Friday, February 27, 2009

So How’s Your Rainforest?

I know that most people who believe in government “solutions” to economic problems do so sincerely. I can’t understand the mental gymnastics necessary to believe that, and this thought is intended to point out the contortion.

Whenever you hear someone say that we need to raise taxes to get the money necessary to fix the economy, remember that they are using the same logic that would say: we need to harvest more teak to get the money necessary to save the rainforest.

Monday, February 23, 2009

My Uninformed Opinion-Oscars Edition

So here is my rant regarding the Oscars that bugs me every year.
One of these years I am going to get into a prize oriented Oscar pool. The basic plan I would go with is that any leading actor/actress that is playing in a biographical film is going to be the front runner.

Lets go to the history:

Julia Roberts- Erin Brockevich '00
Marcia Gay Harden- Pollock '00
Jennifer Conally - A Beautiful Mind '01
Nicole Kidman - The Hours (Virginia Woolf) '02
Charlize Theron- Monster '03
Jamie Foxx - Ray '04
Cate Blanchet - The Aviator '04
Phillip Seymour Hoffman- Capote '05
Reese Witherspoon- Walk the Line '05
Forest Whitaker- The Last King of Scotland (Idi Amin) '06
Helen Mirren-The Queen '06
Marion Cottilard - La Vie en Rose (Edith Piaf) '07
Sean Penn - Milk '08

Granted, I haven't seen either performance, but I can't help but think that having a role as a real-life politically correct hero put Sean Penn over Mickey Rouke's fictional character.

I'm seeing something of an objective bias in the academy despite their pleas of artistic subjectivity.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Random Thought

Few things piss people off more than something good happening to people they don't like.