"Primitive Girl" - M. Ward
Hey guys -- sorry for the disappearance. The whole work, husband, father, and dog-owner combo has had me working overtime lately. Well that and a little bit of the old writer's block.
- I watched "Game Change" over the weekend and was pretty impressed by it. I found myself cringing a bit in sympathy for Sarah Palin while watching it -- in particular scenes of her watching Tina Fey portraying her on SNL. But the portrayal is not a flattering one for Palin. Indeed it is incredibly chilling to think that this woman who really knows so astonishingly little got a shot at being a heart beat away from the presidency. Of course, the movie does have the small problem of Steve Schmidt, who pushed having Palin on the ticket with all of the thought one might put into the selection of a tie in the morning, serving as its conscience as well. See Pierce's review for fuller treatement. Julianne Moore really is quite extraordinary in the central role.
- And speaking of movies, I finally got around to seeing "The Artist" this weekend. I am curious what those of you who have seen it thought. It struck me as charming and a little daring but ultimately really slight, hemmed in, as it were, by the inherent limitations of silent movies. Uggie the Dog, though, is triumphant and in his own right may be reason enough to see the film.
- I can't really add much to the horrifying shooting in Afghanistan except to say isn't this yet one more compelling reason to call it quits there? The American people are ready -- at least 60% think it is time to leave. Obama should ignore the villagers and listen to the people on this one.
- It's great to see Kathy G. back wrting and at the Washington Monthly, one of my favorite sites. She tackles the Doonesbury controversy.
- James McMurtry has a song in which he uses the phrase "south of the Mason-Dumbass line" -- I think I know what might have inspired him.
- Speaking of which, there is no war on women and the Republican Party is not crazy. Ross Douthat, who does not believe in contraception and opposes all sex out of marriage assures me this is the case. Ross evidently fancies himself sane. Chunky Reese Witherspoon begs to differ.