Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Imperial Notes and Tidbits

One last note on the Six Feet Under thread...Watched the last episode again last night to see if I missed anything. It turns out Keith and David's youngest son, Anthony, will turn out to be gay. In the flash forward montage, at Claire and Ted's wedding, Anthony holding hands with some Asian guy. The only reason why I noticed this was because on the HBO Bulletin board, some folks noticed it and didn't know if it was Durrell or Anthony. Definitely Anthony.

I don't know quite how to feel about that. Alan Ball is gonna be Alan Ball, and this is HBO, so you don't have to worry about the FCC breathing down your neck. But to me, it's a bit of a slippery slope. If the whole point is homosexuality is genetic and not learned, then it potentially flies in the face of that for people who don't believe that.

You could have raised me in a San Francisco bathhouse in the seventies...it's not going to change the fact that I like girls. Simple as that. I might have a more enlightened and informed view of human sexuality as a whole, but I still like girls. Always have. Always will. I know that two gay parents can raise a heterosexual child and not "turn him". But there are a lot of people who don't believe that and will use stuff like this as ammunition for their cause.

American Beauty is one of my favorite movies of the last decade. Alan Ball has done more to destroy stereotypes than anyone on TV in the last 20 years. But there are a lot of people in this last election who voted for Bush just because of the gay marriage issue. He doesn't need me to tell him that he has fight on his hands. Gutsy move doing that. Just hope it doesn't backfire on him. I'd hate to see another great series derailed because of it.

This is a cultural war where the bodycount is high and nobody's taking prisoners.

Now back to baseball......

After a shaky first inning (three walks), Jaret Wright looked very strong for seven inning as he and the Yanks blanked the Jays 7-0. The win put us in a three way tie for the wildcard with Oakland and Cleveland. We also gained a half game on the Sux who were off Monday. But the biggest part of the win was that Mo and Flash got another day rest. Sturtze threw only 8 pitches so he would be available as well. The longer the starters go in games. The better off we'll be for the stretch run.

First ESPN and the Boston Globe reported it. Now WEEI is going with this report that 50 major leaguers have tested positive for steroids. Among the group of cheaters caught in this round are supposedly Johnny "Captain Caveman" Damon and Roger Clemens. Now if you were to think that this would bring joy to the Imperial Council or that we had something to do with this, I wouldn't blame you. But if this breaks, this should bring no joy to anyone in the Empire. This brings a dark cloud over everyone playing the game right now. Everyone playing in this era is under greater scrutiny because of this scandal. The Palmiero debacle was comical because the jackass pointed his finger and lied to Congress. So he deserved to be lambasted. While I believe that all the cheaters should be hung by the short and curlies, dipped in honey and thrown into a hole with half-starved rats...it's still nothing to rejoice about. These cheaters are perverting the game we love and we're all the worse for it.

Emperor Palpatine has just handed me this note...

It has come to my attention that some misguided member of the Empire has created Red Sox Hater hats as some sort of response to the Yankee Hater hats some bitter infidel cretins wear to show their contempt for Yankee Empire. Let me make this clear so there can be no misunderstanding...Anyone caught wearing Red Sox Hater caps in Yankee Stadium will taken into custody by Imperial authorities and beaten like Kunta Kinte in Roots. Wearing such tacky, uncreative apparel is beneath any respectable member of the Empire. If you want to come up with something creative and humorous to show your hatred for infidels, fine. But copying an infidel idea (and a bad one at that) gives them a victory they don't deserve. You're Yankee fans. If you want to be an inbred hick, go to Cleveland. Don't dirty my stadium with such foolishness.


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