Monday, December 13, 2010

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Media Theory

“Give a man a blog to read and he’ll have news for a day, teach a man to write a blog and he’ll have news for a lifetime.”

Thursday, July 16, 2009

History Repeats Itself 40 Years Later

In recent weeks, I have been notably disgusted by how much attention has been given to the death of a certain pop singer (whom I will not name). This person's death (fine, it's Michael Jackson, and I'm only writing it so this post will show up in Google Blog searches) overshadowed the scandal surrounding Gov. Sanford of South Carolina's sex scandal. I would like to take this time to mark the 40-year anniversary of one of America's greatest crimes. The following events took place in 1969:

Jul 18 A car driven by Senator Edward Kennedy runs off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island and submerges in water. His passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, drowns.

Jul 20 Mankind, represented by astronaut Neil Armstrong, steps onto the moon.

Ted Kennedy's offense is SIGNIFICANTLY WORSE than Sanford's, as he brought an innocent young woman to her grave, but it was obviously overshadowed by one of the most significant events of the 20th Century.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Awesome Movie Alert: Mohandas

I saw an AMAZING movie at the San Francisco International Film Festival tonight -- which made up for the crappy movie I saw last night. The masterpiece I saw is called Mohandas, and it comes from India. It plays like a mix between Kafka's The Trial, Ain't Easy Being Green, and Slumdog Millionaire. Go see it! Now!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Taco Bell Conundrum: Problem Solved!

With so many amazing, locally owned restaurants in my area, I always felt guilty whenever I had a craving for Taco Bell. But today, I again succumbed.

However, as I was handed my take-out bag (with its chicken burrito, nachos, chicken soft taco, and crunchy taco), I looked up as I thanked the man behind the counter. His nametag read "Juan Gomez, Manager/Owner."

In my 20+ years as a fast food eater, I have not once seen the proprietor or franchisee of a national fast food chain inside his or her own establishment. And beyond that, the fact that Juan Gomez physically served me, left me flabbergasted.

Was Juan's presence inside his Taco Bell the result of the economic downturn so he could pay for one fewer employee? Who knows?

Nonetheless, I can now return to Taco Bell without being racked with guilt, as I know that Juan Gomez is a real person whose livelihood depends on my consuming more of his fast food.



P.S. - My return to providing fast food commentary is strikingly similar to my writing during my first attempts at blogging in high school, when Upsaid.com/crocodilehunter (now defunct) was a major part of my life.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Quickie: Media Bias...

The media was very quick to jump all over former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) in the days prior to Election Day 2008 when he was convicted of several charges...However, in an astonishing turn of events, attorney general Eric Holder has requested that Stevens' conviction be overturned and all charges against him be dropped because of prosecutorial misconduct. And when I mean "media," I mean ALL MEDIA. This legal decision lacked major attention from liberal, conservative and "neutral" media.