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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Halloween is Grinch Night


We all know the famous Dr. Seuss tale of the Grinch That Stole Christmas, but many of us are probably unaware of the tale of Halloween is Grinch Night. This is a Halloween tale involving the Grinch. Depending on who you talk to, this is considered the official prequel to the Christmas classic or takes place after it. I'm not sure to be honest. If it is after, then it appears the Grinch hasn't learned too much from his Christmas encounter. It aired October 29, 1977 on ABC. It was produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, a very active animation partnership in the 60s and 70s.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Halloween Hilarity: Roseanne (1988-1997)

Roseanne was one of those shows that my family grew up watching. I'll never know if we were the targeted demographic; working class, blue collar people living on a pay check to pay check. If we were, kudos to Barr the crew for doing their job, and if we weren't kudos the same. The show was great on a lot of levels, the populist-progressive politics, the drama, the comedy and what many people still love about the show: the awesome Halloween specials!

Welcome to the Tunnel of Terror!

Over the 9 seasons, all but the first featured a Halloween special. There is a great dvd collection of all eight episodes for like $5 bucks. Here is the season 2 episode BOO!, which was the first Halloween special.




Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Rick Roll Someone in Klingon


To think we live in an age when the Klingons have translated Rick Astley's 80s "Never Gonna Give You Up" hit into Klingon and made a music video. This is exactly what the cast and crew from Chicago's Commedia Beauregard Theater have done. During the holiday season this theater puts on a Klingon interpretation of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol.

Kling-ON All! 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Special Session Decompress

Say what you want about the legislation passed during the recent session of the Oregon legislature. I dare not call it a special session. Governor Kitzhaber could call another one for the Columbia River Crossing sometime this fall or winter.

Blue Oregon did a great job (far better than the old media) of breaking down the votes and giving real opportunities for opponents and advocates of some of the legislation a chance to weigh in on the session. All five bills got the required votes needed to pass. It wasn't all along clear party lines. 

The biggest problem with this last special session and the one last December is that when we try and legislate supposedly important laws in such a compressed time frame a lot of the public doesn't get a chance to give input into the law making process. How many town halls were held about the five bills that were passed? I feel it was somewhat arrogant of the governor and legislative leaders to think they could do all this in a single one day special session and the expanding of two extra days was somewhat beneficial, but not nearly as beneficial to the public as it would have been had these bills come up during the regular session.