Because Everybody Is Entitled To My Opinion

"O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, . . . in wrath remember mercy" (Habakkuk 3:2).
"Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?" (Psalm 85:6)

Monday, January 28, 2008

Headlines for Monday 01-28-2008

Burglar steals crown from bishop's car
Bishop's dentist says he's working on replacement crown

Library Gets Book Back After 57 Years
Then promptly burns it because it mentions God's influence on the founding fathers

Clinton’s Campaign Sees Value in Keeping Former President in Attack Mode
They're determined to see Monica Lewinski's ex-boyfriend's wife as President

Cops: Ind. robber mistakenly shoots self in groin
Police warn when commiting robbery don't go off half-cocked

Producers reveal title of new James Bond
Sean Connery returns as Oldfinger

Miss America crowned at racier pageant
Contestants battled fiercely during new pole dancing competition

Three Pigs Story Judged Offensive to Muslims
In the Islamic version the wolf huffs and puffs and blows himself up.

Commentary: Issues -- not gender or race -- on minds of voters
Campaigns seek to avoid confusion on Clinton's gender and race

Producers reveal title of new James Bond
Roger Moore returns as Octogenarianpussy

Future Chefs Learn How to Cut Trans Fat
Use same carving technique to cut the cheese

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

No Thursday Thirteen This Week

Sorry. I have been under the weather all week and to top things off I have to have surgery next week. Today was pre-surgery testing. Maybe I’ll have a Thursday 26 next week!


Some people are like slinkies. Not really good for anything but they bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs.


Friday, January 18, 2008

Explain This To Me

Okay Hillary ran away with the Michigan Primary. So what does that mean? I ask because Michigan chose to hold their primary early, something they obviously have the power to do. But in doing so they have angered the RNC and DNC. The RNC has stripped Michigan of half of it's delegates while the DNC has taken all of their delegates. Because the state went ahead and had their primary early, incurring the sanctions of the DNC, both Obama and Edwards both withdrew from the primary which I guess means Hillary ran unopposed. But what did she win?

At the national convention will there be the sound of crickets when they ask the delegates from Michigan who they vote for? Could someone explain the ramifications to me? I don't think the Michigan Democrats seem all that bothered by it. Either that or they could raise enough influence to stop the premature primary.

As I get older and more into politics, the more I begin to appreciate the wisdom of my youth of staying out of politics.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #65

Thursday Thirteen #65

13 Things About Dane Bramage
13 Favorite Bond Films

I love a good James Bond flick. And there have been many. This is a list of my favorite 13 Bond films. If you click the poster you can go to the IMDB.COM site page for the movie.

  1. Dr. No The first Bond ever. Sean Connery begins defining the role. Plus there's Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder

  2. Goldfinger A classic Bond and did any Bond girl have as provocative a name as Honor Blackman's Pussy Galore?

  3. On Her Majesty's Secret Service Connery held out and George Lazenby steps in as Bond (once). Many people hated this film. I liked it. Especially Diana Rigg who becomes Mrs. James Bond very briefly.

  4. Thunderball This Connery flick had a working title of "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" and Dionne Warwick even recorded the theme song. It was later changed to Thunderball and a new theme recorded.

  5. Diamonds Are Forever The last Connery Bond Film (Not counting Never Say Never Again) and my favorite of his.

  6. Live And Let Die Roger Moore is my least favorite Bond. But I really liked this, his first film. David Hedison plays Felix Leiter and is the only actor to ever reprise the role. (Felix got married in "License to Kill" to that Three's Company gal.) And I think the theme song to this film was the biggest commercial hit of any Bond Theme.

  7. The Man With The Golden Gun I liked this film because one of my favorite actors was in it. No, not Herve "Tatoo" Villechaize, although he was in it. I am referring to Christopher Lee. Master of the Hammer Horror and who had to be the tallest whitest Fu Manchu ever filmed. People may not recognize the name Scaramanga; assassin with three nipples, but they know Count Dooku, Saruman and Dr. Wonka.

  8. The Living Daylights I am torn between Sean Connery and Timothy Dalton as to who is the better Bond. I liked this film not only because of Dalton but because of the scope. I think Bond hit all seven continents in this one.

  9. Licence To Kill In my opinion, the greatest Bond film ever. I loved seeing Bond on a personal mission and it was cool seeing Q in the field. I even loved the theme song by Gladys Knight. I am so disappointed that Dalton never made another Bond film after this.

  10. Goldeneye I waited for this film a very long time. Before Dalton became Bond, Pierce Brosnan was supposed to be Bond. However at the time, Brosnan was under contract with NBC (Remington Steele) and they wouldn't release him even though they had canceled the show. I guess it worked out for him though. He may have only done two films before the franchise got tied up in legal red tape after Fleming's death. The film was good but Brosnan's run overall was a little disappointing.

  11. The World Is Not Enough Perhaps my favorite Brosnan Bond film. Oh and I loved the theme song which put me onto Garbage.

  12. Die Another Day Can any film go wrong with a scantily clad Halle Berry? Otherwise I thought the film was a little over the top with it's gadgetry. It was more Sci-Fi than Spy-Fi.

  13. Casino Royale We have come full circle. A new Bond in Daniel Craig and a new Bond in the sense that this film is his first mission. Craig has the charm of Connery and the grit of Dalton. I can't wait to see where he takes the franchise.

Let's see, 1962 to 2006. That's 44 years of Bond films. Almost half a century. Who's your favorite Bond? What's your favorite Bond film? Tell us in the comments

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Clintons on Receiving End of Race Baiting

One of these days I will have to explore the ramifications of schadenfreude with regards to the Christian walk. Until then I am just going to revel in it. The misfortune that is the source of my joy is the problems the Clintons are having in the Black community. Ever since Bill's "fairy tale" moment and Hillary's comment about Dr. Martin Luther King, then the subsequent "Shuck and Jive" incident, they have been working damage control to conserve their black votes. It is fun to watch them squirm especially since the very people who are attacking them usually attack Republicans and conservatives on their behalf.

Now personally I don't think they said anything of a racially prejudicial nature. But like so many things in this world it is the perception that is often more important than the truth. And isn't it so much easier to perceive things the way you want to than to actually analyze what is really going on?

Looking at the clip of Bill, I think it is pretty obvious that when he said "fairy tale" he was not referring to Obama's campaign, but his assertion that his (Obama's)judgment on the war was superior to Hillary's. To me this is a non issue. Let the black leaders rant and rave at Obama's alleged slighting, but who cares? To me the bigger issue is that there are Democrats who all voted for the war and are now saying that what was sold to them was a lie and that they thought they were voting on giving Bush authority to go to war only after more inspectors were sent and Saddam Hussein was given more time to comply. What? Didn't they read the resolution? And why were they silent about it until it became a campaign point? Hmmm.

Hillary's comment on Dr. Martin Luther King's dream beginning to be realized by President Johnson was basically correct. After all, rights (real and imagined) in this country come from our Constitution, which states how congress passes laws which affect us as citizens. So technically it was congress which passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which according to Hillary, was the beginning of the realization of Dr. King's Dream. So where is the racism there? Speaking as a current black American and former liberal I can feel and understand the fear that some black leaders are expressing. The fear that "The Man" (in this case Hillary) is trying to diminish the contribution of blacks, specifically Dr. King, in the betterment of their own situation. It looked like Hillary was saying that white men were responsible for making the dream real. What she was really trying to say, contrary to Obama's assertion that the current leadership is giving false hopes and saying that dreams will die, is that Presidential power, the kinds she hopes to wield, can go along way in realizing peoples dreams. No slight there. Let's face it. (I am going to catch Hell for saying this) the work the abolitionists did, the slaves, carried to freedom on the underground railroad, and the lives lost in the Civil War, only pointed out the need for freedom of the black people in the country. But without a 14th Amendment, we would still have slavery. Likewise Dr. King and his work and the work of others like him showed the world the need for civil rights in America. But Dr. King didn't sign the Civil Rights Act into law.

And finally the hoopla over the shuck and jive comment is just laughable. I think people really don't have enough real issues to concern themselves with. Still it is fun to watch the Democrats attack each other over such silliness!

What do you think?

When Did America Become the Bad Guy?

I apologise to those of you who sent me email over the holiday and I didn't get back to you. I am just now going through the Dane Bramage inbox. Inside I found this missive from chrys and a link to her site;The Big Lie About America at One Wing Bird It states:
The most successful Big Lie since Adolph Hitler and Joseph Goebbels were in the mendacity business is that the United States of America is the prime villain in world affairs. How did this whopper come to be widely believed about the nation which 30 years ago, was almost universally regarded as a benefactor to humanity?

Go read the entire thing. And thanks chrys.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Headlines for Monday 01/14/2008

Boxing Day Swimmers Plunge Into Sub-zero Water

Enjoying the Boxing Day miracle that prevents sub-zero water from becoming ice

Clinton, Obama Clash Over Race Issue
Democrats torn over which of their two black candidates to support

Cate Edwards Unharmed in Car Accident
Husband John unavailable for comments as he ran off after the ambulance

Chicken Doo Doo Mucks Up Iowa Road
Still don't know why chickens cross the road but we now know what they do while doing it

24-foot snake staying at Columbus Zoo
A 24-foot snake can stay anywhere it wants

Body found with rake stuck in head
Victim fell out of the tree raking leaves

Parents snort as school enforces pig rearing
Parents want to go back to child rearing

Wind damages historic Buffalo tavern
Now Buffaloes have nowhere to go for a drink and hot wings

Twins unwittingly got married in Britain
Has happened before but this is first time for conjoined twins

Bank robber uses drywall for disguise
Posing as a living room failed to fool authorities

Man goes out window with Christmas tree
First recorded case of man and plant eloping

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #64

Thursday Thirteen #64

13 Things About Dane Bramage
13 Quips Heard During Colonoscopies

My friend Scott emailed this list to me. He probably didn't want to become a victim of my laser eyes.
Colonoscopies are no joke , but these comments during the exam were quite humorous..... A physician claimed that the following are actual comments made by some of his patients (predominately male) while he was performing their colonoscopies :

  1. Take it easy, Doc. You're boldly going where no man has gone before!

  2. Find Amelia Earhart yet?

  3. Can you hear me NOW?

  4. You know, in Arkansas , we're now legally married.

  5. Any sign of the trapped miners, Chief?

  6. Hey! Now I know how a Muppet feels!

  7. You put your left hand in, you take your left hand out...

  8. Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?

  9. If your hand doesn't fit, you must quit!

  10. Hey Doc, let me know if you find my dignity.

  11. You used to be an executive at Enron, didn't you?

  12. Should I smile for my Kodak Moment

  13. Could you write a note for my wife saying that my head is not up there?

Got any to add? Leave them in the comments!

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Where Are We Going and Why Are We In This Handbasket?

You may have noticed that in addition to my new layout, I have added a news ticker. I love it except for the scroll speed which I have no control over. I have been clicking on news items and following some interesting stories of late. So for the first installment of WAWGAWAWITH for 2008 I thought I would mention some of these news items.

The first one would be laughable if it weren't so pathetic. Men Wheel Dead Roommate to Check Cashing Store, Arrested for Trying to Cash His Social Security Check. Two guys haul their dead friend around town in an office chair to get his money.
"The witnesses saw the two pushing the chair with Cintron flopping from side to side and the two individuals propping him up and keeping him from flopping from side to side," Browne said.

The men left Cintron's body outside the store, went inside and tried to cash his $355 check, Browne said. The store's clerk, who knew Cintron, asked the men where he was, and O'Hare told the clerk they would go and get him, Browne said.

A police detective who was having lunch at a restaurant next to the check-cashing store noticed a crowd forming around Cintron's body, and "it's immediately apparent to him that Cintron is dead," Browne said.
How desperate do you have to be to defile a body like that? And for $355? These were suppose to be his friends and roommates but were more concerned with cashing his check.

Another story that got me upset. Football Player, Wife Charged in Death of His High School Cheerleader Ex First off, high school cheerleader ex?. He's 20 and the victim was 16. Wasn't anyone watching these two? I mean aside from the jealous 19 year-old wife and mother of his child?
Cell phone text messages showed Jeter agreed on Thursday night to meet Pernell Thompson behind a YMCA, where the couple were waiting, authorities said.

"The boy and his wife met her and killed her in the back parking lot," Union Public Safety Department Chief Sam White told The Union Daily Times for Monday's newspapers. "He stabbed her in the neck and they loaded her in the car and took her to Lockhart."

Jeter's bright pink 1994 Toyota Celica was driven into a neighboring county and set on fire, authorities said.
They text the victim and lured her to a trap. Then they killed her and tried to inconspicuously dispose of her bright pink car?

Then there is the man who threw 4 kids off a 80 foot bridge. They were 4 months, 1, 2, and 3 years old. Police: Man Throws 4 Kids Off Bridge He allegedly had a disagreement with his wife.
Lam Luong, 37, of Irvington confessed Tuesday night to driving to the Dauphin Island bridge, stopping and tossing the youngsters off the span, which is as high as 80 feet above the water in places, Detective Scott Riva said. Luong faced charges of four counts of capital murder and was due in court Wednesday, Riva said.
So if your wife ticks you off, go chuck the kids in the river.

And lastly a man murders two little girls to cast a spell. 2 Girls Killed in 'Strange Ritual' Slaying in Iowa The victims were not his biological children. But he lived with their mom who was at work at the time.
The victims include Kendra Suing, 10, and her sister, Alysha Suing, 8, whose bodies were found Sunday afternoon. An official cause of death won't be available for several days, Reilly said.

"You're talking about people casting spells, spells gone bad," Sioux City Police Chief Joe Frisbie said at a Monday press conference, according to the Sioux City Journal. "Obviously, there is a lot more going on here than a straightforward homicide."
Experts say the study of witchcraft is often misunderstood.

Professor Helen A. Berger, author of three books on witches, told the Sioux City Journal she doubted anyone claiming to have killed children while casting a spell is a true practitioner of witchcraft.

"This is not a group that participates normally in violence, but it is a group that doesn't have firm boundaries, which means that anyone can make a claim to be a member," she told the newspaper.
This is the part that really burns my butt. They contact a witch "specialist" to point out that people casting "real spells" don't kill people. You know, because people casting real spells are so level headed and stable. Give me a break.

Is it something in the water? Or has my news ticker just made me more aware of man's inhumanity towards man this week? What's your take on it?

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Guilty Pride

Well I would be remiss in my duties as a blogger, If I fail to make some comment on the Iowa caucuses.

First, Huckabee. I was surprised that he was number one and disappointed that Romney at number two, did as well as he did. Giuliani's showing was unexpectedly low. Howver; in Iowa the GOP leaders takes all so everybody but Huckabee was a loser!

To be completely honest with you, I really do not have a good feeling for any of the GOP candidates for president. And how sad it is that? I really like and admire George W. Bush, and was very glad and excited to vote for him. I have no similar feeling towards any of the GOP today.

Second there is Obama. I am pleased as punch that Barak beat the Hillary machine. I think the good old boys in the Democratic Party are all doing a major rethink. What I find particularly interesting is the alleged crisis of black leadership. Many of the old-school black leaders, all threw in with Hillary. But it appears that many of the younger African Americans support Obama. With his victory in the predominantly white state of Iowa, the black elder statesmen have to wonder if they backed the right horse. Different than the GOP contest, The Democrats get so many delegates based on their final standing.

Now I am a registered Republican. But I have always believed in voting for the best man for the job. (I purposely left off the P.C. “or woman” because in this particular contest I don’t think it applies.) Usually though it means voting for the lesser of two evils. But I am not likely to cross party lines and vote for Obama. While I admit a substantial bit of guilty pride, Barak and I are too far apart politically for me to choose him in good conscience. But I hope he keeps beating Hillary!

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #63

Thursday Thirteen #63

13 Things About Dane Bramage
13 Celebrity Babies Born in 2007

Last week I listed some famous people. There were entertainers, statesmen, authors and scientists who have passed on. This week I decided to flip the coin and list famous babies born in 2007. Curiously, when I did my in depth investigative digging, (okay I googled) I only found celebrities from the entertainment industry. Apparently normal people having babies isn't newsworthy and therefore doesn't rate mentioning on the internet. While this list is a little more "star" centric than I would like, I decided to go with it anyway. You never know, this list might have the next Albert Einstein in it.

  1. Savannah and Eden Mahoney Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross and Tom Mahoney welcomed fraternal twin daughters into the world in 2007

  2. Liam Aaron McDermott Tori Spelling and her husband Dean McDermott welcomed their first child in 2007

  3. Angel Iris Murphy Brown Former Spice Girl Melanie Brown and Eddie Murphy had this lovely bundle of controversy

  4. Dezi James Cubiche Jaime Pressly and perpetual finance Eric Cubiche were proud parents in 2007

  5. Kai Madison Trump born to Vanessa Trump and husband Donald Trump Jr.

  6. River Russell Deary to Actress Keri Russell and her new husband Shane Deary

  7. Henry Daniel Moder Julia Roberts and husband Danny Moder had a son in 2007

  8. Estela Monteverde Actress Ali Landry and hubby director Alejandro Gomez Monteverde collaborated on their first child

  9. Valentina Paloma Pinault to Salma Hayek and future hubby Francois Henri Pinault

  10. Leo Kipling Boyer to "24" co-star Kim Raver and husband Manu Boyer

  11. Taylor Thomas Hasselbeck to "View" co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck and husband Arizona Cardinals quarterback Tim Hasselbeck

  12. Alabama Gypsy Rose Jennings to Drea de Matteo and boyfriend of six years Shooter Jennings

  13. Bayley Wollam to "Meet the Parents" star Teri Polo and boyfriend of three years Jamie Wollam

Leave your thoughts on these 14 bundles of joy in the comments

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

2007 in Review; The Quiz

chrys at Wordpark sent me this link. It is to 2007 News in Review Trivia Quiz. My score was dismal. (I admit that sports and geography were my weaknesses). See how well you do.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year

Here's praying that you and yours will be blessed with love, peace, health, liberty and prosperity in the New Year. I hope things are great in 2008!