Archive for May, 2006

The Duh Vinci Code

Monday, May 15th, 2006

So yeah, I finished The Da Vinci Code. I’m no longer excited about the movie. The book was pretty blah.

It wasn’t bad, exactly. But it kind of reminded me of a good B- movie; good for what it is, but nothing more. Now imagine said B- movie being the biggest blockbuster of the summer. Yet, it’s still a B- movie. A good one even, but still a B- movie.

In a way it reminded me of National Treasure, a movie that was all the rage a while back but which I also thought was kinda lame. It had an interesting basic story, but it got far too implausible. How much can happen in one night? A lot, apparently.

I can vaguely understand the claim that this book is offensive to Christians, particularly Catholics, but it’s so ridiculously over the top that I doubt anyone can take it seriously. Sure it makes you wonder about what the church might be hiding, but only in a goofy sort of way, like Marvin Martian makes you wonder about life on other planets.

Anyway, if you have any interest in the book, I recommend reading it. You may love it (obviously, lots of people do). But color me unimpressed.

Spring Flower

Sunday, May 14th, 2006

Silence Recovering

Friday, May 12th, 2006

I am happy to hear that Michael Silence is recovering from his recent surgery. Michael is a first class guy, and we should all remember him in our prayers.

More Dumb Laws

Friday, May 12th, 2006

In an apparent attempt to show that they can be just as idiotic as our leaders in Washington, the both houses of the Tennessee Legislature passed a law requiring ID checks every single time alcohol is sold:

The requirement for presenting identification before buying beer will not become effective until July 1, 2007. Moore and other supporters say that will effectively reduce sales of beer to teenagers.

Sure it will. Because it’s not like teenagers can, you know, find someone of legal age to buy them booze or even use a fake ID.

In the meantime, I feel so much safer knowing that everytime grandpa buys a drink, he’s going to get carded. Apparently, our elected officials think store clerks are too dumb to tell the difference between a 16 year old and an 80 year old.

MySpace Latest Threat to Humanity

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

Just when you thought Congress couldn’t get dumber, they prove us wrong again:

New legislation from Congress would block access to social-networking sites like MySpace and Facebook in schools and libraries, including instant-messaging services.

The bill known as the “The Deleting Online Predators Act” introduced by Rep. Michael G. Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., aims at protecting minors from online child predators.

According to the bill, it “prohibits access to commercial social networking Web sites or chat rooms through which minors” can access obscene or indecent material, be subject to unlawful sexual advances or repeated offensive comments of a sexual nature from adults, or access harmful information.

I agree with the stated intent of the bill – to protect children from predators. It is undeniable that the internet has given sexual predators an easy avenue for contacting children. Yet I fail to see what this bill will actually do. Aside from obviously further federalizing education by taking power away from local school districts to set their own policies, I doubt it will have much of an impact. I seriously doubt that kids are talking to 50 something year old sickos on the internet during their lunch break at school. Most likely, this is happening at home.

The most effective way to combat predatory online behavior is to institute a nationwide sex offender registry and increase the penalties for such behavior. Restricting access to MySpace and Facebook won’t make much difference, but gives politicians something to campaign on in an election year.

Slacker Student

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

I’ll admit, I have been tempted to do this.

Backroads of America

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

I’m Back

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

Apologies for the light blogging over the past few days; for some reason I was unable to post. I am unsure what the problem was, but it appears to be fixed now, or so I hope.

View off the Parkway

Saturday, May 6th, 2006

Cinco de Mayo Boycott Fails in Knoxville

Saturday, May 6th, 2006

Well, I can’t speak for everywhere, but in Knoxville, TN it would appear that the ballyhooed boycott of Mexican restaurants on Cinco de Mayo failed. This was an effort hatched in response to the idiotic illegal immigration protests, aiming to punish the owners and employees of Mexican restaurants for belonging to the same ethnic group as many of the protesters.

Last night myself and some friends attempted to have dinner at a Mexican restaurant, but were unable to even get in the door of both Cancun’s and El Charro’s. A similar situation was present even at Chilli’s, at best only a nominally Mexican restaurant. We ended up settling for the Texas Roadhouse.

Sadly, we didn’t see what impact, if any, the boycott had on that Mecca of authentic Mexican cuisine, Taco Bell.