Not new, but new to me. “At The Gay Bar” by Electric Six.
This ad proves what I’ve suspected all along: I am as good a director as Oliver Stone. That’s the best Oliver Stone comes up with? It’s not even 30 seconds and I’m bored half way through. I’m sure Army Sgt. Bruhns’ message is important, but Stone totally loses my attention after about 10 seconds.
I can see his attempt to convey a simple yet powerful message through an equally simple and powerful visual, but I have to give him an E for effort. I wouldn’t expect him to get all flashy and “NBK” on us, use multiple stocks and lots of impressionist imagery, but c’mon…do something more than any other numbskull on youtube could have done.
Now, I may be wrong, this may not be the official Oliver Stone ad, it may just be a “hey, this is the guy who’s gonna be in the Oliver Stone ad – can you bear to wait for it?” promo. A trailer for the upcoming epic ad, which will expand upon the 29 second promo with 8,790 additional seconds of paranoid delusion. But if this is really the ad…? Yikes, Ollie’s losing his touch.
Update: And here is the extended directors cut with an alternate ending, further embracing the now cliche “youtube style”.
Update II: Stone, take notes. This is how you make a simple yet powerful 29.5 second spot. Like yours, it’s nothing flashy to get in the way of the message, but it’s shot and edited to compliment the story, grab the viewer’s attention and move forward with energy. And unlike your extended director’s cut (see above update), it doesn’t bore the viewer with cliche, amateur video/faux-youtube stylings that are just stale and done (seriously, someone get the word to Madison Avenue)
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The very same conglomeration of news networks that last week fired Don Imus for uttering racially insensitive remarks this week turned over their airwaves to the deranged killer of 32 people. Victims’ families have rightfully canceled scheduled interviews with the network as a result of NBC’s decision to air what Brian Williams christened a “multimedia manifesto” (idiot), and good for them. And one lone voice in the mainstream media, mental health expert Michael Welner, a forensic psychiatrist and ABC News consultant appearing on “Good Morning America”, calls the airing of the killer’s videos a “social catastrophe”.
“I promise you the disaffected will watch him the way they watched ‘Natural Born Killers.’ I know. I examine these people,” he said. “I’ve examined mass shooters who have told me they’ve watched it 20 times. You cannot saturate the American public with this kind of message.”
Welner maintained, however, that he was not blaming the media for airing the footage.
“It’s not an issue of blame. It’s an appeal. Please stop now. That’s all,” he said. “If you can take [talk show host Don] Imus off the air, you can certainly keep [Cho] from having his own morning show.”
“They turn themselves into icons. They get articles written about themselves in The New York Times. This is perversion. We have to send a message to alienated people, you know what? You hate everybody around you? You’re paranoid. You’re sad. You’re depressed. But these people are perverts,” Welner said.
“They’re … not powerful. He’s a weak link. He needs to create and produce his own picture in order to give himself a sense of power. Nobody saw him that way. He didn’t see himself that way and that’s why he set this up and he did this to achieve immortality. We have to stop giving him that and we can do it now.”
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If you’ve been reading the papers and you have spotty knowledge of history, you might be forgiven for thinking that the shootings this week were the “worst mass murder in U.S. history.” If you’re a journalist with a lot on your plate, you may have forgotten the mass murder of September 11, 2001, which left over 3,000 dead. Then again, that was nearly six years ago & all.
Truth is, the Virginia Tech shooting rampage, while tragic, was not “the worst mass murder in U.S. history.” It wasn’t the “second worst mass murder in U.S. history,” or even the third, or the fourth.
The 9/11 attacks (2,998 deaths), the Oklahoma City bombing (168 deaths), the HappyLand arson (87 deaths) and the Bath, Michigan bombing (45 deaths) all claimed more victims than the Virginia Tech shootings (32 deaths).
The media is noting that the Virginia Tech massacre on Monday is the very worst school killing ever in America since Charles Whitman went nuts on the Texas Tower. The media bias against the Second Amendment shows clearly in this assertion. The fact is, the 1927 Bath, Michigan school killings had a death toll of 45 with 58 injured. So why doesn’t Andrew Kehoe, the Bath killer, get any mention? Kehoe didn’t use a firearm! He blew up the school with a bomb. No gun control mileage here. Into the wastebasket of history goes the Bath School tragedy. No useful purpose.
Hattip: Michelle Malkin
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Paul at Wizbang has figured out that if you believe in the Global Warming crisis, you really can have it both ways. Now we all “know” that Global Warming causes intense hurricanes (even though the 2006 season was virtually non-existent despite the dire warnings by Global Warming experts). Linking to this article at Reuters, “Global Warming May Spur Wind Sheer, Sap Hurricanes“, Paul draws the obvious conclusion:
MIAMI (Reuters) – Global warming could increase a climate phenomenon known as wind shear that inhibits Atlantic hurricanes, a potentially positive result of climate change, according to new research released on Tuesday.
The study, to be published on Wednesday in Geophysical Research Letters, found that climate model simulations show a “robust increase” in wind shear in the tropical Atlantic during the 21st century from global warming.
Wind shear, a difference in wind speed or direction at different altitudes, tends to tear apart tropical cyclones, preventing nascent ones from growing and already-formed hurricanes from becoming the monster storms that cause the most damage.
You see… it’s perfect. If we have an active 2007 season it’s because of global warming. If we have another dud… That’s right; more proof of global warming. You really can have it both ways.
Sounds to me like the Earth is in perfect balance.
In recent years some scientists have suggested that human-induced greenhouse warming may be increasing the intensity of Atlantic hurricanes by heating up the sea water from which they draw their energy.
In February a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said it was “more likely than not” that humans contribute to a trend of increasingly intense hurricanes.
But researchers in the new study said increased wind shear could counter the effect of warming waters in the Atlantic.
“The environmental changes found in the study do not suggest a big increase in tropical Atlantic hurricane activity during the 21st century,” said Brian Soden, a co-author of the report.
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Categories : Global Warming, Mass Delusion
I don’t know who’s more pathetic – someone who pretends to be a mass murderer on their livejournal page or the people who post comments on that same livejournal page just to have posted on a “potentially famous livejournal” page. Do they think feebly latching on to some idiot’s 15 minutes of shame is their brush with greatness?
Update: According to an interview with ABC, as detailed in Brian Ross’ “The Blotter”, the mass murderer role player isn’t role playing at all, it’s in fact an overblown case of mistaken identity.
Kudos to Brian Ross for helping this kid clear his name, and rasberries to the very same Brian Ross who earlier on Monday took the opportunity to exploit this tragedy to push his own personal agenda for more gun control by randomly bringing up the unrenewed federal ban on assault weapons:
High capacity ammo clips became widely available for sale when Congress failed to renew a law that banned assault weapons.
Virginia law enforcement officials have not identified the weapon used in the shootings today at Virginia Tech, but gun experts say the number of shots fired indicate, at the very least, that the gunman had large quantities of ammunition.
The comments to this particular post are worth a read as one reader after another deftly points out just how much of a tool Ross is.
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As promised, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats have very quickly done away with the “culture of corruption” in Congress. Because it’s not corruption when Democrats do it.
From The Examiner:
[T]he military flew at least 13 congressional delegations to various destinations during the Easter recess — at an estimated rate of $10,000 or more per flying hour.
The congressional delegation trips, known as CODELs, are paid for by taxpayers. They are supposed to be directly related to members’ official duties, and House guidelines also stipulate that delegations include members of both parties to qualify for military planes — a requirement that Speaker Nancy Pelosi waived for Engel’s group and two other delegations.
“There was a good faith effort made to include Republican members,” a Pelosi spokesman said. “For one reason or another, that did not work.”
I’m sure all the Republicans Pelosi asked were too busy plotting further corruption.
[Rep. Bennie ] Thompson’s office said he toured the Caribbean because he now chairs the Homeland Security Committee and wanted to see vacation hot spots to “examine border security and port security.” Three other members of the delegation also brought along their spouses.
“They are going from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. everyday,” a committee spokeswoman told The Examiner. “They do not have down time.”
I’ll bet! The best snorkling is in the morning. And all that rum tasting can keep you up til all hours. But rest assured, the massage cabanas were determined by the spouses to be low, very low value terrorist targets.
At the Caneel Bay resort, where room rates reach $1,100 per night, the spokeswoman said Thompson and his wife paid the “government rate.” But, according to the reservations department, Caneel Bay doesn’t “offer any government rates.”
“ohhhhh, the government rate, right. Sorry, didn’t hear you the first time. Yes, the government rate is $1,100 per night, slippers and fluffy white robe included.”
The Caribbean trip led by [Rep. Eliot] Engel, who is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, explored the “best practices for emergency disaster relief” and energy policy, according to his office.
Traveling with Engel and his wife were Reps. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Tex., and Barbara Lee, D-Calif. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., who went to Belgium in a delegation led by Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., earlier in the week, also joined Engel’s Caribbean trip. She brought her husband with her.
Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., also led a trip to Belgium over the two-week Easter recess. In February, Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, took a delegation there.
“We’re at war with Iraq and Afghanistan, but apparently our members see Belgium as our most urgent international destination,” scoffed one Republican member of Congress.
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