Tuesday, May 28, 2013

From the Are You Kidding Me Files

This is just too amazing not to post.


This young lady is 14 years old! 

She plays Eddie Van Halen's Eruption like, well, Eddie Van Halen.

She wha? Huh?




Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Sopranos - My Take

I wrote this when the Sopranos last aired way back in June of 2007. Thought I'd put this up as it was such a great show.

Enjoy!

                               
My Take
(For what it’s %$*&@# worth, OK?)

Say bye bye Pop Pop!!
For dose of us who watched the Sopranos’ soap opera, so well-crafted and yet so maddening in its obtuse metaphors and innuendo (in who’s what? Whaddaya a wise ass?) play out over its six seasons; it’s time to say bye-bye.







I’m sure youse heard by now (even if you don’t watch) how it ended; 

David Chase did this; he didn’t do that; he cheated us!! What happened to Tony?” 

But think back, those of you who watched over the years saw happen…months went by between seasons, “ahh, forget about it, I ain’t watchin’ no more, too long between seasons”…

You're only as good as your last envelope
And then, “every time I think I’m out, they pull me back in”.

So there’s a lot of people who think there shoulda been some closure: “Tony got whacked, the viewers got whacked, Meadow came in, Tony had a different shirt on, the guy had gun in the bathroom”…. Ok, stop. Think a sec, if the guy was gonna hit Tone, why’d he need to go to the pishadoo?? He wasn’t bein’ patted down, just shoot already.

My father told me to never get old. I should have listened to him.
And, if they were gonna hit him, why follow him to Holsten’s? He was by himself visiting Uncle June. 


Speakin’ of Uncle June, hats off (salud to bald pates) to Domenic Chianese, how many actors do you see that are willing to do a few scenes sans choppers? Great stuff that. 

How many shows have you seen in your life that took you through so many emotions, brought you to tears, laughs like you never had watching TV (especially if you’re a paisano), made you angry, and at the very end, admit it, at the very end had you absolutely laying a yellow brick road wondering what was gonna happen.

What more can you ask?

They threw me away like an old shoe
What did you expect from a story about a guy who shrugged his shoulders and repeatedly said “Whaddya gonna do?” when his mother died?

There was no other way to end that show than the way it ended. Think about it, if Tony got it at the end, there would have been a major outcry; after all, he won the beef with New York. Sure, he had plenty of people who would love to have done him in, but in the end it was all about how a man who seemingly has everything in reality has nothing. 




Even if you delve into his family life, who seem to have given us the impression that all was well; 
Carm and him closer than ever, AJ snapping out of his malaise, Meadow finding love and her career calling. 

Yeah right. Look under the surface, what they got? Money, yeah, but as Tony said, “Is this it?

 Act like a good Catholic for fifteen f***ing minutes!! Is that so much to ask? 
So if you wanna believe he gets it at Hosten’s go ahead. It was setup that way. 

Me, I think Tone got just what he had coming to him: 

DOUBT



Oh again with the 'rape of the culture'.
Can we go find these Spice Girls already and get this over with ?
Indictments hanging over his head, Paulie not too crazy about taking over a crew with nothing but a legacy of dead captains. 

Is it all worth it for Tony Soprano in the end? 

Ironically, he was saved by an FBI agent who fell into the trap we all did: Tony’s charisma, which is why we didn’t want him to die. After all, the mask was stripped away so many times and we still refused to see Tony Soprano as he really is, a cold calculating killer without a trace of remorse.

Our dads are in the garbage business, and it's always good for a laugh.
Think about living near Phil’s goomar and her father and hearing the gory details about their cold blooded murder. And when Butch brings it up to Tony at the meeting, Tony channels his mother Livia and shrugs it off, “Ehhhhh. So what?

When you really think about it, the only guy he felt bad about killing was Pussy. Because he really loved him. 
He felt bad about Vito but only because he earned. Look at the way he was when he saw Silvio in the hospital, there wasn’t much emotion there. Same with Christopher. He was just annoyed.
Stay outta this! You Sopranos. You go too far. 

But through it all, we still wanted Tony to make it. We didn’t want him to pay for his crimes or his sins. We thought he was deep down a good guy. 

Look where he came from, his parents, a tough street guy like Johnny Soprano who had a reputation for being a brutal headcracker and his mother whose only joy was knowing her man took from somebody to give to them, it’s no wonder Tony has no conscience.

And the focus of the show was him struggling to deal with whatever it was that he thought made him pass out and have panic attacks like his father. 

In the end, his psychiatrist rightly or wrongly turned him out because she was led to believe she was being played.
Sorry, the highway was jammed with broken heroes on a last-chance power drive.
Is it permissible now?
Is it enough of a sad tragedy that you can join the rest of the douchebags?


And once he realizes it’s over with her, the man without a shred of principles cries out: 

I think what you’re doing is immoral!”





That’s the dichotomy of the show, all wrapped up in the character Tony Soprano, but we want to forget the transgressions  and we want believe the con, because he had that “something” that attracted us, one and all. Hook, line and sinker.

So what? No f***ing ziti now?
We see him making sure that his loathsome sister doesn’t get any money from Bobby’s death as she tries to snooker her senile Uncle Junior. And Tony uses the excuse it’s for Bobby’s kids. Hey, not for nuttin’ T, but Janice ain’t gettin’ her taste, eh?


There was always something behind every move. Remember Dr. Melfi asking him what attracted him to Gloria Trillo? She had him pinned down and he wriggled off the hook by downplaying his attraction to her poison personality. And even Dr. Melfi characterized their mutual attraction as amour fou or crazy love.

 I never should have taken your prosthesis, but it did bring me back to the Lord. 


In the end Tony was always going to be haunted by the specter of his mother and the realization that his father wasn't the man he thought he was growing up. He finds out along the way that the great Johnny Soprano was vulnerable too. After all, he didn’t beat cancer.


I figure I'm gonna have to do 6,000 years before I get accepted into heaven
and 6,000 years is nothin' in eternity terms.
I can do that standing on my head. It's like a couple of days here.

His closest link to the truth of who his father really was, was none other than Paulie who tells Tony that his father loved him very much which seemed to make Tony recoil. Possibly the thought that tough guy Johnny Soprano was a loving father repulsed Tony. Maybe the messenger was not the right one to bring that to light, but it was Paulie nonetheless.

After all, it was in the episode Remember When (“the lowest form of conversation”) when Paulie made that revelation. Remember when? Tony was toying with the idea of taking care of motormouth Paulie on the boat ala Pussy.


Well, the Russian never came back, Furio stayed in Italy, and nobody in Holsten’s was anybody’s brother, cousins, failed assassins or that degenerate gambler with the sporting goods store.  It was all a plot device to make you sit at the edge of your seat.

I ordered something for the table.
So no matter how you saw it or wanted it to end, you got what was comin’ to you. They delivered in the end. For six seasons we lived inside and walked where we dare not go. And it became a sport, who was gonna win over who. In the eighth inning it looked pretty bleak for our hero Tony and who saves his hide? 

An eager FBI agent and a surprise ally in the New York family.

Who loves ya Butchie?
           


He's here for the rent! 
Just like those public pay binoculars you see at scenic places, the quarter ran out and our glimpse into the world of Tony Soprano abruptly went dark.


We’ll miss ya T.

Oh and for those of you who didn't like the ending, Livia Soprano has a message for you from beyond:

Oh, poor you!






James Gandolfini 
September 18, 1961 - June 19, 2013


Monday, May 20, 2013

An Example of IRS Corruption

The IRS scandal should be enough for every American to be concerned that their government, our government, your government, is out of control.

This story about Catherine Engelbrecht should be enough to show what an unbridled, corrupt government agency such as the IRS can do to a private citizen.

And we all should be concerned.

Not as conservatives or liberals or libertarians, but as AMERICANS.



“They were scared,” she explains, “and you shouldn't be scared of your government.” - Catherine Engelbrecht

Here are the highlights of the story:
  • Bryan and Catherine Engelbrecht operate a small manufacturing plant in  Rosenberg, Texas
  • In 2008 frustrated by politics, Catherine began attending Tea Party events
  • As a ballot box volunteer in 2009, Catherine began witnessing administrative issues and "outright voter fraud"
  • Catherine founded two political organizations, King Street Patriots, a local community group that hosts  weekly discussions on personal and economic freedoms and True the Vote, which seeks to prevent voter fraud and trains volunteers to work as election monitors.
  • In July 2010, Catherine filed for tax exempt status with the IRS
  • That winter the FBI began inquiring about a one time attendee to a King Street Patriots event
  • In January 2011, the IRS visited the Engelbrecht's shop and began an on-site audit of both their business and personal returns
  • The IRS auditor requested to see the Engelbrecht's farm, count their cattle, and look at their fence line
  • The IRS began questions for the tax exempt status for both organizations delaying each with more questions
  • The FBI continued contacting the King Street Patriots in May, June, November and December 2011
  • In February 2012 the IRS requested every Facebook post and Tweet Catherine had ever written. She also received questions about her family, whether she had ever run for political office and which organizations she had spoken to.
“It’s no great secret that the IRS is considered to be one of the more serious [federal agencies],” Catherine says. “When you get a call from the IRS, you don’t take it lightly. So when you’re asked questions that seem to imply a sense of disapproval, it has a very chilling effect.” - Catherine Engelbrecht

On the same day they received the questions from the IRS, Catherine says, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) launched an unscheduled audit of their machine shop, forcing the Engelbrechts to drop everything planned for that day. Though the Engelbrechts have a Class 7 license, which allows them to make component parts for guns, they do not manufacture firearms. Catherine said that while the ATF had a right to conduct the audit, “it was odd that they did it completely unannounced, and they took five, six hours. . . . It was so extensive. It just felt kind of weird.”  - Catherine Engelbrecht

  •  In July 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) visited Engelbrecht Manufacturing. According to Bryan Engelbrecht, the agent found only “little Mickey Mouse stuff, like, ‘You have safety glasses on, but not the right kind; the forklift has a seatbelt, but not the right kind.’” Yet Catherine and Bryan said the OSHA inspector complimented them on their tightly run shop and said she didn’t know why she had been sent to examine it.
  • After the visit, OSHA fined Engelbrecht Manufacturing $25,000 which was worked down to $17,500. Bryan Engelbrecht: "We didn’t want to make any more waves, because we don’t know [how much further] OSHA could reach.”
"Fifteen thousand dollars is “not an insignificant amount to this company. It might be to other companies, but we’re still considered small, and it came at a time when business was slow, so instead of giving an employee a raise or potentially hiring another employee, I’m writing a check to our government.” - Bryan Engelbrecht

  •  In September 2012, Senator Barbara Boxer (D- CA) accused True the Vote of voter suppression
“As you know, an organization called ‘True the Vote,’ which is an offshoot of the Tea Party, is leading a voter suppression campaign in many states,” Boxer wrote, adding that “this type of intimidation must stop. I don’t believe this is ‘True the Vote.’ I believe it’s ‘Stop the Vote.’” - Senator Barbara Boxer (D- CA)

  • In October 2012 Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) also accused True the Vote of voter suppression
“Some have suggested that your true goal is not voter integrity, but voter suppression against thousands of legitimate voters who traditionally vote for Democratic candidates.” He added that: “If these efforts are intentional, politically motivated, and widespread across multiple states, they could amount to a criminal conspiracy to deny legitimate voters their constitutional rights.” - Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) 

  • In November 2012, the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality did an unscheduled audit on Engelbrecht Manufacturing. According to Catherine Engelbrecht the inspector told them that they had received a complaint but could not provide any details.
  • After the inspection, the agency notified the Engelbrechts that they needed to pay for an additional mechanical permit, which cost about $2,000 per year.
  • The IRS has sent two more rounds of questions and still has not approved tax exempt status for both organizations after three years
  • In April 2013, the ATF conducted another unscheduled audit at Engelbrecht Manufacturing
“The way all of these personal instances interweave with what was going on on the nonprofit side . . . it amounts to something. You can’t help but think that statistically, this has to be coordinated on some level.” - Catherine Engelbrecht
  • On behalf of the True the Vote and King Street Patriots, Representative Ted Poe (D., Texas) sent a Freedom of Information Act request to the FBI, OSHA, and the ATF, inquiring whether the organizations were under criminal investigation. A statement on Poe’s website states that “the reply from these agencies was that none of these individuals were under criminal investigation. Well, if they’re not, why are they being treated like criminals? Just because they question government.”
“I left a thriving family business with my husband that I loved, to do something I didn’t necessarily love, but [which] I thought had to be done,” she says. “But I really think if we don’t do this, if we don’t stand up and speak now, there might not [always] be that chance.” - Catherine Engelbrecht

Catherine Engelbrecht Discusses IRS Targeting on Huckabee


Information about the two organizations Catherine Engelbrecht founded:



King Street Patriots takes its name from the original group of patriots who demonstrated in the streets of Boston in 1770 in response to confiscatory British policies enacted against the colonists. King Street was known as the hub of historic and patriotic acts of community activism. The Boston Massacre, tar and featherings, marches of the Sons of Liberty, routings of the Tea Party, and the ride of Paul Revere all unfolded on this cobblestone road. The protestations of King Street’s activists sparked rebellion among the colonies and eventually culminated in the American Revolution.
It is in the same spirit that King Street Patriots has launched its efforts to battle the most brazen attempt by liberals in the last fifty years to further an agenda which Patriots considers diametrically opposed to the welfare of all Americans. King Street Patriots is committed to:
  • Freedom
  • Capitalism
  • American Exceptionalism
  • Constitutional Governance
  • Civic Duty




Unfortunately, Americans have lost faith in the integrity of our nation's election results and fraud and law-breaking has become all too common in our electoral system. We hope to change that perception. True the Vote is a citizen-led effort to restore truth, faith, and integrity to our elections.


She sounds like a patriot to me...

If this story doesn't send a chill down your spine, then you should research history. This is nothing short of fascism, the same tactics the Nazis and the communists applied. Using government agencies to harass and intimidate private citizens because of their political beliefs is despicable. This is something that every American citizen should be gravely concerned with.

This is WRONG and it should not be happening in the United States of America ever.








Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Once Around

Haven't done this in a while

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 13:  Singer Rod Stewart takes part in SiriusXM's Town Hall with Rod Stewart at SiriusXM Studios on May 13, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
C'mon Rod, was it really that big?
  • They watch TV, get into an argument about money, they're drunk, he farts in her face, what could happen?
  • It's better to let this guy have his parties all alone. "He soiled himself" Should be enough to stay away.
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This man can eat but the bathroom might be an issue
  • Finally, Angelina Jolie made the courageous decision to have a preventative double -mastectomy that could save her life. What she did is very brave for anyone. For someone of her status to go public with this is good as it will serve as an inspiration to women who may also be susceptible to breast cancer.
"I choose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer. It is my hope that they, too, will be able to get gene tested, and that if they have a high risk they, too, will know that they have strong options."    - Angelina Jolie

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Did That Just Happen?

Oh yes it did.

Boston Bruin's Patrice Bergeron (#37) celebrates his 2nd goal, a game 7 overtime winner vs the Toronto Maple Leafs

Down 4-1 in game 7 of the NHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals with 10:42 left, Nathan Horton scored to make it 4-2.

OK, there may be a chance. Not much, but there's still a chance.

Then the amazing happened.

The Bruins pulled goaltender Tuukka Rask for an extra skater with about 2:04 left on the clock. Milan Lucic scored with the extra attacker with 1:22 left in the 3rd. Then, with just 51 seconds left to their season, Patrice Bergeron scored to make it 4-4.

Overtime.

6:05 into overtime, Bergeron did it again coming in off the right wing to fire a loose puck past Toronto goalie James Reimer for the win.

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) is embraced by teammate Zdeno Chara (33) after scoring the game winning goal off Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer during overtime in Game 7 of their NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Boston, Monday, May 13, 2013. The Bruins won 5-4. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara congratulates Patrice Bergeron for the winning goal in overtime
This is the first time in NHL Stanley Cup playoff history that a team has come back from a Game 7 3 goal deficit in the third period.

Absolutely stunning.

But you have to give credit to the Toronto Maple Leafs. This is the first time in 9 years that the Leafs have been to the playoffs and they did themselves and the Leafs crazed city of Toronto proud.

They are the youngest team in the NHL and they gave the Bruins all they could handle.

Bring on the New York Rangers!





Monday, May 13, 2013

There's About 50 Of Us...

After losing Game 6 of the NHL quarterfinals to the Toronto Maple Leafs and getting stuck in Toronto due to mechanical issues with their charter flight, the Boston Bruins invaded a restaurant in Mississauga and the effort paid off handsomely for the staff.

Go Bruins, take game 7!




Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Charles Ramsey Songified

And on a lighter note, everyone's new favorite Charles Ramsey's interview has been songified.



Rock on Charles, you are one of a kind!


Here's the original interview




Courage Part II

Another Boston Marathon victim who is still in hospital discusses his situation.



Marc Fucarile is in a situation not of his making.

Anyone who says we should "try and understand the bombers" should watch this video over and over and also be forced to explain to Mark why we should "try and understand them."

I don't know Mark, but he is a very close friend to a former co-worker who I was working with when this happened. To see the effects first hand that these subhuman maggots inflicted brings home the reality of what they did.

What they didn't do is destroy this city, this nation and these people.

Marc Fucarile will carry on, he will have to bear the scars and wounds of that day for a lifetime.

"What other people are doing just makes you feel like there's more good in the world than there is bad." - Marc Fucarile

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Hockey Night In Canada NHL Playoff Montage

Hockey Night In Canada put together this spectacular opening montage for the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Simply outstanding

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Idiot Congressional Rep of the Week

We all know that Congress is by and large populated with idiots. This one seems to be the leader in the clubhouse with her thinly veiled political agenda.

I give you Congresswoman Carolyn Mahoney (D-NY):

Rep. Carolyn Maloney
"I mean, how dumb can we be?" - Rep. Carolyn Mahoney
Yes, she really said this:
"As it stands right now Tamerlan (Tsarnaev) was on the terrorist watch list, so we know a gun check would stop him if there was a background check."
Really Congresswoman?

So a gun background check was all it would have taken to stop those two brothers from placing two homemade explosive devices at the Boston Marathon finish line killing three and maiming hundreds?

I bet the Cambridge Police are feeling pretty stupid about not running a background check on Tsarnaev, right Congresswoman?

Did it occur to this moonbat that there's a good chance that Tamerlan Tsarnaev never applied for a firearms permit?

It gets better:
"As it stands now Tamerlan or the next Tamerlan or Lanza or the next terrorist can go to any gun show and buy a hundred round magazine, they can buy all of the assault weapons they want, no questions asked. The gun lobby has the upper hand now even though 90% of Americans want gun safety . This in no way infringes on the right of a law abiding American's right for self protection to go hunting or whatever purpose. But for the terrorists, the bad guys, let's pass sensible gun safety legislation." 
Let's look at that last sentence:

"But for the terrorists, the bad guys, let's pass sensible gun safety legislation." 

Does she mean that "sensible gun safety legislation for terrorists" will stop terrorist acts? Or does she mean that if "sensible gun safety legislation for terrorists" laws are passed that terrorists will snap their fingers and go "Damn, if it wasn't for those "sensible gun safety legislation for terrorists" I could have carried out an act of terror. My bad."


It might stop Snidely Whiplash!


Curses! Foiled again!

It is pretty obvious that no laws would have, and obviously DID NOT stop the Boston Marathon bombings. It's also pretty obvious that this is a shamefully transparent attempt by Rep. Mahoney to use this terrible incident which had nothing to do with firearms to push her agenda.

And if those statement weren't enough lunacy, she also tried to tie the Sandy Hook tragedy to this incident:


All of us have to remember the faces of the 26 children and the six teachers who were innocently mowed down with many rounds of ammunition. We need to stop this. We have to have greater resolve. We need to keep a focus on it, keep involving political leaders, civic leaders in making this happen. It's the right thing to do. It's sensible. Law enforcement is asking for it. Let us help them from the strength to protect us. crack down on people trafficking illegal guns. Let's pass it.
I'm not sure what the acts of Boston and Sandy Hook have to do with each other as they are completely unrelated insofar as the acts committed. You can make a case for background checks for Sandy Hook, but how does that equate to what happened in Boston?

The Sandy Hook killer did not have a 100 round magazine purchased at a gun show with no questions asked.

A background check wouldn't have stopped him either.

Do loonies like Rep. Mahoney actually believe that passing more laws that only law abiding citizens will be obliged to follow will stop acts like these?

Seriously?

We all feel helpless and angry when despicable acts such as these are carried out and we all want somebody to do something to prevent them in any way, but passing laws that criminals will ignore and circumvent is not the answer.

In the Boston case, it appears that there were warnings from the Russian and now possibly Saudi governments about Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

There were signs about the Sandy Hook killer that he was unstable. We still don't know how he had accessed the guns licensed to his mother.

No laws could stop either.

Heeding the warning signs, especially in the case of Tsarnaev, might have prevented the Marathon incident.

People do not commit these heinous acts in a moment of anger, acts such as these are built up over time and take years before they are carried out. They don't just happen overnight.

The warning signs were there in both cases and also for the Aurora Colorado murderer.

Look at ways to pay heed to the warnings and we might be able to prevent these acts from occurring. Knee jerk legislation such as Rep. Mahoney espouses will do absolutely nothing to stop future deeds such as these.

This is a classic example of why politicians, especially those in Congress and held in such contempt.

Here is a link to the interview with MSNBC host Richard Lui.

Norway has some of the most strict gun control laws in the world and that didn't stop a lunatic from exploding a bomb as a diversion then going out to an island to systematically murder 77 students with a gun. And of course the narrative to this story was the gunman was another unstable crazy person to whom anyone who knew him was not surprised he carried out such a despicable act.

Oh and one other point Congresswoman, the "gun lobby" has many, many resources for gun safety. I believe gun safety courses (sponsored by the NRA by the way) are required in most states to obtain a firearms permit.

Wow. And I thought Massachusetts Democrats led the league in lunacy. With this one and Mayor Bloomberg, MA may be a distant second fiddle.