URL du Election Eve

I'm an iPod guy, but Mrs. Salad listens to Commie Radio (aka "NPR") and she heard probably the funniest thing they've ever broadcast, a parody of election advertising. In flagrant disregard for copyright law (so sue me, you Commie bastards!) here's the transcript, and you might have better luck than I in getting their server to cough up the audio.

The "pro" ad:

NICE LADY: I'm a Mom, and I'm voting "yes" on Prop. 111. Prop. 111 provides free candy for every child in our state.

KID: I heart candy!

NICE LADY: And the candy won't hurt their teeth, because Prop. 111 will fund the development of a high-tech polymer that protects kids' teeth from decay. The polymer also makes kids 200 percent smarter and wealthier, and it makes them hate illegal drugs. And Prop. 111 does all this without raising taxes, by floating a series of magic astrological wizard bonds that incur zero debt while generating billions of dollars in revenue. If you believe in unicorns, vote yes on Prop. 111.

FAST MALE VOICE: Paid for by Citizens for Realism in Voting.

But of course there's an anti:
SCARY VOICE: Supporters of Prop. 111 say it gives candy to children. But thanks to special-interest loopholes, Prop. 111 will actually seal children in wooden barrels and roll them off the tops of skyscrapers.

KID: Help meeeeeeeeeeee!

SCARY VOICE: The plummeting child-stuffed barrels will destroy our roads . 10 percent of state revenue will go towards repaving the streets and burying the dead. And Prop. 111 has provisions for 900 new taxes, including one on the air you breathe. Prop. 111 was crafted in a cave full of vampire bats by demons with wings of fire. It hates you. If you are a human being, vote NO on 111.

FAST MALE VOICE: Paid for by Voters United Against Fearmongering.

Do your civic duty tomorrow, folks! Personally, I plan on drinking heavily.

Last Modified 2006-11-06 8:38 PM EST

Ride the High Country

[Amazon Link] [3.0
stars] [IMDb Link] Guilty confession: I fell asleep for a goodly portion of this ostensible masterpiece (91% on the Tomatometer). What I saw was good, but (obviously) it didn't rivet my eyes open. It's one of Sam Peckinpah's early movies, and it has some of the same themes as The Wild Bunch: the grizzled veterans, increasingly out of place in a too-civilized world, operating under their own moral code, which may or may not involve lawbreaking.

Trivia: Randolph Scott's last movie, and Mariette Hartley's first one. R. G. Armstrong appears as Mariette's bible-thumping dad; you've almost certainly seen him in a bazillion movies and TV shows.


Last Modified 2012-10-21 12:27 PM EST