Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Problem With Movies

Here's a popular musical number from a remake (2003)



Here's the original:



The more modern version is racially integrated. It also has only pretty people.

There are plenty of pretty people in the 1962 version, but there are also what my wife calls 'faces'. That is to say non-pretty people with distinctive looks. In the modern version the mayor and his wife are youthful and very pretty. They are portrayed by Victor Garber and Molly Shannon, both of whom are quite good looking.

In the 1962 version, the mayor and his wife are played by Paul Ford and Hermione Gingold, neither of whom could be described as beautiful. What they did have were faces with character, distinctive voices (hearing Hermione Gingold say 'Balzac' is worth the price of admission) and serious comedic and acting chops.

Somewhere in the forty years between 1962 and 2003 Hollywood lost track of what character actors should bring to a movie and started casting pretty people exclusively.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

A Reasonable Request

All she wants is the Sudetenland. Once that simple, reasonable demand is met, then we will have peace.

If you know the process she wants the Bishop of South Carolina to undergo, then you know it's fundamentally flawed and likely to admit of an unfair and unjust result. It's as though it were designed that way.

And yes, I'm well aware that the Presiding Bishop is no Hitler. Hitler was a much better speaker and dresser, was better looking, possessed great personal charm and was a war hero to boot. The Presiding Bishop wears funny hats and is emblematic of the creeping progressive mediocrity that has consumed the Episcopal Church.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Outsourcing, Jersey Style

NJ Senator Bob Menendez (Dem) apparently hired prostitutes when he visited the Dominican Republic. So much for 'Buy American'.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

An Example of Bigotry

"I will vote for the Democrat, rather than the Republican, even if he or she is revealed at the last minute to be an ax murderer' - Lionel Deimel.

Next time a progressive blathers on about how open minded and accepting they are, remember Lionel. His opinion is pretty typical of the breed.

His blog is easy enough to find, if you must.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Obama and I

The President and I have something in common it turns out. We both prefer the same Girl Scout cookie. My preference hasn't shifted since I was a tot. Doubtless the fact that it is the most popular brand has nothing to do with his choice.

And it's good to see Politico weighing in on the heavier issues.

As an FYI, if there is a Publix in your area the store brand mint chocolate cookies are an excellent stand in for the Girl Scout variety and much, much cheaper.

Saturday, July 07, 2012

The Episcopal Church Stand Tall

Against gun violence of course. For those unclear on how well gun free zones works, here's a helpful video. For those unsure about why such concerns need to be addressed here's another helpful video, by avowed atheists no less.

It's good to know that the Episcopal Church will be discussing such concerns. Because they care, deeply, about important issues that do not concern them in the least.

Values

If ever you want to know what values an organization holds dear, look at what it takes for that organization to kick someone out..

One of the few fun things about Quakers (Society of Friends) is that belief in God or the lack thereof will not make you unwelcome. Joining the Army will.

Denying God in the Episcopal Church will not get you disciplined if you are a bishop. Expressing a legal opinion contrary to the property interests of the Presiding Bishop may very well.

It's important to have your priorities.

Friday, July 06, 2012

It's Deja Vu All Over Again

President Obama's campaign is seeking smaller venues than last election for a more intimate voter experience.

This reminds of something, I just can't quite put my finger on it.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Anglican Quote of the Week

"Now I enjoy beating the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, about the head and shoulders with a stick as much as the next man..."

George Conger

{He even manages to get in a "Yes, Prime Minister" plug!)

Serendipity

Yet another Internet mash up

68 Years Ago Today



Thank God for men such as these.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Nastiness

Porno publisher Larry Flynt recently spewed out a nasty photoshop of pundit S E Cupp. It's a despicable act, but I couldn't figure out why a sociopath would do such a thing. She's a great writer, but she isn't especially prominent. Larry the F doesn't do things that he doesn't think will profit him in some way.

Then it hit me. Playboy has a been slowly sinking for a while. Penthouse is a mere shadow of its 'glory'. Hustler must be taking some hits finally and he's flailing.

Why the difference in declines? The college dorms were wired years ago. But high speed Internet is only now coming to America's trailer parks.

That's gotta hurt.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Running Scared

The Arkansas Democrats have changed the rules for running in their primary. It's their right so to do. They aren't even required to have a primary.

What intrigues me is why. Apparently they were afraid that Pres. Obama might lose.

Since he pretty much has a lock on the nomination right now, why the desire for unanimity? I thought only North Koreans really cared about getting 100% of the vote.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Avengers

We both liked this movie very much. Unlike most action movies, it actually took a little time to introduce the characters. It was entertaining and kept us engaged for its entire length.

Well worth seeing, I think.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Zerg Rush

Try googling the term 'zerg rush'.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Fantastic Book News

Tor books and Tor books UK are abandoning DRM. That means I will be buying more of their books in the future. It's about time another book publisher followed Baen's lead.

Friday, April 13, 2012

KIndle: Slayer of...

J K Rowling will have a new book in September. I saw the pre-order tab on Amazon and then it struck me. The reason I pre-order a book is to be certain I get it as soon as possible. That being said, I very rarely pre-order a book.

The Kindle removes any need to pre-order. I pre-order out of a mixture of impatience and concern about availability.

An ebook is effectively available in infinite quantities and is available immediately upon release.

That means the only reason to ever pre-order an ebook is to lock in a good price.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Best Candidate

Irrespective of policy views (and I mostly respect his policy views) the clear best candidate is not in the Presidential race. Being President takes a certain toll on the office holder.

Which is why Chris Christie is the man most constitutionally suited for the job.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Laws of the Internet

I think I need to propose a variant of the utterly NSFW and infamous Rule 34. The variant is as follows: If there's a holiday for it, then there is a liturgy for it as well (link is SFW).

And for the record, I'd pay good money to hear that 'Gloria' sung.