we feel stupid and contagious
Some sad news just received here at Songspeak Corporate Headquarters. Andrew Koenig, better known as Richard Stabone, and even better known as Boner, on the hit 80′s sitcom Growing Pains, was found dead of an apparent suicide in a Vancouver park after going missing on February 14th. If Andrew taught us anything in life, it’s that you can get away with having a character named “Boner” on a family television show.
I can’t help but notice the songspeak site has had some banner ads for the McCain/Palin campaign lately. I can only imagine this is because we’ve had a few McCain and Palin related posts recently, but rest assured that we here at Songspeak in no way, shape, or form support the McCain/Palin ticket.
So it bothers me that ads for them are popping up on the site. Why should it look like we’re promoting someone that we don’t support, nor agree with? Worse yet, the ad looks like some sort of satire, repeating the “maverick” catchphrase over and over. This whole maverick idea is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve seen in politics, and reeks of pandering to the lowest common denominator. “Hey, Joe Six-Pack! We’re mavericks! We’re gonna shoot up Washington with change…YEE-HAAAWWWWWW!” The whole thing seems like one big (sad) joke. But it’s for real. Frightening. (Never mind that I don’t understand how a candidate like McCain that has served in the senate for 22 years can pretend that he’d be “change”).
Everyone knows that the ORIGINAL mavericks are the Ford Maverick, James Garner (who played Maverick in the TV series that ran from 1957 to 1962), Tom Cruise (who played Maverick in the 1986 hit movie Top Gun), and Mel Gibson (who played Maverick in the 1994 movie version of the TV series). And even though one is a car, and two of them are total whackjobs now, I’m confident that ANY of them would make a better Vice President (or President) than Sarah Palin. Especially the car.
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House Peters Jr., a television actor who was the original Mr. Clean for Procter and Gamble, died Wednesday at the age of 92.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Peters Jr. played the bald-headed, hoop-earring wearing, grime-fighting Mr. Clean to advertise the household cleaner with the trademark jingle, “Mr. Clean, Mr. Clean. Mr. Clean gets rid of dirt and grime and grease in just a minute, Mr. Clean will clean your whole house and everything that’s in it. Mr. Clean Mr. Clean. Mr. Clean.”
The animated version of the Mr. Clean image is still used today.
Last night I was playing in my local poker game, and there were two brothers at my table. One of them lost a lot of chips early, and then proceeded to win a couple of decent pots, but still didn’t have a lot of chips. Their friend commented, “Hey, look at all your chips now!”, and I joked that they were all blue (worth only $1000), and he said, “There’s a green one under there!” because the green chips are worth $5000. His brother then sang, “There’s a green one, under there” to the tune of You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch from How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
That’s pretty much it.