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Monday, November 29, 2004

Fair and Balanced?

Wow.

Bill O'Reilly comes out in defense of Dan Rather over the Bush National Guard thing. That...wow. I am speechless. I love it. Reilly IS one the good guys, I think. A conservative voice I can stomach! I still won't watch his show, but that has nothing to do with him.

http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/257225p-220135c.html <~~~There's the link to his defense of Rather.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, I sure did. We ate at my brother's house and then ate with two of my friends Saturday. Next up are my wife and I's second anniversary and her graduation.

On a different subject...I love DVRs. Thanks, in part to my DVR, I have twelve movies I need to watch.

Happily, I bought a new X-Box cable and that fixed the problem...go me!

Apologies for being away from the blog so long, but I was busy.

Take care, people.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Thanks

I am thankful that my son is happy and healthy.

I am thankful that my wife enjoys being married to me.

I am thankful that most of my family will be together tomorrow.

I am thankful that I'll also be visiting with friends this weekend.

I am thankful that I do have a job.

I am thankful that my employers saw fit to give me a significant raise.

I am thankful that no one close to me died this year.

I am thankful that John Kerry had the grace and dignity to not tie the nation up for months post-election.

I am thankful that Tom Filsinger created and supports a wonderful hobby, Champions of the Galaxy.

I am thankful that Alex Jurkat and Derek Stoeling of Eden Studios gave me the opportunity add to my writing credits.

I am thankful that Oliver Copp created a program, TNM, that spawned a community that most of my closest on-line friends have come from.

I am thankful that I am able to watch anywhere from 5 to 7 hours of wrestling a week.

I am thankful that my wife loves me enough to accept me, flaws and all.

I am thankful that the BCS computer polls favor OU so much that they'll most likely be in the National Championship game, even though either Auburn or USC fans while be whining for the next year.

I am thankful that I saw my friend Ron at work today.

I am thankful for the spirited political discussions I have with my friend Matt at work.

I am thankful for all the truly considerate and caring people I encounter at work, the ones who make the a-holes bearable.

I am thankful that Jim of Wizard's Asylum in Tulsa understands customer service better than most people I have met.

I am thankful that Ben of the Original Game Shop in Tulsa likes me even when I don't spend very much money.

I am thankful that I met the Black Water Band, and that they saw fit to give me a pair of free CDs. Someday I hope to see them perform live.

I am thankful for Jon Stewart, who makes the daily news palatable.


I am thankful that I am alive and healthy to be thankful for these things.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Random Acts of Thought Violence

Wow.

It's true. My blog was, in fact, mentioned in a Guardian article about William Safire's retirement.

Thomas Sowell will be sending me death threats any day now. Oliver North will just pay off some Third World "revolutionaries" to hunt me down.

My lil rant from yesterday morning is gone, because once I got it out of my system, I felt better. Kinda like America's Next Top Model after a trip to the loo and a digit down the gullet.

Watched Raw last night...stayed awake through the whole thing...DID NOT SEE THE BATISTA SWERVE COMING. *groan* And now next week, Triple H is gonna beat THE ENTIRE RAW ROSTER! Well, it was that or job to Orton. If I was HHH, I woulda picked the battle royal too.

And getting a cracked orbital bone MAY have been the best thing to happen to Snitsky, looks-wise...he looks CREEPY.

My young son is 2 foot 6 1/2 inches, twenty one lbs and the doctor says that he is pretty much perfect. I could have told him THAT..=)

I shall attempt to be back tomorrow...I do hope everyone has a safe and happy Holiday, and remember, chili dogs for Christmas isn't bad if you're eating them with family.

I'm still...

The Famous Tommy Z

Monday, November 22, 2004

Another Trip Around The Sun

Who needs tomorrow?

I like Jimmy Buffet's new song with Martina McBride. This is odd, because I haven't liked anything she's done in years, and never really been a fan of his.

But it's just...nice.

The only collaboration of his lately that I've truly enjoyed.

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Random Thoughts

This blog is at least as much an exercise in discipline as it is anything. So, I'm here today with a random smattering of thoughts.

- I have posted an OU-LSU Sugar Bowl '04 program on eBay, bidding starts at $1. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5141408811&ssPageName=ADME:B:LC:US:1 Go, bid...it'll be fun.

- My son turns 1 year old tomorrow, and we're preparing for the big, full-on family bash and all. Should be fun. Amy says our digital camera's memory card holds 174 pictures...I'll see how many I can get taken tomorrow.

- Early reviews of Sting's biographical movie indicate that they are every bit as bad as I feared. So the question remains: Am I still a big enough Sting fan to blindly blow $20 on a crappy DVD? Inquiring minds wanna know. Hm. Maybe the book is better.

- So...Big & Rich released a single before (Save A Horse) Ride A Cowboy? Huh. I've never heard it. I thought for sure it would be getting played since they're successful now and all. But I give them megaprops...the two songs I HAVE heard are about as extremely different as two songs can be. I'm all about artists being willing to spread their wings.

- How bad does the whole Christmas party ritual suck? Isn't the 40 hours of my life I give to these yahoos enough? But i guess its in the Christmas spirit to pretend like I wanna be hanging out with my co-workers, acting like friends caught up in the Christmas spirit. Approximately two of my co-workers actually hold conversations with me. Jeez. Merry friggin' Christmas.

- On a brighter note...have you seen Lone Star State of Mind? It stars Joshua Jackson of Dawson's Creek and it was, I guess, straight to video...which is TRAGIC because it is HILARIOUS. See it. Seriously.

And with that, I'm leaving...I'll try to remember to ramble on a bit after the kid's birthday party tomorrow. Heck, maybe someone will give me truly rant-worthy material! Until then...

The Famous Tommy Z


Friday, November 19, 2004

Must See TV

I like TV.

That is to say, scripted dramas.

Joan of Arcadia is the show I have enjoyed the most since Angel went off the air. So wonderfully real. The last two episodes have had some genuinely eye-wetting moments, with Joan's friend Judith dying, and then tonight's, with Joan giving Luke the kite he wanted for his birthday two years earlier. Amber Tamblyn earned her stripes on General Hospital...hopefully next time she won't just be nominated for an Emmy, she'll win. The only show I make CERTAIN I watch every week, outside of wrestling.

Desperate Housewives is just so much fun. It manages to say its piece with a straight face, yet doesn't take itself too seriously. And a couple of the women aren't too hard on the eyes, either. But the real kicker is how each episode stays self-contained, while throwing a nice twist in at the end to hook you for next week.

Veronica Mars. What can I say? I like it. I missed a couple of episodes because I gave up, figuring UPN would kill it anyway, and was shocked to find out it's getting a full season. Huh. That said, it's a smart show, and Kristin Bell and Enrico Colantoni work great together as father and daughter. And TV just looks better having Terri Hatcher and Paula Marshall both employed again. But Veronica Mars is SO not the next Buffy. That would be Joan of Arcadia. The thing that Buffy did so well was to make fantastic situations feel so real...and Joan feels more real than any show on TV.

Honorable mention goes to Boston Legal and Kevin Hill. I like lawyer shows a bunch, from Matlock and Perry Mason to The Practice. William Shatner has ever been better than he is as Denny Crane in Boston Legal and James Spader is so wonderfully amoral. Kevin Hill is sweet without being saccharine, and the Nanny is hilarious. Taye Diggs has charisma to spare and a vehicle now that suits him. I hope it lasts.

Anyhow, that's what I'm watching these days...yeah, my man card should probably be revoked...but I got a hoTT wife and she's happy with me, so there.

I was gonna put an Anna Nicole Smith joke in here, but I couldn't think of one.

Damn.

I'm still...

The Famous Tommy Z

Thursday, November 18, 2004

I Blog

Hi.

I am very tired, and that won't be changing anytime soon.

First off, a big shoutout to Literotica.com! Sorry...in-joke that the guy who set it up won't even read.

No profound political statements today, sorry.

More and more as I play my retro-GWF, I find my 2117 feds dying on the vine. Especially since I have decided that my retro-GWF will not end when I reach 2087.

Big birthday bash this weekend, as my son hits the big Oh-One! Hoody Hoo! Could either be a bunch of people there or a few. Either way, I plan on trying to fill up the memory card on our digital camera for the first time ever.

I planned on posting about the pros and cons of Wal-Mart, but that one will have to wait.

For those of you Champions of the Galaxy-ish players and fans who may have stumbled upon this, I run four feds...and here they are:

GWF 2076, based off of the Early Years set.

GWF Galaxian Champion: Morpheus
GWF Tag Team Champions: Paladin Power

Then I have my LWF fed.

LWF World Champion: "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka
LWF World Tag Team Champions: The Road Warriors
LWF United States Champion: Ted DiBiase

Next, we have my GWF 2117 fed. That's right, I have been playing for over 12 years and STILL not caught up.

GWF Galaxian Champion: Switchblade
GWF Tag Team Champions: The Creatures of Lamia
GWF Interplanetary Champion: Warfare
GWF Solar Champion: Tanck
GWF Cruiserweight Champion: Nightmare
GWF Women's Champion: Thrash

And finally, the CPC.

CPC Hevyweight Champion: Colossus
CPC Tag Team Champions: The King's Court
CPC Interstellar Champion: Dar Gova
CPC Lunar Champion: Mike Fortune
CPC Cruiserweight Champion: Vacant
CPC Women's Champion: Xenia

My feds are actually pretty boring to read as they tend to be "by the books", but someday I'll provide a little more indepth of an update on the non-retro feds, since the retro is covered in excruciating detail on the CotG forums.

Pretty sparse update, I know...but remember, eat your poptarts before Anna Nicole Smith does.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Discuss!

Greetings and salutations, people.

I actually heard from a couple of folks regarding my rant yesterday. Nice!

I should also note that there was some concern recently, both in regards to this and in regards to a gig as a moderator at a messageboard, that I am unwilling to have open discussions with people who disagree with my viewpoints.

Completely untrue.

By gummit, I loves me some intellectual discourse. I just don't like it when me and the other guy have to resort to namecalling to make our points, because they only point we're making is that everyone involved is a moron.

I sometimes have pretty strong opinions.

I do believe that science has all but definitively proven that being gay is something that cannot, especially in men, be changed, and that denying them the right to get married is tantamount to state-sponsored discrimination. That's a step backwards in my book.

Another thing you should know. I love America. Dearly. I believe that, as bad as we think we have it sometimes, this is the greatest country in the world. I love that I have a right to trumpet my views from the mountain top.

What I don't like is when I'm told that, since my views don't fit the views of the moral majority, that there's no longer a place for me in America.

Hey, I thought Iraq was the wrong war at the wrong time. But I don't cheer whenever a troop dies. I just wish that we had been overthrowing a country that was actually tied to 9/11, like Iran or (gasp!) Saudi Arabia.

That doesn't make me any less of a patriot.

I support the right of people to have different points of view...but I don't support people placing themselves on a pedestal and acting like their viewpoints are any more valid than mine or the next guy's.

Hey, I may not understand what you see in George Bush, and I sure wasn't thrilled that he beat Kerry. But he did beat Kerry. He did win the presidency. I don't have to be happy about that, but I don't intend to "take my ball and go home". Now I move to the power of prayer (Democrats do pray!) and hope that there's an America left in four years for there to be a new election held in.

Heck, my biggest fear NOW is that in '08, Hillary Clinton will be president.

Does any sane person, Democrat or Republican, want that?

More and more, my favorite song is becoming "What Say You?" by Travis Tritt and John Mellencamp. It's a good song. It's about people becoming afraid to voice their opinions, and how they REALLY should.

But that doesn't mean they should use the right to express their opinions as an excuse to insult and belittle someone else.

That's just silly.

I think this is fairly coherent. I don't do "drafts" well, especially of things like my opinions, which is all this blog is. This is pretty much stream of consciousness.

Anna Nicole Smith isn't dead, and neither is Freedom of Speech.

Hail Sabin.

I am...

...The Famous Tommy Z

As a post-script: the word "blog" isn't in the blogger.com spellcheck.

I just find that to be hilarious.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Convenient Morality

If you don't know, I work in a truckstop, during the night shift.

I get a variety of people in, some of whom are local and some who are not. One particular fella and I tend to discuss politics alot.

Recently, you may have heard, the Republican party benefitted from a surge of moral conscience, which allowed them many victories nationwide during the election season, including my state electing a TOTAL whackjob who is SO set on his convictions, that he will do something he finds to be morally reprehensible, just because it happens to be legal.

Way to stand up for your Moral Values, Coburn.

In Oklahoma recently, a variety of state bills passed...one of them banned gay marriage, and one of them voted in a lottery.

See, the Moral Values of the local Christian set is such that they can't let the doods get married, since it's against God's Word, but they want them some gamblin'.

Funny. I thought the Bible said something about that, too?

I argued with my very conservative friend about this last night, and he blamed the lottery on the Democrats selling Oklahomans a load of horse manure, but that they were morally justified in banning gay marriage.

Hm.

See, outside of the biblical argument, which applies to the lottery, the arguments I tend to hear against gay marriage include a) It will shatter the foundation of traditional marriage, b) marriage without reproduction has no purpose and c) if same-sex marriages are allowed, there will be no more children, because guys will all marry guys and gals will all marry gals.

Really?

First off, a) a whole lot of the folks condemning this in the name of conventional marriage have been married multiple times and/or are screwing around on their spouse. BUT THAT'S OKAY, BECAUSE IT'S ALL WITH THE OPPOSITE SEX. I guess. b) My Grandma got remarried a couple of years ago...long after cancer robbed her of the ability to have kids. Should she have been refused the right to marry? When my wife and I got married, SEVEN doctors and a few years of life experience said she would never bear children...does that mean we shouldn't have been allowed to get married? See where this is going? c) And this one is my favorite. Because apparently everyone on the planet is a closet homosexual, and allowing same sex marriages would set us on a SLIPPERY SLOPE. Why do I need my wife when I can get me a hunka-hunka burnin' man?!?! See how stupid these arguments are?

The ONLY one that holds up is the biblical one, which is conveniently appropriate when you need to discriminate against someone, but is no longer relevant when you wanna play the lottery or hit the casino.

Humorously, the hardcore Conservative states so hellbent on protection marriage are the ones with the highest divorce rates in the country. Google it. I'm not making it up.

Evangelicals divorce more often than Atheists, by the way.

Funny that.

When I brought up the unChristian-like deficit spending of George W. Bush, my conservative friend truly knocked me for a loop...because he blamed it on Bill Clinton.

Yeah, you read that right.

It's Bill Clinton's fault that George W. Bush racked up the largest deficit in American history.

So much for the conservative creed of personal responsibility. Jeez.

In other news, Anna Nicole Smith is believed to still be alive.

I remain...

The Famous Tommy Z

Monday, November 15, 2004

Safire Calling It A Day

Incidentally, William Safire is quitting his gig at the NY Times.

As a moderate to liberal Democrat, I don't like a lot of his views. As a reasonably intelligent human being, I enjoy reading his column. With him gone, that leaves the Rational Conservative Count down to about one, George Will...and the Conservative Voice becomes nutjobs Thomas Sowell, Dianne West and Oliver North. Technically, Joan Ryan is still a conservative, though the Right has moved so far right that it makes her look like a Lefty. Silly her for supporting women's rights and not thinking gays could possibly do more damage to marriage than straights already do.

The point is, I'll miss seeing Safire in the newspaper. Goodluck, Mr. Safire, and Godspeed.

Anna Nicole's Not Dead

Apparently, Anna Nicole Smith isn't dead.

Last night at work, some poor, stupid man came in last night, terribly afraid that Anna Nicole Smith had died. See, last night I slept through the American Music Awards, and apparently Jimmy Kimmel said something to the effect of "Rest in Peace, Anna" or something like that.

This truck driver (who, apparently, is NOT a rocket scientist) couldn't tell if he was joking or not, and couldn't imagine anyone joking about something so tragic, that he believed that Anna Nicole Smith had slipped the surly bonds of Earth and touched the face of God, just as she was able to fit back into her jeans again.

Judging from newspapers and Internet news sites, either Anna Nicole's alive, or even less relevant to the mainstream media than Ol' Dirty Bastard.

Why do they let these people out of the house, really? Jesus.

To switch gears, I'm gonna put my wrestling cap on. Last night was the WWE Survivor Series, live and only on Pay Per View. And from reports it sounds like they completely justified my decision to buy TNA's Victory Road PPV and not Survivor Series. Tonight, I will struggle to break the three week streak of falling asleep during Raw.

Last time I had trouble staying awake during a wrestling company's flagship show, the company died.

Just saying.

Pet Peeve of the Day: When you're already going five miles over the speed limit and someone STILL passes you. AND the car in front of you that YOU can't keep up with.

That, and cellphones. I HATE cellphones.

And so my pointless exercise continues.

Allow me to wish tragedy to befall USC or especially Auburn, as we really don't need another stupid controversy in college ball this year too.

I remain...

The Famous Tommy Z

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Greetings and Salutations

Greetings one and all.

Okay, one. Since I'm probably the only one reading this. Holy crap...self-deprecating Internet guy...I'm a stereotype. Crap.

Anyway, I am The Famous Tommy Z, star of convenience store and message board.

Here's my introduction: I am an incredibly undisciplined writer, who has only ever completed small projects for a brilliant RPG company called Eden Studios.

My hobbies and interests are professional wrestling (T! N! A! T! N! A!), comic books (a slew of Marvel comics and the brilliant Walking Dead. Hey, don't call me a bandwagon jumper, I'm an old school zombie fan and I've been buying since issue 1.), video games (though my PSX and my half of the Gamecube aren't here, and my X-Box cable seems to be on the fritz.), Champions of the Galaxy (http://www.filsingergames.com the single best game I have ever played.) and I like to read and watch movies.

I'm married, have been almost two years. My wife is a college student, nearing her bachelor's degree in Psychlogy. We have a son, Angelus, named after Angel from the TV show of the same name, and he turns a year old next week.

I made an offhand joke about setting up a blog, and Amy told me I really should...so I have.

Not sure if I see the point, but here it is.

Maybe something funny will happen and it won't get TOO boring. Heck, people may even read it! Maybe.

Maybe not.

Go OU.

I am...

The Famous Tommy Z