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Or do we!? First floods, then earthquakes. Personally, I’m waiting for the zombies.

So, about an hour ago, I’m on the phone with a client, hanging out in my office, when I feel a pretty peculiar sensation. I felt a little woozy and a little nauseous, but then I realize it’s not just me… the FLOOR is moving. This is pretty disconcerting when you work on the 30th floor of a building. Shortly thereafter, all the employees congregated and confirmed that we all felt it. We’re all insane already so we weren’t thinking anything about that, but it felt nice to justify our thoughts.

From the Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

An earthquake centered in Virginia was felt in the Pittsburgh region just before 2 p.m. today, leading to evacuations here and around the East Coast.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the magnitude 5.9 quake occurred less than a mile underground at 1:51 p.m. near Richmond. It was felt shortly afterward in Pittsburgh.

The tremor prompted a series of evacuations, some mandatory and some voluntary.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh’s students were evacuated and were gathered outside the building on the Boulevard of the Allies.

Point Park University also was being evacuated.

Workers from the glass-encased PPG headquarters were gathering in the outdoor plaza.

The Allegheny County 911 center was getting swamped with calls but said it had no early reports of earthquake damage.

At the Steelers offices on the South Side, many of the front-office employees felt the two-story building shake, thinking it might have been a passing train. Some left the building and stood outside in the parking lot. At the time, the players were practicing outside in the back of the building.

Anita Groupp, who lives in the Sunset Hills neighborhood of Mt. Lebanon, said she was watching television when she felt the quake.

“I was sitting on my couch and it jumped three times,” she said. “Then the chandelier and the hanging plants started swinging.”

The rumbling was felt by employees on the campus of Carnegie Mellon Unversity. “It felt like my desk was moving, like somebody was pushing it,” said Ken Walters, a university spokesman who works in Alumni House on Forbes Avenue. “I thought maybe they were doing some work in the office. Then a couple of colleagues came out and asked, ‘You know what’s going on with the building?’ It was weird.”

The switchboard at the University of Pittsburgh received calls from individuals in campus locations including Salk and Bellefield halls and the 42-story Cathedral of Learning, said Loraine Reed, an administrator in telecommunications for Pitt.

Pitt sent out an alert on its phone chain informing people of the quake but saying there was no need for evacuations.

The higher you are in a building, the more you likely you felt the effects, according to William Harbert, chairman of the Department of Geophysics at the University of Pittsburgh.

He’s busy analyzing results of the temblor on Pitt’s seismograph at the Allegheny Observatory in Riverview Park.

“We had people charging down the steps from the fifth floor of the geology building,” Mr. Harbert said. “They got shook up pretty well.”

U.S. Steel employees, in the tallest building in the region, were not being evacuated, but U.S. Bankruptcy Court, which is in the building, was evacuated.

Duquesne Light reported all of its systems were secure and had no problems from the quake.

Tremors could be felt in Harrisburg, where staffers in the Capitol promptly left the building. In the ground-level Capitol annex, several House staffers who were having lunch quickly moved out from under a glass atrium. The tremor there was felt at about 1:55 and lasted about 10 seconds.

Richard Pronesti, a top aide to state Rep. Jennifer Mann, D-Lehigh, said, “There is something about being in a 100-year-old building that’s shaking like that that makes you want to get the hell out.”

The Capitol workers returned to work around 2:35.

U.S. Capitol legislative offices also were being evacuated, said Richard Carbo, spokesman for state Rep. Jason Altmire.

Part of the Pentagon, which experienced rumbling and shaking, was also emptied.

Regions as far north as New Hampshire also reported feeling the tremor.

Post-Gazette reporter Jon Schmitz, visiting family in Springfield, Va., was sitting at the dining room table when the rumbling began.

“For an instant, I thought it was a heavy truck going by outside but the shaking got more violent and intense, and my brother-in-law, Paul Hynes of San Diego, said ‘we’re having an earthquake.’ It lasted for about 30 to 40 seconds and shook the house enough to make the walls creak. . . . However, everyone here, including the seasoned earthquake pros from California, was quite shaken up. No pun intended.”

The most severe seismic event in this area occurred on Sept. 25, 1998 and measured a magnitude of 5.2, with its epicenter in the Greenville-Jamestown area of Western Pennsylvania. It was felt as far away as Illinois, New Jersey and Ontario, Canada, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Pittsburgh’s gone crazy, people are being evacuated, traffic is gridlocked, social media sites are blowing up. Even I’m blogging about it. Generally, people are freaking the eff out. But what’s crazy is that this has totally happened before! Back in June 2010, right after we moved into our new office, I had a similar sensation, but didn’t think anything of it, because no one else in the office said anything. When I went home that night, I saw on the news that an earthquake had hit Canada, and that it’s effects were felt as far as Pennsylvania.

Again, from the PG:

An earthquake centered in Canada could be felt by some people in the Pittsburgh area this afternoon.

Reports of buildings shaking came from Carlow University in Oakland and from the South Side, among other locations.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the magnitude 5.5 quake was centered at the Ontario-Quebec border at 1:41 p.m. It was felt a few minutes later in Western Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh police said they have no reports of damage.

News reports said it also could be felt in New York City, New Jersey, Ohio, and Michigan.

Buildings shook in Toronto for almost a minute and several were evacuated.

Like most people who felt the slight tremor in the Pittsburgh area, Wendy Graves, an editor at Akoya, a communications consulting firm on the South Side, wasn’t sure what it was right away, having never been through one before.

“I felt it shake my chair three times, with a few seconds in between each one,” said Ms. Graves, 45, who was working at her job on the second floor of a building on East Carson Street when she felt it at about 1:44 p.m. “After the third one I said jokingly, ‘Is that an earthquake?’ ”

Barbara Olson, a retired cruise consultant who lived in the Los Angeles area for nine years before moving to her present home in Sewickley in 1992, thought she recognized the swaying motion she felt as she worked on her home computer, but she didn’t believe it.

“My first sensation told me, ‘This is an earthquake,’ ” she said, but she and her husband, George, had moved to the Pittsburgh area expecting to escape them.

It wasn’t until a neighbor called to see if she had felt it, too, that she believed it.

“It was a big relief because you think you’re going crazy,” Ms. Olson said with a laugh.

Once Kate Burroughs and her colleague at the Association of American Cancer Institutes, Sara Arvay, confirmed with each other that they were feeling their building on Fifth Avenue in Oakland sway, they didn’t check with anyone else; they exited from their fifth-floor office for 15 minutes until they were sure it was over.

“At first I thought, ‘Huh, this is kind of weird. I’m trying to diet so maybe I’m a little light-headed,’ ” Ms. Burroughs, 54, said. “But I asked Sara and she felt it, too.”

The earthquake originated in an area called the Ottawa River Valley, where huge plates that make up the continent sometimes slip.

The quake likely was caused by a process called “post-glacial rebound,” said Russel Pysklywec, a University of Toronto geologist who said he felt the quake and immediately knew what he was feeling.

“About 10,000 years ago there were glaciers covering us. That ice subsequently melted and the plates are now rebounding upward,” Mr. Pysklywec said. “Normally those stresses are relaxed fairly quietly.”

He placed the earthquake’s depth at 19 kilometers and said the shaking in Western Pennsylvania was the shock rippling outward. By afternoon’s end, he said, the quake would be measured on instruments in Australia, “like an ultrasound of the planet itself.”

Little damage was reported in Canada, according to early reports, though the quake’s reach served a reminder that even in the geologically placid northeast, the Earth still packs the occasional wallop.

“It’s kind of a neat thing in some ways. It shows us how much energy there is in the planet,” said Mr. Pysklywec.

I do not think that this is “neat”, Mr. Whateverthehellyournameis. When did this start happening!? I cannot for the life of me remember feeling any effects of earthquakes prior to that incident in 2010. This stuff never happened when we were kids. I mean, yeah, we had all those ridiculous drills at school…hiding under desks and curling up in our little, fetal positions in the hallway and we always laughed because things like that NEVER happened on the East Coast! (see above cartoon).

Alright, well after further research, apparently there were a few. One about the same size came through in ’98, but I was 13 at the time. I was way too busy being obsessed with Trent Reznor. I didn’t have time to be thinking about earthquakes. Geez. Apparently there was another in 2006, and while I was old enough to remember that, surprisingly, I don’t. Anyone else remember this?

Well, perhaps we’re going to have to start remembering all those drills!

Thankfully, it doesn’t seem like there was any damage and no one got hurt, so at least we have that going for us. Still pretty creeped out, though! Mother Nature is one pissed off lady!



{May 19, 2011}   Rapture? Bring it.

Buh-bye, Earth.

So, in case you haven’t heard, the end of the world starts on Saturday, May 21, 2011. I hate to break it to you, but I already RSVP-ed “Yes, I’m Attending” for 2013 on Facebook. I have prior obligations, Harold Camping! From Yahoo! News:

“Harold Camping, a Christian broadcaster from California, has ascertained the exact date of Doomsday. It is this Saturday, May 21. Five months of torment for the unbelievers will be ushered in, with the universe ending Oct. 21.

Apparently the Elect will be caught up in the Rapture on Saturday, leaving the rest of us sinners to face the music. Camping apparently did not draw the date out of his, er, hat, but rather has developed actual math to support it. According to MSNBC:

“He believes Christ was crucified on April 1, 33 A.D., exactly 722,500 days before May 21, 2011. That number, 722,500, is the square of 5 x 10 x 17. In Camping’s numerological system, 5 represents atonement, 10 means completeness, and seventeen means heaven.”

Camping’s system is not perfect. He had previously predicted the date of Doomsday as being Sept. 6, 1994. The date came and went without the Rapture happening and without the Tribulation descending upon the Earth.

End of the world fads have been around at least since the birth of Christianity and are not necessarily confined to the religious. The religious, of course, believe that at some point that Book of Revelations will come to pass or that the 12 Imam will arrive. The effects are much the same thing, with the chosen Elect being spared the apocalypse and the rest being condemned to pain and torment. Of course there is also the Mayan inspired idea that the world is going to end in 2012, which further inspired a special effects packed movie.

Secular people get into the fun of predicting the end of the world by darkly pointing to nuclear war, over population, environmental holocaust, world-wide plague, the super volcano, an asteroid strike, or the potential presidency of Sarah Palin.

Camping is one of those rare, bold folks to affix a day and date to the end of the world. There have been people like that in history. They have all wound up confused and wondering what happened (or didn’t happen.) Camping has already experienced this in the wake of his failed 1994 prediction. One suspects that he will be disappointed again.

But, just in case, I think I will have some much needed fun Friday night. One never knows.”

In honor of this spectacular occasion, I’m gonna have myself a little shindig. What better reason to make home made pizza, throw back some beers, and kick some ass in Soul Calibur on my new PS3?

And like any good party, it needs a playlist….
Here’s the start of the official Rapture Party Playlist, so far (pretty upbeat, no?):

    1. Highway to Hell – AC/DC
    2. Until the End of the World – Apoptygma Berserk
    3. Farewell Ride – Beck
    4. Imagine – John Lennon
    5. I Will Survive – Cake
    6. Say Goodbye – Reel Big Fish
    7. Just Like Heaven – The Cure
    8. Sons and Daughters – The Decemberists
    9. The End – The Doors
    10. Save Tonight – Eagle Eye Cherry
    11. Get Happy – Erin McKeown
    12. If I Ever Leave This World Alive – Flogging Molly
    13. As Heaven Is Wide – Garbage
    14. Last Living Souls – Gorillaz
    15. Like A Prayer – Phil Turkas
    16. In The End – Green Day
    17. La Petite Mort – Erin McKeown
    18. Devil’s Haircut – Beck
    19. Meteor – The Bird and the Bee
    20. Rapture – Blondie
    21. Sing You Sinners – Erin McKeown
    22. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan
    23. Motor – Cake
    24. Help Save the Youth of America from Exploding – Less Than Jake
    25. True Believers – The Bouncing Souls
    26. Lights Go Out – Jupiter One
    27. Will The Revolution Come? – Reel Big Fish
    28. They Can’t Save Us Now – Kill Hannah
    29. Disco Heaven – Lady Gaga
    30. Personal Jesus – Marilyn Manson
    31. Lose It (In the End) – Mark Ronson
    32. Dead Souls – Nine Inch Nails
    33. Dinosaurs Will Die – NOFX
    34. God – Tori Amos
    35. No Sign of Life – OK Go
    36. It’s A Sin – Pet Shop Boys
    37. Holdin’ on Together – Phoenix
    38. First Day – Placebo
    39. It’s the End of the World As We Know It – REM
    40. Heaven in A Place on Earth – Belinda Carlisle (Happy Hardcore Mix)
    41. So Long, Farewell – The Vandals
    42. Closing Time – Semisonic
    43. The Rapture – Siouxie and the Banshees
    44. Last One Out of Liberty City – Less Than Jake
    45. Last Girl on Earth – Supreme Beings of Leisure
    46. Women and Men – They Might Be Giants
    47. Whatever Gets You Through the Night – John Lennon
    48. Stairway to Heaven – Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
    49. The End of the World – The Cure
    50. Thank You, Lord, For Sending Me the F Train – Mike Doughty
    51. Thank God – Mindless Self Indulgence
    52. Judas – Lady Gaga
    53. In The Hands of Gods – Morcheeba
    54. We Will Become Silhouettes – The Postal Service
    55. The Wars End – Rancid
    56. The Likes of You Again – Flogging Molly
    57. Happy Phantom – Tori Amos
    58. Talkin’ ‘Bout A Revolution – Reel Big Fish
    59. Leaving On A Jet Plane – Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
    60. People That Are Going to Hell – The Vandals
    61. The Devil is Bad – The W’s
    62. Comfort Eagle – Cake
    63. Living Hell – Morcheeba
    64. We Didn’t Start the Fire – Billy Joel
    65. From the End of the World – Electric Light Orchestra
    66. Party at the End of the World – Jimmy Buffett
    67. Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
    68. How Far We’ve Come – Matchbox 20
    69. Sprit In the Sky – Norman Greenbaum
    70. The End of the World – Zombina and the Skeletones
    71. Long Hard Road Out of Hell – Marilyn Manson
    72. Heresy – Nine Inch Nails
    73. Calamity Song – The Decemberists
    74. Happy Death Day – Alien Ant Farm
    75. The Sign – Ace of Base
    76. Instant Karma – John Lennon
    77. Volcano – Jupiter One
    78. Best Wishes to Your Black Lung – Less Than Jake
    79. Earthquake Weather – Beck
    80. For Tomorrow – Blur
    81. The End – The Beatles
    82. Sudden Death in Carolina – Brand New

So, what is everyone doing for the rapture? Inquiring minds want to know! Leave it in the comments.



{September 21, 2010}   Twitter Mouseover Problems

http://theoriginalgirlwithablog.blogspot.com/2010/09/twitter-mouseover-problems.html



WTF, people? First we have Peter Steele, then Ronnie James Dio, and now Slipknot bassist, Paul Gray.

Dear Musicians,

Please stop dying.

Sincerely,
That Girl With A Blog

No more half naked, racist men. No more “Holy Diver”. No more creepy dudes in leather masks. What is the world coming to!?

Dio’s death was originally hailed a hoax, but apparently not far from the truth. The former Black Sabbath member and solo artist’s Wikipedia page was initally changed to include his death around 10:00pm on Saturday, May 15th, but his wife Wendy cleared things up, stating that he was in pretty rough shape, but still kickin’. Dio didn’t die until Sunday morning. Well, dude was 67, (Weird, who ever thought he would make it this long. Isn’t today Bob Dylan’s birthday? What is he, now, 110?) AND had stomach cancer. At least that one was a little more expected that Paul Gray, dead at 38 in a hotel room. That’s how rock stars are supposed to go, I guess.

Ronnie James Dio (July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010)

The cause of death for Paul Gray has not yet been determined. The guy just died yesterday, people. Sheesh. One of the three original band members left, he was the guy with the bass and the pig mask. Doesn’t that just make you want to take him home to mom? In 2003, Gray was arrested for drunk driving and possession following a car accident. It’s kind of surprising that he lasted this long. Well, they say that death comes in threes, so hopefully this will be the end of all this craziness for a while!

Paul Gray (April 8, 1972 – May 24, 2010)

He’s not even that creepy without the mask on! Seriously, go image search this guy…he’s like a pig/Hannibal Lecter…thing.

And here, for Tuesday, in memory of Ronnie James Dio, have a little “Holy Diver”.



Rumor gone wild or is the angry, giant frontman of Type O Negative truly dead? From the LA Late Blog:

Peter Steele is dead at 48, news that Peter Steele has died confirmed Thursday. Peter Steele’s cause of death was heart failure learn fans today.

Here is the latest.

Peter Steele’s death has been confirmed by several individuals since last night, despite no official statement from family members. Statements of death come from fellow bandmate Kenny Hickey, Fuse Host Mistress Juliya, and a suggestive posting on the Type O Negative website.

Fans are reacting to the shocking news through a surge in twitter posts early today.

Foirst, Fuse VJ MistressJuliya posted on twitter last night the following messages: “Today is a very sad day in metal…” “End of an era.” “Peter Steele passed today. I loved my friend…our idol…my heart is with his band and family…” “@msjenncity (Steele) passed of heart failure. Just spoke to Kenny (Hickey of Type O Negative).”

Second, TypeONegative.com includes the following message today “The forums have been re-opened. Please play nice and expect statements from the band and family later today. Thank you for your understanding and support.”

In 2007, Steele made press by indicating he had now become an atheism. He told Decibel magazine as the time:

“There are no atheists in foxholes, they say, and I was a foxhole atheist for a long time. But after going through a midlife crisis and having many things change very quickly, it made me realize my mortality. And when you start to think about death, you start to think about what’s after it. And then you start hoping there is a God. For me, it’s a frightening thought to go nowhere. I also can’t believe that people like Stalin and Hitler are gonna go to the same place as Mother Teresa.”

Funeral arrangements have not been announced. Peter Steele will be greatly missed. Send your love.

But at the same time, we get this from Blabbermouth:

Despite a message on the band’s official web site that seems to suggest otherwise, TYPE O NEGATIVE frontman Peter Steele HAS NOT DIED.

The band, who are famous for their dark sense of humor, have spent much of the last few months preparing material for their SPV Records debut, which is expected to be recorded later in the year.

TYPE O NEGATIVE cancelled their U.S. tour last fall in order to allow Steele to undergo further tests after “undisclosed anomalies” were discovered during a medical exam. A February 11, 2005 update on Peter’s condition from TYPE O NEGATIVE drummer Johnny Kelly stated, “There really isn’t much to report other than he’s doing fine and his health is improving daily.”

TYPE O NEGATIVE, whose first album, “Slow, Deep and Hard”, was issued in 1991, fulfilled their contractual obligations to longtime label Roadrunner with the release of 2003’s “Life Is Killing Me”. That album debuted on The Billboard 200 chart at No. 39 in June 2003 after registering a first-week sales tally of 27,023 copies. TYPE O NEGATIVE’s best-selling album to date is 1994’s “Bloody Kisses”, which has shifted nearly a million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Well that’s just no fun. I wanna know if the man is dead or not! I was once a Type O fan, until I saw them in Pittsburgh…my god, maybe nine years ago? Peter Steele is a flat out racist and that’s not okay. He said some overtly xenophobic things. In a venue full of people. I remember looking at the people around me and them looking back in a moment of, “Did that just really happen”? I never bought an album after that. I’ll admit, I still own everything I bought before then and break it out from time to time, but never again will I finance that band. Well, I guess now, I really don’t need to. It’s kind of a shame that all that hotness was wasted on a white supremacist.

Weird to think about Peter Steele as a dead guy, though. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see…

***Update***

Well, that didn’t take long. Confirmed by Blabbermouth:

TYPE O NEGATIVE keyboardist Josh Silver has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that the band’s frontman, Peter Steele, passed away yesterday (Wednesday, April 14) at the age of 48. No official cause of death has yet been released, but it is believed that Steele died of heart failure.

According to unconfirmed reports, Steele had been ill for days leading up to his death.

Mistress Juliya (a.k.a. Juliya Chernetsky) of Fuse TV broke the news on her Twitter page last night, stating that she spoke to TYPE O NEGATIVE guitarist Kenny Hickey just before midnight New York time, and that Kenny confirmed that the rumors were true.

Back in 2005, many people were shocked when they logged on to the TYPE O NEGATIVE web site and saw a gravestone with the words “Peter Steele – 1962 – 2005 …. Free At Last” carved on it. According to Epinions.com, there were rumors at the time that Steele was sick (with anything from cancer to AIDS), was on his deathbed, attempted suicide … and the list goes on. Needless to say, it turned out that Steele was very much alive and the gravestone was merely a joke, albeit one the wasn’t viewed as being in particularly good taste.

Steele was born Petrus T. Ratajczyk on January 4, 1962 in Brooklyn, New York. He stood 6′ 7″ (201 cm) tall, and had a low, bass-heavy voice, which was one of the most recognizable features in TYPE O NEGATIVE’s music.

Before forming TYPE O NEGATIVE, Steele played for the metal group FALLOUT and the thrash band CARNIVORE.



*A special thanks to @nathandavishall for pointing out this awesome video!

Keith Olbermann rips Pat Robertson (and Rush Limbaugh) a new asshole.
And holy shit is it awesome…

In case you’ve been under a rock for the past few days, this is what prompted this response:

It’s about time Pat Robertson was reprimanded for his stupid, insane comments. Truly, how terrible of a person do you have to be to say things like that? Ugh.



Lois Lane

Lois Lane gets it right!

In light of the recent imprisonment and release of Euna Lee and Laura Ling, now is the time to stop violence against female journalists around the world.

These women who fight every day to have stories told are constantly berated and threatened just to get this information to you. It’s easy to think that this sort of thing happens only in developing countries, but it happens here, too! A recent survey found that a staggering 82% of female reporters worldwide have been threatened or attacked because of their work.

Everyday they write articles knowing that it can ultimately lead to their persecution, but they do it anyway to release the truth to the masses. It’s time to stop the silencing of female journalists.

Here’s what you can do to help:

– Ask your senators to support the Daniel Pearl Act, which helps monitor violations of press freedoms.

– Join The Committee to Protect Journalists, which helps reporters working within authoritarian governments get their voices heard.

– Visit imwf.org to petition for already imprisoned journalists.

Most importantly, remember our rights for a free press. We are all entitled to that. Whenever a reporter is silenced, so are we!



{September 30, 2009}   Stimulus Funded Puget Sound Clean Up

So, last night I saw this on NBC Nightly News:

Actually, I cannot for the life of me get this shit to embed, so go watch it here. Dammit.

Rather than piecing together small grants which could have taken 15 years or longer, this cleanup effort, organized by the Northwest Straights Initiative and funded by Obama’s stimulus package, can do so much more at one time, saving thousands of dying creatures trapped in these nets, like the Puget Sound King Crab in the video above.

Help support the clean up of Lolita’s former home and keep our oceans clean:

Department of Ecology
People for Puget Sound
Puget Sound Partnership

For more information on Lolita:

Save Lolita
Orca Network
Miami Seaprison



John HughesFrom NY Daily News:

John Hughes, whose coming-of-age movies captured an American teenage generation between Elvis Presley and Britney Spears, died Thursday of an apparent heart attack while walking on a Manhattan street.

He was 59.

Hughes, a Michigan native who lived in Illinois, was visiting his family in New York, according to a spokeswoman.

Matthew Broderick, who starred in Hughes’ 1986 hit “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” said he was “truly shocked and saddened by the news about my old friend. … He was a wonderful, very talented guy and my heart goes out to his family.”

Hughes’ 1984 film “Sixteen Candles” established him as the signature teen filmmaker of that decade, and made “John Hughes movie” into shorthand for a sometimes agonizing but ultimately upbeat look at teenage years.

“Sixteen Candles” made a star of Molly Ringwald, and he directed her again in two subsequent films, “The Breakfast Club” and “Pretty in Pink.”

Ringwald said she was “stunned and incredibly sad” to hear about Hughes’ death.

“He will be missed – by me and by everyone that he has touched,” she said in a statement on People.com.

Some of the actors in his films, including Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy and Judd Nelson, became known as the Brat Pack.

In contrast to raucous 1980s teen comedies like the “Porky’s” series, Hughes films were sweet, often sentimental. Their heroes and heroines, who started out feeling like misfits, were rewarded for the basic virtues of good hearts and decency.

He kept them from being simply throwbacks to some romanticized earlier age by effective use of realistic teen dialogue.

Hughes was working as an ad copywriter when he broke into showbiz by selling jokes to comedians like Rodney Dangerfield. He went to work for the National Lampoon and scored his breakthrough by writing the screenplay for the 1983 hit film “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” which starred Chevy Chase.

That film showcased Hughes’ ear for droll absurdity. When the dimwitted brother-in-law of Chase’s character is grilling dinner and says he’s using Hamburger Helper, Chase mutters that yeah, that’s good with a little meat. The brother-in-law says, “You add meat?”

His high school movies centered on the girl who doesn’t feel pretty enough, the guy who feels like an idiot, the arrogant bullies who pick on them, and the awkward moments they endure before it all works out.

Hughes’ movies also featured lavish and smart use of music.

Hughes did a few more teen movies, including “Weird Science” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” then scored with “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” in 1987 and even bigger with “Home Alone” in 1990.

After that, however, he headed for the exits. The last film he directed was “Curly Sue,” in 1991. In 1994, he retired from both the film business and the public eye – which he had never enjoyed.

His last public project was writing an independent film, “Reach the Rock,” in 1999.

Hughes is survived by his wife, Nancy, to whom he was married for 39 years, and two sons, James and John.

Wow, it really is a terrible year for celebrities. I think I speak for all the brains, the athletes, the basket cases, the princesses, and the criminals when I say that he’ll be sorely missed.



{August 6, 2009}   Obama A Socialist? Really?

Obama JokerFrom Greg Gutfield, host of Red Eye:

Posters of President Obama made up as Heath Ledger’s Joker with “socialism” written below have been showing up around Los Angeles and it’s being greeted with outrage-y outrage from the typically outraged.

Some are calling it racist, others are calling it “dangerous”; I’m calling it: “Steve” — which is Greg for “boring.”

The Web site Newsbusters points out that — after all — that former President Bush had been portrayed as everything from Dracula to the Joker to worse: a Texan! And, while media hacks point out that criticizing Obama is unfair because he’s only been on the job for six months, that’s bat poop.

Hatred for Bush began the moment he took office and Sarah Palin was only around for a few weeks before lefties were wearing T-shirts with her face and a vulgar word beneath it (hint: It rhymes with bunt.)

And besides, this Obama Joker face only elevates his hip persona and it’s honest. Seriously, we live in a culture where anti-heroes have replaced heroes — hence Ledger’s joker is far cooler than Bale’s Batman. (At least the Joker didn’t yell at his mom at the premiere.)

The Joker scoffed at tradition, reveled in post-modern humor and, more importantly, was played by a dead guy. You can’t get any cooler than that, even if, like me, you do Pilates wearing only body paint.

Finally, as so many Obama-lovers point out, our president is more than a president, he’s a pop culture icon — and you can’t go more than five feet without seeing a shirt, a button or a jock strap with his face plastered on it

At least with these new posters, the media has a message.

Another cultural pop-shot on Obama. If this poster was designed to be a smear campaign for Obama, I would have to say EPIC FAIL. Reportedly, Obama had one of the highest percentages of young voters…ever.

Excuse me? Was anyone awake for Halloween last year? Did you not see millions upon million of people 13-35 dressed as Heath Ledger’s Joker?

Really, I could get into the rant again about how I’m a huge fucking socialist, but why bother when you can read it here.

Honestly, I think it’s pretty sweet. I wish people were able to have a Socialist government without spazzing the fuck out. And did you ever notice that it’s always the well-to-do who bitch about Socialism? The trickle down theory has obviously worked SO WELL, let’s keep it up! Yeah, it’s worked so well, for the already rich.

You know, even with this whole health care situation at the moment…Adam and I were sitting on the couch watching the news one morning last week and there were talking about it. If it meant that every American would have health insurance, I would gladly take a percentage out of my paycheck. If taking money out of my paycheck gives health insurance to people like say, my husband, or the vast majority of my family who does not have health insurance, I’d jump on it in a heartbeat. I live paycheck to paycheck (if my paycheck lasts that long). Think about it, take ONE percent of everyone’s paycheck and with all the money grubbing-greedy bastards out there, that would end up being a lot. Like, a whole lot. If it means my husband has health insurance, PLEASE take that one percent. I’ll tell you what, I’LL take the one percent and MAIL IT TO YOU, okay? I’ll even pay for the envelope and postage!

People are now bitching about the Clunkers fo Cash For Cars program, saying that we’re just dumping our debt onto the next generation. WTF do they think has been happening for the last hundreds of years? If the goverment was so great before, can you tell me why I have no fucking Social Security?

Jesus. Every president will be worse than the last to someone. Every. Single. Time. What ever happened to working together? What I see is a lot of people complaining and not one single person proposing other options.

It’s easy to tell someone when they’re wrong, but that doesn’t make you right!

And then, there’s this. There should just be an audio clip with children shouting, “HOORAY CAPITALISM!”.



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