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Bush, Carter,and Christianity

Posted by Brian on November 30, 2006

I know it’s a hopeless cause to correct every little made-up-on-the-spot bit of nonsense that makes its way to the front page of Blogs for Bush, but this statement demands to be corrected:

President Bush is condemned by his critics for the fact of his Christianity….

As someone who has read a lot of criticism of George Bush I can honestly say that I’ve never read anyone on the left condemn Bush for being a Christian.

I have read, however, a lot of criticism directed at the authenticity of his belief; this article from The American Prospect covers the subject best, I think. While he talks a good game, there’s more than enough evidence out there to suggest that he isn’t very serious about walking the same path as Jesus.

The above article is also of interest because it features a couple of quotes from fallen pastor, and former Bush advisor, Ted Haggard. Haggard comments on Jimmy Carter’s failures as president:

“That’s why when Jimmy Carter ran, he [turned out to be] such a terrible president. Because when he [governed], he really tried to maintain [his integrity] and those types of values [Christian values]– and that is virtually impossible.”

Now Carter, that’s man who’s faith seems authentic. It’s unfortunate that some people take a perverse joy in deriding him for his actions.

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Lame Korean videos

Posted by Brian on November 23, 2006

Here’s the new Dongbang Shingi video. View at your own risk.

“Take us to gay factor 7, Chekov.”

“Aye, Cap’n.”

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VH1’s Greatest Songs of the 80’s

Posted by Brian on November 18, 2006

VH1 recently finished a series of specials looking at the top 100 Greatest songs of the 80’s. Here’s the list as they see it:

01 Bon Jovi / “Livin’ on a Prayer” 1986
02 Def Leppard / “Pour Some Sugar On Me” 1987
03 Duran Duran / “Hungry Like the Wolf” 1982
04 Michael Jackson / “Billie Jean” 1982
05 Prince / “When Doves Cry” 1984
06 Hall & Oates / “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” 1981
07 Guns N’ Roses / Sweet Child O’ Mine 1987
08 Madonna / “Like a Virgin” 1984
09 Run-D.M.C. / “Walk This Way” 1986
10 AC/DC / “You Shook Me All Night Long” 1980
11 Journey / Don’t Stop Believin’ 1981
12 Whitney Houston / “How Will I Know” 1985
13 U2 / “With Or Without You” 1984
14 The Bangles / “Walk Like an Egyptian” 1986
15 Van Halen / “Jump” 1984
16 INXS / “Need You Tonight” 1987
17 Whitesnake / “Here I Go Again” 1982
18 Dexy’s Midnight Runners / “Come On Eileen” 1982
19 Cyndi Lauper / “Time after Time” 1984
20 Rick Springfield / “Jessie’s Girl” 1981
21 Michael Jackson / “Beat It” 1982
22 The Cure / “Just Like Heaven” 1987
23 Cyndi Lauper / “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” 1984
24 A-Ha / “Take On Me” 1985
25 Go-Go’s / “Our Lips Are Sealed” 1981
26 Guns N’ Roses / “Welcome to the Jungle” 1987
27 Kajagoogoo / “Too Shy” 1984
28 Wham! / “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” 1984
29 Talking Heads / Burning Down the House 1983
30 Pat Benatar / “Love is a Battlefield” 1983
31 Queen and David Bowie / “Under Pressure” 1981
32 Night Ranger / “Sister Christian” 1983
33 Soft Cell / “Tainted Love” 1981
34 Poison / “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” 1988
35 Phil Collins / “In the Air Tonight” 1981
36 Tommy Tutone / “867-5309 / Jenny” 1981
37 Aerosmith / “Janie’s Got a Gun” 1989
38 U2 / “Pride (In the Name of Love)” 1984
39 Modern English / “I Melt With You” 1982
40 The B-52’s / “Love Shack” 1989
41 Mötley Crüe / “Dr. Feelgood” 1989
42 The Clash / “London Calling” 1982
43 ABC / “Look of Love (Part One)” 1982
44 Bananarama / “Cruel Summer” 1984
45 Janet Jackson / “Nasty” 1986
46 The Police / “Every Breath You Take” 1983
47 Twisted Sister / “We’re Not Gonna Take It” 1984
48 Bruce Springsteen / “Born in the U.S.A.” 1984
49 Beastie Boys / “Fight For Your Right” 1986
50 Eurythmics / “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” 1983
51 Ratt / “Round and Round” 1984
52 Dead or Alive / “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)” 1985
53 Billy Idol / “White Wedding” 1988
54 Salt-N-Pepa / “Push It” 1986
55 A Flock of Seagulls / “I Ran (So Far Away)” 1982
56 Bonnie Tyler / “Total Eclipse of the Heart” 1983
57 Toni Basil / “Mickey” 1981
58 Culture Club / “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” 1982
59 John Mellencamp / “Jack & Diane” 1982
60 Young M.C. / “Bust a Move” 1989
61 Styx / “Mr. Roboto” 1983
62 Berlin / “Take My Breath Away” 1986
63 Devo / “Whip It” 1980
64 Paula Abdul / “Straight Up” 1988
65 Foreigner / “I Want to Know What Love Is” 1984
66 Depeche Mode / “Just Can’t Get Enough” 1981
67 REO Speedwagon / “Keep On Loving You” 1980
68 Public Enemy / “Fight the Power” 1988
69 R.E.M / “It’s The End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine)” 1980
70 Joan Jett & The Blackhearts/ “I Love Rock N’ Roll” 1981
71 Rick James / “Super Freak” 1981
72 The Fixx / “One Thing Leads to Another” 1983
73 Nena / “99 Luftbaloons” 1983
74 George Michael / “Faith” 1987
75 Prince / “Little Red Corvette” 1983
76 Thomas Dolby / “She Blinded Me With Science” 1982
77 New Edition / “Candy Girl” 1983
78 Blondie / “Call Me” 1980
79 Human League / “Don’t You Want Me?” 1981
80 Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock / “It Takes Two” 1988
81 Cameo / “Word Up!” 1986
82 Squeeze / “Tempted” 1981
83 Prince / “Kiss” 1986
84 Lionel Richie / All Night Long (All Night) 1983
85 Robert Palmer / “Addicted to Love” 1985
86 Bow Wow Wow / “I Want Candy” 1982
87 Falco / “Rock Me Amadeus 1986
88 Chaka Khan / “Ain’t Nobody” 1989
89 The Pretenders / “Brass in Pocket” 1980
90 Tone-Loc / “Wild Thing” 1989
91 Katrina and The Waves / “Walking On Sunshine” 1983
92 New Kids on the Block / “You Got It (The Right Stuff) 1988
93 Gary Numan / “Cars” 1980
94 The Rolling Stones / “Start Me Up” 1981
95 Debbie Gibson / “Only in My Dreams” 1987
96 Men at Work / “Down Under” 1982
97 The Romantics / “What I Like About You” 1980
98 Bobby Brown / “My Perogative” 1988
99 Wang Chung / “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” 1986
100 Loverboy / “Working for the Weekend” 1981

My only major beef with this list is with Def Leppard’s Pour Some Sugar on Me being at #2. Def Leppard’s earlier records were good, New Wave of British Heavy Metal-material, but that whole Hysteria album was just the worst sort of overly-polished pop metal without the slightest bit of an edge to it.  I really hated the numerous hit songs that the album generated as they took up valuable airtime during the Headbanger’s Ball. Photograph was the best song Def Leppard ever did, and I have fond memories of singing it at a noreabang in Seoul earlier this year.

Thoughts on the list?

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Poker Night

Posted by Brian on November 14, 2006

I was playing some Texas Hold’em with the boys last night in Seattle, but it was the first time I had ever played “real” Hold’em using the blinds and the games other unique betting rules. In the past, we played a more casual game, with Texas and Omaha Hold’em one of many poker variants we tried as we went around the table.

Anyway, we’re playing small stakes so I can get a hang of it, and it comes down to me and one other player. I have 2 clubs in my hand and lo and behold, 3 more clubs hit the table, giving me a flush for that hand. At this point, the only thing that can beat me is a full house or a 4 of a kind (there was a low pair on the table), so I figure it’s not bloody well likely so I go, as they say, all in. My opponent matches my bet and we have our face off.

“Flush,” as I throw down my hand.

“Full house,” and a pair of Kings hits the table, matching up with a lone king from the flop.

<Insert expletives here> 

Game over.

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Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team

Posted by Brian on November 12, 2006

You know, I’ve never really paid any attention to these reality shows that are so common on American TV these days, but I have to give props to the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team show. Those chicks are HOT!

Here’s the website.

Here’s a Youtube sample.

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Cat out of the bag…

Posted by Brian on November 10, 2006

Now that the Democrats control both houses of congress, it’s safe to reveal our real agenda.

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Pimp Doggie!

Posted by Brian on November 8, 2006

Here are some pics of one of our dogs (Toby) dressed up for Halloween in his Pimp Doggie costume:

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Speaker Pelosi

Posted by Brian on November 8, 2006

We have a new Speaker of the House, and she’s a Democrat.

Watching the dems do well tonight as been a refreshing change from past election day nightmares. It’s a good night for America!

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