Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Lyle Lyrics

If it's her you want
I don't care about that
You can have my girl
But don't touch my hat

-Don't Touch My Hat

If I had a boat
I'd go out on the ocean
And if I had a pony
I'd ride him on my boat
And we could all together
Go out on the ocean
Me upon my pony on my boat

-If I Had A Boat

She hates my mama
She hates my daddy too
She loves to tell me
She hates the things I do
She loves to lie beside me
Almost every night
She's no lady she's my wife

The preacher asked her
And she said I do
The preacher asked me
And she said yes he does too
And the preacher said
I pronounce you 99 to life
Son she's no lady she's your wife

And I can't remember
How I met her
Seems like she's always just been hanging here off my right arm
And I can't remember
How I ever
Thought that I just couldn't live without a woman's charm

And even though
She loves the smell of French perfume
And even though
She walks around in high-heel shoes
All I know
Is I'm the one who pays her price
Man she's no lady she's my wife

-She's No Lady

Going to see Lyle Lovett Tonight!! Yipee!!

Fair and Balanced?

"I will note the one undeniable benefit of the movie's success. It provides a handy reference to the intelligence of the person who sees it. If you encounter anyone speaking in tones even remotely approaching respect for the movie, you have proof positive that the speaker is a fool, not to be trusted on any point, for he or she has given testimony as to their ignorance of basic facts and of an inability to detect even elephant-sized inconsistencies in argument and story line."

-Hugh Hewitt (speaking about Fahrenheit 9/11 on the Fox News Channel)

Thanks for insulting a massive chunk of the movie-going public. And you wonder why I don't watch Fox News? Jason has been watching the channel a bit the past couple of days and this is just one of the incredibly slanted statements I have heard. Is the new strategy to tell people they must be stupid if they go see this movie? It's one thing to disagree but the call the other side a bunch of fools is ridiculous. I also heard Bill O'Reilly call Michael Moore insane and one of his guests refer to the ACLU as a bunch of wackos. I don't know why stuff like this is considered real, unbiased journalism. I mean, I listen to liberal talk radio and and least know that what I'm hearing is slanted and biased. That's why I seek out other types of news sources as well online. Plus, talk radio is not the mainstream news that the majority of people tune into at the end of the day like the major networks are.

Sunday, June 27, 2004

See This Movie See This Movie See This Movie

Did I mention that you need to see this movie?? So, I went to see Fahrenheit 9/11 last night in Rockford with Jason and Billy and first of all I have to say how happy I was to see sold out show! I went in expecting to enjoy the movie (well, as much as someone can enjoy being angry, I guess) but I had no idea just how good it was going to be.

I am a longtime fan of Michael Moore's work but even though I thought his previous film, "Bowling for Columbine" was incredibly important, I also knew it had serious flaws. Because of this, I was very happy to see Moore all over television this past week saying that of course, his movie is incredibly biased. It presents facts, but ties them all together giving his point of view of the events. Yes, I happen to agree with his point of view but I still don't think that means that people who disagree with him should not see it. In fact, I think that is all the more reason to go see it! Not that I think a hardcore Bush supporter would come out having their political views completely changed, but it definitely gives everyone something to think about and discuss. I thought the movie was funny at the beginning, followed by frustrating, infuriating, and finally saddening and incredibly moving. The thing that gets me most about people who dislike Moore is that they claim he "hates America". But it you watch this movie you see that the exact opposite is true. He completely supports the American people yet questions the government, which I think is fantastically patriotic. I think anyone who doesn't see this movie based on pre-conceived notions of what they think it might be like is not only missing out but willfully sticking their head in the sand.

Thank you very much.

Saturday, June 26, 2004

It Just Keeps Getting Better

First it was:

Richard Clarke never left a plan, so-to-speak, but rather a "a series of actionable events".

Then we had:

We're not negotiating with the Saudis, it's more like we're "having discussions."

And now my current favorite:

Cheney didn't necessarily use profanity with a democratic senator, but rather there was a "frank exchange of views".

That actually put a smile on my face this morning! I'm sure there are many "frank" exchanges going on in Washington every single day. Ok, that's enough reading the news for now...

Just a Little Bit Too Far

Ok, I am not Catholic, so I'm probably incapable of fully understanding, but now it seems an archbishop in St. Louis wants to deny Communion to Catholic voters who support abortion rights? I figured a lot of it was spurred on by politics when John Kerry and other politicians were called out for their pro-choice views but now it's going down to each individual parishioner who votes for a politician that is pro-choice. I realize each religion has the right to make whatever laws it wants for the people who follow it but I find it a bit hypocritical that pro-choice people will be denied Communion whereas people who support war will not. If you're going to shut people out at least be consistent.

I could go on but I'm stopping now before I begin ranting out of control.

Friday, June 25, 2004

Fahrenheit 9/11

Ok, so Fahrenheit 9/11 opens today and we're planning on seeing it tomorrow night. I would hope that anyone who only knows Michael Moore from his Oscar speech and whatever Bill O'Reilly says about him will at least see the movie first and then form their opinion about it. You may still think Moore is a jerk afterwards, but there also may be some interesting facts to take away from it- all smug personalities aside. Seriously, what is there to lose from hearing all sides of the story??

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Weekly Review

Since I have very little time to go into detail about the events of the past week, here's another of my little recap lists:

1. Saw Mike Doughty play in Milwaukee this past Tuesday. Great show- the first one I've been to in a long time. Met up with Billy and Brad for the show and added Russ to the team afterwards for drinks at the County Clare. Got a free room for the night courtesy of Greg and allover had an excellent time.

2. Finished "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and have since moved on to book #2, "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" Go me!

3. Attended a "wedding party" at Jeff and Kim's house of Saturday- the catch being there was no wedding but only awful, awful wedding attire. I must say this was the best. theme party. ever. Leisure suits, puffy-sleeved bridesmaid dresses a-plenty, and ending the night in the hot tub. Got to chat with Jenny and Paul Jordan for a while which was fun too. Good times.

Ok, I guess three items doesn't really make for much of a list. I do however, have photos from number 1 and number 3 and I intend to post most of the non-embarassing ones. Steph and Maddie are hopefully coming over today so I must run. Which reminds me, even though we got a free room for the night on Tuedsay, I still have to bestow Greg with the title "Poop-Head" for now. Sorry, it's the official Best Friend Doctrine that requires me to do so. (**Must say disparaging things about best friend's ex-boyfriend upon termination of relationship.)

Monday, June 14, 2004

Taking It Easy

I would like to state (or rather shout) for the proverbial record that I LOVE PRE-SCHOOL!!!! Three times a week now I get two glorious hours in which I am not asked to play tea party, hopscotch, Super Mario World or Play-Doh. I love love love my Juliana but I also love being able to go into Target and not have to explain why I can't buy every single thing in the store that is pink, glittery, and/or sugar-coated. I have a hard enough time restraining myself from extraneous purchases that I don't need sales pitches from an almost-four-year-old as well. Today, after dropping Juli off at school and with Ava happily napping in her carseat carrier, I got to spend an hour sunning myself in the backyard while reading "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone". Yes, I'm well aware I'm way behind the times in jumping on the HP bandwagon but give me a break- I've been busy, and quite frankly a little out of touch. I'm catching up though, ever so slowly.

I've been in a fairly good mood this week since in the wake of Reagan-Palooza I distanced myself as far as possible from the news media. It's amazing what wonders doing such a thing can do for one's soul. I get so conflicted somtimes because I want to be a well-informed, educated person but at times I just can't take all the spin. I've also been weaning myself off of a couple of uber-conservative websites and this also seems to be helping my mental stability. Sometimes knowing the opposition a little too well can be hard on one's sanity.

But back to the fun fluffy stuff! I got to hit a few garage sales with Ava last Friday and I picked up a number of games for Juliana including Hungry Hungry Hippos and a Spirogrph. I also found globe for a dollar! I was so excited about this purchase (maybe a little too excited?) Anyway, it still has the old Soviet Union on it, but it does have a united Germany so it's not too terribly out of date. I own a globe though. I can teach my daughter geography now. I am such a nerd and I love it.

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Unchain My Heart

I'm so bummed that Ray Charles died today! He was one of the best and one of my personal favorites.

Monday, June 7, 2004

Free at Last!

I just dropped Juliana off for her first day of pre-school "camp" at the community center, and seeing that Ava is taking a little catnap I am now relaxing in the backyard basking in the wonderful sunshine. Yahoo for me! The pre-school for three year olds is only 2 hours long but I'll take what I can get. I thought I'd take the opportunity to get out a list of things that I have thought/done/complained about in the past week or so.

1. Harry Potter rocks. I'm so excited after seeing The Prisoner of Azkaban now that I'm going to try to read all five of the books. Let's hope I can finish them before Juliana goes to college.

2. SIX FEET UNDER STARTS NEXT WEEK!!!! I'm so excited to delve back into the turmoils of the Fisher Family. God bless HBO.

3. The Lakers totally bite. I'm watching the NBA finals this year firmly rooting for Detroit in hopes of seeing a lone tear trickle down Kobe Bryant's face upon losing big time.

4. Politics? Blah. Without going into any detail I'm feeling completely hopeless about anything involving our government right now. I'm a complete news junkie and everything I've been reading lately has been making me angry/sad/disgusted/defeated/all of the above.

5. Why should I care about how actress Kate Hudson lost 60 pounds after having her baby in January?? No doubt just about anyone could do the same if they had the luxury of a nutritionist, personal chef. personal trainers and oh yes, don't forget the NANNIES that allow them to work out for hours a day! I lost 45 pounds of baby weight in the same amount of time with none of that stuff. Where's my medal?

6. In addition to being a news and tv addict I am also a sports fiend anxiously looking forward to the Olympics this summer. I love the summer games much more than the winter variety and I'm hyped about getting Juliana into watching it with me this year. Yesterday we watched the U.S. Gymnastics championships and she was really into watching the routines (plus she likes how a lot of the girls wear sparkles in their hair. Go figure.)

7. I have officially traveled back in time to the late 1990's upon receivng a stack of TaeBo videos from my neighbor. I needed something new to work out to and it's so incredibly cheesy but at least I'm doing something to keep in shape so lay off!!

8. Culver's is so, so very tasty. Enough said.

9. I love my backyard and I intend to spend many an afternoon and/or evening out here enjoying good food, drinks and the wonderful fresh air.

Enough now! I have another hour and fifteen minutes before I have to pick up my little schoolgirl.

Tuesday, June 1, 2004

I Like Good Quotes

"This is a world of compensations; and he who would be no slave, must consent to have no slave. Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and under a just God, can not long retain it."

-Abraham Lincoln
April 6, 1859

Tell It like It Is.

I haven't been able to find a lot of time to post lately, but I read this really great letter online that a mother of a gay man in Vermont sent to her local paper. I thought it was quite amazing and wanted to share.