I stumbled upon an old Gary Larson’s The Far Side cartoon earlier today, and laughed like hell. I’d forgotten how funny these comics were.
I am very sick, let me re-phrase that…very damn sick. (Mark Twain squared.)
I’ve only got the energy for a couple of things for you tonight.
With the help of Conan O’Brien, country singer Willie Nelson is auditioning for the role of Gandalf in “Hobbit 2.”
On his unsolicited audition tape, he says, “You can hire me and fire that Ian McKellan guy. He’s a good actor, but hell, I’m Willie Nelson. Oh yeah — and now that I think about it, I’d make a great Magneto.”
Willie celebrates his birthday by the way, the big 80…Video: Watch: Willie Nelson’s ‘Smokin” Audition for ‘The Hobbit’
Any audition that starts with a giddy, “Hey! Look at that dragon!” can only signal good things to come, and Nelson lived up to that early promise, showcasing his acting chops by nailing lines like, “You shall not pass an unlit joint – that’s just not cool” and “That giant flaming eye is freaking me the fuck out!” Nelson and Michah Nelson (reading for Bilbo Baggins) also performed a bit of The Hobbit 2‘s inevitable musical number, “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Orcs.”
Video at the link. (I’ve tried to embed the video…so if it doesn’t work go to the link.)
Democracy Now has an hour interview with Willie from 2008 here, check it out…
Country music legend Willie Nelson turns 80 years old today. Last night he performed a benefit birthday concert in Austin to raise money for the fire department of West, Texas — the town devastated by a fertilizer plant explosion that killed 14 people earlier this month. Nelson was born just a few miles away in Abbott, Texas, in 1933. In addition to being one of the most celebrated country musicians, Nelson has been politically active for decades. He co-founded Farm Aid, the annual benefit and awareness-raising concert for small farmers. Nelson has partnered in a biodiesel plant that fuels trucks with vegetable oil. And he serves on the advisory board member for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. We broadcast an excerpt of our hour-long interview with Nelson when he joined us in our studio in 2008.
I love Willie Nelson…
This is an open thread, I’m getting my ass back to bed.
This has been a very long evening. So here are a couple of videos for you….I think you will find it funny.
Have you ever seen the 1966 Hammer Films The Witches, with Joan Fontaine? They showed it on TCM the other day under the original title The Devil’s Own. There is a scene towards the end of the film that is so freaking hilarious. You can see it in these two video clips below. Watch them and see if you notice some hints of Michael Jackson’s Thriller…
Oh, and don’t eat or drink anything when you watch these video clips. And those of you with weak bladders, you may want to take the necessary precautions.
That is some freaky shit, right?
This is an open thread…have a great night.
The younger brother is held up in a boat in the back yard of a Boston Suburb. You can only wonder what’s going through his head and how his older brother got him into all this. One part of Watertown, Mass has a bird’s eye view of history and tragedy. Is this kid an accidental terrorist? Information on his brother indicates a piece of work that was on the radar of the FBI two years ago andhad a police record of domestic violence. The one in the boat is an American citizen and seems to have the profile of a hapless pothead and shy kid looking for direction. I can only imagine the simplification of this situation that will come from the small narrow minds of the right wing. So, now we can debate how to frame two deadender brothers of an immigrant family vs. the Sandy Hook Shooter and all the rest of our troubled young men? This seems a lot more like that kind of shooting to me than it does an event like 9-11. Here’s hoping we can just get some real understanding on how to prevent these things and go beyond the memes of the day. How do these young men get so troubled that that go off and do horrible things like this?
This is on the front page of Huffington Post:
Part one of the splash contains 30 victims of recent mass shootings — from Newtown, Conn., Tucson, and Aurora, Colo. Part two is full of pictures of the Senators who voted against the measure.