Saturday, July 15, 2006

Alright, I'm Back (Again!)

I've returned from another extended absence to my blogging duties.

In case you've been wondering, I've been undergoing some major transformations in my life. To wit: moving to Washington, DC after having participated in a 3-month long internship with NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws).

I'm currently working in Reston, Virginia. But, am hoping on returning to school within the next year, hopefully at George Mason in public policy.

So, just wanted to make it known I'm still alive. Also, I suspect I'll have more time to start posting (seeing as I won't be bogged down by schoolwork). Hopefully, I'll have more to say in the next few weeks.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

The Beginning of My Official Wikipedia "Career"

Hello. I would like to announce to you all on this beautiful, Saturday afternoon in San Diego, my new Wikipedia user page. I am so proud, I've finally become an official member of the team.

No longer am I IP address 72.130.143.16, but CRaz83. Hooray!

May my career be long and sucessful!

Saturday, March 04, 2006

My 2nd Annual Oscar Post

Hi everyone. I'm back again, but this time to talk about the Oscar's. If your a long-time reader of this blog, you may remember that last year I gave you my Oscar picks. Well, I'm back again this year with 1.) Who I think will win 2.) Who I think should win.

And now on to the predictions

BEST ACTOR:

Will Win: Phillip Seymour Hoffman for Capote

Should Win: Same as above. By and far this is an incredible performance and I believe it is more than just the high pitched voice. Hoffman seemed to many of Capote's friends to catch the man's spirit dead on and to me I didn't see the actor, but the character. The performance of Hoffman is enough in my opinion to warrant Best Picture nod for the film.

BEST ACTRESS:

Will Win: Reese Witherspoon for Walk the Line

Should Win: Felicity Huffman for Transamerica. Ms. Huffman, aside from being a local and being a member of the hit TV show "Desperate Housewives" walks a very thin line (ha, ha) in playing a post-op transexual in this film and I'm not just giving it to her due to that, but because I feel her acting talent stands out among the other nominees in the category.

BEST PICTURE:

Will Win: Brokeback Mountain

Should Win: Capote or Crash: As Imentioned earlier I thought Hoffman's performance in Capote was enough to merit the entire film for the Best Picture, but I also feel strongly that Crash is a compelling picture that is unfortunately not nominated for anything else, because it has so many different and great actors and actresses. Nonetheless, if I have to choose just one it would be Capote.

There you have it folks, sorry I couldn't do more, but I didn't watch very many of the other films in the supporting categories (and the ones I did watch, I didn't think deserved to win, but I guess I can't really compare) and I didn't have enough time to see the foreign language films (have to drive up to LA for those) due to my thesis project.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Awesome

Finally some private corporations are stepping up to take on the Supreme Court's ruling in Kelo v. New London from 2005. However, I am also supportive of Congressional efforts to withold funding from cities who support taking private homes for public "purpose". Good job BB&T!

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Doesn't This Just Show It All

There has been a growing controversy in Europe and the Middle East over the publication of a cartoon which depicted the Prophet Mohammed as a suicide bomber. Well, it seems that most Muslims don't seem to understand the concept of "cartoon" much less a joke or even how to laugh. God (or is that Allah) forbid they should reflect upon themselves enough to see that this is what the rest of the world thinks of them. Instead they raid diplomatic offices and say things like this ...

'We are angry — very, very, very angry," said Jamila Al Shanty, one of six women elected to represent Hamas in the Palestinian Parliament. "No one can say a bad word about our prophet.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Does This Constitute News?

I am getting tired of seeing these "side stories" ahead of major entertainment/sporting events. For example, every year there's a plethorea of stories about people shopping the weekend before Christmas (or the day after Thanksgiving). In addition, the Super Bowl tends to draw out a lot more than just stories about the players/teams competing in the match, but also stories about the city planning that is involved. Now, I can understand some local coverage about these stories - as they affect local citizens - what I don't understand are stories like this. Why should I care about people ordering-out pizza. OF COURSE PEOPLE EAT OUT! Honestly, I sometimes whether where the line is drawn between advertising for Pizza Hut and Papa John's and "honest" reporting.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Pay Attention, It's One of Our Own This Time

I guess the troops get a little grumpy that the press has only now awakened from its slumber as one of their own has been wounded in Iraq. Perhaps, they should be giving this much attention to questioning what the hell we're still doing there in the first place.