The recent pepper-spray attack on UC Davis students got me motivated to break out my trusty Photoshop again and render Officer Pike more true to his inner self.
For starters, I think Mel Gibson has done some great movies. Not just as an actor, but as producer and director as well. “Braveheart” and “We Were Soldiers” come to mind.
But when he did “The Passion” and then he and his dad went on this anti-semitic rant about how the Holocaust was exagerated, well, I lost interest in ole Mel as an actor and as a human being. I’m old enough to have met people who had those tattoos that the Nazi’s put on people in the camps. I know it was real. And for him and his father to purport otherwise, especially in order to promote his rather biased film, is really sick.
And then this week he gets blitzed (no pun intended) and pulled over for drunk driving. During the arrest he mouths off and insults the officer, and everyone else involved … and goes on a nice little rant about the “F*cking Jews”. So now…
Chalk this up to one of those “things that make you go ‘Hmmm’”. Ken Lay, the man who led Enron to screw over many, many, many Americans in an orgy of corporate greed and deceit, quietly dropped dead in July at his home in Aspen. Just a few months before he was to be sentenced to probably (hopefully) spend the rest of his life in jail for his part in the Enron scam. There’s a bunch of things one can say, and surmise about this; a feast for conspiracy theorists, no doubt. But still, it was a curious turn of events and one does have to wonder if he’d have croaked like that if he hadn’t been found guilty. Anyway …
- Lay was a freind of W’s. The Bush’s probably didn’t want him in jail, where he could be pumped (sic) for information on dealings with the White House. So a convenient CIA-esque quiet death … the kind
Well this little nugget of news raised the bar on narrow-mindedness – fining companies for having booth-babes who are dressed too scantily. They already don’t allow anyone under 18 into E3, so you have an adult audience. Who are they trying to protect from what? And what’s the big deal with showing a little skin? This is LA. Hollyweird.
Other articles claim this is an issue of “respecting women.” Meaning they want more women to buy video games. Hey, how about rather than make the booth babes cover up, they have a few booth dudes for the women to gush over and have pictures taken with? Wouldn’t that be just as fair? Sure … but then the moralistic swine who want to tell everyone else what they can and cannot see wouldn’t get their say.
Video game “booth babes” forced to cover up
By Daisuke Wakabayashi
Thu May 11, 9:45 AM ET
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) –
Un-be-freaking-lievable. Exxon’s giving Lee Raymond $400M as a retirement package. At a time when the oil companies are absolutely raping America and corporate greed is also sending thousands of jobs offshore never to return, this corpulent swine is getting $400M to retire. And he’s not even trying to hide it. A perfect example of “F U, I’m rich”.
Far be it for me to wish ill on such an upstanding pillar of the business world, but I kind of hope Dick Cheney takes him on a hunting trip.
Exxon Chairman’s $400 Million Parachute
April 14, 2006— Soaring gas prices are squeezing most Americans at the pump, but at least one man isn’t complaining.
Last year, Exxon made the biggest profit of any company ever, $36 billion, and its retiring chairman appears to be reaping the benefits.
Exxon is giving Lee Raymond one of the most generous retirement packages in history, nearly $400 million, including pension, stock options and other perks,