Monday, October 30, 2006
Sunday, October 29, 2006
You know, it's amazing to — I can't stress enough. I don't want to react personally to these attacks. It's pointless. It's silly.It really is mindboggling, and I can't even begin to imagine the personal way that single veto would have affected me were I in Fox's shoes. Anyway, I know I'd said we were putting a fork in it, but here's yet one more swing at the Limbaugh post, courtesy of John Nichols of The Nation on the "Swiftboating" campaign being waged by the big blowhard:
It's like getting in a fight with a bully. What's the point? You're not going to change his mind. You're just probably going to get a nosebleed. So, you know, why bother?
But make no mistake, it hurts. And it hurt when — it hurt — it hurt to see the president use the one veto of his administration to strike down this legislation.
It was passed through both the houses of the Congress. It had a lot of very — people of very serious conscience proud about it and in their duty as representatives voted for. And to see the president – no.
Republican politicians like Talent and Green fully understand that, without the behind-the-scenes work of antiabortion groups -- most of which flies under the radar of the media and campaign-finance regulators -- they could not possibly win. And Limbaugh, whose stated goal is to maintain Republican hegemony, is perhaps even more aware of the fact than the candidates he is working so feverishly to elect. That's why the radio personality is on a personal crusade against Fox. That's also why Limbaugh has been willing to stick to his outlandish claims about the actor, even while acknowledging that he's gotten the facts wrong.
Like the Republican politicians who are scrambling to smear Fox, Limbaugh is doing the bidding of one of the most powerful behind-the-scenes political forces in America -- a force that is essential to Republican prospects. And he is not going to let a little thing like the truth make him back off.
Ah, politics. Don'tcha just love it?
Saturday, October 28, 2006
UPDATE: And for an example of one of those "artificial facts" that Letterman accuses his guest of filling his head with, jump on over to this article by Cenk Uygur.
Friday, October 27, 2006
While it's not exactly a Warner Bros. press release (and thus should be considered rumor for the time being), the IESB article does offer some tantalizing hints as to what we can expect for Supes' next big screen go-round, including the return of director Bryan Singer, and, despite a lower budget, more of a focus on Superman going toe-to-toe with some epic villain or another. Singer has already mentioned his desire to go "Wrath of Khan" in any potential follow-up, which presumably points the way towards less in the way of angst and melodrama, and more in the way of hardcore action and heightened drama. Naturally, more info here as it starts trickling out.
Still, let's stop and think about this for a second. Fox went on TV to prove, in essence, that yes, in fact, he is suffering from Parkinson's Disease. It just goes to show how royally screwed up the state of discourse is in our day and age, when someone who is suffering from a disease is now forced to defend himself for the crime of campaigning for a cure. It's disgusting, and it's something that I hold partisan hacks like Rush Limbaugh directly responsible for. Still, I suppose there's some comfort to be had in the fact that the Limbaugh tirade has nationalized an issue that was confined to a just few states, and by obstinately refusing to issue an apology, Rush has probably galvanized even more people firmly in Fox's corner.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
(In the interests of full disclosure, I should state for the record that I used to be a pretty regular Limbaugh listener back in the day. Of course, that was before things like, y'know, a high school education helped me recognize him for the pompous, partisan, ego-driven bag of gas -- later, drug-addicted bag of gas -- that he is.)
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Now, watch the latest commentary from Keith Olbermann, wherein he discusses said ad, and more (as always, transcript is here):
As if that's not unfortunate enough, the true story of what transpired was then actively supressed by the military establishment -- not only from the public at large, but from Tillman's own family. In the end, the "righteousness" of our presence there was given another black eye -- yet another one among so many, both before and since.
The reason I bring all this up is to refresh your memories as I point you to this open letter from Pat Tillman's brother, Kevin (who served in the Marines with him), as he reflects not only on his brother's death but also wonders what he died for. Real eye-opening stuff. In fact, having read the letter, the only thing I'm wondering is exactly how those self-rightous chickenhawks -- the same ones that proudly sanction murder in the name of Old Glory while decrying anyone opposed to the war effort as an unpatriotic, un-American traitor -- will try to tar-and-feather the guy.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
For what it's worth, I like it. If we're talking about where it falls in the Bond Theme continuum, it has a hard rock edge that makes it closest in spirit to Paul McCartney's "Live and Let Die," and that's fine with me. Look for more Bond news as next month's premiere inches closer.
The essential problem here, and one that those on the Lunatic Right (and it doesn't get more lunatic than this) seem willfully ignorant of in their violent denunciation of anyone who opposes this legislation, is not about this new law being used to protect or coddle the guilty, but its potential be used against those who are innocent. And don't tell me that it could never happen, as there's more than enough evidence that it already has, and that's without this law to give more cover to the government.
There's a "baby with the bathwater" mentality driving this bill and those like it that I think set an incredibly dangerous precedent. How this doesn't set off alarm bells for more people, I don't get. Part of me wants to think that Team Bush's commitment to the common good is so strong that maybe they just don't see the huge downside here (as in, "nothing but"). Then again, you and I both know I'm far too cynical for that.
Anyway, Keith Olbermann commented on this bill's passage into law with another rip-roaring special comment which you can check out below (transcript here).
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Sunday, October 08, 2006
A Pentagon project to modify its deadliest nuclear missile for use as a conventional weapon against targets such as North Korea and Iran could unwittingly spark an atomic war, two weapons experts warned Thursday.And, a little further down...
"The media and expert circles are already discussing plans to use intercontinental ballistic missiles to carry nonnuclear warheads," he said in May. "The launch of such a missile could ... provoke a full-scale counterattack using strategic nuclear forces."Yeesh...I'm going back to bed.
Saturday, October 07, 2006
Now, I don't think a bigger fan of First Blood (a.k.a. "Rambo I") exists on this planet than Yours Truly, and for years now I've advocated a return to the screen for Stallone's Vietnam vet character -- with the caveat that it be more in line with the thinking man's action pic of movie one, and not so much the over-the-top bloodbath of movie two. Sadly, it looks like Rambo's much-anticipated (?) return will be more like the latter than the former. Says Production Weekly:
The next chapter finds Rambo recruited by a group of Christian human rights missionaries to protect them against pirates, during a humanitarian aid deliver to the persecuted Karen people of Burma. After some of the missionaries are taken prisoner by sadistic Burmese soldiers, Rambo gets a second impossible job: to assemble a team of mercenaries to rescue the surviving relief workers.I guess I should just be thankful that the villains in this one aren't cartoon Arab terrorists. That's Chuck Norris territory, dammit.
Anyway, I've been busting my hump for the past week, the last twelve hours of which were spent rooted to the spot in front of my computer. Right now my fingers are frozen in a strange, claw-like formation, I can't feel my legs, and I think the mousepad is talking to me. That said, draft one is done. Done. Mercifully, mercifully done. Now, granted, from here to the finish-line it's going to be all-stress, all the time, but now, just for a moment, I want to take a deep breath, exhale, and forget about the fact that I'm nowhere near finished with everything else I need to finish with before I'm actually finished.
Friday, October 06, 2006
Back soon! (...hopefully...)