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December 18, 2005

Then and Now: Same, Yet Somehow Different.

About 60 years ago this country was locked into a war that had never even seen an attack on the United States (Hawaii was a territory, not a state).  Thousands of Americans died in that attack, however, and that's all it took to unite the nation behind a cause to, in effect, crush the transgressors.  

And that they did. 

But it wasn't just the American armies that fought the war.  I'll say it again, the country was united.  Everyone played a part.

Victory gardens, war bonds, Rosy the riveter, even the Tuskegee Airmen.  Everyone was united for the common good, until the mission was accomplished.

And people knew the difference between knowing when to shut the hell up, and when their free speech was being suppressed.

Can you imagine such a government campaign in today's divided, ultra-partisan country?  The air would be filled with cries of IMPERIALIST FASCIST NEOCON FIRST AMENDMENT FIRST AMENDMENT!  When in fact it's nothing of the sort.  It's all about just shutting up for the time being and keeping American soldiers, and civilians, from getting killed in a time of war.  It doesn't matter if you don't "approve" of the war.  Your congressman probably voted for it, so show your disapproval by voting him or her out of office... don't take out your post-election angst on the young Marine or soldier by killing him for doing his duty.  Because that's what "Loose Lips Sink Ships" was really all about.  Talking about troops positions, ship schedules, code breaking, or any other sort of intelligence that will end up in the newspapers (which also, once upon a time, pretended to be on America's side), or the ears of a spy.

It has nothing to do with suppressing anyone's freedom of speech.  It's about keeping Americans alive... though of course that entire campaign assumed that the reader cared about American lives.  I don't think that's such a given, any more.

There is so much indifferent apathy among Americans these days concerning those who would like to see America burnt to ashes that it is boggles the mind.  The same people who claim to be "for the troops but against the war" have parties when milestones of troop deaths are reached, evidenced by the recent "2000 troops dead" parties of a few months ago.  These people are not "for" anything except ghoul politics.  I really don't know what kind of wake-up is needed for these types of people.  It is ironic, I think.  9/11 shocked the country into unity for about 2 weeks, but it's been mainly quiet since, and certain factions of America force themselves to forget what it felt like, and convince themselves it was a fluke.  The irony comes when you realize the best way for the extremists to win this war is in NOT attacking us again.  Taking out an American city will just reforge our steel... ignoring us and letting selfish, lazy assholes become complacent is how to fracture our resolve and have half of our legislators crying every single day for an "exit strategy."

It's a sad, sad day for America.

In the 1944 presidential election, Republican Thomas Dewey was running against sitting "New Deal" Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  Dewey was governor of New York and was privy to certain amounts of military intelligence, including scandalous information that the military at Pearl Harbor had already cracked Japanese codes prior to Dec 7, 1941 and yet did not anticipate the attack.  This information would have been damning to the FDR presidency and may have been enough to get Dewey elected.  However, if this information had been made public as part of a presidential campaign it would have alerted the Japanese who would obviously change their codes.

General George C. Marshall contacted Dewey anonymously and asked him, for the sake of the war effort and American lives, to not use the information.

Reference (Unrelated article, but actual letter contained within)

Dewey agreed, Dewey lost the election.

As for me, I say...

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December 15, 2005

A look at insanity

October 20th, 2005

Ted Stevens threatens to resign if the Senate "discriminate(s)" against Alaska by not funding a combined $453 million in Alaska bridges.

November 9, 2005

Ted Stevens refuses to swear-in oil company executives. Oil executives then lie about having taken part in Cheney's energy task force.

December 6, 2005

Ted Stevens hosts indecency hearings. Nothing says fun like government testimony about "shooting c** into women's faces." Well, OK, that sounds a little fun - but why are they spending our money on it? And who wants them to solve the problem?

Oh, and guess who's third in line to the Presidency?


TheCatt  | 2200 EST  |  FeedbackPermalink


December 7, 2005

Dear George Clooney:

George Clooney
c/o Stan Rosenfield & Associates,
2029 Century Park East - Suite 1240,
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Dear George,

I like your movies a lot better when you aren't preaching at me.  Nobody goes to celebrities to be educated, they go to be entertained.  Sitting in George Clooney Church is not entertaining to me.  Shut the hell up and get to work on Ocean's 13 or The Peacemaker 2.  


PS, it's Pearl Harbor Day. 


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December 3, 2005

Layers upon layers, like an onion.  Or an ogre.

So word on the street is that Russia is going to sell some missiles and other armaments to Iran, the jewel of southwest Asia.
MOSCOW - Russia has agreed to sell more than $1 billion worth of missiles and other defense systems to Iran, Russian news media reported Friday, a move expected to draw a heated reaction from the United States.

The Interfax and ITAR-Tass news agencies cited unidentified sources in the Russian military-industrial complex as saying that Russian and Iranian officials had signed contracts in November that would send up to 30 Tor-M1 missile systems to Iran over the next two years.

Interfax said the Tor-M1 system could identify up to 48 targets and fire at two targets simultaneously at a height of up to 20,000 feet.

The news agency quoted its source as saying the two countries had reached a deal on modernizing Iran's air force inventory, as well.
Yahoo! News

Bad, right?  That was my first gut instinct, too.

Then I remembered 1991, the last time America faced a massive military that was composed of Soviet-built weapons: in that war, Russia gave America the information needed to reduce the effectiveness of Soviet-built surface to air missiles.  Codes, or operating frequencies, or some such... I don't feel like looking it up.

Russia has no love for Islamic theocratic states, but everyone loves money and a boost to the economy for the voters in the home jurisdictions.  I have no reason to believe that if it came to a shooting war in Iran that Russia wouldn't hand over vital intel, again.

So better Russia supply Iran than, say, China, which to my knowledge has no history of aiding the United States militarily since World War II (though at least then we'd know that the Chinese weapons were built from stolen American technology... which is good and bad at the same time).

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November 26, 2005

Pizza "Delivery Charge?"

Ordinarily I'd just post a silly little question like this in the forum, but I don't know if any of the forum regulars are pizza drivers... so I'm trying to ask this question to a wider audience (like even posting on the front page of this site will get THAT done).

 We order from Papa Johns, online, about twice a month.  Very recently they added a "delivery charge" of $1.00 ($1.50?  something like that) to delivery orders.

As far as we're concerned, "delivery charge" better be going straight to the delivery person, because we now pay that much less in tip.

But small tips are going to get us black marks with the drivers and they'll start shitting in our pizzas, right?  But I'll be damned if I'm going to give a regular-sized tip on top of that extra dollar or two getting taken off the top.

Does the "delivery charge" go straight to the driver?

Do the drivers understand that means smaller tips at the door?

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November 20, 2005

Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Harry Potter movies, like other movies that were books first, have to be reviewed from two perspectives: by those who have read the book, and by those who have not.

Though the HP movies thus far have been enjoyable, I am the latter.

Technically the movie is just fine.  It has a beginning, middle, and end, the acting and actors are serviceable, and the CGI, when used, is not too cartoony.  This film is a little darker than the previous three, and I feel it deserved its PG-13 rating... not for the reasons cited by the motion picture ratings people (I've heard it was for some dark ritualistic scenes), but because... damn... they're killing kids and stuff.  Not gonna say who!  Ha!

As a non-reader of the book, though, the movie had a lot of elements that I just didn't understand.  Ordinarily I don't need to have every element of a fictional universe explained to me - things feel more established when there are dark corners - but some plot elements were never explained, and reoccurred throughout the movie.

Namely, who are the "Death Eaters," what's their deal, and why do the do what they do?  I mean, by the end you get the sense of who they are, but their seemingly random acts through the movie were left unexplained, at least to me.  Perhaps a second viewing would illuminate some of the dark corners.

Additionally, this movie felt much like the previous three... I hope we have an arc of conclusion to which we are traveling.

99% of the people who go to this movie are expecting the 4th Harry Potter movie, and that's exactly what they get.  As such, I give this film 9 thinly-disguised-Tolkein-ripoffs out of 10.

NON-SPOILER discussion thread. - NO SPOILERS!  I MEAN IT!


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November 18, 2005

A look at ticket scalping

At last count, 16 states prohibit scalping, and 7 require a "broker license" to resell tickets to events.


If I want to buy all the milk in a grocery store, and resell it, there is no law. If I want to buy all of a certain type of in-demand car (say, Toyota Prius) and resell them, there is no law. If I have a reservation at an in-demand restaurant, I can even sell that to other people.

What about tickets makes them special?


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November 8, 2005

Movie Review (from a hippy perspective): The Lion King.

A celebration of freedom-hating dictatorships.

The movie begins with music intended to stir the spirit as the "subjects" of the kingdom are introduced to their next non-elected heir, given power as a birthright and not granted by the citizens.  All are made to bow in fealty, one assumes under threat of punishment, as the lackey of the government presents the precious new bundle of emperor from what looks like a palace in the middle of the undeveloped isolation.

Just as I was wondering what would happen to any citizen who failed to bow and scrape properly, I found out.  The King himself went and threatened his brother who had failed to show "proper" respect.  The King is domineering and threatens and bullies his brother by threat of violence... a safe bet considering he is about twice the size of the one he is threatening.  That's some good leadership ability, right there.

One day the young Prince decides to call on his uncle, and like his father lords over him with, "Guess what/someday I'll be king, ha ha too bad for you."  Scar, ever the patient soul, suggests to the young prince that perhaps he should visit some of the subjects he will soon be controlling, mainly out in what looks like the ghetto-portion of the kingdom... the so-called 'Elephant Graveyard.'

Off goes the young prince (against his parents wishes, who would prefer he not learn about the people their system oppresses), betrothed in tow, and soon meets the supposed "villains" of this film, the hyenas.  The hyenas are given funny Mexican accents, are portrayed as stupid and laughing stock, and are even tinted in darker hues just in case there is any final question that these guys aint white.

The reason the king didn't want his son visiting this ghetto area is apparent: the system ignored them, disenfranchised them, and kept them in poverty until all they know is the violence of oppression that the system teaches them.  They exert their power in the only way they know how: violence.  They attack the prince, the symbol of the authority that has failed them.  Of course, the movie presents this situation as if it is the oppressed who are wrong, and the dictators who are the victims.  The king makes an appearance to directly suppress the people, who only want their voices heard, in order to save his non-elected heir from the peoples' wrath.  The irony is thick; the people, through direct government policy, know only oppression... and they are punished for learning the only lesson the government decided to teach them.  The people obviously were directly oppressed, and never had a chance to fit into or thrive in the established system.

Scar, the king's brother, observes all this, and can not ignore the injustice he sees that is inherent in the system.  He hatches a plan to free the oppressed peoples from under the thumb of the monarch, using the only asset he has, his intellect.  He stages a fairly bloodless coup and removes the ruling family from power, and rightly distributes the wealth of the land to all, for the first time in living memory.

The young prince flees his peoples' wrath in fear, setting up shop with the denizens of a nearby tropical kingdom.  It is from here they gather their strength in the shadows of the jungle and plot the return to power, and subsequent re-subjugation of the people.  They wait until the fledgling government is at its weakest, then they launch their attack.

They take a scorched-earth approach, literally.  Fires rage with destruction as they make their advance; if they can't have the land, no one will.  The people put up a mighty struggle against the oppressors, but the problem is that their entire military, the lions, were too well favored under the old dictatorship system.  The moral of this story might as well be 'might makes right,' for all the justice that is served up.  The weak citizens of the pride lands soon fall under the onslaught of the ferocious, stronger lions.

Simba the Usurper gives his uncle one chance to bow before him in slavery; when Scar refuses to live in chains, he is burned alive as an object lesson to the others.  The legitimate government soon falls apart, and the military retakes control.  The movie shows this as a "a peace once again reigned" moment, but only a red-state-living fool thinks that world peace can be achieved through rule of force.  One assumes that sequels will deal with the rising insurgency problem as the freedom fighters continue the war the only way they can: from the shadows.

Pure propaganda.  Watch this movie only as an object lesson.


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How Empires End.

Posted without comment.


Paris Burning: How Empires End

by Patrick J. Buchanan
Posted Nov 7, 2005

The Romans conquered the barbarians—and the barbarians conquered Rome.

So it goes with empires. And comes now the penultimate chapter in the history of the empires of the West.

This is the larger meaning of the ritual murder of Theo Van Gogh in Holland, the subway bombings in London, the train bombings in Madrid, the Paris riots spreading across France. The perpetrators of these crimes in the capitals of Europe are the children of immigrants who were once the colonial subjects of the European empires.

At this writing, the riots are entering their 12th night and have spread to Rouen, Lille, Marseille, Toulouse, Dijon, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Cannes, Nice. Thousands of cars and buses have been torched and several nursery schools fire-bombed. One fleeing and terrified woman was doused with gasoline and set ablaze. 

The rioters are of Arab and African descent, and Muslim. While almost all are French citizens, they are not part of the French people. For never have they been assimilated into French culture or society. And some wish to remain who and what they are. They live in France but are not French.
The rampage began October 27 when two Arab youths, fleeing what they mistakenly thought was a police pursuit, leapt onto power lines and were electrocuted. The two deaths ignited the riots.

Interior Minister Nicholas Sarkozy, a candidate to succeed President Chirac, is said to have infuriated and inflamed the rioters. Before the rampage began, he promised “war without mercy” on crime in the teeming suburbs where unemployment runs at 20% and income is 40% below the national average. He has denounced the rioters as “scum” and “rabble.”

Like the urban riots in America in the 1960s, which the Kerner Commission blamed on “white racism,” Paris’s riots are being blamed on France’s failure to bring Islamic immigrants into the social and economic mainstream of the nation. Solutions being offered range from voting rights for non-citizens to affirmative action in hiring for the children of Third World immigrants.

To understand why this is unlikely to solve France’s crisis, consider how America succeeded, and often failed, in solving her own racial crisis.
While, as late as the 1950s, black Americans were not integrated fully into our economy or society, they had been assimilated into American culture. 

They worshipped the same God, spoke the same language, had endured the same Depression and war, listened to the same music and radio, watched the same TV shows, laughed at the same comedians, went to the same movies, ate the same foods, read the same books, magazines and newspapers, and went to schools where, even when they were segregated, they learned the same history. 

We were divided, but we were also one nation and one people. Black folks were as American as apple pie, having lived in our common land longer than almost every other ethnic group save Native Americans. And America had a history of having assimilated immigrants in the tens of millions from Europe.

But no European nation has ever assimilated a large body of immigrant peoples, let alone people of color. Moreover, the African and Islamic peoples pouring into Europe—there are 20 million there now—are, unlike black Americans, strangers in a new land, and millions wish to remain proud Algerians, Muslims, Moroccans.

These newcomers worship a different God and practice a faith historically hostile to Christianity, a traditionalist faith that is rising again and recoils violently from a secular culture saturated in sex. 

Severed from the civilization and cultures of their parents, these Arab and Muslim youth may hold French citizenship and carry French passports, but they are no more French than Americans who live in Paris are French. Searching for a community to which they can truly belong, they gravitate to mosques where the imams, many themselves immigrants, teach and preach that the West is not their true home, but a civilization alien to their values and historically hostile to their nations and Islam.

The soaring Muslim population is a Fifth Column inside Europe. 

Nevertheless, their numbers must grow. For not only do they have a higher birth rate than the native-born Europeans, no European nation, save Moslem Albania, has a birth rate (2.1 births per woman) that will enable it to endure for many more generations. The West is aging, shrinking, and dying.

Yet, to keep Europe’s economy growing and taxes coming in to fund the health and pension programs of Europe’s rising numbers of retired and elderly, Europe needs scores of millions of new workers. And Europe can only find them in the Third World.

Nor should Americans take comfort in France’s distress. By 2050, there will be 100 million Hispanics in the United States, half of them of Mexican ancestry, heavily concentrated in a Southwest most Mexicans still believe by right belongs to them.

Colonization of the mother countries by subject peoples is the last chapter in the history of empires—and the next chapter in the history of the West—that is now coming to a close.
Human Events Online


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November 6, 2005

A Glimpse of God: Why does He hate Indiana?

God struck Indiana and Kentucky with his vengeful wrath early in the morning as punishment for their sinful, immoral style of life. When will these people learn?


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November 3, 2005

Screw Thy Neighbor!

November is: Screw Thy Neighbor Month.

The regular DTMan readers (as far as I know) all have active accounts on the forum, and with that forum membership (free, by the way) one is allowed to have their own customized titles and avatars.

But not this month.

This month we're going to screw each other over by giving other people the titles and avatars WE think they should have.

For the month of November, you can give someone else a new title and avatar for $2, payable through PayPal (link is on the top, and right).  You can change your own avatar and title for $1.

This means that if you want to give me an avatar of a horse's ass and a title that says, "Yeah, I'm full of it..."  two bucks gets it done.  If someone else does the same to you, one buck gets it erased or changed.


  • No goatse, tubgirl, boobies, or anything else that would get you fired from work if displayed on your computer screen.
  • Changes are guaranteed to be in place for 24 hours, minimum.  This means that if Bob wants to change John's image, and at the same time John wanted to post his own image, then Bob's image sticks for 24 hours before John's image gets put in.  This ensures several people don't try to screw the same guy at the same time, losing their money.  There will be a queue.
  • Game ends November 30.  If on November 27 a particular person has 10 changes in their queue, 7 of those submissions get refunded.
  • All revenue generated goes toward server costs.  There's no way in hell money generated in this game will cover the out-of-pocket costs accrued to date, so don't worry that I'm spending it on hookers and blow.  I use the baby formula money for hookers and blow.
  • I and the other admins will use the honor system.  I will not touch anyone else's profiles, nor will I save myself from an embarrassing avatar.
  • Changers remain anonymous by the admins.  If they wish to advertise "ha ha i got u" then they can post it themselves.  Otherwise no one knows...

How to play:

Send me an email with the person you want to screw (or say it is for yourself), the image you want to give them (keep it under 200x200 pixels), and the title you want them to have.  Tell me that the funds have already been sent via Paypal.  When I receive confirmation of the funds I will apply the requested changes.

Easy and fun for the whole... basement, or wherever you happen to live.

A few years ago when I still read somethingawful.com, they used to play this little game.  Honestly don't know if they still do.  Got banned in 2000.


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November 2, 2005

A conflict in the Senate.

Yesterday (post closed-door session):

Once again it shows the Democrats use scare tactics. They have no conviction. They have no principles. They have no ideas, but this is the ultimate.
- Senator Bill Frist, R-Tennessee

December 13, 2004:

Describing the filibusters as intolerable, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) has hinted he may resort to an unusual parliamentary maneuver, dubbed the "nuclear option," to thwart such filibusters.
- Washington Post

So Frist gets his panties in a wad when the Democrats want to use parliamentary rules for their own purposes, but believes they are the only choice when the benefit him. Even if using such a rule effectively changes the rules of the Senate, by allowing simple majorities, instead of 60-vote super majorities to end debate. Ah, Frist, you pussy. Why not join your buddy Ted Stevens and just take your ball and go home if you don't get your way?

Of course, if you reall want to help America, give it what it really needs. Have all 100 of you go home.


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November 1, 2005

A look at the latest nominee.

I don't watch TV news, unless you count the Daily Show. Instead, I pretty much get my news online through a variety of sources. When Bush nominated Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, reactions were swift.

This is a needlessly provocative nomination. Instead of uniting the country through his choice, the president has chosen to reward one faction of his party, at the risk of dividing the country.
- Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont

The initial review of Judge Alito's record shows that there's a real chance that he will, like Justice Scalia, choose to make law rather than interpret law and move the court in a direction quite different than it has gone.
- Senator Charles Schumer, D-New York

We are extremely pleased.
- James C. Dobson, chairman of Focus on the Family

Well, from the sound of things, I figured I'd research his opinions and find a bit to react to myself.

Decision Catt's Opinion
1991: Planned Parenthood v. Casey
  • Court struck down Pennsylvania law requiring spousal notification of abortion.
  • Alito dissented.
  • First thought: People should be able to do want they want. Why interfere?
    Second thought: Well, if I were married (and the father), why should she be able to get an abortion without my notification?
    Third Thought: Well, what if she were abused?
    Fourth Thought: At some point, aren't there details the court/law just can't decide?
    1999: Fraternal Order of Police v. City of Newark
  • 3-0 ruling that Muslim police officers could keep their beards.
  • Damn straight.
    2004: The Pitt News v. Pennsylvania (I think)
  • Pennsylvania was banning student newspaper from running alcohol ads
  • Alito stated that this violated 1st Amendment, court overturned the law.
  • Damn straight.
    1999: ACLU v. Schindler
  • Religious display, that included Christian, Jewish and secular symbols
  • Court ruled not in violation of separation of church and state due to inclusive manner (Alito in majority)
  • Well, OK - This issue just isn't that important to me.
    1993: Fatin v. INS
  • Iranian woman wanted aslyum as she said she would be persecuted for her gender and belief in femininism.
  • Court (including Alito), agreed.
  • Sounds good to me.
    1996: Federal law banning possession of machine guns
  • Court ruled that federal law was OK
  • Alito argued for more state control of gun regulation, could not find out how he voted.
  • I believe more in individual rights. The states should have no say in the matter, as the 2nd Amendement says all that needs to be said.

    Maybe I'm missing something here, but there just doesn't seem anything to get that excited about. Is he the Libertarian-minded people's-rights ideal I'd like? No. Is he a god-loving, abortion-banning zealot? No.

    Alito has stated that there is a "right to privacy" in the Constitution. A lot of the decisions we see now aren't Brown v. Board of Education of Roe v. Wade style changes, they are the details. At what point do precedents cover so much that the Supreme Court just doesn't make any large decisions any more?


    TheCatt  | 2100 EST  |  FeedbackPermalink


    A new tax proposal, or two.

    As forum readers know, I believe our current tax system is a semi-retarded joke. Overly cumbersome, at 1.4 million words versus the 0.8 million in the Bible, taxpayer compliance costs roughly $150 billion per year, or $1,500 for every household in the US.

    Today, the president's tax reform panel submitted two proposals. These proposals are "revenue neutral," meaning that overall tax revenue will be unaffected. Here is a quick breakdown of the highlights of each proposal, along with what taxpayer segment is the winner:

    Proposal 1 Proposal 2 Winner
    Eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax Rich and upper middle-class
    Dividends would be tax free.
    The first 75% of capital gains would be taxed.
    Dividends and capital gains taxed at 15% Rich and upper middle-class
    Change mortgage deducion limit to $172-312k from $1million (depending on where you live) Middle-class
    Make mortgage interest a credit, instead of a deduction Rich and upper middle-class
    Reduce marriage penalty Married people that both work
    Limit deduction of company contributions to healthcare People with private health insurance or no health insurance
    Repeal deductability of state/local taxes People with no state/local taxes
    Simplify tax-advantaged savings accounts:
  • Consolidate 401ks, etc into a "Save At Work Account" with 10k limit
  • Consolidate IRAs (all of them) with a single "Save for Retirement Account" with 10k limit.
  • Rich and middle class
    Simplify tax filing Everyone that fills out anything more than the EZ form.

    Generally, I think the proposals above are OK. They don't do enough to simplify the tax system. Most of the benefits are to the upper middle class and rich, but they also pay the most taxes. There is no discussion I have seen about payroll taxes, whatsoever, so poor are a bit more screwed overall.

    Cost of compliance is a big issue to me. At $150 billion per year, that's 1.2% of our entire national GDP, and more than 33% of the amount our country spends on its military each year. I know that simplified compliance would make life worse for a lot of tax accounts (like Mommy Dearest, my uncle and my wife), but their talents can be used much more efficiently in our economy. Instead of tax planning, let's talk about investment planning or wealth management. Let's use that $150 billion to build new companies and new ideas.

    These proposals are a small step towards that $150 billion, but at least they are a step in the right direction


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    October 31, 2005

    Halloween Weekend Movie Reviews. 

    After several weekends of weddings and various other social functions, I was able to relax this weekend and enjoy some pop culture. Considering the date, I tried to stick with a certain theme. All of the movies below are available now for rental: 

    Batman Begins – Ok, so this isn’t exactly a “Halloween” movie, but it does match the theme. Essentially, this is a take on D.C. Comics’ reinventing of its characters in an attempt to make them more accessible to a new audience. In this case, the comic was called Batman: Year One. In this film, Christian Bale gets his turn in the Bat tights, and while I normally think he’s wooden in his performances, that sort of act works for Bruce Wayne. To make this version more appealing to a new audience the studio made the sets grittier than the previous Batman movies and cast a boat load of big name character actors. I guess they were trying to offset Bale’s acting. Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine,  Gary Oldman, Rutger Hauer and Liam Neeson all put in good performances as usual, and Cillian Murphy shines as Scarecrow despite his youthful appearance. Katie Holmes was in the film as well, but I can’t take her seriously anymore (not that I ever did) for obvious reasons. 

    Anyway, the film was decent and the action was better than what I expected. I’m not sure about the sets, I thought a few characters were completely pointless, Dr. Crane was a bit young, and I’m begging anyone who makes a sequel to not try to reinvent The Joker. Jack did it perfectly. 

    7 out of 10. 

    Non-Spoiler thread.

    Spoiler thread.


    Oh, and D.C. Comics should leave their characters’ origins alone. Ditto for Marvel.


    The Ring 2 – The Ring was a decent horror flick that scared the shit out of my wife so I figured this would be good viewing for Halloween weekend. I wish I had those two hours back. The storyline follows the same mother and son from the original as the scary little girl torments them some more. While the original was a fresh vision of horror, this is crap. Everybody seemed to phone this one in and it seemed more like a Lifetime movie than a horror movie. 

    2 out of 10. 

    Non-Spoiler thread.


    Land of the Dead – George Romero is back making zombie flicks. This movie has a standard horror theme in the walking dead, but these aren’t your dad’s zombies. In fact, I’d classify this film as an Action-Adventure/Horror as there aren’t really many scares, but there is a lot of action. Back to those zombies, let’s just say they’ve apparently evolved and I can’t really say that I care for the changes. Without getting into specifics or spoilers, I just think monsters should be monsters and it’s a bit late to start changing the rules of classic horror staples. Aside from that, it’s not a particularly great film, but it’ll entertain horror and zombie fans. 

    2 out of 10 for normal folk.

    5 out of 10 for zombie/horror fans.

     P.S. Mr. Romero tries to make some political statements in the film, but it only goes to prove that he knows as much about politics as he does about film making…not much. 



    High Tension – An Indie film that had some good buzz which is why I rented it. “Best horror film in years” proclaims one reviewer. Well, I’d have to say that reviewer hasn’t seen a horror film in years. High Tension is a huge disappointment and yet I have to recommend it to film lovers. Why? Because it’s a car crash of a production and it shouldn’t be missed by people who get into the work behind the film. 

    High Tension has good production values and starts off really well as far as the storyline goes. The problem comes late in the film when the writer tries to throw a major event at the viewer. Anyone with an IQ above 50 will immediately recognize that it’s total bullshit. Not only does it make the established characters and storyline complete bullshit, but it’s lazy writing. Anyone remember Scream 2 when one of the killers was literally introduced to the audience during the last scene? This is similar only far, far worse. 

    I don’t know who to blame for this huge mistake, the director or writer. The film was decent until that point which makes it even worse. I mean they serious wasted at least one cool kill and a few great horror moments that haven’t been done before by putting in this single plot point. 

    I strongly urge any huge fans of the movie business and/or people who enjoy Ed Wood films because they’re so badly made to check this one out. Horror film fans might like a couple of sequences and kills. Everyone else will hate it. 

    0 out of 10 for casual film goers.

    3 out of 10 for horror film fans.

    5 out of 10 for movie/Ed Wood fans. 

    Spoiler thread here.

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    October 30, 2005

    A little bit about me.

    My name is The Catt.

    Gordon recently handed the keys to Leisher but I managed to sneak a copy of them.

    I'll be posting from time to time on whatever seems post-worthy, but most of my background and interests are in economic issues. Healthcare, inflation, oil, possibly even housing prices.

    Gordo is awesome and way cooler than I am.

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    October 24, 2005

    I assaulted a woman, today.

    I have a class Monday mornings.  It's raining today, so I was walking at a brisk pace and approaching the life science building.  Double doors with a 3 foot overhang at the entrance... a nook for smokers and the like.  The right side door was blocked by a ladder that a maintenance person was using to wash the windows over the door, and huddled around the left side there was a group of three women standing outside talking.

    I approach the left-side door.  It is a heavy, industrial-strength door, so I open it with force... and the pneumatic door hinge had been removed, for cleaning, apparently... I caught a blonde woman square in the back with a metal door handle.

    I felt very bad.  I apologized three times, sincerely... the blonde woman had a "That really hurt" look on her face, and one of her friends said, "Oh, she's all right..." 

    But then I was going to be late for the lecture, and I left.

    I feel really bad about it.  I bet she has a good bruise.

    Good thing the nursing school in in that building (which is probably where they were headed).

    It was all like WANG! with a good, meaty thump.


    GORDON  | 1449 EDT  | FeedbackPermalink


    October 23, 2005

    Reality bubbles.

    Know what the problem with the internet is?

    It makes every single person who manages to successfully use it feel like they are smart.

    Out of the entire population of internet users, 50% of them are of below average intelligence for the entire set.  I'd wager that less than 1% of them consider themselves to be in the below average group.

    So they talk and spread their non-wisdom in order to enlighten the world.

    And it can be annoying.

    Yes, I made the mistake of reading some fark comment threads, today, where a very large percentage of the below-averages aggregate when they figure out there's an internet beyond AOL and Livejournal.  I imagine they'd flame me for my opinion, but know what?  The only thing worse than being flamed by farkers is not being flamed by farkers.


    GORDON  | 1409 EDT  | FeedbackPermalink


    October 22, 2005

    Sleep as a luxury.

    Yeah, so I'm somebody's Dad, now.

    I've learned in the last few weeks what a luxury it is to have enough energy to think about politics or pop culture or basically anything that isn't directly related to the care of a newborn baby.... namely, puke and feces.

    I don't want to take DTMan down a path of "Here's what my baby did today!", but the problem is that almost all of my energy is invested in what the baby is doing at any given time.  This means that I haven't had a single DTMan-worthy thought in the last 4 weeks, and therefore posting has been all but nonexistent.

    Site cofounder Leisher now has the keys to this page, and I've directed him to take over for a while... until this little protocol converter (he converts dairy products into shit) acquires some semblance of an auto-pilot, and I can get a little rest and get my ganglial synapses firing again.

    Give Leisher encouragement... he has a little protocol converter of his own at home, albeit a little older than mine.  But he's currently in better shape than I.


    GORDON  | 1350 EDT  | FeedbackPermalink


    October 4, 2005

    16-Color Movie Contest III

    Update (1341; 10/22/2005): Dictionary Dave wins.  His submission and the correct answers are in the Feedback thread.

    Welcome to the new financial quarter, and that can only mean one thing: a new 16-color movie contest.

    Movie Contest I
    Movie Contest II

    As always, what follows are scenes or depictions from various movies that I drew with only 16 colors.  Your job: figure out the movie.  The first person to post correct answers in the Feedback thread gets all the mad props and the word to your mother.

    You can be obvious and just post guesses, but I will only say whether you are right or wrong... I will not say which movies were right or wrong.  But then you give your answers away to everyone else... unless you deliberately post a few incorrect movies to throw anyone else?  Play Survivor-style.

    Anyway, here they are... again, submit submissions in the Feedback thread.














    GORDON  | 1445 EDT  | FeedbackPermalink



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