Jon Stewart: "So, a stunning result that shows no matter what anybody does, over half the people that go in for heart surgery in this country develop significant complications. Hey, know what we should be praying for: Better heart surgeons."
Jon Stewart: "But a study that shows prayer actually does more harm than good. Come on! I'm hard pressed to imagine that's got any real world application. Or wait."
[Bush speaking January 23, 2006, at Kansas State University]
"I am, uh, sustained mightily by the fact that, uh, million of citizens, for whom I'll never get to thank personally, pray for me."
Jon Stewart: "So that's what went wrong!"
Check out Stephen Colbert's interview with representative Darlene Hooley from Oregon's 5th district as part of The Colbert Report's series "Better Know a District." Maybe I was just in the mood for it, but I thought it was hilarious.
Starting a week from Sunday on A&E (April 16), the five-part reality series "God or the Girl?". From an article on ETonline.com:
STEVE HORVATH, DAN DeMATTE, JOE ADAIR and MIKE LECHNIAK are all at a turning point in their life. Do they enter the seminary and become a priest, or do they serve God through a happy marriage?
As they try to reach this life-changing decision, they find themselves estranged from family and friends who have difficulty accepting their decision to choose a lifetime of servitude and celibacy.
Can these young men resist the temptations of the flesh? Or will they answer the call to serve God? By the end of the series, all four will have made a decision.
It will probably be cheeseball...but maybe this will actually be interesting.
Last night's episode was pretty painful. The white girl rap...ouch, that hurt. It's remarkable how negative, critical, insecure, and judgemental The Sparks seem to be. There's something poisonous there.
An interesting new TV show premiered on FX last Wednesday at 10 PM, "Black. White." It will air weekly at that same time. Not that I'm a fan of reality shows, but after one episode I like this one. It seems like it may be a worthy successor to FX's previous reality show 30 Days which I really liked (I'm glad to hear that a second season of 30 Days is coming this year). In "Black. White.", a white family and a black family find out what it's like to switch lives. The main conflict in the first episode is that the white dad who is in black disguise thinks that the black dad is obsessed with the subtle signs of racism and sees them everywhere. The black dad who is in white disguise thinks the white dad can't recognize the subtle signs because he doesn't have the experience of a lifetime spent as a black man in a white society.
From an AP story on Yahoo News, "TV Dramas Teach Criminals How to Cover Up" by Joe Milicia:
When Tammy Klein began investigating crime scenes eight years ago, it was virtually unheard of for a killer to use bleach to clean up a bloody mess.
Today, the use of bleach, which destroys DNA, is not unusual in a planned homicide, said the senior criminalist from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Klein and other experts attribute such sophistication to television crime dramas like "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," which give criminals helpful tips on how to cover up evidence.
Prosecutors have complained for years about "the CSI effect" on juries â€” an expectation in every trial for the type of high-tech forensic evidence the show's investigators uncover. It also appears the popular show and its two spinoffs could be affecting how some crimes are committed.
"They're actually educating these potential killers even more," said Capt. Ray Peavy, also of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and head of the homicide division. "Sometimes I believe it may even encourage them when they see how simple it is to get away with on television."
The article then goes on to describe a specific case of "...a man charged in a recent double-homicide in northeast Ohio was a "CSI" fan and went to great lengths to cover his tracks."
A couple weeks back we watched a three-part documentary shown on Frontline on PBS. It was called "Country Boys." It's available to watch online here. We really enjoyed it. Filmed over three years (1999-2002), it follows the stories of Chris and Cody as they struggle to make it through the high school years in rural eastern Kentucky. From the PBS web site:
Cody Perkins is an orphan. His mother's postpartum suicide left the infant boy in the care of his father, who, 12 years later, killed his seventh wife before turning the gun on himself. Bounced around among relatives he barely knew, Cody eventually chose to live with his former step-grandmother, Liz McGuire, who took the troubled boy into her home. "My daughter married Cody's father. She was his fourth wife [and] I fell in love with Cody," Liz recalls. "When Cody's father passed away, he went to live with his aunt. They couldn't get along, and Cody said, 'I want to move in with Liz.' So he's been with me [ever since]." Offering unconditional love and strict maternal guidance, Liz helps transform Cody from an angry, depressed child into a compassionate young adult.
Chris Johnson lives in a rundown trailer in a Kentucky "holler" with his mother, Sheila, a high school dropout who cleans hotel rooms for a living, and his father, Randall, an alcoholic with terminal cirrhosis of the liver. With his mother often absent and his father lost in an alcoholic haze, Chris finds himself thrust into the role of both mother and father -- cooking, cleaning, and taking care of his younger siblings. He also supports the family financially with the monthly Social Security disability check he receives for his learning disorders.
We've been watching Firefly on the SciFi channel, a critically acclaimed science fiction series that didn't make the cut a few years back on Fox. It's available on DVD. A feature film, Serenity, is coming out Sept. 30. We've seen three or so episodes so far and enjoyed it. "From Buffy: The Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon, comes Firefly... an action drama set 500 years in the future about the crew of a small transport ship that takes on odd and sometimes criminal assignments."