Dear A&E, congratulations, you just committed suicide

There’s nothing I can add. This is the perfect response.

The Matt Walsh Blog


Dear A&E,

I read that you are indefinitely suspending Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty after he quoted the Bible and said that the homosexual act is sinful. I get it, guys. I do. You punished the Christian guy for being a Christian because you got some angry emails from a bunch of whiny gay activists who lack the spine and maturity to deal with the fact that there are still people out there who have the guts to articulate opinions that they find disagreeable. In so doing, you’ve kowtowed to a pushy minority of vocal bullies who don’t even watch your channel, while alienating the fan base of the one show that keeps your entire network afloat.

Makes sense.

You’ve got standards, after all. You wouldn’t want to be associated with tasteless and inappropriate things. The people on Duck Dynasty can’t be allowed to run around being all Christian-like. It…

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Do You Think…?

…I’d (finally) start enjoying Christmas again if I turned off the TV entirely for the next month, and instead listened to beautiful Christmas music, watched Christmas movies, practiced Christmas carols on the piano, and read a few books?

Won’t happen, of course, but it’s a thought.

I’ll at least listen to Christmas music.  Here’s one of my faves!

Sunday Stealing: The TV Show Meme

Welcome to Sunday Stealing, a meme-stealing blog which originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser.  There all types of memes are stolen from every corner of the blogosphere. The promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard of the expression, “honor amongst thieves”. In that age-old tradition, here are the rules. First, they always credit the blog the mem was stolen from and they always “fess up” to the blog owner where they stole the meme. They also provide a link to the victim’s post. (their way of saying “Thanks!”) They do sometimes edit the original meme, usually to make it more relevant to global players, to challenge players, sometimes to select that meme’s best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from either this new meme or recently asked questions from a prior featured meme.

With that in mind, play on!!!

Today Sunday Stealing ripped off a blogger named Just Paisley. Crediting this meme turned out to be difficult. They found it on a sit called Tumblr. Just Paisley was just one of lots who answered the questions. They are not proud. They will steal anything. Whether the site Tumblr offered the meme or a “member” posted it isn’t clear.  Take the time to comment on other player’s posts. It’s a great way to make new friends! Link back to them at Sunday Stealing!
And now,
The TV Show Meme

Cheers to all of us thieves!

Before reading the questions: Pick 5 TV Shows you like. They can be past or present.

Hint: pick shows that you are REALLY into. Hey! no peaking at the questions! List them:

1.  Law & Order

2.  Shameless

3.  NCIS

4.  Leverage

5.  Dexter

1. Who is your favorite character in 2?  Fiona Gallagher

2. Who is your least favorite character in 1?  Olivia Benson (SVU)

3. What’s your favorite episode of 4?  The Last Dam Job (recruiting old friends/rivals)

4. What is your favorite season of 5?  Not sure – they’re all good

5. What’s your favorite relationship in 3?  Abby & McGee

6. Who is your anti-relationship in 2?  Sheila & Jody (ewwwwwwwwww)

7. How long have you watched 1?  20+ years

8. How did you become interested in 3?  When they started running NCIS marathons on USA

9. Who is your favorite actor in 4?  Timothy Hutton

10. Which show do you prefer 1, 2, or 5?  Impossible to choose

11. Which show have you seen more episodes of 1 or 3?  #1 – Law & Order (I have probably seen every episode of the original series)

12. If you could be anyone from 4, who would you be?  Nate Ford (mastermind) or Parker (thief)

13. How would you kill off any character in 5?  Same way Dexter does, of course

14. Would a 3/4 crossover work?  Yes

15. Pair two characters in 1 that would make an unlikely, but strangely okay couple. Abby Carmichael & Mike Logan

16. Overall, which show has the better cast, 3 or 5?  They’re so different – equally good in terms of chemistry

April 12 (K)…That’s Kooooooky!

I have to konfess, having lived with a small child for six and a half years, I’ve bekome something of a kid’s tv konnoisseur.  Aficionado, even.  I have watched enough PBS Kids, Nick Jr / Noggin / Nick Jr, Boomerang, Kartoon Network, etc. etc. to be able to regurgitate a good portion of their regularly sKeduled programming right back at the tv skreen.  I’m not saying that’s good.  It just…well…IS.

Frankly, I should probably be (more than) slightly embarrassed to admit that I aktually like some of the shows.  Partikularly when one of my preferred choices is Wow Wow Wubbzy.  Unfortunately, the little guy has largely grown out of that one, but I kan, okkasionally, get him to grudgingly agree to watch one.  They’re kooky.  Kooooooky!  Which brings me to today’s offering, for your viewing and listening (dis)pleasure.

You’re welkome! 😀

Have a kooooooky day!

(Are These?) Rhetorical Questions

1.  Is it bad to want to take a break from Christmas cards periodically?  I mean, I love receiving them…love the annual pictures from so many friends & family, but every now and again I just wonder if I must do it this year.  I suppose there is no “obligation” per se, but does wanting to skip a year say something about my character?  About how I value my friends and family?

2.  What does it say about me that there are certain people with whom I have chosen to not have a relationship…people who were formerly good friends?  Does it make me the very thing I criticize in others…one who writes people off and does not allow for possible reconciliation?  There were good reasons for ceasing the relationship at the time, not the least of which was that it came to a point where they simply sucked all the joy out of me when I was around them.  That seems really shallow.  It’s not.  In ever situation it was a deeper problem that caused things to sour, that caused me to do some heavy examination of the relationship, which lead to the choice to walk away.

3.  Is it bad that in my head I curse like a sailor?  There is a filter between mind & mouth that protects the small child from my inner potty mouth.

4.  I am a fairly unstructured person, given to self-indulgence, whimsy.  I like to indulge (spoil?) my husband and child…my friends too, for that matter.  I am more inclined to read or write than do chores on a regular basis.  I do not particularly enjoy domesticity, except in the sense of wanting our home to be a warm & fuzzy haven for us.  To that end, and for my own sanity & well-being, I need the house to be clean…and relatively neat…not topsy turvy or nasty.  It is a conundrum that these two sides of me exist in relative harmony.  What does this say about me?

5.  Is it a character flaw that, as I have gotten older, I have gotten much less sentimental about stuff?  I don’t know that I care much that some piece of furniture has been in the family for 2-3 generations.  I don’t save birthday or Christmas cards, or cards from any other holiday, except on the rarest of occasions.  I don’t save the majority of the young man’s school work.  I don’t (typically) get sentimentally attached to clothing.  My taste in decor has changed enough over the years that things I’ve had since…well, forever…I am perfectly willing to part with to make room for something different.  I’ve gotten less ridiculous in the book collection department, and have reduced my personal library by half over the past 7+ years.  All this is not to say that I have gotten spare, or sparse, or minimalist.  I like stuff.  But it does say something about me to note that the only thing I would wish to keep under any circumstance is my piano.  It goes without saying that I wish to keep my hubby, my sweet kiddo, the dog & the cat.

6.  I admit it…I enjoy watching tv.  A lot.  What does that say about me?  There are a number shows that I enjoy…Law & Order (in all it’s incarnations), Dexter, Homeland, The Good Wife, Harry’s Law, Shameless, Blue Bloods, The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles, Leverage, Covert Affairs, White Collar, Burn Notice, In Plain Sight, Suits, Psych, Royal Pains, Men of a Certain Age, The Big C, Weeds, The Mentalist, Castle, NCIS, CSI, Mike & Molly.  The overwhelming majority are law enforcement related.  I am a girl who likes to see justice occur, both in the fictional sense and in real life, and my tv viewing habits do attest to that fact.  Of course, it could also attest to the fact that I am shallow & lazy, and spend the time I could spend doing something more productive (like reading or writing…or homemaking) watching tv instead.  Does it matter that I am a chronic multi-tasker?  I often wonder…

7.  What does it say about me (and my ability to interact with others) that I have gotten to where I don’t enjoy talking on the phone?  At all?  I do talk to my husband by phone on a daily basis, and I do talk to friends by phone on a more occasional basis.  But frankly, if I can’t see & talk to you in person, I’m much more inclined to text, email or Facebook.  Is that bad?

8.  Would it be considered rebellious to say that I do not like to be bossed around?  I mean, I really do not like it, and it irritates me a lot when, in the course of daily interactions with others, I sense that I’m being bossed.  It especially irritates me when it is done in the same way to adults as it is done to children.  In fact, it makes me want to sock the bossypants square between the eyes.  Yes, I’m really a brat on the inside.

9.  There are times when I think I should take a technology break, and then the thought of that gives me virtual heart palpitations.  What would I do without my laptop, phone, tv or iPad?  Yikes!!  I might actually have to stop multi-tasking and focus on one thing at a time.  Am I crazy?  Crazy to think I’d benefit from disconnecting?  Crazy to think I’d go crazy (crazier) without my connections to others?  Crazy to think that as a family we should all three disconnect for a short time?  It may happen…stay tuned.  Could we really do it without killing each other?

10.  Unlike #9, the fact that this point needed an even number of questions really is proof that I’m crazy.  Nine is a perfectly good number:  divisible by three (which is neato), the maximum heat setting on my stove, the last number in a series before turning over to zero (9-10, 19-20, etc. etc.), the easiest set of multiplication tables for me.  But it is not an even number, and for a person who tends to prefer asymmetry in so many ways, I (ironically) like numerical symmetry…ending on an even number; eating an even number of M&M’s (or Skittles, or pumpkin mellows, or other bite sized candy…and no, this does not seem to apply to other foods); setting my alarm so I actually get up on an even number; buying two of something because it’s better than one of something; and on and on and on.  But I have and will remain perpetually 39.  How’s that for crazy??