Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I’m making chicken soup today

Pray for me. Unlike Bossy, I’ve never made it before and my track record with homemade soups is pretty darn awful (0-1—worst. split. pea. soup. ever.)

UPDATE: Chris added the broccoli, leeks, red kidney beans, parsley, onions, carrots and celery to the broth (and, of course, chicken) I made earlier today and ... GREAT SUCCESS! Chris did well over half the work, but I’m still chalking this up as a win.  I’m now batting .500 in the World Soupies. If my cholesterol levels are good following my physical tomorrow, I’m coming for you french onion. You’ve been warned.

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Posted by Kevin K. on 02/24/09 at 11:26 AM
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Lucianne Goldberry

Meet Lucianne Goldberg 2.0:

riverdaughter, on February 23rd, 2009 at 12:47 pm Said:

I suppose it would be pointless for us to demand an apology.
Schadenfreude is only satisfying if the misfortune you are witnessing doesn’t affect you in some way.
Why is it we haven’t won the battle against the bad guys yet? And what is going to happen to Obama now that he is flaming so early in his term with a massive, ominous financial asteroid bearing down on us? Can we really afford on-the-job training or will someone *please* cook up a scandal for him that will force him to resign before we all get hurt? [emphasis added]

Ahhhh, so now I get it. Yesterday’s vast right-wing conspiracy is today’s new progressive blogosphere. It’s just that easy.

SOMEWHAT RELATED: I see that several members of the new progressive blogosphere have become fans of deplorable wingnut John Ziegler because of his defense of Sarah Palin and alleged support for Hillary Clinton in his new documentary Media Malpractice.  Yep, Ziegler, who created a documentary condemning the Clintons for their alleged censorship of the made-for-TV movie The Path to 9/11 loves him some Hillary.  Witness all of the nice things he had to say about her at this Fred Thompson event in December of ‘07:

Posted by Kevin K. on 02/24/09 at 10:04 AM
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Monday, February 23, 2009

Satanic Verses in the “Yes We Can” Music Video

No, really, they’re serious about this.  Eight plus minutes of stunningly stoopid kinda serious…

Have you say, thank you stoopid.

UPDATE: The person who created the video is now using the “I was joking” defense on the video’s YouTube page:

0bamasecrets (12 hours ago)

Wow, I noticed one of the links to this video was to a site where it said that we took this video seriously. Funny thing is that we don’t and he spells the word stupid with “stoopid” Seriously, can people ever learn?

Ha ha.  Now that’s funny.

 

Posted by Kevin K. on 02/23/09 at 03:48 PM
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Asshole of the Year Award

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I know it’s only February, but we have an early favorite:

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky.—U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning predicted over the weekend that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would likely be dead from pancreatic cancer within nine months.

During a wide-ranging 30-minute speech on Saturday at the Hardin County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner, Bunning said he supports conservative judges “and that’s going to be in place very shortly because Ruth Bader Ginsburg … has cancer.”

“Bad cancer. The kind that you don’t get better from,” he told a crowd of about 100 at the old State Theater.

“Even though she was operated on, usually, nine months is the longest that anybody would live after (being diagnosed) with pancreatic cancer,” he said.

[snip]

Bunning also reiterated that he would run for re-election in 2010. But he said he doesn’t have the ability to raise money like U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who spent more than $20 million in last year’s election.

Bunning, who only has about $150,000 in his campaign account, has been criticized because of his inability to raise money.

“I’m not only asking for your support, but if you have a $25 check somewhere, or whatever, you can send it, I’ll cash it,” he told the group.

Note to self: Send at least $25 to whomever is running against this prick.

[Cross-posted at Betty Cracker]

Posted by Betty Cracker on 02/23/09 at 07:16 AM
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Lowering the Discourse to Right Where I Want It

02-22-2009 11;20;20PMThis Oscar dress, worn by the usually sultry Jessica Biel, is mystifying. I’ve never seen a dress with a goiter before. Or did she borrow Bristol Palin’s baby blanket? And baby?

That’s all. I’m ashamed of myself already.

Posted by Mrs. Polly on 02/23/09 at 12:05 AM
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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Oscars/Academy Awards Open Thread

The official web site is here.  Here’s a PDF file of the official ballot sheet. Kevin’s predictions are here. Annnnnnnd ...... roll!

MORE: You can see Pale Dave’s predictions here (Kevin and Dave are, once again, competing this year). Also, Roy Edroso is making predictions this year as well.

Posted by Kevin K. on 02/22/09 at 06:30 PM
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Creedocide

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“I am not a hero,” he hollered. “I am only a small star.”

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And with that rallying cry Azharuddin Ismail (young Salim) and Rubina Ali (young Latika) prepare for their descent on Hollywood and the Academy Awards.  If you haven’t picked it up yet, I’m speaking of two of the young stars of Slumdog Millionaire.  All of the young actors who played Jamal, Salim and Latika at different ages will be at the awards ceremony too, along with their grown-up counterparts.  The difference is that Azhar and Rubina didn’t have to make up much of their portrayals - these two kids actually come from the slums of Mumbai.  And are apparently still living in similar conditions to those from which they came.

But life is looking better for these two little acting dynamos.  After some hand wringing over how best to compensate them (since money given to one parent to improve their housing disappeared with no apparent change in their living conditions) the producers settled on a combination of some current cash, money put in trust for their college educations, enrollment in a school for underprivileged kids and apartments for their families to live in.  As incentive to keep the kids in school, the families will receive the deeds to the apartments when they graduate.

There has been some grumbling that the kids were underpaid, however the trust funds have been described as “substantial”, and it does seem reasonable to think that the value to them of a good education is, as the MasterCard ads say, priceless.  But you can’t buy talent and these two youngsters have got plenty of it.  Bollywood, meet two of your next stars!

Posted by marindenver on 02/22/09 at 12:18 PM
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Cakey! The Cake from Outer Space

The kinda-long-lost episodes of the web-only comedy series Cakey! The Cake from Outer Space are now available on Funny or Die and it’s really funny (and exceptionally twisted) stuff.  I missed it during its run on the defunct Super Deluxe, but you can read a brief history about it here. Below is an embedded playlist of the full run of the series.  Each of the seven webisodes is between four and five minutes long. You can jump between episodes by clicking the arrows on either side of “Playing __ of 7.” Enjoy.

Posted by Kevin K. on 02/22/09 at 06:41 AM
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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Memorabilious

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Looking for a new culturally enriching experience, or just want to take your sweetie someplace a little different for date night? You really haven’t been anywhere until you’ve experienced Heidi Li’s latest project, The Museum of Misogynistic Memorabilia.

The MoMM is not yet in a bricks-and-mortar condition, but Heidi Li (JD, PhD) is working on it. She has her mission statement:

“The point of displaying misogynistic memorabilia, ranging from the horrifying to the offensive to the sophomoric is to showcase the ways in which women or their rights and interests have been hatefully characterized both historically and in our own time.” And, from the Heidi Li Founder’s Blog: “Memorializing and witnessing the propaganda and tools used to oppress has played a vital role in raising awareness of how oppression occurs.”

Well and good. Dr. Heidi Li is not covering the entire, depressing, vast history of misogyny itself, but merely hateful characterizations of women through “propaganda and tools”. She still has a rich field of exploration.  From attic vases depicting vengeful cuckolded goddess Hera, to catchpenny prints of women as witches and hags, to controversial portrayals of women in hip-hop, Dr. Heidi Li is certainly not lacking for material from which to draw. So let’s take a look at the offerings.

The MoMM’s online stores consist of, so far, ten exhibits, divided into two parts: “General Collection” and “Bloopers”. “Bloopers” has the notation: “People say the darndest things!”

 

 

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Posted by Mrs. Polly on 02/21/09 at 11:06 PM
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Malkin to World - “We’re Mad as Rabbits and We’re Not Going to Take It Anymore!”

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Emboldened by the fives of protesters who turned out in Denver last Tuesday to pose with Michelle Malkin while holding Nazi signs, eat roast pork sandwiches and generally register their disfavor with the stimulus bill, Malkin is now calling for a wave of “tea parties”  to sweep the nation.  And get this.  In Seattle, the day before, she brags, they got almost 100 people!  And now they’ve got tea parties most everywhere!  Places like, well, Mesa, AZ!  And Overland Park, KS!  And, and, well, there’s sure to be more soon so you know what that means!  Right, it’s the 60’s all over again.  With pork instead of pot I guess.  And well, as one tea party organizer put it:

To be sure, the protest sizes so far are a far cry from the left’s anti-globalization and anti-war demonstrations of the past decade.

Ya think?  Maybe because most people are actually in favor of the stimulus bill.  Keep us updated on the success of these little parties, Michelle.  We’re watching breathlessly!  Want to have a tea party of your own?  Check this link.  And listen to this while you e-mail all your friends.

In the meantime I will just leave you with these observations:

Cheshire Cat: If I were looking for a white rabbit, I’d ask the Mad Hatter.
Alice: The Mad Hatter? Oh, no no no…
Cheshire Cat: Or, you could ask the March Hare, in that direction.
Alice: Oh, thank you. I think I’ll see him…
Cheshire Cat: Of course, he’s mad, too.
Alice: But I don’t want to go among mad people.
Cheshire Cat: Oh, you can’t help that. Most everyone’s mad here.
[laughs maniacally; starts to disappear]
Cheshire Cat: You may have noticed that I’m not all there myself.

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Posted by marindenver on 02/21/09 at 05:59 PM
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Swayze Dancing

Still not feeling the politics, so everybody dance…

I don’t know how I survived the 80’s…

[via Everything is Terrible]

Posted by Kevin K. on 02/21/09 at 01:17 PM
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La Strada’s “The Sun Song” music video

Because I’m a major player in the music industry, the folks from $99 Music Videos emailed me a few days ago to let me know that one of my favorite local bands La Strada were debuting a music video for their joyous ‘n’ infectious anthem “The Sun Song.” I’ve been a fan of La Strada since I quite literally stumbled upon them playing in the bowels of the NYC subway system back in April of ‘07 (shoddy mobile phone video here). Their first official recording, a self-titled CD that includes this tune and the equally skull-sticking “Mama,” is coming out on Ernest Jenning records in a few days.  If you’re a New Yorker, they’ve also got a record release party coming up on March 5th.

Goddamn, I love that song. Just a perfect musical accompaniment to this crisp, sunny Brooklyn day.

MORE: You can watch a larger version of the video here and see how it was made for $99 here.

UPDATE: If you’ve got a local band you’d like to plug, feel free to do so in the comments. Love to check out what you folks have brewin’ in your hometowns.

Posted by Kevin K. on 02/21/09 at 11:47 AM
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Friday, February 20, 2009

Funny. Funnier. Funniest.

Haven’t done one of these in awhile…

Funny (full thread here). Funnier. Funniest.

Posted by Kevin K. on 02/20/09 at 04:28 PM
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Oscars/Academy Awards Predictions for 2009

Sorry, because of you-know-who, I’m a little late rolling in with these, but here are my surefire picks for the Academy Awards this year.  You can view all of the nominations, including additional info, here. Just like last year (bad year, I only went 15 for 24) I’m going toe-to-toe with film buff extraordinaire Pale Dave from Missing the Moon. The entries marked in red are my picks to win and the browns ones were on my short-list (read: they’re either dark horses or close calls).  Red-only means I think my pick is a sure bet. I’ll add some thoughts below a few of the categories a little later today and maybe tomorrow, so please check back.  Your picks and/or criticism is welcome in the comments.  We’ll also be hosting an open thread Sunday night for the awards show, so please stop by then. Also, I’m aware I haven’t picked a winner for “Best documentary short subject,” but that category has me completely stumped.  I may have to watch all of them to figure out a winner or just flip a coin early Sunday.  I’m currently leaning toward option #2.

Best motion picture of the year

  • “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”  
  • “Frost/Nixon”  
  • “Milk”  
  • “The Reader”  
  • “Slumdog Millionaire”

I know everyone thinks “Slumdog” is a lock for best pic and Danny Boyle a lock for best director, but there’s still a small part of me that thinks “Milk” is taking the win in one of those two big categories.  I’m still going with “Slumdog” for both, but I wouldn’t be entirely surprised if “Milk” pulled an upset.  BTW, I wasn’t all that impressed with “Milk,” but then I hardly am when it comes to biopics. I thought the pacing was off and I wasn’t blown away by any of the performances, including those by Penn and Brolin.

Achievement in directing

  • “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, David Fincher  
  • “Frost/Nixon”, Ron Howard  
  • “Milk”, Gus Van Sant  
  • “The Reader”, Stephen Daldry  
  • “Slumdog Millionaire”, Danny Boyle

Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Richard Jenkins in “The Visitor”  
  • Frank Langella in “Frost/Nixon”  
  • Sean Penn in “Milk”  
  • Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”  
  • Mickey Rourke in “The Wrestler”

I know a lot of folks think Penn will win this, but the Academy loves comeback stories and there’s no better one than Rourke’s.  I do have to hat tip Langella for his portrayal of Nixon, which is every bit as good as people have been saying, but he’s at best a distant third in this category.

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Josh Brolin in “Milk”  
  • Robert Downey Jr. in “Tropic Thunder”  
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Doubt”  
  • Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight”  
  • Michael Shannon in “Revolutionary Road”

If you pick anyone else in this category, you’re an idiot.

Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Anne Hathaway in “Rachel Getting Married”  
  • Angelina Jolie in “Changeling”  
  • Melissa Leo in “Frozen River”  
  • Meryl Streep in “Doubt”  
  • Kate Winslet in “The Reader”

Winslet is long overdue for an award and seems like a kickass person in real life, so not only do I think she’ll win, I want her to win. It’s hard to count out Streep in any awards ceremony (even after “Mamma Mia”) and I have a teeny tiny feeling Hathaway could be a spoiler this year (hell, Leo could, too), but I’d be pretty shocked if Winslet didn’t get the win.

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Amy Adams in “Doubt”  
  • Penélope Cruz in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”  
  • Viola Davis in “Doubt”  
  • Taraji P. Henson in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”  
  • Marisa Tomei in “The Wrestler”

What a surprise.  Best supporting actress is a tough call. Who would have guessed?  If Tomei hadn’t already won for “My Cousin Vinny,” her name would have been in brown, too. I’m fairly confident about Cruz, but Davis’ short time on screen was riveting and a lot of folks seem to think Henson could pull off an upset. I’m sticking with Cruz (she convincingly brought the crazy to her role), but, hell, I wouldn’t even be surprised if Adams was holding the statue at the end of the night.

Best animated feature film of the year

  • “Bolt”, Chris Williams and Byron Howard  
  • “Kung Fu Panda”, John Stevenson and Mark Osborne  
  • “WALL-E”, Andrew Stanton

See best supporting actor.

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