Not a good movie the universe screams back.
What it reminds me of most?
I remember seeing the original SCREAM which really revived the horror film genre. And I loved SCREAM. I even liked SCREAM 2. And there were a lot of films that came along at that time. The first I SAW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER? It was great. And funny and scary. I even jumped when Anne Heche knocked on the window of Jennifer Love Hewitt's car.
But all the sudden the quality of the films seemed a little off and, boom, you end up with TEACHING MRS. TINGLE.
In fairness to Kevin Williamson, the film wasn't just retitled, it was re-edited. It might have been something in its original form. But it was garbage at the theaters. I've never hated a film more. And I saw MARY REILLY! (Which I actually liked but which was a huge bomb.)
M3GAN makes no sense if you think about it and the film gives you lots of time to think about it because it plods along with by-the-number moments you saw coming. It's cheap and no thought went into the script. The acting's off. A beat or two behind that proper editing could have fixed.
No one involved seems to know what they were doing or what they were going for.
I felt like we deserved more than a refund, my girlfriend and I. I felt they needed to pay us for having to sit through M3GAN.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Friday, January 6, 2023. Iraq hosts the Gulf Cup, Moqtada entertains
the troops, Donald Trump is not going to be handed over to Iraqi
authorities, and much more.
Let's start with nonsense.
doesn't matter. That's why we've ignored it all week. Again, they
want to arrest Donald. So what? The first time we noted it. They know
it's not happening and anyone with a brain knows it's not happening.
The US government will never turn a former president over to another
nation. We won't even turn Henry Kissinger over. They won't turn
Donald over, it would set a precedent. They also won't do it because
it's the US government which thinks it owns and controls the world.
It's not happening. It's a non-starter. It's not going to play out.
It's not going to happen. We went with RedVicking's Tweet on the
subject because it's not insane as so many of the Tweets about this
Why do we have such a screwed up
government here in the US? Because we have stupid adults who think they
can weigh without knowing a damn thing.
telling you that US President Joe Biden might turn Donald over (or will
turn him over) to Iraq is either a liar or the biggest idiot of them
all. Bill Clinton bombed Sudan in 1998
Bully Boy Bush invaded Iraq illegally, ordered the toture of Iraqis and
go down the never-ending list. Barack Obama droned people to death --
he was judge and jury as well as excutioner.
you're that stupid, let me break the news to you slowly. The US
government. That represents We the People of the United States. Is
loathed around the world. For various actions taken. Actions that we
see as illegal when other nation-states act in the same manner.
Tony Blair will likely never be brought to justice.
What world leaders get brought to justice?
Antonio Noriega Moreno (Panama), Slobodan Milošević (Serbia), those
sort of people. They are leaders but they aren't leaders of western
The US government will not allow
it to happen and for many reasons including they will not allow their
government actions and decisions to evaluated by a legal jury of
It's a waste of time to focus
on something that's not going to happen. Take that garbage to the
Rachel Maddow message boards and continue to drag the nation down
further into stupidity, if you must. But grasp that endless focusing on
these demented fantasies are why we have the government we do. When
you don't even know the basics, maybe just continue to focus on your
'reality' TV shows. You'll be doing the world a huge favor.
There are things worthy of coverage and there are things that aren't.
morning, for example, I've gone back and forth over one story -- do we
include it, do we not. We're not going to include the video or the
young lady's name. That's all that's different right now. Otherwise,
it's the attack in the suburb of Sulaimani that we covered on Saturday
and in Monday's snapshot. We've covered it. In the news cycle right
now, the survivor's name. Is she being quoted? No. So I'm not sure
she wants her name known. It's public record and anybody can look it up
but a 17-year-old girl who was attacked by a mob of men should be the
one who decides if her name is known or not. What else emerged?
You've got delighted men running after her to attack her. It is
offensive. If it had been out -- the video -- on Saturday or Monday, we
would have included it as part of the story. But it's days later and I
don't see the point today in including video of an assault we've
already noted. The video turns my stomach but it would have been
included in Monday's snapshot if it had been released them. Gruesome
and disgusting? Yes. And also a crime. So my argument then would have
been that we shouldn't turn away from it. The difference now is the
crime has been discussed and addressed so, at this point, it's kind of
like the footgage in THE ACCUSED -- where Jodie's character's being gang
raped and some audiences are getting off on that (see Susan Faludi's
BACKLASH). We know what happened, we've covered it. Days after that,
the video footage is of no use to illuminating anything, my opinion, so
we're not including it here.
Another issue in
the e-mails, why aren't we covering George Santos. Uh, what does he
have to do with Iraq? I especially enjoy the other e-mails to the
public account (email@example.com), the drive-bys that tell me I'm attacking George Santos and don't realize that Joe Biden lies too!
Santos name is appearing in something I've written here for the first
time. I've never written about him before. So I don't know what you
think you're reading but it hasn't been anything I've written.
Those of you sending the drive-by e-mails need to grasp an important point.
Biden has a history of lying. It got him kicked out of one Democratic
Party primary. He lies, he mistates, he mixes things up.
the difference, when he ran for the presidency, that was known. The
American people knew (or should have) what they were getting. So you're
going back to 1988 or some other nonsense? It doesn't matter.
he lied regarding business dealings with his son Hunter, that would be
different. And he may have and he may not have lied on that.
exposed lies that were known before election day in 2020 are not the
same as discovering that a newly elected member of Congress (he's not
been sworn in yet) lied throughout the election and decieved people (and
the press was asleep on the job) -- it's completely different.
not going to think about it, I'm not going to play it out as to what
should or shouldn't happen. But I will note that there is a world of
difference between people choosing to vote for a known liar with years
and years of public examples of deception and voting for a fresh face
who apparently lied about everything.
note one more thing. I'm not going to name her. But there was a
Democrat who got caught, as she ran for re-election, in a lie. She'd
lied about being a college graduate. And this became a big deal. This
is how the Democratic Party dealt with that. She was already running
for re-election when this came out. They humiliated her. Every day,
they found a way to humiliate her. One day, they were thrilled that
when she visited _____ they had her picked up at the airport . . . in a
Pinto -- a badly banged up Pinto that reeked of cigarettes. The Pinto
was decades old and the paint was off in spots. It wasn't even the car
of the person who was driving her. They looked for the worst car they
could borrow in each city she visited and in that city it was a Pinto.
And they took pictures and they faxed all over. They lived to humiliate
her. That's how the Democrats played it. I have no idea how the
Republicans will handle their problem.
+ A week after Bush launched the War on Terror Bob Woodward asked
Cheney how long it would last. Cheney replied: “It may never end. At
least, not in our lifetime.” The wet-dream of weapons contractors had
materialized. The Pentagon Budget in 2001 was $287B. Now it’s $857B
+ Contracts with Raytheon and Lockheed to blow s**t up followed by contracts with BlackRock to “rebuild.” What are the Minsk Accords compared to this kind of deal?
+ According to an analysis by the intrepid Stephen Semler military contractors are set to pocket around $20 billion out of the $47 billion in the last Ukraine aid package.
In the room the arms lobbyists come and go
talking of how they just added another zero…
+ Apparently the Russian military is blaming cell-phone usage
by its troops on the frontlines for the recent spate of Ukrainian
missile attacks on Russian outposts, attacks which may have killed more
than 1000 Russian soldiers. If so, those soldiers in rural Donetsk
Oblast get better cell service than I do here in the sprawl of Greater
Portland, where I barely get a single bar here in the house. If Russia
really wanted to protect their troops they’d force them all onto an
+ According to an analysis by Max Berger, more than 75%
of the $40 million crypto-conman Samuel Bankman-Fried contributed to
Democrats in 2022 went to groups that dumped nearly all their money on
competitive primaries, largely to neoliberals facing off against more
progressive candidates. Not that it would have mattered much in the end,
since nearly all of the progressives end up voting with the neoliberals
when the chips are down…and even when they aren’t.
+ Life expectancy in the US continues to plummet. The response of
Congress and the Biden administration in the omnibus spending bill is to
end emergency Covid funding and raise the age of mandatory retirement
account withdrawals by three years. Someone’s making out, but it sure
+ Biden campaigned to expand Medicaid. Now he’s signed a bill to sharply curtail it, ending coverage for millions of people in the middle of a pandemic he pretends is over…
+ The Social Security administration continues to deny thousands of
disability claims a year, in part because it continues to rely on a
45-year-old list of outdated job titles.
We live in a System that is eager to help the people who least need it
and quick to ignore, chastise and punish the weakest, sickest and
poorest among us.
+ 54% of Mississippi’s hospitals
are running out of operating funds and at risk of closing. This
“looming disaster” is largely a consequence of Gov. Tate Reeve’s
stubborn refusal to accept expanded Medicare funding offered to state
+ Our book, An Orgy of Thieves: Neoliberalism & Its Discontents,
which the great historian Peter Linebaugh says is written “in acid
prose cutting through the machine’s wicked fabrications,” is now
available on Kindle…
Excitement in Iraq today with the Gulf Cup.
Today, Friday, the Gulf Arab Cup kicks off its 25th
session (Gulf 25) which will be hosted by Iraq in Basra until January 19
with 8 teams from the Gulf, and the eight teams have been divided into
two groups where in the first includes Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Oman, Yemen,
and the second – the teams of Kuwait, Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain. The
opening ceremony of the tournament will be held, after which the opening
match between Iraq (the host) and Oman will take place, after which the
match of our team with the Yemeni counterpart took place.
in the group is expected to be fierce. In order to qualify for the
semi-finals first and then the title, in light of host Iraq’s ambition
to win the missing title for 34 years while Al-Akhdar hopes for a fourth
title while Oman wanted to win a third title, and finally, Yemen is
looking for its first title in the tournament.
In a series of tweets, Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour
Barzani expressed his happiness for the opening of the Gulf Club 25
tournament in Basra, Iraq.
He congratulated the people of Basra and all Iraqis for hosting this
significant event, especially since it’s been over 40 years since Iraq
has hosted these games.
“I’m overwhelmed with great happiness and a wonderful feeling on the
occasion of the launch of the Gulf Cup Football Championship,” he wrote
in one of his tweets.
He welcomed all the attendees to the event and the “guests” from Arab countries.
In other news, cult leader Moqtada al-Sadr emerged from his public retreat long enough to entertain the fellas.
And check out this Tweet.
You know what's not 'adorbs'? This is plundered. It belongs in Iraq not in a British musem.
Where does Hillary Clinton belong? As REUTERS journalist Kanishka Raj Singh notes, she thinks she belongs on a campus.
only thing supporting the Iraq War ever cost Hillary was the 2008
Democratic Party's presidential nomination. Barack used her support for
that war as a club to beat her with throughout the primary season.
Let's wind down with LGBTQ+ issues. Kevin Bolling has an important column at NEWSWEEK. I don't know how to excerpt it. So here's the link
. It's about how homophobes are trying to use schools to carry out attacks on LGBTQ+ students.
Attacks on students?
man from Central Florida is accused of threatening to kill 100 LGBTQ
people in a mass shooting at Florida State University, federal
investigators said. Sean Michael Albert, a 19-year-old from Winter Park,
a suburb of Orlando, is accused of posting the threat to a Discord
channel Dec. 13, according to the federal criminal complaint. Discord is
a social media instant messaging platform popular with gamers. The post
included a photo of an AR-15 style rifle, along with a caption that
included Florida State University’s main address and referred to his
intended targets with an anti-LGBTQ slur, the complaint said.
[. . .]
a hearing Wednesday, Jan. 4, U.S. Magistrate Judge Embry Kidd ordered
he be detained until trial, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.
John Russell (LGBTQ NATION) adds
, "Albert, who is being held in federal detention in Orlando, allegedly
posted that “a genocide … NEEDS to happen not even a question,” along
with an anti-LGBTQ+ slur, as well as another threat to “tear gas a
synagogue” and what is believed to be a coded threat to kill all Black
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