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.
Grammy Nominees 2006 Album Tracks

Gorillaz- “Feel Good Inc.”
Green Day- “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”
Mariah Carey- “It’s Like That”
Paul McCartney- “Fine Line”
U2- “City of Blinding Lights”
Rascal Flatts- “Bless the Broken Road”
Bruce Springsteen- “Devils and Dust”
John Legend- “Ordinary People”
Jack Johnson- “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing”
Seal- “Walk On By”
Rob Thomas-“Lonely No More”
Stevie Wonder- “From the Bottom of My Heart”
Kelly Clarkson- “Since U Been Gone”
Sheryl Crow- “Good is Good”
Coldplay- “Speed of Sound”
Foo Fighters- “Best of You”
Rolling Stones- “Rain Fall Down”
Neil Young- “The Painter”
Beck- “E-Pro”
Death Cab for Cutie- “Soul Meets Body”
Franz Ferdinand- “Do You Want To”

On Idol and Rollergirl

Now that J.D. Fortune has taken over as the winner of rockstar inx comes the news that cbs will resurect the show ..but no word on which group if any will get the benefit of a new singer...and maybe...cbs plans to just create a new group for the winner. It's not going to be Van Halen ... Journey >? And now Fox has debuted the 2006 edition of American Idol ...anyone catch the slip up when Randy Jackson said to one of the Chicago Contestants "C'mon Dog, it's Idol 2005 !" Expected were the ones who could not sing and the fact that Simon has to be an A-hole. .... but i have to say I felt for the guy in the Statue of LIberty Costume. He got out one or two good notes before Simon just melted down and couldnt take the outfit. Who is your award winner so far for "William Hung sings so bad he gets a record contract" award ? The cop who sang I Shot the Sherriff will make a few bucks, the Blue Moon girl could give it a go, and anyone who hasn't picked up "crystalstan.com" as a site for commerce might be missing out. That may go double for someone with a website devoted to what the girl who cussed so much in her audition song actually said. Also on TV ...I didn't even have a chance to see Emily's Reasons Why Not with Rollergirl, Boogie Nights star Heather Graham. It's gone already??? see ya bye ??

President Bush Paints Self Into Corner - Politics - Avant News

I have always said that the best humor has just a smidgeon or more of truth in it....too much truth and its just not funny cause its too dead on the button .... but George Bush doing something clumsy while making a political double entendre makes me smile :)

President Bush Paints Self Into Corner - Politics - Avant News

Some Virtual Bubble Wrap -Happy Now ?

You know...sometimes you just need the perfect time waster...so here is one to begin the week and one for many days to come. Nothing more annoying than SOMEONE ELSE with bubble wrap...even when in my heart i am someone who just wants everyone to be happy. When bubble wrap is yours, relish it ..but remember, moderation in all things.

Virtual Bubble-Wrap

funny today

Just a thought..but if I am able to push a button from my couch and call up brokeback mountain on the tv ... is that called gay per view ?

Marcus Vick Image - McDonalds Fries WIth That ?

Thanks to my friend Mike for sending this --- must be shared with all !

Should Alito Remember Mean John Brown ?

NOTEBOOK: Alito Is a Springsteen Fan - Forbes.com
YES Alito is a Springsteen Fan.
After the year of Bruce coming out full force as a Democrat, and certainly if not that, then definitely anti-Bush... This headline had some irony attached. Bruce wrote about judge "mean John Brown" in Johnny 99 on Nebraska ...and on the Nebraska tour described his song "Open All Night" as his explanation to the judge about his speeding on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Johnny 99 Lyrics
By Bruce Springsteen

Well they closed down the auto plant in Mahwah late that month
Ralph went out lookin' for a job but he couldn't find none
He came home too drunk from mixin'Tanqueray and wine
He got a gun shot a night clerk now they call 'm Johnny 99

Down in the part of town where when you hit a red light you don't stop
Johnny's wavin' his gun around and threatenin' to blow his top
When an off duty cop snuck up on him from behind
Out in front of the Club Tip Top they slapped the cuffs on Johnny 99
Well the city supplied a public defender but the judge was Mean John Brown
He came into the courtroom and stared poor Johnny down
Well the evidence is clear gonna let the sentence son fit the crime
Prison for 98 and a year and we'll call it even Johnny 99

A fistfight broke out in the courtroom they had to drag Johnny's girl away
His mama stood up and shouted "judge don't take my boy this way"
Well son you got a statement you'd like to make
Before the bailiff comes to forever take you away

Now judge I got debts no honest man could pay
The bank was holdin' my mortgage and they was takin' my house away
Now I ain't sayin' that makes me an innocent man
But it was more 'n all this that put that gun in my hand

Well your honor I do believe I'd be better off dead
And if you can take a man's life for the thoughts that's in his head
Then won't you sit back in that chair and think it over judge one more time
And let 'em shave off my hair and put me on that execution line

Vick to the Raiders ?

Many Redskins fans are also Virginia Tech Hokie Fans ...Each has ties to someone who realllly wants to play for the Raiders it seems. Won't the Raiders take on anyone, no matter how sullied the reputation ? Marcus Vick is now pulling guns on teenagers ...and Sean Taylor of the Skins gets a slap on the wrist for spitting on Michael Pittman. I am thinking if it's not the Raiders for these two, how about an all thug football team. Then again...I am not sure Vick the younger is good enough for the Canadian League right now.
Time for another season of the L word. Jennifer Beals, it turns out, has quite a few more moves than she did in Flashdance. I have to say , if you have never seen this Showtime series, you are missing out. I guess I want to make clear that you don't have to be a lesbian to enjoy the story about them ... but I wonder...seriously... how many watch this story and don't or won't tell their friends or co-workers about it. Dana Delaney, a great "where has she been" story will be joining in 2006 , and Rosanna Arquette will be back ... she was very convincing last season. The issue of breast cancer will be dealt with ... and one hopes that Mia Kirshner is a big part as well. Scripts and cliffhangers are tight, acting is super, and its a bit on the racy side as well. Give it a try if you haven't.


CNN.com - More light, more dark for 'L Word' - Jan 6, 2006
Anyone can admit that Howard Stern is sometimes funny and sometimes offensive. If you are in the realm of those who have had limited or no access to stern, and are now about to experience him via sirius, let me warn you of the main reason I personally am offended. When Howard gets a stripper, porn star, lesbian, or promiscius woman on air and starts to ask her about her childhood ... he will say something like this...not exactly..but in different words it comes out "so honey, I bet you were abused as a child heh heh heh" , and then the woman will answer often yes ...and that helped lead her to the lifestyle she is in. Howard, in the way he presents this, seems to my ears to CONDONE CHILD ABUSE and MOLESTATION and of all the things he is chastised for, THIS is unacceptable. It's not unthinkable that some of his twisted listeners think that it is perfectly fine to molest young women , for without that, how would there be the parade of floosies ? Just sharing a belief long held.

CNN.com - It came out of the sky - Jan 6, 2006
OK...then never mind what I said before...and THANK YOU Frank Beamer for showing that Va Tech has a football program that is at least attempting to put character in front of the desire for Wins.
ESPN.com - NCF/BOWLS05 - Hokies dismiss Vick
....I barely can rent maybe one out of the top ten per month or so....but I did see 40 year old virgin and thought it was funny and well done. I still have it for Jodie Foster...but ever since Catherine Keener was in being John Malkovich (yes she played a lesbian...imagine that!) I have had it pretty bad for her in everything she does...and I am simply in love with her in this movie...and the first 45 minutes are as funny as any comedy in many a year!
The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)
OK...speaking as someone who will always call Blacksburg my second home no matter where I am...the fate of Marcus Vick is currently being decided by Va Tech , Beamer, Weaver the AD, and one would presume...the Vick boys Mom. Two of the three options being given to Vick are DONT COME BACK (transfer to I-AA or go pro) with the other option being a third strike and you are out (again??) option. I thought he already had a one more and hit the door clause implied. Here is something that anyone interested needs to know...neither Marcus Vick nor his Mom want him to go pro just yet..and no way is he going to transfer...so he will be back ..and will continue to be given all the rope he wants. Short of a felony, he is coming back, and here is why. Its not about MARCUS Vick's talent, which so many people in media are misinterpreting..as in " Tech is so hungry for wins they will let Vick get away of anything." It's about making sure Michael Vick (aka RON MEXICO) is happy. Tech cannot ever purchase the publicity that they get when Mike is on the sideline wearing a hokie hat and jacket...and thats been a staple in the 2005 season and will be when Marcus returns in 2006. Tech wants MICHAEL Vick top return to Lane Stadium in the future to alumni events, hall of fame honors, and to make contributions and glad hand contributors. Whatever happens while Marcus wears marroon and orange, remember, the butt they are kissing isn't his, nor the quest for a championship ring, its the prestige, and big bucks that being associated with MIKE brings with it.
The trouble with scutter.... ok.... its a name i have always thought would be a good name for a rock group, an album, a book, or perhaps all three. This moment it's a blog. Ain't nothing like an outlet for whatever is to be released. I am sure for my family's sake I am hopeful to stay on a sober front. Links and images and other delights to come. Happy Birthday :)