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It’s Gonna Be A Short Night

I still find myself without much to say… I’ve been using up most of my sociopolitical ire on political websites, where one guy tried to tell me two completely different synonymous words had the same etymology.

I mean, I just… Uuuuuuuugh.

Further, I should’ve been in bed hours ago. I’m driving a friend of mine to the Birmingham airport in the morning. …for a 5:30 flight, I believe, so we’re leaving at 4 a.m. And pretty much right after work, I’ll be heading straight to Huntsville to visit the family and drop of some stuff I have here that I don’t need.

I’m going to get absolutely NO sleep at all, I shouldn’t wonder.

…and I totally just realized that I don’t have a bed back in Huntsville because my bed came with me. …UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGH.

This is going to be a GREAT weekend.

I think I’m going to try to get a few hours of sleep now in the last bed I’ll sleep in for the next few days. If you want politics, the Democratic National Convention is happening, and people tell me there are some pretty great speeches from tonight and last night, particularly Julian Castro, Michelle Obama, Deval Patrick, Sandra Fluke, Elizabeth Warren and Bill Clinton.

I dunno, haven’t heard or read them yet. One day, when I’m bored and slightly suicidal, I’ll listen to the RNC and DNC speeches and write about them, maybe. But I have to be REALLY out of things to do to put myself through the RNC speeches, from what excerpts I read…

Anyway. Goodnight. (Ha! As if I’m going to get any sleep…)

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Sing, Sang, Sung – “Walk On The Ocean” By Toad The Wet Sprocket

I still don’t have anything to say, really. Today was the third day in my long weekend. I did chores. I watched more “Doctor Who.” I found myself annoyed with the whole Martha Jones being in love with the Doctor thing. I found myself more annoyed with the Christmas special “Voyage of the Damned.” But I can always talk about that later.

Frankly, there hasn’t been much going on politically other than the three headlining RNC speeches (Paul Ryan, Clint Eastwood and Mitt Romney) being kind of awful. And I don’t feel like talking about them. Not right now at least. Maybe after the DNC gets a chance to be a comparison.

You ever have days like that? Not writer’s block, necessarily… just days when you don’t feel like it? Days of lethargy, I suppose?

Anyway. I give you another song. It’s an old one (Like, the 1990s. Practically ancient.), and apparently not terribly well known/popular? At the very least, there’s not terribly many Youtube videos of it. In fact, I think I’ve only ever found the one that includes a video, and it’s missing the first second or so of the song. And looks to be recorded on VHS. Badly. Fortunately, since then, someone’s added an album version.

Ah, well. Beggars, choosers and something about horse steak and all that.

I’m putting this song up just because. It’s one I always wanted to do a capella… most of my a capella group laughed at the idea. Well, the guy in charge did, so, the majority of people that mattered. Plus, I don’t know how to arrange music. I’m sure I could, if I just took the time to try… but it’s not in my bailiwick, for sure. So, no a capella version I’ve ever heard thus far. Even though I think it would sound great. But maybe this is a song everyone hated but me? You tell me.

“Walk On the Ocean” – Toad the Wet Sprocket

We spotted the ocean at the head of the trail
Where are we going, so far away
And somebody told me that this is the place
Where everything’s better, everything’s safe

Walk on the ocean
Step on the stones
Flesh becomes water
Wood becomes bone

And half and hour later we packed up our things
We said we’d send letters and all those little things
And they knew we were lying but they smiled just the same
It seemed they’d already forgotten we’d came

Walk on the ocean
Step on the stones
Flesh becomes water
Wood becomes bone

Walk on the ocean
Step on the stones
Flesh becomes water
Wood becomes bone

 

Now we’re back at the homestead
Where the air makes you choke
And people don’t know you
And trust is a joke
We don’t even have pictures
Just memories to hold
That grow sweeter each season
As we slowly grow old

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The Daily Show Has Nailed It This Week

Dunno if you heard, but this week was the week of the Republican National Convention. Four days (Or, well, three and a tad days.) of GOP fanfare and froufrou. All to say, “Yes. We’re definitely picking Mitt Romney. Unless there’s someone else. Someone? Anyone? No? …Okay, Romney it is.”

The entire convention was filled with a lot of bashing of President Barack Obama, bad jokes, a couple racist dudes (well, two that got caught and thankfully thrown out), a lot of stretched truths, half truths and, well, lies… I guess it’s just your typical politics? Well, typical politics plus Clint Eastwood arguing with an empty chair. Best tweet in response: This is a perfect representation of the campaign: an old white man arguing with an imaginary Barack Obama.

Anyway, we’ll see how Obama responds during the DNC. He has a chance to really rip into the missteps of the RNC speeches and lay out his policy plans, something that didn’t really happen at the RNC. And having seen Romney’s performances in debates… Well.

During the whole RNC event, though (which I never watched… I didn’t hate myself that much), “The Daily Show” was filming in Tampa, Fla., where the RNC was held. And they had some pretty amazing, spot on criticisms of the event and the Republican Party. I’m hoping they do similar for the DNC… but I don’t know if their stuff will be as good as it was in Tampa.

Night one, a look at the political imagery of a natural disaster, Hurricane Isaac versus GOP.

Night two, a criticism of the theme of the night, “We Built It,” and how it’s based on a misquote.

Night three, fact checking GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s address to the RNC.

And night four, a Leonard Nimoy-narrated spoof of the Romney biographical short film. It’s pretty fantastic.

But in my mind, the best clip, the most politically poignant and, coincidentally, frightening segment that “The Daily Show” did is this one, where Samantha Bee talks to RNC attendees about Romney’s right to choose whether a woman has a right to choose abortion or not.

You might be able to guess where that one heads. Funny… but mostly upsetting.

Anyway. I didn’t watch the convention, as I said. I did read some of the speeches, and some of the fact checks on those speeches… But I’m not really in the mood to rant and rail politics. I’ve done too much of that as of late. And I ate a lot and want to go hibernate for a while. Hopefully, “The Daily Show” will tide you over. I’m going back to watch more “Once Upon a Time.” …I really like that show.

Which reminds me! TV starts back up this month! Excited!

Okay, now hibernation.

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It’s Been One Year

One year ago today, I posted my first post on this blog, titled God And Politics. The blog existed a couple days before that, with me arranging pages and the like, but Aug. 30, 2011 was really the first day.

Since then, I’ve written all sorts of things. Poetry, plays and pros. Posts on politics and social issues. Comedy, satire, movie reviews, recipes. Songs I thought people might like. Random crap about random crap. …like this right now.

In that 366 days (leap year), I’ve written 374 posts and have had 321 comments. …most of which are likely me, but oh well. I’ve written a post a day with eight extra (all excluding this one, of course). At the time of me typing this, I’ve had 11,141 views on the blog and, since recording started on February 25, visitors from 92 different countries. In fact, I’m only missing three South American countries, it seems. And China, for some reason, though I’ve had visitors from Hong Kong.

…Anyway.

Today was the big day for the Republican National Convention. I missed most of it. Apparently, there was an invisible Barack Obama talking to Clint Eastwood?

…weird. While I wish I had the stomach to sit through it and “live” blog it like I did one or two of the 5,000 Republican preliminary debates, I was off losing at trivia. Stupid pop culture final questions. I doubt I’ll do it for the Democratic National Convention, either. Too much big party, horn tooting ridiculousness goes on at these things. I will try to do it for the debates, though. We’ll see how those go.

Really, I’m just taking a break. I’ve been writing on this thing for a full year. Awesome. Maybe one day I’ll shell out a little cash and actually have a web designer spruce it up, split the posts up into more manageable categories. I mean, I took HTML a few times in my education, but heck if I remember how to do any of it well. Besides, CSS is better, I think… and I definitely don’t remember any of that we covered.

So, for tonight, it’s goodnight. Don’t let the politicians bite.

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