Friday, February 27, 2004

 

$41,337,889

The Elder is out.

Luke Duke 2/27/2004 04:14:00 PM #
 

Anything to help out Fraters.

Luke Duke 2/27/2004 01:52:00 PM #

Thursday, February 26, 2004

 

It amazes me how wise words, whenever spoken, never lose their truth.

War is the great scavenger of thought. It is the sovereign disinfectant, and its red stream of blood is the Condy’s Fluid that cleans out the stagnant pools and clotted channels of the intellect.... We have awakened from an opium-dream of comfort, of ease, of that miserable poltroonery of “the sheltered life.” Our wish for indulgence of every sort, our laxity of manners, our wretched sensitiveness to personal inconvenience, these are suddenly lifted before us in their true guise as the spectres of national decay; and we have risen from the lethargy of our dilettantism to lay them, before it is too late, by the flashing of the unsheathed sword.

-Edmund, Sir Gosse (1849–1928), British poet, critic. “War and Literature,” Inter Arma (1916).


Today's word of the day-

"paltroonery":Cowardice; abject pusillanimity

Tomorrow's word of the day-

"pusillanimity"

Luke Duke 2/26/2004 04:02:00 PM #
 

John Kerry is an idiot.

Get this man a blog.

Luke Duke 2/26/2004 02:43:00 PM #
 

First day gross of "Passion of the Christ": $26,556,573

Bumping Captain Ed out of the pool.

Luke Duke 2/26/2004 12:36:00 PM #
 

A post that showed up on the Phoenix Radio-Info board:

This is all BS

Here is my conspiracy theory:

Stern and XM have already cut a deal.
What is happening now is just a publicity stunt.

Here is the plan:

After a couple of weeks of very public bitter fighting, Stern quits his show in protest of censorship. {lots of publicity}

As he quits, Stern announces that he will now be on XM. He explains that he is trying to protect his show and his beloved listeners, and that hs made this decsision after realizing the only place he can do his show un censored is XM satellite radio.

Shortly after, "regular radio" announces a deal with Stern... to keep providing the show, but as a "regular radio" PG-13 version, and it will be bleeped and anything that could cause a fine gets cut.

Stern accepts the deal, but in public he claims to hate the watered down version of the show, but he'll also say he doesn't care anyway since he is on XM, unedited... he'll say that alot... as his way of getting people to sign up for XM. Infact, he will intentionally do things to get bleeped to bring attention to the fact that with out XM... the show will start to sound like an inside joke. And it will.

Now do the math...

CC looks like the moral bad asses for fighting Stern, this controversy increases their ratings during and after. Plus they get to keep Stern on. Even watered down people will listen.

XM sees a MASSIVE increase in subscription. They currently have 1 million subscribers... anyone want to guess how many more millions will sign up for the rated NC-17 version???

(side note: do not expect a shock jock channel, Stern is the golden goose right now and they wont want to dillute product)

Clear Channel, if I am not mistaken, is heavily invested in Sat Radio. WIN / WIN

And Stern??? He makes that much more money.
All he has done is move some of his audience to XM, and likely expand his audience in general.

He keeps all his affiliates, makes a snit load of money with XM, and he becomes a pioneer in satllite shock radio. WIN/WIN

Radio in general.... LOSES. But that is just my opinion.


I think this is very possible, except for the part about staying on "regular radio".

Luke Duke 2/26/2004 12:16:00 PM #

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

 

The Passion

I was invited to an advanced showing of "The Passion of the Christ" last night that was put on for state legislators and community leaders. I am neither, but I'm also not one to turn down a couple free movie tickets.

I arrived to the new Cine Capri about 15 minutes early, but to a packed house. the movie was preceded by a prayer, which was weird, but I guess apropo. When the famous Cine Capri curtain rose you could cut the excitement with a knife. Within ten minutes many people were already crying.

The movie was brutally violent, but I never got the sense that Mel Gibson went overboard. The movie was physically beautiful with great performances by many no-name actors. The subtitles were not really needed in most parts, the actors conveyed enough emotion to obviate words. Pilate was portrayed the way I had always imagined him, a strong man caving in to political pressure, caught between Caesar and a hard place. I was surprised at the biblical accuracy and the details included that probably would have not made it into most Hollywood productions. Satan was a haunting presence, perfectly portrayed.

Obviously some artistic license was taken, but It didn't hurt the movie's message at all.

For me, the movie wasn't some life changing revelation, but it did help me to understand the humanity and mortality of Jesus Christ. When you hear the stories in Sunday school, you think, "It's Jesus. He can get take a little pain", but when you see what it could have looked like, what kind of pain he was likely put through, it really brings you closer to understanding his sacrifice.

Luke Duke 2/25/2004 12:34:00 PM #

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

 

Never one to disappoint, Saint Paul puts some Broadway idiot nobody cares, or has heard about, in his place.

Luke Duke 2/24/2004 11:40:00 AM #
 

The Passion Pool ends tonight at 4pm Arizona time. I am going to see the movie tonight, so expect a full review tomorrow morning.

Luke Duke 2/24/2004 11:32:00 AM #
 

Gotta Love Drudge

As Democrats express outrage over comments made by Education Secretary Rod Paige [he called the the nation's largest teachers union 'a terrorist organization'] a DRUDGE REPORT flashback can reveal Democrat presidential frontrunner John Kerry Has Called Republicans 'legislative terrorists'... MORE... In Jan. 1996, commenting on the federal government shutdown, Kerry called the House Republicans 'legislative terrorists,' who used federal workers as pawns and disrespected them. Asked about his terrorist comment, Kerry explained, 'Terrorists hold hostages, and the Republicans are holding the government hostage'...

Luke Duke 2/24/2004 11:26:00 AM #

Monday, February 23, 2004

 

It's time to get involved in this race. Who am I backing? Bush. The best way to do this? Campaign for Nader. So, tada:

Luke Duke 2/23/2004 06:13:00 PM #
 

I work for a corporation. Yes, I admit it. I am a face of the faceless, evil corporations. Can we clear some things up?

While there are some drawbacks, big corporations are not bad things. When I want a soda, I want a Coke, not an RC or a Faygo or whatever crappy soda found in your area. I've never craved Hydoxs and milk--I want Oreos. Can we admit that big companies are big because of the popularity of their product?

I hear two different messages coming from the same mouths when it comes to corporations. One minute they're mad because of huge corporations shutting out mom and pops, the next they're complaining about corporate down-sizing.

I've worked for a mom and pop, now I work for an evil empire. They sucked me away from the mom and pop, luring me, a high school drop-out, with a great salary, excellent benefits and four weeks of paid vacation...What's wrong with corporations again?

Luke Duke 2/23/2004 03:19:00 PM #

Friday, February 20, 2004

 

Mike Whicker is giving away a copy of one of his books. Go to the bottom of his website for his message board, or email him with your request to be entered into the drawing.

Luke Duke 2/20/2004 02:22:00 PM #

Thursday, February 19, 2004

 

My Thoughts on Gay Marriage

I personally am for the defense of marriage. But if voters someday decide it should be allowed, then lets go for it. Fortunately, most people are against gay marriage.

Prop. 22, the California initiative defining marriage as being between a man and a woman, passed in the year 2000 by a vote of 61 percent to 39 percent, in the process carrying a majority of men and women, as well as every race, age group and income bracket. Over 70 percent of Hispanics backed the measure. According to California Secretary of State's website, party registration for the year two thousand had 45% of the population registered as Democrats and just under 35% percent of the population registered as Republicans showing that defense of marriage is an issue that surpasses normal political boundaries, which is exactly why Massachusetts liberals will do anything to keep this issue in the court, safely out of the reach of voters, and protected from the rules of common sense.

Luke Duke 2/19/2004 02:10:00 PM #
 

At some point we need to start correcting people who talk like idiots. I've been subjected to a half hour of Focus on the Family in which the guest has said the word puberty as "pooh-burty" about 12 times. On about the third mispronunciation Dobson should have jumped in and told the guy his message was being eclipsed by the stupidity of his phonetics.

This happens a lot on the radio, NPR being one of the most frequent offenders. I often hear the word resource said as "rezource". Maybe I'm wrong and Arrowhead water is really bottled at the zource, but I doubt it. Another one heard on NPR is "Missourah"--NO IT'S MISSOURI! And these are the same people who chuckle when they hear our redneck moron of a president say Nucular. One more, "lambaste" is not pronounced lam-bast, but lam-bayst. I rarely hear anyone get that one right.

We have to stand up for our language. The next time you hear somebody screw up an English word, and they are a native speaker, tell them they are a moron and feel free to kick them in the groin. If they are not a native speaker, kindly tell them the proper pronunciation, and then feel free to kick them in the groin.

Luke Duke 2/19/2004 12:41:00 PM #

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

 

The Republic ran a completely slanted article today on the lovely Janet Napolitano's backing of a local 211 number that will "let residents find temporary housing after forest fires, connect people with social services and build an information network to track trends in bioterrorism." Are you kidding me? This ranks about #1 on the list of stupid Napolitano ideas.

The state has $500,000 in homeland security funding that will be used to get the project off the ground. Permanent funding for the system will probably be a combination of private, public dollars and federal dollars.

We are a border state. Are you telling me that the best thing we can do with $500,000 is to set up a hotline for people too stupid to look in the phone book? Here's where survival of the fittest comes in; If you can't find a number for the DES, maybe it's not good to keep you in the gene-pool, let alone fund your procreation.

When a forest fire rips across eastern Arizona and families need temporary housing or blankets, there will be an easy-to-remember phone number to call. If an envelope of white powder is found at an office or scores of residents suddenly develop rashes, call 211.

We have had some pretty bad forrest fires in recent years. The one complain I don't remember hearing is, "It took me a really long time to find a number to call." I'm sure the money is better spent on the phone number than it is on actually eliminating the risk of fire, or reducing the risk of bioterrorism.

This crap is out of control. Somebody has to stop Napolitano. She is launching a "Governor's Council" to look into the issue...another good use of money. I have a headache.

Luke Duke 2/17/2004 01:42:00 PM #

Monday, February 16, 2004

 

Another Quality Local News Show

I just passed one of the TV's we keep on here at work and heard a familiar voice. News Channel 3 was playing an actuality in which Erwin Chemerinsky was opining away at the gay marriage issue.

Underneath him: Computer generated words reading "Owen Chemerinsky".

If a correction is not made, I'm suing.

Luke Duke 2/16/2004 04:38:00 PM #
 

Glass House Insurance For Sale

John Kerry has blasted Bush for his Nascar photo-op. Yes, the same John Kerry who rode a Harley onto the Tonight Show stage leather jacket and all. John Kerry just doesn't want Bush to campaign. Awfully immature if you ask me. Maybe he didn't get Botox. Maybe he really is just growing backwards and turning into a child again.

Definitely not photo-ops:



"God, I'm just trying to enjoy a hockey game, can someone get these cameras out of here."



Can you believe the jack-ass on the fork-lift got in the way of a perfectly normal, non-photo-op photo?



He must've been running late. Good thing there just happens to be a motorcycle ramp there.



What a loving guy. He sure hugs a lot of people he doesn't know. If he doesn't watch out, people might think he has ulterior motives.

Funniest piece of the article:

"This is not a time for photo opportunities, it is a time to create real opportunities in America," he told a town hall meeting at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, Wisconsin, after touring a laboratory and posing for photographs with a 40-pound aluminum slab into which a computer-control machine tool etched the words "Wisconsin Backs Kerry in 2004."

-Yahoo News

Luke Duke 2/16/2004 04:01:00 PM #
 

Update on the Pool

So far we have The Elder with $33 million, Jonathan from Mangled Cat with $57 million, Ben from Infinite Monkeys guessing "more money than God", Captain Ed is in for $25 million, and reader Erin has $50 million.

**update** Thomas from The Galvin Opinion is in for $70 million, and reader Cheryl guesses $45 million.

In my completely un-expert analysis, I think anything under $50 million is too low. Let me remind people that Eminem's "8 mile" grossed $51,240,555 in it's first week. The lower guesses are putting "Passion" in the same ball park as "Bringing Down the House", "Freddy Vs. Jason", and under "Charlie's Angels Full Throttle". I think the very strong marketing by evangelicals and Catholics is going to make this movie huge, and I believe the kind of people who go to see this movie will want to see it over and over again. I think I'll put my guess at $59 mil.

Luke Duke 2/16/2004 10:49:00 AM #

Friday, February 13, 2004

 

I saw the commercial for the "Passion of Christ" for the first time on TV today. It was a short 30 second spot, a lot less spectacular than the trailers that have been all over the web for the past half-year. Nonetheless, I can't wait for this movie.

I really think Hollywood is setting themselves to get smacked upside the head on this one. Industry expectations are for "Passion" to make around $30 million in it's first weekend. If we use Price is Right rules that may be a good guess, but I have a strong feeling that it will be much more.

So I would like to introduce the first Puzzlestud Pool. The question: How much money will "Passion" make in it's opening weekend. E-mail me with your guess. Prizes to be announced.

Luke Duke 2/13/2004 12:56:00 PM #

Thursday, February 12, 2004

 

San Francisco officials marry a lesbian couple.

In a related story: My friend Robbie got ordained over the internet(I too am an e-man of the cloth) and married his dog to a chair--how's that for sanctity of marriage?

Luke Duke 2/12/2004 02:34:00 PM #
 

Okay, I hate that this is even an issue, and I don't really want to give it attentions, but this caught my eye and pretty much sums up my thoughts on the non-issue.

"When Bush left the National Guard in 1973 to go to business school, the war was over. It might as well have been 1986. ...To put this in perspective, by 1973, John Kerry had already accused American soldiers of committing war crimes in Vietnam, thrown someone else's medals to the ground in an anti-war demonstration, and married his first heiress."

-Ann Coulter

Luke Duke 2/12/2004 12:44:00 PM #
 

Interesting things afoot at Drudge.

"Kerry will implode over an intern issue."

-Gen, Wes Clark to a group of reporters.

**Update** Saint Paul weighs in.

Luke Duke 2/12/2004 11:20:00 AM #

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

 



These Buttman ads look to be almost as annoying as the Quizno's Rats, or Spongmonkeys. The ad agency that came up with these ideas must be smoking something a little stronger than tobacco.

Luke Duke 2/11/2004 06:55:00 PM #
 

A Real Tear-Jerker

From Clark04.com

Dear Friends,

Today, we end the campaign for the presidency. But the campaign for America's future -- for the future of all our families -- continues on.

You have proven what a General can do when he has the greatest troops in the world. I can't tell you enough how honored and humbled I am by your commitment, your spirit, and your sacrifice. Because of all of you, this has been a cause, as much as it's been a campaign.


I sure hope that a general with the gratest troops in the world can do better than the Clark campaign did. If not than God help us all.

Together, five months ago, we began our journey for the presidency. We had no money, no office and no staff. All we had was hope and a vision for a better America.

Now we have a deservedly failed campaign.

Today, after traveling the country, after visiting with the American people, we end that journey even more full of hope and even more committed to building a better America.

I will support our Party's nominee, to continue this campaign until we take back the White House next November. This soldier stands ready for duty. It's not going to be easy. So I've got one bit of advice for our nominee: give 'em hell and never retreat.


The never retreat advice is too little too late.

As a general who spent thirty-four years fighting for my country, here is my pledge: I will do everything I can - everything - to make sure George W. Bush doesn't play politics with national security.

You do that Wes.

For me, this race has been one of the most liberating experiences of my life. I've been able to talk about what I believe in and fight for it. You've given me the greatest gift a person can receive: the support to make that fight real.

Everytime you opened your mouth it was a disaster. All you have done is left the public wondering just what the hell it is you believe in.

I'd like to thank all the foot soldiers in this battle: our terrific staff, our dedicated volunteers, our thousands of loyal supporters. Most of all, those who believed in me long before anyone even knew who I was: the people who drafted me into this race.

Okay, the miltary metaphor has got to stop.

I want to thank my family for always standing by my side, especially my wife of 36 years, my best friend, and my partner, Gert Clark. She is the general's general, and I wouldn't be here today without her. I'd like to thank my son, Wes, Jr., and my daughter-in-law, Astrid. I am so proud of them and so proud of all they have done for this campaign.

I'm going to fight on, and I hope you will join me, until we win the campaign to create a new vision for America in the twenty-first century. Because I believe America's best days lie ahead. Today, I end my campaign for the presidency - but our party's campaign to change America is just beginning. This old soldier will not fade away. I'll be in the field and out in front, working the issues, supporting our candidates, and doing all I can to contribute to building a new and better America.


Sit down Wes, you've done quite enough.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.

He will.

Luke Duke 2/11/2004 04:20:00 PM #
 

The Other W

On the local politics front, I would like to whole-heartedly lend my support to W. Steven Martin in his bid for Maricopa County Sheriff. He has a hard path ahead of him seeing as the current sheriff, the publicity loving Joe Arpaio, has basically had free reign since 1993.

I know a lot of republicans love Joe Arpaio, but I don't appreciate the fact that he helped to get Janet Napolitano elected, putting his benefits above the good of the citizens. Since 1993, Phoenix has not become a safer place, there is not less crime, and if a program can't get Joe Arpaio on the front page of the Republic, than he probably wont have any part of it. Joe Arpaio is most known for making inmates wear pink underwear--not exactly a way to make the streets safer.

W. Steven Martin has been helping out the community since before I was born. He is a class act. When his picture appears in the paper, it hasn't politically motivated, he hasn't posed in front of a tank calling himself the toughest, he has been in the paper to promote charities. I don't know the guy personally, but he is a legend in the area and nobody has a bad thing to say about him. That's not exactly the case with Arpaio who has been at the center of many controversies in which even his own officers have said he is in the wrong, but inevitably he steam-rolls over the controversy, offering no apology or explanation.

If you live in Maricopa County, please vote for W. Steven Martin. The only thing you have to lose is a high-crime rate.

Luke Duke 2/11/2004 03:32:00 PM #
 

Hope the Elder is Okay...

"In the 26th minute, the throng began chanting "Osama! Osama!" at the Americans. ... The United States players had to shield themselves as they left the field while spectators spit on them and hurled beer bottles and racial epithets."

- The New York Times

Luke Duke 2/11/2004 02:04:00 PM #

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

 

Put Britney Where She Belongs

I applaud MTV's decision to move certain videos out of popular time-slots. I have to admit I like some of Britney's music, as does my girlfriend, but we are adults, and generally adults don't have time to watch TRL.

Kerry took Virginia(Yaaaawwwnnnn). Wake me up when the real campaigning starts, not this who served when, how, and why.

The Reuters headline, "Bush's Vietnam-Era Military Records Show Gaps", is a little misleading considering it goes on to say he "was absent for long periods of his final two years of National Guard duty but met service requirements," Why this is an issue is a mystery to me. President Bush has served in the highest spot in the military, Commander In Chief, and has served nobly--that's a funny looking word.

Luke Duke 2/10/2004 05:36:00 PM #
 

Spitbull reads a letter from Iraq.

Luke Duke 2/10/2004 05:07:00 PM #
 

Kill Your TV

Thankfully, I rarely get a chance to watch TV, but now that my girlfriend is entrenched in homework. I sometimes find myself alone in the evening hours. In desperate need of a good book recommendation, I have no alternative but to turn to the tele.

My observations: Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance sucks you in. I want so badly to hate it, but I can't. It is to provocative. The have mastered the art of teasing.

The funniest show on television right now is Chapelle's show. Defenitely not for kids, but damn funny.

Everything else is pretty much a barren dessert of the same old same old. I tried watching MTV but nothing has caught my eye that would make me want to stay. I'll watch Discovery if they are runnning some Monster House or Monster Garage, other than that...I should probably find a good book to read. Any suggestions?

Luke Duke 2/10/2004 03:31:00 PM #
 

George W. Bush's National Guard documents.

Timeline.

Luke Duke 2/10/2004 02:21:00 PM #
 

Bush's showing on Meet the Press brought out a lot of critics, but now we have the numbers, and they speak for themself. It was refreshing to see a politician speak openly and actually answer the questions that were being asked. The President could have launched into some recycled rhetoric every time a hard question was asked, but instead he took a few seconds to think, reached for the words, and then gave honest answers. It was apparent to voters, I don't know why it wasn't apparent to the critics.

Luke Duke 2/10/2004 12:53:00 PM #

Monday, February 09, 2004

 

How David Hasselhoff helped end the Cold War.

Luke Duke 2/09/2004 11:15:00 AM #
 

"Kerry now holds himself up as a war hero and asks for my vote. Yet, 30 years ago he stood with Jane Fonda and gave aid and comfort to an enemy still killing our brother veterans by the hundreds."

- Vietnam veteran and former newspaper reporter Chris Ward

Luke Duke 2/09/2004 11:14:00 AM #
 

"When Clinton was here recently he told me he was absolutely convinced, given his years in the White House and the access to privileged information which he had, that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction until the end of the Saddam regime."

- Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Manuel Durao Barroso in an interview with Portuguese cable news channel SIC Noticias

Luke Duke 2/09/2004 11:10:00 AM #
 

I have a question that isn't political in nature. As a matter of fact it's politically incorrect.

1. If you don't like to fix things, don't like to break things, don't eat like a man, don't like lifting things, and don't like winning, don't drink like a man, are you really a man?

I have a friend, a female, who has been pretty depressed for the last year. She's been dating a lot of vegetarians and pretty boys. She's pretty, but she refuses to dress up and wears the same duffel bag purse everywhere she goes. My theory is that she would start to feel better about herself if she dressed up in something cut got rid of the tennis shoes, bought a nice purse and did her hair, and found herself a manly man. One who eats meat. One who drinks gin--straight.

It may sound like I'm nominating myself as a new boyfriend, but I'm not. My girlfriend wouldn't like that. So any manly men send an application and maybe you could tame the shrew.

Luke Duke 2/09/2004 11:06:00 AM #

Friday, February 06, 2004

 

What happened to Mr. Cranky?

Luke Duke 2/06/2004 11:53:00 AM #

Thursday, February 05, 2004

 

Layouts and Rodents and Grandma's Ta-Ta's

First thing first. The only thing more disturbing than Fraters' new layout are those stupid Quizno's rats. I feel molested everytime that commercial comes on. Furthermore I think it says a lot about Atomizer that he likes it, I don't know what it says about him, but he definitely has issues.

Is this thing about ER cutting a scene in which an eighty year old's breast was exposed really that big of a deal? I mean, kids shouldn't be watching ER anyway, but what about all the poor adults who may be watching? Who wants to see an eighty year old's breasts? I've seen art and that ain't it.

Today, I got to go into work late. This doesn't happen often so I took advantage of the time and watched 3 hours of TV. While radiating my brain cells I noticed--MTV really has gotten bad. I mean, I'm all for sex, drugs, and rock'n roll, but not on a station my sisters watch. I'm only twenty, but in the few years since I was a MTV viewer they really have changed. Some may say I have matured, but I assure you this is not the case.

My sister used to read Seventeen. My mom pre-read it and said it would be okay. This was only four or five years ago. I was waiting for a doctor's appointment last week and had the option of Newsweek or Seventeen. Of course I went for Seventeen. I was disgusted to say the least. It has turned to trash. They now encourage pre-teens to have sex if it feels right, the particular letter I read was from a fourteen year old who wanted to have sex with her 18 year old boyfriend, their reply? Use birth control. Sad.

My only hope is that all the ruckus caused by the Superbowl half-time show might cause they pendulum to swing the other way. I know it's a long-shot, but I'd hate to give up hope. I hate the fact that my little sisters have to grow up in this world. There is too much pressure on them to make the wrong choices. After watching a couple of music videos this morning I'm not surprised that they want to wear make-up already, or that so many girls have body-image problems. I never used to believe this feminist idea that the media causes so many problems for young women, but how can it be denied?

What was my point? I don't know. I just wish things were different. I wish I could change them. But alas, I am but a blogger.

Luke Duke 2/05/2004 10:23:00 PM #

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

 

As the Rev. Al Sharpton delivered his "victory speech" at the Sheraton Hotel here, he shared the ballroom with members of the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association.

It was a good fit. Undertakers are used to insincere speeches.


- THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Luke Duke 2/04/2004 12:19:00 PM #
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