Saturday, September 22, 2007

They hate our freedom

Associated Press:
Members of a Christian theater troupe are spreading the word that they’re irate about Kathy Griffin’s off-color speech in accepting a creative arts Emmy earlier this month.

The Miracle Theater in Pigeon Forge spent $90,440 on a full-page advertisement in USA Today that ran nationally Monday, proclaiming “enough is enough.”

In accepting the Emmy for her Bravo reality show, “My Life on the D-List,” Griffin said that “a lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus.”

She went on to hold up her Emmy, make an off-color remark about Christ and proclaim, “This award is my god now!”

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Griffin’s comments have also drawn ire from the Catholic League, an anti-defamation group that called on the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to “denounce Griffin’s obscene and blasphemous comment” at the Sept. 9 ceremony. The E! channel chose to edit Griffin’s speech when it aired the taped event last Saturday night.
and Sheila Marikar, ABC News:
"At the heart of Nora Walker, she is a mother. So surely this belongs to all the mothers of the world … and to especially the mothers who stand with an open heart and wait -- wait for their children to come home from danger, from harm's way and from war," Field said before stumbling over her words, appearing to lose her train of thought and blurting, "Let's face it, if the mothers ruled the world, there would be no god----"

That's when the sound and picture cut out, leaving Emmy viewers across the country to wonder what Field said. She reportedly concluded that sentence with "damn wars," but Fox, airing the Emmys on a time-delay, did not cut back to the stage after Field finished talking.

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In an e-mail statement Monday, Fox explained why they chose to censor three parts of Sunday's Emmy broadcast. (In addition to cutting away from Field, Fox also dropped sound during Ray Romano and Katherine Heigl's speeches.)

"Some language during the live broadcast may have been considered inappropriate by some viewers. As a result, Fox's broadcast standards executives determined it appropriate to drop sound and picture during those portions of the show," the statement said.

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Despite George Carlin's infamous "Seven Dirty Words" monologue, the FCC doesn't have a list of words it considers profane. In its consumer fact sheet, the FCC defines profanity as "including language so grossly offensive to members of the public who actually hear it as to amount to a nuisance."

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Even if Fox censored Field purely because of her expletive and not because of her message, [Quinnipiac University's John Macleod] Gourlie thinks they were wrong to do so. He argues that, considering the Emmys aired at night, at a time when most children are in bed or at least not listening in rapt attention to a 60-year-old actress at an awards show, Fox should have aired Field's speech in its entirety, curse word and all.
We're such a hypersensitive society, and in such perverse ways. We won't waste more than thirty seconds over genocide, but someone says something off-color and there's hell.

With regards to the first article, I wonder why religious people are so insecure with their own faith that they have to lash out at others who don't share their exact beliefs. Did the Miracle Theater really need to drop $90,000 on a hissy fit? That money couldn't have been spent on something more useful? And who cares what Kathy Griffin thinks? Lots of people don't agree with what I like, you don't see me taking out ads in newspapers or blogging about it.

If the roles were reversed and Muslims were the majority in the western world and Christians were the majority in the middle east, Protestants would be flying planes into buildings and blowing themselves up.

As for the second issue, does it really matter if kids hear someone say "shit" or "God damn"? First of all, what responsible parent would let their child watch a boring awards show? Second of all, what kid doesn't already know the majority of curse words by the time they're in third or fourth grade? Adults act like when they were small, everything was perfect and no harm or foul deed ever graced their presence. More than likely, they were probably the biggest little assholes around.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Warlord of America

Warlord was an American band that released a few demos, albums, etc. in the early 80s. Back then, they could typically be considered a "power metal" band, but not the technical power metal that is so popular today (and what we typically think of when we think of "power metal"). The band reformed a few years ago, as many 80s metal bands have, but for now, I'd like to share some of their early work.

Lucifer's Hammer


Lost and Lonely Days


Black Mass


Deliver Us From Evil


More info here, DVD here.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Wins and Losses are the worst statistic in baseball

In 187 innings, a pitcher in the major leagues has thrown 151 strikeouts, 76 walks, and compiled a 3.71 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. He has a 119 ERA+. He has started 30 games so far, so what would you expect his record to be? 12-9? 14-10? Something decent, right? Put that guy on the Yankees, Tigers, Red Sox, or other offensive team, and he could be looking for 20 wins by the end of the season.

Well, not when you're Matt Cain and you play for the San Francisco Giants. Cain is 7-15 thus far, and will probably lose his last game of the year next week. The only team that has scored less runs than the Giants this season is the Washington Nationals (time to ship that team back to Montreal). The Giants' offense is so bad, Matt Cain, in 53 at bats, has hit as many home runs (2) as Dave Roberts (362 AB), Omar Vizquel (481 AB), and Mike Sweeney (90 AB).

Matt Cain has not been perfect this year, but then, no pitcher has. He's not a Cy Young candidate with his numbers, but he has pitched 16 games where has given up 2 earned runs or less, and his record is only 6-6 in those games. If you want to include games with 3 ER, then he's pitched 22 games with 3 ER or less, and his record is 7-8.

In other news, I entered a LoJack caught stealing contest to guess how many runners the Yankees would throw out this season. I guessed between 41-45. After submitting my entry on MLB.com's website, I was told, "So far this season 22 runners have been thrown out by the Yankees." Well, considering Jorge Posada has already thrown out 29 runners, I'd say that you're wrong, MLB.com website. Furthermore, Wil Nieves and Jose Molina have also thrown out runners for the Yanks, so you're more wrong.

MLB.com website, you are so wrong you are more wrong than people who think Wins and Losses are a good stat to use in baseball.

Update, September 21, 2007: Matt Cain, yesterday's game hosting Cincinnati - 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 2 R, 4K. Result? Loss.