Here we are now, entertain us [with links]!
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Well, it's Sunday, and I'm sure this will be a monster, so I'm starting at 8 in the a.m. Let's see what's out there in cyberspace, shall we? (Lots of Star Wars crap, because of the movie. Sorry if you're not a fan. It's all fun, though, even if you hate the movies.)
If you want to get lots of groovy CDs with crazy music, join up with Chris "Lefty" Brown's CD exchange! It's nifty!
Fun stuff. Because we all need to laugh once in a while.
The first Star Wars link: It's the One Man Star Wars site by Charles Ross. Any Star Wars geek worth his salt has already heard of him, but maybe some of you haven't lived in your parents' basement in a while, so you don't know who he is.
Ah, McSweeney's. What would I do without you? Find out Embarrassing Things That Might Happen To You While Using A Lightsaber.
Ah, senior pranks. Totally worth the three-day suspension. This link courtesy of Dancing the Polka with Miss El Cajon, another fun blog I just found somewhere. Sheesh. More cool junk to read!
Latigo Flint, Quickest Quickdraw in the West, is a fun read. I can't even describe it - just go check it out. Someday I will have time to sit down a read in it chunks.
My old friend Dave, who I've known for well over 20 years but I'm not sure if he counts as a friend anymore because he doesn't read my blog (the nerve!), told me to check out Steve, Don't Eat It! All right, Dave - it's funny. "Normal" stuff that might make you ill.
Bad Star Wars dialogue. Yes, I know it's not real. It could be!
Affirmative action in Star Wars? You be the judge!
Tom Peyer points out the best dialogue of 2005, from this past week's episode of 24.
Comics stuff. Because we're all geeks deep down inside!
For comics fans, Neal Adams is an icon. He's also a bit of a kook. Read an interview with him, in two parts. Seriously. He's weird.
In case you didn't know yet, Frank Gorshin died on Tuesday. Read about it here. Even if you're not a comic book fan, he's the freakin' Riddler, for crying out loud. Although his brief role in 12 Monkeys was pretty creepy, as well.
I'm sure you're all looking forward to V for Vendetta: the movie! If you're not, why not? Natalie Portman bald, baby! Anyway, Here's a site that analyzes the book.
Top Nine Comic Book Characters I Hate. Well, not me, but this guy. I disagree, but it's still funny.
Political stuff. Because after you laugh, you sometimes have to cry. Sorry - it's the typical left-wing stuff. Don't hate me 'cause I'm liberal!
Insurance companies have gotten Congress to pick up the tab in case of another terrorist attack. Why doesn't stuff like this make for bigger news? All we care about, it seems, is banning sexy cheerleading and gay marriage.
Porn star to dine with President Bush. No, it's not a joke. Yes, Bush considers himself an evangelical Christian. Morals go out the window when there's money involved, people!
I don't know if any of this is true, but here's a list of Republican pedophiles. Disturbing. This comes from Firedoglake.
Arianna Huffington and a bunch of writers have jumped on the blog bandwagon. Pretty good stuff. (And, of course, two days later this parody site went up.)
Bush vows to veto stem-cell legislation. Now, I disagree with that, but whatever - he's the president, he has a "mandate," let him veto it - whenever anyone tries to stop progress they end up on the dungheap of history (note that I don't say "progress" is a good thing, I'm just saying that trying to stop it is like Superman trying to stop a runaway locomotive after he's been exposed to Kryptonite). But this would be the first veto of Bush's presidency! Yes, everything else that has come across his desk has been worthy of his stamp of approval. If you'll pardon the crude analogy, he's like the girl you try to get drunk because she'll let you do anything when she has a few beers in her. If he vetoes this, it will be like that same girl not wanting to have an orgy with three guys even though a menage à trois is okay. This story is all over the place, but I got it from Upon Further Review.
My lovely wife does not like Rick Santorum. Well, let's be honest, he's not very likeable. She also links to this fun site, which gives you information about Pennsylvania's wonderful senator. These people don't like him either. Santorum did apologize, sort of, for comparing Democrats to Nazis.
The government is going to pay for erectile dysfunction drugs. Your tax dollars at work, ladies and gentlemen! Catallarchy pointed the way to this. From the same source we get this story about a young Afghan woman who was murdered, more than likely because she had adopted Western ways and played MTV-style music videos. I think two things about this: 1. It sucks that someone is murdered for simply being herself, and whether or not this is part of "Islamic culture" or not, it ain't right. 2. I thought democracy and freedom were all over Afghanistan? Again, we're wasting time in Iraq while the place that spawned Osama bin Laden is still in chaos, elections or not.
Speaking of Bush, I agree with Democracy Arsenal that this is a nice speech by our president. Of course, speeches mean dick if you don't implement things. Also, he's completely changed his tune on "nation-building." Wouldn't that be a flip-flop? Also, he used "forment" when he meant "foment." Sorry - I couldn't resist.
The Disgruntled Chemist links to an "objective" test: Who would make a better president: Bush or a box of Tic-Tacs? By the way, Mr. Chemist, I'm totally serious about what I said when you're in Phoenix. Let me know.
24 is gaining a conservative cult following. It's sad that a really good show that has always been about defending the United States is gaining a right-wing following this year, when the torture is ratcheted up a notch and is bothering me more (I still dig the show, but still ...). This link comes from Comics and Globe Watch, a blog I can't decide whether to like or not. I'm torn!
A Kansas-based evangelical group wants to picket a school because a 12-year-old wrote an award-winning essay about Ellen DeGeneres, who's, you know, not funny (actually, it's because she's gay, but wouldn't my reason be better?). Okay, whatever - that's what evangelical groups do. However, the school is in Boston. Sigh. Jumbotron 6000 pointed this out.
Miscellaneous. Because I can't figure out where to put these!
Everything you've ever wanted to know about English grammar. You know you want to know everything about it, people!
Everything you've ever wanted to know about the Voynich Manuscript. What? You say you nothing about the Voynich Manuscript? Then what are you still doing here? Read!
A boy gets trapped inside a vending machine. At a Wal-Mart, appropriately. Here's the thing: he's 3 years old and it was 3 o'clock in the morning. His mother said he was sick and hadn't been sleeping well. Still - don't take your kid to Wal-Mart at 3 in the morning!
Angry grackles dive bomb workers in Houston! What a great story.
Play rock, paper, scissors against the computer. Weird. Echopraxia linked to this, and I found that blog through Welcome to Blog.
Gunji stopped by here this week, so I'll gladly link to his blog. He has a pretty good one going, and he's very earnest. Click on over!
A grown man gets upset when he can't buy Star Wars crap. This link comes from the Ministry of Information blog.
Do you want to bid on Pope John Paul II's 1975 Ford Escort? Of course you do! Benedict XVI pointed this out, of course.
Want to know what all the evil celebrities are up to? Sure you do! Go here. Snotty fun. The link comes from Balloon Juice.
Harper Lee shows up in public!
Click here to see a naked male butt! It's not exactly hot, however - it's a French safe sex ad. You can use the link provided to see another one. Those French - say what you want about them, but they have some effective advertising.
The female orgasm under the microscope. Fascinating stuff.
Echidne also links to this story, in which a pregnant girl was banned from her Catholic high school graduation because of "safety concerns." Significantly, the father of the child was allowed to attend. Decide what you will about that.
Rock stars should shut up. Always. If Coldplay doesn't like corporations, Coldplay can stop recording for them. Shut up, Chris Martin, and go home and bang your hot wife. The link to the story comes from Fall of the State. (And I like Coldplay, by the way.)
Mutant big cats. From Greg Morrow.
Best review of Revenge of the Sith so far.
Erinberry links to this story about why it's okay for the founder of the World Changers Church International to drive a Rolls-Royce.
Ladies, get your Darth Vader thong. Oh dear.
Dr. Sordid links to I Used to Believe, which is a collection of stuff adults believed when they were kids. Interesting.
Well, there you have it. Enjoy! Waste time! Have fun!