Dep’t of terrible jokes

Dick Cheney commented on the Justice Dept’s new investigation of CIA torture of prisoners, calling the investigation

a terrible, terrible precedent

Hey, Cheney knows all about terrible presidents, amirite? (rimshot/cue groans)

30.08.2009 • Permalink

still from movie

Vanity Fair’s Jim Windolf wants you to know that Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds is a work of fiction, and that Adolph Hitler was, in fact, not killed by a roving band of American Jews in some German movie theatre. He even interviews Theodore S. Hamerow, the author of Why We Watched: Europe, America, and the Holocaust (incidentally a book that is now on my reading list) to drive the point home.

Of course, Windolf disregards the fact that Hitler’s body was never found, because as we all know, they saved Hitler’s brain and put it in a black man in order to destroy Medicare for WW2 veterans some 60 years later, as a sort of final “fuck you” from Das Drittes Reich. Jokes aside, I find it unbearably distressing that Windolf deems it necessary to explain that Inglourious Basterds is make-believe rather than actual fact. Then again, I find it even more distressing that he may be right.
28.08.2009 • Permalink

‘Oblige me with a little information about the Ram,” Skull said.
‘Fanny’s predecessor,’ the adjutant said. ‘Fell out of his Hurricane and broke his neck.’
‘Goodness.’ This bald statement quite startled Skull. ‘How tragic.’
‘These things happen.’
‘I know, but … It must have been a terrible blow.’
‘Not really.’ Kellaway tapped out his pipe. ‘More of a snap than a blow. I doubt if he felt a thing.’
Piece of Cake, Derek Robinson

25.08.2009 • Permalink

Trash TV

We always lament the dearth of intelligent TV programming these days. It’s all one big jumble of bad reality shows, stale sitcoms and tendentious talking heads. And yet, here is a typical conversation I had with a friend today:

My Friend
Must-see TV tonight, that new reality show is on. Are you gonna watch?

Me
Oh yeah, I saw a preview. Looks like a train wreck, doesn’t it?

My Friend
Absolutely!

Me
Yeah, I’ll probably tune in. It looks so bad it’ll probably be good for a laugh.

And there you have it. If we want trash TV off our screen, the first step is not having it on our screens in the first place. It’s so simple, which is precisely why it’s so hard.

24.08.2009 • Permalink

It’s going to be interesting to see the pressures put on this committee when they have to decide whether there aren’t enough bricklayers because a) there’s a genuine shortage so you need to allow in more immigrants or b) employers aren’t paying enough so all the British ones have gone off to work somewhere else in the EU.

This goes for all of Europe, I think. From Fistful of Euros.

06.08.2009 • Permalink