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What Do YOU Want For Christmas?

[ 4 Comments ]Posted on December 25, 2008 by admin in Holidays

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

Because honestly, I got you the same thing as last year…

I’ve already jokingly made my list (no, I don’t expect anyone to buy me a Nikon D80) but all I really want for Christmas is for people to remain hopeful and positive, and to have the strength and peace of mind to always turn adversity into opportunity. Oh, and I certainly don’t mind if you click on some ads now and then… Personally, the last Christmas I really enjoyed was the one in the picture on the left, where I got to wear my Army shirt without some Liberal Elitist yelling at me, and the pile of presents was bigger than me! Peruse the Holiday section if you care about my take on the holidays, but I’d love to know what YOU want for Christmas. Feel free to share a comment.

We Bought The Farm, Now He’s Selling The Ranch

[ Comments Off ]Posted on December 25, 2008 by admin in Politics

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

A Kinder, Snugglier Legacy For George Bush?

A Kinder, Snugglier Legacy?

It’s too bad George Bush didn’t like reading the newspaper as president. If he had, he might have realized what a horrible person he’d been much sooner, and wouldn’t be apologizing for it now. Not that he didn’t have plenty of help from his Constitution-shredding “co-president” , and the revolting gasbag he affectionately refers to as Turd Blossom. So he’s selling the infamous Rancho De Relaciones Públicas and moving back to his native suburban environment, which apparently makes a few people happy. But where does the end of the eight-year-empire leave us as people and a country? Will we do anything to address the crimes the Bush administration has committed? There are plenty of reasons to impeach Bush and Cheney; are we just going to move along like a big dysfunctional family as if nothing ever happened? Part of me wants to do that, but part of me feels like not addressing what has happened will encourage other megalomaniacs to repeat the pattern. What do you think?

Why I Distrust Mainstream Modern Medicine

[ Comments Off ]Posted on December 24, 2008 by admin in Health & Wellness

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

And why I’m going to write about it

There’s a little irony in the idea that I’m starting a health column. I rarely go to the doctor, I rarely get sick, and I don’t trust modern medicine. On top of that, I used to drink heavily, and still smoke. So what’s my interest in doing a health column? Well, it’s manifold. First of all, I became more angry than usual about modern medical practices last year when the University of Michigan Health System decided my 82-year-old mother needed a colonoscopy, then botched it. My energetic, witty, and still-active mom suddenly was burdened with a colostomy bag, and a number of new health issues that were a direct result of the bunged procedure. Why the hell give an 82-year-old woman with no family history of cancer a colonoscopy in the first place? Even if a person that age DID have some early form of cancer (which was in no way indicated via symptoms), the treatment would surely kill them before the cancer would. Although it was fairly clear there might be grounds for a malpractice suit, my mother was adamantly against it for several reasons, one of which was that she felt she might not live as long as the litigation process would take. So that’s one set of motivations; the fact that ageism is so rampant, and that so many unnecessary procedures are pursued primarily because the insurance money is there to do it. Another motivation for me is that in the last couple of years I had some minor health problems of my own relating to an over-aggressive immune system, and I eliminated pretty much all of the symtoms (joint and back pains, fatigue, weight fluctuation, depression) through some simple diet changes suggested by a doctor who specializes in treating immune disorders with natural remedies and diet management. So this column will focus on alternative health, questionable medical practices, and general wellness. Hopefully I can share some things that will enhance others’ wellness.

Generation X-Mas

[ 3 Comments ]Posted on December 24, 2008 by admin in Holidays

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

More Collections of Holiday Mashups & Remixes

There’s so much weird Christmas music out there that I wouldn’t begin to try to do a thorough roundup. Besides, they’re working pretty hard on doing that over at MistleTunes, where I ran across such classics-to-be as Pull My Finger by Jingle Smells. That Amazon link has plenty of audio previews to confirm that even though it’s only $3.98, you don’t need to buy it (though it’s tempting, if only to have a CD laying around that has the title “We Wish You A Smelly Xmas – Unplugged” printed on it). If Christmas mashups are more your thing, djBC and friends now have six years of mashups in their Santastic collections. A lot of it is a little less than well-conceived, but the price is right (free) and where else would you find things like Voicedude’s “It’s The Little Things” (YouTube clip) , which somehow manages to mash Blink 182′s “All the Small Things” with Pachelbel’s Canon, and end up with something listenable? And make sure you have a firm grip on reality before listening to Corporal Blossom’s “White Christmas” Mashup (lo-fi mp3 link), featuring Elvis, Louis Armstrong, Diana Ross, and others surreally dubbed over a downtempo triphop beat. One of my favorite holiday songs ever remains Lenlow’s “¿Dónde Está Santa Claus?” mashup from Santastic II (preview below). And proving that Nine Inch Nails’ lyrics benefit a lot from the production, we have Nine Inch Noëls, a mashup of NIN’s “Head Like Hole” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”. And in honor of Santa coming (heh, I said “coming”) we have the hard-to-find Horny Christmas (lo-fi mp3) by Loo and Placido. Here’s the “¿Dónde Está Santa Claus?” preview mentioned above:

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Last Minute Shopping?

[ Comments Off ]Posted on December 24, 2008 by admin in Holidays

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Not if we can help it.

Little known fact: the Hermie the Dentist
character was in fact modeled after me.

Not if we have anything to say about it. Here are some Christmas Eve morning distractions to help delay that last trip to the mall. You don’t have any money anyway, which is why the AIG Executive Catcher (Thanks, Scott) is so gratifying, in spite of the fact that all you do is grab AIG executives with a big claw. In the same vein, if you’ve been working your butt off and are still broke this holiday season, you’ll quickly understand Karoshi Suicide Salaryman (Karoshi is Japanese for “death from overwork”, if I’m not mistaken). On a more cheerful note, bet you can’t name all of Santa’s reindeer in under two minutes. No points for the one pictured here. Totally unrelated to the holidays, we have this annoying game, in which the only object is to not touch the edges. Harder than it looks. Or for those of you who actually like using your brain, why not try being an air traffic controller. The learning curve on that was longer than five minutes, so I just let a couple planes collide and moved on. And lastly: Think about clicking on some ads or on that “Donate” button in the upper right of every page. Or if you’re still hell-bent on shopping, just sit still for another minute and buy me something from the ever-annoying Amazon Wish List. We’ll be back later today with some actual content, gotta get to the mall!

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