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When Presidents Go To Norway
Poor President Obama had to accept his Peace Prize at the very same time he decided to escalate the war in Afghanistan. But he stood up to the plate, and gave a speech that achieved new heights of sophistry. I mean that in a good way.
Liberals have been criticizing his peacenik credentials, because he just moved to bring more troops to Afghanistan. Liberals view this as a betrayal, even though he said very clearly during his campaign that he liked that war a lot more than the one in Iraq.
Conservatives are thrilled, kind of, because he embraced American exceptionalism and the concept of just wars, instead of hating America, which as we all know he has done in the past. Oh, and he’s a narcissist, though less so in Norway, apparently, according to some conservatives.
Interesting footnote. I was reading Little Green Footballs, which approved of the speech, but quoted a comment on it from the LA Times: “…This incompetent unaccomplished bafoon is a joke and disgrace.” LGF deemed this racist, which led to various comments on the LGF site, as to whether it WAS racist. If it was a misspelling of “baboon,” then yes, went the consensus. If it was a misspelling of “buffoon,” then no.
As the world turned…
After 54 years on the air, the soap opera AS THE WORLD TURNS will be cancelled this September.
I feel mildly guilty for not feeling anything about this one way or another. I have never watched it. The only soap I ever watched in my life was two weeks’ worth of DARK SHADOWS back in high school, over one Christmas vacation. Nothing happened! Something was always threatening to happen, but never did. That’s what soaps are all about, so I understand.
If football went off the air tomorrow, I would feel about the same.
According to some newly released emails, certain pro global warming scientists don’t much care for global warming skeptics. Stop presses!
Frosty the snowman
Brent Bozell III on an online “mash-up” video of FROSTY THE SNOWMAN.
“Well-known scenes of the classic Frosty delighting children by coming to life are ruined by Frosty saying, ‘I have been with a lot of women. Blondes. Brunettes. Redheads. Big boobs. Small boobs. Medium boobs. (We see a clip of Santa Claus.) Some boobs that were big, but kind of in a bad way.’”
Bozell II disapproves. As for me, if this subversive activity assures that FROSTY THE SNOWMAN will never be aired on network television ever ever again, it would make me very happy.
From the Brits…
Came across this on Popbitch, a gossip site from England. I don’t know if it’s true, but I wish it were:
"If a Disney cruise ship ever needs to be evacuated at sea, the protocol is that the people who get the first lifeboat (before the women and children) are two Disney employees. These two employees are required to take one Mickey Mouse and one Donald Duck costume with them so that when/if the children arrive to safety they can be greeted by Mickey and Donald so that they don't get upset thinking that they have gone down with the ship."
What I learned about Tiger Woods.
He’s not very good in bed. He likes hookers. Alleged madam Michelle Braun told the SUN: "He liked girl-on-girl. He had sex with them together. He was tough to keep up with - days at a time on a booze and sex bender."
Speaking of progressives…
Slate: “…[T]he University of Toronto levels an even graver charge: that virtuous shopping can actually lead to immoral behavior. In their study (described in a paper now in press at Psychological Science), subjects who made simulated eco-friendly purchases ended up less likely to exhibit altruism in a laboratory game and more likely to cheat and steal.”
More from the Brits
“The red bottoms on baboons are not buttocks, but ischial callosities. They are in fact rather comfy, and allow the apes to sleep on branches.”
… is resting her voice.
NYT movie critic Manohla Dargis, interviewed in JEZEBEL, some on line magazine or other, on why so many romantic comedies are so terrible:
One, the people making them have no fucking taste, two, they're morons, three they're insulting panderers who think they're making movies for the great unwashed and that's what they want.