Sep 02 2012

Sunday Funnies: Special Clint Eastwood Edition








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    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Did Clint get a little too literal in his idea of Chair person maybe?

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    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Make that : Did Clint get a little too literal in his idea of what constitutes a Chair (person) maybe?

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    'Tis Himself

    I like the “I would like you to meet my horse” picture.

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    Reginald Selkirk

    Everyone is focusing on the ‘talking to an empty chair’ bit. Luckily for Clint, that distracts people from the content of his speech.
    He thought starting the war in Afghanistan was a bad idea. Who started that war and which party did they belong to? Oops.
    And he’s like us to bring all our troops home from Afghanistan right now. What is the Mittster’s policy on this issue? Oops.
    And so on. The things that Clint was upset about were largely not Obama’s doing, and Clint’s remedies did not align with Romney’s. This was the sort of performance that give senility a bad name.

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    Regardless of the content of Clint’s speech, I have to think it’s pretty shallow and demeaning to focus on his use of a rhetorical device. Particularly when, in the context of the speech and environment, it actually worked fairly well.
    Such “criticism” (if I may use the word for such weak attempts) does the critic no good and the speaker no harm, showing only that the critic failed utterly to understand the use of a rhetorical mechanism, and opening them up to the charge of being unable to actually respond the the content of the speech.
    I personally was unimpressed by Eastwood’s remarks, primarily for the reasons enunciated by Mr. Selkirk above. I would have more respect had these unfunny pieces dealt with that depth rather than this shallowness.

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    We can’t bust heads like we used to, but we have our ways. One trick is to tell ‘em stories that don’t go anywhere – like the time I caught the ferry over to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for my shoe, so, I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on ‘em. “Give me five bees for a quarter,” you’d say.

    Now where were we? Oh yeah: the important thing was I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. They didn’t have white onions because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones…

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    I think Roger Ebert has it right. Clint probably had some cute little amusing schtick in mind but was handed a list of talking points at the last second.

    Clint paused and smiled from time to time as the crowd cheered, perhaps under the impression it was other than generic cheering. He also had pauses that ran a little too long, and words that seemed to come out two ways, and I suspect at those moments he was trying to work in Talking Points. Ask yourself: What did he want to say about Afghanistan? What did he say? What did he think he said? You could see him correcting his course in mid-stream. If he was confused about the Obama and Romney policies in Afghanistan, well, so is everybody. Did he think Romney would agree with him that Obama should have instantly pulled out our troops?

    I bet he’s regretting taking the gig now.

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    Blondin @ 7

    I bet he’s regretting taking the gig now

    I bet the Rethuglians certainly are!

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    Mr Ed

    The speech was a perfect summation of the convention. Republicans have been running and fight straw man Obama for four years and Clint just took it to the next level.

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    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    There once was an actor called Eastwood
    A great speaker? Republicans sure thought that he sure would
    They got him a chair
    But he spoke to the air
    And got his boss looking the least good!

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