Thursday 21 August 2008

Generation Kill – The Killer Elite

I’ve been watching the HBO mini-series Generation Kill recently, based on journalist Evan Wright’s experiences in Iraq travelling with 1st Recon Battalion of the US Marine Corps. It’s a very interesting look into the mindset and lives of a Marine unit during a time of war. It’s a shame that it’s only 7 episodes long, with 1 left to air, as it really is quite gripping.

I started reading The Killer Elite, Wright’s 3-part article on the Rolling Stone website, on which the book and later the TV series were based. It just goes to show just how close to the original story the TV series has stayed, only a few minor details changed here and there.

If you get a chance to watch the TV show, I highly recommend it.

Wednesday 03 May 2006

Truthiness Hurts

Thank you Stephen Colbert.

Thank you for being the bravest, ballsiest, and sharpest satirist in America.

Stephen ColbertThe fantastic Stephen Colbert from The Colbert Report (and previously The Daily Show) was a guest speaker at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on the 26th of April. I bet when they booked him they didn’t expect him to actually use his on-screen persona!

Once he stood up behind that podium, he just let rip. It was scathing comment after scathing comment. Bush looked pretty pissed off, and several people actually walked out while Stephen was talking. After denying that the administration was rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic when making personnel changes, saying that was a terrible metaphor, he added, “this administration is not sinking, this administration is soaring! If anything, they are rearranging the deck chairs on the Hindenburg!”

Most of the mainstream press chose to ignore Colbert in their reports. Was this because of what he said about the President? Or maybe because he also had set his sights on them? He’s certainly no fan of Faux.. oh sorry.. Fox News. [“Fox News gives you both sides of every story: the president’s side, and the vice president’s side.”] I really don’t think the media knew how to react, this probably knocked them completely for six. Too biting? Too much truthiness?

Jon Stewart from The Daily Show on the 1st of May, called Colbert’s performance “balls-alicious” and stated that “We’ve never been prouder of him, but holy shit!”.

Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report had this to say three days after the dinner: “FLASH: Colbert averaging just over one million viewers a night (1,077,000], year to date on COMEDY CENTRAL, which is less than FOXNEWS’s 6-11pm line-up”. Er… a half hour show at 11:30pm gets less viewers than a 5 hour primetime show? Makes sense to me. I think Mr Drudge is just clutching at straws, stunned by Stephen’s incredibly devastating attack on the man sitting next to him.

Check out the Full Transcript of Stephen’s speech, and read more gems like this:

“I stand by this man. I stand by this man because he stands for things. Not only for things, he stands on things. Things like aircraft carriers and rubble and recently flooded city squares. And that sends a strong message, that no matter what happens to America, she will always rebound — with the most powerfully staged photo ops in the world.”

If you’d prefer, you can watch the entire speech (skip to near the end!), including the fantastic lampooning of President Bush by Bush himself and the incredible impressionist Stephen Bridges earlier in the evening, by downloading this torrent.

I would also recommend getting The Daily Show from the 1st of May, so you can hear Jon Stewart’s comments for yourself.

Again, I would just like to say… Thank you Stephen Colbert.

Update: You can view Stephen Colbert’s speech and Bush’s Impersonator over at Google Video, with the full permission of C-SPAN.

Friday 03 February 2006

Censorship In Action

Bit of a difference there don’t you think?

Lewis does make a good point though… Google is in business, and it’d be incredibly stupid to ignore 1/5th of the world’s population. That said… censorship is evil.

Thursday 20 October 2005

Next Tory Leader?

So now we’re down to David Cameron and David Davis.

I really hope Cameron wins, from what I’ve heard from him he sounds like a much better leader and a good candidate for Prime Minister.

I didn’t bother voting for any party at the last election as I really didn’t feel like any of them would do a good job, and I really didn’t want Michael Howard as Prime Minister… the guy looks like something out of a horror movie!

If David Cameron wins the leadership contest, and if he can pull the Conservative party together, then we may actually have a party worth voting for.

Thursday 21 July 2005

More Attacks On London

3 minor explosions at 3 tube stations, and a bus has had its windows blown out in Hackney. The stations involved are Oval, Shepherd’s Bush and Warren Street where I was this morning!

All the explosions involved only detonators, and they went off around 13:11.

Only one injury is reported so far.

UPDATES: Latest from the BBC

The attempted bombings in London were designed to kill people, the head of the Metropolitan Police has said.

But Sir Ian Blair said evidence left at the scenes could be very helpful to police and added “the intention of the terrorists has failed”.

It is believed devices only partially exploded at four locations, three at Tube stations and one on a bus.

BBC security correspondent Mark Urban said initial indications were that the devices were put together in a way very similar to those used two weeks ago.

He said there were suggestions that the rucksacks themselves, as well as the choice of three tube trains and one bus as targets, all suggested a similar method of attacks.

There was also speculation that the devices were so similar to those used two weeks ago that they may even have been part of the same batch.

Friday 06 May 2005

Flushing The Country

(…down the toilet)

Well there we go, Our Glorious Leader Tony Blair has won the election and is set to run our country (into the ground) for the next 4 years.

At least his majority has been cut down to size with the Tories and LibDems both taking seats from Labour, so some issues might be harder to pass – such as ID cards.


Thursday 28 April 2005

Voter Apathy

My friend Lewis makes a good point about apathy over on his blog.

…the case against voting remains: the differences between the parties amount to flushing the country down different drains, rather than fishing it out the bog altogether.

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