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I particularly like “Jack a Dull Boy” and “Talks to a Drunk.”



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Under the Mountain Bunker

Dana Milbank: “Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom famously predicted that the candidate would use an Etch-a-Sketch approach in the general election to erase his previous positions. But nobody predicted that the entire exercise would occur in the space of one week — and just a month before the election. Stranger yet, Romney hasn’t been shifting all his views to the center in recent days. While his domestic policies are moderating, his foreign policy is moving to more of a neocon hard line. The only consistency is inconsistency: Whatever Romney’s positions were, they are no longer.”

Mary Elizabeth Williams: “Biden’s laugh is utterly brutal because it takes Paul Ryan, the marathon-exaggerating, dumbbell-curling, wannabe manly man and does the absolute worst thing imaginable to a guy like that. It points at him and makes him a fool. It says, “Yeah, tell me another one, Backwards Baseball Cap.” It’s at once furious and dismissive…

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What’s yours is mine…

Under The LobsterScope


Romney is flip-flopping again.

His campaign is moving in a new direction on healthcare. Mitt Romney praised the health care law he signed as governor of Massachusetts – the model for Obama’s health plan. This has drawn swift and strong rebuke from .

In an interview with NBC News, Romney said:

“I got everybody in my state insured. One hundred percent of the kids in our state had health insurance. I don’t think there’s anything that shows more empathy and care about the people of this country than that kind of record.”

Of course Romney has attacked President Obama’s similar law, which extends insurance coverage to millions of uninsured people across the country –  especially kids. Romney says he will repeal Obama’s law lock, stock and barrel, and replace it with vaguer reforms that would potentially leave more people uninsured by removing the ban on preexisting condition discrimination.

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Independent Ethos

This year would have marked Samuel Fuller’s 100th birthday. Often refered to as a “maverick” filmmaker, Fuller earned the reference as one of those standout directors who found his unique vision even in Hays Code-era Hollywood. Before independently-minded filmmakers tested the strict control of sex, drugs, violence and even morality in movies in the late sixties (Straw Dogs, Bonnie and Clyde, Easy Rider, etc.), Fuller was testing the limits within the system. In the early sixties, he directed a couple of noirish films seemingly fueled by sex and violence, the Naked Kissand Shock Corridor, that proved him an irrepressible visionary.

His best known achievement arrived with the Big Red Onein 1980, about the US involvement in World War II. Like John Ford before him, having been on the front lines as a filmographer certainly shaped Fuller. There are not many directors today who treat violence…

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Woody Allen commenting on his top ten films. Guess which one is made up! (hint: the silly one)


From New York Magazine, August 3, 1970. Via Matt Singer’s Twitter

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