February 22, 2020

I liked the 2 times at yesterday's Las Vegas rally when Trump talked about computers — first, to say what's wrong with movies and second, enacting a scene between him and Barron.

1. Explaining his "Bring back 'Gone with the Wind'":



"What I say is: Make great movies. Not this computerized crap. Computerized garbage."

2. Talking about the bad $5 billion Obamacare website:



"I have a son at home — he's a genius with computers" — mimes typing on a keyboard, does his Barron voice — "'Hi, Dad. What's up, Dad? Get outta here'/'Hey, listen, I'm the President of the United States, Barron, don't talk to your —'/'Dad, can't you see I'm playing with my computer?' The guy talks to me, he's working with his computer. These guys are genius. You know, they grow up with that. It's like walking. But he's looking at me. I could have given him their health care site. He would have done it for nothing, and it would have been better than what they have there..." — mimes typing and does the Barron voice again — "'Come on, Dad. I'm busy, Dad. Whatdya want? Whatdya want, Dad?'" — the crowd cheers, chants "Barron, Barron!" — "Whoa! Wow!... He's gonna like — he's a good boy. He's a tall boy. He's up there. Just turned 13. I say" — looks up — "'Hi, Barron. How ya doin'?"

I love the father-son interaction where the father tries to use his I'm the President of the United States,  in the classic don't talk to your father like that format.

And I totally agree with him that computerized movies are crap.

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Ken B said...

Scorsese will endorse him now, right?

Curious George said...

"And I totally agree with him that computerized movies are crap."

That's because they are a subset of "movies."

BTW, Trump wasn't lying when he motioned looking up when speaking to Barron. He is taller and only 13. https://tinyurl.com/vomn5ar

tim in vermont said...

When I read Trump’s tweets, I think of a twist on that old song

“What if POTUS was one of us.”

Bill, Republic of Texas said...

Needs "Trump as boyfriend" tag.

tim in vermont said...

And yes, the computerized movies are crap. The “acting” is terrible, and the jokes are like they came out of a committee that regularly meets at the lunch table of a junior high school.

Michael K said...

I keep watching 1930s movies. 1940s movies were the best for good parts for women.

I now see about one movie a year. Lots of them are made for export and the tone we see is why so many people in other countries hate us.

Tom T. said...

People so often want to describe him as weird in some way, but Trump seems like one of the few politicians out there that is actually a recognizable human being.

Francisco D said...

I love the father-son interaction where the father tries to use his I'm the President of the United States, in the classic don't talk to your father like that format.

Trump does the "common man" schtick extremely well. People can relate to him.

His opponents think that eating well done steaks and fast food make him a schlub. Well, we are a nation of schlubs, not elites.

Ken B said...

Michael K is right about parts for women in movies of the 30s and 40s. When someone complains about women in “old movies” I usually tell them the movies they were watching aren’t old enough.

Ron Winkleheimer said...

So not down with the Marvel Cinematic Universe then?

Seeing Red said...

Trump is really starting to go after at least how much money was wasted setting up the failed exchanges.

I think he’s either laying down a marker or declaring war.

He can bring up you (the taxpayer) paid x to this firm and you got bupkus.

pacwest said...

Trump is 6'3". Barron is what? 6'5"? At age 13.

Ron Winkleheimer said...

His opponents think that eating well done steaks and fast food make him a schlub. Well, we are a nation of schlubs, not elites.

Exactly. Bloomberg should fire the people that had the idea for those bill boards. Lots of people like well done steak with ketchup. The "Trump eats burnt steak" bill board reminds them of all the snotty, supercilious, assholes that have sneered at them for it.

Kevin said...

Trump is really starting to go after at least how much money was wasted setting up the failed exchanges.

Get used to it.

It's a visual reminder of how badly the left bungled healthcare the last time they were in charge.

If we had a real media in this country, Trump wouldn't be the only one reminding you.

Tom T. said...

pacwest, remember how tall his mother is too.

Eleanor said...

Now I know Buck is cgi, I have no interest in seeing "The Call of the Wild". I already know how it ends, and the appreciation I would have had for the film would have been mostly admiration for the dog and his trainer. I already know what the quality of Harrison Ford's acting is. Maybe it's an OK movie for kids who want to get out of actually reading the book in middle school.

Ron Winkleheimer said...

Bloomberg's biggest problem is going to be that he is hiring the "best" people. The best people came up with the Gillette "men are scum, act better!" ad.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koPmuEyP3a0

J. Farmer said...

Trump is simultaneously the oddest and most normal person we've ever had as president.

Mark said...

He had the rally chanting his son's name?

Doesn't that deserve the children in politics tag?

Seems a bit odd using your kid in a story like that for a campaign rally

Limited blogger said...


Barron will be ok.

Oso Negro said...

The Washington Times has a headline "Donald Trump is the Moderate in the 2020 Election". I think this is correct. I would prefer smaller, more affordable government, along with a dozen other of my fellow Americans. It's not gonna happen short of cataclysm. And illegal immigrants won't be sent packing in long weepy columns for the southern border. And there will not be accountability for the Deep State. But what is evident to me is that the Progressive Wehrmacht is stalled in Stalingrad and the pincer movement that kills them is on the march.

tcrosse said...

The "Trump eats burnt steak" bill board reminds them of all the snotty, supercilious, assholes that have sneered at them for it.

Vegas is the last place in the world to try that sort of thing. What were they thinking?

Michael K said...

Trump is 6'3". Barron is what? 6'5"? At age 13.

My grandson is taller than his 6-3 father at age 14. He also has a wicked curve ball.

He is pitching for his high school team as a freshman. His father was sitting behind home plate this week and saw a pitch he thought was going to hit the batter. Instead it was a strike.

Nick said...

Computers are great when touching up movies. It's done lots and you can't tell it's computer.

Now, when it's obvious the producers just said "F it, we'll fix it in post." and it's OBVIOUS they did computer stuff to be LAZY, yes "computer movies" are crap.

Blame the user, not the over-used tool.

deepelemblues said...

This kind of stuff gets Trump more votes than any tweet or broadside against the swamp. It makes a real connection with people. Obama was good at this too, presenting his relationship with his children in a folksy, endearing way. Of course Obama had the best PR people in the world begging to work with him to mold his public image. Trump has to do it a lot more, not entirely, but a lot more on his own.

James Graham said...

The new Call of the Wild movie has no starring dog in the cast.

The "dog" is actually CGI.

Curious George said...

"My grandson is taller than his 6-3 father at age 14. He also has a wicked curve ball."

He's also going to have wicked arm problems.

Left Bank of the Charles said...

No using children in politics tag. Trump is very good at it.

Chuck said...

It’s very interesting to hear Trump talk about Melania’s son — who they have, together — in personal terms.

As a side note, Trump has developed a very strong personal relationship with professional golfer Ernie Els. Some years ago, after several rounds of golf together, Els was mildly complimentary about Trump’s golf game.

MadisonMan said...

It’s very interesting to hear Trump talk about Melania’s son — who they have, together

What an -- interesting -- way to phrase it.

MadisonMan said...

He is taller and only 13.

And that picture is from last year!

Limited blogger said...

Did Ernie Els say Trump cheats?

Drago said...

LLR-lefty Chuck remains quite bitter over Trump being a much better golfer than he.

Not even close really.

But one time somewhere LLR-lefty Chuck claims (in an Adam Schiff-ty sort of way) that he was told by some Trump course staffer about some incident that happened some time back that puts Trump in some kind of bad light.

LLR-lefty Chuck can console himself with that deeply spiritual (for him) moment of "victory" over Trump.

It's "victories" like that which make Chuck's long and tortured and anguished decision to not join the US military that much more bearable over time.

I think I speak for us all when I say: God Speed LLR-lefty Chuck.

Browndog said...

It’s very interesting to hear Trump talk about Barron's schoolmate's class mate.

Drago said...

Limited blogger: "Did Ernie Els say Trump cheats?"

I am reminded of the years long campaign waged by LLR-lefty Chuck to convince everyone that Trump is the worst of the worst cheater on the golf course.

Of course, even a simple google search revealed that pro golfers relay Trump is a good golfer and the real cheaters are other.

Google John Daly on Letterman's show where Daly responded to Letterman asking about cheating by blowing off the Trump stories but then going into detail about what a horrendous cheater Bill Clinton is. World class cheater in fact.

LLR-lefty Chuck basically had a meltdown on these pages when that was pointed out. LLR-lefty Chuck was not emotionally prepared to be confronted with the implosion of his latest set of lies.

It was very amusing!

Limited blogger said...

I see on a golf website that Trump has a USGA handicap index of 2.8

That is quite good.

Mine got as low as 10.7 twenty years ago. I played a lot, and practiced a lot then.

I think the president has to give me a stroke a hole at this point.

Drago said...

Limited blogger: "I see on a golf website that Trump has a USGA handicap index of 2.8
That is quite good."

Uh oh!!

Now you've done it!

Just sit back and watch as LLR-lefty Chuck, assuming he is already done with his envelope stuffing duties for Adam Schiff's reelection committee, goes Full Captain Queeg, and I mean FULL CAPTAIN QUEEG, in explaining to you why that handicap is a physical impossibility for Trump and that Trump is such a coward that he won't accept a $1Billion dollar challenge match with LLR-lefty Chuck and Trump refuses to allow himself and his staff to be deposed under oath on his "real" handicap.

Pop some popcorn if you've got it.

Fandor said...

The Best version I ever saw of CALL OF THE WILD was released in 1935. It had a great cast and production team.
CLARK GABLE
LORETTA YOUNG
JACK OAKIE
REGINALD OWEN
BUCK as Himself
Director: William Wellman
Music: Alfred Newman
Screenplay: Gene Fowler

Filmed on location at the Mount Baker National Forest.

If we had that caliber talent today it would cost $50 million to produce today.
NO CGI, just the usual post production tricks and superb editing.
It's on DVD. Check it out, Eleanor!

pacwest said...

He's also going to have wicked arm problems.

I coached Little League for 8 years, and that was the common wisdom back then. I never let them throw curves. But studies have been done, and using proper technique throwing a curve is less stressful on the arm than a fastball. Pitch count is what matters.

Dave Begley said...

"And I totally agree with him that computerized movies are crap."

Agree 100% with Althouse and Trump. That's why "Frankenstein, Part II" was intentionally written with no CGI. I want the two BIG FIRES to be real.

stevew said...

Most amateur golfers cheat, inadvertently due to ignorance of the rules and sometimes to speed up play. Professionals don't cheat because they are under constant supervision.

traditionalguy said...

FTR: GWTW dates were 1936 Best Selling novel and 1939 Best Box Office movie.

Francisco D said...

Chuck said: It’s very interesting to hear Trump talk about Melania’s son — who they have, together — in personal terms.

You are a sick man lil' Chuckles, but you already know that.

Lloyd W. Robertson said...

Generic drugs are exactly the same, but cheaper. "People want to go out and buy the name-brand [drugs]; I do, because ... it's because we're stupid." There has never been one like him, and there never will be again.

Limited blogger said...

My favorite case of the pros observing the rules was Tiger Woods at an Arizona tournament a number of years ago. He was off the fairway in an untended area. His ball was behind a large boulder. He enlisted the help of his gallery to move the stone, as it was deemed a 'loose impediment'. It may have weighed 3 or 4 tons, but it was 'loose'.

I love the rules of golf!

Chuck said...

MadisonMan said...
"It’s very interesting to hear Trump talk about Melania’s son — who they have, together..."

What an -- interesting -- way to phrase it.


Yeah! I thought the exact same thing, Madison Man.

Limited blogger said...

Here's Tiger getting help from his fans....

loose impediment

JaimeRoberto said...

Wapo will count it as a lie that Barron could have done the Obamacare website for nothing.

Limited blogger said...

Some parents think because their children can play video games, and create 'memes' that they are computer savants.

I keep telling my grandchildren to learn how to develop and program the games, not just play them.

traditionalguy said...
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Paul Snively said...

Re:CGI, it’s certainly interesting to note the slate of directors who are famous for maximizing their use of practical effects as much as possible:

Christopher Nolan
Ridley Scott
Peter Jackson
James Cameron

If you dislike “computerized crap,” look for these directors’ films. More generally, look for effects done by “Amalgamated Dynamics,” and look for the names “Tom Woodruff, Jr.” and “Alec Gillis,” both formerly of Stan Winston’s studio.

traditionalguy said...

And GWTW movie setting was historically accurate. There had been three major battles around Atlanta's entrenchments that ended in a stalemate and horrible casualties. Then Sherman put on a siege for 50 days of cannon shelling the civilians followed by a two days of Battle of Jonesboro when he flanked the Confederates to cut the last RR 20 miles south of Atlanta (and near the Fitzgerald homeplace). And that triggered the evacuation of Atlanta by Hood when he blew up up his own ammunition train. All of that happened that way.

pacwest said...

"Most amateur golfers cheat...and sometimes to speed up play."

And thank goodness for that. I was in the group behind Chuck one day. For God's sake man, just pick it up already!

rhhardin said...

The bad CGI gets the physics wrong, and is really awful. When they do the physics right it's good, though. Car crashes and explosions are most advanced.

rhhardin said...

I watched a minute of Gone with the Wind. It falls athwart of my nothing where women wear bonnets rule.

tcrosse said...

An excellent documentary, The Making of Gone With the Wind (1988) shows a lot of the cinematic trickery and process shots which went into it. No CGI, but everything was not actually as it appeared on the screen.

Michael K said...

On the arm problems, I agree that pitch count is more important. He pitched two scoreless innings. They won, beating Mater Dei 7 to 3.

Narr said...

Can't agree with PDJT on GWTW, though he's spot on as regards CGI. I saw the COTW trailer and thought it was MOSTLY CGI. No thanks. Same same with Midway though I may small-screen it sooner or later, for History's sake. (Too bad CGI can't make Ford a better actor.)

I wonder how Trump encountered GWTW? I mean, he's about seven years my senior, and my exposure to GWTW was through the WABAWTS centennial rereleases; it seems like every few years from 1960 to 1965 my cousins and brothers and I were dragged to one of the old movie theaters
(i.e. not out east where we lived) to see the great movie about the Woah. Of course you can see it now 24/7 if you have a mind to, but back then it was an expedition.

Some Woah movie! All I saw was a bunch of dress-up and dancing and a fakey burning city. By the time of the battle of Atlanta aftermath scene, I was fed up and whatever came later is a mystery to me. It's a wonder it didn't turn me off the WABAWTS entirely.

An online friend, a retired history prof (also a southron) has an interesting subversive reading of the novel, which tempts me to take it up: the Old South is not presented as an ideal at all, and Scarlett and Rhett are both selfish cynics, not Rebel romantics.

The movie revivals brought out all the white oldsters and their children (children and grandchildren of WABAWTS veterans) and their often unwilling great-grands like myself; and it was second only to the touring Metropolitan Opera to bring out the old queens.

Narr
That's all done gone

Rory said...

"The new Call of the Wild movie has no starring dog in the cast."

Now let's do the actors.

Freeman Hunt said...

"And I totally agree with him that computerized movies are crap."

Same. And for some reason it is evidently nearly impossible to write a decent script if someone is later going to CGI it in the edit. There's some kind of physical law at work.

Paul Snively said...

CGI: let’s take an old example. Terminator 2. I was at Apple when it came out. My department rented out half the theatre on opening day to see it. I remember being agog at how much the compositing and anti-aliasing technology had improved in just a couple of years with the T-1000 mimicking scenes and the being-split-down-the-middle scenes.

Welll, it really hadn’t: the split-down-the-middle T-1000s were puppets, courtesy of Amalgamated Dynamics. And the mimicry was the oldest stage magician’s trick in the book: casting identical twins. Yes, Linda Hamilton has an identical twin sister, Leslie.

Drago said...

Turner Classic Movies is a popular channel for a reason.......

tcrosse said...

I saw GWTW as a ten-year-old, and I thought it would never end. But the scene where they cut the guy's leg off has stuck with me all my life.

chickelit said...

CGI is a Trumpe l'oeil

traditionalguy said...

@Narr...GWTW playing at the Lowes Grand ( where it premiered)was a semi religious evet when Grandmother Louise took my brother and I to see it at age 8 and 6. We liked the pre war part but had no empathy for the post war part. Yet now we do understand why people whose parents lived it are emotionally connected. ( see,Empire of the Sun, unless Shanghai captured by the Japs bores you too) But the captured parts of the Globe all are still touched by the tales.

Drago said...

Trump ought to take some time during his next rally to call out the NeverTrump FakeCon's who are all sweating the probability of their voting for a Socialist in November, thus rendering the 40 year FakeCon Grift Scheme inoperative!

Nicole Wallace has already helpfully outed herself as a Sanders supporter because that's how you know who the "True Conservative" "muh Principles!" "conservatives" are.....they are the ones voting for socialism!

LOL

This campaign simply could not be going any better from an Actual True Conservative/Pro-Trump point of view.

Rance Fasoldt said...

Oso Negro @ 10:25
Love the comment about Stalingrad. The Nazis had no idea what the Soviets had brewing across the Volga. Thousands of T34s streaming across pontoon bridges at night. Seems like what the streams of voters have in mind for November. 40-state landslide for Trump. Media clueless about what was coming, like the Nazis 78 years ago.

Sam L. said...

That's FUNNY. Very,VERY FUNNY. Dems just gotta HATE that.

ExplainMeMore said...

I find it interesting that all of Trump's kids are generally more restrained than he is.

OldManRick said...

Unfortunately for watching movies, I have a education in math and physics at a well respected tech school. The CGI in movies like Gravity, the Martian, and Interstellar immediately sets off my "it doesn't work like that/that could never happen" reflex.

I also have a interest in history and military history - so modern movies like Midway and 1917 also set off my bullshit detectors. For example in 1917, WW1 was a war of trenches and continuous fronts - no battalion would be positioned without units on both flanks and some logistics support both of which would have provided the lines of communication needed to stop an assaults, and what battalion commander in his right mind would think a single battalion attack would break the German army when attacks were normally at the division or corps level?

Seeing Red said...

GWTW burned the entrance to Skull Island in the burning of Atlanta.

Yancey Ward said...

"You are a sick man lil' Chuckles, but you already know that."

You guys should cut Chuck some slack on this one- it can't have been easy for Chuck growing up not knowing who his real father was.

Rabel said...

I like the "computerized" movies when they're well done. I know that a lot of you guys haven't owned a TV machine since Adam left the Ponderosa and others are still rocking along with the Zenith in the oak-finish cabinet but some of the most talented artists in the world are doing absolutely beautiful graphics work on those crappy "computer" movies.

You do need a good set, a good viewing set-up, and an interest in special effects to get the most out of it. Myself, I've been a fan since the first claymation dino's walked across the silver screen.

And if you think the writing and acting and directing are appreciably worse than they were in times past, well, you may be letting nostalgia and your old age get the best of your judgement.

So there, you irascible Luddites!

Yancey Ward said...

CGI can be use brilliantly at creating scenes that would otherwise require so much money to fashion in reality that the scene would have to be cut due to budget contraints- see "Gladiator" for an example.

My complaint about CGI is that it is used create ridiculous and physically impossible scenes in movies like those in the Marvel movies. I could live with those, but they are so overused that they are visually exhausting to me. A better use in those cases- physically impossible- are how Christopher Nolan used them in "Inception"- there physically impossible was completely reasonable and necessary, the effect isn't visually exhausting- it is stunning and beautiful.

However, I think, eventually, CGI will comprise 100% of future movies and you won't be able to tell that you aren't watching live actors and sets on film/digital video. Not having to pay for actors, sets, and staff will drive this adoption of CGI on a universal scale.

Paul Snively said...

rhhardin: The bad CGI gets the physics wrong.

Exactly. Thankfully, these days, we have really good integration of proper physics computation with rendering, as with this finite-element modeling library.

Real-time performance capture is changing everything. See A Boy and His Kite, a short rendered in real time by the Unreal 4 engine on a stock PC graphics card. Now see this FaceWare demo where they show the real-time performance capture of the actress playing the boy.

Unreal Engine is being used quite a bit in movies and TV, almost certainly including cases you’re unaware of, because the effect isn’t in the scifi/fantasy genre and/or the physics make sense.

frenchy said...

Barron could be the better basketball player. If he steps away from his computer.

Limited blogger said...

I love when someone brings up Linda and Leslie Hamilton. I share a birthday with them.

Not just the date, the actual day - 9/26/1956

narciso said...

yes, inception, was quite a work of art, not just because of the graphics, but the byzantine story within a story, interstellar was quite good in parts but you could snap a half hour off, in the editing process, Nicole Wallace, is a third rate fabulist, logically she would have no problem voting for sanders, her parents think otherwise,

Curious George said...

Usually when Trump is describing using a computer he does the bing bing thing. Of course he uses that for almost everything.

frenchy said...

Pitch count and the curve ball are related, inasmuch as in order to learn to throw the curve, you have to practice it, first to learn to throw one, then to learn to control it. Pitches thrown in practice are pitches, hence the pitch count.

narciso said...

it's like with the trek reboot, which has gone to dredd level of violence, I suppose they'll say its a commentary on what Brexit and trump has driven the world to, (I don't pay for cbs all access, I just look at the stiletto sharp dissection)


I don't see you over there, chuck,
http://patterico.com/2020/02/22/weekend-open-thread-22/#comment-2311021

narciso said...

Nolan's next film, looks interesting, tenet, is described as a type of spy film, with end of the world elements,

chuck said...

"it doesn't work like that/that could never happen"

It's not the FTL travel, monsters, and magic that set me off, it's the little everyday things that aren't quite right.

Yancey Ward said...

I have been following The Critical Drinker's reviews of "Picard". He has reviewed 3 of the first 4 episodes. They don't look promising to me.

narciso said...

yes, will Jordan's has been carving it up, along with beigler, and dave Cullen, they just seems to cannibalizing the series, because they don't care about the source material,

narciso said...

I've seen the getty heist film, and del toro's cold war fable, they were unimpressive,

Unknown said...

Now I know Buck is cgi, I have no interest in seeing "The Call of the Wild". I already know how it ends, and the appreciation I would have had for the film would have been mostly admiration for the dog and his trainer. I already know what the quality of Harrison Ford's acting is. Maybe it's an OK movie for kids who want to get out of actually reading the book in middle school.

They don't read Call of the Wild in middle school any more. Too masculine. These days, they read Whine of the Woke instead.

Ken B said...

What makes Star Trek spinoffs hard for me to take is the aliens. Usually look just like humans except for some small bit of scaliness that actors can put on at 1% of the cost of Worf's makeup. I can feel my eyes rolling each time. I did give the Scott Bakula series two tries, but gave up each time. I saw the same thing in an ad for Picard.

narciso said...



here's the fourth one they seem to have thrown out logic, chronological order, and good story telling,

mccullough said...

I love Gone With The Wind.

I always cheer when Sherman and boys lay waste to the rebels land. Like watching the Ebola Gay drop Little Boy on Hiroshima.

They should adapt GWTW and set it in and around Hiroshima

Roughcoat said...

Not a fan of CGI, generally speaking, but when it works, it works. Case in point: "Midway".

narciso said...

well that may have been what the invasion of home islands would have been like, sans the nukes that took the fight out of the control junta, and the war might have gone on for another year, with the deleterious affects on the allied powers, Russia might have taken Hokkaido and moved south, and they did with north korea,

NorthOfTheOneOhOne said...

CGI isn't the problem. CGI only does what the CGI artists tell it to do and the artist only do what the producers and directors tells them do. So blame the producers and directors. Also, audiences share some of the blame because they put up with shitty over CGI'd movies.

Chuck said...

I just realized, Althouse, that you've got a tag for "Barron Trump." I think that is probably good blogging organization on your part.

chuck said...

Ebola Gay

Interesting typo :)

tim in vermont said...

I don’t have a problem with computerized imagery per se, but it does seem like movies that use it to "play the lead” generally suck. Like Maybee said about it being impossible to do CGI and write good dialogue, it seems.

Shrek was pretty good, but as I understand it, Mike Meyers did the performance first and they used that to create the scenes. Well,, he said he did a performance, but it bothered him, he didn’t like it, then he got the inspiration for the Scottish thing and redid all of the dialogue and they changed the movie because they thought his performance was so great, which it was.

Toy Story III was just a great story. It should be made into an opera. Sometimes you are vaguely aware that it is there, but it isn’t bad, like Brad Pitt’s chin in Fury. It seemed like they did something there, but it was good. But so much of it is shit of the “hello fellow children!” variety. I don’t think it’s the tool as much as the artist.

narciso said...

consider the source

mccullough said...

Lol. My spellcheck automatically converted “Enola” to Ebola

FullMoon said...

And thank goodness for that. I was in the group behind Chuck one day. For God's sake man, just pick it up already!

Chuck wears boots when golfing 'cause his shoes were always full of sand..(Bloomberg quality?)

narciso said...

speaking of tupolev

narciso said...

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2020-02-21/coronavirus-poses-latest-threat-to-china-s-debt-fueled-boom-video

Howard said...

I understand that the new documentary film about Apollo 11 with recently discovered unseen 70-mm footage is breath taking at IMAX

mccullough said...

These films they are proposing with a Digital James Dean creep my out.

Howard said...

I like tupolev honey.

mccullough said...

Chuck is Mitt Romney’s brother. One of them.

Same dad. But one of the hidden wives.

Howard said...

James Dean is over rated. He's just an early adopter before the method was perfected.

narciso said...

when will she get a clue

mccullough said...

It will be unfortunate that Digital James Dean won’t be able to smoke.

tim in vermont said...

"Chuck wears boots when golfing 'cause his shoes were always full of sand..(Bloomberg quality?)”

You just brought to mind that scene when Herman Munster went golfing.

Limited blogger said...


Herman Munster golfing

Marc said...

If he's 13 now, he can be one of Florida's senators in 2038, and president in 2042. I hope Althouse will still be using the tags at that point!

tim in vermont said...

Hand on heart, Fred Gwinn had a decent swing.

Guildofcannonballs said...

My favorite part was, talking about Biden (paraphrased):

He is angry, you see how angry he is? I guess that's what happens when you can't use your words. Maybe it'll happen to me, can you imagine how angry I'd be, I'd be the angriest guy ever, you know, if I couldn't use my words.

But, he's running for president, can't use his words.

tim in vermont said...

This will cheer up ol’ sourpuss.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-02-22/trump-conservative-judges-9th-circuit

exiledonmainstreet, green-eyed devil said...

I'm surprised there haven't been calls to cancel "Call of the Wild." Jack London was a socialist from Oakland, but, like many early 20th century progressives, he held very unwoke opinions about the races. The novel reflects London's Social Darwinism. Buck, the pampered California pet who is dognapped and sent to Alaska, has to become tough and ruthless to survive in the harsh environment. Silly, sheltered animals and humans die. If I remember correctly, the novel ends with Buck getting revenge on a Native American tribe after they kill his master. A lone dog ends up ripping the stuffing out of the entire tribe before heading out into the wilderness. Somehow, I doubt that the movie will be true to the novel.

I believe a few years back, some SJWs tried to get London's statue removed from downtown Oakland due to his racial views.

Known Unknown said...

Althouse + Commenters complaining about movies.

Name a more iconic duo.

Known Unknown said...

"If we had that caliber talent today it would cost $50 million to produce today."

The current CoTW cost $109 million to make. I don't know if your comment is supposed to mean it would be cheaper or more expensive.

Also, I'll defend the CGI dog because putting a real dog in certain dangerous situations is probably unnecessary.

Curious George said...

"Chuck said...
I just realized, Althouse, that you've got a tag for "Barron Trump." I think that is probably good blogging organization on your part."

So we can look up all the times you claimed he was autistic. Nice.

Chuck said...


Blogger Curious George said...
"Chuck said...
I just realized, Althouse, that you've got a tag for "Barron Trump." I think that is probably good blogging organization on your part."

So we can look up all the times you claimed he was autistic. Nice.


I urge you to do that; count them all, and report back on this page. How much time do you need? I’d like to have a time, when I can check back with you for complete results.

Anyone want to bet on “zero” as the answer?

Gk1 said...

"like many early 20th century progressives, he held very unwoke opinions about the races" So true. I live about 10 miles from Jack London's retirement home near Glen Ellen, Sonoma, Ca. that burned down 2 weeks before he was to move in. His older home still remains and has been turned museum. They have a few of his *ahem* writings about the "superior farming techniques of the china man" and his "natural industriousness". I am still surprised some of the woke curators have not gone back and expunged these excerpts before someone is triggered. Jack didn't keep many fainting couches around the house.

Roughcoat said...

"Brad Pitt's chin"... Wait, what??? Explain, please ...

Drago said...

Hey, remember way back when LLR-lefty Chuck went absolutely bonkers over Trump saying there were republican and democrat judges?

Do you recall the conniption fit Chuck threw over that.

Well.

I guess we will see if LLR-lefty Chuck has any complaints about Sotomayor's comments about the 5 republican judges on the SC.

LOL

Fat chance, right?

dreams said...

There is no way the anti-American liberal democrats can beat Trump, he's too smart, too likable and too much of a real man for the clueless democrats.

Skeptical Voter said...

The Trumpster is having a good time at these rallies. Much of the time he's winging it.

And as far as the left is concerned he's "flinging it". Yup loads of monkey poo are falling on their cherished beliefs.

Okay by me.

mccullough said...

The Wise Latina is mad the majority is giving the back of the hand to The Resistance Judges.

Bottom line: we don’t need legal immigrants if they are just going to use welfare. We can’t afford to pay for the illegal immigrants.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

remember "Green Acres"? NOT that Haney:

per @DocWashburn
·
Feb 22
Phil Haney was murdered last night. When BHO became President, Phil's work identifying those (who come here to kill us) was scrubbed from intelligence training manuals & hard drives. Here's my interview w/Phil about his book, "See Something, Say Nothing".

interview:
https://t.co/AYmKh4SBOF?amp=1

Freeman Hunt said...

Modern blockbuster computer generator revealed!

/begin RUNTIME timer
/begin loop
/grave exposition by person in tights
/particles!
/if RUNTIME<2:30:00 run begin loop; if else end program

BUMBLE BEE said...

OldManRick... "It doesn't work like that". Like with shooters on the old westerns. Belt fed Winchesters won the west!

Jeff said...

I would prefer smaller, more affordable government, along with a dozen other of my fellow Americans.
There are thirteen of us? Are you sure you didn't double count some of us?

BUMBLE BEE said...

Does anyone here really believe that money went to developing the Obamacare Website? IIRC the California "navigators" were pulled from the Acorn Magic Hat. Probably other blue states as well. I remember that Barry had the mailing lists from the navigators in his possession, not the DNC's. For that matter, was Acorn really broken up?

BUMBLE BEE said...

Kinda like "Sheriff Joe" accounting for the stimulus expenditures. Fairy Tales.

Fernandistein said...

Unreal Engine is being used quite a bit in movies and TV, almost certainly including cases you’re unaware of, because the effect isn’t in the scifi/fantasy genre and/or the physics make sense.

That's pretty amazing; I looked up the computer specs and they're nothing special, buy one at WalMart. I worked on that kinda stuff back when it would take minutes or maybe hours per frame.

Besides that, > 90% of "Hollywood" movies are all digital nowadays, from camera to compositing and editing.

Achilles said...

And I totally agree with him that computerized movies are crap.
posted by Ann Althouse at 9:44 AM on Feb 22, 2020

Get of my lawn =/

The Godfather said...

I also like old movies, and we watch a lot of them on Turner Classic Movies, but on a percentage basis an awful lot of them were . . . well, awful. Not better or worse than a lot of awful contemporary movies, just different.

Gone With The Wind (aside from being politically incorrect) was a great picture, not entirely because of the great Burning of Atlanta scene, but because of the acting and writing. (The book, by the way, was awful).

Of course computerized special effects in contemporary movies don't replace good acting or writing. They do replace pretty cheesy special effects in a lot of old movies. Do you remember all the old WWII movies in which the dog fights were represented by random clips from old news reel films? You saw the same Jap Zero shot down a dozen times. In some old Sci-Fi movies you could see the wires holding up the space ship (models). Yes, CGI in many of the super hero movies today goes too far. Special effects in a lot of old movies went too far in other ways.

Narr said...

Don't tell me about how some people identify with the WABAWTS--that was why I was forced to see that damn movie so often. I would have been happier at home with my army men (WWII).

I'm not saying CGI can't be done well, just that it's a fine line. Once I perceive something as CGId my eye isn't willing to suspend disbelief.

Narr
It's a failing on my part, I'm sure

CWJ said...

"Anyone want to bet on “zero” as the answer?"

Not me!

mockturtle said...

Acting is better in newer movies but the scripts tended to be better in the old.

MikeD said...

Re: the, what?, third/fourth remake of Call of the Wild, I'd actually/maybe watch for free on TV had they CGI'd Ford & used a real dog.

Fernandistein said...

Some old fashion guy fantasizes about being young enough to rape women -

+

Giorgio Armani accused the fashion industry on Friday of "raping" women with short-lived trends and sex-driven marketing as he presented his Emporio Armani line at Milan Fashion Week.

"I think it's time for me to say what I think. Women keep getting raped by designers, by us," Armani, 85, told reporters on the sidelines of the show for the line aimed at younger customers."

It sure was brave of him to say what he thinks despite his severe dementia.

narciso said...

it seems to have narrowly edged out sonic the hedgehog, this week, one film that had good cinematography although maybe the plot was a little threadbare was the last tarzan film, with the younger of the skarsgaards

narciso said...

it might have been worthy to point out when les wexner was enabling Epstein, but better late than never,

Guildofcannonballs said...

Just saw two positive news stories on Trump on Denver ABC Channel 7. Trump invited the family of Kendrick Castillo to the White House after giving them VIP tickets to the CO Springs rally. Castillo gave his life saving others his senior year of high school at a school shooting.

Then, they talked about the India trip.

I can't remember seeing two back-to-back non-negative stories about Trump on any local network affiliates before today.

narciso said...

re phil haney, he was apparently the real target of that lawsuit against glen beck, by that Saudi stripling, from his memoir, the info came from his fusion targeting cell, this was related to the boston bombing,

Rusty said...

Aunty Trump
The last hand drawn feature Disney put out was The Little Mermaid Some of the animators for Disney were my daughters instructors in art school. As a result she got a background in both drawing and CGI animation. The new California law against contract work has hit her and her friends hard.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...
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narciso said...

across the pond

President Toilet Paper Shoe's Cooked-Up Drug Deal said...

Jesus Fucking Christ. Talk about an obsession with Trump. Did you want to post a fourth blog entry about him for the day? Most of us get through life without paying a moment's notice to the lunatic. I knew nothing of this latest Nuremberg rally, and I knew nothing of the last. I know he does this shit regularly because doing the actual job of being president doesn't interest him in the slightest - applause and obsequience and making a Real Househusbands of the Oval Office series does.

But you seem to have a real problem, and this Trump Worship Syndrome afflicting you should be examined by a medical professional. Either that, or I wonder when you'll direct us to an Amazon product page for Trump-themed vibrators and dildos.

We're worried about you, AA. And your endless fascination (and fantasizing) about the Abominable Fake Tan Man can't be good for your marriage. If Meade's not jealous by now then the first time he walks in on you to hear the whirrrrrrrrring of the (trademarked, obviously) TrumpToy for Ladies will be a real shock. Good god. What strange people you are.

President Toilet Paper Shoe's Cooked-Up Drug Deal said...

The Trumpster is having a good time at these rallies. Much of the time he's winging it.

As he's been doing with the presidency. And the rule of law itself.

But keep enjoying amateur hour in the Oval Office. When reality finally comes crashing down all around it, we know where you'll be. In the streets asking nicer people than you to kindly persuade your fellow American to drop the shovel he's bashing your head in with and the pitchfork he's been jamming up your ass.

FullMoon said...

Noticeable lately
San Francisco less foggy

FullMoon said...

Russians give Bernie Nevada.

tim in vermont said...

Parody is dead FullMoon. We couldn’t make this stuff up.

Marcus said...

Wouldn't it be funny if Barron took up basketball and was better than Obama? Not that would take much.

THEOLDMAN

Watched GWTW on my big screen tv with my younger daughter about a decade ago. My reaction was not the same as when I saw it in my youth. My daughter thought it was just OK.

FullMoon said...

Fox News projects Bernie Sanders to win Silver State as results continue to be reported

tim in vermont said...

" You saw the same Jap Zero shot down a dozen times.”

Whining and twisting and whining and whining and twisting and whining and crash splash!

FullMoon said...

Putin offers DNC control of primaries in exchange for favors to be named later

tim in vermont said...

If they cut 20 minutes or so of the big battle scene out of Rango, it wasn’t that bad.

FullMoon said...

Noticeable lately
San Francisco more foggy

tim in vermont said...

Caucuses are made for union voter discipline meaning Biden. No hiding behind a loathsome “secret ballot.” Which probably kept Bernie from winning by even more. Biden is on life support, at some point heroic measures to keep the campaign of a dotard like Biden alive is just cruelty.

tim in vermont said...

Bernie would maybe have gone over 50% if the rank and file union members were allowed to vote their heart.

This is the race America needs. Sanders v Trump, a smackdown for the future of the republic.

mockturtle said...

This is the race America needs. Sanders v Trump, a smackdown for the future of the republic.

I agree, Aunty. Let's have it out.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

Trump impeachment drove record candidate recruitment

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/trump-impeachment-drove-record-candidate-recruitment-republicans-say

Trump has flipped the 9th Circuit — and some new judges are causing a 'shock wave'

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-02-22/trump-conservative-judges-9th-circuit

Drago said...

Marcus: "Wouldn't it be funny if Barron took up basketball and was better than Obama? Not that would take much."

Once watched obama miss 20+ shots in a row, including layups.

Then I watched him "throw" out a "first pitch" at a baseball game. Your average 4 year old girl could have turned in a better performance.

But he was the greatest athlete ever to occupy the oval office. I know that because all the lefties/dems/MSM/LLR-lefties told me so.

obama did get to do the "wave" with his good pal Raul Castro in Cuba though.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

WaPo Claims Elites Should Run Elections; Quietly Edits Article After Public Outrage Ensues

“It’s time to give the elites a bigger say in choosing the president.”

.https://truepundit.com/wapo-claims-elites-should-run-elections-quietly-edits-article-after-public-outrage-ensues/

President Toilet Paper Shoe's Cooked-Up Drug Deal said...

Sanders v Trump, a smackdown

True. While we know that communist dictatorships fail, we need to see how much longer we can have a capitalist dictatorship for. Otherwise, America might be more like Denmark or the 20+ other countries of Western Europe that theoretically shouldn't exist since they don't place the well-being of their billionaires over their working people as every decent Replunderican knows they should.

President Toilet Paper Shoe's Cooked-Up Drug Deal said...

Unless Trump loses the popular vote once again by millions while eking out a 70,000 vote lead in three states granting him the electoral college win, then we won't have actual proof of his presidency being legitimate.

President Toilet Paper Shoe's Cooked-Up Drug Deal said...

Trump 2020. The billionaires have been picked on for long enough.

President Toilet Paper Shoe's Cooked-Up Drug Deal said...

Trump 2020. Isn't it time the billionaires were given a fair shake?

President Toilet Paper Shoe's Cooked-Up Drug Deal said...

Trump 2020. Your pet billionaire will thank you for it.

President Toilet Paper Shoe's Cooked-Up Drug Deal said...

Trump 2020. Your billionaire's tax relief is totally worth your burden of the national debt. And the social security and Medicare that will be cut to finance it.

Narayanan said...

@Narr
WABAWTS (1861-1865)
______&&&&&&
What is full rendition of acronym?

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

‘Are You F***ing Kidding?’:
Outrage After Nevada Dems Invite Candidate Reps to Act as Precinct Chairs

"Nevada State Democratic Party officials are reportedly “telling campaign representatives that there’s a deficit of volunteers across the state, and so they are asking representatives of campaigns to act as precinct chairs,”

https://lawandcrime.com/2020-election/are-you-fing-kidding-outrage-after-nevada-dems-invite-candidate-reps-to-act-as-precinct-chairs/

Narr said...

I was wondering when you would ask. War About Between Among and Within the States (I guess WABAWS is better). I used to be on ACW (American Civil War) newsgroups and got tired of debating everyone else's favorite labels, so devised my own--it hits all the bases I think.

Narr
I've heard 'em all

FullMoon said...

"Nevada State Democratic Party officials are reportedly “telling campaign representatives that there’s a deficit of volunteers across the state, and so they are asking representatives of campaigns to act as precinct chairs,

How long has the Democratic party been in business? Need to hire immigrants to do the work Democrats won't do...

FullMoon said...

Good news!
Amazon dry season greener

FullMoon said...

Open the borders !
Undocumented Immigrants Helped Him Win...

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

unaltered video

Trump in India

Curious George said...

"Chuck said...

Blogger Curious George said...
"Chuck said...
I just realized, Althouse, that you've got a tag for "Barron Trump." I think that is probably good blogging organization on your part."

So we can look up all the times you claimed he was autistic. Nice.


I urge you to do that; count them all, and report back on this page."


I came up with six. Well, six and a half.

President Toilet Paper Shoe's Cooked-Up Drug Deal said...

Don't worry Moonie. Your pet billionaire Trumpy loves most of the poorly educated. Just not you.

You have the most 14-years out of date links of any of the propagandists.

Guess you'll have to find a new profession when your clients see that your #1 motivation is to burn down as many California properties as you can. Even Frank Luntz doesn't buy your propaganda any more - he stopped once his own house burned down.

But you, you're just the type of lunatic who would keep going full throttle anti-science propaganda even after your own house burned down. Hell, you'd probably jump for joy if that were to happen.

Once Bernie beats the ass of your fake/barely billionaire, perhaps you can move on to a new kind of propaganda - proving that windmill cancer is real.

All those years of poorly educating yourself and dropping out of high school and college prepared you well for your current role - fatuous dumbass. Imagine being as stupid and maniacal as you are after having actually gotten an education.

Time to start rifling through those decades-old comments so you can move to the usual Phase #2: Touting your radical feminist credentials.

FullMoon said...

Oh, wait a second:
Amazon dry season browner

FullMoon said...

Top 5 Reasons Why Students Drop-out of Medical School ...

1.Unprepared, incompetent or Overconfident:

FullMoon said...

Look out below!

Avalanches may increase

President Toilet Paper Shoe's Cooked-Up Drug Deal said...

Top reason your California neighbors hate you:

1. You spout ignorant bullshit about why science is wrong when their houses are burning down. Especially when you're the uneducated motherfucka who has no skills in life but having to build them all over again.

President Toilet Paper Shoe's Cooked-Up Drug Deal said...

Anyway, keep up the desperation.

FullMoon said...

Oh, never mind, we changed our mind
Avalanches may decrease – wet snow more though

FullMoon said...

Science:
Transgender weightlifter smashes women's world records ...

FullMoon said...

Finall, some good news !
Bird migrations shorter

FullMoon said...

Glad you handled your failure well as opposed to these poor souls.
Stay strong.
Medical student's death highlights high rates ... - ABC News

President Toilet Paper Shoe's Cooked-Up Drug Deal said...

More links that you're not able to process just underscores how inadequate you feel. What a way to go through life.

In any event, once you're done scattershooting decades old links to prove that the earth is flat or not warmer than space or whatnot, why not move on to backing up your pseudo-billionaire on all the other pseudo-science he believes? Like the dangers of windmill cancer or opposing vaccines and such?

Hey, pandemic viruses from China are a world heath problem but your president thinks vaccines are baaaaad. Have you gotten him to call up Anthony Fauci to break that news to him and call off vaccine development? Better put a halt to that fast.

Maybe you and Trump can put your tiny brains together and build a wall between us and China or something.

FullMoon said...

Hey everybody. See how easy it is to dispose of the weakling? Just post a couple of links to peer reviewed scientific studies and the dropout finds somewhere else to go.

FullMoon said...

You back? Well, here then...
Bird migrations longer

President Toilet Paper Shoe's Cooked-Up Drug Deal said...

Two more garbage comments from you before I even posted anything.

Go get to work on windmill cancer and putting an end to dangerous, autism-causing vaccines, Moon.

Your president's almost as dumb as you are (although smart enough to manipulate you), but here's the good news. After November he won't have to pretend to be a president any longer. After all, he says the only people he trusts to handle his money are short guys with yarmulkes, and his opponent will apparently fit that bill.

So instead of having Trump further bankrupt America the way he did his casinos, he'll get to be fired by some guy from that demographic that he thinks can do a much better job of handling numbers and money and facts and all the things he doesn't know shit about.

That's a good thing, isn't it?

And you'll be able to give up the resentful troll act of acting like you know about anything more in life than putting together two by fours for the houses you'd like to see people burned out of.

Nice.

FullMoon said...

Seriously, though. Science..
Chinese locusts swarm when warmer

President Toilet Paper Shoe's Cooked-Up Drug Deal said...

Good news! Full Moon's long-lost parents have finally been found!

FullMoon said...

SCIENCE...NASA Persists In False Claim That 97% Of Climate ...

FullMoon said...

Pick one...science..
Chinese locusts swarm when cooler

FullMoon said...

You agree with this..Mr.scientist?
Columbia spotted frogs decline

FullMoon said...

Or, this? Make up your mind, mr. super scientist

Columbia spotted frogs thrive in warming world

President Toilet Paper Shoe's Cooked-Up Drug Deal said...

What are you mumbling about, now? Something involving your own species?

President Toilet Paper Shoe's Cooked-Up Drug Deal said...

Science is hard! Complicated answers not as simple for full moon troll-man as measuring appliances!

I see your pain. Might as well make up stuff instead about windmill cancer. Or believe conspiracies about vaccines causing autism.

Don't worry. President Bernie will cure you of your need to have a cheerleader for your mental problems and low IQ.

FullMoon said...

Have you noticed it lately, mr super secret med school drop out scientist..?

Earth’s rotation to slow down

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