Since I was a little boy all I wanted to do with my life was draw comic books. I loved superhero comics for as long as I could remember, and I don't know where it came from, but I always had the urge to draw them. I enjoyed that it much I was sold being a comic book artist, and I tried to make good on that...
On September 11, 2001 I was a 20 year old art major in college. I didn't have any care in the world whatsoever. I knew we were the greatest country in the world but I didn't know or necessarily cared about the "how" or "why." I had political debates with friends who literally believed our country was untouchable because of our geography relative to any belligerent nation....we were so, so stupid. We were taking it ALL for granted.
I live on the west coast, so I was still asleep when the attacks happened. I woke up to a friend leaving a message on my answering machine around 6 A.M. my time that the World Trade Center was "bombed." I literally thought I was dreaming, and went right back to sleep.
An hour or so later I woke up, remembering the message I heard. I looked at the answering machine and saw that the message light was blinking. I didn't play the message because my roommate was still asleep. I went to the living room in the fraternity house I was living in and found three other guys standing around it, with worried looks on their faces. I got scared, because I started to realize it wasn't a dream. I stood there and watched the footage, until that moment I only knew such scenes from the movies.
There is no way I can understate this...my world crashed down with the towers that day. For the first time I understood that even when we are at our strongest the freedom we take for granted is SO fragile, and there was a feeling of shame that it took thousands of innocent people dying to finally figure it out.
I haven't been the same since, 9-11 was one of two events in my life that steered me into being a part of the fight to preserve our nation's freedoms today. I cared about world events before that day, but only in the context of arguing for the sport of it.
Don't get me wrong, arguing with liberals can be fun, but a 9 year (and counting) journey began that day, a focus was developing in me. I started becoming too aware that the real world had to trump the world of comics and superheroes I loved so much since I was a child.
To make a long story a bit shorter I put all of those things away a couple of years later, I still love them, but I care about more important things now. The Looking Spoon is a culmination of a long overdue education mixed with a myriad of experiences (from political activism, to trying my hand at stand-up comedy, to learning web development, and everything in-between).
I truly want to make this website more than just a personal outlet for the wise cracks, bad jokes, and silly images swirling in my head. I don't know if it's true, but I at least feel like I'm doing something to contribute to the fight for what is right for the country, and more importantly the culture.
Ground Zero is more than a destination in New York City. For me, and I'm sure for millions, it has been a state of mind.
I know this is just a blog, but like all other Americans I have so much on my plate, and with the talents and abilities God gave me this is the best I have to offer at the moment. I hope someday it can be even more, because I have not forgotten the pain of September 11, and memories of the victims of that day will always have a friend in me. They will never cease to be worth fighting for.Add a comment
As of this writing I don't know who is burning Korans and who isn't (or depending on when you read this, "did or didn't"), but this is an open letter to any holy person who thinks this is a good idea.
Dear Inglorious Pastards,
Look at the mess you're creating. People yell at you not to do stupid stuff and you decide that you want to do it anyway. Hey! You should be a politician. Even better, since Obama is "obviously Christian" it seems you'd fit right in with his harem of spiritual advisors.
Look, I'm not concerned with people's fears of making Muslims angry. Turkey sandwiches shaped like Mohammed make them want to chop off more heads than the Highlander racing a guillotine. I'm just not convinced that you're "hearing" the answer to your prayers on this matter. Do you really think the consequences of burning Korans would be something Jesus would embrace?
At this point it's really just all about you isn't it? This is your 15 minutes and you're going to eat it up. You're starting to make the diaper lady from NASA look like a classy babe. So knock it off, seriously. You're a one-man band, and its only because nobody wants to jam with you.
Put the matches down! If you really want to demonstrate your frustration with Islam I have a few modest proposals that I strongly suggest you consider in place of your bonfire:
If you're no longer interested in "burning" here are a few other ideas...
So there you have it, burning is too symbolic of permanent destruction, its just wrong. You have to find other ways to do the wrong thing the right way. Of course, you can't succeed in not offending radical Islam, but at least you run the chance of being less offensive to the rest of us.
How does this letter solve anything? The answer to that is easy...it doesn't. It can't, but it does help exhaust my overactive imagination!Add a comment
In an honor that could be misinterpreted as a slap in the face, a Los Angeles school district has named a new academy after Al Gore -- the only problem is the school was built on toxic soil.
The Los Angeles Times reports that crews worked up to the Labor Day weekend to try to clean up the Carson-Gore Academy of Environmental Sciences in the run-up to its Sept. 13 opening.
The $75.5 million facility was named after Gore, who has made bringing awareness to climate change a personal cause since leaving office, and environmental author Rachel Carson. The former vice president was never informed the school would bear his name.
Read the rest via Fox News
Read the original LA Times article here
Let me be the first to say AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! This will go down as the greatest "happy accident" of my lifetime.
Enviralmentalists (that's not a typo, they have a virus in their brain) are saying this school is an affront to Gore's life work....
AN AFFRONT! This is just priceless! As if the Climategate emails aren't enough now scientists are saying their estimates on icecap loss needs to be slashed by 50%!
An affront they say....Al Gore's entire life is an affront to the truth. Even if (and at this point its a big if) science truly supported the snake oil he sells this PREACHA MAN of the church of Global Warming schtick gets really freakin' old when you have to strain to hear him over the roar of his private jets or through the fence of his energy guzzling mansions.
We are given dire warnings to change the way we live or face environmental Armageddon from this 21st century Greenhouse Milli Vanilli and there is only one conclusion you can draw from any of it...Heidi Montag's breasts are more real than the threat of global warming
It's not even open and it's already the best school ever.Add a comment
Heres a bunch of random thoughts in my head that, at the moment, I don't know how to convert into posts in and of themselves...so I'm laying them all out here...
Here are some budget neutral ways we can reduce the deficit....
1.Sell all of the unsold Obama memorabilia back to China
2. After forcing people to air the tires on their car everyday we can make the savings on gas taxable income
3. eBay the real birth certificate(s)
4. Take out an insurance policy against whats left of Obama's approval rating
5. If I had dime for every time a Democrat publicly dropped an F-bomb....
I think Obama should have a stash
I mean...why not? Right?
We should direct stimulus money to fund development of true "bridge to nowhere" so Obama's presidency can finally have a clear direction
We should also direct stimulus money to funding more "shovel ready" jobs after the Democrats get buried in November
We need to find a way to convert the pitch of Harry Reid's voice into electricity
When Sharon Angle defeats him he could begin promising career as a dog whistle
"I miss Janet Reno," or is it "I mister Janet Reno?"
The policy for admittance into the White House should mirror any policy the President decides to enforce on illegal immigration
Just imagine the how much better the "Recovery Summer" would've been if the signs promoting it cost $20K instead of $10K
Gay marriage is a big mess that really needs to be straightened out
Media Appearances: Hobama
Falling approval rating: Blowbama
BP Oil Spill: Slowbama
Gay Marriage: Homobama
Illegal Immigration: Para bailar la Obamba!
Talking about him "like a dog": Ruh Rohbama
Isn't it time to change the term "bald faced lies" to "telling a load of Carville's?"
Having conquered "senile" I think Pelosi should start looking her age too
Biden would sound a lot smarter if we surgically fused his mouth to a kazooAdd a comment
So what the heck is going on here?!?
They say a picture says a thousand words...lets see if I can find a few of 'em....
"By how many points does the GOP lead in the generic ballot? This many."
Learning to pray to you know who
"I really think the Ground Zero Mosque should go here"
RAISE THE ROOF!
Miming the box Obama keeps her in
Real Muslims wear blue?
"How many times today has your approval rating dropped? This many."
"Bowing to everyone is bad for your back, you gotta do it like the French"
"Look at me! I'm falling for Obama's bull-shut-yo-mouth!"
She is secretly telegraphing that she misses "W"
One way to rile up the natives in the Muslim world is to hike up those sleeves and show a little wrist
"Hey Hillary, show us what your jump shot looks like"
"How many times today has Barack made me feel like it should've been me? This many."
Alright guys, show me what you got!
O>;-)Add a comment
In a Labor Day address touting how the economy is moving in the right direction if you hold it up to a mirror Obama went off prompter for a second...
If he wants his critics to stop talking about him "like a dog" then he should stop lying like one.
Whats his batting average now for going off of the TOTUS reservation anyway? I'm pretty sure its a big fat , when is he going to learn to stick to the script before people start confusing him with Biden?
Last spring I posted a suggestion for a new teleprompter when the president rambled on about nothing for 17 minutes a townhall event. As a friendly reminder I would like to reintroduce my idea of what Obama's new teleprompter needs to be...
Please Mr. President, we beg you...read your teleprompterAdd a comment
I know this is a really odd and creepy title for this post, but I promise the videos below explain it all...
You have to watch this video first BEFORE watching the one below it.
Again, only watch this following video AFTER you watch the first one.
I don't know, it really feels like theres an "IT" factor to this guy....
If this came true Biden would say it was a big f**king steal.Add a comment
God did not create the universe, world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking argues in a new book that aims to banish a divine creator from physics.
Hawking says in his book "The Grand Design" that, given the existence of gravity, "the universe can and will create itself from nothing," according to an excerpt published Thursday in The Times of London.
"Spontaneous creation is the reason why there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist," he writes in the excerpt.
"It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper [fuse] and set the universe going," he writes.
I know hes supposed to be a genius and stuff so I'm afraid of saying something that might make me sound like I'm trying to act more intelligent than THE Steven Hawking...and stuff...but....
Where did the gravity come from?
How did absolutely nothing become something?
Did God create gravity? Is there some sort of cosmic loophole that Hawking is desperately trying to find so he can preclude God from eclipsing his own brilliance? What gives?
I didn't come up with this, but even in the bygone (thank God) days when I was less religious (Christian) I lived by the credo "I don't have enough faith to be atheist." As each day passes I do my best to strive toward a life worthy of His glory, and my belief in that line has become inexorably bound to my soul.
I mean no disrespect to Hawking. He is, after all, a Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, a position once held by Sir Issac Newton himself. So nothing about his apparent atheism should actually be questioned since he's so freakin' brilliant...
Why do I suddenly feel like this blog has been way too hard on Obama?Add a comment
Typically cautious Larry Sabato, head of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, is rocking the political world with a new "Crystal Ball" prediction: The GOP will win the House, making Ohio's John Boehner speaker, might get a 50-50 split in the Senate, and will pick up some eight new governors.
"2010 was always going to be a Republican year, in the midterm tradition," Sabato said in his latest prediction, issued Thursday. "But conditions have deteriorated badly for Democrats over the summer. The economy appears rotten, with little chance of a substantial comeback by November 2nd. Unemployment is very high, income growth sluggish, and public confidence quite low. The Democrats' self-proclaimed 'Recovery Summer' has become a term of derision, and to most voters—fair or not—it seems that President Obama has over-promised and under-delivered."
read the rest via U.S. News and World Report here
Amazingly, the title of this story is: Shock Prediction: GOP to Take House, Maybe Senate in 2010 Election... Sabato should start a business as a Vegas wing-man with a break even guarantee by betting on red AND black.
So all I have to say about that is...what liberal media? This is a shock prediction? Do you know how many times I had to check the date on this story to make sure it wasn't written in 2008?
Every conservative in the country knew on January 21, 2009 that the GOP was going to take back the House at the very least. Liberals can't hide their crazy forever...and this case didn't hide it...ever!
Oh boy do I remember the lectures about how conservatives tried it their way and now it the Democrats turn. As if there was something new to be learned about spending money that doesn't actually exist.
What I really resent about these predictions is this sense of inevitability liberals have developed to explain away any rational reason their precious Democrats are about to be tossed on their asses.
Its not that they're doing a bad job, or that they brazenly admit their intent to defy the will of their constiuents...its just, through no fault of their own, "its just how these things work."
How about this for a shock prediction: Sabato's prediciton Dems win in 2010 activates electrodes attached to his nipples.
If people like Sabato want a reason why the Dems are poised to lose power they should put away the "crystal ball" and start reading tea leaves...
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This is it you guys! Like good ratings to the teflon MSNBC is made of the laughably low estimate on attendance for Restoring Honor wont stick, so lets pick out a few syllables about holding a sacred document that may not have actually happened to discredit the entire rally.
Restoring Honor was about...well, restoring honor. It wasn't a polemic, it wasn't in any way political. It was an affirmation of the values that made this country great in the first place. There's no way you can attempt to discredit that without looking like some lame liberal hall monitor.
How do we know he's lying anyway? According to the Mother Jones story (and I emphasize "story") someone would be in very deep
doo doo stimulus if it was ever admitted that he touched a forbidden fruit of our history. So is Beck lying or is Susan Cooper, the spokesperson for the National Archives, covering someones rear?
You know what? I actually don't freakin' care! If Beck didn't tell the truth...so what? How does that tarnish the basic goodness what Restoring Honor set out to accomplish or its message?
RIDDLE ME THIS LIBERALS... If Bill Clinton, of all people, advised married couples against committing of adultery would such an admonishment be incorrect because of its source?
It was a three hour event and the only time Beck was put on a pedestal was when the people being honored thanked him for having the event. So is this REALLY the best you got libs?
Like this latest grasp at straws would affect liberals' opinion of the rally if the words weren't uttered? Furthermore, they carry water for a vice president who thinks TV was Franklin Roosevelts opiate to the masses in 1929 WHEN HE WAS PRESIDENT....THREE YEARS BEFORE HE WAS ELECTED.
Then they have a president who once said we have 57 states! I don't know, maybe it was in jest, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt when Beck gets it.
What message are they trying to convey anyway? Its cool if you're a liberal idiot and be elected leader of the free world, just don't be a conservative pundit that gets verbally carried away from time to time.Add a comment
Somewhere the descendants of Errol Flynn hate me...dearly...
I struggled a bit to come up with the right leading lady, there was the obvious choice...
Then theres the less obvious choice...
I would be a little worried that Nancy would be uncomfortable running around with her head all covered up...
Anyway, then we have the "oh yeah" choice
This lip service to tax cuts is being hailed as a sort of moment of Obama coming to Jesus (a huh, a huh huh huh) on the economy. Forgive me if I choose to remain a doubting Thomas on that point.
The only struggle going on here is the one where liberals have to choose between their ideology and reality.
It's not at all a coincidence that the states having the biggest problems with money and scratching their heads in bemusement are the ones that liberals have a death grip on (California, New York, Michigan). They like to sneer at Reaganomics but it worked no matter how many times they make unchallenged pronouncements that it didn't.
I know next to Obama FDR is their great "progressive" liberal hero, after all, both smoked, one needed crutches to walk, the other needs a crutch to think....
FDR had more VP's than Biden has brain cells. There's the "New Deal," the "Big Effing Deal," and wasting money is an ass they can definitely kick.
One thing is certain. Reagan's economic policies didn't need a world war to finally get the country out of its economic funk. Furthermore...wait a sec, that quote said Obama wants to help the economy by giving MORE aid to...states...aaand...OMG they want more stimulus again?!? Wont these people ever learn?!?
I forget, what did Einstein say was the product of doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results?
image from iOwnTheWorld
He has to stand because there's no corner to cower into when your office is oval...Add a comment
The media wanted to sit on this amazing scientific find, but photos leaked out, here is a magnified view of the virus.
Scientists are calling the petri dish the "Culture of Corruption"