Sponge out of Water

Me and the boy went to see The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.  There’s no point in even trying to review this movie.  It is 100% standard Spongebob fare. Even though he is twelve now,  as we have since he was born, we enjoyed it just fine.  I’m still partial to The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, but this one will probably grow on me with time as well.

Just a clue here, Hollywood:

Other than Guardians of the Galaxy, the last several months have been HORRID viewing for family-friendly fun movies. Movie ticket sales have sucked as well. A good, fun, family-friendly movie comes out and BOOM! It’s #1 with a bullet. I’m not saying EVERY movie has to be kid-friendly. But, as much content as Hollywood cranks out these days, it’s not too much to ask to have a steady stream of good movies a man can enjoy with his kids.

The First Presidential Election

On March 11, 2014, Sheila Jackson-Lee spoke of our enduring Constitution that has lasted over 400 years.

Yesterday marked the 225th anniversary of the passing of the First Electoral College electing it’s first President.  They used the guidelines set forth in the US Constitution Ms. Jackson-Lee is talking about, the very same one, that had been passed two years before.

She only missed it by a couple of hundred years, give or take a couple of decades.

Just to be clear, she got her college degree from Yale, in political science.  Yes, that’s right.  Political science.  To this day, her husband is employed by, drum roll please, the University of Houston.

Why Obama can’t acknowledge the enemy

Over the last couple of days, a video has emerged of ISIS burning a Jordanian pilot to death. Just par for the course for this bunch. “Radical” whatever is about the best we can get from Obama. He went even farther, calling them barbarians. Regarding this particular act of depravity, Obama had this very stern warning:

Obama never mentions who they are by name. He’s going to “degrade” the nameless organization. And, he has no idea what their ideology is.

Wow. Bet he scared them really bad, huh?

Now, you can come to two conclusions here. Obama is either really smart and has some hard to understand strategy that is so over our heads that no one can seem to understand it. OR, he’s so stupid he can’t remember any of the details.

A lot of people like to think he’s just that stupid.

I think he has an ulterior motive that trumps world peace. Notably:

He can not, under any circumstances, allow the possibility that on an issue this big, George W. Bush was right. That pulling out of Iraq too soon allowed what was left of Al-Qaeda in Iraq to re-establish itself as something more dangerous than what was there before. Which wouldn’t be that big a deal if so many people hadn’t told him this is exactly what would be happening.

So, no, Obama can not under any circumstances admit that this is Islamic jihad. It’s not some crazed barbarian ritual, it’s not going away, and he’ll never in a billion years “degrade” it if he has to admit that everything he based his career on was wrong.

The King of Jordan very promptly executed two ISIS prisoners. He gets it. This is war. As long as Obama puts petty personal politics over national security, he won’t.

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Seahawks blowing the Super Bowl

I would comment about the Seahawks’ decision to do this:

Instead of handing the ball to one of the most brutal short situation runners in the entire league right now.

But, I’m sure a million other people have beaten me to it.  That WILL go down in history as one of the most bone-headed calls of all time.

Because Seattle was in the playoffs this year, that goofball stat about how the stoner states are suddenly playing well floated around again. That MIGHT explain what we saw last night.

Iggy Pop and crowd surfing

The Seattle sound pretty much demands crowd surfing.  It’s pretty standard stuff these days.  But, ever wonder when it all began?  It’s actually documented.  And, it was a little more amazing than your standard crowd surfing done today:

That’s Iggy at what was then the Midsummer Rock Festival in Cincinnati in 1970.

Not only did he stand UP while surfing, the peanut butter made it surreal.

Although a million kids and million performers would do their best to emulate Iggy’s iconic crowd surfing, Iggy and The Stooges wouldn’t be inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame until 2010.

Don’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me

One of the greatest song endings of all time


Love the climax at the end.

For a good part of my life, before song lyrics were easily accessed on the internet, I sang the one line as “I can’t find, oh, the rock of my life” instead of “the right romantic line”. It sounded so good I had a whole bunch of my friends singing it that way too. To this day, I think I still prefer it.

Ace of Spades

This is only one of two songs I’m aware of I have performed publicly.  It takes the death of a very close friend to get me on stage.  He had been a drummer for several bands I had hung out with since high school.  Every show he did that I was at, for over 30 years, I’d yell for this song.  He didn’t particularly like doing it. So, he always promised me he’d do it shortly after his funeral.  So, for his funeral, I did it for him.  I’m not going to post me doing it, as we just winged it.

Many years before, I was watching Black Oak Arkansas at my favorite dive in Richmond, KY.  I was a regular there, they knew me.  I was front row in a very small, very tight, pit.  Their entire show I kept yelling “Ace of Spades“.  Finally, for their final encore, Jim “Dandy” Mangrum announced “this one’s for the asshole up front”. That was ME!  They absolutely tore it up.

Here’s the original.  Pretty much the first original thrash metal song ever recorded.

The Challenger Explosion

On January 28, 1986 I was attending college at Eastern Kentucky University. It was between classes so I was at the run down old house I rented at the time with a bunch of guys watching one of those old very large floor tv’s. Shuttle launches had become very routine and weren’t always televised. So, I sat down to watch the Challenger launch with most of mind set on whatever class issues I had coming up. This video probably looks a lot like what I saw at the time because I was watching CNN.

I did go to class, but I didn’t concentrate very well. I absolutely LOVED the Shuttle program and was pretty much convinced that due to the lagging public interest, this might every well have killed the entire program. As it was, it did shut down the Shuttle program for a couple of years.  They redesigned the shuttles, and they finally retired them in 2011.  From that point forward, NASA has had no capability of putting a man in space at all.  However, in 2011, I made it a point to take my son and go watch what was thought to be the last Shuttle launch.  Congress funded one more after that tho.  Nothing compares to being up close and personal ( about seven miles ), to a Shuttle launch.