Friday, May 06, 2011

Arthur Laurents 1917-2011

Thank you for West Side Story.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Oh, Did You Teatards Not Get How It Worked?

Of course the GOP is going to betray you, too. That's what they do.

Daily Kos on HR 3: "[...] in order to make their punishment scheme work, they have to redefine the generally accepted public understanding of what separates 'your money' from 'the government's money.' And they do it in a way that ends up giving the government the power to literally reach into every wallet in America and federalize every dollar inside.[...]

In order to make their 'no taxpayer funding for abortion' scheme work, Republicans use H.R. 3 to disallow tax deductions for your health care expenses if your private insurance plan covers abortion. Not if you actually get an abortion. And not if a member of your family does. All it takes for you to see your taxes hiked is if the private insurance plan you selected and paid for with your own money permits coverage of abortion at all. For anyone. Even if you never get one and never plan to. If you bought a plan that agrees to cover abortion if someone else totally unrelated to you needs one, then you lose eligibility for any tax deductions for the cost of your insurance, and your tax bill shoots up. Republicans take your cash, because you agreed to buy a plan that might someday pay for someone else's abortion."

That's small government, alright.

The typical Republican definition, anyway.

I Will Never Be This Happy

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Film Week

A review of the films I've seen this past week.

Interesting film about the making of the PBS documentary series An American Family, which I've never seen. (This film did make me interested in seeing it, though.) It raises some interesting ideas about what the ethical boundaries are in documenting the daily life of a family, but none that it really wants to explore so much as just highlight. The performances are good, though, particularly Thomas Dekker as gay son Lance Loud and Diane Lane and Tim Robbins as parents Pat and Bill. Not a bad movie, really, but not what it could have been. *** stars.

Simply put: one of the funniest movies in history. **** stars.

Jackie Cooper 1922-2011

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

I Hadn't Heard That the SETI Radio Telecsopes Had Been Shut Down

Damn. That's the end of an era. Well... hopefully it's a pause.

But since I don't see this country getting back in good shape again during my lifetime, I'm not holding my breath.

Yes, Please

This is pretty much the only thing that would make me interested in a Hunger Games movie directed by Gary Ross. I love that KB is campaigning for the role (she wrote the note). Good luck, Kristen!

Monday, May 02, 2011

I Can't Even Process the Orgy of Stupid Erupting Over the bin Laden Announcement

Images like this are a big part of the reason why.

Yvette Vickers 1931-2010(?)

One of my favorite centerfold images is this one. So it makes me sad to read over on Wonderful Wonderblog that her body was found in her apartment last week, possibly a year after her death. Go over to his blog to read the report. Very, very sad indeed.

Kristen Bell Mondays

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Song of the Week: "Rainy Days and Mondays"

I don't know how often I've mentioned it (if ever), but I love Paul Williams. And since it's a rainy day (though not a Monday), here he is. I love this man. Love him.