Monday, September 29, 2008

Day 2 at Holden Beach

The Beach House...."Coast 'n Along"
Our spot on the beach.

A flock of cranes passes by the house.

Picturesque

Tina Fey as Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live

If you missed Tina Feys second stint as Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live, here's the video.
I laughed so hard I almost peed on myself.


Sunday, September 28, 2008

McCain Retracts Palin's Pakistan comments

Senator John McCain retracted Sarah Palin's stance on Pakistan Sunday morning after the Alaska governor appeared to back Barack Obama's support for unilateral strikes inside Pakistan against terrorists.  "She would not ...she understands and has stated repeatedly that we're not going to do anything except in America's national security interest," McCain told ABC's George Stephanopoulos of Palin.  " In all due respect, people going around and... sticking a microphone while conversations are being held, and then all of a sudden that's --that's a person's position... this is a free country, but I don't think most Americans think that's a definitive policy statement by Governor Palin."

Saturday night while on a stop for cheesesteaks in South Philadelphia, Palin was questioned by a Temple graduate student about whether the U.S. should cross the border from Afganistan into Pakistan.

"If that is what we have to do to stop the terrorists from coming any further in, absolutely, we should."  Palin said.

During Friday's night presidential debate, Obama tood a similar stance, condemning the Bush administration for failing to act on the possibility terrorists are in Pakistan.

McCain emphasized Sunday, Palin "shares" his view on the manner.

 


Day 2 at Holden Beach


Late afternoon on the day we arrived (check in is not until 3pm)  By the time we were all unpacked, it was after 5pm.  Beautiful view of the ocean from the front porch of the house.




Joe making a phone call as soon as we are unpacked (of course....he's always on the phone)


Our view at dinner from the front porch....nice huh?...and the food was good too!


Day 2: Sunrise on Sunday morning.  Yes I was up before it came up....making coffee, checking email, posting...and then snapping a few photos.

Enjoy your day...I know I will!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Day 1 at Holden Beach

We left home this morning about 11a.m. to go to the beach for a week.  Fortunately the Low weather front has moved on ashore and is moving north and Tropical storm Kyle is off the coast
but a couple of hundred miles away so all the coast is getting today is heavy surf and higher than normal tides.  That should be off the cost of New England by tomorrow morning and blue skies are forecast.   I'll pull out the camera as soon as we are unpacked and walk down to the beach.
Until then, we'll just relax on the porch and look at the ocean.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Mad Dog: The Lies of Sarah Palin


Mad Dog: Matt Taibbi's latest Rolling Stone article -- "The Lies of Sarah Palin" -- is worth a read. (Hard copy only.) In it, he reminds us that John McCain's running mate may be a tawdry, half-assed fraud -- but that's not as scary as what her candidacy really says about America. The sidebar -- "The Truth About Sarah Palin" -- is online and does a nice job of blowing the lid off her self-styled "reformer" image. (RollingStone)



Madder Dogs: Speaking of which, it seems even pit bulls have begun to rally against the world's most dangerous hockey mom. (Snuzzy)




Revisiting 'Laramie': In case you missed it last week, there was a great piece in The Times about the Tectonic Theater Company's return to Laramie, Wyo., 10 years after Matthew Shepard's murder: Their goal "is to use new interviews with real-life characters in 'The Laramie Project' not only to write an epilogue to this frequently performed play, but also to explore whether the past decade has brought any change in Laramie, its citizens and its attitudes toward gay people." (NYT)

Sunday, September 21, 2008

New Photos from True Blood







Be sure and go to HBO.com and download your True Blood Fan Kit.  There are loads of new photos and some great wallpaper.  Even the little commercial is great.  

Rutina Wesley : True Blood


I LOVE Rutina Wesley and her character on True Blood, Tara.  She is witty, sarcastic, sexy, bitchy and man obsessed....all the things I like best in a television character.   Keep it up Rutina...you rock!

Time Warner Cable : MYSTRO

Ok, allow me the chance for a little personal rant & rave.  Tonight at the beginning of the Emmy Awards, my cable service (through Time Warner Cable), went out with their new "MYSTRO" operating system, re-booting (Which it does alllllll toooo often).  Then as if that was not bad enough, 30 minutes into "True Blood", it reboots again.....
This has gone on way to often.  The MYSTRO system, as I understand it, was introduced to increase the bandwidth and availability of HD channels, but the system, to put it mildly, SUCKS. There is constant re-booting, the time for the system to respond is 10 times longer than the old system and if you don't have a DVR box, then the system is dreadful.  I literally can count to 10 before the channels will change.  It is dreadful.  Tomorrow I'm calling DIRECT  TV to check out and see when would be the earliest that I can switch over.  Time Warner Cable....YOU SUCK!

True Blood: Tonight on HBO at 9pm

12 Hours until the 3rd episode of TRUE BLOOD on HBO tonight.
"Angelina Jolie Adops a Vampire Baby"

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Welcome to the 21st century America!

America, I fear, is becoming a 2nd tier nation.  Like Poland, we will still have an economy, but not a robust, influential one.  Like Argentina, we will still have airports, bridges and roads, but our WWII-era infrastructure will keep collapsing.  Like the Phillipines, we will have manufacturing and technology, but other nations are outpacing us in telecommunications, medicine, transportation and engineering.  Welcome to the 21st century America.  We have a seat for you----at the back of the bus.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Happy Birthday Carter Oosterhouse



Happy 32nd Birthday Carter!!!


Happy Birthday James Marsden

It's so nice to see James Marsden finally getting the recognition that he deserves.  He is definitely leading man material.

Happy Birthday James!


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Just So We Are Clear On The Candidates For President & Vice-President

·If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're 'exotic, different.'
·Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, a quintessential American story.

·If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.
·Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you're a maverick.

·Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.
·Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.

·If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the
first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter
registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as
a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator
representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the
state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the
United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while
sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs,
Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you don't
have any real leadership experience.

·If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city
council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people,
20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then
you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive..


·If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2
beautiful daughters, all within protestant churches, you're not a real Christian.

·If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your
disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a Christian.


·If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the
proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.

·If , while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no
other option in sex education in your state's school system while your
unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant , you're very responsible.


·If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a
prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city
community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values
don't represent America's.

·If your husband is nicknamed 'First Dude', with at least one DWI
conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until
age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession
of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.



OK, much clearer now.


Vamp of the Day

Alexander Skarsgard as the vampire Eric on "True Blood".  New episodes of "True Blood" air on HBO on Sundays at 9 p.m.

Best of Bush....Don't Blame Me, I Voted for the Other Guy!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Sarah Palin in 4 Minutes

Pope, Dope, Nope, Hope

Republicans vs Saturday Night Live

Tina Fey & Amy Poehler as Gov. Palen & Sen. Clinton on Saturday Night Live 

Now the Republicans say that the portrayal was "sexist".   But of course, only sexist in respect to Palin...or as I prefer to say, the Antichrist!




Vamp of the Day

Alex O'Loughlin of CBS's "Moonlight".   Alex starred as vampire private investigator Mick St.John.  Although the show had a very vocal following, it was not picked up for the 2008-2009 Fall season.  Alex we miss you but we understand you are staying on at CBS.

The Australian actor has signed a talent holding deal with the network, sister studio CBS Paramount TV and ABC Studios.

Under the one-year pact, O'Loughlin will star in a new series project for CBS that will be developed by top TV producer Mark Gordon, whose ABC Studio-based company is behind such series as ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Lifetime's "Army Wives" and CBS' "Criminal Minds."

O'Loughlin rose to prominence this past season as vampire PI Mick St. John on CBS' "Moonlight." He helped attract a passionate fan base to the ill-fated freshman drama, which was canceled in May. At the Television Critics Assn. press tour in July, CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler credited the show's intense fan appeal to the actor.
Under the new deal with CBS, he also will be able to pitch theatrical projects to CBS Films.

O'Loughlin, who next appears in the feature "Whiteout," is repped by ICM and June Cann Management

True Blood: 9.14.08 Episode recap and Spoilers

The second episode of True Blood aired last night on HBO and while not as packed with action or attitude as the first, it was still very good and kept my full attention for the entire hour.  Bill brought Sookie back by getting her to feed on his blood after her brutal beating.  Now all of her senses are more heightened, especially sense of smell.  Bill took Sookie out after meeting with her family at her house (much to the dread of her brother Jason).   Speaking of Jason, it would appear that regardless of the plot line, he will always have shirtless scenes and at least 1 scene per episode of him having sex.  Tara, who is quickly becoming my favorite character, continues to pine away for Jason.  Jason was released by the police after they showed him the video of him and Maudette having sex and at the end, after he leaves her apartment, she is still alive.  As to who killed her, we are still in the dark.  More drama & moping around by Sam as he tries the "friend"  route to stay close to Sookie.  At the end of the episode, Sookie goes to Bill's house only to find other vamps there and they think she's looking rather tasty.  I'm sure Bill will come to her rescue.
HBO has released the next 2 episode plotlines and they are below.  If you don't want to know what is going to happen, do not read any further.

***SPOILER***

pisEpisode 1.03: Mine

HBO: Sunday, September 21 @ 9PM EST
HBO2: Monday, September 22 @ 8PM EST

Foiled in their attempt to “glamour” Sookie, vampires Malcolm (Andrew Rothenberg), Liam (Graham Shiels) and Diane (Aunjanue Ellis) make a hasty retreat after Bill lays claim to the waitress. At Merlotte’s, Sam seeks a short-term remedy to his long-term loneliness, while Tara seeks respite from her mother’s alcohol-fueled rage. Spurned by Dawn (Lynn Collins) for lack of performance, Jason turns to Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis), Merlotte’s short-order cook, for help with his problem.

Written by Alan Ball; directed by John Dahl.

Episode 1.04: Escape From Dragon House

HBO: Sunday, September 28 @ 9PM EST
HBO2: Monday, September 29 @ 8PM EST

Another killing in Bon Temps finds Jason back in custody with officers Andy (Chris Bauer) and Bud (William Sanderson). Tara gets him off the hook, but neither she nor Lafayette has the antidote to his current ailment. Urged by Gran to use her telepathic abilities to weed out the murderer and exonerate her brother, Sookie persuades Bill to take her to a Shreveport vampire bar called Fangtasia, where she impresses a dominant Nordic bloodsucker named Eric (Alexander SkarsgÄrd) with her prescient powers. Later, Bill demonstrates his own considerable powers when an abusive patrolman stops the couple on their way home.

Written by Brian Buckner; directed by Michael Lehmann

Sunday, September 14, 2008

True Blood: It's official, I'm a True Blood Fanatic

If you missed the first episode of True Blood last week on HBO, you have to check it out either on HBO On Demand, or look it up to see when they are re-broadcasting the pilot episode.  However, either way, the 2nd episode is on tonight, Sunday 9/14, @ 9pm EST.  Besides the plot being ever so creative (Vampires coming "out of the coffin" due to the Japanese developing a synthetic blood that satisfies all of the feeding needs and now they are the new oppressed members of society), the entire cast is wonderful and the men are all so easy on the eyes.  Whether it is Stephen Moyer as the vampire "Bill", or the owner of the local bar/restaurant Sam Merlotte played by Sam Trammel, or the ever so sexy Ryan Kwanten who plays Jason Stackhouse or last but not least, Alexander Skarsgard as the vampire "Eric", they all are pleasing to look at and lust after.




Sookie & Bill

The Cast at the LA Premier party.








Stephen Moyer who plays the vampire Bill Compton.





Ryan Kwanten plays Jason Stackhouse, brother to Sookie Stackhouse who is involved with Bill.





Alexander Skarsgard who plays the vampire Eric.




Sam Trammel plays bar/restaurant owner Sam Merlotte who has a "thing" for Sookie himself.


The Men of NASCAR....YUM!

  Jeff Gordon   In 11th place in the Chase for the Sprint Cup


  Kasey Kahne   Not in the Chase, but that doesn't make him any less yummy




Jimmie Johnson      Currently tied for 1st place in the Chase for the Sprint Cup



Happy Birthday Ben Cohen


Michael Shanks & Ben Browder Kiss