Dana Stevens notes that Catcher in the Rye was never made into a movie. Though She is right that Holden Caulfield has inspired many movie characters. Of the films she lists I agree that Max Fischer in Rushmore(1999) was a distorted mirror reflection of Holden. I would not have thought of Molly Ringwald’s character in Sixteen Candles, but her feelings of being surrounded by people from another planet echo Salinger’s Caulfield. She mentioned Dustin Hoffman’s performance in The Graduate which made me think of another Hoffman film with Mia Farrow called John and Mary(1969). In that film both character’s thoughts are heard via voice overs. Farrow’s character and her general view is we live in a world of phonies – except for the people she likes of course – rings of Caulfield. It’s difficult to say for certain, but toward the end Mary seems to, unlike Caulfield, have an epiphany in which she realizes that if the world sucks, she has to create her own world of sorts which is warmer, that only by her efforts does it have meaning.
We do not have death panels per se, but we do have hospitals, If nervous about the quality of your hospital, start with a data checkup
As staff writer Molly Hennessey-Fiske wrote in Thursday’s Los Angeles Times: “State officials have fined 13 California hospitals for medical errors that in some cases killed or seriously injured patients, according to a report made public Wednesday.
Once again let us all bow down to the blissful perfection that is private enterprise health-care. From my experience medical workers – nurses, medical technicians, doctors, lab techs – are a very compassionate group of people. If they’re not working at optimum levels under the current systems, doesn’t that suggest the current system could use an upgrade.
The Teabuggers, those pesky kids charged with a federal felony for getting into Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu’s office under false pretences, see themselves as avant-garde Republican activist/humorists. So why aren’t they, or any other right-wingers really, funny?
[ ]…Or it might be that comedy, like journalism, is best when it comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable. It’s certainly partly built of empathy. ACORN, for all of its flaws, mainly works to give voice to the disenfranchised. Sure, you can trick them and sneakily edit your reporting and make them look silly, like O’Keefe did. But comforting the comfortable, and afflicting the afflicted just comes off as mean and nasty and smug. See: Dennis Miller and Ann Coulter.
Conservatives for reasons that could fill a doctoral thesis tend to see the working class – in other words that half of America that has a household income of $55k or less as a threat. They cannot openly admit it, but they also see that class of citizens as an absolute necessity. This permanent under-class empties their bed plans, cut their lawns, makes their daiquiri blenders and polices their streets. Making fun of those people is elitist and we all should know by now cons are not elitist and there is no class war. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. Thus many conservatives live in stark fear of progressive policies, goodness forbid they have to wake early up on Saturday and wax their own car or live up to certain ideals as FDR once said “The people of the United States have made it clear that they expect us to continue our active efforts in behalf of their peaceful advancement.” Tampering with phones on federal property post 9-11 is a con’s idea of a joke as is “active efforts in behalf of their peaceful advancement”. The con view is that domestic terrorism is a laugh and the common good a joke. That is kind of funny, but not in the way the Coulters and Millers intend.