, e. Coli.O157:H7, one of many strains of bacterium that cause food-borne illness.
Why all this trouble for legislation that no one – least of all America’s farmers – actually needs? Call it the lure of the organic. The congressional district Waxman represents is populated by affluent and liberal constituents, who may never have seen a farm but who fervently preach the virtues of organic produce. Upscale grocery stores, their shelves loaded with imported delicacies and plenty of organic foods, abound in Waxman-land.
Indeed, the kinds of restrictions that Waxman has in mind for the country’s farmers are already the norm in California. The San Francisco Chronicle article recently reported how crops and ponds are being destroyed in a quest for safety of foods. One Salinas Valley, California, farmer, Dick Peixoto, was quoted as saying: “I was driving by a field where a squirrel fed off the end of the field, and so 30 feet in we had to destroy the crop (and) one field where a deer just walked through, we had to take out 30 feet on each side of his tracks.”
And California is bankrupt? How so?
Brilliant. This is all our faltering economy needs right now. "Cap and Tax Waxman" will not be satisfied until the wiping of our butts is federally regulated.
Where is my Ibuprofen?