Friday, October 01, 2004

What condition my condition was in

I think Big Lebowski has to be one of the greatest comedies of all time. Its one of those movies where the first time you watch it, you think, 'what the hell did I just watch?' The second time you laugh your ass off. Then it just gets funnier....

I have been sitting here watching it (while drinking high quality beers, because, well, how else would you watch a good funny movie?) with Sean, Sarah, and Holly. And I decided I needed to share some of my most favorite lines:

The Dude after having his head thrown repeatedly in the toilet with the demand: "WHERE IS THE MONEY LEBOWSKI?"
The Dude: "It must be down there somewhere let me take another look"

Thug 1: "What the f#$* is this?" (holds up a bowling ball)
The Dude: "Obviously you are not a golfer"

While watching Bunny's porno flick about 'the cable man'
Maude Lebowski: "You can imagine where it goes from here..."
The Dude: "He fixes the cable?"

The Dude: "Its like Lenin said: uh 'you look for the man who will' uh 'benefit and' uh you know, 'there you' uh, you know!
Donnie: "I am the walrus" ...
Donnie: "I am the walrus"
Walter: "Shutup Donnie, V. I. Lenin, Vladmir Ilyuch Ulyonov"
Donnie: "What the f#$* is Walter talking about dude?"

While discussing the nihilists who attacked The Dude with a ferret and a bathtub (very dangerous)
Walter: "Nihilists? I mean, say what you want about the tenets of modern socialism, but at least its an ethought"

The Dude: "I need my Johnson"
Donny: "What do you need that for Dude?"

The Dude: "He treats objects like women, man"

The Dude: "She's not my special lady friend, man. She's my f#$*ing lady friend. We are just trying to conceive, man."

Bunnie Lebowski: "I'll suck your dick for a thousand dollars"
Brad: "Hahaha, she is very funny"
Bunnie: "Brad can't watch though, or he has to pay a hundred."
Brad: "Thats lovely"
The Dude: "I am just going to find a cash machine."

I am sure there are many more, feel free to add!

North Korea Bilateral Talks vs. 6 Nation Summit

One of the key policy differences in last nights debate was over how best to deal with North Korea. Kerry promises to have bilateral talks with North Korea while mainting multi-nation summits with North Korea and its neighbors. Bush feels that having bilateral talks will alienate China, and without China, any dealings with North Korea will certainly fail. I was taken by Bush's point. I thought it was a strong point and a huge risk... But according to fact checkers at the Washington Post, both Bush and I are dead wrong:

Bush said direct talks with North Korea would drive away China, a key player in the negotiations. But each of the other four countries in the talks has held direct talks with North Korea during the six-party process -- and China has repeatedly asked the Bush administration to talk directly with North Korea.

Bush vs. Kerry: Foreign Policy Debate

I was dreading last night's debate. After the Bush/Gore debacle of four years ago, I was afraid that Bush would show up the new stiff democratic candidate. Bush's simplistic style and ability to stay on message would surely be better than Kerry's rambling speach. But this did not happen.

In an interesting twist, Kerry finally seemed on message and seemed at ease with his position. He seemed comfortable, like he was making the point, "This is my turf now, you can just go back to the white house and pack up your things." Okay, maybe I am being overly optimistic, but I really thought the debates went well for Kerry. When the camera would provide shots of Kerry while Bush was speaking, he looked attentive, he smiled, he would jot notes down on his paper. Shots of Bush were the opposite. He looked angry at times, confused at others. Bush would jump on the moderator, in a hurry to get in his counter. Bush was, in a word, defensive. Instead of a debate about policy, this debate became what Kerry wanted: a referendum on the Iraq war. Bush tried to stick with his message that Kerry is a flip flopper who changes positions. But in this debate Kerry was the one who sounded like he was steadfast and consistent. At one point, Kerry explained how Bush changed his position in how they were going to approach Iraq initially. Kerry said that the "Bush campaign has a word for that." He made Bush appear to be the flip flopper. And he did this early in the debate. So every time Bush tried to stay on his 'Kerry Changes Positions' talking point, the viewer remembered that Bush changed positions too.

My brother called me up in the middle of the debate. Last I had heard from him, he was going to vote Bush. He said to me "Are you watching this? He is raving! Bush is insane! Call up every republican you know..." It was quite entertaining and I have to agree. Bush looked like an angry man last night, who's only justification for the choices he made as president is that he believes he was right. His message last night was 'trust me'. "I know what I am talking about, trust me." Kerry came to the debate and said, I will do this differently. And he gave points on how.

Overall, I thought it was a very interesting debate. And I truly feel that Kerry came out on top on this one. I only hope its not too late.