Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Ron Weasley: Ice Cream Man

I already posted this on my Maverick at the Movies blog, but I though I would share it here too.

This MSNBC article focusing on the three child stars of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix contains this gem from actor Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley. Asked how he has spent his profits from the films, Grint replied:

“I’ve recently got an ice-cream van,” he said.

And further:

All three young stars have begun to look toward life after Harry Potter. Watson wants to attend university and would like to appear in a costume drama. Grint, too, wants to carry on acting — “and if it doesn’t work out, I’ve still got the ice cream van.”

Monday, June 18, 2007

Stem Cell Video

This Youtube video says most of what needs to be said about President Bush's stance on stem cell research.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Dan Rather vs. CBS News

Here is a video of a phone interview with Dan Rather on MSNBC attacking CBS news and more broadly the mainstream media for their obsessive coverage of all things insignificant (Paris Hilton, etc) and the lack luster coverage of the war. Rather is far too tactful to say what really needs to be said, but his comments about the consequences of bringing the sensibilities of the Today show to the evening news are well taken.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Hitchens on Falwell's Death

Here is a video of Christopher Hitchens reacting to the death of Jerry Falwell on Anderson Cooper 360. The quality of the video is not particularly good but the sound is decent and it includes the whole interview and email reaction to Hitchens' comments.

The only element of Hitchens' argument that I disagree with is the notion that Falwell was disingenuous in his beliefs. I would argue that Falwell probably did believe what he said, since I am unaware of any comments betraying his faith. That is no excuse for the idiotic and destructive things that he said and did. In fact, it is an even greater indictment of the nonsense Falwell dedicated his life to as he was truly representative of the religion, much more so than the apologists who have attempted to excuse his actions under the cover of misguided faith.