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Movie: Fido
Year: 2006
Starring: Carrie-Anne Moss, Billy Connolly
Genre: Comedy, Zombie
Rated: R for zombie-related violence
Runtime: 91 minutes
Stars: Four out of five

I, admittedly, do not love zombie movies. After seeing Fido, however, I might be starting to change my mind.

Fido is a zombie who lives in the town of Willard in the 1950’s. Many zombies live and work in Willard due to space dust that settled over the town and made the dead come alive. After the zombie wars, the town has learned to live with this unsettling problem. Zomcon, a corporation created to control and put zombies to work, has the people of Willard feeling safe again.

Fido lives with Timmy Robinson and his family, but Timmy treats Fido more like a pet (and eventually a father) than a zombie. This, obviously, creates friction in the family. ‘Nuff said.

You must see this movie. It is frickin’ hilarious. I loved it.

One of my favorite quotes from the movie: Carrie-Anne Moss talking to her on-screen husband says, “Just because your father tried to eat you…does that mean we all have to be unhappy? Forever?”

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Troopergate Petition

To those of you, like me, who are outraged OUTRAGED at the recent turn of events in the Troopergate scandal, go to http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/stop-the-alaska-troopergate-cover-up.html and sign the online petition that demands that Sarah Palin cooperate fully with the law.

It might not do any good in the long run, but at least it will make a statement, and for me, it makes me feel just a little bit better. They are trying to gather 1 million signatures. Wouldn’t that be something?

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True Colors

I was listening to Rick Rydell this morning on AM 650, and he was talking about what the punishment could be for the 11 state employees who will ignore their subpoena. He said that the maximum fine could be up to $500 or up to 6 months in jail. That’s right, I said a piddly fine or 1-6 months in jail. I’m hoping they impose the jail time, because otherwise we may never get to the bottom of this.

In related news, our esteemed Attorney General, Talis Colberg, who was hand-picked by Governor Palin (where he was a writer of wills in the valley), had advised said state employees to break the law. He has told the head of the investigation that they will not participate because they are caught in the middle between their duty as state employees and their “loyalty to the Governor.” Loyalty to the Governor? Since when do state employees put loyalty to the Governor over the law? Oh, that’s right, since August 29th. So, Mr. Colberg made the announcement and then skipped town. He’s in Kansas “on vacation.” Riiiiiigghht.

Shouldn’t we expect our Attorney General to follow the law? Shouldn’t he be setting an example for the state? For shame, Mr. Colberg, for shame. Your loyalty should be to the people of Alaska. This is one Alaskan who finds this whole affair sordid and embarrassing. Let’s hope the Legislature has the guts to stand up to those in our government who are showing their true colors- yellow.

A picture is worth 1,000 words.

A picture is worth 1,000 words.

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Anyone?

Please help me caption this photo, as I am too busy laughing to do it myself.

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I Love a Parade!

I was reading the Parade magazine in Sunday’s Alaska Daily News yesterday when I came across the article entitled, “The Secrets of America’s Great Presidents.” It’s a list of qualities possessed by the great Presidents in US history. Read them and see who they remind you of:

1. The courage to stay strong

2. Self-confidence

3. An ability to learn from errors

4. A willingness to change

5. Emotional intelligence

6. Self-control

7. A popular touch

8. A moral compass

9. A capacity to relax

10. A gift for inspiring others

Sound like anyone you know?

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CineMonday, Anime Edition

I know I’ve been busy with the AWRP rally, but I didn’t forget to watch and review a movie this week. Come on, you know me better than that.

Movie: Howl’s Moving Castle
Year: 2004
Voiced by: Christian Bale, Lauren Bacall, Blythe Danner, Billy Crystal (English version)
Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Romance
Rated: PG
Runtime: 119 minutes
Stars: Three out of five

Howl’s Moving Castle is about a plain young girl who finds herself transformed into an old woman by the spell of a witch. The spell also ensures that she cannot tell anyone about what has happened to her. After she decides that maybe it’s not so bad to be old after all, she leaves her home on a journey to find the witch that cast the spell. On the way she discovers the castle and the interesting characters that live within.

Howl’s Moving Castle is a visually beautiful movie, to be sure. I found myself getting lost in the animation, especially the castle itself. Simply stunning.

The only thing about this movie that I didn’t like is the love story angle. There’s quite a bit of sappy music and there’s a romance between two main characters. If you don’t mind that, then you’ll probably really like Howl.

Enjoy!

P.S. I found the first photo at Wikipedia.com.

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Alaska Rebate Check Donation

I decided about a week ago to donate my Alaska Energy rebate check. It felt like a bribe, so after listening to many people’s opinions, I’ve decided to pass it on to a few organizations that I feel need it more than I do. Here’s how I’m giving away the money:

$120 to my local church- they are open-minded and fair, so I feel comfortable donating to them
$540 to the Barack Obama campaign
$540 to my local elementary school- I was told recently that the district does not allot funds to fully stock each classroom’s emergency backpack, so I will be giving my money so they can purchase things like hand sanitizer, batteries for flashlights, emergency foil blankets, band-aids, etc.

Thanks to everyone for the positive feedback and comments about this issue.

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