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Rockers Of The Caribbean

Oh, please let this be true…

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is lined up to play the swashbuckling father of a pirate in the third installment of the ”Pirates of the Caribbean” series, star Johnny Depp said Tuesday.

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer said Richards would have a cameo role as the father of the flamboyant Captain Jack Sparrow, played by Depp, in the third ”Pirates” movie, which is due to resume filming next month in California.

Depp, 43, has said he adopted the body language and mannerisms of the veteran guitarist to create Captain Jack’s character.


”You never say it’s definite until the guy steps on the set and the camera is rolling. But it’s looking very, very good,” [Depp] said.

Co-star Orlando Bloom said he was similarly enthusiastic about working with Richards — provided the rocker is in good health.

”I can’t wait to see him — well, if he doesn’t kill himself falling out of coconut trees,” Bloom said. ”Very rock and roll.”

It’s like the role he was born to play.

7 comments July 4th, 2006 at 10:27pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Movies

7/4 Changed Everything!

Christy at firedoglake has a great Fourth-Of-July roundup of excerpts from the Declaration Of Independence and the writings of the Founders. She focuses mainly on the dangers of an unchecked Executive, and how they attempted to thwart that accumulation of power.

Structurally, I believe the Constitution does about as fine a job of checking Executive powers as is humanly possible. The Founders understood that politicians’ lust for power is as immutable and constant as gravity, and used that fact to craft a balance, much as an architect or engineer factors in the pull of gravity when they design a building. Where their vision failed them was when Republicans in Congress began to make common cause with Republicans in the White House, to the extent of willingly yielding all their power to the Executive. No matter how far President Bush pushes the limits of his Executive powers (ignoring Constitution and law; using signing statements to override the will of Congress), Congress goes along with it. Occasionally they make some noise about expressing grave concerns, but they never actually act on it (I’m looking at you, Arlen).

But as bad as this consolidation of power is, it is only part of the problem with our democracy today. I believe that the larger problem, the problem which has in fact enabled this Executive takeover, is with the mechanisms of accountability, not balance. I have said it before, but I believe it is more important than all the issues combined, so it bears repeating, especially today:

accountability is the hallmark of democracy, while impunity is the hallmark of dictatorship. A democratic government must look out for the interests of its citizens, or be voted out (or worse), while a dictatorship has no such worries, other than staving off the occasional coup attempt. Almost every policy disaster, fiasco, and scandal of the past 4+ years can be attributed to the ascendancy of impunity over accountability, as the U.S. under Bush has increasingly come to resemble a banana republic.

…I believe that the two most important pillars of accountability are elections… and the news media, which is where most of the electorate finds out about what their elected officials are up to and what it means to them and the country and world in general, and I believe that both have become severely, if not fatally, compromised.

The Republicans have been able to consolidate power within an increasingly all-powerful Executive because they have not paid an electoral price for it. And the reason that they have not paid a price for it is that the corporate-owned media has consistently promoted the Republican perspective, and the elections are rigged and gamed in their favor through vote suppression, voter intimidation, and probably electronic vote-tampering as well.

Until accountability is restored, we will be at the mercy of a party that looks at the Constitution not with reverence, but with the cold, appraising eye of an Enron lawyer looking for loopholes.

2 comments July 4th, 2006 at 03:01pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Constitution,Elections,Favorites,Media,Politics,Republicans,Specter,Wankers

They Get Comments

It’s probably a complete waste of time, but I finally went to the DSCC’s laughably titled From The Roots blog and vented about their continued support of Joe Lieberman, and their refusal to pledge to support Lamont if he wins the primary. Since they’ll undoubtedly scrub it, I figured I might as well post it here…

How can you call your site “From The Roots”, and boast about how grassroots-powered you are, and then completely ignore the obvious will of the grassroots, which is to support Lamont? Or at the very least, to pledge to support the Democratic nominee (that is what the D in DSCC stands for, yes?)?

You are already working against the grassroots by supporting Lieberman in the primary – if you back him as an independent, you will have essentially declared war on us.

Why is this blog even here, if you won’t listen to anything we say? Is it purely so you can raise money? Or is it to create the appearance of wanting our feedback, like some kind of potemkin blog?

I recommend reading the entire thread – most of the comments are much better than mine…

5 comments July 4th, 2006 at 11:51am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Wankers

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