Monday, June 22, 2009

GEMS from MARK TWAIN


"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect."

Mark Twain








LARRY FLYNT RUSHED TO HOSPITAL:

Hustler kingpin Larry Flynt was rushed to a Los Angeles-area hospital Emergency Room on Saturday afternoon, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.

While his ailment and current condition remains a mystery, it appears that Flynt was driven to the hospital in his own car, and not taken by ambulance, according to a RadarOnline.com source.

He was said to be moaning in pain before being driven to medical care.


DEEP THROAT: FBI TRIED TO STOP FILM:

When the FBI investigated the landmark 1972 porno movie "Deep Throat," the case touched the highest levels of the FBI, even its second-in-command W. Mark Felt, the shadowy Watergate informant whose "Deep Throat" alias was taken from the movie's title.

The FBI documents newly released to The Associated Press reveal the bureau's sprawling and ultimately vain attempt to stop the spread of a movie some saw as the victory of a cultural and sexual revolution and others saw as simply decadent.

LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:
***Michael Bay sent a scathing email to Paramount Studios before the release of "Transformers 2," complaining in effect that his famous director friends would be shocked at the way Paramount was promoting the flick.

In an email dated May 4, 2009 -- from Bay to Paramount head Brad Grey, along with a bunch of other Paramount honchos.

Bay complains bitterly that Paramount's ad campaign for "Transformers 2" was tepid and ineffective.

"...I have been waiting, and waiting for the anticipation of an 'event movie' to make it into the 'public zeitgeist,'" Bay writes.

Bay calls the print campaign an "abject failure," with a "pathetic presence" in the L.A. Times.

He's especially pissed about the profile of the movie on the MTV Video Awards, calling it "so lame."

LBN-SNAP:....
FILM DIRECTOR KATHRYN BIGELOW....











TRUMAN CAPOTE'S TORTURED LIFE:









Truman Capote was a great writer, but he was also a tortured one.

In his upcoming memoir about life in New York in the 1960s and '70s, Edmund White recalls chatting with the "In Cold Blood" author for a magazine piece.

"All through the interview, Capote kept dashing out of the room to sniff more cocaine," White writes.

"He went through phases of being sharp-witted and . . . other moments of mumbling incoherence, as if someone was alternately pumping air into [his] balloon and deflating it."

Capote told the young scribe, "You'll probably write some good books, but remember, it's a horrible life."


LBN-COMMENTARY By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN:








The popular uprising unfolding in Iran right now really is remarkable.


It is the rarest of rare things more rare than snow in Saudi Arabia, more unlikely than finding a ham sandwich at the Wailing Wall, more unusual than water-skiing in the Sahara.


It is a popular uprising in a Middle Eastern oil state.

Why is this so unusual?

Because in most Middle East states, power grows out of the barrel of a gun and out of a barrel of oil and that combination is very hard to overthrow.


Oil is a key reason that democracy has had such a hard time emerging in the Middle East, except in one of the few states with no oil: Lebanon.

Because once kings and dictators seize power, they can entrench themselves, not only by imprisoning their foes and killing their enemies, but by buying off their people and using oil wealth to build huge internal security apparatuses.

There is only one precedent for an oil-funded autocrat in the Middle East being toppled by a peoples revolution, not by a military coup, and that was in ... Iran.


LBN-QUOTE:

"Martin Luther King once said,
The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.

I believe that.


The international community believes that.


And right now, we are bearing witness to the Iranian peoples belief in that truth, and we will continue to bear witness."


PRESIDENT OBAMA, on events in Iran.


LBN HISTORICAL COMMENTARY By M. SCOTT PECK:

Many people are either unwilling or unable to suffer the pain of giving up the outgrown which needs to be forsaken.


Consequently they cling, often forever, to their old patterns of thinking and behaving, thus failing to negotiate any crisis, to truly grow up and to experience the joyful sense of rebirth that accompanies the successful transition into greater maturity.


(Excerpted from The Road Less Travelled)


"If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything."

Mark Twain

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