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Saturday, August 06, 2022

CanĂ­cula sin Tregua

They are saying this is the hottest summer on record. It has been a relentless torrent of sunshine and heat, not even cooling down in the evenings. The Mediterranean had reached a surface temperature of 30° which scientists say will cause weird weather this autumn. We’ll see.

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Wednesday, July 06, 2022

Turd Polishing

If I could make a time machine, I’d move somewhere into the future where I’m not constantly bombarded with trailers, newspaper articles, billboards, hagiographies of Tom Cruise, and other advertisements for the new Top Gun movie. It looks pretty gruesome, and I haven’t even been blitzed with the soundtrack yet, which was the worst thing about the original. Has anyone ever been held accountable for “Highway to the Danger Zone?” It’s like the musical equivalent of a war crime.

What if the Black Lives Matter and Antifa air forces joined together to fight Maverick? I think this interactive option is available for Trump supporters in select theaters. They also have private viewing booths for those who may need a little privacy, for people whose erectile dysfunction problems require large doses of jingoism.

I won't give away any spoilers but the final dogfight between Maverick and Hillary Clinton is awesome!

From the Department of Self-Fulfilling Prophecies:

Mission: Impossible” was a slick espionage film, directed by Brian De Palma, based on a TV series from the 1960s.

I’d call the film many things, but slick? Hardly.

How is it possible that it yielded five sequels, and how is it conceivable that the sequels keep getting better, culminating in “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” (2018), which is pretty much an unqualified masterpiece?

How is it possible that it yielded five sequels? Are you joking? A better question is how could a lame TV show from the 60s yield a single film? The only thing that made it out of the TV series was the theme music and the bit about the tape self-destructing, which is ridiculous in the digital era, and the music is a few puerile bars.

Unqualified masterpiece? Wait. Does that mean good? Is he talking about the same movie I saw? Because the one I saw made almost no sense and was merely a bunch of ridiculously improbable actions scenes linked together by an even more ridiculously improbable story, if you can call it a story and I wouldn’t. Evil man wants to destroy the world, plutonium, yawn. It’s not fit entertainment for an adult.

What difference does it make if Tom Cruise did his own stunts or not? Answer: it doesn’t and who cares? Writers have been pushing the whole idea that Tom Cruise is the movie star we all need to the point of some of them actually believe this studio propaganda.

File under “Painting a Turd” NYT style:

Though you may hear otherwise, “Top Gun: Maverick” is not a great movie. It is a thin, over-strenuous and sometimes very enjoyable movie. But it is also, and perhaps more significantly, an earnest statement of the thesis that movies can and should be great. I’m old enough to remember when that went without saying. For Pete’s sake, I’m almost as old as Maverick.

You can almost see the writer squirming in his chair searching desperately for a few words to describe this film that don't include awful, horrible, mind-numbingly stupid, absurd, and the worst.

 

Thursday, June 30, 2022

JANUARY 6th COMMITTEE HEARING TAKEAWAYS FOR JUNE 28th

Further evidence that the whole "Trump Won" movement is the most vile, un-American filth to have come across the United States in over a century.

 The Lincoln Project released the following takeaways from the sixth January 6th Committee Hearing that took place June 28th:

 After six hearings, it is clear that Donald Trump directed a conspiracy to overthrow the results of a valid election and install himself as the illegitimate ruler of the United States of America. 

 His conspiracy included creating legal fictions to sow doubts about election security, reject the outcome of an election he knew he lost, team with white supremacists to cause an insurrection, and then cover it up with a story of deflection and blame to keep the truth hidden.  

 The hearing today confirmed that Trump – in the most anti-democratic action ever taken by an American President – tried to personally lead the January 6th insurrection up the steps of the Capitol and onto the floor of the House of Representatives to stop Congress from certifying the 2020 election and confirming his loss.

 Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony showed without a shadow of doubt that Donald Trump and his staff were aware of the potential for violence days in advance and counted on it to provide him an opportunity to stay in power. 

 White House Counsel Pat Cipollone understood that laws were being broken. He told Hutchinson to stop Trump from going up to Capitol Hill because they were “going to be charged with every crime imaginable”. Yet Trump ignored his legal counsel and persisted in trying to lead the mob. 

 Trump’s actions on January 6th prove he had insight into the mob. At his own rally on the Ellipse, he wanted the Secret Service to shut off the metal detectors – an unthinkable act for anyone who is provided a security detail. Trump was confident because he knew they weren’t there to harm him, but were there to stop Congress from certifying the election. 

 

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