transAdam Jahnke’s Electric Theater, in conjunction with The Digital Bits, posted a review of the new movie TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN. It turns out that Mr. Jahnke couldn’t bring himself to see the new TRANSFORMERS movie himself.

“Under the circumstances, if I were to write a review of this movie, it would be doing a disservice to the film, to myself and to all of you. Instead, I decided to bring in a guest critic. I wanted someone whose taste in movies I respect and trust but was also part of TRANSFORMERS’ key demographic. Above all, I wanted someone who wasn’t just willing to see it but genuinely wanted to. Fortunately, I didn’t have to look very far.”

And so it was that Mr. Jahnke decided on guest critic Max Haaga (age 7) to tackle this particular review. For the record, Max Haaga is the son of actor Trent Haaga of such films as TERROR FIRMA, CITIZEN TOXIE: THE TOXIC AVENGER IV, EASTER BUNNY KILL! KILL!, GIMME SKELTER and many others.

Here’s Max’s review:

“The movie was about the Decepticons wanting to blow up the sun. The Autobots were the good Transformers that wanted to stop them.

I liked when those little balls that the tiger Transformer, when he spit them out and they turned into little Transformers. It was funny when a chicken was on an army guy and the army guy said, “Get off of me!”

There was lots of explosions. There were lots of helicopters and army guys.

I’ll give the movie one thumb up. My daddy said the movie made his soul sick and he wants his money back.”



Finally! Franken Can Take His Senate Seat

30franken-337The Minnesota Supreme Court has come to a unanimous decision that Al Franken is, indeed,  the winner in the Senate race against Norm Coleman. After a seven month-long battle, it’s nice to put this behind us and even better to see another Democrat take the seat making Franken the much needed 60th vote required to prevent Republican filibusters.

National Democratic Senatorial Committee Chairman Senator Bob Menendez said in a statement:

“As we’ve seen over the past 238 days, no matter how many times Norm Coleman goes to court, the result of the election never changes: Al Franken earned more votes than Norm Coleman. Al Franken was elected to the Senate and he ought to be able to get to work for the people of Minnesota. We’ve always said that Norm Coleman deserved his day in court, and he got eight months. Now we expect Governor Pawlenty to do the right thing, follow the law, and sign the election certificate. From health care to the Supreme Court to getting our economy moving again, the challenges facing us are complex and we need Al Franken in the Senate. In this historic and urgent moment in our history, Minnesotans have gone long enough without full representation. Al Franken will be an critical voice on the issues before us and it’s time to let him get to work.”

Hear, hear!

Finally! Franken Can Take His Senate Seat

Mammal Love: Humpback Whale & Bottlenose Dolphin


According to Lori Mazzuca of Kallua Kona, Hawaii who won First Place for this photo in the Mammals category of the National Wildlife Awards:

“I was observing a strange interaction between a pair of bottlenose dolphins and a humpback whale, when it became apparent that the two species were collaborating in some way. The dolphin was lying on a humpback whale’s head while it was slowly swimming along. Looking through my camera lens the stunt appeared to be orchestrated by mutual “agreement.” The whale very slowly—and vertically—lifted the dolphin into the air. I expected the dolphin to wriggle atop the humpback’s head to get off, but it just laid still and arched, trying to stay on top of the whale’s snout. In this frame the dolphin was beginning its slippery return to the sea. Once back in the ocean, the dolphin swiftly swam away with the other dolphin, leaping joyfully as if they had just scored a coup!”

Mazzuca took this picture with a Canon EOS 10D; 70-200mm lens with 1.4x extender; digital capture.

Mammal Love: Humpback Whale & Bottlenose Dolphin

Swedish Muslims And Strawberry Condoms

condomI love Sweden. No, I do. I lived there back in the mid-eighties. I speak the language–however poorly so many years later–but I can still stumble my way through a conversation (I was relatively fluent back in the day, however). And yes, Sweden has always had a reputation for being sexually “open” but, truth be told, I never found it to be all that different from other European countries. Nudity, sex… It’s all part of life so why keep it hidden behind locked doors?

Well, it seems the Muslim population in Sweden has grown exponentially since I lived there. Sweden, with a full 10 million inhabitants, has granted full refugee status to 24,799 Iraqis between 2003 and 2007. To put that in perspective, Great Britain has granted that same status to a mere 260.

Something else you should know about Sweden. While the legal age of sexual consent in America is 18, it is 15 in Sweden. I know, I know, it sounds young, but I and many I  know were sexually active by 15 or 16. And it by no means suggests that all 15 year olds are having sex. But to the ones that are, more power to them, I say.

But that’s not the point here. The point is that, since the legal age is 15, it is mandatory in Sweden to have sex education classes at 14. Now this has never raised a hackle among the Swedes, but the influx of Muslim immigrants into the country has thrown a wrench in the system.

“The purpose of the sex education is to provide good information about how the body works, to make the students feel secure in their sexuality and to prevent sexual diseases and unwanted pregnancies,” said Ann-Cristine Jonsson of the Swedish National Institute of Public Health.

The students are taught about various types of sexually transmitted diseases like HIV, chlamydia, herpes, hepatitis, and others. Condoms in different flavors like strawberry and orange are handed out to students to take home (oh, those kids and their sweets…). Students are also taught that it is normal to have intercourse with members of the same sex and that they should not tease or bully fellow classmates who are gay.

But certain members of the Muslim community have kept their children out of sex education classes. According to statistics, the concerned parents are more often Muslim fathers concerned about their daughters and Muslim parents who are immigrants, as opposed to Muslim parents born in Sweden. Twenty-seven percent of immigrant’s daughters are kept from partaking in certain school subjects.

However, not all of the Muslim children want to be kept out of these classes. According to 14 year old Fatima Omed whose parents moved to Sweden from Turkey before Fatima was born:

“My parents do not think that the school should run any sex education at all. They say it is not the school’s business. But I think it is exciting. I do not show the condoms for Mum or Dad. I do not plan to use the condoms anytime soon,” she added, laughing.

A new law is being considered that would abolish a provision that was originally set up for Jewish and Catholic students who wanted to get out of religious education classes. All students had the right to opt out of these subjects if they chose.

If this provision were abolished, Muslim parents would no longer have the right to stop their children from taking these classes.

“All students have the right to take part in the compulsory school education, regardless of whether their parents approve or disapprove,” said Sweden’s education secretary, Jan Bjorklund.

Sex education in school has been required learning in Sweden since 1955.

One concern that has been voiced is that if the provision were to be abolished, Muslim parents may pull their children out of school entirely, thus widening the gap between native Swedes and immigrants.

What are your thoughts?

Swedish Muslims And Strawberry Condoms

Bernie Madoff Gets 150 Year Prison Sentence

“Here the message must be sent that Mr. Madoff’s crimes were extraordinarily evil and that this kind of manipulation of the system is not just a bloodless crime that takes place on paper, but one instead that takes a staggering toll.” 
–U.S. District Judge Denny Chin

Madoff Scandal
Bernie Madoff

“Life has been a living hell. It feels like the nightmare we can’t wake from.”

“He stole from the rich. He stole from the poor. He stole from the in between. He had no values. He cheated his victims out of their money so he and his wife Ruth could live a life of luxury beyond belief.” 

“In a sense, I would like somebody in the court today to tell me how long is my sentence.”
–Madoff’s victims

Bernie Madoff Gets 150 Year Prison Sentence

Colbert: Fear Of Gay Demons On The Loose

This is brilliant. Responding to the recent story and accompanying YouTube video of Pastor Patricia McKinney exorcising the “gay demon” out of a young man, Stephen Colbert commented on his Colbert Report that he:

“whole-heartedly supports exorcisms except in cases when they release gay demons into the atmosphere to prey on unsuspecting heterosexual Christians.”

Luckily, Colbert is ready to ward off these “gaytergeists” with his signed picture of Charlie Sheen and Wilt Chamberlain biography.

It should be noted, however, that Pastor Patricia McKinney wanted to:

“let the world know out there that Manifested Glories Ministries is not against homosexuality. We do not hate them. We do not come up against them. We just do not believe in their lifestyle… You have the alcohol spirit. You have the crack cocaine spirit. You have the adulterous spirit. Everything carries a spirit.” 

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Limbaugh Blames Obama For Sanford’s Infidelity

storyI love this shit. Yeah, it’s scary, but it’s so outrageous, so off the wall, that the simple fact that the words are spoken and the connections are voiced in a public forum and SOMEONE OUT THERE BUYS IT is just incredible. I mean, when folks in foreign countries express their concern about the all-powerful America, I kinda get it. Let’s be realistic here. Our nation, and therefore the world, were in the hands of people not unlike Rush Limbaugh. Now while the Bush Administration did all it could to get away with murder, it still had to make it look like they were doing it for all the right reasons and sticking to the rule of law. Limbaugh is held to no such restrictions so he can be just as dangerous and as loopy as he wants to be. And his followers rally to the cause and soak up his insanity like water in a desert. And as crazy as the left-wing segment of the population can get–and yes, they can get pretty loopy, too–they simply have nothing on the right-wing nut-jobs.

Listen here as Mr. Limbaugh finds a way to blame South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford’s 5 day disappearance and extra-marital affair in Argentina on, you guessed it, President Barack Obama. It seems Obama’s America is a place of such sadness and hopelessness, that it actually drove Sanford to essentially “give up.”

LIMBAUGH: This Sanford business! I’ll tell you, one of the first thoughts that crossed my mind, with Mark Sanford … this is the first thought: What he did defies logic. This is … more than being 180 degrees out of phase because of lust, or love. To split the scene for five days, and we know he’s been separated, and he knows, by the way, that the newspaper in his state has the emails between him and his concubine down there in Argentina, he knows this. He knows that somebody knows what’s going on. He knows his wife knows. So he ups and leaves for five days, doesn’t leave anybody in charge of the state, in case there’s an emergency. This is almost like: I don’t give a damn! Country’s going to hell in a handbasket. I just want out of here! He had just tried to fight the stimulus money coming to South Carolina. He didn’t want any part of it. He lost the battle and said “What the hell? The Federal government is taking over! I want to enjoy life!”

Have a listen:

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