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Shit That Pissed Me Off – 5/16

Student is Suspended for Exercising His Constitutional Right to Sit During the Pledge of Allegiance

I respect anyone who can resist the peer pressure to stand during the pledge.  This kid did that and the Supreme Court has ruled that he is within his right to do so.

The principal has decided the only recourse against this student is to violate the constitution by suspending him.

Lest someone say “Tim, you are an atheist so you obviously would be on this kid’s side” let me point out that this has nothing to do with religion.  Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t stand during the pledge.  They have just as much of a right to make that decision as an atheist kid.

Stand up! The symbol is more important than what it represents!

And by “right,” I mean an actual legal right that has been upheld by the Supreme Court.  If you want to sit during the pledge, that is your constitutional right.

You don’t get to suspend kids for refusing to stand during the pledge.  When you do that, you are violating the very ideals the pledge is supposed to be there for.

The principal of a school ought to appreciate the irony.

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Alphabetical Movie – The Living Daylights

What a difference twenty years makes.

The Living Daylights was made in 1987 and while it doesn’t have the best of Bond villains, I think it is a solid film in the franchise.  I’ve already defended Timothy Dalton as Bond so I won’t bother to do that again.

Watching the film now, what I’m struck by is the depiction of the Mujahideen as heroes and freedom fighters.

I’m not making any value judgements on whether or not that is right.  Rather, I’m thinking that to a post 9/11 audience, that depiction might not make any sense.  I can think of a few reasons why.

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Alphabetical Movie – The Kennel Murder Case

If there is one thing that I really enjoy about the availability of cheap DVDs, it is the ability to pick up an old film I’ve never heard of for just a couple of bucks.  Most are horrible, grainy copies of movies that are in the public domain but they aren’t on Netflix so how else am I supposed to watch them?

Aside: Why aren’t they on Netflix?  They are in the public domain!!!!

The Kennel Murder Case is just such a movie.  I was browsing the shelves at half price books and there it was for a measly $2.00.

Now Half Price Books has a lot of cheap old movies for sale.  I don’t buy every one of them.  Hell, I hardly buy any of them.

But this one had William Powell in it and I have a hard time saying no to a $2.00 movie starring William Powell.

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Voting No Twice

I’ve written a ton about the gay marriage amendment because I’m really pissed off we are even voting on such a thing.  When it comes to the Voter ID amendment, I’ve been relatively silent.

I have pretty strong feelings about it but the marriage amendment has been far more important to me because I think it is a fight we have an outside chance to win.  Voter ID is probably going to happen.  I’m not happy about it but I don’t think I can sway anyone who doesn’t understand the implications of the Voter ID amendment to change their vote.

See, the problem I have with is a seemingly little thing that I believe to be more important than any other talking point.  I don’t think we should be putting obstacles in the way of voting.

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Alphabetical Movie Project – Jackie Chan’s First Strike

It had been a long time since I’d watched this particular Jackie Chan epic.

So long, in fact, that I spent at least 3/4 of the film thinking that I was watching Rumble in the Bronx.

As you may have guessed, it had also been a pretty long time since I’d seen Rumble in the Bronx.

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Alphabetical Movie – In the Bedroom

The challenge I have with In the Bedroom has nothing to do with the film itself.  The movie is excellent, though emotionally draining.  It is anchored with fantastic performances by Tom Wilkinson, Sissy Spacek and Marisa Tomei.  When it was released, it was even considered a front runner for Best Picture.

What I’m trying to say is that it’s a serious movie – and a very good one. Therin lies the problem.

Because, you see, every time I see the name of the movie, all I do is think of The Village People.

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I’ve got some more new stuff online somewhere else!

New content by/with me over at!

I have a new Movie Dick article about Battleship.

Also, there’s a new Vilification Tennis Podcast up!  It has Molly Glover and Jade Cook and Salsa Sterling and me.  It also has Matt Allex and Nick Glover, even though they were supposed to keep their mouths shut.  We also debuted our new feature: Molly Hopes you get Dick Cancer with fabulous bumpers by The Dregs.

You can’t get enough of The Shat!

This morning, I have the completed show image for “The Complete Works of William Shatner (abridged)!”  This one features Windy Bowlsby as Kirk, Duck Washington as TJ Hooker and Tim Uren as the Priceline Negotiator!

I think that the rainbow effect gives it sort of a psychedelic “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” feel – which is appropriate for Shatner.  Also it looks a little bit like an unseen alien force speaking to them from above.

Shameless Self Promotion

Hey kids!  I just started producing a new podcast for Vilification Tennis!

The first episode went live this morning on the Vilification Tennis website.  Please listen and tell us what you think.

I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.  As our first podcast, there are definitely kinks to work out but the overall result is very promising.  I’m looking forward to producing the next one.

Keep in mind, Vilification Tennis is a show that focuses on offensive and insult humor and the podcast is the same.  If that is not your kind of humor, don’t listen.

Alphabetical Movie – Hot Fuzz

What is the difference between movies like Hot Fuzz and Young Frankenstein and the Scary Movie franchise?  Aside from the fact that ten years from now, those two films will still be funny and the Scary Movie films still won’t?

I mean, the Scary Movie films come from what I would consider to be a great pedigree of screwball comedies like Airplane, Hot Shots and  Top Secret.  Yet they are – and I’m sorry if you like those movies – absolutely horrible.  They fail at satire, they fail at comedy, they fail at titilation.  Their only success is that they can be made so cheaply that they make money in spite of themselves.

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