Is Hillary Endorsing McCain?
I think this ad is effective but I don't think it has the effect she intended.
I think this ad is effective but I don't think it has the effect she intended.
According to the latest Rasmussen poll, "voters currently trust John McCain more than Barack Obama on issues of National Security, the War in Iraq, the Economy, and Taxes. Obama is trusted more when it comes to Reducing Government Corruption."
Don't blow it or you have to wait four years to make it up.
The LA Times had a piece on New Line Cinema and its troubles. It's going to be gobbled up by Warner Brothers. (I have friends who work at New Line and I wish them well.)
Unfortunately Hillary seems to be ignoring my campaign advice. So it looks like it'll be Obama versus McCain. In that case, I have some advice for the latter.
Philosophical question: Can someone live his life based on the song "My Way"?
William F. Buckley Jr. has died. He's probably the most important political figure in America since WWII who never served in office. His books and magazine--The National Review--helped form the intellectual basis for the modern conservative movement. And for years, his show, Firing Line, was TV's oasis of rational argument and probing discussion.
Now I'll never get to ask him: Exactly how many names of the Boston phone book was it?
Male spiders play dead for sex
A friend just turned me on to one of the hottest new sites on the web. (So why should I help them out--we're the ones who need help.) Anyway, here it is: Stuff White People Like.
Whenever Simon Cowell thinks someone is too MOR on American Idol, he calls their performance "cabaret."
I've heard a number of comedians and commentators joke about how long the Oscar ceremony was. I don't get it--this was one of the shortest Oscars I can remember.
With a message no one wants to hear, Hillary Clinton, like Doug Piranha of the notorious Piranha Brothers, has resorted to sarcasm. While I agree Obama's empty promises deserve derision, this is still no way to campaign. Besides, Obamamaniacs are too in love to take this as anything but an unfair attack.
I was in a store recently when a guy came in and starting shouting on a cell phone how he was going to kick someone's ass. And he didn't say it once or twice. He kept it up for about ten minutes.
Holly mo-lee. I just saw my first Obama commercial and it's insane.
Various polls, national and statewide, are showing distressingly disparate results in the Democrats' race--"above the proper average that statistics have laid down for our guidance," as Lady Bracknell would say.
While waiting for my cash to be dispensed at an ATM, I noticed the message "please wait while your cash is being dispensed."
Tom Shales is the Washington Post's TV critic, which may explain why he doesn't know much about movies. This ignorance is in full display in his review of Sunday's Oscar telecast.
In Mark Harris's excellent Pictures At A Revolution, a book about the five film nominated for the Best Picture Oscar in 1967, one sentence made me stop short. At the beginning of Chapter Thirteen, Harris notes there were two kinds of young New York theater actors, as far as Hollywood was concerned--those handsome enough to recruit for movies and those that weren't. (His larger point is someone like Dustin Hoffman had no place at all in mid-60s Hollywood.)
The second tier of actor was understood to be a victim of genetic bad luck, someone who, whatever his talent, could never be groomed or reshaped or prettified into a movie star and was left behind to ply his trade in New York. The studios assumed that actors who looked or sounded like Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight and Alan Arkin would be of little interest to the American public; they might be useful in a comic or supporting role now and then, but nothing more.Jon Voight a victim of genetics?! Mark Harris is gay, and perhaps a better judge of male pulchritude than I, but Jon Voight in the mid-60s was as pretty as a girl.
Whenever I read Parade magazine, the first thing I check out is Walter Scott's Personality Parade.
I just had to order a DSL line to get better internet service in my work apartment. The process wasn't too hard and Verizon sent me several emails keeping me apprised of process and containing useful information. All fine and good but somebody at Verizon On Line decided the emails should come from an address called "Volconsumer"
There are all sorts of good (and not so good) ethics arguments why human cloning may be a bad idea. But sharks, fish, and now dragons provide a good counter-argument against the position that it's "unnatural."
It's only a matter of time before the military starts recruiting at video game competitions. Their new slogan will likely be a picture of this with a simple caption like: "You Get To Drive." Maybe the next generation will have a version incorporating a passenger compartment -- it could be the land-based equivalent of a rescue submarines and choppers for downed pilots, surrounded small units, etc.
Pajama Guy just came really close to our first NYTimes citation, when they said that George Polk Award-winning blogger Joshua Micah Marshall "operates a long way from the clichéd pajama-wearing, coffee-sipping commentator on the news." But I'll have them know I far prefer a venti no-classic black iced tea when commenting.
Previously, I've characterized the Democrat's debate on Iraq as sounding something like this:
It's not exactly live blogging, but here were my impressions as they gave out the Oscars. Not on the show, just the categories.
As a reminder, here are my Oscar picks and Oscar choices. (I did not mention Marion Cotillard and Ruby Dee, though they can't be totally discounted.)
Ira Glass of This American Life is speaking in town today. I considered attending, but then I discovered that this storyteller of regular American folks is charging $100.
Princeton researchers have discovered a neat hardware hack for getting around some software encryption. A worthy reminder that software geeks need to keep hardware limitations in mind before making security claims.
So the superdelegates are following the voters and moving toward Obama. Doesn't that make them supererogatory?
Tonight will be the first new Saturday Night Live since the writers' strike ended. With all the fascinating political stories they've missed, it'll be interesting to see what they've come up with.
Obama, they say, gets young voters excited. I can understand why. They've never seen anyone like him, since a politician such as Obama only comes along about one every decade. Maybe twice.
I used to take Highland to the Valley, but it's always crowded and slow. Then I found out how to slip in through Cahuenga. You spend a lot of time thinking about traffic in LA.
Several JAG officers have resigned from the Office Of Military Commissions saying the process is rigged. Whether true or not, appointing William Haynes as Pentagon General Counsel was almost, but not quite, as politically tone-deaf as nominating Harriet Myers for the United States Supreme Court.
Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman has a new movie coming out called State Legislature. It's a four hour study of the Idaho State Legislature, which sounds absolutely brutal if you haven't seen his prior work. I've seen a couple of Mr. Wiseman's past documentaries and enjoyed them very much, so I'd like to catch this one. Saddened me a bit that New York Magazine felt they needed to throw Obama into the article's title to perk up interest, though I guess I understand it.
Surprise, surprise, another politician has a girlfriend issue (Well the NYTimes is not exactly saying that about McCain's relationship with a young woman lobbyist in 1999, but thats clearly on everyone's mind along with the influence peddling) I always approach these kind of stories with a jaundiced eye as I have never understood why some hank-panky tales get airplay and others don't -there are a lot of political "dalliance" stories out there that are not being reported (Thank God) - but thats the topic for another post. I'm interested in why this is being talked about now.
A couple of bloggers have seized on the fact that a Dallas crowd cheered for Obama having said he had a bit of a head cold and had to blow his nose. I saw the speech, and thought it was their way of thanking/encouraging him for toughing out the speech even though he's feeling ill.
I saw Daniel Day-Lewis on Charlie Rose. Boy does his normal voice sound a lot like George Harrison.
With all the endorsements going to Obama, Hillary's looking more attractive. She doesn't owe anything to anybody.
Ryan Seacreat recently opened American Idol with "people are saying that this year's talent is the best yet."
I sometimes wait so long to jump into the latest technology that I get culture shock. I went from no internet to cable, never had to deal with dial-up (sounds awful) or DSL.
I'd always considered right-wingers criticizing of Bill Clinton as a dirty fighter to be the height of hypocrisy. I mean, Rove et al. were the dirty tricksters, right? Bill was just defending himself.
I sometimes watch the late-night Poker After Dark. Recently, they've added an intro where Doyle Brunson sputs gnomic wisdeom such as You Don't Stop Playing Because You Get Old, You Get Old Because You Stop Playing.
Los Angeles, for you foreigners, has grades clearly posted in all restaurants so you can see how they're rated by health inspectors. We've had this system for ten years.
Yeah, it's probably over. Though voters in Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania shouldn't care what other voters think, they do. And Hillary losing pretty big yet again, this time in Wisconsin, shows that her constituency has migrated enough to Obama that she can't come back.
Hey, we just got our 55,000th hit. Sure wouldn't have guessed that on Sunday.
Drew Curtis of fark.com speculates that the odd timing -- 3AM local time -- of the announcement of Fidel Castro's retirement, in the form of a letter read aloud by others, was precipitated by his death, which will be made public about a week after his brother Raul takes the reins. It fits my favorite category of conspiracy theory -- ones that should be true whether they really are or not, because they'll make for a better movie ending.
David Brooks is normally not a very funny guy, at least in his NYTimes Op-Eds. But this was the best laugh line of the presidential campaign to date:
A small town boy from the wrong side of the tracks in Newton, returns home
As faithful readers know, I put up a post every time we get another 10,000 hits--which takes us a while. My last such post was just a couple days ago.
"Lawrence ‘Larry’ King was allegedly gunned down [...] and died in hospital two days later after being removed from life support."
After accusations that he's all style and no substance, Obama released some specific economic plans recently. They're pretty much what you'd expect. Higher taxes plus savings from surrendering to terrorists going toward many more government programs to solve all your problems. (To be fair, Hillary's plans seem worse--she wants to freeze foreclosures and mortgage rates. What is she thinking?)
I was recently in an electronics store. (As I entered I was treated to 50 TVs playing Michigan's loss to Appy state--isn't it time to move on?)
Barack Obama just received the endorsement of the Service Employees International Union. They represent almost 2 million voters.
I've already given my predictions for the Oscars, even before the nominations were out.
This is odd. Hillary is leaving Wisconsin a day early (and a dollar short?). I realize she badly needs to win in Texas and Ohio, but Wisconsin is coming right up and though Obama has a lead, it's close. (Maybe internal polls shows it's not so close?)
Richard Schickel reviews Mark Harris's fascinating book about the five films nominated for the Best Picture Oscar in 1967, Pictures At A Revolution. Alas, in the second paragraph, we get this:
Weekly attendance at the movies had been steadily, alarmingly sliding since its modern high of 90 million achieved in 1948, the last year before network television was established. In 1966, it was less than half that (38 million). In 1967, that figure, without warning, had been cut in half again: Only 17 million Americans were going to the movies each week.Without warning indeed. While there is one study of questionable provenance that offers these numbers, all other evidence debunks it.
We've now had 50,000 hits since we started counting. Not much compared to some of the superblogs, but not bad. 50,000 would make up a decent-sized town. Big enough that people could live their entire lives without knowing who lives on the next block.
"Democrats Look for Way to Avoid Convention Rift" says The New York Times. I can understand why they'd want to, but I don't understand how. If the election and the delegate count is close, you can't expect either candidate to give in. Right now, how tricky the convention will be is in the hands of the people--as it should be.
In attacking Hillary, Obama sometimes goes out of his way to attack Bill, too. But this still struck me as an odd statement: “Keep in mind, we had Bill Clinton as president when, in ’94, we lost the House, we lost the Senate, we lost governorships, we lost state houses.”
Ann Coulter continues her crusade against John McCain. To be fair, she makes better arguments than most, but she's still crazy. As imperfect as McCain is, I don't see how a conservative could prefer the Democrats' nominee.
Nancy Pelois on how super delegates should vote: "It would be a problem for the party if the verdict would be something different than the public has decided."
I have read three articles today mentioning Hillary Clinton's big "gamble" on the Texas and Ohio primaries. I agree she needs to win these states, by a substantial margin, to keep her hopes alive but where exactly does gambling come into play. Gambling implies some sort of choice and she really has none. It does not mean engaging in an effort with little chance of success (except thats how the headline writers are using it.)
I saw a banner ad that Parade magazine was going to have its typically hard-hitting investigative piece this Sunday containing a list of the "World's Worst Dictators" and I assume it will be a fairly non-controversial selection- probably the bigger question is who actually qualifies as a dictator (i.e. I note that Ahmadinetc... doesn't make it (probably because the mullahs have the real power) however Pervez Musharraf comes in at number 8)
Hillary just won New Mexico. Sure, they voted on February 4th, but what's the rush?
Imad Mughniyah was active in terrorism all his adult life. He was behind, for instance, the 1983 bombing in Beirut that killed 241 American soldiers. Here's what the LA Times front page article said about his death by car bomb: it's "likely to further aggravate tensions in Lebanon and the rest of the Middle East."
I've been enjoying the new season of Lost quite a bit. They've gone in a new direction and there's as much drama and mystery as ever. If only I didn't know the season was so short I could enjoy it even more.
Add Ben Stein to the list of conservatives who have gone crazy over evolution. I've seen him ranting about Darwin on TV, and now we have this piece.
Every year American Idol tweaks the show to keep it fresh (supposedly). We're now at the Hollywood audition stage and the big change this year is they've allowed the contestants to play instruments while they sing.
Senator Jay Rockefeller uses a common but weak argument to defend his voting against waterboarding and other "harsh interrogation methods" (just what does that mean?). He says it'll boomerang: "Retaliation is the way of the world. What we do to others, they will do to us—but worse."
Recent primaries featured states that overrepresented Obama's constituency--African-Americans and elite (high income, high education) whites. His victories were still impressive in their size, yet isn't it a bit odd that the Democrats seem ready to pick their winner in what amounts to a 50-50 race simply due to who has the most beneficial states coming up?
In other words, if the huge March 4th primaries of Ohio and Texas, where Hillary was leading by wide margins in recent polls (she's got to lead somewhere when national polls show her about even with Obama), had been held on February 4th, would she seem to be the unstoppable front runner? Would voters be moving toward her because they figure it's time to vote for the winner?
Unfortunately for Hillary, March 4th is still pretty far away, and there are states coming up first that could be close but look like Obama victories. He should take North Carolina, though the question is will he be helped by Obamamentum elsewhere? A week ago, Hillary looked to take Rhode Island, but who would bet on her now?
The state to watch is Wisconsin. Obama's expected to win, but if Hillary can stay close, she can then hold on until March 4th, and if she wins (less and less likely), she can claim the people have turned to her. I still suggest she try the "They're saying it's over but you know better" approach.
Because of how the Democrats award delegates, Hillary has little chance of catching up to Obama, but I don't see why that should matter. First, if she can rack up the big victories, they'll only be separated by a small amount, and she can claim the people have turned back to her. (Could the Dems easily turn her away if the most recent contests had her beating him big?) She can also claim if Michigan and Florida had counted, she'd be ahead. The main thing is at this point, no one can get far enough out front to not need the super delegates to make it over the top.
Wouldn't it be better as an Obasm? I guess this guy doesn't find that suggestive enough, so he adopts Obama-gasm.
I see there's a production of Li'l Abner in Westwood. I hear it's pretty good. I might go check it out. (I did the show in high school.)
Here's a nice website (sent to me by reader Larry King) that collects many moments of Obama hysteria.
There's a ubiquitous ad for Juno (a film I loved) that ends with the line Juno's father says: "The best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are." This is probably the worst line in the movie.
Many are calling on Huckabee to drop out, since, statistically speaking, he will not wrest the nomination from McCain. Is he sticking around because, as he says, he's got nothing better to do?
If you ever forget why you should be scared of Huckabee (though somehow I doubt too many readers of this blog support him), let's look at the wonderful folks in Florida who want to balance the teaching of evolution in schools with non-scientific explanations.
Everyone's talking about how much trouble Hillary's in. Since I want an open convention, here's my suggestion for some ads in Texas and Ohio.
I almost admire the chutzpah.
Apparently Willie Nelson is a 9/11 Truther. The funny thing is, like so many who are easily taken in, he calls everyone else "naive."
When Paul Krugman became a columnist for The New York Times eight years ago, to many he traded respectability for visibility. His over-the-top Bush bashing has been noticeable even on the Grey Lady's editorial page.
So His Virtualness is pimping a poor sap who wants to form a party because he's fed up with the Republicans. Sensibly enough, the guy started with a statement of goals or principles and posted them at the beginning.
Roy Scheider has died. Close to but never quite on the A list, he still did some fine work and appeared in a fair number of major films.
Aside from the super delegates mentioned below, with the Democrats' race so close, many are noting that all those unseated delegates from Florida and Michigan--366 to be exact--might make the difference. But there's no easy way to decide what to do with them. Either Clinton or Obama's side will howl with protest almost no matter what is done, and setting up new elections is logistically a nightmare, if even doable.
Having recently read Dave Marsh's book-length essay on The Beatles' Second Album, I moved on to David Quantick's book on the White Album.
Democrats are worried about super delegates deciding their nominee. Well if you didn't want their votes to count, why have them?
This American Life just had an hour called "Tough Room" that included a report on the making of The Onion. (I know a guy who wrote for The Onion, incidentally.)
Here's NewEnglandGuy responding to my post on McCain's surprise victory:
This is from Steve Chapman over at Reason.com on the terrorist threat:
...after the Irish Republican Army failed in an attempt to blow up British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, it said, "We only have to be lucky once. You will have to be lucky always." Al Qaeda [...] faces a very different challenge: For it to carry out a nuclear attack, everything has to go right. For us to escape, only one thing has to go wrong.The may be correct, but even if a nuclear attack were the only way to kill large numbers of people, the IRA quote above is still true.
A few days ago I watched a Twilight Zone episode faturing Barry Morse. He's best known as the implacable Lt. Philip Gerard who chased David Janssen for five years on The Fugitive.
The local McDonald's are now offering a half-price Filet-O-Fish on Friday's. Whenever I see this kind of promotion, I always wonder if it kills the business the rest of the week. Let's say you feel like a Filet-O-Fish on Thursday but then realize if you just wait a day, you can have it and save some money.
I just saw an ad for Chase that uses a cover of "Any Time At All." Though hardly as well known as "Revolution" of "Hello Goodbye" (also used in ads), it's always been one of my favorite Beatles' songs.
As if there was any question, it's now over. McCain will be the Republican nominee.
I was walking recently and noticed as I passed by someone's house that they were watching Rear Window. Suddenly I had the impulse to stop and watch until they discovered what I was doing and confronted me.
I watched the Welcome To The Captain pilot on Tuesday. Pretty weak. And it's taking the time slot of The Big Bang Theory, the only new show of the season I liked.
The CIA has recently gone into some detail describing how and when they used waterboarding. This has reopened (if it was ever closed) the debate about "enhanced interrogation techniques." One common argument against torture (no matter how you define it) is that the information you get is no good--people will say anything if coerced.
I heard some right-winger noting a Constitutional amendment declaring marriage to be betweeen a man and woman would not change the definition of marriage. Perhaps not, but it sure would change the Constitution's definition of marriage.
Downloading some Beatles' CDs on to my computer, I noticed some were listed under genre as "rock" and others "pop." Who makes these calls?
Super Tuesday is over and, on the Democrats' side, things are far from settled. It seems quite possible this uncertainty will continue on to the convention where, perhaps, the winner will be chosen by Super Delegates.
So I just got back from voting. To my surprise, not that crowded.
John McCain on his qualifications: "I can lead this nation and motivate all Americans to serve a cause greater than their self-interest."
After having been inside Steve Martin's mind, I've stepped back and just read a book about comedians of the 70s, Comedy At The Edge. In a way, it's an unofficial follow-up to (a book by a different author,) the far lengthier Seriously Funny: The Rebel Comedians of the 1950s and 1960s.
Many Democrats, seeing their two choices agree on most issues and are about equally popular, may vote based on which one they think has the best chance in the general election.
I just want to say how tickled pink I am to see Juno kickin' ass and taking names. I don't supppose it'll follow My Big Fat Greek Wedding's run, but it looks like it might still have some steam.
Yeah- the Giant Killers made Don Shula & co. enjoy their champagne but the big question of the night was- what the hell was the Audi commercial supposed to be about?- This is the car for ex-Nazis on psilocybin?
I'm having computer problems, so I'm putting up a bunch of posts in case I'm down for a couple days.
"Across The Universe" is being sent across the universe. NASA's transmitting an MP3 of the Beatles' song to Polaris. (And as we know from Independence Day, aliens have compatiable equipment.)
Apparently there's a battle going on among right wing talk radio over which Repub candidates are authentically "conservative." (Is there anything comparable over which Dem is authentically "liberal"?)
The latest Dunkin' Donuts campaign has an amusing song by They Might Be Giants that announces "doing things is what I like to do." Still, even with tongue in cheek, isn't selling donuts as an energy food a bit bizarre?
Now that Super Tuesday is almost upon us, we're starting to see a lot of ads here in California. Obama's are probably the slickest, but my favorite one is where they show Hillary while discussing this crazed liberal. But it turns out the one they're describing--duh duh DUHHHH!--John McCain.
The polls are fluctuating wildly in these final days (Romney and Obama ahead in California?). Still, it looks like McCain will probably get the nomination and no matter what the Democrat split, there'll be serious pressure put on Clinton and Obama to wrap this up soon.
Reader Larry King doesn't have too much trouble with John McCain's politics, but he does have a problem with his age. I agree it's a huge negative for his campaign, but I feel the opposite. I'm quite troubled by McCain's politics and question if he has the proper temperament, but his age doesn't bother me.
I noticed a wings place has opened down the block. Just in time, too. Super Bowl Sunday must be to wings what Christmas is to Macy's.
Try as I might, I can't get excited about the Super Bowl. It's usually a dull game, and this one promises to be duller than usual. I haven't been following the pros as closely as college, but does anyone really believe the Giants have a chance? The only question is by how many touchdowns the Patriots will win.
My friend Matt Welch has a fine book out on the soon-to-be Republican nominee, McCain: Myth of a Maverick. Good timing, Matt. Didn't look like great timing about a month ago.
I really thought he was gonna get the book thrown at him, so it's surprising to see Wesley Snipes got off pretty lightly in his tax evasion case.
January is usually when they release the dogs. Bad movies generally come out now because if they were any good, they'd have been out the previous year, or held for later.
I was driving through Hollywood yesterday and ran into a huge traffic jam. I couldn't figure out where it came from until I remembered--the Clinton-Obama debate in the Kodak Theatre. Huge crowds had gathered outside, just like the Oscars. How thoughtless of the two--they should have done this in Malibu where all the money is.
I taped Lost last night. Haven't watched it yet, but I did overtape and catch the premiere of Eli Stone. It's a comedy-drama about a lawyer representing big companies who starts having visions and goes on a spiritual quest.
Obama is a decent enough candidate, though his widespread appeal I don't get. Of course, if you've seen enough races, you've seen this kind of candidate before--the one that excites a younger crowd because they've never seen this kind of candidate before.