July 1st, 2010


UCLA FilmTV archive screenings

July 11 2010, 11:00AM* ( Free Admission )
Peter & the Wolf: Director Suzie Templeton's Academy Award-winning stop-motion adaptation.
With What's Opera Doc, The Rabbit of Seville, and Rhapsody Rabbit.

Sunday August 15 2010, 11:00AM* ( Free Admission )
Perhaps the best film adaptaion of Ian Fleming's work, with Gert Fröbe as the menacing villain. I refer, of course, to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Many oldies from Warner Brothers, including Wonder Bar and Ronald Reagan as a migrant farm labourer.

A centennial celebration of Kurosawa

And a bunch of Vitaphone shorts.

Wah! Christian persecution grudgewank

From ye old Christian internet forum:

Dear essentialsaltes,

I have removed one of your posts from the thread Christians Vandalize Athiest Billboard for a Terms of Service 6 violation, harassing users.


Yes, I exposed your falsehoods in order to help foster truth. If you find it humorous to have your ignorance combatted with knowledge, then may you have a very jolly life.

But my harassment was witty!

Anti-government police-killers

I missed this when it happened back in May, but this is a pretty awful story.

As a result of a traffic stop, anti-government wackaloons pull out an AK-47 and kill two officers, and are later killed in a shootout at a Walmart parking lot (in which other officers are injured). As more comes to light, their motivation, philosophy, and nature become more clear:

In that YouTube clip about the "rogue" IRS agent, in which Jerry described his view of the proper use of violence, his son is shown laughing and offering to deal with the agent himself: "If you pay for the bat, I'll take care of the problem." Later, the son describes his view on violence: "They drew first blood. You are self-defending."

Jerry Kane asks of the audience: "Can anybody tell that my son has never been to school? ... He slipped though the cracks."

Yes, I can. Yes, he did.

Oh, for fair and balanced reporting, here is the memorial page for the perps. Be sure to check the guestbook:

"Two bright shining Knights in white armor, snuffed out by corporate america and evil revenue collectors. You will be missed beyond what mere words can ever convey."