Friday, June 18, 2004

Mallard Fillmore - provoking a flap. On the comic pages, where it runs in most papers, the strip stands out like George W. Bush at a Michael Moore movie screening.


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WNBA Most Valuable Player Lauren Jackson posed nude in an Australian magazine that features Olympic athletes who will compete in Athens.


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El Paso, Texas objects to being called the sweatiest city in America.


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Uma Thurman loves to skinny dip!


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People with obsessive-compulsives find a friend in TV detective Adrian Monk


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Bloggers vent fury as weblogs.com ends free hosting service


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Is phi a mystical number as claimed in The Da Vinci Code?


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Lil' Kim forbidden to leave the country for a concert. (She is currently under indictment for perjury)


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Some stills from Kevin Spacey's Bobby Darin biopic, "Beyond the Sea"


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The South Park team works on a new film, a superhero spoof called Team America


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The Ray Charles funeral was shorter than Reagan's, but with much better music.


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The daily show looks at Maritime Salvage, Piracy, and Titanic memorabilia.


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The Daily Show looks at the links between Saddam and al-Qaeda


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Two trailers for Little Black Book. "aspiring newswoman Stacy (Brittany Murphy) opens a Pandora's box when her boyfriend Derek (Ron Livingston) leaves temptation - his Palm electronic organizer - in her path. As Stacy uncovers Derek's past and looks up all his former girlfriends, including a gorgeous fashion model and the perfect girl next door, comic mayhem ensues. In the end, Stacy winds up learning a lot more about herself than about her beau."


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The artist formerly known as Madonna wins most of her fight against walkers. Robin and the merry lads will no longer be able to poach deer on Her Ladyship's estate.


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So a bear walks into a hospital ... and says "doc, I can't sleep. It hurts when I lie near my wife". Doctor says, "tell the truth"


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Without a thong, the day would never end ...


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Jack Lord honored with bust. Next stop Mr Rushmore, followed by a British memorial in Bookham, the town he made famous.


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Casting for the new Willy Wonka movie


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URL says it all: AntiCapsLock.com


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A massive collection of Funny Band Names


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Pam Anderson not chicken in matters of breasts and thighs.


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The Ultimate Panty Raid - nearly 1,000 thongs and panties stolen from Victoria's Secret


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71 percent of Americans describe themselves as "sexually experimental".


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Jordan keeps trying to remove her top in photoshoot for young boys' mag


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Sci Fi Channel schedules controversial Shyamalan documentary


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David Chappelle is in early talks to play Rick James in a film based on the funk musician's upcoming memoirs, 'Memoirs of a Super Freak.'


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That silly-lookin' Ben Grimm from the other day is not the movie's version.


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Report of a trailer for Batman Begins


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URL says it all: MamieVanDoren.com


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Poll Suggests Bush Support Has Grown. The White House responded with a plan to have a ceremonial burial of Ronald Reagan in every major city of the United States, stretching through election day, accompanied by a stage show with David Hasselhoff and the Baywatch Babes.


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Britney Spears seems ready to walk down the aisle again. She is said to be engaged.
  • Her friends say it's the real thing this time, and should last twice as long as her last marriage.
  • Ignore this item if you are reading it after noon on Friday. She's probably divorced by now.


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Larry King says he doesn't wear diapers.


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Our top story in Norway today: Sleeping Man Halts Trains


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Norwegian scouts offer merit badge in sex


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"this (Abu Ghraib) is lesson one million and 47 on why women shouldn't be in the military. In addition to not being able to carry even a medium-sized backpack, women are too vicious." The quoted words were spoken by Ann Coulter. I am amazed that such a generous, mild-mannered woman as Coulter would think that other women are vicious.


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Putin says Russia gave Bush intelligence that suggested Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq was preparing attacks in the United States'.
  • Completely true. Russia did supply that. Of course, they made 90% of it up and the other 10% was wrong, but they did provide it, and that's what counts!
  • Joking aside, here's the key to the story. Buried in the small print of this article is this sentence: "He (Putin)said Russia didn't have any information that Saddam's regime had actually been behind any terrorist acts." Oh. Never mind.


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Blogger acslater said...

So I guess we should have waited for Saddam to kill a bunch of Americans before Bush did anything. That's a good idea.

 


Blogger Uncle Scoopy said...

It never ceases to amaze me that people don't actually read these articles.

The point is, of course, that on any given day, 100 countries provide evidence to the United States that 100 other countries are planning an attack on some American interest or another. At some time or another in the past five years, sources from virtually every country in the world have told the United States that virtually every other country was planning an attack.

I suggest you can fill in just about any blanks in the lead sentence.

____ says _______ gave Bush intelligence that suggested _________'s regime in ____ was preparing attacks in the United States'.

For example, fill in:

Chirac
France
Jong-Il
North Korea

This is true because the word "credible" is missing from the sentence.

You'll note that Putin (weasel that he is) never said that he provided good intelligence or credible links - allowing his claim to encompass just the usual unfounded rumors that circulate through the intel community every day. (Or, given Russia's own history of disinformation, maybe not even rumors, but just outright lies!)

 


Blogger Goose said...

Why are people trying to politisize this war? Saddam is in Jail. Uday and Kusay, (sp?) are dead. How can any of that be a bad thing? Are people so naive as to believe that al-Keida were never in Iraq? They stayed put in Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, the Phillipines, Spain, Germany, Iran, Florida, Minnisota, shall I go on? But they never went to Iraq? There is documented proof of Muhammed Atta meeting a senior Iraqi intelligence official in April of 2001, why aren't we hearing about that? Because that doesn't create scandal, which creates news, which generates paper sales, which generates adverstising sales. Shall I go on? I don't think I need to.

 

The Two Things. The easy part is to know that for every subject, there are really only two things you need to know. The hard part is determining WHICH two.


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Summaries of great literature in five words or less.


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Tampons: Satan's Little Cotton Fingers. "Stop Satan From Pulling The Strings"


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80s bands on the comeback trails, or as USA Today calls them, the comeback "trials". This calls for a comeback of 80s articles. I think I will have to find my old 80s cooking article on how to strip, gut, and fry the members of Air Supply into a tangy BBQ.


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President Bush Re-asserts the right of the executive branch to continue making false assertions. When he was accused of being in denial, the President said, "I never go in da Nile. I'm afraid of da crocodiles."


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Get ready for 'American Christian Idol'. I think they should stop shilly-shallying around the real heart of the issue and have a contest to find the best TV preacher. It would be like that ESPN anchor search, with the charlatans competing for best miracles, best appeals for money, best fake sincerity, and so forth. Winner gets his own televised bible show.


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Roger Ebert writes about Michael Moore and the nature of documentaries.
  • Ebert raises a very good point. Almost no documentarian starts his film as a tabula rasa, exploring the truth as he goes, open to take either side of the argument, depending on what the evidence reveals. The documentarian is generally inspired to do his film by his passion for the subject, and passion for a political subject implies a point of view.
  • Using only the facts, it is possible to make a documentary showing that President Bush is a valiant, decisive leader who responded forcefully to 9-11, or that he is a manipulative, immature thinker who allowed irrelevant personal preconceptions to distract him from the really important elements of the War in Terror. The key question is "which set of facts do you want to look at?" A documentarian makes that call based on his own passion and his own inclination toward advocacy. I think we all know where Michael Moore stands.
  • What Ebert fails to say explicitly is the logical conclusion from his premise: that nobody watching a documentary should be persuaded by it, because the film he is watching is some small and carefully selected portion of the footage shot, that portion which best justifies the filmmaker's POV. And the portion which contradicts the filmmaker's POV was never even shot to begin with.
  • In other words, if you are moved or entertained or enlightened by Moore's film, then it has done its job, but if you think it is a scientific investigation into the truth, or an attempt to view the complete situation in balance, then you have not done your own job.
  • The key to Michael Moore's strategy is not to affect the hardened positions of the right and left. There are two things his film may accomplish (1) it may make a powerful enough case to stir some of those who agree with his position to override their natural apathy and go to the polls (2) it may influence those still in the "undecided" camp. Will Moore's film affect many votes? No. But it does not take many votes to affect the outcome of an election, as the State of Florida showed in the year 2000. Moore's film will have no impact at all on perhaps 99.9% of the tens of millions of people who vote in November. But that's not really important. If Moore can affect only 500 votes in a swing state, he may influence an election, and Lord knows that's what he's hoping for.
  • Well, that and to create a memorable film which a large audience can relate to in some way.


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The full theatrical trailer for The Polar Express, an animated kid's Christmas movie featuring Tom Hanks.


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The trailer for The Hunting of The President, a documentary about various efforts to discredit Bill Clinton.


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The full trailer for King Arthur. Pretty damned impressive.


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The trailer for The Aviator. Martin Scorsese's Howard Hughes biopic. Magnificently, meticulously storyboarded, as you would expect from a Scorsese project. Question is whether it will be interesting. After this trailer, the jury is still out.


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The Daily Show looks at the latest details of Saddam's fate.


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retroCRUSH reviews Dodgeball the movie and looks back on the violent games of youth.


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In the future, everyone will have a sex tape on the internet for fifteen minutes! This one belongs to Jenna Lewis. I suppose it is a celebrity sex tape if you know who Jenna is.


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GALLUP: Country's Problems Seen Through Partisan Lens. Kerry supporters say that the war and the economy are the most important issues, while the President's supporters say that the most important issues are good parking places and proper Saint Gipper tributes. Nader supporters say the most important issue is to distribute enough tinfoil hats to protect everyone from mind-control rays from the planet Tepthon.


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