The magic September unemployment numbers are out and they are out of this world. The son of Mario Cuomo, Chris, not Andrew the current governor of New York, doesn’t believe this magic rubbish. Cuomo wrote: that is a bogus #... help spin cycle, but that’s all. U-6 is real read. North of 10%, adjusted for participation rate in ’08.”
Very liberal economist Dean Baker shouts “fluke”. Not Sandra Fluke, a real fluke: “The jump in employment reported in September was almost certainly a statistical fluke.”
Let’s all hope that everyone believes these bogus fluke numbers and the millions of unemployed who are so desperate they are no longer looking for jobs and therefore not counted in the unemployment statistics run to get jobs and thereby show up in the unemployment statistics. The result would be a jump in the unemployment rate to 14.7% on the Friday before the election (unless Obama tampers with the numbers).
That formerly strong Obama supporter and Tim Russert enabler Jack Welch has another explanation for the magical numbers:
“JACK WELCH: Obama Is Manipulating The Jobs Numbers Because His Debate Performance Was AwfulJoe Scarborough said today “These numbers don’t make any sense“. The “numbers don’t add up”. Java Joe is right for once.
“Unbelievable job numbers..these Chicago guys will do anything..can’t debate so change numbers“
The new unemployment numbers don’t make any sense, but is Jack Welch right that this is an Obama thug operation and the numbers have been tampered with to help Obama get reelected?
There is motive and opportunity to tamper with the numbers. After the Denver Debate disaster these are desperate times that call for desperate measures from Obama Hopium Guzzlers and pimps.
On that topic, all I can add is read Third Sunday. Ava and C.I. plan to rip apart a pompous asshole on this topic of the labor numbers. You won't want to miss it. (I got a preview when I heard C.I. dictating the snapshot. She was including it in that but had to pull it and Ava said, "We'll grab it Sunday.") (She had to pull a lot out of the snapshot. It was very long.)
Okay tonight's movie?
There isn't one.
Today the American Film Institute announced:
“Mel Brooks is America’s long-reigning king of comedy – and as he taught us long ago, it’s good to be the king,” said Stringer. “He’s a master of an art form that rarely gets the respect it deserves, and it is AFI’s honor to shine a bright light on laughter by presenting Mel Brooks the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award.”
Reflecting his range of mastery in the entertainment arts – from writing, directing and producing to acting and composing – Brooks is only one of 14 people who have won the Emmy®, Grammy®, Oscar® and Tony® Award. The 41st AFI Life Achievement Award tribute special will premiere on TNT in late June 2013, followed by encores on its sister network, Turner Classic Movies (TCM).
The "LA Times" link goes to a story about this at "LAT," it's not just the announcement reposted there.
I am a big fan of Mel Brooks and very happy he's getting a lifetime achievement award. It's too bad his wife won't be there to see it. Academy Award winner Anne Bancroft passed away in 2005. She was known as "Mrs. Robinson" for her role in "The Graduate" and she was in many other films including "The Miracle Worker" (for which she won the Academy Award), "The Turning Point" with Shirley MacLaine, "Agnes of God" with Jane Fonda,
From 1964 until her death in 2005, she and Mel Brooks were married. They worked together. Probably most famously in "To Be Or Not To Be," the remake of the Carole Lombard classic. I actually like the Mel Brooks version -- not better than the Carole Lombard one but close to equal. It has grown on me tremendously over the years. The first time I saw it, I hated it. I just couldn't believe anyone would remake that film classic.
"Spaceballs" is another film he directed. This is a very popular one. I would like it more if Joan Rivers' robot did more. I think that a number of his later films suffer from a lack of strong females.
"A History Of The World Part 1" is part of that. Cloris Leachman's role should have been beefed up, my opinion.
"Silent Movie" and "Blazing Saddles" are two films I really like. And for years, I thought ":Blazing Saddles" was a silent film except for the farting. They must have been on USA or something as a two-fer when I was little because until I was a teenager, I thought the comedy western was a silent film.
I found out otherwise when my uncle said, "We are not watching 'Young Frankenstein' again!" And he dug around and found "Blazing Saddles" among my grandfather's video cassettes.
But I used to watch (still do, to be honest) "Young Frankenstein" over and over. It is a classic film. This one has Gene Wilder in the lead with Terri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn (hilarious throughout!!) and Marty Feldman. Gene Hackman does a cameo. It is just a great film. From Terri's airhead-ness over the "knockers," to Madeline Kahn not wanting to be touched or kissed by her fiancee when she's ready to go to a party (even a blown kiss might muss her up), to Cloris saying "Ovaltine" and so much more.
It is just a classic film with a really great look to it (it's in black and white). "Silent Movie" features Anne Bancroft and she's very good in it. But for a long time, it was the only Liza Minelli film I knew. She's in it, Paul Newman, Burt Reynolds and many others. Mel Brooks acts in this one, doesn't just direct and write.
My all time favorite Mel Brooks film?
"High Anxiety." He plays a shrink. It's a spoof of Hitchcock. It's hilarious. Throw away bits like when Madeline Kahn hears him singing in the hotel and wonders why he didn't pursue that and he says that the big money was in psychiatry before he catches himself. And the visual gags. Madeline doesn't just have a designer bag like Gucci, she's got an outfit and she's even got a car with it.
Cloris Leachman is hilarious as Nurse Diesel (looking like Madonna in her cone shaped bra). She's sleeping with Harvey Korman and they wanted to take over the institution but Brooks is left in charge instead. She says things like, "Dinner is served promptly at six. Those who are late will not get fruit cup." And she means it. Harvey shows up two minutes late and she's had his cleared away. She even restrains him with her fork (nailing him to the table). She'll later have him tied up and be spanking him while he says, "Too much bondage! Not enough discipline!"
It has such great visuals. I love it when she and Harvey plot and the camera's under the glass coffee table.
It's just a really great film and Mel Brooks has directed enough of them to warrant this award. (He's also produced a number of great films that he didn't direct or act in. Jessica Lange is great in "Frances" and most people don't know he was behind that film.)
So congratulations to Mel Brooks who has kept us laughing all these years. ("Dracula Dead and Loving It" is a more recent film of his and it is probably my fifth favorite which is really saying something because I love so many of his films.)
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"