Friday, October 16, 2009

It's Official

I have blogger burn-out.

Friday, October 9, 2009

"Vision"

Surprised and Humbled

President Obama reacts to winning the Nobel Peace Prize:



I honestly don't recall him ever looking so uncomfortable.

"Potential"

Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize!

Think that headline is a joke? I did. At least until I clicked the link and read the actual article:

OSLO – President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in a stunning decision designed to build momentum behind his initiatives to reduce nuclear arms, ease tensions with the Muslim world and stress diplomacy and cooperation rather than unilateralism.
I try to keep this a PG-rated (okay, PG13-rated) blog, but I just have to say it.

The world has gone completely f***king insane.

Remember when you actually had to have, I don't know, accomplished something to win a Nobel Peace Prize? Now, apparently, just saying you hope to do accomplish something is good enough.

Well then, I'm going to write a great novel. I haven't actually written it yet, but I'm going to. Really. I will. I can make this happen. You watch.

Now, where's my Nobel Prize in Literature?
"I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many transformative figures that have been honored by this prize," Obama said.
For one of the few times since you've taken office, Mr. President, I completely agree with you.

UPDATE: Reaction quote of the day:
WASHINGTON - Former vice president and Nobel [Peace Prize for his global warming work] Laureate Al Gore is calling President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize win extremely well deserved and an honor for the country.
There are no words...

UPDATE II: I'm honestly not sure who to hold in lower regard right now. The Nobel Peace Prize Committee, for throwing away what last remaining shred of credibility they might have still had? Or President Obama, for acknowledging that he doesn't deserve this award but, apparently, still planning to accept it anyway.

Then again, I think we've all learned never to get between Barack Obama and a chance to make yet another speech...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Blog Headline of the Day

"Afghanistan: Obama Signals He Will Steer Middle Course Between Buffoon and Knowledgeable General"

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Obligatory Roman Polanski Post

I don't have a Roman Polanski story from my own Hollywood days. In fact, I don't even remember anyone ever mentioning Roman Polanski, unless it was to mock his thoroughly out-of-it director's commentary ("I liked this shot, so I put it in my movie.") on the DVD for The Ninth Gate.

I won't rehash the details of what Polanski did back in 1977. If anyone still doesn't know at this point, go read Steve Lopez.

I won't rehash all the offensively bizarre defenses of Polanski from various Hollywood and cinema icons, either. Except to say I've never been more grateful to be out of that world, whose moral compass apparently includes no magnet to find north. Because making distinctions like north/south, or child-raping-bad/not-child-raping-good, really just plays into the hands of those censorious Christofascist theocrats and chills real artists from speaking truth to power.

I will give Jack Webb the last word. If only because I was also lucky enough to meet some people in Hollywood who I'm sure feel the same way I do.

And Jack Webb can say it, even if they can't...

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Pop Quiz: Celebrity Health Reform PSA Edition

Which of the following sarcastic health reform PSAs has more common sense, better facts, and fewer calls to class warfare by wealthy people on its side?

A) "Protect Insurance Companies"



B) "Listen to Overpaid Celebrities"



(Hint: Anyone who accepts at face value a poll claiming that 80% of Americans -- and 61% of Republicans! -- support the Public Option will clearly believe anything. And who knew Michael Jackson was actually a health insurance CEO?)

Friday, October 2, 2009

Your September Stimulus Update


That's right -- 9.8% unemployment for September, and all for the bargain price of just another trillion-or-so in new national debt.

Was this the change you hoped for?

(Graph credit: Innocent Bystanders)

"Smart Diplomacy" Quote of the Day

From Charles Krauthammer:

When France chides you for appeasement, you know you’re scraping bottom.

Best. Vanity Plate. Ever.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Alan Grayson Makes Nancy Pelosi Cry

Do you think when Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said this --



-- that she had Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) in mind?



I don't think so, either.

Then again, maybe Speaker Pelosi was thinking about his "apology" for going so far over the top in the speech embedded above --



Somehow, I don't think so, either.

Clearly, Alan Grayson wants those "Holocaust"-denying Republicans (or really just anyone with any sense of civility and decorum) to die before he'll apologize.

Stay classy, Alan. And keep reaching for that higher ground.

(H/T: GayPatriot)

RELATED: "Ed Schultz Makes Nancy Pelosi Cry"

UPDATE: From the Associated Press:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says anyone using harsh rhetoric to raise fears about health care reform should apologize and get on with writing policy, but said there's no reason to single out a Florida Democrat who said Republicans want sick Americans to "die quickly."

"If anybody's going to apologize, everybody should apologize," she said when asked Thursday about Rep. Alan Grayson's comments on the House floor earlier this week.
Apparently, Speaker Pelosi has finally run out of tears.

Or she thinks it's more helpful not to focus of an actual person's actual words. After all, that would just muddy up the public's impression of what was actually said, and by whom, and about what.

Kind of like how actually reading a 1,000-plus-page bill just muddies up a legislator's impression of what that bill is actually going to do...