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Grouchy People Hate on Christina Hendricks

Apparently she of the Hourglass Figure did a shoot for Johnny Walker, which involved pictures like this:

She has breasts, she does.

Which has provoked all manner of hate from chicken-chested girls and the Caspar Milquetoasts who love them. No, that’s unfair. Just a lot of wearisome snark from people who have been trained never to let something out of the ordinary go by without comment.

Johnny Walker tastes like liquified paint chips, anyway.

UPDATE: Doug Winship salutes the Marketing.

Let Us Now Discuss Anne Hathaway as Catwoman

I mean, I have better things to do, but I’m low on the energy right now. Plus, I feel the need to provide a palate cleanser after posting that Leann Rimes picture.

Foredoomed it was that when the Dark Knight Rises decided to make the obvious move from the Joker to Catwoman and Bane, that controversy would result from the casting. Bane is one of the newer Bat Villains, so anyone would do for him. But Catwoman may be as important to the Bat Universe as the Joker. Alone among his foes, the Cat brings out something good in the Bat, and reminds him that he’s a man, rather than merely a shadow with extensive MMA training.

"Hush" was a good series.

So the chatter I’ve picked up is that Hathaway won’t be half as good as Michelle Ppppfeiffer was in Batman Returns, on account of being too “nice” and “girl next door” and whatever. This may end up being true; I don’t know. But I have a couple of objections to it: Continue reading → Let Us Now Discuss Anne Hathaway as Catwoman

Rating My CD’s: A Cheaper Kind of Love Song

51. Red Sammy — A Cheaper Kind of Love song

[For the first 50 of this series, go here.] 

I first mentioned Red Sammy a good few months ago, at Genre Confusion. I described them as a “a country-blues-folk band with some pretty serious soul.” Better than that, they were serious gents, and gave me this CD for free, basically on account of my radio show. While at one point I intended to to a special Rating My CD’s on it, the moment passed, so into the regular rotation it went. However, inasmuch as this is one of the rare groups in my collection I’ve seen live; it’s still special to me.

The best part of Red Sammy in general and this disc in particular is John Decker’s tasty Resonator licks. Unlike your average guitarist, who picks up steel to show off his artsiness, Decker breathes the instrument. His fingers seem to have melded with it. Nor does the band make the mistake of putting that Resonator sound higher in the mix than it needs to be; it sits right and tight, giving each song a sweet rough twang exactly where it’s needed.

This is the kind of music that makes one anxious to throw out the very concept of genre as anything but an advertising convenience. Red Sammy’s sound doesn’t just mix rock, folk, and country, it hearkens back to that ur-music that all three came from, without once sounding dated or nostalgic. And Adam Trice’s vocals, growling but friendly, evince pain and assurance in equal measures, yielding a performance of surprising emotional freshness.

There is some music that feels out of place at certain times and in certain places; e.g. I have a hard time playing Joy Division in the summer, or Queens of the Stone Age in the winter. Red Sammy doesn’t have that problem; it sounds appropriate the year round, whether you’re rolling through the foothills or tooling the streets of Baltimore that the band calls home.

The official band web site is here, but you can download the album at your own named price right here. Do yourself a favor.

Grade: LL

A Constitution That Can Be Escaped is Not a Constituion at All.

Jeff Goldstein hits Mitt Romney on an oft-ignored weakness: judicial moderation.

Statism is in the very strictest sense anti-Constitutional. Or, if you wish to be kind, extra-Constitutional, which really amounts to the same thing.

The first step toward fixing a politicized judiciary is NOT to bracket political leanings when choosing justices. And that’s because such a conceit plays into the hands of the left, whose adepts and acolytes are happy to promote an equivalency between statist and conservative legal reasoning — with the former, when deployed “equally” on the courts, providing steady pressure against the Constitution itself, leaving the latter little margin for error should we hope to keep the courts from expanding the power of government.

There is a reason, after all, that our country has moved steadily left, and why the left will use the courts to move the country leftward whenever they can.

No, the first step toward fixing a politicized judiciary is to reaffirm the scope and function of the courts, and to state without equivocation the appropriate methodology for what comes to count as “intepretation” in a legal context.

Just so. Interpretation is not the same as re-interpretation. The former is fact-based and objective, even blind. The latter is agenda-based and deeply committed to the right answer.

A GOP candidate who does not understand this is not acceptable.