Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Back tomorrow with my Superman Returns review.
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Friday, June 23, 2006
"Benjamin Franklin was shown the new American constitution, and he said, 'I don't like it, but I will vote for it because we need something right now. But this constitution in time will fail, as all such efforts do. And it will fail because of the corruption of the people, in a general sense.' And that is what it has come to now, exactly as Franklin predicted."
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
It's been a few months now since news first broke on JJ Abrams' involvement in a proposed relaunch and/or revamp of the Star Trek franchise, pegged early on as a prequel tracking the early days of James T. Kirk, Mister Spock, and Co. Now comes word from TV's The Insider that Abrams is eying none other than Jason Bourne himself, Matt Damon, to step into William Shatner's well-worn Starfleet issues. Even though my gut tells me that this is a BS report, I have to say...not bad. The Bourne flicks have proven Damon has the range, and there's even a (very slight) resemblance to a young Shatner. All in all, a very solid choice, and not at all the worst thing in the world if it should pan out...
Fan-Favorite First Season Of Bush Administration Released On DVD
WASHINGTON, DC—Responding to growing demand, the Bush Administration has announced that their popular and critically acclaimed first season will be made available as a 12-DVD set later this summer. "We're including everything we experienced as it was meant to be seen, from the magnificent inauguration to the dark days of the World Trade Center attack," according to a statement released by the administration. "See the classic cast of characters you loved—Rove, Ashcroft, Laura, and even the president himself—in the roles that made you love them." Viewers have criticized the Bush Administration's recent seasons for uninspired cast changes and convoluted plots, but most say they are still eagerly awaiting the scheduled 2008 finale.
Monday, June 19, 2006
Friday, June 16, 2006
Anyway, here's Joe Conason on the failure of those in more moderate corners of her own political segment to repudiate her, and here's a blog posted by Mark Evanier which I've gone ahead and pasted in its entirety because it essentially sums up my own thoughts on this matter to a tee (not to mention the thoughts I would've had if I'd watched her on Leno):
And here endeth the lesson.
I feel almost dirty writing something here about Ann Coulter. It strikes me that all her invective and "controversial remarks" have but one purpose: The financial enrichment of Ann Coulter. There are people out there who hate Liberals and will shell out good money (or tune in talk radio) to enjoy them bashed and attacked...and I don't think most of them even care if the attacks are fair or the facts are accurate. They just want to see "the enemy" slapped around. A similar marketplace is growing with regard to beating up on George W. Bush but it hasn't yet proven to be as lucrative. Judging by the polls, it may still get there.
The section of Coulter's new book that's making headlines and getting her on highly-rated TV shows is her attack on a small group of 9/11 widows whose main sin seems to be that they made commercials for John Kerry. (Has anyone asked her if she'd object to 9/11 widows making commercials for Bush-Cheney?) The premise here is that Democrats — or maybe it's Liberals she's singling out — trot out "victims" to make their cases and then argue that victims are sacred and that the opposition isn't somehow allowed to respond to them.
Seems to me that, first of all, Ann Coulter has no problem responding to victims. So if there's a problem there, her gripe is with folks on her side who allow that to intimdate them. Or maybe they don't respond because some of them think that you lose more than you gain when you attack someone like a 9/11 widow or a mother whose son died in Iraq. Certainly, we see a lot of right-wingers this week who think Coulter's doing more harm than good to their cause. It also seems to me that the unseemly action for a woman whose husband died in the 9/11 tragedies would be to just take the settlement money and go shopping, rather than to try and change the system or demand investigations.
It especially seems to me that George W. Bush and those who support him have done a darn good job of wrapping themselves in victims and other sacred heroes. Bush does it every time he invokes 9/11 in response to some criticism or gets himself photographed with grieving families or surrounded by uniformed firefighters. His supporters do that every time someone faults Bush or Rumsfeld and the rejoinder is, "You're attacking our troops." Same trick: Instead of debating issues, you hide between someone who's considered inviolable. If I thought Ann Coulter was out to get everyone on both sides to knock that off, she'd be my new hero...but I don't. I think she just wants to stir hatreds to sell books.
Last night, Jay Leno had Coulter on, paired with George Carlin for what NBC press releases promised would be mano a mano combat. But that was a false promise because Carlin, even if he thinks Coulter is utterly wrongheaded, is not about to fault someone too much for saying things that some find offensive. He kind of makes his living doing that, after all. Leno offered a feeble challenge to her views but since she's good at this kind of thing and since her supporters packed The Tonight Show audience to cheer her, she came off as a superstar, at least to the kind of viewer likely to ever buy her book. I suppose Jay and his producers thought it was worth it because of the ratings they'd get with the great Carlin-Coulter Slap-Off...but they didn't even get that. The numbers for last night were about average for a Wednesday, maybe even a few tenths of a point off. I'd like to think it's because America, like me, is already bored with this bogus controversy.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Iran Ready To Talk About How Awesome Nuclear Program Is
TEHRAN—As international tension builds over Iran's decision to continue refining and enriching uranium, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi announced Monday that the nation was "willing to enter open bilateral talks" to discuss how absolutely great it is that the country will soon have a functioning nuclear program. "Iran wishes to bring the world's diplomats to the table so that we may jump up on it and shout about how truly glorious it is to have this incredible power," Asefi wrote in a open letter inviting more than 100 heads to nuclear-proliferation-celebration talks in Tehran this September. Asefi acknowledged that Iran now has a responsibility to "come clean about how much we love our new nukes," and said he looked forward to comparing armaments with other countries, especially Israel.
Monday, June 12, 2006
You can accuse her of cynicism all you want, but the fact that she is one of the leading political writers of our age says something about the rest of us.Ain't it the truth, though.
His face filled the screen in life and death malevolently and photogenically. He looked the villain -- particularly useful for an administration focused on a Manichaean world of good and evil, governing a country that tends to like its enemies straight-up and, if at all possible, personified in a single face.Since Team Bush seems pathologically unable or unwilling to track down Bin Laden (because, as we all know, they didn't catch the One-Armed Man until the last episode of The Fugitive), who will they find to be the next boogyman that's trotted out for our daily One-Minute Hate?
Sunday, June 11, 2006
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Obviously the jury's out on this updated version until we see more (presumably the first trailer will be attached to either Superman Returns or Pirates of the Caribbean II), but with the release of this poster the hype machine has begun to...(wait for it)...roll out!
Anyway, check out the movie's official site here.
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
So, after glancing at the cover text I just rolled my eyes, shrugged, and went about my business, knowing in the back of my mind that an inevitable media firestorm was sure to erupt over whatever nonsense she spewed this time out. And I'll say this about Ann, she deserves points for consistency. This time out she's criticizing the widows of 9/11 victims for daring to have a political opinion. According to her Bizarro World logic, if you actually have a personal stake in the debate, you're effectively disqualified from stating your views. Sure, makes all the sense in the world.
Now, Coulter has long since become a parody of her already-ridiculous persona, and a quick glance at Amazon shows that, just since September 11th, she's managed to crank out five books peddling some variation on the same tired "Liberals Eat Puppies" schtick. It gets old after awhile, and I don't even consider myself liberal! What really irks me though is the fact that she obviously has a rather sizeable "right on" contingent out there that eagerly laps up her every dropping. What I'm wondering is, at what point do even they have to throw their hands in the air and start backing way slowly?
To wit, Keith Olbermann tackles the Coulter conundrum in this segment from Countdown, including a clip from an interview where the formerly bow-tied Tucker Carlson, about as big a Right Winger as there is out there, is left agape by the venomous vitriol being portioned out by this poster girl for the Lunatic Right. Wotta trainwreck.
Ironically, in trying to prove the existence of God, this guy managed to make himself an early candidate for the Darwin Awards:
A man shouting that God would keep him safe was mauled to death by a lioness in the Kiev zoo after he crept into the animal's enclosure, a zoo official said Monday.Guess the lioness just prayed harder.
Monday, June 05, 2006
Granted, he doesn't take the comparison too far (which is probably for the best), but come on, how often do I get to have a post-heading like this?
Saturday, June 03, 2006
Anyway, Robert Fisk summarizes some of my own feelings on this unfortunate event, and even postulatates on how things could have gotten so bad in
I suspect part of the problem is that we never really cared about Iraqis, which is why we refused to count their dead. Once the Iraqis turned upon the army of occupation with their roadside bombs and suicide cars, they became Arab "gooks," the evil sub-humans whom the Americans once identified inAnd I suspect that the Iraqis knew that we never really cared about Iraqis. The question is, how many more Abu Ghraibs, how many more Hadithas, are we going to be hearing about before all is said and done?
. Get a president to tell us that we are fighting evil and one day we will wake to find that a child has horns, a baby has cloven feet. Vietnam
With its June 27th premiere creeping up quickly, the Superman Returns promo blitz is getting more concrete, just in time to wash away the bad taste left over from X-Men 3. As a special treat, SoundtrackNet has posted an in-depth track-by-track review of the Returns score, with sample clips from every track -- including our first listen to John Ottman's version of John Williams' immortal "Superman March"! I can only imagine what it's going to be like to sit in the theater and hear it.
(I especially liked the restatement of the "Kent Family Theme" in Track 2.)
Friday, June 02, 2006