Thursday, December 27, 2007

Explain this to me


Your daughter makes her name in the public eye, just like her big sister. You know her schedule just as you know her fave foods. The TV show has yet to be cancelled, so the lessons you taught her about being on time and ready to work have held up.
It doesn't catch your attention that she is dating someone old enough to be in college? Where I come from, that fact alone would bother me. Here's why - the two having sex is defined as statutory rape. One is an adult, at least 18. This person is not your daughter. She is the one under age. Even if the sex is consensual, it doesn't matter. Genarlow Wilson can testify to that.
BTW, more problems can come from sex than just a baby. Ever heard of AIDS, gonorrhea, or syphillis?

Stupidity In Action


How diffcult is this? Don't drink and drive.

What does this mean? You should never get behind the wheel if you pour alcohol down your gullet. Yes, I know, the most people know their limits. One or two in the course of a couple of hours probably will not affect things much. Then again, "buzzed", just slightly high, can be dangerous. To the driver, passenger, pasrby, or anyone else.
The worst part about these stories? Every person who makes a living by going in front of a camera ends up in viewers' living rooms. They become popular, and tend to make enough money for hiring a driver so the amount of alcohol consumed is negligible. They aren't going to get anybody killed.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Tigger Socks Cause Trouble


What a bunch of whiners.

That was my response to this.

Assuming the parents of these kids can read, did a policy on dress code vanish in thin air? I seriously doubt it. Come on. Choices in basic colors are able to be combined in a myriad of ways. Your kid doesn't like it? Tough. You are the one having to pay for the clothes.

Here's the deal - wear whatever you want AT HOME. When in school, you follow the rules. Period. As a parent, you should be the one in charge.

Anyone who has spent any time in the real world knows employers often institute dress codes so as to promote a corporate image. Even Google, one of the best work environments, has standards to follow.

Now then, I admit this reaction to socks might have be a little overreaction. However, they also said Tigger socks were fine. Just as long as the child was out of the school situation. This is not difficult.

Suspect socks had the logo high enough to be seen. If it had been on the top of the arch, the shoe tongue just might have covered it. Still.

Monday, December 17, 2007

CSI:NY "Child's Play"


Cities around the world attract crime like nectar to bees, and The Big Apple knows this well. For Det. Danny Messer(Carmine Giovinazzo), emotions go through the roof after a neighbor of his dies by mistake.

After Danny takes Ruben, a kid who lives in his apartment building, to a blessing of bikes, they head home. When gunshots ring out, Danny tells Ruben to keep going. Ruben does, but soon runs into trouble.

Det. Mac Taylor(Gary Sinise) and Dr. Sheldon Hawkes (Hill Harper) arrive to help process the scene of a bodega robbery. Since the store is a mess, only labwork will be able to put the pieces together.

Dr. Sid Hammerback (Robert Joy) examines the xrays of Justin, the injured shopowner, but has a bigger problem when a young child is wheeled into the morgue. Danny takes one look and is sick to his stomach- it's Ruben!. Hawkes gets Danny out of the room before evidence can be destroyed. Mac later reminds Danny he could not have prevented what happened.

Before Det. Lindsay Monroe (Anna Belknap) can let Danny cry on her shoulder, he walks off. Right now, he needs to tell Ruben's mom what took place. Then, he must come to grips himself.

It turns out Lucy, Justin's sister (Suzie Pollard Beyond the Break), shot Ruben. She did not mean to. Lucy was shooting at the man who robbed the store, but the shot went wild and Ruben died.

On the lighter side, Det. Don Flack (Eddie Cahill), Det. Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes), work with Lindsay to deduce who killed Essex Palmer with an exploding cigar. The trail leads to Laughing Larry (Richard V. Licata The West Wing), selling gag toys. He denies wrongdoing, and the evidence backs him up.

However, he does have a connection. The killer, Benjamin Sudor, (Brad Rowe 1-800-Missing) is a man whose childhood best friend drowned many years ago. Larry had made the cardboard submarine which sank, leaving a non-adept swimmer helpless. Seeking revenge, Larry was given the deadly smoker. The killer never meant for another man entirely to die.

Carmine Giovianzzo has always been an actor to watch, and he proved it in this episode. I would be interested more focus on this, so perhaps this can come up later....

Danny had a difficult choice to make, and there are some who might wonder why he did not keep Ruben at his side. Er, let's see, a young child witnessing a crime scene where a man has been shot badly. Broken glass abounds while emotions quiver from shock, anger, and trauma. Why does Ruben need to see that? He also could have been taken hostage.

Flack's pantomime was a pleasant surprise. He knows the suspect is having hearing problems, so he finds another way to make the arrest. Adam (AJ Buckley) and Sid were priceless! The discussion about Sid's autopsy results gave these two recurring guest stars a chance to shine.

Mac had the tough task of dealing with the aftermath of a horrid death, complicated by the involvement of one of his own. He lets Danny know things will be okay, eventually. There is no embrace like the time Louie, Danny's brother was shot ("Run Silent, Run Deep"), but sometimes distance works better.

Christmas Cookie Counting


Christina may be onto something.. I recently had to take a dessert to a progressive dinner for my Sunday School class. While I am no stranger to baking, this gadget seems to function a lot better than scraping two spoons together. No need to worry about whether you have enough dough to feed an army, just grab and plop! Come to think of it, a Pampered Chef goes to my church...

My Christmas gift to you:
2 eggs 1/2c oil 2 T water cake mix (your choice brand and flavor) 16oz bag BAKING chips - recipes are out which call for potato chips, this isn't one of them!
350 degree preheat.
Mix all but chips in a bowl. When blended, add chips. Bake 10-12min.

You MIGHT want to think about the cake and chips COMBO when preparing this recipe. I thought my yellow cake and chocolate chips was yuumy, but the spice cake and butterscotch chips was a little bland.
They make a boatload, so you should probably freeze half for later.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

CSI:NY "The Thing About Heroes"


When Det. Don Flack (Eddie Cahill), Det. Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes). Det. Lindsay Monroe (Anna Belknap), Det. Danny Messer (Carmine Giovinazzo), and Dr. Sheldon Hawkes (Hill Harper) investigate a dead man, Kevin Carmichael, on a train, they have double trouble after it suddenly takes off.

Danny manages to stop the runaway. Flack notices the team is riding on Train number 3which stopped at 33rd Street. Mac Taylor's mystery caller has struck again!

Where is Mac? Chicago, of course. He wants to find out who has called at 3:33 a.m. ever since London ("Can You Hear Me Now?") with Peyton Driscoll (Claire Forlani Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King). The trail leads to the Chicago Tribune building, where he starts searching rooms. One has a long dead corpse in it.

Letters painted nearby imply a hangman's game. Those missing spell "coward". Det. Brennan of the Chicago PD takes elimination prints and DNA to make sure Mac is not involved. She listens as Mac shares about his phantom caller. She tells him he will not be part of a joint investigation. When he later mentions 'bad reception' is in the air, Brennan takes the rebuke with grace.

Back at the lab, Chief Detective Sinclair (Mykelti Williamson Forrest Gump) is not happy when Chicago phones, asking why NYPD personnel is on their turf. He wasn't informed, so Flack heads to O'Hare. Mac shares from his past, and it's a doozy!

When he was 14, he and his best friend, Jimmy, were along for the ride as a package was delivered late at night to apartment 333. Inside was a wad of cash, but some was missing. A fight broke out. Mac could have stopped things, but Jimmy had to step in when Mac froze. Two people ended up dead.

Until now, Mac and Jimmy have never told anyone what happened. What neither knew was that Jimmy's younger brother, Andy, secretly watched. Some would call this kid anDrew.

Stella knows him well. Drew Bedford (Kerr Smith Dawson's Creek), Stella's not-so-secret admirer ("The Deep") is the 333 caller! A takedown goes awry when Mac is abducted. Drew wants revenge for his brother's death that night years ago. It's not long before NYPD steps in and rescues Mac. Drew is arrested.

Whew! The caller storyline is over. Drew was not one of my suspects. However, having him as Mac's stalker wraps up the problem of Stella and her boyfriends. There were, however, clever bits.

The reference to the cocaine bust ("Snow Day") was nice. Mac was reminded he has chinks in the armor which cannot be removed, no matter how much polish. Although Drew thinks otherwise, the real coward was Jimmy. He killed someone, and never spoke up. More than likely, he would have gotten off.

Sinclair shone! This relationship is the reverse from Lt. Dan and Bubba Forrest Gump. Gary Sinise as the crime lab head working under Mykelti Williamson as the detective in charge of all other detectives works very well indeed. Both actors give standout performances. Sinclair may not know the while story, but he trusts Mac enough to don a bulletproof vest himself in the effort to catch Drew. he even calls for help once Mac goes missing. Now, can someone persuade him to promote Flack?