Monday, May 22, 2006

The Day is Nearing . . .

Two weeks from today will be June 6, 2006 or 06/06/06. If there is anyone out there would like to do something special to mark the occassion such as this . . .

. . . or this . . .

. . . please let me know.

Static Magazine Now Online

The content of Static magazine's current issue can be found online here. You can read my most recent article, "Remember, Remember the Movies That Did It Better," here.

Also, the movie reviews on the Maverick at the Movies site have been reorganized to make them easier to find and access.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The Dog Chases Its Tail Once Again

Just off the news wires, the probe into the illegal spying program has been stonewalled by the NSA and the investigation has been called off.

Security issue kills domestic spying probe
Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The government has abruptly ended an inquiry into the warrantless eavesdropping program because the National Security Agency refused to grant Justice Department lawyers the necessary security clearance to probe the matter.

The Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility, or OPR, sent a fax to Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y., on Wednesday saying they were closing their inquiry because without clearance their lawyers cannot examine Justice lawyers' role in the program.

"We have been unable to make any meaningful progress in our investigation because OPR has been denied security clearances for access to information about the NSA program," OPR counsel H. Marshall Jarrett wrote to Hinchey. Hinchey's office shared the letter with The Associated Press.

Jarrett wrote that beginning in January, his office has made a series of requests for the necessary clearances. Those requests were denied Tuesday.

This is just off the wire a few hours ago, so we'll see if the Democrats grow a spine and decry this. The whole story has a wonderful catch-22 going for it: no one can investigate the matter without security clearance, but once they have security clearance they cannot discuss the matter with anyone.

Monday, May 08, 2006

The War on Dildos

The South Carolina legislature is considering a ban on sex toys, making them illegal. Sellers and buyers of sex toys could face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Here is an actual legal column on the issue.

South Carolina's proposed ban is not the only law of its kind. There are similar laws in Alabama and Mississippi. Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas have attempted similar bans and had them overturned, although Texas is considering a ban on suggestive cheerleading.

In related news, consider JC's Girls. This is a group of three former strippers who have decided to take the message of Jesus Christ into strip clubs and other adult entertainment venues.

Who says Christians are persecuted in this country? Maybe this is what these people really need.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Reactions to Colbert's Speech

As a follow up to my previous post about Stephen Colbert's speech at the White House Correspondent's Dinner, here are some other bits from You Tube.

First, the man himself, George W. Bush, reacts to the speech.

Second, a former American soldier defends Colbert's speech.

Third, Tucker Carlson reacts to Colbert's speech.

Fourth, Frank Caliendo's speech at the dinner. Note that despite his humorous jabs at the President, very little of the humor is of any substance.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

"I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." - George Carlin

The coverage of last week's White House Correspondent Dinner has been surprisingly favorable and mostly focused on the double who appeared with George Bush. This is an event in which the press and the President traditionally poke fun at each other although most remarks are cushioned with some delicacy.

Curiously, the supposedly liberal media has all but ignored Stephen Colbert's speech at the end of the evening. Colbert took full advantage of the captive A-list audience and delivered a speech that crossed lines that none of Colbert's "serious" colleagues would dare. His speech contained some of the following gems:
  • "To sit here at the same table with my hero, George W. Bush...I feel like I'm dreaming. Somebody pinch me. You know what, I'm a pretty sound sleeper, that may not be enough...Somebody shoot me in the face."
  • The greatest thing about [President Bush] is that he's steady, you know where he stands. He believes the same thing Wednesday--no matter what happened Tuesday."
  • "I stand by this man because he stands for things. Not only for things, he stands on things. Things like aircraft carriers, and rubble, and recently flooded city squares. And that sends a strong message, that no matter what happens to America, she will always rebound with the most powerfully staged photo ops in the world."
While his speech was not a great hit with the audience, is becoming a big hit on the internet. You can view streaming footage here (best option), download the speech here, and read a transcript here.