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March 02, 2005

Elsewhere

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* "The Palm Beach Story" -- one of comic genius Preston Sturges' best movies -- is now available on DVD for a very reasonable price. Good to see viewer-reviewers reporting that the quality of the disc is first-rate.

* Speaking about lives and the arts, I loved reading Cowtown Pattie's links-rich intro to Texas music, as well as her short "work in progress" memoir.

* Steve Sailer thinks that the views of the much-praised bestselling author Malcolm ("Blink") Gladwell and the much-derided Harvard prez Lawrence Summers may have a lot in common.

* By the time they were inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, none of The Ramones were speaking to each other -- now that's punk rock! I hear that this documentary about the boys, soon to go on sale as a DVD, tells the band's story well.

* Poynter Online columnist Steve Outing thinks that the classified ads in traditional newspapers don't have much to offer in the era of Craigslist.

* Jonathan has had it with '60s nostalgia.

* But is it really true that Frenchwomen don't get fat? Slate's Kate Taylor points out that only 20% of today's French families sit down for traditional French meals. The French, in other words, have started to eat -- and grow fat -- like on-the-go Americans. Interesting to learn that French legislators recently "proposed launching a new government agency to fight weight gain, to be funded by a tax on high-calorie or high-fat foods." Paternalistic control from on high -- that's the French way.

* The Superficial reports that Quentin Tarantino will direct the final episode of this season's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." The Superficial is one-stop shopping for those who enjoy occasional snarky wallows in the world of celebs. I mean that as a compliment. Well, to The Superficial, in any case.

* In some countries, they still know how to keep up standards of good sportsmanship.

* Randall Parker links to (and comments on) a remarkable new study of how much current immigration arrangements cost Americans.

* Give The People video-editing software, and you just know that the creativity of The People will be released.

Best,

Michael

posted by Michael at March 2, 2005




Comments

Michael,

Come back and visit me again and see the new post I just did on Robert Conquest's views about democracy and the democracy mania. Do you suppose he is writing about the madness of the neocons? I think so.

Posted by: Randall Parker on March 2, 2005 7:59 PM



Oh, Michael, you certainly know the way to a woman's heart: link to her.

Thanks!

Posted by: Cowtown Pattie on March 2, 2005 9:42 PM



That Ramones doco is excellent, even if it doesn't entirely explain just how and why they stayed together for as long as they did. So thorough that not only did the filmmakers obtain video footage of the band's very early shows (i.e. 1974/5), they also unearthed the video Dee Dee made during his ill-fated branching out into rap.

Posted by: James Russell on March 3, 2005 1:38 AM



Am I doing the math right? If immigrants cost non-immigrant Americans $68 billion a year, isn't that a bit over $200 per capita? Or, in the case of my family, over $1000 per year?

Interesting to see how this will play, or if it will play at all, in the press.

Posted by: Friedrich von Blowhard on March 3, 2005 6:36 AM



Randall -- I'll check it out, tks. Conquest is often great.

Pattie -- You rock, chiquita.

James -- Thanks for the tip. I didn't even know the Ramones-guys knew each other in '74. How were those German Siodmaks, by the way?

FvB -- I suppose we could consider it a favor we're doing the Third World? Might be nice to have a voice in the matter, though.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on March 3, 2005 11:02 AM



Did anyone else laugh watching that farting-preacher video? I had tears running down my eyes. But maybe I'm the only one around this joint with the sense of humor of a three year old boy.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on March 3, 2005 11:04 AM



The gassy televangelist video IS priceless, especially if you live in a part of the US where these bozos are on at least 10 channels day and night.

I will have to find the link, but the Steve Harvey show clips are just as tear-rolling!

Posted by: Cowtown Pattie on March 3, 2005 2:05 PM



I'll join you in saying the preacher video is hysterical -- thanks for brightening up my day.

Posted by: missgrundy on March 3, 2005 4:11 PM



Michael -- Yes, I too have all the sophistication of a kindergartener. I had tears running down my face and I was doubled-over with laughter. Hysterical.

Posted by: Bryan on March 4, 2005 6:30 PM



I taped The Devil Came At Night when it was on the other night but haven't watched it yet. Will report back when I do so.

Posted by: James Russell on March 9, 2005 7:05 AM






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