[VIDEO] Mary Katharine Ham Accepts 2014 Pundit Planet Media Blogger of the Year Award (also Wins CPAC Award)Posted: March 7, 2014
(contgrats MKH!) Hot Air
Simferopol, Ukraine CNN — [Breaking News Update, 10:02 a.m. ET] CNN — Russias upper house of parliament voted Saturday to approve the use of military force in Ukraine. The vote was unanimous.
Then Anderson Cooper turns our attention to Tom Foreman, to present a kindergarten-level geography lesson for CNN’s barely-literate, low-information viewers. He talks slow, and doesn’t use any big words, so if we watch closely, we’ll be able to follow what he’s showing us. Watch the whole thing:
- “Look, I am a British guy debating American cultural issues, including guns, which has been very polarizing, and there is no doubt that there are many in the audience who are tired of me banging on about it,” Morgan told The New York Times’ David Carr.
- …dwindling viewing figures and an anti-gun campaign that alienated a vast swath of his audience had led him to conclude his show had ‘run it’s course’… – thetimes.co.uk
- By phone, Morgan agreed with Carr that things have not gone well at CNN with Piers Morgan Live.“It’s been a painful period, and lately we have taken a bath in the ratings,” Morgan said… — Brietbart.com
- “Last fall, the already struggling Piers Morgan Live faced increased competition from a revised Fox News Channel lineup that included a strong new performer at 9 p.m. EST with Megyn Kelly’s The Kelly File…” — Entertainment Weekly
- “CNN confirms that ‘Piers Morgan Live’ is ending,” the network said in a statement. “The date of the final program is still to be determined.” – lattimes.com
- “…He hosted BBC’s “You Can’t Fire Me, I’m Famous,” and did interview shows and documentaries for ITV…CNN did not comment on Morgan’s future with the channel…” Associated Press - fox news.com
- “Mr. Morgan’s approach to gun regulation was more akin to King George III, peering down his nose at the unruly colonies and wondering how to bring the savages to heel. He might have wanted to recall that part of the reason the right to bear arms is codified in the Constitution is that Britain was trying to disarm the citizenry at the time.” — David Carr, NYT
A team of researchers at the Medical Research Institute of Nevada are presenting the results of a new study at a conference later this year in Washington D.C. that reveals a link between waiting for results of a Bar Exam, and a dramatic increase in inoperable brain tumors.
“It primarily afflicts males between 49 and 58″ said Dr. Walter J. McGuffin, the team’s lead researcher. “Other risk factors include smoking, and prolonged exposure to certain species of birds, and primates, such as lemurs.”
”Much remains unknown, but the more law firms are informed about the risks, the better prepared they’ll be to tell their applicants to get their affairs in order.”
Since Dr. MacGuffin‘s research grant included allowances for luxury travel packages, the staff was able to interrupt their research frequently for rest, adventure, and recreation. “As a result, unfortunately, much of the actual research was left undone by the time the Medical Review Board required us to submit our finished work.”
“…even in healthy, well-adjusted males, the tumor can develop quickly, go undetected, become malignant, and in a matter of weeks, grow to the size of a jumbo can of tuna.”
Speaking by phone from the lobby of the Fasano Hotel e Restaurante Rio, Dr. MacGuffin expressed confidence that their research would eventually lead to improved diagnostics, and eventually, save lives. He emphasized the importance of early detection.
”Much remains unknown, but the more law firms are informed about the risks, the better prepared they’ll be to tell applicants to get their affairs in order.”
Observing that “none of our current diagnostic methods have been able to detect the tumor in time to save the lives of any of the patients we studied,” Dr. MacGuffin added, “the length of time the individual applicant is required to wait for results of the exam, and the amount of stress involved, are also factors. But it appears that even in healthy, well-adjusted males, the tumor can develop quickly, go undetected, become malignant, and in a matter of weeks, grow to the size of a jumbo can of tuna.’
The study, funded by the American Association of Abnormally Tall Trial Lawyers, is the first of its kind. The results are expected to be published in the June edition of the Hong King Kong Medical Review.
One of the benefits of subscribing to Jonah Goldberg‘s G-File is the pleasure of scrolling down to the bottom of his informal collection of weekly thoughts, essays, opinions, wisecracks, dog tales, and think tank coffee break items, to get to the sugary dessert at the end: His links. ’Various & Sundry’. I sometimes borrow from this list because there’s always better stuff in his browser history, even on a slow news week, than there is in mine, any week. Where he gets this stuff, who knows. Maybe those NRO guys collect and share items from procrastination browsing, tweets, emails, post-it notes on the medicine cabinet, bartenders, cab drivers…
Instead of posting relevant material from the main course of the weekly edition of Jonah’s G-File, I’m cheating, skipping right to the dessert, and sharing it here:
Various and Sundry:
I’d like to see what she’d do if a squirrel tried this.
Who knew the faces of Olympic figure skating could be so creepy?
This, however, is pretty cool: view from on top of an Olympic ski jump.
Another reason to like cows: They dislike Euro-club music. Cows make more milk when listening to slow jams.
The favorite books of all 44 presidents of the US.
Candle company releases manly musks like gasoline, wet grass. That’s fine, but I want to copyright my term for man-smell: “manbrosia.”
If I wasn’t on a low-carb diet, I would so try to beat this. Man eats four Chipotle burritos in three minutes.
“I’m not the sort of fellow you’d want to go camping with”
“Conversation is the enemy of good food and wine”
I’ve always been fond of quotes, and epigrams, and have an odd habit of memorizing them. (though my memory is not always accurate, quotes are often misremembered, I hope I have these two preserved correctly) The first one I probably read in Reader’s Digest when I was a kid. The second one is a personal favorite.
The quote is revealing, too, because Hitchcock—not a small man—obviously loved good food. But also, hated unnecessary dialogue. The director viewed actors as chess pieces. Or spoiled children. Dialogue was almost a necessary evil, secondary to the visual story. As a director, Hitchcock was more of a technician than a dramatist.
Hepburn’s story is as miraculous as any actress in the 20th century. Having survived hunger, deprivation (tens of thousands died of starvation) and dislocation as a child in Nazi occupied Europe, Hepburn emerged, frail, ambitous, grateful to be alive. Audrey studied ballet enthusiastically during early post-war reconstruction, with the aim of performing in London, only to discover that she didn’t have the fitness and endurance to compete with dancers who were healthier and more fortunate during the war years. Audrey settled instead for using her dance training to pursue work as a showgirl in theater. Young Hepburn was discovered, legend has it, in a hotel lobby, by Colette, who was captivated by her exotic, doe-like beauty. Colette immediately cast Audrey, only 19 or 20 at the time, in the starring role of her play, “Gigi“. The stage production was a success, and soon after Hepburn was sought by Hollywood, for a film called “Roman Holiday“.
Unable to interrupt stage performances of Gigi to come to the U.S. for the customary screen test, the Paramount sent a crew to Europe for a hastily-arranged “personality” test–an informal version of a screen test–instead. It was shot inside what appears to be a hotel room.
Legend has it that when the film made it back overseas, got processed, printed, and screened for studio executives at Paramount, it was recognized by at least one executive, who described it as the best screen test, by any actress, ever recorded.
[Roman Holiday (Special Collector's Edition) at Amazon]
Watching this for the first time (in a documentary a few nights ago) I was struck by what I imagined was their experience of seeing the young Hepburn for the first time. It’s hard to convey (in a little window on a computer screen) but only seconds into the test, before she takes more than one or two steps, it’s all there. Read the rest of this entry »
From The Little Mermaid and Anna Karenina to Holly Golightly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Samantha Ellis examines the heroines written by men
I was delighted to see Truman Capote–the little freak was a genius–featured as an example of an author that excelled at writing woman characters. Holly Golightly is arguably one of the most compelling women characters in 20th century popular fiction.
Besides being a classic 1960s Hollywood movie, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a novella, a small book with a big character. Made famous, of course, by Audrey Hepburn. Which is unfortunate–many contemporary readers wouldn’t likely place Capote’s forgotten book on their must-read list. I came across it casually, in my 20s, and it was this exact thing that captivated me. The creation of this… indelible character. I almost felt like the detective in Laura, infatuated with a ghost. In this case, a fictional creation. The character is darker, more seductive, more melancholy, in Capote’s book, than the romantic, candy-coated version in the movie.
The other thing I found striking was that Capote was writing about himself. If we take the Holly Golightly character, and switch the gender, it’s a story of a young homosexual male from the south, hustling among the wealthy and famous in New York. Swinging between euphoria and depression, a sexual social climber, running from a troubled past. That’s a Truman Capote autobiography.
But we also know that Capote drew inspiration, like a reporter, from real women. One of Truman’s great talents was befriending talkative, wealthy, fascinating women. It’s said that he based the book on an actual young socialite in Manhattan (or a composite of a few women he knew) which involved discretion, misdirection, secrecy, and even threats of lawsuits, as the guessing game disrupted reputations and ignited rumors among New York’s elite. One wonders if the handful of society women in contention were insisting they were not her, or claiming that they were.
It’s also unfortunate that Capote was remembered more for his decadent celebrity, than his (regrettably thin) body of work. He was a writer of great promise who lost his way. After the obscenely-rewarding success of In Cold Blood (it made Truman literally the most famous writer on earth) Capote never wrote a serious novel again. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a forgotten little gem that gave us one of fiction’s great heroines.
Samantha Ellis poses a good question. She writes:
Can men write good heroines? Most of the heroines I write about in my book How to Be a Heroine are written by women. And most of the heroines I find most problematic are written by men. It’s very troubling to go back to Hans Christian Andersen‘s The Little Mermaid and find that it’s a story about a mermaid who gives up her voice for legs to get a man. And even as a girl, I was furious with Charles Dickens for letting Nancy get bludgeoned in Oliver Twist and, later, outraged that Samuel Richardson heaped pain and indignity on Clarissa and called her “an Exemplar to her sex” as though learning to suffer well made us exemplary.
It’s particularly distressing to see how male writers have punished their heroines for being sexually adventurous. Leo Tolstoy‘s Anna Karenina throws herself under a train; Gustave Flaubert makes Emma Bovary pathetic even before she poisons herself. It’s striking that when Erica Jong wrote about an adulteress in Fear of Flying, she gave her a happy ending, in which she is reborn in a hotel bathtub, and summons her adoring husband back.