"“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” "

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao 12th March 2009

""We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we'd like to do our best to preserve that system."

Timothy Geithner US Secretary of the Treasury, previously President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.1/3/2009

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Iraq - Truck bomb kills at least 137 - 4 US helicopters KIA

AP report that Maj. Gen. William Caldwell told reporters that the investigations into the crashes of three Army and one private helicopters since Jan. 20 are incomplete but "it does appear they were all the result of some kind of anti-Iraqi ground fire that did bring those helicopters down."

U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said the massive truck bomb that it was "an example of what the forces of evil will do to intimidate the Iraqi people."

Gee those forces of evil at work again, those must be the forces of evil that Paul Bremer used to write about.

Remember that B/W movie with the beautiful Janet Leigh, craggy Charlton Heston and the 42 year old Awesome Welles ? "A touch of Evil" ?

Hard nosed Mexican-American narcotics investigator Vargas (Charlton Heston) and his beautiful and inoccent wife (Janet Leigh) witness a murder caused by a car bomb. The fillum opens with a famous 3 minute tracking shot which follows the bomb-laden (not Bin Laden !) car as it crosses the border, passes Heston and Leigh, fades into the distance and explodes.

Vargas investigates. He runs foul of the local police authority/ Quinlan (Welles - who wrote the screenplay) - an immense – and immensely corrupt – ex-alcoholic . Convinced that Quinlan is planting evidence to frame an innocent man, Vargas begins probing the big man's own shadowy past and methodology. In the end, Quinlan's hunches prove right while his means to solving the crime are left suspended in murky moral limbo made confusing by very idiosyncratic editing – long takes, grotesque (very) close-ups, overlapping sound and steep angles , which emphasise Welles' corpulance – verging on deep craziness.

Marlene Dietrich plays a cigar-smoking, gypsy, brothel owner, Zsa Zsa Gabor a strip club owner and Dennis Weaver (“McCloud,” ) as a wonderfully crazy hotel night clerk.

Henry Mancini provided a remarkable Mexican / rock musical score.

Evil - bad karma , pal.

PS. Dennis Weaver (dcsd) and wife Gerry founded L.I.F.E (Love Is Feeding Everyone), which fed 180,000 people in Los Angeles each week. President Reagan awarded him the “Presidential End Hunger Award” in 1986.

In 1993, Dennis and Gerry founded the non-profit Institute of “Ecolonomics” - a word Dennis coined to illustrate the necessary synergy between a healthy ecology and a vibrant economy in order to create a sustainable future. In 2003 the Institute embarked on the Drive to Survive,” where Dennis led a fleet of alternative-fueled vehicles on a cross-country whistle-stop tour toWashington,D.C., with the aim of increasing awareness of the need to reduce the US 's dependence on oil.

More recently, he and singer Willie Nelson joined forces to promote the development and use of farmer-grown biodiesel as a viable alternative fuel.

Good karma.


Stef said...

and the award for the most convincing portrayal of a Mexican in the history of motion picture cinema does not go to...

Charlton Heston

Stef said...

and whilst on the subject of depictions of people and things exploding under suspicious circumstances in movies made in 1958...


Stef said...

BTW Heston playing a Mexican adds a surreal element to ToE that I personally approve of wholeheartedly. So my first comment is by no means a criticism

The first adaptation of Quiet American was filmed in 1958


the amusing part being that the producers changed the end so that the Commies really were the terrorists, which kind of defeated the whole purpose of the exercise...

(C) Very Seriously Disorganised Criminals 2002/3/4/5/6/7/8/9 - copy anything you wish