Friday, December 31, 2010

Movies

I have not seen "How to Train Your Dragon" on any best film lists for 2010 and beat the heck out of "Shutter Island" and some of the others cited most often, including "Toy Story 3."

History

No pardon for Billy. The Kid remains an outlaw.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Food

A recap of Top Chef Masters. From the AJC. And when will Fabio go to the gnocchi well one time too many?

A white Christmas?

My daughter will be thrilled. My wife will be catatonic. I'll be fine as ong as we get back from Summerville in time.Honey, make sure we have plenty of bourbon.

Econ 101

What can happen when a pension fund fails. The checks stop coming in small Alabama town. From the NY Times.

My recent column

Warm memories chase away biting cold.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My columns

This is most of what I did in 2010. May be a few missing. Thanks for reading.

WW II

Bismarck and Tirpitz. Great work by Steve Nuttall.

Robert Samuelson

Bad Bob says 'retiree benefits are cheating our children.' From Newsweek. "The Pew Center on the States estimates $1 trillion of underfunding for the pensions and health benefits of states."

Braves

Jerry Crasnick at ESPN writes about the return of Chipper Jones.

Movies

Kurt Loder loves 'True Grit.' My question is, how many other actors could play Rooster Cogburn? Bridges heads a mighty short list.

Games

Nine-year-old becomes youngest U.S. chess master. But Owen Bieber still gets the girls.

Lucy and Ethanol

'The cancer that is ethanol.' But the Iowa caucus voters are happy and that's what's important. Right? From The American Spectator.

In Georgia

Is horse racing in state's future? Remember when ol' Tom Murphy would denounce betting in Georgia, but still make it over to the Turf Club in Birmingham for the races?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

In Georgia

Georgia Power gets huge rate increase past those toothless watchdogs at the PSC.

Guns

Chris Christie frees man jailed for owning legal guns.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

Reds

Cuba gets the easy treatment, despite human rights abuses. From the NY Times.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Holiday hijinks

Courtesy of the Red State Update boys.

Rapid Robert dies

Bob Feller, RIP. Feller was a fantastic pitcher and a courageous veteran. Unfortunately when Imet him at a Fort Myers Miracle game he was a prick. It was a signing event and he was PO'd about soemthing and refused to sign despite the long line of fans waiting. Funny how a personal memory like that overwhelms all the public hoopla.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Chavez

Needs more power? Wants to rule by decree, as if he already didn't.

Rasslin'

'Brawl' at Hulk Hogan's wedding Let's see how they work this into an angle.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Robert Samuelson

Bad Bob looks at the rotten moral core behind our deficit woes.

Guns

Chicago demands range training but outlaws gun ranges in the city. I hate government. From Reason.

More drug war BS

Town refuses to return seized cash. Men not charged with crime. Via Drudge.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Books

True Grit the novel unfairly eclipsed by the film.

Sharks!

Severak sharks involved in Egyptian attacks. Sounds like a really bad SyFy movie.

TV

Top Chef All Stars, a recap. A new record for whining set. Contestatnt ducks out of kitchen after being nicked by knife. Marcel still a prick, but a good chef.

Econ 101

Free up trade with Colombia and Panama. How could anyone reject this when we are spending trillions with China?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Econ 101 and the movie biz

Georgia film business booming. What the article doesn't say is how long it took the state to make the necessary tax changes. A lot of states moved passed Georgia on filmmakers' list until this state caught up.

Hump Day free tunes

The underrated Lindsey Buckingham at his best on I'm So Afraid. I saw Fleetwood Mac live in Atlanta in the early 1980s and Buckingham's guitar work was a revelation. He stole the show. This is a terrific song. They played it once on "Miami Vice," though it's not a tune that makes you think of South Beach or sun-splashed days.
And on this one, the great Sly Stone, with no band, explains a few things to his woman. Here's the classic version with the thundering, plundering bass line groove. A funk masterpiece!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

Bob Barr

Lawmakers target cold remedies. From the AJC.

Reds

Chavez blames capitalism for heavy rains. Via Reuters. Jews not specifically blamed, yet.

Shark attack

Another tourist killed off Egyptian coast. Jews blamed.

Friday, December 3, 2010

My Dec. 2 column

A shopping we will go ...

The Border

Jim Coronette tries to go to Canada. But the bureaucrats sunset flip his ass right back to the U.S.

Plan to learn a little about history

I caught some numb nut talking head on one of the morning cable news shows going on about the beauty of Chinese central planning. He seemed to have no idea that the Soviet Union "central planned" itself right our of existence. Central planning on that scale by the government does not work. History has shown this repeatedly. When numb nuts was told by a co-panelist that central planning had deep communist roots, he just grinned and moved on to the next subject.

Gummint

Charles Rangel is sorry. sorry he got caught and sorry the ethics committee did its job.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

PoliEcon 101

Why do Tea Partiers ignore ethanol subsidies? It's bad for drivers, it drives up food prices and makes little sense scientifically. From Newsweek.

The bailout

Foreign banks lined up at the trough.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Irving Kershner, RIP

Kershner, who died this week, is loved by the StarDorks for his contributions (as director) to "The Empire Strikes Back," easily the best of the overrated series. It was easily the highight of his career as he made few films that were anything more than crappy or forgettable. Sean Connery, who worked with him on "A Fine Madness," in 1965 brought him in for "Never Say Never," which I like (but don't love).
His second best film, which comes with a glowing recommendation from the "Devil Dog" James Ellroy is "Stakeout on Dope Street" from 1958. It's his first movie as a director and was made for a pittance.
But's it's an imaginative, tough little crime story that TCM showed once that I know of. Check for it on DVD. TCM might drag it back out now that Kershner had passed.

Hitchens

Big Chris and Tony Blair debate religion.

Horror film star dies

Ingrid Pitt, RIP. If you were a teen age boy and saw her in "Countess Dracula" or "The Vampire Lovers," you never forgot her ... that, or you are gay.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Eco Baloney (or beef)

The myth of free range cattle. John Stossel says feed lots make more sense.

Robert Samuelson

Speedy pork. High speed rail just does not make sense. From Newsweek.

Virginia Postrel

TechnoGlamor trumps reason. Think high speed rail and giant wind turbines.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Spy vs. Spy

U.S. mole named by Russian newspaper. Turned in sleeper cell.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Chavez

It would be comical if not so telling. Government takes control of apartments. Via Drudge.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ouch!

Is Jay Cutler the new Jeff George? From ESPN.

Horror alert!

Four consecutive Hammer Frankenstein movies on Friday. TCM is all horror from Friday until Sunday. This was a terrific series. I underrated it for years but the more I watch them they better most of them seem. Cushing is incredibly good as the Baron.

Barbecue blowout

There's going to be a barbecue cook-off in Summerville at Dowdy Park on Saturday. Get there early; the parking isn't so good. Supposed to be at least 15 chefs and they're encouraged to cook extra to sell. It's set up for lunch time but opn until 4 4 p.m.

The art of Charles Knight

I read a little about Knight in a piece on Ray Harryhausen and found this site. Knight's dinosaur stuff is fantastic. You can see why it has captivated people for years.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Winds of change

Foreign wind energy companies dominate DOE policy according to story on American Spectator blog. The anti-turbine folk on Lookout Mountain will want to read this.

Damn Yankees

By Espy
Any day the Steinbrenner Monster falls short in the playoffs is a good day and the Yankees being eliminated in the ALDS by the Texas Rangers made Friday a REALLY good day. I will not claim to have predicted this upset, but I've been following the Rangers on the side for the last few years and really like the team they've put together.
They can thank the Braves for two of those key components, shortstop Elvis Andrus and super reliever Neftali Feliz, who along with three other players were shipped West when the Braves rented Mark Texeira for a few months three years ago. Texeira is now with the Yankees -- hahahahahahahah -- but was hurt and not on the roster for the end of the Texas series.
Imagine what the Braves' future would look like now if they had Andrus and Feliz now, but the Texeira move was a bold one that just didn't pan out; no use crying (too much).
Hopefully the Giants will make it a two underdog World Series by finishing off the fat Phillies.
Born a National League man I almost always back the NL team in the Series, but this year will be an exception.
Go Rangers!
By the way, the Yankees opened the season with a team payroll of over $206 million and added some expensive reinforcements; the Rangers came in at $55 million and change. The Rangers actually cut more than $12 million off their payroll from the previous year, though they did trade for the terrific (and soon to be a free agent) Cliff Lee.
Once again, go Rangers!

Peachy politics

Poll predicts "sweep" for GOP

Another column from The Summerville News

Ten reasons to yell at the columnist

My Column from the Summerville News

Halloween was a devil of a good time

Sharks

Young man dies after attack in California.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Economics 101

India follows China's sporting folly From Reason Magazine.

Mark Williams column

My old pal has penned a good one on his his experiences at the fair.

A recent column

Hard work (hers) makes a marriage work

Back to work

Sorry to be absent from the Outpost so long, but I'm back now to help try and stem the tide of ignorance sweeping the world.
I've been sick for awhile and the most pressing problem has been several months of a sleep disorder which pretty much knocked me out of action. Recently I was diagnosed with slip apnea and put on the breathing device at night. That has helped enormously and though I still have an unexplained difficulty falling asleep, I take a pill to help there and now am getting at least 5-7 hours quality sleep a night.
That may not sound like much but I was getting less than 1-2 hours quality sleep a night night for a long time.
I stayed exhausted.
My improvement has me back blogging and I hope to rebuild the number of people who checked out the site. I also plan on doing more of my own writing here and returning sports-related links to this site. I was posting them elsewhere.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Peachy politics

Republican functionary quits post over Nathan Deal candidacy. I don't care for Deal for multiple reasons and hate the fact the state GOP could do no better for its nominee. Barnes seems to have rolled over to the old demo establishment, so it looks like I'll be voting Libertarian. From Jim Galloway at the AJC.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

NFL

Is the 3-4 the league's latest fad? I remember the rush to the 3-4 in the 1970s. One factor is the shortage of pass rushing 4-3 tackles. If you can't get a rush with those 330-pounders, you have to get it somewhere. Now, let's see how many 3-4 pass rushing OLBs the colleges can deliver. Paging Vernon Gholston! Paging Vernon Gholston.

The Splendid Splinter

Of such stuff legends are made!

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Civil War

An interesting discussion of Civil War art.

World War II

Death of a spy. A most remarkable woman. British agent escaped concentration camp.

Run away! Run away!

Reid leads retreat on key tax vote. President said it was vital. Harry said, not so fast!

'Bylines' cuts through heart of the South

A recent column about a book authored by my old college professor and friend Joe Cumming of Carrollton. The column doesn't do the book justice. It is an eclectic collection of pieces Joe wrote over four decades, many of them very powerful observations on the civil rights movement. Look for it at Amazon.

Warren's World

Shut up and take it, America!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Larry McMurty

Tim Rutten looks at McMurtry's new Hollywood book for the LA Times. It should arrive at my door tomorrow and will be read by MOnday morning.

Tunes

A fine one by James McMurtry. Down Across the Deleware. "I know the janglin' of your keys"

Guns

Obama Adminsitration bans the import of M1 Garands, the rifle that won Dubya Dubya 2. Why does Obama hate America?

We don't need no stinking badges!

Mexican mayor murdered. Does this sound like a healthy, modern country to you?

Dope

Dutch city reconsiders drug tourism. From the NY Times.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Shark 2

Australian surfer killed.

Food

Gulf shrimp season opens. But will customers return? I damn sure will. Ship me a few pounds ASAP. From the NY Times.

Ray Bradbury

The author sounds like a tea partier but wants our country to go back to the moon.

Shark!

Kayaker escapes Great White.

Civil War

Preservation group backs casino. I'm with them on this one. The casino should be built if the private funds are there to do it. The integrity of the battlefield isn't threatened.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sunday, August 8, 2010

The jihad

Taliban fighters cover themselves in glory by murdering medical workers.

Food and drink

Give the smell test to Gulf seafood. Speaking of which, I got some great shrimp at Cornerstone Grill last night. Ali liked her crab cakes and my shrimp was excellent. First time I have been in there in awhile but it was well worth the money.

Your Sunday free tune

Billy Stewart sings Summertime. Dig that groovy ensemble!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Iran

Did they or didn't they toss a bomb at the big man? Something isn't kosher about this story.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Jim Galloway

Roy Barnes looks to the boondocks. Lots of ways to look at this. Is Barnes afraid the machine isn't going to be able to get the black vote out? Is he just trying to blunt the GOP advantage in the sticks? How does a multi-millionaire Atlanta lawyer sell himself as a son of the sod?

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Comic Con

As experienced by the Red State Update boys. How about that Power Girl!

Comics

Joss Whedon to direct Avengers film. Whedon is good and could pull it off, but I always thought the Avengers was kind of a clunky comic. I did love The Vision though. He was cool. I hope they leave that dork Thor out of the mix.

Cynthia Tucker

Time for Rangel to pack it in.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Econ 101

Don't trust the GOP on spending. From NRO.

Red State Update

The World Cup. Jackie Broyles ain't happy with all that "strutting that ass!"

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Down South 2

Extending the Appalachian Trail to Africa? That's the plan. From the BBC.

Down South

Shine on. Old habits die hard. 'Moonshine tempts new generation,' according to the BBC.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Food

My story on a father-son barbecue duo. From the Chattanooga Times-Free Press.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Iran

Cracks in the iron glove. By Michael Ledeen.

Dope

Legalization would drop pot costs 80 percent. according to study.
Then again, the governments will tax it so much the cost will shoot back up and it be sold on a no-tax black market.

Food and drink

The milkman cometh. From the L.A. Times.

Mark Steyn

Afghanistan and the AMerican will.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Chavez

Get to know the commie ruler's thug followers. I love the line "financing from the government."

Monday, July 5, 2010

Flocking to the Fort

Fort O growth tops Northwest Georgia.

The robots are coming!

Iranian robots!!!! Obama is wasting billions of dollars on "green jobs" when he clearly needs to be building up our anti-robot defenses. Didn't that fool see "Terminator?"

Europe

German economy gains momentum; spending cuts key to plan to avoid tax increases. Please forward this story to the White House.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Econ 101

Tax break gone. Home sales plummet.

Newspaperin'

J. Todd Foster named executive editor of the Times-Free Press. Foster is a real journalist and that should help the TFP get better. The paper does a lot of things well now, but Foster could take it to another level.

Cool stuff

Steam trains may return to the rails.

TV

Charles Oliver's blog alerted me to this gem Leave It to Beaver recognized as a classic. Finally! "That's a very lovely dress you're wearing today Mrs. Cleaver."

Hollywood

Dalton war veteran J.R. Martinez finds new life as soap opera star.

Hitchens

Writer to start chemo treaments.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Monday, June 28, 2010

Guns

Handgun law struck down. And Politico says Democrats are happy. One less issue for Republicans to pound them on

Robert Byrd, RIP

Nick Gillespie on the late senator. Let others pile on the praise.

Movies

TCM recently had night of service comedies. One of the movies was Abbott and Costello's "Buck Privates." I had been wanting to rewatch it so I kicked back and laughed my arse off for 90 minutes. It's amazing how fresh and smooth the boys' routines remain. A great comedy and the Andrews Sister provide terrific musical bits. The movie didn't stop cold for them; their songs kept the energy up. Lots of fun. Now I have to find the A&C haunted house picture. That one was great, too. TCM remains a national treasure!

Napoleon Dynamite

If Favre retires, the Vikings should take a look at Uncle Rico. A great moment in film!

Politics

Forget Pedro. Vote for Clint Webb! Via IFC and Charles Oliver.

Mark Steyn

The unengaged president.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Da Devil 101

Tax dollars for atheist schools? Good question. I say yes. Give parents their money back let them make the decision.

Music II

Greg Allman gets a new liver.

Music

REM recognized by the Library of Congress.

Another recent Espy column

Dateline Apalachicola. A trip to the Gulf.

One of my recent columns

A true master at work. From the Summerville News.

Chavez

U.S. property to be stolen. Government to seize oil rigs. Everything this government touches turns to crap and it is touching more every day.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Jim Gallagher

Can Barnes win without a runoff?

Eats

They look good and I'd love to try several of them, but in terms of health these are allegedly America's worst burgers. I am on a pretty strict diet now and so I cann't eat this kind of stuff, not that I was ever a fan of the various "mega burgers." But as I told my brother the other day, the worst thing is I miss the freedom to eat them if I by god wanted to.

Books

Michael Schaub looks at Hitch-22.

Music

Dr. Demento moves to Internet radio. Still wacky after all these years.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Bilderberg

A fun column for the paranoid set. Don't know much about the author but this one is worth reading.

I'm back

Returned from Florida. Hope to resume posting some stuff but I'm fighting a bit of illness right now and am distracted. BUt keep checking if you get abything out of this hillbilly hootenanny of a blog.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Econ 101

Was it just the other day everyone was ready to switch to the Euro because the dollar was unstable.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010

Thursday, May 20, 2010

George Will

Tough times for Democrats.

Britain's ongoing demise

Paul Blaisdell would be so proud of these monstrosities. Of course, he did not have millions of dollars to come up with his designs, but he still did OK. Check out these.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Stolen valor

Just when you think your skin is thick enough to withstand anything, along comes a scumbag likes this.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Guns

U.S. snipers get new gun.

Fantasy

Frank Frazetta, RIP I have yet to see a really good obit so instead I have linked to these images. They roar!

Books

An interview with Joe Lansdale.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The jihad

Cartoonist attacked by freedom loving sons of the fertile crescent.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Your Sunday free tune

I miss you mama.

Halloween 2

Rob Zombie's take on Michael Myers was disappointing in his remake of Halloween; it's even worse in the followup H2. I hate that because Zombie really wants to make the fans happy, but his writing and directing skills are just too weak.
The "kill stuff" doesn't show a lot of imagination, but Zombie and actor Tyler Mayne capture the physical ferociousness of Michael. That's the best stuff in the film. After that, there's not much to brag on.
Zombie uses his wife Sherry in a key role, but unfortunately it's a stupid, ill-conceived part linked to a dumb ass white horse, which I suspect is Rob's family pony.
H2 takes place several years after the events of the first story. There are a lot of flashbacks to a Michael rampage at the hospital the night of the original film, but the main story is advanced several years. Laurie Strode is a psychological mess and Dr. Loomis is a sleaze bag trying to make a fast buck off the legend of Michael. Why Zombie "rethinks" Loomis along these lines is a mystery and Michael McDowell is terrible in the part.
He's not the only actor who struggles here, but the story is so bad that I'm not even going to worry about the acting.
A poor effort, despite the best intentions.

World War II

U.S. troops join Moscow celebrations.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Spirits

Who makes the strongest beer?

Rand Paul

DeMint backs him.

Newsweek's travails

I quit Newsweek after the 2008 election. I knew before the race they would favor the Democrat, that is to be expected, but the almost laughable way they maximized their support was infuriating. That, and the big format change made under Jon meacham's leadership did not appeal to me, thought here were some good things about it. I switched to Time, but can't say I care for it much. Anyhow, here's Meacham whining to Jon Stewart.

Great job, Strickie!

Headquarters Grand Canyon.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Friday, April 30, 2010

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Two down

The death of two key terrorists doesn't generate much interest in the U.S. If only one of them had dated Kate Gosslein.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Books

5 reasons to buy the Avery Cates novels. And here's number 6 ... because I said so. The new one is due out this summer.

Your Sunday free tune

Frankie Miller with Wilson Pickett's If You Need Me. Blessed are the Scots. And here's Miller on Be Good to Yourself. Delbert McClinton does a great cover of this one.

Your Sunday free tune

Thursday, April 22, 2010

TV

Curb Your Enthusiasm will be back.

Words

50 great nasty comments by authors and about authors. But how could they leave out Capote's assessment of Ken Kesey? "That's not writing; that's typing." From The Huffington Post.

Dope II

The dope merchants of Humbolt County don't like the idea of legalization very much.

Dope

My wife can pack a suitcase better than most. but even she would be impressed by this.

South Park

The comedy jihad continues. Put that in your pipe and smoke it you ignorant BLEEP!

Immigration

What's next? Will Congress insist on tackling immigration next? Can't imagine the Democrats want this issue on the front burner before an election.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Ron Hart

Back in Tennessee. "'Atlanta is the “City Too Busy to Hate,' which leaves it ample time to tax."

John Stossel

Capitalism is alive and well.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Newspaperin'

Wow, what a surprise! Robert T. Nash off the air.
Robert worked for me in Dalton before his gig on the radio. He left under bad terms and for several good reasons I don't have much use for him personally.
He told me one time that he'd screwed up every good job he had had and so I can't say I am surprised to see him screw the pooch at WGOW. Robert is a complicated fellow and he does not handle adversity well at all. That situation with WGOW is likely to get messy. Legally messy.
It sounds like some kind of problem with a co-worker is at the heart of this. Before the blow up here, I liked Robert and thought most of the staff did too. Turns out I was incorrect. However, by and large Robert worked well enough with his co-workers in Dalton. After all, we don't have to all be close pals. Mostly he did his job and stayed below the radar.
I listened to him some on the radio. He could be outstanding and remember that comment comes from someone who know's he's an jackass. On the other hand, at times his show was almost impossible to listen to. The self-congratulatory back slapping and the personal diatribes were an embarrassment. But the station allowed/encouraged it and Robert's loyal listeners seemed happy with the crap.
I always told myself that one day I'd get a chance to punch him in his smirking face, but to be honest with you I hope the jackass gets up, dusts himself off and finds a place on the radio. He's good at it when he's on his game.

Food

Apparently doo doo makes great coffee.

Frank Rich seeks the Confederate flank

Frank Rich on Confederate History Month. He doesn't approve. Conservatives are racists, unless they stay in their corner and keep quiet. Civil War history is racist unless it focuses on slavery and I'm a cracker-ass cracker for writing this.

Your Sunday free tune

The great Joe Tex.

Birds

Hummingbirds face to face.

Immigration

Reform is now "the third rail."

Monday, April 12, 2010

My weekly column

Play ball!

Fun

New Asteroids record score. I would have thought my buddy Richie Ludy held the mark. he used to build up about 50 bonus spaseships and then "sell" the game to somebody else.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Monday, April 5, 2010

Politics

Rand Paul makes National Review jittery. Young whippersnapper spooks the old guard.

Sci fi

The Hugo nominees. Not one talking dolphin novel in the batch.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Your Sunday free tune

Dickie Betts proves to be a Rambling Man. It's a great day for ridin' the roads with this one blasting.

My weekly column

When vinyl was king

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A great rock song

Danny Joe Brown is Flirtin' with Disaster. Molly Hatchett from the Kirshner show. Not great quality but it catches the feeling. And here's another version with an ailing DJB still able to belt it out. Made the hairs on my neck stand up when he kicked in.

Sean Flynn

Remains may be his. From the LA Times.

Nathan Deal

He says he's being targeted unfairly by Pelosi and Co. Maybe. But he could still be a bag of doo.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Elmore Leonard's Justified

Ken Tucker loves Justified and I think I'm going to agree. Caught the second episode and really enjoyed it. Just so happens I read the short story that led to the series last summer. The shows catches the feel. Star Tim Olyphant played Sheriff Bullock on Deadwood and is very good in this little sleeper from Victor Nunez filmed in part on St. George Island.

Nathan Deal

I'd vote for Urban Meyer before I'd vote for Nathan Deal, but this sounds like pretty thin soup. Still, it'll hurt in a tight field.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Movies

Marvel picks its Captain America.

Dope

Cash starved NY lawmakers consider legelization. Thinking outside the box is good.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Your Sunday free tune

Jim and Jesse pursue Slewfoot. "Some folks say he looks a lot like me!" And here's their version of Nine Pound Hammer.

Movies

Netflix lets you track down a lot of obscure films, the kind the critics love. But it also is a storehouse of the tried and true. I dipped into that category this week, renting Louisiana Purchase and Never Say Die, a pair of Bob Hope vehicles. They came on the same disc and both are quite funny.
Never Say Die is the better film. Martha Raye and Andy Devine do their stuff with relish and Hope clearly loves working with them. Hope plays a millionaire hypochondriac who mistakenly thinks he's about to die. There's a pack of ner-do-wells after Bob's cash.
It's a goofy, funny comedy with a little music to boot.
In Louisiana Purchase Hope is funny as a crooked politician being investigated by an eccentric U.S. Senator played by the great Victor Moore. Music and dance play a bigger part in this one and it's not as funny, though still worthy of a look.
Hope was great during this era and shines in both of these silly, funny films.