As The Asylum has grown, I’ve found myself trying to find a way to define what The Asylum is and what the point is. The Asylum is diverse, but it’s not really random. The individuals are hand-picked. By it’s existence, The Asylum, is a proponent of free speech. While The Asylum might tend towards certain ideals, it is not here to parrot one point of view. The Asylum is based around the idea that a variety of perspectives have inherent value.

The Asylum has existed previously. The original was a section on Rydas.com which was essentially a multi-user blog. Specific people were given access and insanity ensued. We have recommitted several of them including OtterVomit, Spectre, and, Chaos . The second form the Asylum existed in was as a section on the Rydas forum. Both were areas for no-holds barred discussion on a multitude of issues. There is no norm in the Asylum. There is no single ethnicity or nationality, there is no single ideology or religion. We do not attempt to determine what is sane or insane, we only present to you the thoughts and opinions of our inmates.

If you wish to extend your stay, we recommend you take advantage of the options for sorting content. Posts may be viewed in chronological order via the home page (older/news post and dig into the past/go forward in time links both do the same thing), you may also view category, daily, monthly, and by author archives (only on the home page). All archives are html limited excerpts. Keep that in mind that you need to click the post title or “read more” link to see the complete post. We also have a few author specific pages which you may access at the top of the page. These will be viewed as the posts appear on the main page, but you will only see posts by the selected author. This page also provides a random post. Group therapy shows the most recent comments, popular posts is self-explanatory and you may also view rss feeds of posts and comments. The “possibly related posts” links that appear at the bottom of some posts (click the post title if you want to view comments, related posts, and pingbacks) is a good way to find similar posts. You may click tags to see other topics that used the same tag, but that may be a fruitless endeavor. If you want something specific, the “Investigate” search box in the navigation is recommended. There are quite a few ways to bring order to this chaotic world.

Sometimes in this world, something comes along that the commonfolk cannot explain. Something that steps so far out of the realm of ‘normal’ that not only is it feared, but it is locked away. Locked away in places where the mundane does not exist. You are about to enter one such area. The entities dwelling in this area come from all walks of life. They all come from different backgrounds, have different beliefs, different colors, etc. Yet, they all have been thrown together in a place mortals call ‘The Asylum.’
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I love Red Eye

Leann Tweeden on Red EyeSleeping at night is something I haven’t been good at for a long time. I can’t pin down the age but (sometime during elementary school), I started having trouble getting to sleep. For example, I recall sitting in bed listening to an unseen clock’s incessant ticking at 2 A.M. It seems almost silly now but as a kid sitting in the dark with nothing but your own thoughts, it sucked horribly. Now, 2 A.M. is actually worth staying up for thanks to Red Eye.

Fox New’s Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld is the type of show you don’t expect to see on any news channel. It’s funny, irreverent, has guests that are actually interesting, and has a decidedly libertarian slant (apparently the main players on Red Eye are libertarian). Red Eye is to cable news shows as South Park is to cartoons. To be honest, my late night TV watching usually consisted of Adult Swim mixed in with the occasional History Channel program. Reruns of Fox News programs held no interest. However, I stumbled upon Red Eye one night and was quite amused. Mind you, Red Eye isn’t some earth shattering episodic program that you just can’t bear to miss. Instead, it’s a gem hidden at 2 A.M. (3 eastern). A show that I always find enjoyable.

Carrie KeaganOne reason a show that comes on when almost all decent human beings are asleep, has been able to beat some CNN’s prime time lineup in a key demo is the guests. Guests include musicians such as Andrew WK, Danzig, and Oderus Urungus. It’s also a interesting format for political figures, Fox News anchors, and actors. Gutfeld used to be in charge of Maxim Magazine in the UK so it should come as no surprise that Red Eye almost always has an attractive female present (such as Leeann Tweeden, who was on last “night”) and the show employs a “leg chair“. Sometimes it’s a bit of a surprise as you see a Fox News anchor (often strategically positioned) looking quite a bit sexier than usual. Or perhaps it’s seeing them as “real” people and not just reading off a teleprompter.

The end result is a great offering for any time slot, but of particular note to see a non-rerun airing in the midst of infomercials. It isn’t preachy like Bill O’Reilly, conspiratorial like Glenn Beck, and it certainly is head and shoulders above any of the MSNBC offerings. If you don’t like politics, the show has enough wit and diversions to keep you interested. If you do like politics but lean particularly to the left, the show makes a point of allowing numerous viewpoints (and not shouting them down either). If you happen to be up late enough, I’d suggest giving the show a chance. It isn’t as though you’d miss anything important…

Now, for your viewing pleasure:
The Notorious Patti Ann Browne

Red Eye – We Heart Carrie Keagan

Fox News’ Courtney hates Horse co..uh.. Genitalia?

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