American Minstrel

Better-reader-than-I Brett McS left this in the comments last week in response to my little rant about reality TV and all the crap therein: WorldNetDaily – ‘Duck Dynasty’: A decoy for dummies, by Ilana Mercer I just think this quote from one of her Facebook friends is exactly right: “The [Ducksters] were selected for the [...]

Categories: Entertainment

This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Duck Dynasty, a show I’ve never seen on a cable channel I have no access to, should never have been put on the air. Ditto Paula Deen, who if she was a male comedian would have made a living making redneck jokes, meaning both of them were put on the air for the purposes of [...]

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Aethelflaed, the Lady of Mercia

See, the trouble with the entire world, really, is that we live with the internet, wherein I know that there’s this TV documentary airing, even if it is airing in a different country, but I still know about it, and I still see people’s reactions to it, and I can still Google it and see [...]

Categories: History

Yes. Yes Exactly.

Well: Jon Stewart on the IRS A good recap of my own political philosophy comes at about 5:35.

Categories: Politics

Doctor. Who.

I just want to quickly put it on record, and yes I have many important, weighty, interesting things to post about but bugger if I can find the time to devote the energy to it, that this idea that Doctor Who has to be a woman to stay relevant is a load of crap. There [...]

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Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCC

As usual, the title cards and captions are the best part. The book title, too, is the best part. But the really best part is how Putin’s headshot has no captioning at all. That’s the best part. It’s interesting that this is uploaded by somebody whose titles are all in arabic, so, obviously, for an [...]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

On Stupid Laws and Stupid Reactions To Them

Mark Steyn is very much worth a read today, on the people who obviously didn’t mean to break the so-numerous-as-to-be-unknowable laws they broke but were still punished, because they aren’t on NBC: NRO – Mark Steyn: Laws Are for Little People And not for David Gregory.

Categories: Business & Media

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCXCI

Why Doesn’t MTV Play Music Videos Anymore? In this installment of “Ask A Network Head,” Natalie asks the head of programming at MTV why they stopped playing music videos. And gets a fun answer! Yay! Multiple uses of bleeped out saucy language. But VERY funny.

Categories: Entertainment

More Than Me Whining Again About a Lack of Terraced Housing In This Country

Telegraph – Harry Mount: Architectural beauty – and private home ownership – relieve poverty There’s a show on BBC 2 called “Secret History of our Streets” which sounds amazing: Caledonian Road is near where I was brought up – and the programme illustrates really well how architectural beauty, and private ownership, relieved the poverty of [...]

Categories: History

And Now for Mister Rogers

Sniff: Mister Rogers Remixed | Garden of Your Mind | PBS Digital Studios

Categories: Entertainment

Oh Julian, Make Everything Good Again

News to warm RC2′s heart: Daily Mail – Hollywood’s Titanic got it all wrong, says Julian Fellowes as he attacks film’s factual inaccuracies Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has attacked James Cameron’s blockbuster movie Titanic for its factual inaccuracies. He says that his own four-part TV mini series about the 1912 disaster will ‘set the [...]

Categories: History

There Aren’t Many Opportunities to Go On a Costume History Rant

Vanity Fair put together a slideshow of 1920s fashion to “speculate” as to the coming costumes we’ll see on Downton Abbey, including *spoilers* Lady Mary’s wedding dress, as the show embarks on the 1920s next season. The earliest photo is from 1924. Most are from 1927-9. You illiterate numpties. *downloads all the photos anyway cuz [...]

Categories: Entertainment

BREAKING: Downton Abbey Scoop! More Borrowed Frocks!

Late last week fans of the popular ITV/Masterpiece Theatre drama Downton Abbey were thrilled to discover (via most major press outlets who love any excuse to run photos of our favourite posh people) that the ladies of Downton Abbey have been recycling costumes from other major period films and dramas. See for instance: Daily Mail [...]

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Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXXX

I dunno how many of you have been watching The Killing (Danish version), or have been paying attention to Girl With a Dragon Tattoo (I haven’t seen either version and I’m not really sure I want to after learning the level of detail about it that I’ve learned so far), but if you have, you’ll [...]

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There’s No Business Like the Muppets Show Business

I love this: (The original pitch for the Muppet Show) It is amazing.

Categories: Entertainment