Saturday, May 31, 2008

Addendum to Harvey Korman

This is worth checking out. Hat tip to Poliblog.

Tim Conway and Harvey Korman Predicted the TSA in the 1970s!

Harvey Korman

I guess I've been remiss in keeping up with the news; Harvey Korman passed away this Thursday, and I found out this morning. If you're not familiar with his work, you don't know what you're missing -- his work on The Carol Burnett Show (especially with Tim Conway), his role as Count de Monet in "History of the World, Part I," his scene-stealing greatness as Hedley Lamarr in "Blazing Saddles," and so much more... thanks, Harvey.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Singularity is Here:
The Joker and Barney

I know Heath Ledger is all the rage right now, but a friend and I just noticed the similarity in wardrobe between the Cesar Romero "Joker" of the 1960s and everyone's favorite purple dinosaur.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Hillary does it Again!

A professional politician is a professionally dishonorable man. In order to get anywhere near high office he has to make so many compromises and submit to so many humiliations that he becomes indistinguishable from a streetwalker.
H.L. Mencken, (1880-1956), writer, journalist.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Mamet on Political Correctness

"A laudable disposition to open-mindedness decayed, in the late twentieth century, in America, into an inability to arrive at conclusions."

Yes, David Mamet. Yes, the "Glengarry Glen Ross" guy. The quote is from The Wicked Son, and it's a great read for all members of the tribe (and you know who you are).

Get the book.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Cooley Confidential

Should I be so bothered by the fact that Steve Cooley's statement in the ballot for this June's Democratic primary includes a testimonial from novelist James Ellroy? To wit, "Cooley focuses attention on cold cases and DNA."

I'm sure Ellroy is a smart guy, but is a cop novelist really the best Cooley can do?

Wish I had a picture to share with you.

This evening at Souplantation I was treated to the site of a late-teen wearing a death metal t-shirt featuring the word "cannibal" in large, dripping letters... while he chowed down on a nice iceberg lettuce salad.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Family Guy "Bullfrog" Clip

I have nothing to be ashamed of when I saw I like "The Family Guy" -- I'm a guy, after all, and therefore allowed to have such amusing shortcomings. (The fact that my wife watches it with me? Well, that's her big ball of shame.)

Tonight there was a great sequence that I had to share with a friend, and this seemed like the best way; so please enjoy the accidental largesse therefore laid at at your feet.

Fans of the show know it is characterized by drawn-out sequences that usually have nothing to do with the plot; this is a case in point, in which Peter's son is upset about girl problems and so he tries to cheer him up with a gift. (Please forgive the rough quality and the Frankenstein's monster-type splicing -- all I had handy was my point-and-shoot phone, which has a 30-second video capture limit.)

Friday, May 02, 2008

On The Mark -- Performance Anxiety

Exxon Mobil yesterday announced its financial results for the last quarter. Analysts and investors are up in arms about it. They're unhappy. The company's unhappy. Consumer activists are unhappy (for different reasons).

Exxon made ONLY $10.9 billion in PROFIT.

Shame on them.