Pardon any typos; I’m still wiping the tears from my eyes.
Pardon any typos; I’m still wiping the tears from my eyes.
For some obscure reason an Australian University was playing host to Paul Ehrlich this week, and apparently his lecture wasnt titled “I was wrong, boy wasnt that silly”. No instead hes jumped both feet first on the Global warming bandwagon and milking it for all hes worth.
As a serial wrongist of long standing I felt it might be worth a gentle layman’s Fisk of his radio interview.
ELEANOR HALL: The United Nations says the world’s population will reach 7 billion some time today, though it concedes the date is symbolic and its calculations could be out by six months in either direction.
The UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon says reaching the 7 billion mark is an opportunity for progress.
But Professor of Population Studies at Stanford University and author of the controversial book, The Population Bomb, Dr Paul Ehrlich, says the milestone is no cause for celebration:
PAUL EHRLICH: I think it’s cause for a lot of alarm and so does every scientist I know.
(Every scientist he knows, careful parsing of the phrase there Paul)
You have got to face it, we still have close to 3 billion people living in poverty, almost a billion hungry. We are wrecking our environment, we are changing the climate, we are toxifying the planet from pole to pole and the worst thing is that nobody is doing anything about it.
(Heres an article from a poverty fighting website, in fact things are getting better on an absolute level, in pretty well every area mentioned,
Much, much more paul slapping under the fold.
Or you could just watch this little video from
So we see over at Bolt’s Palace this morning that the Donald has pulled out of the US presidential Republican nomination.
Well, it’s doubtful anyone’s surprised. And yeeees, this certain blogger did like what Trump was offering, even whilst knowing most conservative bloggers (libertarian here) didn’t want a bar of him. A lot of it was that breath of fresh air factor he brought to the debate. And I still think no other Republican that has been offered up will be capable of beating Obama.
Happy to be proved wrong, but there you go.
And I still think a successful businessperson would be ideal for the US’ top job, especially considering the deficit and debt. So I guess that leaves me favouring Romney, however, lately, one’s ear hasn’t been kept that close to the political – let alone the US political – ground.
Who’s been looking good lately, folks, and why?
PS Thanks for all the email updates JM even though there wasn’t any time to use them.
Sneaky edit under the fold….
Sometime around 1986, Lenny – then calling himself Romeo Blue – came over to my apartment early in the morning on the way to a recording session with my roommate (Then a drummer, now an Apple consultant). He left this mug behind, and sensing he was destined for fame, I decided to keep it around.
This may have in fact been Lisa Bonet’s mug, as they were dating at the time, but I’m not sure about that.
Hard to believe it’s been about 25 years!
There’s over 200 million pounds sterling involved.
“HOLLYWOOD golden pair Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have seen DIVORCE lawyers and signed a £205 million split deal, we can reveal.
The world’s most famous couple legally agreed how to divide their fortune and who gets custody of their six kids.”
I’m glad I have the sense to know I don’t belong married and that I haven’t messed up the lives of six kids with my self-centeredness.
EPIC, Epic, epic… FAIL, Fail, fail.
I did a screen cap of the entire letter in case the site goes black.
This is the only thing on their site anymore.
Remember a few short years ago when Air America with Al Franken and a cast of millions was going to take on Rush Limbaugh, tap into the great leftist discontent in the US, and insure Democrat rule for a generation?
Tiger has terrible taste in women.
He cheated on a Swedish Swimsuit Supermodel with… that? OMFG just doesn’t quite cover it. But hey, at least he has good teeth and is polite, right?
I just don’t get it. Seriously. And, I need to wash my eyeballs out after that.
Ah. Much better. The anti-bleach-blond cure.
What an interesting world we live in. Take David Letterman for example. After he made jokes about raping Sarah Palin’s underage daughter, his ratings soared.
And now, after it’s been revealed he’d engaged in multiple affairs with female staff members (notably his personal assistant, Stephanie Birkitt, who is about half his age) in a story brought to life by an alleged extortion attempt, his ratings have soared again by as much as 22%.
So here we have two things, each of which would have traditionally ended his career, either through a plummet in ratings, or his bosses (read: advertisers) giving him the flick, and yet we witness the man enjoying popularity levels that he hasn’t had in years.
Speaking diplomatically, this is interesting.
PS The alleged extortionist has plead not guilty.
Tim Blair has more.
Instead of making yet another update to my original post on this sordid subject, I thought this amazing revelation deserved it’s own place in infamy. Besides, the previous post had already reached proportions well beyond merely epic.
“(CNN) — A retired prosecutor whose comments in a 2008 HBO documentary threatened to derail a 31-year-old sex case against film director Roman Polanski now says he lied.
David Wells told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Thursday that he “buttered up” his role in the Polanski case for the documentary crew. He said he lied about trying to goad a judge to sentence Polanski to prison in 1978 for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
Wells’ comments in “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired” raised questions of judicial misconduct and spawned Polanski’s most recent effort to get the case dismissed. But the legal challenge stalled when Polanski refused to return to the United States, where he faced certain arrest.
“I made these imprudent comments, just to liven it up a little,” Wells said. “In retrospect, it was a bad thing to do, and I never knew this thing was going to be shown in the United States.””
I’m surprised that a lawyer would lie – AAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAaaa – to stoke his ego – OOOOHOHOHOHOHOHOOOooo – and brag – EEEEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEEEEeee… Okay, so I’m not.
This documentary, you see, was the fig leaf that the leftards were using to hide their shame behind while they rationalized that Polanski should be freed. So now I’m expecting them all to recant and say that roamin’ Roman should finally face justice…
… ~crickets~ …
I’m kidding, of course.
Oh, and did you know that Polanski and Nastassja Kinski were lovers?… When she was just fifteen years old? Seems Roman is a classic pedophile, and not just a one-time offender.
Just when I thought this couldn’t get any weirder.
This really is too much.
“The festival has been “unfairly exploited” to secure Polanski’s arrest over a case that is “all but dead,” said U.S. actress Debra Winger, president of the film event’s jury.
“Despite the philistine nature of the collusion that has now occurred, we came to honor Roman Polanski as a great artist,” Winger said in a statement read to reporters.
“We hope today this latest order will be dropped,” Winger said. “It is based on a three-decade-old case that is all but dead except for a minor technicality.””
Yes, and what is that “minor technicality”? Why, drugging and sodomizing a thirteen-year-old “minor,” that’s what the “technicality” is.
“Two weeks after Polanski plied her with Champagne and a Quaalude, Samantha Gailey appeared before an L.A. grand jury and recalled Polanski’s predatory behavior in a Mulholland Canyon home owned by Jack Nicholson.
The teenager’s troubling–and contemporaneous–account of her abuse at Polanski’s hands begins with her posing twice for topless photos that the director said were for French Vogue. The girl then told prosecutors how Polanski directed her to, “Take off your underwear” and enter the Jacuzzi, where he photographed her naked. Soon, the director, who was then 43, joined her in the hot tub. He also wasn’t wearing any clothes and, according to Gailey’s testimony, wrapped his hands around the child’s waist.
The girl testified that she left the Jacuzzi and entered a bedroom in Nicholson’s home, where Polanski sat down beside her and kissed the teen, despite her demands that he “keep away.” According to Gailey, Polanski then performed a sex act on her and later “started to have intercourse with me.” At one point, according to Gailey’s testimony, Polanski asked the 13-year-old if she was “on the pill,” and “When did you last have your period?” Polanski then asked her, Gailey recalled, “Would you want me to go in through your back?” before he “put his penis in my butt.” Asked why she did not more forcefully resist Polanski, the teenager told Deputy D.A. Roger Gunson, “Because I was afraid of him.””
Winger is far, far from the only leftard defending Polanski. Whoopie Goldberg admits Polanski raped the girl, “but it wasn’t rape-rape,” you see.
“Whoopi: “I know it wasn’t rape-rape. It was something else but I don’t believe it was rape-rape. He went to jail and and when they let him out he was like “You know what this guy’s going to give me a hundred years in jail I’m not staying, so that’s why he left.””
How mind bogglingly twisted and abjectly disgusting can rationalization get? Goldberg has to have redefined rationalization into some sort of psychotic disorder. The guy gave alcohol and prescription drugs to a thirteen-year-old girl and then sodomized her.
Let’s play a game of, “what if”: What if, instead of leftist darling filmmaker Roman Polanski we were talking about Rush Limbaugh? Would these leftards be falling all over their reputations – what little there is left of them – to defend him? The hypothetical answers itself.
I can tell you this, if that had been my thirteen-year-old-daughter, we wouldn’t be having this discussion, because I would have introduced Polanski to a .357 magnum all those years ago.
Despicable and disgrace are the only two words I can come up with to describe this leftist insanity, but they aren’t nearly powerful enough.
UPDATE: Now there’s a card leftards can wear to display their profound moral deficiency.
And, the list of the morally reprehensible grows.
“ZURICH, Switzerland (CNN) — Woody Allen, Pedro Almodovar and Martin Scorsese have “demanded the immediate release” of fellow filmmaker Roman Polanski, who was arrested in Switzerland on a U.S. arrest warrant related to a 1977 child sex charge.
They were among 138 people in the film industry who signed a petition against the arrest.”
Woody I’m not surprised by, but I’m deeply disappointed by Scorsese.
“”The arrest of Roman Polanski in a neutral country, where he assumed he could travel without hindrance … opens the way for actions of which no one can know the effects,” said the signatories, who also included actresses Monica Bellucci and Tilda Swinton and directors David Lynch, Jonathan Demme, John Landis, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Wim Wenders.
In the United States, powerhouse movie producer Harvey Weinstein is trying to recruit more supporters for Polanksi.
“We are calling every filmmaker we can to help fix this terrible situation,” his company told CNN in a statement.”
Yes, it’s horrible that Polanski was arrested for evading justice for a crime that he plead guilty to. Considering the outrageous moral turpitude on display by the Hollyweirdos, I’m expecting to have to make more updates to this post.
UPDATE II – bing
The HuffPo is the latest Leftist mob to come out to bat for Polanski. However, to their credit, many readers aren’t buying it.
Tim Blair links to an informative piece about this.
UPDATE III: Phrench Phrog Philosopher BergnarDU-AhnrEE LevEE *cough, spit* leaves philosophy behind for madness.
“Apprehended like a common terrorist Saturday evening, September 26, as he came to receive a prize for his entire body of work, Roman Polanski now sleeps in prison.
He risks extradition to the United States for an episode that happened years ago and whose principal plaintiff repeatedly and emphatically declares she has put it behind her and abandoned any wish for legal proceedings.
Seventy-six years old, a survivor of Nazism and of Stalinist persecutions in Poland, Roman Polanski risks spending the rest of his life in jail for deeds which would be beyond the statute-of-limitations in Europe.”
Meanwhile, Ann Outhouse – a lawyer I don’t really detest – calls BergnarDU-AhnrEE out.
“Bernard-Henri Lévy, you present yourself as a philosopher. I would like to honor philosophy. Back up your petition with a philosophical argument that we can understand and critique.”
Don’t hold your breath, Ann. This guy’s a philosopher in his mind’s eye only. In reality, he’s an apologist for child sodomy.
UPDATE IV – bing
Quaaludes. Had never heard of them before today. Figured they were some kind of prescription drug that’d get you high, though. But anyway, I had a quick squiz on Wiki.
What a sick, meticulous, cunning, calculating predator. Although it appears to be, this should not be a Left vs Right issue.
UPDATE V: The Undiscovered Quotation (Sorry for the oblique Star Trek reference):
I thought I had heard this years and years ago, but I just couldn’t be sure if I was remembering it right or not. Turns out I was.
Roman Polanski, 1979: “Everyone wants to fuck young girls!”
Um, Roman, dude… there’s a vast chasm of difference between an eighteen/nineteen-year-old college coed and a thirteen-year-old seventh grader! There’s even more of a difference between actually, you know, falling into mutual lust with one and getting it on versus getting one drunk, high, and then raping and sodomizing her.
Yes, we’re all sorry about Sharon – some of us are old enough to remember her – and yes, you’ve put together some marvelous films – Chinatown is a favorite of mine – but none of that gives you Carte Blanche to have your way with our children.
Kate harding gets it right.
“Roman Polanski raped a child. Let’s just start right there, because that’s the detail that tends to get neglected when we start discussing whether it was fair for the bail-jumping director to be arrested at age 76, after 32 years in “exile” (which in this case means owning multiple homes in Europe, continuing to work as a director, marrying and fathering two children, even winning an Oscar, but never — poor baby — being able to return to the U.S.). Let’s keep in mind that Roman Polanski gave a 13-year-old girl a Quaalude and champagne, then raped her, before we start discussing whether the victim looked older than her 13 years, or that she now says she’d rather not see him prosecuted because she can’t stand the media attention. Before we discuss how awesome his movies are or what the now-deceased judge did wrong at his trial, let’s take a moment to recall that according to the victim’s grand jury testimony, Roman Polanski instructed her to get into a jacuzzi naked, refused to take her home when she begged to go, began kissing her even though she said no and asked him to stop; performed cunnilingus on her as she said no and asked him to stop; put his penis in her vagina as she said no and asked him to stop; asked if he could penetrate her anally, to which she replied, “No,” then went ahead and did it anyway, until he had an orgasm.
Can we do that? Can we take a moment to think about all that, and about the fact that Polanski pled guilty to unlawful sex with a minor, before we start talking about what a victim he is?”
UPDATE VI – bing
From the court testimonial, already linked to, but worth noting. Serious. This whatever was seriously calculating, manipulative, opportunist… a true predator.
Of course, no point getting this stage prop pregnant. Yet he knew to ask Samantha when her period was. This is not drunken debauchery. This is calculated. And when he wasn’t sure due to her response?
THAT’S why he sodomized her. Just to be safe.
Read the whole transcript, please. He drugged Samantha, felt her up, fooled around with her, started raping her, yet was “alert” enough to check when her period was. Being not sure, he decided the “safest” option was to sodomize her. Then came a knock on the door. He got up, she started dressing again, still afraid. Then he fobbed off the woman knocking, went back, finished off quickly in her anus, then had her walk to the car. He had her wait there crying, whilst “talking” to the other woman, then drove her home.
And yes, what the fuck was her mum thinking letting her daughter go there in the first place?
BTW, “there” was Jack Nicholson’s house, although conveniently he wasn’t there.
Has he had contact with Polanski since?
This was not some “poor me, I had a tough life” crap. This was the worst of the worst. And brilliant as he is, Polanski needs to pay for the vile, cold, calculated, pre-meditated crime he committed.
Hey FOX, if you’re going to do a “then and now” pictorial about an iconic TV show, the least you could do is get the most iconic actor of the series’ name and dates right. You got his age at death correct, so how is it you can’t subtract 1912 from 1978 and see that there’s a problem? 1978-1912= 68, see? It’s not even math, it’s simple arithmetic! As for the last name, there’s this thing called Google. Perhaps you’ve heard of it?
Jesus Xavier Fulgencio de Maria Rodriguez.
Before, circa 1980:
Can you imagine how caved in her cheeks would be without the implants? I admire people who stay in shape – I work out on my Bowflex regularly – but that’s just frightening, not to mention the opposite of sexy.
P.S. The images aren’t loading for me right now, but almost our entire media library seems to be doing the same thing, as I look at it. WP may be having issues, so I’ll check the post later and re-attach the pics if need be.
Get your minds out of the gutter, there’s the other 99% of the Internet for that sort of thing!
Sad news the actress who played Mrs Slocombe in the series “are you being served” has died. Mollie Sugden played her as an imperious old harridan with a terrible wig of (usually) coloured hair.
It may seem quaint but her jokes about the terrible trials of her pussy were a highlight of the show. Its kind of funny in a way, they got away with more in the 70’s using innuendo than 90% of the supposedly “edgy” shows today. I dare anyone to watch these few clips and not crack up.
Here’s a news story concerning her death.
Well, I guess it’s merciful that Sonny didn’t live to see this.
“Cher is about to get a new son.
Chastity Bono, the celebrity offspring of the singer and late husband Sonny Bono, is changing gender from female to male, her publicist told the Daily News on Thursday.
The 40-year-old, known to family and friends as Chaz, came out as a lesbian nearly two decades ago. Bono intends to make the transition from woman to man, publicist Howard Bragman said.
“Chaz, after many years of consideration, has made the courageous decision to honor his true identity,” Bragman said.”
Some of the comments are hilarious, with one calling the operation an “addadicktome” and another calling this a “pipe dream.”
It’s beyond despicable that our culture celebrates these freaks who can’t even come to terms with themselves as God made them. When I was a boy, my parents loved the Sonny and Cher variety show, so I remember Chastity as a cute little girl. Beyond sad, tragic and pathetic.
So, what’s going through Michelle’s head here, as she looks at French First Lady Carla Bruni?
Snagged this funny pic from Drudge.
UPDATE: Glenn Reynolds notes that Ann Althouse is also running a caption contest with this photo and says it reminds him of this oldie of Sofia Loren and Jayne Mansfield:
As Glenn would say, “Heh. Indeed. I think that’s right.” LOL!
UPDATE 2: I see that those filthy little Sand People also ran a cap contest w/this pic. Does that make Michelle’s blatant envy-driven hatred viral?
Like no one doesn’t know already. Kung Fu was a bit before my time but he’s simply awesome in Kill Bill 2.
Still, what is it with this rope-neck-sack thing? First Hutchence, then CNN’s Richard Quest, and now Carradine. What ever happened to regular coitus?
Literal Video, it’s the new rage: You replace the song lyrics with a literal description of what’s being shown in the vid.
“What the effing crap, that angel guy just felt me up.”
Comedy gold… dust.
H/T, Ann Outhouse,
“Ozzie Osbourne” was once a female singer named Janis Joplin…
… who faked her death, had a sex change, and came back as, “Ozzie Osbourne.”
This is just a way to turn you on to the amazing site of photographer Jim Marshall (No not the same Jim Marshall that makes guitar amplifiers).
Jim has photographed some of the most famous rock icons since the 60’s.
I viewed every photo there last night. Absolutely fascinating.
What can I say? She’s even got a blog devoted to her sense of remarkable style.
The above picture is from Getty Images and shows Mrs. and Mr. Messiah (sorry, Kev). If you look carefully, you will note that the eyes truly are the window to the soul, and you can see the brimstone simmering away under the surface.
This woman ought to be arrested for crimes against fashion, rather than being lifted up as a fashion plate to aspire to.
Sure, I get around in daggy clothes most of the time, but I’ve got an excuse. I don’t have much of a social life, and I am not one of the pre-eminent women on the planet courtesy of being married to a handbag who happens to have lucked into the Presidency of the USA.
If we check out this lovely (*snicker*) ensemble from different angles, we can see the wonders of photography and why it is rightly considered to be a Fine Art.
On the left, with the soft backlighting softening the lines of her figure, it looks almost decent.
On the right, we change angles just a touch, and the skirt and cardy combo look oh, so bogan.
In the interests of full disclosure, please note that I am not a cardigan fan. I loathe them with a passion and can’t remember the last time I owned one. I would rather my arms froze off.
Of course, I’m a bit inflexible that way. Same with shoes. Michelle appears to prefer flats, which is understandable because she’s rather tall, and with decent heels, she’d tower over Barry.
For my shoes, I’ve got Redback workboots, trainers, a pair of flat sandals, or a pair of these for going out in:
Okay, I can’t help it – I love shoes. I also love decent shoes, and I’d rather go barefoot than wear crap. Michelle’s shoes just don’t do it for me.
Mind you, if someone could scrounge up a photo of her in either New Rocks (think the boots in the Matrix) or something from Shoecraft, I’d have a whole lot more time for her sense of “style” as it stands.
The twin sets are boring, and suggest a bit of time spent at Egglestone Hall instead of summer camp.
The way she walks, like she’s spent the last 8 years playing basketball, suggest she didn’t pass deportment with flying colours.
I just can’t believe she is being touted as some sort of model material.
No, she’s not. She’s a woman in the public eye, and while I suspect she’s the head of the household, she’s still only human and not the vision of grace and loveliness that so many are bleating on about. I’m looking at you, Oprah.
I’ll leave the final word to the Godmother, who took one look at this and said, “Oh my God, she dresses like a primary school teacher from the 80s!”
Well, I guess that’s one way to impress the leaders of the Free* World and their spouses.
*And the Not So Free World.
Seems the Obama misadministration has brought the celebutards out in full farce. Now, political and legal expert Richtard Doofus has decided former veep Cheney belongs in jail.
“Former Vice President Dick Cheney being out of office isn’t enough for actor Richard Dreyfuss: He wants him locked up.”
Too many Close Encounters of the Turd Kind, methinks.
Ashley Judd, an infamous “celebutard,” has attacked
Alaska’s Sarah Palin’s plan to manage excess wolves in a video, which I refuse to embed here because the crushing idiocy of it might implode all of WordPress.
Here’s the video response, though, which is brilliant.
Let’s hear it for cultural diversity… uh… unless cute, cuddly wolves are involved, that is.
H/T Mark Hemmingway.
Actor and post-9/11 conservative activist Ron Silver has died of cancer. He was only 62 years old.
“Actor and longtime political activist Ron Silver died this morning, succumbing to a long battle with cancer, friends of the liberal Democrat-turned-GOP stalwart told The Post.
“Ron Silver died peacefully in his sleep with his family around him this morning,” said Robin Bronk, executive director of the Creative Coalition, which Silver helped create.”
Godspeed Ron, I enjoyed your work immensely.
Words fail to describe the over the top suckiness of this. They stuck a singularity of acting ability inside a black hole of a script and subjected it to a directing event horizon.
The sheer 80’s-ness of the clothing adds to the overall badness of the whole thing.
The slow mo punches
The puns at the end
Place your contenders for worst scenes in a movie below….
UPDATE (Beef): My pick for the worst fight scene in cinematic history?…
No way Ralph fucking Macchio would have won against Steve fucking Vai!
Sorry, Satan would have taken this round easy.
UPDATE on yesterday’s post, “Here you go, Mate” — Hope from the Ashes
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