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The Dandy in Traditional Literature

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I have finally managed to see Whit Stillman's latest movie, 'Damsels in Distress'. For some crazy reason it just makes me so happy, though I suspect I am a part of Stillman's obvious target audience, which he says is himself. In any case maybe it is more me!

This short extract contains a ton of what is great in the movie:

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Here's the trailer:

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It's a special taste. If you have loved his earlier movies, you will love this. If not, this one is likely to be utterly baffling. I just feel so good during the long ending sequence. (I would add that despite the trailer this is NOT for Woody Allen fans.)

(I want particularly to thank Greta Gerwig playing Violet who is the center of the movie and captures exactly the necessary tone.)

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 September 2012 09:54
 

Very European

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h/t Cafe Hayek

With them I agree that the clock is a great touch. It took me a good part of my viewing to get the time.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:55
 

It's Like Being A Mosquito at a Nudist Colony

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Thomas Sowell is hilarious. Of course maybe he is a racist, as anyone opposing Obama must be. (Wait! Who is more black? It is manifest who is smarter.)

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This is a long but very funny interview.

I love his response to Clinton, "the biggest factor in creating the housing boom".

And I love watching a smart guy trying to keep a straight face as the Great Windbag bags wind.

UPDATE: Man those cuts make Obama look like Alfred E. Newman.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 September 2012 15:54
 

Worst.President.Ever

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Certainly one with the least concern for his oath of office.

And incompetent in so many other ways.

Why ANYONE would vote to re-elect this jerk is beyond me.

Use the Justice Department to expose this guys to the Islamists who will want to kill him, and then use the LA Sheriffs to make midnight raid on someone who MAY have marginally violated his parole.

What a slmie!

Last Updated on Monday, 17 September 2012 14:14
 

Ashbridge's Bay, Sept. 17, 2012

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I have been meaning to post on its status for a while.

It has been a really odd summer - red squirrels, barn swallows (in 25 years I had seen neither there) - as well as the usual suspects.

Of course most of the usual suspects are long gone; the red-wings left a while ago, leaving a vacuum in the soundspace, though making my walks a lot more comfortable - I got attacked much later in the season than I am accustomed to. Robins are gone. I am not sure which of the mallards and Canada Geese will migrate and which will stay, and I really wonder how they decide which risk to take.

Perhaps the oddest thing in the last couple of days (yesterday I walked the Terry Fox Run) is the swan scene. I have reported in the past that we had lost a swan and the breeding couple was down to one lonely guy (I have been told it was the guy). But yesterday I saw four swimming together on the lake. And today I saw these two on the inner bay, feeding so aggressively I could not for all my efforts get a picture of both of them with their heads up at the same time.

I am guessing this is two of the four and they are just stopping over for migration (hence the aggressive breakfasting), but I have not seen the lone male in a while, and so I rather hope they will not be chased off as others have been and settle here. It is clearly a decent breeding ground for swans.

This morning nicely featured sun-dappled trails.

There is no better season here.

 

Churchill Holds Up So Well on So Much

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Steven Hayward at PowerLine reminds us of Winston Churchill's comments from a century ago about Islam and it sure holds up well.

Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.

Ouch. Still seems true.

The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property—either as a child, a wife, or a concubine—must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

This is a bit prophetic as he could hardly have predicted the sea change in the century since in the West though it was significantly underway.

No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.  Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proseltyzing faith.  It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science—the science against which it had vainly struggled—the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.

This bespeaks a really good observation. Christianity lost the great fight with the modern world and it has adapted. We have yet to see that Islam can do that. The pathetic contribution of Muslim countries to modern science and technology is utterly his point and it was far less obvious when he wrote this.

Prescient! Mind you I think he wrote that stuff after fighting in the Sudan or somehere like that but so are we in a different way.

 


 

Good for Lars Viljks

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It is just the right time to toss it back in their stupid faces.

The US is making itself an embarrassment (well, I mean Obama and Clinton are) in this struggle. I prefer this attitude.

 

Granholm at the DNC

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Jennifer Granholm, about whom I knew two things, one that she was a Canadian, and secondly that she was a governor of Michigan, gave a key speech at the DNC2012 and it ended with a war whoop vaguely reminiscent of what destroyed (I think unfairly) Howard Dean's primary campaign some years ago.

And now we discover the girl is still in the woman who was Michigan's governor.

You can see the coming war whoop in hur bubbly appearance on 'The Dating Game'.

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It fascinates me that she chose the male model. Roughly what the USA did in 2008. And it may explain much of what a mess Michigan is.

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 September 2012 11:39
 

Count on the Onion to Make the Point Clear

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The sheer infantile stupidity of the Muslim world is proven not by insults to it but by its crybaby response.

The Onion brilliantly skewers any of the diplomatic forgiving and moronic, in my view, discussion of what is going on.

The image ... went online at 6:45 p.m. EDT, after which not a single bomb threat was made against the organization responsible, nor did the person who created the cartoon go home fearing for his life in any way. Though some members of the Jewish, Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist faiths were reportedly offended by the image, sources confirmed that upon seeing it, they simply shook their heads, rolled their eyes, and continued on with their day.

 

I can fully understand why the Islamic world is the exception in not being able to simply "roll their eyes"; they fear they are inferior and all evidence seems to point that way. Most particularly, the inability to simply roll their eyes. But hey those religions in the cartoon are embedded in societies making great economic and social progress.

Who knows, there might be a connection.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 September 2012 10:22
 

I Woke Up This Morning in an Alternative Universe

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WAIT WAIT I should be sure it was by waking up the CBC, one of the most ridiculous bag-carrying news media in the world.

(Stephen - please take them down. I  understand the strategy of letting them thing their funding will continue. Keeps them slightly quiet,. But what jokes they are and you know it.)

Obama's administration posted some snitheling apologies for perfectly obvious free speech.

Infantile Muslims went bonkers.

Romney critized the utterly shameful apology.

And then the media went bonkers trying to blame him for something bad created by the truly dim bulb, The Great Windbag..

For Christ's Sake (and I say that as an atheist) there is the first amendment. Only a total loser who does not get the first amendment tolerates totally fatuous apologies. As he did last night and does again.

These Islamist assholes deserve only a response of 'fuck off'. I think that is about right. Arm the Marines and kill them.

Obama and his apologiezers have some new theory about this. It is not welcomne and cannot possibly make the world better.

Depressing night indeed.

Maybe the media will wake up after Islamic prayers tomorrow. That usually leads to something completely useless.

Maybe Obama can apologize again. What a joke he has become.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 September 2012 12:38
 

OK I am Confused

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I make fun of your stupid beliefs.

You decide to kill me.

Who is the crazy person?

How stupid can people be? I do understand the CBC but who else can be as stupid as them.?

UPDATE: "who else can be as stupid as they?"

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 September 2012 10:09
 

A Tale of Two Countries

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There is much hilarious about TV news for me today.

On the one hand CNN is really trying to carry the bag for the asshole Muslims in Egypt and Libya - well, more likely trying to carry the bag for Obama and against Romney. I actually listened to Don Lemon allowing some activist to say we should not be allowed to make fun of Islam and taking it seriously. Damn there is little more worthy of mockery than Islam! But that's Don Lemon - he is not very bright.

And now when I switch to CBC News it is all about hockey negotiations!

I am not sure which preoccupation is stupider. If only there were Islamic hockey players we could make fun of them!

Hmmm. Maybe there are. I would not know - I find hockey boring and Islam stupid.

But it is starting to seem TV may experience a poker revival this fall as it did during the last hockey strike. Maybe it i time to start working on the poker face.

 

Ken Taylor as a McKayla

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Well he has not seen the movie, which I am sure is terrific, but what were the movie-makers thinking not engaging him! He is not impressed!

How dense are these arrogant Hollywood (or Massachestts) people? Well, pretty dense, and they are joined by all the TIFF acolytres who want Argo to be a great success story of the 2012 incarnation.

Ken Taylor will have none of it. 

“So much of the movie is total fiction,” says the 77-year-old former ambassador on the phone from his home in Manhattan. “My concern is that we’re portrayed as innkeepers who are waiting to be saved by the CIA.”

For some reason this seems a small surprise given this:

Taylor has not seen the movie. He wasn’t invited to the premiere. Neither the filmmakers nor Victor Garber, the Canadian actor who plays him, contacted him during production. “It’s been a total wall of silence,” says Taylor. But he’s seen the trailer, and friends who saw the TIFF screening in Toronto described the film in detail by phone. “My impression is that it’s very entertaining,” says Taylor. “I’m not feeling offended. It’s their movie. But it totally distorts the relationship between Canada and the U.S. with respect to the episode. I just think they didn’t want to be bothered with the facts. It’s a good story, which they stole.”

This does not really amaze me.

But Argo’s magnification of the U.S. role is “absolute nonsense,” says Taylor. “The departure went very smoothly. I bought the airline tickets—I bought sets from three different airlines and paid cash. And I had the final veto. For every hour spent in Washington, there were two spent in Ottawa. Mendez did not become involved until a month after we’d taken over. He spent two days there.”

I REALLY loved this comment from Affleck.

“Because we say it’s based on a true story, rather than this is a true story,” he said, “we’re allowed to take some dramatic licence. There’s a spirit of truth.”

That sounds to me like a stupid man talking. But he is actually a pretty good director in my experience, though not much of an actor.

 

 

Yeah It IS September 11

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One of those days in life you won't ever forget. Like November 22, or was it the 23rd? 22nd I think.

The details of both those days remain so clear in the mind.

 

One Good Outcome of the GM Restructuring

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GMAC became Ally. And they got a good advertising agency.

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