July 19, 2007 - July 12, 2007
It's been a short but turbulent week in the blogosphere, and now it's
time to review some of the highlights and lowlights from our admittedly
The North Korean kerfuffle gave us the opportunity to revisit the hilarious Team America website, which did much to offset the tedium of the pundit class, most of whom are still trying to describe the right diplomatic approach for dealing with a lying, murderous midget who's broken every promise he ever made.
A word to the wise, though. One of the commenters on the January entry
offered the following (which we can neither confirm nor deny):
Another flurry of hits sought out an entry
recording one of our pet peeves: the deterioration of major league
baseball attire. A little research
turned up some kindred
spirits who also disapprove of this particular sartorial crime:
Well, it's nice not to feel completely alone on a major issue.
It's even better not to feel completely alone on a second major issue. For once we have to agree with the great blowhard Neal Boortz about something. He doesn't like the tailbone tattoos women seem determined to disfigure themselves with these days. And we have to thank him for pointing us in the direction of this great SNL treatment of the subject.
While we're being grumpy about trifles, you should know that the audio
clip playing with this entry was chosen because some of us happened to
see Kevin Spacey's movie Beyond the Sea earlier this
week. It's clear that for Spacey this fanciful biopic about Bobby Darin
was a labor of love, but the end result is completely terrible, an
unmitigated disaster. Love aside, Spacey is just plain too old to play
a young Bobby Darin and his acting is so over the top it verges on the
cartoonish. The script itself is unpleasant if not actually
deranged. And these aren't even the movie's biggest sin. Bobby Darin
was as accomplished a saloon singer as Frank Sinatra, and it was
unforgivable for Spacey to believe that he could be effective at faking
that voice and singing style. It just doesn't work, and we hope to God
it doesn't become a trend -- Steve Buscemi acting/singing the part of
Sinatra, Meryl Streep acting/singing the part of Doris Day, Forrest
Whittaker acting/singing the part of Mario Lanza... It's a dark road
that should never be travelled as far as the coast, let alone beyond
On a lighter but still musical note, we'll end with a link to a rather
delightful interview with Ann Coulter in which she recounts her life as
If you love hating Ann Coulter, don't read it because there's a chance
you'd wind up hating her a little less, and that wouldn't be any fun,
So long for now.
P.S. Yes, today is the first anniversary of 7/7 in the U.K. People are also looking for our pix from that day. They're here. We stand by what we said then. More than ever.