Tuesday, April 28, 2009

NBC cutting on Heroes

It looks like NBC thinks that limiting the episodes per season will help the series get a boost in viewership. I'm not sure about that, but I know that it's probably going to make it harder for the writers to fit in a decent storyline when they have less space to work with. That's the whole reason season two tanked so bad.

"It's becoming clear that the broadcast networks, under pressure to cut costs as ratings continue to erode, are taking a page from their cable cousins. Rather than deploy the normal set of 22 to 25 episodes that play out between September and May with a number of interruptions and repeats, the broadcast outlets are winnowing down the number of episodes they air for selected programs."

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Darth Vader can be an ass sometimes...

This is pretty funny, definitely give you a good laugh.

Emperor Pope-atine

Our Pope is a wonderful person, and a very influential leader of the spiritual community...but God help me if he doesn't look like a certain former Senator of the Galactic Republic turned Emperor. I think I'm going to Hell for this, I'll tell Leonidas and the 300 about it over dinner.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Disowning your country can be profitable!

You may have heard of this one already, but a new bill passed makes it extremely profitable to be an illegal alien. If you're illegal for five years, you can apply for citizenship, pay a 2000 dollar fine, and then pay back the taxes on three of the five years you've been illegal. But there's more to it than that, as evidenced below. I got this in an email, a letter from an Iowa resident to an Iowa state senator in regards to the bill, and I have to admit, I'm kind of upset I didn't think to do it first.

The Honorable Tom Harkin

731 Hart Senate Office Building

Phone (202) 224 3254

Washington DC , 20510

Dear Senator Harkin,

As a native Iowan and excellent customer of the Internal Revenue Service, I am writing to ask for your assistance. I have contacted the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to determine the process for becoming an illegal alien and they referred me to you.

My primary reason for wishing to change my status from U.S. Citizen to illegal alien stems from the bill which was recently passed by the Senate and for which you voted. If my understanding of this bill's provisions is accurate, as an illegal alien who has been in the United States for five years, all I need to do to become a citizen is to pay a $2,000 fine and income taxes for three of the last five years. I know a good deal when I see one and I am anxious to get the process started before everyone figures it out.

Simply put, those of us who have been here legally have had to pay taxes every year so I'm excited about the prospect of avoiding two years of taxes in return for paying a $2,000 fine. Is there any way that I can apply to be illegal retroactively? This would yield an excellent result for me and my family because we paid heavy taxes in 2004 and 2005.

Additionally, as an illegal alien I could begin using the local emergency room as my primary health care provider. Once I have stopped paying premiums for medical insurance, my accountant figures I could save almost $10,000 a year.

Another benefit in gaining illegal status would be that my daughter would receive preferential treatment relative to her law school applications, as well as 'in-state' tuition rates for many colleges throughout the United States for my son.

Lastly, I understand that illegal status would relieve me of the burden of renewing my driver's license and making those burdensome car insurance premiums. This is very important to me given that I still have college age children driving my car.

If you would provide me with an outline of the process to become illegal (retroactively if possible) and copies of the necessary forms, I would be most appreciative. Thank you for your assistance.

Your Loyal Constituent, (hoping to reach 'illegal alien' status rather than just a bonafide citizen of the USA )

Donald Ruppert

Burlington, IA

Let's All Go to the Land Down Undah

I was reading through some tripe that a website was trying to pass off as news when a genuinely wonderful article caught my eye. It spoke about the President (or whatever) of Australia declining the Muslims request for a national holiday. His reasoning for it was basically that Australia was a primarily Christian nation and was founded as such. He went on to inform Muslims that they would obviously not be hindered in celebrating their own holy days, and they were not being discriminated against, and if they did not like this arrangement then they had the option of leaving Australia.

As a christian I believe that it's important to respect people, even the ones that I don't agree with (AKA, the ones who are wrong). I also believe that there is a time to lay down the law. It's a matter of reverse discrimination. If I make fun of a Muslim for their culture, or if I tell a Hispanic person that he/she needs to learn English, for chrissake, then I am being prejudice and racist. But a minority can point fingers and laugh all he wants at a white guy or a christian without any repercussions. This is just as racist and wrong as discriminating against minorites.

So I give a big shout out to the Big Man Down Under for making a call that our leaders here in the States apparently don't have the balls to make, Congratulations.