…has gone Hollywood.
moe99 said on July 9, 2011 at 12:15 pm
journalism gossip on the Murdochs’ blowing up News of the World:
Rose Ryan said on July 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm
Dear Nancy, I enjoy reading your blog.
I’ve been watching for you to comment on the death of Lillian
Jackson Braun, author of “The Cat Who…” mystery series. Berkley Publishing Group, an imprint of Penquin Books (USA).
She worked 30 years at The Detroit Free Press, retiring in l984.
Ms. Braun, 97, died at the Hospice House of the Carolina Foothills in Landrum, on June 4th. She had lived in Tryon, N.C. for the past 23 years. I enjoyed her books.
coozledad said on July 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm
Moe: This is getting too big for David Cameron to sweep under the rug. Now it looks like Murdoch Jr. could face prosecution in the US as well. You know what would be nice? If this blew holes in Poodle Blair’s whitewash of the David Kelly death. Murdoch owned that little fraud, as well as Bush.
prospero said on July 9, 2011 at 2:09 pm
New Country, South Sudan, could picked a better name, but, this is progress. Americans should be particularly supportive.
The Murdochs are scumsuckers. Screw the lot of them. And I’d say Rupert knows and approves of everything going on. And once again I ask, shouldn’t the FCC lift this asshole’s broadcast licenses. Well we would, but we are Republicans that think Fox is fair and balanced. How do these assholes actually say that?
News of the World will live on in some way. Look Andrew Breitbart is exposed as a total DICK, who wouldn’t know truth if it bit him on the DICK and people buy his bullshit. The entire Murdoch and kid deal sounds a whole lot like the Netanyahu crime family.
Jeff Borden said on July 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm
It’s been a long time coming, but it’s good to see this family of parasites exposed to the light. Nothing would please me more than to see Rupert and/or his slimy sons behind bars. I’d also like to see some serious investigation into the way his hacks work in the U.S. If they were hacking into cellphones in the U.K., who’s to say they weren’t doing it in the U.S.? Could anyone seriously put this past Roger Ailes?
prospero said on July 9, 2011 at 7:10 pm
You know that relay to home by Jeter was a greaazt play, but Giambi was obviously safe.Another bad call favorss the Yankees. They suck more than the NE Pats, and that means bigtime. Like Reggie sticking his steroid ass into center field and actually cheating in the World Series, and getting away with it.
Jeff, In the USA CEOs do that shit. Then they get golden parachutes for crashing companies. Then they run for the Senate as a Republican in California.But as I said, shouldn’t the FCC lift those Murdoch broadcast licenses. I’d miss Ms. Torv and Fringe, but I’m pretty sure somebody would pick it up. Bart, hasta la vista.
moe99 said on July 9, 2011 at 9:37 pm
C’dad, keep in mind that Murdoch is transferring the sunday edition formerly published by News of the World to The Sun. So the sleaze will continue. He just gets to fire 700+ grunts and save big time on labor costs and make it look like he’s taking action so he can save his bid for bskyb.
brian stouder said on July 9, 2011 at 11:03 pm
The Saturday Morning Parade hereabouts came off very well, with perfect weather and happy young folks and several nice snapshots, etc.
And, when our new apprentice teabagging free-market-conservative-except-for-his-farm-subsidy-payments Republican member of congress paraded past us, I respectfully (quietly) looked on. That is to say, I didn’t yell “BOOOOOOO” or heap derision upon him, as I might have been tempted to do, if I’d had nearly as much beer as some of the other spectators apparently had.
But I could not and did not resist a stage-whisper prayer of thanks that Marlin Stutzman didn’t have his way when General Motors was bailed out, as a parade of GM and Chevy pickups from our local factory paraded past.
Allen County would certainly have lost “that great GM feeling”, if macro-economic macaroni-brained doofus faux-”Free Market” frauds like Stutzman had had their way back at crunch-time, and simply let GM (and Chrysler) implode.
By the way, if you ever find yourself in a discussion with one of these “Free Market” acolytes, and you want to give them a headache, ask them to define what a “Free Market” is; and then ask them about food and medicine purity, and how the “Free Market” ever dealt with that.
It did seem that a large proportion of our parade consisted of Shriners of various sorts. (the word “various” is used advisedly; “Shriners” might as well read “older, self-satisfied white guys” – but we digress)
Suzanne said on July 10, 2011 at 8:31 am
Speaking of M. Stutzman, I attended a college opening in Fort Wayne at which he was supposed to speak, but backed out and sent his chief of staff instead. The man was nearly illiterate. He only had to read a letter from the Congressman, and could hardly read it. He was sitting on the dais when the mayor spoke, and rolled his eyes, looked at the top of the tent, and was intentionally obviously not paying attention. It was an embarrassment for NE Indiana.
coozledad said on July 10, 2011 at 11:23 am
Ohio voter ID boy’s sobriety test (stripper in car). Gotta love that Republican sense of entitlement. Couldn’t even let it go when the cops got him by the balls.
That must be a mighty stick up his ass for him to pull it out and swing it drunk. I guess it comes from savin’ babies for Jesus.
Julie Robinson said on July 10, 2011 at 11:44 am
Suzanne, our daughter contacted Stutzman about one of his votes and his response was riddled with spelling and grammar errors. At the time I figured it had been written by an intern with a semester of poly-sci classes, but your experience makes me wonder if that’s the education level of his entire office.
Brian, welcome to the brigade of marching band parents. Soon you’ll be washing cars, selling concessions, giving up every Saturday during the fall, and weeping when your band takes the field for competition. Enjoy the ride!
beb said on July 10, 2011 at 12:31 pm
How this picture connects to Hollywood I don’t know. But I did come across an amazing story on Hullaballo, which picks up a current Roger Ebert column. Seems MacMillan as produced an edited version of The Great Gatsby for intermediate readers. It reduced about two pages of the opening in “Hi, I’m Nick Carraway” [actually I'm fudging on the actual revision for dramatic effect, but only a little.] Ebert makes the point that if you think the book is too hard for your students, then pick an easier book.
While I share Eberts outrage over re-writing someone else’s book, I found the opening and closing sections he quotes from FitzGerald’s book to be almost impenetrable. I guess I’ve spent too many years reading pulp masters like Raymond Candler and Dashiell Hammitt and have had my literay skills ruins by people who write straight prose and say exactly what they mean…..
Digby also has words on Rupert Murdock. While the words “jack-booted thug” never passes her lips it’s pretty clear that those words aptly describe Murdock’s entire new operation.
prospero said on July 10, 2011 at 1:11 pm
All of that obesity discussion reminded me of the first great infomercial phenom, a woman that broke the Ron Popeil Ginsu knife, Pahty ring (with genuine simulated stones) mold. Long before Shamwow guy and blazing a path for Billy Mays there was the glorious whackjobSusan Powter, and stop the insanity.
Beb, sounds like McMillain Press is just producing glorified versions of Classix Comics. The idea, of course, is anything that gets kids to read…My opinion, Dashiell Hammet wasn’t on Raymond Chandler’s planet, although he did win the love of Lillian Hellman, as wonderfully portrayed by Jason Robards and Jane Fonda in Julia. I’ve never thought of Fitzgerald’s books, including Gatsby as as great as they’re made out to be, but I do think they are accessible, unlike any of Faulkner, who probably should have stuck to movies instead of perpetrating blunt, to the point of obtuse, crap like Absalom and As I Lay Dying. That shit is unreadable. Gawdamighty, what else to expect from an Ole Miss frat boy. For a noirish modern day stylist of superior skill, I recommend Walter Moseley to anybody that will listen. Brilliant.
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 10, 2011 at 2:29 pm
Roger has a nice follow-up posted to “if you think Gatsby is too hard” (but I liked Classic Comics, and think they have a niche, which is different from penning a massively altered “simple” version):
brian stouder said on July 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm
well, I followed Jeff’s marvelous link, and immediately got lost in the valleys over here:
Roger Ebert talking about Russ Meyer and the movie “Faster, Pussycat!”, and it’s good stuff all around
Despite its aura, “Pussycat” contains no actual nudity. There are lots of plunging bodices, to be sure, enhanced by what Russ liked to call “Brassieres based on the same principles that made the Sydney Opera House possible.” The film was part of what Meyer called his “drive-in period,” when he made black-and-white films that could be played in ordinary theaters that would not show adult films. The group also included “Lorna,” “Mud Honey” and “Motor Psycho.” The last two, along with “Faster, Pussycat!” all inspired the names of rock groups.
Julie Robinson said on July 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm
For anyone with the slightest interest in education, the documentary Ebert references, The Hobart Shakespeareans, is a must-watch. The teacher, Rafe Esquith, works in inner-city LA, where most of his kids’ parents don’t even speak English. Despite this his students are high achievers who perform a Shakespeare play each year. They use the original language and discuss parallels in their own lives to the situations in the plays. It’s incredibly inspirational.
brian stouder said on July 10, 2011 at 5:53 pm
Oh – and Julie – thanks for the welcome into the society of band parents!
Pammy and I will surely do all those things, including weeping at the culmination
Dexter said on July 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm
It’s summer, enjoy yerse’f.
Jolene said on July 11, 2011 at 8:44 am
The two clips that Ebert posted re the Hobart Shakespeareans are, indeed, wonderful. The kids are great, and McKellen is great in interacting with them. He really notices what’s important about what they’re doing.
Glad to hear the report on the marching band, Brian. Although they might not say so, kids never get too old to be pleased that Mom and Dad are in the reviewing stand.
brian stouder said on July 11, 2011 at 7:55 pm
Jolene – There is something indescribably marvelous about seeing our school’s marching band approaching and then passing – with the banners flying. South Side went for many years with no band at all, and the program has only just been resurrected. Lots of folks along the route were very happy to see good ol’ South Side on the march, once again.
And, of course, I could not possibly be prouder of Grant and all his efforts
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