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Saturday, October 11, 2003
THE YANKEES/RED SOX FIGHT
Absolutely ridiculous. The pitch was nowhere near his head.
Also, the proper response for when a guy like Pedro has a short, bald, old guy like Zimmer charging him isn't to throw him to the ground, it's to put his hand on his head and hold Zimmer out of range as he ineffectually flails his arms at you. That's what cartoons and the 3 Stooges have taught me anyway.
And for the record this is coming from a guy rooting for whatever team is playing the Yankees.
MOVIE REVIEW: KILL BILL: VOLUME 1
There's really not much to explain about the plot of Kill Bill. Assassins played by Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen, Vivaca A. Fox, and Lucy Liu, and led by David Carradine as Bill do quite a number on "The Bride" (Uma Thurman) on her wedding day. They beat the *$ out of her and leave her with a bullet in her head. Four years later The Bride wakes up from a coma and sets out to kill all of them. That's really all you need to know.
This is "The 4th Film By" Quentin Tarantino. (Which raises the question of whether Volume 2 will be his 5th or still his 4th.) It's been called "indulgent" and it certainly is, but that's why you go to see a Tarantino film. You don't go to hear the story, you go to experience what Tarantino has put together. One entire "Chapter" of the film is done in Anime. One overhead shot follows The Bride to the restroom using the most astonishing, breathtaking angles. One astounding fight scene (There are many.) takes place essentially between the silhouettes of the fighters in front of a backlit blue Japanese screen. These scenes don't need to be presented the way they are to tell the story, they're presented that way to tell the story the way Tarantino wants to tell it. There are precious few directors who can outshine the stars and put their own stamp on a film and Tarantino is certainly one of them.
That being said, Kill Bill: Volume 1 isn't a pleasant film. Blood spews everywhere. It gushes from severed limbs (and there are a lot of severed limbs). It is grossly exaggerated blood, almost comedic at times, but let's just have this act as fair warning, the more of your snacks you finish before the movie starts the better. I have a fairly strong stomach, but after a while I was putting some serious thought into whether I should be finishing off my Twizzlers at that moment.
I enjoyed the movie. It is a Tarantino movie though and if you don't like Tarantino movies in general or wouldn't care for a VERY bloody samurai movie I imagine you'll have some problems with Kill Bill: Volume 1.
3 1/2 out of 4
Friday, October 10, 2003
YA WANNA SEE SOME HATRED?
Try the Democratic Underground thread on Rush's addiction. Heck, they even want to throw the doctors who treated his hearing loss in jail.
LOOK WHAT WE'RE DOING TO THE IRAQIS
Electricity is now back to prewar levels. Factories are producing more thanks to the electricity and "In terms of security, women and families can feel safe shopping after dark."(USA Today)
It's not all good though. "'Now the children will not leave the house,' says Lamia Younis, a mother of four. 'They just sit at home all day watching satellite TV.'"(Again, USA Today)
Geez, 6 months and we're already turning them into couch potatoes.
AUSTRALIAN PAPER ON THE KAY REPORT
That's why we went to war.
I'm sure you know by now that Iranian lawyer Shirin Ebadi won the Nobel Peace Prize this morning. Gotta say, it's nice to see it go to somebody for a reason other than they ticked off the US.
Thursday, October 09, 2003
THE LIBERAL 2ND AMENDMENT
A good cartoon.
QUESTION AND ANSWER
J. David Chadwick had a chance to ask Secretary Rumsfeld the following question:
Check out Rumsfeld's answer.
Wednesday, October 08, 2003
JOHN WELLS HAS RUINED THE WEST WING
It's now nothing more than a tired ER retread. None of the snappiness it originally had. None of the wit. Nobody's life was in danger. Just unnecessary angst.
On the plus side I think the Angel folks have handled the W&H/Spike transition quite well.
NOW THE REAL QUESTION STEMMING FROM THE ELECTION
What do the Dems take away from the recall debacle?
The Dems are saying that this is misdirected anger. That people really are angry with Bush and just voted Davis out by mistake. That people are fed up with Bush's "tax cuts for the rich" and crappy economy.
The problem with this thinking?
1) If the voters of California really wanted their taxes raised as a fix they had the clear choice of Bustamante. Bustamante essentially ran on a platform of "I'll raise taxes". The voters seem to want solutions other than "If elected I'll take more of your money".
2) The Dems are putting themselves in a really bad position if they're putting their election chances next year on the possibility that the economy still sucks. The economy's turning around. We gained jobs last month. There's really no reason to believe that the economy will still be bad 11 months from now.
If the Dems take away from all this that the voters want everyone in power out, regardless of the opponent's positions, they're in trouble. Not that I have a big problem with that though. :)
The crazies who claim to have clones a human are saying now they're growing new arms for an Iraqi boy. Riiiiiiiight.
THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT?
Cubs in the NLCS, Sox in the ALCS, Kennedy's standing behind the newly elected Republican Governor of California... Satan must be feeling a bit chilly.
DOES ANYBODY ACTUALLY TAKE JESSE JACKSON SERIOUSLY?
His interview with Chris Matthews earlier was simply nonsensical.
Jackson: What's important are Issues A and B.
Matthews: But why would you support Issue B? I would think someone like you would oppose B.
Jackson: Issue B isn't important here. What's important is Issue C!
Matthews: Wait, you just said that Issue B is important.
Jackson: No I didn't.
Matthews: *Rolls eyes*
Jackson: What's really important is more taxes for the rich!
Tuesday, October 07, 2003
AN OPEN LETTER TO PAUL KRUGMAN
By Arnold Kling.
SULLIVAN ON WHY WE WENT TO WAR
I feel I'd be remiss if I didn't include a blog post with a Simpsons reference.
WHY DOES THE WORLD HATE US? DENNIS MILLER
According to Elton John anyway.
Monday, October 06, 2003
IRAQI TOY DRIVE
The toy drive for Iraqi children started by Chief Wiggles now has a name (Operation Give) and it's own web site.
Sunday, October 05, 2003
GEEZ, ALL THAT EFFORT...
I'd just like to take a sec and point out that I did in fact address the question of why we went to war when we did in the post entitled "WHY DID WE GO TO WAR WHEN WE DID?"
To quote myself: