Archive for March, 2010

Carping on a comic cop-out

March 31, 2010

I know I am WAY late on this, but what the hell — better late than never, right? Besides, since the comic strip that’s the topic of this entry is still taking up real estate in quite a few newspapers, I think it’s still worthy.

You know what pisses me right the hell off? When you have a cartoonist who draws a comic strip whose characters age in real time, and said cartoonist draws the strip for almost three decades and just decides to wrap everything up in one Sunday strip and then start telling the story all over again with old and new strips. What of those of us who had been reading said strip for at least two of those three decades and wanted to see what happened with the next generation? Sure, we found out in that one Sunday strip, but I am baffled as to why any newspaper would waste space on something that its longtime readers had already seen. I understand the cartoonist wanted to take a break, but that seems like a moot issue, considering that (from what I understand) other people were involved with its production. I was glad to see the Beaumont Enterprise replace the strip with Pearls Before Swine. Would that other newspapers followed suit. God only knows what kind of talent is being denied exposure because of their running those old strips.

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How about some vintage Queensryche?

March 30, 2010

Since I don’t have anything else for today…

I was listening to Rage for Order, Queensryche’s second full-length album from 1986, last night at work. EMI/Capitol Records remastered & reissued all the band’s albums in the early part of the last decade, and on those remasters were included various bonus tracks — live cuts, alternate recordings, and such. One of RFO’s bonus tracks was this killer live version of the album’s lead-off track, “Walk In The Shadows,” recorded on the Building Empires tour in 1991. I don’t know about now, but I know frontman Geoff Tate had an absolutely phenomenal voice back in the day, and this recording has him demonstrating that. God, but I would love to have been old enough to see them back then.

Albatross! I know you’re into that old hard rock & metal. Thoughts?

Rod Stewart covering Hank Thompson. How about that.

March 29, 2010

Of all the things I knew I’d hear…The Rolling Stones doing “Bob Wills Is Still The King” honestly wasn’t THAT big of a surprise, but Rod Stewart, of all people, doing “The Wild Side Of Life”? HANK THOMPSON? WOW. Sorta puts Jason Aldean covering Bryan Adams in a whoooole new light — and not a flattering one.

Oh, look!

March 29, 2010

Another hippie who apparently wasn’t taught about non sequiturs in school!

On March 12, my mother would have been 108. She would have been overjoyed and frightened at the same time.

When George Herbert Walker Bush was running for president the first time, she told me, “Everyone 65 and older is going to be thrown out on the street to starve and die!” I laughed, saying: “Mother, that is silly.”

Today, I’m glad she’s not here. Greg Abbott, Texas’ esteemed attorney general, is going to sue the U.S. government. The Express-News says Texas and 12 other states are questioning the constitutionality of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance, etc.

Re: the last paragraph — How could the Express-News print something like that? Those state AGs filed suit over the constitutionality of the health care bill that no one’s read, not of Social Security, Medicaid, etc. And even if they were questioning those programs, how would that have anything to do with seniors being thrown out on the street to starve and die? One wonders what Jeanne Mundorf and/or those who think like her are going to do when there’s no money left to fund those programs.

Why no mention of that?

March 29, 2010

I wonder why the Associated Press failed to mention James Cameron’s comment that he wanted to shoot climate change skeptics. I mean, really, you let Sarah Palin mention something about “targeting” certain congressional districts in November and use the word “reload” and the media go apeshit, yet you have a lefty film director say something about wanting to shoot people he doesn’t agree with and…nothing. Oh, right. It wouldn’t fit their preconceived narrative.

Why not lambast the newspapers’ decisions?

March 28, 2010

I see the Houston Chronicle editorial board bitching and moaning again here about the Citizens United v. FEC decision. This time the topic is a campaign ad running in several East Texas newspapers, but yet again they don’t say anything about those newspapers’ decisions to take that money and run those ads. I wonder if this is because they want a cut of that money too? Really, I can’t blame them for that, but it’s VERY unseemly for newspaper editorialists (not just at the Houston Chronicle) to whine about this the way they have been doing. When you get down to essentials here, the Citizens United v. FEC decision was about business transactions. It takes the consent of the parties on both sides for those transactions to be completed. I know why the editorialists blast only one side, but do they think the readers are so stupid they’re not going to figure this out?

Well played, Mr. Gurwitz.

March 28, 2010

Jonathan Gurwitz has a real barn-burner of a column today:

A moral imperative. A noble struggle against greedy corporate interests. A costly problem that particularly afflicts poor families, exacerbates unemployment, reduces productivity and undermines the national economy. A solution so virtuous it requires a universal mandate.

Health care reform? No. Prohibition.

I never thought of comparing those agitating for healthcare reform to Carrie Nation and her gang of vandals, but he’s absolutely right here. In a way the Democrats are even worse, though, because the self-righteous prohibitionist thugs from the early 20th century weren’t (in effect) telling members of a certain profession they had an obligation to provide their labors to the public, much less at a price that was ostensibly lower than what the free market had to pay.

At any rate, read the whole thing. The comments are pretty good, too, though I did get a kick out of this one:

“The teaparty opposition to healthcare reform reminds me of the civil rights struggle of the 1960’s–the same hateful outcry and threats of violence from sore losers who fear the loss of their privileges.”

Loss of WHAT privileges? I am reminded of the dumbass who quoted Bob Dylan in the letters to the editor in the Express-News one day a few weeks back who made about as much sense. Apparently they didn’t teach hippies about non sequiturs in school.

What next?

March 28, 2010

Those crazy Europeans. What’ll they protest next, water being wet? The sun rising in the east?

Oh, how original, Garry!

March 27, 2010

Given the current storyline, I guess it was only a matter of time before “Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau cast a gun as a phallic substitute. But you’d think, with lefties like him being such intellectual powerhouses (or so they SAY), that he’d have come up with something a bit more original than the tired old “gun=penis substitute.” And how about that “genius” Alex referring to it as a toy? At least those of us on this side of the debate know better than to think of a gun as a plaything. Call this Exhibit No. Whatever that liberals aren’t nearly as smart as they like to say they are.

And how about that not-so-veiled slam at those who breastfeed? I guess it goes to show that liberals are not nearly as tolerant or open-minded as they like to say they are, too. At any rate, the words of Jeff at Beautiful Atrocities to Trudeau come to mind again:

“I really admire the fact that your politics & technical abilities haven’t evolved at all in the many, many decades you’ve been turning the crank. Most shallow, fickle people have world outlooks that grow & mature over time, so it’s a relief to see you’re still flogging that same carrion after all these years.”

Garrison Keillor funny? I’m not seeing it.

March 27, 2010

Is Garrison Keillor seriously considered a humorist? A funny man? He strikes me as a male version of Molly Ivins. I’ve never heard his show on NPR, and I’ll take folks’ word for it that’s he’s at least slightly humorous there — but as a newspaper columnist he puts Hoover’s finest to shame. Is he trying to make his radio show humor translate to his column? If he is, it doesn’t. Work. In. The. Slightest.