Tuesday, December 30, 2008
That's right, nerds. Drop the Toaster Strudels!
- DURING HIS CAMPAIGN, the Obamessiah promised to create over save 1 million jobs. He upped that to 2.5 million over two years last month. Now? He raised the goal to 3 million.
Why not just say 100 trillion? And everyone gets to groom puppies while riding rainbows to work? It's just a meaningless number and no one will ever remember or hold him to it.
- BLOOMBERG COLUMNIST Albert R. Hunt says Caroline Kennedy should be senator because, in his words, she "hails her own cabs."
Heck, don't make her a senator, give her the Nobel Peace Prize!
- OBAMEDIA NOW, on their hero's exercise habits: “The sun glinted off chiseled pectorals sculpted during four weightlifting sessions each week, and a body toned by regular treadmill runs and basketball games. ... Obama has gone to the gym for about 90 minutes a day, for at least 48 days in a row." Says Obama pal: “He doesn’t think of it as something he has to do — it’s his time for himself, a chance for him to reflect. It’s his break. He feels better and more revved up after he gets in his workout.”
Same paper, The Washington Post, a few years ago on the current president's fitness regimen: “Am I the only person who finds this disturbing? ... What I mean is the fact that Bush has an obsession with exercise that borders on the creepy. ... Does the leader of the free world need to attain that level of physical achievement? It’s nice for Bush that he can take an hour or two out of every day to run, bike or pump iron. Unfortunately, most of us have more demanding jobs than he does.” (Courtesy Michelle Malkin.)
- HEADLINE: "In Tough Times, Americans Cling to Christmas Trees."
In a follow-up report: "Pine Needles Are A Good And Cheap Substitute For Acupuncture."
Monday, December 29, 2008
I'm not sure if Val thought holding onto the Lite Brite would provide enlightenment, but all Nate saw was a sailboat:
Saturday night, me, Val, Stacy, Steph and cousin Jennifer drove up to the Cool Springs area to see Twilight. For my sisters it would be roughly their 30th viewing, for Jenn her second, and a first for Valfrey. Val was actually intrigued. I, of course, will go along for anything so long as it provides a decent story for this here blog.
Alas, the 5p showing was sold out, and we didn't care to see anything else showing at the same time. Since cousin Karla had brought the young'uns to see Bedtime Stories and needed us to take them all back to Chapel Hill afterward, we went to the Galleria for dinner and to pass the time.
I will note that we gave teen Jenn every opportunity to abandon us old fogies to shop on her own, and she refused the chance every time. Not that we're uncool, but really, when you were 15 how many
Since I had to come back with something to report from the trip other than spending $7 at Kirkland's on a lot of awesome Christmas stuff that was on sale (see, I'm such a fuddy-duddy), based on my unscientific research of just noticing what was on the feet of other shoppers, it seems that at least one-fourth of teen girls and even some women in Nashville wear those Ugg boots (whether they're original or knockoffs doesn't matter). It was almost silly how many had them on during a night that was 70 degrees and clear with me in shorts and other women in revealing tops and skirts. That, plus Val and I just saw on the Style network how Uggs have been out of style for a long time. Get with the passing fads, Nashville! (Disclaimer: Being a Memphian, I have a general mistrust and distaste of Tennessee's capital city, which is far too full of itself and treats West Tennessee like a redheaded stepchild.)
Back at Mom and Aunt Lynn's, Steph and Nate baked cookies, although in three batches my sis was never satisfied with the result. It was a cookie massacre.
The boys all got identical Wii pajamas to wear while playing the Wii for approximately 45 hours in a row. And I'm barely kidding. Dont' get me wrong, I'm not criticizing. I remember being about 10 and getting a Nintendo for Christmas. I still have imprints of the arrows and A and B buttons in my fingers from Tecmo Bowl and Super Mario Bros. Even better, we got the system with the track & field game that came with a pad you could run on for the game. We figured out that if you ran on your heels you could run a 100-meter dash in about, oh, three seconds.
Mom got Val a Slanket, which is a softer version of the Snuggie you've seen in all the commercials, and yes, she was incredibly excited. When we got back Sunday night the first thing Val did was slip on her pajamas and put on the Slanket and curl up on the couch. I'm not sure I'd wear one to a football game like on TV, but it would make me feel one step closer to being Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Unless you've seen "Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog," you'll have no idea why I keep singing "A man's gotta do, what a man's gotta do!" My crew that has to listen to me direct, will no doubt know most of the good quotes over the next month, and as usual they'll have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about.
Stephanie actually bought the DVD, and she, I, Val and Stacy watched it, watched the extras, and both commentaries late at night. One of the commentaries is a musical in itself, and pure Joss Whedon magic. Between Whedon's work and the songs from the guys who make "South Park," modern musicals leave nothing to be desired.
Cousin Karla's daughter, Evie, tolerates those weird boys, but she's a girly-girl through and through. You can never have too many dolls, just like I can never have too many tools. The Barbie Jeep is the equivalent of a table saw. Same joy, different results.
Mom was glad to have us there just so we would eat all of the food they'd prepared. All kinds of meats and breads and desserts covered the kitchen, and three kinds of soups, which probably sounded better when we didn't know it would be 70 degrees all weekend, but was delicious anyway.
Now comes the post-Christmas letdown, and the most unproductive workweek all year. Monday is going to be spent recapping each others' Christmas with the co-workers and then New Year's Eve will start to control everything on Wednesday. If you have to go to work on Friday, the post-partying/football food and liquor hangovers should take care of any actual work you should accomplish. Good times.
Oh, and did I mention that since Granddad got a new flat-screen TV, he let us take home his big old boob tube? Bonus!
The below gift from my mom and dad-in-laws was certainly one of my favorites, sure to be worn while I make my chili and grill outside. I always tend to think that buying gifts for me is easy because I don't hide my passions, and these kinds of presents make my heart sing:
Val bought me several items for around the house in my new role as Mr. Fixit (such as a toolbox and a level with holes that make it easier for hanging things), Dad contributed a Home Depot shopping spree, and Mom bought me and Val a new down comforter that we wanted, and now find ourselves stretching around in like a Woobie. We have so many good presents and gift cards that should keep us giddy through Valentine's Day, at least. We're also suffering tummy aches from trying to finish all the candy before Friday when our diet starts anew.
Friday, December 26, 2008
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- No one's getting Christmas gifts at Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's house this year. It's not that anyone's been bad. Actually, Smith says his son Trey came up with the idea for his birthday last month and now they're doing it for Christmas, too. They bought gifts that will go to charity. Smith says he got "all teary" when Trey explained his plan. Smith says Trey "had all of his friends bring gifts to the party and they took the gifts to the cancer ward at Children's Hospital."
MIAMI (AP) -- When Dwyane Wade heard the plight of a South Florida woman whose nephew accidentally burned down her home -- and ruined all the family's possessions -- the Miami Heat star knew he had to do something. So he helped the family move into a new home, just in time for Christmas. Wade presented Dawn Smith with the ultimate Christmas gift on Wednesday -- the keys to a her new house, along with some furnishings, clothing and gifts to make sure her family has a joyous holiday, something that didn't seem likely just a few weeks ago. His Wade's World foundation will make some payments on the home, while Smith and her family get back on their feet. Wade's other holiday events this year included a party for 350 children on Monday, and hosting 100 kids at Tuesday night's Heat game against the Golden State Warriors. He also donated $10,000 to each of three children's organizations, but said he was particularly touched by being able to assist the Smith family.
(AP) -- Billy Ray Cyrus visited Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville with Miley earlier this week. They signed autographs for the kids and sang Christmas songs with them. Cyrus also gave the Vanderbilt diabetes clinic a check for $60,000 on behalf of a nonprofit organization. Meanwhile, George Jones' wife delivered several hundred toys to the hospital after holding a toy drive at their home.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Lately I've heard of this internet sensation "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog," but I knew nothing about it. And then my sister Stephanie said she was buying it now that it's on DVD. Okay, it's 2 a.m., might as well see what it's all about.
Turns out, it's by Whedon, starring Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie, Barney) as Dr. Horrible, Nathan Fillion from one of my top-ten favorite shows of all time, "Firefly," as a-hole hero Captain Hammer, and Felicia Day as Penny the homeless advocate and love triangle interest.
The songs are obviously written by Whedon, hilarious and move the story along. It's 42 minutes and in three parts. Check it out on the official site. Here's a clip:
Monday, December 22, 2008
The way I see it, next year if I spend as much it will look that much better, then the next year, then the next year, and by year five I should be able to land airplanes in the backyard by the strength of the lights and decorations in the yard. And yes, I am aware that the lights don't go all the way over the garage.
Friday night we headed over to party with the Jackson Gang, at the Medina home of Meredith and Chad, whose home is so spic and span and full of fashionable decor that it could be the show house for Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel or Pier One.
We enjoyed a lasagna dinner, and much to Val's thanks Chad took my usual role of eating food off the floor, pocketing any of the thin biscuit thingies Meredith accidentally knocked off the stove.
The ladies ate at the table and played cards, no doubt discussing the latest recipes and Good Housekeeping articles, while us guys sat on the couch discussing fiance and dark matter theories while whittling statues of eagles out of chicken bones.
Or not. The guys sat on the couch watching Anchorman and giggling like five-year-olds who just discovered how to make fart sounds with your armpit.
But we did all gather 'round for a game of CatchPhrase, one of those games that involves a lot of yelling and action, a sort of Hot Potato for adults. My team won, if only because I got gems like "sex change" as a clue. I'm not sure what it means that Roger got that one so fast. Meredith, meanwhile, ended up with "hail mary pass," and thought it was part of Catholic mass and thus couldn't come up with a good enough description. Only if Terrell Owens starts pulling a rosary out of his jock after catching touchdowns.
The joke was on me, ultimately, as we brought gifts for a "Trash to Treasure," a.k.a. "Dirty Santa" swap, bringing stuff from home. I could've swapped with Chad and gotten a nice beach frame that would have gone great with our bathroom's theme, but no, I wanted to check out something new, and thus ended up with something Heather eagerly got rid of. I'm pretty sure it's the Ark of the Covenant, though, so it may come in handy if I'm caught by Nazis.
Saturday morning and afternoon we stuck around home watching Christmasy stuff and cleaning. And napping. But I did get the right order at Taco Bell for once, so happy holidays to me.
Saturday night we went to the annual Burk Christmas Extravaganza, family of my mother-in-law, always full of good food, presents and sing-along caroling.
Val made me a pumpkin pie for one of the desserts, a sweet gesture and her first attempt. I could tell her it was good, but when her cousin Jonathan requested we leave it for him that made her night.
Before opening gifts (we pull names out of the hat), the family gathers for karaoke Christmas-style. The good times are split between singing heartily and making fun of those who are "too cool" to sing about pipers piping and milking maids.
Sunday we braved the mall in the morning, although we never made it more than 50 feet inside of Macy's, so we didn't actually make much of a sacrifice. We did, though, get our share of Christmas shopping frustration across the street at Toys 'r Us. It wasn't the other shoppers, but the employees, an aloof bunch whose attitude says, "Please don't bother me, I really have no idea where the Blues Clues stuff is, so I'm just going to say that we don't carry it anymore." A real helpful group of seasonal employees. And either they ran out of big bags or no one wanted to look, because the clerk used a trash bag for our big item. You stay classy, Toys 'r Us.
Sunday afternoon we bought a starter log to try out the fireplace for the first time in Valfrey Estates. Smoke didn't start pouring out, so good times there. Too bad the pile of wood in the backyard is rotted, so I'll have to buy some more. Or just cut down one of our godforsaken trees in the front yard and chop it up while cackling and burn it unmercifully.
Sunday night, more Christmas joy with the choir and orchestra at First Baptist Millington. They didn't sing any classics, like "Santa Baby" or "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer," but the religious stuff's cool, too. But does this make me a horrible person, that I was just hoping for a pleasant holiday concert, and then Bro. Rusty makes us stand up every few songs to sing along, and I just wanted to sit down and be entertained and smile goofily without actually having to participate? I know, it's such a burden to be a Christian, what with all the praying and worship to the heavenly Father who has bestowed so many blessings.
At least the pastor, Bro. Ray, didn't get up there blaming the government for starting AIDS, not that there are any prominent preachers like that out there who spiritually mentored an incoming leader of the free world or anything.
Next up, working all week, but interspersed with moments of Christmas fun with family from all over. With unmistakable style you come to expect from Thanks For Noticing Me.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
AT&T is a horrible, horrible company and I hope all of the higher-ups' Christmas trees burn their houses down.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
A fight between a couple of girls yesterday in front of Court Square attracted a large crowd, including several policemen, all of whom enjoyed the proceedings immensely. The two belabored each other with their tin buckets, pulled hair, scratched and cried, but one finally said so many bad words that the officers were forced to separate them for decency's sake.Hair pulling and slapping? That's cool. Cussing? Too far!
There's a freezing rain warning for Memphis tonight and tomorrow morning, so naturally most of the city is in full panic mode. Cries of "Remember 1994!" ring out from people hanging out their car windows on the way to Kroger to buy up the last of the honey wheat bread (Kroger brand, because who cares if you get the Colonial brand when trees are falling on your house?). Meanwhile, Val's been sick, I never fixed up the fireplace so we missed out on a good night for a raging fire, and, oh yeah, when I was on the ladder over the garage fixing sagging lights, Val called, and it was so cold that it shattered the cover of my fancy new AT&T Tilt cellphone. Which wouldn't matter, except that that it's a touch screen phone, so I can't use many features, and everything else involves time-consuming scrolling. So there's that frustration.
I can't entirely complain about the SURVIVOR finale. I had been rooting for Bob most of the season, so I can't be upset that he won, though by the end I was rooting for Sugar to win it all. However, the jury shut out Sugar in the voting, and I'm puzzled as to why. Even though she spent the first half almost entirely at Exile Island, she managed to control the game by cultivating relationships with those in power at the time, and it was because of her respect for Bob that he didn't get sent home sooner, and he owes half the winnings to her as gratitude.
A big CONGRATULATIONS to my big brother Scott and his lovely wife Jenn for running the Dallas half-marathon this past weekend. To say that I'm impressed would be understating my respect for y'all's dedication, hard work and faith that you could do it. Good job, guys!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Atty. Gen. Newt Estes is in luck. After spending several hours riding horseback in Overton Park, throwing his hat in front of him and picking it up on the run, he discovered that his watch had fallen out of his pocket. He announced a $10 reward and within 30 minutes the watch had been found on one of the bridle paths and returned to its owner.And from Dec. 12:
The Higbee school girls defeated the Memphis High girls in a basketball game yesterday on the Higbee campus.
Field goals were scored by the Misses Perkins, Skipwith, Williams and Dutro. While it was an interesting game it was marred by much bickering by each side. Gilbert Schloss was the referee.
- HEADLINE OF THE WEEK: "Fort Myers Resident Lamely Fires 68 in PGA Q-School"
If he wasn't so lame he would've shot a 65.
Friday, December 12, 2008
"Today. Is December 7. The day that this government killed. Over 80000. Japanese civilians. At Hiroshima in 1941. Two days before [killing] an additional. 64000. Japanese civilians. At Nagasaki by dropping nuclear bombs on innocent. People."He also referred to Elizabeth Hasselback of ABC's The View as "that dumb broad."
Stay classy, Rev. Wright, you insane and dangerous anti-American.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Things have changed a lot since then, such as Bob Barker leaving "Price is Right" and Drew Carey being awful, and "Playmania" is off the air after screwing up the format, so let's see what's on our list now. Instead of being specific, I'll divide it into categories.
1. Reality show of the day - Dancing with the Stars, Amazing Race, Survivor, Biggest Loser, So You Think You Can Dance, Project Runway, Design Star, The Bachelor, etc. Whatever we can talk about and make fun of and predict just what inanity will follow.
2. Game shows - The 5p, 6p and 6:30p trifecta of Cash Cab (Discovery Channel), Family Feud and Wheel of Fortune. While fixin' dinner.
3. Clip shows - The Soup is the best of the bunch, but this can also include "best of" lists such as 80s videos on VH1 or stupid movie star mistakes on E!.
4. Non-reality programming - Heroes, 24, Lost, The Mentalist, CSI Miami, How I Met Your Mother.
5. Sports - Red Sox, Cardinals games in the summer, Cowboys games in the fall.
Top 5 shows I watch alone because I'm pretty sure Val doesn't give a rip, but she'll watch with me if options are slim:
1. Mythbusters - Val will get interested if it's a cool topic, but otherwise I'm on my own.
2. History Channel features - Their "The Universe" series is enjoyable when it's talking about topics other than crap like parallel universes. Thanks, I'll watch Star Trek for that.
3. Home fixit and landscaping shows - We'll watch decorating shows together, but this be man's territory. (Tim The Tool Man Taylor)Arr, arr, arr! (/Tim The Tool Man Taylor)
4. House - Too much gross stuff for my delicate wife, and I'm fine with that. Sometimes I'd rather not see closeups of bloody pulps of strange diseases, either. Plus House is an a-hole.
5. Pardon the Interruption - I watch this when she's going to sleep and I'm staying up a few minutes in bed. Val will perk up and listen if it's a topic that interests her, and I have to drug her to get a good night sleep.
Top 5 shows I think Val watches when I'm at work and she's got the TV to herself:
1. Chick movies - The TV kind, on Lifetime, Hallmark, Oxygen, etc.
2. Legend of the Seeker - If she wasn't home alone she would never watch it.
3. Brothers and Sisters - I have no idea what it's about, or who's on it.
4. Cold Case - It's on after The Amazing Race, but she'll skip it and not care.
5. Star Trek movie marathon - Okay, I'm just fantasizing here.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
As much as Val and I yelled at the TV during this season of THE AMAZING RACE, the finale was at least satisfactory. Our favorite team didn't win, but the team that deserved to win, the brother/sister duo Nick and Starr prevailed over Ken/Tina and Team Superbad, who fell behind immediately after landing in Portland, Oregon, so no worries about undeserved champions.
The editing was cringe-inducing and worked since it made us worry, though Nick and Starr were probably far ahead as the teams ran through downtown, which was underwhelming. At least make them lift a car or something for the final clue, right?
Ken/Tina recommitted their separated marriage on the final mat, so that she can yell at him for her mistakes for another 20 years until he cheats on her again. (Is that too cynical?)
We felt sorry for Toni and Dallas, stuck after losing their passports in Russia, and thus the only team not at the mat at the end. Hopefully the producers gave them spending money, so at least they got a big furry hat out of it.
Monday, December 08, 2008
- HEADLINE OF THE WEEK: "Disco Tune 'Stayin' Alive' Could Save Your Life"
Among those not recommended: "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M., Cutting Crew's "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" or "Moving on Up" by M People.
- A WARNING FOR NEXT YEAR'S OSCARS, from Mark Hemingway of National Review Online, that the film Milk will be this year's political Hollywood award winner. It's going to be a middle finger to all those yokels who voted against Prop 8 to legalize gay marriage in California.
- VIA THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL's Memphis Memories, back in Memphis 125 years ago this week, there were Injun problems, but not like you think:
(Dec. 6, 1883) - Three Indians, two women and a man, created a sensation on Main yesterday. They were as ragged and as ugly as it is possible for humans to be and not at all in keeping with the juvenile idea of the noble red man. Each of the squaws had a baby which she carried tied up in a quilt and slung over her back at the end of a stick. A motley crowd followed at their heels to whom the Indians paid not the least attention.
(Dec. 7, 1883) - The police are having trouble with the Indian tramps who struck the town a few days ago. In addition to the papooses each of the women had, it developed that the trio was also traveling with three bears and a monkey. They are constantly obstructing the streets by drawing crowds of street arabs and have been ordered to leave the city.
- IN AN AP STORY about troubled Kansas City mayor Mark Funkhouser (tee hee, funny name), there are 1,101 words, not one of which actually mentions his party affiliation.
Which, of course, means he's a Democrat.
- CONGRATS TO the first Vietnamese-American - a child of Vietnam War refugees - to get elected to Congress. Don't expect to hear anything about how important this is - he's a Republican. Who are all old rich white men, you know.
- THEN AGAIN, diversity and "protected group" think isn't the same as it used to be. A black Christian woman in Toledo was fired from her university post for writing an anti-gay letter to the editor of the local paper.
- DO YOU OWN A DIGITAL CAMERA, and just don't feel like you're getting enough out of it? Here are clever tips for digital camera owners.
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Friday, December 05, 2008
What irked me even more was that NBC decided this week to try and make Vicky a sympathetic figure. Er, no. Too late. Maybe the producers just don't want her to get booed at the finale? I call horsehockey on the idea that she's not still evil. We're only two weeks away from her giant "REVENGE" sign, and yet, I'll bet she doesn't see now normal people react when their loved ones are kicked off, when Michelle no doubt doesn't vow "to get the bitch" for her mom's exit this week.
If Michelle doesn't win, this will be a lost season. Ed was already kicked off and we don't like the twist that he was brought back, Heba revealed her to be a "what about me" person a long time ago (and thus it was no surprise that she is a big fan of Tyra), and, of course the icky one.
Meanwhile, on SURVIVOR, I'm not upset that Mean Girl Corinne is out, just that it means Bob needs some serious wheeling and dealing to convince Matty and Sugar to join him or else let Ken (there's nothing worse than an arrogant nerd) and Crystal control the game. Which would also irk me. I'm terrible vexed by my reality shows.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
- PEOPLE MAGAZINE NAMED Hugh Jackman the Sexiest Man Alive.
And once again, I end up thisclose to the award.
- STAY CLASSY, STATE OF WASHINGTON: A Seattle artist selected to create an ornament representing Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott of Seattle for the White House Christmas Tree included a message calling for President Bush's impeachment. It will not hang on the tree. (My ornament of McDermott would have had a picture of him shaking hands with Saddam Hussein in 2002 while getting paid under the table.)
Meanwhile, in the Washington state capitol, an atheist group's sign with an anti-religion message was placed next to the "holiday tree" and nativity scene. The placard reads, in part, "There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds."
- SOMETIMES I GET THE IDEA that Commercial Appeal movie reviewer John Beifuss is 55-years-old, unmarried, childless and eating frozen dinners every meal? At least that's the idea I get from his look at Four Christmases:
Not only are Brad and Kate unmarried and childless, but they aggressively claim, early in the film, that they don't want to get hitched or reproduce. This assertion, of course, depressingly negates the movie's sometimes Scrooge-like sense of irreverent anti-family humor by immediately tipping viewers that the entire film -- like one of Jigsaw's contraptions in a "Saw" sequel -- has been constructed to de-program and funnel its rebel victims, Brad and Kate, into the socially approved states of wedlock and parenthood.
- SURE, THE NEW CAPITOL VISITOR CENTER in Washington was completed more than $350 million over original projections and four years behind schedule, but at least the common folk won't wrinkle Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's nose anymore:
"My staff has always said, 'Don't say this,' but I'm going to say it again because it's so descriptive because it's true," Reid said. "In the summertime, because (of) the high humidity and how hot it gets here, you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol."
- A SON WENT ALL TANNENBAUM ON HIS DAD: "Authorities say a Florida man who lives with his parents has been charged with attacking his father with a Christmas tree and its metal stand." Could've been worse, they could have celebrated Festivus.
- DURING HIS CAMPAIGN, the Obamessiah promised to stick it to Big Oil with a new windfall profits tax. Now? Never mind.
Obama has shelved a proposal to slap the oil and gas companies with a new windfall profits tax because oil prices have dropped so much in recent months, the transition team confirmed today.
"President-elect Obama announced the policy during the campaign because oil prices were above $80 per barrel," a transition aide said. "They are currently below that now and expected to stay below that."
- NEW UT HEAD COACH Lane Kiffin might want to start a charm offensive by issuing blankets to Vol students and staff, at least if you read these competing headlines with a curious eye:
"Kiffin Introduced as UT Coach; Will Make $2 Million in 2009"--headline, Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel, Dec. 1
"University of Tennessee buildings will be colder this winter and warmer next spring as UT aims to cut its annual energy bill by $2 million."--Knoxville News-Sentinel, Dec. 2
- WALTER SCOTT, "writer" of Parade magazine's Personality Parade, has apparently never heard of religious tracts, if you believe his answer to this question:
Q: I loved Kirk Cameron on TV’s Growing Pains, but now he just does Christian-themed movies. Is he serious about his faith? —Barbara M., Cincinnati, OhioGosh, you mean a devout Christian actor, at a premiere for a movie with a Christian theme made by a church, might actually have the gall to witness to the high-and-mighty press? Outrageous!
A: Very. Cameron, 38, is a partner in an evangelical ministry and is unapologetic about doing movies like his recent hit Fireproof. “I’ve been in cheesy movies,” he admits, “but an inspirational message doesn’t make a movie cheesy—not if it’s well done.” What some reporters found less than inspirational was Kirk handing out fake money bearing a warning to sinners while he publicized Fireproof.
- NOW THAT THEIR GUY WON, you can expect a lot of ho-humming from the Obamedia about such a story: "Ex-ACORN worker admits voter-registration fraud". Of course, had Obama lost, and any Republican had been caught, you surely would expect an uproar and lawyers flying in from all over the country to overturn the results.
- HEADLINE: "Mobile Phones Eavesdrop on Aussie Koalas" - Reuters, Nov. 25
"Crikey!" says Nancy Pelosi as she demands hearings on the Bush administration.
- FROM THE COMMERCIAL Appeal's Memphis Memories for December 1, 1958:
For a fleeting instant yesterday Memphis State had a bowl bid -- the Tangerine Bowl at Orlando, Fla. And then harsh reality crept up and turned the Tigers out. They're on probation by the National Collegiate Athletic Association for violation of the code, involving two basketball players. No bowl bid next year, either. The brief interlude in the clouds began with a call from Jack Morgan of the Tangerine Bowl committee to the sports editor of The Commercial Appeal. "This is a conference call," he said. "Our committee members are listening. How good is Memphis State's football team?" "Very good." "Good enough to play in our bowl game?" "Yes ... but there's one hitch. Memphis State's on NCAA probation." There was a brief, pregnant pause at the other end and then several "Ohs."Ladies and gentlemen, this is U of M Tiger football!
- MERRY CHRISTMAS, JESUS:
What do you get the person who has everything—except adequate health insurance? If you live in Indiana, consider this offering from the state's Planned Parenthood affiliate: gift certificates in $25 increments.
The vouchers, available online and at 35 clinics statewide, can be used for health services or contraceptives. And yes, they can be used to pay for abortions. ...
- STUDENTS AT AN OTTAWA UNIVERSITY canceled a fundraiser benefiting cystic fibrosis research because the disease isn't diverse enough. Of course, it isn't true, but they thought it was only an affliction for white males, and that was enough.