Archive for January, 2006

Wasn’t that the name of a “B” horror movie?

Monday, January 30th, 2006

Actress Rosanna Arquette wants to make a documentary about PMS.

Quoth Arquette:

I screamed so much when I saw this new commercial for birth control for women where you only have to bleed four times a year. What are they thinking? It’s insane what they are doing to women.

My only question to Ms. Arquette is: Who is this “They” you are referring to? Women take the pill because they believe it contributes to the kind personal freedom that the feminist movement has been espousing for fifty years. After training women for half a century to throw off the shackles of their own biology, why is anyone at all surprised that some of them chose to push that envelope even farther?

Personally, I think it’s kinda dangerous to mess with your biology to that extent, but if a woman chooses to take that risk, that’s her decision. Quit trying to blame those decisions on some nebulous — presumably patriarchal — “THEM”.

Das ist Gut

Monday, January 23rd, 2006

Lileks today says:

[O]ne of the stupidest trends in movies is the uncharacteristic â??popâ? song over the closing credits; in the case of â??The Addams Family,â? itâ??s a rap by M. C. Hammer in which he manages to insert the phrase â??too legitâ? into a disquisition on the Addams clan.

I went to see The Producers this weekend.
I was thinking as I left the theater that the only thing that could possibly have made the gag more perfect would have been if Brooks had actually gotten Ms. Dion and Mr. Bryson to sing the thing. As is, though, it’s still one of the funniest gags ol’ Mel has come up with in years.

Update– Lileks responds via email:

That’s excellent – makes me want to see the movie, or at least the credits. I love Mel, and I don’t care how much crap he’s put out over the years; at his best, it’s just so cheerfully brilliant I forgive everything.

Leftists, please note…

Thursday, January 19th, 2006

“There is nothing patriotic about hating your country, or pretending that you can love your country but despise your government. There is nothing heroic about turning your back on America[…]”

President William Jefferson Clinton
May 5, 1995

Hat Tip: The Wall Street Journal

Call me “Curly”

Tuesday, January 17th, 2006

Note: If you came here from Protein Wisdom, you’ re probably looking for the post before this one. I had to correct a minor technical glitch. Thanks for swingin’ by. 🙂

I officially had my Three Stooges Moment of the week this morning. Stopped in for a cup of hot chocolate before getting to work. I popped the cup in the dispenser and hit the button. Pulled it out, grabbed a cap — one of those raised coffee lids with the little sippy hole on the front.

The cap didn’t want to fit easily on the styrofoam cup, so I pressed down a bit. Suddenly the front of the cup accordioned and hot chocolate launched forth in a perfect two-foot seltzer shot to the face.

And wouldn’t you know it… with all the dark colored dress shirts hanging in my closet, today is the day I pick to wear plain white.

What can I say. Some days you get to be Moe; some days you’re Curly.

What She Said

Thursday, January 5th, 2006

I’ve just read one of the most astute commentaries I’ve seen in along time regarding… well, the statement was made in the context of the no-warrant surveillance of which that the Democrats are trying to make hay, but really, it is simply a very sharp observation about Americans in general.

It comes from a comment to a post on the blog Protein Wisdom, and I’ll quote practically the whole thing:

Americans just love other Americans in the abstract. We donâ??t want Americans being spied on by the NSA. We donâ??t want them monitored by the FBI. We donâ??t want them left without shelter by Katrina.

And thatâ??s why it all has to be portrayed as the generic American. Hey, that could be me. That could be any of us.

Yet we go to bed at night and lock our doors against other Americans, and set our alarm systems and get caller id so we know which Americans are calling us, and demand no-call laws so other Americans canâ??t call us, and donâ??t want other Americans to set our homes on fire because itâ??s near a beautiful meadow, or kill the animal research lab owner, and we certainly donâ??t want Americans to buy too much fertilizer, rent a truck and bomb a day care.

Just the other day, Anderson Cooper was railing against people in New Orleans that didnâ??t want 150 trailers set up in their school yard to house other Katrina victims from lower-class neighborhoods. They are all Americans looking for homes, he said. And Iâ??m sure thatâ??s precisely what he told his co-op board as he fought to get Katrina victims from bad neighborhoods set up to live in the empty apartments in his building, right?

An American should never, ever be spied on. But a person here on a student visa talking to Osamaâ??s #2? Well, letâ??s not put it that way. That might slant peopleâ??s opinion.

“MayBee”, in a comment on the blog Protein Wisdom

This hearkens to one of the core strategies of Liberal politics: lump everybody you can grab into groups, and then appeal to the groups as mass victims (thus black politics, gay politics, feminism, “Republicans hate old people”, “Republicans are trying to starve school children”, ad disgustum). As others have noted, nobody seems to be able to identify one individual person who has been victimized by the so-called domestic spying, but “Americans” are being watched, and that’s bad, m’kay?

(Also noteable is when, in lieu of an actual victim, a liberal will abuse himself and then say “racists or some-other-ists did it”. Note the college student who invented story about the FBI coming after him becuase he read Mao Tse Tung. And laugh at the moronic homosexual who several months ago carved “FAG” into his own forehead with a knife and then told the police he was attacked by homophobes, but… oopsie… had done it looking in a mirror and gotten it backwards….)

So… I guess the lesson of the day is to disbelieve any charge that something is happening to “lots of people”, but the accuser can’t actually name an example. It’s a modern political evolution of the hoary old “Friend of a Friend” stories, and just as accurate.