Archive for October, 2008

Hello all!

Welcome to CineMonday! Favorites Edition. I was so busy this weekend with the Obama rally and a family dinner that I didn’t have time to watch one of my Netflix movies. I’ve decided to review one of my favorite movies, Jeffrey.

Movie: Jeffrey
Year: 1995
Starring: Steven Weber, Patrick Stewart and Sigourney Weaver
Genre: Comedy
Rated: R
Runtime: 92 minutes
Stars: Four and a half out of five
Times I’ve seen this movie: about 10

Jeffrey is a gay man living in New York City in the mid-nineties. He has decided to give up on love (and sex) because of AIDS. Unfortunately (so to speak), Jeffrey meets and falls head over heels for Steve, a fine specimen of the male species. Jeffrey does his best to stay away from Steve, even though his heart is pulling him closer and closer to finding the love of his life.

My favorite character in Jeffrey is Sterling, played by Patrick Stewart. It’s a must-see if you love Stewart and have seen his work in other genres (its a far cry from Captain Picard on the Starship Enterprise).

This movie is certainly not for everyone. Trust me, you won’t want to watch it with your parents. Okay, you wouldn’t want to watch it with my parents. It’s fun but also has a serious side that is very real and touching.

I hope you like it as much as I do.


Image from Wikipedia

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Oh Happy Day!

Well, we did it. Who is “we” and what did “we” do, you ask? “We” are Alaskans for Truth, and the “what” is that the seven Alaska state employees have agreed to testify! I swear, I haven’t felt this good since before August 29th. I’m so happy I could burst out in song. Okay, maybe not, but close.

Hmmm…does this mean I have to move Talis Colberg from my “Bad Guys” list to my “Good Guys” list? Um…not yet.

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Alaska Obama Rally Photos

The following pictures were taken by me on Saturday, October 4th at the Delaney Park Strip in Anchorage, Alaska. I surmise there were probably around 1,500 people there, but reports are in at 1,200.

For Alaskans For Truth rally photos, click HERE.

For Alaskan Women Reject Palin rally photos, click HERE.

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24 hours. It lasted just 24 hours. 24 hours between when we found out Troopergate would continue and when it was back in the hands of the court. I am too tired to rehash the details of today’s installation of “How Alaska Turns,” so I’ll redirect you to Mudflats. You should read the comments, too, since several of the loyal readers are lawyers. It is a very interesting discussion. I’m proud to be a Mudpuppy.

Because of the complete pile of dog poo that this whole mess has become, I’ve started losing track of who’s on what side. I started a Good Guys/Bad Guys spreadsheet and will continue to add to it as things move along. I wish I’d started it on August 29th.

Here’s what I have so far:

Good Guys

State Rep Les Gara
State Rep Kim Elton
State Rep Lyda Green
State Rep Bill Wilechowski
Judge Peter Michalski

Bad Guys
State Legislator Wes Keller
State Legislator Mike Kelly
State Legislator Fred Dyson
State Legislator Tom Wagoner
State Legislator Carl Gatto
State Legislator Bob Lynn
Attorney General Talis Colberg
Attorney Kevin Clarkson

Who did I miss?

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The whole world seems to be writing about the debate tonight, and I’m no different. I spent the evening watching the debate at the Beartooth TheaterPub here in Anchorage, Alaska. I spotted SMR from Mudflats, which was neat because we’ve never actually met except in the comments section, but I didn’t get to talk to her. She walked out of the theater and I couldn’t find her before I had to go home. Oh, well. Maybe next time. At least I know her real name now!

Watching the debate with 99% Obama supporters sure was a blast. We had our debate BINGO cards, one of our members supplied white T-shirts and fabric markers, and of course, a pitcher of beer and a tasty chicken ranch pizza. What more could we have asked for?

As the debate commenced, I found myself increasingly in love with Joe Biden. I’ve never given much thought about Biden before, but I truly think he’s a wonderful person. He’s ready to be Vice-President tomorrow. At one point, I leaned over to my friend and said, “Can I vote for Biden for President?”

I didn’t win at BINGO, but I came close. I got “McCain,” “middle class,” “heartbeat away,” “outsider,” “foreign oil,” “energy independence,” “Al Qaeda,” “maverick (six times),” “main street,” and “drill.” In fact, every time she said “maverick,” people (okay, I’m included in there) shouted, “MAVERICK!!” and we’d all cheer (and some people drank). It was a riot.

Here are some notes I took whilst watching:


-“bless their hearts” (is she talking about the oil companies?? Bless their hearts?)

-She winked. Gag.

-“Doggone it”

-“Her reward will be in heaven.” (The audience groaned when she said this one.)

-Ifill: Do you support legislation to keep homeowners in bankruptcy? Palin: Energy, energy, energy

-Iran’s lack of women’s rights? WTF? She’s really talking about women’s rights? Is she crazy?

-“John McCain knows how to win a war.” (Which one? Vietnam? Nope. Iraq? Nah. Hmmm…)

-“maverick” six times!

-“greed and corruption” three times! (She might be referring to herself here, I’m not sure.)

-“What is your weakest trait?” She didn’t answer the question, just talked about her background.

-Is she listening to the questions at all?

-Obama/O’Biden. Did she really just call Biden O’Biden? That’s almost as good as O’Merkeley. I’m putting that on the back of my T-shirt. Obama/O’Biden ’08!

-Biden is giving lots of specific solutions to problems. She’s only giving us sound bites that we’ve heard a hundred times.

-I love the “Ultimate Bridge to Nowhere” comment from Biden about the McCain tax plan. (The crowd goes WILD!)

So, that’s it for my post-debate commentary. I sure did have a great time tonight. I’m sure the pundits will spin it in her favor, but the polls are already saying Biden won handily. Either way, SNL should be good on Saturday.

Good night, and I’d like to give a SHOUT OUT to the 3rd graders over at Gladys Wood Elementary School!!

UPDATE: If you want to experience the BearTooth Viewing Party for yourself, click HERE.

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