Monday, January 31, 2011

Green Lantern Corps: Part 1 Star Sapphire

Created a Simpson version of Carol Ferris aka the Star Sapphire.  I hope to see her at some point in the Green Lantern Movies.

And as always, be sure to check out the entire album at the Essential Webcomic Showcase I am sure you will find some even greater comics and art work from the talented members that contribute there.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Remake This!

The recent news that Jay-Z's company is looking to remake the Hollywood classic film Annie, my frustrations over Hollywood's lack of original ideas has almost over boiled.  Once again we see a movie that does not need to be remade.  The movie is a classic, period.  There is nothing that today's technology can do to enhance the story any.  This is yet another movie that seems to be catered made to launch one of Will Smith's spawns movies careers.  The recent Karate Kid remake being one of them.  While I enjoyed the Karate Kid, this was once again a movie that did not need to be remade.  In fact the finished product should not have even used the move famous original's moniker.  The movie featured no, and I mean NO karate in it.  This movie would have been better off being called the Kung Fu Kid. While I have no problem if something that is being adapted if a director needs to take some liberties with changing facts about the characters, its up to the director.  However, if you are going to remake a movie I do have a problem with changing things that are iconic to the character, like Karate for the Karate Kid or the fact that Annie is famous for her red hair.

It seemed for awhile that Hollywood's remake phase would mostly be contained to the horror genre.  Remakes of Halloween. Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Dawn of the Dead are perfect examples of that.  But Hollywood has been on a remake phase as of late.  This year and next we will be treated to remakes/reboots of Red Dawn, Footloose, The Thing, Child's Play, Fright Night, Arthur, The Crow, Porky's, Short Circuit, Bill & Ted;s Excellent Adventure, The Neverending Story, Drop Dead Fred, My Fair Lady, and Spider-man.  Yes freakin' Spider-man is already getting a remake.  Has the creative well truly run dry?  I am all for nostalgia and the occasional remake, but at some point we have to say enough is enough.

I am well aware that at this point so many movies are made each year that it is near impossible to have a movie that doesn't appear to have at least some aspect similar to a movie that came before, but that is no reason to blindly remake the hell out of old Hollywood ideas.  With the new digital age we find ourselves in, you would think that plenty of new ideas could be hashed to make for some interesting plots.  Even this year's Oscar nominations include one sequel and one remake among its nominations for best picture.

The problem is Hollywood will keep churning out the remakes as longs as people pay the money to go see them. While some remakes have been good, its often the cast that the original was better if not far superior to the recent knockoff that Hollywood has produced.   In Hollywood money is everything, this is why when something does well, Hollywood is quick to follow, CGI cartoons, 3d movies, reality TV.  It all follows the pattern of what did well.

Once the general audience has said, enough is enough.  And stop paying to see an old movie remade for modern audiences, Hollywood will get the hint and move on to whatever else is the next fade.  Till then we are stuck with what we get.  I'll be seeing you all at what I am sure is the soon to be announced Godfather and Casablanca remakes.

Movie Review: The Dilemea

This is the first movie I've ever really reviewed. I like to consider a different approach when watching movies.  To me movies are made to help us escape from the troubles of our world.  I think people often go into movies expecting something totally different then what they should be expecting.  I've seen many people go into action flicks complaining about plots, violence, etc.  What were they expecting seriously?  Do you see Jean-Claude Van Dam is staring in the movie and say to yourself, "Oh, I am sure this is going to be a masterpiece."  No, you go to the movie to see him beat up the bad guys.   Many reviewers in my opinion try to expect every movie to be an Oscar contender and masterpiece,  and sadly that is not the case.  I feel that if I went to a movie and I was entertained and I forgot about everyday troubles, then mentioned accomplished Hollywood and thank you.

However sometimes its OK, to look back at a movie and critique things about it.  I went with the wife to see The Dilemma.  With Kevin James and Vince Vaughn, one would be expecting to see one of the funniest movies of the year.   What they get is a movie that has some laughs, but leaves you wondering where the people behind the movie went wrong.

Vince Vaughn is one of those hit and miss actors.  Some of his movies like Wedding Crashers and Swingers were great.  Others failed to live up to the expectations.   While not a horrible movie The Dilemma falls in the latter's category.  

 The movie's plot is as follows.  Kevin James and Vince Vaughn play best friends since college.  Kevin James is married to Winona Ryder and Vince Vaughn is in a long term relationship with Jennifer Connelly.  Vaughn and James characters are in business together creating a eco-friendly sports car that still has the power and sound to it, that one would expect from a sports car.  They sell their idea early on in the movie to Dodge. The story carries on where we discover that Vaughn's character had a past gambling problem and that he is coming to the conclusion that he wants to propose to Connelly.  As Vaughn scopes out locations to propose he stumbles upon Winona Ryder and her secret lover Channing Tatum.  Shocked to make this discovery Vaughn struggles over how to tell his friend.  Finally he confronts Ryder giving her an ultimatum, to James or he will.  The movie follows the plot as Vaughn struggles to tell his friends and those close to him suspect he has had a addiction relapse.  Without giving away the finish I can say that the obvious conclusion to the movie is what happens.

Some of the problems I had with the movie is that Kevin James's character is portrayed as being the victim.  But we learn that he has a habit of frequenting "massage parlors" and it quickly becomes hard to view him as the complete victim in this situation.  Another waste was Queen Latifah's character.  An over-sexed executive who works for Dodge.  Her character really didn't bring anything to the plot other then a few and I mean a few laughs and some awkward moments.  The movie would be no different if her character was taken out of the movie, that's how pointless her character was.

One of the main problems with the movie is that its up to Vaughn's character Ronny to practically carry the movie.  While Vaughn does a rather good job with his improv style of comedy, the movie really doesnt' give him a whole lot to work with.  As a Dramedy it makes it hard to feel sorry for any of the characters in the movie other then Vaughn.  This movie was advertised as a comedy, but upon viewing it similar to Spanglish or Click you find yourself so engorged to all the drama going on around you in the plot that the comedy seems almost nonexistent.  Vaughn and Connelly however do have some good on screen chemistry.  The rest of the cast really doesn't mesh well with them.  Not even Kevin James seems to be up to keeping up with Vaughn on screen.  James has very few laughs in this movie and his character comes off as a jerk at times.  His character and acting talents are wasted in this film.  James is seen as the engineering genius and given little to work with for pulling off laughs. 

One has to think that maybe Comedy's are not Ron Howard's thing.  The movie while not overly horrible is nothing I would recommend my friends rush to go see.  I left the theater satisfied but this is not the type of movie I could watch over and over. Wait till it comes out on cable to see it.  You won't be missing much.  I would give the movie 2 out of 5 stars.

Just Walk Away Mr. Fishburne

Laurence Fishburne's daughter has once again embarrassed him.  It seems that this daddy's little girl is determine as any to drag his name through the mud.  Montana who has already been involved in purposely leaking a sex tape, assaulting a woman, suspected of being a hooker, and many other things has now had the recent plea bargain she stuck recanted.  
Apparently Daddy Fishburne was so worried about Montana that he had hired a private investigator to follow her around.  The PI recorded a video of Montana drinking what looked like bleach.   As it would turn out, Montana knew all along she was being followed.  She knew that she was being videotaped and faked drinking the bleach to "put on a show" for her daddy in hope of garnering sympathy.

What makes this whole thing news worthy is that the tape has been a part of the criminal assault case against Montana.  Montana Fishburne, who is using Lindsay Lohan's lawyer, had struck a plea with the DA's office.  Shawn Chapman Holley used the tape to convince the DA that Montana was a deeply troubled girl that needed rehab more then she needed jail.

The DA's office has now gone back on the deal and wants jail time.  The prosecutor argues that this was just a ploy by the defendant to try and manipulate the people to offer a more lenient sentence.   Montana's lawyer is asking the courts to enforce the deal that was struck, rehab and no jail.

I think that this girl needs some jail time.  There comes a point in everyone's life when they need to hone for their problems that they have caused and need to pay for them. Jail would help this girl set her priorities straight.  I think she is a girl that is used to just having everything go her way and needs to be shown that life is not like that.  This is the same girl that believe publicity from a sex tape would turn her into a star.  I think that Laurence Fishburne needs to let his daughter go and do some time in jail for her own good.  Maybe she will finally learn something and be a better person for this.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Teen Titans: Part 2 Cyborg

Wanted to add another teen titan to my Simpson collection.  This time I decided to go with the character Cyborg.  I always liked his look in the cartoon Teen Titans, so decided to base his look off of that.

And as always, be sure to check out the entire album at the Essential Webcomic Showcase I am sure you will find some even greater comics and art work from the talented members that contribute there.  

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Golden Fraud?

Virtually everybody has heard the story of the homeless man with the "Golden" voice.  This was suppose to be the feel-good story of the year.  But its quickly spiraling into a story of failure.  Ted Williams, was made famous almost overnight when the viral video took to the Internet.  He was given a job with the Cleveland Cavaliers and things were looking up.  Then came the news that he had basically abandoned his children, his arrest of trying to reunite with them, the addictions that he was supposedly sober from reappeared and rather a relapse or something he was on all along landed him in a rehab facility.  Now less then two weeks after entering rehab, Ted Williams has left against the advice of his doctors.

One has to wonder what is going trough this man's mind. Is he just another con artist or is he an example of the dangers of addiction?  How long before the Caviler's recant their job offer?  Will Ted Williams be able to turn things around once again or is he going to be yet another casualty of drugs and addiction?

Wrestler Busted For Pot

Former WWE and WCW champion Sycho Sid, real name Sid Eudy, was busted for being in possession of marijuana.  Sid was pulled over for driving without a seat belt.  when the cops approached his car they noticed that sitting next to Sid on his armrest was a bag of Weed.  Sid what were you thinking?  Don't you know if you get pulled over, you got to hide the weed?

The cops then took Sid in and he was charged with being in possession of 18 grams of marijuana.  This brings two things to mind.  One I am not a pot smoker and never have been, but I've always felt this is a drug that really should not be prosecuted as harshly as it is.  It does no real damage to people and its been proven to be nonaddictive.  Should we really be prosecuting people for doing things to their own bodies?  At some point people need to be responsible for the own bodies and what they take.  I place marijuana as being no more damaging then drinking alcohol. 

The second thing that stands out, is obviously Sid Eudy is not a smart man.   Who in their right mind drives down the street with an illegal substance, casually sitting on their armrest in plain site?  Especially, when they are pulled over by the cops, he did not try to hide it at all.  He was being stopped for a very minor traffic violations and odds are his car would not have been searched.  One has to wonder if maybe he had just smoked some and was under the influenced.  If this was the case then I would have been more then OK with him being charged with driving under the influence.

The Patriots Argument

Earlier today, I got in argument with a friend of mine over the New England Patriots.  My friend is a huge Patriots fan, and I've never really liked them much.  The conversation started when I informed him about how prior to the playoffs I had told everyone that I did not think the Patriots would win a playoff game and would be upsetted by somebody.I was then of coursed accused of being a Tom Brady hater, the same accusation I have gotten from every other Patriot fan when I have expressed my dislike for the team.

My stating that I thought they would be upsetted was not meant to be a slam on the team, and just a typical hating of the Patriots.  IT was an observation I had made earlier in the year.  The Patriots looked great destroying weaker teams, and only successfully smashed two good teams, the Jets and the Patriots.  The rest of the good teams they faced they barely squeezed by.  I didn't mean it as a slam to them, I meant that the team was young, and their inexperience was going to catch up to them at some point.

I'm not a Tom Brady hater, but i do have a dislike for Bill Belichick. Never liked him, and think that he is overrated as a coach, he's lucked out in having some great talents and asst. coaches that have made him look like a genius. But look at some of the questionable calls he has made and mistakes he's begun making the last few years. Not to mention that the first half of his coaching career he was a failure. If Tom Brady hadn't stepped up when Bledsoe went down, I think he would have failed in New England as well. But that's all up for debate, I think the Pats are doing well in rebuilding their team, but they have a long way to go to be the dominate team they once were. This season I think was a changing of the guard so to speak in the NFL, there are going to be new dominate teams in the NFL soon and some of the former powerhouses are going to slip to mediocrity and maybe an occasional playoff appearance but nothing more then that. The old stars are getting up there, Brady, Manning, etc. and its time for some new blood to take over.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Captain No More

 News came out today that Marvel Studios has decided in certain targeted foreign markets the upcoming movie Captain America: the First Avenger will have a different name.  While this is not a huge surprise to me, I have questioned myself how well a Captain America movie would do in markets outside of the United States, I am saddened some by the news.

Captain America has sold under the name since 1941 when Steve Rogers made his debut.  Now his first major movie, will not bear his name in all markets.  It seems lately that studios have been trying to be too PC and cater to foreign markets before the American markets.  In places like Russia, Ukraine, and South Korea the studios are taking no chances and dropping the Captain America from the name of the movie.  While a simple title change does not change what his character is about or what the plot of the movie is, other news from the studio has disturbed me.

In an interview last summer Joe Johnston said that in his film that Steve Rogers will not be a "jingoistic American flag-waver."  Joe Johnston said that he is just a guy that wants to serve his country but he's not overly Patriotic. They say that in the movie they are re-interpreting his character  Joe Johnston said that his Captain America is going to be about staying who you are, even when things change.   Interesting take, but if you didn't want a Patriotic character, then why chose Captain America?

It appears that the new costume design was a way of trying to lessen the extent of Captain America's patriotism.

Sure Captain America still has the star on his chest and his shield.  But the stripes on his costume have been exchanged for red straps that are part of the rest of his costume. The leather straps and gear fastened on the costume helps even more to hide the patriotism of the costume. The replication of the American flag is almost entirely removed from the movie Captain America.  The colors of his costume are even toned down to make the costume appear darker and less recognizable as the American red, white, and blue.  Part of the costume design was likely done as a way to make the character more marketable in foreign markets by not making him appear as patriotic looking as the original Captain America design.  While I do give the creators the benefit of the doubt that they may have simpling been trying to make the costume appear more battle efficient looking, I still think there were some alternative motives for the costume redesign. 

I am well aware of the business side to the movie.  Obviously the studios want to maximize the profit potential and doing some character tinkering is something they deem a necessity to try and accomplish this.  But this unAmericanizing of certain aspects is something we have seen before by the movie studios.  Superman is a recent example of this.   When the franchise was rebooted back in '06  the studios dispensed of the American way part of what Superman stands for.  Instead he stands for just Truth and Justice.  While there is nothing that is whole heartily 100% American about the Superman character the dropping of this line was yet another way that they studios have chosen to cater to the foreign markets.  Another example, you ask.  How about the 2007 G.I.Joe movie.   The originally cartoon and idea for the movie was that Joe's were American soldiers.  Instead we get the change to G.I.J.O.E.  that is a team of international soldiers designed to counteract world terrorist attacks.

Sadly, it seems the movie industry has been undergoing a more PCing campaign the last several year.  It appears that Captain America and his movie are just another victim of the process.  Let us hope that the American patriotism doesn't end like this 

Anti-Semitic Ducks

 23-year-old Jewish hockey player Jason Bailey is launching a lawsuit against the Anaheim Ducks.   Bailey, who was a 3rd round pick by the Ducks in 2005, claims that he has been the victim of several "verbal anti-Semitic attacks" by multiple members of the coaching staff.  Bailey claims from the moment the Ducks assigned him to play for an affiliate team called the Bakersfield Condors, his coaches unleashed a "barrage of anti-Semitic, offensive and degrading verbal attacks on him."

In the suit, filed today in Orange County Superior Court, Bailey claims the head coach of the Condors told him "[Jews] only care about money and who's who" and that he "never wanted his son to be raised Jewish or to wear a Yarmulke."

Bailey claims the assistant head coach would get in on the Jew-bashing too -- saying things like, "Oh, I just got a friend request from a dirty Jew."

Bailey says the coaches also forced him to travel apart from the team and he was "rarely given any ice time" in games because he's Jewish.

According to the documents  Bailey complained to the Ducks about the hostile work environment -- and the team reacted by instructing the coaches to pen apology letters to Bailey in which they both admitted to using hurtful language.

Bailey was eventually traded to the Ottawa Senators in 2009 -- and insists the Ducks were "happy to be rid of him.

If these allegations prove be true, what does this say about team.  In this day of age no form of bigotry or racial harassment should have a place in any professional sports organization.  The NHL will surely take a hit as well for one of its organizations allowing this sort of behavior.   I am not Jewish, but I do not believe in allowing people to be discriminated against.  If these allegations are not investigated by the NHL and dealt with I will not be spending my money to support the team or the NHL.   Allowing fool hardy intolerance like this today is something that should not be tolerated by any American. 

A Hal Jordan By Any Other Name

One of my favorite comic characters has always been the Green Lantern,  Hal Jordan in particular is my favorite character.  Earlier in the week I had posted a collage of various Hal Jordan's I had made.  They were my first attempt at making my own simponsized comic characters and I borrowed heavily from Dean over at Springfield punx.  but I decided to include the stand alone versions of the characters.

And as always, be sure to check out the entire album at the Essential Webcomic Showcase I am sure you will find some even greater comics and art work from the talented members that contribute there.   

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Classic Marvel Characters: Part 1 Galactus

This one proved to be more of a challenge for me then I thought it would be.  I've always liked the idea of Galactus, but his costume proved hard to be able to simplified.  This is probably going to be a continued work in progress but this is what I have so far.

And as always, be sure to check out the entire album at the Essential Webcomic Showcase I am sure you will find some even greater comics and art work from the talented members that contribute there.

More Simpson Heroes

This is a version of the various Hal Jordans, from the various costumes he wore during the Blackest Night events, I manipulated the images, but the original work on most of the figures for the base was created by Dean over at Springfield Punx.  Just wanted to share hope you enjoy, also included the movie collage picture that Dean shared of my work earlier.

And as always, be sure to check out the entire album at the Essential Webcomic Showcase I am sure you will find some even greater comics and art work from the talented members that contribute there.   

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Police Are Not Always to Blame

 A friend of mine was arrested last night when they were stopped by police while walking to the gas station.  They had decided to work as not to drunk drive.  The police discovered my friend had a warrant for him and took him in.  This quickly led to a heated debate on my friends facebook page when he expressed his dislike of the police.  Many felt that the cops were just being dicks and that many are corrupt.  I disagreed with this and here are my thoughts about the image of police.  I have several family member that are cops or were cops. I would say that about 98% of cops are not dirty or corrupt, the problem is that you only ever hear about the bad cops, nobody that gets stops and has a positive interaction with the cops is in a huge hurry to tell their friends about the incident. All you ever hear about from people is about the bad experiences they have, same with the news, dirty corrupt cops = ratings, and that is what they are going to report on.  This causes a misconception with the general public, as most of the stories they hear about from the media, family, and friends generally tend to paint the police in a bad light.  So it becomes an image that the police are bad.  People also tend to embellish stories because they do not want to admit that they are wrong or were in the wrong.  Their speed they were going suddenly drops to just a couple mph over the limit, I wasn't swerving, I did nothing to get stop.  
Some police departments develop reputations for being pricks, this is because there are some police districts where there is very little crime like Lenexa, Leawood, etc. and the cops have very little else to do.  So they respond to anything that may be perceived as being suspicious. For instance two mid 20's men walking around at late hours of the night. Not that there is anything illegal about the behavior its all about the perception to the cops.

I do think it sucks that my friend got taken in, especially on his birthday, but regardless of rather he knew or not he had a warrant. Most smaller district cops have less to do so they will take in anyone with a warrant, my experience has been that KCPD cops are busier and unless you have a warrant for something major or you are being a general prick to them they will not take you in.

Giant Wrestler Accused of Shooting

A released statement by Khali reads, "I am deeply saddened to hear of this incident and am disappointed it has been incorrectly reported that I was involved.  I had left my friend's house a half an hour before the reported shooting took place and did not have any bodyguards with me. My thoughts and prayers go out to the people who were injured."

Hopefully his involvement proves to be false as this would be a huge scandal for the international professional wrestling star.

Worst Mom of the Year Nomination

34 year old Shannon Johnson was arrested in Colorado and charged with one count of child abuse by knowingly and recklessly causing a death.  This woman told police that because of Facebook, her infant son drowned while she was in the other room.   Her 13 month old son was left alone in the water while, his mother went in the other room to get on Facebook and "get away" from her son for awhile.

This idiot mom even admitted to police that the water was higher then normal that morning but she still didn't see anything wrong with leaving her son unattended while she got her Facebook fix.

Johnson told the police investigators that starting about two weeks prior to the accident, she begin to leave him alone in the bath tub.  When police questioned her as to the reason why she would do this, she said, "she started doing this when he really wanted to be left alone; he was a very independent baby. She also said she knew what it was like to be told no, she didn't want her baby to be told no and didn't want him to be known as a mama's boy."

Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't a parents job to tell their kids no sometimes.  I hope she is put away for a long long time, and it would not bother me in the least if she was never let out.

Teen Titans: Part 1 Superboy

One of the sites I enjoy visiting is Springfield Punx.  Dean is a talented artist that creates many Simpsonized versions of various pop culture characters from comics, movies, and tv shows.   I've thought I would take my own hand in seeing what I could create.  This is my first attempt at creating one of the first comic book characters I can remember reading when I was young and first got into comics.  This is Superboy aka Conner Kent

And as always, be sure to check out the entire album at the Essential Webcomic Showcase I am sure you will find some even greater comics and art work from the talented members that contribute there.   

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Lockout or Strike It will Ruin the NFL

A strike occurring would have the same effect on the NFL as the strike did for players in MLB.  The general public already is amazed at the amount of money these athletes make to play a sport.  The stars of the NFL are nothing more then just entertainers for the general public.  The fact is most fans enjoy watching the game to get away from other parts of their lives.  Some fans live and breather their teams.  The lore of the game entices us to spend our money go watch them play, root them on, and rejoice with their victories and accomplishments.  If there was to be no season because the owners and the players can not agree on how much money they make, I see a strong backlash from the general public.  Bunch of whiny athletes and owners arguing over the money we pay them.  If a canceled season was to occur, would the NFL be as popular as it once was?  I don't believe it will be.  Look at how much the MLB suffered because of their strike in '94. Baseball is still struggling to regain its popularity is lost to the NFL, and facing the scandal of drugs and steroid use that helped fuel the resurgence of popularity of the sport in the McGwire/Sosa home run race.  The fans would eventually return, but I think it would be a long time before the popularity is a high as it is now for the sport.  As far as the dispute between the owners and the players goes, I can actually see both sides of the argument, but the fact remains nobody is going to feel sorry for a bunch of high paid players where the biggest scrub of the team that never plays a down and just sits on the bench makes 10x what most of. us make. The players complain about an 18 game schedule where technically they aren't adding any games just taking two Pre-Season games away. And I've heard plenty of coach's and players say that the pre-season games, especially the last two aren't meaningless games, regardless I still think its feasible idea to do. In the players defense though, it is true that the NFL makes all the money off of them, the owners aren't the ones playing are being marketed. Without the Tom Brady's, Peyton Manning's, and even the TO's there would be no league. So I can see their side as well, however if you look at some of their contracts, Tom Brady for example, I think something like $6.8 million a year, that's a lot of money already and I think they are being compensated for their play. How much more money can they want? and with higher salaries, you know what that means, higher ticket prices!

Another Athlete Arrested

News has broken that yet another athlete has found themselves on the wrong side of the law.  This time it was Denver Broncos running back Laurence Maroney. The 25-year-old Maroney was arrested for possession of marijuana and unlawful use of a weapon. I've never understood how somebody that gets paid millions of dollars to play a sport could do such stupid actions.  Players jeapordize their careers and their futures by continuing to behave as if they were common strett thugs and criminals.  There comes a time in everyone's life when they need to grow up and start acting responsibly.  If you find a job that is paying millions of dollars why risk it all for some ill advised behavior.  Especially when the window of opportunity for most athletes are so small, why rish having the door shut on you all the more quicker.  Not every player is able to have a career resurgence after finding themselves on the wrong side of the law like Michael Vick has.  This is a very rare occasion indeed, yet in the last few months Ozzie Canseco, Jeff Hardy, Fred Davis, Chael Sonnen, Floyd Mayweather, Shaun King, and Joe Joseph have all joined Maroney as being either arrested or accused of a crime.  More so then everyday people athletes should know any arrests or allegation of a crim against them are going to get far more attention then the average joe's.  If they are going to drink, you make money call a cab to pick you up.  Don't do illegal drugs that are not only against the law but also against those multi-million dollar contracts you signed.  I've never understood the interest in having semi-automatic weapons or other high caliber guns, but if you must have them, get the proper paper work and don't randomly carry them around with you and brandish them in threatening ways at people.  You're a professional athlete, you dont need to threaten people that have done you no wrong.  There comes a time I believe when we as sports fans should say enough is enough.  No more second or third chances.  Stop supporting those that obviously could care less about their fans and their own careers.  Eventually these athletes will have to live with their damaged reputations and the potential loss of everything they have worked to achieve because they think they don't have to follow the same rules as everyone else.

Monday, January 17, 2011

No Fun League

It seems to me that the NFL is doing everything it can to up its image as the no fun league.  While I do believe that the safety of their players should be a concern, I feel that the NFL has done away with some of the things that made it the National Football League.  Punishing players for hard hits takes away from some of the excitement of the sport.  Now we have the NFL wanting to do away with the trash talking.  Do we really need the NFL to step in and protect players' and coaches' feelings?  Are the players really that traumatized that a few spoken words from an opposing team player hurts them rather then inspire them to play harder when they face the trash talker in the gridiron.  Sure the New York Jets and Rex Ryan were cocky in the week leading up to their showdown with New England, but would you expect a team to be humble and not believe that they could win the game.  The Jets talked a lot of trash and Sunday they backed it all up.  After the game several Patriots fans and players complained that they felt that the Jets celebrated too much at the end of the game.  Read that again, the PATRIOT fans and players complained about excessive celebration.  This is the same team that did their lights out celebration in mocking terms to the Chargers in the middle of San Diego field after eliminating them in the divisional round of the playoffs a few years back, the same fans that talk about how great of a Dynasty they have and their football gods Belichick and Tom Brady, and the same team rather you agree with it or not that pounded out blowout wins against opponents. All I can say is maybe if Deion Branch and the rest of the Patriots players had played a better game, the Jets would not have had anything to celebrate about.  I see myself watching the game played today and all of the flags thrown and all I can do is sit back and long for the days of hard, when football players were not Prima Donnas and the NFL was home to hard nosed football.

Canada To Ban 26 Year Old Song

Is this really, what the times have come down to?  How are why did the idea to ban a song from the mid-80's even come up.  Canada's Broadcast Standards Council has now declared that the classic Dire Straits song "Money for Nothing"  is not longer fit to be heard over Canadian airwaves. The reason for the ban is because the song contains a lyric that has a gay slur in it.  This word is banned but the abbreviated equally offensive word is acceptable for air time in Canada.  In the day when songs from teenage pop stars are sex filled and more offensive slang and trash talk are blasted about in rap songs, how is a song from 26 years old ago suddenly so offensive for one word.  Does Canada not have the capabilities to bleep the word out?  How the controversy start you ask?  One person took it upon themselves to complain.  Yes you read that right, ONE person.  On top of that, this isn't just any song, this was a #1 one song when it debuted in Canada way back in 1985.   Is this what our society has come to, when one person finds something offensive and the rest of us must step in line behind them? Is it just me, or is there something very wrong with this picture?

Better Ingredients, Better Pizza, Worse Robbers

A would be robber was thwarted on Sunday, when a brave Papa John's employee chased him off.  According to police, a man approached a relative of an employee waiting outside of the Papa John's on 79th and Wornall.  The man then brandished an obviously fake gun and ordered her to get the employee to open the side door.  The woman complied and upon opening the door, the employee chased the man off.  Later,  police located a car suspected of being involved in the failed robbery.  Inside the car,  the police found a fake toy gun and spotted a nearby man walking away from the vehicle.  The man was taken in and is now a suspect in the attempted robbery.

This has to be one of the worst planned robberies.  The man went to a pizza shop after hours, when more then likely most of the money had already been dropped for the night,  he then used a toy gun to try and rob the place.  In turn he ran away from the employee after being confronted, got no money, and is about to spend some hard time in jail.   If any video is available this would definitely qualify for "World's Dumbest Criminals."  Some people are just not deserving of their freedoms, this man will lose everything and got nothing in return.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Censorships of America Return

America is suppose to protect our rights of free speech.  Back in the Early '90's a certain rapper named Ice-T released a song called "Cop Killer."  The meaning of the song was often overlooked as people focused simply on the title.  The song was intended to be a narrative from the point of view of a criminal that seeking revenge for all those that were victims of police brutality.  This song was used by President George H.W. Bush as an example of what was wrong with the youth of that time.  The backlash and protests resulted in Ice-T being released from his label.  That brings us to today, after the tragic events of that occurred in Tuscan, AZ, it was revealed that the killer Jared Lee Loughner would often listen to a  song entitled "Bodies" by the group Drowning Pool.  The chorus repeated over and over again in the song is "Let the bodies hit the floor."  The music video features a man in a mental hospital being tormented by the lead singer whispering the lyrice in his ear.  People are now saying that Jared Lee Laughner's repeated listening to this song inspired inspired him to go on his murderous rampage.  The fact that we are blaming anyone other then Jared Lee Loughner for his actions is laughable.  The song did not make him load his gun  to kill six people and attempt to assassinate a Congresswoman.  Neither did the guns or Sarah Palin. Now once again people are screaming for laws that would regulate and censor these types of songs.   Are some songs offensive to me or others? Sure, but that does not mean that the artist do not have a right to produce their music and their fans the right to listen to them.  Any type of law restricting music of any type would be a regulation against Free-Speech.  I hope that the majority of America is smart enough to realize that because people do not like a song and one mentally unstable man who killed people was a fan of the song does not mean that we should ban this music and allow these people to censor our lives.  Do not let these people speak for you, and let them limit your constitutional right to freedom of speech.  If they are allowed to censor music, what is next?  I leave you with a quote by Mark Twain, "Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just beacause a baby can't chew it!"