jeudi, septembre 27, 2007

Delusional Dangerous Hypocrite

Among the many and shifting justifications for our war against Iraq was the neo-conservative idea that we could bring democracy to the Middle East.

Now, Myanmar has mounted an impressive and credible effort to establish a democracy, and all we have for them is rhetoric (wrapped in name calling) and a vow to increase sanctions.

Meanwhile, in America, we’re just starting to recognize how hostile the Bush Administration has been toward many of our cherished liberties. Will the Supreme Court stand up if rulings challenging provisions of the PATRIOT Act are brought before it for review?

The idea that we could bring democracy to the Middle East (through war no less) is absurd.

The name calling and empty words really show that our President was either lying or lacks the strength of his convictions.

All the while our freedoms here are and have been under attack by the man who would dare to take them elsewhere.

jeudi, septembre 20, 2007

Really Long Fights with Chickens; or: Current Guilty Pleasures

Dr. 90210 - sad and compelling in a sociological, applied-misogyny kind of way*.

The First 48 - I wish I was a homicide cop, but I'd be brutal in the interrogation room**.

Intervention - still can't shake it after about 30 episodes***. "I've been here since yesterday, and I see some people who love you like crazy."

Wife Swap - it's a sickness, I'm almost ready to get help, I just want to check out the upcoming season real quick like.

Big Medicine, or any one of several shows on TLC about the morbidly obese - I watch because Mrs. Duf does. I can walk away any time.

(next link has noise, check your volume!)...

Family Guy - I think this show is for 18 to 24 year old males, but it still makes this old man titter and giggle quite a bit. Watch this. If you don't find it funny, then don't watch the show, but at least you'll understand why I describe it as a guilty pleasure. "b-kaaaw!"

Chelsea Lately - Chelsea Handler is on my list of uncommon celebrity crushes (future post?). I would totally go out to dinner with her, and I'd be a gentleman the entire night****.

*Many Beverly Hills plastic surgeons profit from the beauty myth, sadness and low self-esteem. What they say to women who come in seeking consultations is pure, unfiltered hate-infused sexism. It makes me sick, but yet I watch it. Nice.

**Most cases crack wide open because people can't keep their mouths shut. Keep snitchin!

***Enduring lesson: drugs are bad (Nancy Reagan was right). During every show, they have this moment where you go down memory lane with the addict and learn a bit about why they are addicted. It is always the best part. I rarely dislike the addicts (but sometimes I do), I often dislike some co-dependent person in the life of the addict. Weird phenomenon/general rule with exceptions - sometimes fathers are excused from absenteeism or misbehavior, mother's rarely are. An imperfect dad does not seem to inspire the kind of pathos and hate an imperfect mom inspires. Theories anyone?

****Mrs. Duf is not on board with this plan.

See...What Had Happened Was...Um...Okay...I've No Excuse Actually...

I'm ready to blog again.

Where was I?

Oh, I was really, really busy with work and home. It was, on the whole, a good busy.

I missed blogging, and I'm happy to be back. I needed to adjust to a new life schedule and figure out how to incorporate the odd opinion here and there.

After such an absence, I know I'll have to build my readers up again.

I'm willing to try.

Some highlights from my absence:

We went on a family vacation to central Iowa (don't hate).
TinyE and I went to the Wisconsin Dells and overdosed on waterpark fun.
TinyE started first grade.
I got a promotion.
I went to a divine Wilco concert in Duluth.
I bought a new Scrabble board (it swivels - drink Haterade, it'll help).
Mrs. Duf and I joined Weight Watchers and are doing quite well actually (I've had to buy new pants and stuff).
TinyE and I went to the State Fair.

I missed blogging and the blogosphere and checked in on friends and sites from time to time, waiting...

...just waiting until I could return again.

I missed you all (and hope you missed me just a tiny bit too).

More to follow (and more often*).

*Not that that's saying much!