Friday, November 16, 2012

The Day the Twinkie Died

to the tune of American Pie

A long long time ago
I can still remember how
Cream filling used to make me smile
And I knew for a buck or two
That I could meet my Susie Q
And maybe we’d be happy for a while
But mid-November made me shake
I knew I’d eaten my last Cup Cake
Gone now, once and for all
The bad news seemed to Sno Ball
I can't remember if I blinked
When Chocodiles went extinct
But I felt a hunger deep inside
The day the Twinkie died

So, bye, bye Chocolate Pudding Pie
Union ding dongs killed the Ding Dongs and that ain’t no lie.
And them Wonder Kids are in the unemployment line
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

*apologies to Ho Hos and Zingers, I just couldn't work everything in. 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Never Forget: Kidd Video

One fateful day, the fifteenth of September 1984, four teenagers, aspiring musicians all,
were abducted into The Flipside by the nefarious Master Blaster.

We remember:





Tuesday, August 21, 2012

You can’t always get what you want

Yes. That is a Stones reference.

Since the naming of Paul Ryan as the running mate of GOP Presidential nominee-apparent Mitt Romney, the Anybody-But-Romney crowd has quieted down its protests. It’s about time, considering that his last serious competitor, Newt Gingrich, dropped out of the race in May, and even the ABR crowd can’t get behind holdout Ron Paul. Still, as pleased as they are with the Ryan pick, and the unabashed conservatism he represents, they aren’t singing Mitt’s praises just yet.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Why You Should Vote Against The Donks

I did this before the 2010 election and it’s worth doing again. Below you will find a list of reasons to vote against Obama and the Democrats. Share this with your friends. Post the link on other websites you visit. Don’t let people forget!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Can PC’s be artsy?

Fans of Apple are all abuzz over the Mars Curiosity mission. That’s because NASA’s live feed of the mission has shown several Apple MacBook Pro laptops being used to monitor the probe. Mac aficionados are declaring triumph over the long-standing charge that Macs are only for useful for artsy stuff.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Rubio is Wrong on Olympic Exemption

It looks as if Olympic fever may have gone to Marco Rubio’s head. That’s because, in the name of simplifying the U.S. tax code, the senator from Florida proposes to further complicate it. And he’s making this proposal on the coattails of our Olympic athletes.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Oh No, He Didn’t!

In just over four years, Barack Obama has taken the United States from “Yes, We Can!” to “Oh No, You Didn’t!”

But in the days since the Campaigner in Chief told business owners that “if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own,” his apologists and his campaign have been very vehement that Barry did not actually say what he in fact did. They’ve even gone so far as to slide the president’s words off onto his political opponent, Mitt Romney.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Mitt Romney, Superstar

by request

this just had to be done

Sunday Spin Cycle: Gun Control Edition

Surprise! The major topic of discussion today is gun control. Rather than single out particular shows and hosts, I’d like to focus on some of the recurring words, phrases and ideas that need to be dealt with.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sunday Spin Cycle

I don't think there was any question about which topic would dominate the Sunday shows this week. Pretty much every show was devoted to discussion of the Supreme Court's ruling on ObamaCare and trying to make some sense of Chief Justice Roberts' decision. While the blog-o-sphere and talk radio are lamenting that the bill is upheld, I think it is good to pause for a moment and take note that the liberals in Washington and the MSM appear like they've taken the loss.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

McDonald's photo shoot

Being both a graphic artist and a proud former McDonald's employee (I say that with utmost sincerity) I just had to share this very cool, very frank peek behind the scenes of a McDonald's photo shoot.The video is in answer to a customer question, "Why does your food look different in the advertising than what is in the store?" Here's the answer:

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Because He is Just That Good

There is a definite upward trend in both the quality and content of conservative political ads. Check this out:

Hat-tip to Patti at NotaWonk.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Zimmerman's statement to cops sounds familiar

Police have just released video of a statement made by George Zimmerman on the day following his fatal encounter with Trayvon Martin. In the statement, Zimmerman claims that Martin spotted his gun and tried to grab it.

"He looked at it and he said 'You're going to die tonight mother f--ker and he reached for it," Zimmerman said. It was in that moment, Zimmerman said, that he acted in self-defense.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

There's no such thing as a Stay-at-Home Feminist

Feminism is about giving women choices, a promise to every little girl that she can grow up to be anything she wants to be. Well, anything except one: a stay-at-home mom. This isn’t surprising in any way, but I have to give Elizabeth Wurtzel credit for being so forthright about it in her recent article in The Atlantic. She very directly refutes the idea that women can make any choice they desire and still be called feminists.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Random Thoughts...

Snippets from other conversations

On obstructionist politics:

The false assumption made when asking simply whether obstructionist politics really work is that any given tactic will have the same effect regardless who is using it and regardless of the conditions in which it is used. This isn't true in warfare. This isn't true in sports. Why should it be true in politics?

It's not hard to see that obstructionist tactics are working for the Republican party right now. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense to question a tactic's efficacy while it is working. The real question should be why it is working and what might cause that to stop?

On the purpose of laws:

The law should provide certainty where it otherwise does not exist. When new uncertainties arise, new laws may be created to deal with said uncertainties. However, when the creation of law becomes itself the source of uncertainty, then there is a real problem. We have that problem now.

More on obstructionist politics:

The “do-nothing” pejorative should be a compliment when applied to congress.


Whenever I hear the phrase "It's the right thing to do" I start working on math problems. Can anybody help me out with this one?

1 wrong + 1 wrong = ____________ 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Just for Fun!

Normally, politics dominate the scene here at The Cogiteria, but all manner of things satiate the hungry mind. Still, in order to give the following some semblance of reason, let us just say that this is both a celebration of the Walker victory in Wisconsin yesterday as well as an expression of sentiments directed at Obama for this coming November.

Performer: Sunstroke Project & Olia Tira
Song title: Run Away
Song writer(s): Alina Galetskaya
Song composer(s): Anton Ragoza & Sergey Stepanov

For those who have difficulty with awkward, broken English, the relevant lyrics besides "run away from my life" are:
There's no other time to making
Happiness. You have mistaken.
We have no progressive future!
I know your lying nature.

Behold! The Face of Evil

Just kidding ;-)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Random Thoughts...

Snippets from other conversations

...on Hipsters:

tryanmax said...
Frankly, I think progressivism is too status quo and should not appeal to a truly self-conscious hipster. Every counter-cultural option has been tried in the last 100+ years, leaving only conservatism as the last truly non-conformist political philosophy.
someone else said...
I think it's just the new word for "smug faux rebel." They're deeply materialistic and just think they have better taste than everyone else. And their penchant for cynicism makes them think they're smart.
tryanmax said...
So, even the definition of "hipster" is ironic? Well played, hipsters. Well played.

...on Alternate Universes

What if our universe is the alternate universe?

...on Gender-Based Abortion

in a way I am glad that the anti-gender-based abortion legislation failed. I don't care for the illusion of fairness when it comes to abortion. Let it remain as ugly as it is. Besides, while the subject may be sour, the irony is delicious. The Dems splutter about a Republican "War on Women," meanwhile they wage their preemptive war in the womb.

...on Entitlements

RE: Medicare and Social Security, The key phrase always seems to be "as we know it." Well, as I know those programs, they are inefficient, insolvent, and headed for collapse. Republicans really should pick up on that little "as we know it" turn of phrase and throw it back on Democrats.

...on Political Strategy

Idea for a strategy that Republicans need to take up: block-busting. Find those areas where Democrat voting blocks are not unified and exploit them. It's the wedge-issue technique with a twist. For example: Ethanol subsidies contribute to higher livestock feed prices, pitting one farmer against the next. So Republicans should point out that Democrats are literally robbing Peter to pay Paul when it comes to farming in general.

...on Liberalism

Liberals operate from a mindset that says X is always good and Y is always bad. They have no sense of degree or aptness. When a flaw is found in something from column X, they simply move it to column Y. Likewise, a single redeeming quality moves an item from Y to X. They frantically and constantly shuffle their lists of "good" and "bad" back and forth until there is no sense in it.

It’s like how everything seems to cause cancer. The trials involve exposing rats or other animals to ever-increasing amounts of something until cancer develops. Then the report comes out that such-and-such causes cancer, period. It goes on the "bad" list. But any reasonable person can see that the real cause of the cancer is not the substance, but the dose. Then, one day, somebody discovers a health benefit from the same thing and it goes back on the "good" list again.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sunday Spin Cycle

This week's edition of the Sunday Spin Cycle is going to be brief, not only because I have other time obligations, but because all the Sunday shows were in virtual lock-step today. With the exception of CBS Sunday Morning, which did an episode inexplicably devoted entirely to islands, all the shows focused on the debt limit and the Paul Ryan Plan vs. the Simpson-Bowles Plan.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Happy Birthday, Princess!

Obama's Bureau of Womanhood Conformity

Susan B. Anthony List has produced a shiny new ad against the Obama administration. I'm impressed with the production on this. It's on a budget but it has the creativity and the punch to overcome that. I'd like to see more Republican and conservative ads like this one.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Quick Hit: Obama has done nothing about autism

A few days ago, Commentarama came up with The Obama Game. Here's how it works...
One: Name a segment of the population.

Two: Name something Obama has done which you would use to try to sell Obama to that group.

Three: Then, name something Obama has done which you would use to try to get them to vote against Obama.
Since autism has touched my life, like it has so many other Americans, I came up with the following...

Autistic individuals and their families. Obama signed legislation to renew federal autism programs that were set to expire. But... that program was put in place by a Republican congress in 2006, the renewal is virtually identical to the original (i.e. Obama and the Dems haven't given any attention to the epidemic), and he allowed the passed bill to languish on his desk until the very day the original legislation was set to expire, creating unnecessary uncertainty and consternation in the autism community, arguably by medical definition the demographic least capable of coping with such uncertainties.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

NE Sen. Johanns: Fischer won't get "tangled up" in Tea Party

Yesterday, the right wing media was abuzz with the story of Deb Fischer, the Tea Party David who took down the establishment GOP's Goliath, Jon Bruning. So why would Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns take issue with that?
“She's not going to get tangled up in Tea Party and everything else,” Johanns told the Omaha World Herald. “I just think she's going to be a very common-sense, practical conservative, and we need more of that here.”

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Fischer beats Bruning in senate primary; NE GOP united for November

On Monday, I lamented that Sarah Palin and were dabbling in local Nebraska politics that they didn’t fully understand. The day after I wrote that, Herman Cain—who hasn’t lived in Nebraska for decades—seconded that endorsement. Last night, for better or worse, they and others got their wish as dark horse Deb Fischer beat favorite Jon Bruning in the Nebraska Republican senate primary. (Full disclosure: I volunteered for the Bruning campaign.) It’s impossible to gauge by any objective measure how much influence their endorsements had on that outcome, but as one on the ground, I am inclined to say it was more than a little.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Sarah, Breitbart, stop trying to throw the Nebraska senate election!

What was, just one week ago, a fairly tame US Senate primary in Nebraska with a young and popular conservative Attorney General holding a comfortable lead has now become a neck-and-neck race for the finish as the candidates try to “out-conservative” one another. Last Wednesday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin made a late endorsement in the Nebraska GOP Senate primary for Deb Fischer, previously in a distant third place. Now today is running the story--billed as EXCLUSIVE--that calls Jon Bruning “establishment” in the lead.

Alaska might rhyme with Nebraska, but that doesn’t make Sarah Palin an expert on our politics. And is so intimately familiar with the Cornhusker State that in a March story about the lawsuit against ObamaCare, they made Bruning the AG of South Dakota! As Maxwell Smart would say, “missed it by that much.” What Palin and Breitbart are doing is putting an underline beneath the old adage, all politics are local--or at least they should be.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sunday Spin Cycle

Sunday once again, and that means cleaning up the messes that don’t clean up after themselves.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

AotR: The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945/2009)

I’ve always felt that Dorian Gray gets cinematic short-shrift compared to his contemporaries, Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, and Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde. While everyone else has had brides and sons and run-ins with Abbot and Costello, Dorian has been largely absent from the big screen. In the 60 years that span between the two films I am about to discuss, no significant addendums have been made to Dorian’s tale.

The most remarkable thing about the two films I am about to review is how utterly similar they are, though produced so far apart. Of course, there are the pacing and aesthetic changes that one might expect, and the recent version is able to be more explicit where the original is not. But what is truly remarkable is how both films treated the source material virtually the same, in my opinion, right down to hitting the same marks and making the same mistakes.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sunday Spin...ah, forget it.

While I can't truthfully say that I'm recovering from Cinco de Quatro, I am feeling a touch under the weather today and I decided some extra sleep was more important that watching the Sunday shows. (Or doing the laundry, for that matter.)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Film Review: Doubt (2008)

I recently watched this film and haven't been able to get it out of my head since. Of course, that was the author's intent, as I will explain. This is definitely one of those films that should not be judged by the promos. Yes, the plot revolves around a Catholic priest who is accused of abusing an altar boy, but it is not the anti-Catholic screed one might expect. In fact, I’d say this is the first trick the author, John Patrick Shanley, plays on his audience as he toys with various prejudices throughout. Is it a perfect film? No. But it is probably one of the finest films I’ve seen in a long time.

Read more at Attack of the Remake »

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sunday Spin Cycle

It's Sunday again, and you know what that means. Time to clean up the mess left by the morning talk shows yet again. So, as I pause between loads of my own laundry, let me see if I can clear away a few of the loads left by the media.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

AotR: 13 Ghosts (1960 / 2001)

There’s not much to say by way of introduction to this pair of films. Both are light and cheesy horror films that are long on spectacle and short on story.  The original was produced and directed by the master of B-movie gimmicks, William Castle while the remake was produced by Dark Castle Entertainment, a production house set up specifically the pay homage to William Castle and to remake his pictures. The original has been a late-night staple for decades now, while the remake is probably regarded more poorly than it deserves. Though vastly different in execution, both are a lot of fun.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Pullet Surprise

A found photo with various Photoshop effects applied to give it that "retro" feel. Actually, the vintage effect makes this dish look a lot more appetizing than it did before. Though it still looks disgusting.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sunday Spin Cycle

Laundry day again! And you know what that means. To be honest, all the Sunday shows blurred together this week. Maybe because they all covered identical topics (moreso than usual) or maybe because I'm sick. Of course, it could be because I am typing on a Kindle (hence the delay, sorry). My lappy took a refreshing drink courtesy of my four year old girl. Still, I have thoughts to share.  

Monday, April 9, 2012

Hipster Liberals

I am in possession of a top secret state-of-the-art technology that allows me to decipher the thoughts of photographic subjects from the precise moment their pictures were taken. The results are often very revealing.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Joyous Easter!

I'm taking a break from the Sunday shows--and most everything else--to watch my kids hunt for candy-filled eggs, enjoy time with my family, and to reflect on the victory of our Savior, Christ Jesus, over sin, death, and destruction (and liberalism). Hallelujah!

As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
     And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.

Also, I know many will be singing the the hymn "Christ Our Lord is Risen Today" this morning. Let Robert Goulet show you how it's done:

Patti & Richard (son of Oral) Roberts and Robert Goulet 
with The World Action Singers, Reflection, and The Ralph Carmichael Orchestra

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Mitt's Real Family

I can't tell if this has been Photoshopped. What do you think?

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Right Picture in the Wrong Frame

The lost lesson of Jada Williams' essay on Frederick Douglass

While most of her peers were spending Christmas break diligently avoiding anything that resembled schoolwork, 13-year-old Jada Williams spent her time reading The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and preparing an essay on the book. What Williams read moved her and opened her eyes to some of the problems extant in her Rochester, NY public school.

In her essay, which she shared with her class, Williams drew parallels between the appalling illiteracy rate in city schools and the illiterate state slave owners kept blacks in. And she took aim at her teachers. That was apparently a mistake. According to Jada and her mother, the essay launched a campaign of harassment directed at the girl, ultimately forcing her to transfer to another school.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sunday Spin Cycle

I do two things every Sunday: I wash laundry, and I watch the morning news shows. The laundry makes everything is fresh and clean. the The Sunday shows just leave a mess behind.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Wizards of DC

Don't ask.

Beck's The Blaze takes a lesson from MSM

How awesome is THIS?
In his quest to create an alternative media empire, it seems as though Glenn Beck has been adopting some of the practices of the existing one. This is far from the first time I've noticed it, but I'm in the mood to pick some low-hanging fruit, today. Today's case-study is an exposé on the atheist Reason Rally currently being held in Washington, D.C.filmed for The Blaze by one .

In the video, not only does Billy attempt to highlight atheistic ire for Christianity, but to expose them as hypocrites. His production cites the Q&A section of the Reason Rally website, which states:
Are we just going to use this opportunity to trash religion?
No. This will be a positive experience...

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sunday Spin Cycle

There are two things I do every Sunday: I wash the laundry, and I watch the morning news shows. The former is necessary, but I don’t know why I subject myself to the latter. Still, like so much dirty laundry, the news on Sunday leaves much to clean up.

Thursday, March 22, 2012