No Embedding? Fine... I'll Go To The Concert And Do It Myself

This is a sequel post from yesterday. Mission accomplished.

I suppose I played right into their hands by attending the concert, but at least I kept my protest clean by not patronizing
Ticketwhore, oh sorry, I mean Ticketmaster. I bought directly from Variety Playhouse's box office.

Enjoy the clip below. More to follow on my
YouTube channel.

Colbie Caillat's vocals were strong and the audience seemed chill and engaged. A rare combination. Kudos to her for sticking with small venues.


Corporate America Sucks Ass

I'm going to see Colbie Caillat tonight at Variety Playhouse. I'd like to embed one of her videos from YouTube, but I can't because Universal Music has disabled that function.

The company obviously believes that being purveyors of creative property translates into being proprietary assholes.

So, instead of posting her video -- in fact, as a protest to NBC Universal's refusal to play in the sandbox like the rest of us -- here's a montage from a stalwart

This little nugget has about 800K views... Hits that the greedy bastards at the record company would have benefited from.


Toilet Humor: Kimmy Goes For Broke Against A Renegade Turd

I needed a laugh today, so here's one for all of us.

Kim and Gini at their very best...


While 'Strapped For People Who Want To Stay In,' Out On His Ear

This is a particularly good group of "Bushed" vignettes... detailing the numerous fill-in-the-blank-gates from the current administration.

Forget about earning medals and serving honorably -- forget about the understanding people serving with him -- another sergeant has been discharged for being gay. So...

Pay close attention to No. 2, and how perfectly Keith captures the idiocy of "Dont Ask Don't Tell." The other two are great as well.


I Miss Maya Rudolph & 'Bronx Beat'

I picked up this gem from someone's myspace page...

...which reminded me of this skit:


Dyin' To See This

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Thanks To Gene For Hosting In North Georgia

Some shots of my trip up north for a night...


The Supremes Rule That Death Penalty Is 'Totally Badass'

They say justice is blind...

Supreme Court Rules Death Penalty Is 'Totally Badass'


Happy Birthday Triscuit

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Put Your Heart On A Treadmill... For Longevity, Prosperity

In remembering Tim Russert last week, NBC Nightly News ran a segment about the work that Russert did for kids, specifically the Boys & Girls Club of Washington, D.C.

He donated proceeds from his speeches and advocated for youth advancement all the time -- many qualities people didn't know about him.

The piece concluded with one of Russert's favorite sayings:

"No exercise is better for the human heart than reaching down to lift up another person."


'Lead Or Leave': Thomas Friedman Nails Bush's Energy Failure

In today's Times, Thomas Friedman deserves some sort of medal.

His op-ed, in the plainest terms yet, details why our sorry president deserves a failing grade in energy policy.

I was reporting and writing for when Bush took office - and when Cheney was crafting energy policy with a board that consisted of a who's who in Corporate Oil.

Since that time,
his failure to act has been widely reported by MSM and blogs, Web sites, focus groups - you name it. The corporatization of energy policy had begun.

Today, Bush is heckling Congress that if they don't act before recess, they've got the blood of $4 per gallon gas on their hands without domestic drilling. Without a formal plan for alternative energy, he's just trying to make his fat-cat buddies even fatter than they were before.

Bush is incompetent. He's an elitist scumbag who thinks he's God's gift (literally, figuratively...), which, as evidenced by the below video, is definitely not true.

It's sad that impeachment is summarily off the table basically because we're so close to him leaving. Just on energy policy alone, his grade is "F".

Of course that's just one reason for our fatigue... Embodied brilliantly by Skeeter and Jimmy Bob, watching from the sidelines, who
could give a rat's ass about Bush's arrival:


Matthew Kahler's New Set Is Awesome

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This Should Surprise No One.

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House To Air On 'Renovation Nation' Next Week

Discovery Channel's "Planet Green" -- a brand-new, all-green channel with requisite tree-hugger programming -- will feature the house renovation next week. Check your local listings, but on my Comcast DVR it's slated for Wednesday night at 6 p.m., on "Renovation Nation."

As you check your local listings, watch out for the "Renovation Nation" that focuses on the Atlanta area.

Here's a preview of the channel itself:

And a
preview of the show:

In addition to green products,
Charley's deserts and my big gut will be featured. Don't miss it.

I'm gonna go eat my celery sticks now...

The Residue Of 'Temporary Madness' Is... A Deeper Love

Thanks to Stephen for posting this on his page.

"Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being 'in love' which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident." (taken from Captain Corelli's Mandolin)

Doing My Best Not To Drool. Really.

Coming to Will's driveway in May 2009...


Happy Day To All Of Our Fathers

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The Best Of Men... Are Tenacious And Youthful In One Package

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, appearing on the tribute "Meet The Press" episode celebrating Tim Russert (1950-2008), honored the longtime host today with a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt:

"Remember, the nicest men in the world are those who always keep something of the little boy in them."

True for all of us. That show,
the longest running in TV history, will have enormous shoes to fill.

Who's going to operate the whiteboard this November? Sad

David Gregory is a great choice to replace Russert, even though it is way too early to be thinking about that.

After all, someone could only succeed him -- he was irreplaceable... especially during this unprecedented and historic political year.


Charlie Bit My Finger.


News Flash To Gay Drama Queens: Your Rights Have Been Upheld

You gotta read this...

In a related story, the Massachusetts Supreme Court made a ruling of its own. Here's the headline:

Massachusetts Supreme Court Orders All Citizens To Gay Marry."

The Onion stopped allowing readers to generate code for blogs. Boo!

Confused About The Fist Bump? Take This Brief Tutorial


Another Reason To Love Family Guy: The Sci-Fi Soul

Family Guy does parodies and take-offs of Star Trek and Star Wars all the time, much in the same way South Park does. Check out this Star Trek split screen, parodying the funeral for Spock in ST II:


Selfish Is As Selfish Does

"I am convinced that the
majority of people would be
generous from selfish motives,
if they had the opportunity."

Charles Dudley Warner

I don't care what the reasons are -- just be generous. But... intention is always nine-tenths of a life lived well, so there's that, too.

HitMaps: A Fun Way To Track Global Profile Visitors

You've been marked on my visitor map!

Our 'Difficult Days Ahead' Include Sacrifice And... Prosperity

I wanted to remind myself of something tough but true today. Here's what I landed on.


Huge Thanks To All Who Swarmed Atlanta & Artistry For 40/70

...and perhaps a preview of 50/80?


More photos and videos coming soon.

What Superhero Are You?

The Green Lantern is pretty cool, I gotta say.

You are Green Lantern

Green Lantern
The Flash
Iron Man
Wonder Woman
Hot-headed. You have strong
will power and a good imagination.

Click here to take the "Which Superhero am I?" quiz...


What Is A (small c, small l) 'civil libertarian'?

Many of you have asked me what this means in my "about me" section recently... well, here's your answer.

Also, I've put a permanent link in the sidebar for the future. Being a civil libertarian indicates a political thought process rather than a specific party loyalty.

In a nutshell, this country was founded on freedoms, with an "s" - and our founding fathers' intent should never be interpreted as a tool of restriction, prejudice, hatred, excessive intrusion or any other violation that keeps America from the greatness it once knew.

For the past seven years, "power to the people" has been overtly, blatantly, construed and twisted into "
power to the executive branch." And that royally sucks. I hope we're on our way to changing that.

Freedom is also NOT something we can "
spread" or impose on other people. It's not a tool, it's a privilege. We should treat it as such. Personal freedoms, our civil liberties, are both a collective and a personal obligation. And that's why it's so important to me to protect them... so long as we use them wisely.

Remember: live consciously, be responsible and achieve, think freely and love regularly. That makes our freedom actually mean something.
- WP


Rock Star? Maybe. But He's Striking The Right Chords Here

In accepting last night, Obama spoke about many high hopes he has for this country... one of them is that we will no longer use religion as a wedge that divides us.

Is this our time?

One more thing before the clip... Can we talk to Michelle Obama about that purple dress? Not feelin' it. At all. Happy


Kids Say The Damndest Things... With Better Memories

NBC has disabled YouTube's embedding function for many of these great, classic Friends bloopers -- but I found one that will make you chuckle...

Watch how Jennifer Anniston and David Schwimmer gain some greater understanding about their lines.


'Teal Treasure' Heads Up for June (Tirol, Costa Rica)

This capture was shot at a retreat in Costa Rica... the door struck me because of how perfectly weathered the paint was... almost like it was intentionally distressed.

And since I'm obsessed with texture in photos - like tree bark, rusted metal, etc. - this capture really got to me.

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