September 4, 2006

Bush & Co. Fulfill Godwin’s Law

Some of you may know of Godwin’s Law, a.k.a. Godwin’s Rule of Nazi Analogies: It states, “As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.

The Bush Administration has fulfilled Godwin’s Law. Usually, Godwin’s Law applies to internet discussions but, in this case, they’ve fulfilled it on a global, political, mass-media scale. Someone needs to let these people know this ain’t a web-forum flame-war– This is a real war floated on lies and propaganda and one that’s costing many thousands of lives. Their lame attempts to equate their policies with something on the scale of fighting Hitler and Nazism 60-plus years ago simply doesn’t wash. As they say down in Gee-Dubya’s neck of the woods,  “That dog don’t hunt.”

According to Bush’s neo-conservatives, we are no longer fighting terrorism, we’re fighting “Islamo-Facists” who are similar, if not the same, as the Nazis and Facists who rose to power in the 1930s. And, according to Donald Rumsfield, if you’re not in agreement with them (him) and those like them (him), you’re an appeaser: In other words, you’re no different than those who tried to appease Hitler rather than stand against him as he, Hitler, marched to infamy.

Not too many years ago, those who opposed the policies of the government were branded “pink-ohs” and “commies.” The new, internet-age, response to the same sort of dissent seems to be labeling those who dissent as “appeasers” and, I’ll predict, labeling them outright Facist sympathizers or even Nazis won’t be far behind.

It’s pathetic. This country was built on dissent. Without dissent there would have been no American Revolution. Without dissent there would have been no emancipation for slaves. Without dissent, this country would be the very same sort of place that Nazi Germany became in the late 30s. And yet some of these Republicans–members of a party with a long-history of voicing dissent–have become the very thing they are trying to warn us against.

It is pathetic and shameful. Apparently, the neo-cons are so concerned their power-base is in danger of being voted-out that they’re resorting to this sort of propaganda. It remains to be seen whether the American people are dumb enough to buy into this crap. Personally, I’m not optimistic.

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September 4, 2006

Summertime Blues

Hopefully, the summertime blues are over… finished… history.

For many, this has been the worst summer, production-wise, in recent memory. I know some industry folks have stated they didn’t see much of a difference between this past summer’s slow-down and that of other summers’. That’s great…. for those people.

But, for just about everyone I’ve spoken to, the Summer of ‘06 sucked. And I’m not simply talking about production, although production (or the lack of it) was high on my list for why this past summer sucked, but I’m also talking about sales and collections. Make that collections. Collecting money is, after all, what it’s all about. Anyone can sell. Not everyone is as successful collecting on those sales and, from what I’ve heard, collecting money this past summer was, apprarently, not high on the lists of those who owe the money.

The lack of cash-flow, of course, is one reason production slowed so dramatically this past summer. This is a cash-flow business, at least for most companies. I’m sure some of the more well-heeled XXX companies endured the cash-flow crunch easier than others but, for many, when the cash gets cut-off or slows down it’s not pleasant nor does it encourage production.

Anyway, the summer is over and I’m hoping we see a production up-turn as is usually the case after the summer doldrums of earlier years. If not, there’s gonna be a lot of “splainin’ to do.”

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September 1, 2006

Adam & Eve’s Party

I didn’t go to Adam & Eve’s big shin-dig last night. Like I’ve said many times, I don’t get out much. But a good friend of mine attended and, after speaking with him this morning, I feel qualified to report on it. What? Second-hand information ain’t good enough for jizz biz journalism? Since when? Second-hand info is like eye-witness testimony amongst porn’s news gathering and reporting entities. Plus, considering all the “news” that gets reported that is third and fourth generation, I’m thinking second-hand is just about as good as it gets.

Here’s the first thing my friend had to say about the party: “There were six-thousand people there but only about 17 of them you might want to talk to.”

I’m sure that’s an exageration. I’m sure there weren’t six-thousand people in attendance. We do have fire marshalls in LA.

My friend also said there were many people who stood on line to get in–stood for quite some time–and that he and his “date” were supposed to be on the VIP guest list but there was some kind of mix-up with that. (Yeah, sure, everyone says they’re on the VIP list.)

Me? I stick to going to Jeff Mullen’s parties. When Jeff says I’m on the list I’m on the list. When Jeff says I won’t be waiting on line I know I won’t be waiting on line. Oh yeah! And that goes for Adella too! When Adella says all that kind of stuff, all that kind of stuff is gonna be 100% correct-o-mundo!

So there you have it. A mini-non-report on Adam & Eve’s party. Doesn’t it make you feel better about this industry knowing JimmyD is on the job and keeping you informed about the important shit?

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