Ah…The Virtues of Tolerance

I always love love it when people preaching “tolerance” throw out quotes like the one below from Daniel Radcliffe (aka Harry Potter).

“I have always hated anybody who is not tolerant of gay men or lesbians or bisexuals,” he continued. “Now I am in the very fortunate position where I can actually help or do something about it.”

Yes, hatred is one of the hallmarks of the compassionate, tolerant individual.

The story the quote comes from is here. Now, what he’s supporting is actually a good thing – a group that provides a 24/7 suicide prevention hotline for the LGBT community. No one should be made to feel that ending their life is the only choice open to them. But the cognitive dissonance in statements like the one above always just drive me crazy.


It’s Funny Because He’s Fat

I recently saw the movie The Hangover. The funniest bit of the movie, for me, was how the Chinese mobster kept laughing at injuries that befell the fat bearded character and exclaiming “It’s funny because he’s fat”. Being a person of considerable heft myself, I enjoy a good fat joke now and again. And as you know if you read this blog with any regularity, politics is a bit of a hobby of mine. Therefore, I happily submit the following combined political and fat joke for your enjoyment.


Happy Earth Day!

I have two kids that looooove Spongebob Squarepants (I have to admit that I like him quite a bit too) and I have been a bit disturbed by the indoctrinating green programming that the Nickelodeon channel has been running in the run-up to Earth Day. Who knew that John Stewart and Lewis Black would have also noticed this and would have the same feelings about it that I have?

On a positive note for all you greenies out there, I am going to take my kids to the Disney “Earth” movie and am looking forward to it as I love a good nature documentary.

On the downside I plan on saving all my family’s coke cups, popcorn bags and candy wrappers from the movie and throwing them in a pond as I drive home in my SUV.

Magnificent Monday Quotes – Entertainment Edition

(From Curb Your Enthusiasm) –

Donald: You know what you are? You’re a self-loathing Jew.
Larry David: Hey, I may loathe myself, but it has nothing to do with the fact that I’m Jewish.

“You know you’re getting old when you get that one candle on the cake. It’s like, ‘See if you can blow this out.'” – Jerry Seinfeld

“Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake.” – W. C. Fields

“Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.” – W. C. Fields

(An ironic quote from Disney considering I just had to buy The Little Mermaid 15: Ariel’s Great-Great-Great Granddaughter Returns To The Sea Because Of Global Warming) –  “I do not like to repeat successes, I like to go on to other things.” – Walt Disney

“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” – Walt Disney

“I believe entertainment can aspire to be art, and can become art, but if you set out to make art you’re an idiot.” – Steve Martin

“I’d be curious to find out, but I don’t think people in the entertainment industry are proportionally more or less serious politically than anyone in the landscaping industry.” – David Cross

“It’s important to remember that, first and foremost, if not only, this is entertainment. ‘The West Wing’ isn’t meant to be good for you.” – Aaron Sorkin

“Movies and television shows based on comic books constitute the worst single genre in the history of filmed entertainment (with the exception of porn).” – John Podhoretz

“Fill your hand, you son of a bitch!” – John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn in True Grit

“Life is tough, but it’s tougher when you’re stupid.” – John Wayne

“Women have the right to work wherever they want, as long as they have the dinner ready when you get home” – John Wayne

“If everything isn’t black and white, I say, ‘Why the hell not?'” – John Wayne

“It’s much easier, for example, to play a heroin addict and you’re withdrawing – you tear the ceiling off – that’s much easier than it is to come in and say, ‘Hello.’ Or, ‘I love you’. When you judge it in that way, the heavy isn’t as difficult.” – Jimmy Stewart

Let’s end this edition with some quotes from one of my favorite actors, Gary Cooper.

[February, 1942, accepting his Academy Award for Sergeant York (1941) from James Stewart] “It was Sergeant Alvin York who won this award. Because to the best of my ability, I tried to be Sergeant York. Shucks, I`ve been in the business 16 years and sometimes dreamed I might get one of these things. That`s all I can say … Funny, when I was dreaming I always made a good speech.” – Gary Cooper

“Nan Collins, my manager, came from Gary, Indiana and suggested I adopt that name. She felt it was more exciting than Frank. I figured I`d give it a try. Good thing she didn`t come from Poughkeepsie.” – Gary Cooper

[on turning down the role of Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind] “Rhett Butler was one of the best roles ever offered in Hollywood and my screen character saw himself emerging from the film as a dashing-type fellow. But I said no. I didn`t see myself as quite that dashing, and later, when I saw Clark Gable play the role to perfection, I knew I was right.” – Gary Cooper

“Until I came along all the leading men were handsome, but luckily they wrote a lot of stories about the fellow next door.” – Gary Cooper

The Hollywood Agenda

I’ve never been one of those people who believed in the “Hollywood Agenda”. Does Hollywood tend to be liberally biased? Yes. But I always believed that since movie studios are business operations that they were primarily motivated by profit. If certain types of movies make them more money, that’s the type of movies they will make.

However, If the numbers compiled by Movieguide that are quoted in this article  are accurate, I guess I was wrong.