Rick McGinnis writes:
White’s thesis is simple: Popular culture was already teetering on the brink in the wake of 9/11, but 2004 was the year when the divisions became terminal, with the release of two films – Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ and Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11. The media staked out their position clearly, and any discussion of either film was predicated on a simple formula, according to White: “Passion became a red-state movie, and Fahrenheit became a blue-state movie.” (…)
His infamy was amplified last year, however, when he was ejected from the New York Film Critics Circle, where he’d been chairman for three years, after heckling Steve McQueen, director of the critic’s favorite 12 Years a Slave, at their awards dinner. That White is himself black only made the outrage of his many enemies more ferocious. His contrarian bona fides are enhanced even further by the fact that White is homosexual, and sometimes reviews the same films for both National Review, a conservative magazine, and Out, a gay magazine. (…)
Helpfully, White published a supplement to accompany his National Review polemic, listing the 20 films he thinks “effectively destroyed art, social unity and spiritual confidence … a corrupt, carelessly politicized canon” released in the decade since the culture broke. They include films that I disliked as much if not more than he did (Good Night and Good Luck, Inglourious Basterds) with films I wouldn’t single out as nearly that sinister (United 93, The Social Network) and some I actually enjoyed (Wall-E, Knocked Up).
I checked out White’s 20-film list.
True, the Ocean’s 11 remake is glossy eye candy, but White’s suggestion that it somehow desecrated some wholesome message in the original is odd.
Because in the original, the thieves all served in WW2 together and were, like the original real life motorcycle gangs, left unmoored by their experience, like proto/fictional Vietnam War vets, but without the heavy drug use.
Goodman’s TRIPP NYC has for decades been a go-to brand for musicians, and over the years has designed rock fashion pieces – zippered pants, moto jackets, dresses and more – that have become a part of the signature Hot Topic look. For this collection, Goodman drew inspiration from Jett’s style, music, lyrics and attitude to design eight “rock fashion basics” – the key pieces to a rocker’s wardrobe.
“When I finally met Joan, I felt as if I’d known her forever, and was so excited to be working with her,” Goodman said. “I’ve been designing for a girl like Joan all of my life!”
She sued Hot Topic a year ago. All is forgiven, I guess!
Gavin McInnes writes:
I was about to pull out all my hair so I left the office and went to a local pub for a drink. The news was on with subtitles and everyone was transfixed. I sat next to an old British professor who managed to admit that this is “unfortunate” and “it’s hard to believe it’s really happening.” It’s not the kind of rage I was hoping for, but you take what you can get in this country. Soon after, I eavesdropped on a busboy talking to the waitresses. It was hard to hear him because they were at least 15 feet away, but I think he implied the attacks were “sane.”
Ann Coulter writes:
And as you have surely heard by now, you absolutely, positively cannot keep your current health insurance. That is, unless your plan already covers acupuncture for transgendered illegal aliens with gambling addictions.
As for the deficit-busting qualities of this wildly expensive law, the Congressional Budget Office now projects that Obamacare is going to cost the federal government $92 billion a year.
But if Shaheen had told the truth, Obamacare never would have passed — even in the sleazy manner it did. So she had to lie! What else could she do?
Yesterday, I was physically and emotionally shaken, and in turn was shaken by that reaction.
Believe me, I’m not a statist, and not much of a nationalist.
I have no sentimental or even intellectual affection for Canada’s Parliament, which I believe does more harm than good on any given day.
I don’t believe that all cops and soldiers are “heroes.”
I loathe makeshift memorials and heart-tugging nursery school rhetoric about “lost innocence.”
I’m torn about Canada’s response to “the war on terror,” which seems to involve building schools for foreigners who have no written language, and doubling our number of Muslim immigrants since 9/11 — the moral equivalent of hiding Nazis in your attic during World War II.
Instead of, you know, dropping giant bombs and that.
As you can see, I got angrier as the day went on.
Richard Fernandez writes:
Monica Lewinsky never belonged. Men in politics have often had mistresses, but unlike the well publicized paramours of European leaders, she could not take care of herself. Those women had the angles figured. They gave no pity and deserved none. Lewinsky didn’t even know what the game was. In the loveless, pitiless, strangely sexless world of power politics, the only reputation that counts is how you do as a player. Monica wasn’t even in the running.
That’s what it looks like to Scaramouche:
Once Rouleau (who initially “seemed like a typical and fairly boring convert”) started posting his radical thoughts on Facebook back in June, he appeared on the RCMP’s radar. A month later, the RCMP confiscated his passport (but couldn’t charge him with anything). That’s when the “outreach” really kicked in:
“But police met repeatedly with Mr. Rouleau, his family and the imam at the mosque he attended, trying to talk him down from his newfound obsession with Islamist extremism. “We wanted to avoid his turning to violence,” the [RCMP] superintendent said.”
Read the whole thing.
…in this video by FCKH8.com, little girls dressed up as princesses explain how unfair the world is to women with a crapload of words far worse than crapload.
For example, choice phrases include “I’m not some pretty fucking hopeless princess in distress!”, “Pay up, motherfucker!”, and “Start teaching boys not to fucking rape!”
Yes, these little girls also talk about rape, as well as how society judges women’s looks and pay equality.