Monday, January 31, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
As anybody with any intellectual curiosity (that leaves you Fox folks out) knows, Comcast has begun its reign of error in running MSNBC and subsequently, NBC, into the earth's core, ratings wise, by firing Keith Olbermann. Yeah yeah, he resigned and got a whole lot of money to go away, but he got shitcanned because he's too goddamned truthful. Like Phil Donahue before him, another parade pisser, Olbermann was the highest rated show on that prison documentary dominated network and the big shots at Comcast didn't like it. Donahue got shown the door by the cowards at MSNBC for questioning that Iraq war deal and now Olbermann is on the street for questioning the whackjobs making all that noise in rural America.
Oh I know Keith is a complete pain in the ass. I really wouldn't want to be anywhere around him when he throws one of his fits. But that's just personal stuff. I watched him because he told me things the milquetoasts on network news won't. He was the counterbalance to the liars at Fox, and he wasn't afraid of anybody. He raised millions for the downtrodden and gave hell to the comfortable. The exact opposite of what bullies like O'Reilly, drug addled gasbags like Limbaugh, copycats like Hannity, mental cases like Beck, and nasty excuses for human beings like Ingraham do on a daily basis. I am going to miss him.
Let's hope somebody picks him up as soon as his ban from TV ends. I can't watch a dullard like Lawrence O'Donnell , a really nice, too nice, policy wonk like Rachel Maddow, or a populist barroom loudmouth like Ed Schultz tell me anything. Sorry, not my cup of tea.
I guess with all this talk of civility after the Tucson shootings, I just don't want that. I am sick of the mainstream media's false equivalency of Fox News and Keith Olbermann. They aren't the same. Fox lies and Olbermann didn't. If calling Fox on it's bollocks means civility is dead, well then have a nice wake.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
I've been going to concerts since 1973 when I tagged along with buddies to go to the Pershing Auditorium in Lincoln, Nebraska to see Deep Purple. But I've never seen the self proclaimed Prince of Darkness. Until last night. Oh Lord In Heaven, thank you for inventing Ozzy Osbourne and busting the mold.
Max and Max's Dad trudged off to see the 62 year old legend continue his Scream tour. I had no idea what to expect. The doddering old wastoid hollering for Sharon, or the fucking Prince of Darkness. What you get is both. Ozzy staggers around stage like a demented, arthritic codger. But then you realize from old videos from 30 years ago, Ozzy staggered around stage like a demented, arthritic codger when he was 30. So not much has changed. Ozzy is Ozzy. He is a riot.
Headbanging 50 plus year olds (I plead guilty) throwing the devil horns in the air as Ozzy drops F bombs in nearly every sentence and cranks out the classics like Bark At The Moon, I Don't Know and my personal fave, Mister Crowwwwwwwwwwwwwwley were all in attendance as well as 14 year olds trainees like Max. God, was this good stuff.
When Ozzy started hosing down the front rows with white foam from a fire hose I couldn't stop thinking this guy is nuts and loving every second of it. He did this 3 or 4 times always ending by shooting white foam in his own face and hair. Then some guy whose job it is to wipe off the teleprompter would slither out and make sure Ozzy could remember the words and where the hell he was.
Slash opened the show playing his solo stuff and throwing in some GNR. Now I hate GNR with a passion, but after Slash's set I am now convinced Slash just needs to stop hanging out with whack job lead singers like Ax'l & Scott Weiland. He was great also.
Ozzy is a national, no, a world treasure. He is one of a kind. The rest are mere serfs to The Prince. Long may you live, Ozzy.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
In no way am I implying Glenn Beck stoked the fire to cause Laughner the psycho to shoot Rep. Giffords. In no way am I implying Glenn Beck looks like Laughner the psycho. In no way am I implying the grins are those of the mentally ill. In no way am I implying Glenn Beck is as crazy as Laughner the psycho. In no way am I implying Jared Laughner looks like Glenn Beck. In no way am I implying that being fascinated with gold leads one to do terrible things. In no way am I implying the incoherence of Beck and Laughner is similar.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Ok, one question. Even at Wal Mart, if THIS walked up to you and tried to buy extended magazine clips, would you sell them to him? That's not even gun control, it's common sense.
Jesus H Christ, I'm sick of people and their fucking guns.
Last week we had a disgruntled 16 year old kid walk into a high school here in Omaha, kill his vice principal and severely wound his principal and then blow his own head off. He got the gun from his police detective father.
A 61 year old man just last night called 911 to report a shooting. His own. He'd shot himself cleaning his gun. He's dead now.
Just today some bimbo from Alaska shot her big mouth off again.
Monday, January 10, 2011
You're a hero, Daniel Hernandez. Trust me, there are very few people I consider heroes in this world. In fact most "heroes" to me are borderline psychotics. But Daniel Hernandez, a 20 year old intern in his fifth day of internning with Rep. Gabby Giffords., did what most of us would never do (except for all those tough guys posting they'd have blown away that commie pothead Laughner with their great big concealed weapon). According to the Arizona Republic,
"Hernandez, a member of the City of Tucson Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues, applied pressure to Giffords’ entry wound to stop her bleeding after checking the life signs of other victims of the shooting in Tuscon.
“First the neck, then the wrist,” he told the Republic. “I don’t even know if the gunfire had stopped.”
Hernandez said he made sure Giffords breathed property by holding her head in his lap before he taught a bystander how to use the same technique on the wounds of his boss, Ron Barber."
Without regard for his own safety, Daniel, a gay, brown, anchor baby rushed to his boss' side and saved her life. Gay, brown and anchor baby? Sarah Palin and her fans would deport this guy in a split second if given the chance. Now if he was only Islamic, the whole teabagger movement would drop like red winged blackbirds over Arkansas.
But anyway, let's hear it for Daniel Hernandez, a real hero.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
It's Top 10 Movies of 2010 Time. We went on a movie going spree the week after Xmas and saw some good ones. Nonetheless, here's the Best 10 I saw during the past year.
Scorcese hits another triple with this Hitchcock type thriller. Taking place in an insane asylum in the 50's the film keeps you in suspense from beginning to end.
9) City Island
Where did this little comedy about a New Yawk family come from? Andy Garcia and Julianne Margulies star as heads of a crazy Italian family. Watch it. It'll make you laugh. Trust me.
8) The Tillman Story, Inside Job & Waiting For Superman
all three of these documentaries point out flaws in the American system. The Tillman Story shows you how the military lies, the politicians lie and young people are used as cannon fodder. Inside Job will show you how Wall Street stole your money and will continue to do so in the future. It will infuriate you. Waiting For Superman shows you how the school system is effed up. Waiting to see how the kids in the movie fare during a lottery to get into better schools is gut wrenching.
7) Toy Story 3
a sequel? an animated kids movie? Yep. It is wonderful. Tackling issues from death and aging to mortal danger and the inevitability of moving forward, Pixar has hit another one out of the park.
6) Winter's Bone
another independent movie made for about 50 bucks or so. A young girl keeps her family together in the middle of Meth County Missouri. Normally an actess like Jennifer Lawrence would take the movie world by storm by making you ask "where has she been?". She's great. Unfortunately for her, there's another young actress in a different movie who steals the year.
5) True Grit
Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper and the Coen Brothers is impressive enough. But this kid, Hallie Steinfeld, who plays the young woman who is looking for the killer of her father steals this movie from the minute she graces the screen. This movie is breathtaking to look at and a vast improvement on the 1969 version.
4) The Fighter
Yeah it's an old story done well in Rocky, Cinderella Man, and numerous other boxing films over the years. The underdog fighting his way up the ladder. But the acting in this movie by Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and even Mark Wahlberg and Amy Adams just gives you a lesson on how to do it. I love this flick. And I want to see its actors onstage at the Oscars. Winning.
3) The King's Speech
Sound boring? The King of England overcoming a stammer to lead his country into World War II. Well, it's not boring, in fact, it's inspiring. Colin Firth, who was in my favorite movie in 2009 (A Single Man) is probably a shoo in for an Oscar.
2) The Social Network
when I first saw the trailer for this last summer, I could not believe a movie about something as insipid as Facebook could be any good. Well, David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin did make it good. Great, in fact. This is storytelling at its best. I'd see this 10 times and never get bored.
I could see this Christopher Nolan directed masterpiece 10 times and still not know what exactly was going on. It's come into vogue to criticize this confusing dream inspired mystery for a lot of things but making you think isn't one of the criticisms. There are very few movies I still think about 6 months after I saw it but this is one. It's the only movie of 2010 I still can't stop thinking about. What's it about? Ya got me. But right now, I'm positive Leonardo DiCaprio dreamed the whole damn thing. Tomorrow, I will change my mind and say he's stuck in limbo. Damn you, Chris Nolan!
There were other good movies in 2010. The Book of Eli, Get Low, Ghost Writer, Date Night, Harry Brown, Salt, Unstoppable,127 Hours, The Town, Secretariat, Nowhere Boy, Fair Game, The Other Guys all were enjoyable.
Now about Black Swan? It's getting a lot of praise and is on most Top 10 lists. That one made me think too. How overrated it is.
The worst movie I saw all year? The Runaways ran away with that. Jesus, I couldn't get through half of this turd before I ran away.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Oh there's plenty of crazies out there to win Wingnut Of The Year. Christine O'Donnell, Steve King, Ginni Thomas, Sharon Angle, Carl Paladino, but old reliable Michele Bachmann closes fast to take it at the wire. Why? Because I forgot about all those other kooks until the batshit crazy one opened her mouth on Tuesday night in front of that Michigan Republican bund meeting and described why oh why she became a Republican. Bachmann exclaimed, "Until I was reading this snotty novel called 'Burr,' by Gore Vidal, and read how he mocked our Founding Fathers. And as a reasonable, decent, fair-minded person who happened to be a Democrat, I thought, 'You know what? What he's writing about, this mocking of people that I revere, and the country that I love, and that I WOULD LAY MY LIFE DOWN to defend -- just like every one of you in this room would, and as MANY OF YOU IN THIS ROOM HAVE have when you wore the uniform of this great country -- I knew that that was not representative of my country.
And at that point I put the book down and I laughed. I was riding a train. I looked out the window and I said, 'You know what? I think I must be a Republican. I don't think I'm a Democrat.'
Well thank you, Gore Vidal. Who wants somebody in their party who thinks she's talking to dead people? The woman is stupid. Proof positive listed above.
What did Al Franken say about love of country? Liberals love their country as adults love their parents. Conservatives love their country like 4 year olds love their parents. It's one of the smartest things I've ever read. It's hard to believe Bachmann and Al represent the same state.
Happy New Year everybody!