"You're a funny man, Sully ...

that's why I'm going to kill you last."


Thursday, July 28, 2005

So, here are some good news to cheer us up.

To be honest, the Irish Americans were an important source of water for even the provisional IRA fish. I remember the cold shoulder Philadelphians gave Gerry Adams when he spoke at the World Affairs Council after the Good Friday agreements. Not any more. During his last visit he was practically shunned [Huh? What’s the contrast here you’re trying to indicate? – SW] ...
So, here are the good news.

Reformists have also began to make practical suggestions:

As I have written in the the story that the media misses interfaith dialogue is flourishing

The latest Fence is being built in Kuwaite!

And these men wanted to be entrusted with nuclear feul, not to mention, nuclear weapons
Now, if English is not Ms. Klinghoffer’s first language, we apologize. No, wait a minute, we don’t. There has been no indication from her or Sullivan that it isn’t, and frankly his readers deserve better even considering the minimal amount of money they don’t throw his way anymore.

And would it also be too much to consider that whoever he invites to guest-blog know at least a little bit about proper HTML use? The whitespace (well, on his blog, bluespace) and misplaced tags are quite jarring.

posted by Sully 7/28/2005 11:19:00 AM


One of us was conversing a few days ago with someone else about Batman Begins and Christian Bale’s apparently suspicious hundred-pound muscle-mass weight gain, noted by Dave Cullen and, naturally, picked up by steroid buff Smalltown Boy as evidence of media and cultural hypocrisy on this issue. At that time, we rolled our eyes a bit at Sully’s latest bit of pro-steroid hysteria (hysteroidia?) but assumed that we knew the whole story.

“Think he wasn’t juicing?” Team Member asked, rhetorically.

Respondent, however, was the sort of comic-book geek person who isn’t, as far as we know, married or anything and thus has the time to watch obscure movies like we haven’t since the years after college, and thus would know, and pointed us to Bale’s last movie before BB, The Machinist.

“Yeah, but remember that he’d just lost those same hundred pounds for The Machinist.”

Hmm, we thought. We did not know that. So we looked the movie up.

In it, we learned, Bale’s character “
has not slept for over a year, and has become extremely emaciated.” One of the other characters even says to him “If you were any thinner, you wouldn’t exist.”

Bale, for his part:
starved himself for several weeks prior to filming, as his character needed to look drastically thin. He reportedly lost over 60 pounds (27 kg), around a 1/3 of his body weight. He later regained the weight during his preparation for playing the lead in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins.

OK, we don’t know much about rapid weight gain, thankfully. But we’d bet that it’s a hell of a lot easier to regain a hundred pounds you lost in six months without recourse to ’roids than it is to put on a hundred pounds you didn’t have. And the extra forty pounds? More likely.

So, Dave, you have another dimension (ahem) to this story you didn’t know about, didja? Will you at least let your readers know?

Don’t worry about Sullivan, though. Even if he weren’t on break (and couldn’t he have waited till August proper, at least?), he’d never let this fact get between him and the day when we all stop worrying and learn to love raw muscled glutes.

posted by Sully 7/28/2005 10:44:00 AM

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