Conceived above a saloon, delivered into this world by a masked man identified by his heavily sedated mother as Captain Video, raised by a kindly West Virginian woman, a mild-mannered former reporter with modest delusions of grandeur and no tolerance of idiots and the intellectually dishonest.

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Yeah, yeah, I'm inspired

At least the rivers freeze in Pittsburgh

He knows if yinz is a jagoff

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Saturday, July 05, 2008

Quotes of the day

Which explain why we find ourselves in our current perilous economic condition:

"Wait a minute. What did you just say? You're predicting $4 a gallon gas? ... That's interesting. I hadn't heard that."
-George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Feb. 28, 2008

"And so the fact that they purchased the machine meant somebody had to make the machine. And when somebody makes a machine, it means there's jobs at the machine-making place."
-George W. Bush, Mesa, Arizona, May 27, 2008

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Friday, July 04, 2008

Since today is probably going to be a washout...

Rent or buy 1776, the 1972 film version of the 1969 Tony award-winning musical.

While the show does take liberties with the historical record- this is a musical, after all- it masterfully captures the attitude and reasoning behind America's fight for independence, and reveals "The Founders" not to be demigods, but ordinary men struggling for their rights and freedoms.

It's an intelligent, witty and gripping tale, peppered with lines taken from actual correspondence between John Adams and his wife Abigail. Disgusted with his colleagues, Adams tells them "I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace; that two are called a law firm, and that three or more become a Congress!" and complains, "At a stage in life when other men prosper, I'm reduced to living in Philadelphia." As Congress edits Jefferson's Declaration of Independence to avoid alienating certain elements of the British government, Adams fumes, "This is a revolution, damn it! We're going to have to offend somebody!", and "They won't be happy until they remove one of the F's from Jefferson's name!"

This is a great introduction to American history for kids. After the parade and before the picnic and fireworks, sit down as a family and enjoy this film, and feel the tingle in your spine when William Daniels sings Adams' own words,

I see fireworks!
I see the pageant and pomp and parade!
I hear the bells ringing out!
I hear the cannons roar!
I see Americans - all Americans -
Free forever more!

Howard Da Silva as Benjamin Franklin
and William Daniels as John Adams in "1776"

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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Kafkaesque Quotes of the day

Franz Kafka, (July 3, 1883 - June 3, 1924)

All knowledge, the totality of all questions and all answers is contained in the dog.

Capitalism is a condition both of the world and of the soul.

Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.

Don't despair, not even over the fact that you don't despair.

Every man lives behind bars, which he carries within him.

Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy.

Evil is whatever distracts.

In any fight between you and the world, back the world.

It's often safer to be in chains than to be free.

The meaning of life is that it stops.

We live in an age which is so possessed by demons, that soon we shall only be able to do goodness and justice in the deepest secrecy, as if it were a crime.

You are free and that is why you are lost.

Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.

There is hope, but not for us.

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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Pittsburgh comet strike, as seen from the West End

To be accurate, it looks like the asteroid actually took out Millvale, and the Downtown was just collateral damage.

Trust me, the clip is all you need to see. The Science Channel, which is airing this stinker, calls it Impact Earth, while the Internet Movie Database refers to it as Comet Impact.

If it had been up to me, I would have called it Dull Thud.

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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Quote of the day

I studied criminology, sociology, deviant psychology, abnormal psychology, and went into show business.
-Dan Aykroyd (b. July 1, 1952)

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Monday, June 30, 2008

The great thing about being a five-year old Pirates fan...

... is that you're pretty much guaranteed you'll have a great time at the ballpark, regardless of what happens on the field.

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Quote of the day

God help the man who won't marry until he finds a perfect woman, and God help him still more if he finds her.
-Benjamin Tillett

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Quote of the day

Hey, there was an interesting study released today which says that people who live here in the state of California are less convinced that there is a God than the people of any other state in the country. On an unrelated note, more than 800 wildfires here in California are currently burning out of control.
-Jimmy Kimmel

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Laugh while you can, monkey-boy

I am a professional. Do not try this at home.

I canna change the laws of physics

As a matter of fact, I *am* the boss of you.
(as a matter of fact, i AM the boss of you.)

Truly great madness cannot be achieved without signficant intelligence

I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Left wing liberal nut job

Flies spread disease. Keep yours zipped.

Eff the ineffable, scrute the inscrutable.

If my answers frighten you then you should cease asking scary questions.

If evolution is just a theory, why am I surrounded by monkeys?

Nutrition makes me puke

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