Daily Archives: September 13, 2010

Newt seems to be making himself into a lower being…

This piece over at Think Progress is showing how legit conservatives (like Card and Scarborough) are getting put off by him.
clipped from thinkprogress.org
This weekend, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich upped the ante on his recent history of inflammatory radical right-wing rhetoric. The National Review reported on Saturday that Gingrich said that President Obama only pretends to be “normal,” that he is conning Americans and that he may have a “Kenyan, anti-colonial” worldview. “What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]?” Gingrich asks. “That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.”
Today on MSNBC, host Joe Scarborough asked incredulously, “What is he doing?” Later he asked former Bush chief of staff Andy Card if he thought Gingrich’s comments are helpful to the GOP. After a series of dodges, Card finally admitted, “I don’t think they help.”

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Gingrich is “trying to appeal to the fringe of people who don’t think the president was born in this country.”
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Back in the light booth at Full Circle Theater…

…as Thurber Carnival rehearses tonite. As for me, I’m working out where the light cues will go and which instruments will focus where on the stage (although they keep changing where they are playing the scenes and I am getting muy confused.)

I’m also using my time tonite to finish entering information into the American Conservation Film Festival on-line database. Candi and I split the 30 movies up to work on so that we can have them available tomorrow. Since I don’t have to be anywhere in the morning I’ll probably sit up late finishing them.

Starting on Wednesday I have more new Doctors‘ appointments and tests to get to the bottom of this Aphasia problem. Between now and October 6th I have “TEE” tests (Don’t ask me, I’m a civilian –  I only know it’s with the heart doctor), CAT scans, blood test, a meeting with a neurologist and anything else Dr. Kugler, my GP, can set me up with. These with rehearsals every night and an opening on the 24th at Full Circle… and the regular Friday morning show with John on WSHC… are making me a busy boy.

What’s the most predictable action of a Backbiting Crudsucker?

Josh Marshall tells us “Why It’s All Up to the Prez Now”

John Boehner

John Boehner

Here’s the beginning of an article in today’s Talking Points Memo. Please go in and read it all:
clipped from www.talkingpointsmemo.com
Political campaigns often include inflection points where key decisions on each side, taken over a short period of time, can have a vast effect on the outcome of the election. This looks like one of those moments. Despite being in the House leadership for over a decade, John Boehner‘s performance yesterday on Face the Nation showed he’s still out of his league as a party leader on the big stage. Boehner gave the president and the Democrats a big opening by conceding that he’d vote for an extension of only those tax cuts on incomes under $250,000 a year.
But the first response from the Senate Democratic leadership we’ve heard is that, in their view, Boehner’s concession is not particularly relevant since the real fight is in the Senate, and turns on whether the Democrats can overcome a Republican filibuster.
Legislation and politics aren’t two separate worlds. Each feeds off each other,…

any inability to grasp this can and usually is fatal.
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Working Morning

I’m getting ready to meet Candi from the American Conservation Film Festival for coffee at Mellow Moods at 10:00. We’re going over the stuff I’m filling in on their website database for people looking up the 30 or so films (features and shorts) that are now scheduled.

Once everything is up and running, I’ll direct my readers to the site… this is a film festival that Elly and I have been going to for several years now and we always enjoy it (and learn from it.)

One of the films I’m looking forward to is “Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist”:

Seen through the eyes of activist Peter Jay Brown (“Whale Wars) Confessions offers an intimate look at shipboard life amongst members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. These self-proclaimed animal saviors and sea rebels immerse themselves in action-packed conflict including ramming illegal fishing vessels, sinking pirate whalers, and arguing amongst themselves over a vegetarian vs. vegan diet.

I’ve got to pack up and get out of here… more later.

A Quote for the Day – He must have loved watching George W. Bush on the International News…

“Stupidity is infinitely more fascinating than intelligence. Intelligence has its limits while stupidity has none. To observe a profoundly stupid individual can be very enriching, and that’s why we should never feel contempt for them.”

– Claude Chabrol, French film director who died this week.

Kevin McCarthy has died at 96…

Kevin McCarthy, the suave, square-jawed actor who will always be best known as the star of the 1956 science fiction movie “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” died Saturday at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Mass. He was 96 and lived in Sherman Oaks, Calif. His death was confirmed by his daughter Lillah McCarthy.

Nothing in the NY Times notice said why he was on Cape Cod, but I assume he was vacationing. The Hyannis hospital serves the entire Cape, so he might have been staying in any of the towns from Provincetown to the Canal. One of his daughters, Mary Dabney McCarthy, lives on Cape Cod.

Kevin McCarthy was born on Feb. 15, 1914, in Seattle, the son of Roy Winfield McCarthy and the former Therese Preston. Both parents died in the famous influenza epidemic of 1918… their four children (one of which became the famous writer Mary McCarthy) were sent to live with relatives in Minneapolis. After five years of near-Dickensian mistreatment, described in Ms. McCarthy’s memoirs, the youngsters moved in with their maternal grandfather.

McCarthy went to college at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University with the intention of having a career in diplomacy… but at some point he took up acting and went to New York in the late 1930s. His first part was in Abe Lincoln In Illinois.

After serving as a Military Policeman in WWII, he returned to NY to actively pursue a theatrical career. At 35, a veteran of seven Broadway plays,  he was cast as Biff, the shallow, elder son of Willy Loman, in the London stage production of “Death of a Salesman,” Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1949 drama about illusion and the common man. His portrayal of Biff in the 1951 film version earned him an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor.

Although Body Snatchers is what most people knew him from during his long life, he never abandoned the stage and did both live and filmed performances for the rest of his life (his last film was 2 years ago.)