Saturday, October 04, 2003

News Summary


Rush is having a little problem with pills in the same state, same county, that Jeb and Katherine used to hand the selection to George? Well, maybe Rush can go to the same facility as Jeb's daughter — I hear she still gets some yummy good stuff on the inside.

Sorry, no segue, but how long do we have to wait to start making fun of Roy?

And lastly, a guy name Bill is accused of groping some women. How many? Let's say 3. Tops. On national radio he's called a rapist despite the fact that we were at war (take your pick: Kosovo, al Qaeda, etc.). Another guy named Arnold admits that he groped away. He's only trying to be govenor, but I still haven't heard anything nearly as repugnant.

But, seriously, back to Roy: I want to start linking in Simpsons sound files, but I guess we should find out if he lives, at the least. That would be the sensitive thing to do, right?

Patty: "You'll be our bitch, just like Sigfried is for Roy."

Friday, October 03, 2003

Disappointment


I know I speak for all conservatives when I express my deep disappointment in Rush Limbaugh of the EIB.

I always hoped the downfall was going to involve a busload of reform school girls, two gallons of Vaseline and an overnight trip to Tijuana.

Prescription drug abuse just seems so tawdry by comparison

Thursday, October 02, 2003

Funny.


Schwarzenegger Says He's 'Behaved Badly'

SAN DIEGO - Gubernatorial front-runner Arnold Schwarzenegger acknowledged that he has "behaved badly" to women and offered an apology Thursday.

Schwarzenegger's remarks, as he kicked off a four-day bus tour of the state in the final days of the recall campaign, came after a Los Angeles Times story published Thursday in which six women accused him of sexually harassing and groping them.
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McBain: Now, my Woody Allen impression: I'm a neurotic nerd who likes to sleep with little girls.
Man: [from audience] Hey, that really sucked! [McBain pulls the pin on a grenade and tosses it at him]
Rainier: The film is just me in front of a brick wall for an hour and a half. It cost $80 million.
Jay: [contemptuous] How do you sleep at night?
Rainier: On top of a pile of money with many beautiful ladies.
(http://www.snpp.com/episodes/2F31.html)

The irony of the loony left using something like this after ignoring the goings on at the White House for eight years is just too much for me to handle. I'm gonna go grope something.

Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Not funny



First, we had a 4 year-old get his hands on a gun and accidentally killing his sister; now we have a 2 year-old living alone for 3 weeks?!.

Before I was a parent, I would have been outraged. Now, I'm nearly senseless. How do these things happen?

I keeo thinking about if it was Dante in one of those situations. Do you do the same?

LOL!!


That is absolutely beautiful and made me literally laugh out loud. It's so funny, it almost makes me want to take time off political diatribes.

Almost.

Hey, speaking of spies, the current controversy at the White House brings to mind all those times that bleeding-heart liberals under Clinton would expose CIA operatives, putting at risk the lives of countless operatives overseas. It's a shame Clinton couldn't take responsibility for his own people and make sure that the people who serve America (even the spooks) can do so as safely as possible.

Oh, wait. That's right. They never did that. It would be downright treasonous. Grounds for impeachment?

Sorry; been reading a lot lately.

By the way, Patrick's family moved from Astoria to Ireland when he was very young. Also, a leading choice for 007 pre-Sean, was considered as a Columbo replacement for Falk (not Jewish enough?), and has been married for 52 years!.

I would love to see an updated version of "The Prisoner". Hey, a new version of Doctor Who's coming out, so why not?

I think Patrick's funniest role recently was in Braveheart, when he pushed the prince's "friend" out the window. It was beautiful. Why did no one else find that as funny as I did?

Rover Finally Gets One



Now it's just a simple matter of transporting the escapee to the soylent farms


If I'm from Long Island, why do I speak with an English accent?!?!?

Monday, September 29, 2003

Heroes.


Shawn, we've talked about you getting your information from The Onion and The Village Voice. This is from a CNN thing on the Cold War:
With the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union, a number of new archival sources have become available that throw much-needed light on the McCarthy era and the attack on domestic communism. More and more FBI files on the Communist Party U.S.A. have been released; Russian archives holding the records of the Communist International and the CPUSA have allowed access to American scholars; and the Venona cables, decrypted World War II Soviet messages between KGB offices in the United States and Moscow, have been released by the National Security Agency.

This new evidence is forcing the revision of many of the prevailing myths about the internal communist threat to American democracy in the postwar era. None of it exculpates McCarthy. He remains a political bully who hurt a number of people. But his exaggerated and baseless charges also harmed the anti-communist cause. In a variant of Gresham's Law, his bad charges trivialized and weakened good ones. Genuine Soviet spies portrayed themselves as victimized by McCarthyism. They found sympathetic listeners, convinced that anyone accused of espionage or communism must be innocent because some innocent people were accused.

  • The new evidence demonstrates that Julius Rosenberg was an important Soviet agent in charge of a spy ring that obtained scientific secrets, including material relating to the atomic bomb.

  • It confirms that Alger Hiss was an important Soviet agent from the mid-1930s through the 1940s, turning over State Department secrets to Soviet military intelligence.

  • Elizaabeth Bentley, a Soviet spy who defected in 1945, identified dozens of government officials she claimed had turned over information to her during World War II. Bentley was widely disbelieved and derided as the "blond spy queen." None of those she named was ever successfully prosecuted for espionage (one was convicted on a related charge). The new evidence demonstrates conclusively that she told the truth. Among her sources were a top-ranking officer in the Office of Strategic Services, officials in the War Production Board, Board of Economic Warfare, State Department, War Department, Army Air Force, Office of War Information, Treasury Department, and the Office of Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs.

In fact, more than 350 Americans secretly worked for Soviet intelligence during World War II when the United States and the Soviet Union were allies. A number of them served in very high positions in the U.S. government. Harry Dexter White was assistant secretary of the Treasury and played a key role in creating the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, pillars of the postwar world monetary structure. Lauchlin Currie was one of a half-dozen special assistants to President Franklin Roosevelt. Laurence Duggan was in charge of U.S. relations with Latin America.
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The problem, ofcourse, is that Hollywood believes their own press releases. Tailgunner Joe never came out with numbers on those folks, he is most remembered for his attacks on the State Department and the Army. When H'Wood was called forward, they got the press - but it was the head of the Army who finally shut him up with "Have you no decency, sir?"

The man was a pig. But the historical record that is cocming out is that he was an accurate pig - and that's what really scares academia and the H'wood Left.

It gets right nipply out there on the Left Coast

Heroes?


So why didn't Ronald Regan (another cooperative actor during that period) give him a freakin' medal? Here's why: the whole McCarthy Witchhunt (and yes, that's what it's officially called) was going after actors, not useful people.

The other groups you mentioned and the HUAC have one shared point: they used the same motivation to get what they wanted. They were fear-mongers. We should not count on the government to protect us from all fear, but we should rely on it to act fairly and not actively terrorize innocents.

Come on: these people were villified for political association. Not acts.

My take on it all, after reading "Jumping the Line" by William Herrick, is that in America, it was just class warfare. Communists ran the unions. They tried to amass power by organizing common people, essentially taking the workers away from the rich all over the country in much the same way Democrats did in New York.

As for Elia, I actually plan on watching his movies because they are works of art. Previous similar acts by me are: downloading electronic versions of the Christian Bible, learning the history and layout of the city of New York, and paying taxes. Sometimes I do things even if I have mixed feelings about the origins.

But I'll never be a fan.

As for Helen, I know exactly why I like her. Is she still with Hank?

Body Count



But the reaction to his choice as a recipient of an honorary Oscar in 1998 put Kazan in the headlines again. In 1952, after initially refusing to name names, the former Communist Party member revealed the names of eight other members in the arts to the House Un-American Activities Committee. The act ruined careers and damaged reputations, including his own.

During the Oscar ceremony, Beatty, Meryl Streep and Kathy Bates stood and applauded Kazan while others, including Ed Harris and Nick Nolte, sat silently. De Niro, who presented the award with Martin Scorsese, called Kazan a "master of a new kind of psychological and behavioral faith in acting."


Let's get a few things straight here. Hitler methodically killed 6 million Jews and other "undesirables" in his death camps. In battle, another 20 Million Russians died during the invasion of Eastern Europe. About 2-3 million Western Europeans and Americans died fighting on the Western Front. As for the rest of the wacky right, the rest of the Banana Republic dictators in South and Central America may have killed about a million altogether, even if we give Rigoberta Menchu her numbers.

Stalin is responsible for the deaths of 20 million of his own people. The Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution claimed the lives of 20 million or so Chinese. The Khmer Rouge accolunted for 2 million of their own people and the RVN killed roughly another million or so Vietnamese after 1975. Numbers from Eastern Europe are sketchy, but the Cold war figures for about a million from Poland to the Baltics.

Speaking strictly from an accounting perspective, it's easier on the Census to live in a Fascist country.

BUT, what if Kazan had reported suspected Nazis to the HUAC instead?

He'd be a freaking hero. Movies would be made about him. But no, instead he turned in commies. And for whatever reason, in H'Wood, it's okay to be a Commie, but awful if you're a Republican.

Finally, his movies were phenomenal. After Lou Grant, what has Ed Asner done with a camera?

I remember that Oscars ceremony - I remember that Helen Hunt stood up to cheer for Kazan. I knew I liked her for a reason.

Are you now or have you ever...



Brian, you live in Wisconsin — maybe you know where Gene McCarthy is buried? Is there available space near him?

USATODAY.com - Director Kazan dead at 94

Finally, Mr. Laasch, have you no decency?

As George Bush once said, There Oughta Be Limits to Free Speech



OK, Tucker was a jerk. So Fox decided to be a jerk. I think they both got what they deserved.
USATODAY.com - CNN's Tucker Carlson angry over phone flap

Most of all, though, I'm curious. Is the Do Not Call registry accessible via the Freedom of Information Act? Because, if so, telemarketers could really use such a big list of phone numbers.

To review:
Companies called people out of the phone book. People got unlisted phone numbers. Companies got computers to dial all number ranges. Most states legislated against this. So companies built computers to dial random phone numbers. So the FTC created a registry of numbers to not be dialed. Companies sued saying that it impinged on their Freedom of Speech.

Companies do not have rights. Fictitious Entities are not mentioned in the Consitution. I know this sounds fairly Libertarian, but we have to disabuse ourselves of the notion that copyrighted characters, logoes, and corporations have any freedoms. People have freedoms, including the freedom to avoid being called by someone they don't know.

No way are you going to catch me giving any information to the Revenuers!

The Countdown Continues


Holding up a copy of USA TODAY, [Kathy] Kinney pretended to update soldiers on the news back home. [ . . . ]"I know that you've been here for a long time. But the longer you're here, the closer the Olsen Twins get to being 18 years old. June 13, 2004. They're worth like ... $50 billion between the two of them, but I bet they couldn't decorate your tents as good as I could." [More . . . ]

How many people know that Drew Carey was Marine enlisted once upon a time. Or, that when he did the USO thing in Afghanistan last year, he stuck around for another week after everybody else went home.