-It looks like Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC.) has come to the conclusion that while the Senate is mostly useless, it’s still not useless enough… (H/T to Think Progress.)
Sen. Jim DeMint warned his colleagues Monday night that he would place a hold on all legislation that has not been “hot-lined” by the chamber or has not been cleared by his office before the close of business Tuesday. Although the South Carolina Republican has objected for years to the hot-lining of legislation until his staff at the Republican Steering Committee has reviewed it, DeMint’s threat to essentially shut down legislation in the chamber is remarkable. […]
[I]n a terse e-mail sent to all 100 Senate chiefs of staff Monday evening, Steering Committee Chief of Staff Bret Bernhardt warned that DeMint would place a hold on any legislation that had not been hot-lined or been cleared by his office before the close of business Tuesday. […]
Democratic and Republican aides alike were stunned, arguing that DeMint had essentially made a unilateral decision to end legislative activity in the Senate.
It should be noted that one of those bills that DeMint could block is a stop gap spending bill that could, as Keith Olberman pointed out tonight, effectively shut down the Government! (Sorry about the link but WordPress doesn’t accept MSNBC embeds.)
In the US Senate, where dickishness has been raised to an art form, Jim DeMint may have finally painted his masterpiece!
Well, he’s over played his hand this time, it’s an election year and as we speak, progressive groups are now lining up to help DeMint’s opponent put the smackdown on this miserable douche nozzle…wait? Who’s running against DeMint this year?
…kill me…kill me…
-In California, Looks like Arnold Schwarzengger has gone Dirty Fucking Hippie on us.
It should be noted that Arnold is far from an innocent lamb in this situation. Given his alleged ties to Ken Lay and Enron and his shameful treatment of public workers and nurse’s unions, this could be seen as a cynical ploy to rehabilitate his image so people believe that the worst thing he’s ever done is “The Last Action Hero”.
Or maybe…just maybe…he sees the shambles that his beloved state is in and is now trying to make amends.
For his sake, I hope it’s the latter. This is a good start but the Road to Damascus is a hard walk and only the truly humbled can finish the journey.
And for Arnold,”Humble” has never been an easy thing.
Sally Menke, Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-nominated collaborator and longtime friend, outlasted her friend on a hike in Los Angeles’ sprawling Griffith Park on Monday. But she never returned home. After a mammoth police search last night and early this morning, officers found her body at the bottom of a ravine, her Labrador retriever sitting by her side.
Menke, 56, is survived by two children and husband Dean Parisot, the director of Galaxy Quest and Fun With Dick and Jane, who was headed back to Los Angeles this morning. She was pronounced dead at 2 a.m., the cause of death still unknown.
One of the great joys this past decade in film has been watching Quentin Tarantino leap headlong into action filmmaking with the same uninhibited energy and confidence as his writing. And a lot of that confidence comes from having an editor who knows your rhythms.
Editing is a tough gig. It’s not enough to put slices of film together. You have to build each scene to give it shape and rhythm. A badly cut action scene, no matter how many gun shots and explosions you squeeze in, will just lie there. A well cut dialogue scene can squeeze your heart.
Menke had been working with Tarantino since 92. And besides losing a good friend, he probably feels like someone’s hacked off his right arm. No doubt he’ll keep making films. But he’ll be the first to admit, they won’t be the same.