Sunday, December 25, 2011

My Thought for Christmas Day

When Santa Claus brings you coal, you may as well have a bar-barque.

This, my friends, is the up-side to being on Santa's "Naughty List" every year.

Merry Christmas Everyone


I want to take a moment to wish a very merry Christmas to everyone who takes the time to read my blog. I enjoy being a small part of your life and look forward to more in 2012.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Big Trouble for Speaker Boehner

Only 11 more days until Speaker John Boehner causes a tax hike for every working American. With an 11% approval rating, how will he be able to afford his spray on tan once he's voted out of office?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Courtney Stodden Makes Her Case for Nice List

Courtney Stodden Looks Both Naughty and Nice
Courtney Stodden posed for a series of photos with her husband, Doug Hutchinson, which almost make one forget that she is only 17 years old and her husband is 51. She looks quite naughty in her metallic red bikini. Her husband is almost completely hidden by the Santa Claus costume.

Yes, I almost forgot about the 34 year age difference between Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchinson.

Almost.

One can see more of Courtney Stodden's photos with husband Doug Hutchinson here.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Every Time a Bell Rings...

It's a little known fact that every time you hear a bell ring, it means that another 19 year old single mom has learned to pole dance.

Knowledge, my friends, is power.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Are You SURE Lindsay Lohan is Only 25 Years Old?

Lindsay Lohan - 40+
Lindsay Lohan's photo shoot with Playboy has found its way on-line. She was supposedly trying to recreate Marilyn Monroe's last known photo shoot. Someone told her that this would revive her career. Unfortunately, no one told her to look in the mirror.

Looking at this woman in the Playboy photos, I can't believe that she's only 25 years old. If I didn't know better, I would swear that Lindsay Lohan was in her 40s.

The calender says Lindsay Lohan is only 25 years old, but the Playboy photos say she is at least 40.

An Amazing "Drummer Boy"




I am falling in love with Sean Quigley's version Little Drummer Boy. It has a strong rock and roll influence, but maintains the timeless quality of the original carol.

I'm amazed that this video was created by a 16 year old high school student from Winnipeg, Canada.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Herman Cain Won't Give Anymore Gifts

Herman Cain has suspended his campaign for the White House. However, I'm sure that we will hear a lot more from in the months to follow and, for this, I am thankful.

The man makes Christmas come every day for liberals.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Syfy Releases 3 Special Holiday Episodes

The folks at Syfy have release all-new sneak peeks for the upcoming Holiday Episodes for Eureka, Warehouse 13, and Haven premiering next Tuesday, December 6.

In Eureka, Jack and Jo find themselves lost on their way to the photon generator and appear to run into the nature-loving Taggart, who has transformed into a polar bear living in an ice cave. Hospitable Taggart quickly offers penguin tartar when not before long, Jack gets nauseated at the sight and runs off looking for Andy.

In the Warehouse 13 sneak peek, Pete is seen reaching high on the shelves to put back Rudolph's nose, when suddenly he falls on the slippery snow on the ground, taking down several other pieces with him. He returns these items back onto the shelf and heads back inside. Upon entering he notices two investigators and quickly asks Pete to show his hands. Taking it as a prank from Artie, Pete tells him to come out but instead we see MacPherson appear and claim he hasn't worked there for years.

On Haven, Audrey is wondering why everyone seems to think it's Christmas Eve and is confused by the Santa locked up in the cell block. Santa asks Audrey if she'd like to sit on his lap, which sparks a nerve and Audrey goes after him but soon realizes that its Duke under the costume. It appears that Nathan and team were helping to get Audrey into the Holiday spirit though she's still unsure as to why now, considering its July!

Eureka - Airs Tuesday, December 6th @ 8/7c




Warehouse 13 - Airs Tuesday, December 6th @ 9/8c




Haven - Airs Tuesday, December 6th @ 10/9c




First Lingerie Football, Now a Topless Basketball League?

A group of nightclub owners got together in the midst of the NBA lockout and decided a topless basketball league would be a great idea to keep interest up in the sport since there probably wasn’t going to be a season, according to the Courier Mail.

I would like to take a moment to say that I love America.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show - Another Outstanding Show

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show just finished its annual telecast for 2011. It was another outstanding telecast. They refer to it as "the sexiest hour of television" and it certainly lived up to its billing.

The outfits were amazing and sexy.

The musical performances by Kanye West, Maroon 5, and Nicki Minaj were each top-notched as well.

All of it added up to fantastic television.

Personally, I would have liked to have seen less "behind the scenes" footage and more of the show itself. (In my opinion, "behind the scenes" stuff is better for the internet.) However, I have come to accept that I am in the minority opinion on that one.

Pan Am Is NOT Canceled

Pan Am - Continuing for a Full Season
Karine Vanesse, one of the stars of ABC's new drama Pan Am, tweeted earlier today that the show had been cancelled. ABC, however, was quick to announce that it had not been canceled.

And now, it was announced on the Pan Am Facebook page that the show will continue for a full season.

I don't know the source of this confusion. However, I 'm thrilled that this show will continue. It has a lot of potential, in my opinion, and is really starting to get good.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Keira Knightley in "Neverland"

Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley - or rather her voice - is in the Syfy original movie Neverland, which premieres Sunday, December 4th and Monday, December 5th at 9/8c. When I saw the trailer for this one, two thoughts came to mind.

First, I think this will be a really good movie. I like the idea of showing what Peter Pan was like before we got to know him in that classic tale.

Second, this trailer confirms that Keira Knightley can indeed drive me wild with nothing more than her voice. I think it's because her voice reminds me of the rest of her.



HGTV "Selling Spelling Manor"


Candy Spelling had just 30 days to move out after closing the sale on Spelling Manor, the 56,500 square foot family home where she and television producer, the late Aaron Spelling entertained presidents, royalty and Hollywood legends. HGTV's Selling Spelling Manor will premiere on Thursday, December 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

The show invites viewers along as Candy gives an exclusive tour of the mansion's more than 15 specialty areas, including a bowling alley; a billiard room; an arcade; a collector's gallery with more than 700 dolls; a projection room with a large-scale screen and full surround sound; a china room; a silver room with place settings for more than 50; a gift room with accompanying custom-designed gift-wrapping room; a design studio to capture photos of jewelry and other personal items for online auctions; and a collection fine art originals, including one of the famous Dogs Playing Poker paintings.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Why I'm Glad Nickleback Will Play Thanksgiving Day

I very well may be the only person in Detroit who feels this way, but I'm happy that Nickelback is going to play the halftime show on Thursday.

The way I figure it, no matter what happens on Thanksgiving, we're pretty much guaranteed that the Detroit Lions won't have the worst performance of the day.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Falling in Love with "Geek Love"



Geek Love is a a two-part special that is coming to TLC on December 18th at 9PM (ET/PT). I'm already falling in love with the show, just from the video clip above.

Nerd-tastic Ryan Giltch, founder of Sci-Fi Speed Dating, will bring viewers into the fun, quirky and sometimes bizarre world of geek-focused speed dating on TLC's new special Geek Love. Two half hour specials have been ordered and will air back to back 

Glitch sets up speed dating at events like Comic-Con, bringing like-minded people together to embrace their quirkiness and find love. When comic and sci-fi fans can't find someone to share their passion, they turn to Glitch. Viewers will get an insider's look at the stories behind the daters and witness their journey throughout the speed dating session at New York's Comic-Con.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

RIP - Lee Pockriss of the "Itsy, Bitsy, Teeny, Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini"

She Wears an Yellow Bikini in Honor of Lee Pockriss
Lee Pockriss, who wrote such catchy songs as "Itsy, Bitsy, Teeny, Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini", passed away at his home last week at the age of 87. He went on to write music for The Muppets as well as movies like Sister Act 2 and Revenge of the Nerds 2.

Lee Pockriss will be missed by all who love music.

Friday, November 18, 2011

John Myhre Named Production Designer for Oscar Night

A press release came across my desk recently, announced that John Myhre had been named production designer for the 84th Annual Academy Awards. The odd thing is that I had to do a double take when I saw it.

I could have sworn, when I first saw it, that it said John Mayer was named production designer for the telecast. This prompted me to wonder why a singer was designing the production - for about 5 seconds until figured it all out.

Will someone please tell me that I'm not the first person to confuse John Myhre with John Mayer?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

"South Park" - Goes for a 20th Season

Comedy Central announced yesterday that will extend cable television's longest-running animated series, South Park. The deal for three additional seasons ensures the top-rated Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning series will remain in original episodes through 2016 and a milestone 20th season.


Trey Parker and Matt Stone will continue to write, direct, and edit every episode of South Park, as they have since the premiere of this series in 1997.

I'm happy to see South Park continue. Of course, I also can't help but wonder if Comedy Central is financing this entire project by cashing in on Kenny's life insurance policies.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

"Gold Rush" - Number One TV Show for Men

I posted two weeks ago about how Gold Rush was the number one television show among men - excluding the Game 7 of the World Series - which, I thought, really wasn't saying a whole lot. However, for last week, they were simply the number one show on television for men - without any exclusions.

The all-new premiere of Discovery Channel's hit series Gold Rush on Friday, November 11 was the number one program in all of television during prime time (no exclusions) among Men 25 - 54 ratings and delivery.  The third episode of season two, titled "Family Feud," was also #2 in all of television among Men 18 - 49 (behind  only College Basketball on ESPN). This week's premiere telecast earned a 2.84 HH / 2.11 P25-54 AA%, delivering an average of 4.15 million viewers (P2+).  As with last week, Gold Rush was the top program in key demographics, finishing as the #1 cable program (no exclusions) among Persons 25-54 / 18-49, Men 25-54 /18-49, and Women 25-54 ratings and delivery.

Irish Dancing Tweens


Irish Dancing Tweens (working title), is a new show from TLC, is set to begin production this week. Eight-episodes have been ordered and will take viewers into the world of competitive Irish Dance. Behind the military-precise team dances and fey-like solo routines is the harsher reality of the dance world - demanding coaches, competitive mothers, and hours upon hours of practice. The series will make its US debut in the summer of 2012 and its international debut later in the year.

I have to admit - I didn't even know that there was such a thing as "competitive Irish Dance."

Monday, November 14, 2011

I Found iJustine's Doppleganger

Justine Ezarik
There's a theory that all of us have a doppleganger. That is someone who naturally looks just like us.

I believe that I have found Justine Ezarik's doppleganger. She, of course, is more commonly known as iJustine and she creates videos for YouTube.

Her doppleganger's name is Svetlana, although her last name is unknown. She is from Kherson, which is medium sized city (population 329,000) in southern Ukraine.

Of course, Svetlana doesn't make videos for YouTube like her double. Instead, she is on-line looking for a husband. She is a 22 year old manicurist and mail order bride.

Svetlana
All of this makes me wonder if any of iJustine's fans would consider marrying Svetlana and bringing her to the United States so they could have their own Justine Ezarik.

I also wonder if Justine Ezarik has ancestors from the Ukraine. If so, Svetlana could be a long lost cousin of hers.

You can see more iJustine/Justine Ezarik here. More information and photographs of Svetlana is available here.

The internet never ceases to amaze me.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

What Is America Worth?



Donald Trump, the man who once promised to bring us shocking new details about President Barack Obama's birth certificate, has a special on the Discovery Channel later this evening. In it, he will discuss how much America is worth - from our infrastructure to our real estate.

This looks interesting, but it would still have a lot more credibility if it wasn't hosted by Donald Trump. Or, as I prefer to think of him, America's Birther-in-Chief.

Women in Bikinis = Tools?

Better Looking Than A Power Tool
An article published in Scientific American recently suggests that men tend to view a woman dressed in a bikini in much the same way that they would view tools. Quite frankly, I find this conclusion hard to believe.

Perhaps we should test this theory by having a group of women walk around town in bikinis, with each one carrying a power tool. This would be purely in the interest of science, of course.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Changes at the Oscars

Oscar Night - No Gay-Bashing and Actually Funny
Brett Ratner resigned as producer of the 84th Annual Academy Awards in the wake an uproar from anti-gay comments that he made. The Academy released a statement saying, in summary, that they wished him well but that derogatory comments such as his had comments.

Soon after, it was announced that Eddie Murphy had resigned as host of the Oscars. He was, of course, a longtime creative partner of Mr. Ratner's.

Personally, I think this is a great combination of resignations. It means that there probably won't be any gay-bashing at the Oscars this year and we'll be able to get a host who is actually funny.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Jet. Pack. Lessons. Who Is With Me?

I know three simple words that have the potential to change your life forever.

Forever.

Those words are: Jet. Pack. Lessons.

Who wants to join me?

Monday, November 07, 2011

Amanda Seyfried Does Porn + "Pan Am" Gets 5



Amanda Seyfried will appear in a biopic of Lucy Loveless, the star of the legendary porn flick Deep Throat. Also, ABC has ordered 5 new episodes of the show Pan Am.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Casting for "Antique Market Wars"


Doron Ofir Casting and the producers of the hit series and the forerunner of television's popular antiques and collectibles genre, Antiques Roadshow, are currently casting for a new adventure for treasure seekers: Antique Market Wars.

Antique Market Wars is a brand new competition series in which four antiques professionals will embark on a nationwide treasure hunt for vintage valuables and find out once and for all which expert has the best eye for antiques. These antiquers aren't your amateur-weekend-flea-market hobbyists - they are pros, here to compete
against each other in a once-in-a-lifetime cross-country trip to uncover hidden gems and rusty gold.

If you or someone you know is an authority on antiques - whether it be Hollywood memorabilia, Renaissance furniture, Japanese art or the American Frontier -- the producers want to hear from you! Experts in all fields of antiques are encouraged to apply for this rare opportunity to share their knowledge and become a household name to antiques enthusiasts nationwide.

To apply, send an email to  LAAntiquesCasting@gmail.com. Please include your name, age, city of residence, a recent photo of yourself, and a phone number or email where you can be reached for further questions.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Stupid Press Release

I got a press release today from someone who obviously doesn't have a calendar handy. It starts out:
New Viral Site Just In Time for Halloween | Courtesy of THE WOMAN IN BLACK
The emphasis on the words "just in time for Halloween" is, of course, mine.

Did I mention that I received this today?

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Spanking Keira Knightley

The trailer for Keira Knightley's new movie A Dangerous Method is now on-line.



I was excited about this movie when I first heard about it because:
  1. This film involves Keira Knightley getting spanked and
  2. I'm a pervert.
However, as I watch the trailer, I have to confess that the film contains other exciting elements beyond simply spanking Keira Knightley. It looks like a really great and truly thought-provoking film from director David Cronenberg and writer Christopher Hampton.

But I'm still a pervert.

"Pan Am" - The Best of Episodes and the Worst

Article first published as TV Review: Pan Am - The Genuine Article on Blogcritics.

Episode 6 of this season’s Pan Am aired this past Sunday. It featured Maggie (played by Christina Ricci) trying to hold onto her job at the airline during a flight to Rio de Janeiro and showed us why that job is so important to her. Meanwhile, Kate (played by Kelli Garner) stayed in New York to handle a difficult mission for the CIA.

This episode, quite frankly, reminded me of A Tale of Two Cities – and not just because of its frequent references to world literature. It really was the best of times and the worst.

Maggie - before becoming a Pan Am stewardess
The story arc that found Maggie in Rio was spectacular. It showed us much of Maggie’s back story without getting in the way of its main story. The interplay between Maggie and Laura (played by Margot Robbie) reminded us why these are two of the most critically acclaimed young actresses in the business today.

They took each scene and fully made it their own. I also really like the photography on this episode. Without giving away too much of the plot (for those who haven’t seen yet the full episode is available on-line) towards the end of this episode, Maggie is seen in a room filled with several other people. However, the scene was lit in such a way that each person was seen in their own pool of light with strong shadows in between them.

As the camera moved towards Maggie, it was clear without saying anything that this character was very much alone in the world – regardless of how many people were around her. That, in turn, not only sent a powerful message, it also foreshadows the potential for some other plot twist in this story.

Of course, while the rest of the Pan Am crew was in Rio, Kate was back in New York with her Yugoslav diplomat of a boyfriend – and this was the portion of the story that I thought was seriously lacking.

Quite frankly, it seemed like the writers and director weren’t certain whether or not that portion of the story should be there. Every element of the story seemed tentative; something that they could back away from easily. Even with the way Kelli Garner played her role this episode, it didn’t seem like she was giving it her all.

This is pure speculation on my part, but I suspect that this has something to do with the way some television critics have responded to this portion of the show’s continuing plot. Some critics don’t believe that a Pan Am stewardess could have ever been a courier for the CIA, therefore, they have railed against this portion of it. I have to wonder if this has made the show's writers and directors a bit gun shy about this portion.

Personally, I think this subplot has some serious credibility to it. However, the topic of CIA/Pan Am connection is something for another post.

Regardless, I wish that the writers and directors behind Pan Am would either embrace the espionage subplot and run with it or just drop it. The tentative approach to the story that we saw this past Sunday simply will not cut it.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

"Gold Rush" - ALMOST the Number 1 Show Among Men


The Discovery Channel sent around a press release today, touting the fact that their new show, Gold Rush was the number on program in all of television Friday night among men - excluding Game 7 of the World Series.

The last seven words in that sentence change a lot of things. It's like the New York Mets issuing a press release saying that they're the best baseball team in New York, with the exception of the Yankees.

Okay - that's not entirely true. There's a lot of other programming on Friday night television besides Gold Rush and the World Series. Regardless, the fact that the World Series was a part of the equation does change a lot of things.

Let's see if Gold Rush can continue to hold it own in the weeks to come.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Pan Am - One of the Best New Shows on TV

Article first published as TV Review: Pan Am - The Season Thus Far on Blogcritics.

Pan Am is a new period drama that appears Sundays on ABC that revolves primarily around the lives of four Pan Am stewardesses, although the pilots are a large part of the story as well. This is one of those shows that started out as “just okay,” in my opinion, but over the past five episodes has evolved quickly into one of the best shows on television today.

Pan Am isn’t just good these days – it’s a serious contender for multiple Emmy nominations.

The Pan Am Stewardesses
In the first episode, the script for Pan Am almost seemed too eager to tell everyone the back story about this airline, the dawn of the jet age, and the characters. Since then, the show has really hit its stride. We’re still discovering more about each of the characters, but it has become a part of the story instead of an intrusion into it.

The show is set in 1963 and there were a lot of important historical events that happening around that time. The Cold War was getting hotter. JFK delivered his famous speech in Berlin. The civil rights and feminist movements were getting started. One of the incredible things about Pan Am is that it has managed to walk a very fine, but important line: it includes these things in its story, but still keeps the emphasis on its main characters.

In this sense, Pan Am is similar to movies such as Forrest Gump or other television shows like The West Wing. It incorporates historical events into the plot, but still keeps its emphasis on these fascinating characters that are the stars of the show.

Christina Ricci in Pan Am
The fact that Pan Am can seem a bit Wing Wing-ish at times, by the way, isn’t a mere coincidence, by the way. One of the executive producers for the show is Thomas Schlamme, who directed fourteen episodes of The West Wing and served as executive producer of that show.

This is where the show has come over the past five episodes. If you haven’t seen all five already, please don’t worry. They’re all available to watch on-line.

As for the future, this week’s episode Maggie’s (Christina Ricci) stewardess career is threatened after having pulled one too many instances of rebelling against authority – and we learn the secrets lurking in her past that she will stop at nothing to protect. Niko (Goran Visnjic), the Yugoslavian diplomat, can’t get enough of Kate (Kelli Garner). Maggie’s problems only escalate after being arrested with Laura (Margot Robbie) and stranded in a foreign jail. The dangerous affair that Dean (Mike Vogel) began with Ginny (Erin Cummings) in Monte Carlo becomes too hot to handle as the adventurous crew of Pan Am flies down to Rio.

Pan Am airs Sunday, October 30 at 10:00 PM ET/PT on ABC.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Stephen King's "Bag of Bones" to Become Mini-Series


Stephen King's Bag of Bones, will soon become a four-hour epic miniseries based on The New York Times #1 bestselling novel. This will also be Pierce Brosnan's return to television. The two-night event premieres on Sunday, December 11 and concludes on Monday, December 12, airing at 9 p.m. ET/PT on both nights.

Bag of Bones is a ghost story of grief and lost love's enduring bonds, about an innocent child caught in a terrible crossfire and a new love haunted by past secrets. Melissa George ("In Treatment"), Annabeth Gish ("Brotherhood"), Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls), William Schallert ("The Patty Duke Show"), Jason Priestley ("Beverly Hills, 90210") and Caitlin Carmichael ("True Blood") also star.

In Bag of Bones, bestselling novelist Mike Noonan (Brosnan) is unable to stop grieving after the sudden death of his wife Jo (Gish). Suffering from writer's block, a dream inspires him to return to the couple's lakeside retreat in western Maine. While there, Mike befriends an attractive young widow, Mattie (George) and her daughter Kyra (Carmichael), and becomes involved in a custody battle with the child's enormously wealthy grandfather, Max (Schallert). Though his ability to write suddenly returns, Mike is plagued by ever-escalating nightmares and mysterious ghostly visitations from Sara Tidwell (Rose), a blues singer whose spirit lingers in the house. As he is haunted by the many secrets at the lake, Mike comes to realize that his late wife still has something to tell him.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Ridley Scott Comes to the Science Channel



I learned, thanks to a Google News Alert, that Ridley Scott will soon have an eight-part series entitled "Prophets of Science Fiction" on the Science Channel starting on Wednesday, November 9. He is, of course, the creative genius behind such movies as Alien, Blade Runner, and Gladiator.

I'm glad that I saw this because, quite frankly, I didn't even know that there was a Science Channel. 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes Cross Universes

Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes, issue 1
IDW Publishing and DC Comics are launching a crossover comic book series that will feature the cast of the original Star Trek television series and The Legion of Super Heroes. This series is supposed to last for six monthly issues, with the first issue available in comic book stores now.

I usually cringe at the mention of a crossover. However, the mix of characters in those two story universes gives this one some serious potential.

In the first issue, the original Starship Enterprise crew beam down to a planet, only to discover that it isn't the right destination or time period. Meanwhile, a group of "Great Darkness Saga" Legionnaires travel to the same planet; discovering that they aren't in the right place or time either.

The meeting of these two groups is a cliche. However, the interplay and witty banter that takes place between the Star Trek and Legion of Super-Heroes characters makes it worthwhile.

A six page preview of the Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes crossover is available here from the fine folks at Comics Alliance.

The "anyone who isn't with us is against us" line, used by the Captain Tomorrow character in the opening pages of the first issue, interjects a political overtone into this story line as does the concept of such a line being used in connection with an invasion. Again, I cringed when I read that part. I normally try to stay away from anything that reminds me of former President George W. Bush.

Bele and Lokai from the original Star Trek series
However, this is Star Trek - the television series that squarely interjected itself into social debate, focusing on segregation and civil rights during the 1960s with episodes like "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield." One shouldn't be too surprised then to see overtones of the Iraq War in a contemporary crossover with the Legion of Superheroes universe.

Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes, issue one is available in comic book stores now. It's worth picking up for any fan.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

How to Get a Married Woman to Have Sex with You - If You're Her Husband

Stephan Labossiere, a relationship consultant, has authored a new book entitled How to Get a Married Woman to Have Sex with You - If You're Her Husband. The publisher even came up with a provocative video to help promote the book.





 I'll just say this: once upon a time, there would be absolutely no need for a book like this.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Justin Bieber Faces 5 Years in Jail

Some interesting press releases find their way into my email in-box. I got this one from a group called Fight for the Future. It's one of the more interesting ones that I've received and I will post in its entirety below, without any further editing, just because I find it so provocative.


Justin Bieber - Headed to Jail

WORCESTER, MA -- Fight for the Future (FFTF), a new organization vowing to fight for Americans' tech freedoms, warns Justin Bieber and his fans that the teen pop sensation could suffer five brutal years in prison if a bill pending in the Senate becomes law.

S.978 (text below) by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) would make it a felony for Internet users to stream unlicensed content 10 times in 180 days. The bill is being pushed by the Recording Industry Association of America, the Motion Picture Association of America, and others who seek to crush to Internet freedoms for the sake of higher corporate profits.   The legislation was passed unanimously by the  Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this summer; introduction of a House version is expected in coming weeks.

S.978 would criminalize precisely what Bieber (and his mom) did to gain global renown: Posting videos online of the young singer covering pop songs.  Those videos are still on the Internet, so if Bieber doesn't pull them all down right away, he could be prosecuted and sent to the slammer for five years on felony charges. The legislation applies to an incredibly broad swath of normal social media activity: It would become a felony to post cover band songs, karaoke videos, footage of people dancing to music, videos with music playing in the background, and on and on.

FFTF encourages Internet users to visit www.FreeBieber.org to urge their Senators to oppose S.978.  The site collects Photoshop renditions of Justin Bieber in jail, and urges visitors to record a video of themselves "behind bars" to post to their YouTube and Facebook accounts.

According to FFTF co-founder Holmes Wilson, "What's genuinely troubling is that this bill applies to a massive slice of social media activity.  And if you doubt that the RIAA and MPAA (lobbies for the music and film industries) would push the government to go after teenage Facebook users, remember: these are the same people who used $7,000-per-song civil penalties designed to punish large-scale commercial piracy to sue 14-year-old p2p users and their families."

ABOUT FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE:
Fight for the Future organizes people to fight for their rights and interests, because technology is too central to our basic freedom for its rules to be written by lobbyists and monopolies.

It's usually pretty clear where the public's interest lies. Our goal is to make this even clearer--so clear that nobody can subvert it.

FFTF is a new organization, its team hailing from the Participatory Culture Foundation, the Participatory Politics Foundation, the Free Software Foundation, A New Way Forward, and Downhill Battle.

More information may be found at www.FightForTheFuture.org

TEXT OF SENATE BILL 978:
S.978 -- To amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes. (Reported in Senate - RS)

S 978 RS
Calendar No. 77
112th CONGRESS

1st Session
S. 978
To amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 12, 2011
Ms. KLOBUCHAR (for herself, Mr. CORNYN, and Mr. COONS) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

June 20 (legislative day, June 16), 2011
Reported by Mr. LEAHY, without amendment A BILL
To amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. CRIMINAL INFRINGEMENT OF A COPYRIGHT.

   •    (a) Amendments to Section 2319 of Title 18- Section 2319 of title 18, United States Code, is amended--

   •    (1) in subsection (b)--

   •    (A) by redesignating paragraphs (2) and (3) as paragraphs (3) and (4), respectively; and

   •    (B) by inserting after paragraph (1) the following:

   •    `(2) shall be imprisoned not more than 5 years, fined in the amount set forth in this title, or both, if--

   •    `(A) the offense consists of 10 or more public performances by electronic means, during any 180-day period, of 1 or more copyrighted works; and

   •    `(B)(i) the total retail value of the performances, or the total economic value of such public performances to the infringer or to the copyright owner, would exceed $2,500; or

   •    `(ii) the total fair market value of licenses to offer performances of those works would exceed $5,000;'; and

   •    (2) in subsection (f), by striking paragraph (2) and inserting the following:

   •    `(2) the terms `reproduction', `distribution', and `public performance' refer to the exclusive rights of a copyright owner under clauses (1), (3), (4), and (6), respectively of section 106 (relating to exclusive rights in copyrighted works), as limited by sections 107 through 122, of title 17;'.

   •    (b) Amendment to Section 506 of Title 17- Section 506(a) of title 17, United States Code, is amended--

   •    (1) in paragraph (1)(C), by inserting `or public performance' after `distribution' the first place it appears; and

   •    (2) in paragraph (3)--

   •    (A) in subparagraph (A), by inserting `or public performance' after `unauthorized distribution'; and

   •    (B) in subparagraph (B), by inserting `or public performance' after `distribution'.
Calendar No. 77

112th CONGRESS

1st Session
S. 978
A BILL
To amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes.

June 20 (legislative day, June 16), 2011
Reported without amendment

Monday, October 17, 2011

New Trailer for "The Muppets" is Released

The new trailer for The Muppets is now on-line. The movie will be released this Thanksgiving and, judging from the trailer, it is going be a really entertaining show.

I'm thrilled that I'll be able to see Neil Patrick Harris and Jason Segel on screen in something other How I Met Your Mother. I love that show, but it's still refreshing to see them play a different character.

You Want Me to Apologize???

A conservative acquaintance of mine posted on Facebook that, in his opinion, everyone who voted for President Barack Obama owed this nation an apology. Because I'm in an accommodating mood, I have decided to go ahead and honor his request.

I apologize for voting for President Barack Obama in 2008.

I apologize in advance for my intention to do such a thing again in 2012.

I'm sorry that the War in Iraq is coming to an honorable end.

I'm sorry that Obama bin Laden and several other key terrorist leaders are dead.

I'm sorry that an economy, which was losing 750,000 jobs per month when President Obama took office, has now had 19 consecutive months of private sector job growth.

I'm sorry that DADA has been repealed and that our troops won't have to betray their integrity in order to defend this great nation.

I'm sorry that President Obama actually responded to natural disasters and oil spills instead of just saying what a "heckuva job" his staff is doing.

I'm sorry that President Obama has negotiated new trade deals that will open foreign markets to American products.

I'm sorry that the United States of America has a stronger standing overseas.

I'm sorry that we're doing more today for our returning heroes from the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan than was ever done under the previous Administration.

I'm sorry that the Weapons System Acquisition Reform Act is now law, reigning in fraud and wasteful spending in the defense procurement and acquisition system.

I'm sorry that we are no longer torturing prisoners and instead gaining useful information from them.

I'm sorry that we now have a Credit Cardholders Bill of Rights to prevent banks from imposing arbitrary rate increases on their customers.

I'm sorry that insurance companies can no longer deny someone coverage because of a pre-existing condition.

I'm sorry that college students can remain on their parents health insurance policy, even when they're in graduate school.

I'm sorry that 3.5 million small businesses got a tax cut to help them provide health insurance for their employees.

I'm sorry that insurance companies now have to disclose how much of your premium actually goes towards paying for patient care.

I'm sorry that subsidies to middlemen have been eliminated for student loans.

I'm sorry that funding for our national parks and forests has been increased by 10%.

I'm sorry that the American automobile industry still exists and is profitable and that millions of American manufacturing jobs were saved.

I'm sorry that, for the first time in human history, we have private sector spaceflight programs.

I'm sorry that NASA is pushing ahead with plans for a manned mission to Mars. This has been a goal that was endorsed by Democrats and Republicans alike. However, more progress has been made towards in the past 2 years than in the 20 years prior.

I'm sorry that lenders now have to suffer the indignity of verifying a borrowers credit history, income, and employment status, which helps to reign in fraudulent loans instead of allowing banks to pass the cost of those loans onto everyone else.

I'm sorry that prescription drug costs for Medicare recipients have been cut by 50%.

I'm sorry that more private sector jobs were created in 2010 than during all of President George W. Bush's 8 years in office.

I'm sorry that President Obama discloses the names and affiliation of every lobbyist he meets with, the first President in history to do so.

Most of all, I'm sorry that all of this just isn't good enough for a certain group of haters.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Bringing Bikinis to Your In-Box

Kristen Haglund Wants in Your In-Box
My latest side project is the Bikini Day blog, which on-line here. I have a lot of blog posts that involve women in a bikini or in lingerie and there's potential for a lot more of them. I decided to move all of them to a separate site.

I started the site with a few of my older bikini posts. I will add a new one every day. (Hence the name, Bikini Day.)

This enables me to keep the bikini and lingerie stuff around without it getting in the way of all of my other posts. Women in bikinis do tend to grab lots of attention and it sort dominates my blog as a result.

As an added bonus, this also enables me to experiment with a few things that I may or may not incorporate in this blog or my neighborhood one.

Please check out the Bikini Day blog and let me know what you think of it.

"Avengers" Trailer Sets Record


Marvel Studios announced on Friday that the trailer for next summer's most highly anticipated movie, Marvel's The Avengers, has been downloaded over 10 million times in its first 24 hours on iTunes Movie Trailers, shattering the most-viewed trailer record in the site's history.

Scarlett Johansson is the Black Widow
The trailer, which debuted Tuesday, October 11, exclusively on iTunes Movie Trailers, gave fans a sneak peak at Marvel's The Avengers - the Super Hero team up of a lifetime-based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series The Avengers, first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since.

Marvel's The Avengers unites the world's greatest super heroes when Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) join S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to protect the world from the dangerously powerful villain, Loki (Tom Hiddleston).

Marvel's The Avengers will be released on May 4, 2012 and I am really looking forward to it. This will likely be the biggest movie of the year.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Netflix Does Something Smart. Finally.

After months of pissing off their customers with a significant rate increase and with a reorganization of the company that only seemed to remind everyone of why the facepalm was created, the folks at Netflix have finally managed to do something smart.

I will give my esteemed readers a moment to recover from this shock.

Anyway, Netflix and the CW Network announced today that Netflix will be the only online destination where viewers can instantly watch complete prior season of The CW's current scripted series as well as future shows.


As part of this four-year output deal, Netflix has licensed the rights to stream more than 700 hours of previous-season episodes of The CW's young-skewing dramas as well as future programs. These rights extend for four years after each series, current or future, ends its broadcast run on the network. The CW content can also be made available via traditional syndication windows, electronic sell-through services and, on a partial-season basis, through authenticated cable providers.

Programming available to Netflix members will include the eight dramas on The CW's Fall 2011 schedule, including new series Ringer, Hart of Dixie, and The Secret Circle; returning hits like The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, 90210, Supernatural, Nikita as well as the mid-season series, One Tree Hill.

Previous seasons of The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill and Nikita will be available to watch instantly on October 15, with previous seasons of Supernatural and 90210 beginning in January 2012. Episodes of all scripted series airing on The CW this broadcast season will premiere for Netflix members in the fall of 2012. In addition, all episodes of future scripted series appearing on The CW through the 2014-15 season will be available to stream from Netflix through a commensurate window.

Thank you for restoring my confidence in your company, Netflix. I was beginning to think that it was time to short your stock.

Of course, the huge, unanswered question in this announcement is: will we see deals like this between Netflix and other networks? Only time will tell for certain, but there is a lot of content out there that isn't readily available on-line.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

"The Raven" Looks Promising

There's a new movie coming our next year called The Raven. It's inspired by the life and writings of Edgar Allan Poe. I've only seen the trailer and some of the press materials for it, but this one looks like it has a lot of potential.



In this gritty thriller, Edgar Allan Poe (played by John Cusack) joins forces with a young Baltimore detective (played by Luke Evans) to hunt down a mad serial killer who's using Poe's own works as the basis in a string of brutal murders. Directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin), the film also stars Alice Eve (Sex and the City 2), Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges) and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Faster).

When a mother and daughter are found brutally murdered in 19th century Baltimore, Detective Emmett Fields discovers that this crime resembles a fictional murder described in gory detail in the local newspaper-part of a collection of stories penned by struggling writer and social pariah Edgar Allan Poe. But even as Poe is questioned by police, another grisly murder occurs, also inspired by a popular Poe story.

Realizing a serial killer is on the loose using Poe's writings as the backdrop for his bloody rampage, Fields enlists the author's help in stopping the attacks. However, when it appears someone close to Poe may become the murderer's next victim, the stakes become even higher and the inventor of the detective story calls on his own powers of deduction to try to solve the case before it's too late.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Today is the 162nd anniversary of death of Edgar Allen Poe.

In honor of this occasion, let's take a moment to remember the man who taught us how scary the English language really can be.

What An Amazing Rack



I have just seen an amazing rack.

And yes, I am talking about the pool balls that were racked in EyeHandy's latest instructional video, "How to Rack 9-Ball Pool with Savannah."

Or am I?

Disney to Re-Release Four More Movies on 3D

I have to admit that I cringed when I first heard that Disney was re-releasing The Lion King in 3D. However, the 3D version of the movie has since gone on to bring in $80 million and counting.

Quite frankly, I find it hard to cringe at $80 million.

I guess it shouldn't come as a surprise then that the House of the Mouse will re-release four movies from their archives in 3D in the near future.
  • Beauty and the Beast will be re-released in 3D on January 13, 2012;
  • Disney • Pixar's Finding Nemo will be re-released in 3D on September 14, 2012;
  • Disney • Pixar's Monsters, Inc. will be re-released in 3D on January 18, 2013;
  • The Little Mermaid will be re-released in 3D on September 13, 2013
In addition, Monsters University, which is a prequel to the original Monsters, Inc. movie, will arrive in theaters in Disney Digital 3D on June 21, 2013

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

I'm a PC, But I Will Miss Steve Jobs

I'm a PC, but I will still miss Steve Jobs.

Rest in peace, sir. Your contributions to the world of computing, and the difference that you made in how we use computers, will be remembered for generations to come.

How to Clean a Mirror Spotlessly

I came across the wonder of EyeHandy.com, which uses beautiful women in bikinis or lingerie to explain how to do certain things. Their most recent one introduces use the beautiful and talented Chelsea who shows us how to clean any mirror spotlessly without any streaks, lint, or residue left behind.





If you'll excuse me, thanks to Chelsea and the team at EyeHandy, I have a sudden desire to clean every mirror in my home.

And for any raging feminist who happens to find this blog post, before you post any comments, I will simply ask: when was the last time you came across a bachelor who was suddenly motivated to do housework without any complaints?

Rejection


After five months and one day of waiting, I finally got a response from that publisher in New York. They have decided to pass on the novel version of Roswell Chronicles.

Interesting sidenote, my first reaction upon seeing their form letter was to say, "Oh, you idiots." I may or may not have including a profanity in there as well.

Anyway, I shall tweak my manuscript and send it off to someone else later this week.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Good Bye, Playboy Club - For Now

When I first commented on The Playboy Club on this blog, I talked about how the frequent voice overs from Hugh Hefner provided one more level of distraction in an otherwise busy plotline. I recommended that they get rid of them and keep the focus on the club that he created; not the man who created them.

Rachel Nichols
Strangely enough, by the time the second episodes hit the airwaves, those voice overs were gone. My suspicion is that NBC decided to be cheap and aired the original version of the pilot, which always contains a few things that need to be tweaked. Thus, when the show got better, not enough people knew about it because a lot viewers gave up on the show after the first episode - or sometime even in the middle of the first episode.

I continue to think that if the writing was a bit tighter, the show could be a hit. Unfortunately, we won't get a chance to find our for certain anytime soon because NBC announced this afternoon that they were cancelling the show.

I have to admit that I'm disappointed. The show was getting better as it moved along. I really think that this could have been something special, if the network allowed it to continue.

Oh, well - if I'm lucky, one of the cable networks will pick the show up and run with it.

And if I'm really, really lucky, that network will cast Rachel Nichols or Keira Knightley in this re-launched show. They bring just the right personality to balance some of the current version's rough edges.

Update: I didn't realize this until after I had published this post. However, it turns out that this was my 1,000th post on this blog. I'm just glad that this milestone included the words "Playboy", "Rachel Nichols", and "Keira Knightley."

Submitting to PKN X

Pecha Kucha Night in Detroit
The tenth installment of Pecha Kucha Night will be on Friday, October 11 at the historic Doubletree Suites in downtown Detroit. This is an excellent opportunity to see what some of the best creative minds in Michigan have been up to.

If you, or someone that you know, would like to present at PKN X then please submit a 300 word summary of your work along with some sample image of it to pkndetroit [at] gmail [dot] com no later than October 23.

Please Mr. Postman

Waiting...
I sent the novel version of Roswell Chronicles to a publisher in New York 5 months ago today. They promised a decision on whether or not they'll publish in 4 - 6 months.

Quite frankly, I think my mailman is even more eager for them to make a decision. He's getting a little tired of me asking, "Anything from New York?"

Anyway, as soon as I hear anything, you will hear about it.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Student Runs Secret Banned Book Library


Defeating Those Who Ban Books

A student at an unnamed Catholic school, who identifies herself by the avatar name “Nekochan”, started an unofficial library of banned books that she runs out of her locker at school. She began to lend books to her classmates when her school banned a long list of classic titles, including The Canterbury Tales, Paradise Lost and Animal Farm.

Quite frankly, the fact that this library is happening, and the books are reportedly quite popular with her classmates, gives an immeasurable amount of hope for the future.

Read more about this secret library of banned book here.

Setting a World Record in a Bikini

357 Women - the Biggest Bikini Parade
Once again, I am profoundly glad to have an internet connection. Without it, I wouldn't have known that 357 women in bikinis gathered on Australia's Gold Coast to set a Guinness World Record for the biggest-ever bikini parade.

They squashed the previous record, which was 331 women parading in a bikini. That record was set in Cayman Islands last year.

More information - as well as photographs and video - is all available here.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

My Detroit Sports Orgasm

Another Detroit Lions Fan
The Detroit Lions beat the Dallas Cowboys earlier today, 34 - 30. They are now off to a 4 - 0 start for the season and are going into a three game home stand at Ford Field.

As I write this, the Detroit Tigers are also in the lead. They are currently beating the New York Yankees 4 - 0 in the 7th inning of game two of the American League Division Series.

If the Tigers manage to hold onto this lead and win today, I very well may have a sports orgasm. That's kind of like a regular orgasm - just not as messy.

Update @ 6:49 p.m.
I feel good. Real good.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Irony. Oh, Sweet Irony

I believe that irony can best be exemplified by one seeing a banner ad for Bank of America on the Anon News website.


Irony. Oh, sweet irony.

Good night, everyone.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Reflecting on 8 Years with Detroit Synergy

It all started back in 2003, for me.

On the set of "Checking In"
At the time, I was working on a feature-length documentary entitled Checking In: The Story of the Book-Cadillac Hotel, which focused on the historic Book-Cadillac Hotel in downtown Detroit. The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, which was the quasi-governmental agency that was working on redeveloping the hotel, wouldn't talk to me on camera about the project so I turned to some of the historic preservation groups, who were all too happy to talk about the hotel.

Back then, I had already decided that I was going to leave Detroit permanently as soon as this project was done. Regardless, during that time, I met Francis Grunow. He invited me to attend a meeting of this new group called Detroit Synergy. I was hooked after that first meeting. I met so many people who had such energy, enthusiasm, and determination to get things done.

I got involved in organizing a pub crawl where I met a man who often seems more like a force of nature than a human being, the legendary Alok Sharma. At one point, Alok asked me if I knew how to write a press release. I told him that I had written several for different political campaigns that I had worked on over the years. He asked me to draft one for this pub crawl.

Everyone at Detroit Synergy seemed to love my work. They kept asking me to do more.

Ain't No Party Like A Detroit Party
As for the pub crawl that we organized, it was truly legendary. Imagine, if you will, close to 400 people bouncing from one bar to the next in downtown Detroit. Most of the people on this pub crawl were young professionals. Some of them were even inspired to move to Detroit based on how much their experience downtown surpassed their expectations.

Eventually, I was invited to apply one of the two public relations slots on Detroit Synergy's Steering Team, which is their leadership team/board of directors. The first time I applied for that position, they actually turned me down - opting instead to bring Paula Turner onto the team. I applied again in the summer of 2004 when another vacancy occurred on the Steering Team.

This time around, I was able to join their Steering Team in September, 2004 as one of the public relations co-chairs. I ended up working closely with Paula for a couple of years before she left the team to pursue other interests.

Over the next few years, I:

  • Was a part of seven more truly legendary pub crawls;
  • Got to dance on the field during the Super Bowl XL Halftime Show;
  • Helped the group get media coverage not only with the local news media, but with CNN, MSNBC, the BBC, and the Italian news media as well;
  • Helped organize the group's Shop Detroit, which brought people from as far away as Toledo to do at least a portion of their holiday shopping in downtown Detroit;
  • Worked with a variety of developers to market their residential properties; and
  • Helped the group get the publicity they needed to launch new projects like Detroit Bikes, Pecha Kucha Night, and Supper Club.
In February 2009, I decided that it was time for a change. I transitioned from their public relations role to the fundraising one where I got to work more closely on the group's fundraising efforts.

One of Detroit Synergy's Meetings
It has been a fantastic voyage. However, like all great voyages, there comes a point where it is time for it to end.

Detroit Synergy today has an amazing group of people who remain on its Steering Team. The team is smaller in number than it was when I joined back in 2004. However, in my opinion, they are stronger than have been at any point in the group's history. They are perfectly prepared to not only continue on the group's nine year old legacy, but to take it to the next level. I'm excited for the group and for myself.

As for me, I'm taking some time away to finish some work projects. Regardless, I will still serve as project lead for their Pecha Kucha Night and I'm sure I will find some other capacity to serve as well, just not on the Steering Team.

It's been a great 8 year voyage with Detroit Synergy. I'm thrilled with what we managed to accomplish and I look forward to seeing a lot more from my successors in the organization.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

On Retiring the Space Shuttle

NASA brought the Space Shuttle program to an end this July after more than 30 years of service to the nation and to cause of space exploration. Since I continue to hear the occasional complaint from one person or another about why NASA brought this program to an end, I thought I would write this post so I easily link to it later when I might need it.

The Space Shuttle was a terrific vehicle for taking us into Earth's orbit. It enabled us to launch and repair satellites and to build the International Space Station. Those were fantastic missions, but they're done. It's time for NASA to move onto the next level of exploring space. Unfortunately, the Space Shuttle simply isn't the right vehicle for our next steps in space exploration.

As an example, former Presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, as well as President Barack Obama, all endorsed the long-term goal of a manned mission to Mars during each of the respective tenures in the White House. It's time for NASA to start preparing for such a mission.

The problem, of course, is that the Space Shuttle needs a runway in order to land and there are no runways currently on Mars. Without such a runway, the Space Shuttle could only circle around the planet. It could never land astronauts on the planet's surface.

The Surface of Mars, Without A Runway In Sight
The same holds true for NASA's plans for a manned mission to land on an asteroid as well as the possible return to the Moon for additional long-term scientific research. None of these places have a runway. Therefore, the Space Shuttle couldn't land there.

Since the Space Shuttle can't land anywhere that doesn't have something like a runway, and NASA's next steps in the voyage of discovery are all to places without runways, the unavoidable conclusion is that the Shuttle simply isn't the right vehicle for what comes next in human discovery.

There are, of course, those who argue that NASA should have kept the Space Shuttle going until its next vehicle is ready. Once upon a time, I would've argued the same thing. However, one of the things that NASA has learned the hard way is that it's exceedingly difficult to build the next thing while one is still doing the old thing. This is particularly true when the next thing is something as big and complex as exploring space.

The fact of the matter is that NASA has made more progress towards designing and building the Space Shuttle's replacement in the past two years, when the end of the Shuttle was announced, then they did in the five years prior to that. It is simply better for an agency like NASA to put all of its resources towards preparing for the next thing, rather than try to juggle old and new technologies.

The timing for all of this has also never been better. There are now private companies that are on the verge of launching commercial ventures into space. They can take care of launching new satellites and servicing old ones, which is a task previously done by the Space Shuttle.

For anything that the private sector isn't currently equipped to handle, the Europeans, Chinese, and Russians can take care of it. They are doing today the sorts of things that NASA was doing thirty years ago and they will continue to do them. It's time for NASA to continue its leadership in space by moving onto the next thing.

It's time for NASA to land a spacecraft on an asteroid; to launch a manned expedition to Mars and to return to the Moon. These are the challenges that await NASA. They will be met, not with the Space Shuttle, but with our next generation of spacecraft. I, for one, eagerly look forward to what is next for America's space program.