I wish I had this 200 MPH radio control jet when I was kid.
"They just don't make 'em like they used to."
-- every moviegoer, ever, in history
Oh, if only that were true. Technology has changed the process of filmmaking and given us spectacular things to look at, but most Hollywood movies are the same as last year and the year before that and the year before that and the decade before that.
This half-depressing, half-comforting notion has slowly dawned on me over the last few years as my attendance at the movie theater has steadily declined. I still love the movies -- very much so -- but I find I'm lacking the urge to see new movies when I'm so comfortable with the ones I already know and love. Of course, it doesn't help that September is pretty much the worst month at the movies.
Do I need to see "Eagle Eye" when I could just watch "Disturbia" on cable? Must I shell out $9.75 for "Righteous Kill" when I already have "Heat" on DVD?
In case you missed it, here are the political highlights from Saturday Night Live.
That Obama impersonation needs some work.
Why the Bailout Bill Failed
From: Ben Pershing http://voices.washingtonpost.com/capitol-briefing/2008/09/why_the_bailou...
House Republican leaders gave a press conference right after the vote, and they have strongly suggested that Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) floor speech toward the end of the debate was at least partly to blame for the loss. "I do believe we would have gotten there had the Speaker not made this partisan speech on the floor of the house," Boehner said.
It's too early to know whether Pelosi's speech, which laid much of the blame for the whole financial crisis at the foot of the Bush administration, really made much of a difference. But if several House Republicans actually did switch their votes on a momentous piece of legislation just because they were irritated by a speech, what does that say about them? As Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) mockingly characterized the GOP's argument: "Somebody hurt my feelings, so I'm going to punish the country."
It's possible despite weeks of warnings, and a stock market that is cratering as we speak, that a lot of members still aren't taking any of this seriously enough. And that, ultimately, may be the real reason for today's vote.