R.I.P. Naomi Judd, age 76

I kinda feel that I write the best baseball obits, and can usually find things to say about old-time movie and TV stars that other people miss, but I’m out of my league here. The AP, linked above, did a much better obit than I could have.

As to the cause of death: “We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness.” People have interpreted that to mean “suicide,” although that has not been stated explicitly. Suicide does seem to be a reasonable inference, not only because of the cryptic wording of the daughters’ statement, but also because Naomi had discussed it the the past.

This is a new series starring Andrew Garfield as a conflicted Mormon detective.

“As Detective Jeb Pyre investigates the murder of Brenda Wright Lafferty and her baby daughter in a suburb in the Salt Lake Valley, he uncovers buried truths about the origins of the LDS religion and the violent consequences of unyielding faith.”

RogerEbert.com loves it, and some reviewers have compared it to the best seasons of True Detective, but IMDb viewers rate it only 7.1. I have not watched the first episode yet, except for this shower scene.


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This is a new French series. There was a bit more nudity in episode 5.

The premise:

“Follows a woman who stumbles upon the body of Ismael, a teenager who disappeared thirty years earlier, with the event taking her back to 1991 and seeing her wake up every morning in the body of a different person.”

I think industry people refer to this as “high concept.” That’s industry argot for what we civilians call “bullshit.” (To be fair, some great films and shows are based on worse ideas. It’s all in what they do with it.)

Nearly 60 per cent of US voters would back independent candidate over Biden or Trump

Ross Perot made the mistake of being born too early and having to run against two fairly popular candidates. If he were alive now, he could probably beat these two! Come to think of it, I don’t think there is anything in the Constitution that requires the candidate to be alive.

Speaking of not being alive … I don’t remember how to do actuarial calculations, but I wonder about the odds that both Biden and Trump will be alive in November, 2024. They are both elderly. Biden looks more feeble every day, and Trump is obese. That would be an interesting prop bet for those online gambling sites.

That, including the part in parens, is actually their tag line.

Man, if he doesn’t like it, it might really be their last. Well, I guess there’s no way to know whether he’ll like it, but I suppose he’ll take a stab at it. I just hope this doesn’t turn him into a cereal killer.

I’ll bet it’s made with blood oranges.

Skipping past any additional bad OJ jokes, here’s a quote from the website, “Honey almond clusters that are made to be spooned and sipped.” The box comes with a straw.

“Visitors to the Statehouse on Thursday were met with an unusual welcoming committee: environmental advocates dressed as giant penises.”

Kind of a dick move.

Is it possible that Giant White Vermont Penis Day could somehow bring the excitement of Giant Pink Japanese Penis Day to our very shores? Well, not “shores” exactly, as Vermont is land-locked, but you get the idea. It could be the shores of Lake Champlain.

In a related story: South American ‘Penis Snakes’ Have Been Found in Florida. Back in the late 60s, I saw the famous S.A. Penis Snakes concert when Jim Morrison filled in for their lead singer.

Brainscan’s notes:

Filipina actress Christine Bermas in two very recent movies, Siklo and Moonlight Butterfly (both 2022). Folks who made these two obeyed the Scoopy Philippine Cinema Rules; they spent the money to cast a beautiful actress (a review in the Manila Times says she is 19), spent more money on superb production values and saved some of that money to buy lightbulbs, so that Ms. Bermas is adequately (one might say gloriously) illuminated.

Ms. Bermas’s acting range runs the gamut from A to B. While sport-humping, she either bites her lower lip or opens her mouth like a fish gasping for air. Or water. Oh well, with beauty like hers, who needs talent?


Moonlight Butterfly

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Siklo

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