Sunday, December 30, 2007

Iraq Stats


Support our troops and bring them home.
Stop This Illegal War.
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As of December 30, 2007 there have been:
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3,901 Soldiers Killed.
28,773 Soldiers Seriously Injured. (Updated)
80,137 - 87,287 documented Iraqi Civilian Deaths.
(Civilians NOT Terrorists.)
ZERO - Military Funerals attended by the President.
ZERO - Presidential trips to Dover to view the arrival
of the flag draped coffins of our returning heroes.
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and it has been 1,705 days since "Mission Accomplished".
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Information gathered from:

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Speak Up People

Comment Box
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Please use the comment box at the bottom of each post
to praise, criticize or just say hiya.
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All you have to do is look at the bottom right of each post and click on the word "Comment'.
You can register and post or you can use the anonymous feature.
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Just remember;
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"Please comment however you feel.
BUT Hate Speech is forbidden.
Find the light and avoid the dark."
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Thanks,
Mav Out

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

The Mother Lode - Christmas '07

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The Booty:
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A Sweater
from my mother
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A Sweatshirt
from my friend Marsha
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A Pair of Slacks for work
from my sister Virginia Belle & her hubby Chris
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A Flag Puzzle Mouse Pad
from Virginia Belle
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A Handmade Toboggan
(that matches the scarf that I got last year, which I love)
from Jacob - made by his mother Michelle
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A gift card for Wally World for Charley and I
from Charley's Mom
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Four Books from Charley
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  • "Celebrity Detox" - Rosie O'Donnell
  • "A Christmas Story" - Jean Shepherd
  • "The Kite Runner" - Khaled Hosseini
  • "501 Must-See Movies"
&
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The "Lovely" Red, White & Blue Handmade Throw
from Michelle and Virginia Belle
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I love everything.
Thank you.
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By the way,
this post
IS
my
"Thank You Note"
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Merry Christmas

Seasons Greeting.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Iraq Stats


Support our troops and bring them home.
Stop This Illegal War.
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As of December 23, 2007 there have been:
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3,897 Soldiers Killed.
28,711 Soldiers Seriously Injured.
79,194 - 86,300 documented Iraqi Civilian Deaths.
(Civilians NOT Terrorists.)
ZERO - Military Funerals attended by the President.
ZERO - Presidential trips to Dover to view the arrival
of the flag draped coffins of our returning heroes.
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and it has been 1,698 days since "Mission Accomplished".
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My days since "Mission Accomplished" has been off.
I recounted and the "days since" will be correct from this post on.
Note: I went back and corrected the date on all of the Iraq Stats posts.
The original date of "Mission Accomplished" is May 1, 2003.

Fa Ra Ra Ra Ra, Ra Ra Ra Ra

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I was on www.epinions.com yesterday and was reading lists of every one's best and worst holiday movies. I decided to give you a short list of movies that I like to see around the holidays and my least favorite Christmas movie ever. Besides I wanted to post a picture of the Leg Lamp.
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The One Film That I Have To See Each Year:
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"A Christmas Story" - Favorite part has to be the gang of coon dogs breaking into the kitchen and eating the entire Christmas Dinner, forcing the family to go out to a Chinese Restaurant.
Director Bob Clark directed "A Christmas Story", "Porky's" & "Porky's II" all in a span of 18 months. He never did anything near as funny or successful ever again. (BTW I do think that the Porky's movies are funny in that Guilty Pleasure kind of way.) Remember to watch TBS of December 24th for the 24 hour marathon of "A Christmas Story"
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Other Favorites (in Alphabetical Order):
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"Die Hard" - Great action picture and the movie debut of the amazing Alan Rickman. Movie filled with fun Christmas songs is a bonus.
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"Family Man" - The only Nicolas Cage movie that I really like. Sweet and funny at the same time.
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"Gremlins" - Bizarre and fun. It is one of only a few of Spielberg's formula movies that holds up over time.
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"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" - Favorite bit that might get missed. When someone yells freeze, the camera pulls back and everyone in the room is holding their pose and if you blink you might miss that Beverly Di Angelo froze with her hand squeezing Chevy Chase's crotch. I laugh at that every time.
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Discussion of other people's worst choice:
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Many of the worst list on www.epinions.com were topped off with "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" or "Silent Night, Deadly Night."
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"Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" is a lazy choice, because it was meant to bad. It had no aspirations of being a Christmas Classic. It was crap and it knew it. You should get a bunch of friends together and watch it as a double feature with "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes." Turn down the volume and make up your own dialog and you will laugh yourself silly.
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"Silent Night, Deadly Night" is a slasher picture in the vein of "Halloween" or "Friday the 13th" and it was fairly well done for the genre. The killer wore a Santa Claus suit and everyone freaked out. For God's sake grow up. My guess is that the uptight people that put it on their list as the worst "Christmas" movie ever never saw it. Have a Halloween film festival some year and put this in the mix and I bet people will go crazy watching it. It is just stupid slasher fun.
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Now my choice for WORST Christmas Picture Ever:
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"Jingle All The Way"
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Schwarzenegger + Comedy + Family Movie = VOMIT.
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It is loud, crass & senseless.
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When I saw this piece of garbage, it did not make me laugh, giggle or even grin one time.
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Back then, I saw it for free at the Grand Opening of the new Mall Movie Theater and I still wanted my money back.
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I still do.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Poor Santa


Cute Christmas Outfit - $35.00
Gas to the mall - $5.00
Photo Fee - $12.95
Your lovely child going bat shit crazy on Santa's lap - Priceless.

Every year, the "Sun - Sentinel" from South Florida have a section online to showcase your "Children Scared of Santa" photos. Click on the link below to view all of the hilarious photos. They are funny because it happens to almost everyone sometime. The look on the faces of some of the santas is priceless too. Those poor souls.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/entertainment/holiday/sfl-scaredofsanta-ugc,0,7181908.ugcphotogallery

Dixie Cupper of the Year 2007

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The Cold Turd in a Dixie Cup Award 2007
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I would be too easy to give it to one of these:

George W. Bush
(The W stands for “Warmonger”)
Ann Coulter
(She is just so stoooopid. Why kick a dog when it is down)
Donald Trump
(President of the He Man Woman Haters Club)
Bill O’Reilly
(I guess the playground bully never grew up.)


My list of runner ups includes:

Sherrie Shepherd & Elizabeth Hasselbeck of "The View"
(Dumb & Dumber)
Perez Hilton
(Why so much negativity?)
Rupert Murdock
(Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain)
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My choice for:

Dixie Cupper of the Year 2007

Judy McGrath - CEO of MTV Networks
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Some of the channels run by MTV Networks are:
MTV, VH1, CMT, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Logo & Spike.
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Granted, there are some good programs on some of these channels.

BUT … The trio of MTV, VH1 and Spike are just “SOUL SUCKING” Crap that is frying the brains of young America.
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These channels need to be totally revamped.

Can you imagine being a music lover and turning on a channel
that actually analyzed, showcased or celebrated music?

OR

Why does a channel for men have to look like
a 24 hour drunken frat party?

These three channels run programming around the clock, with depictions of women that are, at best, misogynist and ,at worst, are an accomplice to degradation and abuse.

These kinds of choices are not made because of
stupidity, bigotry or chauvinism.
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They are made because of greed.

And to think that it is run by one of Forbes’s most powerful women.
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She should know better.
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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Iraq Stats


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Support our troops and bring them home.
Stop This Illegal War.
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As of December 16, 2007 there have been:
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3,893 Soldiers Killed.
28,711 Soldiers Seriously Injured.
78,655 - 85,675 documented Iraqi Civilian Deaths.
(Civilians NOT Terrorists.)
ZERO - Military Funerals attended by the President.
ZERO - Presidential trips to Dover to view the arrival
of the flag draped coffins of our returning heroes.
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and it has been 1,691 days since "Mission Accomplished".
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Information gathered from:

Dixie Cupper Update

I am putting off awarding the Cold Turd in a Dixie Cup of the Year, for a day or two. At the last minute one of my runner ups made an even bigger ass of themselves and moved to the top of the list. I have to rewrite my thoughts on the new chosen one now. I will also tell you who was originally numero uno before.

So look for the post sometime in the next couple of days. I will be posting some other stuff first.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Coming Tomorrow

The Cold Turd in A Dixie Cup Award.

The Dixie Cupper of the Year 2007.

You may be surprised at my choice.

Silver Platterist of the Year 2007

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The Hot $#!7 on a Silver Platter Award of the Year.


I have a few "Runner Ups" I want to discuss first.


Julie Taymor - Visionary Director of Across The Universe:


This was my favorite movie of the year and the pure joy I felt watching this film carried over me for days. The critics either loved it or loathed it, but you have to give her credit for going for it. She had to know she would get skewered by the self rightous Beatles fans but like any true artist would, she had a vision and stuck it out. She is absolute magic. The DVD comes out on Feb 5th. A Valentine gift for all of us.


Rosie O'Donnell - Comedian, Activist and Squirrel Whisperer


I love Rosie. If you don't, too bad. I miss her on "The View", but getting a daily dose of her on her blog is way better, because she doesn't have to worry about advertisers, big corporation or a boss shaking a bony finger at her. She tells it like it is, she consoles people in need and when some rude person or cool aid drinker shows their ugly face she tells them to F' Off in no uncertain terms. Just the way you wish you could. If you don't get the Squirrel reference, then go to her blog and watch the videos. She is a natural inspiration.
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Angelina Jolie - Paparazzi Wrangler
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I am NOT a star struck Brangelina fan. I don't read the tabloids or watch the so called entertainment news program. I could care less about what ever the hot club in LA is or if some publicity seeking starlet goes to Starbucks five times a day. Angelina gets followed by the Paparazzi every minute of every day. Does she stumble drunk out of the sleezy bars in Vegas? Does she hang out with P Diddy? Does she pose for the Paps while shopping on Rodeo Drive?
No. She does not. She figures that if they are going to follow her like a stalker anyway, they might as well work for her. She goes to where ever there is trouble or people in need in the world. The paparazzi snap pictures of her wherever she is. So if these sleezy magazines put these pictures on the pages, they have to discuss why Angelina is standing in the middle of a refugees camp in Darfur. Some say that the Paps are out of control, but that only depends on who is trying to control them.
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And finally, my choice for:
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Silver Platterists of the Year.
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Sally Field - Actress, Mother and Target of Rupert Murdock.


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On Brothers and Sisters, Miss Field beautifully plays the matriarch of a large family. She bravely struggled with her emotions about how her son dealt with his demons from his tour of duty in Afghanistan. Her son turned to drugs to stiffle his pain. Just as he was getting his life in order he was recalled to the military to go to Iraq. Sally Field brilliantly portrayed a mother fearing the worse. Now that her son is home, America gets to view how a mother deals with a soldier's long term recovery from his severe injuries. Watching her play Nora Walker is like watching a Master.
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In September, Sally Field won an Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama. Since she won the award for playing a Military Mom, part of her speech honored the women she emulated on her show.
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Transcript of the last part of her speech:
"Surely this belongs to all the mothers of the world, especially the mothers who stand with an open heart and wait. Wait for their children to come home from danger, from harm's way and from war. If the mothers ruled the world, there would be no God Damned wars in the first place."
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Fox Television, which was broadcasting the Emmys, cut her speech as soon as she started to criticise war. They cut her mike and pulled the camera away from the stage. Some will argue that is because she said God Damned. Other stars earlier in the show let swear words slip and only the swear words were bleeped, not the whole statement. It was a clear act of censorship, plain and simple. Rupert Murdock owned Fox stations are clear supporters of the evil empire. This is just another example of why I no longer watch ANY thing from Fox Corp. The Emmys Organization should have been outraged and forever ban the Emmys from being broadcast on the Fox Networks.
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Sally Field has been a joy to watch this past year
and I totally agree with her statement.
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"If the mothers ruled the world,
there would be no God Damned wars in the first place."
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No truer words were spoken all year.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The First Annual "Best of Everything" Awards

The Best Of Everything 2007
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My list contains things that I have
read, heard, seen or discovered this year.
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If you don't agree, well then, write your own blog.
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It may not be as exciting as say "VH1's 100 Hottest Hottie Hook-Ups"
or some other inane BS show they air, but what the hell.
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Here it goes.
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The Best:

Movie
Across The Universe

Song
One Man One Woman - DJ K-Chan Kim

Album
The Confessions Tour Live - Madonna

Singer
Madonna

Music Video
Fiest's 1234

Band
Plazma

TV Show Comedy
Reruns of "Are You Being Served?"

TV Show Drama
Grey's Anatomy
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Reality Competition Show
Big Brother

Reality Show
Kathy Griffin - My Life On The D-List

TV Scene
Izzie & Denny in the Hallway
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TV Comedian
Joel McHale of "The Soup"

Internet Video
Paul Potts singing "Nessun Dorma" on Britian's Got Talent

Podcast
BBC 1's Scott Mills Daily

News Story of the Year
United States vs Libby

Novel
E. M. Forster's Maurice

Non-Fiction Book
Rosie O'Donnel's Find Me

Computer Game
Loco

Computer Download
Window Blinds
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Male Hotness
Maksim Chmerkovskiy of "Dancing With The Stars"

Female Hotness
Katherine Heigl

Guilty Pleasure
E!'s "The Girls Next Door"

Non-Human
Chessie
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Coming very soon are the
"Silver Platterist" and "Dixie Cupper" of the year awards.
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Monday, December 10, 2007

Coming Soon

Two new posts that I am working on:
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Silver Platterist & Dixie Cupper of the Year
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&
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The First Annual Best of Everything List (2007)

My Top 20 Songs Of 2007



1
"One Man One Woman"
by: DJ K-Chan Kim
2
"Jesus Doesn't Love Me"
by: Dragonette
3
"Renegade"
by: ATB Feat. Heather Nova
4
"Desperate Religion"
by: ATB
5
"Rock D'Amour"
by: Emmon
6
"Let's Dance"
by: Vanessa Hudgens
7
"How Deep Is Your Love"
by: The Bird And The Bee
8
"Wake Up Time"
by: Emmon
9
"One Life"
by: Plazma
10
"Put Your Hands Up For Detroit"
by: Fedde Le Grand
11
"I Took A Ride - Fairytale"
by: Infernal
12
"1234"
by: Feist
13
"Warchild"
by: Firouz
14
"Here In Your Arms"
by: Hellogoodbye
15
"I Won't Be Crying"
by: Infernal
16
"Save"
by: Plazma
17
"The Only Promise That Remains"
by: Reba McIntire w/ Justin Timberlake
18
"Marrakech"
by: ATB
19
"I Get Around"
by: Dragonette
20
"Jesse"
by: Ivri Lider
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This list was generated from the "Most Played Tracks" playlist on my ipod. It may be a few more weeks until the end of the year but the play count on these songs isn't going to change much. At the most they may swap places on the list. The top ten are all seperated by a good margin and the rest are farther down in play count.

1st Snow has Come and Gone

Click on the cartoon to make it bigger.
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We had our first snow of the year on Wednesday.
We got 4 inches of snow and ice.
On Friday it rained and all of the lovely white stuff is gone.
I wish it was the end of winter already.
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Not a very interesting post, I know but there you have it.
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Iraq Stats

Support our troops and bring them home.
Stop This Illegal War
.
As of December 09, 2007 there have been:
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3,886 Soldiers Killed.
28,629 Soldiers Seriously Injured. (Updated)
78,085 - 85,072 documented Iraqi Civilian Deaths.
(Civilians NOT Terrorists.)
ZERO - Military Funerals attended by the President.
ZERO - Presidential trips to Dover to view the arrival
of the flag draped coffins of our returning heroes.

and it has been 1,684 days since "Mission Accomplished".

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

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What we think we look like.
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What we really look like.
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McDonald's - I'm NOT loving it...
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Click pictures for larger image.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Iraq Stats

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Support our troops and bring them home.
Stop This Illegal War
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As of December 02, 2007 there have been:
...
3,882 Soldiers Killed.
28,582 Soldiers Seriously Injured.
77,758 - 84,708 documented Iraqi Civilian Deaths.
(Civilians NOT Terrorists.)
ZERO - Military Funerals attended by the President.
ZERO - Presidential trips to Dover to view the arrival of the flag draped coffins of our returning heroes.
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and it has been 1,677 days since "Mission Accomplished".
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Information gathered from:

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Blind, Deaf and Mute Justice 5

Actual Laws On The Books
Part V of V
The Finale

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South Dakota
Movies that show police officers being struck, beaten, or treated
in an offensive manner are forbidden.

Tennessee
It is illegal for a woman to call a man for a date.

Texas
It's legal for a chicken to have sex with you,
but it's illegal to reciprocate.
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Utah
When a person reaches the age of 50,
he/she can then marry their cousin.
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Vermount
Women must obtain written permission from their husbands
to wear false teeth.
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Virginia
A man may face 60 days in jail for patting a woman's derriere.

. Washington
Women who sit on men's laps on buses or trains
without placing a pillow between them
face an automatic six-month jail term.
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West Virginia
It is legal for a male to have sex with an animal
as long as it does not exceed 40 lbs.
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Wisconsin
In Connorsville: No man shall shoot off a gun
while his female partner is having a sexual orgasm.

. Wyoming
In Newcastle: An ordinance specifically bans couples from having sex
while standing inside a store's walk-in meat freezer.

Blind, Deaf and Mute Justice 4

Actual Laws On The Books
Part IV of V
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New Mexico
State officials ordered 400 words of "sexually explicit material"
to be cut from Romeo and Juliet.

New York
It is illegal to jump off the Empire State building.

North Carolina
In Charlotte: Woman must have their bodies covered
with at least 16 yards of cloth at all times.

North Dakota
It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on.
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Ohio
In Oxford: It's illegal for a woman to strip off her clothing
while standing in front of a man's picture.

Oklahoma
It is illegal to have the hind legs of farm animals in your boots.
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Oregon
Anyone with a "bad reputation" is prohibited
from distributing malt beverages.

Pennsylvania
No man may purchase alcohol
without written consent from his wife.

Rhode Island
It's a misdemeanor to keep more than 11 inoperable vehicles
in front of a house.

South Carolina
It is legal to beat your wife on a Sunday morning
on the steps of the state house.
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World AIDS Day

Today is World AIDS Day
Things that you can do:
  • Wear a Red Ribbon today.
  • Look up information on line.
  • Look for events in your own community.
  • Remember lost loved ones.
  • Donate time or money to your local AIDS service organizations.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Blind, Deaf and Mute Justice 3

Actual Laws On The Books
Part III of V


Massachusetts
It is illegal to put tomatoes in clam chowder.

Michigan
It is illegal to loiter in the city morgue in Detroit.

Minnesota
It is illegal to sleep naked.

Mississippi
In Temperance: You can't walk a dog
without dressing it in diapers.

Missouri
Installation of bathtubs with four legs
resembling animal paws is prohibited.

Montana
It is illegal to have a sheep in the cab of your truck
without a chaperone.

Nebraska
In Lehigh: Doughnut holes may not be sold.

Nevada
In Reno: It is illegal to conceal a spray-painted shopping cart
in your basement.

New Hampshire
On Sundays citizens may not relieve themselves while looking up.

New Jersey
In Cresskill: All cats must wear three bells
to warn birds of their whereabouts.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Blind, Deaf and Mute Justice 2

Actual Laws On The Books
Part II of V
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Each state will be listed in this new section called
"Blind, Deaf and Mute Justice"

Hawaii
It is unlawful to annoy any bird.

Idaho
In Pocatello: A person may not be seen in public
without a smile on their face.

Illinois
In Fairfield: It is unlawful for "Negroes" to be within
county boundaries from sundown to sunrise.

Indiana
It is illegal for a man to be sexually aroused in public.

Iowa
You may shoot Native Americans if there are more than five of them
on your property at any one time.

Kansas
It is illegal to hunt whales.

Kentucky
A woman may not buy a hat
without her husband's permission.

Louisiana
It illegal for a woman to drive a car
unless her husband is waving a flag in front of it.

Maine
After January 14th you will be charged a fine
for having your Christmas decorations still up.

Maryland
It's illegal to take a lion to the movies.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Blind, Deaf and Mute Justice 1

Actual Laws On The Books
Part I of V
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Each state will be listed in this new section called
"Blind, Deaf and Mute Justice"

Alabama
Boogers may not be flicked into the wind.

Alaska
It is considered an offense to push a live moose
out of a moving airplane.

Arizona
You may not have more than two dildos in a house.

Arkansas
A law provides that school teachers who bob their hair
will not get a raise.

California
In California you may not set a mouse trap
without a hunting license.

Colorado
It is illegal for a woman wearing a red dress
to be out on the streets after 7 PM.

Connecticut
The marriage of imbeciles and feeble-minded persons
is prohibited.

Delaware
In Delaware you may not sell dead people for money
without a license.

Florida
Having sexual relations with a porcupine is illegal.

Georgia
Against the law to tie a giraffe
to a telephone pole or street lamp.
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Monday, November 26, 2007

A Little Vacation.

My Mother and Sister Virginia are visiting from Ohio. Sorry for the light posts this weekend. They are here through Tuesday, and I will have lots to talk about once I rest up and wind down.

Mav Out...

Iraq Stats


Support our troops and bring them home.
Stop This Illegal War.


As of November 25, 2007 there have been:
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3,876 Soldiers Killed.
28,530 Soldiers Seriously Injured.
77,327 - 84,244 documented Iraqi Civilian Deaths.
(Civilians NOT Terrorists.)
ZERO - Military Funerals attended by the President.
ZERO - Presidential trips to Dover to view the arrival of the flag draped coffins of our returning heroes.

and it has been 1,670 days since "Mission Accomplished"
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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Kill A Bird Day

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Big dinner is done.
The bones are picked and packaged to make sandwiches later.
The dishwasher is run and everything is clean, clean, clean.
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I gave King Chessie three pieces of turkey
and he went into a sleep coma.
I guess the tryptophan works on cats too.
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I fixed:
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The $2.57 Turkey (Duh)
Baked Sweet Potatoes
Cranberry Apple Pear Chutney
Tabbouleh
&
Hot Rolls
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It was all very good.
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Mom and Virginia are coming to visit tomorrow.
Mom is going to make me a triple chocolate cheesecake.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Dlisted's Caption This Contest


http://www.dlisted.com/ is a celebrity gossip blog written by "Michael K". It is updated all through the day and is filled with celebrity news followed by the blogger's snarky comments. I go there every day and it is listed on the right in my hot spots sections of recommended web pages.

A regular feature on his site is the "Caption This" Contest. He puts on a picture from the web and bloggers go into the comments section and try to write a funny caption. He picks a winner the next day and a runner up. To be honest I sometimes find some of the other non picked captions funnier, but it is his site and it is whatever makes him laugh. He finds some of the most outrageous and hilarious pictures from I do not know where. I go on every day and I try and try to come up with something witty and fresh to say. I have been going there for over 2 years and have come up empty handed every time.

Well, yesterday I went there and saw the picture and came up with a saying and submitted it. Then thought about it for a while and submitted a second caption. My second entry, in my opinion was smart and funny. It even made me laugh out loud. I knew I had won today. I just knew it. I had it in the bag.

Today, I went to the site and read through all of today's celeb gossip and scrolled down to to find the section where Michael K posts the previous day's winning caption. Mine has never won and I never expect to see mine there, but today I just had a feeling that my entry was there. So I slowly scroll the page down to reveal the winner. Nope, it wasn't mine. So I slowly scroll down to reveal the runner up. I visualized my words in my mind eyes and imagine my surprise when my side splitting (to me anyway) caption was not there. A moment of disappointment flooded over me. Oh the tragedy. Oh the injustice.
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But I had the feeling that I was going to be chosen.
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What happened???

Then I read the captions and to my surprise there as the runner up was my first caption. I was thrilled and pained at the same time. I was overjoyed to be chosen but disappointed that my wittier response went unnoticed.

I will end this post by saying: go to http://dlisted.com/node/18550 to view the picture and my caption.

Even though I am looking at the win as glass half empty, It is truly an honor to have been picked.
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Thank You Michael K.


mav out...

Update:
My second caption was:
"This is a little trick I like to call the Manilla Folder."

Monday, November 19, 2007

A Cheap Bird


I went shopping yesterday and got my turkey for $2.57.
I did some major grocery shopping and when the sales lady was done ringing up my order and took off my coupons I saved $121.00.
My freezer is now full.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Iraq Stats



Support our troops and bring them home.
Stop This Illegal War.
.
As of November 18, 2007 there have been:
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3,868 Soldiers Killed.
28,489 Soldiers Seriously Injured.
77,282 - 84,199 documented Iraqi Civilian Deaths.
(Civilians NOT Terrorists.)
ZERO - Military Funerals attended by the President.
ZERO - Presidential trips to Dover
to view the arrival of the flag draped coffins of our returning heroes.
.
and it has been 1,663 days since "Mission Accomplished"
.
.
Information gathered from:

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Crazy Turkey Prices

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Turkey Wars

The Grocery Store Ads came out yesterday, and I was looking through them to make my grocery list for the week. I am also planning our Thanksgiving Dinner menu.

We were not going to do a big dinner because Mom and my sister Virginia were coming over for a visit from Friday through Tuesday. We figured we would cook some kind of big meal or go out to eat somewhere special over the weekend. Besides, Charley has to work the Midnight Shift on Thanksgiving eve and night.

Then I found out that work is giving everyone a free turkey, so we said the hell with it and decided to do a scaled back dinner and then package up the extra turkey and freeze for later meals.

So back to Sales Ads and my menu making. There seems to be a Turkey War going on at the grocery stores. First it was "Shop here for 4 weeks and get a free turkey" but now the war has turned bloody. All of the different ads state "We will NOT be undersold" and the prices in the ads rage from 25 cents to 39 cents a pound, and all stores say they will match the lowest price in town.

Our dinner will just be for Charley and I, so if I had to buy one, a 10 pound turkey would have been fine for us.

That comes to $2.50.

"TWO DOLLARS & FIFTY FREAKING CENTS !!!"

That is just plain crazy.

Remember when the turkey was the most expensive thing about the meal.

Ten things that are more expensive than a turkey this year:

A 5 lb Bag Of Russet Potatoes
A Happy Meal At McDonald's
A 12 Pack of Pepsi
A Bag Of Doritos
A Pack of Cheap Cigarettes
A Whole Chicken
A Gallon Of Milk
A Pumpkin Pie
A Pound Of Butter
&
A Small Cup Of Coffee At Starbucks
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The price of turkeys may be crazy, but I am not.
I will be buying an extra turkey.
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Afterall, I can sit on my butt at work for 15 minutes making out my shopping list and my turkey is paid for. (insert maniacal laughing)
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Mav out...
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PS. One last thing, when they hand me my free turkey at work, I should say,"Thank You so much for my $2.50 Thanksgiving bonus, you Cheap Bastards" (insert crying here)


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Silver Platterists: The 24 Women of "Sing"

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Hot $#!7 on a Silver Platter:

Annie Lennox and the Ladies of "Sing"




Annie Lennox called some of the biggest female music stars in the world to come together to record a song to highlight the plight of Women with AIDS in Africa.

23 fellow stars put aside egos, answered the call and joined Annie in the recording of this fantastic charity track.

Annie and Madonna sing the verses and the remaining classy ladies of music sing harmony and chorus. They are joined on the track by the South African Acapella group "The Generics"

It is available on Annie Lennox's cd "Songs of Mass Destruction." A CD Single with remixes and possible all star video will be available on December 1st (World AIDS Day).

I would love to see all of these lovely ladies step out on the stage together and open the Grammy's this spring. Wouldn't that be a dream performance that you would never forget.


Ladies and Gentlemen,
The Ladies of "Sing":


Annie Lennox
Madonna
Celine Dion
P!nk
Shakira
KT Turnstall
Dido
Faith Hill
Fergie
Amelle, Heidi & Keisha of The Sugababes
Beth Orton
Bonnie Raitt
Martha Wainwright
Joss Stone
Melissa Etheridge
Angelique Kidjo
Beverly Knight
k.d. lang
Shingai Shoniwa
Gladys Knight
Isobel Campbell
Sarah MacLachlan
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with The Generics
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To find out more information go to:

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Iraq Stats



Support our troops and bring them home.
Stop This Illegal War.


As of November 11, 2007 there have been:
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3,860 Soldiers Killed.
28,451 Soldiers Seriously Injured.
76,577 - 83,420 documented Iraqi Civilian Deaths.
(Civilians NOT Terrorists.)
ZERO - Military Funerals attended by the President.
ZERO - Presidential trips to Dover
to view the arrival of the flag draped coffins of our returning heroes.
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and it has been 1,656 days since "Mission Accomplished".
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Veteran's Day



Take some time to appreciate your freedoms
by
thanking a Veteran for their service.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Dixie Cupper: Mitt Romney



Cold Turd in a Dixie Cup: Mitt Romney

While speaking at a college in rural Iowa, Presidential Hopeful Mitt Romney stated that he thinks a child would be better off with a dead parent rather than a gay one.

Oh! What a dumb ass.

To read complete article about this asswipe go to: http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-5944.html

Silver Platterists vs Dixie Cuppers

I have been thinking about adding a new semi-regular posting about people in the news that either:

Make me cheer or make me cringe.

Something like "Hero of the Day" or "Dirtbag of the Week"

I think you get the idea.

I was trying to think of a clever title for each catergory that didn't steal from other sites.

(ie: http://www.dlisted.com/ "Hot Slut Of The Day" - which is a honor to get by the way).

I was thinking about phrases that describe people that think the are soooo great, when I remembered a little ditty we used to say when we were young. You know - about a thousand years ago.

It was: "You think you're hot shit on a silver platter, but you're just a cold turd in a dixie cup. "

So when I post about the people that I like (people who really are Hot Shit), they will be listed as a "Silver Platterist"

And when I post about the people that make me crazy (ie; people like GWB or Bill O'Reilly), they will be listed as a "Dixie Cupper"

I am going to work on a graphic for each category and will post, once I find what I am looking for.

Come back later to see who I have chosen to be first winner of the Golden Dixie Cup.

Mav Out ...

Monday, November 5, 2007

Song Of The Week


How Deep Is Your Love
by: The Bird And The Bee
(Music and Lyrics by the Bee Gees)

I know your eyes in the morning sun
I feel you touch me in the pouring rain
And the moment that you wander far from me
I want to feel you in my arms again
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And you come to me on a summer breeze
Keep me warm in your love and then softly leave
And it’s me you need to show
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How deep is your love
Is Your Love
How deep is your love
I really need to learn
’Cause we’re living in a world of fools
Breaking us down
They should all let us be
We belong to you and me
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I believe in you
You know the door to my very soul
You’re the light in my deepest darkest hour
You’re my savoir when I fall
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And you may not think that I care for you
Well you know down inside that I really do
And it’s me you need to show
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How deep is your love
Is Your Love
How deep is your love
I really need to learn
’Cause we’re living in a world of fools
Breaking us down
They should all let us be
We belong to you and me

Cents Off and Sensibility


I was still under the weather a little this week, so I am going to hit the highlights:


I got to the end of season 3 of Grey's Anatomy on the DVDs.
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I watched "Logan's Run" - I didn't remember all the nudity and sex in the movie.
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I watched "Sense and Sensibility" and cried my ever-loving eyes out. Kate Winslet as Marianne crying for Willoughby in the rain just kills me every time. Alan Rickman is perfect in every scene. He doesn't have many lines or say very much, but you can see it in his eyes that he loves Marianne and will until the day he dies. Why this great actor doesn't have an Oscar is a true crime.
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TV highlights include of course Grey's Anatomy, Brothers & Sisters and the return of the Amazing Race.
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I went grocery shopping on Saturday (One of my favorite things to do - sick I know, but I just love it) I am a master at saving money at the market. After the cashier totaled up my bill I had saved $81.29 with coupons.
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Charley and I went to dinner at Texas Steakhouse on Saturday. The food was wonderful and I had a $10.00 coupon as well. HA!
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Well, I think this will be the end.
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Mav Out...

Iraq Stats


Support our troops and bring them home.
Stop This Illegal War
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As of November 4, 2007 there have been:
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3,849 Soldiers Killed.
28,385 Soldiers Seriously Injured.
76,213 - 83,029 documented Iraqi Civilian Deaths.
(Civilians NOT Terrorists.)
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And it has been 1,649 days since "Mission Accomplished".
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Information gathered from:

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Song Of The Week

I Want To Hold Your Hand
T.V. Carpio


Sorry, I have been really tired and a little under the weather this week and have been slow to post. I am still crazy, crazy in love with the "Across The Universe" Soundtrack and my song of the week is "I want to hold your hand" sung by: T.V. Carpio. Scroll down to the movie review to listen. I will have a new song this weekend as I found a bunch of great new stuff. Happy Halloween!

Mav Out ... for now.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Iraq Stats


Support our troops and bring them home.
Stop This Illegal War
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As of October 28, 2007 there have been:
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3,839 Soldiers Killed.
28,171 Soldiers Seriously Injured.
75, 971 - 82,776 documented Iraqi Civilian Deaths.
(Civilians NOT Terrorists.)
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And it has been 1,642 days since "Mission Accomplished"
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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Ailing and repeated viewings


I haven't been feeling very well this week. Just have had a real case of the blahs. I also hurt my knee somehow, but it is nearly all better. It just pains me a little on the stairs or if I try to stretch out.

Charley took Keilan to see "Across The Universe" today. I wanted to see it again but just feel kind of yucky and the weather is rainy and grey today, so I decided to stay in. I have been listening to the soundtrack all week and love, love, love it.

I got season 2 and 3 of Grey's Anatomy last week and have been playing them everynight while I do my nightly paperwork at the plant. I got up to the end of the second season with the Izzie and Denny storyline. I was an emotional wreck and was crying my eyes out last night. It's good that there are very few people working the graveyard shift, or I might have felt like a fool if I had to go out into the outer offices to work on a computer problem.

Well, I just felt like doing a small post.

Mav Out

Monday, October 22, 2007

Across The Universe



(This Musing may include what some would consider to be spoilers.)

Charley and I went to see the movie "Across The Universe" yesterday and all I can say is it was absolutely stunning. I know it is getting mixed reviews, but it is one of those that you love totally or completely despise. I don't understand the ones that don't get it.

The film uses 32 Beatles tunes to tell the story of a small group of dreamers in the sixties. It is not just a love story of the main couple, but a story about family. The songs were not merely covers, but reinterpretations and in at least one case will make you completely change your idea of what the original song was really about.

There are literally hundreds of remarkable visual moments that you will never forget in this film. The underwater ballet. The bleeding strawberries. The Statue of Liberty be marched across the fields of Vietnam. I could go on and on.

Everyone has scenes from films that touch them and they keep those moments locked inside as little snapshots they will always remember. This fantastic piece of art gave me several iconic moments that are forever etched inside of me.

When Prudence sings "I want to hold your hand" she isn't singing about being happy in love and wanting to joyfully walk hand in hand with the person she loves. She is painfully bearing her soul about how she loves someone she will never have and how that love she holds in her heart is killing her. Her longing is heartbreaking and beautifull at the same time. I looked at Charley at the end of that scene and we were both in tears. Big, ugly, tears dripping from your cheeks, crying. I will never hear that song again and think of it in a way other than just painful longing. (see picture above) Click play to hear T.V. Carpio singing "I want to hold your hand" from the soundtrack.



The "Let It Be" sequence. The scene starts with a little boy hovering next to a burning car during the Detroit riots singing, then changes to a church choir singing the song as a gospel hymn with blended scenes of two different funeral. The production of the song and visuals are quite amazing. It is simply a masterpiece. Once again not a dry eye in the house.

The scene where Lucy looks across the crowded room at a party and you can see that she is going to let herself fall in love again. She quietly sings "If I fell" and she is telling herself she can open her heart once more. This simple scene might get overlooked, but it is heartening to see when someone survives a tragedy and decides it is OK to live again.

The overhead sweeping shot across the wheat field to focus on the cast harmonizing while laying in a circle among the wind blown wheat stalks, takes your breath away. "Because" is not one of the better Beatles songs, but the shot was crazy beautiful.

After Jude's world crumbles and he is alone on the subway singing "Across The Universe", he is watching his life as it once was in the reflection in the train window. His dream seems to be gone and he is singing the lyrics "Nothing's going to change my world" but in reality everything he has ever wanted is lost. Tragic.

The scene with 2 people in 2 different bars on 2 different continents reaching each other through the mirror.

When you see all of the crap that Hollywood puts out there, with either a number at the end of the title or a promotional deal with the likes of McDonald's and Hasbro it is overwhelmingly refreshing to see people that are trying to make something original ... something with feeling ... something that is ART.

This film was directed by Julie Taymor and she is a God amongst Gods.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Iraq Stats

Support our troops and bring them home.
Stop This Illegal War

As of October 21, 2007 there have been:

3,834 Soldiers Killed.
28,171 Soldiers Seriously Injured.
75, 383 - 82,126 documented Iraqi Civilian Deaths.
(Civilians NOT Terrorists.)

And it has been 1,642 days since "Mission Accomplished"

Information gathered from:

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Song Of The Week

Madonna
Forbidden Love
(Live In London)


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Click on Play for Song of the Week
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Just one kiss on my lips
Was all it took to seal the future
Just one look from your eyes
Was like a certain kind of torture
Once upon a time there was a boy, there was a girl
Just one touch from your hands
Was all it took to make me falter
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Forbidden love
Are we supposed to be together?
Forbidden love, forbidden love
Forbidden love
We seal our destiny forever
Forbidden love, forbidden love
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Just one smile on your face
Was all it took to change my fortune
Just one word from your mouth
Was all I needed to be certain
Once upon a time there was a boy, there was a girl
Hearts that intertwined
We lived in a different kind of world
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Forbidden love
Are we supposed to be together?
Forbidden love, forbidden love
Forbidden love
We seal our destiny forever
Forbidden love, forbidden love
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Just one kiss
Just one touch
Just one look
Just one love

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Music Player Problem Solved ... Finally !!!

After three days of searching, I finally found a player and file hosting site that work together to allow me to post my "Song Of The Week". Just click the play button on the grey bar in the SOTW section.

Each week there will be at least three seperate posts:

  • SOTW (Song Of The Week) will be posted every Saturday.
  • Iraq Data will be posted every Sunday
  • General writing will be posted whenever I get the urge, but at least once a week.

Now that I have the music thing down pat, I am offically closing my MySpace account on 10/31/2007. So long Murdock.

Monday, October 15, 2007

The Light, the Dark and the Song of the Week.


Locating the Light:

· Birthday and Anniversary
· Home Made Mac and Cheese with Sausage
· Grey’s Anatomy
· R Blog
· Waffle House Wednesdays
· The Notebook and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind on DVD
· Grocery Shopping
· Russian Music Websites
· Chesapeake Kitty
· Charley

Avoiding the Dark:

· Microsoft Products
· Perezhilton.com
· All Things Fox
· GWB Sound Bites
· Ann Coulter
· Misogynistic Murder TV


Song of the Week

Black Would Be White
By Plazma



Click to play "SOTW"



My tears don't let my flowers fade
My song fell silent in the shade
I'm numbed, I'm standing still in fear
All that I lived for disappears
The air I breathe is getting close
I'm choking, feeling so exposed
I've come to kneel here in the dirt
To everyone I've ever hurt

Black would be white
If you would only hold my hand
Black would be white
I'd be yours
Wrong would be right
If you would only touch my hand
Night would be light
I'd be yours

I tried so hard to keep the flame
From being put out by the rain
That was my poor and last attempt
The darkest dream I ever dreamt
My sun is black, my rain is blood
Mixed in the mourning-colored flood
It's true you won't know heaven well
If you have never been in hell

Black would be white
If you would only hold my hand
Black would be white
I'd be yours
Wrong would be right
If you would only touch my hand
Night would be light
I'd be yours



I just want to end this week's Musing by saying:

Support our troops and bring them home.
Stop This Illegal War

As of October 14, 2007 there have been:

3,829 Soldiers Killed.
28,171 Soldiers Seriously Injured.
81,756 documented Iraqi Civilian Deaths. (Civilians NOT terrorists.)

And it has been 1,601 days since "Mission Accomplished"

Thanks for reading,
Mav Out

Monday, October 8, 2007

Mav's Musings Episode 01

(Originally posted on my MySpace page October 8, 2007. I will be moving to this space completely once i figure out all of the details of how to make everything work the way I want them to work.)

This being my first chapter of this blog, I haven't quite figured out what the content will be and how often I will contribute prose to it. I am thinking maybe I will post on Sunday evenings. Something like "My thoughts of the week" or maybe "Mav's Musings" Yeah, I like "Mav's Musing." Well that will be the title for now.




Strangely enough, I have been thinking of starting a blog for a while now and really thought I wanted to do it a few weeks ago when I read an article on the web and wanted to talk about it. It is really crazy, but when I heard that Flower from Meerkat Manor had been bitten by a cobra and died, I was overwhelmingly saddened by that news. I only watch Meerkat Manor sporadically, but I found the news to be tragically upsetting. I don't know why and my guess is a shrink and 10,000 dollars in therapy might figure that one out, but for now it is a mystery why it affected me so. I haven't been able to bring myself to watch it since I heard the news. Strange huh?


TV Update:

Grey's Anatomy: I still love it and can't wait to see where all the storylines go (even the ones that I wish would not happen.) I may not always agree where Shondra (creator) takes the characters but I enjoy the journey. Izzie is still my favorite.


Brothers and Sisters: I am glad that Justin survived the attack in Iraq and having him have a long recovery from his injury is just what America needs to see. The major news outlets only talk about the dead and seem to forget that there are over 27,900 wounded that will have a long recovery or even a lifetime of change. Sally Field is doing the best acting (male or female) you will see on TV - period. I would love to see another food fight between her and Holly.


Desperate Housewives: I'll admit it was better the first year, but is still better than 75% of all other network shows. Also Bree's battle with the new neighbor over who is the most perfect on Wisteria Lane is classically hysterical.


Private Practice: I enjoy this show because it is familiar. I like it very much and will enjoy it more once the characters are more developed over time. I have faith in Shondra.


Dancing with the Stars: I watch this just because …


I can't believe I have to wait until the beginning of the year to see Lost again. Oh Well – good things come to those who wait.


Other than HGTV and The Food Network, that is all I watch on a regular basis. Oh yeah, I still watch reruns of "As Time Goes By" on PBS every Saturday evening.


In the spring I decided that I would boycott all things Fox. I will miss American Idol this year but you have to have principles. Sometime in the near future I will be moving this blog somewhere other than the Fox owned My Space. For now I will use this free space to spew my liberal ranting and Rubert Murdock can suck it. (edit: Blooger account now open. I will close the MySpace account once I figure out how to add music player to Blogger)

Music:

Recently I have come across some new favorites:

Plazma - a Russian duo in the vein of Erasure or Pet Shop Boys
Infernal - a UK dance music duo very similar to Roxette
ATB - I have downloaded a couple hundred tracks by this fantastic DJ
Emmon - A Dance Diva from Sweden
DJ K-Chan Kim - He is from Japan and has this great High Energy Techno Dance album that is all covers of classic ABBA Hits. It is over the top cheesy and highly addictive.


My current top five ipod tracks of the week are:

The Only Promise That Remains – Reba McIntire featuring Justin Timberlake
One Man One Woman - DJ K-Chan Kim
Jesus Doesn't Love Me – Dragonette
Renegade – ATB and Heather Nova
Jesse – Ivri Lider


Also I am still buzzed that in August Charley surprised me with Concert Tickets to see my Beloved Aimee Mann. We drove to Reston and had dinner at a great Pub and went and stood in line for an hour and were able to get seats in the second row and it was all that I could have imagined. She didn't sing my favorite song (4th of July). But it was still so grand. Unfortunately we could not take cameras in, so there are no photos to post.



I just want to end this week's Musing by saying:

Support our troops and bring them home.
Stop This Illegal War

As of October 8, 2007 there have been:

3,800 Soldiers Killed.
27,936 Soldiers Seriously Injured.
81,405 documented Iraqi Civilian Deaths. (Civilians NOT terrorists.)

And it has been 1,635 days since "Mission Accomplished"

Thanks for reading,
Mav Out