:: Disney is in talks to make a movie about the 14 years it took Walt Disney to convince PL Travers to let him make a Mary Poppins movie, possibly starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. That's the kind of thing I'd much rather see a documentary about, especially since all I can picture right now is a sugary-smarmy combination of Julie & Julia and Extremely Dumb & Incredibly Dull.
:: It's not the idea of a moon colony that I find laughable, but the idea that Newt Gingrich could or even would make that happen.
:: Nancy Grace says Whitney Houston was murdered. I don't know if I should think it's pathetic how desperate Nancy is for attention, or if I should think it represents growth that Nancy noticed the death of someone who isn't a little white girl.
:: Drunk driver? Just pull him over and get six cops to beat the shit out of him. Turns out he's actually a diabetic in insulin shock? Just trying to protect and serve. Does anyone do their job well anymore?
:: I would love it if Adele just shut up for a little while.
:: The Editing Room's Abridged Scripts are nearly always hilarious. This week, they did David Lynch's Dune. A sample:
Well, you seem to be good breeding stock,
so I guess we’ll try to save you from
the emperor’s sneak attack by teaching
you the Jedi Mind Trick.
Hey, Dune was using that trick a decade
before Star Wars came out!
We also had a magical teenager stuck on a
desert planet, whose his family gets
killed so he joins a band of rebel
warriors, and ultimately he discovers
he’s the secret descendent of the
emperor’s right-hand man. But, hey,
who’s gonna notice?
:: GOP dream-date Chris Christie just vetoed an equality bill in New Jersey. He wants to be the George Wallace of the afraid-of-gay-people foofaraw (I refuse to dignify homophobic bullying by calling it a movement). I really need for every Republican politician in this country to stop pretending that they're running for anything or serving in any office to serve the needs of anyone who isn't looking back at them from the mirror.
:: In response to a proposition for a Latino-American Day, Arizona Republican Cecil Ash proposed a holiday honoring white people for "if and when the Caucasian population becomes a minority, they may want to celebrate the accomplishments and the contributions of the Caucasian population the same way." So... we're not going to worry about jobs or the economy anymore? That's just totally off the table for the Right now?
:: Chris Sims' review of Kevin Smith's reality show Comic Book Men is about what I expected from the show. I know there are good comic book stores and store owners out there, but those people were always put out of business in my area by a local chain, and everyone who works at the chain (except for two guys, ever) are total assholes. Those circus pinheads are the reason I started dealing exclusively with online comics retailers, because mail order services were much nicer to deal with. I haven't seen this show and I don't plan to, because it sounds like a series completely based on the guy who runs the local chain, and he is one of the biggest douches who ever douched. And by the way, I've been to cons and bought merchandise from the guy on the show, Bryan whatever, the Dumbledore-lookin' guy who played Steve-Dave back when Kevin Smith made good movies, and he's an asshole. Deal with that guy for two minutes, and you'll know what I mean.
:: How long is Hilary Duff going to be pregnant? It feels like she's been pregnant for 14 years. Kid's getting mail delivered in there.
:: Can't say I really want to see CBS do Sherlock with Jonny Lee Miller... Does anyone? I've always been curious to see how a show like this (modern Sherlock Holmes) would do on American television in the CSI era. But, you know, from afar.
:: The House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on contraceptives included oversight of women. Because who is more qualified to talk about what women truly need health-wise than a bunch of old men and religious leaders. Although I assume the religious leaders are worried that too much contraception will stem the ever-renewing tide of molestable little boys.
Seriously, Republicans and Catholic leaders, just shut the fuck up and admit that this is all 100% about controlling what women do with their own bodies. Stop pretending it's anything else. It's about trying to wrangle women back into the kitchen and the maternity ward.
And it's led by the Catholic Church, a criminal organization who for decades molested children on an institutional level and were dedicated to covering up their rape crimes. To hear these assholes talk now as if they had the moral high ground on anything makes me want to never stop vomiting.
Also, does the GOP just not give a damn about women voting for them anymore, or what?
Still, playing the "religious freedom" card does give you a perfect example of how little these people understand what those words actually mean...
:: After tracking data has emerged that John Carter doesn't have enough brand recognition and no interest from women or some such crap, I'm seeing way too many articles just announcing that John Carter will or even has already failed at the box office. Just... shut up. I'm too sick today for anything else but that.
:: Whitney Houston dies. Sony raises the price of her hits collection by 5 bucks. Tell me again why we're supposed to save the music industry.
:: So, after calling out the corruption of corporate money in politics, President Obama has embraced a SuperPAC. I find it disheartening. I saw a lot of comments about it online from people younger than me who say some variation of the following: "Big money is necessary. All of Wall Street is supporting Romney. Obama would be crippling himself not to do it. That's what the game is, and you have to play to win." And then it always ends with this exact same line: "That's just how corrupt our system is right now." Except, of course, it's never just right now, it's how politics always are. It's how they always will be. No one's ever going to stop it, and if someone is, it won't be Obama. It was never going to be.
But it'll be no one. This system of ours is just too easy to give up on.
I am really at the age now where I've been hearing the same lies and justifications for enough decades that I just don't care anymore.
Oh, and the big bankster pardon? (And let's not quibble over words, because it's basically a pardon.) Not only will foreclosures take off again now that the banks have been let off the hook for the biggest fraud in history, and not only have their robo-signed forgeries been immunized, but they'll also be funded out by pension funds, municipalities, even private investment portfolios. So now they'll take your house and your retirement. America, everybody.
:: The new normal: according to a new poll, 53% of respondents identifying themselves as liberals support keeping Gitmo open, 77% support drone use, and 55% approve of drone use targeting US citizens. This police state thing is just getting easier and easier.
:: Don't raise my taxes but don't stop sending me my free government money. Jesus Christ, doesn't anyone have any grasp on reality anymore?
:: Dave Mustaine: eat shit. (See how Freedom of Speech goes both ways?)
:: Rick Santorum, via Twitter: "If English was good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for America." Hey, everyone, let's take a quick IQ test. Are you thinking of voting for Rick Santorum? If you answered yes, congratulations, you are too stupid to live. I'll bet you people actually forget that you're supposed to be breathing sometimes. This is a man who is running for president because he genuinely despises the idea that people out there might be making their own decisions and not consulting the Golden Plates about what a woman should do with her uterus. If you're voting to put on Ayatollah in the White House, you are officially an Irredeemable Fuckwit.
Doesn't the fact that all these fucks can talk about is homophobia and sexism and racism give you some kind of clue as to where these dolts stand on jobs and the economy?
:: Seriously, though: bite my ass, Dave Mustaine.