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PCR #233. (Vol. 5, No. 37) This edition is for the week of September 6--12, 2004.
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Double Book Review: "Tangled And Dark" by Patty G. Henderson
"Florida Curiosities" by David Grimes and Tom Becnel. Plus...Happy Anniversary Sunshine Skyway
 by Will Moriaty
"Napoleon Dynamite"
 by Mike Smith
Guided By Voices CD review
 by Terence Nuzum
"The Rock and Soul Revue" concert review by guest reviewer Michael Smith
Chappelle's Show....Fanzine Memoirs
  by Vinnie Blesi
Oddservations Spotlight: Largo's Comic World owner Pat Potter
 by Andy Lalino
 by Mike "Deadguy" Scott
A Rant About Bush
 by Nick King
The Yankees Suck....Latest Kerry Rumor....Masters of Horror
 by Matt Drinnenberg
Happy Birthday....The Shame of The Yankees....Why Even Try....Is That A Guarantee?....What?....Meet The Beatles, Part 33
 by Mike Smith
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As if living near Boston wasn't enough to get me to eventually despise the hallowed franchise in NYC, the Yankee's now have done enough on their own to get me to completely root against them forever.

It is no secret to those living in Florida right now that the state has undergone a barrage of storms not seen in some time. Heck, there's even another one out there heading toward Florida that makes the first two look like bantha fodder.

Not wanting to leave their wives and children during the onslaught of [Hurricane] Frances, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays petitioned the league about reformatting the baseball schedule so they wouldn't have to leave their families behind in this time of crisis, which it certainly was. Baseball agreed and rescheduled the games to be part of a double header.

Now the Yankees are crying foul, because according to baseballs rules, any team that doesn't make a supreme effort to get to their opponents ballpark to make the game, that team forfeits, which would give the Yanks a 9-0 victory without even hitting the field. Of course, they don't seem to give a damn that Tampa International was closed down due to the storm preventing anyone, let alone a baseball team, from leaving.

What the Yanks do care about is that their lead for the pennant is getting smaller and smaller because the Red Sox, who were over 10 games back about a month ago, are now a mere 2 and a half games from overtaking them.

So, basically, what we have here is a storied franchise idolized by millions as being the best, doing their worst to try and circumvent fair play and competition in trying to hold the Devil Rays accountable for a storm they didn't invent.

Fortunately, Major League Baseball has refused the Yankee's request, showing that there can be common sense in even the most nonsensical moment.

In the best tradition of slander and lies, Bush supporters are now spreading rumours that John Kerry, when quoting the following scripture verse,

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life"

...attributed it to John 16:3.

Of course, most people by now know that the verse above is from John 3:16. This just points to Kerry's ignorance and lack of knowledge of the Bible, that chronicle of truth that Bush proclaims to know so well, they say.

Being a dyed-in-the-wool Republican as I am, and fervent about it for the majority of my life, I used to chuckle when news like this came out. Even if I knew it wasn't particularly true. That didn't matter. My guy looked better as the outcome, so that was good with me.

Because of this, I remember all too well when this John 3:16/6:13 rumor was spread about Bill Clinton during his run(s) for the Presidency. Yes, the exact same one, all the way down the line.

Of course, being a follower of the GOP I knew then, as I know now, that it just simply wasn't true.

How do I know this?

I know this because the statement is not a lie. It did, indeed, happen. But the errant quote did not come from John Kerry. And it certainly didn't come from Bill Clinton. It didn't even come from a Democrat. It came from President George H. W. Bush.

The Bible-thumping, accusational GOP know full well that this is the case, instead of standing up for truth and honesty (as a true Christian would), they allow deceit and lies to slander the reputation of Bush's opponent. Indeed, in their greatest Christian proclamation, they wipe it on the face of John Kerry, understanding completely their purposeful slander, and not caring at all because they know the majority of the people don't care enough to find the truth.

And the verse GHWB alluded to? What exactly does John 16:3 say? Well, it's a warning to all of us about the false proclaimers of Godliness who shaft the people, where Jesus warned:

"And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me."

Knowing what I know now, I have to wonder if this was, indeed, a slip of the tongue.

Well monster fans, MOH has been updated with a new home page and more importantly, a new monster poll that just went up September 1st.

Bowing to the pressure of one Mr.Canova, I've reformatted the main page to be 800 X 600 [monitor resolution] friendly. Hopefully, this is helpful to more of you as well.

As for the MonsterPoll, be sure to stop by and vote and pick your favorite wolfman.

Also coming soon, for you future make-up artists out there, is a tribute to Universal Make Up Master Jack Pierce, which will be loaded with photos of this Master of Horror at work.

Drop Horrorhead Fred a line if you have any ideas or suggestions of something you'd like to see on the site!

Till next time, take care, and God bless,

"Matt's Rail" is ©2004 by Matthew Drinnenberg. Webpage design and all graphics herein are creations of Nolan B. Canova. All contents of Nolan's Pop Culture Review are ©2004 by Nolan B. Canova.