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Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Matt...you'll be happy to know that Keri is no longer in the mix.
whaa...
(ed. note: originally published 9/11/2003, 10:18AM but unavailable due to page truncation, for the 9/11 Tag Posterity. 9/12/2011, eo's)

Do not forget. Never forget. Never forgive either.

When I was still living at home about 19-20 years old, my mother's best friend Roxanna, who was originally from Peru came into some tough straights. Mom offered to help her out so Roxanna, her (at the time) 4 year old daughter Betzabet and her 12 year old son Joey...actually..."Joey" is his nickname...his birth name is Manuel but Roxanna called him her little "Yo-Yo" because he ran back & forth...so we ended up calling him Jo-Jo from the accent and eventually Joey. He hates his given name...it's his Dad's and he's a Junior. But Joey grew up as we all do. He went to NYU to be a film student.

I came to work today two years ago. As normal I was early. I got a phone call from Scotty...most of you know him. Scotty tells me that a plane just crashed into one of the WTC towers. Go find a TV! Go find CNN! Now...this held my suspension of disbelief for an accident. On July 28, 1945, a U.S. Army plane crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building due to heavy fog killing 14 people (news source).

I went to the Student Union with a co-worker seeing I work at a prestigeous Ivy League University. The TV was on and a crowd had formed. It was about 8:55AM. One of the towers were smoldering. I noticed something weird. A commercial plane came into the frame of the live shot. I thought...that's strange...shouldn't commercial airplanes not be flying that close and low to a city...especially after what just happened. And then it collided with the other tower. I said out loud to a student, "we didn't see that did we?". He replied, "yes...we did". I didn't need to see anymore. I went back to the office. Of all things I listened to was Howard Stern. Now I am a Stern listener...for gutteral enjoyment. But the man that day had to be like Edward R. Murrow. Staying on the microphone until well after 12 Noon. Being an aural lifeline to what was going on in NYC. Thank you Howard.

Later on we found out about the Pentagon. And a little later, the field in Pennsylvania. We were under attack. And I remember feeling scared not for me personally but that there might be outbreaks of choas. And America did not submit to that.

We were given the rest of the day off. Dr. Hooey, another Harvard-ite and I joined up and went to a pancake house. Then we went to Pumpkinhead !'s place to smoke dope, drink beer and play videogames. Keep our minds from the madness but to also do something "normal". Dr. Hooey went on to see a songbird. I stayed and hung a little longer. "Insert Bad Name Here" came to pick me up a little later. I hadn't even spoken to my then girlfriend really all day. Maybe a few times while I was at work.

The next morning...I was in my kitchen, looking out the window, regarding my Skyline...my Skyline. My City. The Hancock Tower was still there...".

Joey was in NYC. Scotty and I practicing our "Allah Akbars" in the car the day before in jest...perhaps. True story.

I emailed Joey. I hadn't spoken to him in years. He responded to my email that day...a few hours later actually. This is what we had to say...

>From: "Eric O'Sullivan"
>To: betzabet52@...
>Subject: Hi!
>Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 09:37:04 -0400
>
>Hey Joey!
>
>I was worried about you and I hear you're OK. Except for the conditions of
>the City et al.
>I just wanted to drop you a line and see if you need anything. Hey, if you
>feel like getting out of the city and coming to Boston, I'll pick you
>up. Your mom said that you wanted to stay in NYC (they call it Gotham for
>a reason, buddy) but if you change your mind or if things there get hairy,
>give a call or email. OK? Well I hope to hear from you soon. My home
>phone number is...
>
>Take care,
>
>Eric


Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 18:32:58 -0400
Subject: Sep 14, 2001
MIME-Version: 1.0


Eric,

How are you?

Thanks for the concern. I am living on 14th St, the point from which the
city was closed until last night at midnight. The local multiplex has been
showing movies for free, but that stopped yesterday. However, I did take
advantage of it and saw Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which I liked.

If you haven't already heard of the smell, let me tell you about it. The
only other place that I've smelled it is in Lima and there you attribute it
to the diesel gasoline the cars use and the burning trash and tires. Just
to give you an idea of what exactly it smells like, however it's a lot more
sinister than that because you know that the stench of charred and rotting
flesh is mixed in with the smell. For the past few days, buses and trucks
covered in black plastic have been going up and down the avenues, carrying
bodies. People were walking in the middle of streets and the sound of their
shoes on the concrete was the only thing that you could hear when you were
out. There were no cars allowed and nobody was talking. The sound of their
shoes on the concrete was particularly unnerving because the echo carried up
and down the alleys and streets.

There's plenty of food and most stores are now open, however my school did
have 5 dorms right around the WTC and 1800 students have been displaced. I
work at the housing office so I learned that the school is going to be
putting them up at hotels on Central Park and the surrounding area, giving
them free meal plans, 200$ stipends for clothes, free phone cards, free
books. When they evacuated, a lot of the kids didn't get to take anything
and they won't be allowed back to get their stuff for another 2 weeks.

I've been fine, though. I saw it all happen while I was walking to class
and while I was in class. From a distance seeing the silhouette of the
plane crash into the South Tower made it seem very unreal and it was only a
few days later when I saw a picture that clearly showed an unsilhouetted
plane about to go into the building, a picture which was so stunningly
frightening and detached precisely because you could make out the plane, the
colors of the logo on its side, and see the sun shining off it. I say
detached, also, because the picture captured the plane before impact so
everything else in the picture looks very normal, the only incongruent
element being the plane, which, if placed in an ordinary picture of the sky,
would fit in quite nicely.

I had a friend who worked at Doloitte & Touche at the WTC and she got out
fine, however when she got home she was covered in soot, dust, and blood.
Apparently, upon exiting her building, fire, debris, and body parts rained
down from above. Torsos, heads, feet with shoes still on, and other limbs
already littered the plaza. Up until she told me that, the aspect of death
and pain there was fairly removed for me. All you hear in the news is the
body count. It's very rare to actually hear someone recounting something as
specific as that on the news. The channels are wise to avoid it, I think.
After she told me that, though, the realness of it all struck me so quickly
and strongly.

I know this is a spectacularly grim email and I am sorry for it, but it's
very difficult to not let, at least, some of it weigh you down just a
little. For the past few days, my head's been swimming with images like the
ones I've just described, among others.

Thank you for the offer of coming to pick me up. I do appreciate it,
however classes have already resumed and, even though very few kids are
actually going, I think it would be best for me to stay here.

My number is ..., if you want to call.

Joe


God Bless New York, Pennsylvania, Washington DC and you. Please feel free to post what you were doing that day.


Sully
What's this with not petting the sweaty things...c'mon! ^_~
Wow Matt - very moving, very cool. It must have been interesting have such a mix of faiths addressed throughout the ceremony. Makes it very personal, and sounds like it would have been very emotional for all involved. NICE!
1. Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.
2. One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.....
3. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
4. If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes?
5. The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.
6. I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman,"Where's the self-help section?" She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.
7. What if there were no hypothetical questions?
8. If a deaf person swears, does his mother wash his hands with soap?
9. If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?
10. Is there another word for synonym?
11. Where do forest rangers go to "get away from it all?"
12. What do you do when you see an endangered animal eating an endangered plant?
13. If a parsley farmer is sued, can they garnish his wages?
14. Would a fly without wings be called a walk?
15. Why do they lock gas station bathrooms? Are they afraid someone will clean them?
16. If a turtle doesn't have a shell, is he homeless or naked?
17. Can vegetarians eat animal crackers?
18. If the police arrest a mime, do they tell him he has the right to remain silent?
19. Why do they put Braille on the drive-through bank machines?
(Somebody please explain THIS ONE to me) (I know there's a logical explanation, but it escapes me)
20. How do they get deer to cross the road only at those yellow road signs?
21. What was the best thing before sliced bread?
22. One nice thing about egotists: they don't talk about other people.
23. Does the Little Mermaid wear an algebra?
24. Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery?
25. How is it possible to have a civil war? @#&%$!!!????
26. If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest drown, too?
27. If you ate both pasta and antipasto, would you still be hungry?
28. If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?
29. Whose cruel idea was it for the word "lisp" to have "s" in it?
30. Why are hemorrhoids called "hemorrhoids" instead of "assteroids"?
31. Why is it called tourist season if we can't shoot at them?
32. Why is there an expiration date on sour cream?
33. If you spin an oriental man in a circle three times does he become disoriented?
34. Can an atheist get insurance against acts of God?

c/o K1W1

Monday, September 29, 2003

I emailed a cut & paste of the ceremony to Laura. We started talking ceremony.

James!!!
If you got your eyes on, this is what I envision. With an agreed upon usage of language of course but I mean in terms of structure. The passages are negotiable to your tastes/views BUT the structure of this is very universal and I advocate the usage of somehting like this. This follows what I do use. I like it's length too.
The wedding was great... totally rock star. It was held at the bride's grandmother's place in PA, a BEAUTIFUL posh restored farmhose on 45 acres with it's own vineyard. The rain stopped a few hours before the ceremony, letting everything dry out for the outdoor wedding. The ceremony itself was a big hit... the women cried, and the men were happy it was personal, entertaining, and mercifuly brief.

The reception was open bar all night... actually it was three open bars for the 160 guests. Dinner was delicious, with live music (procession/recession and reception) provided by Mountain of Venus and Gary Backstrom (of Jiggle the Handle). There was also a wide selection of other intoxicants available, but that was kept low-key, as only about 2/3 of the guests were into that.

While talking about the weather earlier in the day, my buddy Dave mentioned that there was a Buddhist tradition he had heard of that said that if it rained immediately after an event, it was supposed to be a lucky omen. At the end of the night, when the band introduced the couple for the final time and said "Good night everyone!", a torrential downpour started as if on cue. Pretty cool.

No photos yet, as I didn't bring my camera, but I'll post some as they come my way.

Here's the ceremony:

WelcomeBeloved friends and family, we are gathered here in the presence of the Divine Spirit to join this couple in the bonds of Holy Matrimony, that their home may be a haven of blessing and a place of peace.

True marriage is more than the joining of two persons; it is the uniting of two souls already attuned to each other. When such a true bond already exists between a man and a woman, it is fitting that an outer acknowledgment be made. This acknowledgment is, of course, the prime object of this gathering and this ceremony. We are here to bear witness to the entry into the closer relationship of husband and wife of these beloved friends who are already one in spirit.

Marriage is a fusion of two hearts - the union of two lives - the coming together of two rivers, which after being joined in marriage, will flow in the same channel in the same direction…carrying the same burdens and obligations.

In celebration of their coming together, Charlie and Hathaway have asked that some of their friends and loved ones share readings with us. Please join me now in giving your attention to Aaron Cohen, who I understand has prepared a Hebrew selection for us.
Hebrew Reading - Aaron CohenThank you, Aaron. Next, Hathaway’s brother Peter has chosen to favor us with a Quaker reading.
Quaker Reading & Marriage Certificate explaination – Hathaway’s brother Peter Elkins
Thank you, Peter. Again, I’d like to encourage you all to sign the Quaker Marriage Certificate, which will be available at the reception following the ceremony. Dave Kane would now like to offer Charlie and Hathaway a Buddhist blessing.
Buddhist Blessing – Dave KaneThank you Dave
Address
You are now taking into your care and keeping the happiness of the one person in all the world whom you love best. You are adding to your life not only the affection of each other, but also the companionship and blessing of a deep trust as well. You are agreeing to share strength, responsibilities, and to share love.

What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined for life - to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent, unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?

Charlie and Hathaway, may you be a blessing and comfort to each other, sharers of each others’ dreams, consoler to each others sorrows, helpers to each other in all life’s challenges. May you encourage each other in whatever you set out to achieve. May you trust each other, trust life, and be unafraid. May you love each other and offer love and support to those around you.

Prayer
I’d now like to read to you from the first book of Corinthians, chapter 13:

1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became an adult, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Vows
Charlie, with your consent, I ask that you take Hathaway’s hand and repeat these vows to her:

"In the presence of the Divine Spirit and of our family and friends,”
”I take you Hathaway to be my wife”
”Promising, with divine assistance, to be a loving and faithful husband”
”So long as we both shall live."

Hathaway, with your consent, I ask that you in turn repeat these vows to Charlie:

"In the presence of the Divine Spirit and of our family and friends,”
”I take you Charlie to be my husband”
”Promising, with divine assistance, to be a loving and faithful wife”
”So long as we both shall live."
Exchange of Rings
The circle is the perfect symbol of oneness and of unity that has no beginning or end. It is also the symbol of the sun, earth and universe, and represents holiness, perfection and peace. In many ancient cultures it was also believed that the third finger of the left hand had a special vein called vena amoris, the vein of "love," that ran from the "ring finger" finger directly to the heart. By encircling this finger with a ring of precious metal, the beloved symbolize their enduring commitment to one another.

In that spirit Charlie, I ask that you present Hathaway with the ring you have brought for her, and repeat the following vows to her:

Charlie:
“Hathaway, with this ring I thee wed.”
“Take it and wear it as a symbol of all that we shall share.”
Likewise Hathaway, I now ask that you present Charlie with the ring you have brought for him, repeating the following vows as you do so:

Hathaway:
“Charlie, with this ring I thee wed.”
“Take it and wear it as a symbol of all that we shall share.”

Pronouncement
As you join in marriage, may your lives always be a shared adventure, marked by a sense of personal freedom, as well as mutual responsibility. May you find in each other companionship as well as love; understanding as well as compassion; challenge as well as agreement.

May the home you establish be an island where the pressures of the world can be sorted out and brought into focus; where tensions can be released and understood; where personal needs do not tower over concern for others and where the warmth of humor and love puts crisis into perspective.

Above all, may you find an ever richer joy in loving and learning together.

As you have consented together to be bound to one another in lawful marriage, you have made special promises to each other which have been symbolized by the joining of hands, taking of vows and by the giving and receiving of rings. So, by the authority vested in me I now pronounce you to be husband and wife. Charlie, you may now kiss the bride.

Ladies and gentlemen, please rise and put your hands together as I present to you Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Norman.


What if Orson Welles did Batman?

Courtesy of: Dr.Hooey
Now how was the wedding? Got pics to post? Do tell, do tell. Got a transcript or cut & paste of your ceremony?
One, Boo-Boo...we asked for one. ^_~ Now make with the Sophie's Choice!!! ^_~ Tee hee!!!
I've got two... Iron Maiden's "Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner" and the Greatful Dead's "West LA Fadeaway". I think what most people think of when they think of "80s music" blows goats.

Friday, September 26, 2003

I got a good question today from Bergie McBerger-G...

If you had to pick ONE song from the 80s that you couldn't live without... one that renders your dial-changing-hand USELESS when it's on. What would it be? Can you think of one? I think I know mine. But I'll wait for you to answer.

Zappa Quote of the Day:



If you wind up with a boring, miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest or some guy on TV telling you how to do your shit, then YOU DESERVE IT.

From the Real Frank Zappa book.
Send Kristen the Onion article I posted. ^_~

But her argument is fraught with "personal pleas" methinks. A lot of "apple & orange" too. Also the 7th Amendment is:
"Amendment VII

In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law."


I don't get it why a paralegal is invoking that amendment in this argument. ^_^

TAKE THAT!!! SUPER SHINE-SHINE MISSLES!!! KI-YA!!!

The next Wedding I got on the docket is the Simmerlein/Barnes Wedding, Oct. 9, 2004. I'm so happy you get good use out of it. And it looks great in pics. Make sure you take plenty and post them here!
I'm off to PA to perform a wedding. Thanks again for the loan of the vestments Sully... let me know if and when you want 'em back.
Kristin's reply:

The Constitution can be read back and forth and interpreted many ways. You seem to forget that as a paralegal I majored in law, so I have read the Constitution many times and had to study the basis for our laws and government. If you look back prior to the settlement of the English in America the belief in God was a very large mitigating factor. I, in no way shape or form dispute that everyone is entitled to their freedom of religion. I believe it is one of the most important liberties we have been given. If we have such freedom of all religion, why is it that so many want to repress the belief in God? Is it political motivation? Personal gain? The laws in our country were divised out of the common laws of England which were made by the Kings of England at the hand of their advisors, which were religious leaders. Our currency states "In God We Trust" as this was a famous saying by the first settlers of our country. This is also why up until very recently a witness would take the stand in a court of law and swear upon a bible. I agree that this procedure should have been taken out of the court room due to the fact that not all persons believe in god and it is a violation of ones freedom of religion. I personally would never impede someone elses beliefs or religion, but I am just getting sick and tired of others trying to do just that to my beliefs and religion. The more people argue in regards to religious beliefs, the worse our future looks. If our children have no faith in any type of higher being whether it be God, Allah, Buddah, etc then what type of morals will they have to pass on to their children? When we were kids there was no big deal about the Pledge of Allegiance and protest regarding freedom of religion. You didn't see our classmates blowing away each other for fun. We didn't have to go through medal detectors at school. Our parents didn't have to go through a background check and be finger printed to volunteer at school or go on a field trip. They weren't building bigger facilities for juvinile delinquents. There was not an issue of trying teens as adults for murder. Things are changing a lot and when you have children I guarantee you will see through a different light.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Funny how they can pass a law prohibiting a promise to bear allegiance to this country just because the word God has been in it for over 200 years. And yet all government offices are closed on Christian holidays not any other religions. However those that work for the government that practice other religions must put a request in for a day off or take a sick or vacation day to celebrate their beliefs. Sounds to me like congress is not exactly following Amendment VII. Probably why all of this is docketed before the Supreme Court to determine the constitutionality of revoking the Pledge of Allegiance.
I love a good discussion so I am glad you did not just delete my email and further I did learn a few things that I would like to look into further. Thanks for making me think.
Church, State Joyfully Reunite After 230-Year Trial Separation

WASHINGTON, DC—Following a two-and-a-quarter-century-long trial separation, Church and State reunited in the U.S. Department of Justice press room Monday. "Even through all the bad times, I knew there had to be a way to get these two old friends back together," Attorney General John Ashcroft said. "With a little counseling and faith-based intervention, I knew Church and State would work it out. It was meant to be." Effective Oct. 15, prayer will be mandatory in public schools and congressional sessions will open with Holy Communion.

While we're on the subject...the new Onion had to chime in. ^_~
Welcome GOTENKS! The Unlicenced but "Official" Mascot of "Nero & Pedro". Two powerhouses FUSED into ONE DEADLY MACHINE OF DESTRUCTION AND SEXUALITY!!! (well...Gotenks is a kid so the sexuality thing is stretching it quite a bit but I mean the FUSED SPIRIT of POWER!!!).



KISS
Charisma


Is it my fortune or my fame
Is it my money or my name
Is it my personality
Or just my sexuality, yeah, yeah

What is my charisma
What is my charisma, yeah

Is it my body or my brain
Do I drive you insane, ha
Is it the power of my touch
Do you need me too much, too much, too much

What is my charisma, what is my, what is my
What is my charisma
Is it my fortune or my fame
What is my, is it my money or my name, charisma, yeah
What is my, yeah, yeah, yeah, charisma

What is my charisma, what is it I've got
What is it about me that gets you so hot, hot, yeah

Am I the master of your soul
Do you lose all control, ha
Is it my fire or my flame
Do I drive you insane, charisma

What is my charisma, yeah
What is my, is it my fire or my flame, charisma
What is my charisma
What is my charisma
Is it my body or my brain
What is my, is it my money or my name, charisma
And do I drive you insane
What is my, what is my, what is my, charisma
What is my, is it my fortune or my fame, charisma
And do I drive you insane
What is my, what is my, what is my, charisma
What is my, what is my, what is my, charisma
Charisma, charisma
What is my, what is my, what is my, charisma
What is my, what is my, what is my, charisma
Charisma, charisma
What is my, what is my, what is my, charisma




The only Charisma I like 'sides my own.



Hmmmmmm...Cordelia...
Fuuuuuu-SION! HOI!!!



That's right...it's the return of the badass...GOTENKS!!!

This anime interlude has been brought to you by Parliment Flavoured Ennui.
Marvin, Wendy and Wonderdog. 1st Season of "Super Friends".
You are correct about that!

Oh yeah gleek - I always get those darn kids mixed up with those that preceeded them in the Superfriends world - can't remember their names but Im guessing Sully will know...
Yay Matty!

Thursday, September 25, 2003

BTW: Everyone put your hands together and wish Preacher Matt 31 years on the Planet!!! ^_~

Happy Birthday, Matt!
Yes the very same. The Knights of Columbus are a Catholic Men's Organization. I am...or used to be part of the K of C. It's like the Elks or Kiwanis club. Community events. Have a function hall.

K of C Homepage

Here's a link for Deism and the Founding Fathers. Enjoy!
Deists, eh? Do tell.

Interesting about Eisenhower and the KoC. Out of curiosity and ignorance, is that the same Colombus who "discovered" the New World?
My cousin had a very Catholic upbringing, and stands by it. I didn't, and don't particularly think any God I'd care much about would want to be closely affiliated with nationalism or money. I don't really want to mix it up with her though... we're not in the habit, and I don't think it she'd take it particularly well. Still, I hate to see her mass emailing semi-proselytizing garbage like that one, the first three exchanges of which went to at least 40 people via "reply all". I only sent my reply to 5 of them, and hope it will end there.
Just an FYI and thanks for the compliment but the passage I ripped off from that pro-Christian web site. I'll edit it with Italics but I did quote the source with a link. Keep me updated on her response though. Interesting.
But the Founding Fathers were thought of as Deists. Not Christians per se.
But the BS about the religiousity in the Pledge is that Eisenhower added "Under God" in 1954. It ran fine from its creation in 1892 without the mention of God in it. Eisenhower added Under God after a campaign my the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic men's organization.

Short history of the Pledge.

Mentioning God in the Pledge of Allegiance does not make a law Respecing an Establishment of Religion. But mentioning "God" in a Western sense basically means the God of Abraham.
It's not even the percentage of people polled... it's just "said" that that's the percentage. It's also "said" that that's a steaming crock of shit.
The italics is what her friend rebutted with. I plagarized the shit out of your comments on Jefferson and separation of church and state Sully. Hope you don't mind, but you said it so well...

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No offence Kristen, but it sounds to me like you're talking out your ass, and although I was going to just stay out of it, I want to offer up a few points.

It sounds like fact when you say that "ALL of our history, legal system, and currency is based on the belief in God", but that's just not the case, even with the capital letters. As one of many examples I could draw from, much of our government as described in the constitution is loosely based on or at least influenced by the Articles of Piracy, which (at least in some of the more robust variations) were the basis for some of the first real functionally democratic societies. They featured similar checks and balances, seperation of powers, and federalism, and if even PART of our nation's history is based on something other than the belief in God, than it isn't ALL based on that belief.

I can't deny that most of the folks who signed off on Article VII of the constitution were firm in their belief in God, but that isn't the same as the constitution itself being "quite clear" in that belief. Have you ever actually read the constitution? I have, and just re-read it to make sure I wasn't fooling myself in thinking that the original document doesn't make mention of God or religion at all as far as I can tell. The first amendment does, but all it says on the matter is that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof". Maybe you read that differently than I do, but I fail to see how that clearly indicates anything about the belief in God being the basic foundation of our country. The freedom to believe whatever you want about God? Sure. The belief in God? Not so much.

Just for the sake of curiosity, I pulled out my 1989 copy of the New York Public Library Desk Reference to see how much religious diversity there was in middle eastern nations. It may be a bit dated, and I stopped after I got far east enough to satisfy my curiosity, but here's what I found:

Afghanistan - Sunni Muslim, Shi'a Muslim
Cyprus - Greek Orthodox, Muslim, Armenian, Maronite
Iran - Sunni Muslim, Shi'a Muslim, Zoroastrian, Jewish, Christian, Baha'i
Iraq - Sunni Muslim, Shi'a Muslim, Christian
Israel - Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Druze
Jordan - Sunni Muslim, Christian
Kuwait - Sunni Muslim, Shi'a Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Parsi
Lebanon - 17 sects (Muslim and Christian)
Oman - Sunni Muslim, Shi'a Muslim, Ibadhi Muslim, Hindu
Pakistan - Muslim, Christian, Hindu
Saudi Arabia - Muslim
Syria - Sunni Muslim, assorted Muslim sects, Alawite, Druze, Christian
Turkey - Muslim (mostly Sunni), Christian, Jewish
Turkmenistan - Sunni Muslim
UAE - Muslim, Christian, Hindu
Yemen - Muslim, Christian, Hindu

That there are in fact are many countries in the middle east where there seems to be ample freedom of worship notwithstanding, what you can or can't do in other parts of the world doesn't really have anything to do with "what is said" about the percentage of Americans who believe in God, or about what percentage should "shut up and sit down."

Speaking of brushing up on American history though, the whole idea of separation of church and state comes from a private letter written in 1802 by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists in Connecticut, thirteen years after the First Amendment was signed. His comments are third-hand, which no court either of that era or today would consider.

Jefferson gave a speech to a Baptist association during his presidency. Because he wanted to establish common ground with them in his message, he borrowed a phrase from one of their theologians to use. The context in which he used the phrase "wall of separation" was to reassure them that the national government would not establish a national government supported church denomination to be superior to all other denominations. The "wall of separation" phrase was meant as an allusion to a wall around a church to keep the government from interfering. It isn't actually a part of the constitution or any amendment thereof, and it isn't an idea intended to keep church leadership out of government... we have the first amendment for that. It's for that reason, rather than a sentimental notion of our nation being founded on reverence, that leads me not to have a big problem with "In God we Trust" being on the money, etc. If I feel the line has been crossed though, and that Christianity (or anything else) is being treated as the official religion of the USA, I'll raise hell.

Maybe I should have just deleted it, shut up, and sat down, but I think that if individual liberty is to be upheld as one of the founding principles of our country, this stuff is important.
Well...it's a percentage of people polled. Not ALL Americans. Oh please...post your rebuttal. Or is the Italics what your cousin wrote?
I just got this email thread from my cousin, whom I just spent 20 minutes setting straight. My critical-thinking uncles got a copy of my response as well, but you can probably figure out what I said, and I'll spare you reading my rebuttal.

It is said that 86% of Americans believe in God. Therefore I have a very hard time understanding why there is such a mess about having "In God We Trust" on our money and having God in the Pledge of Allegiance. Why don't we just tell the 14% to shut up and sit down????

14%? Where exactly did you read such nonsense? Regardless, it is not an issue of acceptance or denial of god. It is simply a mandated seperation between church & state- which is abused every moment of every day. our country allows us the ability to choose our religions freely, why should a lack of faith in god be percieved differently? why is it that our children are forced to say the pledge of alligence to our american flag every morning incorporating under god? Why does our currency say in god we trust? Instead of preaching, why not let everyone choose?

The principles of our country are based on the belief of god and the free choice the English made when they founded this country. ALL of our history, legal system and currency were based on the belief of God. The Constitution of the United States is quite clear in this belief. The Amendments to the Constitution were designed so that all people could come to this country and maintain the beliefs regardless of their origin. There was no mention of coming to America to change the basic foundation of our country. No one could go to any eastern or middle eastern country and argue that they should be free to worship god, in fact it would be grounds for life prision or execution. And the basis for division of church and state was enveloped so that church leadership was not the predominant basis of our government as it was in Europe. Brush up on your American history. Those that apply for citizenship in our country know this as it a question on the citizenship examination.

The children in this country should pledge allegiance to the flag of the Untied States of America, and to the republic for which it stands one nation under god indivisible for liberty and justice for all. REALLY read these words and think about this..... it is a promise made to our country that we maintain freedom when others don't, we stand together indivisible, our country was originated under god to seek liberty and justice for ALL. Nothing says you cannot practice your religion, however as a citizen of this country you should respect the foundations that enable us to enjoy these freedoms.

International Overnight, packed in dry ice? Is $40 worth a SAMMICH...fuckin' A it is...Fuckin' A...
Which Star Wars Series?

It wasn't a dog! Gleek the Space Monkey wore plenty of spandex! ^_~



Calvin & Hobbes are still entertainment in comic form. Those are priceless pieces of art and comedy. They count.
Yeah... I'm still trying to cook up a good way to send you decent deli meat. :)
Yay! Thanks Sully I know have a list - I'll have to pass it by Chris first. He has a huge comic book collectin consisting of a lot of Wolverine and X-men along with some Daredevil, Hulk, Calvin & Hobbes (not the same but still great shit) and other bits and pieces. The first hing I lent him when we started dating was the Star Wars series that Matt sent out then Dark Knight. I think thats what got him hooked on me! SO in many ways I have Sully to thank for much of my education to date, and Matts kind donations to stuff we just can't get out here.

I still say bring back the wonder twins. Hell Superman's girlfriend Lois Lane used to have her own comic, why can't they? Maybe the dog wasn't wearing enough spandex.

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Comics are cool, and I do like them, but they've never really been much more to me than an occasional diversion. The all-time peak of my comic "collection" was about 4 issues and a graphic novel.

Thanks for sharing your perspective Sully.
Tawkin’ Cawmiks…

With Rev. Sully!


Seeing that the dead air left by the hiatus of “Rev. Kiwi Speaks Her Mind” has spawned nothing but mosquitoes and the usual Preacher Matt/Rev. Sully banter…I’ve decided to talk about something I really enjoy. And that is COMICS. I affectionately refer to them as “Funny Books”.

I’ve always loved comics as a medium for stories. It’s really primal you know. Like drawing on the cave’s walls but with onomatopoeia, bulging muscles, fantastic powers and spandex suits.

I had an impressive comic book collection when I was a kid. Spent years of time, money and imagination on it. I actually did not purchase much Green Lantern then. I was into Batman, the Big Blue Boy Scout occasionally. Definitely into the Uncanny X-Men. Spider-Man titles. Ghost Rider. G.I. Joe. The Transformers. Justice League. Daredevil. Even crappy comic adaptations/continuations like “V”. So many issue #1s. So many Mylar plastic bags and backboards. One of my darkest childhood memories was when I was failing in school about 6th grade. I wasn’t failing…just “underachieving”, “not applying myself”, “not using my potential”, “distracted” et al. Sound familiar to you? Has this song sung to you? Well…I got busted with reading funny books while I should have been paying attention to class. And my mother threw them out. All of them. All. I sat there on garbage day and watched the neighborhood dirt neck kids fall on my collection like carrion and kites. I felt a piece of my imagination was stripped from me…I felt lobotomized…traumatized…powerless…castrated…it taught me something I’d relearn later in life about how your opinion and wishes do not matter in the face of the power of someone else’s choice. That something you work so hard on and put so much love into, time and respect and wonder all can be erased without someone else’s decision and you have to sit there and watch the whole damned thing. No return on an investment and front row seat for madness and misery. But I digress…^_~

But I always had a space in my heart for comics. I wasn’t allowed to collect them again until I was well into my teenage years. Being a proto-latchkey key, I would kill time by hanging out in my favorite comic book store. It really was the only one of its kind at its time…before the market became saturated, before New England Comics started popping up. Back when you could still get back issues at Newbury Comics, before it was a CD/kitsch store it really was a comic store. The store was called “Super Hero Universe III”. I had no clue where or when 1 & 2 were. It was located on the corner of Washington Street and Winter Street in Downtown Crossing. I’d visit my grandfather who worked at Jordan Marsh across the street. He’d always give me a handshake like a lobbyist to a politician. So I always had a little pocket scratch…and a secret stash too. Today there’s a Sam Goody there. But then…you could see it from the street level but how the hell would you get in…it was like the Batcave entrance. The stairs were about three doors down Winter St in one of those old office buildings entrances. A rickety Otis not worth the wait seeing it was on the second floor. A maze of hallways and finally you would hear the music…then see a hallway littered with cardboard long boxes…you know…for storage. It was my Fortress of Solitude. It was My Refuge. It was sad to see it go. It moved three times before it went the way of the T-Rex and Macarena.

So now…early in the 21st Century, comics have survived their brush with self-destruction by creating a renaissance in the medium with bold styles, mature storylines and going back to a reader focused paradigm and abandoning a collector’s market based one. Apparently nobody did care when two competing comic companies crossover with different foil covers when there is no quality in content. Both Marvel and their “Distinguished Competition” have accepted the place of their new competition in the indies and what they bring to the table. Both Marvel and DC have gone to printing trade paperbacks and reissuing reprints of multiple issues in one-issue formats. It is about the story now and not necessarily about having a first-printing, direct edition, mint condition, Mylar bagged Issue #0 available only through the Wizard.

With the surge in popularity of movie adaptations of these comics, now is an excellent time to jump on board or even rekindle interest in things you grew up reading. Marvel dropped the Comic Code giving more latitude for direction without constraint. DC bought Wildstorm and published cutting edge, mature stories. Heroes are no longer being deconstructed…they’re being reconstructed and not with new locales, sidekicks and an obligatory new costume. It’s going back to basics with grittier stories, better art and great dialog. The art direction and leaps in quality of publishing is astounding. You should see what is being done with just colors and graphics of the printing these days.

I’ll be “tawkin’ cawmiks” more and more. I hope I can suggest things you will pick up. I am so thrilled that Leah has GA: Quiver and will eventually get to Batman: The Long Hallowe’en. Serialized entertainment is not a lost art form. It is alive in well and waiting on the shelves of your local comic book store. Cliffhangers will keep you coming for more. Movies cannot do that in a consistent fashion for demand. Television can but only lately with the advent of the Cable Station being able to provide mature, cutting edge shows but there is something that the French refer to as “Je ne sais quoi” about a comic. It’s portability, it tactile nature, getting lost in the panels, rereading them at a whim…it provides something that the televised medium lacks.

Thanks!

Rev. Sully!
He got a JOB? How the hell is he supposed to enjoy unemployment if he's got a job?

I have about three weeks left I guess. No worries, I have two of the best headhunters in the city on the case, and found a hell of a good lead to boot... Blue Agave software is looking for a QA Engineer, and Blue Agave software is the new company the folks at Oberon started when Vignette bought them out. I already know the 75% of the management team, and probably a good third of the people who work there.
Sully's Comic Pick

Kingdom Come



Some of you will be randomly gifted with this.
Two words to describe this: FUCKING AMAZING!!!

This is an Elseworlds title. Think of Elseworlds as DC's response to Marvel's "What If". Frank Miller's Dark Knight is not techincally classified as "Elseworlds" or under its auspice as DC Alternate Universe but is say...the granddaddy of the Elseworlds. What I effectionately refer to as the "Miller-verse" when it come to Dark Knight. No relevance on the official continuity and takes place "outside" the DC Universe but creates characters and situations for new adventure. I digress...I think you get the point.
Here's a link to an Elseworlds page. Might shine some light and some interest. I think I might pick up "Superman: Shogun of Steel".

Kingdom Come is magnificent. I find it to be on-par with "The Watchmen"



and Miller's "Dark Knight Returns".



Ex-Hard Rockers will get the in-jokes at the beginning and end. ^_~
But it's set in a future where the heroes we know have all gone into seclusion and a new generation of super heroes have taken the reins. But what to do with thousands of heroes...all vying for dominance. And what to do when all the super-villians have been vanquished. What's a mortal human to do when the destiny of humankind is out of their hands and in the many hands of "gods" who walk the earth in tights and bravado. What to do when Armageddon...when Ragnarok will come of this. It's really interesting and for those who buy it read the intoduction! Mark Waid did incredible work writing on DC's The Flash and Impulse. The art in Kingdom Come is done by the magnificent Alex Ross. I can't wait to reread it to get lost in the panels...I love a book that just sucks you in! But I recommend this to buy sight-unseen!!!




Kingdom Come Green Lantern Action Figure
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There is a follow-up called "The Kingdom".



I have yet to get this but it's on my short list to do this week. I hear its reviews from fans at Amazon weren't that good but I'll give it a shake. Kingdom Come blew me away and if only to have it for the collection's sake.
Zappa Quote of the Day



A lot of things wrong with society today are directly attributable to the fact that the people who make the laws are sexually maladjusted.

from "I Seem To Be a Verb" by R. Buckminster Fuller, 1970.
Yuk! Sorry to hear that Matt! How long until the unemployment runs out? Dane was looking forward to his but he went and got a job...which ruined his plans for reading comic books. ^_~

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

No luck... everyone wanted to hire me except the head guy, who apparently had someone else in mind.
It's going well... so far I have no complaints.

Good day so far... I made the final payments on my Carribean dive cruise, booked the airfare, and with a little luck will have a job in about ten minutes.
HUZZAH!

How's that going with Jill?
No worries Kiwi... if last weekend is what Jill calls "using some restraint", I have no doubt my birthday will be the sort to make a porn star blush. Whipped cream and cherries indeed!
Zappa Quote of the Day



ARE YOU HUNG UP?
Want some good Wolverine?

The True Origin of Wolverine. Lush, beautiful artwork. Great storytelling. The definitive origin of the man we know as Weapon X, Logan and Wolverine.

[ Tue Sep 23, 01:46:00 AM | Rev Kiwi | edit ]

As for the comics... the same day I got Quiver Chris picked up Batman: A long Halloween, as well as a Wolverine one... can't remember which. He read them both that afternoon. Me... I'm still working on the first issue of Quiver. Sometimes school work sucks cause even if you do have time the guilt doesn't give you much chance to read something else.


GOOD for "The Long Hallowe'en"!!! The follow up to that is "Dark Victory". It builds on the Mafia characters established in the Long Hallowe'en. Really F*in' good!



Oh so GOOD!!! It's the Loeb/Sale take on "Batman & Robin".

There are so many Wolverine TPBs out there. I just picked up one made in the early 80s written by X-Men guru Chris Claremont and drawn by the legendary Frank Miller. Basically Wolvie in Japan. Really cool.



I also got some Daredevil Visionaries; Frank Miller Vols. 1-3. I actually remember reading these when I was a kid going to summer camp when I was 9-10 years old. THE Frank Miller you know...Electra...The Hand.



Oh so good. You can see the foundations of the tourured hero that'll come to a head in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
Kiwi...still got that TPB? You know there's the sequel right? DK2: The Dark Knight Strikes Again? It's got a collected TPB now and it's really good. Not part of the established continuity at all...I call it the "Miller-verse"




Matt - a warning to be very careful on the 25th!

Beer Study
Oh shit - Well I knew it was someones b'day - and seeing as it was the day after my nephews I guess I had made some kind of weird link in my head. Anyhoo - whomever is having a birthday it is HAPPY M%&$#* F#$@*% BIRTHDAY!!!!!

It's your birthday! it's your birthday!... MATT the same birthday wish goes to you except with cherries and ice cream... especially seeing as I screwed it up. I'll be sending good ki your way this week my friend!

As for the comics... the same day I got Quiver Chris picked up Batman: A long Halloween, as well as a Wolverine one... can't remember which. He read them both that afternoon. Me... I'm still working on the first issue of Quiver. Sometimes school work sucks cause even if you do have time the guilt doesn't give you much chance to read something else.

Back to work - one day I will again have an opinion of my own but for now all my opinions are regulated to the rehabilation of stroke and those with neurological symptoms. My new patient on Thursday had a compression fracture at the level of L5 after falling 25 feet out of a tree. My first question planned: What the hell were you doing that high up a tree?

Monday, September 22, 2003

Hockey Season is just around the corner, kids.
Back to Funny Books For a Moment

Here are some titles that are really good.

New Spider Title...The Spectacular Spider-Man. Humberto Ramos' artwork is stellar and make this a fabulous title.



El Cazador


Already sold out of the first printing. It's a pirate story...who cares...I didn't until I picked it up and then I was blown away. Excellent.


Sleeper


This is like the Sopranos of comics. Adult, mature, sexy, stylish...Sleeper literally is a "sleeper" hit! About a double-agent and his infiltration into the enemy's spy organization. 9 issues old now...get this and enjoy it.

The Authority Vol. 2


This takes the Super Hero team and gives it some much needed gumption & balls. Mature from Wildstorm. Excellent. I'd suggest with the Issue #0 and move on. There is a previous "The Authority" line but I knew nothing about the story & events and you don't need it to enjoy this great title.

The Red Star Vol. 1 TPB, Vol. 2 Issues


Matt...this is the TPB I showed you at James'. This is incredible but you will need the Volume 1 TPB to even understand Vol. 2. Incredible art and story. The Red Star Web Site.

I agree that it will become discriminatory in its selection of who gets funds but not in realms of Establishing a State Religion.
But you could get funds for your secular non-faith based charity under current systems. The Faith Based Initiatives would extend those same grant privilages to organizations that are currently excluded do the the mythic "separation of Church & State".

I think we should buy some land with those monies! C'MON!!! Let's do it!!! ^_~
Respecting an Establishment of Religion literally mean to make a State Religion. I do not see how it Establishes a State Religion by giving funds to organizations. Although the organizations are religious and part of churches, it makes no law making a State Religion.
The 1st Amendment specifically means this usage of the word "Establish": 6 : "to make (a church) a national or state institution"
Courtesy of: Merriam-Webster.

I object to the overt religiousity of the Bush Administration to begin with and also see it as playing favorites eventually to the Big Three (Judeo-Islamic-Christian) and also notable Eastern faiths but shutting out smaller independents. It's going to end up playing favorites to whomever's hands are on those purse strings.
If the new rules would establish a 5 year moratorium on using previously siezed properties for "religious use" after a church acquired them for low-income housing, what would stop Sully, Kiwi, and I from establishing a church, buying up a bunch of property, and then using it as a low-cost, tax-free "meditation retreat" several years down the road?

Seriously though, I think it does respect a religious instituton, or religious institutions in general, insofar as that if I had a secular non-profit charity, it would be ineligable to recieve funds for not being "faith-based". How is that not discriminatory?
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=578&ncid=578&e=2&u=/nm/20030922/ts_nm/bush_religion_dc

Hmmm...I don't agree with it but I won't fall rank & file with the Bush Bashers either claiming it muddles the Separation of Church & State either. I think it treads on dangerous ground. My fears come not from Establishment but exclusion of "non-traditional" and Independent religions/spirituality.

Let me ask a question then...does the Faith-Based Initiatives Respect an Establishment of Religion.

1st Amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The term "Separation of Church & State" :
Where, then, did we get this idea of a "wall of separation between Church and State?" It comes not from the First Amendment, but from a private letter written in 1802 by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists in Connecticut, thirteen years after the First Amendment was signed. His comments are third-hand, which no court of that day would consider.
Jefferson gave a speech to a Baptist association during his presidency. Because he wanted to establish common ground with them in his message, he borrowed a phrase from one of their theologians to use. The context in which he used the phrase "wall of separation" was to reassure them that the national government would not establish a national government supported church denomination to be superior to all other denominations. The "wall of separation" phrase was meant as an allusion to a wall around a church to keep the government from interfering.

http://www.alliance4lifemin.org/separation.html
(the link comes from a scary pro-Christian site but the info is valid).

Hmmm...the floor is open! ^_~

Still thinking impure thoughts of rolling donuts,
Sully!
That's AWESOME! But my birthday's in November...the 19th...I'm a Scorpio ^_~. Tee hee!!! Check your Birthday dot com. Actually the b-day boy this week is our very own Preacher Matt. Thursday!

But I'll take the Blow Job anyhoo. And definetly one of the Porm Style ones.

Quiver is excellent!!! And Kevin Smith wrote GA up to I think issue #11 and Quiver covers #1-6 Methinks. I would NOT stoop to spoilers. Dane and I are actually all current on the new GA series. Every one of them in Trade Paperback or Issue format.
Also Marvel Visionaries Trade Paperback: Daredevil Guardian Devil; Kevin Smith & Joe Queseda is FABULOUS!!!

We're current on Daredevil also. The creative team of Bendis (responsible for perhaps the entire Marvel "Ultimates" titles) and Maleev should not be missed!!!

Now if you want some serious entertainment in a comic medium...you have to check out ANYTHING by the creative megateam of Jeph Loeb and Time Sale. They put the "OHHHH!!!" in Retro. They go back and examine certain parts of a hero's history without changing the original and keeping this "classic" art style. We have several Loeb/Sale works.
Here are a few titles...all available in Trade Paperback form and highly suggested sight-unseen by Rev. Sully!

Batman in this order:
Batman: The Long Hallowe'en. Beware of spoiler on the link.
Batman: Dark Victory . Beware of spoiler on the link.
also Batman: Haunted Night is good but not as kick-ass as the previous two. Haunted Night came out first but I'd start (I did start) with Long Hallowe'en and then Dark Victory. Beware of spoiler on the link.

Daredevil: Yellow

Spider-Man: Blue (I got this one in hardcover...worth the $20 I spent). All spoiler info here...beware.

Superman for All Seasons


They apparently did a Gambit/Wolverine team-up I still gotta hunt down.

They got this "theme" with the Marvel characters and color titles so they're forthcoming title is called Hulk: Grey (featuring the Grey Hulk...I think it's the first incarnation of the Hulk...not a green one...hmmm...research...). Here's a link for Hulk incarnations.

Jeph Loeb is a prolific comic writer. He's currently doing the watershed Batman series "Hush". "Hush" is just a storyline in the regular Batman monthly but has changed the title forever. Loeb is teamed with the legendary artist Jim Lee for this historic run. It ends next issue and has been going on for a year now (12-13 issues). Part 1 of Hush is available in a Hardcover Tradepaperback format including it's first 6 issues.

Loeb is also doing "Superman/Batman". A new title, perhaps a limited run...not sure but it reunites the "World's Finest" team and reminds us all that yes indeed...Superman and Batman are (super? ^_~) friends and the angst 'tween them comes from the mind of Frank Miller.

Also very excellent (Matt...you'll love this one)...not to be confused with its shitty movie adaptation...
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen; Vols 1 & 2. Written by Alan Moore...he wrote such light hearted fare as The Watchmen, Batman: The Killing Joke, From Hell, etc.
Yeah, and not one of those "Oh, alright... if it will shut you up" blowjobs. The good porn star birthday kind.
PS - Happy Birthday to Sully, Happy Birthday dear Sully - Heres hoping you get a blow job.... Happy Birthday to Sully!

Hey kid - I intended to call but everytime I remembered it was either 2 am there or 6 am - I didn't want to interrupt nor did I want to wake up groggy and hungover Sully.

Hope you had a GREAT day and 31 trats you well!

Love ya loads! - K1W1
Haa haa - took Chris comic book shopping yesterday. Yay! I got Green Arrow - Quiver. Yay! Don't say a word about it - I haven't actually had time to read it yet! NO SPOILERS PLEASE!
Soon... a little over 3 weeks I think. Meg was on the radio this morning but I missed it. :(

Saturday, September 20, 2003

Yeah, lightsabers can have varied colors now that a wider precedent has been set.

EA Rugby 2004 anyone? That'll be the one I'm getting.

Ever notice that the Bannana Splits theme music is a straight ripoff of Bob Marley's Buffalo Soldier?

Friday, September 19, 2003

Kiwi...when is your White Stripes show?



The White Stripes Lyrics
" Little Bird "


I got a little bird
im gonna take her home
put her in a cage
and disconnect the phone

If you give me a look
im gonna get the book
im gonna preach the word
i wanna preach to birds
as i walk the floor
yeah this i know

When i get you home
this is how it goes
i got nothing to lose
ill never let you go
All EA 2004 games will be available to play on-line. Now I can kick your asses from home if y'all are tuff enuff to play NHL 2004. WAH!

That means you Paul Truland!!! ^_~


Actual Fleagles not included. ^_~


That's what I thought!

FIGHT THE FLEAGLES!!!



James...a little virtual preview! Tee hee!
The green lightsabre though was something of a fluke in the SW Mythology. It showed up better against the sands of Tatooine than the traditonal Blue. Mace Windu's Purple sabre was by request of Samuel L. Jackson. I guess we can now have a kick ass Dark Jedi with a Black sabre blade. That would be cool...
Making an ASS out of U and ME. Tee hee!!! WAH!!!
>But the green lightsabre I can assume is Luke from ROTJ. Nyah nyah!!!

Oh, can you? Well, I guess you can assume whatever you want.
Zappa Quote of the Day



There's no single ideal listener out there who likes my orchestral music, my guitar albums and songs like 'Dyna-Moe-Humm.'
But the green lightsabre I can assume is Luke from ROTJ. Nyah nyah!!!
Happy news...one step closer to having Internet at home. Getting my computer tonight! Dr. Hooey is hookin' me up!!!
Thank you Dr. Hooey!!!
Please refer to my Zen Funny Haiku for your answer. ^_~
For Christ's sake Sully... I thought you didn't want any episode 3 spoilers on your blog! Now I'm going to go into it thinking that someone fights Darth Vader.
A Very Funny Haiku!

ha ha ha ha ha
ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
ha ha ha ha ha
Yeah, they do have a loan program, but I'll still need to save up a bit more. After not working for nine months and paying for a week in the Caribbean, I'm pretty close to tapped out right now. I have some long term investments, but I don't want to touch em.

Thursday, September 18, 2003

Shit...what about a student loan? Grant? Is that possible for this? Ma...Dad...I knocked up 249 chicks at an all-week orgy...can I have $10,000 for all the abortions...PLEEEEZE! ^_^
Nice... I just got an email from SubSea in British Columbia pointing me to this document. I had been thinking about getting certified as an ROV pilot/tech, so it might just be the thing. Now all I need is an extra $10,000.
Zappa Quote of the Day



Never try to get your peter sucked in France.
Sah-WEET!!! WTG: Matty! Hmmmm...I wish you nothing but a reenactment of "From Here To Eternity". The only good part of that movie was the money shot of Burt Lancaster on the beach with Deborah Kerr!

Kickass date with Jill last night. I think I'll have to keep her around for a while. Friday we're planning to go to the ocean and check out the hurricane carnage.

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

More Headlines Ripped from this week's Onion!

Revised Patriot Act Will Make It Illegal To Read Patriot Act

WASHINGTON, DC—President Bush spoke out Monday in support of a revised version of the 2001 USA Patriot Act that would make it illegal to read the USA Patriot Act. "Under current federal law, there are unreasonable obstacles to investigating and prosecuting acts of terrorism, including the public's access to information about how the federal police will investigate and prosecute acts of terrorism," Bush said at a press conference Monday. "For the sake of the American people, I call on Congress to pass this important law prohibiting access to itself." Bush also proposed extending the rights of states to impose the death penalty "in the wake of Sept. 11 and stuff."

http://www.theonion.com/3936/
Worst Headline...I loved it. I shoulda wrote this:

This Week's Onion:

God Grants John Ritter's Wish To Meet Johnny Cash
This Week's Onion Horoscope:

Scorpio: (Oct. 24—Nov. 21)
You'll always have someone standing at your side to love you, no matter how many times you try to escape by skipping town in the middle of the night.


Rolls eyes...now I know where Matt comes from on this tip. ^_~
my horoscope in today's onion:

Capricorn: (Dec. 22—Jan. 19)
In today's high-tech business world, it's good to pause a moment to remember that you're there to sell truckload after truckload of dildos.

...how are these things always so accurate?
Sully's Movie Suggestion.




Review posted on NetFlix dot com.

I stumbled upon this movie. I was watching the TV series the WB’s Angel (Buffy spin-off) and I couldn’t figure out who the actor who plays Doyle (also Becky’s husband, Mark on “Roseanne”). So I went to an Angel disc and looked at the actors. There was Glenn Quinn’s name! Of course! So I clicked on the actor’s link and after wading through 8 discs of Angel, I noticed “RSVP”. I give that link a look. Ohhhhh…Jason Mewes. OK. I’ll take a gamble. I had negative to no expectations of this movie but I was pleasantly surprised. It is not a gory slasher movie but there is violence and earns its “R” rating. Fans of the Kevin Smith “Askewverse” will love seeing Jason Mewes outside of New Jersey. Jay Mewes really doesn’t make a stretch in the acting department. I guess he plays himself, who the character of Jay of Jay & Silent Bob is based on anyhow. A little predictable and an homage all around, it is darkly funny. About as darkly funny as “American Psycho”. Rev. Sully! gives “RSVP” 3 stars. I liked it. You might too. It’s not an astounding, groundbreaking, watershed movie but it is good, decent and enjoyable Indie film. It’s a horror film and it’s a lot better than most of the nouveau teen slasher films out there in recent and national theatrical release. “Jeepers Creepers 2” and “Freddy Versus Jason” get theatrical release and the first I heard of "RSVP" was tripping over it following links. Take a chance. If you don’t like it…write a review! ^_~

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Whoever we are, whereever we're from, we should have noticed by now our behaviour is dumb, and if our chances are expected to improve, it's gonna take a lot more than trying to remove, the other race, or the other whatever, from the face of the planet altogether

Dumb All Over, You Are What You Is
[ Wed Sep 17, 01:09:56 AM | Rev Kiwi | edit ]

Oh - would you too just fuck already and get it over with! Gees - these boy tantrums and petty arguments are getting arbitrary....


NO WAY!!! That killed Moonlighting and other countless shows by squelching the sexual tension! ^_~ Plus I don't do Libras anymore. Yeah...I'm a big fan of Astrological Profiling!!! You might think it's a load of crap but there is something to be said for compatible sun-signs. Best combo so far...Scorpio on Scorpio...it's like the straight version of gay sex. Two incrediabily horny people, imagination and a bed. You might think you're horny well...you might not have come across a Scorpio then. If you have, then you're in luck and will forever judge others by the Sting D'Amour. ^_~ WAH!!!
Well...good luck in your good fight little Kiwi bird.
C U Next Tuesday - I have an exam to study for and an assignment to get done before Monday --- along with finding time to moleste my boyfriend and make a good attempt at destroying his kitchen table... wish me luck! And I have to work too - ugh life is ARBITRARY sometimes too!.... 5 weeks left then I am free - free I tells ya....
Oh - would you too just fuck already and get it over with! Gees - these boy tantrums and petty arguments are getting arbitrary....
>Next you'll circumlocute that since French is a Romance language it must be a Romantic movie since it is a French movie.

Nah, it's not about the language, but about the pretentious, cheese-eatin' surrender monkeys who thought mime was a cool idea.
>And the ending is ironic too but I won't give that away.

Knock yourself out, I'll likely never rent it.

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

But by capitalizing "Romantic" well...then it is a Romantic movie. WAH!!! ^_~
[ Tue Sep 16, 05:17:16 PM | Preacher Matt | edit ]
I just assume any surreal French film is a chick flick. That aside, IMHO a movie about a lack of romance is still a movie about romance. You want to check out the matinee of "pleurer sur mon épaule", that's great... I'll be next door at the one with the explosions.


Next you'll circumlocute that since French is a Romance language it must be a Romantic movie since it is a French movie. ^_~ ^_~ ^_~ WAH!!!
Also the obvious irony that she is frigid to her husband but goes to be a prostitute during the day (also that she does not need the money...her husband is a successful surgeon) having base, depraved and perverted sex when she cannot perform even romanic "missionary" acts at home for a man she loves and who loves her. And the ending is ironic too but I won't give that away.
When you assume...well...

IMHO, I believe the movie Belle De Jour to have...yes...a certain irony that such a beautiful, attractive woman is the antithesis of romance.
No, they were never successfully separated. It's all done with mirrors and fancy camera angles. Conjoined butler anyone?
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I just assume any surreal French film is a chick flick. That aside, IMHO a movie about a lack of romance is still a movie about romance. You want to check out the matinee of "pleurer sur mon épaule", that's great... I'll be next door at the one with the explosions.
Voici...Belle De Jour. Regaredez la Belle femme.

I've been meaning to watch Belle De Jour in its entirety for a while. I started watching it like 2-3 times and never got to finish. Surreal, very French for a Spanish director. Catherine Denuve...ahhhh...and oh la la. Que belle femme! I would not describe it as a chick flick at all. There's nothing romantic about it. I think that was it's point though. All this emphasis on sex but where was the romance. Was it with her husband? Was it in her fantasies? Was it in her johns? Where was the romance in any of her relationships or her fantasies. I didn't see it.
But I didn't expect it to make me as wistful as it did. It's not Aimee Berger's wedding anniversary is it? Ahhhh...it was 9/13...no wonder...makes perfect sense now. ^_~

I'll call him the Affleck all I want. Actually...I'm with an underdog entity looking to have a cyber-putsch to make Casey Affleck "The Affleck".


He is the True talent in that family!!!
Okay, but please stop calling him "The Affleck." It makes you sound like a gay producer.

Out of curiosity, what posessed you to see Belle De Jour? Big fan of French chick flicks now?
No...the Affleck and I were talking. ^_~ Actually I saw Belle De Jour last night
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Ben Affleck and Rev. Sully! Meet in Geneva for the Anti-Jennifer Talks.

Up and coming theologian Rev. Sully and fading flower Ben Affleck have met in Geneva, Switzerland for the Anti-Jennifer Talks and Pact, a pact that makes either handsome, eligable bachelor unavailable to anyone named "Jennifer".
Rev. Sully! was quoted as saying, "I got The Affleck on an IM and told him my thoughts on the matter...I'm never again dating anyone named "Jennifer". There are too many out there." Affleck wholeheartedly agreed and inked the pact and then the after-party was held in Prague where no Jennifers could be found in the strip club.
Ben Affleck Presses Charges against Media, quoted them with Cockblocking

From his undisclosed location in Burnaby, British Columbia in the arms of Candy & Mandy, twin strippers, bereved and newly single Ben Affleck pressed charges against the Media for Cockblocking.

Mistaking a bottle of Sam Adams for a microphone, Affleck said to depress...I mean the press, "Look...you assholes...ruined it with me and that caboose...I mean Jenny. Dude! That's so fucking uncool. I could kick your ass! I was Daredevil! I mean it wasn't enough that you ruined it with me and Gwenyth Paltrow either. I mean...what's with you guys. Go fuck with Damon or something. Lemme alone!".

Affleck then passed out in a pool of his own filth while the twins took everything that wasn't nailed down. Jennifer Lopez was not available for comment and her mother Guadalupe would not return the car Ben gave her either.


Donde Estas Juan Barnos? Does this look right to you???
Zappa Quote of the Day



Consider for a moment any beauty in the name Ralph.

In an interview with Joan Rivers who had just asked him why he gave his children such odd names, Frank gave the reply above
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Monday, September 15, 2003

In a rare MSNBC interview at his stately manor in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, early Monday morning, Keith Messier had this to say of the break-up between the fashion model turned MTV bombshell turned Hollywood starlet and People Magazine's current winner of the "World's Sexiest Man" award: "Oh."

A spokesperson for Messier told sources that he was "shocked and deeply [saddened] by the news." Messier could not be reached for further comment.

In other news, Thom Yorke of the popular rock band Radiohead continues to spell his first name using bandmate Jonny Greenwood's letter "h." In a related story, the word "pretentious" continues to be spelled using exactly two "t"s, though the order in which those letters appear seems to be irrelevant.
I never was into it in high school either. I was a straight-up Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, and AC/DC fan until I started working at a seafood restaurant entirely staffed by deadheads.
Or this...I think I listened to PE more by myself but if the lot of us were in the car...it had to be this...



...straight outta Compton is a brotha that'll smother yo' mother and make ya sister think I love her Dangerous motherfucker raises hell And if I ever get caught I make bail See, I don't give a fuck, that's the problem I see a motherfuckin cop I don't dodge him But I'm smart, lay low, creep a while And when I see a punk pass, I smile To me it's kinda funny, the attitude showin a nigga drivin but don't know where the fuck he's going, just rollin lookin for the one they call Eazy But here's a flash, they never seize me Ruthless! Never seen like a shadow in the dark except when I unload, see I'll get over the hesitation and hear the scream of the one who got the last penetration Give a little gust of wind and I'm jettin But leave a memory no one'll be forgettin So what about the bitch who got shot? Fuck her! You think I give a damn about a bitch? I ain't a sucker! This is the autobiography of the E, and if you ever fuck with me You'll get taken by a stupid dope brotha who will smother word to the motherfucker, straight outta Compton