13 November 2003
Quote of the day
sold weapons-grade plutonium to the Iraqis - with no markup!!"
Sasha Castel has wise words on this subject.
Honestly, I don't know one variety of apple from t'other. I just like the red ones.
The Party of Idiots has elected the appalling Carmen Lawrence as it's national president.
A couple of weeks ago I caught up with this genuinely funny little comedy. Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams play a couple of ditzy teenagers who accidentally trigger the Watergate scandal, and turn out to be the true identity of the infamous Deep Throat.
It's easy to understand why this movie never got a big audience. Most of the potential audience old enough to get most of the watergate jokes would have been put off by the teenage angle to the movie, whereas a lot of the great political humour would simply have flown over the heads of the younger demographic.
It won't change your life, but it's light, clever and fun.
The real reason you must watch this movie however is Dan Hedaya's hysterically funny turn as Richard Nixon. I was practically paralyzed with laughter every time he was onscreen.
Classic moment: Nixon yelling at his dog Checkers: "Shut up you little bastard or I'll feed you to the Chinese".
And I haven't even mentioned the scene where Nixon and Brezhnev get stoned on "herbal" cookies.
12 November 2003
Last night I finally saw the 1962 epic, on a 6-ft screen in widescreen DVD format. I'd seen maybe 30 mins of snippets of this film over the years in crappy pan-n-scan on TV, so it was an experience to witness the real deal.
I'm not a huge fan of "classic" movies, especially "epics". Cecil B. DeMille's films are an excellent cure for insomnia, and Gone With The Wind makes root canal surgery seem like fun, so I wasn't really sure what to expect from Lawrence.
All in all, I was very impressed. Firstly, it's a stunning looking movie, ranking alongside Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line for achingly beautiful photography. Second, a spare yet clever screenplay without the wooden spoon-fed dialogue of so many movies from that era, and which balanced the geopolitical circumstances with the central narrative. Third, the wonderful cast: Alec Guiness, Anothy Quinn, Omar Sharif, Jack Hawkins, Jose Ferrer and the towering central performance of Peter O'Toole.
The film could have used a better editor (it's around 3h45m in length), but has too many great qualities for any fan of cinema too ignore.
the musical score is to die for.
John "testicles of steel" Hawkins polled a bunch of right-of-centre bloggers, asking who they would invite to a dinner party. These were my picks:
This is floating around the Livejournal community at the moment.
10 November 2003
Too tired. Seeya soon. Go read the Libertarian poll I did for the ALS site.
7 November 2003
I'm outta here
Going to Sydney tomorrow for the big-ass blogger bash.
Back Sunday night. Have fun out there kiddies.
6 November 2003
The Australian Libertarian Society website has been down for around a week now. It came back online for a few hours yesterday, before expiring.
boys, good quality affordable domain hosting is available from lotsa places.
How about paying to get the site hosted properly?
For the benefit of
my overseas readers, the Melbourne Cup horse race started 143
years ago. Oh the horrors of modern Australia.
Meat is the answer.
Meat is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy.
If God has wanted us to eat vegetables he'd have given them legs to keep 'em out of the dirt!!
And in that spirit, I bring you a website which would cause PETA to have a seizure;
Bless em. Makes me
want to go out and have a medium-rare sirloin right now.
There's some seriously confused and weird people doing Google searches. Some have recently found my site by typing in search strings like;
a car nude
4 November 2003
Find out at the Drink-O-Meter.
to Steve in Cali for the link.
Gotta say, the new Toyota Rav4 is a front-runner for my spending dollar. The cheapest vehicle available with cruise control and you don't shell out for air con anymore.
getting the three-door version though.
3 November 2003
Our old terrorist-loving friend, Tariq Ali:
Richard Neville (AKA 'IndyMedia made flesh') has written an essay about how much the USA sucks. What were the odds?
It's such an effort of monumental, paranoid lunacy, I couldn't even begin to analyze it. Though this bit in particular was very cute:
fascism". okay. In other news, Richard is appealing to the public
have his mescaline stash returned immediately.
2 November 2003
I was planning on having a very lazy weekend, but it's been unexpectedly busy. Lots of socialising with friends and family, plus a bunch of shopping/errands. I'm about to go watch the last MotoGP race of the year, so I'll be back tomorrow.
Before I go, a bit of bike news: I'm pretty sure I'm going to be buying a new motorcycle in the next couple of months, and there's a 95% chance it will be one of the following three "big nakeds", in order of probability:
Triumph Speed Triple
30 October 2003
The Webdiary howler-monkeys give us these choice cuts from today's outbreak of leftist panic;
But pride of place must go to a piece of truly crazed gibberish by one Jon Hulme:
we are to have the likes of Mr. Hulme to show us the voice of reason.
Peter Fitzsimons - former Aussie Rugby Union player and terrorist-sympathising surrender-weasel - is back with his "be nice to the poor widdle bombers" riff.
Fitzsimons - a grown man with no drug problem - is arguing not to worry about terrorists, because they'll love our lifestyle so much they'll becoming dinky-di aussies. If you think I'm quoting out of context, read on:
Can the reality-distortion curve of leftist ideology really be this insane? What does he think the Bali bombers were surrounded by - hook-nose Jews with scimitars disembowelling muslim babies? Why didn't the smiling faces of the Sari Club patrons put these Islamic psychopaths off their happy little misson of mass-murder?
What indecent hell, pray tell, were the comfortable, educated and wealthy sep11 hijackers surrounded by before they carried out their mass-murder? What of the innocent, smiling faces of those on the plane before the knives came out? Should not the hearts of these fine noble terrorists have been melted?
as it is to join the "let us love our killers" movement, weak
souls like myself have this strange idea that Islamonazis can't be negotiated
with, and if someone is planning to kill me, I'd rather kill them first.
Wasn't making guns illegal supposed to stop people from getting and using them?
Naturally, the opposition spokesman is calling for even tougher gun regulations. It will make illegal weapons, um, more illegal.
tax dollars at work folks.
great resource for bad commie artwork and photographs. Woo!! Get your
pics here!! And stinky
29 October 2003
Can Margot get any more demented?
To all those poor souls who still take Margot Kingston seriously as a political commentator, I present Exhibit A: an entire article dedicated to John Howard sending a letter by regular post rather than express post.
I am not making this up. 389 words dedicated to a letter being posted.
Margot Kingston: fearlessly bringing you the latest Howard attempts at world destruction.
28 October 2003
Überwanker Robert Hughes has given up his Australian citizenship, after apparently not being worshipped enough in his home country.
why this paragon of windbags campaigned so passionately for the republican
cause in a country he hadn't lived in for over thirty years. Well, he's
the Amercans' problem now. Lucky them.
The Melbourne public have voted with their..umm...feet: Public Transport sucks.
Reader Jake D. sent me a bunch of cool pics he took at the recent MotoGP round at Phillip Island.
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