Archive for November, 2009

The funniest line I’ve heard in a movie in quite a while.

November 22, 2009

Just flew to New Orleans. I watched 3 movies on the Amsterdam to Memphis flight: the Hangover, 500 days of Summer, and State of Play.

State of Play was pretty good, but could have been better. It made me want to watch the British tv series.

500 days of Summer is a Po-Mo Cutester Rom-com. (Cutester is a neologism combining the words cutesy and hipster. I actually really liked the movie since it’s way more realistic than most Rom-coms. Let’s face it, we all have experiences like the main character, who falls deeply in love, but it doesn’t work out and that’s it. He has to deal with the love of his life’s new life with another man. And she’s not really a bitch like Sarah Marshall or another archetypical girlfriend foil.

The Hangover was very funny, and very reminiscent of Old School with Zach Galifin… in the Will Ferrell role. He also had one of the funniest lines I’ve heard in a movie in quite a while. In discussing counting cards at a Vegas blackjack table, his friends say, “counting cards is illegal.” Zach G. responds, “No, it’s just frowned upon, like masturbating on an airplane.”

Maybe it was just funny because I was watching it on an airplane, but I embarrassed myself laughing in my seat with my headphones on.

Palin around with terrorists

November 19, 2009

I’m going to try and refrain from writing much about Sarah Palin, but I do have this thought: Remember when everyone was surprised that her book was finished as quickly as it was? And you know how she doesn’t really seem that careful when it comes to facts? She seems mainly concerned with image. And you know how she had a ghost writer? Well, maybe she was unaware at how many falsehoods are in the book. Maybe the ghostwriter presented her with a manuscript based on her notes and anecdotes, she read through it and said, “looks good,” without really thinking how much of a problem it would be to publish a mendacious autobiography. This scenario doesn’t seem too far from the possible truth to me.

Boycott the Gap for using the word Christmas!

November 19, 2009

This really chafes my hide. Despite being somewhat nonsensical in several of its phrases, the author of this announcement and promoter of the boycott seem to have little understanding of Christmas.

Here’s the add: (more…)

Should I be embarrassed about coming to this so late in the game?

November 19, 2009

For whatever reason, I’ve never really listened to David Bowie until recently. It’s not that I’ve never gotten into his work, it’s that I don’t feel like I ever got the chance. I spent high school listening to the classic rock stations out of Dallas and got a good fill of the Beatles, the Stones, Zeppelin, the Who, Skynyrd, Queen, Cream, etc., but I rarely heard Bowie. (more…)

Adventures in Language

November 16, 2009

What do you do when a word is so commonly misused that you might never know what someone means when they use it?

The word? Nonplussed. (more…)

Sports-Hate and Scandal

November 16, 2009

Bill Simmons (as someone close to me calls “The Idiot Savant of the Mediocre”) published this article last week explaining his dwindling sports-hate of Kobe, Payton, and A-Rod. He claims that he is gaining respect for them so he can’t sports-hate them as much.

Well, that doesn’t jibe with me. For instance, the person I sports-hate more than any other is Dwayne Wade. (more…)

Eurotrash Boys, ctd. With Video!

November 15, 2009

Judge for yourself:

 

Mad Men Post #2

November 15, 2009

Loved the season finale. I don’t have anything to add that hasn’t already been said about, but I do have a prediction:

Based on Sterling Cooper’s relationship with the Republican party and the Nixon campaign in 1960 and Sterling’s relationship with Rockefeller, SCDP will end up with the Rockefeller account for the 1964 campaign. The only problem is that the campaign starts very soon after the finale so they would have to get the account soon. This will allow Betty and Don to continue to have conflicts.

I’m likely wrong, but I often don’t think of these things and I haven’t heard anything yet about this.

Eurotrash Boys

November 14, 2009

Do you know about John and Edward? Or as some call them Jedward?

They’re everywhere here and everyone hates them. But they also love them, because they are so horrible. Here’s a picture after the jump:

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Rush Limbaugh hates America

November 14, 2009

Now, ladies and gentlemen, do you remember what a circus the Moussaoui trial was?  Zacarias Moussaoui?  We’ve seen all this before.  Do you remember during the trial of Moussaoui, even supposed 9/11 families showed up to plead for Moussaoui, to plead for leniency, to plead for justice.  That was a lot closer to the events of 9/11 and it was on a much smaller stage.  That trial was in the Washington area.  Now, this case is not going to go to trial for a couple years.  Can you imagine the discovery process alone, the motions, the papers, I shudder to think what a circus this is going to be become.  And I’m going to tell you, since 911, and in New York, you’ve gotta bunch of radical leftists who, after six years of ginned up hatred for George W. Bush, have as much hatred for this country as people who don’t live in New York, some people out on the Left Coast, and, believe me, there are enough people in this country who are going to applaud this country being on trial and some of them may even end up on the jury.

This is from Limbaugh’s show yesterday, where he is apparently upset that Holder wants to put suspected terrorists on trial.

What does he have to fear? If America is such a great country that he insists it is, if it needs no change, if the status quo is better than any other country has to offer, then isn’t the Constitution good enough for him? Doesn’t his desire for a new type of court case that hasn’t yet been established by the Constitution make him a Liberal?

It seems odd to suggest that people who want actually to prove that the people who are suspected of committing horrible crimes are actually guilty of horrible crimes hate America, doesn’t it? Especially when they want to do so within the confines of the laws that supposedly make America the great country that it is.

I may be missing something; I don’t have a lot of time to investigate exactly what Limbaugh means, but it seems clear from this little soundbite that he doesn’t trust America as it is.

Limbaugh apparently admires Sarah Palin. Remember one of her campaign quotes:

Our opponent is someone who sees America, it seems, as so imperfect that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country.

This strikes me as apt in describing Limbaugh. He sees America as so imperfect that he would rather destroy the Constitution for the sake of some measly suspected terrorists. If he doesn’t hate America, he certainly doesn’t see it as great.