By now, we have all heard about the national, and even global movement known as “Occupy Wall Street”. Ever since I first heard about this group of people, I kept asking the question, “What exactly do they want?” or “What do they aim to accomplish?”. They seemed to be very vague in the complaints that I had heard, saying things about how corporate greed is ruining America and “We are the 99%!” which is my personal favorite, because I found it kind of funny that they chose to target only the top 1% of earners in this country. Why the top 1%? It seems so arbitrary to me, what made them choose that number? So the guy who’s barely in the 98th percentile is a completely trustworthy, non-greedy person, but if his neighbor is grossing 10k more a year and is bumped into the 99th percentile he’s automatically a soulless, greedy son of a bitch? It gets me every time.
So, when my friend and devoted Pete Magete Blog reader David posted this link in the comments of my “New Beginnings” post, I was delighted to find out just how ridiculous the demands of the Occupy Wall Street movement truly are. I realize that this site may be embellishing these demands a bit for comedy’s sake, and perhaps certain groups with the OWS movement would even disagree with large portions of this list, but that’s kind of part of the unintentional comedy here, that there’s no true organization or leadership for this protest. So, just for fun, let’s go through them, one by one, with my commentary (you wouldn’t be reading this unless you wanted it, right?).
Repeal the Taft-Hartley Act. Unionize ALL workers immediately. You know, because unions are the exact opposite of greed. They always work hard despite measures put in place to prevent them from ever getting fired, and they never insist on getting their own way or asking for more with a stunt like, say, a strike!
Raise the minimum wage immediately to $18/hr. Create a maximum wage of $90/hr to eliminate inequality. Call me crazy, but I actually like to enjoy the McDonald’s dollar menu or the ability to buy affordable groceries, and don’t really think the high school dropouts with no discernible skills who are employed by the fast food restaurants and supermarkets are deserving of anything more than the standard minimum wage. And as for the $90/hr cap, last time I checked 90>18, rather than 90=18. Isn’t this still inequality?
Institute a 6 hour workday, and 6 weeks of paid vacation. Well, working 6 hours a day, and 46 weeks a year is at least a big improvement over never working while sitting in a park and protesting 24/7. This demand reminds me of this.
Institute a moratorium on all foreclosures and layoffs immediately. Mortgage payments? Don’t worry about ’em! Your company is losing money and can’t afford everybody’s salaries and benefits? Too bad for them, you’ve got job security!
Repeal racist and xenophobic English-only laws. On a serious note, I’m pretty sympathetic to the plight of immigrants, and I guess I don’t really know enough about these “English-only laws” that they’re referring to to really defend or condemn them, but I’ll just say this: I don’t mind hearing immigrants speak their native tongues amongst themselves or whatever, but it’s only for their own good that they learn to speak English. It’s the language of the American society and mainstream American culture, so can we all agree that the immigrants should do their best to learn it, and we’ll all be patient and give them the benefit of the doubt in the meantime?
Open the borders to all immigrants, legal or illegal. Offer immediate, unconditional amnesty, to all undocumented residents of the US. The idea of completely opening up the border to legal or illegal immigrants is completely ridiculous. Every country in the world monitors its borders, why should we be so different? Where on earth do these batshits get off suggesting the US is xenophobic and anti-immigrant because we actually want to keep drugs and terrorists out of our country?
Create a single-payer, universal health care system. This one, while I completely disagree with it, at least is more of an ideological opinion, rather than absolute lunacy. Score one for the 99%!
Pass stricter campaign finance reform laws. Ban all private donations. All campaigns will receive equal funding, provided by the taxpayers. Similar to the last demand. And I can see their angle here: they don’t want powerful corporations buying themselves political favors down the road. Dang, these are so much more fun when they’re completely insane.
Institute a negative income tax, and tax the very rich at rates up to 90%. I’m not sure, but I’m guessing a negative income tax means some people will actually be given more money from the government, and then this 90% tax of the rich would put our top earning $90/hour workers at $9/hour. Hey, isn’t that half of the minimum wage of $18/hour? I’m confused. Either way, this is a demand that Karl Marx would be proud of.
Pass far stricter environmental protection and animal rights laws. I’m gonna have to disagree with that one. I think our country takes a fairly strict stance on environmental protection, and has pretty screwed up priorities when Michael Vick is the most hated player in the NFL for killing a few dogs, despite the fact that there are players who killed people and may or may not have raped some chicks (I’m looking at you Donte Stallworth and Ben Roethlisberger).
Allow workers to elect their supervisors. That sounds like fun. I vote for the guy who lets us leave at noon every Friday and allows for unlimited “sick days”. Also, my theoretical new boss is an advocate of the daily post-lunch siesta to get us through the last couple hours of the workday.
Lower the retirement age to 55. Increase Social Security benefits. There is no end in sight for these imaginary funds! Keep the demands coming!
Create a 5% annual wealth tax for the very rich. Compared to the 90% we’re already taxing them on their wages, this is practically a gift from Uncle Sam to the rich. Maybe that number needs to be higher…
Ban the private ownership of land. This one kind of puzzles me when they already asked for a “moratorium” on foreclosures. This seems like a massive foreclosure for all.
Make homeschooling illegal. Religious fanatics use it to feed their children propaganda. I don’t personally believe in homeschooling, but I don’t mind those families that do. And let me tell you, if you’re not smart enough to figure out how to brainwash your child with propaganda even without bogus homeschooling curriculum, than you just aren’t very bright. News flash: kids are dumb.
Reduce the age of majority to 16. Ummm…I don’t think so. As someone who was 16, I think I’m justified in saying that 16-year-olds are almost as dumb as kids. They basically are kids, and that’s why they don’t need any more responsibility or liberties.
Abolish the death penalty and life in prison. We call for the immediate release of all death row inmates from death row and transferred to regular prisons. While I personally disagree with the death penalty, I still think people need to be adequately punished for their crimes. Life in prison is one way that can happen without eliminating the possibility of correcting the courts’ mistakes if someone was wrongly incarcerated. I’m not really sure why the OWS movement would be against life imprisonment, but it makes me wonder how long is too long by their standard?
Immediate withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan. Well, I think Iraq is actually happening, whether it’s “immediate” or not. Can we thank the 99% for this one?
Abolish the debt limit. Just keep on spending more than what we have. That seems like a brilliant idea. And then we can just print more money to pay off those debts! Post WWI Germany anyone?
Ban private gun ownership. Aside from the fact that this is completely against the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution, it also resembles the practice of the Nazis of controlling who was allowed to own guns so as not to allow an uprising. Yikes.
Strengthen the separation of church and state. Like the environmental protection laws, I’d say the separation is strong enough. Let’s move on.
Immediate debt forgiveness for all. Maybe that’s why they don’t want a debt limit for our nation, because they think that when they grant everyone forgiveness of debts, somehow the other countries will forgive our debts to them. These people need a strong dose of reality.
End the ‘War on Drugs’. Aha! We finally get to the bottom of it! The OWS movement is really just all about a bunch of hippies trying to legally smoke more dope! But in all seriousness, I don’t think the War on Drugs is perfect and I personally am for the legalization of marijuana, but I don’t think we should just allow every drug dealer out there to run amok with no consequences, because the organized crime would only continue to gain power and influence and eventually cause much bigger problems within politics and law enforcement than it already does.
Well, there you have it. The most ridiculous Christmas list anyone could come up with. I leave you with a very entertaining video on the subject. Merry Christmas!
Who’s got an appetite for some opinionated takes on a variety of topics? I hope you are if you’re reading this.
I know that this is a couple weeks old now, but I still wanted to weigh in on it. I’m annoyed on multiple levels of this story, but the one that annoys me the most is that girls are allowed to compete in male sports to begin with. You can tell me all that Title 9 nonsense that she wouldn’t have an opportunity to compete in a female equivalent sport if she weren’t allowed to wrestle, and my response is: tough. Play a girls sport. You’re a girl. Just so we’re clear, I think girls do deserve opportunities to compete in athletics, but Title 9 only protects girls and women; it doesn’t protect equality for all. Boys are still not allowed to play girl sports if there isn’t a male equivalent (such as volleyball in my home state of Minnesota). If you come back with, “well that would be unfair, because boys are stronger and more athletic”, then isn’t that the reasoning for why girls shouldn’t be competing physically with boys in the first place? As the boy in Iowa stated, wrestling is a “combat sport” and can get “violent” at times. As boys we’re taught from an early age that the last thing on earth you should ever do is be violent towards a girl. I’m glad that the boy stayed true to his convictions and refused to hurt her, but it’s disappointing that he cost himself a chance at a state title, and that the Iowa high school league would put him in that awkward predicament. I also wonder what the kid meant when he cited his faith for the reasoning of not competing against the girl. The general assumption has been that he’s some sort of Christian, and yet, I can’t think of any amount of scripture that singles out violence towards women as wrong, over violence as a whole as wrong. If the sport is so very violent that it’s a safety risk, then perhaps from a Biblical point of view it shouldn’t be a sport at all. Just so you know, I don’t believe that, I’m just challenging the kid’s statement. Anyhow, shame on all you girl wrestlers, football players, and even you Amanda Bynes, along with all the organizations that allow this injustice to continue.
I was absolutely dumbfounded when I saw the story on ESPN.com. Apparently, Iran thinks that a logo (pictured below) for the 2012 Olympic games being held in London is “racist”, because it resembles the word “ZION”, which is a Biblical reference to the city of Jerusalem. Let’s take a look at this logo, for starters.
I don’t know if they read bottom to top and right to left in Farsi, but even if they do, the numbers don’t really resemble ZION to me. Wouldn’t 2012 resemble ZOIZ? But if you want to say 2012 resembles something racist, how is that the logo’s fault? The games fell on 2012, what are we supposed to do? Second of all, how is the word “Zion” racist? So it refers to Jerusalem in the Bible. So what? How is that hating on or glorifying any race? It’s referring to a place. A place where many Muslims (I’m sure not that many Iranians) live. The lines of race and religion get all blurred in that part of the world, so that’s why I brought that up, but the word “Zion” itself is not discriminatory. Finally, this is the world’s message to Iran: Huh? Do you guys even compete in the Olympic games? Okay, have fun by yourselves. We don’t care! Fun fact: Michael Phelps won 4 times as many medals in Beijing than the entire country of Iran did.
3. Wisconsin labor protests
I’m not aware enough to know all of what’s going on there, but I still have an opinion (wow, I just opened the doors for people to call my take ignorant, didn’t I?). I’m skeptical of the Republicans’ side saying that these moves are just to balance the budget, since the unions have expressed interest in making cuts, as long as they can save their collective bargaining. I’m accusing the Republicans of playing politics. My reaction is: cool. Countless other occupations all survive with fair wages and benefits without collective bargaining in place for the employees, so these ones will too. The only reason they have these great benefits and wages that are more than the state can sustain is due to collective bargaining. Sounds to me like they’re fixing the source of the problem, and it works out for them politically, because the unions are a bunch of Democrats. The Democrats are fighting just as hard to save the unions because it works out for them politically. It makes sense. What doesn’t make sense, is legislators running and hiding because they’re afraid of losing. What a bunch of bed wetters. I wish Teddy Roosevelt was here to whip them into shape.
4. NFL Lockout Looming
I think I’m the only guy in the world who’s rooting for the NFL to not have a season next year. This is motivated by two things: My team is abysmal right now, and so I don’t feel like I’d miss another 6-10 season, and also I’m annoyed by the NFL trying to dominate my life. Goodell has pissed me off from the moment he took the commissioner’s office, and I want the NFL to be humbled by a lockout under his regime. I want my draft Saturday back with rounds 1-3! I don’t care about players’ “conduct detrimental to the league”! I want decent Super Bowl half time and National Anthem performers. I don’t want 18 games, and I don’t need the owners making more money. I am in favor of a rookie pay scale similar to the NBA’s. So, I side with players in this dispute. They’re the ones who’s livelihood is on the line out on the field, and their careers last far shorter than the average owner owns a team.
5. NBA: Best shape its been in since Jordan
I don’t like the dumb argument that having these super teams hurts the league. It’s going to make the playoffs unbelievably entertaining, and already this regular season has been fantastic, as long as you’re not watching a Pacers versus Bobcats matchup. Part of my motivation for cheering for the NFL lockout is that so the NBA can get their labor dispute fixed quickly, have a season next year and steal a bunch of the NFL’s popularity while it’s up for grabs. This may be a pipe dream, but if you just watch the games, you’d know how good it is and what you’re missing out on when you’re watching the Pro Bowl pregame instead of Laker-Celtics. I do think the best thing for the league would be to contract and improve the quality of play altogether, but I’ll cover that in a later post.
Well I’ve been blogging for a little over 6 months now, and I recently passed the 1000 mark for number of visitors to my blog. What better way to celebrate than to touch on a variety of different subjects in one my sampler platter posts?
1. Crossover Tour 2010: Serbia & Romania
In case you haven’t heard, I’m going on a mission trip to the countries of Serbia and Romania to put on youth basketball camps and play exhibition games against local pro teams. This will be my second year going on this trip, but my first time in Serbia. (Last year I went to Romania and the Czech Republic) I’m really looking forward to the fun and good work we’re going to do over there. If you want to find out more about Crossover, click here, and plus I’m linking to their website at all times under the “Ministries” category. I would appreciate any prayers for my team and me as I’m gone from July 24th to August 14th, and if you would like to get updates from me on my trip, shoot me an email at email@example.com and put “Crossover mailing list” in the subject line.
2. BP Oil Spill: It’s about damn time
Well, I don’t follow the news too much outside of ESPN, but I heard about the oil well being plugged, at least temporarily, and I thought that was wonderful news. I hope that situation remains under control from now on and so the clean up can continue and eventually restore the Gulf of Mexico to its previous state. This had been going on for so long, that I had become quite numb to hearing that more oil was spilling, and to finally hear that it’s over is more surreal than a relief. However, it’s nice to know that it is over, and since these things are pretty tough to contain, let’s hope they learned a lot from this so we can be more careful and not let another one happen.
3. Gopher Football 2010: I got a bad feeling
My favorite college football team’s season is just around the corner, and I think it’s going to be yet another down year for the maroon and gold. This will now be Tim Brewster’s 4th season as head coach, and so he has no excuse if his team doesn’t succeed. He’s supposedly a great recruiter, but despite good recruiting classes early on, Brewster has failed to develop any of that talent and translate their progress into marks in the win column. As a Gopher fan, I’m tired of waiting through year after year of rebuilding, but it appears that I’ll have no choice but to endure yet another. Our average-at-best defense from last year lost a lot of key guys, and Adam Weber appears to be getting worse each season, which probably will continue now that Eric Decker is gone. I would like to see the prized MarQueise Gray get a legitimate chance to start at quarterback since Weber has never developed and hasn’t exactly led us to the Rose Bowl. I’m so pessimistic about the Brewster era due to what I’ve seen so far, that I would not be surprised if we went 0-8 this year in conference play. All 4 of our home games are tough opponents, and winning on the road in the Big Ten is not easy. Since I think that result is far more likely than the team going 6-2 or 5-3, my prediction is that this will be Tim Brewster’s final season as our head coach. I don’t think that’s a good thing for our program, but I do think that that is the reality.
4. “The Boss”: R.I.P.
You may have noticed that the one sport I never seem to write on is baseball. But after the death of George Steinbrenner, I was noticing something kind of disturbing in the reactions, and I felt obligated to comment. Some fans of smaller market teams, such as the Twins, despised Steinbrenner so much out of envy and jealousy, that they actually said stupid things like that he deserved to die and that they were happy that he was dead. Not only is this completely insensitive, and taking sports too far, but it’s also completely misguided, in my opinion. All George Steinbrenner did was care enough about winning (over making money) to actually spend the money he made with his team to improve his team, and played by the rules that Major League Baseball had in place. He was a nut, and a jerk sometimes, but ultimately he brought 7 titles to his team, and if he was your owner, you wouldn’t be complaining. I don’t like the Yankees, and I think the system is screwed up that they have their advantages, but that is all the fault of the League. Plus, how could you not love this man?
5. The Gallon Challenge
Did you ever think you could drink a gallon of milk in an hour? Well it’s not that easy. Back in the summer of 2006, I made a “mockumentary” type film about trying to complete the “Gallon Challenge” with some friends at Bible camp. I don’t know how I forgot about it for so long, but I rewatched it the other day, and so now I’m posting a link to it on here under “YouTube Videos”, even though it’s actually on Google Video. If you’re bored and have 23 minutes to spare, you may want to check it out. There are a couple good puke shots at least.
!!!SPOILER ALERT!!! IF YOU ARE NOT FULLY CAUGHT UP WITH EITHER OF THESE SHOWS AND YOU DON’T WANT THE ENDINGS RUINED FOR YOU, I WOULD RECOMMEND NOT READING THIS BLOG POST UNTIL YOU DO.
This past Sunday and Monday saw the final episodes ever for my two favorite TV dramas of all time. I’m more of a sit-com and reality guy, so that’s not saying a lot, however, I do think they were great shows. It all started over 4 years ago, when I was just a young college freshman who didn’t want to pay for cable in his dorm room, and thus, found himself illegally downloading full seasons of TV shows to my new laptop computer off of something we called “The Hub” at the University of Minnesota. You could only get it if you were living somewhere on campus, and so you needed to be connected to the school’s network for it to work. Anyhow, this “hub” allowed you to file share faster than anything off the internet, since it was kept on our local area network, and thus, I wasted a lot of time watching TV shows that I had never seen before. All three of my roommates in our luxurious dorm room of Pioneer N207 decided we wanted to start watching 24. We were all hooked immediately. The show’s non-stop action was addicting, and when each episode left us on another cliffhanger, they would all peer-pressure me into going “another deep” before I went to bed around 1 or 2 when I had 8 AM classes to get up for. I usually caved. What could I do? Jack Bauer was unbelievable, and those first few seasons were so awesome I couldn’t resist the temptation. We were such big fans during the first two seasons, that I was inspired to make this picture.
After the first two seasons, we started talking about pulling some sort of marathon for season 3, where we would watch all 24 episodes back to back and thus, truly making it real time. Unfortunately, we couldn’t agree on what day to do it on, and I got impatient and went ahead. I caught up completely and finished seasons 3-5 on my own, and so, I had watched 5 seasons of 24 in about 4 1/2 months. All of this time, our friend Ryan was promoting this other new show that he had started watching called LOST. I was stubborn. I thought it sounded too science-fiction for me. I arrogantly proclaimed that it was nowhere near the league of 24, even though I had never seen it. But, as finals week came, and I knew my time was running out to download all of the first two seasons, I gave the pilot a try. At the very end of that first episode when they hear the crazy French woman’s distress signal, and it had been going for 16 years or whatever, I was immediately hooked. That eerie sound over the radio, and then Charlie looking off into space and saying, “Where are we?” just struck me with pure intrigue. I was disgusted with myself for being so against this show, and now I frantically downloaded the first two seasons before I moved out of my dorm room. I watched season 1 with my brother when I got home, and then season 2 at my summer job as a camp counselor. And so after that summer, I was caught up with both of my favorite dramas, and I was head over heels for both of them.
Now, season 3 of LOST was kind of lame, as the show was just kind of stalling until they could negotiate their end date and then begin revealing secrets methodically towards the end. And so, I still believed 24 was far superior as its season 6 was up at the same time. Then season 4 of LOST was far more purposeful, while 24 was off the air due to the writers’ strike. Season 5 of LOST was still great, although I was annoyed somewhat about the time travel. (How on earth was it decided that some people from one plane end up in the 70s, and other people from the same plane are still in present day?) Meanwhile Season 7 of 24 was awesome in my opinion as it made its comeback, and this time Jack was working with the FBI in Washington rather than CTU in LA. And so I still believed 24 was the better show. But this season of both shows is what finally turned me to LOST’s side. I know a lot of people didn’t like the alternative reality that now appears to have been a purgatory, but I absolutely loved it. Not at first, but by the end of the show, I thought it was a magnificent ending. The episode where Desmond finally sees everything and “wakes up” so to speak, was my favorite of the season, and I even declared it my favorite of all time. Meanwhile, 24’s final season seemed to run out of clever new conflicts, and finally had run its course with me. I was bored with it. It made a great run at the end when Jack went absolutely crazy and started killing everyone, but I thought the best way to redeem the show was for Jack to die tragically, because he had narrowly escaped death so many times, it would only make sense. But no, they didn’t even have the guts to do that. I guess they want the open possibility of a movie plot, but they could have made it in some other time before this final season. By the way, of all the nerdy technical analysts that worked at CTU, why did they have to have Chloe, the most annoying, worst-acted out character in the history of the show be the one to stick around for season after season? And why didn’t they ever explain how Jack didn’t die at the end of season 7 like he supposedly was supposed to? Just mention it once already! Anyhow, so since LOST came together so well at the end, and managed to keep more from season to season, I have to give it the nod for being the better show, and they did it with 2 less seasons. 24 should have let Jack die at the end of season 7, and then we wouldn’t have had this joke of a season, and we still would have gotten the tragic ending I wanted, and I might just have it ahead of LOST.
Now, as for the ending of LOST, and what it all means, I of course, have my own theories. I also want to say, despite what some people say that it was terrible in those last 15 minutes, I thought it was beautiful. I got emotional, although, I didn’t cry, that’s almost impossible for a movie or tv show to do to me. But, here’s my take on what it meant. To me, the key idea of what it meant was when Jacob explains to Richard with the wine bottle and the cork what exactly the island was. It was then kind of obvious that the big stone that Desmond pulled out of that little light-filled pool was that cork. He pulled it out, and then the Man in Black was no longer superhuman because whatever life force or energy that made him so was now unlimited by that “cork” and was escaping into the world where it would destroy everything, starting with the island. I guess it left the Man in Black when this happened. What was that life force or energy? I don’t know, but it looked like the gates of hell when Desmond pulled that stone out of there. Also, Richard once told everyone that they were in hell when they were on the island. These reasons really made me think at first that they were all dead at the moment of the crash, and the island and everything after that was their purgatory, and when they blew up the hydrogen bomb in season 5, they created the alternate purgatory that was much closer to heaven, and once they could be “woken up” by their past purgatory’s memories, they could move on and pass into heaven. I’ve changed my mind and decided they were still all alive after the crash, but somehow were located on an island that was at the gates of hell, and thus, acted as a purgatory for many other people, and that’s why we heard them whispering in the jungle. When Jack walked into the bamboo forest and laid down to die at the very end, it was just like where he woke up from the crash in the very beginning of the show, and that coming full circle made me think that he had been dead this whole time. Especially when the end credits showed the plane wreckage with the quiet ambient sounds of the beach, rather than the chaos that was there in the pilot after the crash. It almost like them saying, “this is what the island was really like after the crash”. Now, a lot of people claim that Jack’s dad, Christian spelled it out for us to say that everything on the island did happen, and so that we know they weren’t dead on the island. But who says that they couldn’t have been dead, and the stuff that happened in purgatory couldn’t still have “happened”? To me, that’s not a strong enough point, but I still am in the camp that they were alive, otherwise how do you explain Juliet coming to the island? She didn’t die, she just rode a sub to get there. Same with Ben Linus, and the Dharma Initiative. Now here’s a thought for you. As Jack lay down in the bamboo field and saw the plane fly overhead, was that the plane that Sawyer and Kate had just got on, or was that the plane of the new purgatory that Jack was about to enter, where Flight 815 didn’t crash over the island? Along with that, I have a small list of unanswered questions that are fun to think about, or complain that they were left in ambiguity.
1. If Hurley was the new “Jacob”, and the Man in Black was now dead, who would ever kill Hurley to allow him to die? But he obviously did, because he ended up in purgatory as well.
2. Why couldn’t they have told us why Walt was special? This is one of my biggest beefs with the show. They convinced us that he was so special and that’s why the others wanted him, but then after he left the island, they only revisited him that one time.
3. Why was Jacob considered the good guy, and his brother the bad guy? The Man in Black was the one who accepted the truth about his mother, and all he ever wanted was to leave the island. I thought Jacob was an idiot.
4. Charles Widmore and Ben Linus: Who was the good guy here? I side with Widmore, but Linus ends up as Hurley’s #2, so who really knows.
5. The Dharma Initiative and the Others: same question. This is now a running theme of the show, that is, the blurred definitions of good and evil. I don’t like either of these groups, but the bigger question here is, who were the Others? That wasn’t even explained. I mean, they were human right?
Well, that’s all I got for now, but there are still tons of questions out there, and they won’t ever be answered, only debated. But as for the debate of LOST vs. 24, I’m going with LOST, and it’s not really close anymore. Oh, and just because I feel like it, my favorite LOST characters are, in order:
1. Sawyer, 2. Desmond, 3. Sayid, 4. Locke, 5. Man in Black. And last is Ana Lucia. Also, if Jack Bauer was on the island, he would have gotten all of these answers for us by pointing a gun at Jacob and screaming, “What are the secrets of the island?!, you got 5 seconds before I pull this trigger!!!”
I also just want to say that I know a lot of people were frustrated with LOST for not revealing more of the secrets of the island before the end of the show. That was me for a while, but this final season I finally began to accept the fact that they just weren’t going to explain a lot of things, and I just wanted to enjoy the story they were telling. So in the end, I went with my emotional and creative side rather than the analytical and logical part of me, and embraced it. Part of this process was helped by a podcast I listened to that was Bill Simmons interviewing one of the producers of the show. So yeah, I’m still frustrated that a lot of questions weren’t answered, but I’m still pleased with the show as a whole, and I was very entertained by it. Also, I should reiterate just how great a show 24 was in the early years, and this last season shouldn’t change the fact that its idea to have 24 hours of real time television was absolutely brilliant, and actually pulled off very well. I am going to miss these shows.