The Jake Files

May 11, 2006

American Idol Results Wednesday May 10th

Filed under: American Idol,Entertainment,General,Pop Culture,Television — Amazing Jake @ 11:52 am

Unsurprisingly, a lot of my traffic since yesterday (about 7 out of 10 visitors) has been to an old post on American Idol results. 

I have to say, I was STUNNED at the voting results from last night.  If I would have picked the top four, it would have been Chris Daughtry, Katharine McPhee, Elliot Yamin, and MandisaTaylor Hicks is a good singer, and I like his voice, but he is getting on my nerves, and he should have been voted off last night.  Chris has been my pick from the beginning, but I would have been OK with the outcome if Katharine or Elliot were the ultimate Idol at the end.  All three are outstanding, but if I would have bet, I would have bet on Chris being in the top 2.

When they announced the voting, I actually couldn't believe what I was hearing.  I don't think Chris could believe it either.  I think this now makes Katharine the favorite, but based on this week's voting, it could be anyone at this point.  Even Taylor, although that would be a massive disappointment.


April 20, 2006

Wednesday Results for American Idol

Filed under: American Idol,Entertainment,Family,Fatherhood,Pop Culture,Television — Amazing Jake @ 12:06 am

American Idol is a guilty pleasure for the Amazing Jake.  I like to tell people that I watch it because it's one of the only things on TV I can watch with the kids, other than Nickleodeon or Disney.  But I do enjoy it nonetheless.

The mini-Jakes and I sit together in the recliner, and the Amazing Mrs. Jake watches from the couch, and it's really the only show that all four of us sit down to watch together.  The mini-Jakes like Kelly and Ace, Mrs. Jake likes Paris, and I like Chris, Katharine, and Elliott.  So between us, we've got them all covered except for Taylor.

So I watched the last 5 minutes of the results show tonight after the kids got down to bed.  I wasn't expecting Chris and Paris to be in the bottom 3 with Ace.  I have to say, Tuesday night, everyone brought their A-games except for Kelly, and I thought that was her ticket home.  I'm glad it was Ace – I can't stand the way he bats his eyes at the camera.  He should have gone after last week with that atrocious performance of We Will Rock You. 

We'll watch the whole thing Thursday night on TiVo, followed by a good Dr. Seuss or two.

April 18, 2006

Iran to Ensure Nuclear Disarmament for Everyone Else

Is this a joke?  Where's the hidden camera?

 Jerusalem ( – Under threat of United Nations Security Council sanctions for its own nuclear program, Iran has been elected to a vice-chair position on the U.N. Disarmament Commission, whose mission includes deliberations on preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.

On Monday, former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said that his country would continue to enrich uranium, and dismissed the idea that the U.S. might attack nuclear facilities in Iran.

"We are certain that Americans will not attack Iran because the consequences would be too dangerous," Rafasanjani was quoted as telling the Kuwaiti parliament.

Dr. Dore Gold, former Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. said that electing Iran to a leadership position on the UN Disarmament Commission was like asking the "cat to guard the milk."

"Clearly the Iranians have an interest in establishing disarmament rules that protect their clandestine nuclear weapons program," said Gold, author of Tower of Babble: How the United Nations Has Fueled Global Chaos.
(hat tip Infinite Monkeys)

Is this some strange dream sequence that we'll wake up from at the end of the season?  What is going on here?

If there was EVER a thought that the United Nations was not a corruption-ridden, toothless organization that props up thugs and dictators everywhere, this must surely be the sign that will convince America that we should cease cooperation with this useless body.  I expect non-stop coverage on CNN, MSNBC, 60 Minutes, Jon Stewart, and Oprah.  Right after the Tom Cruise Eats Katie's Placenta story or the new suspect in the Natalie Holloway disappearance story. 

Come to think of it, I'm probably expecting too much.

April 11, 2006

Railroading by the Chandler City Council

So, I never made it to the public ass reaming performance appraisal for the Chandler City Manager, Mark Pentz, which started at 3:30pm today yesterday.  It's now 12:30am, and it's still going on, live, on the public access channel.

I set the DVR to record the meeting so I could watch it later.  Flipping channels around 10pm I found what I thought was the re-broadcast.  I quickly found the proceedings to alternate between interesting, in the councilmembers' focus on minutiae of how quickly Mr. Pentz responded to requests, and mind-numbingly dull.

Being the multi-tasker I am, I decided to check out YouTube, which I've heard much about, but haven't really checked out yet.  That was MUCH more entertaining.  Some videos that were MORE entertaining than Martin Sepulveda's head spinning around included:

Interpretation of a Fallout Boy Song  (hysterical!)

Pachelbel's Canon – Guitar Style  (this guy's talented)

Urban Ninja  (guy with a serious Spiderman complex)

Art-Rash Megamix Video  (hilarious!)

So, I started paying a bit more attention to the council meeting when Mark Pentz's attorney addressed the council.  This is apparently, according to some of the comments, NOT the rebroadcast – they're actually still there LIVE after midnight. The attorney seems like a pretty bright and competent guy, in contrast to the councilmembers who are asking dumb questions about the meaning of the severance agreement the attorney proposed in the event a termination is voted.  Right now, Councilmember Orlando is holding forth on points that Mr. Pentz has "acknowledged" mishandling, and is cross examining him like an attorney in a courtroom.  Now he's asking Mr. Pentz about his professional relationships with prior city council members (in other cities he's managed).  A few minutes ago, Mr. Pentz's attorney was explaining the difference between dismissal for no reason (at-will) and for a BAD reason (which can be litigated in an at-will state).  It seems to me that holding someone accountable, under the cloak of a performance appraisal, for actions taken prior to being employed with the current organization, would be a BAD reason to fire someone.  Orlando is an idiot, and the City deserves to get sued if they fire Pentz.

This is tedious.  I'm going to bed.  Good luck Mr. Pentz, I hope you have a job tomorrow.

April 9, 2006

Queen on American Idol

Filed under: American Idol,Entertainment,Music,Pop Culture,Television — Amazing Jake @ 1:13 am

So, the final eight contestants on American Idol will all be singing Queen songs on Tuesday.  This has the potential to be a disaster of biblical proportions, and I don't just mean when Paul Rogers performs with Queen on the Wednesday results show.

The Chaotic Mind proposes a song list and the singer that should perform each. 

Songs that I think they should do:  You're My Best Friend, Tie Your Mother Down, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Under Pressure, A Kind of Magic, Somebody to Love, These Are the Days of Our Lives, The Show Must Go On.

This will be the night of song choice like no other.  I honestly cannot think of a single Queen song that Taylor Hicks will sound credible on.  Bucky will probably pick something with a more rock-edgy sound (probably one of the well-known anthems like We Will Rock You), the crowd will love it for some unknown reason, and he'll probably make it through again.  Ugh.

Chris is the only one that can credibly sing anything like Hammer to Fall.  Kellie Pickler is doomed (she was what, like FOUR when Freddie Mercury died?).

NO ONE can sing Queen like Freddie Mercury.  I don't know if I look forward to Tuesday with anxious anticipation for one of my favorite bands, or with utter dread for the debacle that will surely unfold on national TV.

April 6, 2006

Last Night’s American Idol

Filed under: American Idol,Pop Culture,Television — Amazing Jake @ 9:45 am

So, last night's American Idol was a travesty.  Does anyone seriously think that Bucky Covington deserves to still be in the competition and Mandisa deserves to be gone? 

Every week that goes by that Bucky is still in the competition and someone else is eliminated is a miscarriage of justice.  Anyone can win at this point – they've all (except for Bucky) got a lot of talent.  My favorites are Chris, Elliott, Mandisa, and Catherine.  The mini-Jakes are partial to Kellie Pickler.  The Amazing Mrs. Jake hasn't shown a preference.  But any of them could win at this point. 

April 3, 2006

Apocalypse Pooh

Filed under: Entertainment,General,Pop Culture — Amazing Jake @ 3:18 pm

I took a short break from the job search today for a sanity check, and found this video (hat tip Infinite Monkeys).

I can't seem to get the video on the site directly, but here's the link.  Wait through the first minute and a half and it gets much better.

March 9, 2006

What were they thinking?

Filed under: American Idol,Chandler,City Council,Elections,Pop Culture,Television — Amazing Jake @ 9:06 pm

American Idol voters, that is. 

My five- and six-year old girls love American Idol, and we usually watch it as a family.  Dangling Idol in front of the kids usually serves to get the bedrooms cleaned up earlier and the homework done earlier (I don’t remember getting homework when I was in kindergarten…).

So, we were all a little surprised tonight when American Idol voters kept the talentless Bucky and the cute but overmatched Kevin in the top twelve, and booted Gedion and Will.  While Gedion and Will probably wouldn’t have lasted much longer anyway, they certainly deserved to stay a few weeks longer.

And getting rid of Ayla instead of Melissa?  What were they thinking?  The only one they got right was Kinnick (spelling? not sure). 

This break from Chandler political stories brought to you by the letter Q.

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