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The Stephen Colbert Story

Some little-known facts about Colbert, worth going through even if just to watch his appearance (early days) on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"
Did you know that Colbert originally had a southern accent? Neither did we! VIDEO
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Eek! The Unholy War on Easter! Eek!

Apparently a 19-foot tall cross and a 10-foot-tall Jesus statue are threatened by an 8-foot-tall banner of two Founding Fathers calling for a separation of church and state.  I mean, the nerve of these atheists, standing up against a hallowed 8-year-old tradition of erecting big Christian symbols in Daly Square at Easter.  I mean, you'd almost think they believe they have a right to rudely put up decorations about their beliefs, too.

(Oh, and "God bless you both"?  Really?)
 
Well here we go again. 
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History on Video

Courtesy of the British Pathe archive, now all on YouTube. Very cool.

http://youtube.com/britishpathe/
 
Oh. If you are a history buff...
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Spoilers, sweetie

Appalling how some folks just can't help but spoil things for TV series viewers. Disgusting.

(h/t +Marty Shaw)
The entertainment industry was today warning fans of the popular HBO series Game Of Thrones to be avoid ‘at all costs’ a series of books by a rogue enthusiast named George R.R. Martin, who has written five whole volumes consisting solely of spoilers for the popular television show. “This man is dangerous and wants to ruin everyone’s enjoyment of a much-loved fantasy drama.” said executive producer D. B. Weiss. “It’s a sad symptom of today’s ‘bin...
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Given how long Martin takes to NOT write anything new, I think anything he has made is now well beyond the point at which a spoiler warning is required.

Seriously.  Storm of Swords was 12 years ago, people.
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The Circle of Life!

Gah!
 
Guys I'm old. 
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 Just kidding ! Shutting up now :P
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All citizens are equal, but some are more equal than others

And, no, in this case I'm not talking about plutocracy / oligarchy types of stuff, but the idea that "I don't believe in this law / regulation / governmental arrangement, and therefore, since I am invoking Jesus and/or the Gadsen Flag, that stuff shouldn't apply to me."
 
"The past couple of years have seen a surge in conservatives demanding special rights to disobey universally applicable federal laws on the grounds that they simply don't believe in them…"
From Hobby Lobby to the Nevada rancher, members of the far right share a dangerous, anarchic pathology
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my point was just reacting to an article implying that Christian Conservatives are the only ones that feel like they are above the law. 
It clearly happens on both sides and the article (particularly the title) is misleading and disingenuous. 
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B5 Rewatch: S2E13 "Hunter, Prey"

A middlin' episode, but now that the train is moving, even middlin' episodes are pretty good. The key here is exploring off in two directons: what's the scoop with Ambassador Kosh, and what really happened when President Santiago was killed. Neither plot leads to anything huge, but together they give a bit more push to that train ...

We'll call the latter the A Plot. EarthGov security is at B5, looking for Dr Everett Jacobs, the former physician to Vice President (and, post-assassination, President) Clark.  Word from Earth is that Jacobs has run off with all sorts of top secret stuff that could devastate Earth security, and he's wanted dead or alive. But Our Heroes are suspicious, and Franklin (who studied under Jacobs) is downright incredulous. And the suspicions get all the greater when Sheridan's contacted by a rep from General Hague (http://goo.gl/M61IDF), who makes it clear they need to get hold of Jacobs and whatever info he has before the dear doctor gets disappeared.

As it turns out, the skepticism and incredulity are all justified. Jacobs examined Clark before and after he got off the doomed Earthforce 1, and found no sign of any viral infection that was used as an excuse for leaving the ship. What he has are all those medical records, which could prove kind of embarrassing to Clark. The question is, how to get him before the security sweep does, and, once they do, how to keep him from the security folks finally tracking him down since he's been "chipped"?  

The B Plot has Sheridan finally beginning to (metaphorically) grapple with Kosh, both as an ongoing mystery on the station and as the intruder in his dream in "All Alone in the Night." This ends up with two things of note: Kosh's largest dialog scene to date, and the determination that Kosh's ship (http://goo.gl/O2H3CG http://goo.gl/dS4IgO) is a living thing (http://goo.gl/UpFZDa); the Vorlons, as suspected, use organic technology.

That main discussion between the two of them (http://goo.gl/Gl6iYY) is worth noting:

SHERIDAN: You wanted to see me?
KOSH: You wanted to see me.
SHERIDAN: Well, I guess everybody does. See what you really are, inside that encounter suit.
KOSH: They are not ready. They would not understand. [1]
SHERIDAN: Am I ready?
KOSH: No. You do not even understand yourself.
SHERIDAN: Could you help me to understand you?
KOSH: Can you help me to understand you? [2]
SHERIDAN: Well, I can try. Is that what you want? An exchange of information? I tell you something about me, you tell me something about you?
KOSH: No. You do not understand. Go. (http://youtu.be/dwi__2WkDro)
SHERIDAN: Dammit, what do you want? What do you want from me? You know, ever since I got here I've had the feeling that -- that you've been watching me. The records show you hardly ever went to council meetings until I showed up. When I was captured -- it was you who reached out and touched my mind. Now you call me here -- why? Just to throw me out? Are we just toys to you? Huh? What do you want?
KOSH: [Spins around to face Sheridan again.] Never ask that question! [3]
SHERIDAN: At least I got a response out of you. So what'll it be, Ambassador?
KOSH: I will teach you.
SHERIDAN: About yourself?
KOSH: About you. Until you are ready.
SHERIDAN: For what?
KOSH: To fight legends.

Yeah, nothing portentious, ominous, or creepy about any of that encounter -- especially Sheridan's inadvertenly getting Kosh's goat by asking Mr. Morden's famous question.

[1] Yeah, there's an understatement.
[2] An alternate English translation of "Who are you?"
[3] See the attached video below.

(You can see about half the dialog here http://youtu.be/cGX-xWk50A0 ... in Italian.)

Long story short in the A-plot, in case there was any question there was certainly a conspiracy around the death of President Santiago. Jacobs gets smuggled off the station (after hiding out, B-plottishly, in Kosh's un-scannable ship, which has its own creepy element to it http://goo.gl/YuTIHA) and the info turned back over to Hague as another weapon to use in the future. Sheridan's still ticked off over being dragged into his own conspiracy, which never seems never-ending. If only he knew.

At the very least, though, he's got Kosh willing to "teach" him in some fashion. That'll turn out interestingly as well.

The other main Earth characters -- Ivanova, Franklin, Garibaldi -- all get some decent screentime, and we learn that Garibaldi thinks a fedora makes for a good disguise (http://goo.gl/RNqSB9); that's all a little cute, but is played pretty decently, and nobody embarrasses him or herself badly. Indeed, it's noteworthy (though not called out) that the entire command quartet are suddenly working together -- and working (down the slippery slope) directly against the President of Earth.  It'a subtle, inevitable shift in loyalties, and all the stronger for not being made a big deal of -- the characters, in some way, don't realize how far they've gone or how far they'll need to go.

The guest stars are competent, but a bit too pigeon-holed and not nearly as effective as they ought to be -- the Javert-ish security guy (http://goo.gl/0DRS9v), the out-of-his-depth fugitive doctor (http://goo.gl/F53dOQ), the leeringly menacing Lurker (Richard Moll http://goo.gl/6iluND). And none of the ambassadors except Kosh are around.

Overall, by no means a WHAM episode, but one definitely worth a watch-through. It's dependent on the overarching story, but (always a pleasure to have a conversation with Kosh aside) only helps push it along a little, adding a few ratchet ticks to the growing tension. The stakes don't feel like they extend, yet, beyond this single episode, but the groundwork they add onto soon will.

Most Dramatic Moment: Sheridan confronts Kosh (the second time), as detailed above, especially Kosh getting ticked off at being asked "What do you want" one too many times (see the video below).
Most Amusing Moment: Not a lot of humor here. Probably Sheridan pressing the EarthGov agent whether he wants to force Kosh in his ship back aboard the station and have it searched -- and the diplomatic furor and publicity that would ensue (http://goo.gl/jvVC9n). Sheridan can play the game pretty well.
Most Arc-ish Moment: The Kosh/Sheridan exchange, or Jacobs spilling his guts to Our Heroes, or even Sheridan having a final chat with Hague's agent. It's all pretty arc-ish.

Overall Rating:  3.9 / 5 

- Lurker’s Guide: http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/countries/us/guide/035.html
- Babylon Project: http://babylon5.wikia.com/wiki/Hunter,_Prey
- IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0517655/
- AV Club: http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/babylon-5-acts-of-sacrificehunter-prey-96547 [includes next episode]
- Kay Shapero: http://www.kayshapero.net/b5review/ActsOfSacrifice.htm

Next ep is "There All the Honor Lies," which marks the final return of writer Peter David to B5, a lot of focus on Sheridan, and one of the most amusing end-of-episode shotsin the series.

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How to deal with bullies (or, in most cases, not)

As a guide on how to deal with bullies, this particular flyer is ... not very good at all.

I mean, there are some glimmers of good here -- yeah, there are times when having a thick skin (or the wit to laugh off a slight) isn't a bad idea, and letting someone else into your head and control how you feel is a problematic strategy, and learning not to be a sore loser is great advice (though it seemingly has nothing to do with bullying).

But for the most part, you can sum this up as "We're all buddies here at school so don't get angry at bullies and certainly don't raise a fuss about being bullied to your teacher except in the extreme of someone physically hitting you or taking your stuff."  Shorter summary: "We don't want to be bothered unless parents are going to call us up complaining about bruises or stolen lunch money."

Which is not good advice at all.
A school in Lincoln, Nebraska is wiping some major egg off its face after a horrible bullying advice flyer was sent home with kids.
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+Al Hunt Yeah, that part kind of sucked, too. "Disarm your attacker by throwing your family under the bus."
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Easter Eggnog?

Okay, makes sense to me. Eggs are more closely associated with Easter anyway, so it's a nice fit.

But Jelly Bean Milk and Chocolate Marshmallow Milk?  First off, thsoe are not "Old Recipes," no matter what it says on the carton. Secondly, ew.
 
I'll use almost any excuse to drink eggnog, but trying to cram it into Easter is really pushing it. Both literally and figuratively. 
Here at Consumerist, we love and hate holiday mashups. Here's one that has been around for a while, but was new to us: easter egg nog. Makes sense, doesn't it? A holiday for which the decorations i...
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Chocolate, maybe. Chocolate marshmallow sounds disgustingly sweet.
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Calvin & Hobbes: The Movie

Um ... yeah, that's disturbing.

(h/t Randy)
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Well, we didn't see very much of them.
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Many lovely items, esp. the cinerary urns. But it's all organized very poorly (and there's an excess of cinerary urns on display). The display cards are all in Italian, but of wildly varying styles. Worth a visit while in Volterra, but maybe not the key thing to see there.
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Decent "diner" fare. Good shakes, passable chili fries. Could use with a bit more cleaning attention to the dining room.
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Entrees were very good, but a simple off-menu drink was bungled and the caesar salad was too deconstructed for its own good. Service was nice but not as helpful as it should have been.
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Food was excellent, as it has been on previous visits. It, and the extensive wine list, are pricey, but worth it. The service was good for the first 2/3 of the meal. We'd come in at 5:15 (we had 6p reservations but made it into town early). While the restaurant was mostly empty, the service was nicely attentive. As our meal was wrapping up, though, some larger parties came in and the restaurant filled up -- at which point it took about 25 minutes, from ordering, for our after-dinner coffees to appear, etc. So, definitely worth visiting, but try to avoid crowded times.
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Tasty (if overpriced) margaritas, and good (if not spectacular) carne asada and appetizer sampler. You could definitely do worse than to dine here, but I suspect you could probably do better, even if it truly is the oldest Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles.
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