July 31, 2010

The Concert For Equality

Category: Music,Opinion — jerry @ 8:36 am

Kudos to musician Conor Oberst and friends for staging (and selling out, apparently) tonight’s “Concert For Equality” to protest neighboring Fremont, Nebraska’s embarrassing Arizona-like anti-Mexican ordinance. (Oh, I know I should be saying “anti-immigration” but come on–we aren’t having a lot of “national security incidents” in Fremont. I’ve yet to come across an Anti-Immigration Spouter who didn’t also have just a little problem with people of color).

From the NY TIMES:

As national attention remains focused on Arizona’s immigration enforcement law, opponents of a similarly tough measure passed last month by the local government of a small Nebraska city plan to rally on Saturday in Omaha.

Conor Oberst, a Nebraskan singer-songwriter best known for his role in the band Bright Eyes, has organized “a Concert for Equality” to protest an immigration ordinance approved by voters in the nearby city of Fremont in June. A statement on Mr. Oberst’s Web site explains that there will be two shows — featuring Bright Eyes, Cursive, Desaparecidos and Lullaby For The Working Class — on Saturday: … [Rest of article]

Conor’s website here.

He has also organized a musician’s boycott in Arizona, but since Glenn Miller is dead anyway…

July 30, 2010

God Is Great And Wants To Remind You That Women Are Inferior. Thank You For Your Cooperation.

Category: Opinion — jerry @ 12:18 pm

Like the Infallible Word Of God says, “And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home…”

1 Corinthians 14:35

Starving For Votes

Category: Opinion — jerry @ 5:22 am

July 29, 2010

(Another) Mashup Of The Week: Bill And Ted’s Excellent Inception

Category: Movies/TV — jerry @ 5:01 am

July 28, 2010

Stock Picks–July 28, 2010

Category: Money & Investments — jerry @ 11:51 am

A pleasant week in the market last week, but it’s time to do some culling of the bad and replacement with the new.

I’m recommending (again, without much enthusiasm) three different stocks this week–but only because they showed up on my “screen”, and I’m not finding much in the way of “new stuff” during the last couple of runs of the screen. The three are Administradora de Fondos de Pensiones Provida SA (PVD), of which I still haven’t quite figured out what business it’s in but I do know that it’s located in Chile, NewMarket Corp. (NEU), which makes petroleum additives, and AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. (AFSI), which is in the property and casualty insurance business. Again, due to a lack of enthusiasm, I’m taking smaller positions in all three rather than a large position in a single stock.

Good luck!

Mashup Of The Week

Category: Movies/TV,Music — jerry @ 5:42 am


July 27, 2010

Palin In China

Category: Movies/TV,Opinion,Travel — jerry @ 11:05 am

Unfortunately, I’m not sure what they’re saying in this “newscast”, but it appears that Ms. Palin is not held in much regard by our neighbor across the Pacific. I hope this doesn’t mean they want to call in their loans…:

Female Circumcision

Category: Opinion — jerry @ 5:59 am



Like any 12-year-old, Jamelia was excited at the prospect of a plane journey and a long summer holiday in the sun. An avid reader, she had filled her suitcases with books and was reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban when her mother came for her. “She said, ‘You know it’s going to be today?’ I didn’t know exactly what it would entail but I knew something was going to be cut. I was made to believe it was genuinely part of our religion.”

She went on: “I came to the living room and there were loads of women. I later found out it was to hold me down, they bring lots of women to hold the girl down. I thought I was going to be brave so I didn’t really need that. I just lay down and I remember looking at the ceiling and staring at the fan.

“I don’t remember screaming, I remember the ridiculous amount of pain, I remember the blood everywhere, one of the maids, I actually saw her pick up the bit of flesh that they cut away ’cause she was mopping up the blood. There was blood everywhere….” [Rest of article]

July 26, 2010

DEATH OF A PRESIDENT ****1/2 (Four And A Half Stars)

Category: Movies/TV — jerry @ 2:32 pm

This movie has been out for number of years, but I just happened to watch it with my visiting brother this morning to kill some time before returning him to the airport (the movie being available via “Watch Now” on Netflix).

I wasn’t expecting much because the critic reviews were pretty lukewarm–but we both loved it.

It is, as you’ll see from the trailer above, a fictional “mockumentary” (but not funny) hypothesizing the assassination of George W. Bush–who was President at the time the movie came out.

Anyway, I think some of you might like it. We really enjoyed it: the insertion of actual footage with staged footage is remarkable and fascinating, and the acting is terrific. It’s not a particularly “Bush-bashing” movie. Well done!


Category: Uncategorized — jerry @ 5:39 am