Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Tuesday, April 11, 2006

"Due to some graphic violence, viewer discretion is advised"

Sound of a clock...

The beginning of another episode of 24. Jack Bauer (played by Keifer Sutherland) and CTU fighting the forces of evil and protecting the USA.

This season has been incredibly exciting and every week, they throw a curveball at us. President Logan, the numbskull? Well, actually he is a calculating megalomaniac who is only concerned with his place in history, and if that means putting biological weapons in the hands of a madman, so that the President can look good when he foils the plot...so be it.

Each Monday, I clear my schedule and sit down to be enthralled by this show. Never seen it? Well, in case you do not know, the show is shot in real time. The actors never get in a car and make a 90-minute drive in 3 minutes. It takes them 90 minutes. So, if they start the drive at the start of one show, they do not arrive until the middle of the show the following week.

OK, purists will state examples of times that the clock seems to have slowed down or speeded up...but for the most part they keep it real.

There are characters to hate (this season, Lynn (played by Sean Astin of Rudy fame). Characters who are always there and can make you angry or sad or happy or confused (Chloe played by Mary Lynn Rajskub).

This is one of those that is a DO NOT MISS.... and HEY, if you have never seen it and feel like you can't start up in the middle, the first 4 seasons are out on DVD and you should try them out.

More stuff to ponder:

A new poll by Time Magazine and The Oprah Winfrey Show reveals 65% of the nation believes that High School dropouts should be denied the right to get a drivers license. Now, I can see the logic they are using here, but if these people can not get to Mickey D's or Aeropostale to work, then what else will they be doing?

These lacrosse players at Duke University have really put themselves in a bind here. Losing an entire season must hurt. Not as much as the hurt the young woman received that evening if you believe the reports. I am not judging either way until the DNA testing is complete. Now if all the lacrosse players are found to not have been involved, do they then try and figure out whom else was in the house and test them? Is that possible? Now there is talk of "photographic evidence" that this woman came to the party bruised and beaten. This is going to take a while to get itself straightened out me thinks...

This one cracked me up in a big way. Seems there is a big rivalry beginning between two Kiss Tribute Bands in Las Vegas. One of the bands, led by Joey Fatale is called MiniKiss. The other is led by their former drummer Tim Loomis and is named Tiny Kiss. Interesting names you say? Well they both have those names because the members of both bands are dwarfs.

It appears the members of MiniKiss tried to sneak into a performance by Tiny Kiss so they could have a fight. Fortunately the bouncers (not known if they are also dwarfs) noticed them and had them removed from the building. Loomis insists the trouble began when he was with MiniKiss and started getting more women then Fatale and he was forced to leave to form his own band. Tiny Kiss can be seen at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Loomis is no stranger to these types of incidents. In 2004 he waged a war with Nelson De la Rosa, after replacing him as Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez' good luck charm.

Only in America....

Has Barry Bonds retired yet? No? Too bad.

Keep that spark of insanity kids...it helps keep you an individual.

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