Springsteen was best this year ?? Did I Say That ?

In a year when Bruce Springsteen's 2006 album The Seeger Sessions shocked me at first because it was so different..and when I decided I didnt "have" to see this tour, some critics called it his best ever, while I thought "better than with E street Band ? could NOT be," I find myself thinking that for me personally, once again, my highest musical moments came from Bruce this year, as in all previous years. Not out of fan loyalty ...its earned. But I confess ..THIS is a year that I saw one of the better concerts nobody was talking about...Billy Joel on tour these days is something for the ages...all the hits and high points of his illustrious career are there ...it is HIS tour that was like Bruce getting the E Streeters together again to rock THIS century's roof off as well...so...with Billy a close second...its still a Bruce Springsteen World for me...but I am open minded...consider:

This year I found top 40 music I could tolerate, and even liked, more than in years past ....Beyonce, Gnarls Barkely, Justin Timberlake, (he's got a d%%% in the box for you) and ESPECIALLY Christine Aguilera offered ear candy worth dosing on. Beck, Fergie, Rod Stewart all made music that perked my ears up and made me long for the days when I listend to much more music with much more passion. And James Blunt and others with the falsetto ..sing the high notes boys ....God knows Bruce has tried ..and some would say ..failed at it.

And I realized a long time ago that for someone in their 40's as I am, we remember music as what was on the radio ...and of course music to the youngest generation is changed now. This generation will remember it's video game music as fondly ...and will consider among it's music memories, not just the top 40, but certainly things like American Idol. Every week, Idol is live, with young singers throwing down familiar music ..and it's invigaroting ..the performance aspect MUCH more so than the competitive aspect of voting or the much too hyped, albeit neccessary ramblings of the onstage critics. Live music in America's living rooms 2 times a week ...THAT was missing from Americana for a long time...too long. Thank God Idol is succeeding.

And while country music continued to be mostly about a closeup of someones face on the album cover and, although often cleverly, but mostly commercially concocted twists of phrases turned into rhymes with the same 3 chords and 4 instruments, the Dixie Chicks Album Taking The Long Way proved that if country radio don't want em, F em, you're missing out on the best thing to happen to you since Garth Brooks...no ...better. A great year when critics think that Bob Dylan was the best ...

May all years be as musically rich as 2006 was.
...and maybe the E Street Band will be back on tour in 2007

Anyone Remember John Anderson "Swingin" as Hussein is Hanged

Well....here we are on the day of the execution of the Butcher Of Baghdad Sadaam "Sodom" as George Sr. called him ..Hussein ....and for some reason, I have that cheesy country song in my head from John Anderson called "Swingin." Wonder Why ?

Just A Swangin

One Of The Better Bumperstickers for hope for Peace On Earh At Christmas`

There Never Was a Good War or a Bad Peace

Benjamin Franklin

Linus Quote From Charile Brown Christmas From BIble

Just am always touched by the "meaning of christmas" part of Charlie Brown Christmas

Linus says to Charlie Brown in a Charlie Brown Christmas from 1965 this biblical verse:And the angel said unto them, Fear not, for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you this day is born in the City of Bethlehem, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; you shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men'". That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie brown

find this in Luke2 as well as Charlie Brown

Junk In The Box is the Perfect Gift ?

Saturday Night Live Digital Short with Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake called Dick In The Box is the funniest thing I have seen in a long time.

Step 1-Cut a hole in the box
Step 2-Put Your Junk In The Box
Step 3-Get Her To Open It Up

Finding Water On Mars

I just thought that on Wednesday December 6th when NASA announced that it had found water on Mars ... we aren't talking about evidence of water in the distant past on Mars, but currently flowing water....that TV networks should have broken in and the news should have led with the story. OK..you couldnt lead with that story when the Iraq Study Group (don't you just love that name?) came out with their na na na na na naaaaa na report that told George Bush that the mission was apparently NOT accomplished ...no reason to go on that aircraft carrier all gloaty now ... and so they said that something different..whatever it is...just not what we have done so far...must be done ...as Sam Cooke once said, "a change gonna come...oh yes it is." SO..on Nightly News from NBC on Deember 6th 2006, NOT A SINGLE WORD about the now apparent likelyhood that all we have to do is fly to Mars ..I know..not easy or cheap..and PROVE that we are not alone. Not a mention on the News. Geeks are astonished and insulted at the ignorance of how important this is.

Go forth and find the Mars microorganism.

Leno On Al Gore and The Wisdom of Hollywood Activists

I found this ..not a belly laugher ..but a humor in the truth bit.


Jay Leno

Waste Management Begins With Common Sense

The other day I was driving along and saw one of those Big Green and Yellow Waste Management Company trash trucks with a huge sign on the side that said that in the last year alone they had saved umpteen million trees through recycling. That is GREAT. We all should pitch in. Let me ask, do you ever do that little bitty thing that saves, like maybe a sheet or two or paper, and think to yourself "I am saving a part of a tree." Feel good about yourself..you should. But seriously, we as a nation want to save forests of trees, I can think of no bigger uneccessary waste of valuable resources NOT limited to just the wasted forests, than JUNK MAIL ..and specifically, CREDIT CARD SOLICITATION JUNK MAIL.

Nobody wants that mailbox full of solicitation..in fact...we quite fear that someone is going to take one of our pre-approved in our name envelopes and pre-approve themselves to some of my good credit. And you can, and should, be writing your senator and congressman to let them know that they could and should do something. THEY CAN. For the good of our country, we were able to get the cigarette companies to quit advertising on TV. NOW we need the credit card companies, for the good of our future, to quit the mail bombardment. Just like with the cigs, they will have to find other ways...paperless and less intrusive ways, to market themselves...but the constant constant constant waste has got to stop. Think about this...I know you do, and I do too, pat myself on the back for that one or two pieces of paper I somehow didnt print or use, for the bundle I sent to the recycling bin...but then...LOOK in the MAILBOX....your reward for decent credit is a mailbox full of a bad idea to start with.

In case you haven't thought of it...besides the credit card companies, those who ahve the most to gain from the box of junk ..the post office. THE US post office. We need to be very very very pursuasive and active about letting our congressmen and women know we want this stopped, and tell everyone that when it is time to get a credit card, never ever respond to a mailbox solicitation. That does not mean you dont get a credit card...just use any of the other ways ..online the easiest..to choose a card, rate, and your future in more ways then one.

Fox Kills OJ..how is that for irony

I was completely offended by the If I Did It Here's How special and book coming up... but I wanted to see it because I thought it might be the closest thing to getting the truth of what actually happened. Could they have found a way to make sure the Goldmans get all the money ? It might take away anyones guilt for watching it or buying the book.

Is this over ?

Man Law Is Bad

The Men Of The Square Table dolling out the Man-Laws are just fine until you don't agree with one.
SOme Of the Good Ones:

Your best friend is dumped by his girlfriend. How long before you can ask her out?
Six months, but only if she is drop-dead gorgeous.

Is it permissible to hide your beer in the fridge so that others can't find it?
No, Sharing is caring

But HERE is the one that got thinking it aint right

Can you put a lime or any other fruit in your beer?

I am sorry..but I go the other way on this one. I believe that the lime in the beer should NOT be restricted to Mexican Beers. It makes all beer taste better. The MAN LAWS are FLAWED !!!

A Liberal Media ? I never think that but....

The liberal media is something may have been coined by, but certainly was mostly espoused by one Rush Limbaugh at the height of his popularity. Rush has always been the master of the half-truth. No doubt you could make the argument that many in the news media have leanings...they wouldnt be human if they didn't. But I have always thoguht that if you wanted biased media, look to Fox news, which I believe has NO liberal counterpart...and for biased radio...the man who is on with Conservative blither and blather and complaining about "liberal media" seems to have a lock on the airwaves with non-liberal views for several hours a day.

Now...that was maybe before Tuesday Night. I DO realize that the network had access to exit polls that said what was about to happen..that congress would be taken by the Democrats ....but ...I kept watching NBC say "WE DONT HAVE ALL THE RESULTS AND THERE IS NO WAY TO SAY HOW TONIGHT IS GOING TO GO" ...followed by an interview or discussion on how dismal the night was going to be for the Republicans. I was pretty shocked at how blatant the matter of fact downfall of the Republicans was being played out, at the time I was watching, before congress had been officially called, in truth...reality ...but ...clearly .... ahead of themselves ..and I honestly thought. ..with quite a bit of liberal bias. I'd say be careful if you dont want those who say the media is always so liberal to appear to be right...or if the shoe fits. This coming from a staunch centrist hoping to invent and lead the way in the "middle party."

Wouldnt have been surprised if Bush had met with Pelosi to say "send whatever you want..I aint signing a damn thing." But perhaps he has a chance to show what a uniter he is, instead of a divider. We will see what the two years brings.

I doubt Bush will greenlight much...but its clear that his agenda is burnt toast.

Gas Prices Low ... ASK WHY not why not

Does ANYONE get that Gas Prices are going straight up after the election ? WHo is it worth more to than Big Oil to keep Republicans in ? It just seems to me the most obvious answer...Pump prices were inflated to the highest and we never found out or asked enough questions why ? and now..its down low and nobody is asking why ? YOU SHOULD care why. We paid for these low prices when it was high to give Oil a cushion ..and they will jack it up sharply , starting after the elections, win or lose ...and it will be through the roof by Christmas.

Obama to run ?

Just a quick opinion ...Obama thinking about running, Condeleeza being urged, Hillary leaving no doubt ..and Powell could be up there and win if he would just try. 2008 could be a GREAT moment ..defining moment for how far America has come if this "minority free for all", with all very qualified bunch of legitimate frontrunners take the stage. (i know depends upon your opinion of Hillary Clinton) Think it could happen ? You better know it might especially with former Virginia Governor Warner ruling out, and Edwards possibly not being able to. What a great race it would be to just watch.

Mike Tyson's Eerie (Eary ? ) return

Mike Tyson is back on the money trail with his exhibition tour and was showered with boos in Youngstown Ohio. At one time he knocked out everyone he faced in the ring with one punch. Now, punchless and punch drunk he reminds me that there are dozens of reasons why nobody should care about boxing. The too many champions is one...when I was young, no doubt who the champ was whether it was Ali, Frazier, or Foreman. There is also the crooked element to the sport. I have no belief when I am watching boxing (ok..I hardly EVER watch boxing) that the matches aren't as staged as TNT or WWE wrestling....just with no chokeholds ...or biting ..unless we continue to give a rats behind about Tyson (convicted rapist BTW) and his attempted comeback.

Money Matters on TV - Salaries of Favorite TV Characters

Did you see where salary.com has the top tv salaries of your favorite characters?

Dr. Derek Shepherd on Greys Anatomy leads the pack with 386,575 a year ..Neuro Surgeon Money

House Dr. Gregory House is second with 191 thousand a year

Bill Hoffman on Hel Me Help You (I don't watch that) is 3rd 169,000 a year

Annabeth Chase on Close To Home ..a prosecutor 143,000

Alison Dubois ...a stay home mom on medium is 134,000 and that one doesnt make sense

George Lopez, a plant manager is 127,000

Michael Scott of The Office on NBC is 89,000

Homer Simpson is 67,000 as a Nuclear Safety Inspector

Horatio Caine of CSI Miami is nearly 60,000

Betty Suarez of Ugly Betty is 49,000

Eddie Stark High School History Teacher makes 49,000

Olivia Benson on Law and Order is only 45 k

Coach Taylor on Friday Night Lights is 45k as well

and as for Jack Bauer, the 24 Special Agent ..we don't know about Black Ops CONFIDENTIAL

Big Oil and The Election ?

I just have this feeling that the reason gas in my neck of the woods is 1.99 today, and CBS news talked about the stock market booming because of eased tensions over gasoline prices ...is that with the election coming up, it serves big oil to keep republicans in power. It's not that I am saying republicans are bad ..but clearly , big oil is better off with them in power and are influencing the election as they know how.

When it served big oil to charge us over $3.00 a gallon ...they had no problem doing that ..and i think by christmas ..election over ... gas will be tickling that mark again. With all the negativity towards republicans and angst about virtually everything going against them ... it's just somethign big oil can take off the table. With $3.00 a gallon gas people would really pile on the administration and congress. It's my belief that people have forgotten the bind big oil put on America with their money hunger ways. Price of everything went up due to rising energy costs ... and though nobody in my family was hurt physically ... the effect may just well have been as though someone dropped a bomb in my backyard.

Foley is being politicized too much ... pedophelia is not a democrat or republican issue ...but it does show some true colors ... Hastert covering up ..and one of my favorites happened today on the commentary portion of CBS This Morning. Conservative commentator Ben Stein chose today (oct 8, 06) to point out that the Foley scandal is on 24/7 while there are other VERY SERIOUS problems in the world ...took great time with fabulous maps and video to illustrate the problems of the world. He thinks media should get off of the Foley story and on to these. I agree that these are big problems ...to Mr. Stein I DO have to point out that they were problems a month ago ..and you didnt see fit to mention them either until conservative politics in our country was coming under fire. Diversions and Denials are at so many levels today.

Watching Studio 60 makes me remember 1980 1981 ABC Fridays !

Well ..I have no time whatsoever to watch all this TV I want to watch. Quit work and see how long the welfare will keep the cable connected to the DVR. Studio 60 is just great but I am afraid too smart for the masses. I used to love West Wing because I thought the White House was a cool place to work and they brought me behind the scenes of that. Same thing on Studio 60 ...I have always thought SNL was a cool experience ..if I couldn't be a Rock Star, I would want to be on Saturday Night Live ..and just to be in that Studio is a Thrill .... So it is great that they bring us behind the scenes of that so realistically. And by the way ...Harriet can do her impersonation of Holly Hunter ALL day and night and I would be thrilled !!!

SO ALL THIS HAS ME REMEMBERING ABC FRIDAYS !!! I hope you have good memories of it too .. Lke Fox Mad TV is now, it was the counter to SNL. AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO REMEMBERS...does anyone remember Fridays which was Live sketch comedy from LA was an actual show ? Had great musical acts ... "Musical guests included the Boomtown Rats (Bob Geldof sang "I Don't Like Mondays"), Split Enz (the Finn brothers sang "I Got You"), and The Clash (Joe Strummer howled-out "London Calling")." A great performance I remember was Gary US Bonds ! Eddie Money, Kim Carnes, THE BUS BOYS WERE GREAT !!! Benatar was hot. Bruce Mahler did a VERY FUNNY spanish / american DJ saying "La musica ...la musica de los R E M etc" Tom Petty was on before he was a mega star. Graham Parker did Turn On The Endless Night JIMMY BUFFETT was cool ! KING CRIMSON came on and made me have to go get the record the next day ! Gene Simmons and KISS made an appearance I apparently don't remember too much of. Michael Richards rose to stardom there ... And there was a live moment when Andy Kaufman pulled one of those "is a stunt or real" stunts by fighting and having a tantrum. I don't know if anyone else remembers the GREAT BRUCE SPRINSTEEN DEBATE where the two presidential candidates met in a Mens Room and debated Bruce Springsteen as an issue. NOW THAT WAS AHEAD OF ITS TIME !!!! Another 1980 ?? sketch was the guy who went into the audience to discuss the top albums of the year. Basically ..that they all sucked ... I will never forget him holding up the Double Fantasy album and saying "Number one with a bullet ...from Mark David Chapman>" It still makes my heart sink. (I HATE MARK DAVID CHAPMAN !!!) And as hot as Larry David is on his HBO show ...it should be noted that this was the first we'd ever heard of him ... not so good looking ..but his writing was good enough that they let him act too. Old guys like George Carlin and Henny Youngman and Burns of Burns and Schreiber were a part of it. And there was Melanie Chartoff and Valerie Bertanelli ...two of my childhood dreams... together on the same set !!! Billy Crystal did Friday's BEFORE he was an SNL Castmember. The guy who sang "I'm a Pepper" for Dr. Pepper, David Naughton, did "I'm a Homo" in a hilarious spoof on homophobia. (I think he was actually gay as well) Remember, "Im a homo, your a homo, he's a homo, she's a homo, wouldn't you like to be a homo too." And I can't remember ..but I think I saw Charles Fleischer do "Moleeds" on that show. (If you don't know what that is ..it was one of the greatest standup routines of all time)

So...if there was a DVD of Fridays I would get it ..I think it is in the vault or erased. I'd love for it to reappear sometime somewhere . GREAT memories of the early 80;a

Foley Scandal

Thing that bothers me about the "Foley" scandal is how much this has turned into a "Republican" scandal, and that things that are criminal ...such as covering things up ...have been done for the sake of a POLITICAL PARTY. How on earth is any act that harms another human being be a DEMOCRAT or REPUBLICAN issue at all ? I know if I say "since when is anything having to do with honesty or the complete lack thereof a political issue," that the answer I should get should be SINCE THE START OF TIME. ....but Truth is only how it is spun ...sometimes by those who spin masterfully. Fed up with the "need to know" status of our government ... alot has been said of whether the founding fathers saw todays world ..clearly they did not ...but one thing they did show a passion for is that there should be no secrets ..not of the kind we are seeing as common today.

Gas Prices, Scooters, and Bob Woodwards Book

Obviously been awhile ...life does that to you sometimes ...if anyone knows what is going on in my house then I know I am forgiven. What show was it I saw where a guy opens his apartment and says "bill collector ? " the guy says "no" and then the guy says "oh you must be fans of my blog " DO BLOGGERS HAVE GROUPIES ? I am sure I don't ...but if bloggers have groupies, I probably want to belive I could inspire that in a kook or whackjob or nutcase who is nutburgers.

Having said that....

MY TROUBLE is this ...I live in an area where gas is now down to 1.86 ..for a day last week it was 1.79 a gallon at a few places. I can't believe a few dollars tilt in the price per barrel would somehow put the price down almost 40%. And don't tell me it's cause we are conserving either ...I haven't seen THAT many scooters around town. No...I hhave to believe in my conspiratal heart of hearts that it is politically motivated. In fact ....When Bob Woodwards book that slams President Bush and his administration for it's believed to be official policy of deception ...and the popularity numbers go down, I believe the price will go down another quarter and stay there til election day. AND THAT IS THE KEY ..UNTIL ELECTION DAY when I believe it won't even take 48 hours to begin another climb ..this time to well over 3 dollars a gallon before next Memorial Day ..probably ALOT sooner. With BIG OIL in realization that the party is likely over if the house, senate, and then executive branch all change party hands .... the motivation for them to give as much feel good as they can before time to pull the lever, or mark the ballot, or touch the touchscreen (whatever it is YOU do) Lets keep oil prices low by having an election every year !!!

Rockstar CBS Supernova Final 5

GLAD that Storm Large and Austrailian Toby rose up last night (9/5/06) No Crocodile Hunter reference when Toby sang.

Dilana...no people skills and no songwriting skills still is doubling what everyone else is bringing on stage in talent and charisma. I had to think that after the criticism of Dilana's song "don't be so literal" from Gilby that Storm might have deserved the same for lines like "down on my knees ...up on all fours" eh...just what does she mean by that.....and of course...we KNOW that when she says "what the what" she means "whatthe fu(l<" right ? GO storm large go !

Rock Star CBS to final 5

quick rant for all i have time for

well....if i never hear psycho killer again i think i will do just fine ... but dilana has too much "cred" built up to say goodbye to supernova ...YET ...but i think the wheels are turning and she might not have it down....with ryan gone and dilanas personality on the maybe "too wild" side ..even for tommy lee , i think the door is open for storm to sneak in the back door (i don't know why i snicker when i think of tommy getting it in the back door but anyway) ... could a possible solution for supernova lead singer be a combination of male / female as in storm large and toby ..BOTH ? I think it could work? I believe that giving tommy lee the lapdance he has always wanted from storm kept her in the game ...but that can't go on. while i am ranting let me present the possibility that when ryan says he will see supernova on the charts ..he may be very wrong ...as in ryan may see quite a bit of the charts, given his demonstrated songwriting ability and the way he "textures" a song....ryan may spend a good deal of the next 20 years sellling music while supernova sells off within a year or so. ...just a thought. and finally ...magni ....MAGNI ....CMON....not a chance in heeeeelllll.

Tumultous Times and the Giant Sunshield

I have said for some time that with all the tsunami's, hurricanes, earthquakes, global warming, terrorism, war, and general badness ...that when we are waiting in that line to talk to St Peter the topic of conversation will be "you knew right ? i mean... there were plenty of signs ...at least I think." I watched Brokaw's thing on Discovery outlining Global Warming ... I am quite sure that nowhere in the script was the word "biblical" used ...but it had to be a struggle not to use the adjective. I hope I am wrong ..but I just think there are hard times for the world to continue, with the hardest times ever faced for America ... We'll have to be tough and persistent to hang in there.

On Global warming ... while everyone blames the human element for imminent destruction of the planet...I hold out hope for the saving of mankind by doing what must be done. Soon we will be using far less fossil fuels ... at least in America ...(China...eh probably not) But give us the old "put a man on the moon in 10 years" fighting chance to do it with brainpower and will. If the rainforests are dry ..perhaps we will seed the clouds ...discover a way to control hurricane intensity , and even find ways to suck up the too much CO2 ..and my favorite ...and for this I am sure many will call me CRAZY ...but I think it could work...the GIANT SUNSHIELD. This is where we stitch together a thousand mile square sunshield like the one in your car window to reflect rays of the sun back to space, cooling the earth and avoid global warming. THE GIANT SUNSHIELD can work !!! pass on a good idea.

Rock Star CBS Latest

Dilana almost talked her way out of the job this week
I liked storm and i need to say most everything about her ..not everything..the crazy acting and crazy eyes....but on the other hand...when she doesn't bug her eyes out she has very soft lovely eyes. strong singer maaaayyyyybbbeee the best singer and very comfortable onstage ...has a sweet side and a slutty side ....hmmmmmm ..hoping when she gets to do an original it vaults her as it did...
Ryan ....with dilanas negativity and ...i agree....the blue eye shadow is starting i think to be a detriment to lukas ...(it dawned on me last night that Supernova is hard core but I don't think they are blue eyeshadow hardcore) Ryan may have pushed into the lead this week. ...the aussie is looking like an awfully good fit for the band too.
my problem from now on is that i like all of everyone who is left enough that i wish it would just stay this way for awhile...but it won't---i honestly do not care who wins ..and am even feeling some "spinal tap" pangs when i watch this show ...but aside from the idiotic need for the producers to inject a Nirvana song every single solitary week (and if they don't, its a Hole or Courtney Love song to fill that gap) I just really enjoy the music and performances....it fills my need to see live music without going to a bar. ...and almost all are much more comfortable and talented than american idol

Theres a tear in my beer

Theres a tear in my beer and I found my dog is queer ... ok sorry ... just remembering the days when I used to listen to alot more country music. These days it seems country pays much more homage to 70's style rock than hank Williams Sr. ... or Jr. for that matter. Now comes the word that KZLA in Los Angeles ..the last "city of lights" country station has changed format. No Country station at all apparently in Hollywood. according to a story

"The host of the midmorning show, Shawn Parr, said he was told just after he started his shift that the station would be changing styles. He queued up Keith Urban's "Tonight I Wanna Cry" at 10:18 a.m., which segued into the Black Eyed Peas' "Let's Get It Started" seven minutes later. Then he left the air"

Country has always had it's share of just blatant trite phrase of the week PRODUCT as opposed to MUSIC ...but the Stones and Snoop Dog and even David Hassalhoff are guilty of selling out now and then....Country also has had it's share of thoughtful songwriters ...even Garth Brooks could make you "FEEL" something . Mary Chapin Carpenter was and stil is wonderful if not commercially successful. ... No Country in LA ... For the genre its a Black Hole and a black eye.

Im Just Sayin-- Rock Star CBS

Im just sayin... I blogged on American Idol a bit ...but I confess to being a big ROCK STAR CBS fan and especially a fan of Storm Large ... whom I think will be a big star at some point but will probably not win.... but thats not why I'm bloggin today... I'm bloggin today to point out the blatant double standard from last nights (8/16/6) show where Tommy Lee said to one of the singers when he sat down with his acoustic guitar "I hate guys who sit down onstage.!" That was followed a couple of songs later with Supernova Guitarist Gilby , the Australian guy sings as GILBY SITS DOWN to play acoustic guitar. EXCUSE ME ?????
Here's Storm Large for fun

Tony Kornheiser was Great on MNF Debut

Did anyone have any doubt that Uncle Tony Kornheiser would hit a home run for Monday Night Football ...Tirico is solid ...Theisman is himself which is not a bad thing, for me anyway, but I did catch Tony "interviewing" Joe ... the guy gets enough mic time anyway. TK will get used to the style ...but you gotta love....right off the bat ...the Seinfield reference. Welcome to our living room Tony !

Hack The Diebold Voting Machine Video on Huffington Post is Great

How to hack a diebold voting machine ? A friend of mine sent me this link ...it goes to a blogger called the Huffington Post .... it is not just one of the best blogging things I have ever seen ....its kind of one of the most interesting things I ever saw on the internet. It is not that anyone WOULD do what he says can be done ..but how easily it COULD be done ...totally tamper with the results of any election ...maybe not neccesarily over-riding the results as the video says (WATCH THE VIDEO) ...but at least nullifying whatever votes have been cast . THIS is a serious subject done very well with toungue in cheek and with a laugh in the beggining, middle and end. Excellent job to be shared with everyone.

William And Mary Logo unkind to native americans ...but Florida State ???

I have no idea what it is that the NCAA is putting in their peace pipe these days when they say that the William and Mary Logo with two indian feathers is somehow insulting to native americans while other logo's, for instance ALL that is involved with Florida State, from the midfield spear to the warpaint to the tomahawk chop ...all that is apparently ok ? I guess it pays to sell more NCAA merchandise.

AOL You've got CRAP

First let me state that the reason I have stayed with crappy AOL is because my wife likes AOL and does her everything online with AOL because its just always been that way ...in specific ... some people can't imagine notifying everyone in your address book and saying you have a new email . So...we have aol ..and we have our broadband through aol with a signed contract for such for another 8 months or so. But now ...AOL says everything we charged you for is now FREE for everyone. More power to the everyone ...I was only staying for the consistent email and they say I can keep that, even if I write about what total jackasses they are. If you want your free AOL, know that you are getting involved with a company that for years has prided itself on how much spam it caught in their email filters , while nobody has done more spamming themselves period. They have made everyone PAY HIGH RATES for years while bombarding them with more advertisements than almost any webpage might have. Ads and solicitations are richer than the content on AOL ...and I have often told my wife that I cannot believe we actually PAY to be solicted like this constantly. Good thing..those days are over. And here becomes the thing... AOL is in there position because of a lucky twist ...as I recall ...it was AOL and PRODIGY in the dinosaur days ...but AOL had chat and nobody else did. That is it in a nutshell how AOL became what it is today. Now they will try to go against GOOGLE and YAHOO and will LOSE and I could not be happier. Stockholders ....RUN FAST from AOL / Time Warner. Put your money in Google or Yahoo and may AOL go to the same graveyard they put PRODIGY in ...but bury them facedown.

mel bigotson gibson

Mel Gibson is just the latest Hollywood star arrested for a DUI and then making an ass of himself. It is said that during his arrest, he made anti-Jewish slurs which seemed to reinforce earlier accusations that he is anti-Jewish. He emphasized it to Barbara Walters that it was "against his faith" to be anti-semetic...making those comments while presenting himself as deeply faithful (read non-drunk and world loving)while promoting The Passion. Is it just the alcohol talking or do such outrageous statements reveal the true ( dimming ... dimwitted ?)star?

Floyd Landis -Say It Aint So Joe becomes Say it Aint Roids Floyd

Floyd Landis

I just wish I hadn't cared. I frankly do not care about the tour de france unless a great american cancer survivor is winning it every year ...sticking it to the french who keep accusing him of but can't prove that he ever cheated. This sucks...completely ...because I actually cared .... Landis was another great story ..completely bum hip and miraculously came from 8 minutes behind to contend for the lead that he eventually overtook ..with a little help.

from espn.com
"The Swiss-based Phonak team said it was notified by the UCI on Wednesday that Landis' sample showed "an unusual level of testosterone/epitestosterone" when he was tested after stage 17 of the race last Thursday." "Testosterone is included as an anabolic steroid on WADA's list of banned substances, and its use can be punished by a two-year ban."

I mean.... if it proves out that he did it ...HE HAD TO KNOW HE WOULD GET CAUGHT. And ... A MENNONITE !!! The French would almost plant the evidence... but wait ....do you think that might be the thing ? I doubt it ...as bad as the French want to shed an American in this shameful light, I doubt they would risk exposing themselves as trying to cheat a "cheater" ..cause...OF COURSE THEY WOULD KNOW THAT THEY WOULD GET CAUGHT.

Bigger implication here is that in the worlds eye ...this would tarnish Lance Armstrong as well by association ...terrible door being opened here.

Biggest from hero to zero story in a very long while if its true ..wait for the B sample and then.... Landis...give us at least a Jimmy Swaggert lip quiver

Violence on TV in Family Time

This is a gripe to pick with whomever .... I am a father of a 4 year old.
I am not NRA but I am also not anti-gun ...I need to make that clear ...I realize that kids will see guns, kids will play with guns (I did) and that it is not only fictional guns in books, movies (bambi) and tv (everything) that I am bitching about. It's just this ...I would prefer to do the most I can at this impressionable age to shelter my son from violence...mostly fictionalized violence on tv. Now ... there is reality... we are fighting on several fronts ..and so are other countries ...and the news is on and my son occasionally pays attention. I have a feel for when its about to be "too real" for his eyes I think and I will divert his attention or even pause the DVR. My son does know that soldiers fight and tanks shoot things that explode ..four year olds perspective. MY GRIPE is kinda with the other stuff I see ALL THE TIME.

See..I think its a good and wholesome thing to watch the game, the race, the golf etc with my son. Those things are great ...it is the network promo's for whatever show or movie they are trying to get everyone who is watching the game, race, or golf to tune in to. AM I THE ONLY father who has noticed HOW MANY of these promos feature someone (my beloved Jack Bauer ..hero but NOT for four year olds) pointing a gun at someones head ...or someone squaring to face the camera with a close up of a pistol ???? I personally believe these are traumatic images ...fictionalized violence presented as more horrifying than even the "real" war violence we see everyday. My son may have to fight a war someday ... a given ... but I doubt he will be looking down the barrel of a magnum in such over dramatized situations.

I know as much as anyone about the economic importance of good ratings ... promote your shows ...but DONT ...NETWORKS...PLEASE STOP PICKING THE MOST VIOLENT MOMENTS to promote these shows within family times. I truly belive that the good of watching the game, the race, the golf will outweigh the bad of the violence of the promotionals within ....but ...I cannot help but feel someoen needs to cry out and take notice of the harm being done....in my humble opinion.

That's Nascar Racin ?? Really ?

Hamlin won the race in Pocono 7/23/06 but the story was the heated tempers. Clint Bowyer knocks Stewart into the wall, so Stewart pushes Bowyer back which spins him into Carl Edwards. NOW Carl is pissed and holds his arms up (family friendly finger I guess) to Stewart ...Stewart shows his not so family friendly finger to Carl and then Edwards spins Stewart and calls him names. Now...I guess "that's just racin." BUT Stewart says something very interesting I want you to take note of... He says he wishes that Dale Earnhardt was around to police the younger guys to let them know when it's ok to push and shove and when it's not so ok ...Stewart says that #3 would be able to teach the newcomers a thing or two. My point is this ... Earnhardt actually died in exactly that style of driving. These guys are getting pissed ...but its not the same as punching someone in the nads on an NBA floor ... this is WRECKING INTO SOMEONE AT ... WELL ... NOT FAR FROM 200 MPH. Black flags, fines, stern talkin to's in the Principals Office ...what have you ...something has to be done or someone is going to get more hurt than just the feelings from having the bird flipped at you .

Is Oprah the L word or not ? apparently not ...but ...

This is from IMDB.com Oprah Winfrey has hit back at ongoing reports she's gay by insisting she would have already told fans if the rumors were true. The media mogul has often been linked romantically with best friend and business partner Gayle King, but both claim they wouldn't have kept an affair secret. In the August issue of Winfrey's lifestyle magazine O, the Oprah Magazine, the talk show accepts that some people misunderstand her close friendship with King, but insists they are not a lesbian couple. She says, "I understand why people think we're gay. There isn't a definition in our culture for this kind of bond between women. So I get why people have to label it: 'How can you be this close without it being sexual?'" King adds, "The truth is, if we were gay, we would tell you, because there's nothing wrong with being gay." In the article, Winfrey and King chat about their 30-year friendship, admitting they often speak four times a day on the phone when they're not in the same city. Winfrey states, "Something about this relationship feels otherworldly to me, like it was designed by a power and a hand greater than my own. Whatever this friendship is, it's been a very fun ride."

I know of Rosie O'Donnell fans who were among the type who frown on the "Ellen Degeres's" of the world who absolutely quit watching and, frankly, quit loving Rosie when she came out ... so I am not surprised that if she IS that she would not tell anyone. Oprah has ..excepting her diets ... avoided scandal for the most part in her rise to and stronghold on the top ... Absolutely someone to avoid controversy at most all costs.

So....world war III eh ?

It's one thing when some alarmist on a radio talk show says its WW III ..yet another when a neighbor says it over the fence ..which happened today. Whatever is happening ...we (the US) have proved we will fight by going through the Iraq experience ... now who have we always hated even more ...Iran ..who is complicit on many fronts and may exemplify current axis of evil connotations by any definition. We sure will do something about them ... we have proven there is indeed a middle east policy ..and there seems to be no asian policy ..but we'd better get one in a damn hurry. Quit blaming whomever or whatever and deal with whatever is going on and call it WWIII or whatever you want. Makes no difference what it is named or becoming or not ...it just must be dealt with. Bummer ? sorry

This and That

What was Zidane Thinking when he head-butted Materazzi???This question will be asked in France for 20 years won’t it be ?

There Really Is MLB Funeral Merchandise ??? Really ?It's MLB All Star Time ...that means we need to talk again about Pete Rose .... for whatever reason he is left out of the Hall ..it's time to put him in. Qualify that its as a player, NOT as a manager. Whatever you have to do...its time to end this atrocity.

TMZ claims to have obtained a copy of Suri Cruise's birth certificate.

And here is the page that shows us all…and I do mean all ..i mean I think all …probably at least MOST of Angelina Jolie’s Tattoos. Date Movie is funny at the start … weak at parts and not funny but appreciatively sarcastic within itself …and should be most noted, not for the nice Alyson Hannigan’s self deprecating humor..but for the Barbara Streisand impression by Jennifer Coolidge which was so dead on I thought it WAS Babs.

Johnny Depp has been good for a long time

No matter what you think of the performance of Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest and Jack Sparrow being portrayed by Johnny Depp and it's record shattering box office performance....you have to be impressed that Depps career and it's roller coasters despite the commitment to excellence has brought him to thgis place. Starting humbly in 1984's A Nightmare On Elm Street , most didnt become real familiar with him until 21 Jump Street as Officer Tom Hanson, and then ....you've got to prove it on the big screen, and Depp did in Edward Scissorhands, Benny & Joon and a fantastic What's Eating Gilbert Grape. His acting diversity is shown with good performances in Ed Wood, Donnie Brasco, and Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, the Hunter S. Thompson inspired pic. Probably the least I have liked was Sleepy Hollow, and way understated in Chocolat followed by the overstated Blow, He comes wayyyy into his own with Secret Window (If you missed this you missed ALOT). He took Charlie and the Chocolate Factory beyond what anyone else could have, and watch out for another Hunter S. Thompson inspiration scheduled in 2007, The Rum Diary ! He's on top ... and frankly, aren't you glad that America's favorite movie star is NOT Brad Pitt and NOT Tom Cruise ?

Oops the Lost Monkey

OOPS the Monkey is missing in Roanoke still as of this writing. I was trying to think of all the places that OOPS could be ...having a Hot Dog at the Roanoke Millionaires Club known as the Texas Tavern ?? Or perhaps taking a few laps around Victory Stadium (he was spotted nearby)...maybe just lost in the chroma key of a Robin Reed weather forecast on WDBJ TV - 7 , or traveling the valley in costume as the old Kids Club Chicken from TV-27 when it was Family Television. Down 581 and trying to catch a flight from Woodrum Field or going to the Mall ? OOPS could possibly be just hanging around the Blue Ridge Parkway checking out the rest stops.Oops is likely to stroll back into Mill Mountain Zoo without being noticed ... feed himself, and head back out to the real world.

Has anyone noticed that the new show called Kyle XY has some of the same techniques used on Lost ??? the Bogus commercial and website are going to provide clues to what the heck is going on like the Hanso group for Dharma on Lost.

Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner Has a Birthday BASH

If there were ever proof of the baseball pixies doing there just work, it was July 4, 2006 when, on George Steinbrenner's birthday ...the Yankees were beaten by the Indians 19-1. It would only be better if it were the Red Sox

A Life Lesson Sent

The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee

When things in your lives seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbl es rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous "yes."

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now," said the professor as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things--your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.

The sand is everything else---the small stuff. "If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

"Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked.

It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a coup le of cups of coffee with a friend."

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Dexter Manley Recovering

As of this writing Dexter Manley, the former Washington Redskins star is recovering from 10 and a half hours of brain surgery. I was with a group 3 months ago that Dexter addressed. He is / claims to be far from the drugs ... the cocaine .. the bad choices of his past ... is very close to his preacher who travels with him wherever he goes, and was apparently close to working with the NFL on ministering to kids about making better choices than he did. It was apparent when he spoke, that there was something wrong with his recall ability, but I, like others in attendance, just thought it was residual from the coke.

He seems to have turned things around ... so .. pray for his recovery.

Cars Trivia

I thought Cars was the best kids / pixars (not necc for kids) movie I've seen ...and the boy loved it of course as all kids who love things with wheels (make that all kids) will. I put together Cars Trivia

*"Cars"trivia for disney pixar movie cars

What kind of car is Doc
a hudson

what do mcqueen and mater do for fun in the middle of one night
go tractor tipping

For what reason did the animators choose mcqueens number 95
represents the year pixars toy story was released

The first race scenes track is modeled after what real nascar track ?
bristol international raceway

what is the name of the small town that mcqueen lands in on his way to california
radiator springs

what is the name of the championship mcqueen and the other racers are vying for
the piston cup

Who is the voice of Mack is the actor who has been a voice in all major pixar releases?
John Ratzenberger

Taylor and People Magazine

I found it very funny that Taylor Hicks told people he doesn't have a relationship ... yet wants to meet the mysterious woman from the airplane. Now People has the email and the mailing address for the woman to get in touch ... like only the ONE girl will write ..right >? yeah right
Bruce Springsteen's version of Pete Seeger's "Bring 'Em Home (If You Love Your Uncle Sam)".

Go to brucespringsteen.net for the download ... then what do you want to do ?  Bring em home ? 

Is Springsteen being opportunistic , genuine, or a combination therof.

The song was penned by Pete Seeger during the Vietnam War by Seeger and Springsteen's version is powerful vocally with Bruce and Patti with many backing vocals that may conjure up reminiscence of Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band.

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Taylor going strong

With the American Idol Tour underway and the waters of stardom being tested by Idol survivor Taylor Hicks .... It's going to be kinda fun to see where he ends up ... I mean, does anyone really think he has a home on Top 40 radio ? MTV ? or is he relagated to VH1 and Lite Rock Radio Stations . He definitely has the talent to be something more special than a Vegas act ...but I fear that may be all we see of him 5-10 years down the line. The Doobie Brothers cover is the one now ...I can't wait to see what he does with other classic rock / soul covers , which I think will be his staple ... and can't wait for the first Springsteen cover. (something better than dancing in the dark) Long Live Soul Patrol

Does Taylor Hicks Remind ANYONE ELSE of Southside Johnny And The Asbury Jukes

Something that I have been talking about with friends is the similarity that I see in Taylor Hicks and Southside Johnny. It was brought more home to me when Taylor sang Bruce on the final 3 show. I think he clearly emulates and respects Springsteen and his stage values, but takes most after the "little brother" character that Southside Johnny is relegated to. Southside got huge songwriting and producing boosts in his career from Steve Van Zant and La Bamba was the trombonist in the Jukes before being in the Max Weinberg 7 on Conan O'Brien Late Night ...La Bamba Now on tour with Springsteen in the Seger Sessions Band. ( I wonder how cool is that...La Bamba telling Max "you stay here, I AM THE ONE going on tour with Bruce this time LOL")

American Idol

Taylor has the vocal stylings, the soul / blues connection and the love of harmonica. AND the grey hair. So...does anyone who even know who Southside Johnny is (I am a front row Jukes Fan --I once caught his sunglasses and seeem to be one of the ones who know all the words to all the songs...BUT there arent many of us) think that Taylor is a SJ wannabe become famous ? And a question I'd really like answered if anyone knows ...If Taylor listed his favorite artists , (has he ?) where does Bruce come in.
For you kiddies ...take a look and hopefully someday a listen to Southside Johnny http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southside_Johnny
Southside Johnny Music at Southside Johnny

Neil Armstrong vs Shatner ... all I'm sayin

So I am flipping and watching the History Channel last night and the name of the show is "How William Shatner Changed The World." a show dealing with how Star Trek vision inspired much of what we see in the world today. Hand it to the HC for reeling me in .... but I throw in here that I speculate that 200 or 500 or 1000 years from now ... How will a real, not fictional space hero be remembered. I can almost hear the voice of a 2206 third grader upon learning that the first man to walk on the moon was Neil Armstrong, on July 20, 1969, asking if Armstrong must have been celebrated as a world hero and fabulously famous for all his remaining days. We know that is not true. Most don't give the guy a thought, and probably won't until his pre-packaged euology is given on network tv on the day he dies. It was one of the most amazing day ever on earth LANDING A MAN ON THE MOON!!!!....here is a site where people tell their stories about it. He's a quiet man from Ohio these days ...but he should be celebrated always and often.

Scutters Final Thoughts On American Idol 2006

American Idol

I told many who would listen that it was kinda weird, and satisying, that the two favorites I had since the auditions were the two in the finals. I am not someone who usually agrees with Peoria. When Chris Daughtery got to sing with his favorite band, I wondered who Taylor Hicks would sing with on the finale. I seriously seriously wondered if Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes were going to come out. Predictions for the Idol Final Four as we peer into the future .... Lets say the season 5 American Idol Final Four WHERE ARE THEY NOW 2010.

Taylor Hicks -- Has become to 60's and 70's music what Michael Buble is to 40's and 50's music.

Catherine McPhee - Is America's TV, Movie, and oh she does sing too darling. Married to someone very famous and clean cut --- Now in 2010 she and her family, husband and children and weepy dad are set to host the first of her annual Christmas Specials much like the old Andy Williams specials.

Elliott Yamin -- dude ..DUDE just keepin it real ... the great voice combined with the pure luck of the draw gave him one giant top 40 hit in 2007 ...and that was IT for the career. Elliott isn't quite working at the pharmacy again ...but he is out of the entertainment business. The no charisma thing hurts.

Chris Daughtery -- an established rock band fired their singer and hired Chris in 2007 .... He is living the true life of Superstar despite not being the winner...in fact the underdog factor helps as well as his complete distancing ...which even got ugly -- from the Idol Mentality.


Saturday Night Live

Al Gore

Announcer:And now, a message from the President of the United States.
President Al Gore:Good evening, my fellow Americans.
In 2000 when you overwhelmingly made the decision to elect me as your 43rd president, I knew the road ahead would be difficult. We have accomplished so much yet challenges lie ahead.
In the last 6 years we have been able to stop global warming. No one could have predicted the negative results of this. Glaciers that once were melting are now on the attack.
As you know, these renegade glaciers have already captured parts of upper Michigan and northern Maine, but I assure you: we will not let the glaciers win.
Right now, in the 2nd week of May 2006, we are facing perhaps the worst gas crisis in history.
We have way too much gasoline. Gas is down to $0.19 a gallon and the oil companies are hurting.
I know that I am partly to blame by insisting that cars run on trash.
I am therefore proposing a federal bailout to our oil companies because - hey if it were the other way around, you know the oil companies would help us.
On a positive note, we worked hard to save Welfare, fix Social Security and of course provide the free universal health care we all enjoy today.
But all this came at a high cost. As I speak, the gigantic national budget surplus is down to a perilously low $11 trillion dollars.
And don't get any ideas. That money is staying in the very successful lockbox. We're not touching it.
Of course, we could give economic aid to China, or lend money to the Saudis... again.
But right now we're already so loved by everyone in the world that American tourists can't even go over to Europe anymore... without getting hugged.
There are some of you that want to spend our money on some made-up war. To you I say: what part of "lockbox" don't you understand?
What if there's a hurricane or a tornado? Unlikely I know because of the Anti-Hurricane and Tornado Machine I was instrumental in helping to develop.
But... what if? What if the scientists are right and one of those giant glaciers hits Boston? That's why we have the lockbox!
As for immigration, solving that came at a heavy cost, and I personally regret the loss of California. However, the new Mexifornian economy is strong and el Presidente Schwarznegger is doing a great job.
There have been some setbacks. Unfortunately, the confirmation process for Supreme Court Justice Michael Moore was bitter and devisive. However, I could not be more proud of how the House and Senate pulled together to confirm the nomination of Chief Justice George Clooney.
Baseball, our national passtime, still lies under the shadow of steroid accusations. But I have faith in baseball commissioner George W. Bush when he says, "We will find the steroid users if we have to tap every phone in America!"
In 2001 when I came into office, our national security was the most important issue. The threat of terrorism was real.
Who knew that six years later, Afghanistan would be the most popular Spring Break destination? Or that Six Flags Tehran is the fastest growing amusement park in the Middle East?
And the scariest thing we Americans have to fear is ... Live From New York, its Saturday Night!

michael hayden thought it was funny

best late night rumsfeld jokes --seems hayden and rumsfeld have been a bit chippy over the years

"The big story continues to be that seven retired generals have come forward and called for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to step down. In response to that, President Bush said he fully supports Rumsfeld. You know what that means? Sounds like somebody's going on a hunting trip with Dick Cheney." --Jay Leno

"That shows the difference between administrations. Bush can't control his generals, whereas Clinton could never control his privates." --Jay Leno

"Rumsfeld is defiant. He says he is not backing down and he says he's going to stick around and let people criticize him for the Iranian invasion." --David Letterman

"But not all the generals are against him. He still has the support of a lot of generals: General Electric, General Dynamics, General Motors." --Jay Leno, on generals calling for Donald Rumsfeld's resignation

"But here is the sad part -- before the trip Donald Rumsfeld had denied the guy's request for body armor." --David Letterman, on Harry Whittington's hunting trip with Dick Cheney

"Over in Kuwait Donald Rumsfeld held a question answer session with soldiers on their way to Iraq. One soldier asked him a really tough question, it was kind of embarrassing. He asked why don't we have proper armor for our vehicles. The guy who asked the question was Army Specialist Thomas Wilson. I'm sorry, Latrine Specialist Thomas Wilson. He has been re-assigned." --Jay Leno

Jon Stewart: "Will Rumsfeld take personal responsibility for this problem? Clip: Rumsfeld: "I talked to the General coming out here about the pace at which the vehicles are being armored and it is essentially a matter of physics. It isn't a matter of money or on the part of the Army of desire. It is a matter of production and capability to do it."] Stewart: A matter of...physics. Don't you soldiers driving with no armor get it? Mass times velocity squared equals force. Damn you Einstein! Rumsfeld quickly moved from physics to philosophy. Clip: Rumsfeld: "You go to war with the Army you have not the Army you might want or wish to have." Stewart: "Actually they go to war, the Army. You fly in occasionally."

"Donald Rumsfeld held a question and answer session with soldiers on their way to Iraq and one soldier asked why a lot of their vehicles still don't have the proper armor and Rumsfeld said, 'You go to war with the army you have. Not the armor your wish for.' And then he got into his armored car and drove away." --Jay Leno

"Note to Donald Rumsfeld, you might want to cancel the next question and answer session with the troops. Unlike our media, they ask real questions apparently." --Jay Leno

"Donald Rumsfeld made a surprise visit to Baghdad. The bad news for President Bush, he came back ... He told the troops, 'I'm a survivor.' Yeah — a survivor about to be voted off the island." —Jay Leno

"An article came out in New Yorker Magazine that said in order to gather intelligence Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld authorized a secret program that encouraged the sexual humiliation of Iraqi prisoners. Rumsfeld said the article is outlandish, conspiratorial and full of conjecture. He didn't say it was wrong. He just said all those things." —Jay Leno

"Donald Rumsfeld made a surprise visit to Baghdad where he visited Abu Ghraib prison. Apparently, the visit was going well until Rumsfeld took out his camera and said, 'Hey, how about a few pictures?'" —Conan O'Brien

"Rumsfeld visited that famous prison and he said he has all those guards under control now. In fact, he said he's got them all on a very short leash." —Jay Leno

"Donald Rumsfeld made a surprise visit to Baghdad this week where he told reporters, 'If anyone thinks I'm here to throw water on a fire, they're wrong.' So, more bad news for Iraqi prisoners who are on fire." —Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update"

"Donald Rumsfeld made a surprise visit to Baghdad. He was tired of the open hostility in Washington. He just wanted to get away in Iraq. No, he was there to deliver our new policy in Iraq: What happens in Iraq stays in Iraq." —Jay Leno

"Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told senators that the Geneva convention on prisoner's rights applies in Iraq, but not for prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay. When asked what the difference was Rumsfeld said that nobody has pictures of Guantanamo Bay." —Conan O'Brien

"President Bush said he will not punish Donald Rumsfeld. Which is good, because no one wants to see pictures of a naked, old man." —Craig Kilborn

"Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said that he was responsible for the abuse of the Iraqi prisoners. And today President Bush said the abuse was cruel and disgraceful and an affront to the most basic standards of morality and decency. And then he told Rumsfeld that he was doing a superb job. Then Rumsfeld said, 'What the hell do I gotta do to get fired?'" —Jay Leno

"Donald Rumsfeld testified before Congress today. Donald Rumsfeld said he didn't read the report on Iraqi prisoners because it was too long and it contained too much information. When he heard this, President Bush said 'Hey that's my line.'" —Conan O'Brien

"Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today that those pictures of Iraqi POW's being humiliated are deeply disturbing. Well dude what else is he going to say, 'Well you know, I found them to be kind of a turn on.'" —Jay Leno

"Today at a speech in New Hampshire, President Bush defended the war in Iraq saying, 'I was not about to leave the security of American people in the hands of madman.' So, I guess he's firing Donald Rumsfeld." —Jay Leno

"In a recent press conference Donald Rumsfeld said that he had no idea that the U.S. was reorganizing the leadership structure in Iraq and that nobody had consulted him. Rumsfeld was furious and said, 'I'm tired of being treated like President Bush.'" —Conan O'Brien

"Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfield said Wednesday that he still believes we will find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. These statements used to make me angry, but now I just feel kinda sad for him. The way I feel when Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin." —Tina Fey

"Speaking on his first visit to Baghdad since the fall of the Iraqi regime, American Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told the Iraqi people that Iraq belongs to them. He promised that U.S. troops will not stay one day longer than is needed to establish a democratic government, or until gas is under a bucket a gallon, either one." —Jay Leno

"In a new interview, Secretary of State Colin Powell repeated that the U.S. has no plans to attack Syria or Iran. After hearing this Donald Rumsfeld responded, 'Like he'd know.'" —Conan O'Brien

"Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said he believes Syria is harboring former members of Saddam's regime. When asked if Syria was next after Iraq, Rumsfeld said, 'It depends on people's behavior. Certainly, I have nothing to announce.' A dark hint from Rumsfeld, who is the only high ranking member of the U.S. government to speak entirely in dark hints." —Jon Stewart

"Over the last several weeks, several of TV's so-called armchair generals, of which there are many, along with many of the Army's so-called real generals, have been openly critical of the U.S. military planning. Donald Rumsfeld's frustration with these critics boiled over at a press conference earlier this week. Rumsfeld said the only way you're going to be able to get people to believe something is true is if you print it up two million times and drop it from airplanes." —Jon Stewart

"Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had a press conference at the Pentagon. If you listen to him speak, it really makes you wonder what the f**k he's thinking. [Shows clip of Rumsfeld threatening to hold Syria and Iran accountable for hostile acts against the U.S.] Do you see what he just did there? We're in the middle of a war, and he's starting another war. We're already fighting Iraq and he's like, 'Syria, you want a piece?' ...There is nothing like a cantankerous old man who takes a hey-you-kids-get-off-my-lawn approach to foreign policy. The guy's literally just like drunk swinging a broken bottle at people. 'Hey Netherlands, you looking at me?'" —Jon Stewart

Thoughts American Idol Rod Stewart American Songbook




OK...lets be honest...If Kelly can sing bad and not be near the Bottom Three....shouldn't we all just go into work or school the next time we screw up and just smile and say "I BOOOTCHERED IT>>>BUT WHEN ALL AILSE FEALLLS>>>CANT GO WRONG WITH COOL SHOES" yeah i know i missed the exact quote..you got what i mean I am starting to think Kellie is a Rocket Scientist putting on an act.

Taylor "may or may not be" the number one vote getter...how strong is "soul patrol" nationwide. dedicated fants will get you through some mediocre performances up ahead.

Prediction.... Chris is going back to his rockin roots cause the soft thing put him in the bottom three...sings his "love song" next week...a heavy metal rendition of Barbara Streisands "the way we were" or something ultra cheezy...OR..does he take a hard rock song and just claim..'yeah..its a love song..deal with it"

Georgia and Alabama, Virginia, 2 from North Carolina -thats FIVE of the last six....with the eventual winner NOT coming from the south at all....but rather California. McPHEVER BABY.

Walmart Radio still has it played over the stores music systems all over the store is almost all idol ??? If you are in Walmart for 45 minutes you will hear Jesus Take The Wheel 3 times guaranteed.

Had a bad day ? STILL number one on ITunes isnt it ?

Anyone notice on the great issue of Entertainment Weekly who was snubbed...???? Seacrest...OUT.
coming to a store near you....in a coke cup with AI logo ... Simon Cowells Happy Juice

On Immigration from Mexico

Not my thoughts but I am passing this along


Dear President Bush:

I'm about to plan a little trip with my family and extended family, and I would like to ask you to assist me. I'm going to walk across the border from the U.S. into Mexico, and I need to make a few arrangements. I know you can help with this.

I plan to skip all the legal stuff like visas, passports, immigration quotas and laws. I'm sure they handle those things the same way you do here.

So, would you mind telling your buddy, President Vicente Fox, that I'm on my way over? Please let him know that I will be expecting the following:

1. Free medical care for my entire family.

2. English-speaking government bureaucrats for all services I might need, whether I use them or not.

3. All government forms need to be printed in English.

4. I want my kids to be taught by English-speaking teachers.

5. Schools need to include classes on American culture and history.

6. I want my kids to see the American flag flying on the top of the flag pole at their school with the Mexican flag flying lower down.

7. Please plan to feed my kids at school for both breakfast and lunch.

8. I will need a local Mexican driver's license so I can get easy access to government services.

9. I do not plan to have any car insurance, and I won't make any effort to learn local traffic laws.

10. In case one of the Mexican police officers does not get the memo from Pres. Fox to leave me alone, please be sure that all police officers speak English.

11. I plan to fly the U.S. flag from my house top, put flag decals on my car, and have a gigantic celebration on July 4th. I do not want any complaints or negative comments from the locals.

12. I would also like to have a nice job without paying any taxes, and don't enforce any labor laws or tax laws.

13. Please tell all the people in the country to be extremely nice and never say a critical word about me, or about the strain I might place on the economy.

I know this is an easy request because you already do all these things for all the people who come to the U.S. from Mexico. I am sure that Pres. Fox won't mind returning the favor if you ask him nicely.

However, if he gives you any trouble, just invite him to go quail hunting with your V.P.

Thank you so much for your kind help.

10 Thoughts On American Idol

OK...lets be honest...when Mandissa went away....then the announcement that Queen Music would be sung on next week's show...did we not lose a chance to hear Mandissa sing "Fat Bottom Girls.?" I think it would have been great.

Did anyone see Paula Abdul on Leno acting drunk and pretending to do a bit about how could anyone think she is drunk ? Just opinion. but itf she is on anything it is some form of pain pills to relieve pain from the years of dancing.

Bucky Must Go. Voters...do you hear me ?
Taylor Must Stay...Voters...do you hear me ?
If Kellie Pickler ever goes to work for NASA...everyone owes me a Coke.

Being from Virginia and the so called Tobacco belt..but out of everyone auditioned from 50 states..does anyone notice that 4 of 8 left are from Virginia and North Carolina...ok ok...3 of 8 are from North Carolina. WOW

Does anyone notice that Walmart Radio played over the stores music systems all over the store is almost all idol ??? If you are in Walmart for 45 minutes you will hear Jesus Take The Wheel 3 times guaranteed.
Had a bad day ? STILL number one on ITunes isnt it ?

Katherine McPhee ..win or (probably) lose this season..will be America's sweetheart for 10-20 years...long after the show is gone. GO Katherine!

this and that--american idol

Is it just me...i never never would've thought that taylor would have a chance to win...ive been told he has passed mcphee as odds on --- the carolina girl doenst have the talent..apparently mcphee doesn't have the fanbase ...just unreal to think that taylor ..the southside johnny and the asbury jukes wannabe (when i say that, its a compliment cause I love the jukes) could win american idol ? GO TAYLOR.

hottest ?

Johansson Tops Sexy List (imdb)

Lost in Translation actress Scarlett Johansson is the world's sexiest woman, according to a new poll in men's magazine FHM. Readers voted the actress ahead of last year's number one, Mr. and Mrs. Smith star Angelina Jolie and two Jessicas -- Jessica Alba and Jessica Simpson -- on the annual 100 Sexiest Women in the World list. Flattered Johansson says, "One of the best things for a woman to hear is that she is sexy. I'd like to thank FHM's readers for the huge compliment." Jolie came in second, while Alba and Simpson, recent Oscar nominee Keira Knightley and Oscar winner Halle Berry also made the top 10.

And Barry Bonds As Paula Abdul

Yes Yes yes ..we know San Fransisco Giants star Barry Bonds took steroids ... I thought that made your nuts shrink...not your brain ... now we know . Barry Bonds imitating American Idol Judge Paul Abdul is going to go down in history as the weirdest and dumbest thing ... now come on....THIS MAN / whatever / breaking Henry Aarons record ? I don't even want him to break Ruth's .

Science proves what ? and American Idol

Someone proved scientifically i presume..or at least they thought they prove it that man has been pre-disposed to blondes since cave man times. I just had to wonder if cavegirls, who in this study, somehow evolved into blue eyed blondes, had something akin to a caveman hooters complete with pitchers of grog and spicy buffalo sauced meatkill of the day..where the cavegirls pretended to really like the cavemen in order to get a nice tip...like..what was a good tip for a caveman to leave...15% of the fur ?

On American Idol, we have now narrowed it down to ....oh who am i kidding, as i write this there are 20 still alive and everyone knows ACE YOUNG is going to win. DUH ..give me a break. I wish Taylor Hicks had a chance..but truth be known..I am probably going to want to hear this second coming of Southside Johnny with anything he releases.

And I will buy any magazine Kelly Pickler and Katherine McPhee pose in ...preferably together since they did their roomate segment Tuesday night..but something tells me neither are long for the AI scene. --well...Kelly is cute...very cute...and naive..and adorable...oh ...and scientifically she may have a chance cause she is blonde ... well ... to be the American Idol or work at Hooters

This And That

in the scoop

in milwaukee...sports fans can come out to a hockey game to win tickets to las vegas --- the hairiest back wins. yes i said the harriest back...hairy back hockey fans baring their shaggy backs to go where what happens there..stays there..maybe the back hair gets shaved and stays in vegas.
a dating service is now going to use its psychological matching examinations to help married people be better married people...OK .... im surprised to find out when I heard this story that they aren't trying to match swingers -- but that will probably be next. My problem with these dating services is that they ask the man and the woman to take a test and then when the most answers correspond with one another they say that then therefore the two must be a perfect match. BUT..doesn't this do away with the old addage that "opposites attract ?" Thats worked pretty well for me and Melissa.

A big night at the Grammy's once again proving that it's an old folks show every year... (im old enough to appreciate that) .... give credit to U2 for their longevity and constant reinvention. I really appreciate the recognition given to them and Bruce Springsteen for Devils and Dust . And McCartney singing Helter Skelter and the New Orleans Tribute are standout reasons why I can't believe shows like Lost and American Idol dare put anything new on opposite the Grammies. I guess everyone is supposed to know how to program their VCR or have a Tivo or DVR by now.

Venting here... I recently received a modest pay increase. Very modest....but significant enough to make me think my family might be that much better. Every single penny and actually quite a bit more has been taken by the sharp rise in heating this winter and yet another greedy rate hike by the cable company (Adelphia .... BASTARDS) as these utilities line their pockets with very little if any real competition for their services. Throw in that Exxon felt they needed to make a century's worth of profit in the course of a year , and the only thing we can do is not use their products and services ...which is doubtful that anyone would self deprive to make the point.

I will say this... I hope they get some payback in this fashion. When they screw up..and believe me they will....be as unforgiving to them as they have been to us. If, by some unfortunate accident, Exxon Mobil spills a drop of oil from another Valdeez onto another alaskan beach...sue the bastards out of existance ....not just a little bit where they still exist and "pass the cost of their lawsuits on to the consumer." Literally put them completely out of business and force ever executive onto the street. Same thing with Cable companies.... any impropriety...show NOT ONE SPECK of mercy ..they have shown none to me. Energy companies are on a greedy money grab and have been for a long time. Sue them, legislate against them ... RISE UP against those who show no remorse when doing us wrong.

Idol Tuesday

Boston was loaded with talent for american idol wasnt it ? Lots of future Grammy Winners.What a treat the twins were..and they were former D1 Basketball players -- in fact..it was D1 night...the other D1 Hoopster on her way to the ACC to play for Boston College Eagles. And I am officially adapting the quote "I really can sing ... I just have to pee really bad." I was sad " the old folks home girl" didnt get picked..she's now in my top 10 that didn't make it. The Cher soundalike is not ! Well...at least he left with his dignity ...not much ..but what he had coming in I guess. Was a treat to see Clay Aiken trying to apparently win this thing again..oh yeah..he finished SECOND !

Armstrong and Crow

It seems that Lance Armstrong and Sheryl Crow have decided to split up and call off their engagement. I guess a change.....a change ....will do you good.
Said Sheryl ...sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you dont.

If Crash Wins Oscar, We Have A Better World

Crash should win every oscar it is nominated for. Great direction, perfect casting, an important storyline whose ideals will never fade, and storyline dolled out in layer upon layer of thick characterization and intensity. It should be rewarded over films like Brokeback Mountain. Whatever chance we have to live in harmony may come from education and insight...and there is not a doubt that Crash , if its awarded its due, can become the vehicle for change for the better.

Robin Williams Peace Plan

Forwarded to me by Melissa
The picture is Mork with a Tshirt that says "I Love New York" In Arabic

You gotta love Robin Williams...... Even if he's nuts!

Leave it to Robin Williams to come up with the perfect plan. What we need now is for our UN Ambassador to stand up and repeat this message. Robin Williams's plan...(Hard to argue with this logic!)

"I see a lot of people yelling for peace, but I have not heard of a plan for peace. So, here's one plan.

1) "The US will apologize to the world for our 'interference' in their affairs, past & present. You know: Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Tojo, Noriega, Milosevic, Hussein, and the rest of those 'good ole boys;' we will never 'interfere' again.

2) "We will withdraw our troops from all over the world, starting with Germany, South Korea, the Middle East, and the Philippines. They don't want us there. We would station troops at our borders. No one allowed sneaking through holes in the fence.

3) "All illegal aliens have 90 days to get their affairs together and leave. We'll give them a free trip home. After 90 days, the remainder will be gathered up and deported immediately, regardless of who or where they are. They're illegal!!! France will welcome them.

4) "All future visitors will be thoroughly checked and limited to 90 days unless given a special permit!!!! No one from a terrorist nation will be allowed in. If you don't like it there, change it yourself and don't hide here. Asylum would never be available to anyone. We don't need any more cab drivers or 7-11 cashiers.

5) "No foreign 'students' over age 21. The older ones are the bombers. If they don't attend classes, they get a D, and it's back home, baby.

6) "The US will make a strong effort to become self-sufficient energy-wise. This will include developing nonpolluting sources of energy, but will require temporary drilling for oil in the Alaska wilderness. The caribou will have to cope for a while.

7) "Offer Saudi Arabia and other oil-producing countries $10 a barrel for their oil. If they don't like it, we go someplace else. They can go somewhere else to sell their production. (About a week of the wells filling up the storage sites would be enough.)

8) "If there is a famine or other natural catastrophe in the world, we will not 'interfere.' They can pray to Allah, or whomever, for seeds, rain, cement, or whatever they need. Besides, most of what we give them is stolen or given to the army. The people who need it most get very little, if anything.

9) "Ship the UN Headquarters to an isolated island someplace. We don't need the spies and fair-weather friends here. Besides, the building would make a good homeless shelter or lockup for illegal aliens.

10) "All Americans must go to charm and beauty school. That way, no one can call us 'Ugly Americans' any longer. The language we speak is ENGLISH...learn it...or LEAVE."
"Now, isn't that a winner of a plan?" "The Statue of Liberty is no longer saying, 'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.' She's got a baseball bat, and she's yelling, 'You want a piece of me?' "
On TV this week....I was surprised to Google the leader of the Zach of the Others on ABC's Lost ..it turns out he is not Gary Busey after all. Did anyone think that Charlie's song written with his brother on the heirloom piano was putrid (cue simon cowell) ... I was close to believing Charlie was going ton break into the great Saturday Night Live Dana Carvey classic "Chopping Broccoli ! "I have to say one of my favorite lines in the Lost history is "are ya hittin that?" ..and on that subject...anyone wagering on the odds of Hurley "hittin that" and on her odds of survival ?
speaking of survival.. CBS Survivor is soon with updates, observations and insight from here...it is definitely one of my (and melissa's ) "troubles."and back to Simon Cowell, "I am not being rude" when I say this...but Simon has something shoved in a terribly painful place it seems. Maybe that surgeon from Fox TV's "House" can save him. And one more thing.... does anyone else think the Hawaiian girl who was first in San Fransisco ... started with opera singing and then sounded great when asked to sing pop.. should have made it hands down ??? What the hell. idolonfox.com has a place where in your "profile" you name your favorite singers.. I am naming the bad ones for my own humor I guess.

Who are are your Top 10 Favorite Idol contestants?
1.William hung
2 Rhonetta
3-Statue of Liberty Guy
5-I Shott the Sherriff Guy
6-The Hulks Wife
8-The Hawaiian Girl who should have made it from San Francisco
9-The "are you a girl" Guy
10-The "Learned to Sing from Paul Abdul Video" Guy

Alot of people call in sick it seems.

CareerBuilder.com recently took a look at employees who call in sick with bogus excuses. Forty-three percent of workers said they called in sick when they felt well at least once during the last year, up from 35 percent in the 2004 survey. The most popular motivator for missing work: good, old-fashioned rest. Almost 23 percent of workers said they just wanted to relax and catch up on sleep. Seventeen percent said they just didn't feel like going in, 16 percent attributed it to a doctor's appointment, and 9 percent said they had to catch up on housework and run personal errands.Three-day weekend or mid-week break?Thirty-eight percent of workers said they viewed sick days as equivalent to vacation days. The most popular day for calling in sick when feeling well was Wednesday, with 27 percent of workers getting over the mid-week hump by fabricating an excuse. While extended weekend absences were also popular, with 26 percent of workers calling in sick on Monday and 14 percent on Friday, those partaking may have put themselves at more risk of scrutiny.

The article goes on to state some excuses actually used...including "im too drunk to drive to work" and "the ghosts in my house kept me up all night." hmmm Wonder if anyone was abducted by aliens ? (I tried that once..it didnt work)

Tom Hanks does indeed rule

According to Eonline, Tom Hanks is again topping the Harris Poll as America's Favorite Movie Star. Johnny Depp's second, and John Wayne's third. Julia Roberts rounds out the top five. Depp just came out of nowhere over the last several years... Last week I saw him in "Blow " which was done before I think he had reached the megastar level. Was very clear he was on his way then...though I have to admit I didnt see it. I think we would all be happier if Hanks would work a little more..but I can honesty say I have never seen a Hanks movie or performance I didnt like immensly ....though some would argue Joe Versus The Volcano stunk. Hanks is set for "Divinci Code" and another good one coming up called "Charlie Wilsons War. Speaking of movies...I can't understand why there isn't more buzz about Steve Martin, who will be hosing SNL with Prince first Saturday in Feburary, in "The Pink Panther." I cant imagine this movie being anything but GREAT ..but maybe im just old. (the no duh comment of the day)


I have seen in the neighborhood of 10 Springsteen shows...and everyone knows how he can whip up a crowd...I've seen U2, and they are legendary as well for the near religious experience of one of their live concerts. Some other great shows in the many that were notable for not only what was happening onstage but also with the crowd and its devotion include Melissa Etheridge, the nearly trance like "feeling it" of the Dave Matthews Band fans in their live experience, and I'd even have to throw in a mention of Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, although it may specifically have been my personal familiarity that adds to the memory of the night. All these are in the well known for their live shows catagory, but I don't know how much credit Wilson Pickett receives as one of the greatest showmen in Rock & Roll History . At least on the night I saw him in Roanoke's Festival In The park in the late 80's, Wicked Wilson Picket (with much accomplished musicianship and soul from his backup group) whipped a crowd into such a frenzy that I believed for a few moments at times the police just might shut the thing down. In Mustang Sally and especially as he belted out the Land of 1000 dances ...and an ever extended and unforgettable "Midnight Hour" the rock and roll hall of famer put on a performance I would put up against any of those better known performers. Wilson Picket died yesterday ( Jan 19th 2006) in Virginia at age 64. I celebrate his love of making those who came to see him sing feel like they were in Rock and Soul Heaven....a place where he certainly is today.
So now we have seen a few of the best and worst American Idol has to offer so far... My favorites being the poor Statue Of Liberty Guy who got out all of one or two notes (not bad notes at that) before Simon melted down and evicted him based on apparently looks alone. We have the I Shot The Sherriff guy who probably has a William hung sized record contract waiting for him...and my eyes have glimpsed the future of "The Pajama Tour" starring "Flawless" who was flawful. The Cowboy who sings only to the turkeys in the farmyard is a favorite who IS going to Hollywood, as is the CRAZY guy who punched his ticket. Now can we get a fanclub for the poor "are you a girl or a guy" guy from Denver who could have chosen "Dazed and Confused" by Led Zeppelin, or "Land of Confusion" by Genesis, if not Lola by the Kinks.

Here's some fun facts fer ya:
You use 34 facial muscles to kiss. A one minute kiss burns 26 calories.
44% of women say they cannot enjoy sex with someone less intelligent. (somehow i think this fact is non-applicable to virtually anyone's life)
On Average, Americans eat only 8 grilled cheese sandwhiches per year.
26% of women say its ok to kiss a female friend as a "party trick" but 74% say it is not .... I don't know what a party trick is, cut im somehow more curious now.
Alicia Witt deserves a mention today just because she is Alicia Witt.