Diffusion of Blame, Hillary-style, Applied Elsewhere

Hats off to Jake Tapper for this. This kind of knowing, disingenuous diffusion of blame, from Hillary and the establishment Democrats in her pocket, is allowing her and them to get away, to walk away uninjured, from their embarrassing, woeful, shameful loss last November to a short-fingered, orange bandit. And it’s effective because it is…

ITV4’s ‘Bundesliga’: the best football show.

I love the end of the football season: by this time, I’ve had it up to here with it all but also know that a break will make me glad to see it all again in a few months. It’s also the time of year when I’ve made sure to keep recordings of the last…

In Mitigation: Colonia/The Colony (2015)

‘The Colony’ was a film that got some attention because of it making a mere £47 at the UK office, so it must be terrible, right? Although as Benjamin Lee of the Guardian explains, it wasn’t released in a way that lent itself to cinema viewing. Also, it’s standing at a Metacritic rating of 33%…

Republican maniac wins race for Congress after assaulting newspaper journalist

Maniac Republican, Greg Gianforte, body-slammed a journalist who had the “effrontery” to actually ask him questions and try to record his responses accurately through the use of a recording device, put up to Greg Gianforte’s mouth for the best possible fidelity. It was too late to affect the result, even through at least three newspapers withdrew…

In Mitigation: ‘Town & Country’ (2001)

In mitigation: having a look at notoriously ‘bad’ films, to see if they’re as bad as they’re supposed to be; sifting through the detritus to try to salvage anything, anything at all. ‘Town & Country’ has a reputation that reflexively makes one want to open all of the nearest windows. Essentially, it started filming in…

Eurovision 2017: watching on TV and reading the Guardian’s coverage

– Awesome. Finally, the oasis between series of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ has arrived. Gonna dive into a vat of mulled wine, mash the keys on this laptop and hope that everything turns out okay. – Having read the Hillary Clinton campaign’s playbook: “Deflections, Misdirections and Blame-Shifting”, I’m thinking that if the UK gets any static tonight, I’ll…

Finger-wagging is so ‘not a good look’ for a millionaire comedian

Bill Maher’s turning into a tiresome, finger-wagging scold. He must think that he’s hit a rich seam here; he keeps on doing this, but it makes him look like a delusional fool. Hillary was a dreadful candidate. Trump being awful doesn’t change that. Also, the Clintons had a private email server – not the wrong…

Just one view: Hidden Figures (2016)

This seemed to me to be a clever, hugely entertaining film. It clearly showed essentially two different societies, simultaneously, within one, under ‘one flag’. As shown when Costner’s character gives a pep talk to the office and asked for an ‘Amen!’, to be soon followed by an African-American church, when a pastor runs down more…

Reaction to Trump’s firing of James Comey: FBI director

James Comey firing: FBI director’s dismissal rocks Washington – live “…Just now: Giuliani here at the Trump hotel, says he thinks Trump was correct to fire Comey….”. Please give me a job, Donnie. Please, please, please give me a job… How’s the Democrats’ relationship with Comey now? ‘We love Comey’, after he refuses to indict…

Just One View: ‘Juggernaut’ (1974)

Any time that I’m in a position where I think that my back’s against the wall, I can now find some succour in recalling the vision of Roy Kinnear’s character in ‘Juggernaut’, trying to engender good vibes from doing ‘The Lambeth Walk’ to 1,200 passengers who’ve been told that their ship might get blown up…