Saturday, August 29, 2009

glove love

During a thoughtful moment in "An Extremely Goofy Movie" one of the characters pauses to ask "Have you ever noticed that we're always wearing gloves?"

In "Father's Weekend" (1953) Goofy even wears gloves to bed:

Here's a shot from "Goofy and Wilbur" (1939). This is the only time I've seen a classic Disney character take a glove off:

This may raise more questions about Goofy's color than it answers. This is probably what Michael Jackson looked like about half-way thru the depigmentation process but before the nose job.

Here's the typically dystopic "Father's Weekend". Goofy was way ahead of the pack in exposing middle class suburban life for the nightmare it really is.

awkward meeting averted

The AP reports that George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara canceled plans to go to Ted Kennedy's funeral "after learning their son, former President George W. Bush, would attend."

Friday, August 28, 2009

never around when you need 'em

Surveys show that senior citizens are against healthcare reform.

Oh, if only we could find a Nigerian diplomat or an aluminum siding salesman to explain it to them in the terms they seem to be irresistibly drawn to.

Monday, August 24, 2009

because its cage needs cleaning

A GOP congressman wants to sue Obama to release his birth certificate.

All this fury about "releasing" birth certificates is making me think they're not sheets of paper that you keep in a filing cabinet, but more like a pigeon that you have to set free so it can go peck at an old apple core.


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

signs of hysteria

I went to the Healthcare Reform demonstration on Monday morning in Dallas.

I'd say there were about 300 demonstrator FOR reform and about 50 demonstrators AGAINST having Nazis wheel all the old people and crippled children into a bonfire of the burning pages of the US Constitution.

Here are some highlights of the agin' 'em side:

Remember, it's not about race at all:

"Texas Rejects Chicago THUGS!" says the sign:

(EDIT: Suddenly I'm getting a zillion hits from people who have Googled the exact phrase "Texas Rejects Chicago Thugs". Can any of you Googleers comment on why that phrase spontaneously became fascinating? I'm sure it's not little old me ;-) )

The LaRouche organization had a table set up:
They were handing out a rather large pamphlet about the Nazi threat.

Several signs asserted that the FOR side was all paid to be there:

Does the guy with the "Reform Congress" sign look like a health care expert?

And I wonder if the veteran in the Marines T-shirt is refusing all government supplied healthcare available to him?

It would be really poor of me to point out the irony of obese people saying that their health care is just fine right now. So that's not why I'm posting pictures of obese people saying that their health care is just fine right now.

I wonder if this woman understands that Federal regulation of meds is what keeps a company from selling baking soda as a cancer treatment?

Some video. The AGAINST people are on the left side of the police line and the FOR people are on the right.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

john mccain is palin' around with a terrorist

John McCain twitters his rendezvous with Quadaffi:

Late evening with Col. Qadhafi at his "ranch" in Libya - interesting meeting with an interesting man.

Friday, August 07, 2009

with apologies to johannes brahms...

If it has to be Sarah, I prefer Silverman. If it has to be Palin, I prefer Michael.

(consider yourself among the most highly cultured if you get all four of the above references.)

I think democracy is probably a hopeless cause when the leader of the Republican party can go around saying the completely vile and intentionally false things that she does.


Tuesday, August 04, 2009


A frame from Disney's "Frank Duck Brings 'em Back Alive" (1946):

I've read that one of the most withering put-downs at Disney went something like:

"Joe? Oh yeah, he's pretty good... for shorts."

I've been watching the complete Donald Duck DVDs. Even though a lot of them have some really awful story lapses the animation by the second and third-stringers is still impressive stuff.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

who was that masked man?

In the early days of network radio, "The Lone Ranger" originated out of a station in Detroit and, as was standard practice then, each episode was performed live twice; once for the east coast and again two hours later for the west coast. Technically it was possible to record a radio program in advance but the difference in audio quality was obvious and advertisers insisted on live broadcasts.

One of the trademarks of "The Lone Ranger" was that every episode ended with someone asking "Who was that masked man?" to which would always come the reply, "It was... the Lone Ranger!"

It so happened that one time that last line fell to an older man who had been hired just for that day to fill an extra role. They did the first performance, which went according to plan, but when they were done, rather than just wait around the station the cast decided to all go to a nearby bar.

Of course they had too much to drink, and lost track of time and just barely made it back for the start of the second show. The director was expecting disaster but amazingly, the show went great; it was shaping up to be one of their best performances ever.

Sensing a chance to fine tune the performance the director pulled aside the older man during a commercial break and said, "That was just fine the way you said 'It was the Lone Ranger' in the first show, but this time I'd like you to really hit it."

"I want you to say it like you're talking about the most important person in the world... I want you to say it like you're introducing THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!"

He sends the guy back in and the show continues, still going great. Finally they get to the last scene and the question is posed "Who was that masked man?"


Everyone turns to the older man. He glances at the director, takes a deep breath and stammers, "It was... it was... Herbert Hoover!!!"

I heard that story from Professor Dan Viamonte of the Division of Radio, Television and Film at the University of North Texas, so it must be true.