I have just been watching this cultural pearl from Matthau&Lemmon, since I am kinda grumpy these days and approaching the qualifying age. And I have the title music running circles in my head. Of course, I’ve been watching Mr. Obama bin Fraud and Ferguson in between, so the music has transformed a little bit: “We’re having a Crime Wave, an African Crime Wave…”
I miss Matthau. And a whole bunch of television and movies that is now on the scrap heap, like BBC’s excellent “Yes. Minister”. One of our cultural “intelligentsia”, Marie Simonsen, once stated that she preferred the *other* British political series, “The Thick Of It”, since the language was so much more real. Lots of “C*nt” and “Pr*ck” and that sort of thing. I guess that sort of sums up the European Intelligentsia in one fell tweet :). And of course, that series also sums up the liberal: a mindless, snapping animal.
But since we’re mentioning EU: I see that the F35 slated for the Brits must have pylon mounts for the bombs and whoopsidoos made by BAE. Maybe they can call it Stealth Xmas, since it’ll light up the radar screens like a Christmas Tree and eat the budget to the point where there’s no xmas gifts anywhere. In the old movies department, I think I’ll go dig out my copy of the Pentagon Wars :). It’s eerie how fact follows fiction, or in that case, how fact follows fact.
In other European glimpses of the bizarre: the EU will import Ebola-stricken aid workers into European hospitals. Never mind that Eu hospitals aren’t generally set up to handle level4 infectious diseases, there seems to be no talk about upgrading the facilities where Ebola actually is. Of course, it may be a problem that the islamics now are capturing Ebola samples from the aid groups. However, Germany just sprung for a 747 with an isolation habitat for one (1) person, so that under transport to a metropolitan environment in Europe, he (or she) can be properly isolated. There are very strange priorities in play here.
I also see that Israel is sending aid to the Ebola areas. This is highly commendable, of course; one can just hope that simple quarantine rules are understood. But the Israelis are probably in the forefront of potential solvers of the Ebola problem.
And it seems that over on Freerepublic, Jimrob is having a problem making his goal, and his goon squad is on to the tried and true: bannings, purges, and demands for money. Just saw a zot thread doing its ritual berserker dance-and-gloat over some Freeper scapegoat being run off with howls over “bloggers stealing the bread from Jim Robinson”. Then the thread was pulled by Robinson, with the claim that the thread had gone bad. What I think he didn’t want anyone to see was this:
Far too easy to make the connection between the demanding beast and Jimrob, I’m afraid.
What Freep really ought to do is to roll Jimrob off the pier and get new management/ownership. For example: Matt Bracken and Jeff Head are both decent people, know what is up and what is down, and would be eminently able to run a tight ship. If they want an outside consultant, they might want to consider Fred Reed.
Because, just face it boys: JR has destroyed 99% of the conservative capital Freepers had. Even a madman in the White House isn’t enough to keep FR afloat with a madman at the helm.