A People's History of the Moeller TV Festival (#12)
This has become an annual staple: a publishing of the many of the anonymous comments, without context, from the TV Festival comment box. Know that you are all loved. Enjoy...
(all comments sic'd, and others I can't read the handwriting)
Thanks to Jamie for coming all the way from Chicago for TV Fest XII.
I won a gift card from work that paid for this season of Gilligan's Island.
They wear a lot of makeup.
I never noticed how often the skipper looked directly into the TV camera, as if to say Do you believe this idiot Gilligan!
Forget Ginger vs. Marianne. How about Mrs. Howell?!
How did they ever find this theme song for the show? It's like it was written for it.
Mrs. Howell's eyebrows are interesting
Rob once dressed as Gilligan for Halloween. Does anybody have a photo?
It was so sad when Bob Denver died in that plane crash.
Mr. Howell dusted the bush for Mrs. Howell... that sure was nice... like Aaron pumping gas for Alex when its cold
We should create a TV Fest song with the track from this show
to answer that timeless question Ginger or Maryann - Ginger
Damn, that Mr. Howell sounds like Mr. McGoo!
And the Emmy for Best Comedy Series goes to Gilligan's Island!
louis C.K. has the best bit about cell phones!
This is why nobody remembers shows like Seinfeld or Friends or ER
Ricky Gervais laughter is all I need to hear to laugh
That's what my hand looked like after my wine bottle steak knife fiasco.
One time I pulled a muscle in my neck rolling my eyes behind my husband's back... just kidding
That fight is what would happen between Gilligan and the Skipper if the professor didn't step in.
It's all downhill from here for guys who've hosted TV Festivals for 12 years. We sit around waiting to see who's gonna die first.
I don't know, the only thing missing was Louie hoarding Feathers. Otherwise I thought it was pretty much the same as Gilligan's Island.
The episode of SNL that Louie CK hosted wasn't very funny... which was disappointing
The results of my pregnancy test took like a whole 5 Days!
Todd Barry is my buddy
Weird things are happening to my body while growing this baby. Glad my Dr doesn't make comments about my growing uterus.
What is Zach Braff up to?
No episode of a show that starts with Toto's Africa could be bad.
Studies have shown that Zac Braff has feminine lips, enhancing his attractiveness and/or uniqueness
That was some sort of "Gone with the Wind"-themed episode.
Sorry I forgot to write who requested the Open Remotes in the program.
A first generation Ipod? This show is so dated.
Garret Donovan & Neil Goldman, who wrote this episode, were writers on Community. The Community characters Garret and Fat Neil were named for them.
Alex, did you remember to put your phone on 'vibrate'?
"Salesman" seems vaguely reminiscent of "Taxman" by the Beatles
This episode was nominated for an emmy. Probably for the controversy over saying "Hell"!
Rob, you don't have to hold my comments. You can pass them to Jamie.
I can see why people always refer to the Beatles as "like the Monkees but without the acting chops"
This show as a lot of fun but years later we know that this generation of young people ruined the traditional values of the United States.
I think Peter is the cutest
I think Davy is the cutest
The 60s would have been a good time to be employed as a laugh track actor.
Was that Paul Reuben's father as the pawn shop owner?
@ my elementary schools after school program we had a dance to go with the theme song. As well as the "hard knock life" from Annie
Archer is intentionally drawn to look like Don Draper on Mad Men
Aisha Tyler is a friggen genius. She was on Celebrity Jeopardy and cleaned house.
This show is funnier when I'm not trying to sleep
Has Jessica Walter ever acted a scene without a drink in her hand?
This show is "comically anachronistic"
Some other H. Jon Benjamin characters are Carl, the convenience store owner on Family Guy and Coach McGurt from Home Movies
Chris Parnell would play Jamie in the TV Festival movie
Chuck Norris has really let himself go
As soon as I find a better source than YouTube for his 1985 Showtime special "F-D-R: A One-Man Show," there will be an all-Chris Elliott TV Festival.
Aaron had a customer that we found out was a swinger from a customer of mine that he propositioned.
There is one person who never got the credit they deserved to making Cheers such a success... we honor Ted Dansen's hair stylist
Rebecca seems really annoyed by Sam. It seems like a good auditing session would take care of those thetons
Rebecca is wearing a red leather top from the Eddie Murphy Raw collection
This must be a later episode since Dick didn't trip over the footstool in the opening credits.
I was not aware peanut butter and avocado went together
Does Chris have any wakey flakies for breakfast?
That eavesdropping misunderstanding ruined what would have been a great swingers party
I googled peanut butter avocado dip & it doesn't seem to exist, but this episode was referenced in many posts. If I find a good one it will be at the next festival
Dick Van Dyke was drawn to look like Don Draper on Mad Men
Does anybody want my recipe for bell pepper relish?
That Jerry Van Dyke is a genius.
if you haven't seen Robot Chicken's Star Wars, I highly suggest watching it.
RIP Brian "the dog"
That's all we need. a Druish princess. Oh wait, wrong movie. My bad.
The Monkees could really have used some of the moves from the Stormtroopers Dance.
how come no one thought to "Jam the radar" oh wait, wrong movie
Did everyone see the photo of Danyelle dressed as Meg at last year's festival?
the jump to hyper space brought out the Dr. Who time warp. By the way Dr Who celebrated their 50 anniversary last weekend
The show Ray Romano got fired from after one day was Newsradio
And Dave gave us Chris Elliott
Why are Dave's suit jackets always too big?
In the movie of the TV Festival Jamie would play Les Nessman
Mrs. Carlson is wearing a wrist watch.
There was some beautiful, flowy, Aqua Netty hair at WKRP
Let's assume Andy's bottle is sparkling grape juice.
Yeah congratulate the lady with her baby by giving her alcohol! People think before you gift
Don't you love hearing that REAL WKRP music?
Treme DOES get good if you stick with it.
I hear Ben Affleck is the next dumb gay Batman.
There's a Liz Lemon version of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream
Were any of those people on the tour the original Willy Wonka kids? Anyone know?
Shelia is played by Alexandra Wentworth. Who is married to George Stephanopoulos. Making George her real-life Schmoopy.
Alex would get the crab bisque
Ana Gasteyer, an SNL alum, was the customer before Elaine at the end.
Jason Alexander played a super, creepy sociopath in Criminal Minds.
This is a funny episode, Schmoopy
Ghosts of apartheid
As you watch and read tributes to Nelson Mandela tonight in the American news media, keep these facts in mind. The anti-apartheid leader, who was released from South African prison after 27 years in 1990, was formally considered a terrorist by the United States government throughout the 1970s and '80s, along with his political party, the African National Congress. Ronald Reagan called him a terrorist. So did Margaret Thatcher. It was actually the CIA that arrested him in 1962, then turning him over to South African authorities. Mandela was on the U.S. Terrorist Watch List until 2008.
It is still the case that when ANC members apply for visas in the U.S., they are flagged for questioning and need a waiver to be allowed into the country. In 2007, Barbara Masekela, South Africa's ambassador to the U.S. from '02 to '06, was denied a visa to visit her ailing cousin and didn't get a waiver until after the cousin had died.
The United States continues to support the apartheid government of Israel. Palestinians are herded into ghetto-ized communities, or "urban townships," evoking ghosts of South Africa. They are segregated in housing, residency, water policy, urban planning, education, and taxation. Israel has seized increasingly-larger sections of the Gaza Strip, and still subject that area to a naval blockade. Bans on family unification in certain areas, along with the revoking of residential rights and forced exile of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, is designed to tamper the growth of the Palestinian population that might otherwise threaten the Jewish majority in the state. A Jewish national (as defined by Israeli law) living in Memphis, Tennessee, who has never visited Israel, has more rights of citizenship and enjoys more state protections in Israel than a Israeli citizen of Palestinian descent living in Bethlehem whose family lineage in that city dates back centuries.
Why do Americans always view the crimes and moral failures of their racist imperial government to be ghosts of the past?
Moeller TV Fest 12
It's here. The 12th annual Moeller Television Festival will be held Saturday at my home in Des Moines. Please drop me a note, or one to my brother Aaron, if it's always been your dream to attend. The weather outside will be cold, but the programming inside will be hot, hot, hot. Here's the festival screening schedule, maybe the best ever. Most of the programs are available for viewing online, but why spoil your fun. Make a day of it.
"Smile, You're on Mars Camera" Gilligan's Island #42 10/7/65
"Dr. Ben/Nick" Louie #3 7/6/10
"My Way Home" Scrubs #100 1/24/06 (Open Remote submission)
"The Devil and Peter Tork" The Monkees #52 2/5/68 (Open Remote submission)
"Skytanic" Archer #7 2/18/10
"Chris, Susie, Brett, and Malice" Eagleheart #7 3/17/11
"Home is the Sailor" Cheers #123 9/24/87
"All About Eavesdropping" The Dick Van Dyke Show" #64 10/23/63
"Blue Harvest" Family Guy #99 9/23/07
"The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors: David Letterman" 12/26/12
"The Patter of Little Feet" WKRP in Cincinnati #30 11/26/79
"A Goon's Deed in a Weary World" 30 Rock #136 1/24/13
"The Soup Nazi" Seinfeld #116 11/2/95
Why there needs to be One Big Union?
As the International Workers of the World (“the Wobblies”) contend, all workers need to be joined together in the struggle. The price of splintering the groups by trade for purposes of collective bargaining has been the health care disaster we see in the United States today. Take Canada, as a contrast. Two generations ago, union leaders in that country were advocating for health care coverage for all Canadians. They got it. In the U.S., unions advocated health care only for themselves. They got it, but nobody else did, and now, because health care in the U.S., where it exists, has only been provided by the business sector, and business is actively seeking to escape this responsibility, we’re all in the ditch.
Cracker Barrel restaurants depress me. The food’s good enough. (I’m easy to please in that regard.) I’m not even really referring-- specifically-- to the purposefully-antiquated motif of the chain or to the time I saw a magazine advertisement framed on the wall next to my table featuring a man in black face. I’m generally referring to the fact that Cracker Barrel is, to me, a sad reminder of the human displacement of rural America and the downward mobility of country dwellers. It pretends to honor that fast-disappearing and valuable culture, but of course, as a nation-wide corporate restaurant chain, with their outlets almost always located in the exurbs, it has done less than nothing to rescue rural America.
Any time you hear a politician use the term “middle class,” that person is denying the existence of a class war. There are only two classes: the top and the bottom. The correct term for those doing the struggling at the bottom of our exploitative economic system (the most of us) is “working class.”
Quote of the day:
Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, the Cracker Barrel of U.S. Senators, bemoaning the end of the filibuster option in the Senate for judicial nominations (excepting those for the Supreme Court): “When we have the majority, when we have a Republican president, we will put more people like Scalia on the court.”
Nice threat, Goober, but convince me better how things will be different. You already
put Scalia on the highest court. And then three more just like him.
The filibuster option may have been struck a blow, but fear not, Republicans, you've still got gerrymandering and voter intimidation.
The head of Des Moines Water Works has (rather graciously) invited public debate on the city's plan to continue adding fluoride to the city's public water supply. The Center for Disease Control has found that for every one dollar ever spent on fluoridation by U.S. municipalities, thirty-eight have been saved in private spending on dental care. If those old Birchers out there, and the new Tea Partiers, don't want the government involved in the water business, they're always free to drink out of the rivers.
Elf on the Shelf: Preparing your child for life in the Surveillance State.
My Hall of Fame ballot if I had one
1. Barry Bonds
2. Roger Clemens
3. Greg Maddux
4. Mark McGwire
5. Sammy Sosa
6. Craig Biggio
7. Mike Piazza
8. Jeff Bagwell
9. Tim Raines
10. Tom Glavine
Joining the JFK truthers
The 50th anniversary of the shooting death of John F. Kennedy is the perfect time to let you know that you are actively reading the blog of a person who believes Kennedy was NOT shot dead by Lee Harvey Oswald.
Oswald was, as he claimed to be in the hours following his death, a patsy. It is completely implausible to me that Kennedy could be shot dead from such a distance by an untrained marksman using a gun with a skewed sight who had been spied on for months and years before by the CIA; that the victim’s entire physical frame would lurch backwards-- towards
the bullet, and that his wife’s dress would be splattered with blood seated to his right when he had been shot, supposedly, from behind to
his right; that his assailant, alleging a frame-up, would be shot coming out of the jailhouse by a man who, despite preposterous claims of motive involving vengeance for the widow and proving that Jews can be tough when it counts, also happened to be mobbed up larger than Nucky Thompson.
It is infinitely more plausible to me to believe that Oswald, during the most dangerous time period of the four decade-long Cold War, was encouraged by an undercover operative to shoot at the president and to also have an expert shooter positioned elsewhere working on behalf of anti-Castro, anti-Communist, CIA military types that either wanted to punish Kennedy for going too soft on Castro, or to pin the blame of the assassination directly on the Cuban leader, or both. And then the CIA files regarding the case ordered closed for one half century and counting. If you think it impossible that the CIA would do such a thing as to undo the political will of the populace by attempting to assassinate an elected official, then you really don't pay close attention to the news, do you? John may be seated next to Abraham and Martin in heaven, but if he is, he's also seated close to Salvadore Allende and Hugo Chavez.
I stake the entire reputation of this blog, such as it is, upon this decision today to join the ranks of “conspiracy theorists” on the JFK shooting, and I wonder if Bob Schieffer and other doubled-down media members of the privilege class, who have otherwise thrown in entirely behind the military-industrial complex on all other CIA-official stories since, would be willing to place their
reputations, such as they
are, on the contradictory conclusions of the Warren Commission. I suppose that they each continue to cling to the original story because, well, if they’ve been wrong, they at least have had plenty of company. But if it turns out that they have
been wrong (and you could make a case that the Warren Commission findings have already been publicly discredited), then it won’t be simply a mistake of demanding too little evidence at the time or being drawn in, over time, by consensus beliefs. Instead, it will require, for each member of the traditional media, a personal admission to being part of the half-century-long journalistic bungling of—and even complicity in -- the largest and loudest criminal conspiracy in American history.
You can stand for government secrecy or you can stand for open inquiry, but you can’t stand for both. The historical record is important, and since you are one of my very few readers, I’ll just let you know right here that this shit on the blog today is entirely about posterity.
Where's the celebration?
The nuclear freeze agreement with Iran is the historic achievement to date, foreign or domestic, for the Obama administration, with praise wide and warranted enough to spread to Secretary of State Kerry. The credit goes principally to new Iranian President Rouhani, but Obama and Kerry get kudos as well for laying down their swords and walking forward even one step to counter Rouhani's ten. There's no recent precedent for this in American foreign policy towards Iran. The act of diplomacy alone here is historic as the tentative agreement results from the first formal talks between the two states since 1979.
There are no parties being scheduled in the Beltway today however. Much of Washington still sees more legitimacy in a "President Netanyahu" than a President Obama, and it's those blinders, paid for by mountains of stone cold campaign cash, that still prevent them from seeing how far Iran has come on this agreement. There is still no agreement with Israel on ending the apartheid status of Palestine that the international community condemns. Israel still holds up progress on a nuclear proliferation treaty for the entire Middle Eastern region. (Israel is the only country with a massive nuclear capacity in that area.) It will still be a violation of international law every time you hear a U.S. official utter the phrase "all options are on the table" in regards to Iran as the U.N. charter strictly forbids the threat or use of force in international relations (as if anyone besides Noam Chomsky ever acknowledges this fact).
The truth is that Iran, capability or not, has never had motivation to attack the U.S. or
Israel. Any act of aggression on its part towards either well-armed power would certainly mean its almost-complete annihilation. One can see its motivation to enrich uranium, both to provide energy for the nation and to protect itself against its itchy neighbors. Iran has land borders with three countries to its west and east and the U.S. has repeatedly attacked all three of these militarily over the last decade. It's not a stretch to make the claim that Iran's threatening public posturing has actually helped to keep it safe from the fate of its neighbors. Now by agreeing not to enrich uranium above a certain purity, Iran is clearly showing a wish for peace.
Netanyahu, the P.W. Botha of Israel, is pissed of course. We're hearing the words "deception," "self-delusion," and "historic mistake" from him and his government, and as for the hope of a separate peace between Iran and Israel, the Jewish state's cabinet minister for intelligence says only that Israel won't attack Iran-- for the time being. The neo-cons there, and here, are warning that Rouhani is no Gorbachev, that he's a wolf in sheep's clothing, but weren't they also the ones that warned us against Gorbachev? These thuggish conspirators, always eager to promote the concept of permanent enemies, are the greatest enemies of peace on this earth.