Entertainment Round-Up

Here's what I've been watching...

The Simpsons Movie - Better than I expected. I'm not a huge Simpsons fan. I liked it a few years back, but in the past few years I haven't watched it much at all. Anyway, the movie was funny. I laughed out loud more than I have at any movie in a long time. Go see it.

Nancy Grace on Celebrity Jeopardy - I don't think I've ever routed against a charity like this before. And her face. It's just always stuck in such a sourpuss. Do you think her face is stuck like that? You know the weird thing about Nancy Grace? I had seen how she was characterized on SNL and I kept thinking, "She can't really be like that." But then, I watched her show once, and I kept thinking, "Is this real? Or is this SNL? Is she for real?"

Scott Baio is 45... and Single - It's not exactly what I thought, it is actually kind of weird, but it is somewhat entertaining. I'm too young for Happy Days, or Joanie loves Chachi, but I kind of remember Charles in Charge. I used to watch it after camp. And I never really thought he was all that hot. But, you know, I guess some women did.

Rock of Love with Bret Michaels - I only saw 1 episode. The one where he had all of the contestants demonstrate their best phone sex voice while he was hooked up to some kind blood flow meter. What was even more entertaining than the girls who had good technique were the girls who used the most monotone voices to say, "So, um, I sat by the pool today, so, um, that was fun."

Weeds, Season 2 - Now on DVD. So you can prepare for what we've all been waiting for... Season 3 premiers August 13th! I can't wait. Also, David Duchovny has his own show Californication premiering immediately afterwards. I don't know what it's about, but I do know I had the biggest X-Files crush on that man. Yum. And you know who else is in it? Charlotte's husband.

What's everybody else watching?

Tante Jemima

I've been feeling an itch. No, not the "I spent an afternoon at the jail and all I got were these itchy flea bites" itch.

It's more like a little noise.

My passport scratching to get out of the drawer it's stashed it.

I want to go somewhere.... international.

But, my credit cards just aren't up for it.

I wish one of my friends would take a job abroad so I'd have an excuse that I just "have to" go visit whoever so they don't die of loneliness. Me, the martyr.

I wish I could take a job abroad. And all my friends could come visit me.

I think that is one of the drawbacks of being a lawyer. Or, a criminal lawyer, at least. My skills don't translate very easily from state to state, never mind from country to country.

I guess maybe I'll have to settle for a batch of crepes this weekend. Or really thin Aunt Jemima pancakes at least.

News Roundup

I have 2 criminal law-related news stories worth sharing.

First:

Techdirt: Cops Who Started 'Hackers Are Us' Service Convicted

Apparently a private investigation firm in the UK named "Hackers Are Us" (by the way, fantastic name) got busted. (Gee, wonder if the name could have somehow hurt their case?) The founders of the service were convicted, and, to add even more intrigue, they were both police officers at the time they got busted.

Second, I apologize, I've had this story sitting around for a few months:

Police blotter: Teens prosecuted for racy photos | Tech News on ZDNet

Here, a teenage girl was convicted for taking "risque" photos of herself, because, guess what, she was producing child pornography. Her boyfriend, to whom she was sending the photos, was also charged with possession. And the Florida appeals court upheld the conviction.

Even more confusingly, it would not be a crime for the two of them to have sex. So, you can do the deed, but not take "risque" photos. Oh yes, the law makes a lot of sense.

RSS Reader

Just curious, what RSS reader do you use or recommend? I use Google Reader a little bit, mostly because I like that it's already on my google toolbar, but I feel like it doesn't quite work how I want it to work. Anyone got anything better? And not too complicated.

Not So Glamorous

I just needed to ask you something about the lyrics to Fergie's Glamorous.

You know that part, where she's almost kind of rapping? Ok, at the end of that, when she says...

Sippin', reminiscing
on days when I had a Musss...
tang

Every single time you hear it, no matter that the radio plays it twenty times a day, don't you think for sure that this time, she's going to say, "on days when I had a Mus... tache?"

Or, maybe it's just me.

On Patriotism

Two things have me thinking about patriotism. Well, ok, 3.

Last month Army Sgt. 1st Class Clarence D. McSwain, was killed in Iraq when an IED detonated near his combat vehicle. I didn't know him, I had never even heard of him.

But the article I read said that there were protesters at his funeral. At first I thought maybe they were anti-war protesters, but when I read the article, I found that there is this (thankfully, small) group that believes that God is punishing America and American soldiers, for allowing gays in the military. And now they protest at soldiers' funerals. And although they're a small group, they get around.

I won't dignify that group by mentioning its name here. But I can't express how despicable I think their whole thing is. They act as if they're working in God's name, but they clearly aren't. And then they bring their hate filled message to funerals, to families that are mourning. This was the first I had heard of this group, and it really upset me.

There is an anti-protest group called Patriot Guard Riders, motorcycle riding veterans, who go to the funerals to block the protesters from the grieving families.

I don't know what else there is to say about the protesters. They're disgusting. And I think that most Americans know that. I know I've blogged here, and you've commented here, about our thoughts on the war. I'm against the war. But I want every soldier who fights to come home safely.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Clarence D. McSwain was 31 years old. He leaves behind a wife and three children, including a five month old. This was his fifth overseas deployment in his 12-year military career. I didn't know him, but I feel like honoring his memory is maybe the only small thing I can do to counteract the cruelty of these evil people.

Then, this week, I went to baseball game. A group of four people sat one row in front of me. I'm not sure that they were a family, but they might have been. There were 2 older people, maybe mid to late 50s, the man had stringy grey hair, and the woman was wearing a cap (not a cap for either team, just a random cap.) And then there were 2 people in their 30s, a man and a woman. So, they could've been a family. I don't know. But, anyway, they didn't stand or remove their hats for the national anthem. I know, compared to picketing a soldier's funeral, it seems really small.

It reminded me of this girl that I went to school with. Her religion didn't allow her to stand for the pledge of allegiance. The other thing I remember about her is that in high school she got caught giving a teacher a blowjob. So, I'm not sure what religion that was, but anyway, she was religious and didn't stand for the pledge of allegiance.

And I remember that our teacher (not the one who got the blowjob, our 1st grade teacher) told her that it was fine if she didn't stand, but she had to sit quietly at her desk while everyone else said the pledge of allegiance.

Which is what bothered me about this little group at the ballgame. They sat and talked and ate through the national anthem. And they weren't even whispering discreetly. They were talking loudly. Almost like they were annoyed at the people all around them, singing. You don't believe in standing, fine. But I think you should at least be quiet and respectful.

And I think that if you asked a soldier or veteran, they might tell you that part of the reason why they fight is so that Americans have the freedom to not stand for the pledge of allegiance, or the national anthem, or to protest at funerals.

But I felt annoyed. Maybe because I had just read that article, and about that group. And I was surprised there is so much opposite-of-patriotism out there. For all I know, maybe these are the same group of protesters. Hey, they could take in a game in between their acts of evil, right?

I wanted to say something to them. Ask them what their deal is. But I didn't. I hoped someone else would. People in the section were all looking at them. And, it's not like they didn't know what was going on, it was a big and crowded enough stadium that they couldn't have just "missed" that everyone else was standing for the national anthem.

But I didn't say anything. Maybe I should have. I don't know. It wasn't that I wanted to tell them off, I just wanted to know their reason. And I guess I don't have a right to know their reason. And maybe it would've just bothered me more.

And the third thing is, of course, Independence Day. Wishing you a safe, happy, and Patriotic 4th of July.

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