Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sunday Spin Cycle

This week's edition of the Sunday Spin Cycle is going to be brief, not only because I have other time obligations, but because all the Sunday shows were in virtual lock-step today. With the exception of CBS Sunday Morning, which did an episode inexplicably devoted entirely to islands, all the shows focused on the debt limit and the Paul Ryan Plan vs. the Simpson-Bowles Plan.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Happy Birthday, Princess!

Obama's Bureau of Womanhood Conformity

Susan B. Anthony List has produced a shiny new ad against the Obama administration. I'm impressed with the production on this. It's on a budget but it has the creativity and the punch to overcome that. I'd like to see more Republican and conservative ads like this one.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Quick Hit: Obama has done nothing about autism

A few days ago, Commentarama came up with The Obama Game. Here's how it works...
One: Name a segment of the population.

Two: Name something Obama has done which you would use to try to sell Obama to that group.

Three: Then, name something Obama has done which you would use to try to get them to vote against Obama.
Since autism has touched my life, like it has so many other Americans, I came up with the following...

Autistic individuals and their families. Obama signed legislation to renew federal autism programs that were set to expire. But... that program was put in place by a Republican congress in 2006, the renewal is virtually identical to the original (i.e. Obama and the Dems haven't given any attention to the epidemic), and he allowed the passed bill to languish on his desk until the very day the original legislation was set to expire, creating unnecessary uncertainty and consternation in the autism community, arguably by medical definition the demographic least capable of coping with such uncertainties.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

NE Sen. Johanns: Fischer won't get "tangled up" in Tea Party

Yesterday, the right wing media was abuzz with the story of Deb Fischer, the Tea Party David who took down the establishment GOP's Goliath, Jon Bruning. So why would Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns take issue with that?
“She's not going to get tangled up in Tea Party and everything else,” Johanns told the Omaha World Herald. “I just think she's going to be a very common-sense, practical conservative, and we need more of that here.”

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Fischer beats Bruning in senate primary; NE GOP united for November

On Monday, I lamented that Sarah Palin and were dabbling in local Nebraska politics that they didn’t fully understand. The day after I wrote that, Herman Cain—who hasn’t lived in Nebraska for decades—seconded that endorsement. Last night, for better or worse, they and others got their wish as dark horse Deb Fischer beat favorite Jon Bruning in the Nebraska Republican senate primary. (Full disclosure: I volunteered for the Bruning campaign.) It’s impossible to gauge by any objective measure how much influence their endorsements had on that outcome, but as one on the ground, I am inclined to say it was more than a little.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Sarah, Breitbart, stop trying to throw the Nebraska senate election!

What was, just one week ago, a fairly tame US Senate primary in Nebraska with a young and popular conservative Attorney General holding a comfortable lead has now become a neck-and-neck race for the finish as the candidates try to “out-conservative” one another. Last Wednesday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin made a late endorsement in the Nebraska GOP Senate primary for Deb Fischer, previously in a distant third place. Now today is running the story--billed as EXCLUSIVE--that calls Jon Bruning “establishment” in the lead.

Alaska might rhyme with Nebraska, but that doesn’t make Sarah Palin an expert on our politics. And is so intimately familiar with the Cornhusker State that in a March story about the lawsuit against ObamaCare, they made Bruning the AG of South Dakota! As Maxwell Smart would say, “missed it by that much.” What Palin and Breitbart are doing is putting an underline beneath the old adage, all politics are local--or at least they should be.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sunday Spin Cycle

Sunday once again, and that means cleaning up the messes that don’t clean up after themselves.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

AotR: The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945/2009)

I’ve always felt that Dorian Gray gets cinematic short-shrift compared to his contemporaries, Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, and Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde. While everyone else has had brides and sons and run-ins with Abbot and Costello, Dorian has been largely absent from the big screen. In the 60 years that span between the two films I am about to discuss, no significant addendums have been made to Dorian’s tale.

The most remarkable thing about the two films I am about to review is how utterly similar they are, though produced so far apart. Of course, there are the pacing and aesthetic changes that one might expect, and the recent version is able to be more explicit where the original is not. But what is truly remarkable is how both films treated the source material virtually the same, in my opinion, right down to hitting the same marks and making the same mistakes.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sunday Spin...ah, forget it.

While I can't truthfully say that I'm recovering from Cinco de Quatro, I am feeling a touch under the weather today and I decided some extra sleep was more important that watching the Sunday shows. (Or doing the laundry, for that matter.)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Film Review: Doubt (2008)

I recently watched this film and haven't been able to get it out of my head since. Of course, that was the author's intent, as I will explain. This is definitely one of those films that should not be judged by the promos. Yes, the plot revolves around a Catholic priest who is accused of abusing an altar boy, but it is not the anti-Catholic screed one might expect. In fact, I’d say this is the first trick the author, John Patrick Shanley, plays on his audience as he toys with various prejudices throughout. Is it a perfect film? No. But it is probably one of the finest films I’ve seen in a long time.

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