What is Wrong With Kansas?

Is it something in the water?

Is it inbreeding? Is it the proximity to Oklahoma and its stupid congressional delegation?

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whatever is wrong it seems to have a laryngitis component

“preserve the freedom for Kansas to provide their own healthcare.”

Hmmm… let’s look at the 2005 tax data.

Kansas gets $1.12 from the feds for every dollar they put in. That’s not freedom, that’s freedumb.

@Capt Howdy:

That’s just a side-effect of having the ramming the insurance industry’s cock down the throat repeatedly.

But seriously, can one of the Bible-belt states just hurry up and secede? It would be great to have a state to tell teabaggers to GTFO to.

@al2o3cr:
pfft

@Benedick:
what about you mr benedick? a Let The Right One In fan?
scuse the t/j but Im loving that book(movie) today.
(amazing story)

@Capt Howdy: Never heard of either. I can get behind horror. I once ate at Tavern on the Green.

@Benedick:
you should netflix it (everyone should) then read the book.
the same guy wrote both.

looked for a good review. there are many. its 96% on Rotten Tomatoes.
this one is as good as any.

“Let the Right One In” is one of the essential horror films of the decade. It’s also one of the most enthralling romances and one of the best films about children. While it contains spurts of violence that are as shocking as a splash of blood on snow, it is a touching, moody romance. Imagine a Venn diagram where preadolescent innocence, budding sexuality and escalating dread overlap, and you have located the strange territory this Swedish exercise in Northern Gothic occupies. Like “Pan’s Labyrinth,” it’s a children’s horror film for adults.

it also streams from netflix

@Capt Howdy: Loved it. Though I wouldn’t have thought to call it a horror movie. There are elements of that, certainly, but it’s not like Rob Zombie directed it or anything.

@Capt Howdy: You only need two words to properly review it: Swedish. Vampires.

Add: I recently went to a screening of the documentary What’s the Matter with Kansas? that included a talk with the documentarians and author of the book afterward. It was really interesting to hear about the history of Kansas’ strong populist movement, which is such a contrast to where it is today. Unfortunately, the doc mostly followed a few fundie families around and didn’t really answer to eponymous question. I hear the book is better about explaining the political evolution of the state, but I haven’t read it.

@mellbell:
the book on the other hand is most definitely horror. soooo much more so.
as I said in the other comment I think he left lots of stuff out simply because there would be no way in hell to film it and get it on the screen in this day and age.

@flippin eck:
the setting of the film was so amazing. so desolate. so perfect.

@flippin eck:
when I took this job I had two offers. one here (IL) and one in Kansas. it came down to politics in the end.

@Capt Howdy: Added to Netflix as instructed – but if this wastes 105 minutes of my life, you will be notified.

@blogenfreude:
I will take the responsibility. I dont think you will be disappointed.

btw
see it before the crappy american remake “let me in”(pfft)
comes out and ruins everything.

@Capt Howdy: Netflixed. But if I have to spend the entire movie explaining the plot to the OH you are in deep shit, mister. BTW. I thought you were in H’wood. Or at least LA.

@Benedick:
I was in LA and Jollywood for many years. no more. I bailed on the Hollywood project work to find a full time job with health care benefits.
I have not really regretted it.
I think the OH will like it.
btw
one more thing and then I will shut up about it. in the review the guy says this:
There are gory shocks here, and a quick, macabre shot of Eli’s stitched-up groin, connecting her vampirism to menstruation
he obviously never read the book. I was just talking about this to my coworkers who all saw and loved the movie. the subject is only touched on in the film and we decided it is never made clear (do you agree mellbell?). but Eli is really Elias. a boy who was “fixed” hundreds of years earlier.
I dont think that is really a spoiler for the film. sorry if it is for the book.
but trust me that is the tip of the iceberg.
no pun intended.

The freedom of ordinary Kansans to not have the choice of signing up with a Federal Health Care plan must be protected at all costs.

@Capt Howdy: Oh good, and they wake up at the end and it’s all been a dream.

But don’t you miss the glamor?

@Serolf Divad: Also to live off our tax dollars.

@Capt Howdy: Hadn’t considered it, though there are probably advantages to being a female rather than male vampire.

@Benedick:
are you suggesting central illinois is not glamorous?

@mellbell:
the last third of the book he is called him/he.

the recounting/reliving(by oscar) is absolutely the most chilling part of the story.

it was certainly not a choice.

@Capt Howdy: Like “La Femme Nikita” and “Point of No Return”?

@ManchuCandidate: Perhaps we should let states opt out of Medicare. Damn freeloaders.

@Capt Howdy: feh – standard procedure here at stinque.com – no worries.

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