Daily Archives: May 16, 2011

Quote of the Day – and this sums up religion as I see it.

Jesus promised the end of all wicked people. Odin promised the end of all ice giants. I don’t see many ice giants around.

Arvan Reese


“I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half heartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.”

– Donald Trump

I expect Donald Trump will announce his leaving the Republican nomination race very soon…

NBC announced today that it is renewing “Celebrity Apprentice” for the next season.

According to Variety :

The network is hoping that Trump “will be back for another season, which would mean he wouldn’t be running for president. That said, NBC is prepared to continue the franchise without him should he declare his candidacy.”

Now, the network also said they could deliver the show without The Donald, but it is not certain who they could get who could say “You’re fired” with the same obnoxious vigor.

Let’s keep eyes and ears open for a coming announcement.

Jim Broadbent and I share a Birth date…

Jim Broadbent

While doing some reading in the attached articles to the previous post, I discovered that one of my favorite British actors and I were both born on May 24th (although Broadbent is three years younger than I am…gee, I always thought he was older.)

Broadbent has done mostly British films and television, but he won the Academy Award for best supporting actor in 2001’s Iris as devoted husband John Bayley to Judi Dench‘s Iris Murdoch, the British novelist who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease (if you’ve never seen it, hop down to the video store and bring home a copy.)

The one roll that most people remember him for is in Moulin Rouge! (2001) , for which he won a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA award for his scene-stealing performance as Harold Zidler. He is also known for playing W.S. Gilbert (of Gilbert and Sullivan.) Over here he played Boss Tweed in Gangs of New York for director Martin Scorsese. He is also coming out in the next Harry Potter movie where he has been playing Professor Horace Slughorn in previous releases.

So when my birthday arrives 8 days from now, I’ll salute Jim Broadbent (as well as
noted pirate Captain Kidd and Bob Dylan, both of whom share our date) and wish him well.

The Very Model of a Modern U.S. President…

Moe at Whatever Works started my morning off with a Gilbert and Sullivan-y laugh.

Here it is:

Thanks, Moe.

Richard D'Oyly Carte, W. S. Gibert, and Arthur...

Richard D'Oyly Carte, WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan