Christopher Hitchens

“We didn’t really discuss Christopher Hitchens when he died,” Spence says.

“And now it’s too late,” says Admin.

“Huh?”

“Humor, Spence. Black humor, or at least slate gray. How about we sum up by saying he was a very good writer and an outstanding speaker? And his essays on writers like Graham Greene, Anthony Powell, Evelyn Waugh, and many more, are the very best of their kind.”

“What about how he faced death?”

“Exemplary.”

Welcome tough lifer, Ben, dignified dude, Sally, Chester.

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103 Responses to “Christopher Hitchens”

  1. bluecat
    9:04 am on December 29th, 2011

    “[O]wners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.”
    ― Christopher Hitchens –

  2. Melanie
    9:12 am on December 29th, 2011

    Excellent BlueKat! CH was a great writer and speaker. I didn’t agree with most of the things he had to say, but his ideas and themes were obviously thought through.

    Hello Mr. Redbone Hound, sir! Glad to see you back. Have missed your Southern charm.

    Acupuncture today! Then Staples (the store, not in me), the grocery store and the bank. Hmmm. Maybe I should go to the bank first?

  3. B.Stover
    9:20 am on December 29th, 2011

    Interesting Bluecat. I wonder if it’s true.

    Good morning all.

  4. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:37 am on December 29th, 2011

    Stover!… Go Ask Alice. She will probably concur with Hitchens….snort!

  5. dawson
    9:41 am on December 29th, 2011

    Good morning!
    Whenever I read or listened to Christopher Hitchens he always made me think for myself, was always extremely interesting and stood up for the principles in which he believed. A shockingly honest and educated man.

  6. BARB & MAGGIE
    10:01 am on December 29th, 2011

    Good morning all. Don’t have anything intelligent to add about CH.

    Melanie, don’t get confused with Staples and the needle guy!

    Barb is at work this morning, so will bbl.

  7. Mollypop's Mom
    10:17 am on December 29th, 2011

    Last night I finished 11-22-63 and I really really liked it.

    I have lots of books waiting – free from Amazon for the Kindle – and then I have three Jack Reacher’s that I just got from Audible. Decisions, decisions.

  8. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:49 am on December 29th, 2011

    Book!…. We are reading a book called, The Alchemist…snort!…She picked it up in the second hand store….wuffle!…It is a fable about following your dreams. If I followed my dreams I would be chasing squirrels down the street all day long…heh!…From the book, “My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer,” the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky.” Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams.”

  9. Rose
    11:16 am on December 29th, 2011

    Hey there!

    It is way cold up here in Warwick!!! For the past two nights Prof and I have lit the fireplace. It was very nice and cozy!

    Molly’sMom: What Reacher’s did you get? I read “The Affair” as my very first Reacher book, and as one of my Christmas presents, the Prof gave me “The Killing Floor.” I think that is the first in the series???

    Right now I am reading “Lust for Life,” the story of a pug in Colorado, NO, NO, NO, just kiddin’. It is an historical novel about Vincent Van Gogh. Very good, and very interesting.

    B: The Prof and I went back to see “The Artist.” I just LOVE this film!!!

  10. Siber-H
    11:16 am on December 29th, 2011

    I don’t know why I had never heard of Christopher Hitchens before he was first mentioned on this blog.

    Mollypop’s Mom, Glad you really, really liked that book whose name we are never to mention on this blog. Mom really, really liked it too. I wonder how the Howler’s mom is doing with it?

    Mom read in one “All Quiet On The Western Front”, yesterday. No, she had never read it before and she is glad she wasn’t made to read it in school because she wouldn’t have liked it then.

  11. Siber-H
    11:18 am on December 29th, 2011

    Rose, Yes, The Killing Floor” is the first in the Reacher series.

  12. Melanie
    11:26 am on December 29th, 2011

    Back from the acupuncturist. He did not use staples.

    Will being leaving for errands after lunch. OTAS gave Jesse (our go-to guy) at tattoo on Tuesday night. I saw it for the first time today.

    Quite great, if I say so myself! OTAS included Jesse’s birds and guitar in the tattoo.

    19 degrees today. Windy. Sun is beautiful.

    Dawson, do you have off today?

  13. Staff
    11:36 am on December 29th, 2011

    Melanie, 9:41 for the blog is 6:41 for Dawson. She said last night that she had to go back to work today. And I agree with what she said about CH. He made a lot of people upset by telling his truths.

    I am planning to go to a floral store that has tons of lovely christmas decorations and see what they have left on sale. That is about it for me today.

    BBL

  14. Staff
    11:46 am on December 29th, 2011

    Heh heh heh,

    The Stephanie Plum trailer is out for all of you Evanovich fans. I think I will like it. Hard to give up my version of the hot guys, but I think these two will do.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQBD1olZe8U

  15. B.Stover
    12:01 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Rose: I haven’t gotten to The Artist yet. I will. Right now I’m putting a bookcase together. And it’s snowing out and I don’t feel like driving in it. (And for the first time in my life I don’t have to drive anywhere if I don’t want to!!) Lust for Life was made into a film many years ago with Kirk Douglas I think. I’ve never seen it.

    SH: I’ve taught All Quiet on the Western Front several times, most recently last semester in my Victorian/Modern lit class. It’s the best novel I know of that can show the main cause of the change between the two periods. Did your mom like it?

  16. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:06 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Plum!…Wow!Wow!Wow!….All the characters are nailed except Grandma….heh!…I imagined her not so good-looking, older , thinner and a little crazier looking…snorkel! …Stephanie and LuLu are perfect!…snort!

  17. BearSpiritDog
    12:15 pm on December 29th, 2011

    B: Hurray! The ARC is on the way!
    Wolfie is next (and last?) in the queue.
    As Stephen King says it is “unputdownable” (auto correct is insisting this is not a word, but if the esteemed Mr. King has coined the expression, we are sure it now is.

  18. Mollypop's Mom
    12:20 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Rose – I have The Affair, One Shot, and The Enemy from Audible.

    I have read Persuader, which is the 7th book, because I didn’t know it was advised to read them in order. I’ll read The Affair next since it’s a prequel. Then One Shot and The Enemy because they were on sale at Audible.

  19. Melanie
    12:34 pm on December 29th, 2011

    BBL. Can’t wait to watch the trailer.

  20. Siber-H
    12:48 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Stover, All Quiet on the Western Front is now up there as one of mom’s all time fiction favorites. It is excellent. It is a timeless story, but it also puts the reader right there with those guys during that tragic time in history.

    Mom basically read the book in one setting. She didn’t get much else done yesterday.

    She also said you can guess the ending from almost the first pages of the book, but that takes nothing away from the story.

  21. Rose
    12:53 pm on December 29th, 2011

    SiberH: Don’t despair…I had never heard of him either, until the Prof told me about him several years ago. And thanks for the tip on “The Killing Floor.” By your recommendation, I will read them in order.

    B: Building a bookcase sounds quite ambitious! I thought you were retired. There is still no snow in New York. :(

    You’re right about the film. I have never seen the film either, but now that I’m reading the book, I’ll look for the film on Turner classics.

  22. B.Stover
    12:56 pm on December 29th, 2011

    SH: I’m glad she enjoyed it. My students have always told me that they liked it. I always had them work in groups doing research on the internet (there are many WWI sites) so they had a thorough understanding of the period and what Paul was going through and feeling.

  23. B.Stover
    1:03 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Rose: You might enjoy the new biography out about Van Gogh by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith. (They won the Pulitzer Prize for their biography on Jackson Pollock.) I’m currently reading it.

    I’ve discovered that I’m not good at putting bookcases together. Think I’ll donate some books to the library–books that are already on shelves–so that I have room for the books in piles.

  24. Siber-H
    1:13 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Agreed, Stover, Mom read non-fiction books about WWI before she read All Quiet On The Western Front.
    That is why she said earlier she wouldn’t have liked All Quiet on the Western Front if she had of been told to read it in high school.

  25. Macy the Min-pin
    1:41 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Mom is way excited about the Stephanie Plum movie. She was afraid that it would get all Hollywooded up. But isn’t Morelli supposed to be a cop? WTH? And Ranger is not smoldering enough for her taste, but she will probably get over it. She agrees, Grandma needs to be way weirder looking. Lula looks exactly like mom imagined, but the other girl whose name has taken flight needs to be a blond. When does it come out, she can’t wait and she is like #103 on the waiting list at the library for the new ebook. Maybe the real book will be faster.

    Mom had not heard of CH either, but did a little research after he died. Our Niki was surprised when Mom asked her if she had heard that he died. (she is, unfortunately, a fan). Apparently, she thinks mom never sticks her head out of her shell at all. Heh, heh, thanks blog for making her seem way hipper than she is.

  26. Macy's Mom
    1:43 pm on December 29th, 2011

    http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/654*368/BenBreedloveYouTube_722x406_2181615622.jpg

    This was on the news here last night. Touching, whatever your beliefs.

  27. Mollypop's Mom
    1:45 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Mumph gloob chomp – I’m eating toffee.

    Well better late than never. I’m catching up with the USPS mail that came to me at Sam’s house. It was supposed to forward to me here in ski country but that only works sometimes. I have some lovely Christmas cards and also the SQ and Audrey SIGNED photo. (Audrey didn’t sign it.) And then the paw print tag. Wow!

  28. Macy's Mom
    1:45 pm on December 29th, 2011

    My bad, take 2
    View more videos at: http://nbcdfw.com.
    This was on the news here last night. Touching, whatever your beliefs.

  29. Macy's Mom
    1:53 pm on December 29th, 2011

    The link that mom was trying to copy is at the top of the page, RIP Ben Breedlove.

    The not at all inspiring big story here is about a man who came to Christmas dressed as Santa and shot and killed all 6 members of his family and himself. so sad

  30. Siber-H
    1:56 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Macy, It was on our news also. Very touching but sad.

    Johnny Depp Fans:

    He is going to be filming a movie, The Lone Ranger and Tonto, in NM after the first of the year. Depp will be playing Tonto.

  31. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    2:03 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Mom recently read an amazon single on Jack Reacher, called Second Son. It was great!

  32. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:16 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Sniff!…I had not heard the Ben Breedlove story until today….snuffle!…That guy was so young and I’m sure his video will touch many lives….sniffle!

  33. B.Stover
    2:31 pm on December 29th, 2011

    It sounds like Mollypop’s Mom is enjoying herself!

  34. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    2:39 pm on December 29th, 2011

    That was a beautiful story about Ben.

  35. Rose
    2:57 pm on December 29th, 2011

    B: I’m going to B&N.comright now to investigate!

    MollyPop’s Mom: Isn’t that toffee delish? I ate all mine. :(

  36. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:06 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Toffee!…grunt!….Someone ate all of mine when I was downstairs…sniff!…It wasn’t my friend and it wasn’t Beau. And yet she has the nerve to DENY it!…grump!

  37. BearSpiritDog
    3:21 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Heh, heh. Wolfie that toffee is addicting. The plate has been licked clean – not a crumb in sight.

  38. Masquers
    3:46 pm on December 29th, 2011

    So many good books to read!

    Rose: Mom now has the book Water for Elephants AND the DVD. Since the long holiday weekend is coming up she will try to finish the book prior to watching the movie.

    Howlers: How was the latest SK book that is getting all the raves? Since it was a gift to a family member here we will not be seeing it for a while. Best to order it for ourselves.

    Can anyone tell us if downloading it onto our PC will use up too much space?

  39. BearSpiritDog
    5:11 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Trying to get back in the grove – Deciding to just chill for the long holiday weekend.

  40. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:11 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Maskers!…Probably!…snort!

  41. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:12 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Gah!…Nobody posts forever and then Bear and I post at the SAME TIME!…creepy!

  42. Masquers
    5:13 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Thanks, Rio. That is what we were thinking too.

  43. Masquers
    5:16 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Gah! What is THIS! It’s not a Double Dawson it’s a ………..aargh!

  44. Barb & Maggie
    5:16 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Glad everyone enjoyed 11-22. Wonder if Rio’s friend is going to read it. He has never said.

    Barb came home at 1:00 but now has to go back to the office for a bit for Lynette’s going away party. We are having appeys and drinks to toast her new life. Barb is taking her NA wine. A bit blah, but it looks like she has wine in her glass. Later gaters!

  45. BearSpiritDog
    5:22 pm on December 29th, 2011

    While we are on the subject – How did that weird post happen the other day – my avatar and Staff’s post?

  46. BearSpiritDog
    5:30 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Natasha?

  47. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:40 pm on December 29th, 2011

    King!…My friend became disillusioned with Stephen King a long time ago ….grunt!…That period where he became far to gory and graphic for the sake of gore and graph…sniff! … So she never bought another one of his books. I doubt a huge honking book with a date as a title will change her mind about this…snort!

  48. Snowhook Bella
    5:58 pm on December 29th, 2011

    B: Too bad giants can’t blur, otherwise I would voluntell AJ for the bookcase building job. He is quite good at building things. For my birthday he gave me a coupon good for one writing cabin. It won’t be anything grand, but he says it will be all mine.

  49. B.Stover
    6:10 pm on December 29th, 2011

    SB: I wish AJ could blur also. I’ve given up on the bookcase.

    Bear: I don’t know how your avatar showed up on Staff’s post. Was it a time when you guys double posted?

    I’ve never read Stephen King.

  50. Snowhook Bella
    6:14 pm on December 29th, 2011

    BSD: I don’t know what happened with your avatar the other night. Your picture showed up on two posts. I thought to myself that it didn’t seem like your writing. I refreshed the page and all was right with the world and Staff’s avatar was where it belonged. Natasha…perhaps.

  51. Siber-H
    6:17 pm on December 29th, 2011

    This is top secret, but the Borzoi has been known to move avatars around. It is a part of what she does and who she is.

  52. Masquers
    6:33 pm on December 29th, 2011

    That is a relief to know Siber.

    Forgot to say earlier – Very nice to hear from Mr. Redbone. It has been much too long.

  53. Rose
    6:44 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Masquers: I have not read “Water for Elephants” or seen the movie. I think many folks here on the blog said good things about it.

    Rebecca: Do tell about the writing cabin. Hope AJ has recovered
    from his tummy issues. I got a funny picture when you described AJ sharing the bed with Tenzig, Luna, and Belle Starr.

  54. Melanie
    6:45 pm on December 29th, 2011

    OH, I am envious for a writing cabin!

    We still have toffee here. Even though I did put it out when my all and a sundry were here, they didn’t find it. heh heh.

    Stephen King’s “Dome” was also supposed to be good. Zoe enjoyed it and like the one with the date. Right now, my brain capacity is not that great. I need more RAM.

    Patsy went with me on my errands today. She loves it when I go to the bank. She gets a treat. And when I go to the grocery store, I buy a small container of yogurt and mix it into her drinking water. She loves that. Luckily, you can hose out an Element!

  55. Rose
    6:52 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Hi Melanie: I forgot to ask this question earlier. Is the dignified dude on today’s FOC a Newf??

  56. B.Stover
    7:06 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Virginia Woolf had a writing cabin at Monk’s House–their country home.

  57. Snowhook Bella
    7:17 pm on December 29th, 2011

    The writing cabin won’t be anything special or too grand. It will be basic and we will build it as we have money for supplies. He wants me to have a place all my own where I won’t get distracted.

  58. Melanie
    7:21 pm on December 29th, 2011

    That dignified canine looks like a “Clumber”. Otherwise known as a Clumber Spaniel. Smaller dog (to me anyway) about 80 pounds. They do drool!! Known in the “Sport” as having the same sort of personality as a Newf.

  59. Melanie
    7:25 pm on December 29th, 2011

    What is it like? No distractions, I mean. I’m not sure if I’ve ever had that.

  60. Snowhook Bella
    7:26 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Melanie: Good question. I’ll let you know what it is like if I ever find out. If Belle Starr has anything to do with it, your guess will remain as good as mine.

  61. Melanie
    7:37 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Laughing here. :)

    Someone suggested what might be the problem with my upstairs computer. When I started using the humidifier (so I could breathe with this rotten cold) all the buttons froze up on the monitor. The guy thinks that all the gunk that’s gotten in there over the (many many many) years has solidified because of the humidity.

    So I’m supposed to take a soft damp washcloth, lay it flat on a table and put the monitor on it’s side. BUT not put too much pressure on it. Then by osmosis the gunk will loosen up. WHAT? The thing is as heavy as lead!

    My guess is I will put a bunch of coins down to rest it on and then use the wash cloth. That might work. Have no idea.

    Anyhoo, it won’t be tomorrow because Zoe, my sister and I are going to the Christmas tree exhibit at the museum in town. That will be fun.

    I’m signing off for the night. Getting cold down here.

    TTFN

  62. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:42 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Distraction!…Youse all are looking at one or reading one right now..snort!…That’s what she calls Me, a Distraction. She calls both of us together a Disaster…sniff!…I call Beau and I Collusion…chorkel!

  63. Mollypop's Mom
    8:01 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Rio – Now that Beau’s settling in, it looks like you are beginning to have a partner in crime. Uh oh. That’s bad for your friend.

  64. B.Stover
    8:04 pm on December 29th, 2011

    A Room of One’s Own.

  65. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:25 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Partner!….Beau is not really what I would call a “Partner”, yet…snort!… He more or less plays the part of the Fall-Guy…heh!heh!

  66. dawson
    8:32 pm on December 29th, 2011

    To the Lighthouse: Our library doesn’t have it. I’ve been reading it off the computer but I just can’t read long at the computer. Then I forget about it because Chet the Dog, e-mail and newspapers grab me first. I did get All’s Quiet on the Western Front though.

  67. B.Stover
    8:49 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Dawson: I always told my students that they needed Lighthouse in book format so that they could write notes in the margins, highlight parts…that sort of thing. It takes concentration the first time you read it.

  68. Tupper and Gilly
    9:09 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Hey everyone –
    Now we just need to back up to a comment made earlier today (it was CLL day)
    Johnny Depp as TONTO??? WHAT???? Really? There weren’t any Native actors that could play the Native role? Seriously?
    We are kinf of surprised at Depp – he usually seems to be pretty aware of that type of thing.
    Would they cast Matthew McConehey in the “Paul Robeson Story”???
    Siber – please tell us that this was a joke….

  69. Masquers
    9:10 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Gather ’round my feline friends: Alice, Abbie, Bluecat, Buddy, Elliot, Gus & BooBear, T.C. Behold! The Great Books in Kitty Literature for us alone:
    http://www.abebooks.com/books/cats-feline-book-covers-spoof-satire/kitty-lit.shtml

  70. Masquers
    9:13 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Gasp! Basil & Sage! What are you doing in that box? You almost missed the head count.

  71. dawson
    9:17 pm on December 29th, 2011

    I love Johnny Depp. Hmmmm. I thought he did have some Cherokee blood running through his veins.

  72. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:20 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Tonto!….I was quite surprised at hearing Depp would be playing Tonto myself…grunt!…I admit I didn’t think of it as him taking a Native actors job. It’s that I cannot imagine him in this role…snort! …Beau thinks it is the perfect casting…sniff!…What does he know!?

  73. BearSpiritDog
    9:23 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Tupper&Gilly: Just remember who will be playing the part of Jack Reacher in One Shot.

  74. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:25 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Maskers!…Are you sure you don’t mean Kitty Litter?…snort!

  75. Tupper and Gilly
    9:27 pm on December 29th, 2011

    BSD – we admit we have not read any of the Jack Reacher, nor do we knw who is playing him in the movie.
    But we did think that the days of spray tan and black wigs was over.
    Wonder if Denzel Washington will be playing the Lone Ranger.
    Just sayin’

  76. dawson
    9:33 pm on December 29th, 2011

    I’ve printed off the 2nd part of To the Lighthouse so I can write in the margins. I’ve ordered it from another library but they said it may be a couple of weeks!

  77. Barb & Maggie
    9:34 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Someone mentioned a Clumber Spaniel earlier. They have been described as the perfect hunting companion for the older gentleman, because well, they sort of clumber along. (Is that a word?)

    Rio, Barb has not read SK in years, or even watched his movies for exactly the reasons you gave. However, this one, with the date for a name, she loved.

    Also, Water for Elephants – loved that one too. Also The Help was a good one. Saw both of those movies as well.

  78. Tupper and Gilly
    9:34 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Dawson – Depp is now claiming that he has some Native blood – in the most condescending tone of voice. He says a grandmother was some kind of Native, maybe Cherokee or Creek.
    In our world, if you don’t know your Nation, or can’t name your family, you don’t get to claim the rights of being Native.
    Sorry folks but this is a hard line for us.
    Depp is wrong. He claims that he is doing this because “Tonto always got the raw deal” in the old Lone Ranger shows, and he wants to tell the story with the Lone Ranger as the sidekick. Ok, so how come now that Tonto is gonna be the Hero – he can’t be played by a Real Native actor – there are quite a few of them out there, and the movie is being filmed in New Mexico – hello – home of the APACHES that Tonto is supposed to be!

  79. Masquers
    9:38 pm on December 29th, 2011

    T&G: This version of the Lone Ranger will not be the conventional adaption, but more of a quirky type tale told from the side-kick’s point of view. Depp would fit such a role well. Armie Hammer will be cast as the Lone Ranger.

    Rio: I saw that one coming…..

  80. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:42 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Aha!….Now I see why Depp is taking that role…snort!… The role of Tonto as the hero instead of the Lone Ranger…grunt!…This is more his style. Who the heck is playing the Lone Ranger?…sniff!…Is this going to be a comedy like that Pirate thing he did?….choke!

  81. dawson
    9:42 pm on December 29th, 2011

    T&G: I hear what you’re saying. Things have improved over the years but it seems to be a long, painfully slow process. Not all casting directors seem to be on the same page.

  82. Tupper and Gilly
    10:08 pm on December 29th, 2011

    You all will have to just accept that we are going to be grumpy about this.
    We are sure that there are Native actors that could play Tonto in a quirky, ironic version of the old story. Depp could just as easily play the Ranger and camp it up.
    If he really thought Tonto was getting a bad break – how come now he’s giving Native actors a bad break.
    Ok – we’re done
    humph!

    So Rio – how is your Friend’s tooth?

  83. Masquers
    10:09 pm on December 29th, 2011

    T&G: Many are sharing your outrage over the casting of Depp in the role of Tonto. However he has been associated with the script since 2008, so we are assuming this is the main reason for his involvement. He is saying he wants to change the image of Native Americans as portrayed on tv and in classic films because it is in his heritage.

  84. dawson
    10:11 pm on December 29th, 2011

    T&G: Darn it! You are right!
    Now I have to find a warm place to read. The living room is freezing. Good night all.

  85. BearSpiritDog
    10:21 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Tupper&Gilly: We are 100% with you on this subject. If he really wanted to help those he claims to be so concerned about he would have seen to it that the casting was appropriate. Instead, he is taking all the glory. Let’s face it…he did it because he could.

    Rio: Yes, we can see him as a campy Lone Ranger.

  86. Siber-H
    10:26 pm on December 29th, 2011

    I’m late to get back to the blog but I see some of you have done your research and learned that, yes, indeed, it is true that Depp will be playing Tonto.
    Mom and I are in agreement with everything T&G have said about this.

    sigh, I have more bad news for some of you. Tom Cruise is going to play Jack Reacher. Mom’s comment on this is, barf. She will not see the movie.

  87. Tupper and Gilly
    10:29 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Masquers – We know we said we were done, but you touched on another really touchy point.
    So many celebs claim Native when it suits them –
    Cher, promoting her song “Half-Breed” (which is a racial slur in our world)
    Shania Twain
    Elvis
    Val Kilmer – when he was promoting his movie (name escapes us) about being a part NAtive FBI guy sent to the reservation
    and now Depp.

    But none can trace roots, none have ever done anything for the reservations or the culture, none show any interest once their particular project is over. Nope – Depp’s “concern” doesn’t wash with us. He could change the image of the hollywood stereotype by putting forward a brilliant Native actor who could do the comedy thing.

    Ok – this time we are getting off the soapbox for sure. And we are breaking it up to use the wood for the fireplace. Gotta find a way to keep Dawson warm.

  88. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:37 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Cruisin!….I am so glad I have no emotional attachment to the character of Reacher…snort!…Or I would be mad as hell that Cruiser the Loser is going to play him…sniff!…Just from the comments on this blog I have a definite image of Reacher and Cruise is not It. …heh!

    Golinka!….Do you have a specific actor or actors you would like to see in the role of Tonto….snort!

    Tooth!…To answer Tuppers questions, that tooths jagged edge has driven my friend insane all day long….sniff!….Her tongue is raw from it….grump! ….Maybe that’s why she’s in such a bad mood tonight. ….yeep!

  89. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:48 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Pissed!…I sure hate to see my friend Golinka so upset over a movie that will probably be a dud anyways…snort!…Maybe I should put paw to pen and write this Depp guy a letter telling him to lay off the Tonto role….sniff!

    Dear Mr. Depp,

    Please think twice no thrice about playing the role of Tonto. If you continue on this Tonto path you will find yourself Cast In Clay and on Exhibit in Newark New Jersey one day. So give the role to a real actor, one who is a preferably a Native American.

    Back off pal, you have been warned….sniff!

    Signed
    Rio Beau

    PS: Loved you in Edward Scissor Hands.

  90. Siber-H
    10:55 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Good letter, Beau.
    The movie probably will be a dud.
    We liked Depp as John Dillinger in Public Enemies.

    night all

  91. Masquers
    10:58 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Hey! Where are all the blogkats? The only one I’ve seen around today has been Bluecat. The Herbs are doing something with a box & tape again and no one noticed my kool link except Rio and he’s not even one of us guys. sniff.

  92. Tupper and Gilly
    11:03 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Rio – we knew there was a reason we loved your grumpy little puggy butt! But poor little Beau…
    Our favorite Depp is in “Chocolat”. Like the pirate side too.

    But most of the movies like this do end up as duds dont they? Wonder why Hollywood keeps doing them.

    Siber – if they ever decide to do a remake of Due South, you could try out for Deefenbaker – you would be GREAT!

  93. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:06 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Butterfly!….It looks like we are staying up to watch the flight of the Monarch Butterfly on Nova…heh!….She is thinking of trying to quill a butterfly, so this is categorized as research I guess….snort! …I’m just happy to be here. Beau is already in bed and I’m sure he is snoring and farting to his hearts content up there…gasp!

  94. BearSpiritDog
    11:13 pm on December 29th, 2011

    LOVE Due South! Still watching the DVDs. Yes to Siber-H as Deefenbaker…a perfect choice. Sadly, the way casting types have been making their decisions of late, we doubt a Siber would even be considered for the role.

    Hitting the sack. ‘night everyone – Bear

  95. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:19 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Butterflies!….Guess what the top 3 enemies of those beautiful Monarch Butterflies are?….grunt!….That’s right; Kats, Spiders and Rain…sniff!….Damned it all! All they are trying to do is go to Mexico for vacation…grunt!…They come all the way from Canada and need a summer break for Pete’s sake…sniffle!

  96. Alice M. Johnson
    11:19 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Dear Masquers,
    Hey honey, I saw the Cat alogue of Cat books. snark. But for some reason it didn’t seem that funny to me. It seemed like someone said “Hey there are a lot of cat lovers out there, do a little book thingy for them. They will love it no matter what you do.”

    Humph.

    Now THIS is funny…especially the second leap.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mGXkFffWjZ4

  97. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:28 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Alice!…That was not funny at all..snort!… Anybody would have wanted those crazy cards destroyed, not just Kats…grunt!

  98. Tupper and Gilly
    11:31 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Alice – Mama clicked on your link and got the singing card video. She was watching it and laughing when Basil leaped over her shoulder and attacked the laptop.

    Wish we had a video camera on that!

  99. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:37 pm on December 29th, 2011

    Goodnight!….sniff!….Off we go, up to that stinky farty pants room where Beau has been for the last hour….gasp!…What does that guy eat all day anyways?…sniff!…. Maybe I will survive the Gas Chamber one more time and be able to tap out a few notes tomorrow. Dawg Willing…wuffle! … Goodnight all!

  100. Masquers
    12:06 am on December 30th, 2011

    Well! I never! Alice with a link better than mine. Going off to a corner now to lick my wounds…..

  101. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    12:24 am on December 30th, 2011

    All the Kats on the bed (3) sat straight up when mom played the video!

    They looked like three prairie dogs all in a row!

  102. Macy's Mom
    12:37 am on December 30th, 2011

    Poor little Masquers, some of the books were cute. Scritch, scritch for your ears.

  103. dawson
    8:22 am on December 30th, 2011

    Ouch!
    I just played Staff’s video and yikes! the volume was turned way up high. That hurt my ears this morning. I liked Masquers link although I am not really a cat person. Cats just happen to live in this house, that’s all.

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