Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The State of the Union

President Barack Obama delivered what I believe to be one of the best State of the Union addresses I have heard in years this evening - and I say that as someone who has been watching them since the days of Jimmy Carter. (Yes, I was a nerd as a kid.)

First, as a Detroiter, it was great to see newly elected Rep. Hansen Clarke at the State of the Union instead of his predecessor, Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, mother/instigator for disgraced former Detroit Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick.

As for the speech itself, I loved the fact that President Obama referenced the one million private sector jobs created in 2010. It's great to remind everyone that some good is happening, just not as fast as anyone would like.

I couldn't help but notice that when the President proposed a five year freeze in government spending hardly anyone applauded. That is a shame.

As a small business owner, I loved the President's idea of simplifying the tax code and lowering the corporate tax rate. I was also thrilled with his suggestion of getting rid of the 1099 requirement for small businesses.

I think his goal of having one million electric cars on the road by 2015 is a great. I also think that paying for it by eliminating subsidies to oil companies is even better.

I'm glad that the President included plans for immigration and infrastructure in the State of the Union as well. He was quite general in his remarks, but it shows that he will likely push for those issues, which is a positive in my opinion.

I was mildly disappointed that, when President Obama talked about the importance of technology and innovation, he didn't push the space program as more than example of what we did in the past. In my opinion, the space program is something where it's possibilities for inspiring innovation are only beginning. I feel it deserved a more prominent place and more emphasis should have been placed on the future of the space program instead of its past.

Finally, when President Obama talked about high-speed rail, I was quite excited. Although, when he mentioned that it would make some trips faster than a plane and enable it to happen "without the pat down" I suddenly became worried that we might not see Corinne Theile in a bikini anytime soon.

All in all, this was a great speech. Now, however, comes the hard part - actually doing all of the things that President Obama talked about this evening.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Tobacco (Brown) Road

Looking Too Good for Cigarettes
Thanks to the folks at GQ, I now know that tobacco brown suits will be all the rage this spring. I, unfortunately, do not own anything that is tobacco brown.

The way I see things, I have two choices. I can either go shopping or I can start rubbing old cigarettes over everything in my closet.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Nude Stars from the Golden Globe Awards

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards were less than 24 hours ago. By 8 a.m. this morning, however, there were nude photos and video clips of the winning actresses on-line.

Yes, the internet is a wonderful thing indeed.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Things That Make Me Laugh

I was surfing around on YouTube the other evening. Britney Spears has a new song up, which I listened to out of curiosity. I was shocked though when I saw one of the advertising overlays that showed up.

Yes, a Britney Spears video was paired with an advertisement for "private drug rehab."

This makes me laugh for reasons that could never be described in a blog post. I'm not sure if it's something that was arranged or if it's just one of those happy coincidences. Regardless, this is one of those things that make me laugh.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Lingerie Shopping with Britney Spears

Britney Spears Wants Your Underwear
People magazine reported that Britney Spears went shopping for lingerie recently. She purchased "a Valentine's Day-themed piece and a body suit."

In related news, the National Academy of Sciences concluded that Britney Spears shopping for underwear is the least newsworthy story of the past decade. The fact that a national publication decided to report this shows how low things have sunk in American culture.

Monday, January 10, 2011

RIP - Major Dick Winters

Maj. Dick Winters of Easy Company
Major Richard "Dick" Winters, who commanded the 101st Airborne, Easy Company and was the inspiration for Band of Brothers, passed away last week at the age of 92. He was, until the very end, an inspirational leader to his men.

The obituary for Major Winters is available here.

As a writer, I'm glad that there are people like Major Winters to provide me with endless inspiration.

As an American, I'm simply glad that there are soldiers like him to stand on guard for us.

Follow Me

Traffic on my blog has more than doubled over the past month. A lot of folks have discovered my site after my posts about Rachel Nichols appearing on Criminal Minds as well as in this one really weird dream that I had. Others continue to discover my blog after my posts about Heidi Montag and fake boobs.

Regardless of how you find my blog, I'm glad that you did.

If you are one of my new readers, I would like to welcome you to my site. I invite you to follow my blog with Google Friend Connect by clicking the "follow" button in the right hand column. You'll be able to keep up with all of my blog posts and assorted rantings.

Besides, my fellow Detroiter, Uncle Kracker, thinks that it would be really cool if you followed my blog. He even wrote a song about it.

Uncle Kracker has never steered you wrong, has he?

Friday, January 07, 2011

Guest Starring in Weird Dreams

Rachel Nichols Started a Pillow Fight
I had this really weird dream last night.

In my dream, I was looking for the TV Guide and walked into my living room to find it. Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Rachel Nichols, and Katy Perry were all hanging out there for some reason. (Yes, I have excellent taste in guest stars for my dreams.)

Anyway, I asked the ladies if they had seen my TV Guide but they ignored me. Instead of answering, Rachel Nichols started a pillow fight with the three other women. I remember being both excited by the pillow fight and irritated that they were ignoring me.

I never did find my TV Guide, but - and here's the really weird part - after a moment, those pillows turned into giant ice cream cones. Four of the hottest women in the world were now having an ice cream fight in my living room.

Keira Knightley Likes Ice Cream
It was at this point where, in my dream, Keira Knightley turned to me asked what my favorite flavor of ice cream is. It was at this point that I woke up with this intense craving for ice cream.

Anyway, psychoanalyze this one at will. I would love to hear what other folks think about this one.

As for me, I'm having chocolate ice cream for breakfast this morning - in case Keira Knightley was wondering.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Katy Perry Comes to "How I Met Your Mother"

CBS announced this afternoon that Katy Perry will make a special guest appearance on How I Met Your Mother later this season, in an episode entitled "Oh, Honey". She will reportedly play Zoey's (Jennifer Morrison) cousin, a beautiful, naive girl who the gang resorts to calling "Honey".

Katy Perry Brings the Honey
Katy Perry has made a lot of guest appearances on television shows (Sesame Street, Saturday Night Live, American Idol, and so on). However, none of these roles have ever been challenging enough to test whether or not her acting abilities are as good as her musical talents. This, I believe, will help to settle that question.

The one thing that I can say ahead of time is that I guarantee she'll be better than Britney Spears was when she showed up on HIMYM, which I'll admit is not saying a lot.

Anyway, I look forward to seeing Katy Perry on How I Met Your Mother. It should be a fun episode to watch.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Things I Think About

From the growing list of things that I think about while sitting in the waiting room of my doctor's office, I give you the following item.

No. 381
Is everyone in Denver automatically a member of the Mile High Club?

Natalie Portman's "Inappropriate" Bottom Covered

Not For the Trailer
Natalie Portman will appear this spring in a new film entitled Your Highness. It's from the director of Pineapple Express and tells the comical story of prince who goes on a quest to rescue his kidnapped bride (Portman).

In one particular scene, Natalie Portman is seen wearing what can only charitably called a thong. There really isn't much of a costume there. In fact, about the only thing that is in that costume is proof that she spends a lot of time at the gym.

However, when it came time for Universal Studios to release the trailer for this film, they digitally altered the scene to show Natalie Portman wearing a more modest bikini bottom. She will still wear the more revealing thong in the film, but for the trailer, the studio changed it so that she was wearing something a bit more modest.

Let me repeat myself: the studio changed it so that Natalie Portman is wearing something more modest. Universal Studios actually released a statement saying that it wasn't "appropriate" for such an outfit to be worn in a trailer.

Dressed for the Trailer
Usually, studio executive want to change things so that their actresses are showing more flesh, not less. Universal, however, went the other way and played down Natalie Portman's assets.

(And yes, I did intend to make that pun.)

Anyway, I want to say that when Hollywood is covering up an actress's butt instead of exploiting it like they usually do then it can only serve as proof that we are are living in some strange times, my friends.

Very strange times indeed.

I wonder if this has anything to do with that rumor that the world is going to end next year?

Monday, January 03, 2011

Omen for a Good Year

I use Google News Alerts to keep up with the news that is important for me.

And what was the first news alert that I received for 2011?

Toronto-based artist Lisa J. Murphy has released a book called Tactile Mind. It features raised, three-dimensional images of naked people and private parts that are sculpted into thermoform plastic, which is the material that is used for Braille.

Some critics call this "porn for the blind". I, on the other hand, just call it awesome.

The fact that this was my first news alert for 2011 tells me that this is going to be a very good year.