Generation X Goes To Washington-It's About Time

David S. Bernstein from the Boston Phoenix has written a piece called Gen X Goes to Washington, trying to decide if the majority of us are "Alex P. Keaton types" or "nihilistic cranks". And, more importantly, figuring out which group will make more of a political impact.

One thing I picked up on in this article, is the subtle resentment from older Gen X (those born in the late 60's, and who Mr. Bernstein identifies himself with) aimed towards the real "slackers" of Gen X...those of us born in the late 70's. He also has dubbed Sarah Palin the "patron saint" of our generation, which honestly made me throw up in my mouth a little.

I remember idolizing Alex P. Keaton growing up. I even have paid my respects with a picture of him featured on this site. I also remember identifying with his politics, until I grew up and realized I was really a Libertarian "Rand Paul" type.

Since our generation is so small, we have a tiny window of opportunity to make our political impact between the boomers and millenials. With our general cynicism towards government and authority, our general acceptance of alternative lifestyles, and freedom minded approach to life...I am hoping we will make our mark by reversing the government intrusion allowed by our boomer parents. Mr. Bernstein seems to believe the "nihilistic cranks" like myself won't get far, because we ultimately can't be bothered.

I really hope we prove him wrong.


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This is my niece and her pony "Paula"
I think she has a Jayhawk tattoo on her face...I've trained her well.

My Birthday Post...I'm 33 years old, my people!!!

Boomsday: A Gen X'ers Review

I am tardy on this review. The book came out in 2007, but I just read it. I am way behind on my reading list. This book is called Boomsday, and it was written by Christopher Buckley. You may know him as being the author of one of my favorite novels (and movies) Thank You For Smoking.

I love political satire. It's my favorite. And this novel does not disappoint. If you loved Nick Naylor and all his work at the Academy of Tobacco Studies, then this is a must read...especially if you are a Gen X'er.

Here's the basic plot:

In the not-so-distant future, the U.S. is engaged in six wars, the economy is in a downturn  because of a $1.1 trillion deficit, and citizens under age 35 face tax hikes of 30% to pay for the retirement of millions of baby boomers...77 million to be exact. (Sound familiar? Yes, I promise it is political satire. Fiction!)

29-year-old blogger Cassandra Devine is outraged by the Social Security crisis. She is furious that she and her peers (which Buckley names ''Generation W,'' short for whatever) are being forced to pay for pampered ''Wrinklies''. To start a meta-discussion, she decides to convince opportunistic Sen. Randy Jepperson to sponsor a bill urging boomers to commit suicide — or voluntarily ''transition'' themselves at age 70, in order to make SS solvent. However, the bill that was introduced just to bring focus to the Social Security problem becomes a huge election-year issue.

Buckley goes after the Social Security debacle, the Baby Boomers, the Gen X'ers, politicians, the Catholic church, and pro-lifers in such a funny way, I just kept turning pages. Before I knew it, I had read it in two days. As I was reading, I fell in love with the characters and the story so much, I kept thinking "I want to adapt this for a screenplay." Well, as a punishment for my belated reading of the book, it turns out the script has already been written...and the movie begins shooting in 2011.

My only problem with the story is that it may not go far enough...but I refuse to give things away...you have to read it for yourself.


All I Need to Know I Learned From Television

A friend of mine from high school wrote this this post on his blog...I wish I could take credit for it...click the link below to jump to the entire post.

the world don't move to the beat of just one drum. what might be right for you might not be right for some. and to confirm this, here are the underlying concepts of several past and present television shows and networks.

the A-team: jumping out of an exploding building or vehicle will always prevent injury, all gunmen have terrible aim and the only way to get mr. T on a plane is to feed him quiche.

blossom: hideaous wardrobes and heavy-handed social messages are a great way to hide a lack of personality. also, tony danza does not have dominion over the word "whoa".

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Honestly, I Have No Words...

All I can do right now is scream like a 13 year old girl!!! I love you Joey McIntyre!!!!

I will say, my New Kids have come a long way since the first time I saw them in 1988.

I know the TSA situation is no laughing matter but...


This Great Recession Was Not A Surprise

The FED. Monetary policy. Inflation. Housing Bubbles. The Recession (which began in Dec. 2007). The devalued dollar. A costly foreign policy.

Back during the 2008 Presidential race, only one candidate was talking about these things:

Ron Paul.

He was laughed at by other candidates. He was dismissed by the media. His supporters were called crazy.
But, just think of what things would be like right now in 2010 if everyone would've listened to us libertarian lunatics. But, people were too busy watching the Dow climb to 14,000 and flipping houses for thousands of dollars in profits.

This Great Recession was not a surprise. Watch these video clips from the Republican Presidential debates back in 2008. Ron Paul knew where we were then...and what was coming. Why? Because he understands monetary policy and free market economics. Please ignore the fact that Glenn Beck is in the first clip...that was from CNN in 2007. He wasn't the "Glenn Beck of Fox News".

Luckily, there is a chance he may run again in 2012. For those of us who supported him in 2008, we must show people this video. Send it to everyone you know. People are waking up, and they need to know we have the chance to elect someone who can lead us out of this mess...because he knew it was going to happen. The push for 2012 starts now.

I Laughed So Hard, It Hurts

Drew Carey has announced that he will be starring in a new improv show on GSN next spring. The episodes will be shot in Las Vegas in January and February. That's all I know for now. Not sure about the cast yet, but hopefully we will see some of our favorites! Due to this fantastic news, I wanted to update and re-post these great clips from Green Screen.


I will soon be posting about my love for the new version of the Price is Right. But until then, I wanted to post clips from Drew Carey's Green Screen Show (the ultimate show for stoners...is how Drew describes it) that aired on the WB a few years ago.

They star the current TPIR host Drew Carey and announcers Jeff Davis and Brad Sherwood. Judging from these clips, Jeff Davis is pretty much the funniest person on the planet.


The Price is Oh So Right...

During my nearly 33 years on this Earth, my love of The Price is Right has been referred to as "unhealthy" more than once. But, I can't help it. I can't think of a better way to start my day than with a plethora of pricing games, dining room sets, showcase showdowns and trips to New York City.

My love affair with TPIR began as a pre-schooler circa 1981, when daily viewings featured a dark-haired Bob Barker and Johnny Olson as the announcer. The guys in the crowd still wore suits and ties. The women contestants wore dresses. Everything was orange, brown, and red. Holly was so pretty.

TPIR Cast 1981 (Lto R) Announcer Johnny Olson, Model Dian Parkinson, Host Bob Barker, Model Janice Pennington, Model Holly Hallstrom


JCPenney Catalog Circa 1977

I received this in my email this week (thanks Chris)...and I had to share it. I think I remember being offended by this stuff, even in utero.

Last weekend I put an exhaust fan in the ceiling for my wife's grandfather. While my wife's brother and I were fitting the fan in between the joists, we found something under the insulation. What we found was this:

A JC Penney catalog from 1977. It's not often blog fodder just falls in my lap, but holy hell this was two solid inches of it, right there for the taking. I thumbed through it quickly and found my next dining room set, which is apparently made by adding upholstery to old barrels:


Your iPhone Is Racist

For a good laugh...visit this website. It's incredibly entertaining. The fails of autocorrect texting...


Drowning in Debt

People of Connecticut...you had the chance for this guy to be your Senator! Way to drop the ball.

The Best Representative in the United States Congress

Ron Paul...He's been saying this for 30 years people! Now we are finally listening.

The Entire Atheist Hymnal

Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers perform "Atheists Don't Got No Songs" on Austin City Limits. I'm gonna start playing this every Sunday morning when I wake up...the he is always lowercase.

Oh Rachel Maddow...You make it hard to take you Seriously.

This is Why Cops Piss Me Off

Apparently...Citizens do not have the right to tell a Police Officer to Slow Down...Even when the cop is going 25 mph over the speed limit and doesn't have his emergency lights flashing. For the entire story behind the video CLICK HERE.


Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Up late watching Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. It put me in the mood from some classic Jimmy from Saturday Night Live.

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