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The 7-Eleven Election ’08

In Election 2008, Fun Stuff, Polling and Surveys on October 20, 2008 at 12:14 pm

Did you know that you can participate in the 7-Eleven Election?

The convenience store chain is conducting a 7-Election presidential coffee cup poll, which gives coffee drinkers their choice of a red 20-ounce cup for John McCain or a blue 20-ounce cup for Barack Obama.

Currently, Barack Obama is leading the 7-Eleven polls 60% to 40% for John McCain.

Scanned votes are reported weekly in USA Today. The latest results can be viewed at 7-Election.com. Drink up and cast your opinion at the same time. πŸ˜‰

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Palin’s Experience Lands Her a New Job

In Election 2008, Fun Stuff, Humor, Political Humor, Politics, Sarah Palin on October 13, 2008 at 2:02 pm

Snaps to an old friend of mine for this… 😎

Bush Humor From the Onion

In Bush Administration, Fun Stuff, Geroge Bush, Humor, Political Humor, Politics on September 4, 2008 at 11:11 pm

President Bush recently toured America to survey the damage caused by his disastrous presidency.

Another great parody from the Onion:

Just tragic! πŸ˜‰

Starbucks Promoting $2 Drink in the Afternoon

In Fun Stuff, Starbucks on August 5, 2008 at 8:05 am

Today when you get your morning Starbucks fix, save your receipt and go back this afternoon for a $2 iced grande drink! The national promotion is geared to boost sales and will run through September 2nd. The kicker – you must present a receipt from a morning purchase of the same day.

So, I’m out the door to get my grande non-fat, no whip raspberry mocha so I can go back this afternoon for an iced mocha during my commute in Edouard. πŸ™‚

The Dark Knight Has Arrived – What a K’night’ Indeed

In Entertainment, Fun Stuff, Movies, The Dark Knight on July 18, 2008 at 1:05 pm

“A little fight in ya. I like that.” – The Joker to Rachel Dawes

I can gladly say that my sleepiness and stiff neck this am is attributed to the long anticipated The Dark Knight.

As I purchased our tickets early yesterday morning, I was mesmerized to hear the ticket clerk ask me exactly which midnight showing I wanted to see. It appears that the movie theater we were at had the film showing on 7 of its 17 screens. Hearing the clerk rattle off show times such as 12:01, 12:05, 12:10, 12:15, and so on, I couldn’t help but think, “Are you kidding me? Are that many people going to show up at these ungodly hours?” The answer: YES. I overheard a couple of young men next me who wanted to buy tickets for Friday’s ‘official’ premiere, but were turned down by the clerk stating that all shows for Friday had already been sold out.

We arrived to theater about 40 minutes before the film began with our prepurchased tickets in hand, but only to find out that the entire theater had already been seated. We were left to find seats in the third row. There were a few people who were channeling the Joker’s spirit by walking around in face paint along with quite a few who were wearing Batman shirts. One guy, riddled with tattoos, was wearing what looked like a 6 year old’s Batman mask and cape. Good for them. πŸ™‚ It took all I had to throw on sweats and sneakers to make it to the showing that was well past my bedtime.

Now I generally hate going to movies when they premiere because of how packed the house usually is and the immaturity of the audience with their talking, whooping, and personal sound effects (not to mention the constant illumination coming from their cell phones as they’re texting during the movie). This was the first instance EVER where as soon as the first titles came up, in this case the DC Comics logo, the audience went silent. Then when the first scenes of tall buildings in Gotham City appeared, I realized that I could hear my own heart pounding. The audience was so quiet that I swear I could hear the person breathing next to me. Throughout the movie, we seemed to share in laughter, jolts, and gasping all at the same moments. Everyone was truly respectful to one another.

A little over two and half hours later, the film ended in applause and many stood up and gave an extra nod when Heath Ledger’s name came up. Was the film worth all the hype? Did Ledger’s performance truly withstand all the anticipation that has led up to this moment? Does he steal the show? I would say yes to all and even more so than I had imagined. It was a nice change to have more focus on the villains and other characters in the movie other than Batman himself. Don’t get me wrong, I think Christian Bale does an excellent job reprising his role as the Dark Knight; however, the spotlight goes to The Joker and Harvey ‘Two-Face’ Dent.

“You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” -Harvey Dent

The Joker’s character is not the same one from the cartoons, the old t.v. series, or Jack Nicholson’s creation. This one is far more sinister and for the most part, shockingly violent. Every time he would hold his knife up to someone’s face or his own, I would quickly put my hand over my mouth and hold my breath. Most frightening, his only motive is to create chaos because he can. He’s not interested in money, fame, or even killing ‘The Batman.’

“Introduce a little anarchy… Upset the established order… Well then everyone loses their minds!” – The Joker

Batman: “Why do you want to kill me?” The Joker: “I don’t want to kill you. What would I do without you?”

How can we like a villain that is so evil? I think the answer needs to be credited to Ledger’s performance. His mannerisms and nonchalant sayings make you squirm and laugh at the same time.

“Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. We’re tonight’s entertainment.” – The Joker as he crashes Bruce Wayne’s party for Harvey Dent.

Unlike Batman Begins (during which I managed to fall asleep not once, but twice), The Dark Knight left me on the edge of my seat, hoping that it wouldn’t end. Speaking of the end, much remains open except for the fact that we know that we won’t be seeing Ledger’s Joker again. Do be careful though about taking young children to this one. For a Batman film, The Dark Knight is by far the most violent and scary for those under the age of 8.

Bad guys in clown masks, mob guys, rottweilers, and politicians who are turned into talking, rotting skulls of peeling flesh are just a few of the contemporary changes to this comic book film. Even the Scarecrow makes a brief appearance almost as an ordinary criminal. Gotham City is much brighter (except at the end when ‘the night is darkest just before the dawn’) and resembles present day instead of some ghastly, dark introverted society.

Alongside the main cast, look for some other familiar faces including Anthony Michael Hall as a reporter (yes- Farmer Ted from Sixteen Candles) and Eric Roberts as a slimy but suave mob boss.

So, plan on getting your tickets well ahead of time, arrive at least 45 minutes early, use the restroom facilities, and settle in for 2 hours and 32 minutes of thrilling, sinister, and explosive entertainment.

And by the way, I only have two words for you: Joker and Nurse πŸ˜‰

The Cast (from IMDB.com):

Christian Bale Bruce Wayne / Batman
Heath Ledger The Joker
Aaron Eckhart Harvey Dent / Two-Face
Michael Caine Alfred Pennyworth
Maggie Gyllenhaal Rachel Dawes
Gary Oldman Lt. James Gordon
Morgan Freeman Lucius Fox
Eric Roberts Salvatore Maroni
Anthony Michael Hall Mike Engel
William Fichtner Bank Manager

Also check out Manhola Dargis’ exceptional review from the NYTimes.

Posthumous Oscar for Heath Ledger’s Joker Performance?

Read the story from Wired.com.

Bill Clinton’s Dior Dress Goes Back in the Closet

In Bill Clinton, Election 2008, Fun Stuff, Hillary Clinton, Humor, Political Humor on July 9, 2008 at 9:41 pm

Another hilarious parody from the Onion:

After months of tirelessly supporting his wife on the campaign trail, devoted spouse and former president Bill Clinton breathed a resigned sigh Monday and carefully folded the charcoal silk, fitted sheath dress he had hoped to wear as first lady during next January’s inauguration and placed it back in its beautiful box.

The 61-year-old Clinton, who has appeared on the covers of both Time and Newsweek and has recently been lauded for his work as an outspoken advocate for human rights, purchased the Christian Dior gown earlier this year after wife Hillary announced her bid for the presidency. Though he has promised to stand by her until rival Barack Obama is officially named the Democratic nominee in August, Clinton told friends that he “could not bear” to look at the dress any longer.

“A beautiful gown like this shouldn’t be wasted on any but the most special of occasions,” said Clinton, who, before packing the garment away, spent a quiet moment running his fingers over the expert stitching and delicate cascade of ruffles. “No. This dress deserves to be worn by a real first lady.”

After slowly tying the original silk bow around the box and clutching it to his chest for 45 seconds, the former world leader gently placed the dress inside his so-called “first lady hope chest.” Sources close to the Clintons have confirmed that the chest includes items the 42nd president had planned to bring with him to a Hillary-led White House, among them a pair of unworn white satin gloves, some hand-blown glass Christmas ornaments, a pewter locket bearing a portrait of his mother, a pressed daisy, two pearl drop earrings, and a handful of wallpaper and fabric swatches.

“My, my, would you just look at thisβ€”all dressed up and no place to go,” said Clinton, removing a ruby brooch from a small box marked “Final Iraq Pullout.” “I suppose the American people want better for their first lady than some pie-eyed boy from Arkansas with a head full of dreams and all the grace of a peeled potato. I only hope Michelle [Obama] or Cindy [Hensley McCain] will have the courage to change those hideous drapes in the Lincoln Bedroom.”

Can you just see him? πŸ˜‰

It goes on quite a bit more, but worth the laugh. Read the whole “article” here.

Get Smart is Here

In Commercials, Fun Stuff, Humor, Movies on June 20, 2008 at 10:04 pm

This weekend’s movie pick: Get Smart – now in theaters

As the trailers are shown before the movie, you mightΒ see some familar political pundits in a Coca Cola commerical:

Happy Father’s Day! Take Dad to a Movie

In Fun Stuff, Movies on June 15, 2008 at 11:42 am

Maybe take Dad to lunch or dinner, but definately take him to a movie today! Here is a list of what’s playing:

The Incredible Hulk

The Happening

Kung Fu Panda

You Don’t Mess With the Zohan

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Iron Man

The Politics of Preschool

In Democracy, Election 2008, Fun Stuff, Humor, Political Humor, Politics on May 29, 2008 at 3:25 pm

If she wasn’t carrying around a red ball, you’d think this was about a present female presidential candidate…or is it? πŸ˜‰

By the way, “No one should have a ball that big.” πŸ˜€

Summer Classes Begin…Already?

In College, Fun Stuff, Humor, UST on May 27, 2008 at 9:12 am

Summer I classes begin today at UST. Why so soon? 😦

Courtesy of Gary Larsen: