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Hornswaggle is an alternate spelling of hornswoggle, an archaic word that means to bamboozle or hoodwink. I take my pronunciation from the late Harvey Korman in "Blazing Saddles" --

"I want rustlers, cutthroats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, conmen, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswagglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass kickers, shit kickers and Methodists!"

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Bad movies

"Behind Enemy Lines" was on HBO today so for purely morbid reasons I watched the last 20 minutes or so. I was reminded that, yes, this is a terrible movie. And once again I recalled this snippet from Jeffrey Goldberg's 2007 profile of Sen. Joe Lieberman:

Lieberman likes expressions of American power. A few years ago, I was in a movie theatre in Washington when I noticed Lieberman and his wife, Hadassah, a few seats down. The film was “Behind Enemy Lines,” in which Owen Wilson plays a U.S. pilot shot down in Bosnia. Whenever the American military scored an onscreen hit, Lieberman pumped his fist and said, “Yeah!” and “All right!”

This passage has always stuck with me. Politics aside, a grown man who cheers audibly in a movie theater while watching "Behind Enemy Lines" has the emotional development of a 10-year-old.

.: posted by hornswaggler 1:57 PM

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