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I had more luck with my kids watching The Birds, though it was just a couple months ago and they're young adults now. (They actually requested to watch it specifically for the "cultural literacy" aspect.) Coincidentally, I also recently watched Granger develop his swordsmanship in Scaramouche (1952) and (Thanks TCM for Silent Sundays) his predecessor Ramon Novarro in the 1923 version.

Our current political scene does resemble commedia dell'arte in more ways than one. Keep on diverting a portion of that fire hose our way, Mike. I enjoy your selections and your comments. Thanks.


Thanks for the Vanity Fair link. "Donald's World" in particular made me laugh.
And for us animation fans, Scaramouche is also the name of a robotic hitman working for an evil overlord, though he's at least more amusing to watch.

Lost in A**2

Apropos de rein, this might be a good time to jump into Girl Genius; a new story started on Monday.


FYI, the original "The Birds" was a British short story published right after WW2 and shows the influence of surviving the Blitz. I tell my World Wars class that then show them the famous scene with Tippy at the schoolhouse referenced in the cartoon above. They also read (or are supposed to) the original story.Then we discuss what about the experience of the Blitz is shown in the story.

Brad Walker

And here I thought McCoy was referencing High Anxiety...

BTW, those birds are for Twitter. If it was Facebook you'd have to wait for the Emoji Movie.

Thom Hartmann has been talking about McConnell and his refusal to call recess during the Obama years so BHO couldn't make any recess appointments. He'd leave someone in DC to come in every so often, gavel in, gavel out, lather rinse repeat. Hartmann says to watch if McConnell does the same this August. If he pulls everyone out for recess, watch for 45 to fire Session's ass ASAP, appoint a new AG and shut down Mueller. If not, not.

We live in excruciating times.

Mike Peterson

Thanks, Brad -- fixed. Being coherent at 4 am is kind of a challenge.

Incidentally, I gave my son a VHS of Scaramouche when he was a fencer in college. They used to play it in the bus on the way to matches. I hear that Cornell Wilde was the best fencer in film, but there are some awfully good duels in that flick.

Kip W

Basil Rathbone was also well regarded as a fencer, and I almost feel like I recently saw a movie where he got to be the good guy and not have to lose to someone less proficient.

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