Tuesday, May 30, 2006

 

The 25 Worst Sequels Ever Made

I like movies.

I like lists about movies.

Those two things converged when the Internet Movie Database, roughly one of the best internet sites ever, linked to this Entertainment Weekly story.

The 25 Worst Sequels Ever Made.

25. the Matrix Reloaded 2003
24. The Next Karate Kid 1994
23. Porky's II: The Next day 1983
22. Teen Wolf Too 1987
21. Legally Blonde 2: red, white & blonde 2003
20. The Godfather part III 1990
19. Revenge of the Nerds II: nerds in paradise 1987
18. Battle for the Planet of the Apes 1973
17. Star Trek V: the final frontier 1989
16. Ocean's Twelve 2004
15. Dumb and Dumberer: when harry met Lloyd 2003
14. Conan the Destroyer 1984
13. The Sting II 1983
12. Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace 1999
11. Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights 2004
10. Jaws: The Revenge 1987
9. Speed 2: Cruise Control 1997
8. Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan 1989
7. The Fly II 1989
6. Weekend At Bernie's II 1993
5. Batman & Robin 1997
4. Blues Brothers 2000 1998
3. Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha' Hood 2003
2. CaddyShack II 1988
1. Staying Alive 1983

I must say, I agree with most of those...at least the ones I've seen.

Although I gotta say though that Ocean's Twelve wasn't that bad. Not great by any stretch, but not awful enough to make this list.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

 

The kid running in Hawai'i.

 

Enron Executives Found Guilty

Jury Convicts Enron's Skilling and Lay

By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, May 25, 2006; 2:24 PM

HOUSTON, May 25 -- A federal jury today convicted former Enron chairman Kenneth L. Lay of each of the six counts with which he was charged and convicted his protege Jeffrey K. Skilling of 19 of 28 counts, holding the top executives accountable for fraud on their watch.

The jury returned to the courtroom after deliberating for fewer than six days over a trial that took almost four months, avoiding eye contact with the two defendants and their families. After the verdicts were read, U.S. District Judge Simeon T. Lake III also found Lay guilty in a separate case of four counts of bank fraud.

Lake set sentencing for both men for Sept. 11.

As the verdict was read, Lay stood in the front of the courtroom near a bench he had occupied along with his wife, Linda, and daughter, Elizabeth Vittor, both of whom began to weep. Other family members sat in the front row among the spectators in the courtroom.

Skilling was impassive. He held his hands pressed together in front of him. After the verdict, he exchanged words with brother, Mark, and his defense attorney, Daniel Petrocelli. Skilling was the first man out of the courtroom, immediately after the judge left the bench.

After the verdict, Lake said that Lay would be required to relinquish his passport and he set a bond hearing for later in the afternoon for Lay. Skilling is already free on a $5 million bond.

Skilling and Petrocelli appeared at microphones set up on the courthouse steps just minutes after the verdict was read, saying they would offer a "full and vigorous" appeal.

"We have just begun to fight," he said, standing beside his client who appeared composed as he thanked his family, his lawyers and the news media for their conduct during the trial.

Skilling, 52, and Lay, 64, once stood near the pinnacle of American business, as the energy trading powerhouse they created out of a stodgy pipeline company grew to become the nation's seventh largest public company. But their fortunes collapsed in a heap along with the business in December 2001.

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Saturday, May 20, 2006

 

So What

One of my new favorite blogs, Crooks and Liars, links this wonderful video at youtube.com.

Filmed in 1958, it's Miles Davis & John Coltrane playing the classic So What.

Go have a listen.


Friday, May 19, 2006

 

One Very Bad Example

AMERICAblog points out how one person differs with Mr. Bush on the issue of the mass deportation of illegal immigrants.

Against a fence

Posted: May 15, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com

Dear Jorge plans to address the nation tonight, a speech wherein he will almost surely attempt to deceive citizens into believing that he does not wish the mass migration from Mexico to continue unabated. He will likely offer some negligible resources for law enforcement and border security – resources which will never materialize – in return for an amnesty program that will grant American citizenship to the Mexican nationals who have helped lower America's wage rates by 16 percent over the last 32 years.

And he will be lying, again, just as he lied when he said: "Massive deportation of the people here is unrealistic – it's just not going to work."

Not only will it work, but one can easily estimate how long it would take. If it took the Germans less than four years to rid themselves of 6 million Jews, many of whom spoke German and were fully integrated into German society, it couldn't possibly take more than eight years to deport 12 million illegal aliens, many of whom don't speak English and are not integrated into American society.

In fact, the hysterical response to the post-rally enforcement rumors tends to indicate that the mere announcement of a massive deportation program would probably cause a third of that 12 million to depart for points south within a week.

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*Emphasis added.

One really needs to stop and ask oneself if the best example of successful mass deportations you’re going to use in you’re argument in favor of mass deportation of illegal immigrants is the Nazi’s.

I find it interesting that the author chooses not to use the word Nazi. As if the semantics of that covers up the death camps these people we sent to.

 

Is George W. Bush Just a Misunderstood Genius?

Apparently at least one person on the right side of the blogosphere seems to think so.

A Stroke of Genius?

It must be very strange to be President Bush. A man of extraordinary vision and brilliance approaching to genius, he can't get anyone to notice. He is like a great painter or musician who is ahead of his time, and who unveils one masterpiece after another to a reception that, when not bored, is hostile.

Hyperbolic? Well, maybe. But consider Bush's latest master stroke: the Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate. The pact includes the U.S., Japan, Australia, China, India and South Korea; these six countries account for most of the world's carbon emissions. The treaty is, in essence, a technology transfer agreement. The U.S., Japan and Australia will share advanced pollution control technology, and the pact's members will contribute to a fund that will help implement the technologies. The details are still sketchy and more countries may be admitted to the group later on. The pact's stated goal is to cut production of "greenhouse gases" in half by the end of the century.

What distinguishes this plan from the Kyoto protocol is that it will actually lead to a major reduction in carbon emissions! This substitution of practical impact for well-crafted verbiage stunned and infuriated European observers.

I doubt that the pact will make any difference to the earth's climate, which will be determined, as always, by variations in the energy emitted by the sun. But when the real cause of a phenomenon is inaccessible, it makes people feel better to tinker with something that they can control. Unlike Kyoto, this agreement won't devastate the U.S. economy, and, also unlike Kyoto, the agreement will reduce carbon emissions in the countries where they are now rising most rapidly, India and China. Brilliant.

But I don't suppose President Bush is holding his breath, waiting for the crowd to start applauding.


George W Bush, a man of extraordinary vision and brilliance.

Someone needs to take this guy's Kool-aid away from him.

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