The second half is an ad, but the violin music is very pretty.
This is the weirdest thing: I thought that I had already done Eight Legged Freaks as a MotW. It’s a great flick, if you accept that it’s about giant mutated spiders and nothing else. No, seriously: watch the deleted scenes. They ruthlessly cut out the hero’s entire backstory and emotional motivation, in favor of a thirty second exposition dump made by another character. Why? Because it was getting in the way of all the giant mutated spiders.
This movie did not take itself seriously, but it did recognize what I was there for. I wanted giant mutated spiders. It gave me as much of that as it could. I was well-content.
And so adieu, Godzilla. Adieu.
Dear God but this thing is heavy.
This is the rather delayed Kickstarter project; and it is, indeed, huge. To the point where I might use it to press flowers. Gorgeous as all get-out, of course: those of you who were unfortunate enough not to Kickstart it can pick up a copy next week. For more and minus some goodies, but what the heck. This is your CoC campaign for the next year, seriously.
Look. These people?
Police in New York arrested a number of protesters on Thursday who were apparently part of a movement to disrupt the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in order to demonstrate against the failure to indict Darren Wilson for shooting and killing Michael Brown. At least seven people were detained, according to the New York Post, which had warned in its front page today about a “plot against Snoopy.” The seven people who were arrested were apparently part of a group of people who overturned a trash can and tried to “run toward the floats,” according to WPIX-TV. “But an hour later, there was no sign of turmoil along the parade route,” notes theNew York Daily News.
Don’t be these people. Not because they were ever likely to seriously disrupt the parade, mind you. No, you don’t want to be these people because they’re, well, dweebs.
[I had more, but why enable them?]
Half of you will hate it, half of you will love it – and half of you who hate it will be going to see it on the first night anyway, and half of you who love it will be wincing at That Scene (you’ll know it when you see it, trust me). Me? …I’m good, thanks.
So, this ad is a thing of beauty.
So much so, that the liberal group that unwittingly caused it to come into being had to retroactively change the rules to keep it from winning said group’s phony ‘get money out of politics’ contest. You would like to think that doing that would have shamed the progressives involved, but it’s unlikely that it did. What it did do, however, was professionally embarrass some folks among their peers; and that’s nothing to sneeze at, honestly.
This passage from Hot Air sums up the current administration-friendly rhetoric over Ebola and quarantines nicely. Short version: the nurse who went overseas to treat Ebola patients, came back, had a fever, got isolated while they tested her, was released to Maine, and announced that she would be the judge of her own quarantining has just been told by Maine officials that no, they will be the judges. In other words, it’s only going to be voluntary if the volunteer volunteers. Hot Air is exasperated about the right thing, here:
In fact, there seems to be little that the administration and their media surrogates can agree on except for four things:
1. Chris Christie is a terrible person and we shouldn’t do anything he says.
2. Mandatory quarantines are insulting and bad for America.
3. We obviously need to go ahead and do exactly what Christie put in place.
4. But under no circumstances should we call it a mandatory quarantine.
And let me be blunt, for the record: if you went to West Africa to treat Ebola patients, thank you very much. I mean that, sincerely. Good job. Now go get into quarantine. Because – again, bluntly – at this point I don’t really trust medical personnel to make smart decisions about their own health circumstances. And forgive me for saying this*, but I have good reasons for that. (more…)
Come, I will conceal nothing from you: even if this doesn’t actually work there’s still something deeply satisfying about hearing it being said. Partially because it’s all true – African-American voters are getting screwed over by the Democratic party – and partially because the liberal, mostly white, Democratic hyper-partisans are right now discovering that there’s only so much that you can do to a minority Republican politician when he or she is reasonably certain of getting the Republican vote generally.
And make no mistake: Elbert Guillory has ambitions higher than smacking white Democratic politicians right in their bloated senses of condescension and entitlement. Which is fine by me. I do so enjoy seeing a man go about the business of doing well by doing good.
PS: As to the effectiveness of the ad? Beats me: but here’s a cheery thought. The basic message of that ad is not Republicans are swell! or Let me spend the next twenty minutes telling you about the arcane details of regulatory reform or even Here, have some free stuff. It is, instead, one of the most classic of American principles:
Don’t get mad. Get even.
The advantage of a message like that is that the aforementioned principle is very, very easy to implement in this case. Want to send the Democrats a message? Easy: just don’t vote for Kay Hagan. …And that’s it. It’s elegant. I like elegant, particularly when it’s this… stripped of non-essentials.
Via Hot Air.