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I hope that my blog will be an attempt to share my views on politics and the media with others. I love the media and I love politics and tend to see things from a conservative viewpoint.
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It's a shame that in a world full of so much need, corporations such as KFC mindlessly spend their money on stuff like this.
This advertising stunt is to help announce that the KFC logo is changing for only the fourth time in 50 years. New store designs will continue to use the famous "Finger Licking Good," and "11 Secret Herbs and Spices" as taglines. The Colonel, an icon known around the world, will appear in a red cook's apron, rather than the iconic white suite jacket, but will keep his bow tie, glasses and goatee. The logo will also replace the old one on another KFC icon, its chicken bucket. KFC will also roll out a new restaurant design, advertising, packaging, point-of-sale and uniforms.
Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan has decided to start rookie Quarterback Jay Cutler this weekend in their game against the Seahawks. Previous starting QB Jake Plummer has had a disappointing season, throwing more interceptions than touchdown passes. And with the Broncos on a 2-game losing streak, Shanahan decided he needed to shake things up a bit. I agree with his decision and hope it helps to invigorate the offense. Juvan Walker has been the only bright spot in a lackluster offensive season thus far. At 7-4 the Broncos will probably need to win all of their remaining games to secure a playoff spot. Go Denver!
Well, we made it home from Oregon. Yeah! It snowed a lot over the pass on our way home yesterday. The Mrs. and I had to put chains on our tires for the first time ever. Not fun, don't want to do it again. But we survived. And little Parker was a trooper in his car seat during the whole time. Overall, it was a fun and worthwhile trip. I hope to be back to regular blogging from now on.
How much weight will I gain this holiday season? I'm guessing 5-10 pounds, but it could be more. My wife bought me my own pumpkin pie. Yum!
In advance of the holiday weekend, I want to share with the blogosphere what I am thankful for in 2006. And as important as saying what you're thankful for is acknowledging who deserves your thanks. So I am grateful to the God of Christianity for the following blessings:
Last night I saw a TV commercial for the new Leonardo Dicaprio flick, Blood Diamond, and it really ticked me off. The commercial features a line of dialogue from the film where the actor uses a curse word. My son was in the room when this happened. We were watching the football game on TV. If a TV program uses language that is inappropriate for my family, I can choose not to view that show. But I have no control over when a commercial airs. There's no TV listings for advertisements. In my home, NFL games are family viewing. But swearing is not. And I am upset that the producers of the movie chose to include that line in the commercial. And I that NBC chose to air the commercial. My family desreves better.
In church today I met a woman who had a relative serving his second tour of duty in Iraq. He and his family were making a great sacrifice for a noble cause. But sometimes I feel like I am the only person who still supports their mission.
I am disturbed by this piece from US News & World Report's election guru Michael Barone. In it he offers:
The fact that an abortion ban could not pass muster with the voters of a state like South Dakota should convince clearsighted prolifers that, even if Roe v. Wade were overturned tomorrow, abortion is simply not going to be banned in the United States anytime soon. True, opposition to abortion is very high in a few jurisdictions (Louisiana, Utah, Guam). But it was almost as high in South Dakota, and the ban was overturned. American voters are ready to support many limitations on abortion. But it seems that very large majorities nationally are not willing to approve an outright ban.
Why is it that libtards consistently whine about the so-called vicious rhetoric that comes out of the mouth of Rush Limbaugh and the pen of Ann Coulter? And yet on their side of the aisle, Keith Olbermann is allowed to say false and vile stuff on a nightly basis and he never gets called on it. I am so sick of the double standard that exists -- Conservatives are harsh, racist people and liberals are just speaking their mind. That's baloney and we all know it.
Here's another silly song for (Parker) Seiber. These loony lyrics just come to me. I really can't carry a tune, however, so you're lucky you only have to read it, not hear it being sung. Parker doesn't seem to mind though. He laughs and smiles when his daddy sings to him.
Kudos to Walmart for sticking it to Democratic Presidential hopeful John Edwards. (hat tip - The Corner) As the linked article indicates, his behavior is indeed hypocritical.And embarrassing. After months of bashing Walmart, which makes no sense to me, his office contacts them in hopes of finding a Play Station 3 for his children for Christmas. Walmart, via a clever press release, told him to wait in line like everyone else. Good for them. I love Walmart. I don't love John Edwards.
I am a big fan of the song "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield. I've heard the catchy song on both pop and Christian stations. From England, Bedingfield used to be a worship leader in her home church. The lyrics to her first big hit are very uplifting and encouraging. To me, the message of the song is live your life to the fullest and start today. You're the only person who can make that happen. It's a simple message, but a smart one.
Last night one of my favorite TV programs, Lost, was not broadcast during the show's regularly scheduled time slot. Instead, it has been put on hiatus for many months to make room for a new Taye Diggs drama on ABC, Day Break. Now, I have no desire to view Day Break, as all I can tell from the promos is it is a vehicle for Mr. Diggs to take his shirt off as may times as possible. But I do miss Lost. From what I can gather, ABC's decision to shelve Lost for a long time is a two-fold approach. It is an expensive program to produce with a large cast and a difficult production schedule. So the hiatus ostensibly buys them more time to meet production deadlines and turn out a quality product.Secondly, it is partly an attempt to avoid showing repeats. Focus groups apparently hate repeats.As do I. Still, I think ABC is taking a big risk. While still popular, Lost has been steadily decreasing in viewership as one of the show's competitors, Criminal Minds on CBS is steadily gaining in the Nielsen ratings. Much of Lost's audience could continue to defect to CBS during the drama's absence. And by the time it comes back in the Spring, Lost may have been forgotten.
Dean Barnett, guest poster on Hugh Hewitt's site wrote about a conference call with Republican leaders. He was impressed with Dan Lungren. As I posted in a comment on that blog, "Dan Lungren is my Congressman in Northern California. As a good conservative Republican, I voted for him. But I have never felt like he was that charismatic or strong in his leadership skills. I will be glad to be proven wrong, though. He ran for governor of California a few years back as well. I believe he lost to Gray Davis. Sad but true." So I will reserve my excitement for Lungren, at least for now.
Let me jump on the bandwagon, with among others, two of my favorite bloggers -- Michelle Malkin and Mary Katherine Ham, and say that I think the choice of Senator Mel Martinez to be RNC Chair is uninspired. Sure, he is Hispanic and that may help bring in some more Hispanic voters. But Michael Steele is much more enthusiastic, well-spoken and charismatic than Martinez. Besides, doesn't Mel already have a job? Color me disappointed.
I forgot to note that yesterday was my two-year blogging anniversary. WooHoo! Things have finally started picking up around this blog as I am posting more regularly. Please keep coming back to check up on things around here.
I heard his potential candidacy floated today on the Hugh Hewitt show. I think it's a great idea and I hope Sen. Santorum goes for it. His is a campaign I could support 100%.
My wife, the lovely Mrs. Media Matters, has been a longtime Denver Broncos fan. After three years of marriage, I can honestly admit she has converted me to Broncomania. I even listen to the games on the radio when they are not televised. It has been fun having a favorite team to root for again. It feels like a very American thing to do, not quite patriotic, but civic almost. I've never been to Denver, except for a brief layover in the city's airport. And I live in California and grew up in Oregon. So my only tie to Denver, or even Colorado for that matter, is the Broncos. Yet I feel they are my TEAM! The team didn't play all that well yesterday, but they still managed to beat their divisional rivals, the Oakland Raiders. And a win is a win, so I'll take it. Go Broncos!
My beautiful bride, Mrs. Media Matters has an intriguing post on how some major retailers are making a change this holiday season. A change for the better. According to the article, Macy's, Kohl's and my personal favorite retailer, Wal-mart, all have plans to return to the use of the word Christmas. Bravo. It's about time. Most Americans celebrate Christmas and those who don't can be adult enough to not be offended by the phrase "Merry Christmas." I used to work retail after college and we were required to write a personal message of thanks on all receipts. I bucked the system in December and always wrote "Merry Christmas" instead of the PC preferred "Seasons Greetings" or "Happy Holidays." I am glad that these three retailers would be willing to do the same. It may be largely a symbolic gesture, but as a conservative Christian who proudly celebrates Christmas, it means a lot to me. I will plan to take my business to Macy's, Kohl's and Wal-mart this Christmas season and give a bah humbug to Best Buy.
Gas prices have shot back up in my area, up 15-20 cents from their earlier low of $2.15 a gallon. I wrote in this post that I thought falling gas prices would help the Republicans on November 7. My analysis was wrong. The Republicans could not overcome the unpopular war in Iraq, scandals and fecklessnes, and the doomsaying of the MSM. Good economic news, such as falling gas prices in the Fall, never had a chance to make an impact.
I think Fox News Watch is probably my favorite TV show. Even better than Lost or Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. I just really like the way the show analyzes the media. Being a panelist on that program would be my dream job. I would love to replace media writer Neal Gabler as he is far too liberal for my tastes.
I've added one of my favorite new bloggers to my blogroll. I first learned of Mary Katherine Ham when she guest posted for months on Hugh Hewitt's blog. Now she has one of her own and it is worth checking out, multiple times a day. She is a good conservative gal, with a strong sense of humor as well. Enjoy.
I've been feeling a lot of anger about how badly the elections turned out on Tuesday. Somehow I need to process that anger. So this blog post is an attempt to do that. These are just some of the things I'm angry about.
Now that RNC Chair Ken Mehlman has stepped down, I like Michelle Malkin's idea of replacing him with Michael Steele. Steele would be an attractive spokesperson for the party. I hope he is strongly considered for the position.
Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car by Billy Ocean has to be the best pop song of the 80s. It came out while I was in college and I loved it the first time I heard it. Now I hear it on the radio and I am instantaneously in a good mood. I crank up the stereo and start moving to the music. If I am in my car, I sing along at the top of my lungs. I am one of those strange people you see at stoplights who are totally spazzing out to the song. After a terribly depressing night of politics last night, I needed a Billy Ocean pick me up. And I got one tonight. The lyrics are so inane,
Reasons why I am a Conservative Republican:
You gotta love craigslist. This guy is a genius. I've used this FREE service to do everything from shop for furniture, sell art work, and shop for home rentals. Long live craigslist.
So sorry to see Rick Santorum lose in Pennsylvania. He is a godly man, the kind we need more of in the US Senate.
If you live in Sacramento County, as me and my family do, Vote no on Q & R. They are hard consonants and stupid ballot measures. We do not need to raise our taxes to build the Sacramento Kings a new stadium. I love the Kings as much as the next guy. Heck, I even starred in a commercial for them. But there is nothing wrong with Arco Arena. The spoiled little Maloof brothers can whine all they want. But if they want a new arena, let them build it. They can afford it. Me and my family, we cannot.
The Mrs. and I enjoyed another one of our Drive-In Dates this weekend. Only this time, the little one stayed awake for most of the movie. Oh well, he was very well behaved. And it was a rated G movie, so we're safe. We saw "Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause." We enjoyed it, as we have the first two. It was nice that they had all the same cast back again for the third version. The only downside, it is a very short film. Not even 80 minutes in length. It seems obvious they are catering to children with short attention spans and trying to increase the number of showings in your local multiplex. For a feature length film to be that short is a shame. So for that reason alone, I wouldn't recommend the movie. Wait for it to come out on DVD.
I bet the liberal Sacramento Bee, my hometown newspaper, hated having to post this headline at the top of page one today. You betcha the GOP is on the rebound as Corker has a big lead over Ford in the US Senate race in Tennessee. And Senator Burns is gaining in Montana and it looks like Michael Steele will win in Maryland. WooHoo! Keep these guys on your political prayer list. We need the GOP to stay in control of both houses of Congress.
In honor of Mrs. Media Matters' favorite NFL team, the Denver Broncos, here is another silly song I sing to Baby Media Matters.
My mom lives in Mark Foley's congressional district, Florida's 16th. I contacted her this week to make sure she knew that by voting for Foley on her ballot, she would actually be casting a vote for conservative Joe Negron to replace him. She understood and agreed, and in fact had already gotten that message. Still, Hugh Hewitt would be so proud of me.
I never liked this guy (Kanye West), especially after his stupid anti-Bush comments after Hurricane Katrina. Now I've found another reason to think he is a jerk, spoiled rotten liberal, add your own adjective riddled insult here.
The upcoming Congressional elections have proven to be a big boost to my prayer life. I have found that the fear of having Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House, or Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader, has brought me to my knees before God. Seriously. The idea that the Democrats may take over in the middle of the war on terror frightens me. Fear is a big motivator. And I really don't know what to do about this fear, except to blog and to pray. So Senators Santorum, Burns, Talent and others have been in my daily prayers. As have Michael Steele, Mike Bouchard and Bob Corker. And my blogging has increased, too. Let's just hope (and pray) that it all pays off.
"Thank you for your service." It's a simple sentence, but one we should say a lot more often. My wife and I got to say it to an appreciative Vietnam Vet last night. He sat at the table across from us at the restaurant, in his wheelchair. We used the sentence as a springboard to a conversation about our appreciation for the sacrifices of the US military. You can bet that when the subject of John Kerry came up, this Vietnam Vet was plenty mad about Kerry's recent comment that American military personnel are dumb. He was furious, as were my wife and I. Our restaurant Vet was a nice man. A hero, too.
This is a first for me. I am enjoying some of the fall TV seasons new programs online. I watch them during my lunch hour at work. So far, my lunch time faves are NBC's 30 Rock and ABC's Ugly Betty. This is a cool way to catch up on some shows I would not otherwise have time to view. And there are fewer commercials, too!
I don't believe Sen. Kerry that his comments about the troops was a "botched joke." I believe he knew what he was saying and he is only backpedaling from it now because of how badly it has been received. John Kerry is French for "loser."