Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Smith vs. Siegel

ABC reviewer Joel Siegel walked out of a press screening of Kevin Smith's "Clerks 2" after 40 minutes, loudly declaring "Time to go!'' and "This is the first movie I've walked out of in 30 fucking years!"

Check out Smith's rant and then listen to him shit all over Siegel on Opie and Anthony.

Somehow I imagine this will be far more entertaining than the movie.

Eich Bin Ein Neck-Rubber

Just a typical moment in the life of our frat-boy-in-chief who doesn't realize it's not exactly presidential to offer a surprise neck-rub to the German chancellor.

He's only been president of the United Fucking States for over five years. Hasn't learned not to diminish world leaders with overly familiar, unwanted and downright icky gestures? Good luck solving the world's problems, Georgie.

Career Planning For Dummies

I am not a lawyer. This is a good thing.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Save a SEAL

Thirteen hundred people showed up to a bone marrow drive in Spotswood yesterday to try and save a U.S. Navy SEAL with blood cancer.

To learn more about the Department of Defense's bone marrow program, click here.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Larry The Minstrel Guy

Here's a clip of Larry The Cable Guy before he put on the black face of a red neck. As usual, hicks are too dumb to be offended.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

NRO Got Fooled Again

John J. Miller from National Review Online compiled a list of the 50 greatest conservative rock songs. He did so with a contortionist's effort to twist words to his purposes, ignoring the avowed and blatant liberal ideologies of the songwriters while expressing a curious affinity for Rush and the Kinks. Mostly, though, he just picked a lot of mediocre and crappy songs. His second list is no better.

It takes a real genius to include songs by The Sex Pistol and The Clash on this list. Not to mention those conservative poster-boy bands like The Beatles. It's an exercise akin to walking in as an uninvited guest to dinner at someone's house and telling them their interior decoration is all wrong for their sense of style.

I'm particularly irked by Miller's insistence that any song expressing patriotism or "conservative values" belongs primarily to the Rush Limbaugh set and not to someone who both loves his country and has the balls to criticize it occasionally. Since when is unconditional love such a high value? Isn't this how women get abused by their husbands and fathers? Well, luckily we have Aerosmith's (apparently completely earnest) paean to a daughter's trigger-happy gun-lust revenge on her daddy in "Janie's Got a Gun." I'm sure that's something Richard Tyler is proud of.

Suggesting CCR's "Who'll Stop the Rain" is anything but a lefty anti-Vietnam anthem is just plain wishful thinking.

I'll let Pete Townshend defend his "Won't Get Fooled Again" as Miller's pick for the #1 conservative rock song.

I always find it funny to hear Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh or Laura Ingraham play music by Don Henley or Bruce Springsteen or Neil Young as bumpers before and after commercials. It's fun to think you belong to a club that would shun you.

The bottom line is that rock music has always been made primarily to foment change and kick at the doors of the establishment. When so-called conservative notions leak into the mix, it's only because we are not a country (or world) of black and white, red and blue, bad and good automotons, but human beings with complicated opinions and feelings. Loving your country and wishing it were even better are not mutually exclusive stances.

To borrow from today's youth vernacular and the religious right's most recent bugaboo, let me say this about Miller's attempt to ingratiate his ideology on rock music: That's soooo gay.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

A Grateful Anthem

Happy Independence Day, America.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Betting, Littering, and Burying

Off-track betting comes to Woodbridge, somewhat under the radar of residents.

Iselin's Little India just ain't the way it used to be, especially if you're not from South Asia.

And Woodbridge mourns the death of their mayor. Funeral service attendees included former Mayor and former Gov. Jim McGreevey, who is a lot shorter than I suspected.