Recovering from the premiere after-party for Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby The thing about living in San Diego is that when I do go to LA to attempt to crash a party, I make sure that I do everyhting I can to get in (as opposed to when I lived in LA). Details when I recover.
Blogging the Democracy Fest I'm in the blogger's lounge at the Democracy Fest that is being held this weekend at San Diego. I saw some bloggers with laptops but they have desktops for bloggers who don't have laptops. I'm right next another blogger--one from Bias Magazine in Denver.
I haven't gone to any of the conferences today but have been milling around the area. I spoke with various people who set up tables. . . I donated $5 to Jeeni Criscenzo's campaign--she's running against Darrell Issa. . . I'm going to the screening of The Time is Now tomorrow. . . I met someone who is putting out a graphic novel about how the 2004 election was stolen by Kenneth Blackwell. . . I met blogger Peter Clothier, blogger and author of The Bush Diaries. . .News Hounds has a table. . . I met a correspondent for Daily Kos. . . Speaking of Kos, I noticed that many bloggers have Yearly Kos laptop holders. . . I tried to get a ticket for tomorrow's blogger's breakfast but it's sold out. They told me to show up anyway.
Update: I'll have more on Democracy Fest later in the week.
The Clerks II World Premiere After-Party I made it up to LA last Tuesday in an attempt to crash the Clerks II World Premiere After-Party. I succeeded--I even got a friend inside too.
The screening and the party were put on by Gen Art. The party was fun but there were a few disappointments: 1) It was a cash bar except for Absolut drinks (Absolut was a co-sponsor of the event); 2) There was no food except for the roped-off celebrity area (my partner-in-crime cadged some french fries for me from someone in the celeb area; 3)The music was too loud; and 4) There was no swag--except for black Absolut vodka shirts. I thought for sure since this is a Kevin Smith film, there would be some cool swag for the party guests. No dice. I guess I'll have to buy it.
The party was at Avalon near Hollywood and Vine. I met some chill people. My friend and I went out on the dance floor and I danced the mashed potato and the lawnmower. Later into the night, when I was looking for my friend, I went out on the patio reserved for smoking and smelled some fin herb that was being smoked. I didn't see who had been smoking it. My friend text-messaged me and told me she was upstairs in the celeb area. I made my way up and spoke to some people there. Despite the small disappointments, I was totally stoked.
Notes: People ask me why I don't try to crash the premiere screenings. The reasons: 1) The screenings have assigned seats (which is one reason that Wedding Crashers raised a question for me and other movie-goers: didn't any of these wedding receptions have table assignments for the guests? 2) During the premiere screening itself, I'm busy finding ways to get into the after-party; 3) I can see the movie after it's released. The party is a one-time affair.
You know Sean Hannity's usual suspects that purport to be Democrats.
Bob Beckel, Susan Estrich, Lanny Davis...Joe Lieberman (the only elected Dem who regularly wades into the Hannity mire, which should tell you a lot).
They'll say they do shows like Hannity's to speak for their side; to have the opportunity to get their word to the Right. Sure. Like Hannity would book them if that would be the result.
You may think Hannity is an intellectual airhead. But he's not stupid.
They don't have you sign a $25 million contract because you are. He knows exactly what he's doing and there are plenty who say they're on the left who are helping him.
It's a pattern of party-defeat. Worse... It's party-deceit.
Beckel, Estrich and the lot show up on Hannity and start off by giving their Dem-side credentials, far more than mine, to prove who they are, when for the most part, it describes who they once were.
Then the issue they were brought on to discuss is introduced. It's usually a quote by someone like Cindy Sheehan, Jack Murtha, Howard Dean or such. You know, some individual who has the balls to actually say what we all want said. They may not have said what they said perfectly, but look for Sean to pull the part of the soundbite that pleases his agenda, even if that not be what the person meant. In some cases, such as Senator Dick Durbin's speech concerning the Gitmo conditions, Hannity will play an edited version of the speech to make it appear more "damaging to our soldiers" or some such other objective.
Next, the (in the case of Estrich and Beckel, Fox) "contributor" will condemn the quote and the person who said it. They may attempt to excuse it, but they still find it a problem. . .
Ailes/Limbaugh Strategy Session? Michael Levine recently spotted Rush Limbaugh and the head of the fair and balanced channel, Roger Ailes having an intense discussion over lunch in Palm Beach. Was Limbaugh giving advice on journalistic ethics?
David Horowitz Gets His Lunch Eaten Read Joe Conason's headline story in Salon on the recent attempts by Horowitz and other wingnuts to bully the New York Times with phony charges of treason. Conason mentioned my mocking of Horowitz's hypocrisy about treason (teaser: Horowitz essentially called for his own execution in his writings--read the article and the link for more details).
Post on Coulter's Plagiarsm and an Appeal to Bloggers Read "The Meaning of Ann Coulter's Plagiarism" on the Godless blog.
On the topic of the book Godless, I set up the blog to review it, but I haven't had the time to do it--also since it sucked so bad when I skimmed it, the thoguht of devoting time to writing a review is too much for me). This gives an up-and-coming blogger the chance to help me out and help himslef/herself out. Write a thorough review (1500 to 2500 words) of Coulter's book Godless and e-mail it to me. If I publish it on the Godless Blog, you will not only receive a byline for the review (and a link on the Godless blog), but I will mention you on this blog and give you a permanent link on this blog.