10/31/2003 10:22:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|My 10 favorite horror movies
Yes, yes, it's not the most original Halloween blog posting, but I've had a long week, and I like zombies. Disclaimers: I'm going by what I like, not what is scariest, because that's a can of worms. Also, I'm a child of the 1980s - no "Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" here.
10. 28 Days Later (2003)
A new addition to the pantheon, boosted by its see-sawing between light and dark, the creation of a new kind of monster (the plague, in human form), and a message that works.
"I promised them women."
9. The Thing (1982)
Much better than "Alien" because the monster can take the appearance of anyone and anything. Kurt Russell's finest hour as a hard-drinking control freak.
"You've got to be fucking kidding me."
8. The Fly (1985)
The creme de la creme of gross-out pictures, or "body horror." Nothing could prepare viewers for what Brundlefly looks like when his skin rips off. The long build-up to his transformation and the pregnancy sub-plot (complete with nightmare) add a lot.
"Be afraid. Be very afraid."
7. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
The best movie about paranoia and trusting no one. Absolutely one of the most traumatizing shock endings ever.
6. The Exorcist (1973)
A wonderful atmosphere of dread, and many great scenes that aren't even gross - the spinal tap, Regan "spidering" down the stairwar, Regan pissing on the floor.
"Fuck me, mommy!"
5. Aliens (1986)
It takes the zombie movie to another level - these people aren't just defending themselves from attack in a house, they're ALONE IN SPACE! The walk-up to the Queen's lair and the original scenes of dead bodies cocooned in the alien tunnel are the best.
"That's it, man. Game over! It's game over!"
4. The Shining (1980)
Has any movie created a more disturbing mood with as many fucked-up, nonsensical images? The woman in the bathroom. The man in the bear suit in the bedroom. Jack Nicholson's frozen death mask. The little girls. The blood in the elevator. "Redrum."
"I'm not gonna hurt ya. I'm just gonna BASH your BRAINS in!"
3. Poltergeist (1982)
The clown scene aside, this is resplendent with terrifying situations, builds terrifically (from the mysterious chairs on the table to ... LIVING CORPSES IN THE RAIN!), and cleverly sets it up so the problem is almost - but never quite - solved.
2. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Two psychopaths, one demure (Hannibal) and one just completely off the hinge (Buffallo Bill). The best acting of any of these movies, and a harrowing depiction of kidnapping.
"It puts the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again!"
1. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
A meditation on life, love, consumerism, and what really matters in the human experience. And a biker gets his stomach ripped open. Just the funniest, grossest of all zombie movies. The best touch is the creepy "expert" with the eyepatch who gets on all the TV broadcasts.
"Each one it KILLS gets up and KILLS!"|W|P|106765692453947595|W|P||W|P|10/31/2003 09:53:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Movie Review: "28 Days Later"
It lives up to the hype. "28 Days Later" is a brilliant movie, visually exciting, conceptually fascinating, and by turns funny and warm-hearted.
Slate's David Edelstein wrote the best review of the film, because he understood the context. It's a combination of the latter two George Romero zombie movies, "Dawn of the Dead" (possibly the best horror film ever) and "Day of the Dead." Both of those films begin with a tired, confused anti-zombie warror waking up from a dream. "28 Days Later" begins with a confused coma survivor waking up in an abandoned hospital. The scenes of him walking through an abandoned London, listening for noises, then finally being chased by zombies who've been set on fire by other survivors, are on par with Romero's opening scenes (the panicked TV station and ghetto disaster; the scenes of undead Miami). And they reveal the major change director Danny Boyle has made to zombie movies - these things have all the power and fury of living bodies. They owe more to Dan O'Bannon's creations in "Return of the Living Dead," which memorably ate brains because "Being ... dead ... hurts!" than to Romero's lazy flesheaters. And check out the way Boyle cuts up the footage during zombie attacks. That's going to ripped off from now on - that's the feeling I get from trailers for the "Dawn of the Dead" remake and "Resident Evil": Apocalypse."
Some people haven't liked the movie's military complex ending, or claimed that the conclusion depends on people doing dumb things and getting in trouble. I don't think so - it gets to the guts of Boyle's theme. People are horny and monstrous. When one hero says that "staying alive is the best you can hope for," she's wrong, because compassion is what separates humans from the unthinking zombies and horny soldiers.|W|P|106765522679777814|W|P||W|P|10/31/2003 05:50:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Movie Review: "28 Days Later"
It really lives up to the hype. "28 Days Later" is an utterly fantastic movie, inventively filmed, alternately scary, funny and cute, and with Messages that don't grant.|W|P|106764064690283477|W|P||W|P|10/28/2003 03:10:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Question
Is it acceptable to tell someone to shut up if they're chewing loudly in a library? There's an asshole sitting opposite me right now, eating some sort of candy, and his vigor to masticate results in a constant noise - a *crunch**smack**crunch* kind of thing.
Would I object to someone telling me to shut up under similar circumstances? Good question. There's nothing outwardly illicit about eating in a library.
Interesting moral dilemma. I just wish this guy would fuck off and die, and solve the problem for me. But I probably say that about every NU student.|W|P|106737180753912084|W|P||W|P|10/28/2003 12:58:00 AM|W|P|Dave|W|P|So CJ and Dean have offered their nominations for the hottest cartoon femmes of all time. As Fritz Stunkard would say, they're "pretty good." But my list is definitive.
7.Mindy Simmons from "The Simpsons"
Homer's hard-drinkin', lard-eatin' tempstress from season 4.
"Let's order room service!"
6.Shampoo from "Ranma 1/2"
Another endearingly retarded Rumiko Takahashi character, this time with the cutest voice ever.
"I give you kiss of death! Now you die!"
5.Rogue from "X-Men"
Just a total bone thrown to the nerdy, hormonal kids who like comics. Needlessly sexed up by Jim Lee.
4.Belle from "Beauty and the Beast"
Naturally. She rules in several ways.
"Yes, different from the rest of us is Belle!"
3.Willow Rosenberg from the unaired "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" cartoon
Oh, what are you gonna do? Call the ref on me? She's animated, she's hot.
"When I'm with a boy I like I can't say anything cool, or witty--or at all. I can usually make a few vowel sounds, and then I have to go away."
2.Faye Valentine from "Cowboy Bebop"
Remember that part in the movie when Vincent cuts her top off for no reason? Oh, yeah.
"You're the one still tied to the past, Spike!"
1.Misato Katsuragi from "Neon Genesis Evangelion"
Hot, and died to save the world. And hot.
"Take advantage of everything here, except me."|W|P|106732072778294787|W|P||W|P|10/26/2003 06:20:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Hiatus
I'm having a cosmicly shitty time here at Northwestern, facing an array of crises of which broken internet access at my apartment is only one. If you read this blog because you know me, and you need to talk to me at some point, just call me.
I'll update when the problems are solved.|W|P|106721042482290654|W|P||W|P|10/24/2003 12:39:00 AM|W|P|Dave|W|P|R' 'n' f'n r'
I still spend most of my disposable income on records, in case you were wondering. The last few weeks have been a fertile period, and albums that had been impossible to find for years suddenly cropped up in used bins and Virgin megastores. Here's what I groove to at present.
Paul Westerberg - Come Feel Me Tremble
Why did it take so long for Westerberg to churn out songs like this? For years, he released new Replacements and solo records in between long periods of depression or hibernation, as if it was so damn hard to write songs like "Lay it Down Clown." But now he's going the Robert Pollard route and releasing platter after platter of fun, melodic ballads that should be played on acoustic guitar but are instead played on a scuzzed-out amp.
Gary Numan - The Pleasure Principle
The man with a voice "like David Bowie crying." This is the album with "Cars," his barely coherent paen to ... driving in a car. But there plenty of one-word title masterpieces to go around, like the head-banging "Metal," the Basement Jaxx-sampled "M.E.," and the totally insane "Films" - "I don't like the film! I don't like the film! Play it all back! Play it all back!"|W|P|106697036110023687|W|P||W|P|10/20/2003 11:56:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|"Manufacturing Consent"
For a movie with such hifalutin' intents, it sure does engage in some rank cliche. In one scene, Achbar and Wintonick quote the interminable Noam Chomsky talking about media coverage of the Gulf War, and sync it to footage of Patriot missiles firing off. They have overdubbed a video game noise - "Beeoo! Beeoo!" - because, you know, CNN was war porn and treated the war like a video game, &c, &c, ad infinitum.
What struck me while watching this highly-acclaimed exploration of Chomsky's life and work was, indeed, how banal some of his ideas are, and how thoroughly some of his debate partners are able to punk him. I liked one 1969 interview with William F. Buckley, jr., on "Firing Line."
BUCKLEY: You start your line of discussion at a moment that is historically useful for you.
CHOMSKY: ... that's what I'm saying, you can pick, you pick the beginning ...
BUCKLEY: The fact of the post-war world is that the Communist imperialists, by the use of terrorism, by deprivation of freedom, have contributed to the continuing bloodshed, and the sad thing about it is not just the bloodshed, but the fact it seems to disposses you of the power of rational observation.
CHOMSKY: May I say something?
CHOMSKY: I think that's about 5 percent true, or maybe 10 percent, it certainly ...
BUCKLEY: Why do you give that?
CHOMSKY: May I complete a sentence?
CHOMSKY: It's perfectly true that there were areas of the world, particularly Eastern Europe, where Stalinist imperialism very brutally took control and still maintains control. But there are also very vast areas of the world where we were doing the same thing. And there's quite an interplay in the cold war. What you described is, I believe, a mythology about the cold war, which might have been tenable 10 years ago, but is quite inconsistent with contemporary scholarship.
BUCKLEY: Ask a Czech.But that's the beauty of this documentary - unlike a Michael Moore movie, it grants time to very smart people who disagree with Chomsky, who dismiss him, and leaves their testimony for us to digest.
It's a little trite at times, as I said, but it beautifully cuts Chomsky's ponderous speeches (he really must be the most boring man in politics) and gives the viewer much, much to think about.|W|P|106670859722638698|W|P||W|P|10/12/2003 01:51:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|"Kill Bill Vol.1"
I grew up in the 1990s, and I liked Quentin Tarantino movies. We all did. Don't fucking lie about it. When we were 13 years old, "the gimp" and "Royale with cheese" sounded cool, and the movie that had them was available in our video stores while most cool movies were in Greenwich Village lofts, out of our reach.
Tarantino faded fast after 1994 for two reasons. One was entirely personal; I don't need to go into it, because Vanity Fair has. The other was dynamistic and commercial. Video became cheaper and cheaper, and Tarantino had, in 10,000,000 interviews, revealed the sources of his inspiration - the Shaw Bros., "Switchblade Sisters," lots of lousy 70s movies. The companies that owned or bought the rights to these movies were able to mass produce old kung fu and blaxploitation flicks and foist them upon the Tarantino fans, increasingly more-ironic-than-thou. This is why we have the Dolemite box set, the Sonny Chiba Street Fighter movies, and everything that could possibly be associated with Wu Tang.
Tarantino has very few tricks that we haven't now seen. This is why "Kill Bill" is very fun, and often beautiful to look at, and why it's a travesty that Miramax refused to see the 25 minutes or so of bland "cool" footage that could have so easily been cut. They told reporters earlier this year that "Kill Bill" couldn't be cut into one movie. It was a smart business decision - just like Spike Lee's asinine complaints about the n-word in "Jack Brown" had sold tickets to that movie, the bisection will sell "Kill Bill." But Jesus Christ was it unnecessary.
Every other scene is a "mount-up." Dialogue runs on very, very long. No man can tell me that the scene where The Bride (Uma Thurman) enters the sushi bar owned by Hattori Hanzo (Sonny Chiba) needed to exist. Maybe it says something about how thoroughly he's renounced swordmaking. Who gives a shit?
It's stupid that the movie was not pared down a little and strung together for one viewing, but that's not reason enough to write off the good things. There are hilarious touches, like the El Paso sheriff who keeps all his pairs of badass sunglasses lined up on his dashboard, or "Air-O," the samurai airline where everyone keeps a sword next to his seat. The fight at the "House of Blue Leaves" and the extended anime origin of O-Ren Ishii are both completely fantastic, and should inspire suicide in the people who tried to copy Tarantino from 1994-2003 (Film majors, I'm looking at you!).
It's a very fun movie, with awesome fight scenes. But thanks to Tarantino, we've seen those before. When he adds soupy hip dialogue and his patented foot fetish scenes, it seems like he's padding between the stuff that would land this movie in the pantheon - the incredible, nauseating fight scenes.|W|P|106598108233339749|W|P||W|P|10/08/2003 01:45:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Why do Democrats hate democracy?
Remember how reporters warned us that Gov. Arnold would win less votes than Davis in this recall, leading to "another" stolen election?
Shall GRAY DAVIS be recalled (removed) from the office of Governor?
99.4 % ( 15138 of 15235 ) precincts reporting as of Oct 8, 2003 at 10:37 am
Yes 4,291,073 55.0
No 3,514,348 45.0%
Leading Candidates to succeed GRAY DAVIS as Governor if he is recalled:
99.4 % ( 15138 of 15235 ) precincts reporting as of Oct 8, 2003 at 10:37 am
Arnold Schwarzenegger Rep 3,639,302 48.4%According to The Almanac of American Politics, Davis won the 2002 election with 3,533,490 votes. Arnold has exceeded that.
You've gotta admit, getting more votes than the other guy is a sneaky-ass way to steal an election.
|W|P|106563514427447840|W|P||W|P|10/08/2003 12:08:00 AM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Negative space
I'm pleased that Arnold Schwarzenegger has been elected governor, but I'm even happier when I recall the forces who aligned to defeat the recall, and to defeat him.
Bill Clinton. Al Gore. Nancy Pelosi. Jesse Jackson. Howard Dean, Wesley Clark, John Kerry, Dick Gephardt, Joe Lieberman, John Edwards, Bob Graham, Dennis Kucinich, Carol Moseley Braun, and Al Sharpton. Code Pink. Pacifica Radio. The LA Times. Art Torres. Bob Mulholland. Kos. Lalo Alcaraz. The Daily Show.
You're all losers. How does it feel?|W|P|106558608872565335|W|P||W|P|10/06/2003 02:51:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Learn something
Go to my good friend CJ Stunkard's weblog. He's been writing lengthy, detailed reviews of some of the movies in his collection and why they work. In case the link gets busted, I'm reprinting his definition of the Five Levels of Humor.
The Five Levels of Humor
The "levels" of humor as developed by my friends and I in Delaware rely heavily on gauging what is funny and why and how often. The levels are NOT based solely on what has gotten the best laughs but what has EARNED the best laughs.
- The first level is obvious crass humor. Whether blatantly sexual, physical, or vulgar, first level humor depends on the lowest common denominator fo0r a cheap chuckle. It is usually not earned laugh, just a lucky one gained ftom appealing to base human instinct. Examples of this level of humor in Austin Powers include the ridiculously long and drawn out "Evacuation" scene with Austin and a 48 second urination as well as the flip of Austin into his Jaguar, at which point he smashes his Notch (that is, his crotch) on his stickshift. It's banal, stupid, tired crud that can get a chuckle from any child.
- The second level is the clever use of crass, sexual humor. This is vulgarity that really is funny for more than the fact that it's crass. It's timing and execution are well-done and intelligent. This refers to type of jokes that exist on "two levels", the obvious crass level as well as the clever double-entendre level that makes you think, "Oh, well that's clever, I don't feel so guilty laughing anymore". Examples of this humor within the film in question include the "Who does number two work for?" scene as well as the "How dare you pass wind before me...I'm sorry I didn't know it was your turn." dialogue. This is crass and obvious but made more funny by the use of intelligent tricks and circumstances.
- The third level is Parody, the taking of an idea or convention and tweaking it to its humorous polar end. We all know paraody well, for we are bombarded by it over and over. It's funny, and we enjoy it on many levels, cause we say to ourselves, "Oh, yeah, [insert convention here] is funny when you think about this or show it like that." Not all Parody works. In fact, many times, I find it terribly banal and unoriginal. However, some parody is just wonderful, esp. when one is able to take an idea that's been used and carry it out in a way that makes it new and exciting, even though it's familiar. Examples of this level in Austin Powers are Austin and Dr. Evil at Dinner, wherein Dr. evil reveals his plot; and the scene in which Dr. Evil and his henchmen laugh frivolously about their evil scheme, wherein we see what happens after the boisterous "mwah ha ha" is finished.
- The fourth level of humor is a playing off a serious concept and making it funny. This is a level that works well with violence. When people run into boards and fall down or crash on their bikes, we don't want to be funny, but if it is done just right, it can be--even though it should be sad. The scene also works well with titles or other SERIOUS ideas and makes them humorous. A perfect example of this in Austin Powers is Dr. Evil's line, "DR. EVIL. I didn't spend six-years in evil medical school to be called 'Mr' thank you very much". This is a funny and clever play on something serious--medical school.
- The fifth level of humor is the creme-de-la creme. This is the taking of normal, commonplace, everyday, unendowed objects and making them hilarious. THIS MY FRIENDS IS A TRUE TEST. The fifth level of humor, if your lucky, might appear three or four times in a modern comedy feature film. My primary example of this humor is The Simpsons. Watch an episdoe and see how many genuine laughs the show earns by taking nothing and making it funny. A line that comes to my mind is when Homer says. "Alright, alright, I'll let him do it--but then i get a chipwich okay." The "chipwich" is not funny in any way shape or form; on the contrary, it is a wonderful snack. for SERIOUS real. This gag however makes it a reward of good behavior, a treat to be earned by 40-something year-old father; and therefore, it becomes hilarious. If you ever see the episode when Apu loses his job at the Quik-E-Mart, you'll hear this line and know the fifth level. Austin Powers has some great examples of this with the gags of Dr. Evil having some ridiculous mishaps with his chair. A chair should never be funny, a man sitting in a chair should not be funny unless he farts or its a parody where he makes fun of something else or he falls over, but this movie is able to make it funny when the chair just rolls. THAT, my friends, is earned humor.
- CJ Stunkard, 2003|W|P|106546627033623500|W|P||W|P|10/05/2003 02:33:00 AM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Everything is broken
Last week, I spilled coffee on my CD player, and replaced it with one that skips like a terrified stutterer when I run.
Tonight, I opened a soda bottle and spritzed sticky liquid all over my keyboard. This required a 1 a.m. run to the office, to steal the Dell QuietKey that I'd disposed of in 2001. Thank fuck it was less bitterly cold than the night before.
For next week, I've scheduled the destruction of my camera. I think I'll use beer this time.
UPDATE: Two hours of work were lost in that mix-up. I'm extremely tired of doing the same work twice in order to finish it once.|W|P|106533558152597309|W|P||W|P|10/05/2003 12:43:00 AM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Right-wing poster child
I am the quasi-official representative of the Collegiate Network. That's me, "CN editor," with Fred Barnes.
If you plan on staging an ad hominem attack against me, please, bookmark this page.
UPDATE: My claim to fame, the Chronicle, is temporarily available here.|W|P|106532900354629091|W|P||W|P|10/04/2003 07:03:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|"School of Rock"
Let's say there are basically three kinds of comedies that work. We have indie comedies, like "Rushmore," the Christopher Guest pictures, or "Harold and Maude." Their humor is usually buried deep, subtle - not so much jokey as comedies of observence. With a push, you could squeeze Woody Allen movies in there. Then we have gross-out comedies like "American Pie" and "Kingpin" - they've been written about too much already. Finally there are movies like "Back to the Future," "The Bad News Bears," and "Groundhog Day." Big stars are united with big writers and directors. Jokes are broad - there's usually a lesson to be learned.
"School of Rock" is a fantastic movie that lurches into two of these characters. It's a big, dumb genre picture, very similar to "The Bad News Bears" in concept and execution. But the talent behind is it pure indie - Jack Black, Richard Linklater, Mike White, Sarah Silverman. It's unlikely that everything would mesh in a movie like this. Nearly everything does. It's probably the funniest major motion picture since the Farrelly Brothers' "Kingpin."
What really surprised me was how the filmmakers embraced their genre. It would seem nearly impossible not to be ironic about a concept like this - prep school kids overcoming their fears and starting a rock band. You fully expect someone to slip a joke in about these underdogs saving the day, just like the kids in 1000 other underdog movies. But they don't. When the fat black girl who can outsing anyone gets stage fright, she tells Jack (ok, "Dewey Finn") that she's afraid people will laugh at her. Black doesn't go all ironic - he mentions how Aretha Franklin is also fat, but when she sings "everybody wants to party with ARETHA!" And then he indicates himself - "I'm a little chubby, but when I'm up there, people LOVE me - because I'm SEXY and my playing melts faces."
Black gives his best performance since "Hi Fidelity," grinding laughs out of every single set piece - watch the way he sort of crab-walks during his first day of class, revealing later in the scene that he's got "the runs." The child cast is mostly terrific, especially cute Miranda Cosgrove (looking like Michelle Trachtenberg with better skin) as the overachieving class captain, who nearly cries when Black rips up the gold star tallies. I only had issues with Brian Falduto as Billy, a painfully obvious "gay" character who requests to be the band's stylist and lisps like his life depends on it.
But there's not much else to complain about. This is an adorable, rewarding picture, one that I'm sure will look even better when you can repeat-watch the DVD.|W|P|106530859252470009|W|P||W|P|10/03/2003 02:46:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|Michael Moore vs. the recall
The director has a column in the LA Times today, and part of it reminds why I still like him personally and a lot of his films and TV shows. For example, when he was covering the 2000 Iowa caucus (which resulted in the semi-famous Alan Keyes crowd-surfing incident), he tried to elbow up to George Bush, and the governor joked - "You again? Get a real job!" On his show, Moore cut directly to a shot of him at a pay phone - "Hey, dad. Do you have an oil company you could let me run? OK. OK. What about a baseball team?"
Say what you will, but that's funny. His column is, too.
Long before I was making movies or writing books or going after elected officials, I was an elected official. In fact, I held the record as the youngest officeholder in the country. Just months after the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed, I was elected, at the age of 18, to a seat on the Board of Education in the school district where I lived in Michigan. I was still a senior in high school, and the idea of becoming the boss of the high school principal was just too good to pass up.
The day after my election, the assistant principal changed my name from "Hey, you!" to "Mr. Moore," and suddenly I realized I was in a place where maybe I could do some good.The column is interesting because Moore, discussing a recall attempt on himself, doesn't repeat the pablum that the CA recall is "undemocratic." His point is weirder.
This election is no longer about California. This is about saving our country from the clutches of the fat cats. For California to install a Republican governor would be just the shot in the arm the Bush administration needs right now when the president is hemorrhaging in the polls.
This must not happen.Um ... okay. And this is why I don't always like Michael Moore. Not EVERYTHING is about George Bush. His team, if you believe their leakers, wanted Davis stay in power to keep CA Democrats bitter and depressed, and energize Republicans - a scenario that would have helped GOP chances in 2004.|W|P|106520678477981071|W|P||W|P|10/03/2003 01:52:00 PM|W|P|Dave|W|P|An e-mail from MoveOn
I checked my e-mail this morning and found a forwarded message from "the MoveOn team" at MoveOn.org.
Dear MoveOn members,
This is a real emergency. The polls in California show Schwarzenegger pulling ahead, while the truth about his character is only now starting to get out. We have just a few days to make sure everyone in California knows who this man is. Today we ask you to do two things: (1) contribute to a TV ad that we will run across the state of California on Sunday and Monday and (2) send this message on to friends, so they know the details that are only just now getting into the press.
Please contribute to the ad at:
We need to raise $500,000, by the end of day today.
This morning the Los Angeles Times published the stories of six women who say they were physically abused by Arnold Schwarzenegger as recently as three years ago. We've included excerpts from the article at the bottom
of this email. The stories are shocking, but they fit a pattern of previous reports.
We're launching a television ad devoted to putting Arnold's problem with women into the public eye. We feel that this is a critical step that absolutely must be taken, but we need $500,000 to make this happen.
The stories published in the LA Times today are consistent withstatements Schwarzenegger has made and incidents he's been involved in throughout his entire career.
If you think his personal views and behavior can be separated from his new career as a politician, think again: Schwarzenegger has not included a single woman on his economic council. In a state where there are tens of thousands of women in positions of power, there was not even one he respected enough add to his team.
Schwarzenegger has a serious problem with women, reflected in both his actions and his words. His own statements -- even just months ago -- paint a clear picture of a man who has absolutely no respect for women.And so on, for another dozen paragraphs. MoveOn, you'll remember, was the organization devoted to impeaching Bill Clinton because of his sexual abuse of female employees.
Ha, I'm just kidding.
Across the United States today, a diverse group of online Americans launched an Internet political campaign and petition drive called Censure and Move On. Angry and disgusted by the behavior of our representatives in the nation's capital, we are using email and the world-wide web to crystalize public opinion.
Censure and Move On is a bipartisan group of concerned citizens organizing around a single issue: speedy resolution of the Lewinsky sex scandal. We are not affiliated with or funded by any other organization. The vast majority of the American public understand that a continuing obsession with this scandal will do great damage to our institutions, our economy, and our power and prestige in the world. We expect our representatives to understand this as well, and show real leadership. Now that the special prosecutor's report is in, the issue is totally in the political domain. A resolution of Censure is clearly the only path to speedy closure.What's good for the good is apparantly unspeakably evil for the gander.
So would I have more respect for these activists if they remained consistent about what was and wasn't relevant information for a public official? You bet. I don't blog about Bill Clinton on this site because I didn't care about any of his sexual habits (although I did care about his perjury). If MoveOn can't apply vaguely similar standards to a moderate Democrat and a moderate Republican (though, to be fair, Arnold hasn't been accused of cheating on his wife), they deserve to be treated with all the seriousness of ... well, Gary Coleman, I guess.
And note how Republicans in 1998 were obsessed with "the scandal," but the pious and forward-thinking MoveOn crowd is concerned with "make[ing] sure everyone in California knows who this man is." Golly, what a bunch of scumbags.|W|P|106520357205957470|W|P||W|P|