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Jason and the Argonauts

I was six when this movie came out. Then I thought it was stunning. The realism, the creatures, the nasty, mean vindictive gods (almost Olde Testament stuff), and the action. Everything a kid could enjoy. So, yesterday, 52 years later, seeing it was to be shown on TV, my partner and I decided, what the heck, let's watch.

Considering they only had 1963 technology, the special effects are still great, surprisingly so. Actually, the movie stands the test of time quite well, even for a sci-fi/Greek god/kids' adventure tale. It still entertains and almost makes you wish for the next episode.

Death, destruction, vindictiveness, hatred, love, sword fights, huge gods popping up out of the ocean, a giant bronze warrior - what is not to like? Not on my top ten list, but very watchable.

What is your favorite childhood movie?
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Wed Dec 30, 2015, 06:08 PM (90 replies)

Merry holidays to all

I've concentrated on saying Happy Holidays, at least when I don't say "Bah, Humbug."

So far, the responses have all been warm, and usually saying the same thing back to me. (especially the bah, humbug bit)

I haven't had any bible beating bitcher complain about it, and certainly no concealed carry moran has threatened me for attacking x-mas.

So, be safe, enjoy your feed and drink, and be nice to the elderly and the kiddies.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Wed Dec 23, 2015, 04:13 PM (18 replies)

Bush cuts costs, advisors, salaries

According to this morning's New York Times, the Jeb! has taken a large axe and given his campaign 40 whacks. Long before the first Caucus is due, He'll give it another forty two.

In my 58 years, I have never seen any campaign, GOP or Democratic, that went into bunker mode, had major cuts, and survived to gain a tie, then a lead in the nomination process. Of course, there is a first time for everything, and I still remember her name, but I just do not see Jeb! being the exception to the general rule.

My guess is that tonight's meeting with Daddums, Teh W, and even Babs, means that the lights are going out on Bush 3.0 very soon.

Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Sat Oct 24, 2015, 10:01 AM (6 replies)

The Bern in Chicago

Yesterday, Bernie came to a theater near you . . . if you live near Park West in Chicago, that is.


Despite folks claiming that Illinois is squarely with Team H, thousands showed up. The line was long, the crowd polite. After a turnout like this, I don't think that claim is true.

Chuy Garcia, who entered the mayoral race quite late, and still managed to ding Rahm on a variety of points, was there and made his feelings quite clear. By all accounts, Bernie wowed the crowd.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Tue Aug 18, 2015, 01:06 PM (2 replies)

Clarence Thomas

I rarely write off any individual, although a few are deserving of it. Clarence Thomas is rather interesting.
His self-imposed silence on the bench is unique, at least in my view of the court's history. No comments, no questions, rarely showing emotion. Mostly, I thought it was anger at the process and the confirmation hearing he went through. The merest mention of Anita Hill, cans of coke, or pubic hairs, must still boil his blood. (Let's ignore the justifiable outrage that she must have suffered, too)

But two things happened this week, and I suspect that both will have a/some/minimal/discrete impact on his psyche.

First, the Texas license plate ruling was a shocker. He actually joined the majority banning the use of the Confederate flag on Texas license plates. Perhaps he finally realizes just how fragile our race relations are, and how this simple reminder of war, racism, slavery and torture simply is unacceptable in this day and age.

Second, the horror in South Carolina, in the oldest, most respected church in that city, where 9 blacks, including six women, were gunned down in cold blood.

That has to send a message, even to someone who is so conservative, protected from the masses, and convinced of his absolute correctness on the matters of policy, procedure, law, and constitutional history.

I am a fat, middle aged, white liberal who believes in no god at all. And yet, my heart is breaking at what happened there. I simply find it impossible that Thomas would or could remain unaffected to his very core at this bloodbath.

Perhaps this will open his eyes just enough to realize that our society needs a lot of help, a lot of healing and a lot of investment. In schools, roads, jobs, middle class, and race relations. Perhaps it will lead to an epiphany which would change how the USSC deals with reality and our nation's future.

Perhaps. Or perhaps, his law clerk made a mistake and registered the wrong vote on the Confederate Flag issue.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Thu Jun 18, 2015, 01:34 PM (8 replies)

Ill in noise weather alert!

Major, but tiny, yet concentrated storm fronts are passing through DuPage and Cook Counties (chi-town), causing major flooding, and now, effing tornadoes.

The whether or knot channel has really pretty, colorful images, but for those who live here, watch out.

Just walked my puppy before the worst comes, gathered an amazing amount of mushrooms, black mulberries, and of course, picked up after puppy just as the temps dropped and the winds picked up.

This Whether or knot was, is, and seems to be weird as hell. And this is Cook County. We are supposed to be, like, average. Well, on second thought, we do have four unique seasons: Bitter Winters, Horrific summers, Road construction, and elections.

I just saw that we will have two fucking weeks of rain coming our way. With hail, flooding, heat, humidity, and lightening. Hey, weather gods, this AIN'T Houston!
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Mon Jun 15, 2015, 06:51 PM (24 replies)

sTalking TV Host Mike Hucksterbee speaks Jesus.

He may not speak mexican, or even cuban, but he does speak Jesus.

JC, if ever he did exist, AND if he had some (il)legitimate genetic connection with that all-seeing fairy god in the sky, AND he came back from the dead, undead, or whatever they call their make-believe place up there, and visited our 7,000 year old, flat earth, he would take one look at Hucksterbee and either cough up a heavenly lung laughing at his idiocy, or look with dismay, regret, and incredible sadness at what a failure and travesty was committed in his name, and decide to travel to other galaxies, never to visit this flat earth ever again.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Sat May 2, 2015, 11:16 AM (11 replies)

Rep. Dave Brat - Virginia's finest smoked ham

Apparently, from across our border with Syria, 2,000 ISIS have set up a camp in Texas.

I wanted to comment further - but this renders me speechless.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Fri May 1, 2015, 03:40 PM (12 replies)

Can someone please try to explain Texas to me?

We have a bystander with a cell phone proving that the South Carolina PD versions of a murder were all wrong. (Kudos to SC - their reactions, actions, and public statements kept that state peaceful and relatively safe. See generally, Ferguson and the Grand Police Presence)

So Texas responds how? By wanting to ban and to make illegal photos and video of cops in action?

What am I missing about that state? And the kind of people who would think along those lines?
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Fri Apr 10, 2015, 02:38 PM (23 replies)

Chuy, Chuy, Chuy.

What have thou donest to thine fine opportunity?

You had it in your grasp, the mayorship, I mean. People actively disliked and mistrusted Rahm, but your "not ready for prime time" campaign and lack of any details reminded me of how Hilary is ducking the hard issues yet again. You were our best hope to fix what Rahm is breaking, with his corporate weasels and his close Wall street fiends. But when you came up to bat, rather than take a big swing, you thought about a bunt, while the pitches were zipping by.

Between Rahm and Rauner, I don't think we will recognize this state in the very near future.

I know you were short on time, short of money, and slightly ham-strung in getting campaign aides and advisors together. But, the very attractiveness (initially) of your campaign has turned into rust, even though I still believe you would be a decent mayor.
Posted by ChairmanAgnostic | Thu Apr 2, 2015, 10:27 AM (13 replies)
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