August 28th, 2010


Summer TV wrap-up

Brief bits on shows I dug this summer:

Adventure Time
I don't know why this show isn't on their Adult Swim block. Intelligent, weird, entertaining, and goofy, and it's a bit of a cliche, but the show has a really good heart. And crazy. Best new thing from Adult Swim in a long time.

Everyone and their brother was telling us to watch this one. And yes, they were right. It's a lot of fun, and went a lot of places I did not guess. That being said, everyone who loved it needs to go watch Frisky Dingo. Right now.

The Boondocks
OK, technically, not a new show. But, I didn't expect another season of it, and man, the show didn't miss a beat at all. Still excellent commentary written into a good show, and both the new Stinkmeaner episode and the one mocking Tyler Perry are some of the best they've ever done.

Sure, it's Sheriff Bullock from Deadwood wearing a cowboy hat and shooting people. But the story ended up taking some turns I didn't expect, and the comedy they wrote in was always a treat. Check it out on DVD before next season starts.

Persons Unknown
Interesting concept, but got a little mired in its own setup. A good editor would have had them pull back just a bit and leave in a little more vagueness. That being said, Alan Ruck is a great replacement for Ed Norton, and if your movie can't afford Christian Bale either, you should totally hire on Jason Wiles.

Pretty Little Liars
Yes, the teen mystery show. It's kind of fun, if hewing a little close to the stereotype at times. And some of these chicks are going to go on to pretty decent acting careers. And yet more surprises from ABC Family.

Oh, and in a couple weeks? New Venture Brothers. Can't wait.


Katrina, Somalia, and mosques

* 'How Wall Street made the mortgage crisis worse.'
* Why the flooding of New Orleans wasn't a natural disaster.
* What it costs to run Somalia.
* "The 'mosque' debate is not a 'distraction.'" (Bonus: MGK.)
* Why are politicians in Illinois so corrupt?
* Dana Milbank on Glenn beck's version of civil rights.
* Five myths about mosques in America.
* Death row in Japan.
* Hee. Overheard in DC.



"Defense spending in 2008 reached $700 billion, just about double what we spent in 1998. The share unrelated to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq was $503 billion, 41 percent more than in 1998, according to a report from the Project on Defense Alternatives. It has ebbed a little since then, but is likely to reach a record high in 2011.

"It is now clear that U.S. military spending - not including money for the wars - is stabilizing at levels well above the $423 billion (in 2010 dollars) we spent annually on the Pentagon from 1954 to 2001. Go ahead - read that sentence again: we are spending much more on defense now, against a small but driven band of Islamic zealots, and a handful of potential but smaller foes -- than we did against the might (or so we were told at the time) of Moscow and its Warsaw Pact "allies" (or so we were told at the time)."