Passion = Truth? How Jeffrey James Francis Ircink Sees The World? I love when people are passionate about something. That surging of emotion is the one honest measure of what truth is. It's a truthful display of how a person really feels about something or someone at that particular moment. That passion IS truth.

About me...

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Greendale, Wisconsin, United States
Ex-producer of THE REALLY FUNNY HORNY GOAT INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, playwright, actor, singer, outdoorsman, blogger, amateur photog, observer & bitcher, Beach Boys groupie, Brett Favre fanatic, lover of everything Celtic and forever a member in the Tribe of HAIR. Spent most of my life in the Village of Waterford, a small town just outside of the Milwaukee suburbs. After 12 years in North Hollywood, Bel Air and Culver City, Cali, I moved back to Wisconsin in September 2009. No regrets - of moving to LA OR moving back to WI. Have traveled to Belfast, Ireland, Dayton (OH), Manhattan, Seattle, Cedar Rapids, New York, Miami and Sydney, Australia with my plays. Moved back into the Village of Greendale where I was born. Life is good.


Friday, April 30, 2010

TGIF! presents..."Ashokan Farewell".

One of my favorite songs - particularly when played with the fiddle.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

No peace pipe for Wampanoag tribe and Cape Wind Project.

The Cape Wind Project is a go. 140, 4-story wind turbines five miles off the coast of Nantucket. Ted Kennedy was opposed to it. The environmentalists are opposed to it. I suppose a number of Massachusetts residents hate it as well.

But the Native Americans?

The Wampanoag (try "Womp-a-nog") Nation of Martha's Vineyard says these wind turbines or whatever they're called will interfere with sacred rituals...something about the turbines possibly interfering with the sun (?).

Fine - but here's the other part of their claim I don't understand. Apparently, that stretch of five miles between the shore and where the turbines would be located was once above water (a thousand years ago or so) and the Wampanoag Nation is concerned there are long-submerged tribal burial sites out there...and the constructing and implementaton of the turbines would desecrate those burial sites.

Now there's probably a shitload of burial sites under water these days, representing a variety of cultures. Are you telling me that we're supposed to block the progress of a new technology that's environmentally sound for the planet because some burial sites from 1,000 years ago are a mile below the surface of the ocean?

One would think the Wampanoag Nation (keeping in mind there are many tribes within the Nation) would have more pertinent issues to deal with in this how the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe chairman Glenn A. Marshall pled guilty in February 2009 to federal charges of violations of campaign finance law, tax fraud, wire fraud, and Social Security fraud – all in connection with the effort to secure federal recognition for the tribe.

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"No comprende? Yes comprehende!" Mexico's catching on!

Mexico issued a travel alert to its citizens regarding visiting Arizona in response to that state's new immigration bill recently signed by Governor Jan Brewer. The government bulletin urged Mexican citizens to carry "available documentation … (to) avoid needless confrontation." Which is what Mexican visitors to the U.S. should be doing anyway. The only people that need to fear anything are those who are here illegally - Mexican, Irish, Russian, Serbian, British, etcetera.

Now, if Mexico would just issue an alert for the remaining 49 states...

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Don't ever go against the family, Donny.

Fox News gets ripped by the liberal media on a daily basis for being one-sided and distorting the news in order to make the Obama administration and the right look like a bunch of douche bags. And since Fox News describes itself as being "fair and balanced", I can see this as being a valid issue by the left. But is the left any different?

I've seen Bill O'Reilly on numerous occasions get into debates with other Fox News correspondents where they've disagreed. I've heard Glenn Beck admit things on his show in support of the left. But how "fair and balanced" is the liberal media - really?

Advertising exec Donny Deutsch was pulled from MSNBC last Wednesday during a week long guest hosting stint after an "unflattering" mention of MSNBC's No. 1 anchor, Keith Olbermann, the day before. It was during Deutsch's, “America the Angry", show where he analyzed the role the media plays in adding to the public’s anger and showed clips of various media figures from both the right and left getting into tirades on the air, including Keith Olbermann. Some say Olbermann got pissed which led to Deutsch being pulled from the network. Other's say Olbermann's reaction had nothing to do with Deutsch's removal.

The one thing that is not in question is that Deutsch was pulled for ripping on MSNBC "talking heads" - Olbermann. “The segment did not go unnoticed and we’re dealing with it internally,” said Jeremy Gaines, an MSNBC spokesman. And there goes Deutsch. Now how fair and balanced is that, MSNBC?

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Ultimate vanity. $675,000 for a license plate.

CBS Sunday Morning did a segment on license plates this past weekend. Back in 2008, a Delaware man paid $675,000 at an auction for the "No. 6" DE license plate. Seriously. Fifty years ago, the state's license plates were black and white. The governor had "No. 1", the lieutenant governor had "No. 2", the secretary of state had "No. 3" and so on. When the state changed license plate colors, the old tag owners were allowed to keep the plates and they have since jumped in value.

By comparison, the highest price fetched for a UK license was around $850,000 and the "No. 1" tag in the UAE sold for $14 million. Which begs the question - why? Why pay this amount of money for a freakin' license plate? 'Cause you have so much money you don't know what to do with it? Try giving it to a charity, assholes.

Always wondered what my vanity plate would say (should I ever choose to get one). They're only $15 in Wisconsin. PLARITE (I write plays). HONGO (Made-up word from my childhood). PASSION (My favorite word but probably taken). ILVDINO (Big Dean Martin fan). GOAWAY (The grandpa in me). BBCHBOY (I'm a huge Beach Boy fan). BOHEMI or BOHUNK (My Czech/Bohemian heritage). How 'bout this one:

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

If you're a female BMW owner , you may be a "Boastful Mary Wanker".

"Boastful Mary Wanker" (BMW): A very proud female BMW owner, who's very nice but can be bitchy at the same time. If you've never heard of the radio talk show, Car Talk, then you either 1) don't listen to NPR or 2) spend too much time with your head under a car hood to listen to a car talk show.

It's broadcast weekly on National Public Radio throughout the United States and covers anything about cars and car repair with a sense of humor, hosted by brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi, also known as "Click and Clack", the "Tappet Brothers". These guys are long-time car mechanics...and they're not your typical "car heads". Ray has a BS degree in humanities and science from MIT and Tom has a BS in economics from MIT and an MBA and DBA from the Boston University Graduate School of Management. Car Talk was first broadcast in Boston in 1977. It was picked up nationally by NPR ten years later and is currently on more than 370 stations, heard by more than two million weekly listeners.

This week's show featured a segment on automotively-inspired words. Car Talk's Click & Clack meet "Urban Dictionary". You can see more on the Car Talk website:

Subris (n) (rhymes with hubris) - the excessive pride which causes one to drive their Subaru off the road on a snowy day, thinking they could drive as fast as they want since they have all wheel drive. Victims of Subris generally lose any respect they had earned among passersby for having a great car.

Jag-S - That self important Pointy Haired Boss who uses up FOUR parking spots for his precious Jaguar.

Acurat - teen-something whos daddy bought an Acura

Volksy - adjective - referring to the kind, organic food, green movement, broom stick skirt, flower carrying type of life style often associated with Volkswagon owners.

slOwldsmobile - A blue hair peering under the steering wheel yet over the dash, usually driving 15mph.

Priusness (n) (rhymes with piousness) - the smug sense of self satisfaction felt by hybrid vehicle owners as they zip from the nearest $3.00 a latte Starbucks to their local Purse Dog Beauty Salon.

Camaro-isma (n) - The boost in sheer, unadulterated animal magnetism that young men hope to obtain when they make their first vehicle purchase an affordably priced sports car. Rampant in small towns, Ohio, and other places stuck in the 1980's.

Mercedes-Bends (n) - A painful and potentially debilitating condition caused by the formation of nitrogen bubbles in the blood, the direct result of purchasing an outrageously expensive German car. Tends to flare up every 30 days or so, typically just before sending in the monthly car payment.

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My favorite still from "The Graduate".

Continuing on with my "Graduate" jag, this is my favorite moment of the film. It begs "what did we just do?" or "what do we do now?" I have this friend in my life that I feel this way about - uncertainty.

What does it mean to you? Kazu Watanbe publishes the blog, Naive Cinema, and he wrote about "The Graduate". Here are his thoughts on the picture above:

The most curious scene for me is the last one in which Benjamin and Elaine get on a bus to escape and sit in the back. The shot duration lasts a little longer than expected and instead of embracing or showing some sign of affection, Benjamin and Elaine sit and do not look at each other, but rather smile slightly. It's an ambiguous image which does not fulfill the romantic notions of their escape nor entirely discredit them. In one sense, it could seem that their riding a public bus reinforces the idea that they are actually not in control after all, but rather are being moved forward by society, which the public city bus could certainly embody, in the same way Benjamin is being moved by the conveyor belt in the airport at the beginning of the film. In another sense, Benjamin's abandonment of his parents' car for the city bus can be seen as his final cutting off (along with the church scene) which finally establishes his removal from his parents' world.

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My 3 favorite screen screams...courtesy of "The Graduate".

I watched "The Graduate" last evening. If you haven't seen it, you should. I'm on a "Graduate" kick now.

#1 - The scream from "The Graduate" that everyone's familiar with.

#2 - This has to be the most effective, over-acted, forced scream I've ever heard in a non-comedy that's funnier than shit.

#3 - And finally, arguably, one of the most maniacal, wigged out, frustrated, psycho, I'm-in-denial-and-don't-want-to-hear screams in the history of cinema (non-horror), again featuring Katherine Ross.

It is courtesy of First, go to this link.

Click on the PLAY button. Click on it again. Once the movie starts move the cursor to the 1:18:30 mark. It'll start playing at the 1:18:08 mark. The scream comes at 1:18:35. It's worth it.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Velkomstord, Lito...and SKOL!

Lido, whoa-oh-oh-oh
He's for the money, he's for the show
Lido's waitin' for the go
Lido, whoa-oh-oh-oh
He said one more job ought to get it
One last shot 'fore we quit it
One more for the road
"Lido Shuffle" by Boz Scaggs

The Minnesota Vikings picked up Lito Sheppard the other day (non-draft) - a one-year deal that adds a nine-year veteran and two-time Pro Bowler to a group of cornerbacks that includes starters Cedric Griffin, Antoine Winfield and backups Benny Sapp and Asher Allen.

Sheppard was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2004 and 2006. He played for the New York Jets last season and has been injured quite a few times. We'll have to wait and see.

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Wouldn't wanna be a Pirate today.

I don't follow baseball. By the time football season is over I'm toast. But I did listen to the Milwaukee Brewers @ Pittsburgh Pirates game yesterday while writing at the coffee shop. 20-0 Brew Crew.

The ass-whooping set/tied several records: tied the largest margin of victory (22-2 victory over Toronto in 1992 - a game I was at), surpassed the Brewers largest run total in a shutout (18-0 at Boston in 1990) and it was the worst loss for the Pirates in their 124-year history. The 35-run difference was the most in a 3-game series since Detroit outscored Minnesota, 45-10 in 1993.

Let's hope the Brewers didn't shoot their wad as I'll be at Miller Park in Milwaukee Tuesday with the boys to welcome the Pirates for Round 2.

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TGIF! presents...Comedian Brian Regan's "Dinner Party".

My favorite comedian. To "get" Regan, you have to "watch" Regan. So watch him.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Brees cursed. Muahhahahahaha. Ha.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees graces the cover of EA Sports' Madden 11 video game, having won a fan vote over Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne and Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen.

Good thing for Allen. He doesn't need the "Madden curse" hanging over his head all season. In a rematch of the NFC Championship game last season, the Minnesota Vikings (hopefully helmed by Mr. Favre) will kick off the 2010-11 NFL season against the defending Super Bowl Champ Saints at New Orleans on Thursday, September 9.

Good luck there, Drew. I have a sneaking suspicion you may be "seeing purple" for 60+ minutes.

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Separated at Birth? Kirsten Dunst & Bonnie Auguston.

Kirsten (top) and Bonnie (bottom). Bonnie's a new Facebook friend with a Milwaukee connection to me (sort of) - and she's a Marquette University graduate and an actress. I'm having a staged play reading of my historical, one-act drama, "Reveille!", this fall (more on that later) and I keep my eyes open for actresses who I could potentially cast in the stage production of the play. So far I have two in Cedar Rapids, one in Seattle, one in West Virginia and one in Oregon (Bonnie).

We met for coffee at the Marquette Union this morning to discuss my play - and just talk. (She was visiting from Oregon to see a friend perform in "Sunday in the Park with George" at Marquette University, directed by my friend, Tony Clements. Good show - go see it.) I absolutely love it when the "person" I see in a head shot turns out to be "the person" I meet face-to-face.

Thanks, Bonnie. It was a pleasure...

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Happy 40th Birthday, Earth Day!

And thank you, Senator Gaylord Nelsen (D-WI)...the principle founder of Earth Day.

A sequoia seedling, purchased on a trip to the Sequoia National Forest in June 2008 with my brother.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Ben-Ben, Ben-Ben, Ben. Hope it was worth it. 6-game suspension.

I blogged about Pittsburgh Steeler QB Ben Roethlisberger’s recent sexually-laced legal woes last month. Kudos to NFL Commish Roger Goodell for handing "Big Ben" a 6-game suspension. This is the exact reason why the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy is in place.

Here are a few excerpts from Commissioner Goodell’s letter:

My decision today is not based on a finding that you violated Georgia law, or on a conclusion that differs from that of the local prosecutor. That said, you are held to a higher standard as an NFL player, and there is nothing about your conduct in Milledgeville that can remotely be described as admirable, responsible, or consistent with either the values of the league or the expectations of our fans.

Your conduct raises sufficient concerns that I believe effective intervention now is the best step for your personal and professional welfare.

I believe it is essential that you take full advantage of the resources available to you. My ultimate disposition in this matter will be influenced by the extent to which you do so, what you learn as a result, and a demonstrated commitment to making positive change in your life.

In your six years in the NFL, you have first thrilled and now disappointed a great many people. I urge you to take full advantage of this opportunity to get your life and career back on track.

Let's see...what games is Big Ben gonna miss? Atlanta, @ Tennessee, @ Tampa Bay, Baltimore, Cleveland and @ Miami. Good luck, back-up QB Byron Leftwich. (Too bad the NFL's PCC doesn't cover matters like waffling about retirement. You know - 'cause that's such a big fucking deal to some people.)

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A double-shot of Favre-envy from the MJS!

I'm having déjà vu. Didn't I just blog about this yesterday?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

UP - Green grass: Minneapolis airport limo driver Brad Childress reported that Brett Favre told him he was "spraying weeds" at his home. Hope he didn't get any of that stuff on Rachel Nichols.

Rachel Nichols has covered Favre for ESPN in the past and has often camped outside Brett's home in Mississippi to interview Favre. The limo driver comment regarding Vikings' Coach Childress is in reference to Childress picking up Favre at the airport last season when Brett signed with the team. I can never understand that rip on Childress. He and Favre are long-time buddies. What would you do if you were in Childress' position? Have Favre take a limo or taxi to the Vikings' stadium. Dumb.

DOWN - Proper etiquette: The Vikings come to Lambeau Filed on Oct. 24. OK, is it wrong for a bunch of shirtless guys (Packer fans) wearing cheeseheads to boo a grandpa.
- Mike Hart

No - just classless. As classless as the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's continuing barbs directed toward Brett Favre.

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Mark Twain dies today...100 years ago.

"The reports of my death have been
greatly exaggerated."

- Mark Twain, American author and humorist

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

2010 NFL Schedule released.

I think it's a tough one.

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Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel keeps on keepin' on Favre.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010
DOWN - Color schemes: NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth, a longtime Green Bay Packers' fan, is now driving a purple car when he races. Isn't that like the Racing Sausages (Milwaukee Brewers) showing up for work wearing horned helmets and violet lederhosen?
- Mike Hart

That's a stupid analogy, Mike. The Racing Sausages are employed by the Milwaukee Brewers. Driver Matt Kenseth is NOT employed by the Green Bay Packers; therefore, he can dress his car in any colors he chooses. And he chooses the colors of Brett Favre's Minnesota Vikings. Dick.

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National Geo. "Afghan girl".

Remember the girl on the left? Her name is Sharbat Gula, and she is Pashtun, the most warlike of Afghan tribes. Her picture graced the cover of National Geographic in June 1985. She was "rediscovered" in 2002 (right) - probably around 30 years old then.

Soon after the reunion between NG photographer Steve McCurry and Gula, National Geographic set up the Afghan Girls Fund, a charitable organization with the goal of educating Afghan girls and young women. In 2008, the fund was changed to the Afghan Children's Fund to include boys.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Patriots' Day.

The North Bridge, or Old North Bridge, in Concord, Massachusetts, the site of the Battle of Concord, the first battle day of the Revolutionary War.

April 19. Patriots' Day is a civic holiday commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. It is observed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and state of Maine (once part of Massachusetts), and is a public school observance day in Wisconsin.

I taught today (in Wisconsin) and there was no mention anywhere of Patriots' Day at school. I wonder if they talk about it in the Texas school system? A newspaper account of the battle (above).

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Pew says goverment trust stinks.

Nearly 80 percent of Americans say they can't and they have little faith that the massive federal bureaucracy can solve the nation's ills, according to a survey from the Pew Research Center that shows public confidence in the federal government at one of the lowest points in a half-century.

I talked about the lack of trust in our government back in early February when I set forth my "manifesto" of sorts on how Americans can become better represented in Washington - The People's Republic Ombudsman Party (PRO).

Thanks, Pew.

The president's top strategist, David Axelrod, says that it's not all Obama's fault. Axelrod accuses the Republicans of trying to de-legitimize government. During an NPR broadcast on the Pew survey, Axlerod stated:

"In Chicago, there was an old tradition of throwing a brick through your own campaign office window, and then calling a press conference to say that you've been attacked...I think it's a little bit the same with the Republicans. They meet, they decide we're not going to give the president any bipartisan support, and then they call a press conference to accuse him of not governing in a bipartisan way. And that, I think, grates on people."

Like the Democrats haven't done this in the past? What about "change" and "not politics as usual"...two of Obama's campaign promises? Go ahead, Axelrod - pass the buck, you douch bag. No, it's not all Obama's fault, but it is inherent in politics. And the Obama administration has done nothing to alleviate the public's opinion in government as Obama promised he would do during his presidential campaign.

But hey - it's better than four more years of a Republican administration, right? And people wonder why members of The Tea Party are angry.

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Why the USPS is broke.

Inability to get my DVD to me in an appropriate amount of time. WTF?

My package - a DVD of The T.AM.I. Show (first-time release) - arrived in Cincinnatti, OH on April 28th and JUST arrived in Forest Park, IL yesterday, March 18th. That's 3 WEEKS (and I'm not including weekends). It's a 5-hour drive between Cincinnatti and Forest Park.

It's 1 1/2 hours from Forest Park to Waterford.

Wonder how long that's gonna take?

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

And for our next tattoo...

Atlanta's Jamal Crawford (left) and Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings grapple for a loose ball.
The Hawks beat the Bucks, 102-92 in Game 1 of their first round Eastern Conference playoff.

For a minute there, I wasn't sure if I was looking at a picture from an NBA playoff game or a tattoo artistry exhibition. What's next? Twitter accounts tattooed down the arm or "Nike" on the back of someone's calf? I'm not against tattoos, but while watching a sporting event, this is a bit much for me.

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How "ethical" is a $10 million dollar bonus?

According to a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article from March 25, 2010, Wisconsin-based We Energies (We's parent company is Wisconsin Energy Corporation) - which services more than 1.1 million electric customers in Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula and more than 1 million natural gas customers in Wisconsin through its utility subsidiaries - paid its CEO, Gale Klappa, a 23% salary increase in 2009 - a base salary of $1,129,008 (same as in 2008) and a bonus of $10,450,220.

A bonus of $10,450,220.

Good for Klappa. Now, in this day and age of over-inflated CEO salaries and bonuses (need I remind you about Bear Stearns, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., Morgan Stanley, American International Group, Inc., Citigroup Inc., General Motors Corporation, Bank of America, CIT Group), the general public isn't too happy when they hear "$10 million bonus". We Energies stated, however, that customers don't pay for bonuses, incentive pay or stock options...they only fund 76% of Klappa's base salary. So who pays for Klappa's bonus?

In 2009, We Energies reported a record profit of $382.4 million, up 6.5% from 2008. That's where the bonus came from, right? Nope. Don't get me wrong. I'm all for capitalism and people earning a buck, including Mr. Klappa. But how could We Energies have a record profit last year when it also reported their sales were down - due to the recession? And if We Energies' sales were down in 2009, why is Klappa getting a $10 million bonus? AND if Klappa got a $10 million dollar bonus and We Energies had a record profit last year, why did the state Public Service Commission approve a $48.1 million rate increase at the end of March 2010 that'll tack another 2 percent onto the 7 percent increase customers saw added to their bills in January 2010? I know...decreased sales.

Now considering everything I've just told you, how is it that Wisconsin Energy was named one of the world's most ethical companies for the third year in a row?

Does any of this sound ethical to you? Profits are up. Sales are down. CEO Klappa gets a $10 million bonus. We Energies' customers get two rate increases in two months and, on top of all that, there's a salary freeze for most of the 4,700 employees that work for We Energies?

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Are those Wrangler jeans in your locker or are you just happy to see me?

Voluntary minicamp. "OTA'S" - organized team activities. They're happening right now in the NFL (or were, last week). And as the Minnesota Vikings returned to headquarters for workouts, they were surprised to find Wrangler jeans in their lockers - courtesy of their quarterback, Brett Favre. Not the Wrangler brand she's wearing (above).

There we go. Men's Wranglers. If you didn't know, Number 4's been the spokesperson for Wrangler for years. The jeans were a gift from Favre after having his best statistical season of his career and helping lead the Vikes to the NFC title game. No word yet on whether Grandpa Brett's (his daughter just had her first son) coming back for his 20th year in the NFL. I'll be sure to blog about it though when he makes his decision.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

TGIF! presents Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas.

This is the fiddle player I had a date with last night. If there's anyone out there who can play better than these two, I'd like to hear them.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

TGITh! presents...Obama's "Taxman".

It's a special TGIF! on TGITh! Suckers.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Kids say the darndest things #3. Grace McCann Glover and The Beatles.

My best friend's in California - Donovan and Maria - are HUGE Beatles' fans. So is Nick in Cedar Rapids. So am I, actually. The other day, my goddaughter's older sister, Grace (she'll be 3 in July), said to her mommy (Maria):

"Sometimes when we don't feel our best, we should watch The Beatles."

Guess that's a thumbs up for the "Yellow Submarine" DVD. Wonder where my copy of "Yellow Submarine" is?

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Separated at Birth? Michael Gregory & Richard Devon.

Actors Richard Devon (top) and my friend, Michael Gregory.

Devon was an American character actor best known for his roles in television and episodic television and film, including The Rifleman, Lassie, and The Twilight Zone, and the films Machine Gun Kelly, The Comancheros and Kid Galahad. He passed away in February of this year at the age of 83.

Michael and I worked on the film Combustion a few years ago and have struck up a friendship since. He was the original "Dr. Rick Webber" in "General Hospital" for two years in the mid- to-late 1970's and has numerous film and television credits, including Matlock and McGyver. He even had a stint as Dean Martin's bodyguard for ten years. I'm a big Dino fan so Michael regales me with his DM stories. He's extremely busy in the voice-over market and works with a number of veterans' charities.

I caught the beginning of The Commancheros (featuring The Duke) and saw Richard Devon and thought, "is that Michael?". But Michael's almost 20 years younger, which is what led to this blog post. Above: Michael and I in West Hollywood in September 2009 right before I moved back to Wisconsin.

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"Aye...Stupid Bastards!" Ryanair to piss off customers.

Ireland's Ryanair once ran an ad campaign headlined, "Expensive Bastards!", comparing Ryanair with British Airways. This time around, it's Ryanair that's the "bastards"...for charging it's customers to pee.

Based in Dublin, Ryanair operates over 1,000 routes across Europe and Morocco. It's reputation as a low-cost airlines with no-frills isn't a kept secret. Its vinyl seats don't recline, there are no seat-back pockets, safety cards are stuck on the back of the seats and life jackets are stowed overhead rather than under the seat - all to save on costs. And if you miss a flight, Ryanair won't compensate you.

But Ryanair's not finished. The airline is introducing a "toilet tax", forcing passengers to pay around $1.30 (U.S.) to use the toilet. On top of that, Ryanair is reducing the number of toilets on its planes to ONE.

Hold on to your shamrock, lads and lasses...I'm not done. You'll also be charged $22-$30 for your carry-on during the summer months. Saving costs? That's what you'd think, but really it's for our own good - 'cause Ryanair cares about its customers. Ryanair spokesperson Stephen McNamara told the New York Daily News:

We are determined to incentivize passengers to travel light this summer by increasing our checked-in baggage fees for the months of July and August only...By charging for the toilets we are hoping to change passenger behavior so that they use the bathroom before or after the flight. That will enable us to remove two out of three of the toilets and make way for at least six extra seats.

If you know me, you know I love the Irish. And I love Ireland. But this is shite. As the old Gaelic saying goes, "Cùm do chù ri leigeadh". Translated: "Hold back your dog till the deer falls." Really?

Not that this will effect many U.S. travelers - yet. You know the airline industry. They love to follow suit. So thanks, Ryanair, for setting a precedent. Thanks for charging for carry-ons (Spirit in the U.S. is already doing this). And for taking away all the bathrooms but one - then adding more seats. And then charging us to poop and pee. Shucks. I didn't know you cared that much.

Check out these Ryanair links: Ryanair parody on cheap travel and the making of the Ryanair cabin crew calender.

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TGIF! presents...Robbie Williams' "Angels".

I'm in this video. Well - actually...I'm not in THIS video. I would've been seen near the end but it's cut from this version. I have it on VHS...somewhere. Really. And I met Robbie Williams - nice guy. The U.S. released the video in 1999. I believe it's Williams' biggest song to date.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Wisconsin Routs Rochester! Heads to NCAA Finals!

Wisconsin celebrates a victory over RIT Thursday evening.

The University of Wisconsin Madison Badgers (27-10-4) ripped RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, 28-11-1) this evening in the semi-finals, 8-1, to advance to the finals of the NCAA Division I Hockey Tournament at the Frozen Four in Detroit.

Wisconsin will play Boston College in the finals on Saturday. The Badgers will play for their 7th NCAA Championship. (Boston College is killing Miami in their semi's with 3:00 left in the 3rd period, 7-1)


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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wow. Favre makes the MJS's UP column...

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
UP - Brett Favre: The 40-year-old has become the only grandpa among current NFL players. Of course the Vikings will let him skip minicamps so he can spend time at the changing table trying to decide between Pampers, Luvs, Huggies or Wranglers.
- Mike Hart

Sure, it's funny. But again, I thought the train has left the station (according to GB Coach Mike McCarthy), yet Favre is still a hot topic among the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel hacks. Hypocrites. Read here for previous MJS rants on Favre.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Best Bottoms in the World! AA-Style!

Maria, Austin.

American Apparel's website is always chock full of great AA clothing - and great AA models. I've blogged before on the site. I'm an ass man, so I figured, "what the hell". Click on READ MORE! for the other 9 winners.

Heidi, Brooklyn

Karina's Reflection, San Fran

Stepho, Los Angeles

gee booty, Memphis

DONK, Van City

Cutie, Costa Mesa

boom boom, Santo Domingo

American Honey, Baltimore

alabaa, Toronto

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Types of Bitches.

Jeff Simmermon at the blog, And I Am Not Lying, has a thing or two (or 50+) to say about the plethora of "bitches" in the universe. I can relate. I've had my share of a couple in the last two days.

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Chris Matthews needs to shut the fuck up.

Seriously. No one can get a word in edgewise because he constantly interrupts his guests.

I try and watch both liberal and conservative media because I favor issues on both sides. But whenever I turn on MSNBC and Chris Matthews' Hardball is airing, I switch it. Now, I rarely listen to Rush's radio show but he at least lets his callers talk. Hannity and O'Reilly (both of FoxNews) certainly do their share of interrupting, but NO ONE's as bad as Matthews.

The right bitches about the left. The left bitches about the right. I'm right. You're wrong. Vicious circle. So many issues to tackle and too many talking heads on both sides for my taste.

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"Play ball!"

It's Opening Day in Milwaukee. Brewers 2, Colorado Rockies 4, bottom of the 8th. I don't watch baseball anyway. SKOL FAVRE! SKOL VIKINGS!

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"Kids say the darndest things." #2.

So I'm on the last leg of my 4-mile walk on the bike trail and I see a boy and girl playing in the woods alongside the trail. I said to the boy, "It's fun back here, isn't it?" He says, "Yeh." "I used to play out here when I was your age," I said...and I continued. "You know, while you kids are playing, you should pick up some of the paper and crap that's scattered about."

The girl says, "Well, we just moved here." And I say, "That's nice. Even more reason why you should pick up the litter. You're new here - you need to earn the right to enjoy your new neighborhood."

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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Poo Pourii, anyone?

There once was a young lad from Rhône
whose odor he'd rather disown
now he's taming his poo
by anointing the loo
and now happily sits on his throne!

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Aunt Jemima's maple syrup envy. Vol #6 - Voila! Maple Syrup.

Our first batch of maple syrup - the result of boiling around 40 gallons of maple sap. It's not as thick as store-bought syrup. Course it's pure maple syrup - no additives. And it tastes damn good. This is the last post in the "Aunt Jemima's maple syrup envy" series. Hope you enjoyed it reading it; we enjoyed livin' it.

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Friday, April 2, 2010

Aunt Jemima's maple syrup envy. Vol #5 - "A Promiscuous Rape".

“You know, I go to the theatre to be entertained. I don’t want to see plays about rape, sodomy and drug addiction...I can get all that at home.”

- Peter Cook, English actor & comedian

A chance meeting at a party thrusts two strangers into a volatile situation that each won’t soon forget. But be careful – a game is only fun when everyone is “in on it”.

You can only burn so much maple syrup before you need a break. When I wasn't helping my brother, I was in the cabin writing or losing at the card game, Hearts (my new obsession on the computer). I was playing around with a premise for a 10-minute play, inspired by the Woody Allen film, "Interiors" (1978).

The absurd argument that promiscuity may lead to rape isn't novel, and it's my belief that the play title is intriguing enough to pique some interest and get people to read the play based on the title alone.

"The Promiscuity of a Rape" - not the first time I finished a short play in one long weekend. It helps to get away. For a dialogue sample, go to my playwriting blog - Bumbershoot: The Plays of Jeffrey James Ircink. If you'd like to read the entire play, just email me.

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