Sunday, February 20, 2005













"OK, I admit it. It finally got weird enough for me"
Hunter S. Thompson, suicide, age 67.


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Gidget has ridden her last wave. Not long after she was freshly remembered by Kevin Spacey's "Beyond the Sea," Sandra Dee has passed away at 63 (or 62 or 60 - she had one of those flexible "actress birthdays." Her family says she was 63.) Although Gidget and Tammy made her a star, she could not sustain a career after Hollywood lost its taste for syrupy movies in the cultural revolution of the late 60s. Her last major movie role was The Dunwich Horror, 35 years ago, when she was still in her 20s. Her last TV role was on Fantasy Island in 1983, when she was only her late 30s or early 40s. While few young people can recognize her face, the familiarity of her name has been passed on to subsequent generations by a Grease song: "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee."


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The short version of the trailer for Yes.
  • "She, an Irish-American scientist, is being strangled by her marriage with Anthony. She begins an affair with He, a Lebanese surgeon exiled in London. Their passion is the start of a personal journey through several countries." (Looks like a remake of Under the Tuscan Sun, with Joan Allen instead of Diane Lane.)


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Here's the international trailer for Fantastic Four. Disappointing. The invisible girl effects are cheesy, and the thing's costume looks like a bulky jacket. Alba looks great, of course.


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A Christian group has criticized the choice of comedian Chris Rock as host of this year's Oscars ceremony because they say he is 'lewd' and 'vulgar'. Strange. That's why I thought he was a good choice.


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Writers Guild Awards go to Sideways and Eternal Sunshine


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American Idol Barbie? And behold - she is seated on a pale horse.


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Hitch takes the weekend box office. After losing to Constantine on Friday, Hitch came back to win a photo finish for the top weekend total.


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Navy Unveils USS Jimmy Carter, the first submarine with rabbit-seeking torpedoes.


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Rumor of the day: Dick Cheney likely will step down next year due to health reasons and be replaced by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Of course, I predicted that Cheney would run in 2004, then step down fairly soon after the election, but I did not see Condi coming. I suppose that is a pretty smart move, since
  • Cheney is popular with the GOP and was a strength on the ticket last year.
  • Running Cheney last year didn't give the press or the Dems a chance to blast the alternative candidate.
  • Having Cheney step down now allows Bush to name his hand-picked successor, the likely Presidential nominee in 2008. (Would not be necessary if Cheney would run, but he will not, or cannot.)
  • The natural successor would be Jeb Bush, but GWB can't name his brother as VP without severe repercussions among mainstream voters.
  • Naming Condi is the next best thing to Jeb. Her fierce loyalty assures a complete continuation of the Bush legacy, and a chance for Condi to pick Jeb as her VP in 2008 if they both agree. (Or maybe a deal has already been struck to do it the other way around - run Jeb in 2008 with Condi contuinuing as VP. We have no way of knowing that, since only three or four people would know about it, and they ain't talkin'!)
  • Condi might just win in 2008, especially if paired with Jeb, no matter which of them holds the top spot. If nothing else, Condi might make a big dent in the traditional 95% of the black vote that goes to the Dems, and the presence of Jeb on the ticket would assure that they do not lose any conservatives.
I think I have made clear that I think the correct Democratic counter-strategy would be to recruit Colin Powell as THEIR 2008 Presidential candidate. Colin is the most universally respected politician in America. Both parties like him, he has no skeletons in his closet, and the people love him. He could win. Do the Dems have anyone else who could win? Fuggitaboudit! The Dems love Hillary, but America does not.


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Bill Clinton is in Phuket. I suppose the name led him to believe it would be a lot more of his kind of fun.


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