New Blog Feature

Here's your chance to put in your 2¢ 

I have added the ability for YOU to add comments to my blog. Much thanks to the fine folks at HaloScan for this free feature. What this means for you is that if you have questions, thoughts, comments, or rebuttals regarding one of my posts, you now have the ability to make your voice heard to the world!

Of course I reserve the right to censor any inappropriate comments, but none of you would do that, I'm sure.

So...if you want to sound off on any of my blogs, merely click on the link that says comments. This will take you to a form that allows you to add your thoughts and opinions. I would ask that you leave your real name at the very least. Anonymous posting is so cowardly...

I am going to test the system by creating a test comment.

Look for a new blog entry in the coming days. 


Louisiana Says "Absolutely Not" to Gay Marriage

Just in case you missed it on the nightly news... 

I don't know how much attention this will receive on television news--especially since it occurred over the weekend--but my home state of Louisiana voted overwhelmingly to ban same-sex marriages . In an overwhelming 80% (that's -80-, EIGHTY) vote, residents of the state voted for a constitutional amendment that would limit legal marriage to that between a man and a woman.

That's an incredibly large majority and no doubt a huge surprise to proponents equal legal status for gays. Missouri held a similar vote in August, and there are ten more states who will vote on this issue in November. I would be willing to bet that all votes will be along similar lines.

This confirms my hunch that the average American citizen is not for changing a 5000-year old understanding of the institution of marriage. Rather than letting politicians debate this, all states should have the guts to follow Louisiana and Missouri's lead and put the issue before the people.

Maybe this will also offset a little bit of what you witnessed on Bourbon Street last time you visited New Orleans. 

Revenge of the Jedi-Sith

Will Lucas get fickle with the title all over again? 

In 1983, we were all anticipating the third installment (now the 6th episode) of the Star Wars movies, The Revenge of the Jedi. We had seen movie posters and even advertisements for Kenner toys with the title. Then suddenly a few weeks before the movie's release, the name was changed to Return of the Jedi. Supposedly, Lucas decided that a Jedi wouldn't seek revenge. Whatever.

Flash forward two decades and the third episode of the Star Wars prequels has been announced with the title Revenge of the Sith. The natural question I have is whether or not Lucas would change the title last minute, but this time as a premeditated stunt?

Most will say that there's no way--that Lucas wanted a title with "Revenge" in it, and now he finally gets to do it. But consider the official description of the Sith from the Star Wars website: "The Sith are masters of the dark side of the Force and the sworn enemies of the Jedi. They were all but exterminated by the Jedi a thousand years ago, but the evil order continued in secrecy. They operated quietly, behind the scenes, acting in pairs - a Master and an Apprentice - patiently biding their time before they could take over the galaxy. In Episode III, they'll finally exact their revenge on the Jedi."

So as you see, the Sith are both returning and seeking revenge. I guess we'll have to wait until about three weeks before the final release. 


A Shelbyville Movie Review

Adventures in the Mens Room at the Shelbyville Great Escape 8 

The following conversation actually took place tonight when I was at urinal row in the mens room at the movie theater:

Bubba [I'm just guessing this is his name]: What movie d'you see?

Me [thinking, "oh my. someone's talking to me in the bathroom"]: Ummm....Wicker Park ?

Bubba: Well, all I can say is, don't go see Hero ! That's the one I'm in.

Me [nervously avoiding eye contact]: Okay.

Bubba: They got people flyin'--jumpin' high as a tree an' fightin' w' swords.

Me: Really?

Bubba [starting to walk to the door without washing his hands--I'm not going to point this out to him]: I kin see jumpin as high as a house...but not as high as the trees!

Me [relieved that he's walking out the door]: Well, thanks for the tip.

Bubba [who's turned around and actually come back in the restroom]: ...Plus, I'll tell ya wun more reason not to see it!

Me [thinking, "oh my. He's coming back in here"]: What's that?

Bubba: You gotta READ the whole movie!