Nothing seems to go for McCain these days. Once a hero thought to bring balance to the force, his reputation has been reduced to rubble by a contradictory campaign that should have been more negative according to pundits, but more loving according to his heart.
Sunday, October 19, 2008 | 0 Comments
A T-shirt designer tells his story of evil smiley mischief. As it turns out, they designed two almost identical T-shirts, one with Bush as a monkey, the other with Obama.
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Thursday, October 09, 2008 | 0 Comments
Some movies, such as Schindler's List or 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days manage to gain acclaim from both sides of the story they cover. Others, such as The Baader Meinhof Komplex, attract criticism from both the antiheroes' and their victims' offspring.
The Red Army Faction was a self-described communist "urban guerilla" involved in numerous crimes and assassinations between 1970 and 1998. It even caused the German Autumn of 1977, a series of events involving murders, abductions, PFLP and Siad Barre (find the all on wikipedia.org).
The movie, released in Germany on Sept 25 and chosen as a candidate for the foreign-language Oscar, caused the following reactions:
1. The daughter of Ulrike Meinhof, the original gang's leader:
"The film portrays one murder after another without any sense of meaning, any explanation," Bettina Roehl said in an interview Thursday. (...) the film is offensive not only for its glut of violent scenes but because "in nonverbal but very suggestive ways, the film insinuates that their motivations for terrorism are understandable. That is 100 percent wrong," said Roehl, who has long decried the Red Army Faction's violent campaign against the West German establishment.
2. The daughter of Juergen Ponto, CEO of Dresdner Bank, assassinated:
"There were never any images from the (group's) assassination of my father until now," Ponto was quoted as saying in the Die Welt daily. "That always provided a degree of comfort and solace for us. I find the film's willingness to wrongfully invade our privacy particularly perfidious."
3. The son of assassinated industrialist Hanns-Martin Schleyer
praised it in the Bild daily for showing up the faction as a "pitiless gang of murderers."
4. The movie producer, Bernd Eichinger
defended the depiction of another killing — that of West German federal prosecutor Siegfried Buback — against criticism from his son. He acknowledged that the scene would be "difficult" for Buback's son, but argued that "showing the scene in a watered-down form" would have meant "knowingly falsifying and downplaying the facts," according to an interview with the Hoerzu weekly.
Thursday, October 09, 2008 | 0 Comments
To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately.
Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except Kansas , which she does not fancy).
Your new Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections.
Congress and the Senate will be disbanded.
A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.
To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:
(You should look up ‘revocation’ in the Oxford English Dictionary.)
1. Then look up aluminium, and check the pronunciation guide. You will be amazed at just how wrongly you have been pronouncing it.
2. The letter ‘U’ will be reinstated in words such as ‘colour’, ‘favour’, ‘labour’ and ‘neighbour.’ Likewise, you will learn to spell ‘doughnut’ without skipping half the letters, and the suffix ‘-ize’ will be replaced by the suffix ‘-ise’. Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. (look up ‘vocabulary’).
3. Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as ‘like’ and ‘you know’ is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. There is no such thing as US English. We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take into account the reinstated letter ‘u’ and the elimination of -ize.
4. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday.
5. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers, or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you’re not quite ready to be independent. Guns should only be used for shooting grouse. If you can’t sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist then you’re not ready to shoot grouse.
6. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. Although a permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.
7. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left side with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.
8. The former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling gasoline) of roughly $10/US gallon. Get used to it.
9. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar.
10. The cold tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer, and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager. South African beer is also acceptable as they are pound for pound the greatest sporting nation on earth and it can only be due to the beer. They are also part of British Commonwealth - see what it did for them. American brands will be referred to as Near-Frozen Gnat’s Urine, so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.
11. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters. Watching Andie Macdowell attempt English dialogue in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an experience akin to having one’s ears removed with a cheese grater.
12. You will cease playing American football. There is only one kind of proper football; you call it soccer. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies). Don’t try rugby - the South Africans and Kiwis will thrash you, like they regularly thrash us.
13. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the World Series for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. You will learn cricket, and we will let you face the South Africans first to take the sting out of their deliveries.
14. You must tell us who killed JFK. It’s been driving us mad.
15. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty’s Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due (backdated to 1776).
16. Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 pm with proper cups, with saucers, and never mugs, with high quality biscuits (cookies) and cakes; plus strawberries (with cream) when in season.
Source: That British Woman
In related news, it's not just MoveOn that takes an interest in the upcoming presidential elections in the US of A. Michael Moore has made a new documentary, Slacker Uprising available to the masses, but there's controversy (as usual with his movies).
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