Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Lost Sucks, Part 4

In the August 13, 2010 Entertainment Weekly, writers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof are interviewed by Rabid Lostie Jeff "Doc" Jensen. In the interview, Cuse admits that the show leaves things open to interpretation. Page 55.

EW: There were some fans who felt leaving things open to interpretation wasn't a choice, but rather a cop-out.
Cuse: "It's not a cop-out. We did not want to take away from the audience that one thing that was such a vital part of the community of the show which was the ability to debate it." Page 55.

Okay, let me get this straight. We started watching the show because the writers were throwing mysteries at you. If you remember the first episode, Charlie (Dominic Monaghan) asked his fellow castaways, "Guys, where are we?" So they set up a premise where they invite you to watch because of the mystery of the Island and at the end, there's no freaking answer! It's a puzzle without a solution. If I had known this was going to be a show without answers, I would have stopped watching a long time ago.

Then Damon Lindelof claims that he showed some type of artistic courage by putting out his product and standing there figuratively naked in front of the audience.

Lindelof: "It's every writer's worst nightmare-and greatest dream-to say to 20 million worldwide, "I'm taking off all my clothes and standing on the stage, what do you think?" Pg. 55.

No, you didn't. If Lindelof were a stripper he would been fired. His finale with no answers is gutless. Like I said before, by leaving the mysteries to be solved by the audience there's no artistic courage. That's because the audience determines the quality of the product. I'm not talking about merely judging a show. They actually finish the show because the show wasn't finished. For example, a Rabid Lostie might love the show because of his blind admiration. Yet, I can come up with an interpretation of how the castaways survived the nuclear blast because invisible naked fairies flew out of Jacob's butt and saved them. That silly rationale would be Shakespeare to me. Since Cuse and Lindleof left so much unanswered, they can't be faulted for a bad end. The show Lost sucks.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Resilient Reds

Before I discuss today's victory, I want to talk about the August 25th victory over the San Francisco Giants. The Cincinnati Reds had their butts whooped by the Giants in the previous two games. The Reds in the third game had gone up by nine runs only to see the lead evaporate. Going into the ninth, the Reds were losing 11-10, but the Reds came back and tied it with Paul Janish driving in Drew Stubbs with a single. It then took, of course, Joey Votto to drive the winning run in the twelfth with a single. Here's the story with video. If said this over and over again. The Reds are resilient. And didn't I predict they would prosper on the West Coast? The Reds went 6-3 to finish an excellent road trip.

Today the Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 7-5. The heroes this time were Drew Stubbs Chirs Heisey, Jay Bruce, Chris Valaika and Ramon Hernandez. A total team effort. And with the St. Louis Cardinals aka "The Little Bitches" losing today, the Reds extend their lead over them to a season high of five games. Here's the game's story.

Meet the Cincinnati Bengals Chief Medical Advisor

The Cincinnati Bengals released WR Antonio Bryant today. According to Yahoo Sports, they ate 8 million dollars in guaranteed money. Bryant who was signed this year to give QB Carson Palmer another threat at wide receiver never played a down in preseason or the regular season for the Bengals. He was coming off surgery for torn knee cartilage.

The question becomes how did Bryant get through the Bengals medical staff when they were evaluating him as a free agent. Below is the video of the Cincinnati Bengals chief medical advisor.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Bengals Bungle

Hey Cincinnati Bengals fans, here's the latest stupidity from Bengals. What? You're a new fan? You don't' remember the old Bungles? Okay, we had the worst coach in the NFL, Dave Shula. The worst draft pick ever because the Saints offered their entire draft selections in 1999. The Bengals refused. Who did we pick? Akili Smith. Terrible. Now for today's really stupid idea from the Bengals. Buy season tickets and get a box of popcorn. That's correct. Here's the language.

"Season Ticket prices are now prorated to reflect the eight remaining home games and prices start as low as $480. Plus, for a limited time only, if you purchase new Season Tickets, you will receive a voucher for a free box of popcorn to be redeemed at any home game this fall at Paul Brown Stadium to help you take in the show!"

Yes, I get it. It goes along with what T.O. said about the show. Bring popcorn. It's not funny. Why would I buy season tickets for one freaking box of popcorn.

Want more Bengals stupidity? Signing WR Antonio Bryant. This was a 28 million dollar, 4 year contract with 6.7 million guaranteed as a signing bonus. Now he's hurt with knee problems. Bengals Nation that's maybe why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn't resign him. He was coming off injury last year. The Bengals could have traded for Brandon Marshall. Who's the Bengals' doctor, Dr. Nick from the Simpsons?

John McCain Beats John McCain

Stephen Colbert makes fun of John McCain's primary victory by pointing out that he once took moderate positions but now has moved to the far right to win.

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Piranha 3D for the Oscars?

The cast of Piranha 3D lobby for Oscar consideration in this humorous Funny or Die video.

Film Critics Gone Wild

Rotten Tomatoes reports that 75% of its film critics gave Piranha 3D favorable reviews. Really? I know critics are often called elitist snobs but is this an effort to by them to show their common man credentials? Did that 75 % see the same movie I saw?

In an effort to see if I can see what they see in the movie. I'm going to rethink this movie. Let's go over some moments in Piranha 3D. Female diver gets eyes gouged out and eye floats down to you in 3D. Not fun. Topless woman gets cut in half. Somewhat misogynistic. Not funny. Guy gets penis bit off. Penis floats down to you in 3D. Piranha chew on it before eating it. Okay, kind of funny but I yelled, "Ewwwww." Look seeing a bunch of hedonistic jerks eaten alive with body parts and blood all over the place is not my idea of fun. I don't care if they deserve it or not. It's still a giant turkey.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Best Thing About Piranha 3D

Here at the Basement Blog, we try not to make this site about ogling beautiful women. This is a PG blog. But when a giant turkey like Piranha 3D came out, I try to find something good about it. Okay, here it is. The best thing about the movie is Kelly Brook who's also featured in the September Playboy. (pictured) She comes from a long line of beautiful actresses from England. Elizabeth Hurley. Kate Beckinsale. Now Kelly Brook.

Lucky Seven

The Cincinnat Reds won their seventh game in a row, 3-1. With the St. Louis Cardinals losing to the San Frnacisco Giants, the Reds now lead them by four and one half games. The Reds also broke a streak of losing twelve games in Los Angeles. The Reds' Brandon Phillips drove in all three runs while Homer Bailey pitched seven strong innings. The Reds are now a whopping twenty games over .500. Here's the game's story with video.

Piranha 3D Review

It's difficult for me to review Piranha 3D without some spoilers so consider yourself warned. Let me do a favor for actor Richard Dreyfuss' career and tell you that he doesn't last the first ten minutes of the movie. He plays Matt Boyd, a drunken fisherman casting a line in Lake Victoria. Yes, I get it. His character's first name is the same one he had in Jaws. That's not the all of the joke either. Matt is singing the folk song, "Show Me the Way to Go Home" which Dreyfuss sang with Robert Shaw in Jaws. Anyway, an earthquake opens an underground lake beneath Lake Victoria. It unleashes thousands of prehistoric piranhas. They cause a whirlpool which throws poor Matt into the water and he becomes human fish food. I would bet money that Dreyfuss was very happy he got killed early. That's because this movie is a big fat turkey.

The characters in this movie fit your horror movie stereotypes. There's the innocent teenagers, Jake Forester (Steven R. McQueen) and his sometime girlfriend. (Jessica Szohr) Want a precocious ten year sister who reminds brother Jake to stop looking at woman's breasts? You got her in actress Brooklynn Proulx. Your eyes will be rolling when you hear her force "boob" jokes. It's so bad if she weren't a ten year old girl, you might consider having the piranhas make her human sushi. But that would be despicable. Yet... But I digress, there's a crazy and sleazy pornographer, Derrick Jones. (Jerry O' Connell) How about some gorgeous eye candy? Yes, the best thing in this movie is model Danni. (Kelly Brook) Of course if we're following the Jaws model we need a lawman or law person, an ichthyologist and somebody who's good in the water. Sheriff Julie Forester and father of Jake, (Elizabeth Shue) is the law person. Dr. Goodman, played way over the top by Christopher Lloyd is the ichthyologist. And Novak (Adam Scott) works for the government and drives the boat.

With the exception of Julie Forester, none of the characters have any appealing traits. And when Lake Victoria gets filled with horny college co-eds for Spring Break it gets worse. They're just a bunch of hedonistic jerks. But maybe that's okay because of the coming slaughter. It makes you want to root for the piranhas. Well almost, for the movie turns ugly fast.

Alexadre Aja's direction is unimaginative. With the exception of one of the ending set pieces, there's no tension in this movie. His idea of creativity is to fling body parts at you. With all the unrelenting carnage, I'm surprised that this movie got a "R" rating, it's more NC-17. Peter Goldberg and Josh Stolberg's script is full of cliches. The actors are boring, because the script's dialogue is uninspiring. Yet, the worst thing about this movie is it doesn't have an ending. Where's the big confrontation with the surviving piranhas? At least write a cheap ending like nuking the lake. Yes, I know. They might make a sequel, "Pirnaha: Sleeping With The Fishes." But with the Gulf oil spill, global warming and Sarah Palin, haven't we suffered enough?

Oh, I forgot the 3D part. Like many 3D live action films, it's too dark. The CGI piranha move so fast, it's hard to tell what's happening. That might be good since Aja has multiple body parts coming at you. In one of many outrageous scenes, a body part of Jerry O' Connell gets eaten in 3D. By the time you read this, you will probably have heard about it. I'll guess that he's going to get a lot of offers for dates.

Piranha 3D is one of the worst movies of the year. It's a gory mess with no redeeming quality. The grade is D.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

St. Louis Cardinals Are Little Bitches, Part 7

Remember last week when the St. Louis Cardinals also known as "The Little Bitches" came into Great American Ballpark and swept our beloved Cincinnati Reds? They moved ahead by one game, wiping out a Reds two game lead. The St. Louis fans and media were pounding their chests. Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips who called the Cardinals, "little bitches" was disgraced. He shouldn't have been since the Cardinals are little bitches.

What a difference a week makes. The Little Bitches have lost four in a row, while the Reds have won five in a row. Yesterday, "The Little Bitches" lost to the Milwaukee Brewers, 3-2. The Brewers beat Bitches ace, Adam Wainwright. And the mighty Reds defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-7. The Reds are now three games ahead of "The Little Bitches."

So, you say it's only beating the lowly Diamondbacks. Yeah, but the Diamondbacks had a four run lead in the eighth. This is major league baseball, folks. Bad teams with four run leads in the eighth usually win. The Reds scored four runs in the eighth and another four in the ninth. The highlight of the ninth was a perfect suicide squeeze by rookie outfielder Chris Heisey to bring home the grizzled forty year old veteran, Jim Edmonds. That broke the tie. And after the game, Fox Sports Arizona interviewed Edmonds. It's clear he's advising Jay Bruce who had four hits, including a home run. Here's the story with highlights. Like acquiring Scott Rolen last year, Jim Edmonds is providing veteran leadership. It's another coup for former general manager of the Cardinals and now Reds GM Walt Jocketty.

Here's my shout out to you Cardinals, and especially that Cardinal fan that I had a fight with last week. You're bunch of little bitches!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

USA Is Number Eleven?

Newsweek rates the United States as the eleventh best country. We're behind two Scandanavian countries?! What does Stephen Colbert have to say about this?

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Sharktopus Debuts Sept. 25.

TrekMovie.com is reporting that the ridiculous looking Sharktopus will debut on SyFy (ugh, hate that moniker) on Sept. 25. I post the trailer again because it looks craptastic. And if you like ham, check out Eric Roberts in the video.

Fox News And GOP Sitting in a Tree, KISSING

Stephen Colbert comments on a report that News Corp., Fox News' parent, has given one million dollars to the Republicans Governors Association. Yep, Fox News is fair and balanced. Enjoy.

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Jon Stewart On The Mosque At Ground Zero Controversy

The Daily Show's Jon Stewart's had a take on the Ground Zero Mosque controversy. He comments on Obama's political calisthenics and Glenn Becks's hypocrisy.

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St. Louis Cardinals Are Little Bitches, Part 6

Last week the Cincinnati Reds led the St. Louis Cardinals aka "The Little Bitches" by two games. After the "Little Bitches" swept the Reds to take the lead, the Reds have won four straight. The "Little Bitches" have just lost three straight with today's loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Reds won today over the Arizona Diamondbacks, 6-2. Ladies and gentlemen, the Cincinati Reds are back to two up on "The Little Bitches." This will not be like other Reds' bad West Coast road trips. The Reds will prosper. So long, "Little Bitches."

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Mosque At Ground Zero?

Republicans are making an issue of the Mosque at Ground Zero. First, I would be upset if this were an Al Qaeda Mosque but it's a Muslim Mosque. Hey you right-wingers, get it through your heads, not all Muslims are Al Qaeda. What happened to freedom of religion? Second, it's not a Mosque but a Muslim Cultural Center. Third it's not at Ground Zero. Oy. Okay, I'm going to let Keith Olbermann explain it for you.

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Monday, August 16, 2010

The Kids Are All Right Film Review

Fox News' Bill O' Reilly would hate the film, The Kids Are All Right. If you recall O'Reilly had a war of words with Jennifer Aniston about her statements that a woman may not need a man in a relationship to have a child. You see he thought she was preaching to young girls that they don't need a father to have children and thought that her words were destructive to society. The Kids Are All Right is a movie about a lesbian couple raising two children conceived by a sperm donor without a father. That should make Bill 'O's blood boil.

Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore) are the lesbian couple who are growing comfortably into middle age. Nic is a doctor. Jules wants to start a landscaping company. They each gave birth to a child using the sperm donated by Paul (Mark Ruffalo), a restaurateur. Daughter Joni (Mia Wasikowska, Alice in Wonderland, 2010) is eighteen and about ready to go to college. Son Laser (Josh Hutcherson, Journey to the Center of the Earth, 2008) is your typical male teenager, i.e., he is curious about drugs, plays sports, and wants to know who his father is.

Laser convinces his sister to go to the sperm donor bank and request the name of their parents sperm donor. They arrange a covert meeting with Paul and begin to bond with him. This creates a problem since Nic and Jules don't know how to handle the biological father's entrance into their lives.

Director Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg's script traces the lives of an unconventional family that is becoming more and more familiar. And if California's Proposition 8 stays dead, a married lesbian couple rasing children could become mainstream in our society. Anyway, the screenplay's dialogue rings true. The story is touching. yet it doesn't canonize these people, it shows them in all their weaknesses. It's also funny. Nic's aid to sexual arousal will have you laughing. Director Lisa Cholodenko gets the emotion of the characters out without excessive melodrama. And the ensemble cast is perfect. All of the performances are genuine. These are people that feel like your neighbors. One last thing on the actors, Yaya DaCosta who plays Paul's lover, Tanya, is one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood.

Finally, a film that should be nominated for the Academy's Best Picture. The Kids Are All Right is a movie that deals with the sexual nature of adults and even though it's not suitable for children, it's still a lovely family film. The grade is A.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

St. Louis Cardinals Are Little Bitches, Part 5

Here's a story by Denver Post's Troy Renck about the biggest of the whining Little Bitches aka St. Louis Cardinals. That would be Chris Carpenter. Renck lists the belly aches.

1. Little Bitch Carpenter whines about the height of the visitor's warm-up mound at Coors Field, Denver.
2. He barks at Carlos Lee for showing disgust at making an out. Yes, the Little Bitch got mad because Lee was mad at himself for making an out!
3. Lectures his own guy Brendan Ryan about having the wrong glove.
4. Barked at Reds manager Dusty Baker during last week's melee that started the fight again.
5. Lectures Johnny Cueto about how to fight. Look Little Bitch, Cueto was pushed up against the wall. If he punched with his right hand, he could have hurt himself.

Brandon Phillips was right. They are Little Bitches.

The St. Louis Cardinals are Little Bitches, Part 4

Resiliency. After a thrashing by the St. Louis Cardinals aka "The Little Bitches", the Cincinnati Reds completed a three game sweep by beating the Florida Marlins, 2-0. Miguel Cairo hit a two run home run to give the Reds the lead. Francisco Cordero made it interesting in the ninth, again by putting two guys on but he got the save. The Reds could have tanked after losing three straight to the Little Bitches but they came back to take the next three from the Marlins. Resiliency. By the way,the Cardinals, excuse me, the Little Bitches lost to the Chicago Cubs, 9-7. The Reds lead by one game in the Central. See you later, Little Bitches. Here's the story of the Reds win.

The St. Louis Cardinals Are Little Bitches, Part 3

The Cincinnati Reds are resilient. They won again last night, 5-4. And the Cardinals aka "Little Bitches" lost to the Chicago Cubs. The Reds are tied with the Cardinals who are known as the "Little Bitches." Hey Little Bitches aka St. Louis Cardinals, the Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates hate you too. I predict the rest of the division, the National League Central, will pound your snobby fat asses.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Reds Rebound

In a season full of them, the Cincinnati Reds had another turning point. After losing three in a row and the division lead to the St. Louis Cardinals aka The Little Bitches the Reds defeated the Florida Marlins, 7-2. And they did it against a great pitcher in Marlins' Josh Johnson. At the time, he was the ERA leader in the National League. Here's the story. Hey, Little Bitches, here we come.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Reds Will Rebound

Cincinnati Reds fans, we've been through some rough stretches. And losing three to those whining little bitches, the St. Louis Cardinals, hurt. But you want to know something? The Reds have bounced back. They are resilient. So in the words of Captain Kirk, "Buckle up." The Reds will come back.

Jennifer Aniston Punches Back At Bill O"Reilly

The Basement Blog's fantasy woman Jennifer Aniston (pictured) rebutted Fox News' Bill O'Reilly's criticism over her single woman remarks. To recount O'Reilly 's stupid reaction, let's go over what Aniston said.

Jennifer Aniston: "Women are realizing more and more knowing that they don't have to settle with a man just to have a child." (At a L.A. press conference, promoting the movie, "The Switch.")

Bill O' Reilly disturbed by such comments called her statements, "destructive to society." Really? Then he said, "She's throwing a message out to 12-year-olds and 13-year-olds that, 'Hey, you don't need a guy! You don't need a dad!' That's destructive to our society," Hey Bill "O, that's not what she meant. You constantly see liberal evil everywhere. Oy.

Well, Jennifer Aniston shot back and boy did she. She said to People, "Of course, the ideal scenario for parenting is obviously two parents of a mature age. Parenting is one of the hardest jobs on earth. "And, of course, many women dream of finding Prince Charming (with fatherly instincts), but for those who've not yet found their Bill O'Reilly, I'm just glad science has provided a few other options." Bill 'O, she's being sarcastic about you being a Prince Charming. Just thought that I would explain that to you and your right-wing yahoo buddies.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

St. Louis Cardinals Are Little Bitches, Part 2.

Lance McAlister reported on his blog, this great line from Fox Sports Analyst and former pitcher Chirs Welsh.

"If Chris Carpenter isn't whining about his own teammates, he's whining about someone else"
-Chris Welsh, FS Ohio

I was at Wednesday's game. As I was talkingwith friends about the Cardinal whining, a Cardinal fan jumped in my conversation and started a debate. When I pointed out the list of Cardinal whining, "my glove is wet, the field is too wet, Arroyo is using stuff on the ball, you can't celebrate a double play... etc." he said whining was about the code. WTF?! There's a code that you're supposed to whine. Then he looked down on me and said look how many World Championships, we won. Then I said, "Look I don't care. I root for Bengals Carson Palmer but wouldn't root for that bum Ben Roethlisberger." That seemed to confuse him. Let me explain it to you Cardinals fans. Championships doesn't give you class. I could care less about the Cardinals or Red Sox or Yankee championships. Those guys are not my teams. Anyway, he kept it up, so I flipped him off.

After observing Cardinal fan, I will now paraphrase Brandon Phillips. Cubs fan looks like a better guy now. I sat at a game with Cubs fan, and watched him scream at his own team when they were up 5-0. Huh? He said "After all the losing, I'm entitled to gripe." Well Cardinal fans seem to look down on the rest of us. What a bunch of snobs. Compared to Cardinal fan, Cubs fan doesn't look so bad.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

St. Louis Cardinals Are Little Bitches

Cincinnati Reds second baseman angered the St. Louis Cardinals by calling them a bunch of whining little bitches. He said that to Dayton Daily News' Hal McCoy. Here's the exact quote.

“I’d play against these guys with one leg. We have to beat these guys. I hate the Cardinals. All they do is bitch and moan about everything, all of them, they’re little bitches, all of ‘em.

“I really hate the Cardinals. Compared to the Cardinals, I love the Chicago Cubs. Let me make this clear: I hate the Cardinals."

You want to know something? They are a bunch of whining little bitches. I got most of this list of complaints from 1530 Homer's Lance McAlister. They complain about Bronson Arroyo and say he is using an illegal substance. Albert Pujols complains about Nick Masset pumping his fist after getting an important double play. Tony Larussa complains about having to play a game after a long rain delay. Brendan Ryan complains about a wet glove. Waaaaa. And by the way, like the AFC North teams hating the Steelers, it ain't a surprise that the other National League teams hate the Cardinals.

One more thing. Yadier Molina started a fight tonight with Brandon Phillips. More whining. Just play baseball. Yadier, you're a jerk. And Reds don't let them get under your skin like that.

Part of Greenland Melts

There was a time when I supported the Republican Party. That was when there were moderates but now all it has are right-wing yahoos. Case in point. Global warming or climate change. For example, the GOP opposes cap and trade legislation. Last winter, they laughed because of the snow storms. Idiots. Look, climate change isn't going to end winter and it may be causing more intense snow storms. Regardless, let's think about this summer. The United States is under intense heat waves. And so is Moscow which is suffering from a deadly heat wave. That's Moscow, Russia folks! Anyway, Keith Olbermann does a story about it with pictures of a portion of Greenland melting. And yes, he brings a scientist from NASA to interview and tell you global warming is happening. Pictures and a scientist, you right-wing yahoos. Check it out.

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Journey to the Center of the Earth DVD 3-D Side Stinks

I just watched Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008), the 3-D side of the DVD on a new HDTV. The 3-D DVD visuals stink, though the movie itself was good. If you saw this at the theaters in 3-D, you'll find the home experience to be terrible. At the theater, you saw it in Real D. That was fun. Unfortunately, it's not duplicated with the 3-D side of the DVD.

At home, the DVD 3-D side is presented in anaglyph. You're given paper glasses with green and red lenses. This is an old fashioned way of showing the movie in 3-D. And while I admit that I am not an expert of the differences between Real D and anaglyph 3-D, it's obvious that the film was made for Real D. It doesn't work at home in anaglyph. The visuals are out of focus with pictures at times having an echo effect. The pictures seem to lack any yellow or green tint. And parts of the picture are out of focus and have a purple tint. It's quite annoying. Update: I ran this on a Blu-Ray player and again on a HDTV. Because of the upconversion, it looked much better but still there was some echo visuals. And the purple tint still exists.

The solution? Watch the movie on the other side in 2-D. I hope once 3-D televisions go down in price that they will release an optimized version of this fun movie otherwise just watch the 2D version of it until then.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Some Things to Worry About Bengals Nation

Last night the Cincinnati Bengals lost to the Dallas Cowboys, 16-7. It wasn't that close. It's only a preseason game. But problems from last year crept up. The offense was inept like they were towards the end of last season. And if Bengals QB Carson Palmer ever gets hurt, God save us. J. T. O'Sullivan looked terrible. I'm still worried about our pass blocking. They should have never drafted OT Andre Smith, who's so fat he can't get on the field. So what looked good? Converted LB Michael Johnson is a force. DT Geno Atkins showed his upside. WR Jordan Shipley almost returned a kick for a TD. The Bengals did score on a one yard pass from QB Jordan Palmer to TE Darius Hill. Just remember folks, it's only preseason. Hopefully, they'll iron this stuff out before the first regular season game.

Walt Jocketty's Folly?, Part 2

Today Cincinnati Reds GM Walt Jocketty traded Chris Dickerson to the Milwaukee Brewers for Jim Edmonds. What?! Edmonds is forty years old. Dickerson is twenty seven. Yes, you weren't going to get much for Dickerson who constantly gets injured. And Edmonds is batting .286 with 217 ABs. But he's forty. Okay, he does give you veteran leadership for the outfield. Drew Stubbs has been stinking up the place except for Saturday's perfomance. Can he help Stubbs the way Scott Rolen's veteran presence? I believe he can. So when I wrote last year about Scott Rolen being Jocketty's Folly, I was wrong. Edmonds has been in the playoffs seven times. I'm going to rate this a good trade. Some guy was bored so he put together this photograph-video tribute to Edmonds and Rolen.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Cordero Will Kill Me

Heading into the ninth in today's game with the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds closer Francisco Cordero had a three run run lead at 4-1. He promptly walked the first batter, struck out the next, then walked the next two and hit another batter. Fortunately, only one run scored. Nick Masset was called on. He struck out one, then walked in a run and struck out Marlon Byrd on a nasty slider to save the game. Reds win 4-3 to stay ahead of the Cardinals. Here's the story of the game. I feel like Fred Sanford of the show,"Sanford and Sons" when Cordero is on the mound. Can Cordero ever put down the other team one, two, three? Anyway, in the show, Fred Sanford (Redd Foxx) always fakes a heart attack when things would not go his way. He would say, "You hear that Elizabeth? I'm comin' to join ya, honey." Check it out.

GOP Candidate Sharron Angle Doesn't Understand Role of the Press

Republican and Tea Party Candidate Sharron Angle doesn't understand the role of the press. In an interview with Fox News' Carl Cameron, Sharron Angle who's running for the U.S. Senate from Nevada believes the role of the press is to ask questions that the candidate wants to answer and to allow her to raise funds for her campaign. Basically, she wants the press to be her propaganda wing. Um, Sharron, the primary role of the press is to seek the truth.

Folks, this is the face of the new Republican and Tea Party movement. Here's the story from Media Matters and below is the excerpt of the interview. Note Cameron's incredulous response to Angle.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Stewart Blasts GOP Over Failure to Support 9/11 Responders

Jon Stewart of the Daily Show shows why Republicans suck because they refused to aid those public workers who were responders to the 9/11 and were exposed to toxins. According to Stewart, the Republicans refused to give up tax breaks for companies who wanted to operate off shore to pay for it! And then the Democrats were of course a bunch of pussies because they made it hard to overcome those right-wing yahoos by demanding a two thirds majority vote. Thank God for Cong. Anthony Weiner for his passionate support. Of course, Fox News' Dana Perino, you know, George W. Bush's press secretary didn't get it. She sure is pretty though.

Here's the video. Again, I'm sorry but Blogger has trouble embedding Daily Show Videos. So come back when you're done.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Charlie Parker and Mitch Miller

Mitch Miller recently passed away. He's best known for a show that ran in the early sixties called, "Sing Along With Mitch" a precursor to karaoke. He was also a classical trained musician who played oboe. In fact, he played oboe on Charlie Parker's album with strings. For those of you who don't know, Charlie Parker was the greatest musician of the twentieth century. Charlie's instrument was the alto saxophone and he played jazz. Clint Eastwood made a movie about him called "Bird." (1988) Anyway, here's a YouTube video of Parker's "Just Friends" with Mitch playing oboe, you can hear him at about 1:15. Enjoy.

I'm for TO Now

Okay after reading what Steeler garbage Hines Ward said about the Bengals getting Terrell Owens, "I feel for Carson", I'm all for the Bengals sigining Owens. Steeler tackle Max Starks said the Bengals should find a system where they could play with two balls. He also said the Bengals are trying to become the Miami Heat. Okay, you Steeler bums, if it bothers you that much to make snide remarks, I'll support getting TO. I hope he does to you what the late Chris Henry, God rest his soul, did to you all. Whoop your asses. Hey Steelers, how about a reminder from last year of what the Cincinnati Bengals did to you.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Will Somebody Shut Hines Ward Up?

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward told the New York Post, on the Bengals getting Terrell Owens, "I feel for Carson. (Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback)" Could somebody please shut this guy up? When we play those bums on November 8, I vote that Bengals linebackers Rey Maualuga and Keith Rivers, who got injured by a Ward dirty hit, pummel this jerk as he goes for a ball over the middle.

Another Turning Point

After a disappointing defeat on Friday night, the Cincinnati Reds won again for the second time in a row over the East Division leading Atlanta Braves, 2-1. Folks, that's a good team they beat. The Reds showed resiliency by coming back and winning two games in a row after Friday night. They could have folded. But they fought. And they came back from behind in both wins. Today the bullpen was lights out. Yes, Francisco Cordero made it interesting putting the tying run on, but he got out of it for his twenty ninth save. Here's the story about today's game.

Creation Musuem Faith Concert with the Reds

It's time for the annual Cincinnati Reds game sponsored by the right-wing religious fundamentalist Creation Museum. This year they call it the Creation Museum Faith Concert. I'm going to remind you what they believe. They believe that the earth is only 6000 years old and man and dinosaur lived at the same time. It's a literal belief in the book of Genesis. As you remember from last year's post, the scientists are not with them. And before you call me an atheist, I am a Christian. I just won't take the Bible literally. Isn't that the problem with the world? Fundamentalist Muslims take their religion literally and they feel a need to kill the nonbelievers. But let's get off the serious topic of religious fundamentalism and have some fun with satire. Back again are my guys from Red State Update to talk about the Creation Museum. And as a special treat, we're going to add a video where they comment on Fox News' Brit Hume's comment (1-3-10) that Tiger Woods should come to Jesus.

On the Creation Museum...

On Fox News' Brit Hume's comment that Tiger Woods should come to Jesus...