It seems, via Todd Zywicki, that the life of Arrested Development is endangered. For those of you who haven’t seen it, AD is the funniest show on the air, simultaneously witty and vulgar, intelligent and crude. Moreover, it’s the only show that causes you to laugh out loud for thirty minutes at a time. Plus, it’s the only place where you can see Ellen DeGeneres’ girlfriend, the former host of Mr. Show, and the Fonz at the same time. Anyway, there’s a petition going to save it; consider signing. I’d personally prefer that it be transferred from Fox to a higher quality cable network; Cartoon Network would be nice, as it would fit well with Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Sealab 2021, Harvey Birdman, Tom Goes to the Mayor, and the ilk. However, the fact that it’s live-action could hurt its chances at a slot at CN. In that case, HBO might be a good choice; it’s been suffering since Sex and the City left, and the show’s a good fit for it. But any continuation of this show is good. So sign.
Now we know where Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas) thinks the weapons of mass destruction are buried: in Syria, which he said he’d like to nuke to smithereens.
Speaking at a veterans’ celebration at Suncreek United Methodist Church in Allen, Texas, on Feb. 19, Johnson told the crowd that he explained his theory to President Bush and Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) on the porch of the White House one night.
Johnson said he told the president that night, “Syria is the problem. Syria is where those weapons of mass destruction are, in my view. You know, I can fly an F-15, put two nukes on ‘em and I’ll make one pass. We won’t have to worry about Syria anymore.”
Via Matt Yglesias. First off, “those weapons of mass destruction” aren’t in Syria; “those weapons of mass destruction” never existed. Secondly, an atomic attack on Syria would, if anything, only trigger them to use WMDs against us, while committing nuclear genocide on millions of innocent Syrians. Not that the right would mind; their favorite blogger has endorsed genocide, after all, specifically against Muslims. Lovely people, those conservatives.
I’m back, and, yes, I did see the Oscars. I’ve haven’t seen Million Dollar Baby, but judging from the three Best Picture nominees I have seen (Sideways, Ray, and The Aviator), Ray was clearly the best of them. Sideways was mildly amusing, but blindingly obvious, and the Maya character was so one-dimensional it made me want to scream. The Aviator was perfectly well-made, but there didn’t really seem to be a point to any of it. But I have long been a Scorsese partisan, so seeing Marty lose the directing award (to another freaking actor! First Robert Redford won for Ordinary People, robbing it from Scorsese for Raging Bull. Then Kevin Costner won for Dancing with Volves, robbing it from Scorsese for Goodfellas. Then Mel Gibson won for Braveheart, robbing it from Scorsese for Casino. Gah!!!!) was quite disappointing. But overall, the show was great. Chris Rock was his normal hilarious self; the Fahrenheit 9/11 section was great, as well as the section on “films so bad that they make you worry about the financial situation of the actors in them.” However, I must say that the “if you can’t find a star, just wait” section was tiresome. But it’s still fun to see wingers proving, once again that they can’t take a joke (how dare the Academy ignore an obscure Dutch filmmaker! how dare they!).
Note: I won’t be posting until Monday the 28th, at the earliest. Vacation.
All that I’ve ever wanted to say about the right-wing blogosphere is said here by Kevin Drum:
THE VOICE OF THE RIGHT….Instapundit, in late January:
When Ted Kennedy can make an absurd and borderline-traitorous speech on the war….well, this [Ward Churchill] is the authentic face of the Left. Or what remains of it.
Power Line, two weeks ago:
Jimmy Carter isn’t just misguided or ill-informed. He’s on the other side.
New York State GOP Chairman Stephen Minarik, yesterday:
The Democrats simply have refused to learn the lessons of the past two election cycles, and now they can be accurately called the party of Barbara Boxer, Lynne Stewart, and Howard Dean
While I’ve defended Stewart, these people clearly think she’s guilty, and thus are consciously calling Democrats terrorist symps. The MSM’s “blog of the year” has called an ex-POTUS a traitor, and the most influential blogger online has called a great American statesman the same. This is the voice of the right, and it’s disgusting.
Matt Yglesias and Ross Douthat, via the former, are now officially associate members of the media “gang”, whatever that means. Matt makes an obligatory rap song reference, and so far nothing has been heard from from Ross. Anyway, all I know is that someone who writes this is definitely big media:
Earlier this afternoon I was on a conference call with Sen. John Corzine, Rep. Sander Levin, and Nobel Prize–winning economist Joseph Stiglitz to talk about the Greenspan testimony
A likely presidential contender in 2008 and, arguably, the greatest economist alive, on conference call? Big Media Matt indeed.
Matt Yglesias points out Ayatollah Khomeini’s website, which features advice on, er, sensitive topics. If only Bush would do such a thing; it would make me the happiest man on Earth. I personally prefer Ayatollah Sistani’s website. Anyone who bans chess under all circumstances but allows anal and oral sex is worthy of blog attention.