Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Wednesday

And back to life. We had a lovely vacation and I hope you all had a great holiday as well...AND are still having one. Being in the retail world I was swamped the past two weeks and I'm beat. Yesterday we had our first Chow family Christmas. Just me and my lady. We started some new traditions, continued some old family ones and ate till we were beyond full. Christmas in Cali was quite nice, can't wait til next year!

Here are your highlights:

Bushmaster gun of choice

Stay warm in the Midwest and East Coast

Memorable Tweets

People like Kent Conrad still sucks

The bizarre FreedomWorks coup

Week 17 Playoff scenarios, The Redskins have to win; on the biggest stage, against their biggest rival. HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Wednesday

Welp. Mission Accomplished...okay not really, but I finished my editing and I sent off my project. It's a relief and I feel like I'm sending my first born child to their first day at school. We'll see what happens, but nonetheless I can take a little vacation and enjoy it. Hold down the fort ya'll.

Here are your highlights:

Filibuster Reform, it's on.

Losing their minds, Republican voters blame ACORN for the election loss

No idea people still wrote on Breitbart

I'd get in this taxi

NOT BREAKING NEWS: Austerity is Stupid

And your moment of "Why I'm not a Republican" brought to you by the ignorant and condescending National Review Online. Remember, Asians in America, once you have "Americaness" you'll come to the side of the Republicans. I'd say I'm shocked, but this is the Grand Old Party I've grown up with. We aren't Americans to them, we think in all funky chinaman speak. This is the sort of out reach that ensures you lose for decades to come. Keep up the great work! (h/t Tengrain)


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Tuesday

I've given myself a deadline for a writing project. Sorry for being gone so much. We head to Illinois on Thursday so more sucky blogging.

Here are your highlights:

"Linsanity" documentary makes Sundance

Five Political Realities of the Fiscal Cliff

Pelosi playing a key role yet again in the House

The NRA is still full of crazy

Roger Ailes, no joke

How about them Redskins?!! RG3 and Alfred Morris led the Skins to an improbably December win over the Giants last night. Hail Yeah!!!


Friday, November 30, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Thursday

I'm beat. Two days in a row up way late editing. I also might have had too much booze as well, but that's neither here nor there...I've got to do the 9-5 today after doing the close last night. They call that a clopen in the industry.

Here are your highlights:

GOP still the "Party of No"

Strike at the California Docks

UCLA Vietnamese Student Union Gets Vandalized

Layoffs and potential disaster

Say goodbye to the Axelrod stache

Let me clear my throat TAX THE RICH!


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Wednesday

And I'm back! Wow, it's been a while. I think we have one box and about ten or so things to hang, but we're settled in and enjoying our new place. It's been too cold to use the pool, but believe you mean we will. I've been staying up late writing a bunch and trying to meet deadlines for various things. Hopefully something will come out of the many different feelers I have out. It's the slow time of year. So I'm focused on my family, my craft and Sufjan Stevens' Christmas album.

Here are your highlights:

No Boehner progress

Raising the Medicare age is well, a terrible idea

Economy gets a slight uptick

GOP freaks out Obama taking his case to the people

"At least eight shots"

"Are College Admissions Anti-Asian?"


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Almost There

We're almost done with all of our unpacking. There's just a few things in bins that need a home. I'm exhausted...still...I'll be back after Thanksgiving.

Hold down the fort.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Moving On Up

The Mrs. and I are prepping to move. I'm hunkering down and trying to cover internet, gas, electric and etc...and etc...

We move Wednesday morning and then hopefully over the next week we'll settle into our new abode. We're pretty excited for the savings. It's right up the street as well, so there's no real adjustment to environment or "getting to know our surroundings." Once we (and by we I mean my wife) figures out where everything is to be placed, I'll share pictures.

This weekend was spent participating in debauchery at the USC homecoming festivities and then driving to San Diego for the day to see Poppa Frank. I'm exhausted from the trip, but it was worth it since I won't be seeing him over the holidays at all. Did I mention I love San Diego?

Anyway, just wanted to stop in, say hello and give you all an update. Till next time...RAGE ON!

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Friday

It's clear we're still dealing with the same Republican party. Mostly likely it will take time before the self-implode...if they ever. I didn't think they change over night, however Boehner today did sound more defeated than normal. I'm almost certain he knows he's losing his job. Maybe in two year the media will finally throw up their hands and announce they know the GOP is batshit crazy. I won't hold my breath. Anyone catch Obama's press conference? I thought it went rather well.

Here are your highlights:

Republicans commit voter fraud

Asian-Americans heavily favored Obama

Splitting the Buckeye State

Not gonna lie Daniel Craig is a b.a. Bond

Imaginary Liberal Theater

As California Goes...


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Thursday

Wow. I needed a day off after Tuesday night. I may or may not have drank just a tad too much bubbly after the election was called for President Barack Obama. Now it's back to work. It's back to changing this great nation bit by bit. The first priority should be creating jobs and finishing what the administration started four years ago, recovery. It's going to be interesting to watch the GOP figure out what there next move will be. Their Black Jimmy Carter approach was thwarted clearly by the American people on Tuesday. There might be an ugly in-fight coming up over the next couple of years. I have a inkling they're going to have to jump off the crazy cliff before ever coming back to America. The America that voted on Tuesday, not the America they think still exists.

Here are your highlights:

Obama's Victory Speech

Forget undecideds, it's now about the Latino Vote

We've got to do better with our voting systems, Dem voters faced the longer lines

Hawaii sends first Asian-America female to the Senate, also congrats to Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren!

The Biggest Loser, Karl Rove


The Obama Mandate


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Election Day 2012

Well the Mrs. and I voted. After about an hour or so of waiting, we went to the archaic little set up and did the damn thing. I'm now going to try to avoid tv, Twitter and Facebook for much of the day. Hopefully, I'll get some writing done. It all comes down to tonight's results...what I'm feeling is Obama will be reelected and this blog will go back to thwarting ridiculous right-wing conspiracies. I hope that feeling is right. It's much more fun knowing there's a competent man leading the Free World.

Here are your highlights:

Romney Closes Dirty

Nate Silver, he's smart and wonky

The last minute tiff between Romney and Christie, don't see any benefit from this whatsoever. It's plain odd.

Lots of other issues being voted on today. Gay Marriage!

Atrios sums up the day ahead

Fired up and Ready to Go!


Monday, November 5, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Monday

It's one day and I'm surprisingly calm. I'll be heading to the polls to vote tomorrow. It'll be the first time we'll be voting together as husband and wife. So American.

Here are your highlights:

Election Swing State Scoreboard

Slowly but surely the economy is recovering

Paul Ryan's mentor...

How bad was yesterday's Redskins game? This bad

Links to swing states and GOTV

TNC explains magic is to blame if Romney loses


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Ninja Thought

Only white men can bless the president with a man-date

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Friday

So I drank too much whiskey last night. Gonna have to take it easy today...lucky me I have work till 10pm. In other news we move in a couple of weeks to our new place. It's a bit older than our current place, but it has charm and it is much more affordable. This will undoubtedly make things a bit easier. I'm looking forward to it just not looking forward to packing up our schtuff. We've gotta lotta schtuff.

Here are your highlights:

Hell in the Swing States

The Nate Silver v Republicans spat explained

Romney's sad and pathetic closing argument


If you can't win, make it harder to vote

Jobs Report, the good and the bad


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Thursday

It's that time of year where we inch closer to election day. I'm a tad bit nervous, but after Obama's response to Hurricane Sandy I think Obama will be reelected. The most recent swing states seem to be aligning for a tight Obama victory and an almost certain right-wing meltdown. Romney as we've come to the finish line, as suspected, is not a strong closer offering little real "momentum". I don't look forward to the media response if Obama wins. By the way this election cycle developed it stands to reason they'll call the election result a call for Obama to go further to the mystical center. They'll ask for more austerity, bipartisanship and hurt for the less fortunate. And TAX CUTS! I say if Obama is reelected he should treat it is a mandate for his agenda. Raise taxes on the rich, invest in infrastructure and education and hire back a ton of gov't workers...hope.

Here are your highlights:

Penn State president charged

Health threats post-Sandy

Spot on piece by Marc Ambinder, How Republicans Will Explain a Romney Loss

Barack Obama a great president?

Hanging in the balance is Florida

RG3 is not Cam Newton


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Wednesday

One man is the president, the other keeps posing. Time for the country to decide in less than a week. Let's do this!

Here are your highlights:

Facts? What are those?

Hey D'Souza, You Da Suck!

Florida gets weirder

Romney's attempt at a event for Hurricane Sandy victims as fake as it sounds

In honor of Disney buying Lucasfilms, the best Star Wars Costume to date


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Tuesday

I slept in...YES! Now I'm off to work.

Here are your highlights:

Sandy deals New York a crushing blow, hope everyone is safe

Mitt not friendly to same-sex parenting

Nate Silver versus "real journalists" hilarious

Why do people respect David Brooks?

Science might help in the near future with hurricanes

Prop 37, what's it means for our food


Monday, October 29, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Monday

Stay safe everyone and if it's not as bad in your neck of the woods...go out and shop...I kid. I'm too tired at this moment to rage about this stupid election.

Here are your highlights:

Joss Whedon Zomney

Sen. John McCain is back to his crabby ways

Track the storm

The jobs report will have no impact on the election

The subtext of the Romney's referring to Obama as not "grown-up"

Quick reaction to the abysmal Redsksins' performance


Friday, October 26, 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Ninja Thought

Not so Randy.

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Get Your Dunkin Thursday

Apologies to all who have received a mal-ware warning while attempting to visit my site. I'm trying to figure out which link is the one carrying such nonsense. Alas, Google nor Blogger has been much help. I'm considering a switch, any suggestions?

Here are your highlights:

Microsoft introduces Windows 8

Obama receives the endorsement of Colin Powell once again

No more Romney momentum

Redefining rape seems to be part of the GOP platform

Jobs, jobs and jobs

WTF, the "Evil Chinese Professor" is back


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Wednesday

It's Wednesday and it feels like a Friday. Outside the wind is blowing and the sun is beaming. I'm working on a playlist and catching up on various creative endeavors before I have to work. I kind of like it here.

Here are your highlights:

Obama's Des Moines Register "off the record" interview

More on Richard Mourdock

The geekiest cake of all geeky wedding cakes, Eye of Sauron

Pennsylvania attempting to start Corporate Welfare

Dear Media, YOU HAD A STORY. You are just too frightened to tell it.

Supply and Demand

Keep calm Dems, there's a clearer path to victory for Obama


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Republicans and Rape Talks

I've decided to become a Catholic. It has been a rather long journey. A search of my soul, my spirit and my faith. I and I alone have come to this decision. The past month I've been attending mass with a group of fellow adults embarking on the same journey. Every Monday, that work permits, I attend a class for an hour and half. We talk and chat about the Bible, Jesus, God, the Disciples, the Church, traditions, specific verses; we dig deeper each class. It has been trying. I won't lie at times I've wanted to quit, yet something compels me to continue. I have faith it's the right path for me at this time. And although I don't always agree with various teachings or leanings; I know it is the right thing to do.

So when I read things like this it troubles me. It makes me sad and it's the exact opposite of what I've learned thus far:

Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock became the latest Republican to wander into eyebrow-raising territory when it came to the discussion of rape and abortion during a Senate debate Tuesday night.

Defending his stance that abortion should be illegal even in the case of rape, Mourdock explained that pregnancy resulting from nonconsensual sex is the will of God.

“I’ve struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God,” Mourdock said. “And even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”

They must be chatting with a different "Big Guy."

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Friday

I've had a busy couple of days. Today I get to recover. Wednesday I had the pleasure of attending Whisky Live. A three hour of event of high-end and craft bourbon and whiskey tastings. I will blog more about it later, but it was a learning experience and pretty friggin' cool. I am however still recovering. It was a lot, A LOT of booze.

Here are your highlights:

The GOP will find any way to intimidate your vote

Don't call it a comeback

What a Romney victory would mean

For you folks who'll get winter, the coolest jacket

Rep. Joe Walsh still one of the worst reps in America



Monday, October 15, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Monday

It's taking all my will power not to write about the amazing, the talented, the mind-blowingly awesome RG3...what a game! I will simply post this video, so you can see for yourself. The kid is for real. I hope that he stays healthy, smart and focused; good things are headed his way. Just received great news that the Paddy K will be visiting California next week. It's on!

Here are your highlights:

Supersonic Skydive

God, we need a better press corps

K Pop to take over the music world?

Super hero PUMPKINS!


The Romney plan is not a plan


Friday, October 12, 2012

Computer and Life Update

Today was not a "day off." I spent my morning at the Genius Bar in the Apple Store. It's sterile and hipster vibe enveloped me in a string of bad reports about the state of my computer. The kid who helped me was kind enough, but couldn't for the life of him figure out how and why my computer was in such an utter state of ruin. There's something creepy about the Apple store once you've sat there for more than 15 minutes. Is this what we've become? I could've easily spent the rest of my day there simply name dropping indie/hipster bands gathering an audience of kids eager to compare playlists. In other words, the Genius Bar didn't have enough genius. They couldn't fix my computer.

I did, however, wisely set up coffee with an acting/writing friend to follow the lack of genius. A fellow Chicagoan and Middle-American; it was great to catch up and bounce off ideas with him. It amazes me how if two creative people sit down with common interests electricity occurs. We chatted for a rather long time about Hollywood, reflecting on our first years out in the "scene", auditions and the many draw backs of this town. We're cynical Midwesterners, sue us! It ended up being the beginning of hopefully many new projects. We both are tired of waiting around for agents or the right gig, instead we're going to start creating on our own. So, in time we'll be making a new original web-series and hopefully much much much more after. It's why we moved here, so why wait for someone else to cast us? Time to cast ourselves. It's going to take some grinding, but I'm confident we're doing the right thing and it's going to be a fun time making it all happen. Then I had the awesome idea to take my computer to the MacMall...

MacMall is a store that looks like it originated at the dawn of computers. A grey nondescript building with "MacMall" in a sort of Microsoft Word font. I first decided to scope the place out and see if my computer would survive inside this Kevin Smith like creation. I walked in and immediately I was on the set of 40 Year Old Virgin. After a brief walk around I bolted for the door, but then a salesman asked what I was in for and I took the bait. I explained my current computer death situation and he said they could easily fix it for $120. I was astonished and relieved. A knight. I had met a MacMall knight...or so I thought.

I quickly went home, grabbed my wounded IMac and returned to the MacMall. I spoke with the same guy, he's a guy now let's be honest the "knight" thing was a moment of weakness, and I set my computer on the counter. After some diagnostics and jedi-MacMall tricks I was in the hole for more than twice as quoted and my computer was in the hands of an extra from Mall Rats. Somehow I felt I left with a bit of pride since I unknowingly talked the guy into giving me extra RAM for half price. Who knew? What is RAM? Despite my race I don't get computers! I exited the MacMall, my computer hopefully, in good hands and a whole lot poorer.

Today was an atypical day off with a silver-lining. In the words of ole blue eyes, "that's life."

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Must Watch


Lies and the liar that tells them.

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Get Your Dunkin Thursday

This is my friend. He plays music and you should listen to his awesomeness. In other news, we've decided to move to a more affordable place. Still in Santa Monica and it has a pool. So, needless to say we're quite happy with the savings and it has a pool. Did I mention pool? Only downside is we have to get packing once again. I don't know anyone who enjoys moving. Any advice to make it easier, let me know!

Here are your highlights:

Reminder: Romney is a flip-flopper

Michelle Rhee isn't the only faux-education reformer

I've been "battered" by the economy and I still support our President

Elizabeth Warren says we shouldn't go back

Justice Kennedy the deciding vote


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Wednesday

(so proud of my son)

I'm taking the ole computer in on Friday. My work schedule has been all over the map. They have been testing out a new program and so I'm just attempting to go along with it. To be perfectly honest it sucks. I need to get my computer back up and healthy to record a new voice demo and work on some scripts. This is year two of living in LA, I've got a ton to accomplish.

Here are your highlights:

Justices to hear affirmative action case, we're so post-racial

Romney wants to end Roe v Wade

This suitcase would make everyone's life easier

RG3 cleared to practice

Lying as a strategy

I couldn't agree with this more; if Obama wins the GOP will do everything they can to delegitimize the win for the next four years


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Tuesday

The Obama campaign wins the day. Well played, well played indeed.

Here are your highlights:

Romney gets a nice one poll bounce, don't panic

The real way Romney can win is by rigging the game

Get a grip

The is nun of my business

Ryan Kerrigan could save the Redskins' defense


Monday, October 8, 2012

Computer Meltdown

My computer crashed and it hasn't come back to life. I'm taking it to the Genius Bar this week, my hope it won't cost an arm and a leg. My fear is that I lost everything. Scripts, photos and edited videos...

Till I get my computer back, I will be using the Mrs. laptop when I can. This sucks.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Frank on the Matthew Filipowicz Show

Check out the latest episode of the Matthew Filipowicz Show. We've started a new segment called "What's your Asian?", where I Frank Chow talk about all things Asian.

Give it a listen here and don't forget to become a member!

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Get Your Dunkin Tuesday

My work schedule is all over the map this week. Off to do the 9-5 thang.

Here are your highlights:

Romney's health plan would leave more uninsured

Please Mass, get rid of Scott Brown

Jim Crow Struck Down in PA

Can you believe it, 50 years of James Bond!

Ruining my childhood

"Whistling Past Dixie"


Monday, October 1, 2012

Ninja Thought


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Get Your Dunkin Monday

Not really morning anymore, but hey it counts if it's before noon, right?

Here are your highlights:

RG3 is a star with many talents, HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!

SPACE, 50 years of space photos

The economy still can't make up its mind

Is nail-biting a mental disorder?

Probably not the best way to sell Ice Cream

The Legend of Paul Ryan fades, welcome to the big show


Thursday, September 27, 2012

At a Total Loss

I've spent most of my day working my ass off. I don't get paid much for the amount of work I put in, it's frustrating and I'm quite exhausted. (Apologies for my time away of late) So when I arrived at my humble abode tonight I had every intention to sit and type. I wanted to write tonight about education in America, about television and writing Asian-American characters; I wanted to write about affirmative action and white privilege, about the election and being a part of the "other" 47%. Alas, tonight I won't write about any of those things. Instead, I'm stuck on music. Music that inspires, challenges and in a way haunts me at this moment.

I say haunt because when you listen to an album sometimes you come to a realization that you've yet to reach your potential. It challenges you because when you hear its intricacies you cringe at the thought of what more you could be doing at this very instant. You hear every note, the subtlest tones and each has an uncanny ability to inspire. I'm at a "Total Loss."

How to Dress Well - Total Loss

Listen. This is the kind of album that makes me want to create.

I will try to write tonight. I will try to be this good at what I do daily, but it's unequivocally clear, I've got work to do.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Wednesday

It's been an odd and busy week already. I've started Insanity again, my hip seems healed enough and although I'm not going full 100% it feels good to be back at it. The weather has cooled off this week as well. I miss Fall in Virginia, but I can't really complain about beach living. Speaking of beach living we visited Manhattan Beach the other day and kind of fell in love. Now just to convince all of friends to rent a home with us for the summer...

Here are your highlights:

Syria, it's out of control

Houses by freeways are bad for kids

Obama still has his support

NFC East rookies among the league's best

Deep deep Bonddad thoughts on the election



Monday, September 24, 2012

Ninja Thought

They'll try till they die to be "balanced"

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Get Your Dunkin Monday

Well I'm back! After a much needed vacation, the lady and I safely returned to Santa Monica. It was a great week. We started in Temecula, headed to Stone Brewing Company, then stayed in La Jolla for the rest of the week. We even got to hop in a kayak and tour the coastline of La Jolla. I'm a bit tanner, a bit chubbier and so much happier. It was just what the doctor ordered. Now it's back to the grind and making it in Hollywood.

Here are your highlights:

Vote These Bastards Out

CEOs are overpaid and it's hurting average workers

Redskins lose again, one thing is clear RG3 can't do it alone

Kick-Ass 2, the revival of Jim Carrey?

Romney rigging the game

Not good signs on the economic front, maybe we should elect a Congress that does something...


Friday, September 14, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Friday

We start vacation on Monday, I'll be off the grid for a week. Random postings to ensue!

Here are your highlights:

Why everyone is excited about QE3

The Chicago teachers strikes continues


This is a much needed comedic switch, SNL gets new Obama

What's middle income? I'll give you a hint NOT $200,000 a year


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Thursday

I slept maybe three hours last night. I think this might be the beginning of my very own fight club.

Here are your highlights:

Hillary Clinton on the Middle East embassy attacks and the film

Yup, this election cycle has been depressing

More about RG3

No soda for you NYC

Romney "Wrong Time to Go Bold"

Fed to make a QE3 move


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Wednesday

Lots of people getting hidden on Facebook today. If I read one more comment asking for war in Libya or Egypt, or asking for some kind of retaliation I might just throw my Timeline through the friggin wall. Have we learned nothing from 9/11 or did we forget? Or do we all now think the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were all because of 9/11? Don't answer that, I might get depressed. Instead I'll listen to happy songs.

Here are your highlights:

Romney's classless response to the Attack on the Libyan Embassy

A double downgrade?

The IPhone 5 revealed

Don't tell anyone, but Obamacare is already working


It's time to start watching the predictions closely, Five Thirty Eight

Marc Ambinder on Libya


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Tuesday

I've already said my piece about 9-11 many of times. As I get older though, I've become less jaded and more disappointed. There'll be tons of tributes on tv, celebrities and news anchors recalling what they went through and felt, there'll be divisive rhetoric from the right-wing and people justifying two wars without mentioning one was completely unrelated. We're no more united today than we were back then. So yeah, I'm disappointed. This election gives us a chance to start making more things right. Hopefully, we do.

Here are your highlights:

Biden makes a classic visit to PA. firefighters

Chicago schools, the struggles in the system

Animated GIFs tell the story of the Fed and the jobs crisis

Reminder: We're but small specs in the sky

Power Rankings, the Skins make a big jump


Monday, September 10, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Monday

HAIL TO THE REDSKINS! What can I say that hasn't already been said? I was lucky enough to catch most of the first half at Joxers Daly's in Culver City. It is a full on Redskins haven there and it was like being at home. RGIII was so poised, so accurate, so bad-ass, that it's hard not to fully buy into the hype. The kid crushed it in his debut and the team had an entirely different swagger. It'll be interesting to see how this season plays out, how the team will handle adversity and what won't RGIII accomplish. As of right now, I'm riding high with Redskins pride. It's the dawn of a new era. HTTR!

Here are your highlights:

At this point, it should be expected the GOP won't change a bit if Obama is reelected

The Company Romney Keeps

Ladies: Wine purses...

First Listen: Grizzly Bear

Rahm Emanuel still a colossal prick, support the Chicago Teacher Union

The negative bounce for Romney, a first

Welcome back to the blogosphere Marc Ambinder. He'll be writing for the Week at his new home called "The Compass."


Friday, September 7, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Friday

A small quake late last night spooked me. I was deep in a writing session, headphones on, (working on a new project) and the initial shake was bigger than what I've felt thus far. Normally quakes build and then shake, this started with a shake. I thought it was someone coming up from behind me at first. Luckily, it was just an earthquake. I'm working all weekend, so you folks enjoy yourselves.

Here are your highlights:

Song Premiere: the Calm Blue Sea "Mary Ann Nichols"

Unemployment by the numbers, not what we'd like to hear. Maybe we should elect a guy who ships jobs overseas, wants to give tax cuts to the rich and love offshore accounts...

Fight Night Saturday: Chad Dawson moves down in weight to fight the champ Andre Ward

AAPI representation at the DNC

It's been one year since Obama asked for more jobs bills, the GOP nothing

Are you ready for some football?! Hail to the Redskins!


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Ninja Thought

The John Lewis Tour

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Get Your Dunkin Thursday

I have a meeting in an hour. Gotta go gets ready!

Here are your highlights:

Romney & GOP Pull of Penn & Michigan...either they know something we don't or they are folding awfully soon.

Might be the biggest fail of the year, Facebook doing worse than Twitter in ad sales

Gabby Giffords to lead pledge

Make your horse into a DRAGON! 

The disgusting GOP pundit reaction to Sandra Fluke's speech

Desktop Wallpapers for your puter


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Wednesday

I doubt know about you the tone at the DNC is much different than that of the RNC. It seems the DNC actually likes their candidate. Gov. Deval Patrick owned the night with an amazing speech, someone get him a PR person stat. Me, I'm just waiting for Clint Eastwood to crash the DNC with Chuck Norris with chairs above their heads like a WWE match.

Here are your highlights:

The speeches from the DNC, starring a very classy Michelle Obama

Coming to Cali, driverless cars

Reminder: Repealing Obamacare would take health care away from people

New Eats in Santa Monica

Meet Virginia, a third party of crazy

Monsanto versus nature, Nature will always find a way to win


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Tuesday

I've been battling an eye twitch. From my studies, it's most likely due to two things 1) stress and 2) sleep deprivation. It's been bothering me now for over a week...I correct that statement it's been annoying the hell out of me for over a week. If anyone has any remedies other than the obvious SLEEP YOU MORON, let me know. I hope everyone had a lovely Labor Day. We went to Malibu Wines overlooking the hills and mountains of Malibu. It was definitely an experience to remember, we even checked out the Biggest Loser Ranch sort of, we took a poke about. Today is my last day off before another weekend in retail madness.

Here are your highlights:

No Scribbling on the Etch-a-Sketch

On Labor Day thank the Unions

Eric Cantor tweets the new GOP line on Labor Day "thanks employers!" Yeah they don't get it.

Ugliest Face Contest!

"Suppose your house is on fire..." 


Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Single Dumbest Thing Said

Chuck Todd ladies and gentlemen:

After Clint Eastwood went all Leonard Lowe on us tonight, I feel it's only more important to share this moment of stupidity.

“Democrats wish they had the diversity of speakers and deep bench [of the GOP] to show America …”

As a minority watching an entirely white panel analyze a predominantly white party it's hard not to be insulted. In this case, I find it better to laugh. It may be the dumbest thing said all year. Pat yourself on the back Chuckles.

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At Home Bar - Well Bourbons & Under $30

I'm on a quest for an economically sound bar at home. My financials and my lust for high-end bourbons happens to be a constant and unwanted battle. Recently, I've taken it upon myself to taste and sample a couple of bourbons for my "well" at home as well as a single barrel or small batch under $30. I thought I'd share my some I've taken a liking to and perhaps you all will give them a try next time you're out and about.

Well, well, well:

Most people find the term well to be synonymous with "cheap", however in my terms I mean it to be "affordable, but satisfactory for an array of drinks." Wordy, I know, but so we're on the same page...I digress...In my search I've picked the brains of some of my favorite local bars and asked point blank "what's your well?" Some have surprised me others have disappointed me, nevertheless I've got my own.

Bourbon- the Wells

Ancient Age

It's cheap $8.99 for a 750ml, it hits the notes for most of your cocktails and your friends won't know the difference. Made by the mad scientists at Buffalo Trace, Ancient Age is literally Buffalo Trace the younger. It has some similar notes as Buffalo Trace, candied and caramels, but it comes in at 80 proof. It's not meant to be sipped, but with the proper hand it can satisfy most palates in a drink. Also too, the price is kind of ridick.

Henry McKenna

This is a sleeper. I doubt most people think, "Hey it's $12.99 and it's a liter, gonna be great!" I had heard about this from several customers where I work, but never gave it much thought...then I decided what the heck and I was pleased. It isn't too big, the finish doesn't linger, yet it has a memorable character. Produced by the guys at Heaven Hill, this is my definitive well at home. It makes a heckuva a cocktail, it has more sipping appeal to the novice drinker and the price is fantastic.

Single Barrel and Small Batch Bourbons:

I've had my fair share of phenomenal single barrel and small batch bourbons. I've been lucky enough to try or have sip here and there of the really really good stuff. The problem...the good stuff normally costs a bit too much. Like way too much or just out of reach. It wasn't long before I was researching and checking out which single barrel bourbons I could find at a reasonable price. Not the "best of the best", but the noteworthy and sippers that I could offer friends and company.

Under $30s - the "Try This"

Evan Williams Single Barrel

I can only tell you that we had a friend over not too long ago, she asked what I might "introduce" her to and I offered her the Evan Williams Single Barrel. This week she bought a bottle of bad-ass bourbon. Erase all you know about Evan Williams, this is a well thought out and serious single barrel. It has a nose of toffee, caramel and definite baking spices. It opens nicely and the finish isn't too acidic. I would like it to be a bit bigger, however it's clear the distillers at Heaven Hill were looking for something to be enjoyed neat. It retails at $25.99 at some places and for that price you can't go wrong with this playful bourbon.

Elijah Craig 12 Year Old

This is the classic. The bourbon I think of when I'm think of bourbon. I've turned a cult following onto this bourbon at work considering it's price point of $25.99. It's big at 94 proof, it has a touch of sweetness on the nose, but mostly it's a dry bourbon with complex layers. Elijah Craig 12 Year carries weight with strong charred notes and a lingering finish. This is something you can simply drop a bit of water into and enjoy...just remember it's 94 proof or you'll be praising it's awesomeness all night.

Wathens Single Barrel

Sipping smooth. This bourbon has balance, depth and a finish that plays just enough to remind it's there. At around $25, this bourbon is a friend to those who prefer there bourbons neat. The vanilla lingers on the nose while there is a bit of fruitiness to its body. You can definitely tell this bourbon was cared for over eight years. For those who are fans of Woodford Reserve, this is a must try.

That's what I got thus far! This list will certainly grow once I get more opportunities to enjoy some more bourbon as the year progresses. Currently, I have my eyes on the Henry McKenna Single Barrel, Buck and Elmer T. Lee. In the meantime, check these out!

Personally, I'm going to go enjoy more Wathens Single Barrel.

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Friday

I'm back! After a much needed vacation to the wonderful city that is San Fran, I'm back. Unfortunately not in one piece...okay one piece, but the night before we left I re-injured my back. The nagging injury that required six months of physical therapy last time. I spent the first night in San Fran with back spasms. No fun. We did, however, get to visit our favorites foodie spots, went to a new one and dined out at the SFFoodFest in the Mission district. I even snuck in a stop at 21st Amendment brewery. Now it's back to the grind and writing lots of writing.

Here are your highlights:

Lance Armstrong's official statement

Chicago violence, 19 shot in one night

Chinese-American adoptees

Stupid comedian make a stupid racist jokes, gets jumped...

Mitt Romney tax cheat?

Look, the Gold Standard is a standard of stupid


Saturday, August 18, 2012

Friday, August 17, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Friday

We're heading to San Fran tomorrow and we can't wait. It's been awhile since we've both been able to visit. It'll be nice to have a vacation and get away. I'm a bit burned out. Yesterday, I had a stomach bug...whole lotta no fun, then had to work late. Six days in a row can catch up to you. Today I'm taking it easy and moving at a turtle's pace. San Fran tomorrow!

Here are your highlights:

Olive branch from Obama to Romney on tax returns

Punk rock lives in Russia

Rick Scott, your laws are kind of racisty

Akira Project

Preseason: Redskins v Bears what to watch

Back Pocket Memory

Sometimes I feel like this country is doomed. Kentucky reaffirms my worries.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Wednesday

I'm having a Lost marathon since I never watched the show when it originally aired. Then I'll be heading to work. Still not sure if I like the show or if it's an interesting case study.

Here are your highlights:

If you can't win an election, fix it

Ah, the Tea Party aren't they so cute

Redskins preseason, position battles

Inflation nothing scary...unemployment on the other hand...our Fed is teh stupid

Krugman: Reasonable Republicans? 


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Tuesday

We're heading to San Fran this weekend. I can't wait. If anyone has any suggestions hit me up on Twitter. I'm hoping to hit up the St. George Distillery if I have time. We've made reservations at Incanto, definitely revisiting Comstock Saloon and of course dim sum. I'm sure something historic should be on my list, but every time I go to San Fran it's about the food and drink. For some reason I think that's where the heart of the city is at...

Here are your highlights:

Mountain lion makes itself at home in Griffith Park

Oh he's a "sad Paul Ryan"

Romney is too tired to visit Florida, FLORIDA! 

Paddy K bait, Zombie Disney

A&M gunman


Friday, August 10, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Friday

I've spent the last week up till 2am writing and yesterday I finally got to the final draft stage. It's a relief and a prideful moment. I'm hoping all the hard work pays off. Most importantly, I'm hoping this is just the beginning. This town is funny, but I'm starting to get the hang of it...I need some sleep...won't happen since there's construction outside. Someone needs to invent the silent jackhammer.

Here are your highlights:

Democrats with spine are fine by me

Olympic meme, McKayla Maroney is not impressed

First Watch from the above video, Lord Huron

Even Romney's farmer friends aren't the average farmer

Stimulus works and worked, deal with it


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Tuesday

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I've almost become exhausted with how much stupid comes from the Right these days. I.E. Moe Lane at RedState or the ever reliably crazy Michelle Malkin. They hate brown people, but love Americans! Lone wolves, lone wolves! We made it to Mars! It's Obama's fault! We love government run space programs! We hate all government programs!! Too.Much.Stupid.

 Here are your highlights:

 Wade Page, the man who killed 6 Americans in their place of worship, white supremacist

 Watch how often you drunk dial

  How the Government Creates Jobs

 We're really getting screwed by rich idiots

 The length of Mitt Romney's lies


Monday, August 6, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Monday

I've been writing and editing every night for the past couple of days...and drinking bourbon. I think I'm onto something.

Here are your highlights:

I kind of like this Harry Reid

Terribly sad for the Eagles coach Andy Reid

Sabotaging the Economy

Rubio's odd no taxes for Olympics athletes bill

Curiosity lands on Mars!


Friday, August 3, 2012

Ninja Thought

Always the victim, never the bully

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Get Your Dunkin Friday

Yesterday was a good day, I can't say that enough. For lunch, I met up with a new friend and it was the type of lunch where I left inspired and hopeful for the future. Then I had an audition for a play about...wait for it...a comedian, I performed the sides alright, but then I had to do a part of my stand up and it killed. It felt nice to get the jokes out and have a room full of people laughing like that. Most auditions people say hello and get in and get out. Maybe something will come out of this, who knows, but it sure was fun. The lady and I will be going to the Cubs v. Dodgers game tonight with her fellow employees. Haven't been to a game at Dodgers Stadium ever...I doubt being in the box seats will give me that full experience, shoot can't complain. Go Cubs Go!

Here are your highlights:

Gabby Douglas, Virginia Beach, VA - women's all-around gold medalist!

Anaheim residents ask for more from their police force

Libertine Men! Scarlet Women!

Romney struggles with likability while Dems struggle in the South, nothing new

Mike Tyson on Broadway, I've got nothing

The Jobs Report. NDD breaks down the numbers. I must say again, we're ruled friggin' idiots


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Thursday

Howdy! Last night was the CAPE mixer where I bumped into surprisingly some people I knew. It turns out the community is smaller than I thought and it was interesting just to see how many people showed up to the meet and greet. Lots of Asians...I've got more on my plate today, prepping for an audition and heading to WeHo for the rest of the day. Also too, more Olympics!

Here are your highlights:

Can Towns Bar Chick-fil-A From Opening New Stores for Its Explicit Anti-Gay Stance?

HAPA Nathan Adrian wins gold!

The Fed will go down as the do-not-enough institution

Romney's Plan to Screw the Middle Class

It's kind of imperative to have the USPS. Imagine not receiving your basic mail...or how about paying FedEx or UPS even's a shame the GOP keeps making things worse.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Wednesday

Well today was great as the Olympics was entertaining and I got a nice surprise...the commercial I did in April debuted on the web yesterday. It's kind of surreal and has me even more motivated. I'm heading to CAPE's Summer Mixer tonight, if any of you are planning on going feel free to hit me up on Twitter. Good times.

Here are your highlights:

Phelps sets medal record

But I thought Republicans don't like taxes!!

Why does Fox hate white people?

Two words: boner pills

Real Jurassic Park, hey why NOT?!!


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Monday, July 30, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Monday

Welp, the NBC is the Olympics on. It's again pretty crappy coverage. If Bob Costas strokes his own thesaurus one more time I might puke. Jordan Wieber learned the hard truth that the world is unfair. And so far it's not Beijing, but we're looking good. Tell me this, why is it so tough to find footage of boxing? I long for the ABC days...

Here are your highlights:

I don't even think Mitt Romney knows what he's saying in Israel

A look back, Breaking Glass-Steagall


No surprise, Scalia is nuts

Koch-Funded study...Global Warming is Real

My internet blows today, so that's all I can muster!


Friday, July 27, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Friday

(h/t I Watch Stuff)

Last night we had a bit of a gathering. My sis leaves LA today. She'll be joining my cousins in Oak Park and hoping to find better employment opportunities in Chicago. So sis, my pops (who just flew in), Paddy K's brother and his friend; came over and we ate some Chinese, watched a lil tv and caught up. It was a great night and we'll miss Lil Sis Frank. It's always nice to have family over. This weekend I'm working. Talks amongst yourselves!

Here are your highlights:

How bad is Romney's UK trip? Karl Rove shook his head


Sane politicians don't do this

It's a terrible drought

The Summer Olympics begins tonight! USA USA USA!!


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Thursday

Two things, audition today and my Dad comes into town.

Here are your highlights:

Don't forget to listen to the latest TATPodcast

Welcome to the UK Mitt Romney


Economists agree, the GOP is crazy

Frustrations of an Asian American Whedonite I often wondered this aloud to myself. A well written piece and worth your time.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Wednesday

Another day another dollar. I've been fighting back problems all week. I've consumed enough Advil that I could become a pill. It's a frustrating injury that keeps nagging me when I do something stupid. This time it was lifting a keg too swiftly. I'm too old for this crap.

Here are your highlights:

Greenland biggest melt in 30 years

Conservative Compassion

Still waiting for the GOP jobs plan

Congrats! You did it, world's largest lollipop!

James Taranto, terrible person.


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Get Your Dunkin Tuesday

I've been off the grid the last couple of days. First we received our brand new desk and bookshelves from C & B, so I put that all together and now I have a rockin new rage station. Second, inventory at work. Third, Disneyland. It's been eventful the last couple of days to say the least. Now all I need is a brand new office chair and I'll be set. What to get? What to get...

Here are your highlights:

Yes the Aurora killer needed help, but that won't solve everything

Please, pretty please can we get a better press corp

All class

If you haven't heard the new Frank Ocean or Twin Shadow, do yourself a favor and listen!

What Voter Fraud?

A Comment on Crops, Crop Prices, Global Warming and Abject Stupidity