Fucking sick of it!

Is anyone else as sick of that Jib-Jab video as me?

It was on every news show I watched last night!

Annoying and I’m fucking sick of it.


!!!!

I believe there are been a couple of posts where the title is “!!!!”.

This is pointlessly navel gazing but it seems that somehow we turned up in a Google search and Brian Wood has linked to my review of his new book.

Which leads me to say “HOLY SHIT”. And also worry about that review. It was written, at speed (the libiary was ten minutes from closing). Hopefully I caught all of the errors I am sure I made.

Brian fucking Wood. Internets, I love you.

Anyway, carry on folks. I do remember than blogging about blogging about how someone cool linked you is a mortal sin. And lame. Carry on!


Tony Snow

While the below posts suggest sarcasm day here at Blurred Productions (please don’t let that go over your heads, ladies and gentlemen), I’d like to speak all in sobering honesty for a minute about the recently departed former White House Press Secretary and Fox News Sunday host Tony Snow. I met Tony a couple times, though other members of my family knew him a little better. He bought our house in Alexandria after we moved out in 1995 (before Fox News and the Bush administration made him a household name).

I read a fair amount of opinion thrown about the internet, and as Penny Arcade once mapped out for us, the internet is not the place for the most tactful discussion. As soon as he became Press Secretary, the online liberal voice quickly added his name to the list of villanous members of the Bush administration. Reading vitriolic comments about him always made me feel a little nauseous, as I always knew him as a really affable guy.

I had dinner with my dad this past Saturday, and told me a story about my brother running into Tony in D.C. one day. This was before his Press Secretary days, and so he was walking around with a camera crew covering some local event. What exactly it was escapes me at the moment, but the important thing was that he was working. My brother’s a really forward and friendly guy, so he basically interrupted just to say hi. Now, the son-of-the-guy-who-used-to-own-your-house isn’t exactly the closest of relatives, and most career-minded newscasters would’ve probably blown him off and it would be tough to blame them. But Tony remembered my brother. He stopped what he was doing, chatted for a couple minutes, shook hands, and went back to work. That’s all. Nothing special happened, and that’s the point. The moral of the story, as my dad put it, “He was a human being, and so many of them [i.e. egotistical talking heads] aren’t.”

Like all liberal blogs, this one will often dish out a heaping serving of hate towards the people in power. Let’s just remember that even among an administration of bad policies, there are bound to be good people. Let’s also remember that White House Press Secretary falls somewhere between inner city school teacher and U.S. soccer player as one of the most thankless jobs on the planet. We probably won’t hear Tim Russert level coverage of Tony Snow’s death. (Though I suppose some of that is because Russert’s death was more sudden, while Tony suffered from cancer for some time.) Still, fifty-three is much too young, and I just want to say rest in peace.


Twit this!

Lord, Scott Kurtz never fails to amuse.

From a Twitter bitch-fest:

pvponline Let me see if I can break it down for you guys: Skull getting eye-fucked=not like. PvP being parodied in Foxtrot with reverence=DO like.

pvponline @djcoffman How noble of you, DJ. You’re a real gentleman. about 8 hours ago from twitterrific in reply to djcoffma
pvponline @djcoffman Scott Rosenberg has taught you well. You two so deserved each other. about 8 hours ago from twitterrific in reply to djcoffman
pvponline @djcoffman Where was the satire? Maybe if you understood these things better you would still own Hero by Night. So blow ME. about 8 hours ago from twitterrific in reply to djcoffman
pvponline @djcoffman the Han shirt is commentary and satire (i.e. fair use) DJ. What you did was infringement. my paypal is kurtz@pvponline.com. about 8 hours ago from twitterrific in reply to djcoffman
pvponline @JoshuaJericho DJ’s never had a real tight grip on ownership rights. Clearly. about 8 hours ago from web in reply to JoshuaJericho
pvponline @djcoffman and P.S. Since you made 2 bucks off that, you owe me two fucking dollars. about 9 hours ago from twitterrific in reply to djcoffman
pvponline @djcoffman Hey, asshole. I officially do NOT give you permission to draw the red skull fucking my character. take that shit off your website about 9 hours ago from twitterrific in reply to djcoffman

Is this a flop? Or a flip?

Is this op-ed, laying out Obama’s position on Iraq, perfect? No. Is it better than McCain? Absolutely. Will things end up working out exactly like what Obama proposes? Probably not.

But it is nice that Obama clearly lays out his position on an important issue clearly. The contrast between (100 Years) McCain can not be clearer.

I think that best positive (i.e. more than McCain is a crazy old man) selling point of Obama is his foreign policy vision. I believe it marks a pretty big break from the Bush years.

The best stuff from the op-ed:

The call by Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki for a timetable for the removal of American troops from Iraq presents an enormous opportunity. We should seize this moment to begin the phased redeployment of combat troops that I have long advocated, and that is needed for long-term success in Iraq and the security interests of the United States.The differences on Iraq in this campaign are deep. Unlike Senator John McCain, I opposed the war in Iraq before it began, and would end it as president. I believed it was a grave mistake to allow ourselves to be distracted from the fight against Al Qaeda and the Taliban by invading a country that posed no imminent threat and had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks. Since then, more than 4,000 Americans have died and we have spent nearly $1 trillion. Our military is overstretched. Nearly every threat we face — from Afghanistan to Al Qaeda to Iran — has grown.

As I’ve said many times, we must be as careful getting out of Iraq as we were careless getting in. We can safely redeploy our combat brigades at a pace that would remove them in 16 months. That would be the summer of 2010 — two years from now, and more than seven years after the war began. After this redeployment, a residual force in Iraq would perform limited missions: going after any remnants of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, protecting American service members and, so long as the Iraqis make political progress, training Iraqi security forces. That would not be a precipitous withdrawal….

In this campaign, there are honest differences over Iraq, and we should discuss them with the thoroughness they deserve. Unlike Senator McCain, I would make it absolutely clear that we seek no presence in Iraq similar to our permanent bases in South Korea, and would redeploy our troops out of Iraq and focus on the broader security challenges that we face. But for far too long, those responsible for the greatest strategic blunder in the recent history of American foreign policy have ignored useful debate in favor of making false charges about flip-flops and surrender.

But remember, children, Obama can’t possibly be serious because he wasn’t in the US Senate (like the rest of us) when the vote for the war was up. This makes his “anti-war” stance so deeply unserious.


I’m not gonna teach your boyfriend how to dance with you…

After the last few weeks I’ve come to realize some things. Namely, the Barack Obama that I fell in love with in the primaries was a lie. The Obama that’s been operating for the last month or so since he clinched the Democratic nomination is not the Obama who I so strongly supported during the primaries.

I’m having a serious case of buyer’s remorse.

To wit here are some things I wish I’d known about Barack before I, foolishly, cast my vote for him:

I welcome any fellow (former) Obama supporters to add things I that they wish they’d know about Obama before they voted for him in the primaries.


Joe Scarborough is my savior!

Clearly, Scarborough, conservative apostate turned morning bore host, is the future of TV commentary.

Just look at his history!

Scarborough’s slippery partisan loyalty has proved useful to the network. Despite his criticisms of the Bush administration, he is often cited as MSNBC’s house Republican, his Morning Joe a counterpoint to Olbermann’s Countdown. And indeed, Scarborough’s nineties résumé is that of a true conservative.

He has said his “visceral dislike” of the newly elected Bill Clinton inspired him to run for the House of Representatives in 1994. At the time, he was living in Pensacola with his first wife and two sons, putting his law degree to use litigating local insurance cases. Despite having no political background, he launched a quixotic campaign and was elected as part of the class of freshman Republicans who swept Newt Gingrich to power. He supported impeaching Clinton, abolishing the Department of Education, and cutting off AIDS funding for the so-called Ryan White Act. (He lost all of those battles, the last by a vote of 402 to 4.)

But Scarborough bristles at being called one of Gingrich’s “lieutenants.” “We never really clicked,” he says now. Still, he concedes that the militancy-by-association “helped me get reelected in a district Jerry Falwell called one of the most conservative in America.” He was certainly one of the hardest-line freshmen when it came to government spending—part of the group who would come to be known as “the New Federalists”—and says he’s still “almost libertarian” on economic issues. “But I was always quirky on human rights, China, the environment,” he says. “I say ‘quirky’: Republicans couldn’t figure out which way I was going to break on votes. They finally just gave up whipping me.”

I know that I, as a liberal know that Joe Scarborough is the sort of person whose commentary really hits the spot with me. I just know he’s a good faith actor in this whole pundit business.

Hell, even Mark Halperin thinks this guy knows his shit!

“I was totally skeptical, and now I’m totally won over … I was a huge fan of Imus, but Joe has taken that real estate and turned it into something—and I say this without hyperbole—revolutionary. There’s no other show that does what they do. They’ve really found a new form.”

Really no other show does what Morning Joe does. I mean who doesn’t love the witty back and forth between Scarborough and his co-hosts. Where else can I get my daily dose of Pat Buchanan at six in the morning?

Really:

And his co-hosts provide him with the opportunity for banter and improvisation that was missing from Scarborough Country. Willie Geist (son of longtime CBS News correspondent Bill Geist) sits in front of an open laptop, of late the de rigueur prop for cable election coverage, and fills the Jimmy Olsen slot. Mika Brzezinski (daughter of former national-security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski) reads the news and acts as a gentle liberal foil to Scarborough. There’s a flirtatious, Sam-and-Diane sort of chemistry to their sparrings. The two first worked together when Brzezinski did news breaks from New Jersey during Scarborough Country. “Whenever she tossed it back to me, she’d always say, ‘Now back to Scarrrrborough Country,’ ” he remembers. “I started to think, Damn it, she’s making fun of me.

Truly there is a great flirtatious quality to the banter; though these days it feels as if the writers are running out of ideas. I fear, sooner rather than later, they’ll get the two of them together and just the whole show won’t work anymore.

I think the key paragraph is this one:

All of the glowing post-Katrina Anderson Cooper profiles notwithstanding, Scarborough rather proudly insists that “Scarborough Country was the first show to go after Bush at the time. I thought I could do it especially because I was a Republican. And I just went after him with a vengeance. I think that was the first time people who’d seen my show once in 2003 and said ‘God, I hate him’ might have flipped the channel back.”

No, Joe. I haven’t turned the channel back. I remember your wonderful campaigning for Bush in 2003 and 2004. I’m glad Bush fucking up beyond anyone’s (even Michael Moore’s!) expectations caused you to rethink your support for the man. Because things weren’t fucking clear who much of a fuck-up Bush was circa November 2004.

Truly I am waiting for New York Magizine to do a profile explaining how Alan Colmes is on the cutting edge of liberal puditry.

[I think I'm in a bad mood today]


Gang of Four…

I wanted to get up something about the New Brian Wood/Ryan Kelly project before it became stale.

The New York Four is a great graphic novel. It is one hell of a well-executed story.

The great creative synergy that this team brought to Local is in full display here. The tone of the book skews younger (of course, this is a Minx book) but that doesn’t mean that Wood is talking down to his audience. While it is clear that Wood is playing towards Minx’s intended audience, he never allows whatever constraints the Minx line brings with it to overwhelm his story and his being in evoke character and place.

Kelly’s art is simply gorgeous. There is an absolute lusciousness to his art; he is amazingly capable of evoking real places. Reading this book makes you feel like you really experiencing New York as you read it.

The only problem I have with this book is it feels incomplete; more a prologue than a full on story. I hope this is because there are future volumes planned. Because if not, it would be a big waste for Minx and DC. It would have been nice, even if future volumes are planned, for Wood to have provide a bit more of a conclusion to this volume, however.

There is no one I would not recommend this book too. It is simply a great piece of art and a very well-executed story.


Crossing the Line – Teeth

Tagline: Every rose has its thorns

Synopsis: Dawn is a devoted leader of the high school abstinence program in a way that is of course totally not related to any western religion affiliated with bearded Jews or old men. She falls for a fellow promise keeper and things get too heavy. So heavy in fact that he forces his hot beef injection on her! Surprise though, she’s got built in rape protection in the form of teeth on her vagina! Most of the rest of the film progresses as a series of men who try to take advantage of her, and then pay the ultimate man-price. First the gynecologist who thinks he can get away with finger-banging her, then the charming guy from school who drugs her and sweet talks her, then her asshole step-brother who was too busy having sex with his girlfriend to save their mother from dying. By the end of the film, Dawn has embraced sex as her way of punishing all the sexually deviant men in the world, one dong at a time.

Interesting Fact: No real interesting trivia here. The DVD was released on my birthday though! Coincidence!

Objectionable material: Nudity, Rape, Portrayal of all men as either spineless or rapists, castration, a vagina with teeth, a penis eaten by a crab, pseudo-religious abstinence, death, misogyny, anal sex, mentally abusive relationship, white people

Disturbing Quote: “Your mouth is saying one thing babe, but your sweet pussy is saying something very different.”

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Goldenboy…

I went to see Hellboy II: The Golden Army this afternoon.

I don’t have a huge amount to say about it. It was a very good sequel; a bigger, more action packed version of of the original. The fun, light tone I so enjoyed in the first movie remains in this flick. The acting, writing and directing all remain rock solid.

In a way, there really is nothing to complain about with this flim. It is an incrediably well executed story with real visual imagination.

Strangely enough though, this movie did not blow me a way. I think that accounts more for my tastes than anything that the creators of Hellboy II did. Or perhaps it is because it was reviews like this. Perhaps my amazement was dimmed by the expectations game.

Hellboy II does not change the superhero genre forever. What Hellboy II does do is tell a very well executed superhero story with visual imagination that many films, even “non-genre” ones, lack. If you’re looking for a fun way to spend a couple of hours Hellboy II will put you through one hell of a good time.

I look forward to Hellboy III.


Digest O’Crap II: The Electric Boogaloo

Below are some of the things I should have blogged about but didn’t (along with a much of random thoughts…):

I absolutely love that they kept the glasses

I absolutely love that they kept the glasses

  • Did you know there are some sweet new pictures from the Half-Blood Prince Movie up on these here internets? Exciting! And yes, that’s why I have used them in the last two posts. (Via Club Jade).
  • This is stupid, a fake scandal if I’ve ever heard of one.
  • I saw Wall-E and it was one of the most beatiful things I have seen in my entire life. Honestly, Pixar out did itself. Truely a “family film” in that kids get cute, fun robot action & adults get cute, fun robot action and an important message. Oh, the machines are more human than humans!
  • I saw Hancock and it was bad. The movie couldn’t figure out what it was. Was it an action-comedy? A straight forward superhero flick? Or a serious drama? And the backstory, ugh. Stupid. But Will Smith and Jason Bateman are very watchable. So the movie was more bad than horrid.
  • I’ve been going back and forth between believing we are facing utter DOOOOOM in November and a sort of giddy triumphalism with a shot of depression. When is the Democratic convention again?
  • Speaking of the election: Isn’t John McCain a great man for joking about killing Iranians? I think you know the answer! (The answer is absolutely yes)
  • Heroes was a great con, I wish I’d had the energy to write up a whole big thing about it. But I just couldn’t do it. Needless to say though, we’ll be doing again next year. Hopefully that time I’ll actually do some live blogging from it!
  • I think the lines at Baltimore this year will be crazy.
  • I am excited about one piece of news at San Diego this year: The Scott Pilgrim title & cover announcement.
  • Where I saw the fireworks on THE FOURTH they played “Proud to be an American” the 9/11 remix. I drunkenly had to stop my friends from laughing. And failed. Does this make me a miserable person?
  • I bought the Vampire Weekend cd and it is awesome. There are three tracks right at the beginning (Oxford Comma, A-Punk, Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa) that are just beyond catchy and make it worth 9.99 ITunes download. The whole ablum is pretty sweet too.
  • The last two weeks of Venture Brothers has been some of the best the series has produced. “The Buddy System” episode made me laugh so hard and the writing was so sharp. Damn Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick and their amazing writing abilities.
  • Brilliance, hilarious brilliance.
  • I’ve become re-obsessed with Scott Pilgrim and am sort of planning an extended post on the subject.
  • Lord, I am going to flunk out of grad school because of this. I know it. Damn you Lucasarts! (Via Club Jade, again)
  • Anybody else excited for Hellboy II?
  • More later.


    Not dead yet…

    Clearly, I'm deep

    I believe it is pretty clear, to whatever readership we have left, that I have not been, as they say, “keeping up my end of the bargain”.  Since the middle of last month I have pretty much not posted a single fucking thing.

    There are several reasons for this:

    • Since the end of the school year I have not had “regular” access to the internet for long periods of time.
    • I’ve been gone (to the West Coast, my parents, and Charlotte).
    • My laptop pretty much is dead (again).
    • I’ve started writing fiction again and thus most of my creative energy has gone towards that and not blogging (pretentious, i know).
    • I’m well meaning but lazy

    I think that pretty much covers it all. I’m going to try and get things back to “normal” here now. I won’t make any promises, per say, but I will, honest to whatever, try (do or do not?) to get shit up here on a regular basis.

    To kick things off, I’ve done a couple of things in the backlog. There’s a recap of last month’s best stuff and I’ve updated the Crossing the Line index page to reflect PL’s latest.

    And to make it all up to you, I’ve included emo-Potter on this page.

    More soon, I sort of, maybe, kind of promise.


    In case you missed it… (June 2008)

    June was a bit of a sparse month for us, namely because I didn’t hold up “my end of the bargain”.

    Here’s the best of the best from the last month:


    Crossing the Line – The Last Temptation of Christ

    Time to look at a film made by a Catholic (Martin Scorsese) about Jesus that pissed off every God fearing man woman and child on earth, or near enough. “The Last Temptation of Christ” was made in 1988 and based on a book by Nikos Kazantzakis, and is the closest you’ll see in this column of a review of “Passion of the Christ”.

    Tagline: The life of Jesus Christ, his journey through life as he faces the temptations that all humans face during their lives, and his final temptation upon the cross.

    Synopsis: You know that basic story of Jesus, let’s not waste time on that. A few things that Last Temptation supposes: That Jesus had made crosses for the Roman crucifixions of Jews; that Mary Magdalene was a whore; that Judas was Jesus’ best friend and a militant Jewish freedom fighter; that Jesus was confused and occasionally terrified of God’s actions in his life; that Jewish freedom fighters killed Lazarus to remove any evidence of Jesus’ powers; that Pontius Pilate was David Bowie; that Jesus asked Judas to betray him because it was God’s will. The movie attempts to reconcile the discrepancies in tone of the various stories of God, some of which are violent and some of which are all forgiving and loving. The film’s ending, which sparked the most controversy, has an angel (Satan in disguise!) appearing and allowing Jesus to escape crucifixion. He then goes on to live a normal life first with Mary, then with two other women he met in his ministry, bearing many children with them and dying an old and happy man. On his death bed some of his disciples appeal to him and Judas shows him that the angel is Satan, Jesus realizes it’s a trap (!) and returns to die on the cross. Fade to white.

    Interesting Fact: On October 22, 1988, a French Catholic fundamentalist group launched molotov cocktails inside the Parisian Saint Michel movie theater to protest against the film. This attack injured thirteen people, four of whom were severely burned.

    Objectionable material: Nudity, Crucifixion, Blaspheme, Depictions of Jesus kissing a man, depictions of Jesus as a polygamist, depictions of Jesus as a white guy, depictions of Jesus questioning God, depictions of Jesus having children, depictions of Jesus not dying for anyone’s sins, misogyny, murder, some of that good old time religion

    Disturbing Quote: “I created the truth out of what people needed and what they believed. If I have to crucify you to save the world, then I’ll crucify you.”

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    Proud to be an American…

    This is where we are today.

    (More from me soon, btw)


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