When in Venice…

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When in Venice…

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Richard Gere: "Is that a maxim in my pocket, or am I just happy to see you?
… Do as the Capocomico does.
VENICE, Italy (AP) - Richard Gere and Charlize Theron added their voices to a chorus of stars taking swipes at the Bush administration at the Venice Film Festival. "How did we elect Bush twice?" Gere asked rhetorically (…)

"What's interesting to me is how do the bad people among us end up our leaders?" the 58-year-old actor said at a news conference Monday.

Oh Dear. Coming from a moving pictures muppet such as Dick the Gigolo here, that's mighty rich. Rich as a Beverly Hillbilly, no less.

"Still, can you beat that Diss?" sez the motley crowd that form my beloved audience? "Yah, you betcha Yah", sez the Me.

Let's study in detail this profound aphorism from the great 21st century philosopher Richard Gere:
"How did we elect Bush twice?"

By voting for him. Twice. Democracy, majority rule, consent of the governed, free and fair elections, equality before the law, political pluralism, and [expletive omitted for the sake of the lovelies in the audience] Dude.

If Dick the Deep Thinker feels he still has to ask such a - rhetorical, mind you - question circa 2007, then we can reasonably deduce that the Richard Gere School of Thinking Very Hard With The Inside Of Richard Gere's Head belongs either under Authoritarianism or Idiotarianism.

Possibly both.

Which, and I digress, is very surprising indeed. Considering the little I know about Richard Gere, through the little tabloids I've read, I would have thought his philosophy, like the rest of the Californian Celluloid Stick Figures was (very) limited to, I don't know, Clitoridianism(1). But I suppose Hollywood actors, when they get close to 60, are bound to discover that one can think with his head too. At least some of them.
"What's interesting to me is how do the bad people among us end up our leaders?"

Ah, interesting — though no very kind to Nancy Pelosi — but what's interesting to me is how do we let all sorts of dropouts, magic dusters and nymphos turned buffoons and jesters on silver screens, whose only talent is to learn tricks and Sit! Quiet! Fetch! at the guy behind the camera's order, think they can claim the moral high ground and lecture us?

I wouldn't let my dog patronize me like that, and I'm sure he can fetch better and faster than Richard Gere. But then, it didn't take my dog 60 years to figure out how to use his brain.

Oh and, forgive my enduring lack of interest for the latest Bimbo Race Championship, but can anybody tell me who the screaming hell is Charlize Theron?

Nevermind, that was asked rhetorically, in a very Richard Gerian fashion. I don't give a flying [expletive omitted for the sake of the lovelies in the audience] about who she is.

Many thanks to my nearly-Adoptive Mom — whom I love just the same nevertheless — Valerie from Texas, for slapping the back of my head and pointing me at the great Bob Parks report and take on the last lecture in Hollywood Philosophy.
  1. I just made that up, so keep reading. And you should be mature enough by now to stop looking up dirty words in the dictionary.

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  • SisterToldjah

I really, really hate it when an actor who has starred in movies I enjoy makes stupid, asinine comments like these.  It makes it difficult to watch those movies with the same frame of mind you once did.  I’ll never view the movie “Pretty Woman” the same again :(

Now, if he were on the “right” side, it would enhance the movie-viewing quite a bit ;)

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  • bonmotdot

My dear FrenchFroggy, you SHOULD be interested in Charlize.  She is sure you must be interested in her.  She is a Hollywood type.  That is, America’s version of dancing circus bears.  Except they unfortunately lack that colorful cup thing that circus bears wear over their mouths to keep them shut.  Charlize used to dance also.  Until a knee injury made her dancing awkward.  Unfortunately, then she switched from dancing to talking.  Here are some of her famous quotes:

“I think of myself as a highly se*ual creature”


“There’s only so much you can do, but if somebody doesn’t give you a chance there is nothing you can do”


“I was a little mad at myself because I feel very fortunate”


“I’m happy for people who want to get married. It’s not my thing”

So you see, our dancing circus bears are better left with scripts written by intelligent people.  When they make up their own words it does not go well. 

Many Americans do not rely on the circus bears for political advice.  We just shovel money at them (we are funny like that) and hope they will go away before we get a headache.

*Air kisses*  Allons Froggie!  (or however you say it in French.)

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  • Chris

I truly enjoy ready your blog.  Please continue.

As to the issue of Hollywood folks going overseas and bashing George B.  I consider it a blessing.  They are out of the country, and we are better for it.

Thanks again.

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  • tinga-tinga

The Indians were greatly insulted when grey-haired Gere swept up a popular Bollywood actress for a stud-ly-like publicity kiss- and the Indians wanted to arrest him for what they described as a lewd act.  Guess Gere never noticed that there is a lot of suggestion in Bollywood flicks, but no action.  Thought it was funny - all these “multi-culti” priests and priestesses and then they do a MAJOR faux pas out of real cultural ignorance.  Fitting.

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  • tinga-tinga

I will get an avatar one of these days ...everyone else looks so cool.

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  • Iwo Gina Maryland

I truly believe that there is nothing sadder than a personality that is no longer (if he ever was) relevant, that he makes such a futile and pathetic attempt to re-establish his relevance at the cost of others. In this case, it is not only at the cost of the President of the United States, but also the majority of Americans that voted for him. DF pointed out that as Mr. Gere’s comments come nearly 3 years after the election that put our President into office for a second term, it makes his statements not only irrelevant, but I am extremely puzzled as to the timing of the remarks. Is Mr. Gere still fuming over the Florida recount? Or the claims by the Goreacle (Hotel - I hope you don’t mind if I use your name for Big Al) that the last election was anything but decisive? I think that Richard needs to get over it already and move on - or, if he just can’t bring himself to do that, he should hook up with Alec Baldwin (and perhaps a few other Hollywooders) and finally carry out his threat to “move to Canada” (sorry to any of our Canadian friends that I may offend by this suggestion). I don’t know if the rest of the world takes these politically illiterate celebrities seriously or not, but I do know the damage that can be done by them in that their words and actions are a propaganda bonanza for our enemies. It gets to a point where one gets weary of hearing that yet another of our own citizens abroad has made at best, a statement of disrepect, at worst, slanderous and near-treasonous remarks (I refer to Jane Fonda and John Kerry - both of whom I consider traitors and unworthy of U.S. citizenship).

Iwo Gina :coolsmile:

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  • Iwo Gina Maryland

Oops, I meant the 2000 election regarding Al and Florida - it’s late, folks, and I’ve got a lot on my mind (my youngest in the hospital overseas). Sorry for the faux pas and the time-warp - it’s a temporary malady that will pass.

Iwo Gina :coolsmile:

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  • Robicon East Coast

Unfortunatley the Lib-tards (especially the Hollyweird variety) think that whatever they say must matter, because - you like me, you really, really like me!.  On the same note, on screen toughness usually corresponds to off screen limp wristedness (of the non-homophobic variety (not that there’s anything wrong with that (@#^#%^$&@#&@*#^)).  Whew…

Most actors, ne - no actors, would know the difference between the Allies in WWII and Che Guevara, they’d insist, to the death, that Che stood on the moral high ground (10’s of thousands of dead Cubans to the contrary).

The only way to impress the ‘liberal elite’ of the grand old USA is to kill a couple hundred thousand of your countryfolk in the name of some -ism (comun-, social- fac-...).  Any thing thing less makes you a neo-con.

Fortunately, I’m a neo-con, old school con, Reagan Republican.  I don’t have all those deaths on my conscience.

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  • SisterToldjah

*stands up and applauds* Great points, Gina.

I’ve argued with more lefties than I can count on the significance of dissing your fellow countrymen on foreign soil.  They never get it.  Not only that, but they will also break out the old “he has a right to say whatever he wants” line, when it’s not about having the right to say it, but whether or not it is right to say.  These people do not understand that freedom carries the weight of responsibility along with it.

BTW, hope your youngest gets well soon.

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  • Mike H. Spokane, Wa

It appears that he forgot to reload his Brain Housing Group when he was making ‘An Officer and A Gentleman.’ That oversight unfortunately leaves one unprepared for mental combat using ammunition of the verbal kind that’s obtainable at any reputable EIB outlet. Uuh Rah!

BTW, when undergoing training, at Edson Range, at Camp Pendleton, one has to strip all weapons and clean them for turn in. Evidently he wasn’t watching when he disassembled the only weapon that he has. That’s too bad as he’ll be undefended when he leaves the relative safety of his herd.

et sic de similibus!

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  • TBinSTL St Louis MO USA

Why does he do it?

‘cause he’s “got no place else to go!” (semi-obscure reference warning)

With Theron’s mother shooting her abusive father, I always had high hopes that she would be mindful of her good fortune at coming to the USA from her corruption ridden home of South Africa. Planning for when society collapses, she is on the list for my collection of beauties when I rule Bartertown. I may have to look into a home lobotomy kit to make life tolerable for me with my post apocalypse harem.

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  • Folly USA

Here’s a question for Mr. Gere:  How did we make a no-talent ass like you a star?

Charlize Theron won an Oscar for Monster so now she thinks she an expert on geo-politics.  She’s just another dumb Hollywood bimbo who needs to shut up.  Ms. Theron, you aren’t paid to spout your opinion.  You’re paid to entertain.  Like a court jester but not as funny.

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  • Valerie, Texas

I flip open the ol’ dacha this morning and…. AGGGH!  MY EYES! 
Make it go away!

Geeze!  Put a warning on the door next time.  Gak.

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  • the dissident frogman France

Aow c’mon Mom! It’s just a Richard Gere I found on my way back from school. Can we keep it? Please?

Time to take sides

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  • Valerie, Texas

No.  Now get that thing on out of here!

You don’t know where it’s been!

Excellent points in your post.  (Yes, I read it once my vision returned.)  Proud of you son, real proud.

Now, take that trash on out of here.

Noticed a tiger made of paper followed you here.  HIM you can keep!  Welcome back Big Cat, you’ve been missed too.

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  • the dissident frogman France

Me? With a tiger? What tiger?

                                                                         

Time to take sides

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  • SisterToldjah

It appears that he forgot to reload his Brain Housing Group when he was making ‘An Officer and A Gentleman.’ That oversight unfortunately leaves one unprepared for mental combat using ammunition of the verbal kind that’s obtainable at any reputable EIB outlet. Uuh Rah!

LOL!

Gere, like so many other Hollywood ‘elites,’ must have forgotten that you should never wage a battle of wits unarmed ;)

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  • SisterToldjah

As to the issue of Hollywood folks going overseas and bashing George B. I consider it a blessing. They are out of the country, and we are better for it.

Chris,

Only problem is, they always return back ...

The idea of creating a “Moonbatia” country just for people like Gere sounds more appealing by the second.

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  • Valerie, Texas

There was a time when I would have nominated San Francisco.  A couple of well placed explosives et viola, the island nation of Moonbattia.  Not any more.

Instead, do an exchange program wth France.  For every 10 useful idiots we get one of the still noble and decent French—like Diss, Carine, et Herve.  Except for Michael Moore.  For taking him, we get 100 French people.  We could clean out the Hollywood rat’s nest in not time.  They all think living overseas is so great, give them what they want.

In the meantime I will continue to not go to their movies or buy their DVDs.

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  • SisterToldjah

Instead, do an exchange program wth France. For every 10 useful idiots we get one of the still noble and decent French—like Diss, Carine, et Herve. Except for Michael Moore. For taking him, we get 100 French people. We could clean out the Hollywood rat’s nest in not time. They all think living overseas is so great, give them what they want.

I like that suggestion!

Speaking of people dissing the US on foreign soil, I read today where Rep. Dennis Kucinich, while in the Middle East this week to meet with Middle Eastern “leaders,”  went off on the US and their “illegal” war in Iraq, and said he would not step foot in Iraq because he didn’t want to “bless that occupation with my presence.” But he did make time to meet with Assad and praise Syria.  I know I shouldn’t be surprised, but all the same it’s still infuriating.

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  • Mike H. Spokane, Wa

Umm Sis, why don’t we take Kucinich and Paul and enroll them in a reality show where they have to coexist with a bunch of Klingons in rut (I think that they go into rut). We could have Michael Moor(e) referee the match and the Klingons could have him as a trophy. We could always take up a collection for whatever it is that the Klingons use for fuel to sweeten the pot.

Tag: Sophistry

et sic de similibus!

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  • Valerie, Texas

DF -Love the new picture that greets one and all to the dacha!

A REALITY show featuring Klingons?  Ok!

BTW, it is Vulcans who go into “rut”, every 7 years, not Klingons.  Just tell the Klingons their honor has been insulted by K & P and you’ll get all the fireworks you want.  Have plenty of blood wine on hand, that’s the only fuel necessary.  Also, one does not referee Klingons.

As for M. Moore, I propse Operation Luau:

Moore (unconscious or not), a camera duct taped to his righ hand, Clint Eastwood’s doorbell.
You do the math.

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  • SisterToldjah

As for M. Moore, I propse Operation Luau:

Moore (unconscious or not), a camera duct taped to his righ hand, Clint Eastwood’s doorbell.

You do the math.

Heh - that would be interesting to see ;)

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  • Mike H. Spokane, Wa

ROTFLMAO!

et sic de similibus!

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  • Banjo

In asserting Richard Gere has his head up his ass you apparently didn’t recall it’s the space he reserves for gerbils.

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  • floridasuzie Florida

Hi All,

I’m back - Cape Cod is a nice place to visit but it sure is good to be back home again “away down South in Dixie”. I agree about the actors and am embarrassed to admit I once had a mad crush on John Cusack until I found out he’s a flaming liberal. Now I can’t stand to watch any of his movies. Not only that but I I can’t imagine how I ever found him attractive. I don’t know if it’s just that I now know he’s a liberal and thus disgusting or maybe he’s getting ugly as he ages.

Gina sorry to hear about your youngest child in the hospital! Let us know how he is?

Suzie

SuzieC

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  • alex

first time reader frogman. First you guys elect a kick-ass leader finally, now this. My whole opinion of Frenchmen might have to change. Keep up the great work.

alex the canuk

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  • chrisandclauida2 behind enemy lines in occupied territory

Im sorry but I find it difficult to take political advice from or listen to the deep thoughts of a man who used to enjoy inserting small furry rodents in his anus. [allegedly but never denied]. For some reason it kills his ability to come across serious.

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  • Lady Cincinnatus Ohio & Kentucky

Frogman, it’s a relief to see you in your terrorist mime costume when logging in…that Richard Gere photo was extremely disconcerting and frightened me.