Saturday, October 11, 2014

Congresswoman Diane Black Answers My Question

Recently I received the following email from congresswoman Diane Black:


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Here's the thing, I never sent her a letter or question or what have you. At least, not that I remember. This got me thinking, what question might I have asked the esteemed congresswoman? Here is my list of possible queries:


  • Lady-dude, what's with all the robocalls?
  • Want to split an unlimited appetizers plate at Applebees? It's unlimited!
  • Is it true sharks can't swim backwards?
  • Is this another one of those email controversies your office specializes in?
  • What time is it?
  • Given the fact that a high profile pharmaceutical company holds a patent on the Ebola virus and already basically had vaccines ready for human testing; and given that the same company has their hands in key pockets of our government -without getting too conspiratorial- wouldn't you say this is, at the very least, a conflict of interest?
  • Is it possible to stack butts?  

Might I have asked any of these questions? We'll have to wait and see. I'll know for sure once I get that personal emailed answer from her.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Gone Fishing



I borrowed the title from a former blogger's last post from a few years back. The picture though is mine from right after the Nashville flood back in 2010. Always thought it was very tranquil.

After running TNR for almost five years I've decided to take a hiatus. Over the years TNR has been many things and I've enjoyed the evolution for the most part. Recently though it's become less the site I'd originally envisioned and almost a chore. Just to keep things going I've continued running the movie discussion each week which is, quite frankly, sort of the opposite of the original purpose of TNR. When you're writing just because you don't want to give up on the work you've put into something and not because it's enjoyable, it's time to take a step back.

I can't say for sure how long of a break I'll be taking. I plan on at least a couple months so I can write just for me again. I'll also be thinking about whether or not I want to revamp this site or possibly start fresh from the ground up. Maybe I'll team up with some other bloggers so that things stay more interesting next time.

Whatever the case I have no plans to take TNR down at the moment. I've put a lot of work and love into it and I'll probably steal from it revisit it later on.

I also want to thank all of you who have read and followed, commented, and connected with me elsewhere. Whether it be from the beginning, or more recent, you guys have made the experience a lot of fun. I hope to connect with you all again, if not here than through whatever project I take up in the future.

For now, I break. Who knows, maybe I'll be back in a week with something new, or maybe, I'll just really get into fishing.

~TS

Friday, August 15, 2014

Weekend Movie Discussion: Let's Be Cops, The Giver, The Expendables 3


New Movie Releases Reviewed in 7 Words Each


Let's Be Cops - Probably not the right time right now...

The Giver - No, no, no, It is pronounced "MacGyver".

The Expendables 3 - The thing is, they keep not expending.

Life After Beth (limited) - I see what you just did there.

Septic Man (limited)- Ew. Ew, ew, ew, ew, ew. Eeeeeeew.



I know what you're thinking: "man I could really go for a sandwich right now." Also you're probably figuring, given what Septic Man is about (a guy trapped in the sewers who begins mutating) and my above response of "ew" that I'm not interested in seeing the film. To the contrary, I am interested. Much as the trailer alone grossed me out, it is written by Tony Burgess who has a track record for good, original stories. My love for Pontypool has never been hidden. Though just the movie. When I lived up in the area I remember Pontypool being pretty boring in actuality. No zombies or anything. And Speaking of zombies...

Life After Beth opens in limited release this week (did you like that I actually wrote a segue? I got all sorts of tricks like that). The film is chock full of names but also has gathered a lot of bad reviews. I'll probably still watch it on video anyway just for the cast. I was hoping for a funnier version of Make-Out With Violence, but we'll see. Speaking of seeing...

Okay that wasn't a segue into anything. Sorry, but I don't want to spoil you. You got one today and frankly one is enough for everybody. So, might I add, was the Expendables films (alright, fine that was a half segue, enjoy that). I haven't really gotten into the series. I hear this is the best of the lot, but that doesn't really mean much to me as I found the first one pretty boring overall. I skipped the second and will pass on the third as well. Speaking of dystopian teen fiction...

What? Well, we are now, aren't we? 

The Giver is the latest book adaptation to try and capture those crazy teens and their love of dystopian realities. Honestly, they're drawn to bleak futures like flies to honey like bears to honey like me to honey. Never read the book but the movie looks awful. It does however have that Taylor Swift/Meryl Streep tandem the universe has been craving for. Speaking of police abusing their powers...

Just bang on timing from Fox releasing Let's Be Cops when eyes have been on the police down in Ferguson. I doubt it'll have an effect on the ticket sales in anyway but that's neither here nor there. Course the fact that it looks like a rejected Seth Rogen pot-movie idea doesn't do it any favors in my book. Another pass for me.

Overall a mostly miss weekend. On the plus side it looks like the rest of the month is going to be met with a giant "meh" as well. Oh, right, that's not a plus. Speaking of plusses...

What do you think of the films out this weekend?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Weekend Movie Discussion: The Hundred-Foot Journey, Into The Storm, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Step Up All In


New Movie Releases Reviewed in 7 Words Each


The Hundred-Foot Journey - The sequel to the Ninety-Nine Foot Journey.

Into The Storm - It's like Twister but for crack addicts.

Step Up All In - Like Step Up but for crack addicts.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Could see Guardians again. I'm just sayin'...


I thought about posting last week, but when it came to discussion, I kept stopping at 'just go see Guardians of the Galaxy', which seemed unnecessary. When looking at this week's releases, I'm inclined to say the same thing again.

The Hundred-Foot Journey doesn't sound bad, it just doesn't sound like a theatrical release. Aside from it starring Helen Mirren it looks like it should be a Sunday night Hallmark special. I'll probably give it a watch one day when it's late and I'm hitting the redbox because it's there to listen to my problems even after Ben & Jerry have desserted me. That's not a misspelling of deserted by the way, it's just an awful, awful pun that a better man would feel ashamed of having written.

Why the same joke for Into The Storm and Step Up All In? Well, it could be that I'm lazy, which is actually a given, but in this instance it's because I've decided they're both the same movie. Both are written by John Swetnam who hasn't really written much else, but suddenly has two films on the same weekend. I've never been into the Step Up franchise, but I do like storm movies -terrible as they usually are. Still I might just be up for a film about a dance off between humans and a tornado. Spoiler: I'll be rooting for the tornado.

Finally we have the heroes in a half shell. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a reboot I could have lived without. I've tried to stay optimistic about it, but it's looked worse and worse. Reviews have been forthcoming, and those have been pretty terrible. Still, it is meant for kids, and kids love garbage. Much in the same way that I can look at a lot of what I loved as a child and see now just how bad it truly is. That's part of what makes childhood so special; most of the time you had the wisdom and taste of a drunken college kid.

But hey, Guardians of the Galaxy is out, and that's an excellent film. what's a 2nd or 3rd viewing between friends?

What do you think of this week's releases?

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