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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Nope, Not One Single Minute of It

I joined legions of fellow Americans and refused to watch Obama's "State of the Union" performance last night. I have had enough of the nose turned up to the sky, the wagging finger, the tiresome cadence, the empty rhetoric--"We are the change we are waiting for!"--and the refusal to deal with reality and not the bowdlerized Obamabotic Hollywood progressive version of it.

I just didn't want to hear how our Dear Leader will rule without need of the Reichstag, er, uh, Congress. Do I smell smoke?

Fired up my ROKU, and spent a wonderful evening watching the magnificent David Suchet as Hercule Poirot--the world's most famous Belgian since Peter Paul Rubens, or, maybe, Jacques Brel--solve one absurdly complicated crime after another.

If I have to put up with a couple of hours of unreality, I rather spend them in a world where the good guys win over the criminal and the stupid.

44 comments:

  1. The 'most famous Belgian' Bob? How about Maurice Maeterlinck?

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    1. Given who was speaking last night, forgive my bias against Nobel Prize winners . . .

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    2. I can well understand your bias Bob. I was appalled when Obamayomama was given the Peace Prize. At least MM did many noteworthy things to justify his prize.

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  2. I share your sentiments about last nights 90 minutes long flatulence binge. There was an account elsewhere about a guy who dealt with the event by breaking out his 1960s era strobe light and played the tune "Inna Godda Davida" --long version-- over and over until the tv was clear of obstruction.

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  3. "I just didn't want to hear how our Dear Leader was going to rule without need of the Reichstag, er, uh, Congress. Do I smell smoke?" One could almost see the Liberals leap to their hoofs and shout "Sieg Heil".

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    1. And that was on the Republican side of the aisle!

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  4. I really like your closing line. Too bad it's increasingly likely for the criminal and stupid to win in the real world.

    Speaking of David Suchet, did you see him in the Playing Shakespeare series?

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    1. Absolutely, he is one of the great and unappreciated actors around

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    2. I first saw him as Leo "The Touch" Gillette in Foolproof.

      It was several years later that I saw the RSC master class series.

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    3. I loved that series. Suchet played Her-cool perfectly.

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  5. I fired up my Roku and watched "The Card," a great old movie with Alec Guinness, lightheartedly making his way up the ladder in a free market world. (Listened to not one syllable of the whistler-in-chief.)

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    1. For a great Alec Guiness film, try 'Kind Hearts And Coronets'. It's a story of an ambitious young man (Guiness) murdering his way through an upper class family in order to inherit. Guiness plays seven (7!) different roles in the film. A classic.

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    2. With that immortal couplet,

      "He shot an arrow in the air.
      She came to earth in Berkley Square"

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    3. Guinness in "Our Man in Havana." The film is actually better than the book. I didn't care for the "Star Wars" sequels but he was good.

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  6. Being of an age to remember it, the "nose to the sky" posturing reminds me of nothing so much as the late '30s newsreels of Moussolini!

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    1. Apart from the need for a bit more podge and that funny helmet Musso wore not a bad comparison.

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    2. Speaking of helmets- that picture of the One in Mommy Jeans on a bike...

      Dip you are in fine form. But watch your back, Sir...tax season is coming. If your certified USPS mail receipt comes not from Salt Lake City but instead....Cincinnatti! You may have to bend over and give out the ISP addresses of your six or seven readers. Its clearly a TeaParty here tonite!

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    3. iL Duce is a good side by side photo with Barry.

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    4. You could call it, "Dictatorship in Black and White"

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    5. Well, I've been calling him Il Douche for 5 years...

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    6. Well if Obamayomama wants to emulate Il Duce, he better hope he doesn't suffer the same fate - hung up by his feet in a gas station forecourt with a ventilated chest.

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  7. Doc Martin was on Net Flix last night. I forgot the name of the other guy on TV.

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  8. We broke out the Roku also and watched a Miss Marple mystery. Good, but not as good as Poirot.

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  9. I was listening to the radio when they announced that Obama was approaching the podium and cut to the SOTU. I started singing the chorus of "Bugger Off" (including the eff you part) and turned that sucker OFF.

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  10. I swore that I woundn't watch any more Seinfeld reruns, but when you know who was announced, I suddenly discovered that I had a few more in me.

    Here's something I stumbled across that I thought perfectly reflects the Obama admin mindset:

    http://americandigest.org/sidelines/aworksforme.gif

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  11. OT, but what do you think of the latest post at http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/
    I realize I don't have particular expertise, but the premise explains how the American Jewry can be so anti Israel.
    From the Diplomad's perspective, what do you think?

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    1. I agree with him and have had similar arguments with Jews who are anti-Israel.

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    2. Anti-Israel Jews? I find that very puzzling, on what possible grounds?

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    3. Popular:

      For starters, there are some ultra-orthodox who insist that the Jewish state cannot be reconstituted until M'shiach does so. This was, and perhaps remains, a common viewpoint among certain Chasidic groups.

      And then there are those for whom anything pro-West is anathema.

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    4. Kepha,
      Just like the Israeli Bar-Ilan Street and the haredim who consider it "one way" and mean it!

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    5. Nice to see you, fellows.

      Dear Mr. Front,

      I think Kepha and James are pointing you to fringe phenomena whereas Sultan Knish and Diplomad are pointing you to central phenomena. I recommend the link Jhn1 very kindly included.

      However, if your choice of handle is not ironic, I fear you will find the discussion there less congenial than Kepha's.

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    6. a6z,
      I think our Mr. Front was being very tongue in cheek with his statement. If not then he would an excellent example of your "central phenomena".

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    7. Au contraire alpha6zulu, it was a genuine question on my part. Considering the state of Israel is surrounded by enemies very willing to see that state exterminated (but they get their ass kicked every time they try) I find it extraordinary that there would be any Jewish person opposed to that Israeli state. I must look into this matter deeper.

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  12. Since we now know that you do requests, what about Spengler (David P. Goodman)?

    National suicide by dwindling fertility the new normal? Anti-Semitism intensifying because the Jews are immortal and the ethnic nations see the end of the line in the forseeable future? (Not America, as it is not an ethnic but a propositional nation.) Including in particular ummah, which is also dying a fertility death?

    For example:
    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/World/WOR-01-060513.html

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    1. typo corrections:
      "David P. Goldman", not "David P. Goodman"
      "the ummah", not "ummah"
      probably others I haven't noticed yet

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    2. G'day Alpha,

      "the Jews are immortal"

      Mate at my age I feel far from bleeding immortal.

      Cheers or, if you prefer, Kol tuv

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    3. Good to hear from you, Ozzie. Collectively immortal, not individually. Alas.

      And not so much bleeding immortal, just the regular kind.

      Kol tuv akav midam right back at you, mate.

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  13. On your excellent recommendation, Mr. Mad, I have spent a few hours this weekend re-acquainting myself with Suchet as Poirot. I am grateful. Let me try to repay the debt with a recommendation of "Foyle's War", notwithstanding the title not a war series but a policier.

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    1. Alpha that is an excellent series. I am about to go back to Episode 1 and start again.

      Somehow I missed out. Never had a driver like his. Sigh.

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    2. Wonderful name on the actress, too: Honeysuckle Weeks.

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    3. G'day Alpha,

      Well she makes me go all "weeks" at the knees. Though I do prefer her character's name.

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