Second, I just love this "Obama That I Used To Know" video.
I know I noted it last night but I think I'll note it every blog post this week! :D
We Meant Well is Peter Van Buren's website. Full of ignorance of how the US meant 'well' in Iraq. The government never meant well. More stupid is this post saying that the US death toll is 4486. That's not even the DoD death toll. What a moron. DoD's is 4488.
I have a little bit of problem with soap box mounters who want to toss around death tolls but can't get the toll right.
Oh! Just got a call from Isaiah. He's got an idea for a comic. He wanted to know my thoughts? I love it. :D You will too. The plan is for it to go up tomorrow or Thursday.
Today brought news that an important film critic has died. Steven James Synder (Time) reports on the passing of film critic Judith Crist:
Judith Crist was a force of nature. Depending on your age, you may have known the film critic best by her byline in the New York Herald Tribune, her early morning critiques on the Today show or the crop of emerging American filmmakers (Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen) she championed. I was one of the few lucky enough to know her as a teacher — the smartest, harshest and most inspiring mentor of my life.
One of the unshakable pillars of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she taught for 50 years, Crist continued to shape and mold young writers until this past spring. She died Tuesday at the age of the 90 — read a full appreciation here — and I am willing to venture that my personal tribute to her will be only the first of many to follow. There is a sizable Crist contingent working in journalism today — critics, essayists and writers who were driven to write savvier, and think bigger, by this professor’s blunt assessments. Nothing stung more than her red scrawl in the margins, but nothing was more rewarding than her appraisal that you had taken a commanding stance and argued your point persuasively.
It is a credit to her fervent talent that she could so quickly and decisively dissect and dismiss a phrase, an opinion or a critical assessment. But it is a credit to her warmth and compassion that she channeled such confident expertise into lifting up the next generation of tastemakers. When I auditioned for Crist’s class in 2005, she must have seen right through this naïve Midwestern transplant. Asking why I was here, and what I hoped to accomplish, I pointed to the influence that Roger Ebert’s criticism had had on my lifelong obsession with film. She said she remembered meeting Ebert, that he seemed to be fan of hers. That night I Googled the two together and arrived at the 1990 Chicago Tribune article that cited Ebert’s praise of Crist: “The high profile of film critics actually can be traced by to Judith Crist at the New York Herald Tribune in the early ’60s…Crist attacked ‘Cleopatra’ and was banned by Fox from their screenings, and that got an avalanche of national publicity, which led to every paper in the country saying, ‘Hey, we ought to get a real movie critic.’ When I got my job in ’67, that was still part of the fallout from Crist.”
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"