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One of my small pleasures in life is going to Stephen R. Donaldson's webpage and reading his gradual interview. Unfortunately, the gradual interview is going on hiatus. I assume it is because he is behind on writing his book. He did not come right out and say that, hence my use of the word assume. However, I do not blame him for simplifying his life - which he did say. Besides, as a fan, I really would rather he write his books instead of writing answers to fans' questions

Besides, some of the questions????? Let me tell you, they were questionable.

Come on. Funny. Right?

Sigh. Oh, okay. I will behave.

Good writing to you, Mr. Donaldson.

All Excited

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Wil Wheaton is having a full on nerdgasm (not a bad thing, I enjoy my nerdgasms).

The Power of Wolcott

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When Mr. Wolcott is writing as a critic, I find his use of $10 dollar words create an image of pretension and arrogance. Most likely this is a result of my issues filtering his content than any actual pretension or arrogance on his part. None-the-less, I ended up discontinuing his RSS feed because of that impression. That, and Vanity Fair screwed up their RSS feeds.

However, every once in a while, he writes a simple, elegant post that manages to force a different perspective on me.

Now, I have made no effort to apologies for Mr. Polanski's rape of a 13 year old girl back in the 1970s. I believe it was heinous, perverted, and disgusting. But my concern has been with re-raping this woman today. And to be honest, I still stand by that. No justice is achieved by dragging this sordid tale of depravity and perversion through the public sphere once again.

Yet, with James' simple post, he has managed to get me to see the whole hypocricy of Hollywood, which would come to Mr. Polanski's rescue and at the same time vilify a victim, such as Mackenzie Phillips.


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Lord, help us all. This is what drives the modern Republican party.

I thank MN Progressive Project for finding this little gem. Garish, crude, and painful. But still a gem.

But what I do not understand is how he thought it was okay to tape this whole situation. It just reinforces his whole clown act as that - an act.

Help Me Understand The Benefit

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Seriously. I need to know the benefit of all this commotion over the arrest of Roman Polanski. Now, do not get me wrong, what he did was horrible; awful; disgusting. You will hear no apology from me for his past behavior. Still, I am at a loss as to the benefit of focusing on his arrest. To me, in the grand scheme of today's events, this focus offers no benefit for our current crises. Will discussing his arrest reverse our economic recession/depression? Will discussing his arrest result in a better health care reform bill? Or is this simply another diversion, in a long line of diversions, that ultimately distracts us from today's problems?

What I find sad: many of the very people engaged in the discussion on Roman Polanski's arrest are the same people who decried the media's focus on the string of disappearances of young white women. Now that the story is about an issue that hits home, it is different?

As to the arrest; as a matter of rule of law, yes it is proper, it has happened, and now justice can play out. But it is my belief that many of the people latching onto this issue are doing so due to unfinished resolution of their own issues. It is a shame when the actual victim has been able to move on with her life, while people not directly harmed are spending copious amounts of emotional and mental energy arguing over the merits of the arrest.

But than, in my field I have witnessed many people whom were cruelly victimized in the past continue to victimize themselves today because of a lack of resolution. Should Roman Polanski's lawyers manage to get him released without extradition, what than of any hope for resolution? Is this a desire for justice? Or a desire for vengeance? For the world to finally do something fair? If so, well, good luck with that. The world is notorious for not giving us what we hope for or want.

My experience has shown me resolution comes from within, not from without. When I have put my hopes for resolution on some outside issue, whether or not it turned out as I wished, I found no resolution. Especially if what I wanted was vengeance. Not until I was able to find some internal sense of forgiveness was I able to let go and move on. Until then, I was continually distracted from the present by my insatiable focus on the past.

This Is Better

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This is how all police ought to act.

One of two responding officers, Officer Kristie Buble, 24, approached Dylan and asked him for his name.

"She recognized the name, she just really didn't believe it was Bob Dylan," Ahart told CNN. "He was soaking wet because it was raining and he was wearing a hood."

So Buble asked the musician for identification, but he had none.

Buble and her partner, Officer Derrick Meyers, 24, then asked Dylan, 68, to accompany them to where his tour buses were parked. Once they arrived, Dylan showed them identification.

Rook Wants To See!

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I laughed, I cried, I transcended the bonds of mundane human existence and experienced ecstasy.

Oh, okay, I just laughed.

Hat Tip: A Bear In A Canoe

She's A Cultural Icon Now

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Or: She's going viral now!

When you are mocked by William Shatner, you've achieved pop culture stature. And somehow, that Shatner is a Canadian only adds salt to the wound.

She'll never be President after this.

Update: Well, crap. NBC got all pissy. Video is history.

Update II: NBC made it available. Cool. I take back the pissy claim. And yes, I moved it up.

Enough About Them

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There are two subjects I've had enough of. One is the birthers. Seriously, they are a fringe, brain dead group, who's only real threat is they generate a lot of noise at public appearances, and are not afraid to make themselves look completely insane. Maybe because they are. You know. Completely insane.

Second, I am tired of reading about Sarah Palin. Yes, I know, I've got a post of Shatner mocking the citizen of Insanity Exposure. It's humor, it does not have her actually speaking (thank God! I was tired of slapping my forehead), and Shatner's reinvention* of himself as a comedic actor is short of phenomenal. So, I'm allowed.

* Okay, maybe he's not reinvented himself, just discovered his true gift?

Evil. Pure. Evil.

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The End Of An Era

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The Oscar Mayer bologna song is by far the most insidious of ear worms. So too the Oscar Mayer wiener song. The two are only surpassed by "Take Me Out To The Ball Park."

Yet, can the passing of Oscar G. Mayer be any less significant than the passing of Micheal Jackson? Well, yeah, probably. Still, it signifies the end of an era.

I know this sounds goofy, but there's a metaphysical meaning in his passing. It's just, I'll be damned if I can express that meaning.

Jesus Christ!

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Look, I know Michael Jackson was a huge phenomenon. But still, 18 channels?

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