Friday, April 29, 2011

Daria - Flashback To My Teen Years

In my teen years, I had four favorite television shows - The Simpsons, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, M*A*S*H, and Daria.  The Simpsons were at their absolute apex during that time; Fresh Prince actually went off the air in 1996, but was kept alive through syndicated re-runs.  If you haven't figured out my opinion of M*A*S*H yet, then you need to visit my page of essays about that series.  Daria was the one show that flew under the radar in those days, and thus is the subject of this post.

Daria was on the air for a little under five years - from March of 1997 through January 2002.  It spanned five seasons of thirteen episodes each plus two movies, "Is It Fall Yet?" (which bridged the fourth and fifth seasons) and "Is It College Yet?" (which was the series' finale).  Unfortunately, even as the full DVD set has been released, the show will most likely go down as a forgotten series of its time.  Part of the reason for this is the fact that it aired on MTV (as a spinoff of Beavis and Butthead, no less), but also because it was done in an era of other well-known shows (Friends, Seinfeld, The Simpsons, South Park, Home Improvement, et cetera).  Despite it being a relatively forgotten show, it is, in my (somewhat worthless) opinion, one of the most underrated shows of all time.

Moratorium Back On...

The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has granted a temporary stay of Judge Nelson's ruling that the NFL owners' imposed lockout be lifted, pending hearing of arguments.  This means that the Lattanzi Land NFL Moratorium is officially back on until the lockout business is resolved.

Cue up the BWS and the crack-addict whining.  

Monday, April 25, 2011

Breaking the NFL Moratorium: Lockout Lifted

Judge Nelson has granted the players' request for an injunction against the NFL, thus ending (at least temporarily) the lockout imposed by the owners against the players.  The NFL's request for a stay of the decision, pending appeal to the Eighth Circuit, will probably be heard shortly.

I'll be honest, I had hoped for a long and drawn-out labor dispute between the players and owners.  In fact, I didn't even care if the whole season had been nuked.  As I have said to many people, the NFL season is filler between baseball seasons.  Yes, I am an Eagles die-hard, but God knows I loathe the NFL as an organization and have long tired of the proverbial and metaphorical fellatio performed on the league by both the media and fans who act like crack-addicts (which is distinct from BWS, by the way).

Now, the league and the players are not out of the woods yet.  Yes, while this injunction ends the lockout, an appellate court or the Supreme Court could overturn it on appeal, and there is still plenty of the time for the defecation to hit the oscillation, and if that happens, everyone will come out smelling like fecal matter.

Which is exactly what I want to happen.  

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Christos Anesti!

The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, they have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. 

Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, and the cloth, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again unto their own home. 

But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, and seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. Jesus saith unto her, touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday

And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross. And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. 

And sitting down they watched him there; And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth. 

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. 

Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God. And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him: Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children. 

When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.

"Earth Day"

Why do we bother with such nonsense?

The planet is not 'a living, breathing entity', as some would have it.  It is not 'our mother', and it is certainly not a goddess.

As I have said time and time again, good stewardship of the earth is required because it is our home, but the consistent attempts to turn it into something more just smacks of desperation on the part of people who need something more in their lives.  They want to matter, to be relevant, so they claim to speak for something they know can't ever speak for itself, and we have to take their word for it. How is this any different than any of the man-made religions that depend on a completely private revelation?

Take care of your home.  Because it's what you are supposed to do.  Every day.  Not just some stupid singular day that was designed to try and guilt people into caring for an inanimate object and to get them to accede to the demands of People Who Know What's Best For Them™

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Random Ramblings

I have not been blogging much lately; things have picked up quite a bit of speed lately and blogging has sort of been thrown by the wayside because of it.  I shall endeavor to do more, but then again, I can't make any sort of promises in that regard.

Also part of the reason has been that I am just too upset with what is going on in the world to sit and write coherently without devolving into some sort of long-winded spew profanity. Let's see what we have....

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Thanks A Lot, Mr. President

Appreciate it.

There are actually quite a few things he can do, but just won't either because he doesn't have the will for it or simply don't want to.  

Monday, April 4, 2011

Statements With Expiration Dates

Close Gitmo?  Nope.

Civilian trials for terror suspects?  Not anymore.

On the same day that President Obama announced that he would seek re-election in 2012, he also announced this 'shift' through the Attorney General. Verrrrrrry interesting.