The boat didn’t really sink either, Senator Obama

As Obama-wan Kenobi seems unfamiliar with how Hollywood makes movies, (quite a surprise, given the smoke-and-mirrors nature of his candidacy), I’d like to take a moment and clue him into a few other “facts” about movies.

1. People don’t actually die when they get shot in a movie, though this is true only if your name isn’t “Jon-Erik Hexum.”

2. Johnny Depp is only 2/3rds that dirty and greasy-looking in real life. The rest is makeup.

3. Most of the stunts in “Commando” are fake, including Rae Dawn Chong’s acting.

4. Rock Hudson didn’t actually hook up with his leading ladies. Really.

5. Terminators aren’t real, even though at times Mrs. Clinton makes us doubt that.

6. Orson Welles never owned a sled named “Rosebud.”

7. No matter how many times you watch Ben-Hur, Charlton Heston will always end up winning the chariot race.

8. Patton did not fight the Battle Of Kasserine Pass against tanks named after himself.

9. Whatever colour pill you take, you will not end up in the Matrix.

10. Star Wars did not take place a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. 

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May 31st, 2008 by admindude

Saturday Movie Blogging – Band of Brothers

Ok, so I mentioned it before. But I’m hoping Obama takes a few hours to watch this miniseries and learn some actual  history. I think it’s best that he knows the traditions and history of the men and women he will lead if elected President, rather than making it up as he goes along.

Clip rated R for language and for accurately portraying the horrors of a concentration camp.

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May 31st, 2008 by admindude

One last word about Crueller-gate

My personal favourite attempted defense of Rachel Ray and her keffiyeh was the commenter over at Perez Hilton who said “Those scarfs are on everyone here in England and no one cares at all.”

Apparently that person doesn’t read read Mark Steyn.

The most common defense, though, seems to be “It’s just a scarf, get over it. It doesn’t mean anything.”

Therefore, I guess wearing a white bedsheet on your head means nothing, either.

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May 31st, 2008 by admindude


Choose your caption!

1. After the embarrassing incident, the Palestinian police cadet blamed it on “Zionist pant technology.”

2. The Gaza Theatre for the Performing Arts practice their off-WestBank performance of Gymkata! The Musical.

3. The Fatah trainee wonders if The Gap offers a “right of return.”

(Via LGF.)

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May 30th, 2008 by admindude

The myth of weaponry

The U.S. did not sign an international treaty banning cluster munitions.

Look for more outrage to spring up from all the usual places as once again the U.S. fails to pass the global test.

But the fact is, cluster bombs, if used right, are not a danger to civilians. It’s not the weapon itself, it’s how you use it. To me, a cluster bomb isn’t dangerous weapon (except if I drop it on your foot). I lack the basic knowledge on how to fly an aircraft that can deliver a bomb on-target, and I couldn’t tell you how to turn it into a weapon if my life depended on it.

The same is true for all kinds of “dangerous weapons”. I can’t set off a nuke or fire an artillery piece and I’m more than likely to smack the back of my head with a pair of nunchucks than I am to hit someone with them.

How I am I sure of that last one? I have the bump on my head to prove it.

But put a loaded pistol or rifle in my hands, and things change. Why? Because I’ve practiced with them and know how to use them in stressful situations. Now, because of my knowledge and my will to use it if needed, a pistol becomes a weapon. But with out that knowledge and strength of will, it’s nothing but a rather ugly paperweight.

“There’s no such thing as a good gun. There’s no such thing as a bad
gun. A gun in the hands of a bad man is a very dangerous thing. A gun
in the hands of a good person is no danger to anyone except the bad

– Charlton Heston

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May 30th, 2008 by admindude

Friday Music Blogging: Futureheads

The Futureheads can do no wrong. These heirs to The Jam and The Buzzcocks (with some math rock and power pop thrown in) just released their third album. This video of studio-complied footage is for the song “Broke Up the Time”.

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May 30th, 2008 by admindude

Just a thought

You can take umbrage, but where can you leave it?

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May 30th, 2008 by admindude

I thought it was good to be a skeptic.

Speaking of awesome names, I’ve always loved Charles Krauthammer. It’s uncompromising, intellectual and violent all at once.

He has a great article in National Review Online about the GloboWarmy fad. Check it:

I’m not a global-warming believer. I’m not a global-warming denier. I’m a global-warming agnostic who believes instinctively that it can’t be very good to pump lots of CO2 into the atmosphere, but is equally convinced that those who presume to know exactly where that leads are talking through their hats.

Predictions of catastrophe depend on models. Models depend on assumptions about complex planetary systems — from ocean currents to cloud formation — that no one fully understands. Which is why the models are inherently flawed and forever changing. The doomsday scenarios posit a cascade of events, each with a certain probability. The multiple improbability of their simultaneous occurrence renders all such predictions entirely speculative.

Yet on the basis of this speculation, environmental activists, attended by compliant scientists and opportunistic politicians, are advocating radical economic and social regulation. “The largest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity,” warns Czech President Vaclav Klaus, “is no longer socialism. It is, instead, the ambitious, arrogant, unscrupulous ideology of environmentalism.”

It keeps on like this for 731 words. Read the whole thing.

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May 30th, 2008 by admindude

What do you really think, Bob?

The Politico got their pixel-stained hands on an email sent by Bob Dole to Scott McClellan. Dole’s office confirmed it’s accuracy. Here’s an excerpt:

There are miserable creatures like you in every administration who don’t have the guts to speak up or quit if there are disagreements with the boss or colleagues. No, your type soaks up the benefits of power, revels in the limelight for years, then quits, and spurred on by greed, cashes in with a scathing critique.

In my nearly 36 years of public service I’ve known of a few like you. No doubt you will “clean up” as the liberal anti-Bush press will promote your belated concerns with wild enthusiasm. When the money starts rolling in you should donate it to a worthy cause, something like, “Biting The Hand That Fed Me.” Another thought is to weasel your way back into the White House if a Democrat is elected. That would provide a good set up for a second book deal in a few years.

…if all these awful things were happening, and perhaps some may have been, you should have spoken up publicly like a man, or quit your cushy, high profile job.

That would have taken integrity and courage but then you would have had credibility and your complaints could have been aired objectively. You’re a hot ticket now but don’t you, deep down, feel like a total ingrate?

Yeeouch! And they say McCain gets testy.

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May 30th, 2008 by admindude

The Most Awesomest Name Ever.

I just ran across a guy’s name today while updating my contacts on LinkedIn. Are you ready for it? Okay, here it is:

Kosmo Rotundo.

Is that the coolest name you’ve ever heard? Yes, it most certainly is!

But I’ve heard an even better name. When I was stationed at Pearl Harbor, the manager of my bank was Chiquita Yap. CHIQUITA YAP!

And now that’s the coolest name you’ve ever heard.

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May 30th, 2008 by admindude