Thursday, May 19, 2011

Yes, it's a links post. Read it anyway.

It's time for another one of those links posts in which I share a sentence or two about something I've meant to blog about but haven't--and probably won't get to anytime soon. Here I must, for legal reasons, insert a Sarcasm Alert: some of my comments are not the literal truth. Without further ado, and in no particular order, then, here they are:

1. It is possible to make LED light bulbs that will reach 100 watts, to replace those old energy-hogging incandescents! Problems: the LED chips burn out, requiring miniature fans inside the bulbs to keep them cool; the LED bulbs are potentially toxic waste like the CFL bulbs are, require careful disposal and proper environmental cleanup if they break; and the 100 watt bulb will probably cost about $50. Each. The only thing really being illuminated here is the "Let them burn cash!" attitude of our elected officials--but at least burning money is "green."

2. That great pro-life Catholic university, Notre Dame (and no, I can't even type that with a straight face) only took about two years to decide to drop the charges against the eighty-eight protesters arrested there for trespassing during a pro-life protest when President Obama was visiting to receive Notre Dame's coveted "Society of Judas Iscariot" award, which Notre Dame has itself earned on numerous occasions. And just a couple of weeks later, Notre Dame continues to prove to Catholic Americans that no, really, they are pro-life and do agree with the Church's teachings concerning the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death--by electing a new member to the board of trustees who has proved her pro-life credentials by donating thousands of dollars to help elect pro-abortion Democrats, via the fund-raising group Emily's List (and "Emily" stands for "Exterminate Minority, Impoverished, and Less-desirable Youth," of course).

3. A Facebook friend shared this video titled "Cohabitation Vows." (NSWSCIRWSHTWS *** warning.) It's pretty much right on the mark. Like I always say when someone uses the phrase, "committed relationship," "Oh, so you're married, then? Wait--you're not? But you have some other, non-marital but legally binding committment? No? Well, then, what exactly is committed about your relationship?"

4. Gwyneth Paltrow scattered the largesse of her celebrity beneficence by telling the poor benighted Ordinary People what we should buy for our summer must-haves (around which we can then proceed to build outfits, presumably). Small problem: Gwyneth's must-have items add up to more than $18,000. Now I'm sure that by keeping the sum under six figures Ms. Paltrow thinks she's being recession-minded and all that, but seriously, does the woman ever look out her window at the real world?

5. The CDC gets some "coolness points" for trying to raise public awareness about emergency preparedness by asking the provocative question: are you prepared to survive a Zombie Apocalypse? Unfortunately, the agency then loses a point or two for not taking the opportunity to add a Second Amendment message. Seriously: who fights off Zombies with a utility knife, duct tape, a battery-powered radio, and bleach? Okay, okay: MacGyver. But who else?

6. Reasons number 100805354 and 100805355 (and counting) to homeschool. Enough said.

7. The Republican Party is the Party of no, of negativity, of shameless and evil campaign ads, right? The Democrats never do anything that involves comparing some relatively mild Medicare cuts to throwing grandmothers over scenic outlooks, right? Right? Um...

8. And last, but not least, my friend Larry D has no further excuse to skip ScriptFrenzy next year. I'm warning you, Larry--you'd better sign up next April! Unless, of course, you grow a beard and go all Catholic Apologist on us.

***Not safe with small children in room who shouldn't hear the word "sex."


Siarlys Jenkins said...

1. Sounds dead wrong to me. LEDs last 20 years and use one tenth the electricity to produce the same light. They do NOT contain mercury. They can be manufactured to give out any color desired, such as that homey orange glow we all love.

2. That's between you and Notre Dame.

3. I agree. If its not marriage, there is no commitment.

4. You are right on target again.

5. Not sure where this is going. Does it matter?

6. My niece is trying home schooling because of some nasty kids at school.

7. Paul Ryan's plan is to issue seniors incredible vanishing vouchers that will leave them with no coverage at all within ten years. This is mild?

8. Not familiar with Script Frenzy, but if you and Larry disagree about it, I'm certain it is not covered by the canon.

Two points of enthusiastic agreement. Not bad, and maglev on top of that. (Republicans currently opposed to trains of any description.)

LarryD said...

Thanks for the links, Red. No worries about the beard. After two weeks of not shaving, the best my my chin and neck can do is an impersonation of a dog with mange.

As far as Scriptfrenzy is concerned...I'll do it, but you have to email me one of your scripts first.

Red Cardigan said...


I really am a bad scriptwriter.

Carrie said...

Love the "Cohabitation Vows" video! Thank you for posting!