Monday, December 31, 2007
After months of denial is New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg finally coming clean about his political ambitions for the White House? Although he has steadfastly maintained he has no interest in running, Mayor Mike has traveled the country widely to discuss issues such as global warming and competitiveness. Mike Bloomberg will join a group of bipartisan political types in the state of Oklahoma next week to, reportedly, urge our next commander in chief to rise above political partisanship and the resulting gridlock and bullshit.
Quoting the New York Daily News on its December 31st issue: " Experts said the meeting could help Bloomberg, a political upstart, wrap himself in the mantle of respected elders from both parties while he considers whether to spend 1 billion (that's all?) on a campaign".
Heavy-duty bullshit and partisan politics is what its all about in D.C. So... good luck Bloomy and company!
Sunday, December 30, 2007
So The New England Patriots finished the season 16-0. I am not really a New England Patriots hater like some out there who must be stewing in their juices right now cursing Tom Brady, Randy Moss, Bill Belichik and anything New Englandish(?). I am really neutral when it comes to the Patriots unless, off course, they are playing against my beloved Dallas Cowboys. But I must confess that I didn't want them to be the first team since the 1972 Miami Dolphins to finish the regular season unbeaten with at least 14 wins. Wait. Well, let me be honest, hummmm. Nope. I am not really neutral. What it is is that my dislike for Belichik, Brady, Moss et al is not as virulent and intensely antagonistic as some folks out there. Whether you like them or not, you gotta hand it to 'em. They are a pretty impressive team on both sides of the ball. When I first tuned in, the New York Giants were playing inspired especially the defense. Tom Brady was getting chased around, harassed, blitzed and the Giants were leading 28 to 16 in the middle of the third quarter. I said to myself: Could it be? Is it possible? I already saw myself writing my blog entry title: "Hail the New York Giants slayers of Monsters and New England Patriots"...or something along those lines(Hey! I don't have a whole lot of imagination... ok?). But then Eli Manning's true colors came through and he threw an interception with his team just trailing by a field goal in the 4th quarter. The Patriots converted the turnover into a touchdown and a 10 point lead. Game over. To be sure it was not just Eli but blaming the quarterback is expedient. Bottom line? New England is 16-0. Damn perfect so far.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Download Games For Free. You get to save the sinking city of Venice, or blast clay enemies, or save the earth from invading aliens and a whole lot of other stuff like that. Some of the games for download are: Venice Deluxe, Water Bugs, Platypus, Bugatron Worlds, Cosmo Bots, Clash and Slash, Best Friends, Z-Ball, Marbles Deluxe, Classic Bugatron.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Howard Stern has been on Sirius Satellite Radio for about 3 years now, I think. I used to listen to his radio show when he was on K-Rock in NYC every day. His brand of "in your face/nothing is sacred" humor doesn't appeal to some folks. Indeed, he is the quintessential "shock jock" and political correctness is not his forte. I remember how he would bring in guests to the show to interview (and often make fun of) such as porn actors, prostitutes, strippers, members of extremist groups, little people, and all kinds of non-mainstream characters as well as widely recognized ones. When I started listening to Howard's show, at first I didn't know how to react because he is so off the cuff sometimes. Then, I just put the political correctness to the side for a moment and laughed hard. Real hard. Bottom line? The SOB is damn funny!
Saturday, December 22, 2007
The Amazon Store has changed location and is now on a cool widget (I just love widgets!)on the side to your right. You will still find the latest book bestsellers as well as everything else from cd's to jewelry, to electronics to gourmet food and everything in between. Among the countless book bestsellers you will find in Amazon is The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini an Afghan American writer. The Kite Runner tells the story of Amir, a well-to-do Pashtun boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, who is haunted by the guilt of betraying his childhood friend Hassan,the son of his father's Hazara servant. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of the monarchy in Afghanistan through the Soviet invasion, the mass exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the Taliban regime. I read Love in the Time of Cholera in Spanish and was touched deeply by it. Gabriel Garcia Marquez is an absolute giant of modern literature. No doubt.
Philips 6.5-Inch Digital Photo Frame (Clear & Black)
Canon PowerShot A560 7.1MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
But we also need the possibility of cataclysm, so that, when situations seem hopeless, and beyond the power of any natural force to amend, we may still anticipate salvation from a messiah, a conquering hero, a deus ex machina, or some other agent with power to fracture the unsupportable and institute the unobtainable.-- Stephen Jay Gould, Questioning the Millennium
Dexter Morgan is a man in his 30's who is a blood spatter expert employed by the Miami Metro Police. He is handsome, charming, easy going, jovial, and a vicious, calculating killer of the serial variety. Dexter (played by Michael C. Hall) in the Showtime drama series of the same name, is the adopted son of the late Harry Morgan (played by James Remar) a law and order police officer who imparted upon his foster child a protocol of behavior, a "code" of vigilante justice and schooled him rather well on the craft and techniques of killing and disposing of murderers who prey on the innocent. His killing, you see, is not random; he does not harm the innocent or the good and only kills the wicked and "deserving". What follows is a mosaic of emotions and contradictions for the viewer who does not know whether to loathe Dexter the bloody serial murderer who is extremely adept at killing and dismembering his victims or to praise him as an uber hero who exacts vengeance on the evil and the wretched in the name of justice for the innocent. And so we the viewers are often exposed to the moral ambiguities, the twisted altruism and the many ethical doubts of this hero/anti-hero with a rather messed up sense of civic duty and moral obligation.
Dexter's apartment is a great example of this character's great ambiguity. When you notice the interior of the dwelling, you will see order, neatness, cleanliness and a lot of soft pastel colors befitting the run-of-the mill, guy-next-door facade Dexter manages to convey. These telling details are always skillfully juxtaposed against the cold blooded butcher who chops up his victims amid a sea of carnage, gore and blood.
Wily, cunning, resourceful, and profoundly traumatized by a horror-movie childhood which included his witnessing his mother's bloody murder when he was a 3 year old child, Dexter embarks as a teenager on his personal crusade to mete out his (and Harry's) brand of justice on the morally-challenged denizens of Miami.
Dexter, more often than not, comes across his targets through the normal execution of his responsibilities as a lab technician. His modus operandi is swift, precise, calculated and cold. Very cold. The skillful stalking of his victims Ted Bundy would be proud of, the nefarious syringe filled with tranquilizer, the scalpel to cut the victim in the face to obtain the blood sample trophy he keeps, the shiny meat cleaver, the surgical saw, the "kill" jumpsuit, the table where he lays his duct taped victims, the plastic he covers the "kill" site with for easy cleaning and disposal, the ritual. The killing ritual.
Terrible in his wrath, Dexter waits. Killing them is not enough. So he patiently waits for his victims to wake up to the horror and the darkness he will inflict upon them in the kill room covered with plastic, decorated with images and mementos of the
people who were good and innocent and did not deserve to be killed. The images of his target's victims. The wicked and "deserving" have to know why they are being punished. Their terror at their impending demise the payment exacted for their misdeeds. An eye for an eye( a stab in the stomach, a knife to the heart, a chopped head). A tooth for a tooth.