Sunday, May 31, 2009

Tea For The Tiller Man

Late-Term (viable baby) "Abortion Provider" Murdered in Church
Robert P. George
Whoever murdered George Tiller has done a gravely wicked thing.

The evil of this action is in no way diminished by the blood George Tiller had on his own hands.

No private individual had the right to execute judgment against him. We are a nation of laws. Lawless violence breeds only more lawless violence. Rightly or wrongly, George Tilller was acquitted by a jury of his peers. "Vengeance is mine, says the Lord." For the sake of justice and right, the perpetrator of this evil deed must be prosecuted, convicted, and punished. By word and deed, let us teach that violence against abortionists is not the answer to the violence of abortion. Every human life is precious. We do not teach the wrongness of taking human life by wrongfully taking a human life.

Let our "weapons" in the fight to defend the lives of abortion's tiny victims be chaste weapons of the spirit.
— Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Shabbat Shalom

Au revoir, les enfants.

Musical Interlude, Say My Name

Ida Lupino Alert

The Bigamist
On TCM today
2 pm Pacific time
Ida Lupino
I'm just saying


Hey, don't blame me if YOU have to work today and I get a few hours off to observe Shavuot. Not my fault you work for the wrong people. Last year I got two days off. And they bumped up against Memorial day so it was a five-day weekend. No such luck this year.
The holiday of Pentecost (Shavuot), celebrated this year on May 29 and 30, commemorates the Law being handed down at Mount Sinai. This law has brought an encompassing clarity to the behavior of mankind. When it is followed good things happen. When it is ignored life becomes that much less dignified, that much less edified. It is possible for individuals to skate through their lives in disregard of its tenets, but when the world at large tries to navigate without it, very little time elapses before chaos reigns triumphant.
Stolen from this article.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Glee, Sue Sylvester, Coach, William McKinley High School Cheerios

Oh how Coach Sylvester is worthy of emulation.

What did she say to her team during a practice?
Oh yeah, great moments in self esteem therapy:

That's sloppy.
You're sloppy babies.
Just disgraceful.
And I want the agony out of your eyes.
Huh uh, Lance. Don't you start crying.
You are the weak link, pal.
How does it feel to be the weak link, huh?
That can't feel very good.
What's not to love about Coach Sylvester?

(All photographs by Contento)

Monday, May 25, 2009

4 Jmax Cos Your TiVo Cut Out At The End

Hey now.
It's a mirror image, but so what?
Download the entire pilot at iTunes -- for free,
or watch it all at Fox On Demand.
Or, of course, Hulu.

Memorial Day 2009, Beirut 1983

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Erev Memorial Day

“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of
things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks
nothing worth a war, is worse.”
John Stuart Mills


Friday, May 22, 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Demons and Angels

Sure I can respond for you: Readerly me, I can read just about anything.
Tru dat.
A few summers ago fearless leader thrust The DaVinci Code into my hands, telling me to read it right now.
Sure, boss.
A few weeks later, wanting to pass it along again, he asked if I'd read it.
Can't, boss. Can't finish it.
Why the hell not?
It's really bad theology, jefe.
I wouldn't know anything about that, said Buddhist he, adding: it's really bad art history too.
Well I wouldn't know anything about that, said I.
We both laughed.
But it's bad bad writing, we agreed, both knowing about that, both qualified to critique, both having read our shares of puke. Tho el bosso liked the Da Vinci tale, poorly written or no, and partial to Buddha rather then Jesus, he was eager to accept the slack prose and bad art history as worthy because if Jesus is diminished then Buddha ascends. That's the hope, anyway. But with the three-fer, the unholy trinity of slop theology, crap art history, and wretched composition, what, really, was there for me -- neither Roman nor Buddhist -- to enjoy? Wasn't going to waste my summertime reading time just to suck up. Anyway, handing his copy back to him, I was off the anti-Christ anti-Roman trash hook. At least for a season.

Now Angels and Demons is at the Sinaplexy near you. Look, I'm too aged, the skin's too battered and thickened, to take offense any more and I much prefer the Colin to the Tom among the Hanks, the son to the father, Big notwithstanding, and I'm from Mayville not Mayberry, tho I truly love Opie Taylor -- to say nothing of Aunt Bea -- and I'm no papist, at least not yet, and both Ron and daughter Bryce were delightful (separately) on Howard Stern this week, but I know hollywood dopacity when I smell its typical, tired, boring scent and this whoward whore-stank is familiar.

Too easy to pick on berobed clerics, Opie. Nothing brave or artistic or cutting edge about attacking the church, Opie. What's your point? Or, what's your problem, really? Allergic to incense? Resent the concept of sin? Diddled by a priest? And please don't speak to me of the hypocrisy of churchmen, Opie. Hypocrisy, in any realm, is merely the tribute vice pays to virtue.

This from Denby on Da Vinci and Demons in this week's New Yorker:
Like Laurence Olivier shouting in merriment forty years ago in “The Shoes of the Fisherman,” McKellen was signalling to us that the [Dan Brown/Ron Howard] material was rot.
Kinda sums it up.
The Church, miffed by “The Da Vinci Code,” refused Howard access to the Vatican for “Angels & Demons,” so he re-created St. Peter’s Square in the parking lot of the Hollywood Park racetrack. The sets are convincing, but why has Ron Howard, who made the impressively accurate “Apollo 13,” fallen among frauds and daft dreamers? Apart from conspiracy theorists, who really believes in hokum like Dan Brown’s?
Asked and answered.
Apparently old-timers Ron and Tom are low believers. Read it all here.
Meanwhile, ya don't hafta be all that high-brow to notice hucksters' hokum, for fuck's sake.
Other than that, can't blame the whollywood whooores for hustling a buck where they can. That's their calling, 'cos they sure ain't called to art.

Would that there were a teacher like Sheriff Taylor around these days -- at least the Andy Griffin Show was never boring, Ron. Still isn't.
Hey now update: Where's the A-rab?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Film Criticism, Speaking Of

Sure I read Anthony Lane. And yeah James Bowman is my favorite -- tho he likes not much. And I do regret ever calling her the Erma Bombeck of movie reviewers way back when, but yeah, I still read Pauline Kael, still read her alot may she rest in peace. And hate to admit it but I do read chump Ebert, may he rot in hell the sooner the better. And I've read Podhoretz for years without seeking him out -- yet in Thinking on Film (if you hit the link you'll have to scroll down, don't know why they won't fix that) Podhoretz says it all this week:
Film criticism requires nothing but an interesting sensibility. The more self-consciously educated one is in the field--by which I mean the more obscure the storehouse of cinematic knowledge a critic has--the less likely it is that one will have anything interesting to say to an ordinary person who isn't all that interested in the condition of Finnish cinema. Amateurism in the best sense will lead to some very interesting work by people whose primary motivation is simply to express themselves in relation to the work they're seeing--a purer critical impulse than the one that comes with collecting a paycheck along the way.

John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary, is THE WEEKLY STANDARD's (paid) movie critic.

The Vicster

(CNN) -- Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick left a federal prison in Leavenworth, Kansas, early Wednesday, according to his publicist and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

a) Get your betting money ready.

b) Time to watch Amores Perros again.

c) Addendum: Any day is a good day to watch Amores Perros.

From Contento's Collection of Classic Movie Lines:
Watch and hear as lovestruck young GGB says to his brother's wife:
"Are you really stupid or are you just pretending to be stupid?"

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Cheddarwhore Feingold

Roll Call says:
Feingold Blocks Bill to Honor Reagan
May 19, 2009
Big-hearted red blooded Americans are intending to pass legislation in the next few weeks to kick off the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the much beloved Ronald Reagan’s birth, and the only hurdle appears to be tight-assed Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), who is refusing to let the Senate vote on the holy bill.
Thanks, Wisconsin*.

*A state that consumes more alcohol
and has a higher people-to-bar ratio
then any other state in the country.

Wisconsin is also known as Minnesota's bitch.


1000 Words

I dunno. The search term was hebrew: bayit banevi'im . And up came Mr. Cheney. Like it. Thanks, Google.

Lest we forget: Previous appearances of Mr. Wyoming here and here.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Live And Become

Yeah I know I'm your favorite movie reviewer and I'm way behind on the updateries. Here's a pic -- or four, no five -- worth more than my words. Longish and jumpy to be sure, but with great moms and a perfect grampa and two Moshes and one Sirak plus plenty of time in Israel -- for what more could one ask? Thought it'd get slammed on RT but no matter the configuration of reviewers Live and Become was weighted heavily freshfreshfresh on all three open tomatometers.

What's Wrong With This Picture?

One of these things just doesn't belong.
Can you tell which thing is not like the others?
By the time I finish my song?
Did you guess which thing was wrong?

Sunday, May 17, 2009

I Heart NY

Wearing Boxers, Teenage Stud Fights Taliban Poofs

Soldier-stud's dad says:
'I knew he was a boxer guy. I knew that for sure.
I did not know they were pink, and I didn't know
they said, 'I love New York,' father Tommy Boyd
told his local Texas radio station WBAP.

More great pics -- what a face -- and read it all here.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Friday, May 15, 2009

Shabbat Shalom

Sun Dresses & Parasols

I Am Not A Liar Too

"My statement is clear, and let me read it again.
Let me read it again I'm sorry I have to find the
page. When when when my staff person I'm sorry,
the page is out of order five months later, my staff
person told me that there had been a briefing
informing that there had been a briefing and that
a letter had been sent. I was not briefed on what
was in that briefing; I was just informed that the
briefing had taken place."

Botox roundup begins here.
Torture bad. Democrats good.

I am not a crook.
I did not have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinski, not one time.
I was not briefed on what was in that briefing.

What did NG say about hag Pelosi earlier today? Oh yeah:
"She is a trivial politician, viciously using partisanship for the narrowist of purposes, and she dishonors the Congress by her behavior."
Not that her Atrophic Vaginitis Congress has that much to honor or dishonor -- Murtha Jackal/Barney Fag -- buncha despicable power-mad grifters. I'm just saying.

Trivial. Ouch.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Hawaii’s state senate has approved
Islam Day” for September 24, 2009.
The measure, already approved by
the state’s house, passed the
senate 22-3 on May 6, with two
Republicans and one Democrat
in opposition.

Your touri$t dollar$ at work.
Mekka lekka high mekka heiney ho, mekka lekka high mekka jihadjohnny ho.

Soldiers', Sailors', Marines' Votes Not Counted

Shocking, ain't it?

ACORN at work:

One out of every four ballots requested
by military personnel and other Americans
living overseas for the 2008 election may
have gone uncounted, according to findings
being released at a Senate hearing Wednesday.

Die for us , kill for us, break things for us, keep us safe at home in our beds, but don't think we'll count your vote.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Friday, May 8, 2009

Shabbat Shalom

More? Okay, just this once.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Negative 1000 Words

New Hat City

Aretha's new hat from
Mr. Song Millinery.

Thanks, Fresh.
Update on Mr. Song.

I Give Up, Admits Insane Teacher

White Flags Flappin'
Thanks for asking, Bennett, but, nah,
I'm not off for the summer yet. The
worst surely is yet to come when the
little beauties get more and more
outta control as they recognize the
familiar fear-stink of the annual
year-end teacher surrender.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Yeah, I'm One Of Those Single Issue Voters

cuts funds?

It's A Dirty Game

Dreadlocked punk
motoring along highway
lobs perfect baby boy
out window of car
in dot dot dot ...

Friday, May 1, 2009

My Room's Shakin'.........Again

Recent Earthquakes in California and Nevada

California Integrated Seismic Net
Version #2: This report supersedes any earlier reports of this event.
This is a computer-generated message. This event has not yet been reviewed by a seismologist.

A light earthquake occurred at 6:11:13 PM (PDT) 5:11:13 PM (Contento Time)on Friday, May 1, 2009.
The magnitude 4.4 event occurred 9 km (6 miles) SW of Westlake Village, CA.
The hypocentral depth is 9 km ( 6 miles).

We Interrupt Shabbat Prep For This From The Dalai Lama: I Love George Bush...

The head of the Tibetan government-in-exile,
the Dalai Lama, left the audience stunned
when he said "I love President George W. Bush."

Shabbat Shalom