I meant to get to this a few days ago, but I know I'm a little late - sorry (have to relish the good news when we can...hat tip for the pic to bluegalfran at Crooks and Liars)...
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...and this video should be completely unnecessary, but unfortunately it isn't (here - never occurred to me the toll that job has taken on him until I watched this clip)...
...and for the next installment of the countdown, it's time to journey to the primordial swamps of Florida, where misbegotten creates emerge from the unholy ooze...
#9, Joe Pitts
#10, Jack Kingston
#11, Patrick McHenry
#12, Spencer Bachus
#13, Jim Gerlach
#14, Cliff Stearns
#15, Jean Schmidt
#16, Phil Gingrey
#17, David Schweikert
#18, Virginia Foxx
#19, Pete Sessions
#20, Charlie Dent
#21, Cathy McMorris Rodgers
#22, Chris Smith
#23, Todd Akin
#24, Buck McKeon
#25, Kristi Noem
#26, Hal Rogers
#27, Lou Barletta (Two bonus selections: Boren and Ross)
#28, Paul Broun
#29, Mary Bono Mack
#30, David Dreier
#31, Marsha Blackburn (including backgrounder)
President Obama received favorable polls on Thursday from CNN and Fox News, the importance of which could easily be overstated.
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And now, after a day of watching Mitt Romney did himself into an even deeper hole, something even more fun. This is the 60th year that Sight & Sound magazine has run a poll on the best movies of all time. The poll appears in the magazine's September issue now on the newsstands in the United Kingdom as well as digitally if you're a subscriber. But, happily, the list itself (without the complete commentary that the magazine itself contains) is available to all comers.
Teaser. For the first time in half a century, Citizen Kane is not at the top of the list.
S&S did things a little differently this year:
About a year ago, the Sight & Sound team met to consider how we could best approach the poll this time. Given the dominance of electronic media, what became immediately apparent was that we would have to abandon the somewhat elitist exclusivity with which contributors to the poll had been chosen in the past and reach out to a much wider international group of commentators than before. We were also keen to include among them many critics who had established their careers online rather than purely in print.By the way, The Godfather and The Godfather Part II came in at #21 and #31 respectively in the survey.
To that end we approached more than 1,000 critics, programmers, academics, distributors, writers and other cinephiles, and received (in time for the deadline) precisely 846 top-ten lists that between them mention a total of 2,045 different films.
As a qualification of what ?greatest? means, our invitation letter stated, ?We leave that open to your interpretation. You might choose the ten films you feel are most important to film history, or the ten that represent the aesthetic pinnacles of achievement, or indeed the ten films that have had the biggest impact on your own view of cinema.? [...]
[O]ne important rule change compared to 2002 was that The Godfather and The Godfather Part II would no longer be accepted as a single choice, since they were made as two separate films.
There are two separate lists:
The Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time (as chosen by 846 critics, programmers, academics and distributors)
The Directors? Top Ten (as chosen by 358 directors from around the world)
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2008:
Leaving aside the pollution and the politics, the opening ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics, from the more than 2000 drummers that started the show, to gymnastic gold medalist Li Ning soaring around the top of the stadium before lighting the torch, were nothing short of spectacular. Simply unbelievable pagentry.
And throughout the coverage, the advertisements were positive and upbeat, and often playing on the theme of the Olympics, "One World, One Dream." And then, on a break during the Parade of Nations, there was John McCain introducing himself to a huge, non-political audience by running an attack ad on Barack Obama. Proving once again that he is willing to do or say anything to win, McCain chose to inject politics into the Olympics with a negative ad. Unfortunately for McCain, the unspoken and unintended message was:
Vote for the old mean nasty guy you thought you admired eight years ago. I'm John McCain and I approved this message.
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There was nobody like Vic Chesnutt and this song gets me every time. Got a song that really moves you?
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Let me start this post by saying congrats to my yawdie family for going 1-2-3- in the men's 200 meters earlier today. Usain, you are the truth.
Staying with the Olympics, I have to rip my man Yohan Blake, --the world's second fastest man-- just a little bit.
Yohan, WTF were you doing wearing a $500,000 watch? Do you know how many families in Jamaica that kind of money could feed for a year? Look, I know it was an endorsement, and you probably didn't pay a dime for it, but next time tell Richard Mille and the Tourbillion folks to donate the cost of that watch to a needy charity on the rock.
OK, so let's talk a little politics.
Mitt Romney's camp has been going crazy about an ad. that's set to run which seems to imply that he cost a woman to lose her fight with cancer. The wingnuts have been crying foul, and they claim that this is the lowest of the low. Even dumbocratic turncoat, Lanny Davis, has been critical of the ad.
"Davis says both Romney and Obama, and their supporters, have sponsored ads ?that make us all want to take a shower.? But when it comes to the cancer ad, he said the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action has gone too far.
?Bill Burton needs to go back to ethics school,? Davis said of the group?s senior strategist, who is a former Obama White House spokesman. ?He knows perfectly well that the ad is misleading and disgusting and he needs to apologize for it.? [Source]
Why should he? Maybe Lanny hasn't been hearing some of the stuff coming from Mitt and his supporters, lately. I have some news for you Lanny, politics is dirty business, so you and the wingnuts crying a river better get used to it.
Anyway, maybe Mitt Romney didn't cause that woman in the ad. to lose her life, but is there any doubt that he did business with people who caused the death of others?
"When Romney struggled to raise funds from other traditional sources, he and his partners started thinking outside the box. Bain executive Harry Strachan suggested that Romney meet with a group of Central American oligarchs who were looking for new investment vehicles as turmoil engulfed their region.
Romney was worried that the oligarchs might be tied to "illegal drug money, right-wing death squads, or left-wing terrorism," Strachan later told a Boston Globe reporter, as quoted in the 2012 book "The Real Romney." But, pressed for capital, Romney pushed his concerns aside and flew to Miami in mid-1984 to meet with the Salvadorans at a local bank.
It was a lucrative trip. The Central Americans provided roughly $9 million -- 40 percent -- of Bain Capital's initial outside funding, the Los Angeles Times reported recently. And they became valued clients.
"Over the years, these Latin American friends have loyally rolled over investments in succeeding funds, actively participated in Bain Capital's May investor meetings, and are still today one of the largest investor groups in Bain Capital," Strachan wrote in his memoir in 2008. Strachan declined to be interviewed for this story.
When Romney launched another venture that needed funding -- his first presidential campaign -- he returned to Miami.
"I owe a great deal to Americans of Latin American descent," he said at a dinner in Miami in 2007. "When I was starting my business, I came to Miami to find partners that would believe in me and that would finance my enterprise. My partners were Ricardo Poma, Miguel Dueñas, Pancho Soler, Frank Kardonski, and Diego Ribadeneira." [Read more.]
Mitt, there is one little problem; your partners were also financing death squads in El Salvador.
Of course you probably won't hear anymore about this story, because the PACS supporting Obama are probably now afraid of folks like Lanny Davis condemning them for playing dirty politics. But is it dirty politics if it's the truth? Shouldn't the American people know everything about Mitt? He won't show us his tax returns, so let's keep digging about his past business practices.
Finally, speaking of dirty politics, I am glad to see that a former republican came out and admitted that they were trying to suppress minority votes down there in Florida. He should know, he was in the room when they were plotting to do it.
Jim Greer was a republican party chairman in Florida and is always the case with these types of situations; he started singing like Aretha Franklin when he found himself in some hot water.
"In the deposition, released to the press yesterday, Greer mentioned a December 2009 meeting with party officials. ?I was upset because the political consultants and staff were talking about voter suppression and keeping blacks from voting,? he said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. He also said party officials discussed how ?minority outreach programs were not fit for the Republican Party,? according to the AP."
Yes Mitt, politics is a dirty business, but I am sure that you and your peeps already knew that.
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Interesting article on how Kansas conservatives are purging their party of moderate Republicans, with the help of the Koch brothers and the Chamber of Commerce.
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Willard's new ad begins,
President Obama used his health care plan to declare war on religion, forcing religious institutions to go against their faith.
Or, put another way, "President Obama's health care plan requires religious institutions that run secular businesses which employ and provide health insurance to lots of people who don't practice said religion to comply with federal regulations."
But "War on Religion" is much snappier!
Anyway, this ad is clearly targeting Catholics, with the little Lech Walesa/John Paul II pander at the end.
But wingnuts should be outraged that Willard credits Pope John Paul II's words ("Be not afraid,") for the destruction of the Soviet Union. After all, we've been told for years that after hearing Ronald Reagan say "Tear down this wall!" the Soviet Union's leaders realized in an instant that communism was an unworkable system and they just gave up on the spot.
Outrage over my press secretary's suggestion that a law I once passed may have been of benefit to sick people continues to grow. We are receiving condemnations from all quarters. I have been told that a Fox News guest was so agitated over the gaffe that they nearly died, right there in the studio. I am not entirely sure what is going on, but none of these people seemed to know about my Massachusetts law until the moment my press unit mentioned it, even though I personally quite clearly remember it coming up repeatedly before. Or, perhaps, they just did not realize that the law might have provided actual assistance to someone? By and large these are very stupid people, so it is sometimes difficult to ascertain what they are going on about.
Regardless, we have still not decided how to respond to these accusations that I once tried to provide help to sick people. Our latest idea for quelling party outrage is to promise to introduce a bill allowing all sick people to be immediately fired, thus combining the required cruelty towards sick people with the uproariousness of firing people. The idea has promise, but my staff believes such a bill has already been introduced, possibly by Rand Paul(?), and that it therefore may not be original enough.
In more positive news, my foreign policy training has continued apace. With the help of that Bolton fellow I am now able to inject insults towards other nations into nearly any given conversation. He may be an exceedingly odd person, but I continue to be impressed by his encyclopedic knowledge as to how the various other nations of the world should best be ridiculed.