Archive for May, 2010

bbc's obituary of dennis hopper gets its facts wrong

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

it’s a well written obit. but they got one thing wrong. despite having directed and starred in the anti-establishment film, ‘easy rider,’ dennis hopper was a republican (with a capital ‘r’ but since we write in all lowercases here, we need to clarify that point). they write that his liberal political leanings put him at odds with john wayne (another republican with a capital ‘r’) on the film ‘true grit’ which was released the same year as ‘easy rider.’ here’s a video of dennis hopper on the charlie rose show. below is a 2008 interview of dennis hopper speaking at the actor’s studio.


gary coleman has died

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

r.i.p gary coleman.

angela merkel weeds out undesireables in her party

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

since even before angela merkel became chancellor of germany, the german media has always insisted that the so-called princes (governors) of the various states in germany would one day bind together and push her out. but over the past 10 years she has been adept at picking them off one-by-one. with roland koch being the latest victim.

uncle boonmee wins cannes film festival

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

the unusual thai film, with the unweildly name, uncle bonmee who can recall his past lives has won the palme d’or at the 2010 cannes film festival. a surrealistic film buddha would approve of. the film was directed by apichatpong weerasethakul.

cannes film festival 12 may - 23 may 2010

david cameron prime minister

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

in this our 1000th post, we would like to congratulate david cameron for sticking it out and sticking it to gordon brown, although we actually empathize with brown –a scot with a phd who has zero people skills. the guardian newspaer gives a rundown of what to expect from the tory – liberal democrats coalition which sees david cameron as prime minister and nick clegg, the leader of the liberal democrats, as deputy prime minister.

reforms include a 5 year fixed calendar for national uk elections and british citizens get to vote on any law that would give the uk closer ties to the european union.

gordon brown steps down

Monday, May 10th, 2010

gordown brown steps down. now if labour were to make a deal with the liberal democrats, the british people might end up (once again) with a prime minister nobody ever voted for.

it’s too bad that no one seems to remember that it was gordon brown who fought tony blair over the uk dropping the pound and entering the euro.

but this was definitely the only choice for brown given that together, labour with 258 seats and the liberal democrats with 57 seats, together don’t have the requisite seats (326) to get to a majority and to form a government. why is it that it took former PM john major to point this out. can’t anyone else count? or was brown trying to negotiate with some of the smaller parties as well? well, hopefully he hadn’t been negotiating with the bnp.

barack obama's oedipus complex

Monday, May 10th, 2010

what is up with obama’s thing for unattractive, overweight women? with the exception of harriet meier, george bush the younger appointed and nominated an endless stream of good lucking women to his white house. remember dana perino and condi rice? now we get janet napolitano, sonia sotomayor and elena kagan. and let us not forget the u.s. surgeon general. what the white house really needs is a little size as well as religious diversity.

elena kagan unqualified supreme court nominee

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

elena kagan, who might be u.s. prez barack obama’s supreme court nominee has never been a judge, argued her first case in court last year as solicitor general of the white house, work as an advisor to goldman sachs, and according to mother jones: ‘Somehow, Kagan got tenure at Chicago in 1995 on the basis of a single article in The Supreme Court Review — a scholarly journal edited by Chicago’s own faculty — and a short essay in the school’s law review.’

the mother jones journalist goes on to point out that in his/her opinion if obama feels the need to chose another woman he should chose the protestant diane wood who has a paper trail that includes writings and rulings on roe vs. wade. while kagan has only written maybe 3 articles between when she became a law professor at the university of chicago to when she became dean of harvard law school.

will she be confirmed? between the rumours about whether or not she has ever let a man get a leg over her, her never having been a judge, and her having tried to prohibit the military from recruiting at harvard, well…it sort of seems like the obama administration is throwing multiple demographic groups a bone, including those presently enrolled in obesity anonymous, while marching kagan to the lions. we think obama will end up nominating a man. this of course does not mean kagan isn’t smart. although everyone in the world has heard about ivy league grade inflation.

but in the end it could be elena kagan’s ties to goldman sachs that hurt her most. you know, the bank that sold its customers financial products created for them by a hedge fund and the hedgefund then bet against these products and made loads of money

what happened to nick clegg?

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

why do voters let themselves be bullied by the tories and labour in the uk or the republicans and democrats in the u.s.? why do voters genuinely believe that a vote for a 3rd party is a wasted vote? this is not true. and although nick clegg and his liberal democrats actually, on the MP front, did worse than in the last election, since no one party has received a clear majority, clegg’s star turning moment 3 weeks ago in the first telecast prime minister debate has given the liberal democrats a chance to enter the national parliament alongside either the conservatives or labour. and that is a good thing.

so with the hung election and the uk’s enthusiasm for gordon brown at a low, it looks like clegg has been the big winner irregardless.

bel ami with robert pattinson first film stills

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

robert pattinson stars in bel ami with kristin scott thomas and other people like uma thurman and colm meaney who are trying to sponge off of pattinson’s mojo.

first official still robert pattinson in bel ami

robert pattinson with uma thurman