Sunday, March 27, 2011

“American: The Bill Hicks Story” Coming in April, Kinda

This appears to be a 2009 British production that was never released stateside and is still only available in US-hostile PAL format on import DVDs. Right now, engagements are limited to one-shot screenings in a dozen major US and Canadian markets…but I figured I’d alert our Big-City ‘Roasters, just so they can make plans to see this and Atlas Shrugged on separate nights. 

Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 03/27/11 at 06:13 PM

Categories: MoviesMovie News

Saturday, March 26, 2011

In the Future, Everyone Will Be a Mysterious Objectivist Anti-Hero for Three Seconds

Hey, kids! Be the first Galt in YOUR Gulch to win a 3-second cameo on a throwaway “Special Feature” track of the sure-to-be-collectible DVD/Blu-ray release of a Mammoth Movie Milestone that STILL doesn’t have a distributor!

Remember all the fun we had last year with the “I Am the Tea Party Leader” videos? Well, here’s our chance at a second bite from the Forbidden Fruit of Self-Selecting Affinity Groups, courtesy of the producers of Atlas Shrugged: Part 1. Apparently — given the resistance of parasitical, collectivist movie theaters to jump aboard Dagny Taggart’s Super-Train to Selfish-Town — the filmmakers have staked their rational self-interest and survival-seeking, morally-ambivalent egoism on a grassroots marketing campaign that’s not just “viral,” it’s damn-near Treatment-Resistant Face-Eating Bacterial.

The full video gallery is here, and it’s growing—but I’ve selected my Top 3 Randian Supermen from the current crop below the fold.

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Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 03/26/11 at 05:55 PM

Categories: MoviesMovie NewsPoliticsNuttersYouTubidity

Geraldine Ferraro, 1935 - 2011

Geraldine Ferraro, first woman to be nominated for vice-president by a major American party, former Queens prosecutor and congresswoman, succumbed to blood cancer today at the age of 75.

As a New Yorker, I remember Congresswoman Gerry Ferraro as a frequent guest on WNYC’s Senior Edition (yes, I was an art student listening to a show for 60-year-olds; it was miles more interesting than anything else on the radio). She was great during the call-in segments,  with her comprehensive grasp and clear explanations of senior resources and complexities of elder-law. When she was tapped by Walter Mondale in 1984, I was less surprised than the rest of the country; I just assumed someone on his staff listened to public radio.

Readers here are likely to remember her for her atrocious comments about Barack Obama, and her pugnacity in not apologizing for them, but there is no arguing her place in history, nor her intelligence, however unevenly applied, nor her tenacity.

Posted by Mrs. Polly on 03/26/11 at 01:03 PM

Categories: News

Rodent of Unusual Hue (ROUH)

A freakish arboreal critter was recently discovered in my neighborhood. Forgive the Blair Witch-like camera work, fingers over the lens, etc.—it was filmed by iPhone-and peanut-wielding children:

Posted by Betty Cracker on 03/26/11 at 08:43 AM

Categories: Critters

Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday Night Chillout Zone: Awesome Northern Lights Timelapse Video

In The Land Of The Northern Lights from Ole Christian Salomonsen on Vimeo.

I’ve seen the northern lights quite a few times, even here around Glasgow—mainly 10-15 years ago, when sunspot activity was at a peak. It’s that time in the cycle again, but finding the right combination of a clear sky when there’s no moon above the horizon is a tall order.

Never mind, because a very dedicated dude called Ole Christian Salomonsen spent months photographing them, and stitched the pics into a video animation. (YMMV on the music, but you can always turn it off or play something else over it.)

Posted by YAFB on 03/25/11 at 08:10 PM

Bryan Fischer Clarifies First Amendment for Us

via TPM


Coz the lord explained it to him or something.  Thos. Jefferson and Company were not truly talking about actual freedom to worship just any old religion that might be hanging around.  No, their true intent, as explained to us by society’s genital wart, Bryan Fischer, was TO PROTECT THE WORSHIP OF JEEBUS!  And only Jeebus.  Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and most especially them Islamics need not apply.

“The First Amendment was written by the Founders to protect the free exercise of Christianity. They were making no effort to give special protections to Islam. Quite the contrary,” Fischer wrote on his Renew America blog.

He continued:

Islam has no fundamental First Amendment claims, for the simple reason that it was not written to protect the religion of Islam. Islam is entitled only to the religious liberty we extend to it out of courtesy. While there certainly ought to be a presumption of religious liberty for non-Christian religious traditions in America, the Founders were not writing a suicide pact when they wrote the First Amendment.

Hmmm.  Let’s just review what exactly that First Amendment has to say.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

I dunno.  I’m just not getting that “an establishment of religion” = “Christianity exclusively”.  As far as that suicide pact?  I think the “Founders” understood that there were other religions existing in the world besides, you know, Christian ones. I believe they even might have known of people who had no religion at all!  They were, after all, edjumicated gentlemen.  Is it just possible that the First Amendment means exactly what it does say and not what Bryan Fischer wishes it said?

Of course it does and everyone here knows it.  What troubles me more is the amount of attention this piece of vermin gets every time he starts pounding away on his computer keys like a pack of deranged chimpanzees (with no disrespect to chimpanzees intended).  This, after all, is the guy who proposed a jihad on bears a while back.  (Why lions and tigers were exempted is not wholly clear.  Perhaps Jeebus liked them better.)

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Posted by marindenver on 03/25/11 at 07:30 PM

Categories: CrittersPoliticsBedwettersElection '12NuttersTeabaggeryRelijun

“Dumbest Fucking Guy on the Planet” Says Obama is Using Libya Crisis to Undermine US Power

Former Rumsfeld-Cheney mega-stooge Douglas Feith — last seen compiling the bogus Iraq “intelligence” files that got us into the war that actually destroyed America’s “Leader of the Free World” superpower street cred — thinks Obama is intentionally sabotaging the Neocon legacy of Utterly Moronic Dick-Slinging Military Adventurism:

The only way to make the President’s behavior comprehensible is to recognize that he has a larger strategic goal than just the outcome of Libya. While the rest of the country is focused on Libya’s future, the President is focused on fundamentally changing America’s role and standing in the world. Libya, for him, is simply an occasion for undertaking a radical reformulation of 70 years of American foreign policy.

Essentially, the President wants to cut America down to size - he would say make America a better citizen of the world. But what he is talking about is moving America away from a position of leadership.

Elsewhere, Inflatable Hate-Cushion Pam Geller echoes Feith’s wistful yearning for a foreign policy built on sputtering, inconclusive, decade-long Wars of Liberation that freed 50 million people to wish we would fucking just go away and take our Hell-drones and corruption-friendly Democratic institutions with us: 

How one yearns for the Bush days when the world was stable. The Obama presidency is a trainwreck, and we are living in a constant state of chaos and agitation. Going from bad to worse, we are living on the edge of impending catastrophe.

And back on Planet Reagan, Peggy Noonan demonstrates why political writers should occasionally consult their own archives:

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Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 03/25/11 at 06:16 PM

Categories: NewsPoliticsNuttersOur Stupid MediaWar In Error

Bret Bared

Jon Stewart takes on Fox’s Bret Baier:

The Daily Show - Exclusive - Bret Baier Extended Interview Pt. 2
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“You were literally sitting on a love seat with Bush.” I think that’s my favorite line. The whole thing is definitely worth watching.

Posted by Betty Cracker on 03/25/11 at 11:35 AM

Categories: PoliticsOur Stupid Media

Gators defeat BYU in overtime


W00t! That is all.

Posted by Betty Cracker on 03/25/11 at 06:48 AM

Categories: Sports

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Walker all over you…

We liberals comfort ourselves with the axiom that even though we can’t depend on our maddening party to get the messaging right or put up a proper fight, we can depend on our opponents to overreach. It’s a slim reed on which to hang our hopes, but it’s often all we’ve got.

During the first couple of years of the Obama Administration, as the halting recovery failed to deliver sufficient momentum to break the Bush Economic Deathstar’s tractor-beam of malaise, it seemed like trends in the Rust Belt were most ominous for Democratic fortunes.

A trio of wingnut governors—Walker in Wisconsin, Kasich in Ohio and Snyder in Michigan—swept into power, eager to play mad scientists in their respective laboratories of democracy. But the overreach is proceeding apace, and in just a few months, the voters whose electoral temper tantrum installed these Koch-blowing teabaggers in Midwestern statehouses have come down with a case of buyers’ remorse.

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Posted by Betty Cracker on 03/24/11 at 08:19 AM

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Picture Paints a Gazillion Words

Everybody and their pet monkey has an opinion about what’s going on in Libya right now. Alex Pareene at Salon put this graphic guide together for Republicans. With a little adaptation, it could probably find wider application (click to enlarge).

What To Say About Libya

Posted by YAFB on 03/23/11 at 09:35 PM

Terminators: Relentlessly Hunting Human Prey Since 1921

And not a peep from our weaselly MSM!

Posted by StrangeAppar8us on 03/23/11 at 07:24 PM

Categories: Geek SpeakMovies

You know what this day needs?

Moar boxer!


Posted by Betty Cracker on 03/23/11 at 11:32 AM

Categories: Critters

Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011)

Way more than a pretty face. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Betty Cracker on 03/23/11 at 08:25 AM

Categories: MoviesYouTubidity

Lavatories of Democracy

Malleable Mittens Romney tells NRO readers what he would do if he were king of the for-e-e-e-e-e-e-sssst:

If I were president, on Day One I would issue an executive order paving the way for Obamacare waivers to all 50 states. The executive order would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services and all relevant federal officials to return the maximum possible authority to the states to innovate and design health-care solutions that work best for them.

As I have stated time and again, a one-size-fits-all national plan that raises taxes is simply not the answer. Under our federalist system, the states are “laboratories of democracy.” They should be free to experiment. By the way, what works in one state may not be the answer for another. Of course, the ultimate goal is to repeal Obamacare and replace it with free-market reforms that promote competition and lower health-care costs. But since an outright repeal would take time, an executive order is the first step in returning power to the states.

The site’s commenters aren’t buying it and are busily denouncing Mittens as a RINO who paved the way for the timid, corporate-friendly health care reform lite that conservatives, now apparently wholly detached from reality, believe is the Crown Jewel of Socialism. It’s gonna be hard for Mittens to scrape that RomneyCare monkey off his back.

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Posted by Betty Cracker on 03/23/11 at 07:46 AM

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