I haven't been keeping up with the news lately, too immersed in Olympic fever. Isn't everybody? Umm..hello?...Anybody out there?...Pinocchio? Inspiration hit me like a snowboarder's drug screen the other day. Wouldn't an uplifting story about the two man luge be a perfect follow-up to Brokeback Mountain? Okay fine.
Since I've been out of the loop, apparently the Vice President shot a man in Reno just to watch him die. Did I get that right? The White House does itself no favors at all when it withholds info from the media until it damn well feels like it, but let's face it. There ain't nothin' here. The poor old fart he pelted with birdshot isn't pressing any charges. Cheney's nuts have been roasted over the coals for this enough. If this is the only thing of substance anybody's got on this guy then fugeddaboudit. Surely there are worse crimes. How much do I NOT care about this? Let me count the ways. 1276. Let's all move on, dot org.
I also don't care that Cindy Sheehan got arrested at the State of the Union address for wearing a t-shirt with that day's total amount of dead soldiers in Iraq. Yes, I believe in her cause. No, she shouldn't have been arrested. But why was she even there...to support the Prez? No. She knew what she was getting into once she put on the shirt. She got the publicity she wanted. Don't cry "thought crime" to me, missy. I hate to be set up and have my emotions toyed with by any side.
Then there's Oprah's reaming of James Frey. Would anyone be really surprised if, at the the end of the interview, she told to her audience of worshippers to kill him on the spot?
"Audience, tear him into a million little pieces NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
I'll have more to say about the Oscars soon, but I think there have been some glaring omissions. No Visual Effects nomination for Revenge of the Sith? Then there's the obligatory Judi Dench nod for what seemed to be a movie nobody had seen yet. Joan Allen in The Upside of Anger would have been a better choice. Kevin Costner was even decent in that film. Maybe he's finally coming out of his slump with some decent character roles in his later years, something Harrison Ford should look into. (By the by, does anybody really want to see Indiana Jone 4?)
The worst snub is the lack of recognition for one of the year's best performances, Mickey Rourke in Sin City. Believe me, I never thought I'd ever think such a think, but the proof is in the puddin' and I stand by it.