Archive for March, 2013

Oldsters Are Old And Today’s Films Are Crap

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Atrios is right about pop music, and I could have fathered him: why would anybody under 50 care about the Beatles?

And I’m an oldster who likes the New Pornographers!

But he’s wrong about film, where there’s absolutely nothing original going on (global tv is far better!!!), and this old fart’s boredom level is epic!!!

Take these Oscar nominated films from the past year:

Django Unchained: Tarantino has always been pastiche’s pasticher, it’s Mandingo meets The Good The Bad and The Ugly, and at the time those films were viewed correctly as terrible, guilty pleasures at best, mainly junk at worst.

Lincoln: 2013’s Wilson (1944), or Gandhi (1984), another endless biopic. Spielberg is never worse than when he wants to be uplifting. Why can’t films make their point in 90 minutes or less? Beats me!

Silver Linings Playbook: An unfunny, tiresome romcom about being dysfunctional. Who cares?

Argo: If you’re asleep after 30 minutes, and you remember the actual events, how is that exciting?

Zero Dark Thirty: The torture meme is bad, but the misogyny is worse, and it’s dull, dull, dull!!!

Gorilla says, as an aging oldster without a lawn: “In the 70s we liked the 30s films, because they spoke to us, in the ’10s we like the ’60s, because they don’t, but Knopf in the end was right: you can always sell the same old shit every 20 years!!!”


Shorter Tony Lewis

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

A great writer, a great human being, alas the sort the Times no longer hires!!!


Shorter Bob McDonnell On Voting And Abortion

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

You don’t need a photo ID to see what a truly misogynistic hateful man looks like.


Loving In Virginia

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

If the Supremes don’t use Loving v. Virginia as the main justification for a thing called “equal justice under the law”, then we’ll know what a craven bunch of cowards they are when it comes to gay marriage.

It’s exactly the same thing as interracial marriage was 50 years ago, something that a civilized society should always accept!!!

Gorilla says: “Loving in Virginia and everywhere else defines our humanity!!!”


The Bloem Is Off The Banks

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Dutch finance minister commits gaffe, says Cyprus is a template for future Euroland crises!!!

And of course, he spoke the truth: banks should be allowed to fail, their shareholders and depositors should be made to pay, and there also must be political accountability.

And of course, that’s not actually what’s happening in Euroland beyond Cyprus, because the Germans are having an election this year and Angela Merkel doesn’t actually want to be held accountable for anything.

So the muddle continues, because there’s no continent wide banking regulation, or deposit insurance, or a central bank willing to make monetary policy for someone living outside the Fourth Reich, or politicians who are anything other than incompetent, craven, and stupid liars.

Gorilla says: “See how the banks run bank runs!!!”


Cyprus: The New Berezovsky

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Dead as dead can be, and no one cares!

Being money launderers for Vlad’s boys is not a future.

Much better to be Germany’s bootblacks, so thrilling to be beggared by the neighbors!!!

Gorilla says: “Stephenson sums it up!”

“It was not very long after this that there occurred the first of the mysterious events that rid us at last of the captain, though not, as you will see, of his affairs. It was a bitter cold winter, with long, hard frosts and heavy gales; and it was plain from the first that my poor father was little likely to see the spring. He sank daily, and my mother and I had all the inn upon our hands, and were kept busy enough without paying much regard to our unpleasant guest.”


Over $10, More Or Less, A Person Is Dead

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Of course the police didn’t kill him, they merely touched him and that was traumatic enough to do the job!

And the asshole movie theater owner’s employee who doubtless worried about keeping his own job and couldn’t bear admitting responsibility for losing another $10 to a stay on with autism called the cops out!

We live in a society of evil and stupid people, at the bottom of this food chain live cowered and browbeaten folk, fearful about their lives and livelihoods, about the other, about showing an ounce of humanity, some are in uniform, some are not…

And that’s too many of us to be condemned to die as pointlessly as real Uhmerkins from small towns with no hope die in wars they’re sent to fight and die in…

Gorilla says: “We need to be less hateful, and to transcend the evil amongst us by engaging in the body politic, so as to make hateful a continuing and losing proposition, and to love our neighbor more than we love ourselves!!!”


The Choice For Cyprus

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

It’s not Greek v. Turk, this time it’s Ireland v. Iceland!

Essentially, the Cypriots have to choose between substantial haircuts for bank depositors (most of them foreigners who like tax evasion and money laundering), which effectively ends the only large industry other than tourism, and leaving the Euro, which will undoubtedly increase tourism and give the finger to the Germans and Russians (no bad thing).

Staying in, as Ireland has found out, means years and years of grinding poverty and high unemployment. Never joining, as Iceland found out, means you can screw the banks, use and devalue your own currency, and get back to sustainable growth more quickly.

Gorilla says, “Saying goodbye to Euroland is always the easiest solution!”


News Flash For Harry Reid

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Harry, tell us something we don’t already know!!!

There aren’t enough votes in the Senate for an assault weapons ban, and there aren’t enough votes in the House for gun control of any kind.

The fig leaf will be some money for school safety, but the last four months of speechifying and hand wringing on this issue have been a colossal waste of time.

Gorilla says: “No surprises here, as easy for me to predict as the new Pope was!!!”


The British Press Has Never Been A Free Press

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Not so long as the government can spike any story it wants to on national security grounds.

The problem with the Murdoch-sponsored hacking solution is that it doesn’t hold the offending parties accountable.

First, Murdoch should have lost all his UK broadcast licenses and been indicted for obstruction of justice.

Second, as was done, criminal prosecutions should have been lodged against the responsible editors and journalists.

Finally, heavy fines, on the order of billions, should have been levied against Newscorp.

The fact that these things mostly weren’t done shows that the British political class care much more about protecting the rich than promoting a free press.

Gorilla says: “When stupid people rule, evil people invariably do better!”