January 31, 2010

Obama Talks Basketball

Category: Sports — jerry @ 2:08 pm

Banning Superbowl Ads

Category: Movies/TV,Opinion,Sports — jerry @ 11:06 am

Next Sunday, during the Super Bowl, you’ll get to see the Pro-Lifers’ commercial featuring Pam Tebow encouraging expectant mothers to not follow doctors’ recommendations to terminate their pregnancy when the mother’s health is in danger, as was in the case when she fell ill in the Phillipines while carrying young Tim “What Would Jesus Print On My Face” Tebow. (Although her story is a little fishy, since abortion was illegal in the Phillipines at the time and it would be odd that doctors would have been “recommending” it to her).

CBS, in their wisdom, is running the Tebow ad but refused to run this ad, which would actually have me throwing fewer items at my screen while it runs:

Baby Can Wait (?!)

Category: Uncategorized — jerry @ 5:42 am

Not sure how I exactly feel about all of this, but…:

January 30, 2010

In Case You Missed It: Obama In The Lions’ Den

Category: Movies/TV — jerry @ 1:33 pm

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IN THE LOOP ***** (Five Stars)

Category: Movies/TV — jerry @ 11:21 am

I think this may be my first comedy movie recommendation here on the blog. I usually seem to be most enthusiastic about violent, foul-mouthed thrillers.

Instead we have a delightfully foul-mouthed comedy.

I laughed heartily throughout. It’s a British comedy, mind you, with West-Wing-style ratatat dialogue coming so fast that you constantly have to try and stifle your laughter through it to pick up everything. There’s a little anti-war message–always good for a giggle. Wonderful performances throughout, including James Gandolfini (of SOPRANOS fame) as a US general.

And did I mention it was foul-mouthed? Extremely–but in such clever and “appropriate” ways that only Grandma and Mike Huckabee would really be offended.

Funniest movie I’ve seen in a long time. Available now on DVD.

Weird Music Video Of The Week–“Pain”

Category: Movies/TV,Music — jerry @ 5:15 am

January 29, 2010

She Just Wants You To Know: Ted Haggard Is SO Not Gay!

Category: Books,Opinion — jerry @ 11:30 am

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Here’s a link to her new book WHY I STAYED: THE CHOICES I MADE IN MY DARKEST HOUR.

To be clear: I don’t think any less of Ted Haggard for being gay. I do, of course, think less of him that he has been King of All Hypocrites and has born false witness to all of us, including this poor, deluded woman. So why begrudge her making a few bucks off of the whole sordid thing, while she presumably makes the hundreds of millions of gays around the world feel “diseased”–while giving them hope that they can be cured? Ka-ching! Farewell, Darkest Hour.

The “Date A Serial Killer” Game

Category: Movies/TV — jerry @ 5:36 am

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Rodney Alcala is a man stuck in a time warp, his flowing silver hair, granny glasses, beige blazer and jeans reminiscent of a creative-writing professor circa 1980, the year he began life behind bars. As he walked into an Orange County Superior Court room one recent day, news photographers snapped his lean, no-longer-handsome face. His handcuffs were removed, he picked up a pen with his left hand and waited for Orange County Superior Court Judge F.P. Briseno to bring in the 12 jurors who will decide if he should die or spend the rest of his life in prison — or, though exceedingly unlikely, go free.

The once-dashing ladies’ man, UCLA fine-arts grad, former Los Angeles Times typesetter, amateur photographer and film student of Roman Polanski’s is believed to have used his smooth-talking charm and access to the creative communities in L.A. and Greenwich Village during the 1970s to entrap and murder seven women and girls, and to rape several others. So smooth was Alcala that he was selected to compete on the ABC prime-time show The Dating Game in 1978, where “bachelorette” Cheryl Bradshaw picked him as her date. Later, police say, she reportedly refused to go on the winning date, sensing that there was something creepy about Bachelor Number One….[Rest of article]

January 28, 2010

J.D. Salinger, R.l.P.

Category: Books — jerry @ 3:14 pm

Jeez, they’re dropping like flies this week.

Lost another one of the great ones today.

I’ve been meaning to reread CATCHER IN THE RYE for a long time now.  I read it in high school and it’s been a long time since.

I’m going to have to move this one to the top of the stack…


Howard Zinn, R.I.P.

Category: Books,Movies/TV — jerry @ 9:55 am

Lost another great one.

Howard Zinn is the author of one of the most important books ever, A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES: 1492 TO PRESENT.

Netflix has a documentary–Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train–about Mr. Zinn (that I watched and enjoyed back in 2007) available in their “Watch Now” format, so…watch it now!

After you have ordered the book.

“My point is not that we must, in telling history, accuse, judge, condemn Columbus in absentia. It is too late for that; it would be a useless scholarly exercise in morality. But the easy acceptance of atrocities as a deplorable but necessary price to pay for progress (Hiroshima and Vietnam, to save Western civilization; Kronstadt and Hungary, to save socialism; nuclear proliferation, to save us all)–that is still with us. One reason these atrocities are still with us is that we have learned to bury them in a mass of other facts, as radioactive wastes are buried in containers in the earth.”–Howard Zinn

And from YouTube–narrated by actor Viggo Mortensen: