To anyone who thinks I'm being
too over-the-top with todays comic, that I'm
painting too simplistically idiotic a picture
In Florida, Senator Charlie Crist is facing a tough primary challenge from newcomer
Marco Rubio because voters in that district don't think that Crist is "Republican
enough". What do they mean by that?
Currently, a Research 2000 poll shows that voters in Florida prefer Rubio 58%
to Crist's 30%. But 75% of that same 58% don't think Mr. Obama was born in the
This kind of nut-baggery
almost defies parody or satire.
This Just In! A new Harris Poll
reveals the following:
• 67 percent of Republicans (and 40 percent of Americans overall) believe that
Obama is a socialist.
• 57 percent of Republicans (32 percent overall) believe that Obama is a Muslim.
• 38 percent of Republicans (20 percent overall) say that Obama is "doing
many of the things that Hitler did".
• 24 percent of Republicans (14 percent overall) say that Obama "may be
Holy. Fucking. God.
was a surprisingly chilly weekend so Beloved Girlfriend
and I stayed inside and caught up on three movies
of recent vintage. I know you don't care but here's
a brief critique of each.
The Princess and the Frog.
Someone needs to be punished for this lump of insipid
producers went to great lengths to make sure they
didn't step on any sensitive, racial
toes by amputating any and all entertainment from
the story. Worse, the death of one of the characters
near the end was a shamelessly pandering attempt
to inject a little heart. And it ends with a wedding.
Wow, that's new.
Even the Randy
Newman songs fell flat. The main tune
was titled "Almost There", which perfectly sums up
the movie itself.
this thing managed an Oscar nod only shows the power
of Disney. Avoid.
Where the Wild Things Are.
If I were given the opportunity to reimagine the
original book into a screenplay I don't
furry emo-goths and cranky, spazzy kids like this
This is no means a comparison but at least the original
Wizard of Oz left us with the satisfying conclusion
the fantastic events were
But this movie, ostensibly for kids, only left me
scratching my head as I'm not sure what to make of
the reality of the island of monsters.
The film was
technically well done and the choice of the
a good one but this was not so much a lost opportunity
as an exercise in WTF.
This is the final movie we saw this weekend and it
was an unexpected delight from start to finish. The
idea of an alien race reliving the American 1950s
and the conception of the alien architecture was
so thorough and
I can't believe it didn't get an Oscar nomination
for Design. (I so want to live in
one of those houses!)
The voice acting was spot on and the character animation
was deft and imaginitive, especially the little "alien"
dog. Best of all the characters weren't all a bunch
in a farce.
They were real people (or aliens) with foibles and
dreams and heart. Very refreshing.
The reason I didn't see this in theatres is because the
trailer centered on its gooey coating, giving no indication
it had such a chewy center. Too bad.
This one goes in the permanent collection. Click
here to order a copy of your own.
Ellsworth Toohey's classy and dependably lefty blog
that I've chanced upon from time to time. So
great pride that I share his recent comment about
my 3-19-2010 Raging Pencils comic:
"There is a notion in the study of aesthetics (the
philosophy of art) that says that great art reduces
complex concepts, containing tens or hundreds of
ideas and opinions, and takes them to the perceptual
level–i.e., such art makes complex ideas simple
to see and understand.
Mike Stanfill does this regularly, and damnit! He
makes me wish I could draw. "
All I can say is "Blush". And thanks, Mr. Toohey.
Mea culpa: I'd misspelled Mr. Obama's
name as "Barak" in the first incarnation of the
comic even though I'd spelled it correctly in the Google
Chow below. <shrug> It was probably a combined fault
of haste and the limited space in the word balloon. The
is now fixed and I have therefore put my brain on reduced
rations of grog for the remainder of the day.