‘Cause it’s Election Day, baby!
You’ve probably read glowing reviews for the movie Argo, the true story of the rescue mission of six American hostages during the Iran Hostage Crisis of the early 80′s. In this case…
And I’m not worried about building the movie up in your mind.
Enough has been written about the now declassified CIA mission that we know the outcome. But Ben Affleck’s direction and spot-on period detail build the tension and the suspense so well, I almost forgot.
Ben also does his best acting work to date. In his full-on 70′s beard and Bieber hairstyle, he disappears into the role of CIA agent Tony Mendez — a quiet, powerful performance.
I challenge you not to applaud at the film’s conclusion. Actually, at my viewing, the audience applauded twice. If you stay for the credits, you’ll understand why.
And join in.
Today is National Voter Registration Day.
There are over 700 events going on around the country today. Nationalvoterregistrationday.com has all the detes.
Already registered? You can still:
And don’t forget to vote in November.
I laughed and laughed at The Campaign this afternoon…which is really no surprise.
What made me laugh was.
I expected Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis to be funny. Their take on two candidates for a US Senate seat in North Carolina was over-the-top and out-of-control. No issue was off-limits. No person, place or thing (translation: animal) was safe if their misuse provided a potential positive bump in the polls.
But for me, the surprises kept this movie from being your standard comedy. Things the trailer didn’t reveal. Cameos it didn’t spoil (and I won’t either). The promos even used some alternative footage so that the real punch lines weren’t given away before you sat down in the theatre.
What a novel idea.
Probably my biggest ‘aha’ in The Campaign is how much I enjoyed the performance of Dylan McDermott as Galifianakis’ evil campaign manager. I don’t think of him as a comedic actor, but McDermott stole every frame he appeared in.
The ending was also unexpected. And I will surprise you now by not giving it away, except to say –
Watch the credits.
You can tell some folk’s politics by the signs in their yard. But the logo on their coffee cup?
Wake up. It’s true.
A report by Buyology, Inc., a New York City firm that measures the unconscious
decision making that drives brand preference, links consumers’ politics to the brands they buy.
For example, Democrats are more likely to buy Starbucks coffee. Republicans prefer Dunkin Donuts’ brew.
No beans about it.
Partisanship also rears its ugly head in folks’ choice of car, insurance, sport and gaming system. Democrats prefer Jeep, Progressive, NFL and Wii; Republicans go for BMW, Allstate, Major League Baseball and XBOX.
But both parties agree on Coke, Google, VISA, Apple and Olay.
Wha? The Democrats and Republicans agree on five whole things? This is either a sign of a huge turnaround…
Or the end of the world.
Foodies have the James Beard Awards. But what’s out there for Cheetos lovers like me?
Thirteen culinary experts have selected 100 nominees in 20 categories. I mean, when comedian Michael Ian Black , co-host of the “Mike & Tom Eat Snacks” podcast, is on the selection committee —
You know it’s legit. And fun.
Of course, you would expect New York City to be well-represented in any food competition. But I was excited to see some local spots in the running, including our neighborhood coffee shop Joe in the “Coolest Coffee Shop” category.
So, cast your vote today! The contest closes April 30th. Remember, this one matters most because…
It’s the people’s choice.
Has the endless string of GOP debates and cable commentary soured you on politics?
Perhaps this cat will change your mind.
And yes, he’s a cat. A nine-year old Maine coon.
This write-in candidate can’t write. Or speak. But thanks to his campaign manager Matthew O’Leary, Hank has a platform. And a Facebook page. And a Twitter page and bumper stickers and yard signs. He even gives interviews to the media.
But he never wears pants. Yep, just your typical politician.
What’s not typical is who is benefiting from his cat-paign (sorry). All monies raised for his election are going to the Humane Society of Fairfax County.
I wish I lived in Virginia — just this once — so I could vote for Hank.
Rory Dog, however, is not impressed.
Have I mentioned that I’m part German?
Yep. And I’ve never been more proud of the fact than today.
Shitstorm…defined as “a public outcry, primarily on the Internet.” The jury who made the declaration said shitstorm fills a gap in modern German vocabulary.
This pleases me on many levels.
I always think of the Germans as being so practical-minded. And sure, they may have added this word to ‘fill a gap.’ But it’s a poop word! I love that.
It also makes some of the words that we silly Americans have added to our dictionary of late seem a little less, well…silly. Word like turducken. Bromance. Defriend. LBD.
Yep. That’s a shitstorm of language going on there.
If Congress censors the web, this is all you’ll read online.
Sign the Google petition and urge them to vote NO on SOPA and PIPA on January 24th.
With all the talk of late about pepper spray — meme, ecards, Bella toting it in Twilight (yes, I watched it again on FX) — I found myself wondering:
Is there a difference between pepper spray and mace?
Turns out they are two very different self defense products.
Mace is the brand name for an irritant similar to tear gas and usually has no effect on criminals under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Pepper spray is an inflammatory agent that will immediately take down and cause temporary pain to an assailant. It inflames the capillaries of the eyes and skin causing temporary blindness, nausea, breathing difficulties and an intense burning sensation.
Makes you wonder why pepper spray was the self defense product ‘of choice’ at places like Walmart and Occupy Wall Street. Wouldn’t a simple irritant have been good enough?
(And wouldn’t nothing have been the best choice?)
Plus, this seems less funny now. And way more painful.