Podcast: Israel – The Miracle at 70
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You may find this hard to believe but
before the war I was a Massachussetts
Good guy (Cheyenne Bodie):
Looks like you've strayed about as far
from the school room as a man can get.
Well no matter how you feel about gun smoke,
it isn't as bad as chalk dust.
February 23, 2009Beat the Hollywood rush. It's not too late for y'all to convert.
French teenagers victims of Cairo bomb
Brave Mujahideen Attack French School Children
Allah's brave warriors at it again in Egypt. This time they attack the Western Crusaders by bombing French high-school kids ...
AND FOR BEST SUPERCILIOUS GASBAG…Oh, you missed Penn? Find it on YouTube. Nah, I won't link you. Do your own goddamned search.
Let’s say you believe that gay marriage should be legalized and you want to convince those among your fellow Americans who have reservations. It seems to me the wisest, most effective course would be to assume the opposition to be people of good will with real concerns and to argue your position before them forcefully but reasonably. Now let’s say you’re a narcissistic windbag who wants to parade yourself in front of people who agree with you as an icon of crusading righteousness when you’re really just a violent lowlife who idolizes dictators and tyrants while attacking your own country. Ah, then you would be Sean Penn. Winning an admittedly deserved Oscar for an excellent performance in Milk, Penn used his time at the podium to declare everyone who doesn’t support his cause hateful and shameful, a disgrace to their grandchildren. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Leftists are always talking about diversity but if you disagree with them—you’re a monster. What a schmuck!
With any luck, Colin will appear in some English-speaking role eventually, but I somewhat doubt it -- an actor of Colin's intelligence knows better than to muck around in the cultural tar pit of Hollywood. In France, Colin retains his eclectic choices and his integrity, and probably sees no reason to trade that in for the falling currency of Hollywood celebrity.Yeah that's worth reading tonight, while the rest of you are at your Oscar get togethers. Read the whole thing here, now. Anyway, I mention Gregoire Colin because tonight I'm watching In The Arms of My Enemy, and yeah, Colin's in it. Sweet. But besides Colin, this film has this great sound track. Made me stop right in the middle of watching to find out who does this music. Perfect for a Colin film. Johann Johannsson. Icelandic, I think. Nice.
"British" Muslims are providing the Taliban with electronic devices to make roadside bombs for use in attacks against British forces serving in southern Afghanistan.
Carnival queen sambas with Obama's face on thigh
SAO PAULO – A Brazilian carnival queen famous for her skimpy attire is grabbing headlines again for painting President Barack Obama's face on her body.
Viviane Castro paraded nearly nude early Saturday with the U.S. leader's visage on her right thigh. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's face was on her left thigh.
Castro's stomach read "for sale" — a message she said represented the sale of Brazil's Amazon to the U.S. Many here fear the U.S. wants to control the resource-rich region.
Castro appeared in last year's Rio Carnival parade wearing nothing but a strategically placed piece of tape 1 1/2-inches (4-centimeters) long , violating a little-enforced nudity rule and drawing a penalty for her samba group.
She wore the same patch this year.
The Crowder Challenge.
In light of the recent “Honor Killing” on our own soil
(and the complete lack of media attention),
the religion of Islam needs a healthy dose of
criticism. Sure, I could have made a video
about Christianity or Buddhism (only to
receive a handful of respectfully scolding letters)
… But what’s the fun in that?!
Read your Qur’an.
Plus Puffington publishes showbiz intellects Cusack and Penn.
Huffpo had posted what appeared to be a video
of Fox News's John Gibson jokingly referring
to Attorney General Eric Holder as a monkey
with a "bright blue scrotum." That last bit
is a reference to an unrelated news story
about a Debrazza monkey that escaped from
a zoo in Seattle.
Legislature Adjourns With No Budget;
Governor Prepares To Lay Off 10,000
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Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains
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This too-intimate portrait of Billy Carter's brother soft-sells the worst ex-president-ever's despicable justification of Palestinian-Islamobarbarism while shadowing him on his shadowy national book tour. During this episode of his endless publicity scam, the peanut farmer is accused of being a liar, bigot and anti-Semite. Why state the obvious? Or make a movie about it? Don't ask me; ask director Demme. But it's Miss Lillian's son's smarmy responses to the observations that reveal to the discerning ear that the Deliverance state nail-hammerer is indeed a liar, bigot and anti-Jew. If he speaks, he lies.The NetFlix recommendation is based on my interest in:
The Grocer's SonI could comment on each of those films but tonight I'll simply note that unless NetFlix is comparing Carter to the racist Branaugh in Rabbit-Proof Fence -- and I don't grant them that much connect-the-dots acumen -- none of these movies has anything to do with any other on that list and less to do with the malicious peanut farmer and former governor of the former penal colony for British debtors. How NetFlix links these films to Carter and the Carter film to me tis a puzzlement.
Little Miss Sunshine
The Last King of Scotland
More Chicago-Chavez-Ayres-Annenberg-You-Know-Who education reform you can believe in:Enjoy another Chicago teacher style story here.
...reports of students beaten with broomsticks, whipped with belts, yard sticks, struck with staplers, choked, stomped on and pushed down stairs. One substitute teacher even fractured a student's neck.In the vast majority of cases, teachers found guilty were only given a slap on the wrist, which they kind of enjoyed, wishing it were a harder application of welcomed pain.Oprah exported Chicago methods to Africa.
The military is the military. It isn't going to whine. It isn't going to organize a team of protesters to cause a ruckus in front of the Cort Theatre. It is just going to keep its head down and drive on. The military's finest men and women will continue to be ignored at best and loathed at worst. No Medal of Honor winner will get even one percent of the publicity Ferrell will generate with this show. For every hundred books written about the failures in Iraq, there will be one paragraph written about the post-surge turnaround.
But is it too much to ask for our war dead to not be ridiculed by wealthy comedians? Maybe those who fly on private jets, live in closely policed communities with surveillance cameras covering every inch of their property and send their kids to private school don't understand that there is such a thing as public security, and that it isn't a joke.
I see on your FaceBook page you've become a Fan of Film Movement. Nice.
No time to do the movie reviews you asked for but I can tell you what I’ve been watching. Did the Jean Reno thing over the holidays. A couple more to go and I’ll be caught up Netflixwise. And I’m doing the Robert Duvall thing now. But there’re so many Duvals that one has to take a break from time to time. I don’t own many movies but I do own Geronimo: An American Legend and I fired it up last week, mostly for Duvall, fired it up even though Matt Damon is in it and I didn’t feel like watching an idiot even if his work in a particular piece is good enough. More about Geronimo later, mostly because I watch it regularly and like it.
Anyway, I’ve been doing a Chad Allen thing recently. Mostly knew him from Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman when he was just a kid and which I watched some early in its television run. In film I first happened on Allen in Save Me, which I thought would be pretty stupid since it’s about curing homos from their homo-ness and all I knew of it came from the Netflix description and of course Netflix annotations are pretty densly written so you never know what to get -- or what you're actually going to get -- if you go by their inept come-ons. (Yet they won’t hire me to guide their writers and clean up their silly style. Go figure.) Save Me started out pretty good with a drugged up Chad Allen having some torrid, anonymous, man-on-man ess-ee-ex in a cheap motel. One thing leading to another, he ended up detoxing in a hospital and then in a group home for “recovering” homos.
I'm a generous film viewer and hardly critical; I'm thick skinned, don't seek offense, yet cautious with my time. Live and let live. Why not? That said, two things about this Hollywood movie: 1) The Christians who led the recovery stuff were presented with their flaws, you bet, but were not ridiculed by the film makers. Refreshing and surprising for Christians to be given a fairly neutral presentation by film makers who you know disagree with the particular Christian stance. And 2) they were not presented as necessarily theologically, doctrinally ridiculous for their belief that homo-ness is bad, needs to be cured, can be cured. Refreshing again.
Rottentomatoes gave this one a 68% fresh on the Tomatometer though my score might be higher. Rottentomatoes described the group home thing thusly: "Genesis House is the life mission of Gayle (Judith Light) and her husband, Ted (Stephen Lang). Haunted by her past, Gayle is determined to save young homosexual men from their personal demons."
Lofty goal, that. Would that we could all be saved from our personal demons.
I had no idea who Judith Light is but it turns out she’s a stage actor and she's a tv actor – soaps and sitcoms – and since I don't watch sitcoms and to my knowledge she's never been on All My Children, I didn't know her. Judith Light was stunning in this movie. If the movie had a villain she played it. Yet you wanted her to be right, that’s how good she was. Even while you wanted Chad Allen to be happy, whomever he turns out to be and to love.
Chad Allen? I knew little about him either. Turns out he is homosexual. And out about it. Don’t know if that makes it braver of him to play gay than if he weren’t gay and out. What did L. Tomlin used to say when she’d play a straight part? You don’t have to be one to play one. But I digress. I know Save Me is playing on Showtime this month, but get it from Netflix so you can watch the bonus features on the DVD, the interviews and the making of and the commentary. Nice stuff from these professionals who have an opinion, a point of view, yet see no need to demonize those with whom they disagree. Sweet.
I’m doing the Chad Allen (gay) private eye movies too, but have nothing much to say about them now other than another one is to be released on DVD this month and that makes three in my Netflix queue.
However, Allen plays a Christian missionary in the jungle of Ecuador in End of the Spear. I've loved jungle movies since Johnny Weissmuller; this one's not simple like old Tarzan movies (yeah, yeah, I know; they are what they are), or fun like Emerald Forest nor lush and uber-violent like Apocalypto and there’s no perfect Nick Cazale (in an Apocalypto haircut) like in that unwatchabe, dubbed-into-English, French version of (jungle/desert isle) Robinson Crusoe (fast forward through the first half of the movie until Cazale shows up in a thong/loin-cloth to play Friday to the old white guy and then watch as long as you're enjoying Cazale in his g-string. I'm just saying), but stick with End of the Spear through to the end and you’ll be glad of it. It's a true missionary story. With your background, you'll relate intimately. We all know I was conceived, birthed and bred solely to be a missionary, so I related too.
I read somewhere that some “Christian” folk were upset that the main character in Spear was played by a gay actor and it makes one think: Shut the heck up. Get lives you losers. Perhaps homos can be devout and maybe the Good Lord don't care and either way your holiness ain't tainted and neither is the story tainted by Allen's good work here.
Like Save Me, End Of The Spear is about redemption. Couldn't we all use some'o'that too.
One more thing. Last night I watched In Bruges. Colin Ferrell. I’ve seen 10 or 12 of his movies.
Including Alexander. Ugh. I keep watching him because I’m sure he’s good. More than an interesting face. Thought so since I first saw him in Tigerland. Finally, in In Bruges, playing a hit man, uh huh, he’s as good as he was in Tigerland eight years ago. Worth the wait and glad I wasn’t wrongo. Ferrell's Irish too, that's always a plus.
Bonus Pics: Ferrell in Tigerland and Cazale in The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe.
One woman wrote that when she couldn’t get to sleep at night,.”
she “lay in bed and thought about the Obama girls in their rooms
at the White House. I thought about Marian Robinson up on the
third floor. And about Barack and Michelle, a couple who clearly
have a ‘thing’ for each other, spooning together in bed.
It helped me relax
Grammy award-winning singer and Academy
award-winning actress Cher told CNSNews.com
that living under Republican rule almost “killed" her,
and she does not understand why anyone would
want to be a Republican.
Derb's advice to the academically non-brilliant young from un-wealthy families, one more time:
If you have a high threshold of boredom and cherish financial security above all else, get a government job — any one will do. Master a few bureacratic survival tactics — avoiding responsibility, advancing by stealth, etc. Settle back. Life's a couch.
If you're more adventurous and independent, learn a useful skill that you can parlay into a small business and take with you to another country if you get the travel bug, or if the U.S.A. folds. Stay clear of the college racket and the student-loan sharks. Keep fit. Life's an adventure playground.
The president gives himself some wiggle room Tuesday when asked if he's still lighting up.
Tells CNN he has not been smoking "on these (White House) grounds"-- and doesn't elaborate
...the only book Eminem read as a child was the dictionary. He pored over it, searching for words that rhymed with each other that could later be pulled out of the bag during the freestyle rap "battles" that provided his education in hip-hop.
The years spent studying the English language lie at the core of his technical brilliance.