June 29th, 2012

fatuous lunatic

What Wing-nuts are saying about Chief Justice Roberts

The people who like to accuse liberals of using "hate speech" are saying things "Judas," and "Benedict Arnold," "Black Robed Gestapo Agent," and the worst thing a Conservative can call you, "Earl Warren," not mention slightly less erudite phrases of hatred to describe their one-time "strict constructionist" hero.

Here are some of the tin-hattier theories.

1. He wanted to be invited to Washington Cocktail Parties by the "Liberal Establishment"
2. Horse's head in bed. Have these people ever read or seen The Godfather? It wasn't a generic horse's head in Jack Waltz's (expy for Harry Cohn) bed, it was the head of his prize stud thoroughbred horse, Khartoum. THAT WAS THE POINT! I realize "horse's head in the bed" has become the meme, but for most people, it would be gross and maybe scary, but not the great threat in and of itself.
3. Bribe
4. Specifically, a large bribe from the VATICAN BANK!!!
5. Blackmail. (Sexual indiscretion of some kind.)
6. He was a liberal all along. (Thank you, Ann Coulter.)
7. According to Charles Krauthammer-He did it to keep people from saying the Court was too partisan. (He couldn't have done that BEFORE Citizen's United?)
8. He was "setting a trap." This is the Wing-Nut silver lining spin crowd mantra from those who insist that by framing it as a tax, he gave the country the push to rise up en masse and elect Mitt Romney to undo it.
9. He THOUGHT he was setting a trap, but he was really being too clever by half.
10. One of the most disgusting things I've ever heard any Wing-Nut say, and this is up in Virginia Foxx territory: it's because his anti-seizure meds are messing with his brain. (This is actually up on Drudge and being spewed by Michael Savage.)
puppy love

100 TV Shows #31-Chico and the Man

Chico and the Man

I know I watched this show, at least until 1977, but I really have no strong memory of any particular episode or dialogue beyond Chico's catchphrase of "Lookin' Good!"

I remember an episode with Tony Orlando, because at the time it was known that Tony and Freddie were close friends and they looked very similar. On the show they sort of circle each other a la the Harpo Marx mirror routine and then they both say "Lookin' Good!" That's all I remember.

I do know I loved the theme song, one of the best of any tv show, as far I'm concerned. (I still Jose Feliciano.)

Sadly, what I really remember is that this was the first death by suicide of a celebrity that I was actually aware of.

Freddie Prinze was SUCH a big star. I remember seeing him on Johnny Carson and on various variety shows. He even hosted the Tonight show, which is impressive considering how young he was. He called himself a "Hungarican" and was the first major Hispanic stand-up comedian, at a point where some people actually thought "Jose Jimenez" was an actual person. He was hip, young, funny and very charming. I was a few years away from crushing on TV stars, but I really liked him.

And he killed himself. At 22. :( It was genuinely shocking. So much to live for. So much talent. So many demons.

They tried to keep the show going for awhile with a new kid replacing Chico, but I doubt I was interested and nobody else was either.