February 11, 2017

At the Dog-on-a-Pier Café...

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... you can take a long walk.

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51 comments:

Sydney said...

I am growing weary of these people who shun people because of their political affiliations. The first time I became aware of this sort of behavior was back in the Bush II years, when poets refused to meet with Laura Bush for a literacy promoting event. Now there's the stores that won't carry Ivanka Trump clothes, and art therapists who shun Mrs. Pence. What ever happened to graciousness and civility? How empty must their lives be that they are so consumed by ideology?

Michael K said...

General Hal Moore died yesterday. Sad to lose him. Great soldier and American.

He was 94 and died on his wife's birthday. She died in 2004. The family put out a statement,.

We regret to report Lt General Harold G Moore Jr passed away in his sleep on February 10, 2017, also the birthday of his wife, Julia, who passed away in 2004. Mom called Dad home on her day. After having a stoke last week, Dad was more lethargic and had difficulty speaking, but he had always fought his way back…

By the time we held an early birthday party on February 9th, Dad could no longer speak and was visibly tired. Upon seeing his cavalry Stetson, his iron will forced a final communication to his beloved West Point, his precious soldiers and the US Army. This video shows his final hand salute. God bless our Dad. Keep and protect him.

Chills just went up my spine. As I type this, an ice cream truck drove by improbably chiming the 7th Cavalry ballad, Garry Owen. Dad just told all of us he is fine.

We are working the details of the funeral. As a devout Roman Catholic, Dad’s Mass will be held in St. Michael the Archangel Church in Auburn AL. After moving to Fort Benning for a memorial service at the National Infantry Museum, internment in the Fort Benning cemetery, the family will host a reception back at the museum.

All are welcome to attend and we will publish a schedule as soon as it is finalized. We will attempt to live stream the memorial and graveside service. The services will probably be on either Thursday or Friday,

tim in vermont said...

The left are like the Amish with their shunning.

I think what they are trying to do to Ivanka is more like an honor killing.

Laslo Spatula said...

Had the premiere of “Uncle Bennie Goes To Prison” Thursday night at the Varsity Theatre in Seattle.

It went VERY well. Over a hundred people, and most of them laughed hard throughout it, with some big belly laughs. It’s one thing to get the people to come out, but getting them to laugh with the movie: perfect…

Even better, there were appreciative chuckles during the ‘warm’ parts — they actually liked the characters, and were happy for the upswings in their lives….

I am proud to have made a movie with no meanness to it — no character you’re supposed to hate, or who acts hateful, because he’s the asshole the protagonist must deal with: it’s about three men with absent fathers who find a way to fill the hole in their lives. Well, that and a LOT of cock jokes…

I’m still bummed that MadasHell didn’t get his ticket, though…

Next step: I’m going to do another edit, shorten it a bit now that I’ve seen how it flows to an audience…

Looks like we will be doing a screening early March at a bar in Madison Park that one of the cast works at (MadasHell, if you can make it I WILL get you in personally); meanwhile, I will be entering it into film festivals, including Seattle’s STIF…

Thursday was a great, affirming night that kind of rolled into Friday; still feeling the glow… …which got a second wind by Althouse’s earlier post highlighting “The Girl at Starbucks That Hates You” (thank you, Althouse!)

Thank you to all the people who have encouraged me here with their kind words over the years — it gave me the confidence to go out on a limb by making the movie (and we’re filming the NEXT one in late Spring — Laslo Films will be the Roger Corman of no-budget Seattle comedies)…

I am Laslo.

Big Mike said...

The left is nothing like the Amish. The. Amish are honest and hardworking.

sane_voter said...


The Wall Street Journal is closing the Google search loophole that allows you to read articles behind the paywall.

sane_voter said...

Laslo,

It is fantastic you are pursuing your dream as a film auteur. What is your plan for distribution after the festivals? Can you rent it out on Amazon?

Big Mike said...

@Michael K, Moore was what a general should be.

exiledonmainstreet said...

"I am proud to have made a movie with no meanness to it "

That's a welcome relief these days.

Hagar said...

James Taranto is gone anyway.

rhhardin said...

It's been a while since I used the WSJ google loophole.

Their reporting mostly stinks. Just because the NYT is worse, except in a comic way it's better, is no reason to read the WSJ.

It used to be that the WSJ news was left wing and the editorials were right wing; now the news is lifestyle and the editorials are idiotic.

Owen said...

Laslo: you are such a humorist I am not sure if your announcement about a movie is a joke; but I'll assume it is not, and wish you all the best. Thanks for your crazy contributions here.

AReasonableMan said...

sane_voter said...
The Wall Street Journal is closing the Google search loophole that allows you to read articles behind the paywall.


Little Rupert never once gave it away
Everybody had to pay and pay
A hustle here and a hustle there
New York City's the place
Where they said, "Hey, babe,
Take a walk on the wild side."

exiledonmainstreet said...

Hagar said...
James Taranto is gone anyway"

Yes, I get the dead tree edition at work but I really missed BOTW. Now there's no reason to resubscribe to the online version.

harryo said...

“There was nothing you could do. She wasn’t going to make it,” said a construction worker, who had been heading for work at 4 World Trade Center. “There was a lot of blood, and the way she was laying … That was it.”

Jessica and Jenny, two fun-loving party twins decided to head to New York for a night on the town. On the way home at 5:30 AM they rode the escalator and Jenny was playing with Jessica's hat, and she lost her balance trying to keep it from falling to the lobby below.

It was only a 30 foot drop, but the beautiful marble floors did not have any give, and her crushed head had released its contents.

Thousands of illegal immigrants and murderers roaming the city, and a tourist kills herself. It's like, you can't *even* win!

I hope it was a "Make America Great Again" hat.

Paco Wové said...

"I am proud to have made a movie with no meanness to it "

A Sunsong-approved movie, then?

rhhardin said...

I flipped on the radio for a second - there's a contest, look up contest rules, it's a Netherlands contest. Do a quick call and work PI4CC who's the only guy audible, for my 999th contact since I got the radio last March, if my log is right.

Angel-Dyne said...

Michael K @4:48 PM:

Thanks MK. I knew nothing of this man.

Coincidentally, I've been reading up on the 7th Cavalry history preparatory to a re-visit to Little Bighorn National Battlefield, on our big eclipse road trip this summer. (Highly recommended to anybody visiting those parts.) I was intrigued to read on General Moore's Wikipedia page that he was called also called "Yellow Hair", after his his famous 7th Cavalry predecessor.

"Garry Owen" always moves me.

Angel-Dyne said...

Btw, AA, really nice pic. Beautiful composition, as always. Essence of icy.

mockturtle said...

Laslo: Congrats on your successful premiere! :-)

Angel-Dyne said...

ARM:

Little Rupert never once gave it away
Everybody had to pay and pay
A hustle here and a hustle there...


Missed this. Lol. Good one, ARM.

MaxedOutMama said...

"Taking the long walk" is an expression with unfortunate connotations to some, Ann. Did you intend this?
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=long%20walk
1. when a death row inmate walks to the execution chamber.
2. For a astronaut going into space the walk to the launch pad.


If you did, perhaps it's time for you and Meade to take a long drive somewhere a bit sunnier? I don't think it's THAT bad yet.

MaxedOutMama said...

Laslo - happy for you, the more so that you say there is no meanness in the movie. I hope no graphic violence?

The meanness is what grieves me about our culture.

CWJ said...

I've been meaning to post this for months. As a Missouri resident who had a front row seat watching Claire McCaskill brilliantly hand pick Todd Akin as her opponent, I've harbored the suspicion that Hillary and the MSM attempted to reproduce that campaign with DJT.

That she got the opponent she wanted, and still lost, leaves me wondering. Was she that bad? Or was he that good at tapping into enough of the National mood to win? I vote for both. But I also have the suspicion, she would have beat any other Republican looking for the nomination.

How much of the angst and vitriol of the establishment and MSM is due to they're realization that they blew it, or how much is due to they're being clueless as to why it happened?

Michael K said...

" a re-visit to Little Bighorn National Battlefield,"

I was there in 1965 when it was very different.

The big Indian thing was not there. That's more recent PC. Then it was eerie as there was only the small building, the graveyard and the small headstones that marked where officers bodies were found.

You could stand there and almost see the Indians coming up that draw.

Very impressive. I've been there since and the PC stuff diminishes the effect, I suppose the Indians like it but I do wonder.

When I was a teenager I read a very good book that analyzed the whole problem. I can't remember the title anymore.

It followed the course of Terry's troops as they followed Custer,

Michael K said...

" they're being clueless as to why it happened?"

I agree she wanted Trump but I don;t think they have any idea what happened.

Jay Cost's book form several years ago is excellent and is titled, "Spoiled Rotten."

They have constricted a coalition of "takers" that have conflicting agendas. Teachers' unions vs blacks, for example.

Michael K said...

You have a mess over on the Mexican thread. A cleanup is needed. Bring a mop.

Humperdink said...

"You have a mess over on the Mexican thread. A cleanup is needed. Bring a mop."

And some disinfectant. I don't know why people behave in that manner. Really, what's the point?

Angel-Dyne said...

Michael K:

The big Indian thing was not there. That's more recent PC. Then it was eerie as there was only the small building, the graveyard and the small headstones that marked where officers bodies were found.

You could stand there and almost see the Indians coming up that draw.

Very impressive. I've been there since and the PC stuff diminishes the effect, I suppose the Indians like it but I do wonder.


I didn't see it before the Indian monument was built, so I can't comment on the change. I can see how a more austere landscape, with only headstones would be preferable to someone who knew the course of the battle and wanted to re-imagine it while looking over the landscape.

That said, I found it all tremendously moving, and the Indian monument, while I'm sure it was an attempt at PC, somehow managed to defeat its own "PC-ness". The "non-Indian" monument is quite explicit in enumerating the tribes who fought with the palefaces against the the coalition of other Indian tribes.

There is a book by Stephen Ambrose, the title of which, Crazy Horse and Custer: the Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors, captures, I think, something essential, despite the obvious gesture toward PC. This was a nation forming, and the defeated were part of it.

For my upcoming visit, I have steeled myself against whatever PC monstrosities the National Park Service may have imposed upon the site since my last visit. In the past, the beauty of some of the less-visited sites was that they hadn't been "updated". (E.g., Badlands)

Michael K said...

I wish I could remember the title of the book I read. It went day by day through the whole campaign. Terry was not far away but did not know about the battle.

The Cracker Emcee said...

Laslo,

Hopefully you're not using your nom de 'Net in your film work. Those fascist Seattle fucktards will break out the iron maiden if they think you ever said a positive word about Trump.

Hagar said...

I notice that Yale University is about to rename its Calhoun College because of John C. Calhoun's connection to slavery. If that is the problem, I would think that Elihu Yale's name should be the first they disassociate themselves from.

Likewise, I see a Virginia town is going to spend $300,000 to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from their city park and rename the park.

Puts one in mind of the old Soviet joke: Under communism we know what the future will bring; it is the past that is always changing.

Michael K said...

The Confederate cleansing is obscene but not unexpected.

Kids know no history. Black students in college want segregation. I don't think that goes deeper than the BLM movement and left wing students, What they are doing, and this has gone on for a while, is eroding white good will.

Angry lefties do the same thing but they are less vulnerable to changes in sentiment.

Black school kids need white goodwill. I would hate to see the white population, which is 80% of the voters and 80% of the money, say "Go to hell !"

Black conservatives see this but they are attacked by the left as intensely as whites and worse, if anything.

Those kids who want to study and do well in life need help and Betsy DeVos is trying to help them.

Personally, I would establish charter schools or private schools which enforce discipline and study habits and let the stupid and the hostile go to a reform school that resembled a prison.

There they could kill each other with no interference from me.

Ritmo tries to ridicule my experience with blacks from my childhood but it taught me a lot about people.

The left knows nothing.

Laslo Spatula said...

MaxedOutMama said...
"Laslo - happy for you, the more so that you say there is no meanness in the movie. I hope no graphic violence?"

Nope, no violence. Closest is a happy-go-lucky character that 'practices' knife-fighting in a mirror with a plastic butter knife. Humorous, not ominous. Sounds silly, but I love the characters, and the actors that brought them to life: meanness for a cheap joke or a plot point just was not where I wanted to go. Language is graphic, though, and not for kids (as you can probably surmise from my writings).

"The Cracker Emcee said...
"Hopefully you're not using your nom de 'Net in your film work. Those fascist Seattle fucktards will break out the iron maiden if they think you ever said a positive word about Trump."

It is as Laslo Films. I don't care if people connect the dots. Funny, though: the one guy who hated the film, a liberal bar patron I have been friendly with (he left after forty-five minutes), was in part pissed at my assumed out-of-movie non-liberal politics.

When your politics prevent you from laughing you've made a conscious decision to reduce the chance of lightness in your world. My opinion, at least.

I am Laslo.

MaxedOutMama said...

Tomorrow is the (probable) one-year anniversary of Justice Scalia's death. I miss him more as time goes on.

I went back and reread Smith, and what struck me once more is that Scalia's clarity of vision about the different roles and possibilities of action among different branches of government was quite rare. It is that sense of respect for the various arms of government (and for the voters who select their representatives in government) that was missing in the Ninth District's approach.

And what happened as a result of Smith? The US Congress passed a bill that made the distinction which some state governments had already made, and by refusing to have the court make it, when Congress overruled the SC with the RFRA that policy decision was both made more explicit and placed under the control of the representative branches of government.

I think Scalia's great legacy was that he fused principle with pragmatism, and in doing so, created structural protections for the future of our constitutional democracy.

rhhardin said...

1000th contact is Bermuda VE3OP/VP9.

Okay, that's enough excitement for tonight.

mockturtle said...

Hagar says: Likewise, I see a Virginia town is going to spend $300,000 to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from their city park and rename the park.

I found this shocking and unacceptable. People should protest this---hold hands and circle the statue and refuse to let them take it down. This is all becoming more Orwellian every day.

Laslo Spatula said...

rhhardin said...
"1000th contact is Bermuda VE3OP/VP9."

rhhardin is using Althouse's comment sections to pass secrets to the Ruskies.

“VE3OP/VP9."

V: 22nd letter of alphabet.
E: 5th letter of alphabet.
30P: 30th President: Calvin Coolidge.
VP9:9th Vice-President: Richard Mentor Johnson.

So: 22/5 CCRMJ.

It is all making sense, now.

Devious.

I am Laslo.

ce8d632a-647c-11e3-94d3-000bcdcb2996 said...

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www.BoycottBitches.com

I am an American man, and I have decided to boycott American women. In a nutshell, American women are the most likely to cheat on you, to divorce you, to get fat, to steal half of your money in the divorce courts, don't know how to cook or clean, don't want to have children, etc. Therefore, what intelligent man would want to get involved with American women?

American women are generally immature, selfish, extremely arrogant and self-centered, mentally unstable, irresponsible, and highly unchaste. The behavior of most American women is utterly disgusting, to say the least.

This blog is my attempt to explain why I feel American women are inferior to foreign women (non-American women), and why American men should boycott American women, and date/marry only foreign (non-American) women.

damikesc said...

Want comedy? Read Schumer's NYT piece whining that Gorsuch wouldn't answer such questions as "Is a Muslim ban illegal", etc --- whining that he wouldn't answer those questions.

No shit.

We could always go back and pull up the transcript of the hearings for RBG and the like.

Freeman Hunt said...

Congratulations, Laslo! That's great. Making a movie is incredibly hard. Most people who want to do it never do. You even made people laugh. Way to go!

David Baker said...

Dear ce8d632a-647c-11e3-94d3-000bcdcb2996;

Boycotting ALL American women is to (sic) broad.


Lewis Wetzel said...

From Slashdot:
The blog post announces Twitter's ultimate goal is "a significant impact that people can feel," arguing that freedom of speech for all viewpoints is "put in jeopardy when abuse and harassment stifle and silence those voices."
https://slashdot.org/
So freedom of speech is put in jeopardy by freedom of speech?

harryo said...

Hmm, the picture appears to be a pleasure pier.

Would a Muslim build a pleasure pier? A pleasure pier on an iced-over lake? A pleasure pier where there is no safe spaces?

MaxedOutMama said...

Alcibiades. Trump is akin to Alcibiades.
http://www.ancient.eu/Alcibiades/

Michael K said...

Alcibiades. Trump is akin to Alcibiades.

I hope not. The Athenians turned on Alcibiades after the destruction of the Hermes and called him back from the Syracuse expedition.

After that, everything bad happened to Athens.

narciso said...

No alcibiades is more like Obama or Clinton:
www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/02/troops_await_deployment_orders_from_ninth_circuit.html

Paco Wové said...

"BOYCOTT AMERICAN WOMEN!"

Well, good luck with that, GUIDboy.

Rusty said...

Laslo Spatula @5:11

OK what the fuck did you do to the real Laslo?

Bad Lieutenant said...

Your Laslo, as you know, I am a fan of the independent film scene. How could I not be? Anyway, if you would like to show this movie at a science fiction convention and Westchester New York hats the Westchester Marriott on April 7th through the 9th is the event and we'd be happy to program your film sometime. Please let me know where to reach you offline to discuss.

Bad Lieutenant said...

OK, adult programming, but will propose trailer to our board if you wish.