Sunday, July 31, 2005

JUST DO IT

I hope that President Bush makes a recess appointment and names John Bolton to be UN Ambassador. If he does, all I can say is it's about time. Even though it will anger some Democrats, I don't think the recess appointment will hurt his other nominee, John Roberts. The Senators who won't vote for Roberts have already decided that because of the abortion issue. And they are the same people who consistently obstruct the President on every issue anyway. So I say to the President, the immortal words of Nike slogan: "Just do it."

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Friday, July 29, 2005

RICH AT RANDOM

I haven't posted in a while. My wife posts a ton and she is always after me to post more. So here are some random thoughts.

1) Why are we a nation of such horabul spelurs? I used to teach college and it amazed and discouraged me how inept my students were at spelling. My students even messed up on simple words like "time" and "didn't" and others. Even on the computer people don't bother to use spell check. I am not a perfect speller, but I will take the time to look a word up in the dictionary if I am not sure of the spelling. Laziness is not a legitimate excuse and it is not hard to memorize how to spell basic words. (If I've spelled anything wrong in this paragraph, I will be humiliated.)

2) Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is a major pain in the butt. If he leads the way for the Democrats on the Judge Roberts hearings, it will be a long summer. The Republicans better unite and show some spine and push his nomiation through in a timely manner. He needs to be Justice Roberts by October 3, 2005.

3) I am addicted to the Thursday night drama Without a Trace. During this summer rerun season I am thrilled to find a new gem to watch weekly.

4) The best way to eat Hostess cupcakes is to put them in the freezer first. Yum!

That is all the wisdom I can muster for now. Live long and God Bless.

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Saturday, July 23, 2005

PRANKS FOR NOTHING

I work for a well-advertised business in Northern California. TV advertisements for the company run multiple times daily. In addition to the TV exposure, the business has a uniquely memorable phone number. So between the TV ads and the easy to remember phone number, we get a lot of business. And a lot of prank phone calls.

Usually it is my job to check the voicemail for messages. We usually get about 10-15 prank calls a day. And on the weekends, when the office is closed, we get a ton of prank calls. (Real cowards!) I checked messages earlier this evening, and of 42 messages, only 5 were legitimate business calls. That means we got 37 PRANK PHONE CALLS in less than 24 hours. That is pathetic.

Now you might think that most of the pranksters are youngsters. And many of them are. Their cheesy calls for pizza orders and attempts at humor are annoying, but not the end of the world. More of the young people calling though with a hankering for a prank these days are using violent and sexually suggestive language in their pranks. This is disturbing. When an 11 year old voice leaves a message either in person or on the machine that is of a distinctly sexual nature, something has gone terribly wrong in this child's life. I know kids, especially teenagers, need a chance to rebel. And prank phone calls are probably one of the safest ways for kids to do that. I understand. But when the prank phone call is stuff that I, as a 37 year old male, wouldn't even say in public, then I think there's a problem.

You might also think that all of the pranksters are young. You'd be wrong. I am repeatedly shocked at how many adult voices leave nonsense and derogatory messages on our voicemail. Sure, I get a few heavy breathers. But the business also gets random death threats and extremely graphic descriptions of bedroom behavior. Don't these adults have better things to do with their lives then to leave anonymously nasty messages? I am embarrassed for them. Maybe they think they are being funny or clever. Trust me, when you leave a prank message as an adult, you are only being pathetic.

I wonder if anyone has ever done a scholarly study on the changing content of prank phone calls. I bet it would be a fascinating study. And I would guess that the content has become much more graphic over the years. It brings a whole new meaning to using the phone to reach out and touch someone.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

JOHN ROBERTS AND THE SUPREMES

I trust the leadership and decision making of President George W. Bush. Likewise, I also trust the opinions of Hugh Hewitt and Powerline. Thus, I am pleased with the President's nomination of John Roberts to be the next Justice on the US Supreme Court. I don't know that much about him and I will feel better after he is on the Court and we can evaluate some of his early decisions.

However, I don't buy into the idea that because Roberts is so well respected he will have an easy confirmation battle. I am not that naive. I believe the Dick Durbins and Barbara Boxers and Chuck Schumers will pull out all the stops to try and derail his nomination. My only hope is that the American public will think they are disrespectful buffoons in the process.

In any case, we have our nominee. Let's support him with our blogs and prayers.

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Sunday, July 17, 2005

SUMMER MOVIE MADNESS

The Mrs. and I see a lot of movies. (She more than me, even, because there are some horror and sci-fi flicks I won't go see with her.) So far, the summer of 2005 has produced some films we've really liked and one we would recommend you pass on. Here are some brief reviews.

1) Mr. and Mrs. Smith: my favorite film of the summer so far. The car chase scene is worth the price of admission in and of itself. Pitt and Jolie have real chemistry together. And the comic touches are a nice surprise.

2) Bewitched: This is not an exact remake of the original TV series. It's a movie about the remaking of the original TV series with just enough plot twists to make this a fun flick. And Will Ferrell always makes me laugh. This "remake" is much better than Nicole Kidman's other recent "remake," Stepford Wives. The new version of that film was lame.

3) The Fantastic Four: Good, cheesy fun. If you don't expect too much and just plan on being entertained, you will be. There are some great one-liners and the overall humorous tone is a nice touch.

4) Monster-In-Law: Too long and too oppressive. Jane Fonda's performance is strong, but in the end, her character is just too unlikable. The audience can't understand or appreciate the depth of her hatred for the Jennifer Lopez character. I wanted to like this film, but the script doesn't justify the extent of the mother in law's nastiness.

In the future I hope to add Herbie: Fully Loaded and Batman Begins to this list.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

HISTORIC TOP TEN

OK, I have been summoned by Mrs. Media Matters and ThirdWaveDave to play a game of tag and name the ten events in history I wish I could have witnessed in person. This seems like an overwhelming task, one where you risk seeming silly and superficial if you don't pick "significant" events. In any case, reluctantly, here I go.

1. Either inauguration of Pres. George W. Bush as the 43rd President. The second time may have been sweeter.
2. In the audience when Pres. Ronald Reagan said the immortal line that changed the world, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."
3. An early crusade of the Rev. Billy Graham when it was clear the Holy Spirit had anointed him and God was blessing his ministry.
4. When Christ uttered "It is finished" and the Temple curtain ripped in two.
5. Backstage at the 1992 Grammys when my favorite artist of all time, Amy Grant, was nominated for 4 major awards and she performed live on the telecast.
6. Any day in the 1950s when I could have met both of my grandfathers.
7.On the set of ET: The Extra Terrestrial during the bike flying sequences and the goodbye scene, so I could see cinema magic being made.
8.The January days of 1998 with Matt Drudge when he had the Lewinsky scandal and blew the story wide open, permanently damaging the Clinton presidency.
9.Sitting near Rosa Parks when she decided she was not willing to give up her seat on that bus.
10.Any day on the set with Regis Philbin during the Live with Regis and Kathie Lee heydays.

I don't have any other friends who are bloggers that I can tag. So someone out there save me and share their top ten list with the world. The Mrs. points out that Rose Colored World still hasn't responded to the request.

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Sunday, July 10, 2005

ANGER AT IGNORANCE

"NEVER GIVE IN - never, never, never, never in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy." - Winston Churchill (HT Patrick Ruffini).

I am so angry at whiny liberals and those who would not have us fight this global war on terror. Their ignorance frustrates me more than anything else in life. Do they not remember these people WANT TO KILL US? The London bombings of last week ought to be a clear reminder of this. We have every right to defend ourselves and take the fight to them. Those who complain about the war would rather we just lay down and die. In the immortal words of Churchill, NEVER!

As Mrs. Media Matters said earlier this week, if you do not support the global war on terror, Get Out of the Way & Shut Up!

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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

PRESIDENTIAL HODGE PODGE

Why is it that President Clinton perjures himself and only gets a fine? Rapper Li'l Kim commits perjury and faces a year in jail. I say Clinton should be incarcerated for at least a year for all the crap he put this country through.

I hope that President Bush doesn't nominate Alberto Gonzales for the opening on the Supreme Court. If he does, I will support him. But my preference would be that the President nominate a more conservative person with a known record of strictly interpreting the Constitution. Someone like Janis Rogers Brown.

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Monday, July 04, 2005

JOURNEYS WITH GEORGE

It seems fitting on this Independence Day holiday to recommend to everyone a fantastic documentary about our President, George W. Bush. Journeys with George was shot during the 2000 Presidential campaign. The filmmaker, believe it or not, is a Democrat. Alexandra Pelosi, daughter of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and a Producer for NBC News was assigned to the Bush campaign during the election. Pelosi shot much of the footage herself. The film has low key effects but high impact personality. Dubya shines with his humor, compassion and friendliness. I have always admired George W. and after this film, I liked him even more. Check it out for yourself. After 8 years of the Clintons, it is nice to have a President again that you (we) can be proud of.

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