Still not finished Harry Potter

I haven’t read anyone’s blog. I won’t pick up last week’s Entertainment Weekly with Harry Potter on the front. I’m so afraid of the ending being given away but I haven’t had extra time to read it.

I usually only read on my train ride into and back from the office, but I have to finish this book this weekend.


So in our great state (said with great sarcasm) of Pennsylvania – the state that foists upon the country Rick Santorum, we have another wonderful scandal causing a stir. It all started when the Pennsylvania General Assembly voted themselves a pay raise. Not just a small pay raise but a 16 to 34% pay raise. This is an a state that has a minimum wage that is $5.15. Well at least our state has the right mind to make sure that lawmakers can’t vote themselves a pay raise in the same term; so good, right? Wrong. They got around this rule by allowing the pay raise to essentially go into effect now through something called “unvouchered receipts”, which basically means that you can pay for your bikini wax this way and no one will know because you don’t have to submit a receipt. Very sneaky huh?

Well some lawmakers decided to oppose the pay raise because apparently being a slimy good for nothing thief is not a requirement for being in the General Assembly. Some have decided to forgo the raise even. Well House Minority leader stripped 15 Democrats of leadership positions last week – and yes, all 15 voted against the raise.

Must be nice to control your paycheck and any criticism of it. I’ll be calling my reps on Monday – if you want to find out more check the following links:

Philadelphia Inquirer Article
Pennsylvania Clean Sweep

Stuff blowed up real good

Saw Michael Bay’s new movie The Island Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson. Alright, it’s not the best movie, it’s not trying to be. First off – Ewan and Scarlett – something for everyone. Djimon Honusou is very good in his role too – he has an action hero career ahead of him. I think if it weren’t for McGregor, Johansson, and Honusou this movie would probably have been unwatchable.

The Island is this year’s Speed – fun, loud, cute stars and all that good stuff; mindless entertainment. A friend of mine complained that it was silly – well it wasn’t supposed to be an Oscar contender. This is faint praise, but this was Michael Bay’s best movie (of course Armageddon is among my all-time most hated films).

New Music – July 2005

Wow – I’m late on this. Here’s what’s in my new music folder for this month:

Man-Made – Teenage Fanclub
Live at Noe Valley Ministry – Kristin Hersh – really good show, she was in rare form (I was there). This is an official bootleg on emusic to make it even better
Shake the Sheets – Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Going Somewhere – Colin Hay
Wherever you are – David Mead
Ex Hex – Mary Timoney
Love is Red – David Poe
What Became of the Libertines – The Libertines

I really like the David Mead cd otherwise nothing earth shattering this month. (that is other than the new Harry Potter!)

More on the wacky Santorum

If you want more proof that Santorum is wacky you need to read this article. You may have to subscribe so here are some quotes from the article:

Santorum goes after working mothers for leaving the home (radical feminists made them do it), defends the home-schooling of his children by calling public education an “aberration,” and places blame for the manifold ills of the world squarely at the feet of… guess who? Yep, the Liberals.

Liberals favor “no-fault freedom,” Santorum writes. In turn, this has led to “the debasement of women, mental illness, and an epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases, causing infertility, cancer, even death.”

I believe in plain old freedom. Everything comes with a cost and guess what, so does freedom. The implication with all this is that free will is evil, and what is scary is what Rick Sanctimonious would have as an alternative.

And a great closing line:

Santorum’s people have a stock response to criticism of his wilder comments: Rick is an honest, bright guy who speaks his mind. So there.

I agree. Judging from his recent comments, I’d say that Rick Santorum has one of the finest minds of the 13th century.