Saturday, February 16, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
When joyful, when joyful for highly vocal drunkenness. But joyful is how I hope you'll remember him. Not stuck in a box in a church.
First there was the memorial to Paul Wellstone which conservatives cynically morphed what was actually a joyous celebration of a political man into some sort of anti-Republican Nuremburg rally. Al Franken, who led the charge in refuting that nonsense writes about it here.
Then there was the funeral of Coretta Scott King in which conservatives jumped all over the remarks of former President Jimmy Carter regarding wiretapping as somehow disrespectful to President Bush who was sitting behind him.
Now we have the spectacle of Republican Congressmen interrupting a service to recently passed congressman Tom Lantos on the House Floor in order to try and stop the looming contempt vote later in the day on Harriet Miers and Josh Bolten. In other words they had ants in their pants to cover Bush's ass.
Conservatives seem to be either telling others what is or is not the appropriate manner to celebrate the passing of their loved ones, or acting in a manner wholly disrespectful on their own during funeral services. In either case they're obviously completely unclear on the concept. (Whether this disrespect born of willfulness or ignorance seems an unnecessary distinction although I suspect they just ultimately just don't give a rat's ass.)
People are free to celebrate the lives of their loved ones in the manner of which they want and they think appropriate without interruption by bloviating busybodies. Someday we'd hope they'd learn this. I won't be holding my breath for that day.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Good quality bootleg Indy trailer can be found here.
Official, high-quality trailer will be here later today.
The rational, grown-up part of me thinks about all the crap that went on behind the scenes plus the involvement of George Lucas and doubts. Luckily the twelve year-old boy in me grabs the grown-up me, puts him in a sleeper hold and stands on his prone, incapacitated body while he screams "Indy's back! Indy's back!"
Once the Raider's score kicks in he kicks the grown-up me for being such a douche in the first place.
The trailer has a perfect retro, old-school feel that makes be believe this movie is going to flat-out rock.
Speaking of douches: MSN published a list of the ten sexiest movie kisses this morning. They got a bunch of the greats but left off THE sexiest kiss of all time:
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
WGA Strike Over. Hooray for the writers! Does this mean American Gladiators will now be going away? Please?
Mike Huckabee says he doesn't want to be Vice President. That makes him and 300 million other Americans that agree with him. Or President for that matter.
Tomorrow is Indiana Jones 4 Trailer Day. I may even call in sick to work. My fourteen year old daughter is as excited as I am (she sent me a camera shot of the poster the minute she saw it in a theater lobby.)
M.A.S.H. set being rebuilt as possible camping site. Cool. How much fun would it be to have a drunken martini party in "the swamp?"
This Sick Astronaut story has an "Apollo 13" vibe to it. All I can see when I read about it is Tom Hanks peering out of a porthole at the moon. So close - yet so far.
Cthulhutech? What a really, really stupid idea. Still - it's nice to know Lovecraft has fans who don't even get his stories. It's called chaos, baby.
Blue Gal enjoys a bowl of Wild Animal Crunch for her morning-after-election breakfast.
But what's really chapping my suspenders is the "I'll take my ball and go home" attitude among some of the Clinton supporters I've read in comments sections on big lefty blogs. Here's the journey I and a lot of progressives had to take already during the course of this election-
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Yesterday I wrote a complicated, intricately sourced counter-argument to don's posts but it was on my Blackberry so ce'st la vie.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Dan Gerstein, an architect of Lieberman's re-election campaign two years ago, said McCain and Lieberman share a bond as independent-minded "statesmen" who put their country's interests ahead of their party.
(Weird thing is I wasn't even drinking milk at the time.)
"If John (McCain) is the nominee, he has got some convincing to do to convince people that he is a solid conservative, and I'll be glad to help him if he is the nominee," Bush said on "Fox News Sunday.
"In his first expansive public discussion of the 2008 election, the president also depicted Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) as a political mystery whose muddled foreign policy would have the United States attack an ally and coddle an enemy."
Bush brushed off their high-profile disagreements over the years on issues such as taxes and interrogation policies, depicting them as natural for any senator. "The question I asked myself, and I hope voters ask, [is] what are the principles by which this person will be making decisions?"
As for conservatives who doubt McCain, he said: "If you're seeking, looking for perfection, you'll never find that person. I certainly wasn't a perfect candidate for a lot of folks."
As bad a candidate as you were you were an even worse President.
Of course President Zoolander finishes his interview with this wonderful Bushian question:
"The American people have got to know that what we did in the past gained information that prevented an attack," he said. "And for those who criticize what we did in the past, I ask them, which attack would they rather have not . . . stopped?"
The one involving the abo-digitals, Mr. President.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
I know Schneider had a large body of work that he could be proud of but for me this will always be the moment I'll remember him for...