I have had the entertaining hours this spring of absorbing Lena Dunham's 'Girls' and thinking of Sarah Silverman's comments in the shower in 'Take This Waltz'. It did map the Sarah character to Marnie and there was much to hope for.
Damn - it hit me - I want to say that Marnie in 'Girls' struggling with a similar problem, lives through a far more interesting turn of events than Polley's character does.
They are in different forms, but wow Dunham is 24, and manifestly brilliant.
Polley is pretty good but this is not a match to take on. (and she really is not that good).
The guy is an utter creep - here is some more, but I also ask you to go read Aaron Walker's reports as well.
It surprises me only slightly that he and his buddies are all Democrat operatives, and funded by high-end Democrats. Maybe the exposure that comes will fix that, but I have seen no sign of it so far.
What Patterico describes is really frightening:
The phenomenon is called “SWATting,” because it can bring a SWAT team to your front door. SWATting is a particularly dangerous hoax in which a caller, generally a computer hacker, calls a police department to report a shooting at the home of his enemy. The caller will place this call to the police department’s business line, using Skype or a similar service, and hiding behind Internet proxies to make the call impossible to trace. Anxious police, believing they are responding to the home of an armed and dangerous man, show up at the front door pointing guns and screaming orders.
Can Obama find the balls to tell his buddies to stop funding this sort of nonsense? Not just nonsense, utter evil.
The Canadarm successfully captured the Drgaon ("We have a dragon by the tail") and the supply mission to the International Space Station has succeeded. It has been a while since any space activities have caught my fancy but this one did.
Guilty pleasure - the Canada logo on the robot arm.
Really there are so few reality shows that have any reality. This is one of them.
It is so much fun watching celebrities (even when you have never heard of them) stressed by being asked to excel in an area where they, all obviously competitive folks, might not have comparative advantage.
I watched no episodes before this weekend this season, but watched both this week. Reports I had read saying the quality was crazy were only confirmed. The Monday night show was an utter pleasure - high quality, high enthusiasm.
Last night every got a perfect score and rightly.
In the end the result I would have picked from the fact that voters are USAian is that the USAian would win, especially backed, I would bet, by a major Green Bay Packers voting block.
I cast all my votes for Kathleen Jenkins.
But you know it was a great outcome. I have never seen a final with such utterly quality on this show. Maybe the producers should reduce the quality of their searches for future drama. Hard call.
In the end, for me, I loved watching the total refutation of British reserve in Jenkins, the delightful Latino-ness of Levy, and, ultimately, how much Driver loved winning; the sight of him with that young daughter in his arms, crying her head off, was SO sweet.
DWTS is planning an all-star season. Other networks, please let me just watch it in peace! I know you do not plan to.
The last two nights were magic. I will not readily sacrifice them to your best shows.
It documents with savage clarity why the son of the current monarch of the UK is not fit to lead any organization. And he leaves out the moral depravity that destroyed the young Diana Spencer.
This disgusting slimeball is touring Canada and getting the utter approval of our state media (perhaps also our private media). I'd be even more disturbed if our state media were really state-controlled; it is a lot like the BBC, just state-funded. This means both problems have a REALLY easy solution.
In any case my stomach was utterly turned by state-funded report this afternoon of this totally unfit jerk meeting with a bunch of 'First Nations' leaders, all about equally equipped and morally justified as leaders of any sort.
It amazes me a state media that went into hysterics over Diana Spencer so little later can forget her and forget the obvious message about the moral qualities of the guy tingling the legs of their reporters.
It can be a very sorry world.
This guy is in no way a nice person and why is everyone faking their orgasms?
The lights that night went out far more broadly than Massachusetts; I recall them going out where I lived then, and that has always made this song and its lead vocal, a favorite of mine, though I never listened to the lyrics in any detail.
But not a single one of the readings was about Iraq, never mind the looming threat of Iran or the hypocrisies of the antiwar movement, topics that consumed Christopher and gradually drove him away from the Nation (which, he concluded, had become “the voice and the echo chamber of those who truly believe that John Ashcroft is a greater menace than Osama bin Laden”) and the left in general. One of his most memorable polemics, the absence of which at the memorial was surely attributable to the fact that it would have offended most of the people in the room, was his evisceration of filmmaker Michael Moore and his Fahrenheit 9/11. This “silly and shady man,” Christopher wrote, had produced a film which represented “a possible fusion between the turgid routines of MoveOn.org and the filmic standards, if not exactly the filmic skills, of Sergei Eisenstein or Leni Riefenstahl.”
Of course it was a gang of lefties, more or less, running the show, but still:
No Kurd spoke.
For those who disagreed with Christopher (and that’s everyone; it was impossible to agree with him on all things), the proper way to memorialize him is captured by his childhood friend Patrick Cockburn: continue arguing. While disagreeing vehemently with Christopher about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Cockburn, writing in the Independent, nevertheless concedes that, “it would be a pity if Christopher’s words and writing on Anglo-American military interventions should be ignored,” because he was “the most intelligent and eloquent defender of these interventions as a means of removing dictators or preventing massacres.”
I confess. I partly cite that as I think Cockburn is Olivia Wilde's uncle, and I really like her as an actress. Yeah that was irrelevant, but I am a male human.
Back to the topic, though. It does seem to me that the left today has really lost its way, and finds it impossible to think that anyone can honestly disagree with the official positions. Many of these positions would not have been their positions when they were a left not utterly dominated by infantile identity politics (like before the disgraceful '60s).
I grew up an atheist, and openly so, and it DID make a difference.
But I note that 'Mad Men' is making a big deal about Jewishness lately. My recollection is that the Protestant-Catholic separation was much greater in my childhood (through my teens) than any Jewish-Christian one. Of course I did not grow up in Manhattan.
I have for several years reflected that "I SO wish all this had been here when I was 12."
There was a lot around when I was 12 and I consumed a lot but I cannot imagine how great it would have been had I known, not just about the hawklets in the previous post, but these baby blue herons and this bluebird nest (at the moment featuring one brand new hatchling).
Wait! I do know what it would have been like! I have spent most of this day checking out the birds!
The heron site is great for having sound (often mostly geese but wow when the little ones are feeding) and including chat, which has made me as emotionally engaged as the rest of the chatters with the latest hatchling, referred to as #5. If you watch long enough it is pretty easy to see one much smaller bird, pretty feistily trying to get its share of food.
Thank you those who created all this technology. You have enriched my lifr do much.
It's sweet that a Canadian-owned horse won but even sweeter that the owner of the horse, a quondam philosophy prof, cites Wittgenstein, essentially saying that philosophical questions mean rather little, while horse means a lot.
I think in this sense the world needs more Canada!
That jockey did an untterly perfect job! Our Latino small guys are better than yours.
There is a long way to go before the Arab-Muslim world empties itself of its fury, of fighting its demons and blaming others for its self-inflicted misery.
Here for now, however, politics is vengeful, history is clash of steel, and peace is desert mirage.
The one comfort I feel is that Christian Europe was almost this badly screwed up as few as a few hundred years ago, and it sure turned out pretty well, I would say. So well that I feel as I look at history to feel that I have been astonishingly privileged to live here now. And this as an atheist and a public one who grew up in a small town with four Christian churches on one corner, and who was noted in school as a a heathen. All they did was call me names, and I did appreciate the sticks and stones notion. No murder of infidels in my childhood.
Whether Arabs can pull it off, I will never find out; it is clear to me they are still on a downward spiral and their religion does not have the universalist drive in Christianity, so I suspect they might never make it out.
It won't be for me to worry about what becomes of them all.
But please stupid people - do not import this crap into our countries.
I have been a total Jessica Pare fan for years, so the fact that she is utterly taking over MadMen is a lot of fun for me.
I love that she did not know the Zou Bisou Bisou song before being asked to do it. I have a ton of respect for Jian Ghomeishi, who does occasionally fall into CBCism (not his fault really - they pay him). But this is a good interview.
But what is so great about this scene in Mad Men is all the other people watching Pare perform.
But the CCPA is a lefty "think-tank" in Canada, responsible largely for making Amanda Lang's nightly business show far more tedious than it need be by employing some supposed analyst from their team to prattle on during Lang's shows (it is bad enough the CBC have Lang take positions I am sure she is too smart to hold herself, but that they invite interested paries on is even worse. And yes, I know Kevin O'Leary is there to make the show more entertaining).
I found it hilarious that so much of my media is reporting with great earnestness a finding by a bunch of politicians that Rupert Murdoch:
is not a fit person to run a major international company.
What utter fatuity! The people to make that decision are the shareholders of the company, not some clowns who have never run a company. I grant that there are problems with corporate governance, but they are unlikely to be improved by inviting a bunch of politicians in to 'improve' things.
And back to politicians again: what they’re really saying is that the guy at the top should be thrown out when some underling 5 or 6 layers down the management hierarchy does something either stupid or illegal. Maybe that’s a good idea and maybe it isn’t but it’s not a standard that we see politicians themselves holding themselves to, is it? We’ve yet to see an MP resign because a police constable was corrupt….
So the basic statement strikes me as being one of almost unbearable political arrogance.
Smash is Glee for adults, as Glee has descended into apparently plotless political correctness. (Well I am not sure - I no longer watch.)
Thank Heaven for time-shifting on my local cable so I can follow all the shows.
And for VCRs (yeah I am that old).
Smash is clearly headed for sweeps week but really, Megan Hilty belting out the second-hand song last week was so special. She plays the character we all love to hate.
What Smash has done to me is make me go see the wonderful American Idol audition of Katharine McPhee, who should be a star for the rest of my life. She really goes in not knowing that anyone but her mother thinks she is as amazing as she is: