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Thursday, February 16, 2006

What Happened to Steve Martin?

He used to be a gifted and funny comedian and actor. He used to make good movies with depth and character and truly hilarious moments. He used to use his comedy to skewer the absurdities of life, and often the absurdities of people.

Today, he makes stupid movies like Cheaper By the Dozen and The Pink Panther, which pretty much rely on Martin doing pratfalls and slapstick without worrying about actually being funny, and pens sarcastic-- and surprisingly unfunny-- posts for Arianna Huffington. I fear he may be yet another victim of BHS (Bush Hatred Syndrome). I mean, I never figured he was a conservative, but I also never figured he'd be a rabid Deaniac. Maybe he's not, I hope he's not, but the two Huffington posts do seem to indicate otherwise.

And as to Cheney's accident-- yes, accident-- he should be punished appropriate to the circumstances. In this case, an accidental shooting. Cheney was stupid and irresponsible-- and not revealing the circumstances for half a day was churlish and stupid-- and should face the same charge anyone else would be facing in Texas. I don't know what that is, since such things tend to be quite idiosyncratic between states, but I'm pretty sure it's somewhere between the $7 fine he paid for not having a license and being strung up by his thumbs. If was actually drinking during, or shortly before, hunting he should also be charged for that, but to date there is no reason to doubt the one beer at lunch explanation given by Cheney.

Apologizing would also be good-- Cheney finally did take responsibility for the incident last night, and said it was the worst day of his life, but I don't think he's ever actually said he was sorry. When you shoot somebody-- and that person wasn't attacking you or endangering you in some way-- you should apologize. That's really not a lot to ask.


I'm from Texas and what many people don't know is that Cheney is a clone. glenda
I'm sure I have no idea what causes steve martin's downfall.
A clone? Interesting-- though I wonder out of all the people in the world to clone, why would you pick Dick Cheney? Curiouser and curiouser.

Still, even if he is a clone, shouldn't he apologize?
Well, perhaps he should apologize to his lawyer buddy. The rest of the world can go hang; at least until Cheney shoots them!
Well, that Steve Martin blog thing is puzzling, to say the least. Not funny, not biting, you'd think it was a poor translation of a Japanese Manga Comic, for all the sense it made.
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