Sunday, November 29, 2009

One of My Favorite Christmas Songs

Done by the great Bob Rivers. First heard this song about 15 years ago and it would be a shame if any of my fun loving audience have not heard this rendition before.


Friday, November 27, 2009

Justice Is Not Only Blind, It's Lame

"Things in this life change very slowly if they ever change at all". - The Eagles

An old Klingon proverb says Revenge is a dish best served cold. An old Filipino proverb says justice is a dish best served rarely.

I see so many people lately asking for justice. In Facebook and in the newspapers. Because of this event. Well, we should never lose hope. It is indeed a horrible event. But please show me when we have seen justice? When did the truth prevail?

Two examples:


Nine years ago this man and his driver were unfortunately killed. Result of an ambush.

Have their families seen justice? It is nine years later and we don't even have anyone brought on charges.


You may have heard of this man.

There is an airport named after him.

He is on our currency.

He has a statue in the middle of the business district.

His wife was president of the country.

His son might be president of the country.

Most significantly he sired the Queen of Endorsements.

Imagine this: August 21 , 1983 he flies to Manila with a number of journalists with him in the plane. Soldiers come to pick him up. Cameras follow. Seconds before his life ends cameras were trained on him and the soldiers pushed them up obscuring what seems like forever any of us ever knowing what really happened. Not only was justice blind but so were the cameras.

Twenty six years later they don't even have a suspect much less a trial.

And this is a national hero.

At the time we were fed the line that there was a lone gunman in the tarmac. How someone just ends up in any international airport by a plane that has landed and know which plane and what time (remember August is hot) and has a gun. The whole thing does not add up. I don't think the return publicized at all. This was not Kennedy in a motorcade in Dallas. Yet the lone gunman knew all this.

The Filipino may be worth dying for, but should you be the one sacrificing, then we will have statues for you and you will be in the money we use and your name will be on the airport but you were killed by A. Nonymous. That is our gratitude to you Ninoy. No justice for you.

People get away with injustice all the time. So grave and so blatant and we shrug it all off. Accept it. Yet the country grinds to a halt whenever there is a Manny fight. People really care more Manny beating up on a Mexican they never heard of than about justice or values or life.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Alternative Bohemian Rhapsody Video

Janice, Waldorf , Statler, The Great Gonzo, Rowlf, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Beeker, Dr. Teeth, Floyd, Zoot, Fozzie , Animal, Crazy Harry , Swedish Chef,Lew Zealand , Muppet News Flash guy and more. Doing Bohemian Rhapsody. Yes I am reminiscing again.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Hypocrisy of the Recognition and Admiration of Efren Penaflorida

Yes, he is all over all kinds of Filipino media. But I want to ask this question. You nation of band wagon jumpers, why now? The simple answer is because CNN says so. We would have never recognized him on our own. What I find heroic about this man and the others I looked at in the CNN showcase was that the most important thing this guy teaches is HOW TO LEARN. Like the classic Biblical quote do not give a man a fish , teach him how to fish (which also shows you Jesus' take on vegetarianism). Give the man a fish and you feed them for a day, teach the man how to fish and you feed them for a lifetime. That is what I see to all those who make investment in youth.

After seeing all this token praise for him I decided to write about this. Then I saw this article. My simple question is if we did value learning and education before as a culture. Show me where.

I see this sudden shower of attention and campaigning very hypocritical and counter intuitive of our culture. Look at our noon time TV and tell me what do you learn from that?

Look at our prime time news and what do you learn from that? You know what I learn? News should be read with intonation similar to pro wrestling announcers.

Look at what local movies and prime time shows succeed and what shows are simply not produced and you can tell what the values of this society are. Jim Rohn says the marketplace is reality. If that is true look what succeeds in the market here. Nice reality huh?

Our reality does not value education or learning or even reading. Why change now?

I have to recall an anecdote. A while back we had a flash in the pan starlet called Belinda Bright. Like many show biz types , that is not her given name. Apparently she was given her stage surname by her director who saw her reading a book between takes. What I find fascinating is based on that story, reading a book qualifies as aberrant in the eyes of the culture and worthy of a nickname.

I am not anti Filipino, I am anti dumb. Efren Penaflorida is anti dumb. There are not many like him and they are obviously not celebrated. Unlike me, he goes out and educates. He is like the Bookmobile driver in South Park who has come to life teaching the magic of reading

Point being, we are celebrating an educator which is an admirable thing. It's just that we have never done it before. We celebrate morons. People who thumb their noses on education. We had a former president who released a joke book about himself with transposed polack jokes and it made him more popular. We don't celebrate intellectuals in this country, we reward, celebrate and elect imbeciles. You are welcome to disagree with me if I offend you but better yet identify somebody of substance that the man on the street relates to that does not fit the grim portrait of shallow values I am painting.

Let's list popular figures in this country. The people who capture the imagination of our countrymen:

Joseph Erap Estrada

Richard Gomez

Sharon Cuneta

Willie Revillame

Manny Pacquaio -

All the so called spokespersons/ endorsers for products that the advertisers crave.

Fernando Poe Jr.

Tito, Vic and Joey

Sex Bomb Dancers

Rico Yan

Richard Gutierrez

I can go to any bustling sidewalk in Metro Manila and everyone will know these guys.

Now tell me:

1) who am I missing ?

2) tell me one person in my list or yours who is valued by this culture for their intellect?

3) based on the people this society values, what do they learn from them?

4) If you put Efren Penaflorida on that list, does he look out of place? Actually not fitting in that list is his strength.

A lot of the people on my list are barely literate . Even if they are, they barely show it.They don't inspire their followers to learn. Maybe the followers do not want to learn. And you tell me as a society we value people Efren Penaflorida? We have not in the past.

I rest my case.


Monday, November 23, 2009

I Got A New Channel

I got a new channel.

If you can watch this 90 second commercial. It's for what has been my obsession for the last 72 hours. In that amount of time I watched daily updates, hockey between Montreal and Washington. Football between Arizona and UCLA, football between Ole Miss and LSU. Dolphins vs Panthers, Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech. New England vs the Jets, Philadelphia vs. the Bears.

The commercial promotes their programming

a) NFL Football, my favorite.

b) NHL Hockey, fast guys, hard hits, cat like reflexes and real fights

c) NCAA Football and Basketball

d) NASCAR racing but no Cole Trickel and Ricky Bobby

e) The Pro Bowl

f) The Super Bowl

g) NFL Total Access from the NFL network

What's the point of all this?

Not one Manny Pacquiao commercial or highlight!!!!!!!


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Distorting Sarah Palin- An Inquiry Into Research and Media Bias

"In a way Obama is standing above the country, above the world. He's sort of GOD. He's going to bring all different sides together."

- Newsweek editor Evan Thomas

There is distortion on both sides. Although I am for the side Fox News has chosen, I really do not rely on them for any kind of news. Why? Because of the fact they have really chosen a side. As long as news is used to promote an overt agenda or the content in itself is manipulated to attract a certain audience then you can not really call yourself properly informed.

Just because it's a side I agree, does not make them exempt from relying on dirty tactics I will call out if I saw the other side do it. I call out people with double standards, best not create some of my own. I did a lot of research in university. You learn that eventually you are only good as the sources you use.

The good news is the Internet makes it so easy to research anything. The bad news is, not everything you see on the Internet is useful.

Fox News can say something but unless I can get a distinct second opinion and use that as my reference, the Fox fact will not see the light of day at least from me Something I learned a few years ago. If you have to lie to make your point, how good is your point?

Keith Olbermann and the rest of his ilk were so focused on using their medium (MSNBC) as an outlet for their hatred for George Bush I really doubt they every said one positive thing about his work at the White House.You see? You can't call what they are doing news. More like Marxist cheerleaders. They were not reporting on the presidency, they were doing their best to discredit to the point that they forgot one thing. Zohar said "If you wish to strengthen a lie, mix a little truth in with it." It's truly hard to believe someone who was elected and reelected to the White House has done nothing worthy of some token praise from the left.

Unfortunately Fox News in doing the same thing. But from the opposite bank of the river.

Although I do enjoy the fact Fox News annoys Obama. If Obama was truly fair then he would also try to dial back all these news networks that think of him as a messiah. But that is what he wants. Now with the Internet it is easier to find a multitude of viewpoints. Who knows you might find one that will tell you the truth.



For the second time in just over a week, Fox News is coming under fire for misusing old news footage. The latest flap is leading some people to charge that the cable news network is intentionally misleading its audience, while Fox claims a "production error."

Wednesday's incident occurred when Fox News host Gregg Jarrett mentioned that a Sarah Palin appearance and book signing in Grand Rapids, Michigan had a massive turnout. As footage rolled of a smiling and waving Palin amidst a throng of fans, Jarrett noted that the former Republican vice-presidential candidate is "continuing to draw huge crowds while she's promoting her brand-new book,'' adding that the images being shown were "some of the pictures just coming in to us.... The lines earlier had formed this morning."

However, the video used in the segment was from a 2008 McCain/Palin campaign rally. In response to the minor uproar that arose after clips of Jarrett's report hit the Internet, Fox senior vice-president of news Michael Clemente issued an initial statement saying, "This was a production error in which the copy editor changed a script and didn't alert the control room to update the video."

On Thursday afternoon, Fox News issued an on-air apology delivered by host Jane Skinner:

Yesterday we told you about Sarah Palin kicking off her book tour and then we spoke to Sean Hannity about an interview that he did with former Governor Palin. When introducing the segment we showed you footage of people lining up in Michigan for a book signing that evening. In the tease before the segment, the tease to commercial, we told you how those people were already lining up to meet Palin. The problem is we didn't show you the video we were actually referencing. Instead we mistakenly aired what's called "file tape" of Sarah Palin. We didn't mean to mislead anybody in that tease. It was a mistake, and for that we apologize.

The current mishap comes on the heels of a controversy sparked last week when footage from a conservative rally held over the summer was played on "Hannity" during a segment on a more recent rally. During the clip, host Sean Hannity marveled over the large turnout for a Washington, DC protest. The Daily Show later pointed out that there seemed to be some inconsistencies with the video shown on Hannity's show, namely that the atmospheric conditions seemed to vary from shot to shot. Hannity later apologized on the air for what he called "an inadvertent mistake."

Barely a week into Palin’s blitz to promote "Going Rogue," media coverage is becoming its own story. Fox News rival MSNBC caught heat last week for using altered images of Sarah Palin on the air, for which they later apologized. On Wednesday, Yahoo! News reported Newsweek’s defense of their latest controversial cover, which Palin herself blasted as "sexist."

-- Brett Michael Dykes is a contributor to the Yahoo! News Blog

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Just In Case One Dose of Stupidity Was Not Enough

I give you another dose.

The show is called Get A Life. It seems to be they get a stupid premise and then pile on all the stupidity and absurdity that can fit in a half hour sitcom.

In case you missed it, the first installment was here.

This episode finds Chris again with a beautiful woman (Emma Samms) and a bizarre stalking triangle ensues. The other woman is the wife of the late John Ritter. I have no idea how their agents were talked into going on this show but I am glad they are here. Maybe it had to do with the fact no one would be watching.


  Show 30 - Girlfriend 2000  Jan 12 1992
After being hit by her car, Chris becomes madly obsessed with a woman
scientist named Tricia Paddington. He decides to start stalking her
until she goes out with him. Meanwhile, another woman stalks Chris


"The misadventures of a 30-year-old paper-boy (played by Late Night alum Chris Elliot) and his wacky parents. Such show topics included the eating of a space alien, a robotic paper-boy and numerous beheadings. Get a Life was also one of the first television shows that featured the killing of the star of the show. " Written by Daniel Davis {}

The greatest Anti-Sitcom ever!, February 22, 2005
By Liberty Meadows "AG" (California)

It's safe to say that without Chris Elliott's GET A LIFE, we probably would never have seen the success of the Farrelly Brothers or ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT. GET A LIFE set new frontiers in TV comedy by taking the standard sitcom format and turning it on its head.

The premise was simple: a 30-year-old paperboy still lived at home with his rather less-than-concerned parents (played by Elinor Donahue and Chris' real-life father, Bob Elliott) who tolerated him as best they could while he got into one mess after another.

But this was no LEAVE IT TO BEAVER. Whereas most sitcoms would take such a premise and turn it into a formulaic, feel-good giggle-fest, GET A LIFE dared to make its lead character into a bizarre man-child who could never see how truly ridiculous his inane behavior was to others. He lived in his own self-contained world where he was the coolest and hippest guy on the planet. What saved the character from being either a creep or the butt of everyone's joke was his underlying naivete and childlike innocence, which, in the end, was often enough to help him (barely) triumph over the evil forces in his neighborhood.

Embodied perfectly by Chris Elliott, the indestructible "Chris Peterson" was a brilliant sitcom creation who managed to last two seasons on Fox. But that was only half the story. The other great thing about GET A LIFE was how the series took standard-issue sitcom plots and twisted them into deranged new forms. This was like the TWIN PEAKS of sitcoms in the way it constantly challenged the boundaries of both good taste and common sense in order to get a reaction from its stunned audience. The humor ran the gamut from low-brow to madcap to surreal. In the 2nd Season, almost every episode ended with Chris getting killed.

The GET A LIFE VOL. 1 DVD collects four great episodes from the first season, including the hysterical "The Prettiest Week of My Life," in which Chris trains to be a runway model. One of the funniest bits is a takeoff on the infamous Irene Cara scene from FAME.

It's a shame that Rhino never got around to releasing the entire series on DVD, but at least the 8 episodes available on VOL. 1 and 2 are enough to give viewers a sizable appreciation of this short-lived but memorably off-beat sitcom.