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Mar. 18th, 2013

Pfft!

A pope is a pope, of course, of course

Every time they get a new Pope, the media always acts just a little surprised...a little disappointed...that he's against birth control, gay people, and abortion.  "I guess this guy won't ordain women and let priests get married either"

More interesting...finding out Argentina actually legalized gay marriage despite the strong resistance of now Pope Francis.

Nov. 25th, 2012

HA!

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Damn,
I haven't been on this thing much lately.  But I think I only have one follower that's even active at all.

Biggest news...had a chance to go to Prague and London the first couple weeks of November.  Prague is highly recommended.  Seeing pictures and videos of it doesn't do it justice.  When you get into the old part of the city you can barely see any sign of the 20th century parts...other than traffic.  One thing I could mention that's off the between track is an "alchemy museum" that went into business at the site where Edward Kelley lived and worked.  That's the Kelley of John Dee and Enochian fame.  It's a bit cheesy, but the history is undeniable.

London is hectic and crowded.  But there's lots of stuff to do.  Amusingly, John Dee's magick equipment is at the British Museum.  So naturally I wanted to see it.  The mirror that Kelley used to "summon the spirits" was actually an Aztec obsidian mirror used by "You Know Who".   But, of course, when I tried to go see it, that was the room that was closed for some reason.  So I went down stairs and found another obsidian mirror to look into.

Not recommended...the food in either place !

Apr. 8th, 2012

Pfft!

Passing the Wind

My parents basically aren't crazy.

But I was recently watching a documentary about the woman who wrote _Gone With the Wind_ in the middle of the night on PBS, and I had a flashback to what might be considered child abuse.  You see, back when I was like 11 or 12, my mom got it into her head that I should see that movie.  She was very insistent.  So, in the end, I got "Winded".  And I was bored as hell...and I didn't like it.  Frankly, I didn't give a damn.

Now that I'm remembering this, I'm kind of like "What the fuck?  That ain't a movie for kids"  It's not like taking somebody that age to see a classic Disney cartoon or something.

Now that I'm remembering this, I find myself wondering if...as an adult...I could appreciate the movie.  I was actually looking at the DVD at a store today.  And I saw that the friggin'  thing is like 4 hours long.  

Seriously mom?....4 hours. 

I was only a kid!

Feb. 11th, 2012

Pfft!

The fate of Prop h8

As glad as I was to see Prop8 tossed out by the court, I still have to admit that is getting to be absurd that gay marriage keeps getting banned and unbanned again and again in California.  It's like a big, gay yo-yo. 

No doubt that the primates on the Supreme Court will eventually overturn the unbanning again....unless we are lucky enough to get rid of Scalia and Thomas and have a second term Obama to replace them.

Ah well....America is still at least 50% stupid and crazy!

Nov. 12th, 2011

Pancakes for breakfast!

So let me get this straight....

Penn State fires its 84 year old football coach for not giving a shit that one of his assistants was raping 10 year old boys in the locker room.   And then a bunch of the students riot over it, destroying property, overturning vehicles...one of them quoted as saying "They fired our coach, what do you expect?"

Old guy too checked out to deal with something?  Jocks acting like douchebags?  Shocking!

Oct. 22nd, 2011

Pfft!

Your sacred moment...sponsored by a fuckin' insurance company

Saw a poster for a local Día de los Muertos celebration.  At the top it said "sponsored by State Farm"

Makes me wonder if we're really all the far from have official sponsors for all kinds of religious events,

This Catholic Mass sponsored by Budwieser.

Ramadan, sponsored by Pizza Hut.

This homophobic, anti-abortion sermon sponsored by Geico.

Let's go people,,,time to cash in!

Oct. 14th, 2011

Pfft!

Not enough Jobs?

Here's what made me roll my eyes in all the coverage of the death of Steve Jobs.

Several times I heard people on the news say almost exactly the same line...."Unlike most CEOs, he actually took an interest in the products his company was making!"

In other words...our companies are so fucked up that we jizz ourselves when someone meets the minimum expectations?
Pfft!

The real Darth Vader

http://youtu.be/EgFgEqm3o60

Aug. 7th, 2011

Grrr!

What happens in Vegas...happens

We just got back from Las Vegas. Ah, the magnificent absurdity of the place!

Some friends got us a deal on a suite at a resort about 10 minutes south of the beginning of the true Strip. Can't complain about that...but even though it looked quite nice, the carpet was so dirty that it turned our feet black.

Some new, big, high-rollin' casinos that weren't there the last time I was there. Places like Aria, Cosmopolitan, Vdara...all in the same area, which looks like the set of a sci-fi utopia.

In the past I was never a gambler...but I always enjoyed dumping my loose change in the slots. Now you can't even do that anymore...they only take bills or various types of plastic. So fuck it...you probably could have made 10 bucks off me...your loss casino!

Traffic is heinous...partly by their own choice. The traffic lights are totally out of synch and take so long to change that you might celebrate a couple of birthdays waiting for a green light...especially if you want to make a left turn.

Down on the crowded sidewalks of the Strip there are hundreds of illegal immigrants that keep trying to slip you ads for 'escorts'. Their shirt logos claim they can get you a girl in 20 minutes. I look at the traffic that is motionless next to me and think..."If I really needed a girl in 20 minutes right now she ain't gonna make it!" So is it like pizza...if they don't get it to you in time is it free?

Saw an exhibit at the Luxor called _Bodies_...which is a collection of preserved human corpses showing the muscle and organ structures. Very weird...cool...and unsettling. But why were almost all the bodies male? Is the exhibit sexist...or do a lot more guys than gals get off on the idea of donating their naked carcass for exposure to the public?

Saw the Cirque Soleil show _Ka_. Very, very cool. I won't give anything away...but I've never seen anything live that looked so much like a full budget CGI, special effects movie. SO strange to see these incredible acrobats do all these amazing things then watch the obese mid-western tourists lumber out of the theater.

Saw the infamous Criss Angel show..._Believe_. It is entertaining. Once again, no spoilers...but I will say that he manages to update the tricks from the 1970s to at least the 90s. It seems there are really only so many basic illusions that these guys can perform...it's all variations on the same themes. I guess at first there was hardly any 'magic' in this show...it was more just a psycho-drama where Mr. Angel tried to show what was going on inside his head. But it got such bad reviews that they have been adding more and more actual stage magic as time goes by. He also has some side-kicks that are amusing...including a hyper fellow called The Maestro.

So that was my summer vacation.

Mar. 24th, 2011

Grrr!

Ah, smell the idiocy in the air!

Just heard on the tv machine that the governor of Maine wants to tear down a mural depicting working people because it offends business owners.

And yep, it was a real news show!

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