Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Two short, lazy-ass film reviews: one in theaters and one on DVD

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo:  I went last night.  I was tired, I drank half-price hot sake at a Japanese restaurant before going to the theater, the film was subtitled, it was two and a half hours long, and I stayed awake for the whole thing. That means it was, at the very least, a good film.

The Boat That Rocked: The Movie That Sucked.

What films have you seen lately? Leave short, lazy-ass reviews in the comments.

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/28/10 at 07:23 AM
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tuesday Evening Music: The Clean’s “Anything Could Happen,” “Tally Ho” & “Beatnik”

I recently found this wonderful New Zealand collection of videos from Flying Nun records artists.  Here are three great songs (and videos) from the Clean, a highly-underrated band I’ve been revisiting a lot lately. Enjoy.

“Anything Could Happen”

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Posted by Kevin K. on 04/27/10 at 07:04 PM
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Hurled from the Overton Window

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Glenn Beck’s thriller is coming soon—ripped straight from the headlines, rolled by pudgy, sweaty hands into damp, sticky balls and shoved down your throat, America! Teaser copy:

Due to the incredible success of his latest book, The Easter Pants, handsome author and talk radio host Ben Geck is living the American Dream. He doesn’t have time to listen to conspiracy theories—not even those whispered by fetching, smoky-eyed renegade financier Dagny Tanner.

Until the unthinkable happens, that is—a massive attack on US soil launched by a 100-year-old, sinister progressive cabal with tentacles reaching into the very highest level of government.

“We’re at war,” Geck muses as surveys the smoking ruins. He sweeps Dagny into his manly arms and she pulls him into her secretive Sisterhood of Mommy Patriots group for the ride of his life!

Meanwhile…

“Everything is going according to plan, Comrade,” Welfare Czar Zan Bones said to President Allahu Akbar Obongo. The newly elected American president flared his Nubian nostrils and curled his Kenyan lips into a cruel sneer as he surveyed the chaos from the Situation Room.

“What did I tell you, Comrade Zan? Yes. We. Can. Start populating the FEMA camps. Drop copies of “The Whitey Tape” into the Reeducation Packets. Release the Reparations Amendment. It’s time to get this show on the road. Yes sir. It’s show time, and we sho’ nuff gonna show those crackers this time, right Zan? Ha! Hahaha! Hahahahahahahaha!”

A cross between Left Behind and Love’s Sweet Savage Splendor, The Overton Window is a taut, suspenseful thriller—a jarring ride that’ll leave you as breathless, nauseated and confused as a teabagger at an immigration rights rally. Reserve your copy today!

Posted by Betty Cracker on 04/27/10 at 05:02 PM
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Goldman Sachs hearing: Sen. Carl Levin can’t stop saying “shitty deal” [video]

Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) grills former Goldman Sachs exec Daniel Sparks and just will not stop repeating the phrase “shitty deal.” Bravo!

[HuffPo by way of The Whole Delivery]

UPDATE: Claire McCaskill, too? This shit is getting out of hand…

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Posted by Kevin K. on 04/27/10 at 11:35 AM
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It’s already tough enough being white and male in America without having our black president diss us

The Examiner, which is apparently a newspaper or something in Washington DC, actually decided to run this cover today for this article GOP press release by Julie Mason. Good god.

Obama disses white guys

I hate white people.

UPDATE: HuffPo’s Jason Linkins (a great supporter of this here blog—read him daily) has more.

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/27/10 at 07:26 AM
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Colbert takes on Chicken Lady Sue Lowden

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Posted by Kevin K. on 04/27/10 at 07:11 AM
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Monday, April 26, 2010

What If Matt Drudge Accidentally Told the Truth?

It’ll never happen, but I can dream. The first three lines are his original head, which attempts to make scary racial hay out of nothing.

The last four lines are the unspoken truth, supplied pro bono as an editorial courtesy.

Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 04/26/10 at 01:01 PM
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Big Book o’ the Dumb

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George W. Bush’s memoir, Decision Points, is coming out in November. I figured that, in keeping with its subject’s intellectual heft and paucity of accomplishments, the book would be novella-sized as far as text goes and augmented with copious illustrations to inflate it to standard hardcover book dimensions. But no:

As president, Bush was known for not acknowledging errors, but Crown [Publishers] said that he “writes honestly and directly about his flaws and mistakes…”

If true, that’s gonna be one long-ass book that will exceed the capacity of even the most advanced Kindle.

Posted by Betty Cracker on 04/26/10 at 11:08 AM
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Whoppers with Sleaze

I knew the amount of rightwing-generated smears about Obama was relatively high, but I didn’t know that it was this bad:

To keep on top of urban myths of all kinds, I subscribe to the Snopes.com update list, and I noticed a pattern there that I thought deserved to be examined more arithmetically. It struck me I was seeing a lot more rumors about President Obama, and a lot more false rumors, than I remembered from earlier years. So I ran the numbers, as of this week.

After eight years in the White House (with Snopes.com around all that time), George W. Bush has been the subject of 47 internet rumors. After less than two years in office, Barack Obama has been the subject of 87, or nearly twice as many.

Even more telling is the relative accuracy of those stories. For Bush, 20 rumors, or 43%, are true. Only 17, or 36%, are false. The remainder are of mixed veracity (4), undetermined (4), or unclassifiable (2).

In contrast, for Obama only 8 of the 87 rumors, or 9%, are true, and a whopping 59, or 68%, are whoppers. There are 17 of mixed veracity and 3 undetermined.

Posted by Kevin K. on 04/26/10 at 09:16 AM
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Oh, give it a rest

I saw some traffic coming in from the American Stinker (the blog with Uncle Sam taking a dump in its masthead) and had the displeasure of reading a petulant exercise in wingnut overreach by Jeannie DeAngelis. Here’s the paragraph, the last one, that contained a link to Rumproast:

President Obama left the First Lady to join Joe Biden at the memorial service for victims of the WV mining disaster and told mourning families that while golfing his, “heart ached” over the tragedy. Winding down “middle class” spring break, son of a coal miner’s daughter, Barack Obama, commemorated the twenty-nine “middle class” miners that ” lived—as they died—in pursuit of the American dream” similar to the one only the grief stricken president has the benefit of enjoying.

Compare and contrast:

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Linda Davis & Barack Obama

They sat in the second and third rows Sunday, as President Obama called coal miners the embodiment of the American work ethic. A family that has become the face of West Virginia’s grieving by simple, heartbreaking math.

Five men of the Davis family went into the Upper Big Branch mine April 5.

Two came back.  [...]

The Davises had already talked to Obama: In the aftermath of the blast, he called family patriarch Charles Davis, 75. It wasn’t like in the movies: There was no secretary on the line, no “please hold for the president of the United States.”

Davis picked up the phone, and there he was.

“He said, ‘This is President Obama,’ ” Davis said. Obama told him that, if Davis or his wife needed him to help with anything, all they had to do was call. Davis remembered that Obama said that if he wasn’t home, “the first lady will take care of it.” [...]

As the service concluded Sunday, a choir broke into song, and Obama took Linda Davis’s arm to lead her out.

“Here,” she said in the parking lot a few minutes afterward, pulling a rectangle of white cloth out of her purse. “He gave me his handkerchief to wipe my tears with.”

I guess Obama made that call from the golf course…

MORE: If you think what Jeannie wrote was bad, check out what the Freepers had to say. WARNING: You won’t need waders, you’ll need a Hazmat suit. [hat tip StrangeAppar8us]

UPDATE: Overall the rightwing blogs seemed to have just ignored the memorial service yesterday, but one of the “adults” we were supposed to listen to during the primaries gurgled up this nonsense:

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Posted by Kevin K. on 04/26/10 at 07:30 AM
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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Video: President Obama’s Eulogy Honoring the Coal Miners Killed in West Virginia

The memorial service was very moving, and Obama’s appearance and eulogy were very well received in WV.  I thought I heard someone yell “We love you, Obama” shortly after he finished. Yep [link updated with video/audio].

UPDATE: Photo of Obama walking out of the service with Linda Davis, the grandmother of deceased miner Cory Davis…

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Posted by Kevin K. on 04/25/10 at 05:30 PM
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States Grapple with Human Microchipping:  Improved Medical Identification or MARK OF THE BEAST?!!11!

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Yes, at least three states, California, Wisconsin and North Dakota, are so alarmed about the dangers posed by possible forced microchipping of people that they have banned the practice (or potential practice since it’s not actually happening anywhere).  Five or six other states have debated the issue.

Microchipping, the practice of placing a small emitter under the skin, has been used for some time with pets.  The chips are dormant until a scanning device is passed over them at which point they give off a number.  When entered into a data base the number tracks down the last registered address of the pet’s owner.  The point is obvious - lost pets often lose their collar tags (if they have them to begin with) so microchipping greatly increases the potential that the animals will be returned to their owner.  In fact thousands of pets and owners have been reunited through this technique.

Trial applications of human microchipping have been around for the last decade or so on a voluntary basis.  The intent is that the microchips would replace medical alert bracelets or necklaces worn by people who have serious or chronic medical conditions.  In the event of an accident medical personnel responding would be alerted to the person’s underlying medical problems and could treat the patient accordingly.  In fact, because the chips would hold much more information than could be transcribed onto the bracelets, they would be an even more valuable tool.

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Posted by marindenver on 04/25/10 at 02:27 PM
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“Abortionist Political Whore” Scott Brown Rules Out 2012 Prez Run; Likes Romney, Not Sarah

So long, “Scottie McAwesome.” Hello, “Rino McBackstabber.”

I know, I know—Brown is hardly a reliable ally of the Socialist America-Hating Dems, and this isn’t the first time he’s jammed a stick in the eye of the Teabaggers and Confused Gay Republicans who oozed all over his Cosmo spread and come-hither Conservative pole-dance. I’m just endlessly fascinated by the metaphorical parallels between the Tea Party movement and a joke-shop exploding cigar. And I’m almost beginning to feel sorry for career-path candidates who become the accidental vessels of Tri-Corner Hatriot Hopey-Change— i.e., the grungy fan-fiction vision of an Alternate-Universe Retro-America they can never deliver. 

Boston Herald has the story. H/T to JimRob at FreeRepublic for the headline quote.

Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 04/25/10 at 11:55 AM
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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Throw Down Your Guns, It’s Lance Baxter!

A smart person would never ride a bull named “Diablo,” consume any condiment with the word “Atomic” on the label or fuck with a man named “Lance Baxter”...especially when Lance is a media pro who knows that revenge is a dish best mixed on the fly and served up at 30 frames per second. Then again, we’re not dealing with smart people.

Baxter (aka D.C. Douglas) is the erstwhile Geico voiceover talent whose identity and phone number were posted by a wingnut blogger after Baxter left an acidic message on the answering machine for Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks, a “Tea Party” astroturfing/agenda-hijacking front organization for Mainstream Country Club Conservatism.

Angry ‘Baggers subsequently swarmed Baxter’s home answering machine, and Geico “fired” him from a campaign that ended over a year ago. However, you can’t keep a good writer/producer/director/editor/actor down, and Baxter has responded by uploading his delightful “Tea Bagger Boogie” to YouTube. It’s a fond look back at the moments that mattered, from a movement that didn’t.

Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 04/24/10 at 01:02 PM
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Cocktail Corner: Sounds awful, but it isn’t!

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A friend recently told me about this drink:

—Tequila
—Ice
—Lime wedge
—Squirt citrus soda

I wasn’t too keen to try it, but it’s actually pretty refreshing!

Posted by Betty Cracker on 04/24/10 at 12:10 PM
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