Here is yet another sign that this country is asleep. We say that we support our troops and all that crap, but how can that be true, when the top headline in my local paper, across all six columns (a paper owned by the USA Today company, Gannett) is “Cut your time to the beach in half…maybe”, and below that, is a ONE COLUMN piece, barely peeking over the fold, about the war in Iraq with a two centimeter sidebar noting that 18 soldiers have been killed in the last week? No mention of the fact that the deathtoll for soldiers alone is quickly approaching 1700.

And Bill Maher is being called a “traitor” for a joke about the sad state of army recruitment? If you could hear me, I’d be stuttering this line but, I-I-I-I just don’t understand what’s going on in this country any more.

Here’s another thing — why don’t the people who are closest to certain subjects understand their own business? For example, there have been all these stories recently about how Hollywood is wringing its hands about poor box-office sales this year. Oh, why is this happening? Is it because of the proliferation of DVDs and improved technology for the home theater? NO, you bozos, it’s because movies SUCK. People have caught on to the fact that almost all of the generated hype about movies is complete crap. A movie has got to get good word of mouth or it’s going to tank. The way society has been narrowing its focus, there are fewer and fewer things to do outside the home — think date night. How many options are there on most nights? I can’t tell you how many times my husband and I have hired a sitter hoping to go to a movie and there has been nothing pulling us to the theater. We end up going to Barnes and Noble instead.

And don’t even get me started about how the clueless the Democratic Party is…..

And another thing, while I’m ranting. I know you think I’m this all-out liberal, but sometimes I read the web blogs or sites of other liberals, and I think okay, I’m not that crazy. There’s this movement now to ban the sale of M-rated video games to minors. Okay, yes, minors should not be playing “Grand Theft Auto” or “Halo” but isn’t it the responsiblity of parents to keep their kids from buying the games? I mean, 8-year-old Jr. isn’t getting that fifty bucks from the wind. Get involved people! Take the video game system into the “family” room, that’s a great way to keep an eye on what your kids are up to. Sure, you may not be able to watch American Idol, The Apprentice or CSI:Louisville, but hey — that’s what TIVO is for.

(from Bullets Over Broadway)
DAVID SHAYNE: You know what? I’m feeling a bit unstable, so I’m going to go now, and check into a sanitarium, and get the help that I need, and we’ll talk later, ’cause it’s been good….hasn’t it?

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