George W. Bush made a surprise trip to Iraq over the weekend and was greeted by at least one unhappy journalist who threw his shoes at the soon-to-be-gone U.S. president:
So much for security. It’s a good thing this happened so late in the game or I think journalists for several years now would be chucking their Weejuns at the president. That’s the Iraqi prime minister, by the way, helping to shield Bush.
Here is the Iraqi man in mid-toss:
The New York Times reports that the journalist, who lost several family members in the war, shouted, “This is the farewell kiss, you dog.”
My lady friend and I recently renewed our Netflix membership so, naturally, the first disc I ordered was The Merv Griffin Show: 40 Of The Most Interesting People Of Our Time.
Shortly before Merv died, he put together a three-disc collection of the interviews he found most fascinating from his show’s archives. The show went on the air in 1962 and entertained audiences until 1985, so you can imagine the array of stars Merv spoke to.
The interview I found most compelling is the following chat with famed director Orson Welles. Merv narrates before the footage begins, letting us know that Orson would unexpectedly stop by the studio from time to time and the two men would shoot the breeze. So, it was not out of the ordinary on this night in 1985 for Orson, age 70, to pull up a chair. What’s weird is that Orson, who appears lucid and fairly robust on the show, died two hours later.
Check it out when you have about 10 minutes:
Such a great guy. I’m sure those of you who remember all his Paul Masson wine commercials in the 1970s will have some joke about it being “his time.”
Let’s hear ‘em. Or your thoughts in general about the great Mr. Welles.
Didn’t you have one when you were a kid? I covered a lot of ground on mine. They could make a slightly modern version for adults. And the fancy people, who would be driving BMWs and Mercedes, can get themselves a Green Machine:
Oh! Sorry, the original box says it’s only for “guys.” Tell that to my childhood friend Nicole, who only let me try her Green Machine once.
Which one did you ride?
If you were a pre-teen back in 1984, you swooned every time the Band Aid video for “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” video came on MTV, which, if I remember correctly, was about once every hour.
Let’s relive every British bleached mullety minute:
Sad that the song is still relevant, isn’t it? Feed the world, indeed.
Gawker posted a great item on Friday about People magazine’s questionable values during recession time: how can a media outlet justify firing staffers to save money when it has dished out more than $25-million dollars in one year for photographs of celebrities and their babies and/or weddings. These “exclusive” pics appeared on just eight People covers.
Were these pics worth $25-million?:
Looks like People forgot its adage “Celebrities! They’re just like us!”
I thought the Wacky Packages sticker series was so droll when I was a child growing up in the 1970s. Remember these?
But then, even at a young age I was a fan of satire. In the third grade I wrote a very clever play about my classmates that my teacher had me read aloud. I switched my fellow pupils’ names to be jokey. Eric St. Alman became Eric St. Pecan and so on. (The wit! Surely I would be a future “Shouts and Murmurs” contributor!)
Later, in the mid- 1980s, came the Garbage Pail Kids, which I did not find as amusing. They seemed to lack the comedic sophistication, if you will, of Wacky Packages.
But let’s not be snobbish. We’ll leave it to a vote: Wacky Packages or Garbage Pail Kids?
Interestingly, both card lines were created by some very big names in comic books including Bill Griffith (Zippy The Pinhead) and Art Spiegelman (Maus).
UPDATE: Freaking Bill Griffith left a comment! See for yourself!