Sunday, November 30, 2008
In context of the Obama ad below, Brian, is this what you had in mind for change in the '60's?
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Preceded by Bill Gates clandestine retreat, change in government has evolved "too little, too late" or not?
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Review by Pat Darnell
Maybe we at MooPig can steer our friends so that every pig gets a truffle next year... Look at the Nostradamus Quatrain Generator:
Question: While implementing the New Year changes to the law, must I become clairvoyant or will I be left to the capriciousness of the fates?
Answer: Let’s gaze into our crystal ball and take a look…………….
In an attempt to enlighten us all, Nostradmus Says is even now engaging in promulgating rules which will help take the mysticism out of your future.
Effective Nostradamus Template that You can Use: for Collusion, graft, extortion, bombast, segmenting markets, redeeming coupons.... and other financial dealings.
For instance: "Will the ___________________ be a beginning of a microcosm in literature and art? "
i.e. -- Will the Financial Bailout be a beginning of a microcosm in literature and art?
QUATRAIN Generator: only a click away
The rule will be left to two; they will hold it for a very short timeExample Two: Will the Gore Greenism spin on globalistic conditions be a beginning of a microcosm in literature and art?
Appearing at the time of the great games of slaughter
The Senate Conclave will not approve of him
War to cease, civil processes, debates
The new baroque will go on voyages
Times good to bad, the sweet for the bitter
It will be seized and plunged into the Vat
Meanest assistance against their frontier
Earth-shaking fire from the center of the Earth[If you are unsure of what the response means, further guidance can be found in the Gideon Bible, available at most finer hotels and motels.]
That they will be the authors of a great conflict
To prepare for a journey torments the first offspring
Driven out by sea will fail at the time of need
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Will one be elected for the trembling ship?
After victory pardon to the captives
Greedy to see the plume of smoke wail in the wind
Nostradamus Quatrain Generator WWNS, (or, What Would Nostradamus Say)
http://www.getodd.com/stuf/nostradamus.html Our fully automated Nostradamus Quatrain Generator can provide you with a personalized quatrain, already translated into English, for use in your daily life.
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From chapter 18 of Walden  by Henry David Thoreau:
"Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises?
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." (Oft Quoted Line Used in The Godwulf Manuscript, Valediction, Ceremony, The Widening Gyre, Hugger Mugger, Family Honor, Perish Twice...)
Friday, November 28, 2008
Yes. I hit the Hallmark age. It turns out, I have to throw my cell phone in the air to get service. Repeated tosses in the air give me enough bars on the ATandT circuit to at least hear every fourth word brother speaks. Which is better than hearing partial words, dead air then a loud "are you still there?"
Some-wise I always hear "are you still there?"
Today's question is "are we going to Golden Corral after service, or to Chili's?" Logically we should go to Golden Corral. There the amount of vittles per dollar is higher than at Chili's.
That brings up another too old to be funny situation. Food is poison. Food is killing me... how can it be? I am what I eat or food is what I eat? No the answer is I am what I have for a cellular ATandT family package. "Package" in 2008 doesn't mean what it does back in the day.
Besides, my cliffhanger education has left me bereft. It seems every college professor would start out with general knowledge then over ten weeks move towards the specific. By the end of the semster his final words took us to the cliff, and there out beyond was the void: the lack of knowledge about the subject be it geology or physics for the performing arts. Yes my studies were liberal arts. And today, where are we with liberal arts but more liberal than ever.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Texans are status oriented just like every other state populace. In fact Texians might be more status seeking today. Especially ranchers who are originally from Rockford, IL.
A hybrid Texan like those might consider this as the height of status -- in other words a Lexus LS with gold trim; sort of a hybrid all its own.
But a Texan from Texas Panhandle might consider this ultimate status:
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
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First, Leo Kottke does “Taxco Steps”. I saw Leo a couple of years ago in a similar setting. He walked on with two guitars, 6 and 12 string, laid one on the floor (no stand) and played. He has this deal where he engages in banter while tuning between songs. It comes in handy because he will change tunings from song to song. At one point, while he had the 12 string, he went from standard to D tuning. That’s a weekend job for a lot of guys.
Video no longer available: "This was also written in Mexico. Outside of Cuernavaca, there's a town called Taxco [pronounced "TAS-koh"] and it's more or less on top of a [audience member says something] -- which? -- it's on top of a mountain, many steps, if you want to be cool, to get there. And I've walked these steps. And when I got there -- this was on a weekend -- I entered the city square and fell asleep, as a result of this walk, on a park bench. And I was awakened, I don't know how much time had elapsed, but I was awakened by a little boy who was beating me in the face with a rolled-up newspaper. He was a totally corrupted evil child and he was delighted with himself. He was one of the happiest people I've seen in a while. So naturally I burst into song and this is called Taxco Steps. (SOURCE)
Leo is a brave man. A lot of the records that guitar heads refer to when lauding Leo Kottke are the things he did in the 70s when he used finger picks. He abandoned that technique because it caused tendonitis. So, he’s a living lesson in how one needs to be able to adapt to life’s circumstances. His playing now, with just fingers, is maybe not as raucous. It’s more subtle but, now that I’ve become accustomed to the difference, I much prefer what he does now to the old stuff. He’s at the top of his game, I think.
Next, Tony Rice does “Church Street Blues” So, there’s an entirely different technique with the flat pick. I’ve listened to Tony play with bands a lot. He has a real knack for getting a very liquid lead tone on the acoustic. His vibrato is very sweet.
Some people say that he phrases almost like an electric player in that he seems capable of pulling a seemingly impossible sustain out of an acoustic guitar. I like this clip because it shows the solo, flat pick approach which, you hardly see anybody doing these days and Tony…well he just nails it. One thing you will notice is that he has impeccable time which is just one of the difficult things to achieve with this type of playing. See, I think Tony’s time is the real secret behind his lead playing. Time obviously affects your phrasing but, your tone as well. If you are putting the notes in the right place, they sound better tonally. It lets the note breathe._________________________________
Pat Darnell and Friends replied,
Some people say that he phrases almost like an electric player in that he seems capable of pulling a seemingly impossible sustain out of an acoustic guitar. [Illegal aliens do this naturally by the time they enter grammar school where I come from.]
My catholic case for a Hard-shell Case for The Acoustic Guitar
Same old Same old... by Pat Darnell
I realize that most of the persons commenting in here are too young to have experienced the “introduction” of rock ‘n roll. That is — “When it was beginning” — well truth is it embarrassed almost every music teacher and music student I knew. Presbyterian Preachers, Jews, Cubans and Mexican immigrants, plentiful in ’60’s Houston, found Rock ‘n Roll to be “lousy.” Cheerleaders, Baptist Choirs, and most school girls in Pappagallo’s thought It’s musicians and culture was too much for them, or too repetitious.
I have just enough curiosity to have formed opinion and rhetoric related to the intro of Rock and Roll. I like it, and as I lived through it, it's a fact it came from acoustic performers.
First was Hootenanny in our white neighborhoods, then there was a switch to electric instruments. First electric equipment was hand made, like speaker cabinets, and strange glowing ovens for amplifiers that buzzed.. you get the picture? Trap sets came out of show band styles. Singing cowboys upfront toting the melody was like Audie Murphy, at least to us Southern Gulf Coast muttley-mish-mash’s Mud Bugs in our deep south nouveau riche yet tasteless bedroom communities. Sing a-long's became impossible with amp-ed instruments, and most of my musicians friends thought that was a good thing anyway.
1959 Rock performance was met with real disdain. Elvis’s wiggling made Veterans of Foreign Wars in my neighborhood sick to their stomachs. Stylized, syncopated, synchronous dancing like Motown was a further reason to segregate the neighborhood in Houston… so said founding fathers of Democrat deep south Houston where I lived those years, was ten years behind Detroit.
As a matter of fact, many would not drive through old Downtown Houston because they did not like to see a’capella dance groups singing and moving in unison on the corners of Main Street, by the bus stop in front of the Foley’s Department store. It was so natural to perform and dance there with captive audience queued up waiting for the buses.
It was cozy when the band came forward after intermission; it was the first time anyone did that. Houston at that time, Rock concerts were like wrestling, not all that well attended, at first.
Also, various performers would show up, mostly Willie Nelson, or Jerry Jeff,.. to add “value:” Ha! but cool too. It was a natural way to figure out their markets… no? So they included several sides of themselves.. no?
There is an historic building that was razed in the ’90’s, 1928 - 1998, called the Houston Coliseum, where most of the first concerts were held. It is where also wrestling started. It is there also where a friend of mine paid $8 to see the Beatles.. the first maniac sell out Coliseum Rock concert..
My friend at 14 years old dropped acid during that concert, and now at 57 still doesn’t remember much after the concert. He mumbles about the security guards did something to him while he was there… he was one of the fortunate sons with enough money to get in and well it changed him forever for the worse.
You see Houstonians, we, were so dense back then, we didn’t even know what amount of LSD to drop. Make it up as we go, and if we survive, well we still get drafted. Pretty good quick look at that Coliseum History HERE
My older brother, 7 years older, did not even go to many pre-70’s concerts back then, because there really weren’t any. And $8 was a ton of money then… we weren’t raised as fortunate sons by our Navy Dad; always low on cash… sons. Therefore I settled for Leon Russell, Allman Brothers, Elton John, Poco, BeeGees, Willie, Z-Z, etc… and you know it was a good run for a rudderless child in Houston.
Stadium concerts followed as crowds grew and audiences could no longer be contained, and well then it became a completely different experience. I went to one stadium “mishap” at the Astrodome, and never to return to that venue. Not intimate enough for me… sound system like being inside a conch shell… opposite and totally unlike what I first experienced at the limestone columned Coliseum. My view had changed on Rock and Roll from embarrassed dweeb to enthusiast.
One purpose is to really tell how it was for those who might want to know where all this 2% rock ‘n roll self-defeating venue comes from. It doesn’t take much math to figure that stadium Rock is where big money is. In stadium rock, as long as there is a sound system that delivers, a band can get more ticket sales per capita per song. If Keefer strokes his guitar 1200 times in a concert, then he is getting paid more per stroke when he is able to in front of 98,212 fans. I personally cannot think of anything worse than this type of performance. JumboTrons of excitement?
Beginnings are “Not” unlike the tales Pribe’s and San’s, Ovid, Gary, Ron, et al tell about gigs today. That is the tradition I most believe in, and when I ran across old Jack and Ron back when, it is why I and my bride to be followed them around for a year or so. It is a hard shell case for acoustic, buskin’ down under the bridges by the bayous; Making a pleasant noise. Thank you and good morning.
__________________________________Sans Direction wrote, If I might contribute another video….
Queefing Madonna wrote,
The Relevant Quote:
“And, of course, that is what all of this is - all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs - that song, endlesly reincarnated - born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket ‘88′, that Buick 6 - same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness.”
– Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather
Hedges was great. Just a very musical soul. There are a lot of people wandering around now that are attempting to utilize a lot of the things he was doing but, I don’t get the same feeling from them. One example of how Hedges really impressed me; I have this Pat Martino record where he’s doing duets with an all-star cast of guitarists. It’s one of those discs where some of it works and some of it falls short. See, Pat has a genuine dinstinctive style and tone. And, neither his style or tone rely on outboard gear. It’s pretty straightforward. Now, some of the cats brought all of their delays, choruses, rectifiers etc. and, it doesn’t work so well with Martino’s substance. Odd because it’s Pat’s record. In other words, you should always defer to the guy whose record it is. Anyway, Hedges, who wasn’t above employing any of the gizmos, found a way to blend with Martino and make a wonderful musical statement. That is a musician’s musician.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Retrieved by Pat Darnell
Jesus Fish in a Barrel: "Religulous"
Posted by robbiefreeling on Oct 3, 2008 at 10:52AM
Bill Maher has had quite a run. Fourteen years have passed since Politically Incorrect saved him from Shannon Tweed vehicles and endless stand-up. A Washington meets Hollywood twist on the McLaughlin Group, PI proved surprisingly durable for Comedy Central before losing steam (and some bite) on ABC. After ill-timed (if courageous) comments led to the show's cancellation, Maher moved right along to Real Time on HBO (tweaking the format by losing the left-right debate and giving more time to Maher's emboldened commentary), where his notoriety, and wonky-smug shtick, hasn't waned.
I watched PI regularly for years, drawn to the unscripted and surprisingly informed political exchanges between dustbin celebrities like Jimmie Walker and Casey Kasem. I was also drawn to Maher, whose vehement libertarianism often led discussions into knotty, unfamiliar territory, at least for American television.
But what has always bothered me about Maher is the irreconcilability of his dual, if defining, impulses: to engage seriously and intelligently with politics and morality, yet crap away all nuance, at a moment's whim, for the sake of an easy joke.
Rather than one supporting, illuminating, or even tempering the other, he too often just dilutes or degrades both comedy and argument. His latest project, Religulous, a Larry Charles--directed, gonzo-documentary screed against faith, is similarly self-defeating. (robbie freeling; Oct 3, 2008. retrieved HERE 10.21.2008) pd/mpw
[See: also Religulous movie review HERE]
Sunday, November 23, 2008
From: KILLINFO@aol.com | Subject: Another Killian Question (Pt.2)
Retrieved HERE Nov 23, 2008 | Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 14:10:21 EDT
[Paraphrased by Pat Darnell]
"Additional info that I [Ted Killian] have for Al Killian (...Killion) was that, apparently,
he was from Alabama -- the Alabama Music Hall of Fame lists him as being born in Birmingham, AL.
"On another musical note ... the popular novelty song of 1940-41, "The Hut Sut Song (a Swedish Serenade)" was written by a Leo V. Killion ...along with Ted McMichael and Jack Owens. The tune became a huge hit and was popularized a great many of the big bands including the Freddy Martin Orchestra, Kay Kyser Orchestra, and the Horace Heidt Orchestra. In 1941, the 'Merry Macs' vocal group sang it in the movie "San Antonio Rose."
"Over a decade later, it was featured in the landmark World War II film "From Here to Eternity." Other Swing Era and wartime favorites as Dinah Shore and the Andrews Sisters also recorded the tune, which included such lyrics as "Hut Sut Rawlson on the rillerah and brawla, brawla sooit." Killion grew up in Minneapolis, MN, where he heard Swedish folk songs that he would spoof by writing nonsense lyrics to go along with the music.
"I think I first heard it sung by Dinah ...see the USA in your Chevrolet ... Shore in the' 50s -- probably on her TV show. The jaunty melody is something I even think most of us "boomers" would recognize if we heard it. The lyrics (which are quite silly) go something as follows:"
The Hut Sut Song (a Swedish Serenade)
In a town in Sweden by a stream so clear and cool
A boy would sit and fish and dream when he should have been in school.
Now, he couldn't read or write a word but happiness he found
In a little song he heard and here's how it would sound;
Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah and a brawla, brawla sooit,
Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah and a brawla sooit.
Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah and a brawla, brawla sooit,
Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah and a brawla sooit.
Now the Rawlson is a Swedish town, the rillerah is a stream.
The brawla is the boy and girl,
The Hut-Sut is their dream.
Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah and a brawla, brawla sooit.
Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah and a brawla sooit.
...Enjoy, Ted Killian
At MooPig, our WWII Veteran Dad would sing Hut-Sut when he was happy, in the mornings. Snapping fingers and doing some kind of step.. Cool to finally see what those words really are, for me. Now if I could find the tune...
Also from 1941
"Perfidia" by Mexican composer Alberto Dominguez, lyrics by Milton Leeds; "Why Don't You Do Right?" by blues songwriter Joe McCoy; "Yes Indeed!" by Sy Oliver; "Deep in the Heart of Texas" by Don Swander, 36, and his wife, June (née Hershey), 32 (who has never been in Texas); "Jersey Bounce" by Billy Plate, Tony Bradshaw, Edward Johnson, Robert B. Wright; "The Hut-Sut Song" by Leo V. Killion; "Cow-Cow Boogie" by Don Raye, Gene DePaul, and New York-born instrumenalist Bennett Lester "Benny" Carter, 34; "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" by Harry Warren, lyrics by Mack Gordon; "I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)" by Harry Warren, lyrics by Mack Gordon (for Carmen Miranda to sing in Irving Cummings's film That Night in Rio); "Why Don't We Do This More Often" by Allie Wrubell, lyrics by Charlie Newman; "Let's Get Away from It All" by Seattle-born Tommy Dorsey protégé Matthew Loveland "Matt" Dennis, 27, lyrics by Tom Adair; "Anniversary Waltz" by Al Dubin and Dave Franklin; Billie Holiday records "God Bless the Child" and "Gloomy Sunday"; Chicago-born jazz singer Anita O'Day (Anita Belle Colton), 21, records "Let Me Off Uptown" with the Gene Krupa band (O'Day began her career singing at a dance marathon during the Depression); the Andrews Sisters record "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" by Don Raye and Hughie Prince. [Liner notes retrieved HERE]
Debt/Debtor -- Lend/Borrow... Any fashion it is mixed: Growing Economies require Developing Economies
Update by Pat Darnell
Why China's Stimulus Plan Will Change the World,
By Bill Mann and Tim Hanson | November 12, 2008
In other words, what goes around, comes around. Global schadenfreude toward a stupid and greedy United States and its subprime mortgage meltdown has rapidly become global concern about how to rescue the world from an all-encompassing financial disaster. Here's just a smattering of companies large and small that recently announced lowered outlooks for the year: Under Armour (NYSE: UA), News Corp. (NYSE: NWS), Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX), Vodafone (NYSE: VOD), Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS), ADP (NYSE: ADP), and Hormel (NYSE: HRL). (Yes, in these tough times, even the outlook for Spam is grim.)
Shameful joy? Sounds like catholic love-making which, depending upon how much alcohol was consumed the night before may actually give rise to a little schadenfreude for one one of the participants. (Kenski; HERE)
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Failing Like Japan,
By Bill Mann | November 11, 2008 [Source]
Friday, November 21, 2008
Rollingstone out on Highway 61
The Celestial Monochord | Journal of the Institute for Astrophysics and the Hillbilly Blues
The histories of Minnesota City and Rollingstone, two towns you pass along Highway 61 on your way out of Minnesota, begin with a Utopian crackpot whose followers became his victims in one of the more ghastly episodes in the state's history.
The Rollingstone Colony was a little like the Donner Party, if a lot less famous. Its story also reminds me a bit of the Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre.
In 1851, a New York printer persuaded a group of New York professionals to join a Utopian community. They would start fresh in a well-planned city out west in the health-promoting climate of the new Minnesota Territory. The town was to be called Rollingstone.
The leader went out west first, and when 400 people followed him, they found him stuck in a swamp. The women and children slept in a large tent, the men in gopher pits. About three quarters of them soon died in the epidemics that swept the settlement.
Wait. Come to think of it, that's more or less how I came to live here too ...
Anyway, the survivors founded Minnesota City. A small village two miles away is today called Rollingstone, but I'm unclear about precisely how the two towns relate historically to one other and to the Rollingstone Colony.
In any case, I'm thinking more about Bob Dylan and the mid-1960's.
But then, a lot of true things are also hard to believe. It certainly wouldn't be the first time that Dylan seemed preternaturally relevant — that his empathetic imagination would insinuate itself convincingly beyond what seems possible. I've written about that before.
Maybe it's all a coincidence, but it might be worth looking into. I don't know if anyone's properly done the legwork to understand how well-known this incident could've been to Dylan in the early 1960's. My research time is currently booked.
I also don't know if anybody has ever asked Bob when, if ever, he first heard about the Rollingstone Colony down on Highway 61.
[ Retrieved entirely from HERE ]
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"A rolling stone gathers no moss..." 9proverb0
I hope I am on the right side. This proverb came from the Sententiae of Publilius Syrus, and roughly translates as People always moving, with no roots in one place, avoid responsibilities and cares. I have always thought it meant something else. I thought that whatever is going on in your life if you just keep moving you will eventually get on the right course. I say, Rolling, Rolling like a river........
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I'm some tired of this word since about yesterday...
No matter who is appointed they will be guilty by association to all the infantile donkey crap that is to come...
Main Entry: vet
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): vet·ted; vet·ting
1 a: to provide veterinary care for (an animal) or medical care for (a person)
b: to subject (a person or animal) to a physical examination or checkup
2 a: to subject to usually expert appraisal or correction
b: to evaluate for possible approval or acceptance
noun — vet·ter
Sorry -- We have no punch line to this agonizing post election appraising.
Hefner Redux: at least we don't have to discuss Hef's incontinence, yet.
Discussing architecture of qualifications -- "Manner, Shape, or Form..."
MooPig's rebuttal: Here are two women both from Alaska. One is Hefner's whore. The other one is Governor of Alaska... hmmmm. I think it is time Hef retired.
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Al-Qaida No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri is criticizing Barack Obama in a new message, calling him a demeaning racial term implying that the president-elect is a black American who does the bidding of whites. [Geller, Pamela: aka Atlas Shrugs, 11.19.2008, SOURCE]
MooPig Wisdom International just had an emergency meeting. They unanimously decided to make known their position of resolve on cheap-shot artists.
It is now history that we, MooPig, spared no breath in deriving great levels of joy in paring out front-line journalism, yellow and otherwise, during the recent year long campaigns of Dems and Repubs. We ran every rumor and otherwise.
It is our very humble opinion that Barack Obama has legitimately won the election, fair and square, and deserves his victory and all the honor that comes with his new office. And now we feel it is the duty of us at MooPig, and every American, to build, not tear down; to fix, not dawdle; and to repair, not just prop up stuff -- in harmony with our hard fought and well chosen new administration.
OOOO Rah... beacchhes.
That said: now it is the wish of me, MooPig 'da Furst ...that I will find those imbecile's next cheap-shot man slaughtering plans. Then I would feel a lot less antagonism as I infiltrate their dirt hovels, and give them all a seasonal greeting with a Cuban Necktie.
Escape to Athena, 1979
Yes that is Sonny Bono as comic relief side-kick Bruno Rotelli, side-kick being his favorite role in entertainment and marriage.
|Roger Moore||...||Major Otto Hecht|
"If they put taps on their boots, they could play Music Hall..." [Elliott Gould as Charlie]
This motorbike chase scene, makes me wish I could have been there. I would love to take an old BSA through the tiny streets of the old world... We used to go to the gigantic screen and watch these Eastmancolor, Technicolor wonders at movie theaters. The music even includes a little Funk Disco at the credits... "Keep Tomorrow For Me" Written by Barry Blue & Rod Temperton Performed by Heatwave
|David Niven||...||Professor Blake|
|Stefanie Powers||...||Dottie Del Mar|
|Richard Roundtree||...||Nat Judson|
|Sonny Bono||...||Bruno Rotelli|
|Anthony Valentine||...||SS Major Volkmann|
|Michael Sheard||...||Sergeant Mann|
I suppose a look at actors in a historic farce is off limits now in the age of Obama, especially actors who are today vanquished from our collective journals. It is filmed on location for chrisse's sake. I guess I should be more attracted to Sparta, the 300 historic farce with all its CG X.. no? We at MooPig are not represented in the following review:
A very sorry effort: the death knell of the WWII film industry, 12 September 2008
Author: intelearts from the big screen
Absolutely dreadful 70s mish mash of comedy and action - all overacted and under directed. This really has lazy written all over it - dialed-in performances and everything is done in a way that belittles everyone involved.
The plot of a misfit gaggle of POWs on a Greek island with a benevolent German commandant (Roger Moore) who decide to rob a Monastery sounds good but the reality is just awful, and horribly banal.
The whole film is not helped by occasional forays into a harder colder sadistic SS company who arbitrarily hang and shoot the Greek citizenry, and Telly Savalas as an ex-monk with too much testosterone is no better.
Have to be honest and say this is probably my least favourite war film of all time - it just jars at every stage - even the great David Niven - who could make any line seem natural - seems totally bemused by the awfulness of the effort here. Maybe he did it out of paternal love for his son who co-produced this fiasco.
I firmly believe this film was one of the main reasons Hollywood stopped making WWII films and started making Vietnam films, and on the evidence here who can blame them? Fantastic cast, awful, awful, awful film - not even worth watching on a cold, wet Autumn Saturday - honestly...Look and feels like an amateur holiday video... good luck enjoying this one!
intelearts you are a new depression Dweeb: wait, you are more of an ignorant, amateur Obama-baby Dweeb. Maybe you should find a new day job.
All your taste must be in your mouth. Your review makes me want to chase down a good copy of Escape to Athena, at any price, exhaustively. Then watch it everyday for six weeks, until I have memorized it. Then look you up on a "cold wet autumn Saturday" in your poky, dodgy Penthouse and say: "Oh Christ, ratta tat tat, ratta tat tat."
No fat lady sings in this one, but Telly does dance the Zorba dance with the Bubbalina by the Fountain. Roger Moore and Elliott Gould invent modern eBay, and you, intelearts, are probably sitting around wondering where you can find five dollars to buy your next obeanie obaby on O'eBay...
"I firmly believe this film was one of the main reasons Hollywood stopped making WWII films and started making Vietnam films, and on the evidence here who can blame them?" (inteleart; ibid)Speaking for Hollywood now, are you? On second thought, maybe no one should have made Saving Pvt Ryan according to the assessment that no more WWII films are relevant... Oh, wait I get it: you wanted the Nazi's to win... okay, well that would explain your Fascist leanings. Is this you in the following, intelearts?
PD Comment -- "Oh Sorry I was following my instincts:
November 19: sargasm
Deriving far too much satisfaction from glibly berating another with sarcasm.
"Oh, thanks a lot for drinking my last beer! No, it's my fault... if I wanted it for myself, I shouldn't have put it in the fridge!"
"Dude, don't have a sargasm."
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
In a message dated 11/12/2008 6:42:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, antonedavis, Marthasville, MO sends telegram:
> Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2008, 10:46 AM > A cowboy > > > > A cowboy named Bud was overseeing his herd in a remote > mountainous > pasture in Missouri when suddenly a brand-new BMW > advanced out of > a dust cloud towards him. >[stop] > The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, > RayBan > sunglasses and YSL tie, leans out the window and asks the > cowboy, > "If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you > have in your > herd, Will you give me a calf?" > [stop]
> Bud looks at the man, then looks at his > peacefully > grazing herd and calmly answers, "Sure, Why not?" > > > The dude parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook > computer, connects > it to his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfs to a NASA > page on the > Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact > fix on his > location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that > scans the > area in an ultra-high-resolution photo. >[stop]
> The dude then opens the digital photo in Adobe > Photoshop and exports > it to an image processing facility in Hamburg , Germany >[stop]
> Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that > the image has > been processed and the data stored. He then accesses an > MS-SQL database > through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on > his Blackberry > and, after a few minutes, receives a response. >[stop]
> Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his > hi-tech, > miniaturized HP LaserJet printer and finally turns to the > cowboy and > says, "You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves." >[stop]
> "That's right. Well, I guess you can take one of > my calves," says Bud. > > He watches the young man select one of the animals and > looks on amused as > the young man pushes and prods it into the back seat of his car. >[stop]
> Then the Bud says to the dude, "Hey, if I can > tell you exactly what > your business is, will you give me back my calf?" >[stop]
> The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, > "Okay, why > not?" > > "You're a Congressman for the U.S. > Government", says Bud. > > "Wow! That's correct," says the dude, > "but how did you guess that?" >[stop]
> "No guessing required," answered Bud the cowboy. > "You showed up here even > though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an > answer I already > knew, to a question I never asked. You tried to show me how > much smarter > than me you are; and you don't know a thing about > cows...this is a > herd of sheep. . > > Now give me back my dog. > > > >[stop]
A shout out to Marthasville where the chickens are very clean, Martha Boone is buried there, the organist at the COC is a German girl, and the pastor's wife is Cuban. Thanks, antonedavis, for that information. We will sure look into the incident just as soon as we figure out who you are. MooPig Editors
Q: Marlow constantly uses vague and often redundant phrases like “unspeakable secrets” and “inconceivable mystery.” At other times, however, he is capable of powerful imagery and considerable eloquence. Why does Marlow use vague and “inconclusive” language so frequently? (Conrad, Joseph: Heart of Darkness Retrieved HERE)
Most likely, Joseph C was lazy vague, and inconclusive that day when writing his book, and did not want to roll out an entire tome on the good, bad and ugly of the jungle floor. It happens frequently; sometimes writers simply have nothing to explain. Call it white space, dead air, pause like selah, a rest... it is a good thing. Sorely missing in our experiences, don't you think?
Unfortunately surrounding us is modern commercial media. Every split second is filled with regurgitated words, rote idioms and slippery logic of advertising. The only way to get quiet surroundings is to turn off, unplug and shutdown. Or of course rising water could break the electrical circuit, and then there is absolute quiet, no motors anywhere, silence. Often that is called an act of God, or act of Nature.
Hardship is introduced with prejudice. In my high school English class, one day the smart guy in the corner answered Mrs Underwood's question "What is the antagonist in the book, Heart of Darkness?"
"The jungle," he said. *[pause, to express love and astonishment]* To which she said, "Excellent, Joseph."
Eureka, the jungle, nature, not just man or woman, or aliens in rubber suits, but flora and fauna can be villains. I was also impressed, which today amounts to about a buck fiddy.
Since I was sixteen and healthy, I was more concerned with being drafted in two years. At this precise moment the jungle became my breaking point: "We're fighting in the jungles over there, aren't we?" I said to Johnny sitting next to me in class.
Still eureka'd'ing, I drifted off and remembered a more peaceful song my friends had made up: "Nature around us still astounds us, beauty felt within... and in the shade a figure laid... cool and so calm, (selah) 'Look at our world.' (pause)
[tutti forte] Let it be for I have seen with Truth, ...what it is to find beauty." And I started to hum.
"Shhhh, what's with you?" Apparently Johnny was listening intently to the debate up front, now about unspeakable secrets of the jungle as a living, breathing fluid though vague argument for villainy with inconceivable mystery.
Johnny after a while said , "I'm going to enlist in the Coast Guard." I always admired Johnny's resolve about things.
Monday, November 17, 2008
by Pat Darnell
"It came pretty fast," said Tyler Rollema, a 19-year-old sophomore who was eating dinner in the cafeteria when students were told to head to the gym. "We came out and it was just blazing."
Thousands of feet above the flames, footage shot from television helicopters showed what initially looked like a massive campfire with dozens of glowing embers. When cameras zoomed in, however, what appeared to be flaring coals turned out to be houses — many of them sprawling estates — gutted by flame. Palm trees were lit like burning matches.
"It looked like lava coming down a volcano," Leslie Hollis Lopez said as she gathered belongings from her house. (THOMAS WATKINS, AP; today)
A. What place are we talking about here, in the news...
- Xoxocotlan, Mexico
- Gammel Sukkertoppen, Greenland
- Tony community of Montecito, CA
Yesterday, the W$J reported that General Motors may not be able to avoid bankruptcy because of political problems involved in obtaining a bailout loan package from the federal government.
GM is "rapidly burning through cash reserves as car sales plummet and their access to credit tightens. GM has warned it may run out of money within months without outside help."
From what I [SOURCE] can tell, no one is calling for the scalp of GM CEO Rick Wagoner because of confident public statements that he made just a few months ago about his company.
B. Who was prosecuted to death for promoting his company, even though he had a reasonable basis for believing that what he was saying about his company was true.
- Elvis is dead
- Oprah Winfrey
- Ken Lay
- 40 acres and a mule
- Jerry Jones
Over 11,200 people sent photographs ... to be entered in the contest, and their pictures received more than 31.8 million votes. Finalists made their case in a choreographed runway show in Paris. (Nov 14th 2008; By Tom Radle; HERE)
C. What Contest do the pundits speak of?
- Sarah Palin Undergarments look-alike Contest of Wasilla
- Voici! Le monde des plus belles fesses concours Sloggi d Francais
- Tina Turner Shufflin' Contest of Detroit
- 1 and 3
- Re-count Florida 2000 Votes Referendum
- We've often wept at the sight of a transcendent one Contest of Brazil
Fire chief was recovering Thursday from an apparent heart attack suffered while battling a fire.. Officials said Marcus Hilton fell ill while working to extinguish the fire at __________. Chief Hilton was taken to hospital, where his condition was upgraded from critical to fair Thursday night. Officials said the fire burned for nearly 10 hours and destroyed the building. A motorist noticed the fire around 6 a.m.
The County Judge Jan Roe [had] denied application for a liquor license in October 2007, saying the business "will likely result in jeopardy of the general welfare, health, peace, morals, safety and sense of decency of the community and general public." (Janet Phelps, 11.14.08; HERE)
D. Where did this torch job happen yesterday?
- East St. Louis
- Xoxocotlan, Mexico
- Hearne, Texas
- Gammel Sukkertoppen, Greenland
- Tony community of Montecito, CA
"If your skin isn't thick enough, ...there were plenty of times I wanted to shout out and say 'Hey wait a minute; that isn't true'"... (SOURCE) "Would you want to do it again, Sister?"
E. Where was this said:
- Shouted from a Camaro on Booneville Road in Marthasville, MO
- Sarah at home
- At a tailgate party in Maine ...
- Heard from the galley on Ted Kennedy's Yacht
The club arranged to borrow at least $450 million through Banc of America Securities for its portion, with the first $126 million through the ARS market. But [the owner] agreed to cover cost overruns as part of the team’s share, and like many stadiums in this period, the price has spiraled.
The estimated ... cost $650 million when they announced the project in 2004. With $350 million of public funding and $76 million from the [Football League], it looked like a choice deal for the team. “Everyone is looking at the ... deal. It is a huge bellwether,” said one finance source. “This is one of the only deals, period, in the market ...sports or otherwise.”
The club’s proposed deal would refinance $126 million the team borrowed last year through the now-imploded auction-rate securities market, as well as add new debt to cover cost overruns at the team’s $1.2 billion stadium that is set to open next year, the sources said.
One pundit ponders: "H'mm. I wonder whether the [club] will apply for a portion of the TARP fund, [which is called the Troubled Asset Relief Program, TARP] too?" (SOURCE)
F. Who, What and Where?
- the New Vienna Red Hot stand at Northwestern Dyke Stadium
- US Government direct investment in financial firms everywhere
- America's Team billion dollar stadium
- Bellwether Deals Anonymous in Salt Lake City, UTe
- Save the TARP Seals of Snowbound Indochina, because of Global Warming
G. Where is this video taken?
- su una barca a retro di Angelina O'Lisa
- Sul traghetto...per la Corsica
- su una barca a il Papa non mangiare opposum
- su una barca a Nel corso di una parte posteriore in Maine
- nessuno di questi sopra
- nessuno di questi al di sotto
- su una barca ai filetti distretto di San Francisco [Source]
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