Monday, April 30, 2007

Snoop on Imus

The New Yorker sites the Rev. Snoop Dogg as he carefully parses the subtleties of the term "ho".
Snoop Dogg...distanced himself and his rapper peers from the I-man. “We are not talking about no collegiate basketball girls,” he told MTV News. “We’re talking about ho’s that’s in the hood that ain’t doing shit, that’s trying to get a nigga for his money. These are two separate things.”
Oh, now I understand. Snoop, I hereby exonerate you from any ill. My mistake.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

New is the new Old

Color me conservative, but I am not terribly swayed by a Hollywood lamentation that people like repeats. Sure it might seem stale to them, it is their profession. To us it is summer refreshment. It is the reacquainting of a good friend whom we cannot really tolerate for more than 2.5 hours. What Hollywood and the Critics fail to address is how often New is flung our way. There are hundreds of movies every year, each hoping to spark the buzz of popular delight. After year upon year of New, it just gets old. After all, how many plot lines are there (particularly considering Shakespeare already did most of them)?

For a movie to be fit for mass consumption, the type of consumption that generates in access of $100 million, will only rarely be terribly provocative. We go to the movies on Saturday night not to ponder, but to wonder. Demanding that I forgo my love of stock summer blockbusters is akin to asking that I divest from biking on a sunny summer day. Because Old is the new New.

Friday, April 20, 2007

The Same Blasted People

I quick thought before I head off to bed. I am still confused why, after allegations of renditions, torture, wiretaps what seems to have gotten Attorney General Alberto Gonzolez into the most trouble is the firing of eight federal prosecutors. Eight, that's it. Maybe it was not the best idea in the world, but it is not like dismissing habeas corpus or anything.

My quick, but tired, thought is that the Judiciary Committee seems to love to go after the administration. And for good reason. The Dems on the committee are a veritable firing squad of Democratic big guns with the likes of Chairman Leahy, Schumer, Biden, Durbin and Kennedy. Then on the Republican side you have Spector who is known as AC/DC on issues of civil liberties. Put that together and it might provide some insight as to why the Dems love seizing these sorts of issues to grill the Administration. And why, after so many confrontations with the Bush Administration over these issues, members on both sides just have slight antipathy for current Whitehouse policy.

Or I could be wrong...

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Pining Lost Loves

As those of you with Facebook know, I received a umich email address today. There have been many benifits such as getting the image back on the banner of 3W. But another, and more important return has been my long relationship with Pine, sorely missed. I have spent countless hours reading and awaiting emails using pine (as Chicago webmail was slow as an Oren getting out of bed on a Sunday) in the Reg, Reynolds club and elsewhere. It is a happy reaquantence indeed!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Idea for Israeli Bumper Sticker

Here is an idea for a new bumper sticker in Israel:
צפור אם אתה אוהב את אולמרט

Or in English
Honk if you like Olmert

A few cars with this sticker could significantly diminish the problem of unnecessary honking on Israeli streets.