Meanwhile, Costello said he came away from the experience less than impressed with ‘SNL.’ “Maybe something got lost in translation,” Costello wrote in the liner notes of ‘This Year’s Model”s reissue, “but none of the humor seemed nearly as ‘dangerous’ or funny as they seemed to think it was — or perhaps they were just having a bad show.”
But of course: 1959 Mexican Christmas movie has Santa breaking child labor laws. And Merlin. Also Satan.
I’ve never seen this legendary bad film and have no plans to, but it’s airing on TCM Underground this week.
Believe it or not, there’s a good explanation for the film’s… unique take on Santa Claus. In the late 1950s, Santa Claus remained an unfamiliar figure in much of Mexico, where holiday gift-giving customs still focused on the Magi and their feast day, Epiphany (January 6). Even today, many discussions of Mexican Christmas customs make no mention of Santa Claus, instead focusing on such traditional holiday elements as posadas and piñatas. Santa has become more popular only in recent decades. Another odd running theme is the focus on social standing and class, which was a major concern of Mexico during that period.
Appropriately enough, the Middle Eastern kids make guns:
Singles include “School’s Out” and the Bobby Fuller Four original version of “I Fought the Law.”
(More about all the different versions of that song here.)
The album category includes Autobahn and Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967)
Steve Sailer writes:
The “social justice” brand appeals to the unhappy and unsettled. More than a few aren’t quite right in the head: the criminal, the paranoid, the fantasists, and those obsessed with obscure ancestral vendettas. By working so hard to lure in individuals motivated by their anger at cisgendered straight white males, the progressives wind up encouraging and highlighting borderline personalities, such as Michael Brown (a mentally stable 6’4”, 290-pound black teenager would have been spending August at football practice, not knocking over convenience stores) and the cast of crazies in the U. of Virginia gang rape hoax.
Mark Steyn writes:
…do you know who Lady Reading Hospital is named after? The Marchioness of Reading was born Alice Cohen, the daughter of a Jewish merchant in London. She married a barrister called Rufus Isaacs, who in 1921 as Lord Reading became Viceroy of India – the first Jew to hold the highest office in the Raj. (He was also the first Jew to serve as Britain’s Foreign Secretary and as Lord Chief Justice of England. He’s buried in the Jewish Cemetery at Golders Green.) Alice Reading devoted her time as vicereine to charity and health issues, and was the driving force behind the construction of proper medical facilities in Peshawar.
So here we are nine decades later: Jew-hate is endemic among the hard men of Islam. But, when it comes to treating wounded Muslim schoolchildren, the only game in town is a hospital founded by a Jew.
Mark Steyn writes:
Usually the Muslims-fear-backlash crowd at least waits till the terrorist atrocity is over. In this case the desiccated multiculti saps launched the #I’llRideWithYou campaign even as the siege was still ongoing – while Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson were still alive. Muslims are not the victims here. Ms Dawson and Mr Johnson are the victims. And yet the urge to usher Muslims into the victim chair and massage their tender sensibilities is now so reflexive the narcissists on Twitter don’t even have the good taste to wait till the siege is over and the corpse count is known. Far from a restoration of faith in humanity, it’s a glimpse of how advanced the sickness is.
Warning: The comments will be 5000% “JOOOO!”-y this week. I don’t even have to check first. Sorry…
The blue ribbon in the “Self-Hating White Man” category has to be placed on the coffin of David Ruenzel.
I’ll admit it: I emailed the story of Ruenzel’s murder to a bunch of my friends with the subject line “ha ha ha ha.” That’s because he made a living writing about “white privilege” for the inexplicably respectable Southern Poverty Law Center—and he was killed by two black dudes.
While hiking, no less. (…)
His murder provides some of us with a “Little Nell” moment, but don’t laugh for long…
James Fulford, picking apart another dubious story by “reporter” Sabrina Rubin Erdely:
Of course, all this is not Blumer’s fault if she was drugged, as she apparently believes. But there’s no evidence that she was drugged. She had toxicology tests, they came up negative.