Monday, May 27, 2013

Review of Arrested Development Season 4 (NO SPOILERS)

OK, I just mainlined the whole forth season of “Arrested Development” on Netflix and while the reaction has been mixed, I personally loved it!  This needs to be approached, not as a TV show, but as a seven and a half hour movie.  So I plead to those who aren't thrilled by the first few episodes, DON'T TURN IT OFF!!! That would be like turning off a movie if you are only a quarter of the way through it. 
Trust me, it just has to set up the stories.  Once they’re set up, the fun is watching how all the stories interweave.   The narrative is so complex and ambitious that it's almost as entertaining as the comedy itself.  
However, I am disappointed in one thing:   I was expecting everything to culminate to something much bigger and grandiose…instead it just kinda ends.  Sure, it does end with a bit of a cliff hanger, but still.  
Finally, I will say that if there does end up being another season on Netflix, I really hope they decide to go back to the original format, with Michael being the anchor for the show, with the craziness and lunacy of the characters swirling around him.  That’s what works the best for the show. 
Focusing on specific characters was an intriguing and creative way to be reintroduced into the Bluth family, but I want to see the Bluths all together again, interacting with each other.    
My wish is that this all leads up to a movie (After all, they should be able to make a movie on the cheap).  
Either way, I am glad they decided to bring “Arrested Development” back…and unlike what others are saying, I don’t think they made a huge mistake.   

Sunday, April 21, 2013

“Shame on You Senator Ron Johnson” – Milwaukee Protest

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Because of Senator Ron Johnson’s abhorrent “NO” vote to a simple background check bill for those purchasing guns at a gun show or from private residents, Johnson once again proved to be one of the most radical and predictable senators in the history of Wisconsin.

The law as it stands now, requires all Americans to pass a background check through the National Instant Background Check (NICS) to prevent felons and those with severe mental illness to own a firearm. However, currently there are loopholes for gun shows and private sales. The last known data shows that 40 percent of the guns purchased in this country are done in these ways.

According to a Marquette poll in March, 81 percent of Wisconsinites supported “background checks for people who buy guns at gun shows or from private residents in Wisconsin.” Also, 54 percent of Wisconsinites favor banning assault-style weapons.

Knowing this, Senator Ron Johnson heartlessly decided to ignore this data, to ignore his constituents, and worse, to ignore Wisconsin families that lost loved ones due to gun violence, like Wisconsin’s own Amardeep Kaleka, whose father, Satwant, was murdered in the mass shooting in Oak Creek on August 5, 2012, in the Sikh temple he helped found.

Amardeep and Pardeep Kaleka’s videos demanding for a plan.

       

Disgusted by Senator Ron Johnson’s vote, I was determined to join a protest scheduled at his Milwaukee office on Saturday.

At the event, I had a chance to talk to one of the organizers, Paul Geenen from Organizing for Action.

While discussing Obama’s press conference right after the measure was struck down, Geenan stated, “Yes, he was very upset. We’re all upset. That’s why we are here today, because we want to tell Senator Ron Johnson ‘shame on you’ for voting against the universal background checks that over 90 percent of Americans support”.

Geenen stated that he believes Ron Johnson voted this way because of the “incredible power of the NRA”.

“We’re here to prove that we’re not going away and that we too have power.” Geenen stated. “We may not have the same financial reserves as the NRA, but we can make up with it in other ways.”

Now that this bill was defeated, Geenen explains that the next step is looking towards the 2014 upcoming elections for the State and the Senate.

But what can we do now? Well, it sounds cliché, but it truly is contacting your representatives about the issue of gun violence. If you have the time to complain and argue on Facebook, than you have the time to call your representative or email them or at the very least, post a comment on their Facebook page.

Because as Paul Geenen stated, “We’ve got moment. We’ve got motivation. This issue is not dead. We’re going to keep pounding away at it.”

That we will.

Below is Senator Ron Johnson's contact information.

Washington, D.C. Office

386 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-5323

  Milwaukee Office
517 East Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 408
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 276-7282
Fax: (414) 276-7284

https://www.facebook.com/senronjohnson

Listen to my full interview with Organizing for Action's Paul Geenen.

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Photos of the event.

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Video of President Obama's press conference, which includes an introduction by the father of a Sandy Hook victim.
 



Read the bill for yourself here: Universal Background Check Bill

Monday, April 1, 2013

RwP Radio: Episode 1 - "The Tea Party Lives and Breathes in WI"


The very first Rants without Pants 
Radio Show

The Tea Party Lives and Breathes in Wisconsin 

                                       is posted on The Fountain website!

I really, really, REALLY hope you check it out and give me your feedback. 


The episode features an interview with Executive Director of We Are Wisconsin Kristen Crowell discussing the April 2nd election and the radical Tea Party movement in Wisconsin.   

Other segments include “Drunk Dialing Ron Johnson”, “A Report from Up Nort (with Michael)”, “My Conservative Friend BJ”, “Movie of the Week with Rob Matsushita” and the Fly Up/Fly down segment. 


00:00 – 3:53        Introduction (aka - Who the Hell am I?)
03:53 – 9:16        Theme of the Week: “The Tea Party Lives and Breathes in WI”
09:16 – 26:42      Interview with Executive Director of We Are Wisconsin, Kristen Crowell

26:42 -  34:44   Fly Up/Fly Down
  • Discussing the deficit
  • Meg Hamel being pushed aside from the Wisconsin Film Festival 
  • Republican Representative Dale Schultz being awesome
  • Charlie Sykes being a wimp
  • State Rep Evan Goyke’s mining hole comment
  • The Board of Directors for the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund delaying a decision Starbuck CEO Howard Schultz pro-gay marriage comment
  • RNC Chair Reince Preibus’ weird comment
  • DNC holding convention in Waukesha County.
34:44 – 40:22       My Conservative Friend BJ
40:22 – 43:29       Drunk Dial Ron Johnson
43:29 – 46:55       Report from Up Nort (with Michael)
46:55 -  53:53        Movie of the Week (with Rob) “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”
53:53 -  58:14        End Rant
  

If you want to download or stream the audio, it is below...thanks! 


Thursday, March 21, 2013

RwP: The Last Episode

The Rants without Pants video program is ending and this is the last episode (Cue funeral music). I take a look back at my favorite episodes, fill you in on what my next endeavor is, show you a goodbye video (with the help of Peter Cetera's "Glory of Love") and if that's not enough, I interview founder of www.bloggingblue.com and candidate for Alder of Cudahy (District 3) Zachary Wisniewski.

This video also includes my brother Jeremy Schabow, Madison Alder Bridget Maniaci, Roller Derby bad ass Victoria Echevaria , former WTDY Reporter Dylan Brogan, former CBS reporter Dustin Weis, former Communications Director of the ACLU Stacy Harbaugh, Postal Worker Perry Frank, founder and editor of of Dane101 Jesse Russell, my conservative friend BJ, editor of Dane101 and Our Lives magazine Emily Mills, my non-ideological friend from up north Michael Bartnik and my dog Boo. THANKS TO YOU ALL FOR BEING ON THE SHOW!!!

AND THANKS TO YOU ALL FOR WATCHING...BUT REMEMBER TO COME BACK ON APRIL 1ST FOR MY NEW ADVENTURE!!!

00:00 - 10:29 Intro/Interview with founder of www.bloggingblue.com and candidate for Alder of Cudahy (District 3), Zach Wisniewski.
10:29 - 16:51 A look back at some of my favorite episodes.
16:51 - 18:38 A few "Thank Yous"
18:38 - 19:50 What's next....
19:50 - End A goodbye video with the help of Peter Cetera's "Glory of Love".

Thursday, February 21, 2013

RwP: Interview with Postal Worker Perry Frank and...ROAD TRIP!



This week on “Rants without Pants”, you are all trapped in the passenger seat of my car while I listen to the stereo and rant about James Cromwell protesting (“It Aint Me Babe” by Bob Dylan), Brian Murphy being mentioned in the SOU (“Hero” by Foo Fighters), Governor Walker turning down the Medicaid Expansion money (“Sabotage” by The Beastie Boys), Liberals making fun of Marco Rubio (“High Water Blues” by The Jayhawks), Scott Fitzgerald for supporting a forced transvaginal probe bill (“Rape Me” by Nirvana) and much more.

I also interview postal worker Perry Frank (National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 507-Capitol City Merged-Trustee ) where he discusses the Carrier Alert Program, collective begging before the Wildcats Strike, how email is not as damaging as everyone thinks, 2006 Postal Enhancement Act, Retirement Prefund is the reason for the fiscal trouble, Post Office is self-sufficient, cuts and eliminating Saturday delivery, possible privatization of the post office and the effects it would have and much more.

Interview taped live from the best coffee shop in Madison, “Mother Fools”.

Other songs played – “Car Stereo” by The Shabelles, “I Can’t Drive 55” by Sammy Hagar and “Mr. Postman” by The Marvelettes

00:00 - 1:02 Intro – Roadtrip
1:02 – 11:59 – Interview with postal worker Perry Frank (National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 507-Capitol City Merged-Trustee)
11:59 – End – Fly Up/Fly Down Segment where I rant about the subjects stated above.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

RwP Valentine's Day Episode -- Gay Marriage -An Interview with Victoria Echeverria and a Rant



I really hope you watch this one...especially if you disagree!

This week on Rants without Pants, it's our Special Valentine's Day Episode where we discuss one topic: Gay Marriage

I interview Madison rocker, Mad Rollin Doll and Battlesta...r Galactica nerd (I am too, so I can call her that) Victoria Echeverria on her recent engagement to her fiancé Natalie. We discuss the gay rights, gay marriage and love.

I then rant (with the help of Tom Petty and The Beach Boys) to those who oppose gay marriage.

This one is special. It's about true love and the fight for equality.

00:00 -- 13:32 Interview with Victoria Echeverria includes -

Vic's Dog running in circles
How Vic and Natalie met and how she proposed to her
Vic's response to Senator Ron Johnson and Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleifisch's ridiculous comments Where the future is going
Wisconsin Domestic Partnership registry being challenged and much, much more.


13:32 -- End Adam's Rant includes Kirk Cameron's silly comments, redefining gay marriage, christian denomination internal debates about homosexuality, Gomer Pyle's marriage and the coolest kid in the world kicking Gov. Michelle Bachman's ass.

Next Week: An interview with postal worker Perry Frank about many of the changes arising with the post office, including cutting down to 5 days delivery.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

RwP: Top 6 James Bond Movies



This week on Rants without Pants, James Bond expert and brother Jeremy Schabow joins the show to discuss our top 6 James Bond movies.