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Spanking The Monkey/I Heart Huckabees director David O. Russell just published a Huff Po hissyfit on traffic in Brentwood. Apparently, there's some traffic backup in richville, and (gasp! horrors!), it's going to last six months:

This is exactly the type of 'quality of life' issue that the Clinton administration focused on to great effect, ways that government can make people's day to day lives better --precisely the kinds of things most politicians (and Brentwood liberals) find too small or boring to get into.

Why is there a traffic delay? We never find out. And, it seems, neither does he:

...when I call my councilman, Bill Rosendahl, whose NAME is on the sign at the site of the badly organized, pocket-lining, six-month long, one lane of traffic construction project. And of course I got some little aide who didn't know shit and this is the project and blah blah blah. And THIS makes me reflect the sentiments of others I've met who say, 'They're all bad (politicians), fuck them all, and the system is corrupt and grotesque and, above all, STUPID and BADLY MANAGED.'

Who do I call now? Laurie David? Al Gore? Ari Emanuel, my agent? No. Why? Because there is NOTHING GLAMOROUS about a pork barrel, traffic-causing, stupid local problem. After all, this is Hollywood, and people only work on the 'issues' that are as sexy as a movie star.

(My response to his brat-itude to come -- see below.)

By the way, there seems to be quite a comments delay at Huff Po. I posted a comment just after midnight, and I thought the system ate it, as it still wasn't up at 12:18, but two earlier comments (from 10:20 and 11:34) flew up at that time. Apparently, they aren't a free speech area like my site.

Anyway, I mention this because I wrote a somewhat substantive response in the comments below Russell's entry -- including a defense of Bill Rosendahl, and a bitchslapping for the bratty director -- but I neglected to save a copy, as I only decided afterward to turn his bitchyfit into a blog item. At 1:53 am, as I'm writing this, I'm still waiting for my comment to post. I'll add it to the blog item after I wake up tomorrow -- unless the Huff Posties delete it entirely.

And sorry, I'm a Clinton fan, but did the Clinton administration really do anything about traffic in Brentwood except maybe snarl it while visiting various Hollyweasels?

Posted by aalkon at December 20, 2006 1:13 PM

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Gutfeld has been noticing some irregularites at HuffPo too. (Besides the fact that they let him post!)

Posted by: Jim Treacher at December 20, 2006 2:42 AM

Whatta wanker. This is LA...traffic is bad most everywhere, especially this time of year with everyone driving to a dozen extra places each day to buy those extra 6 dozen holiday gifts.

Posted by: deja pseu at December 20, 2006 5:51 AM

It's now 6:29 am, and my comment still isn't up. You know, Pajamas Media figured this thing out -- they have people in Barcelona, etc. who are up when others are asleep. Then again, when you post a comment at Pajamas, like my site, it goes right up. Are the Huffington Post's commenters such assholes that they have to nanny everybody's work? I've purposely erased maybe four comments since I've had my site up. I think three were people pretending to be other real people who've posted here (like the dress knockeroffer from Wisconsin pretending to be Alan from Ain't It Cool News -- but posting from her own IP) and the other was seriously libeling somebody, and the guy in question asked me to take it down.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at December 20, 2006 6:29 AM

It's now 6:55 am. Does the Huffington Post know where their comments are? Because mine, from last night around midnight, still has yet to post.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at December 20, 2006 6:56 AM

Hollywood gossip department


Russell also directed "Three Kings" (1999), in the course of which he actually engaged his star, George Clooney, in a fist fight, rolling around in the dunes of Arizona.

source: "Rebels on the Back Lot", by Sharon Waxman, Harper-Collins 2005

Posted by: Stu "El Inglés" Harris at December 20, 2006 7:24 AM

Huff Po Comments Watch:

It's now 7:30 am, still only the same five comments there that were up at 12:18 am. Mine has yet to be approved. I'm assuming it wasn't deleted. For now, anyway.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at December 20, 2006 7:32 AM

Huh, and my comment was here but now it's gone. It's an epidemic!

Posted by: Jim Treacher at December 20, 2006 8:17 AM

(The comment was about Greg Gutfeld, so I don't knwo if that has anything to do with it.)

Posted by: Jim Treacher at December 20, 2006 8:18 AM

Huff Po Comments Watch:

8:30 am, still those same five comments there.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at December 20, 2006 8:30 AM

Sorry, Treach...accidentally got junked as spam. It's back. I've been getting enormous amounts of spam lately -- MT Blacklist is pretty useless lately.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at December 20, 2006 8:33 AM

Yeah, they keep finding new ways around the traps. They're like goddamn squirrels.

Posted by: Jim Treacher at December 20, 2006 8:40 AM

Huff Po Comments Watch:

9am, still those same five.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at December 20, 2006 9:02 AM

9:45, still same five!

Posted by: Amy Alkon at December 20, 2006 9:47 AM

11:19, still nothing!

Posted by: Amy Alkon at December 20, 2006 11:18 AM

Amy, your comment got stuck in the same Brentwood traffic jam as David O. Russell's BMW.

Posted by: modestproposal at December 20, 2006 5:07 PM

My life's been basically bland today. More or less nothing seems worth thinking about. My mind is like an empty room. I've more or less been doing nothing to speak of. Not much on my mind recently.

Posted by: Sten4794 at January 29, 2007 5:53 AM

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