Saturday, February 05, 2005

Just Observing

Just Observing

J carried on all week about Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby" being "almost a perfect movie" to the point that C and I went off to see it after breakfast on Marie's patio this morning. How we did it, I don't know but we ended up at the theater an hour early. No matter. See it we did. Now I know why J said the audience was absolutely silent afterward, walked down the sidewalk and out to their cars, still silent. There's much to think about by the time the ending comes. Always read the LA Times during breakfast and in the Calendar section their critic gave away the ending event. Totally torqued both of us. Just one sentence was all it took. Damn!

So I was sitting on the patio, reading and sipping coffee. In the process of my lighting a cigarette, this guy comes out of the dining room and says, "Don't light that! Don't you know those things will kill you?" Instant anger. Told him to mind his own damned business. Have no idea what possesses people like to intrude on somebody's privacy and proceed to tell them what they should or shouldn't do. Spare me from the righteous who think they have that much authority over complete strangers. Sheesh!

Just saw a bit on Indy-blog about a piece in Salon. CIA has it on their website. The US losing power and place in the world. China and Japan financing us. China building power all the time. Thank you BushCo for doing your best to destroy the nation and put it at still more security risk. But then he and his fundie base are just longing for "Armageddon" to bring on their "Rapture". And they have the nerve to ridicule the suicide bombers and their belief that they're going to heaven and join their however many virgins. Mental instability reigns.

Just would never have believed that supposedly intelligent people could be so incredibly gullible. Somebody should have kept count of how many times, so far, the world was supposed to come to an end.

And now scientists are speculating that somehow we should introduce greenhouse gases on Saturn's moon so that, possibly, it would warm enough to produce an atmosphere that would allow whatever life forms that might have been there, to rise again to life. I'm thinking that's a damned risky idea any way you want to slice it, if it's even possible.

Seems like humans just cannot leave well enough alone.


Cate said...

So, you've been torqued by the Times. Sounds like a title for something doesn't it? I agree with you about hating to have the ending given away. I have fallen over chairs before to get to the remote in time to silence John Leonard, the critic on CBS's Sunday Morning, before he made a movie unwatchable for me. But you didn't say whether you recommended the movie or not. Is it a "must see"?

Watch 'n Wait said...

Is it a must see....Well, Cate, I think it actually is. There's so much that is just extraordinarily good about it...the fine, fine acting, same with the directing. A great helping of truths. But, man, don't read the reviews before you go if you can possibly help it. And if you do see it, I'd like to know your reaction.