The annals of TV Entertainment, I became an atheist to the gods of “24”

Year after year since season three of “24”, I have been a huge fan. Well, until 2009.

Tina and I have been watching this season. I’ve lost interest, but Tina wants to finish it out. We’ve given up on it, but now we have to see how it ends. I could personally care less. Three seasons ago I got the feeling that Jack Bauer (Kiefer Southerland) had completely lost interest in his role as CTU crazy man. This year, I’m surprised he isn’t sitting on a couch the entire time smoking cigarettes and drinking a couple cases of beer.

It would be much more entertaining.

Last year’s was barely watchable. This season is so bad that it belongs on “Everything is Terrible.” There’s none of the action, none of the intrigue, none of the fun that the first seasons gave us.

When I love a show, I typically stand up at some point during an episode and say, “Now THAT is good TV.”

You know what? I’ve had to experience a deconversion to “24” too. I’ve kept my faith through thick and thin. I’ve been watching every episode, hoping, keeping faith … that the show’s writers, producers and directors would hear my prayers and turn their shit around. But no, the more I go to the church of “24” the more I realize just how awful the gods of 24 have become.

I deny the holy spirit of 24. That’s it. I’m done.

The show that has taken its place is “The Human Target.” It’s not a great show. But it’s really good. It’s based on a DC comic of the same name.

I don’t know the character, because I didn’t read the comic. But from the TV show, it’s about a hero named Christopher Chance. He’s a hirable security guard, expert protector, who saves the world one job at a time.

From the FOX web site:

During each job, Chance, assisted by his business partner WINSTON (Chi McBride) and hired gun GUERRERO (Jackie Earle Haley), puts himself directly in the line of fire as he races against time to save his client. Chance’s dark history will unravel with every new danger. Does anyone know who Christopher Chance really is? What secrets lay buried in his past? What would make a man willingly become a HUMAN TARGET?

Chi McBride is excellent on the show. He’s funny and likable. The guy who plays Chance is pretty good, too. He sells the role well. One of my beefs on the show is Guerrero and his overuse of the word “dude.” It’s an scripted tick, but I find it dumb.

Some of the fight scenes are a little under rehearsed for my taste. They are obviously inspired from the “Bourne Series”. But they are good. It’s TV. You can’t expect too much.

Well, unless it’s “24” … then you can’t expect shit.

What are you watching that you can recommend? If you’re out of the country, thrill us with your local TV entertainment that we’ll probably never see.

Tina gets email

Tina put a stop to getting inane political emails from her aunt recently. But apparently that didn’t stop her from getting religiously inane emails.

This one was so delightful, I had to repost it here. What do I receive if I get 400 hits today? Do I get a magical forward reach around?

The lead up is awesome. It says, “This one is short, so it’s not too bad.”

Noah’s Ark Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah’s Ark .
ONE: Don’t miss the boat.
TWO: Remember that we are all in the same boat!
THREE: Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.
FOUR: Stay fit. When you’re 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
FIVE: Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
SIX: Build your future on high ground.
SEVEN: For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.
EIGHT: Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
NINE: When you’re stressed, float awhile.
TEN: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
ELEVEN: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s
always a rainbow waiting.

My instructions were to send this to the people that I wanted God to bless and I picked you.Please pass this on to people you want to be blessed.
Give it!! Don’t just get it.)

Most people walk in and out of your life…….but FRIENDS leave footprints in your heart.

I’d like to add a couple:

TWELVE: Remind yourself every day that you worship a god who — out of frustration and lack of power over life — killed everyone on earth except one family. Apparently the population in hell wasn’t big enough. Oh yeah, there wasn’t a biblical idea of hell at that point in biblical history.

THIRTEEN: Evolution is obviously nuttier than this story of snails and cheetahs (and every other species of animal) riding on a boat for 40 days.

FOURTEEN: Before this point in time, light did not refract through the atmosphere to create a rainbow. Mythologies are not found in the bible.

FIFTEEN: Always assume that forwarding emails makes the sender look better than they really are.

SIXTEEN: If “everything I need to know, I learned from Noah’s Ark” is a statement you want to put on a T-shirt, I suggest you reconsider what you consider “educational.”

Vatican chorister and usher in gay prostitution scandal. In other news, Petursey screams “schadenfreude!”

Regular reader, blogger and all-things Catholic hating Petursey is going to be thrilled by the latest Vatican scandal.

What’s the latest scandal at the Vatican, you ask?

One of Pope Benedict’s ceremonial ushers and a member of an elite choir in St Peter’s Basilica have been implicated in a gay prostitution ring, in the latest sexual scandal to taint the Vatican.

Let’s change the name of that all-male, all-the-time opulent erection to gaudy godiness “the Vatiskin”. It appears that holy thumping celibates are running a jigalo brothel from inside the walls of the “holy” city.

I wonder how many glory holes are in that place?

Here’s the story.

[Via Pharyngula]

Flipping friend Friday and science-y style catch up, wrap up, print up …

Twitter enthusiast and (semi-?) regular reader Stu Spencer posted this on his facebook. I hope my religiously inclined readers watch it, and verify it against history. Or not. I’m leaning toward not looking into it. But that’s just my lack of faith talking (honk).

As Spencer pointed out on twitter, it’s a great response to those who are confused why science is always changing.

He also tweeted this which caught my eye from Jerry Coyne … “Only in America”.

Follow Spencer on twitter. If you do, you can say you have a friend in Australia, too.

At “Why Evolution is True” Coyne posted this article with pictures:

From the BBC:

Police in the US state of New Jersey have ordered a family to cover up their snow sculpture of the famous nude Venus de Milo after a neighbour complained.

Eliza Gonzalez sculpted the snow-woman with her son and daughter on her front lawn in Rahway following a snowstorm.

Many people praised their creation, but a police officer told them a neighbour had found it too risque, she said.

When given the option of covering the sculpture up or knocking it down, she dressed it in a bikini top and sarong.

“We didn’t want to have any problem with the police so we covered it up,” Ms Gonzalez told the AFP news agency.

But she now thinks the snowy Venus looks “more objectified and sexualised” than it did before the authorities intervened.

Over at the Daily What, whoever found the Nat Geo article the age of dinosaurs said, “Turns out Creationists are right and man and dinosaurs lived together. Just kidding; dinos are even older than previously thought.” Well, unless you’re a creationist and you think the glut of scientific evidence for an old earth is the crafty doings of a semi-but-not-all-powerful being called “Satan”.

You should go read that article. Tell ’em I sent you.

And finally for today, Theoretical Astrophysicist Ethan Siegel (Starts with a Bang) wrote two excellent posts on “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” You can read them here and here.

Of course, he’s talking about the Big Bang. What else would he be talking about? Is there some other “Greatest Story Ever Told” that you might have confused it with?

Please, please, please do yourselves a favor and read them both.

Oh, and to follow up on zdenny who went MIA suddenly and I wrote about it here, I emailed him again and I finally got a response. He’s fine. He has a pulse. He’s decided to concentrate on different avenues of ministry.

I was genuinely under the impression that I was going to get an email back saying that zdenny had died, and it was all my fault (not really). But I was concerned.

I wrote him:

I’m a little concerned about your whereabouts. I hope everything is okay.

Let me know that your web site is down because you didn’t pay the bill.

It’s been a couple weeks.

He responded (notice the extreme segue):


I have so many people placing their faith in Jesus Christ that I have had to focus on a discipleship ministry.  The response to the gospel is just overwhelming with so many wanting to follow Christ at this time in history.  I have had to begin a discipleship ministry as a result.

I wanted to thank-you for your exchanges as I was really just thinking through a great many issues.  I discovered that many atheists have ADHD and their rejection of God is merely an extension of their inability to really trust anyone else.  In fact, I found every atheist I spoke with had trust issues.  I will admit that this finding was shocking to me and completely unexpected; however, it does make sense once I stepped back and analyzed the results.  Since belief in God is almost universal, there had to be an explanation why atheists exist.

I have also found that people with ADHD can also become radical followers of Jesus Christ.  It just seems that people with ADHD go to the extremes in their commitment.  It is a positive thing when the energy is funneled to the right things.

My prayers are with you…

In His Name and for His Glory,


To make it even creepier, zdenny puts one of those confidentiality notices at the bottom of his emails as if his email is a private, corporate business with a penchant for exchanging top-secret ideas. His email is a hotmail account. The disclaimer says, “The information contained in this message may be CONFIDENTIAL and is for the intended addressee only. Any unauthorized use, dissemination of the information, or copying of this message is prohibited. If you are not the intended addressee, please notify the sender immediately and delete this message.”

I guess zdenny might sue me.

Mike O’Connell’s first appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Mike O’Connell is one of my favorite comics who may never really make it mainstream. Yes, he’s on Jimmy Kimmel, but will he ever be a household name to someone like you?

Watch the video. The Asian baby bit is really funny.

Added bonus, if you watch this, you’ll enjoy another post that will pop up soon.