February 21, 2009

Ha ha ha ha, and might I add, ha

Silly Washington Times is silly:

Kenneth W. Starr has a warning for the Obama administration: What goes around comes around.

During a speech yesterday in Boston, Starr told a group of attorneys that President Obama could face an uphill battle over his Supreme Court nominees because as a senator he opposed two of President George W. Bush's Supreme Court picks, Samuel Alito and John Roberts.

Starr's message: Elephants don't forget.

Except where they forget that Alito and Roberts were, you know, approved by the Senate. So, basically, Ken Starr is bragging, and the Washington Times is smugly suggesting, that Republicans will give Democrats a taste of their own medicine by whining a lot and then giving the President what he wants.

Alrighty then.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 2:34 PM

Oh, right, that

Both work and personal reasons have sort of kept me away from being, well, interested in anything for the last few weeks. So amazingly, I'm not surprised that after years of being fascinated with the political and conversational marvel that is the Academy Awards, I have absolutely no interest in them this year whatsoever. I actually made plans that'll have me missing the first half of the show, because I completely forgot until this morning that they're on this Sunday.

This'll likely be the first year since I was in high school that I don't bother to watch the Oscars, but honestly, you really can't avoid addressing how (and yes, I realize that they say this every damn year, but still) un-freaking-believable the total lack of suspense is this year. If you think Mickey Rourke isn't winning, you're naive. If you think Kate Winslet isn't winning, you're crazy. If you think Heath Ledger isn't winning, you're legally braindead.

Breaking my usual habit, I actually managed to see one of the Best Picture nominated films prior to the ceremony: Frost/Nixon, which is probably the least likely to win. I also saw Man On Wire, which I talked about a while back and I'm guessing will win Best Documentary not just because it honestly is the best documentary I've ever seen, but the only one that had a marketing campaign reaching the levels of getting the subject of the film on The Colbert Report.

The only, only real surprise for me is that for once- once- there's a refreshing air of suspense in the Animated Feature category, since the Annies (bascially the Oscars for the animation industry) shocked everyone by shutting out Wall-E. That said, I can't really imagine Wall-E not winning the Oscar. Pixar is like 5 for 6 or something; they're the Harlem Globetrotters of the Academy Awards.

So, yeah: wake me when it's over. I just don't care this year. I really don't. Scott Pilgrim 5 came in the mail today and I'm just going to read that.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 11:56 AM

February 19, 2009

$9,000 fine per act of piracy

Man, the Republicans really love stealing music, don't they?

Posted by August J. Pollak at 7:54 AM

February 16, 2009

"A seven-year-old child attends an Obama press conference"

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The Republicans want to destroy the Democratic president. This is not really a subtle concept. They don't want to negotiate with him. They don't want "compromise." The last time the president was a Democrat, they impeached him for getting a blowjob. They are going to try just as hard to destroy the new Democratic president. That small children could realize this, yet the news media pretends not to, is why you should be throwing large things at your television like I do.

I don't know what Obama can do about this. But he looks like an idiot pretending he does.

Buy some crap and join the list.

Posted by August J. Pollak at 12:03 PM

February 15, 2009

La-la land

I'm not going to link to NRO's blatant attention-grab/publicity stunt in the form of their "25 Most Conservative Movies" list. I've read it. It's as stupid as you think.

Ghostbusters is on the list, because the villain is a government official. Seriously. Essentially you can have a "conservative" movie if you can determine the message is that government officials are evil or stupid people. Unless, of course, said government representation is a branch of the military or police force, in which case it's a "conservative" movie if the hero completely abuses his government-granted authority to kill people that the viewer personally dislikes.

However, I have to share with you the one line that truly sums up the entire list, by quoting the rationale for Lord of the Rings making #11:

Author J. R. R. Tolkien was deeply conservative, so it's no surprise that the trilogy of movies based on his masterwork is as well.

Jesus. Tap-dancing. Christ. These people are all on drugs, aren't they?

Posted by August J. Pollak at 10:32 AM