Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Strange Parallel When I saw a picture of Heath Ledger in Joker makeup, I thought of the odd similarity to Brandon Lee in his Crow makeup. Ledger is currently assumed to have committed suicide. Brandon Lee was the son of Bruce Lee. Brandon did not commit suicide, but there's a controversy over whether he was accidentally killed or murdered. He died when the cap from a blank cartridge penetrated his jacket and embedded into his abdomen which was not detected for several hours.
There's media frenzy in New York City over his death. The mainstream media say that there's demand for it. It gets ratings. I think he was a good actor but I've seen it so often: John Lennon, Princess Di, John Kennedy Jr., etc. Enough is enough. The death of a celebrity ought to have more dignity than this.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 10:32 PM Permalink
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Anyone but McCain
McCain is still wrong on immigration, free speech, campaign financing, taxes, the role of government, health care, global warming, and the "long war" -- the need to be on offense against creeping socialism as the Dems has been pushing since FDR.
He's right on the global war on terror.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 1:23 PM Permalink
Monday, January 21, 2008
A suggestion that I mailed top amazon.com
I suggest that you add "Reviewer has purchased the book at Amazon" where this is the case in order to let the reader of the review have an indication whether the reviewer may actually own the book.So many reviews look like discussion board entries with the 1 or 5 stars being given to influence the rating.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 3:17 PM Permalink
People dancing in those Flash ads
I wonder if there's a human being somewhere who's collecting one billionth of a cent when the ad is displayed. Perhaps it was entirely animated. Or perhaps it's in the public domain which could explain why it is so ubiquitous.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 11:45 AM Permalink
What's up with Peggy Noonan and Newt Gingrich?
I often think that she has harbored resentment that she wasn't brought into the inner circle in the administration of George H.W. Bush after her start as a speechwriter for Ronald Reagan in the middle 80's and then out of the White House in 1989. Her bio starts at age 35 with getting to Buchanan's office and since 1989, it is almost she's been living three or four years over and over again. Does she ever direct that rhetoric in order to advance some elected officials who support the agenda she supports? Talk about shooting the wounded...
At some level there's a disappointment that no Republican has a triple crown of being right on national security, the economy, and culture/social issues. It is another thing to add the cry of despair that the without Reagan, Woe is us.
I am suspicious that the media still are building up McCain. McCain is electable but I think it's time (maybe past time) for McCain to tone down the maverick stuff and get on board with the conservatives. I have another clothespin labeled McCain ready for the general election in November.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 9:09 AM Permalink