We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"He was good fun until he turned political."
Yep, politics has ruined many a good time.
I grew up on Bill Maher, used to watch him with my mother,
he was funny.
Now, on the off occasion when I tune into his show, I rarely make it past the 5 minute point.
It sure is easier to change the channel, nowadays :)
I have trouble watching any of Hitchcock's pictures these days. Last year I bought a huge anthology of his movies, including many of the famous pictures he made once he got to the US, and I realized how much there was to dislike about them. Hitchcock's signature in trade is having people do things no sensible person would do in real life. The only picture in the collection I liked was "What's the Trouble with Harry?" This was a delightful movie with great acting and a playful storyline. The rest of them--Psycho, Rear Window, Vertigo, The Birds, et al.---I just could not understand why I had liked them so much when I saw them originally.
I wish a lot of people would stick to their area of expertise such as actors and critics, but then someone could say the same of me. If I agreed with Ebert, I wouldn't find him nearly so annoying.
That being said, I am saddened by his death. From what I could tell, he faced his cancer bravely and tried to live the life he had left fully. I salute him for his effort. He was also a human being and I am sad for his family and friends as I am sad for him. I trust he is going to a better place.