Wednesday, May 04, 2005

The Movie Blog

Iraq and a hard place?
Six cabinet positions remain unfilled as of this writing. So: is Iraq half empty or half full?

Exploding German toads.
The exploding German toads have been baffling experts. However, a German veterinarian thinks he’s solved the mystery. He claims that they are exploding because crows are pecking out their livers. Frank Mutschmann told the Associated Press, "The crows are clever. They learn quickly from watching other crows how to get the livers."

Apparently, a crow pecks into the amphibian to get the liver. As a defense mechanism, the toad then puffs up. But since there’s now a hole in the toad’s body, the lungs burst, and the internal organs ooze out.

Not so funny if it happens to you!

From the secret Downing Street memo, 23 JULY, 2002. (Italics mine)
C reported on his recent talks in Washington. There was a perceptible shift in attitude. Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy. The NSC had no patience with the UN route, and no enthusiasm for publishing material on the Iraqi regime's record. There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action.

Not so funny when it happens to you.

Headline: Internet Cuts Need for Bike Messengers.
And that means, sadly, a lessening interest in QUICKSILVER. Made in 1986, and starring Kevin Bacon, it is unquestionably the best movie about bicycle messengers ever made. It does for bicycle messengers what COCKTAIL did for bartenders, COYOTE UGLY for bardmaids, ROADHOUSE for bouncers, and FLASHDANCE for exotic dancer/welders who want to go to ballet school.

From Slate: What the sixties have come to
“… the curious governing philosophy of interest-group conservatism: the expansion and exploitation of government by people who profess to dislike it.”

“Instead of Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts promoting a hate-crimes bill endorsed by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, it's Sen. Wayne Allard of Colorado introducing a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage on behalf of James Dobson's Focus on the Family.”

And make it explode!
From Reuters: “The CIA officer who led the first American unit into Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks said on Wednesday that his orders included an unusual assignment: bring back Osama bin Laden's head on ice.”

I wonder if those who issued the orders ever saw BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA? This was Sam Peckinpah’s 1974 masterwork, perhaps the best movie about a crazed piano player driving around Mexico while talking to a rotting head in a bag ever made. All that, plus Warren Oates!


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