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It’s Finally Over…


The entire Bristol’s Pistols campaign has come to an end. She can now go home to Alaska (not sure if they want her…) and Momma Grizzly. America will live another day and watch another Palin lose a voting campaign (probably in 2012).

Ever the gracious loser, Bristol had this to say:

“Winning this would mean a lot — it would be like a big middle finger to all the people out there that hate my mom and hate me,”

Umm…well, maybe she wasn’t that gracious! So much for her appearance on the show being “non-political”, too!

Meanwhile, the conservative internet is all a-twitter with complaints that the legitimate winner of Dancing With the Stars, Jennifer Grey, held the upper hand in the dance competition, nah…they’re calling it cheating…by taking pain relieving medications.

It takes a lot of nerve to make this accusation, but after the Facebook Fiasco, I wouldn’t put anything beyond the smear campaign capabilities of The Wasilla Hillbillies. Next thing you know is they’ll be accusing Grey of having an unfair advantage because she danced in a movie 25 years ago. Wait. Nevermind!

“Don’t forget that Bristol was “cheated” out of winning. That will be on the ‘net soon. Either twitter or FB.”
Meanwhile, I shared the results of our test of the voting process on The Huffington Post:
As an experiment for the @boycottDWTS campaign on Twitter, I managed 174 successful votes for Grey and Massey Monday and Tuesday morning, all from the same IP and using fake email addresses.

Obviously there is a serious glitch to the system. Producer Conrad Green can deny all he wants (all the while continuing his donations to Republican candidates) but this is a problem that will cost ABC in the future without massive changes to the voting system.

I suggest doing away with internet voting and allow phone/text voting for a fixed block of time; say 3 hours; in order to give those who work hard at the dancing (and don’t have a popular political figure as their mother who enjoys the support of fringe reactionaries) earn a win.

Ever the smart ones, one of Bristol’s supporters had this to say (I’ve left all the spelling and grammatical errors in):
So you admit trying to che at the system. What a set of values you have. The amount of energy expended by the mor0ns of the world is amazing. It really is sad the amount of vitriol and hate that emminates from a disgust ing group of people who have no shame in propagating what is wrong in the first place.
Yeah you cloaked your h ate and igno rance in an experiment.
Thanks for proving our point!
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Bristol’s Pistols: Cheating Scandal?


OK. I wasn’t planning to post anything about the most recent scandal regarding the out-of-control white trash Palin children. You know, the one where Willow gets all high and mighty on Facebook, spewing profanities and homophobic remarks towards a non-fan of her mother’s docu-comedy Sarah Palin’s Alaska (of course, older sister and role model Bristol had to chime in too! The kids were spitting out words, to use an old cliche’, that would make a sailor blush!

I’ve noted recently on this blog and elsewhere the misadventures of the Wasilla Hillbillies, whether it be the female patriarch of the gang of underage, unwed, dropout, drunken, and drugged-out ne’er do wells, Sarah Palin; her flat-footed dancing sensation single Mom and erstwhile abstinenance advocate unwed mom Bristol, or the 16 year old booze-swilling, home trashing Willow and her escapades with The Colony Girls.

I’ve also noted Bristol’s meteoric rise to infamy on Dancing With the Stars (a. She can’t dance b. She’s not a star. She’s the daughter of a half-term, half-witted, half of a failed political team.)

Even with the success of my Twitter campaign (#boycottDWTS), Bristol just keeps getting the votes to cruise through to the finale of Dancing With the Stars with little or no regard for talent.  Side note: Why don’t they just drop the pretense and call it Dancing With the Non-Stars next season? If the show’s still around…)

Today, we find the reason for Bristol’s success on Dancing With the Stars.

Seems like a conservative Tea Party web site, HillBuzz, and Private Messages sent through both Bristol’s official (and unofficial) Facebook page, exploited a glitch in the email voting mechanism at ABC; allowing for unlimited voting for their darling Bristol.

But what isn’t widely known is the evidence—via message board comments on some conservative sites—that this mobilization involves fixing this (albeit meaningless) election through a technical snafu on ABC’s website, which allows Palin’s supporters to cast an infinite number of email votes:

Here’s some of the comments from the cheaters:

 
Here’s a hint: They don’t have to be VALID email addresses to register them with ABC.com, there is apparently no validation process. The just have to be formatted like a valid email address, and you must use a valid zip code and a birthdate that makes you old enough to vote. I’m voting like a democrat, all night long…

No, it doesn’t have to be a valid email address – I had one of my anonymous ones XXX@yahoo.com that I used, and then just did the sign-up process all over again with XXX1@yahoo.com and it worked.

Got my 80 votes in online…took 2 hours. I am beat

I only got 42 in, I have some catching up to do!

HillBuzz, Tuesday night had this to say:

“Thank you all for helping Bristol Palin. . . . Just look at Jennifer Grey’s face. . . . Says it all. Our Bristol is in the finale. The woman impersonating Jennifer Grey looked [ticked]. [Brandy] is eliminated and hopefully not allowed to drive herself home. How do we win this for Bristol?”

ABC, in light of this revealation, may change  their voting procedures. How will this bode? We won’t know until next week.

Video: Making of The Green Hornet’s Black Beauty


(From TVOvermind)

One of the most anticipated movies coming early next year is The Green Hornet, starring funnyman Seth Rogen in his first-ever role as a superhero, with Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, and Christopher Waltz in supporting roles.

Based upon the original ABC series, the 3-D film centers on Britt Reid, the son of a rich newspaper magnate, who finds his life turned around after meeting one of the employees of his media empire, Kato (Chou). Using the tried-and-true recipe of “bad boy makes good,” the two, with the assistance of Reid’s beautiful secretary Lenore (Diaz), debut as crimefighters taking on the underworld kingpin Chudnofsky (Waltz).

One can arguably suggest that the biggest unknown star of this action flick is The Black Beauty, a highly modified Chrysler Imperial Crown, which was one of the most luxurious (and largest) American cars of the mid-sixties. Here’s a video showing the construction of and attributes of this super car.

There were actually 29 1964-1966 Imperials used in various filming of scenes and stunts. Incredibly, in today’s world of product placement, the producers of The Green Hornet turned down deals with both BMW and General Motors for use of their vehicles (although powered by a GM engine) as the basis for the newest Black Beauty, instead deciding on the original vehicle. What a fitting tribute to the Imperial Crown!

Update: Dancing With the What?


Fresh off the success of my Twitter campaign (#boycottDWTS) is this fabulous news coming from last night’s episode.

Although I didn’t watch, the moment has been captured:

Fine. Moms?

If your kid is a B-Level “star” or just breaking out into show business, please…By all means, help pull some strings to get the kid on Dancing With the Stars, sit in the audience and applaud them while they’re Tripping all over the stage.

But, if you’re a former Mayor of a little village that was left bankrupt, losing VP Candidate, or a Half-Term Governor now working for Fox News: Why don’t you stay away? Don’t you see how obviously obvious you are?

Dancing With the What?


Let’s face it. Bristol Palin is not a star. She’s not a celebrity.

What Bristol Palin is is a stupid, spoiled little kid who had a baby while still a teenager in High School, probably while drinking, then dropped out of High School to “raise” the child with the baby daddy, himself a dropout and loser extraordinaire.

Bristol Palin is the daughter of a loser. A woman who ran the little town of Wasilla, Alaska, into the ground and left it millions and millions of dollars in debt, lost the Vice Presidency of this country, quit her job as Governor of Alaska to ostensibly work for Fox News and has made a mockery of the Republican Party and teabaggers across America with her lack of knowledge of, well everything.

A woman, who much like the daughter she raised, gave birth to her oldest son out of wedlock, admitted to smoking marijuana, dabbled with witchcraft (that seems to be popular with the right wing kooks lately :)), and has seen Russia from her front door. Quite the role model, huh? Let’s not forget the collective mother/daughter hypocricy of advocating abstinenance…unless, of course, it happens in your own family.

Bristol Palin is the daughter of Sarah Palin, Queen of the Wasilla Hillbillies.

So. What qualifies Bristol Palin to be on Dancing With the Stars? Absolutely nothing! ABC, obviously in an effort to gain viewers, has allowed Bristol Palin, not a Star, not a Celebrity, onto their program.

Why? So Sarah Palin can whore her daughter, once again, before the adoring teabagger masses!

I remember a time, two years or so ago, when I was resoundingly criticized on the Muche for even having the nerve to criticize Sarah Palin for whoring her daughter before the American public. Huh. Yet it continues…

Do me a favor, fans?

Join my Twitter campaign to #boycottDWTS.

Let’s show them this was a bad, bad mistake. I mean, hell, wasn’t one of the Salahi’s available?

UPDATE

Seems like Bristol’s quite the primadonna on set. From Canada.com:

Palin, daughter of former U.S. Republican vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin, already has been dubbed this season’s Kate Gosselin, who was famously difficult at times last season. It also seems that the younger Palin has one mother of a chip on her shoulder.

“Bristol was really annoyed by all the questions about whether her mom would be in the audience to support her,” the source said. “She kept complaining about the amount of press she had to do. She is acting like this is all a big pain.”

LOST Revised?


For those of you who complained incessantly about the LOST series finale, someone with far more creativity than you actually took the time and is working on revamping the entire final season of LOST sans the Alternate Reality.

Take a look at LOST Revised. I understand this fanboy will be recreating each episode this season. In his/her own words:

A lot of people invested a lot of time and energy in following Lost over the years. I was one of those people. A lot of people were satisfied with the way the series ended. I was not one of those people.

At first, the introduction of the “sideways” world in Season 6 was extremely intriguing. It presented an alternate reality, presumably the result of the atomic-bomb blast at the end of Season 5, in which the characters had seemingly never crashed on the island.

It opened up a lot of possibilities as to where the show was going and where it would end up, and given the history of Lost, we were led to expect that the ultimate connection and reveal would be as original, creative, and satisfying as the rest of the series.

As it turned out, it was none of those things. The entire conceit of the sideways world was to bring all of our heroes together again in the afterlife – one of the most cliched storytelling devices there is. Sure, there was a spin on it, but the whole idea that “there is no now” in the afterlife came across more as a cheat than a genuinely interesting twist.

Although I’m among those thoroughly satisfied with the finale of LOST, I’ve come to the realization the past few days that the main complaint of this season was the idea of the Alt Reality and have wondered myself what it would be like if it didn’t exist.

I commend the originator of this project for his imagination and forthright intent to make his point in a creative way. I look forward to seeing his work. (Episodes 1 and 2 are finished and available.)

Now all we have to wait for is the upcoming extra 20 minutes in the full-season DVD set telling us the story of Hurley and Ben after Jack’s death. And the rumored television feature chronicling the lifes of those who managed to escape the island.

LOST: Have You See the Light?


Recently, someone I know has been quite vocal in his criticism of the LOST finale. He’s certainly not alone…there is a number of people out there who feel “cheated” by the finale. Here’s one of his comments:

Photo Courtesy DarkUFO

They didn’t know shit. They were making it up as they went along. 

I get that though. They dug themselves a hole many times over.  I’m just astounded at the level of acceptance of that among a good portion of the fans.  Some seem perfectly happy to not know the answers.

This same person recently cited an article in Sci Fi Wire as proof that J. J. Abrams, Damon

Lindelof and Carlton Cuse had no idea where they were going with LOST – that changes were made to the plot and story as seasons progressed.

Of course they did! That doesn’t change the concept of the show; nor does it alter the original story presented. Many factors have altered the course of the story over the years, among them the popularity of the Benjamin Linus character and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s desire to leave the show (and subsequent refusal to appear in the finale).

Knowing this is someone who views all things in black and white, I’m not surprised by his cynicism regarding the LOST finale. He is, after all, one of those people who only thinks in absolutes. What does surprise me though is that someone who purports to be intelligent can honestly think that one guy can come up with an idea for a series and map it out word for word for six seasons. Of course not!

Over three years ago, in January 2007, prior to the relaunch of the strike-interrupted Season 3, Damon Lindelof spoke of the future – and past – of LOST:

This show is about people who are metaphorically lost in their lives, who get on an airplane, and crash on an island, and become physically lost on the planet Earth. And once they are able to metaphorically find themselves in their lives again, they will be able to physically find themselves in the world again. When you look at the entire show, that’s what it will look like. That’s what it’s always been about.

LOST never was intended to be about smoke monsters, hatches, whispers, or a myriad of other story-telling plots used by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse in telling the story created by J. J. Abrams.

LOST was a complex character study emphasizing the fact that life is not all black and white, cut and dried, all-or-nothing philosophy. No other television show could pull off what the writers and producers of LOST accomplished: To tell a tale of love, life, death, and redemption while allowing it’s core of loyal fans the opportunity to fill in the blanks. 

Has any other show in the history of television enabled it’s listeners the ability to discuss it at such great length and with such great passion that they have the werewithal to come up with their own answers to some of these questions? That, for years to come, they will still be answering those questions and discussing them? I think not.

The fact is, there was a master plan to LOST. Unfortunately, some just haven’t “seen the light”. Perhaps someday we’ll meet them at The Crossroads.