A Week in the Life of Gustavo

"Seems to think that if he fails to write, la migra will find him."--OC Weekly More merriment available at ronmaydon@yahoo.com

domingo, setembro 21, 2003

Some stories from the wire...

Jawbreaker explodes in girl's face.

Remember that schoolground legend that eating Pop Rocks with soda would make you explode. Guess after this poor girl's episode (check out the picture!!!), it doesnae seem as silly anymore.

French fries still referred to as "freedom fries" by our elected congressional officials.

And the quote:

But House Administration Committee Chairman Bob Ney, R-Ohio, who initiated the menu change with Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., said they'll continue to fight for their freedom fries.

Ney said that the day after Jackson Lee wrote her letter the French came out with an untenable timetable for elections in Iraq, confounding U.S. efforts to win United Nations backing for the reconstruction effort. "They were noncooperative and arrogant then," before the war, "and they are again noncooperative and arrogant," Ney said. "I haven't seen a huge change."

A friend that shall remain nameless says she is boycotting French products because her friend told her so. If I wasn't nice, I'd smack her on the head with a pan dulce, which I'm sure she likes. Guess what? They're of French origin!

The surprisingly adult fare of Disney family films.

Good article, but I include it only because it has the line of the day:

"Pirates of the Caribbean," based on a Disneyland ride, was rooted in the new Disney tradition of wringing every single dime from its assets.


Mel Gibson's calculating promotion of his Passion film.

Frank Rich has done an splending job exposing Gibson for the sanctimonious, anti-Semitic egoist he is. Rich's first article on the matter showed Gibson to be casting himself as a victim for no reason other than people angry they couldn't see the movie. Rich was villified in the conservative press as having a vendetta against Gibson. Can't wait to see what they'll say after today's story, especially with passages like:

Who is this bloodthirsty "they" threatening to martyr our fearless hero? Could it be the same mob that killed Jesus? Funny, but as far as I can determine, the only death threat that's been made in conjunction with "The Passion" is Mr. Gibson's against me. The New Yorker did, though, uncover one ominous threat against the star: "He's heard that someone from one of his hangouts, the Grand Havana Room, a Beverly Hills smoking club, said that he'd spit on him if he ever came in again." Heard from whom? What is the identity of that mysterious "someone"? What do they smoke at that "smoking club"? Has the Grand Havana Room been infiltrated by Madonna's Kabbalah study group? I join a worried nation in praying for Mr. Gibson's safety.


The lines are drawn on seethepassion.com, the most elaborate Web site devoted to championing Mr. Gibson. There we're told that the debate over "The Passion" has "become a focal point for the Culture War which will determine the future of our country and the world." When this site criticizes The Times, it changes the family name of the paper's publisher from Sulzberger to "Schultzberger." (It was no doubt inadvertent that Mr. O'Reilly, in a similar slip last week, referred to the author of a New Republic critique of Mr. Gibson, the Boston University theologian Paula Fredrikson, as "Fredrickstein.") This animus is not lost on critics of "The Passion." As the A.D.L.'s Rabbi Eugene Korn has said of Mr. Gibson to The Jewish Week, "He's playing off the conservative Christians against the liberal Christians, and the Jews against the Christian community in general."

And don't forget:

For the film's supporters, the battle is of a piece with the same blue state-red state cultural chasm as the conflicts over the Ten Commandments in an Alabama courthouse, the growing legitimization of homosexuality (Mr. Gibson has had his innings with gays in the past) and the leadership of a president who wraps public policy in religiosity and called the war against terrorism a "crusade" until his handlers intervened. So what if "modern secular" Jews — whoever they are — are maligned by Mr. Gibson or his movie? It's in the service of a larger calling. After all, Tom DeLay and evangelical Christians can look after the Jews' interests in Israel, at least until Armageddon rolls around and, as millennialist theology would have it, the Jews on hand either convert or die.

My own Passion article, by comparison, was the thoughts of a kindergartner. But at least it tied in the entire controversy with the Simpsons.