Let's get this out of the way: I am an atheist. If that revelation means you'll never read my blog again, or that you believe I'm condemned to Hell, that's fine. I'm OK with not being a bold fresh piece of humanity beholden to an imaginary man in the sky.
So Bill Maher's "Religulous" is right up my alley: An acerbic comedian travels around the world, asking people of faith why they believe in the nutty things they believe in. Surprisingly, the dude playing the role of Jesus at an Orlando theme park has more satisfying answers than many of the lawmakers and religious figures in the film.
A couple more.
Pumpkin carving photos from the book Extreme Pumpkin..
Yeah, I know, it's supposed to be a politics blog.
After watching/listening to yesterday's Sox and Cubs games I've got a new theme song. At least Phantom Planet kinda makes panicking sound fun.
• "Fringe" is really starting to hit its groove. This week's episode was easily my favorite so far, thanks mostly to the addition of an antagonist (or is he?) in the form of the bald man in black, The Observer. He's played by Michael Cerveris, who told the tale of Sweeney Todd in the minimalist Broadway revival that cleaned up at the Tonys a few years back. The episode's final scene between Josh Jackson and John Noble gives me hope that Jackson's character will finally settle down and stop being so smarmy and screamy all the time. Can't wait for the next one, which comes in two weeks thanks to the second presidential debate.
• The new so-called Coppola Restoration print of "The Godfather" is playing this week at the Music Box Theatre near Wrigley. Next week they show "The Godfather Part II." No love for Part III, though...