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karl "genius-boy" roveThe words "political math" have been lodged in the back of my head since 2006 when good old Karl "Genius Boy" Rove predicted a Republican House and Senate as a result of the mid-term elections that cycle. His exact words in an NPR interview were, and I giddily quote:

"You may end up with a different math, but you're entitled to your math. I'm entitled to the math."

As you know, Democrats took control of both the House and Senate that year. Much mirth was in great supply in my household that day.

Even better.. in my county that year, in the supposedly deep-red rolling hills of northeast Texas, we had 50 Republican judges up for election. Every single one of them lost to a Democrat. It is a treasured memory, made even better by Rove's expert analysis.


of gods and menBeloved Girlfriend finds it a chore sitting next to me at the movies as I find the scripts of what passes for contemporary major motion picture entertainment so stupefyingly lunkheaded (Hi, Iron Man!) that I can't resist constantly ridiculing the action with a constant barrage of what I consider grade AAA bon mots.

You probably know people like me and you no doubt hate their guts. I love you, too.

Needless to say, BG and I came to an agreement years ago regarding "important movies", I.E., anything with the word "Potter" in the title. I either keep my yap shut or I get used to the sight of my testicles in a jar.

This snarky little problem sorts itself out when I occasionally stumble across a film that has such good writing and acting that I'm forced to sit mute and simply enjoy the damn thing for two hours. I mean, where's the fun in that?

This past weekend saw two such "adult" films cross our collective paths as we snuggled in to watch "Of Gods and Men" and "Another Year". Both films are what I call "character studies" and are sublimely acted. Check them out for yourself but take it from the two of us that they are danged hunky-dory.



john boehner"We're going to have a relentless focus on creating jobs." - John Boehner, February 10, 2011.

The following is #51 in a list of accomplishments by the GOP since they gained control of the House in 2011. None have yet to result in one, single new job.

(51) 7-11-2011: Speaker of the House John "Weepy-Boy" Boehner admits that not raising the debt limit will cost jobs. Ahhh, that explains everything. Atta boy, GOP!

For the entire list of GOP futility, click here.


Fox News Lies!And what manner of lie is Fox News spewing today? They're claiming stimulus funds were allocated to ATF's Fast and Furious program. Uhhh, no.

Click here to help Drop Fox from your cable system.

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