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Rick Perry decided to travel the talk show circuit after a bad debate night, and people dumped on him for it. When the normally-lovable but recently off-kilter commenters at Ace chimed in, one moron opined:

Sigh. Try to imagine Lincoln doing the mid-18th century equivalent of a talk show.

Yeah, that couldn’t possibly have ended well. Lincoln would have looked like a fool and his political career would have been ruined.

I was watching my grandson last night, and by request turned on a Curious George movie on Netflix. At one point, The Man in the Yellow Hat makes a phone call, only to get a voice prompt that’s funny on several levels.

For Spanish, press 1. For French, press 2. For Klingon, press ‘cha’.

Can anyone who is a member of the KLI confirm that translation?

There’s an awesome article at Big Hollywood about the intersection between campus liberals, selective protection of free speech, and well-armed space cowboys who prefer not to kill people in their sleep.

It’s now enshrined in legal doctrine. In some future century, someone – maybe Samuel T. Cogley, or perhaps Colonel Worf – will read up on a little Texas case law and thereby open a rift in the time-space continuum.

Can’t wait for that episode.

In a favorable review of Avatar Gabe Malor says that the super-liberal hype has been overblown and the movie isn’t too bad.

So, the final verdict: Avatar is entertaining, but not a masterpiece of plot or characterization. In fact, the plot and characters are pretty dull. It has perhaps three leftist lines which may make individuals carrying some weird guilt over the colonization of the Americas upset. Otherwise, it’s gorgeous, loud, and shit blows up. Did I mention the Smurf sex?

But as you might expect, conservative commenters aren’t convinced they should throw their money away. Gabe responds to one:

The filmmaker himself has admitted to the leftist slant so your criticism of others who noticed that seems a little silly.

I didn’t say there wasn’t “leftist slant.” I said it wasn’t the OUTRAGEOUSLY OUTRAGEOUS leftism that some oversensitive folks are claiming.

Posted by: Gabriel Malor at December 20, 2009 02:16 AM (Mi2wf)

As I’ve said countless times before, the best part of Ace is the comments – especially the socks – and one commenter stands above the others by putting the debate in the proper perspective.

Look, you people focus way too much on some of this political stuff.

Sometimes a movie is just a movie.

Posted by: Leni Riefenstahl at December 20, 2009 03:06 AM (Vo2Ef)

Thanks. I think I’ll just watch this Avatar a few times and wait for Cameron’s version to show up on Netflix.

I may not be much for politics these days, but I’ve still got a warm spot in my heart for… Integrity. The target is ESPN’s John Kruk, prognosticator extraordinaire.

Karl Ravech: If you could sell one team in the major leagues, who would you sell?

[Video of Evan Longoria running out an infield grounder.]

John Kruk: I’d sell the Tampa Bay Rays. They’re in third place right now, and that’s all you need to know to tell you they aren’t making the playoffs.

Later in the same show…

Top 9 Moments of the 2009 MLB season so far… #4:

[Video of the Cleveland Indians come-from-behind 11-10 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, May 25]

John Kruk: The reason why I picked this moment is because it’s a telling moment for the Cleveland Indians.  Coming into the game 8-1/2 games out in the American League Central Division and down by 10 runs before the game actually even started, they had every right to say this game’s over and look forward to the following day.  But no, they score 7 runs in the bottom of the 9th to win 11-10.  It showed a lot of character and a lot of heart, and the reason why they’re still in this race in the American League Central.

The Cleveland Indians have split their last 6 games 3-3. Other than sweeping the Rays at home for the 17th game in a row (a streak even the stellar 2008 Rays did not interrupt) the Indians have not won more than 2 games in a row this season, and have had losing streaks of 5 games once and 4 games twice.

Since they met on 5/25, the Rays are 11-7, and the Indians are 11-9. The Rays started the series 23-23, the Indians were 11 games under .500.

The Indians have since picked up two games in the AL Central race, but are still in last place. They are now 8 games under .500.

The Rays have slipped 1 game in the AL East division. After winning their last 5 in a row and 11 of their last 15, they are tied for third, 5 games behind the Boston Red Sox. They are now 3 games over .500.

There are 98 games left in the season.

UPDATE: Later the same day, compare and contrast:

Rays roll to sixth straight win: Tampa Bay sets club record with 12 extra-base hits (12-4 win over the Rockies)

Missed chances doom Tribe: Indians put plenty of runners on but can’t cash in (5-7 loss to the Brewers)

Meanwhile, Kruk repeated his claim that the Indians were “still in it”, despite the snickering of his fellow panelists on Baseball Tonight. Integrity, I tell ya.

First, there’s this not-quite-impartial gag posted at Ace, starring Billy Dee Williams. (And MAN, is he getting old.)

That, of course, put me in the mood to root for the Empire. Which makes this post at National Review even sweeter.

Several things have to be agreed upon before you root for the Empire. (Which, I know, sounds like heresy, but if you hear out Jonathan Last and take some creative assumptions, it really does work.) First, you have to assume that while you’re continuing to suspend disbelief in the rest of the movies, you don’t suspend it for political sub-text as well. The Rebel Alliance is a bunch of (small-d) democrats because we want them to be. If you toss that out and assume nothing is assumed, then Last’s premise begins to hold water.

Following on with that, you have to remember that despite Lucas’s preamble, this galaxy really isn’t that far from the laws of right and wrong. Meaning, that very little in this universe is pure evil and pure good. If you accept the premise that there are good liberals and bad conservatives (or, for our friends on the left, corrupt Democrats and “compassionate” Republicans), that the greatest form of government the world has ever known is (as Churchill so famously put it) merely the best of those ever tried, and that the burden of moronic bureaucracy and vote-selling graft is at least as bad as our democratic virtues are good, then you have to realize that the movies we’re watching are not quite so black-and-white as Lucas tries to make them.

If the Rebels aren’t necessarily all that great, can the Empire really be all that bad?

(Come to think of it, maybe my son has a good reason to be playing an Imperial in Star Wars Galaxies….)

For all of you iPhone Phreaks…

Hat tip to Laura W. at Ace

I’ve been telling people about this blooper-roll skit for years, and thinking about it just now I Googled it on a lark. Lo and behold someone put it on YouTube. Make sure you don’t have any distractions, and that you have the freedom to make loud gasping noises while pounding on the floor. (It’s totally mostly only mildy clean vulgar, but might be NSFW if you can’t do that without having the boss call the men in white coats.)

I suppose in a strange sort of way we could call this topical to TBR – after all, isn’t it politically incorrect to laugh at midgets and handicapped pachyderms?

Good news for Sox fans (many of whom reside right here in Ft. Myers and SW Florida – the Red Sox Spring Training home), after going so long without one win they now have two in the last four years.

And in related news, it turns out that Hillary has actually always been a Red Sox fan, forced to cheer them on in secret due to her husbands affection for the Yankees. (That whole “I’ve always been a Yankees fan” thing was just for Bill’s sake, you see.) To prove her affection for the famed Bean-town team, she points to the fact that she named her beloved cat ‘Socks’ after the team – though she had to spell it that way to throw off suspicion!

Asked for a comment on this sudden shift of allegiance Mrs. Clinton commented “How about those Patriots? You know, I’ve always been a….”

(Goodbye Maestro, and thank you for the beautiful music.)

Bravo! Bravissimo!

Nessun Dorma

None must sleep! None must sleep!
And you, too, Princess,
in your cold room,
gaze at the stars
which tremble with love
and hope!

But my mystery is locked within me,
no-one shall know my name!
No, no, I shall say it as my mouth
meets yours when the dawn is breaking!

And my kiss will break the silence
which makes you mine!

(No-one shall know his name,
and we, alas, shall die!)

Vanish, o night!
Fade, stars!
At dawn I shall win

This is for pure entertainment value, and it does contain a couple of words they can not say on AM radio, mostly funny the language won’t put you off.

Iowahawk delivers guest commentary by UK terrorist doctor.


Very funny stuff, if you are not an Islamofacist.

National Lampoon’s 72 Virgins
Two idiot college students unwittingly join an Al Qaeda cell in order to get the 72 virgins promised to terrorists when they die.”

To see the video short and vote for the full-length movie, go here


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