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Friday, February 29, 2008

Don't like it.

Something scary is about to start (has already started) in Prince William County. The crackdown on illegal immigration seems like it is going to send the area into a pre-holocaust like shutdown.

From Wavy News:
MANASSAS, Va. (AP) - Prince William County police will begin enforcing a crackdown on illegal immigrants next week, and lawyers and civil rights advocates say they want immigrants to be prepared.
The new policy directs police to check the immigration status of anyone who is detained if the officer has probable cause to believe the person is in the U.S. illegally.
Lawyers are advising immigrants to obey all laws and avoid any behavior that would attract police attention, including public intoxication and driving with a broken tail light.
If questioned by police, the lawyers say immigrants unsure of their legal status should not speak without a lawyer present.

I am not a proponent on any level of people being in this country illegally, however this statute seems to drum up in me images of how the Jews were treated in the early 1930’s. The police are apparently simply stopping people who “look” like immigrants on the street, forcing them to hand over their papers. Doesn’t this sound familiar?

AI - Results show

I hate the group musical numbers. Generally I fast-forward through them, but I opted to watch and listen tonight. Oh geez, the outfits! One thing about the group songs is that you can really differentiate between those who can and cannot sing well.

This is a hella cheesy group. I can't take all the posturing towards the camera.

I don't know how long I can listen to David Archuleta weeze his way through songs.

Fear of dismissal is causing Danny NoriAlba to do some serious mouth breathing. Relax, child. You are okay. But Jason Yeager isn't. (Called it!)

Alexandréa is off. When Ryan grabbed her arm for sympathy, she wriggled right out of his grasp and stepped back.

I think her exit song is appropriate. "If you leave me now, you take away the biggest part of me...Baby please don't go".

Bottom 2 girls: Kady Malloy and Alaina Whitaker. Alaina goes. Man. I thought she'd go far. She has a great voice. I did not get a single girl right. And we have to listen to Amanda some more. Geez. She has taken over for the car living/kid's show host guy as my personal Sanjaya.

Alaina's song "Guess mine is not the first heartbroken". Appropriate, especially as she cries her way off.

And bye Robbie. Go spend some time getting a haircut.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

AI - Top Ten Girls

American Idol: Top Ten Girls

Seriously, Simon is looking good. Slim. I like gray. I like lack of man-boobs.

1. Carly Smithson-Corr: She looks like she should be a fat girl. I’m not a big fan. Maybe if she sang a great song, I would like her better. Botox would fix her stupid singing face. Hmm. She sounds okay. And I dislike this song, but she is pretty good. Dammit. (She wants to go crazy on Simon. I say BACK OFF). Does she have Amy Winehouse tattooed to her right arm?

2. Syesha Mercado: So pretty. Oh, the baby cry was a little unusual. She sounds good, but this is a really boring song. She nailed that part. Is her Mr. Jones the same one that hangs out with Adam Duritz? But it was a boring song.

3. Brooke White: Oh geez, she is singing Carly Simon. Of course she is. Now I will never be able to separate her from Carly. But, man she is singing the hell out of this song. The low keys were hard for her to hit. This song came out the year I was born. I like the raspiness of her voice for parts.

4. Ramiele Malubay: She has a fantastic voice. Yawn, this song sucks. But she is singing it well. (How was that at my first attempt at a back handed compliment?) Smeh.

5. Christy Lee Cook: Love this girl. I like this song. She has the funniest stance on stage. She squats almost. She sounds good. She is a little bit country. She might over-perform a bit. But that ought to stop once she gets more comfortable in her vocals. Nice. Good job.

6. Amanda Overmyer: Rock N’Roll Nurse. She’s 23?!? She seems so old. Wow, she looks like Simba tonight. I don’t think she is extremely talented. But I want her to succeed. She is way off tune tonight and having a hard time hitting the notes. And she should be given 13 lashings for making me have to look at those pants (are they chaps?) I am now a little bit deaf from the last couple of notes.

Paula just used the word juxtaposed properly! She is more lucid than I have ever seen her. Last week she said that the audience should not be “infected” by what the judges say.

7. Alaina Whitaker: I like this little girl. For true vocal talent, I would say she is in the very top. She has inevitable Carrie Underwood comparisons coming towards her in the future. Ooh, she has hit a couple of sour notes. (Sometimes she lets the song get away from her). I stand by her, though. She is only 17.

8. Alexandréa Lushington: This girl looks completely different every time I see her. Hey, she is singing Chicago. Aw. She sounds completely flat. But consistently so. Maybe that is good. She has a lovely vibrato. I hate the way she ended the song. She makes Ryan Seacrest look like he is 3 feet tall. But she does not seem to be that tall… I guess he really is short.

9. Kady Malloy: She looked like she was going to tumble down the stairs. I think I like this girl, but I don’t know. I don’t like her voice for this song. Nor the fact that she is wearing leggings. She sounds like she is masking her voice by shoving it deep into her throat/nasal passage. I did not like it. (Dammit Simon, quite thinking like me. He just made mention of her singing in the back of her throat.)

10. Asia’h Epperson: Holy cow, she looks like she is trying to look like Rashida Jones, now. She is frickin’ adorable. The beginning of this song seemed too hard for her. Then her first higher note she missed altogether. Ooh, that was a seriously flat note. She is gonna get reamed for this. Or, she’ll be told she did a great job. Whatever, I like her. I agree with Simon. The song was for a better singer than her.

Say goodbye to Amanda Overmyer, or maybe hmm.. I would say Kady Malloy but I think people will like her personality more than Ramiele, so let’s say Ramiele.

AI - Top 10 Boys

American Idol: Top Ten Guys

First of all, I watched all five fricken hours last week and wrote up quite the summary of the show, but I was wildly behind with all the stuff I actually have to do that by the time I was prepared to post it, it was far too late. So let me just say that I thought we would lose Luke Menard and David Hernandez, but Blonde Eyelashes and Leif Garrett were booted. I was a bit more on target with the girls. I guessed Amy Davis, Kady Malloy or Joanne Borgella and they dumped Amy and Joanne.

I had all great comments, but basically I thought everything Simon said which is terrifying!. So I am not going to tell you what I wrote. Don’t cry. Read what I say THIS week. XOXOXO- Bug

1. Michael Johns: So cute. I can see him being a big star. I think he will be in the top 3. (They don’t allow for two boys to be the top two do they? They never have, right? Don’t say Clay and Ruben, because one of them is not guaranteed to be a boy). Hate Michael’s jeans. They look like mom jeans. He looks like he forgot that the show was tonight and threw on what he had been lounging about in earlier. The song was kind of boring, and his vibrato was a little goofy, but he is talented.

2. Jason Castro: Crazy dreadlocks. I dig this kid. He’s adorable and quirky. I like his style. He’ll have a career if he succeeds here or not. Will he have his guitar every time he takes the stage? He might like to work on the weird faces he makes. But he always has a ton of energy in his performance, and I don’t mean in the jumping around way. Oh, Paula wants him to show up without the guitar.

3. Luke Menard: (Orlando Bloom + Matthew Fox’s love child). He’s a cutie, too. He sang last week, but I have no recollection of it. My notes only have snore symbols. I am not a fan. He is reminding me of Hugh Jackman’s (swoon) Broadway moments. I say no. I said NO! No means NO! Stop singing! Simon agrees with me.

4. Robbie Carrico: This guy could be cute if he cut his hair. H.A.T.E the hair. He drag races. The car looked like a DeLorean. I think he’s trying to go back to the early 90’s where his hair would be popular again. Cheesy performance. I think he actually might have a nice voice. I just have not heard it yet. He looks like he is on a high school stage, throwing gang signs out to his friends in the audience.

Paula looks good tonight. And sober. She is making sense, too. What is going on?

5. Danny NoriAlba: I think I kind of like him, though he seems to have a capacity to get annoying. Oh, how did he get Mr. Roper’s cardigan? He sounds off-key. He really does sound like he is performing at a drag show. If the Priscilla Queen of the Desert cast would come out of the wings in full drag regalia, it would not surprise me. Danny is feisty and I dig that! But he is a little Diva. Mariah Carey, watch out!

6. David Hernandez: I would have booted this guy last week. He gives creepy eyes, like Constantine. Quit looking at me like that. I don’t like this song, and I don’t really like this guy, so he might be doing a great job but I am incapable of fairly judging him. He was on key. He seemed okay. At least he wasn’t snapping as he is apt to do.

7. Jason Yeager: Last week he looked and sounded like he was performing on a cruise ship. He has an extremely high cheese factor with his grin, snapping and wiggling around. He sounded okay. But he wafts in and out of goofy cheesy and smoldery cheesy. Not feeling him. Simon compared him to a drunk guy at a party.

8. Chikezie: He is like Cher and Madonna. One named. His face is perfectly round. He too, is a master of the cheese factor. He reminds me of Carlton from Fresh Prince. He is better this week than last. What is up with the guys outfits tonight? They are dressed down in a way I did not think was allowed on national television. I liked this performance. Go on, Jacuzzi.

9. David Cook: Can someone please fix his hair? Please? I am just going to close my eyes whenever he is on stage until they fix it. He strikes me as someone who is wildly inappropriate on dates and then calls the girl a bitch when she tells him to beat it. I like his voice, though. He has a nice timbre. It was a good performance.

10. David Archuleta: I’m enthused by this kid. I think he seems to be really sucking air for this song, but he’s so young and will only get better. (I think he is a little funny looking, is that mean? And how come I care when I normally have no issues being mean? I don’t want to hurt this little boy’s feelings.) But he will be top 2. He might even win.

Say goodbye to Jason Yeager. Maybe Luke Menard (is that wishful thinking on my part?) How many do they vote off?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

3rd Annual Snarkademy Awards

I threw my annual Academy Awards party again this year. Apparently this year's show had the lowest viewer count in a long time. I wonder if it was due to the writers' strike, or because the films nominated really did not seem to be universal. Barely anyone I know saw any of the films that were up for the coveted Oscar.

First of all, I am really glad that No Country For Old Men won. I really liked that flick. I can't figure out the hubbub about There Will Be Blood. Like I wrote before, I simply didn't get it. I am glad Diablo Cody won for best screenplay. I thought it was a refreshing script. Someone on some website said they were disappointed in all the accidentally pregnancy plotlines and I have to agree, but I still liked Juno. Jackie Clarke is pretty damn hilarious in her impersonation of the screenwriter nee stripper.

My party was pretty typical including the usual suspects and the usual treats. This year I had a chocolate fondue which was wildly delicious. I had strawberries, bananas, pineapple, pound cake, marshmallows and Krispy Kreme donut holes to dip. YUMMMM! It also turns out that there is another hummus that is good besides Sabra. Trader Joe's makes a ridiculously delicious horseradish hummus (although, as far as I am concerned, you could put horseradish into about anything and I would delight over it).

The beverages this year included:

  • Blood Orange soda for the non-drinkers.
  • There Will be Blood Punch: Pulpy orange juice, Acai juice, soda water, and cranberry vodka.
  • Juno Punch: Sunny D-Lite, juice from freshly squeezed lemon, orange and lime; mashed strawberries; grapefuit and lime vokas; triple sec, puply orange juice, soda water.
The prizes:

  • Most right on ballot: Michael Clayton DVD
  • Most wrong: $5 gift card to Blockbuster
  • Best Costume 1st place: Juno CD
  • 2nd place: $5 gift card Starbucks
  • Bingo: American Gangster DVD
  • Bingo 2nd place: Cracker Jack 3-pack
Becky was the ballot winner by an immense margin. (cheater).

The swag bags are an institution and fun for me to fill. This year was a little difficult, but let me show you what they contained and you can decid eif they are cool or not.

Non film oriented goodies:
Nestle Crunch cookie roll thingie.
Wacky straw
Crystal Light mix

Film related goodies:
Juno: Sunny D and Orange Tic-Tacs
Ratatouille: Ratatouille recipe
No Country for Old Men: "Old Fart's Friend" name tags
Atonement: Sorry card
Golden Compass: Compass ring
Enchanted: tiara
There Will be Blood: bandage
Pirates of the Caribbean: Gold chocolate coin.

I am truly sorry I did not get the chance to write up my choices for the winners this year as I have in the past. I sure as hell would not have picked Daniel Day Lewis. I was all over Javier Bardem, and would quite possibly be all over him were we in the same room together.

Read about previous Snarkademy Awards here: 1st prep, 1st winners . 2nd.

If you'd like to read an almost livecast of the 3rd annual Snarkademy Awards show, directly from my very own couch, please see the Congrats Blog.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Pen is mighty, but not mightier than a corner....

I need someone to buy me a padded suit and helmet because I hit my elbow really hard on the corner of the door last night while making my bed, leaving not only a nice gash and some swelling, but a super bruise which I am sure will develop into some fantastic (phenomenal!) colors. This morning, while making coffee, I hit my head on the corner of the upper cabinet. Ouchie. I am a danger to myself.

On an unrelated note, this little test seems to be dead-on about me. But it seems to give the same answer for everyone. So, should I take it personally?

What Your Handwriting Says About You
You are highly energetic. You are a passionate, intense, vigorous person.

You are somewhat outgoing, but you're not a natural extrovert. You think first before you act. You tend to be independent, rational, and logical.

You are balanced and grounded. You know how to get along well with others.

You need a bit of space in your life, but you're not a recluse. You expect people to give you a small amount of privacy, and you respect their privacy as well.

You are conservative, old fashioned, and a little stubborn. You are resistant to change.

You are a decent communicator. You eventually get your point across, but sometimes you leave things a bit ambiguous.