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Wednesday, March 31, 2004

TV Recommendations.

New shows

Wonderwalls. OMG this is great. Fox on Friday Nights. It's kind of like Joan of Arcadia without God. Inanimate objects tell the heroine what to do to help peoples lives. No it's not a new idea, but the writing is very fresh, and the cinematography is outstanding.

Joan of Arcadia. God speaks to Joan. This works because the actors are magnificent. The writing isn't half bad either.

Century City. Had enough legal shows? How about one set in the future. But instead of peddling the same LA Law schlock that lawyer shows have been peddling for years the cases are sci fi oriented. Ethical and legal issues that might come up in the next 50 years having to do with biotech, gerontology and other near future issues.

NCIS, (or Navy NCIS which is repetitive). Mark Harmon rocks this one. Its a cross btw Jag and CIS (duh) but the package works well: acting, plotting, writing. The cast is superb, my fave being the Goth Chick who is a brilliant forensic specialist.

Tripping the Rift on Sci Fi is beyond stupid so its actually funny.. And they seem to be doing such outlandish satirization of society that I find it amusing.

I am thoroughly nauseated by the onslaught of "reality" programming. Problem is that they are big money makers for the networks. They cost very little to produce and generate tons of revenue. So they are not going away any time soon.

Probably some more I cannot think of right now.

Old Shows

And kick me in the head for not watching this earlier but Jon Stewarts rendition of the Daily Show (which we catch the next day on Comedy Central at 7 is just wonderful. Hes is funny and though a bit left which I like, does seem to have a balanced agenda.

He just satirizes everyone.
posted by Mike 11:02 PM

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Open Reply to a post regarding the piece from Monday

The problem with right side of the aisle is that they cannot face it when their machinations are uncovered. Please do your own research on the names I have listed. Their actions, publications and resumes are public record. Google it if you have to.

Bracketed by what are obviously *Opinions* I have simply stated the facts of these appointees. It's all public record.

Yet when the denizens of the Public Morality And Patriotism turn on their “machine” its ok to take the gloves off and distort the facts as they see fit. See Limbaugh, Coulter or any one of a number of White House talking heads.

But you cannot have it both ways. I’ve said this before, I am absolutely stunned with the cries of foul play echoing from the Right Side of the Aisle when all the Left has done is play by the rules set out by that very same Right Wing. More often than not it’s the Left side of the Aisle publishing some tidbit of fact that the Right Side has to go stomp all over.

It's quite amusing if it wasn't so serious.

Turning to Al's post specifically let me address certain points individually.

Actually I do think that abstinence is a fine way to lower teenage pregnancy and HIV transmission. It’s also completely absurd to think that teenagers are going to abstain. So instead of living in an ivory tower preaching a behavior that is not likely to happen, the second best option is to make sure they are using condoms.

Your supposition that President Bush ever extended his hand across the aisle to be a unifier is self-deluding. Interviews with key congressional members from the other side of the aisle were unanimous on one thing. Bush sat them down individually or in groups and said: as long as you follow my lead we will get along fine. That’s not unifying. That’s my way or the highway.

Sir I'm very amused that you enjoy my "bumper sticker" slogans, as you are so fond of branding them. Get used to them. This is a sound byte society now. As they said to the dinosaurs evolve or die.

Actually it’s the greatest compliment Al because to boil a talking point into a phrase or slogan that sticks in one’s head is the best marketing one can do. And baby it’s all about marketing. Or had you not figured that out yet? This isn’t the whistle stop campaign of Teddy Roosevelt, it’s a 21st Century media blitz.

Why do you think it is "so popular" to take such issues with the actions of this Administration??

The actions of this Administration are completely outrageous to a significant percentage of the American Populace. Whether it’s a majority and whether the alternative is palatable to the American populace will be determined in November.

The Rovian machine moves to quash the facts of what this Administration does by wrapping disagreement in terms like unpatriotic. Al you should read "The Art of War".

This election is a battle royal for the heart and soul of this country. I for one will not sit quietly by and watch it be destroyed.
posted by Mike 1:09 AM

Monday, March 29, 2004

Another Hidden Bush Agenda

Yet another terrifying glimpse into the Bush White House.

Here is a partial list of Bush appointees to the Deptartment of Health and Human Services.

While fighting the Taliban abroad the Bush Adminstration has been quietly creating his own Christian Taliban right in your own back yard.

For an adminstration that campaigned as a unifier, and who won with out a Mandate from the American People, they sure seem quite set on forcing their minority views on the majority of Americans.

Read on:

Dr. Alma Golden: appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of Population Affairs. A Texas pediatrician, she is a longtime proponent of abstinence as the only acceptable means of birth control. Dr. Golden declared that henceforth the department would stress "abstinence-only" as the solution to unwanted pregnancies, not just for teens, but unmarried adults as well.

Tom Coburn: Former Republican congressman and anti-condom crusader. Appointed co-chair of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS. While in congress Coburn tried to force condom manufacturers to label condoms as "ineffective" against the spread of sexually transmitted infections. "I will challenge the national focus on condom use to prevent the spread of HIV," Coburn said upon his appointment.

Dr. Joseph McIlhaney, Jr.: Appointed to Coburn on the HIV and AIDS advisory council. McIlhaney has a long and well-documented history of disseminating misleading data on condom failure rates. He was appointed in spite of the fact that in 1995 Governor George W. Bush's own Texas Commissioner of Health openly denounced McIhaney's anti-condom propaganda and his professional credibility.

Dr. W. David Hager: Appointed to the FDA's Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee. Dr. Hager served as spokesperson for the Christian Medical Association. He authored the book, As Jesus Cared for Women: Restoring Women Then and Now, and co-authored a book that recommended scripture readings and prayers to relieve the symptoms of PMS. Dr. Hager opposes prescribing contraceptives to unmarried women and spearheaded a petition drive by the Christian Medical Association to revoke the FDA's approval of mifepristone, the so-called "morning after pill."

Dr. Joseph B. Stanford: Also appointed to the Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee. Dr. Stanford is on record for his belief that the only acceptable form of contraception, besides abstinence, is the all-natural "rhythm method." Dr. Stanford refuses to prescribe contraceptives, stating that "(modern) medicine is permeated with attitudes toward sexuality and fertility that are incompatible with Christian values of the sanctity of life, marriage, and procreation, attitudes that both reflect and perpetuate the recreational approach to sexuality found in our secular culture."

Susan A. Crockett: The third Christian fundamentalist appointed to the same FDA committee. Crockett served as a board member of the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She co-authored, "Using Hormone Contraceptives is a Decision Involving Science, Scripture, and Conscience" in the book, The Reproductive Revolution: A Christian Appraisal of Sexuality, Reproductive Technologies and the Family. The book was edited by Dr. Hager
posted by Mike 10:49 PM

Sunday, March 28, 2004

Open Letter to Fox News

Although I cannot expect Fox News to show a balanced outlook I would at least expect that the letters shown on your Fox News Sunday show would be filtered for facts.

I would assume that you have literally hundreds of letters to choose from regarding your roundtable discussion on the Scalia/Cheney Duck Hunt episode. Instead you choose one letter that is incorrect and one that is immaterial to the matter.

The letter stating that the Sierra Club had it out for Scalia is just plain incorrect, (they have no comment on this matter) and the Ginsberg/NOW connections is just immaterial.

So why Fox would choose a letter stating incorrectly that the Sierra Club had any comment on the Scalia/Cheney Duck Hunt?

Why choose another letter out of hundreds that is just immaterial, but also retaliatory?

Because your editorial slant has such right wing bias as to make the entire network the laughing stock of real journalism.

Just to set the record straight, I was flipping channels when I saw your piece. When I go looking for balanced journalism I click past your network.

Best regards
posted by Mike 10:29 AM

Saturday, March 27, 2004

A Knights Tale

Finally saw this movie front to back on Network TV last night. I really liked it.

I can see how the critics went banana's with the two scenes where modern music is intigrated into this medieval setting. But the entire setting was not even remotely historically accurate. There were no World Championship tournaments, it wasn't like the WWE.

So its was just a fun fantasy and love story. The love interest, American born actress Shannyn Sossamon was quite good and exotic enough looking to pass as a French Princess with no problem.

So it jousting was fun, the script was hilarious (especially Paul Bettany's Geoffery Chaucer), the plot watchable, and the villian Rufus Sewell quite nasty.

But the movie was definitely made by the easy acting of Heath Ledger .... Sir William Thatcher/Sir Ulrich Von Lichtenstein of Gelderland .. was just quite enjoyable.

So rent the movie. Get some popcorn, and escape to the movies
posted by Mike 11:31 PM

Friday, March 26, 2004

One Nation under God

Everyone has a right to their opinion. Hence the raison d'etre for this and most other blogs.

But this guy sueing to stop the pledge of allegiance is fundamentally stupid. Or extremely clever. Depending upon his politics.

But first I want to say that the entire suit is JUST the sort of thing that these right wing conservatives like the Fox Network, Anne Coulter etc hang their hat on. There is no need for this. If he doesn't want to say "under God" in the pledge then he can just not say it. Don't force a nation to change what is tradition.

So my theory here is the "background noise" issue in the election year. Things like this, and the gay marriage issue polarize a nation. They put labels where they don't belong (by the above mentioned sources) and offer general ammunition to the right. So this guy's timing sux, unless he is a Conservative...

So, its a dumb thing to do and a dumb time to do it. Could I be more clear?

posted by Mike 11:08 PM

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Well the shit is really hitting the fan now.

At 4:30 today my boss came in and pulled up a chair.

He said Mike I don't have to tell you that things are not going as well as they should. Oh oh....

To be fair he was going to offer me a few "choices". I just cut him off and said well you are going to have to lay me off because I can't take any more pay cuts. Let me go on unemployment and look for another job.

However, in order to cash in on any previous work I did bringing in new accounts and old, he is going to pay me a commission 1099 as long as I keep the accounts active. So I'm going to do that while I look for a job.

Called the MW on the way home and she had some nice bits of advice for me.

Frankly I don't know how we are going to pull this off.... we were strapped as it was.... I just LOVE this new Bush Economy.

posted by Mike 11:56 PM

Thursday, March 11, 2004

I will tell you the real reason why

I am tired is all. Work is difficult. Now that the primaries are over the "election" is already disintegrating into mud slinging.

So I took a break from blogging. Just a quick break mind you. If you don't check back on a regular basis however you may come back and find yourself a week behind. You KNOW how verbose I can be.

I'm doing the proverbial girding of the loins before the real onslaught. It's going to be a nasty tough fight. And the longer I see this brand of Republicanism in power, and meet the nasty small minded people (from forum posters to Ann Coulter herself) the more disgusted I become. These people make me very sad and very tired. Well and angry, but anger is a tireing thing. Humans were not made to be angry all the time.

I'm honestly not sure the center can hold. And you can quote me here. And it makes me very worried.

Till we speak again (very soon)
posted by Mike 9:37 PM

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Pictures of the New Car.

If you are curious the bumper stickers are one round silver STS9 and one square STS9 (thats Sound Tribe Sector 9) and two political bumperstickers. The Black one says

If you are not completely appalled you are not paying attention.

The white one says

I dont have to like Bush to Love my country.

Neat thing is they are moutned on magnetic strips so 1) it doesn't abuse my finish and 2) so I can change them at whim.

I have quite a few others.....
posted by Mike 8:58 PM

Thursday, March 04, 2004

Gad Zeuks! It's Thursday already!

Garsh this week has flown.

Lets see, Monday was Boys night in, and we didn't rent a movie. Got a call from Alex's Teacher during the day, so we had a little homework and Owed Work session. We did watch a couple of episodes on CrasHBOx on "on demand."

Tuesday was Super Tuesday here in NY. Spoke with Brother Greg. Voted for Edwards, kinda like my Anderson vote in 1980, in that the other guy had it in the bag but I like diversity.

So it's Kerry Vs Bush. Who would have thunk it five months ago? Well I'll tell you who. The Economist Magazine. They had Kerry picked all along, I think those guys over there are Psychic.

Its gonna be a dirty nasty drag out campaign, and in the end, the Repbulican dirty tricks club will slime Sen Kerry enough to win the election.

So prepare yourself for four more years of GWB, of fiscal irresponsiblity, jobs moving overseas, foreign relations estrangement and all the other lovely things that go with this crowd of thugs.

Last night was completely unremarkable. However I have been scanning some old pictures I found up in the attic so I'll be putting some of them up on the mikemontfort site and some here.


posted by Mike 10:05 AM

The musings and meanderings of an overworked and underemployed mind