“Mr. President, I’m not saying we wouldn’t get our hair mussed. But I do say no more than ten to twenty million killed, tops.”
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
There’s a whole site devoted to this sort of animated gif/quote combination. Go check it out. If you’re a movie fan, plan on spending some time there.
“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time like tears in rain. … Time to die.”
Blade Runner (1982)
by Mark Adams
Sometimes I sit in awe of the breathtaking turns our theoretical republic has taken under the Bush regime. I recognize that conditioned responses may contribute to the perception that a sinister oligarchy is promoting a fascist ideology through Stalinistic tactics aimed at domination of the world for a commercial imperium secured through the U.S. military in coordination with the Republican Party Apparachik. They’ve screwed with us from the day FloriDUH went from red to blue and consistently ever since. It is indeed possible that we look for the evidence that confirms our preconceived notions.
Nyahhh. I’m not paranoid. This is the most outrageous U.S. Presidency of all time.
It’s almost too much. I’m just a guy writing into the ether. One person can’t make all that much of a difference, can he? The power at the disposal of the Federal Government cannot be thwarted simply by standing up to it, can it?
Mitt Romney in Iowa this past weekend:
“I mean, in one week [Obama] went from saying he’s going to sit down, you know, for tea, with our enemies, but then he’s going to bomb our allies,” Romney said. “He’s gone from Jane Fonda to Dr. Strangelove in one week.”
While I didn’t watch that debate, I’d bet that his little zinger got a foot-stompin’ good reception from the Republican base.
But who remembers Dr. Strangelove anymore? If anything, the name and character are more closely linked with Henry Kissinger than with Stanley Kubrick or Peter Sellars. And Jane Fonda? Have the Republicans become so … idea-bankrupt that they’re reaching back to the 1970s for iconic imagery? What’s next — calling John Edwards “Meathead?”
What that whole episode emphasizes is how old the Republican base has become. They’re living in the past. The future belongs to today’s young people and they aren’t energized by imagery — and issues — from the 60s and 70s.
The last time they saw Jane Fonda was on The Colbert Report and she handled Stephen pretty well. And, more seriously, we now have full trade relations with Vietnam, right?
Lastly, how many people really believe that Pakistan and Musharref are really acting in our best interest anyway? If they’re sheltering Osama bin Laden (for whatever reason), wouldn’t you want to do whatever it took to catch the bastard — whether or not that offended our “ally?”