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If Bush lied, then so did… by American Elephant

Joe Biden Lied?

Hmm, I’m beginning to see a pattern here.

Merv Griffin: 1925-2007 by American Elephant
August 13, 2007, 6:17 am
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Merv Griffin

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Merv Griffin, the entertainer turned impresario who parlayed his “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune” game shows into a multimillion- dollar empire, has died. He was 82. [read more]

May God rest his soul and comfort those who knew and loved him.

Karl Rove to Resign by American Elephant

President Bush and Karl Rove

Karl Rove, President Bush’s longtime political adviser, is resigning as White House deputy chief of staff effective Aug. 31, and returning to Texas, he said in an interview with Paul Gigot, editor of The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page. [read more]

Let the speculation begin! Anytime there’s a resignation in the White House, people immediately begin searching for the “real” reason. Is he leaving to work on someone’s campaign? To work for the GOP? Did Bush ask him to resign? Democrats will claim his departure is nefarious in one way or another.

After all, unhinged Democrats want Rove’s head so badly, they’re willing to completely fabricate reasons to subpoena him, knowing full well they aren’t entitled to his testimony—they just want to trip him up then cry “perjury!”. (As evidenced by their refusal to accept testimony off the record.)

I’m inclined to believe that may have something to do with it. I think Rove poses more of a potential distraction at this point than anything.

General Petraeus testifies next month, and from everything I’ve seen, it looks like it may be a rather positive report. If that is the case, Democrats are going to be looking for any opportunity they can to change the subject, create scandal—something, anything to sully the report. Rove is almost always at the center of their fabricated scandals.

At this point, everyone’s political futures hinge on Iraq. If Iraq is a success—more specifically if the American people see the opportunity for victory emerging from Bush’s strategy—then Democrats are toast. Bush may simply be removing as many opportunities for Democrats to change the public’s focus as possible.

Then again, I could be all wet.

Great news for movie lovers… by American Elephant
August 13, 2007, 3:20 am
Filed under: Literature, Movies, Pop Culture | Tags: , ,

Is it just me, or have there been an unusual number of good movies this year? Perhaps its just me, since—while I enjoy many genres—I like good fantasy/sci-fi, family and adventure films the most. All the better when I get all three in one film.

The most encouraging consequence of the success of the Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Narnia movies, is that Hollywood seems to have discovered books.

Hollywood is horribly afraid of anything new. It only makes sense; if I were the one putting up my millions to finance a film, I would want some assurance that I would get a return on my investment. Hence the regrettable practice of filming the same films over and over—whether it be the third remake of King Kong or the 27th Rocky sequel—Hollywood wants a sure thing.

But that practice has resulted in stale fare and declining box office.

Enter Harry Potter and Frodo Baggins. Someone finally explained to Hollywood execs what a “book” is, that there are millions of them, that they all contain stories (some of which are very good, in many cases beloved by millions)—and most of which have never been made into movies.


The result is there are good movies again. Movies that we havent all seen a hundred times in one incarnation or another. And thats what I’ve been experiencing lately. I must say, so far, so good. But the one big drawback, is that a bad adaptation can destroy a good book. But on the other hand, when one is well-made, it makes going to the movies fun again.

And I had a fun time at the movies tonight. I saw Stardust—which I’ve never read—and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was truly new.

I also saw previews for several more movies based on books that I love. The Golden Compass looks well-made and exciting; The Dark is Rising (a favortie), however, looks more questionable. Still, I look forward to both. The Spiderwyck Chronicles I have not read, but will have to look into, as it looks right up my alley. And finally, there’s Beowulf (not a book I loved, mind you, rather a book I was forced to plod through in high school) looks positively frightening—and not in the good way.

At any rate, anything that enfuses new life into the Hollywood line-up is great by me. (Click on the pictures to view the trailers)

Stardust The Golden Compass The Dark is Rising The Spiderwick Chronicles Beowulf Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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