- The Washington Times - Friday, December 15, 2006

How’s that for a late-Friday-afternoon mouthful?

That’s economist and uberblogger Tyler Cowen’s theory, at any rate, of Mel Gibson’s latest foreign-language epic.

Which reminds me: I need to see the thing.

Speaking of sneaky religious subreferencing — though of an entirely different sort — I pass on this Associated Press report about Israelis understanding — I mean, really understanding — “Borat.”

Finally, the Riffologist notes with regret the passing of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, one of a dying breed of tastemaker titans. He expired while in a coma he’d been in since falling backstage at a Rolling Stones concert. I have to say, in all seriousness, that that’s not a bad way to go: with the Stones as your last memory.

R.I.P.

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