Archive | October, 2006

The New Speakeasy

The New Speakeasy

Posted on 31 October 2006 by Ed Z

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Top 10 Horror Movies

Posted on 30 October 2006 by Ed Z

In the spirit of Halloween, I have decided to give you my top 10 horror movie
list.  If you haven’t seen some of these, you might want to take a visit
to your local rental store.  Let me know what your top horror movies are.

10. Invasion
of the Body Snatchers (1978)

What would you do if everyone you knew was suddenly changing? They became
cold and unfeeling images of the people you cared about. A great look at the
individual against the masses.

9. Hellraiser
(1987)

What makes this movie work so well is they set up a history that you could
believe. Violence with a purpose and a disturbing look at what our sins may cost
us.

8. The
Thing (1982)

I love this movie for its feeling of suffocation. The severe cold lends to
the icy feeling between the characters. The ending is a wonderful departure from
the norm.

7. The
Shining (1980)

Is there any better movie that shows the downward spiral into insanity? All
work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. That scene alone is better than most
movies.

6. Jaws
(1975)

Generations have had their days at the beach ruined because of this movie.
Honestly, can you go swimming in the ocean without thinking of the music? I can’t
even take a bath without thinking of it. Also, Shaw’s monologue about the
Indianapolis is masterful.

5. Alien
(1979)

This movie single-handedly brought horror back to Sci-Fi. How many movies
have copied this formula since? This is the complete opposite of the clean
hospital look of Star Wars. The sets are like oil drilling platforms in space.

4. The
Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

The birth of the modern slasher movie. Low budget, but that makes it even
more believable. Tame by today’s standards, however quite disturbing in the
images of the grotesque.

3. Evil
Dead II (1987)

What happens when you mix the Three Stooges with Night of the Living Dead?
You get the Evil Dead series. This is by far the best of the three. Its clever
use of camerawork and awesome character, Ash, makes this a classic. Groovy.

2. The
Exorcist (1973)

The deep seeded Christian beliefs in the American psyche were the launching
pad for this incredible movie. Brilliant imagery coupled with idea of Satan
manifesting itself in a 12-year-old girl is an endless source of chills.

1. Night
of the Living Dead (1968)

Everything that every zombie flick wants to be is based on this movie. In
fact, any movie where the characters are trapped somewhere while the antagonist
looms about is based on this movie. What is so frightening is the realism, that
this could happen somehow. Also, I love watching the psychology of the group
trying to survive. Makes you wonder who is more dangerous, the zombies or the
people right next to you.

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Iran Strike Brewing?

Posted on 30 October 2006 by Ed Z

Debka has a military report citing naval maneuvers in the Persian Gulf are a
prelude to an attack on Iran before the election.

Our Tehran sources report
that last Thursday, Oct. 26, Iranian officials were seriously
rattled by a rumor that an Iranian spy plane had located the USS
Boxer heading for the Persian Gulf. It prompted fears of an
imminent American military assault to lift Republican prospects in
the coming US midterm elections of Nov. 7.

Source: http://www.debka.com/article.php?aid=1223

I have two reasons for posting this; first, after reading the Debka article I
saw it mentioned on Hot
Air
, which pointed out the chatter over this possibility.  Second,
that it fit in with something I read from a trusted political analyst who
speculated an attack on Iran in 2007 but he mentioned a naval blockade would
come first.

Either way it looks like something is brewing.

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A Proper Memorial

A Proper Memorial

Posted on 26 October 2006 by Ed Z

An additional 18 pieces of human remains were discovered yesterday at
Ground Zero, pushing the grisly tally during a four-day search to 114, city
officials said. – New
York Daily News

On October 19, human remains were found at Ground Zero. Of the 2,749 people
killed on September 11, 1,150 have not been identified.

This past September marked the five year anniversary of the terrorist attack
also bringing criticism of the slow progress in building a proper memorial.
Commercials urge us to realize the time is right coupling that sentiment with
inviting your personal memories of that day. But in view of the recent
discoveries at the World Trade Center site, I wonder if the time is right.

I’ve long been in favor of a simple memorial to honor the lives lost. This is
hallowed ground, which still contains, as proved by recent findings, the remains
of the dead.

My vision is a memorial much like the World War II Normandy American Cemetery
and Memorial. I’d like to see headstones for everyone murdered that day,
treating the site as it truly is; a burial ground. It also captures the
magnitude of the event by visually displaying 2,749 symbols of a fallen loved
one.

Many say that we need to rebuild the towers to show the terrorists we can’t
be defeated. However, the path to victory or defeat will not be traveled on the
height of a building, it is in the hearts of our children who must always
remember what happened on September 11, 2001.

I’d like to know what you think is an appropriate memorial.

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Torture Revisited

Posted on 24 October 2006 by Ed Z

A few weeks ago I wrote about the interrogation
methods used on terror suspects
, specifically my post discussed the changing
definition of torture and how the methods used currently, in my opinion, fail to
fit into my definition of torture.

Kirsten Powers of PowersPoint
agrees:

To me torture is amputating
limbs or digits, ripping out fingernails, drilling holes in feet,
starving people…you know, the things Iraqi insurgents and the
Hussein clan do/did to people).

She also provides a link
to an example of waterboarding
, the controversial yet highly effective
method used on Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, who gave up info on a plot to destroy the
Liberty Tower in L.A.

Once again, I believe these methods are perfectly acceptable if used for
interrogation purposes and not for revenge. As many have pointed out, our
enemies have done far worse to civilians for what seems to be the sheer pleasure
of killing.

Via: Hot
Air

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NY Times Admits Wrongdoing

Posted on 22 October 2006 by Ed Z

Months after the fact, The New York Times editor, Byron Calame, admits it was
wrong to publish information on the government’s terrorist banking surveillance
program.  Michelle Malkin has the details and adds:

You and every other Chicken Little,
anti-Bush editor at the Times who put lives at risk and undermined
counterterrorism operations by giving your bogus justifications "too much
weight."

Source: http://michellemalkin.com/archives/006173.htm

Amazingly, Calame’s blames his poor judgment on the Bush administration,
claiming  "the vicious criticism of The Times by the Bush
administration to trigger[ed] my instinctive affinity for the underdog and
enduring faith in a free press".  Translation: I wanted to show them
what happens when you criticize The New York Times.

Will this confession get the headlines and play it deserves?  I think
not.

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2006 New York Mets

2006 New York Mets

Posted on 20 October 2006 by Ed Z

By the time the game was over, I had just about chewed my left thumb off and
my hands hurt from clenching my fists so tightly. No permanent damage done,
though with games like the one last night, the damage is all in the heart.

The Mets lost game 7 of the NLCS to the Cardinals, but they never lost the
fight that got them there. When Endy Chavez made what may be the best defensive
play in franchise history, given the situation, robbing Scott Rolen of a home
run, I thought the game had turned. But after threatening in the bottom of that
inning, the Mets couldn’t plate the runs.

Even to the very last at-bat, to the very last strike, there was hope…fight.
Oliver Perez, who some were saying was the worst game 7 started in baseball
history, probably turned his career around with six innings of 1 run ball. Met
fans should take some comfort in knowing that we have two young pitchers in
Perez and game 6 starter John Maine, who when asked to save their team’s season
(our team) showed up ready and pitched their hearts out.

As I look out the window, it is a rainy and dreary day in New York,
reflecting the mood of many Met fans. The pain in my hands is gone but it’s
going to take a little longer for the heartache to disappear.

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Voting Your Wallet

Posted on 18 October 2006 by Ed Z

The economy is doing well; wages are up, unemployment down, gas and oil
prices are down to the point that OPEC has decided to cut production. The DOW
broke 12,000 in intra-day trading today and consumer confidence is high.

Newsbusters points out that
you’re unlikely to hear about this in the MSM leading up to the elections.

There is one factor Republicans have going for them in spite of the media’s
efforts; people vote their wallets.

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If She Didn’t Have Bad Luck…

Posted on 16 October 2006 by Ed Z

Some say Kathleen Caronna is lucky.  She is the woman who escaped
serious injury when Cory Lidle’s plane crashed into her apartment.  But I
suppose that is all just a matter of perspective.

A woman whose apartment was
burned in the high-rise crash of New York Yankees pitcher Cory
Lidle’s plane was the victim of another frightening, bizarre and
high-profile Manhattan accident years earlier, when a lamppost
knocked over by a parade float seriously injured her.

Kathleen Caronna and her
family were unhurt in Wednesday’s crash, which killed Lidle and
his flight instructor, Tyler Stanger.

Source: http://www.suntimes.com/news/nation/97016,CST-NWS-twice15.article

Really, what are the odds?  She survived both incidents, so
I guess she’s lucky in that respect, but I don’t want to be anywhere near her in
a lightening storm.

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Hijacking Human Rights

Posted on 13 October 2006 by Ed Z

Dennis Prager, of
Townhall.com, was talkimg about a Washington Post editorial Thursday, in which
it describes the complete and utter failue of the U.N.’s new Human Rights
Council.

The council, which completed its second
formal session last week in Geneva, has turned out to be far worse than its
predecessor — not just a "shadow" but a travesty that the United
Nations can ill afford.

For all its faults, the previous U.N.
commission occasionally discussed and condemned the regimes most responsible for
human rights crimes, such as those in Belarus and Burma. China used to feel
compelled to burnish its record before the annual meeting. The new council, in
contrast, has so far taken action on only one country, which has dominated the
debate at both of its regular meetings and been the sole subject of two
extraordinary sessions: Israel.

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/11/AR2006101101592.html

Darfur, Uzbekistan, Belarus, and Burma are all inconsequential for to the
Human Rights Council, led by the Organization of the Islamic Conference, Israel
is the only evil in the world.

According to Wikipeda,
the primary goals of the OIC are "to promote solidarity among all member
states; to consolidate cooperation among member states in economic, social,
cultural, scientific, and other fields of activity; to endeavor to eliminate
racial segregation and discrimination and to oppose colonialism in all its
forms; to support the Palestinian people in their struggle to regain their
national rights and to return to their homeland; and, to support all Muslim
people in their struggle to safeguard their dignity, independence and national
rights."

In other words, promoting self interest. On the top of that list seems to be
doing anything to malign and destroy Israel, all other plights be damned. It
really tells you something about the leaders of these countries, that when given
a chance to do something good and noble, they choose a base, malicious,
self-serving agenda.

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