["William F. Buckley Jr., who marshaled polysyllabic exuberance, arched eyebrows and a refined, perspicacious mind to elevate conservatism to the center of American political discourse, died on Wednesday at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 82."]
["I grew up in San Francisco reading the film reviews of Mick LaSalle. He's reviewed films for The Chronicle for the last 20 years, writes in a pleasing, conversational tone, and his taste in films is respectable if not adventurous. At least that was my opinion until recently, when my brother forwarded me this rather embarrassing article cum confessional in which LaSalle admitted to having not seen several canonical American films and then proceeded to review a few of them for the first time. In light of the project of this blog - as well as the fact that LaSalle was one of the film critics I looked up to in my youth - I felt it necessary to comment."]
["McCain, who has linked his candidacy to a successful outcome in Iraq, attacked Obama's stance on the war at a town hall meeting in Texas as he seeks to wrap up the Republican presidential nomination. Obama said during the debate with Clinton that once he withdrew U.S. troops from Iraq, if Al Qaeda were to form a base there, 'then we will have to act in a way that secures the American homeland and our interests abroad.' 'I have some news,' McCain said. 'Al Qaeda is in Iraq. It's called Al Qaeda in Iraq. My friends, if we left, they wouldn't be establishing a base, they'd be taking a country and I'm not going to allow that to happen.'"]
["Journalists are taught to maintain a healthy skepticism when it comes to the subject matter they are examining, but often that can degenerate into a deep cynicism. When members of Britney's inner circle announce she is mentally ill, the news is usually greeted by reporters and photographers as more spin from people skilled at doing it well."]
["The mission of the Burt Reynolds and Friends Museum and Florida Film and Theater Institute is to preserve the history of the cultural contributions of Burt Reynolds, and to provide educational opportunities to young actors and filmmakers."]
Quote(s) of the Day: William F. Buckley Jr.
"Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could."
"The Beatles are not merely awful. They are so unbelievably horrible, so appallingly unmusical, so dogmatically insensitive to the magic of the art, that they qualify as crowned heads of antimusic."
"I won't insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said."
"Mr. Bush is in the hands of a fortune that will be unremitting on the point of Iraq. If he'd invented the Bill of Rights, it wouldn't get him out of his jam."
"A Conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling "Stop!""
Image of the Day (click to enlarge): Sanctuary!
Clip of the Day: Buckley debates Noam Chomsky in 1969 (two parts)
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