Heh, Barack Obama doesn’t seem to know Sarah Palin’s a governor

Barack Obama being interviewed by Anderson Cooper earlier:

COOPER: And, Senator Obama, my final question — your — some of your Republican critics have said you don’t have the experience to handle a situation like this. They in fact have said that Governor Palin has more executive experience, as mayor of a small town and as governor of a big state of Alaska.
What’s your response?
OBAMA: Well, you know, my understanding is, is that Governor Palin’s town of Wasilla has, I think, 50 employees. We have got 2,500 in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe $12 million a year. You know, we have a budget of about three times that just for the month.
So, I think that our ability to manage large systems and to execute, I think, has been made clear…

Is that really the game he wants to play? 2,500 employees and a budget of about $36 million a month? Perhaps someone should inform him that the state of Alaska (of which Gov Palin is the Chief Executive) has approximately 15,000 employees and a monthly total budget in excess of $1.14 billion.
Using your campaign as executive experience is pretty weak to begin with, but doubly so when you don’t realize your “less experienced” opponent is running an operation with 6 times the people and 34 times the budget.

If today has shown nothing else it’s shown that…

…McCain will be pushing the issue of Reform HARD.
Palin’s main issue, the reason she became Governor in the first place, is because she stood up to corruption and ethical violations. Her role as a reformer is the #1 reason she’s on the ticket. (Ignoring the “token uterus” folderal.) They’re going to be pushing hard on “Obama talks change but WE’VE actually enacted change and we already have results to show for it. Put us in and we’ll fix the system, not just use the system to enact our favorite programs.”
You can argue over the effectiveness or the merits of that, but they’re definitely going to be pushing the Reform angle, giving Obama a run for his money on his ubiquitous “Change”.

On Palin

I’ve been taking a fairly detached and analytical approach to this election, supporting McCain but with a healthy dose of “a pox on both their houses”. This pick of Sarah Palin as his running-mate though honestly has me kind of excited.
She has a very interesting bio when you get into it. Bachelor’s degree in journalism, former sports reporter and commercial fisherman. 5 children, one heading to Iraq next month, one born with Down’s Syndrome in April. Her husband works for BP on the North Slope and when they eloped they recruited two random people from a retirement home to be their witnesses. She made her bones in Alaska as an ethics whistleblower, taking on her own party in doing so. And she’s anti-pork-barrel-spending, having killed the Bridge To Nowhere.
She doubles up on McCain’s already impressive Reform credentials and brings some youth to the ticket.
So, yeah, I’m kind of excited.

On “Juno”

The people who are of the opinion that this film is trying to be “too hip” are totally missing the point. Yes, Juno is too hip for her own good, but the whole point of this is to set up a parallel between her and Jason Bateman’s character. Juno and Bateman are really on the same path and I think the whole point of the film is that Juno realizes just how frivolous her current path is. Yes, she could continue as she is on her “honest to blog” path but she realizes in the end that isn’t how she want’s to end up. She could follow the more childish path but unlike Bateman she has realized that that path will bring her nothing but heartbreak. No matter how “square” she may have found Garner’s character to be in the beginning, she realizes that that kind of love is what is needed to raise a child in this world.

My top and bottom movies of 2007

Limited of course to the movies I’ve seen.

The Best of 2007:
1. Once
2. There Will Be Blood
3. Juno
4. No Country for Old Men
5. Charlie Wilson’s War
6. Atonement
7. 3:10 to Yuma
8. Across the Universe
9. Michael Clayton
10. Paris, je t’aime

The Worst of 2007:

1. 28 Weeks Later

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2. The Ex

3. License to Wed

4. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

5. Shrek the Third

6. Hot Rod

The 2007 Movies I’ve Seen

Once again it’s time for the annual list of movies from the previous year which I’ve seen, timed with the Oscars to give me a chance to see the films that take some time to make their way to Ohio.

January 26 Catch and Release
February 9 The Lives of Others
February 16 Bridge to Terabithia
February 16 Breach
March 9 300
March 30 The Lookout
March 30 Meet the Robinsons
April 6 Grindhouse
April 20 Hot Fuzz
May 4 Paris, je t’aime
May 4 Away From Her
May 4 Spider-Man 3
May 11 28 Weeks Later
May 11 The Ex
May 16 Once
May 18 Shrek the Third
May 25 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
May 25 Angel-A
June 1 Knocked Up
June 8 Surf’s Up
June 8 La Vie En Rose
June 8 Ocean’s Thirteen
June 15 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
June 22 1408
June 27 Live Free or Die Hard
June 29 Ratatouille
July 3 The Transformers
July 3 License to Wed
July 11 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
July 27 The Simpsons Movie
August 3 The Bourne Ultimatum
August 3 Hot Rod
August 10 Stardust
August 17 Superbad
September 7 Shoot ‘Em Up
September 7 3:10 to Yuma
September 14 Across the Universe
September 14 In the Valley of Elah
September 14 Eastern Promises
September 28 The Kingdom
September 29 The Darjeeling Limited
October 5 Michael Clayton
October 12 Elizabeth: The Golden Age
October 19 Gone, Baby, Gone
October 26 Dan in Real Life
November 2 American Gangster
November 9 No Country for Old Men
November 16 Beowulf
November 21 Enchanted
November 21 The Mist
November 28 The Savages
November 30 He Was a Quiet Man
December 5 Juno
December 7 Atonement
December 7 His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass
December 14 I am Legend
December 21 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
December 21 Charlie Wilson’s War
December 21 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
December 26 There Will Be Blood

That’s 60.

2006
2005
2004

My 2008 Oscar Checklist

“X” marks the movies I’ve seen.
BEST PICTURE
X – “Atonement”
X – “Juno”
X – “Michael Clayton”
X – “No Country for Old Men”
X – “There Will Be Blood.”
ACTOR
X – George Clooney – “Michael Clayton”
X – Daniel Day-Lewis – “There Will Be Blood”
X – Johnny Depp – “Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street”
X – Tommy Lee Jones – “In the Valley of Elah”
X – Viggo Mortensen – “Eastern Promises”
BEST ACTRESS
X – Cate Blanchett – “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”
X – Julie Christie – “Away From Her”
X – Marion Cotillard – “La Vie en Rose”
X – Laura Linney – “The Savages”
X – Ellen Page – “Juno”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
   – Casey Affleck – “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”
X – Javier Bardem – “No Country for Old Men”
   – Hal Holbrook – “Into the Wild”
X – Philip Seymour Hoffman – “Charlie Wilson’s War”
X – Tom Wilkinson – “Michael Clayton”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
   – Cate Blanchett – “I’m Not There”
X – Ruby Dee – “American Gangster”
X – Saoirse Ronan – “Atonement”
X – Amy Ryan – “Gone Baby Gone”
X – Tilda Swinton – “Michael Clayton”
BEST DIRECTOR
X – Julian Schnabel – “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
X – Jason Reitman – “Juno”
X – Tony Gilroy – “Michael Clayton”
X – Joel Coen and Ethan Coen – “No Country for Old Men”
X – Paul Thomas Anderson – “There Will Be Blood”
BEST FOREIGN FILM
   – “Beaufort” – Israel
   – “The Counterfeiters” – Austria
   – “Katyn” – Poland
   – “Mongol” – Kazakhstan
   – “12” – Russia
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
X – Christopher Hampton – “Atonement”
X – Sarah Polley – “Away from Her”
X – Ronald Harwood – “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
X – Joel Coen & Ethan Coen – “No Country for Old Men”
X – Paul Thomas Anderson – “There Will Be Blood”
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
X – Diablo Cody – “Juno”
   – Nancy Oliver – “Lars and the Real Girl”
X – Tony Gilroy – “Michael Clayton”
X – Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava, and Jim Capobianco – “Ratatouille”
X – Tamara Jenkins – “The Savages”
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
   – “Persepolis”
X – “Ratatouille”
X – “Surf’s Up”
BEST ART DIRECTION
X – “American Gangster”
X – “Atonement”
X – “The Golden Compass”
X – “Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street”
X – “There Will Be Blood”
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
   – “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”
X – “Atonement”
X – “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
X – “No Country for Old Men”
X – “There Will Be Blood”
BEST SOUND MIXING
X – “The Bourne Ultimatum”
X – “No Country for Old Men”
X – “Ratatouille”
X – “3:10 to Yuma”
X – “Transformers”
BEST SOUND EDITING
X – “The Bourne Ultimatum”
X – “No Country for Old Men”
X – “Ratatouille”
X – “There Will Be Blood”
X – “Transformers”
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
X – “Atonement” – Dario Marianelli
   – “The Kite Runner” – Alberto Iglesias
X – “Michael Clayton” – James Newton Howard
X – “Ratatouille” – Michael Giacchino
X – “3:10 to Yuma” – Marco Beltrami
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
X – “Falling Slowly” from “Once” – Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
X – “Happy Working Song” from “Enchanted” – Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz
   – “Raise It Up” from “August Rush” – Nominees to be determined
X – “So Close” from “Enchanted” – Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz
X – “That’s How You Know” from “Enchanted” – Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz
BEST COSTUME
X – “Across the Universe”
X – “Atonement”
X – “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”
X – “La Vie en Rose”
X – “Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street”
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
   – “No End in Sight”
   – “Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience”
   – “Sicko”
   – “Taxi to the Dark Side”
   – “War/Dance”
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
   – “Freeheld”
   – “La Corona (The Crown)”
   – “Salim Baba”
   – “Sari’s Mother”
BEST FILM EDITING
X – “The Bourne Ultimatum”
X – “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
   – “Into the Wild”
X – “No Country for Old Men”
X – “There Will Be Blood”
BEST MAKEUP
X – “La Vie en Rose”
   – “Norbit”
X – “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”
BEST ANIMATED SHORT
   – “I Met the Walrus”
   – “Madame Tutli-Putli”
   – “Meme Les Pigeons Vont au Paradis (Even Pigeons Go to Heaven)”
   – “My Love (Moya Lyubov)”
   – “Peter & the Wolf”
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT
   – “At Night”
   – “Il Supplente (The Substitute)”
   – “Le Mozart des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets)”
   – “Tanghi Argentini”
   – “The Tonto Woman”
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
X – “The Golden Compass”
X – “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”
X – “Transformers”
Updates
–Added In the Valley of Elah
–Added Surf’s Up
–Added Elizabeth: The Golden Age
–Added The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
–Added La Vie en Rose
–Added Away From Her
–Added The Savages
–Added Eastern Promises

Z-93Fly 92.9

I’d like to thank Z-93/Fly 92.9 for simplifying my radio listening. Now when neither 103.9 or 94.9 have anything good on I no longer have to switch over to 92.9 to see if they have anything good. Now I can just know that it won’t be good and instead just go straight to my cd player. It’s also freed up a preset on my radio for RadioU.

Good news and bad news

Bad news: The $9 worth of faucets I bought to fix my leaky washer hookup weren’t the right type.
Good news: With a little tinkering everything’s fine and dandy thanks to 2 wrenches and 3 cents worth of Teflon tape.
Back to Lowe’s you go, unneeded faucets!

Oregon State 3 – Cincinnati 34

Cheer Cincinnati, Cincy will win

Fight to the finish, never give in

You do your best, boys, we’ll do the rest, boys

Onward to victory!



Go Red! Go Black! Go Bearcats! Fight! Fight! Fight!

B-E-A-R-C-A-T-S go UC!