Friday, October 31, 2008

Who gets the Professional Wrestling Vote?

This is a point of view you surely aren't getting on the news. While most of them didn't seem very well versed, Mick Foley stands out as a smart cookie. He's also an accomplished author with a streak of Hunter S. Thompson and Charles Bukowski in him.

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Coming Soon to your DVD Player: Hulk vs. Thor


While a bit shorter than I wish they were at only 80 minutes, the Marvel and DC animated features that have been released lately come closer to the feel of comic books than any of the feature films. Animation allows for a suspension of belief than is alot harder to pull off in live action film. It would be really hard to do something like the Hulk rampaging through Asgard in a feature film, but here it is in an animated feature.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

"Palestinians expect little from U.S. election"

If the average Palestinian expects little progress from U.S. elections, they can take comfort in knowing that the feeling is mutual.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Obama Infomercial

Here is Barack Obama's half-hour infomercial "American Stories, American Solutions," which showed on various TV networks today. Thanks to Free Republic for the link.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Obama Headed to Electoral Blowout?

Over at Real Clear Politics, there's a prospective electoral map that puts Democrat Barack Obama at a best case of 286 electoral points and a solid case of 251 electoral points. In contrast, John McCain has a best case of 160 electoral points and a solid case of 137 electoral points.

Whoever wins, I hope they get a decisive victory. The "cold civil war" and "50-50 nation" that we've been living in has been toxic for free-thinkers and independents to try to discuss anything of substance in, as everyone seems locked in rooting for their team above all else.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

McCain: I Screwed Up

John McCain returned to the lion's den, after his embarrassing episode in which he cancelled on Letterman in order to be interviewed by Katie Couric. It's pretty funny stuff. McCain and Letterman seem like they like each other.

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Gregoire vs. Rossi Round 2

I just finished watching the Washington state governor's debate. Here's my response:

Dino Rossi seemed far more communicative, adopting the technique that Barack Obama used in his final debate of talking right to the camera. Like John McCain, Christine Gregoire seemed cold and angry. Alot of what she said sounded like talking points, whereas Rossi seemed more spontaneous.

I found it a little interesting that, even after Rossi mocked Gregoire's comparing him to President Bush, Gregoire kept on comparing him to Bush. It almost seemed like she wasn't listening to what he was saying and just kept reading what she already had planned.

Gregoire reminded me alot of Hillary Clinton, a career politician who felt entitled to her throne. Rossi appears as an outsider uncomfortable with the mindset of most politicians.

Rossi countered Gregoire's point about there being a "world class education system" in Washington state by pointing out that 16,000 a year are dropping out of school. Is that Gregoire's idea of "world class education?" I can tell Governor Gregoire a few stories about my world class education at the wonderful schools of the Seattle School District. A world class education system doesn't have its admission systems found unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court.

I really like what Rossi said about excessive partisanship and being willing to work with an Obama-Biden administration. When Dwight Eisenhower decided to try out politics, he considered running as a Democrat with Harry Truman being deciding to be a Republican. That lack of partisanship needs to return.

I haven't been following Washington state politics closely for the past year, so I'm a bit confused on the issue of the deficit. Rossi and Gregoire seemed to disagree on the facts, since Rossi talked of a budget deficit and Gregoire said there was a surplus. If anyone more knowledgable would like to help me out (objectively), please do.

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Obama on School Choice

I would like someone other than John McCain to press Obama on vouchers. From the debate last night, it seems that he realizes that the public school system in the United States is inexcusable, that teacher's unions have played a significant role in keeping schools the way they are and that charter schools should be supported.

It's unfortunate that it's only on the verge of the election that we're really hearing the candidates talk about education. It relates directly to the economy, because if children are afraid to go to school, have low self-confidence or are lacking in basic skills and knowledge, we will be unable to compete with other countries. That is completely unacceptable.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Jerry Reed on "Scooby Doo"

I never heard of Jerry Reed before his death, but I certainly admire the far less commercialized era of country music to which he represented. In the following video, Reed is incarnated into an animated version of himself on the classic series Scooby Doo:

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Following is the documentary Crawford, provided free (with advertisements) by Hulu. Crawford documents residents of Crawford, Texas, in their reaction to President George W. Bush setting up a vacation home right next to them. The documentary spans seven years, from the 2000 election to 2007. One interesting aspect is the change in views toward the president. While Crawford residents initially welcome Bush in the days when he was just a Texas governor aspiring to be president, their opinion dissipates as they experience the intense protests led by Cindy Sheehan. Towards the end of the film, there is a feeling among some residents that Bush only used their town to build an image for himself.

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Vintage Video: Hands

This creative work was used as World War II propaganda. It encourages unity among Americans in an effort to defeat the Nazis and the Japanese.

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Thursday, October 2, 2008