Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Debate

Obama gets a (slight) edge by virtue of the fact that he mostly held his own against a barrage of attacks. That, and he wasn't afraid to look the other guy in the eye. As opposed to, y'know, the other guy. That said, if we were looking for a "There you go again" moment that sealed the whole thing up, we didn't get it. Oh well. On to next Thursday's veep debate, which should be all kinds of (unintended) fun.

Paul Newman, RIP

I'd heard word several weeks back of Paul Newman's rapidly declining health, so I'd steeled myself for the inevitable news that he'd lost his battle with cancer, but that didn't make the gut-punch of seeing it confirmed this morning any less painful. Newman was a legend of the kind there are far too few left of in Hollywood. From Cool Hand Luke to Butch Cassidy to The Sting, and that's just off the top of my head, Newman's film career is peppered with some of the greatest movies of all time, and even in his twilight years he gave complex, nuanced performances, such as his Oscar-nommed turn in '02's Road to Perdition. Beyond his film work, however, Newman was consistently generous over the course of his career with his time, money, and energy in support of charitable and progressive causes, with the ultimate badge of honor being that he earned himself a spot on Nixon's famous "enemies list." He leaves behind a legacy that anyone can be proud of, and most should probably aspire towards.

Monday, September 22, 2008

“Break’s over.”

West Wing honcho Aaron Sorkin posits a meeting between Jed Bartlett and Barack Obama, with the fictional former prez reminding the real life contender just what he needs to do in the campaign's home stretch, and reminding me -- yet again -- just how much I miss that dang show.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Dishonorable.

Team Obama punches back on the lies, smears, and innuendo belched out by the McCain camp over the past few weeks. They need to keep hammering home the reality that the so-called "maverick" of old is long since dead and gone.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Desperately Seeking SOLACE


Anyone who frequents this blog knows how much this life-long Bond-phile dug 2006's franchise reinvention Casino Royale, and I'm pleased with what I'm seeing so far of the Marc Forster-directed follow-up, Quantum of Solace. For the first time ever in the Bond canon, this is a direct sequel to the preceding film, as opposed to another episodic entry. It'll be interesting to see if the filmmakers are able to keep up the emotional and stylistic intensity with the rebooted and revitalized Bond series, or whether it descends to the camp of some of the Moore and later Brosnan films.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Stuck Pig

You know, a few months back, during the height of the Democratic primary, when I'd made it pretty clear that I was backing Obama in this horse-race, some guy with the web handle of "handel" started haunting the comments section of my posts and reprimanding me for my support of same.

This brave soul, who knew me but was either unable or unwilling to tell me who he was, went off at great length about what an empty suit Obama was and how John McCain was the real deal. Well, I'd love for that guy to come out of the woodwork and twist himself in a knot as he justifies the latest bullshit nontroversy trumped up by the scumbags in the McCain camp, and eagerly promulgated by the so-called "liberal media." I'm waiting to hear it. Sincerely.

Anyway, here's Obama's response. Pitch perfect. Let's see if it sticks.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Resolved

As of today, 9/7/08, I've decided I'm no longer going to spend time reading the "comments" section under news articles online. The great thing about the Internet is that it's democratized public opinion and given everyone a voice, but as it turns out, not everyone deserves a voice.

Recommended Reading

Frank Rich on the frightening implications of the presence of the frightening Sarah Palin on the frightening GOP ticket.