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the terminatorThis past weekend Beloved Girlfriend wanted to watch her favorite movie of all time, "Serenity", and I wanted to watch my personal favorite, "The Music Man". So we compromised and watched the original "Terminator". I got old-time, hometown values and she got hunky guys parading around in the buff. It's win-win.

However, choosing this particular film resulted in a surprising bit of synchronicity.

It begins with two friends that run a nearby business called "Broadway Beer & Wine". (Ask for the 10% discount and the under-the-counter apple-tinis). Although it'd be ideal if they were situated right in the middle of something so glamorous as the theatre district, they instead are simply on Broadway Boulevard in Garland, Texas. Whoo-hoo.

This past weekend, as BG and I were there selecting a bottle or two of something inevitably inexpensive, I suggested that they change the name of the operation to something more sophisticated, like "Liquor Junction".

"Imagine  the radio ads", I said. "When your lady has a thirst for something spirited, Liquor Junction!"

They failed to see the humor.

When BG and I returned home I fired up the Google Machine just to see if anyone was actually dumb enough to have used that name and, by dawg, someone did! Liquor Junction in Big Bear, California.

So BG and I settle down to watch the Terminator for the first time in YEARS and it's just as much fun as we remembered. Boobs, blood, naughty words, the whole R-rated schmear, just like gawd intended. Except for the all-too-80s hairstyles on the ladies and the occasional AMC Gremlin sitting curbside the movie still looks quite contemporary-ish.

Finally comes the part of the movie where our cyborg pal tracks down Sarah Connor by paying a rather unpleasant visit on her mother in...

(wait for it)

Big Bear, California!

Yeah, Big Bear's got it goin' on.


zipper ykkBut wait! There's more!

I'd recently heard scuttlebutt that all zippers bear the letters YKK, which is short for the "YKK Group", a Japanese manufacturing consortium. So I grab my cargo pants and give the little pull tab a close look. There were, indeed, three letters on the tab but it didn't say YKK.

Instead it read "TEX", which just happens to be Beloved Girlfriend's beloved nick-name. (Long story.)

Yes, my girlfriend's name is on my pants, which is probably as it should be. Not near so bad as my testicles in her purse or my home address tattooed on her ass but still amusing.


One last filmic note... the movie studio that produced the film considered having O.J. Simpson play the title role but decided against it as they didn't feel he'd be believable as a killer.


new republican logoNow a final political/economic note:

On Friday Standard & Poor's downgraded the U.S. credit rating from AAA to an AA+. This is not quite as disastrous as it sounds as S&P games the system for its own benefit, but the one thing the media seems to be failing to report is that S&P is putting the full blame for the downgrade, and rightly so, on the shoulders of the GOP. Page four of their report reads as follows:

"Republicans in the Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues."

Just thought you ought to know when the Dow Jones tanks on Monday morning.



john boehner"We're going to have a relentless focus on creating jobs." - John Boehner, February 10, 2011.

The following is #63 in a list of Republican job creation activities since they gained control of the House in 2011. None, sad to say, have yet to result in one, single new job.

(63) 8-8-2011: The GOP is on vacation but their henchmen continue to usurp the voting process by sending out phony absentee ballots.


Fox News Lies!And what manner of lie is Fox News spewing today? They're claiming the Obama Stimulus cost taxpayers over $200,000 per job. Not even close.

Click here to help Drop Fox from your cable system.

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Today's Google Chow.

How did the dinosaurs die?

Paleontologist: A massive asteroid struck the Earth causing worldwide devastation.

Creationist: The almighty god sent a great flood to punish the wicked. A single man collected all the animals of the earth onto a great boat and they were thus saved but all of the dinosaurs drowned.

Cameronist: Skynet mistakenly sends a cyborg 63 million years into the past, so it wipes out all the dinosaurs in an effort to eliminate the gene pool of the one destined to destroy him.

Creationist: Dude, do we...?

Paleontologist: Yes, that's exactly how you sound.