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Gran Torino

Posted on 30 November 2009 by Thraxxus

Last night I had the pleasure of watching Gran Torino. At first glance this movie appears to be a rather standard issue Clint Eastwood piece filled with snapped quips and just as much gunfire, and in many ways it is, but it is the subtle clips that give it life beyond a typical Eastwood shoot em up. Please understand prior to watching this film that it is absolutely laden with racial epitaphs – Eastwood’s character uses them as I would a comma – the ironic part being that the racial slurs become a foundation for the film, in many ways they are the reason for it.

I could write a long movie review basically giving away the entire film, but I am not going to do that. Instead I am going to point out why this film is so important, at the least to me. There are many moments in Gran Torino where nothing is actually being said, and it is these moments where the most powerful messages are revealed. Often times we count on a great speech delivered by a brilliant orator to grab us, but it is the lack of sound that can be so compelling at times, especially when accompanied by a powerful visual. The bits are small but grab, not quite on the level that the few color scenes from Schindler’s List effect you, but they have their own dark sinister pull all their own.

Understand that this film is a delivery mechanism for an unspoken commentary on the present state of our society. It pokes at the nightmare that we have all pitched in to create and are now forced to live with. In fact the point to this movie is how the main character, Eastwood’s, doesn’t want to sleep in the same bed with the rest of us. He is old, has seen too many things, is packed full of hate and rage, and wants nothing more than to be left alone to stew in his own self manufactured misery. The thing about that is that people, especially Americans, have a difficult time leaving anyone alone – and that is the rub.

For me to elaborate on any of the mindless dribble that I have spewed forth here would equate to me ruining the film for you. I would love to focus on the little bits, but if I did I would only lessen their impact on you. If you leave the film not having noticed anything that I have eluded to here (or that Caravaggio has written about in the past on Blinkinblogs) then you really should ask yourself this: Can I not see the problem because I am the problem?

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20 Minutes with the President – Winning Video

Posted on 30 November 2009 by scanjack

So many of American Liberties have been infringed upon, or outright removed in the name of the war on terror resulting from the lies and disinformation of the 9-11 tragedy. Unravel the shame of what is the ever changing “official” story of the events of, and surrounding, 9-11 and Americans can begin to regain their once great Constitutional Republic.

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Happy Turkey Day

Posted on 26 November 2009 by Five0ClockCharlie

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Posted on 25 November 2009 by Thraxxus

Muppet Style.

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Old School NES Punch Out.

Posted on 24 November 2009 by Five0ClockCharlie

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My Favorite Phineas and Ferb Song.

Posted on 23 November 2009 by Thraxxus

Baljeet goes off.

Just give me a grade.

The Lyrics:

Baljeet: Pardon me! I want to try something!
Oh yeah! I have got something to say! I have been burned by vague lesson plans and a free-floating curriculum!
I like my rules, baby, etched in stone, ’cause you know I am going to stick to them!
Baljeet and Phineas: Can I get a syllabus, a little discipline? Judge me on a scale from A to F!
You wasted all my time learning how to rhyme, now let me hang it from a treble clef!

Baljeet: Somebody give me a grade!
Phineas and Ferb: (Somebody give me a grade, somebody give me a grade!)
Baljeet: I need the man keeping me down!
Somebody give me a grade!
Phineas and Ferb: (Somebody give me a grade, somebody give me a grade!)
Baljeet: Is there a red pen in this town?
Somebody give me a grade!
Phineas and Ferb: (Somebody give me a grade, somebody give me a grade!)
Baljeet: I already said it, I need that extra credit today!
Phineas and Ferb: (Somebody give me a grade, somebody give me a grade!)
Baljeet: And make it an A!

BaljeetOh, I am so upset!
I am stone cold, honor roll,
I won’t be told how to vent!
Phineas, Ferb and Baljeet: I won’t cry or sigh, I’m here to testify,
Up with the establishment!

Baljeet: My parents understand me, for conformity inside of me which I can help the system out!
I ain’t gonna waste my summer taking beatings from my drummer,
Put a mic in front of me and I’ll shout!

Somebody give me a grade!
Phineas and Ferb: (Somebody give me a grade, somebody give me a grade!)

Baljeet: You know I’m gonna wreck the curve!
Somebody give me a grade!
Phineas and Ferb: (Somebody give me a grade, somebody give me a grade!)
Baljeet: The only letter I deserve!
Somebody give me a grade!
Phineas and Ferb: (Somebody give me a grade, somebody give me a grade!)
Baljeet: This isn’t a request, I demand there be a test today!
Phineas and Ferb: (Somebody give me a grade, somebody give me a grade!)
Baljeet: Give me a grade!

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Star Wars Rap

Posted on 23 November 2009 by Five0ClockCharlie

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Dunkin Donuts VS Starbucks

Posted on 22 November 2009 by Thraxxus

Several people I know swear by one of these two factions for their morning fix. What many people do not know is that there is a not so silent war going on between these two companies – amusing point being that they have completely different target audiences: Starbucks caters to the Coffee Snobs (I fall into this category) whereas Dunkin Donuts is more of the working man’s coffee fix place (My dad lands here). My niece used to be an assistant manager of a Dunkin Donuts and swears by the place (funny thing she has worked at Starbucks as a star Barista too – still swears by Dunkin.)Recently a Dunkin Donuts opened up near where I live and thus this morning my wife, kids and I embarked on a Donut Quest. Let me state this before I compare the two establishments- I am not a Donut fan – a fact that DazedNConfused never quite understood.

Let us start with the coffee. Starbucks coffee is vastly more expensive, but also quite a bit better – much better in fact. So if you have the cash and want only coffee I strongly suggest Starbucks. Realize of course that a cup of Jo at Starbucks will be at least 2 bucks, and if you want something like my drink, The Venti Triple Non Fat No Foam Vanilla Latte, then you are looking at no less than 5 bucks. Seriously – five dollars for a coffee. Dunkin’s coffee, one sitting at my left elbow as I type, has no bite, which is good, but also has no flavor whatsoever – and I ordered a French Vanilla Latte. No FLAVOR.

How about the food? I detest Starbucks food. It is over priced and typically tasteless. I have never tried a donut there, as I already stated I am no fan of the donut, but have sampled some of the pastries and have yet to be impressed. I take that back – The Starbucks on Maui was AWESOME – but to date I have never seen their food at any other Starbucks on the planet. So what of Dunkin? What made them famous was there donut and donut holes which they now call Munchkins. Dunkin is so famous for their donuts that when they announced that they had opened one up here Enigma got this weird glossy far away look on his face that I can only equate to ecstasy. Enigma grew up in New York and thus has a fond memory of Dunkins.

My wife enjoys donuts and thus the reason for our early Sunday morning adventure. What did we get? She wanted a bag of donut corners because they are easy to eat, have a broad assortment and our 2 year old can scarf one in a relatively safe manner. One order is about 7000 Munchkins. I opted for the sausage breakfast sandwich – which was massive, a thousand times better than the McD variety, and is made with a giant Popeye’s Chicken style biscuit – and just as buttery. Did I mention it was huge?

So the donuts. Again Enigma used to brag about Dunkins non stop. He’d go on and on about how I just can’t grasp the concept of their awesomeness until I actually have them. So I did. First off my wife and 2 year old son set to ripping into the Munchkins like Gargamel on a Smurf Feeding Frenzy. They were both speechless – only accompanying sounds be soft moans of pleasure. I finally delved into one, then two, and finally a third. The Munchkins were delightful, and looked much more appetizing that their larger cousin – the Dunkin Donut. What got me the most was that the donuts were not greasy at all – my biggest problem with donuts to begin with. They were also cheap.

So Coffee only with no price limit? Starbucks for sure. Working class Joe looking for a good, cheap sugar fix, as well as a cup of caffeine – go with Dunkin Donuts.

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My thoughts on The Twilight Movies

Posted on 20 November 2009 by Five0ClockCharlie

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Delving into the bowels of Social Norm paralysis

Posted on 20 November 2009 by Caravaggio

Preface: For those of you with whom are easily made to feel uncomfortable about delicate subjects focused upon an individual’s behavior in comparison with that of the tribe, please withhold your venomous-filled retorts as this is only an observation (Note to the “Softees”: Rest assured, I can still hear your little heart go peep-peep in loving empathy over the foci of my post).

The setting of this story takes place in the local branch of the Public Library. Children (ages 2-7) are gathering for a evening show-and-tell sponsored by the KC Ballet being given by an officer of that organization. Just as the magic of the presentation began with the kids reaching, what only can be described as pure estacy (“Oh, the pretty Ballet slippers! We love them!”), two ladies burst into the room whilst wheeling in two extremely handicapped women in their late 30s. For evidently an announcement of this merry-band of newcomers was required when one of the mentally-deficient women trumpeted her arrival with a very loud (>90 decibel) animal-like noise (I depicted it as similar to a Nubian Goat in full bleat). People were shocked into a pseudo-form of paralysis. Suddenly it was if an unseen weight decended upon the children. The joy was instantly evaporated. No, dearest reader, I might be calloused, but I’m not mean… it gets worse. 🙂

The “Learning Compromised” (LC) then began a 10 minute salvo of some extraneous communicative-form of a dialogue… LC #1: BLLLEEEAAAATTTTT! LC #2: Momma! Momma! Momma! (indiscernible) Ahhhhhhhhhhh!… ad infinitum. The Ballet Manager was beside herself. The crowd of parents simply looked at their feet. The air carried a clearly distinct virulent pheromone signalling utter discomfort (exactly the environment that I find fascinating).

The children, you ask? The children behaved in a strangly composed manner – as if to follow the cue of “if you don’t look at them, they are evidently not there”. No one laughed. No one stared. Everyone appeared as if they were respectfully, thoroughly frozen in fear. The thaw came when the criminals of this story (the “Handlers/Helpers” of the LC gang) felt the loud dialogue of animal noises and salad speech wasn’t enough. The second act took place when they allowed the LC twins to get out of their wheelchairs and onto the floor with the children. The discomfort hit its acme. The fear was no longer frozen, it was palpible as a clearly (and unfortunately disturbed) LC crawled towards the kids while engaged in an open-mouthed, saliva-strewn grunt (I envisioned a comparison to the movie, Braveheart, when one is supposed to produce a “war scream” whilst charging thy prey).

Allow me not to burden you with too much detail. The purpose of this post is directed towards those two ladies who are obviously very empathetic helpers to the two women who have been, unfortunately, offered a proverbial weak-hand of cards in the tough game of life. HOWEVER, if a child was permitted to act in the same manner as the LC twins, that parent would have been asked to leave the presentation. From an anthropological point-of-view, we are still beholden to our ancestral genetics that are hardwired to ascribe towards that of “tribe”. We feel propelled to act as if we ignore such anti-social behaviors from those who are incapable of being aware of trespassing upon social norms for fear of being seen as unfeeling. Yet we are caught in a social program mis-code of “the LCs are adults, yet they know not what they do”. Pure BUNK, I say! Are we to be held hostage to the irresponsibility of the handlers? How dare they assume we should quietly shoulder their rude allowances and sacrifice the anticipation and joy that was being experienced by our offspring. Why were the handlers not forced to place them back in their cages?!

For those readers, filled with bursting empathy and love for all humankind, find this post distasteful and heartless, I say that your house should be the next fieldtrip planned for the LC gang. From an olfactory indication identified during the presentation last night, you will need to be prepared with adult-sized diapers.

Amare et sapere vix deo conceditur (Even a god finds it hard to love and be wise at the same time)

Yes, I hear the “peep-peeps” already.

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Your Tax Dollars At Work

Posted on 20 November 2009 by Thraxxus

Welcome to the new Medical Bill.

Enjoy.

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Congress, You’re Fired!

Posted on 18 November 2009 by scanjack

Send a pink slip to congress –  over 5 million, and counting.

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Going on Vacation?

Posted on 18 November 2009 by Thraxxus

I suggest Dagobah.

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Yep He Says it all

Posted on 17 November 2009 by Five0ClockCharlie

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Modern Warfare 2 Viral Video

Posted on 17 November 2009 by Thraxxus

Love the interweb!

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The World of Tomorrow ok so its retro 2000

Posted on 16 November 2009 by Five0ClockCharlie

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Phineas and Ferb – Information

Posted on 14 November 2009 by Thraxxus

It isn’t that I have an unhealthy obsession or anything regarding Phineas and Ferb – I don’t own any T-Shirts or anything (hint hint) – however I do find it to be quite possibly the most entertaining thing on television right now in the realm of make believe entertainment. In the past I have post a few simple clips, mostly music, from the show for you to enjoy because, let’s face it, I have some love you. Today I am merely sharing the Phineas and Ferb wiki with you. Click it, read it, live it, watch it. Enjoy.

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Kick Ass

Posted on 12 November 2009 by Thraxxus


Kick-Ass

Trailer Park | MySpace Video

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No More Free Checking!

Posted on 11 November 2009 by Thraxxus

This story cracks me up. Why?

Banks used to store money for people so that the Bank could lend out that money and make its own money. In effect the person who put their money in the bank was paid an interest rate on that money so that the bank could use it to make its own money. Seems logical. Now Banks charge you for the exact same service. Think that through. The bank is basically borrowing money from you, and charging you to do so, so that the Bank can lend that money to someone else to make even more money.

Who has it tough again?

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Clash of the Titans 2010

Posted on 11 November 2009 by Thraxxus

As remakes go this one might be worth a look.

I liked the original but it was sort of campy too.

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IT Beware

Posted on 10 November 2009 by Thraxxus

Apparently, soon, if someone is on your business network, and they look at something or do something illegal on the internet, it is your fault!

Read this. It concerns me that we are becoming more and more of a police state. “If you don’t monitor usage, and report it, then you are at fault.”

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Inoperable

Posted on 09 November 2009 by Thraxxus

Tough word to hear. Watch this video – very disturbing interview with CLU GULAGER. NSFW.

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Funniest Video I have seen in years.

Posted on 06 November 2009 by Thraxxus

No comment.

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Conspiracy Revealed!

Posted on 06 November 2009 by Thraxxus

A REAL CLIP. Watch in horror.

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Can you say T-1000?

Posted on 05 November 2009 by Thraxxus

Awesome article. Basically robots will eventually be the end of us.

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