Ex-Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura appeared on CNN’s Larry King Live last night for a thoroughly entertaining 20-minute interview. In it, Ventura said he’d been waterboarded, called for the legalization of drugs, threw his hat in the ring for ambassador to Cuba and called Norm Coleman a hypocrite.
Meatloaf inspired me to play D&D
yesterday in Jr. High with that video.
The New Yorker: … we get more of Zachary Quinto… He alone prepares the gray matter. Bowie-thin, solemn but not humorless, tacitly quoting Sherlock Holmes, and nipping around like a sixties groover in his skintight costume, he wipes the floor with Kirk, while making time for a Vulcanizing smooch with Lieutenant Uhura (Zoë Saldana), the resident linguist… Beyond that, however, Quinto is the one person here who may leave teen-aged viewers more perplexed than puffed up; he somehow rebukes the movie’s whole obsession with backstory and immaturity by seeming riper and wiser than the charmless folly that is spun around him.
The Stranger: The casting is perfect… especially, Zachary Quinto’s eerily spot-on Spock.
Salon: It took me a while to warm up to Pine’s Kirk. His bland handsomeness just can’t match the compelling strangeness of Quinto’s Spock — but that’s the point.
Redstate: James Tiberius Kirk is back. For those who like to give the middle finger to the world of the politically correct, buy two tickets, and settle in for a great show. Parents who want to teach their children examples of leadership and courage — and sacrifice, take the whole family. James Tiberius Kirk has always been a leadership role model, a character of great courage and vision and purpose.
Jonah Goldberg via NRO: Literally, in every scene Nimoy’s Spock — “Spock Prime,” as he’s called in the credits — makes the movie worse, the plot less plausible, the experience less enjoyable. Everything Spock says and does lowers the IQ not just of Spock, but of everyone in earshot, including his fellow cast members, the writers, the director, the audience, and the movie-theater ushers. The black hole of Leonard Nimoy’s Spock is so staggeringly asinine, so stupefyingly insulting to the audience’s intelligence, if the movie could achieve escape velocity from its gravitational pull it would slingshot back in time to an age when Teri Garr wore mini-skirts, Klingons were just white guys with brown-shoe-polished faces, and William Shatner’s hair was his own.
Newsbusters: Naturally, Obama is the logical Spock, the smartest guy in the room, with “cool, collected” brilliance. Robert Gibbs is teamed with Lt. Uhura simply as “communications chief.” No dig at the failure that is Gibbs is given by Newsweek, of course. Ben Bernanke is Scotty because he’s warning of the troubles ahead. Tax cheat Timothy Geithner is Nurse Chapel because he’s a “dependable helping hand.” Axelrod is Checkov merely because he “sets the course.” I already mentioned Limbaugh as the eeeevil Klingon.
The Newsbusters was a waste of time response to a horrid Newsweek article. Both are covered by Jim Newell of Wonkette.
I thought i would find more Conservative reviews proclaiming Kirk > Spock, but i ended up mostly seeing Spock is Obama or an ass, or from non-retarded conservatives a disdain for the comparision. Goldberg’s anti-Spock unhinged and emotional rant is the best, even better then the artsy smear given by the New Yorker.
ALBANY — Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell wants desperately to persuade his colleagues to legalize gay marriage. Here is how he has pursued Republican Assemblyman Greg Ball’s vote:
He stopped Mr. Ball’s parents while they were visiting the Capitol, and asked them to urge their son to back the measure. He cornered Mr. Ball in a statehouse elevator, and taunted him: vote for same-sex marriage, or you won’t get invited to my engagement party.
Mr. O’Donnell has even told Mr. Ball, a square-jawed former Air Force captain, that he was “the best looking guy in the Assembly, and he owed it to the gays to vote yes.”
“Did I think that overt flirtation was going to get Greg Ball to vote yes?” Mr. O’Donnell recalled. “Didn’t know. But I was going to try.”
He has helped gather nearly 90 votes in the 150-member Assembly, which is expected to easily pass the bill. But he is also using the Assembly vote as a way to pressure members of the Senate, where the legislation’s fate will be decided, and demonstrate to wary senators that there is support in their districts for the bill.
haha. True Story: over inauguration weekend I saw Danny O’Donnell in a bar two blocks away. He looked at me and reached out to shake my hand saying “Hi, Danny O’Donnell.”
My response was “I know who you are.”
He looked at me dumbfounded then I reminded him that in 2004 I staffed him in Fort Lauderdale while he was campaigning for Kerry at several bear gatherings. Great staffing gig or greatest staffing gig?
There was a bit of a tuffle around the first of the year in the state senate. conservative latinos (3 i think) in NYC were threataning to caucus with Republicans if the Gay marryin bill came up. was that ever resolved? the D’s have a very very small lead in the Senate.