Saturday, January 23, 2010

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S FIRST YEAR


From Damian at 2 Cents Worth Down Under

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

This amazing article was in my national paper (in Australia) written by their Washington correspondent - Alex Spillius. For you haters - some food for thought - for us supporters - some hope.

President Obama's First Year
We all know that honeymoons come to an end, and even on that sparkling January day a year ago when Barack Obama made it official with the American people, both sides realised that bliss could not be eternal. But no one foresaw that the honeymoon would end so soon, with the bride of public opinion packing her bags in the holiday hotel, leaving the groom to plead: ''I never said this would be easy . . . come back, I can still bring change.''
Americans have fallen out of love with their charming President at a fast rate, even as his popularity has remained high abroad. As early as October, his approval ratings had tumbled from 65 to 70 per cent to the high 40s. Obama's inheritance from George Bush was two wars, the worst recession for 70 years, unemployment heading for 10 per cent and a $US1.2 trillion deficit. It guaranteed a first year of unprecedented challenge.
Not content with that, Obama decided to tame the monster of health care, tackle energy reform, sign a global green treaty, embrace the Muslim world, bring peace to the Middle East, establish a universe free of nuclear weapons and talk sense to the Iranians. Americans have baulked at the mind-boggling sums involved in his domestic reform: a $US787 billion stimulus bill, a $US1 trillion health-care bill and plans for carbon emissions trading that will cost industry dearly.
In Congress, his fellow Democrats are fretting about losing seats in November's mid-term elections. The party has already lost the governorships of New Jersey and Virginia in the first major post-Obama votes. And the President has confessed to disappointment at breaking his vow on changing the political culture. ''What I haven't been able to do in the midst of this crisis is bring the country together in a way that we had done in the inauguration,'' he admitted to People magazine. ''That's what's been lost this year . . . that sense of changing how Washington works.''
Overseas, Obama may still be seen as the great anti-Bush, but at home the standard narrative is that he has taken on too much, lost the ability to inspire, can't impose his will on Congress and been too soft abroad. That said, it has been a remarkable first year. Obama is on the verge of seeing reforms passed that will for the first time provide health insurance for every American. Plenty of presidents have talked about that since 1947; none have done it.
He has propped up the economy, albeit with an inflated and, in places, misdirected stimulus bill. The housing market has bottomed out, and consumer confidence is returning. The possibility of a double-dip recession remains, but if most forecasters are right, unemployment should begin to fall. Belatedly, Obama and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner have acknowledged popular outrage over the bail-out by proposing a special bank tax, a start towards easing resentment over Wall Street's preferential treatment.
Contrary to Obama's big-spending image, he has cut more superfluous spending programs in Congress than his Republican predecessors, and Congress has passed more legislation supported by a president than any before him.
Furthermore, he has banned torture, ordered the closure of Guantanamo Bay and sent the 9/11 suspects for trial in the civilian courts. Federal funding has been restored to stem-cell research, women's rights to equal pay have been improved, and new emissions standards have been set for vehicles. This is not a president who can't get things done.
Critics have lambasted his foreign policy for appeasing terrorists, kowtowing to China and bowing to monarchs of far-off lands. With all this negotiation and reaching out, they want to know where the results are. But who seriously expected Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or Kim Jong-il to respond to overtures when their existence depends in part on vilifying America? In his Egypt speech last June, Obama said: ''I've come to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect.'' Those are powerful words. In time, they could come to mean something.
He has made mistakes in foreign policy. Allowing his speech to students in China to be suppressed by the authorities should not happen to American presidents. Nor should arriving at the Copenhagen summit without a climate deal. And his decision to increase the number of US troops in Afghanistan while setting a deadline for withdrawal could prove a disastrous lack of incentive for allies in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
In the heady early days leading to his inauguration, Obama's admirers forecast greatness. Would he be a Lincoln or a Kennedy or a Roosevelt, they pondered fondly. Such talk was grossly premature - and remains so. But who knows? Ronald Reagan is regarded in the US as one of the best presidents of the post-war era. He came into office in 1981 with ratings just above 60 per cent, but by 1983 they had plummeted to below 40 per cent as the economy slid into recession. Less than two years later, he trounced Walter Mondale.
Obama does have some defects to correct. He needs to stop blaming Bush for his problems and to find some of Bush's fire in the belly when it counts. There were encouraging signs of the latter when he delivered a forceful reaction to the Haiti disaster.
The good news for Obama, and for all of us dependent on his success, is that he has shown he can learn from his mistakes. There was a long period at the start of the marathon 2008 campaign when his performances were lacklustre and his debating skills blunt. Possessing a self-awareness rare in politics, he identified his problems and corrected them.
Obama's first year has not been nearly as bad as the received truth in Washington would have it. Having swooned for him in the campaign, the media has overcorrected its earlier collective abandonment of balanced reporting. But if he wants to win back those Americans he has lost, Obama needs to appreciate that, as he often said on the stump, their relationship isn't about him, it is about them.

Friday, January 22, 2010

5 FOR / 10 GREAT LINES FROM: A SINGLE MAN

I saw A Single Man yesterday and I'm not talking about my reflection in the mirror. I mean the beautiful and haunting movie A Single Man. Run to the theater and see this movie! Do not walk! Do not wait for the DVD! A Single Man must be seen on the big screen. And bring some kleenex.

It's 1962. Eight months ago, George (Colin Firth) lost the man he's loved for the past 16 years. Waking up in the morning is painful but he has a solution. We travel with George as he journeys through the day, reliving the past, masking his pain from his friends, neighbors and students, and quietly saying goodbye all in preparation for ending his pain and his life.

Unlike Avatar, which needs to be seen on the big screen for the magic and spectacle of the 3D special effects, without which Avatar is a marginal movie, YOU NEED to see A Single Man on the big screen so you can appreciate every beautiful, lingering, loving frame of this movie. Not a scene, not a word, not a blink of an eye is wasted or without meaning.
5 FOR:
  1. When I drool over, I mean, think of Tom Ford I think of style, elegance, beauty, sophistication and simplicity. Tom brings all this and more as the film's Producer, Director and Screen Writer. Unlike Mr. King of the World, Tom does not manipulate our emotions. He use words, his actors and carefully framed images to tell his story and let us live it.
  2. This is not just an amazingly beautiful movie to watch it is beautifully and simply told with many subtleties.
  3. I cried twice in the first 10 minutes. I cried allot in this movie and I would have cried louder and even sobbed if there had been less people in the theater with me. I think I cried more the second time. Did I mention I saw this movie on Wednesday too? I did and I had to go back on Thursday. I may have to see it again this weekend.
  4. A Single Man is a classic love story. The lovers are two men but they could be any two people, they are warm, intimate, genuine, loving, affectionate, bickering, playful, a family. There are two scenes where four words, plainly said are as crushing as any fist. And yes I cried here too.
  5. Colin Firth is sheer perfection. Julianne Moore's role is small but pivotal and I think Tom's homage to Patty Duke's Neely in Valley of the Dolls right down to the dress. Nicholas Hoult as Kenny is intense, wise and sensitive and has the most beautiful eyes.
  6. BONUS: I can't think of a single negative thing so instead I'll give you ten memorable lines. I think these will give you a sense of the beauty of writing in addition to the cinematography.
10 MEMORABLE LINES FROM:
  1. Remember that old lesbian who threw a drink at you because you asked her if, "she was hung like a donut?"
  2. Lovers are like buses, you just have to wait a little while and another comes along.
  3. I'm dying for a dose of you.
  4. When a minority becomes noticeable, it becomes a threat to the majority.
  5. This guy was checking me out and asked if I was a natural blonde. I said, "If I stand on my head I'm a natural brunette with sweat breath."
  6. Some times, awful things have their own kind of beauty.
  7. Having a real relationship, with kids.
  8. Not a fear, not a fact but an expression of a predicament. 
  9. The services are just for family.
  10. I'm English. We like to be cold and wet.



MAC VS. PC - UK EDITION

These are very funny but give me Justin Long any day!










CHRISTOPHER WALKEN: WHO KNEW?!





Thursday, January 21, 2010

CAN YOU GUESS THIS VERY WELL KNOWN CELEBRITY??

You know him. He is very well know and not obscure in any way. What you don't know it that he ever looked like this. Post your best guesses. I'll post the pic revealing his face and name (which you'll know) tomorrow. I think the lips give him away. If you've seen this photo already today, then please don't guess.

Momma by Mell Lazarus


Sad but too true.

LAST KISS - by John Lustig


I don't like breaking them in as much as I like wearing them out.
Dedicated to someone who's having a bad week and who has a thing for shoes.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

MILLION DOLLAR STATE TROOPER



If you need a story to lift your spirits and make you laugh today or any day this is the story to do it. I just wonder if the old guy got a speeding ticket too.

Source Just A Dude Talking About Life

MY COMMENT ON: JOHNNY WIER



Are you calling Johnny a douchebag? That's how I began my comment.

I saw the promo (see below) for Johnny's new series on the Sundance Channel on numerous blogs, I watched the promo and then I watched the show and was impressed. Then I saw his third place performance at Nationals (on Joe.My.God.) which qualifies him to represent the US at the 2010 Winter Olympics. When I read the comments left on Joe's post my blood began to boil. I checked to see if somehow I had been redirected to some Wingnut, homophobic website because of all the vile hate thrown at this young man.

The first episode of Be Good Johnny Weir is really a documentary, Pop Star on Ice, of how and why he got into skating and how he won 3 national title in 4 years and then lost a 5th national title in a tiebreaker. But it also shows his relationship with his fans, with his coach, with his mother, with his hometown, with his BFF Paris who he interviews while in a bathtub together, with other skaters, with Russian skating coaches, with the media and with the skating federation.

I really knew nothing of him before watching this show now I can say that this boy defines the word FIERCE! And not in a two snaps and head flip way but in a head strong, determined, I'm gonna be me and I don't care what you think way and this takes guts, brains and confidence. He has a very defined POV and lives it. He speaks his mind, maybe too quickly, but he takes responsibility for it and has no regrets. To go with all this, his is beyond talented and an amazing athlete.

I just don't understand the kind of hate I read in the comments on Joe.My.God. I'm sure that 95% of the haters knew nothing more about him then the costume he wore at the nationals and maybe the photo I posted at the top of this post. They know nothing about what motivates him, where he came from, how he got there or where he wants to go. For the record, Johnny is obviously a very flamboyant person but has neither confirmed nor denied his sexual orientation which is his right to do. How many of us came out at work in our teens or early 20's?

Don't like Johnny, fine, but to vilify him and hate him is unnecessary and speaks more about one's own internalized homophobia then it does anything about Johnny. How can we expect GLBTi people to be completely equal and accepted if we aren't capable of doing it our selves. Watch the show and see if you don't agree with me. While he may not look or act like your ideal hero (what does an ideal hero look like?), he is a hero and deserving of praise not scorn.

BE GOOD JOHNNY WEIR PROMO


JOHNNY'S NATIONAL PERFORMANCE

I WOULD DO THIS IF MY PHONE WASN'T SO OLD


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You've Found Our Ringtones

Tired of that same old 80's pop ringtone embarrassing you in front of the boss? Why not add a little Gecko to your phone and watch those frowns turn upside down?*
* Your results may vary during business meetings, movies, and other super-serious events.

Just right click the download links below to save the free ringtone files to your computer.  Select the format based on your phone – the Apple® iPhone™ mobile digital device uses the M4R format; many smartphone devices use the MP3 format.

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Envious of the Gecko's boss? You've seen thecommercial, now you can have his "worst" ringtone, a snappy sounding ringity-ding-ding-dingy-dong, on your phone. Download the ringtone below. For instructions or to share with a friend, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

TRUE BLOOD: AN EROTIC CONNECTION


An Erotic Connection

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That phrase is just gross. right? Even when it's describing something I'm keen to see. Which this would fall under. Via EW:

"If you’re one of the (many)True Blood viewers who suspected there might be fallout from Bill “donating” blood to save Sam’s life in the finale last September, go ahead and give yourself a gold star. The show’s boss, Alan Ball, tells me that in season 3, the hunks will forge “not just any connection, an erotic connection.”

See what I mean? Why doesn't he just talk about being "moist" and get it done with? Still, this season appears to be shaping us as a queer ol' time, what with Layfayette getting a boyfriend and promises of Eric-on-dude action. Mmm Eric...

Thanks My New Plaid Pants

TORCHWOOD COMING TO THE US!






You always worry about bringing shows over from the UK. You especially have to worry when the UK show is so damn good like Torchwood. I worried about The Office but my fears have been unfounded. Sure, the original is better but I almost think it is because they were first and they didn't do the show very long. After six years of 25+ episodes would the original have been as good? What will never be matched though is the UK's Office reunion special. Best idea ever for a show.


Anyway, this is about Torchwood which is one of my favorite BBC shows ever. When I first saw it was coming to the US, I thought it might suffer the same fate as Life On Mars which just didn't seem to catch on here. I also worried FOX might try and make it suitable for a Hills type crowd. No worries though. The original producers are going to be the producers for the US version and the creator of the original will be writing the scripts for the US version. Oh, and the absolute best part? If FOX orders a pilot of the show John Barrowman is going to star!!!


TMI TUESDAY: WOULD YOU RATHER

Would you rather...

1. Have eyes that always smile or a voice that makes people calm? When I was 19 I got contacts and it was the first time people got to see my eyes without thick bifocals obscuring them in 17 years. Yes, I started wearing glasses, bifocals no less, when I was 2. It was then that the world discovered my beautiful blue eyes.

2. Have an affair and your partner catches you or your partner have an affair and you catch him? Either way it won't matter. If we have agreed to be monogamous then the relationship will be over. To my knowledge I have never been cheated on but the one time I cheated, I ended the relationship. The relationship was basically over anyway, we hadn't had sex in months and if I had still loved him, I would not have cheated. I don't know if he ever found out or suspected.

Who knows?

3. Have better sex or more money? Money. I have gone through long periods of my adult life without sex, as much as 4 years, and I have gone through my adult life with just enough money to live but never enough to say I was comfortable. The sex I've had was good enough but not the money. Maybe more money will bring more sex even if it isn't better. I don't need better sex, just more.

4. Be able to read everyone's mind all the time or always know the future? I'm not sure I could handle knowing the future and the way this question is phrased, I'd always know the future. I'd pick reading peoples minds because that I could control. I would be a great spy and I could get away from it by going to a cabin in the woods or maybe to my private island that my new power would enable me to afford.

5. Your partner have sex with someone else or fall in love with someone else? Love. If I can't have him then someone else should. Plus, I can understand love.

Bonus (as in optional): What one thing, big or small, would you change in your life if granted one wish by a lamp-bound genie?  I wrote about this on Friday Fantasy - I would wish for no religion.


Thanks (This is) A Blog for the Lonely

Monday, January 18, 2010

Jay Leno 2004 Announcement

I haven't posted anything on the Conan/Jay Tonight Show fiasco mostly because everyone else has; however, I thought this was worth sharing.


Jay Leno 2004 Announcement

The people over at Funny Or Die went looking through their archives this weekend and found this clip from Jay Leno back in 2004. It was the night he said he was giving the Tonight Show to Conan O'Brien in 2009. Want to know what Jay said?

"I don't want to see anybody have to go through that again [The Dave and Jay controversy]. You know, this show is like a dynasty -- you hold it and then you hand it off to the next person, and I don't want to see all the fighting and all the 'Who's better?' and nasty things back and forth in the press. So right now, here it is, Conan, it's yours. See you in five years, buddy." 



I HAVE A DREAM - HAPPY MLK DAY


In 1950's America, the equality of man envisioned by the Declaration of Independence was far from a reality. People of color — blacks, Hispanics, Asians — were discriminated against in many ways, both overt and covert. The 1950's were a turbulent time in America, when racial barriers began to come down due to Supreme Court decisions, like Brown v. Board of Education; and due to an increase in the activism of blacks, fighting for equal rights.

Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist minister, was a driving force in the push for racial equality in the 1950's and the 1960's. In 1963, King and his staff focused on Birmingham, Alabama. They marched and protested non-violently, raising the ire of local officials who sicced water cannon and police dogs on the marchers, whose ranks included teenagers and children. The bad publicity and break-down of business forced the white leaders of Birmingham to concede to some anti-segregation demands.

Thrust into the national spotlight in Birmingham, where he was arrested and jailed, King helped organize a massive march on Washington, DC, on August 28, 1963. His partners in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom included other religious leaders, labor leaders, and black organizers. The assembled masses marched down the Washington Mall from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial, heard songs from Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, and heard speeches by actor Charlton Heston, NAACP president Roy Wilkins, and future U.S. Representative from Georgia John Lewis.

King's appearance was the last of the event; the closing speech was carried live on major television networks. On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, King evoked the name of Lincoln in his "I Have a Dream" speech, which is credited with mobilizing supporters of desegregation and prompted the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The next year, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
The following is the exact text of the spoken speech, transcribed from recordings.

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.
In a sense we have come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied, as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating "For Whites Only". We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!

But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

Sunday, January 17, 2010

COUGAR TOWN: I COULD SLAP A BITCH



Cougar Town is one of my favorite new shows this season because it's funny, silly, well acted and filled with scantily clad gorgeous men but after last week's show, I could slap that BITCH Courteney Cox!

It's not that I don't like her or her character, I do, it's that I'm so fucking jealous. This crazy old bitch has now dumped two nearly perfect men. These men were as close to perfect emotionally, mentally, physically, sexually (for her, they'd have to be gay for me) and any other way you can think of. On top of them, her ex-husband still has the hots for her and now her nearly perfect next-door-neighbor is sporting a secret crush.

My wanting to bitch slap Courteney is justified not just for the jealousy but also because these characters, these men, discarded like used kleenex, were likable and enjoyable to watch. Did I mention that she is an executive producer and has a hand in who her character gets to drool over and sleep with plus she is married in real life to David Arquette ( so I like quirky).

Don't believe me or don't watch the show? Here's my evidence:

The first boyfriend to be dumped and after telling her he loves her! Nick Zano.





Dumped number 2 after he said he wanted to be exclusive: Scott Foley.




The next-door-neighbor with the secret crush, Josh Hopkins. (Not a great picture of him but the best I could find.)

And the ex-husband, Brian van Holt.

KINDLE REVIEW: WORLD WAR Z: AN ORAL HISTORY OF THE ZOMBIE WAR

I bought this book as a gift for my 12 year old nephew. Christopher loves all things zombie and can be quite obsessed at times, has been since he was about 4. Like most boys his age, it's very difficult to get him to read when he has sports to participate in, video games to play and text's to type but a book about a zombie war, that he just might read. It worked when I gave him The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection From The Living Dead, also by the surprisingly kinda cute son of Mel Brooks, Max Brooks, which you can read about here. Christopher is constantly thinking about the best way to survive - where to hide, how to kill them, what supplies to have on hand, etc. I read the book so that we could talk about it.

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War is written as a collection of recorded interviews of survivors. One interview can take place in the US, the next in London, followed by Japan, then on to Iceland and then India and then Chili. Each interview is only about 5-10 pages long and is with only one person. That person can be a General, a housewife, a cook or a soldier. Each interview reveals a key detail or strategy to how the zombies came to be and how we eventually won the war.

Max is a traditionalist (as am I) when it comes to zombies - no super speed or strength, can only be killed by destroying the brain, infect human through bites or blood exposure and they are relentless, driven by an unending hunger. He has taken his traditionalist views and explored just about every conceivable scenario and this is what makes this book so interesting.

Did you know that zombies freeze? That they can't swim but since they don't breath they just keep walking on the bottom of what ever body of water they're in? That most military weapons are ineffective in killing zombies because they are designed to destroy the body not the brain?

The only problem I had with this book was that it was too easy to put down because each story was independent of the other and this style also eliminated any possibility of this book being a page turner. There was no plot, no curiosity pushing or pulling you to the next page or chapter or even to the end.
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