Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Pins and Needles

Anyone else super excited to hear the amazing bits of information the President and Vice President will reveal to the 9/11 commission today? Oh wait, I'm being sarcastic. With the no tape recorders and no stenographers and NO OATHS allowed I'm sure they will be shining beacons of truth.

Blah. But I'm going to Vegas tomorrow so yay for me!!

My New Best Friend

Ok, not exactly my best "friend" but definitely my favorite new toy that now sits among the ranks of my most favorite purchases ever alonside my TIVO and my Dyson vacuum cleaner: Our fabulous XM Satellite Radio!!! Not only do I have my Air America coming in crystal clear now, but I also have channels and channels of glorious commercial-free music ranging from indie rock to jazz and blues. Color me absolutely giddy! We bought the portable boom box so I can have it set up in our living room but also take it outside in the back yard when I'm chillin' with my girls. Jason also is going to pick up the little gizmo that will let us listen to it in the car as well. It seems a bit odd to be excited about a radio in the twenty-first century doesn't it? But it's new and improved and oh-so-digital and did I mention commercial-free? Take that marketing executives! Let us gather 'round the radio my children and listen to the man we like to call Chuck D.

Thursday, April 22, 2004


Now for a more self absorbed subject:

I get to see not one, but TWO Pixies concerts this year! Not only are we seeing the Pixies perform at Coachella next weekend but now I have tickets for me and Steph to see them in Chicago this November! Woo Hoo! I thought I'd never see them perform since they broke up the year I started listening to their music. (I was only 13 then so I never had the opportunity to go to one of their shows). Now I finally get my chance so I will be doing a little happy Snoopy dance from now until November...


What's all the business with the Republicans trying to attack John Kerry's Purple Hearts? I don't understand how they are totally behind a person who got out of going to war by joining the National Guard (apparently showing up just enough times to collect paychecks and teeth cleanings) but they have the nerve to trash a Kerry's medals because they think that maybe his wounds weren't severe enough? I'm sure he really asked the Viet Cong to put shrapnel in his body just so he could parade around his Purple Hearts thirty years later during his presidential campaign. I'm sorry. I think anyone who goes to war deserves a medal because I know I couldn't do it in a million years. I think it's completley disprespectful of them to all veterans- not to mention the thousands of troops we have in Iraq and Afganistan.


Friday, April 9, 2004

Serenity Now

I know this is old news to sci-fi geeks like me but I'm so very excited that Joss Whedon's cancelled show, "Firefly" is being made into a movie!!! I've been reading fan sites for the upcoming film (titled "Serenity") and I'm absolutely giddy about seeing the show on the big screen next year. Since Buffy went off the air and now Angel has been cancelled I have one more nugget of Whedon-esque entertainment to hold onto and look forward to. It really is one of the best sci-fi shows I have ever seen.

Are You Serious?

The name of the Daily Presidential Briefing issued on August 6, 2001 was "Bin Ladin Determined to Attack Inside the United States"


Ok. But you can hardly blame Condi since she claims the previous administration didn't leave them with a counter-terrorism plan but rather a "series of actionable items." Not a plan. And Bush was completely focused on getting rid of Osama before 9/11 right? Remember that national security directive he issued to "Eliminate Al-Qaeda"? The one issued on Septmber 4th? A whole 7 days before 9/11. Good to hear they were so on the ball.

Can this get any more ridiculous?

I seriously need to take a break from reading and listening to all this stuff but it's like a really bad movie that I can't stop watching. And the worst thing is that I think this country is so deeply divided that it doesn't matter what anybody says anymore. People either love the president and he can do no wrong, or people can't stand him. Everything that comes out in the media can be spun to fit each side's agenda so that you never know for sure what is true and what is just propaganda. I thought yesterday's testimony did absolutely nothing to help the administration's case but while I heard commentary that backed up my own feelings, I also read other people's opinions that applauded Condi Rice's brilliance. Are these people really hearing the same words as me? I am seriously completely baffled by the country we live in.

Wednesday, April 7, 2004

So Good

Jason and I went to see Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind last weekend and it was an amazing, amazing film. I've been lucky that the few movies I've been able to see in the past three months or so (Return of the King, Lost in Translation and now this) have been absolutely great. I can't say enough about how much I loved this story. Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet were perfect- and just how unfairly gorgeous in Winslet? I'm so in love with her. I would have killed to have her character's hair and wardrobe back when I was 17.

Friday, April 2, 2004

Loving My Jon-Boy

As if it wasn't good enough that a couple of weeks ago I found out Jon Stewart had signed on for 4 more years of The Daily Show, but now I see that not only are he and his wife expecting a baby, but his wife's name is Tracey as well. I love it!

Thursday, April 1, 2004

The "L" Word

I'm so happy that I get to listen to Al Franken on Air America Radio now! It's about time somebody started countering all the nonsense that comes out of Rush Limbaugh's face every day. Air America premiered yesterday at noon and I listened to it most of the afternoon and I have it on again this morning. I only wish it was on in more cities because people already tend to have more liberal leaning views in places like New York, Chicago and L.A. All in good time I guess. I'm beginning to feel a little more positive about the upcoming election now (although I'm still not fully on the Kerry bandwagon). However, I think more and more people are starting to wake up and see all the faults in the current administration and are starting to get really angry about it. There's still a long way to go until November but I'm grabbing onto this positive feeling for the time being. I was so angry yet happy at the same time to hear Richard Clarke's testimony before the 9/11 panel this week- first becuase I had read about his claims in Al Franken's book last year, and second because he seemed completely genuine, sincere and knowledgable in his allegations against the President. The White House can say whatever they want to try to tarnish Clarke's character but I'm still waiting for them to produce any evidence that what he is claiming is false. Does anybody have any records of the supposed "homeland defense task force" meetings that should have met in the first half of 2001? Cheney was appointed chair, so maybe he has the minutes stashed away somewhere...

Ok, enough of that. I was thinking of commenting on the Unborn Victims of Violence Act that is being signed into law by Bush today but I'll probably just get all riled up and make myself angry and that's no way to start the day! Later perhaps...