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It’s not easy being green

Ever since it became uncool.

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Harvey Korman, R.I.P.

Godspeed to a very funny man, here in an old fashioned but still funny musical comedy sketch with Tim Conway from the Carol Burnett Show.

Harvey, may you find the shortest trip possible to Heaven’s all-star team of sketch comedy.

Also see Ace for the riotously funny Dentist sketch.

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Tolkien estate sues New Line Films for Bupkis

Thomas S. Mulligan writes:

The London-based Tolkien Trust said in its complaint, filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, that under a 1969 contract with the studio that held the original rights to the work, the trust and other plaintiffs were entitled to 7.5% of gross receipts, “less certain expenses,” from the films and related products. According to the suit, worldwide grosses from the trilogy have reached nearly $6 billion.

Bupkis is well known as the meaning of a “net percentage” in the movie business. Homonyms include zero, zilch, nil, none, and nix. It’s kind of amazing that bupkis is now the meaning of “gross percentage” in the movie business. On the other hand, “less certain expenses” could be enough to turn gross into net.

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Superbad looks Superfunny

In a tremendously foul-mouthed way. Watch.

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Snakes on a plane in Egypt

From CNN: Man with 700 snakes arrested at airport

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — Customs officers at Cairo’s airport have detained a man bound for Saudi Arabia who was trying to smuggle 700 live snakes on a plane, airport authorities said.

The officers were stunned when a passenger, identified as Yahia Rahim Tulba, told them his carryon bag contained live snakes after he was asked to open it.

Tulba opened his bag to show the snakes to the police and asked the officers, who held a safe distance, not to come close. Among the various snakes, hidden in small cloth sacks, were two poisonous cobras, authorities said.

After all… Who needs Snakes on a Plane for the in-flight movie when you can have the real thing?
h/t: Electric Venom

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Soup’s On

Dennis Miller, supergenius, has a radio show!

Anybody need a reminder of the pure genius of his Rants?

Now the most recent chucklehead to step forward with his own unique way of aiding our troops is self-anointed surge protector Joe Biden who’s simultaneously looking for a new Bork Bash to enhance his presidential street cred and make the public forget that he puts his foot in his mouth more frequently than a contortionist with a donut hole for a big toe. […]

Now, I’ll grant Biden turf on being the first to discuss partitioning in Iraq. That might be the eventual resolution to this conflict. But who absolutely knows right now that that is the answer? What we are doing now is sorting thru the inevitable fog of war and guys like Biden constantly blowing smoke doesn’t make it any easier to see things clearly.

Non-binding resolutions emboldening our enemies are madness. A troop cap is madness, timed withdrawals are madness, re-deployment to Okinawa is madness, Rube Goldberg Rules of Engagement are madness. We are in this now and we need to go Roman!

Guys like Biden don’t even give you the courtesy of a separation anymore between their anti-war pronouncements and their insistence that what they just said wasn’t an anti-war pronouncement. At least there used to be a properly demarcated verbiage DMZ before the “buts” started. Now, Biden tries to advance his resolution and immediately tags on the rejoinder about not wanting to hinder the President. The Senator insists he just wants to help Bush from making another mistake. Hey Joe, why didn’t you call Bush before you had your hairplugs done by a giant squid from a Jules Verne novel?

Listen, as far as Iraq is concerned, we’re about two buckets into a million bucket fireman’s carry against Radical Islamic Terrorists. Forget re-entry, we’re not even off the pad. As the Walking Boss will tell you, one of us must force the other to get their mind right. That is, right after we get our own cobwebs cleared.

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How the Grinch Hated Valentine’s Day

Globalism is indeed a strange and wonderful thing that can export not only Ipods and computers, Britney Spears CDs and Titanic DVDs, but an entire holiday, a Catholic Saint’s day in fact, to a Moslem land where the holiday has no context.

(Updated: Corrected the sex of the writer)

Valentine’s Day has come to Pakistan, and at least one young woman is not happy about it at all.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not one of those people who hate love altogether, in fact I’m quite the opposite. You ask my family and some of them might tell you they think I’m bit too romantic if anything. I have very strong conviction that true love, the kind you see in films, the kind that is meant to last forever, exists, even outside films. Yet I find the idea of Valentine Day’s meaningless. Why?

Well primarily because it has absolutely nothing to do with my culture and heritage but also because it’s so hollow. How many of the 1 million people that will be sending out cards to each other this year will be with each other this time next year? (source)

If I can give Mr. Miss Razvi and any others who are of the same frame of mind some advice, let it be this. Instead of concerning yourself with the actions of those around you, look to your own heart and give a rose and a card to your own sweetheart on Valentine’s Day. Leave it at that. If you do something sweet for your sweetheart it will give you a better shot at still being together next year, so try it out.

We don’t have to get into the background of Saint Valentine, or why this holiday has traditionally lasted and prospered. These days it is all about love, and not just the experience of sitting and sighing and being in love, but the process of doing something for the loved one.

And if you try it, if you give it the old college try, well it’s possible that what happened to the Grinch one Christmas could happen to a Valentine’s Grinch this year.

And what happened then…?
Well … in Who-ville they say
That the Grinch’s small heart
Grew three sizes that day!

Update: A touching story from a town called Fidelity that illustrates the importance and power of Valentine’s Day.

Tucked in with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to be given the Fidelity postmark, the old woman’s note lamented losing her husband a year ago, six days after his 85th birthday and just months before the two would have marked 64 years as husband and wife.

“Among the flowers I will put on his grave” this month, the widow wrote, “I want to include this envelope stamped `Fidelity.'”

Ruyle figures she’s read the widow’s note a dozen times, and it never gets easier.

“I choke up every time. I never got a letter this touching,” says Ruyle, 61, who’s been postmaster here for 13 years. “I can picture a little man and woman, sitting in a rocking chair or porch swing, just being happy. That’s a good picture to have.” (source)

And that is the meaning of Valentine’s Day.

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