the dissident frogman

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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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