Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Journeys With George

Journeys with GeorgeImage via Wikipedia

Just a DVD recommendation today. Journeys With George is a documentary made by Nancy Pelosi's daughter. She is a democrat who ends up in Bush's press corp at the beginning of his first run for president in 1999 and 2000. By the time the film is over you can't help but like President Bush. He is approachable and charming and he's just like one of us. This film is a great behind-the-scenes look at a great man who became a great president. Something tells me that Journeys With Obama would not be at all watchable like this. Go buy the DVD today.

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

A Couple Of Observations

* Obama won the presidency because he was black and democrat. He did not win the presidency because his ideas would work. And now we are reaping what we sowed. America was ready for a black president.. and we still are. But it has to be someone with at least an ounce of experience.

* I don't have cable tv for several reasons. But one of the main reasons is because everytime I do get to view cable tv somewhere all I see is freak show reality tv. Here is cable tv summed up for you... you have the family of midgets, the couple with 8 kids and marital problems, the morbidly obese man who had to be carried to the hospital with a crane, murder, car chases, and animal rescues. It's no fun anymore.. I want off this ride.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

My Interview With Michael Moore

Michael Moore in 2004Image via Wikipedia

A look back at my conversation with the man who charms us all with his fictional, pretend movies...

The Arby's that I had agreed to meet documentarian Michael Moore at was fairly empty for a Thursday night. I asked the manager why the crowd was so sparse and he just asked me if I was going to order something. I ordered a potato cake and sat down at one of the booths. Thirty minutes later a rather large menacing shadow overtook the table I had chosen. There standing before me was Mr. Moore. He was taller than I had imagined. He had a blue t-shirt on with a pair of jeans. He was sporting what looked to be a three or four day stubble and of course he was wearing his trademark hat.
I started rolling tape for the interview...

TLAT: Good evening Mr. Moore, nice to finally meet you.

Michael Moore: Yeah, likewise...hey do you mind if I get dinner, I only had a pie earlier.

TLAT: absolutely, go for it. They have free refills here, it's nice.

MM: On Beef'n'Chedders?

TLAT: No on drinks.

MM: Oh, man, don't tease me like that.

At this point Moore goes to the counter to get his supper. I sit and ponder whether or not to leave in all of the references to food in my interview. I was trying my best to keep the subject off of making fun of Moore's weight. He returns to the booth, But sure enough just as he sits down his pants split wide open in the back.

TLAT: Oh man, that sucks.

MM: Ah no big deal, that's the third time today. My assistant buys pants for me at Sam's club in bulk.

TLAT: Wow, they sell pants in bulk at Sam's club?

MM: Yeah, they're over next to the sample ladies. Except I never see the sample ladies when I'm there, I think they hide in the back.

TLAT: I never knew.

MM: yep.

TLAT: Ok, Mr Moore before the 2004 election you released Fahrenheit 911 which was massively critical of the President, on The Life And Times we called you on the lies of this movie. Do you regret making it?

MM: Fejo meknuff efjoll giht.

TLAT: Excuse me?

MM: Fjiih Tre efjoll.

TLAT: I'd ask that you please swallow that bite before you speak.

MM Fjihh? Is that better?

TLAT: Much, thanks. Now should I repeat the question?

MM: No, what I was saying was that I don't regret making F911. In fact I wish I hadn't gone so easy on the president.

TLAT: What? You're saying that in Fahrenheit 911 you took it easy on Bush?

MM: Yeah, I didn't bring up anything about how he had blacks killed in Florida because they voted for Gore.

TLAT: But he DIDN'T have blacks killed in Florida because they voted for Gore.

MM: I know...and I didn't say anything about that. I could have, but I didn't.

TLAT: That would have been a lie.

MM: Look if this is too hard for you to understand I can just go.

TLAT: No, no. It's ok. You had threatened before F911 even came out that you would sue for slander, anyone that criticized your movie. Whatever happened to that?

MM: Well no legitimate criticism came in so I never had to "bust out my lawyers" so to speak.

TLAT: What are you talking about? Your movie was thoroughly debunked by everyone from children up to brilliant minds like Dick Morris.

MM: I never heard about it.

TLAT: Did you read a newspaper anytime after your movie came out?

MM: I can't read.

TLAT: Oh, well that would be why... Ok... You recently aligned yourself with Cindy Sheehan, the woman that lost her son in Iraq and then went on to oppose the war publicly. Do you believe that aligning yourself with Sheehan was the best thing for your cause?

MM: Sheehan was a real cash cow for me...ahem..I mean...uh. Can we strike that last sentence from the record?

TLAT: We aren't in a court trial here Michael.

MM: geez..ok..Well then by cash cow I meant that she hurt Bush and that's a real "Cash cow in my book".

TLAT: That makes no sense.

MM: Next question please.

TLAT: Fine. Your next documentary will be an expose' on the health care/health insurance industry. Do you think that it will be really that interesting to all of us?

MM: Oh I think so, who wouldn't want to hear about how Bush stole the Florida election, waged a war over oil, and occupied 2 countries?

TLAT: But that's the same premise as F911

MM: No it isn't. This one has a different title and everything.

TLAT: Well, it sounds fishy to me.

MM: Think what you want, I'm driving a new BMW and bought a new house because of the popularity of Fahrenheit 911 so obviously the movie is true and Bush is a lying tyrant. Plus I got a call from Jane Fonda thanking me for making it. Can you believe that? A woman talked to me. I got so excited that I ate a cheesecake or two.

TLAT: Well just because Jane Fonda thanked you for making the movie doesn't make the movie true.

MM: But it doesn't not make it not true.

TLAT: Huh?

MM: Look I gotta get going. I have another interview over at Burger King with Larry King in half an hour.

TLAT: Fine. Thanks for giving me a chance to ask a few questions.

MM: Anytime. I'm quite fond of the work you do over at MSNBC.

TLAT: But I'm not with MSNBC. I run a blog called The Life And Times that is read by over 4 people a day. Did your assistant not tell you this?

MM: I understood you were with MSNBC.

TLAT: Nope. I don't even have cable.

MM: Then I'm outie five thousand.

TLAT: I had no idea anyone still said "outie five thousand".

MM: Shutup

TLAT: You do realize that this will all be printed on my site?

MM: So

TLAT: homosaywhat?

MM: Nice Try. I'm so gone!

TLAT: Bye.

And those were the last words Michael Moore said to me as I exited the Arby's. I hope my future interviews go much smoother.

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Need Music To Listen To?

It's hard to find decent music out there to just relax to and enjoy. Well search no more! Over to the LEFT of this post you will find some totally free music. Just push play! The song will play in a player on this page and you can hit next or back like you would any Mp3 player. So enjoy. And if you have any requests let me know!

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

A Message To Our Government..

Dear Congress and president Obama,
You are on the verge of taking our country down a path that leads to tyranny and economic slavery of the people. This is STILL a government by the people and FOR the people.
Are you willing to bleed us dry so that we are forced to come to you for handouts? If you are just now that this will only delay a mutiny as the government cannot sustain socialism for a country that is accustom to freedom. A lot of us are willing to die to keep America free.
You will not tax us into prosperity. You will tax us into chaos. Your health care plan is the final nail in the coffin.
Please Congress and President Obama.. Give us a chance to be Americans still, to fail on our own, and to succeed on our own. If it doesn't work in our checkbook, it will not work in yours either.

Thank You,

The Life And Times

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Obama's Teleprompter Breaks..

....Also known as "The day the words died."

The first words out of his mouth were "Oh goodness!" then for the next 20 minutes his speech became just a series of grunts and a lot of crying.. Finally an embarrassed Obama ran off the stage after shouting "I can't do it!".

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Weezer - Jamie Yahoo Hootenanny

The audience surprises Weezer by breaking out in singing one of their best songs.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

This Certainly Won't Overcome Any Stereotypes...

Here we go again. Anyone want to get a wager going on when the Obama sex scandal goes down? I mean this pic was front page on the Drudge Report today...

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

A Couple Of Observations...

Mushroom cloud

* I vote we kick Minnesota out of the union. They elected a WWF wrestler as their governor, and then they elected a former SNL writer and all around bad actor as one of their senators. Two strikes and you're out!

* Michael Jackson gave us several songs to enjoy.. and that's nice. However he is not god, and he really isn't even the king of anything in my book. Why are people from Asia weeping in the streets? I'm so confused. The end is near, I promise!

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Monday, July 06, 2009

My Favorite Comedian Quotes

"There is one thing I would break up over and that is if she caught me with another woman. I wouldn't stand for that."
Steve Martin.

"I'm always amazed to hear of air crash victims so badly mutilated that they have to be identified by their dental records. What I can't understand is, if they don't know who you are, how do they know who your dentist is?"
Paul Merton.

"First you forget names, then you forget faces. Next you forget to pull your zipper up and finally, you forget to pull it down."
George Burns.

"Did you ever walk in a room and forget why you walked in? I think that's how dogs spend their lives."
Sue Murphy.

"I once heard two ladies going on and on about the pains of childbirth and how men don't seem to know what real pain is. I asked if either of them ever got themselves caught in a zipper."
Emo Philips

Friday, July 03, 2009

In Tribute To Aunt Onie

My Aunt is laying in a hospital bed looking forward to her soon departure from this world into her heavenly home. And I have heard she is smiling and laughing with everyone.. Is this because she is fearless and doesn't care about dying?? No.. Because her joy is almost complete.
Aunt Onie lived an life that is an inspiration to all who read about it. This tiny, single woman walked into a world that was taboo and almost forbidden for a white woman at the time. She began ministering to the black community when they were considered unwanted outcasts in the supposed land of the free. It is almost unheard of. She has courage beyond what I will ever know..

J.L. wrote about her earlier today and I don't think I could say it better than him...

This is the entire text copied from my brother-in-law's blog. His name is J.L. You can read more HERE
Today, I had the privilege of reading Aunt Onie's story. For those of you who don't know Aunt Onie, it is Bethany's great aunt. As I mentioned in a previous post, I remember the two things that Bethany shared about Aunt Onie before I met her the first time: she was a faithful prayer warrior and had been ministering among African Americans for over 50 years. Even as I type these words, Onie is in the hospital very sick waiting to go and be with Jesus in heaven. I look forward to her funeral and hearing the stories of those she has impacted. I wanted to share a few things that I discovered about her as I read her biography.

Leona Schneider was born July 20, 1920 (she shares a birthday with my Molly). She was raised 2 1/2 miles in the country outside of Moundridge, KS. She was the third of four children. As a child, she remembers the anxiety and pain that she caused her mother and father when she disobeyed one time involving a cow and the barn. Her disobedience showed sorrow and she tried to avoid that in the future. She writes about her childhood, "My childhood was filled with fear . . . but thank the Lord that fear I had as a child was taken away when I received the Lord Jesus as my Savior." She went on to talk about one of her favorite verses which says, "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." This verse was a reminder to not be afraid for her God was there with her always.

She goes on to share how she was saved at age 17. She talks about her struggles in learning. She missed her 3rd grade year due to illness and had to repeat that year as well as another year when she was unable to pass the test. She, however, went on to attend the Midwest Bible and Missionary Institute in Salina, KS. There she met Marie Johnson who talked often of "the need of teaching and doing mission work among the Blacks." Here began a lifelong ministry of service that lasted many years. As she pondered where God was calling her, she was asked by Gospel Fellowship to help out with some schools. She was not sure and she prayed for God's leading and direction. A helpful verse during this time was Joshua 1:9 which says, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." She decided to accept their offer and went to work alongside of Gospel Fellowship.

Onie's work among African Americans began in the Summer of 1940 when they did D.V.B.S (I think it stands for Daily Vacation Bible Schools, but I am not sure) in Salina, Hutchinson, Wichita, Topeka and Newton. During this time, she met a man that she had considered marrying but it did not work out. She wrote, "But the Lord did not intend for me to marry so I could give all my time to serve Him and to be able to care for Mother later on." She eventually left Gospel Fellowship so she could "continue working with the Blacks in Wichita." She went on to graduate from the Bible course in 1942 and moved to Wichita where she led D.V.B.S. in the summers and children's weekday classes in the winter. She lived in many different locations over the years, but finally lived with her mother until her mother's death in 1970.

Here is how she described her work: "This work was made up of hospital and home visitations and children's Bible classes after school with D.V.B.S. in the summer. Then I started a ladies' Bible study which continued till her most recent hospital stay. She talks about how for many years she did children's and ladies' classes every afternoon and evening except on Wednesday and Sunday. Even with all the work to be done, she understood the importance of the Sabbath and worship in her church. One of the great testimonies of Onie's faithfulness is the people she has trained to teach the Bible. Her purpose she writes was, "to teach them to teach others." Onie had great wisdom in knowing that to multiply Christ's kingdom she had to equip others. This humble woman was not seeking praise and adoration and accolades, but instead wanted her Savior to be glorified and His message to be spread to everyone.

At the end of her story, she goes on to share about her ministry within her church. This godly and unassuming woman gave her all for her Lord both among the African Americans, but in her church as well. She taught a kindergarten Sunday School class for 16-17 years as well as Joy Fellowship (a gathering for widows 60 or over) for 10 years.

Onie has been a joy to know. You never know what she is going to say. I am inspired by her life and what she accomplished for God. In her biography, she writes that June 1990 was 50 years of "giving out the Word to the Blacks." Despite her "problems learning" she writes, "the Lord used me as His messenger girl." What a testimony about how Jesus can transform our lives and can make us strong despite our weaknesses/trials. I close this tribute with her own words for her family and for you as you read this, "Always put the Lord first in your life and trust Him."

Thanks Aunt Onie for your faithfulness and your ministry. I know you will hear these words from your Savior, Jesus Christ, "Well done, my good and faithful servant!"
Amen to that! And thank you Aunt Onie!
Again that was the entire text from daddy4ms by J.L. Martin

Wednesday, July 01, 2009