And now for something completely different, sort of.

I admit I twisted off with yesterday’s post, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. Now that I’ve got that out of my system, don’t look for much in the way of political commentary for a good long while. Unless…well…never mind.

As an expression of contrition, allow me to repost another Gazette offering from 2009, which should get us back on track, especially considering that another installment in the Die Hard  franchise is set to open on Valentine’s Day. How appropriate is that?

So, we took in a matinée showing of Taken today, and as we walked out of the theater I bounced this idea off MLB.

“They need to pair up Liam Neeson’s Bryan Mills with Bruce Willis’s John McClain and have them be dads who volunteer to be chaperones on a high school trip in order to keep an eye on their daughters. Something could go terribly wrong — terrorists could, like, kidnap the whole class and, like, do mean stuff — and Bryan and John could go into action to save them.”

I know, it sounds lame, but what if the field trip was to Washington, D.C. And what if the bad guys were actually Congress? Starting to see the appeal now?

OK, it’s just a fantasy, but if you’re a Hollywood screenwriter cruising the net for ideas, remember where you heard it.

Anyway, if you haven’t seen Taken and you’re a fan of the Die Hard movies, go see it. Neeson doesn’t have Willis’s comic flair, but to paraphrase Johner in Alien: Resurrection*, he is not the guy with whom you want to **** (pardon my French special characters, which is appropriate given that most of the movie’s action took place in Paris).

*This is an under-appreciated member of the “Alien” line-up, in my opinion. The movie is worth watching if only for Ripley’s basketball scene, and getting to see the corrupt General Perez pull his own pineal gland** out of the back of his head and stare at it in horror is, well, compelling beyond description.

**OK, I have no idea if it really was a pineal gland, but it was small and icky and seemed like something a person would be really sad to be holding in his hand.

Oops. I just noticed that this was a political post after all. My bad.