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PCR #225. (Vol. 5, No. 29) This edition is for the week of July 12--18, 2004.
Matt's Rail

A Visit to the North Florida Patron Saint of Pop Culture
 by Will Moriaty
"I, Robot"
 by Mike Smith
Don't Fear "The Reaper"
 by Andy Lalino
Kerry Gets the Dead Vote....Liberal Financing....Japanese Economy Unveiled....Trickledown Economics....Column Correction
 by Vinnie Blesi
Can You Give me A Helsing OF That?....Bush Speak
 by Matt Drinnenberg
The Automobile Song....Wanted--A Director With No Vision....Passing On....Money Well Spent....Sci-Fi Dumb....Flame On....Meet The Beatles, Part 25
 by Mike Smith
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Given my affliction with all things monsters, surely some of you will consider this small confession a cardinal sin, but I never got to the theater to actually see the movie Van Helsing. As fate would have it, my job doesn't care about my genre affections, thus I was unable to find the time to go. Considering the way it has been blasted on message boards I frequent, I'm not too bent out of shape about it, although I do wish I would have made it to a showing.

The reason I bring this up is because it is soon to be released in DVD format, and as it stands there will be 2 options for the disc buyer. First up is a 2-disc version, which will have the theater version, and a bonus disc consising of "making of" stuffola. Secondly, there will be a 3-disc version, again with the theatrical Van Helsing, plus the bonus disc, PLUS a disc with the original Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Wolfman.

When you consider I just purchased the Monster Legacy Collection, I'm sure I'll get only the 2-disc set, and I'm hopeful it will translate better to TV than the big screen. But the big beef to be carved here is that they don't seem to be considering putting out a special edition. Why pass up the opportunity they have where they could actually go in and fix what was panned by the masses. Seems like a no-brainer, but maybe that's the problemo...no brain. And speaking of no brain........

Here we are with example #2 of just how challenged our Prez is with the fundalmental basics of truth.

We all remember vividly the horror of 9/11, and how we were subjected to various emotions while trying to reconcile what had happened. Correctly, we honored not only those who perished, but the Police and Fire Department heroes who first responded to the attack, some of which ended the day as victims of the insanity themselves. Bush himself heralded these true American heroes, and on March 27, 2002, while speaking to the good people of Georgia, he put his money where his mouth is...sorta.

Promising 3.5 billion dollars to the effort, Bush said, "We're dealing with first-time responders to make sure they've got what's needed to be able to respond".

Makes you feel better already, knowing that the issues of the day, and critically needed funding for our first responders to terrorists, is a high priority......cough, cough. Okay, here's the deal. Not only did he NOT put forth the promised funding, his budget cut the existing program by 1 billion dollars! Even more laughable is that just 5 months after the quote above, he rejected a 150 million dollar emergency influx to the program to keep some life in it.

Not suprisingly, this has been met with disbelief by the Firefighters Union, who Bush kissed up to during his visit to ground zero. This prompted the Union President to say, “President Bush, don't lionize our fallen brothers in one breath, and then stab us in the back by eliminating funding for our members to fight terrorism and stay safe.”

The President of Firefighters Association in Virginia said it best, “The president has merely been using firefighters and their families for one big photo opportunity.”

Makes me want to sabbatical at a dude ranch in Texas. Giddyup!

Till next time, take care and God bless,

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