Movie class: “Wag the dog”


Our recording:


Expression list:

  1. Never change horses in midstream (stay the course; see it through to the end; have faith)
  2. it’s got nothing to do with the B3 bomber (it’s not related to the B3 bomber)
  3. and I live by it (I follow this philosophy)
  4. backing – percentage, points, money
  5. strike that (cancel that; forget that; ignore that)
  6. confessor (one who confesses?)
  7. it needs no ghost from the grave to tell us that (it’s obvious)
  8. disconsolate (sad or depressed)
  9. corny (stupid or silly)
  10. we are past this (we are past this point and must continue on)
  11. the threat … has been quelled (has been removed or squashed)
  12. you could talk a dog off a meat truck (you are very persuasive)
  13. all systems are five-by-five (everything is proceeding perfectly)
  14. forefathers (ancestors)
  15. manacles (handcuffs or shackles to restrain prisoners)
  16. a crate of it (a lot of it?)
  17. hell of a job (Great job!)
  18. a surefire winner (certain winner (slang))
  19. all kidding aside (let’s get serious – no more kidding; let’s put kidding behind us)
  20. Anne Frank siren (“Anne Frank” was a famous WW II biography; this phrase refers to an old police siren a from that time.)



Our chat:

Lee Wright 8:57 PM

character (KAIR rak ter)

me 8:59 PM
his role

Lee Wright 9:00 PM
Jörgen Olsson joined group chat.
Vasanth Prabakar joined group chat.

Lee Wright 9:02 PM
busy (bizzy)
Society = dog; media = the tail
fabricate a war
as a political distraction
a small group set up a “war room” to carry out a scam on the American public.
scene (seen)
“That’s nothing!”
I like the way the blonde girl obeyed Conrad’s instructions instantly and unquestionly.
Trump used this trick when campaigning.
The dramas came and went so fast that the media couldn’t focus on any ONE.
Do you remember anything your government did to deceive/distract its citizens from other issues?
Talk about distrust!
Scandalous behavior!!
politics (POL uh ticks)
Iraq and WMDs
an “old shoe”
Xerox machine (copier)
chain letter
pyramid scheme
“word of mouth” advertising

me 9:16 PM
pay a dime

Lee Wright 9:16 PM
Get Trump tweet about our site.
PR spin => make something bad look like something good

me 9:18 PM
Conrad the “Spin Master” seemed to have more power than one would imagine, even to the point of having the movie producer murdered and “disappeared”. Note that the producer often asked Conrad what his job for the president really was. Also note that Conrad never seemed to speak to the president directly. Does this seem realistic to you?

Lee Wright 9:18 PM
a “go-between”
in the shadows
“expediters” or “problem-solvers”
he is empoowered to “do what it takes”

Vasanth Prabakar 9:21 PM

Lee Wright 9:22 PM
He wasn’t doing it for the money.
He had power.
He wanted “recognition”.
Most of us don’t get credit.
Some people will “steal” your credit if you let them.
The Men in Black.

Vasanth Prabakar 9:27 PM

me 9:27 PM

Lee Wright 9:28 PM
an honor
“honorable mention”
specific mention of your names on formal invitations

Vasanth Prabakar 9:30 PM

Lee Wright 9:31 PM
massive heart attack
the imaginary B3 bomber
Dustman Hoffman
Robert de Niro
Anne Heckt
outside = steps
inside = stairs
handrails or banisters

Vasanth Prabakar 9:35 PM
compound wall

Lee Wright 9:35 PM
concrete or plastic wall
plaster wall
brick deck

me 9:36 PM

Lee Wright 9:37 PM
large driveway
for nighttime safety
two musicians
composing a song
6 strings
long-haired guy with a hat
tuning keys
cowboy hat
some trial and error
the speech was corny but moving
a dry run
medallion ( muh DAL yun)

Vasanth Prabakar 9:42 PM

Lee Wright 9:43 PM
the lanyard is usually colored, striped.

Jörgen Olsson 9:44 PM

Lee Wright 9:44 PM
wall lamp

Jörgen Olsson 9:45 PM

Lee Wright 9:45 PM
wood carving

Jörgen Olsson 9:45 PM

Vasanth Prabakar 9:45 PM

Lee Wright 9:45 PM
hard, uncomfortable, utilitarian
Times Square
soldier Schumann
Morse code message

Vasanth Prabakar 9:48 PM

Lee Wright 9:48 PM
scrolling text

me 9:48 PM

Lee Wright 9:48 PM
ticker tap
ticker tape
Roger Rabbit

Vasanth Prabakar 9:50 PM

Lee Wright 9:50 PM
Song “Downtown”
by Petula Clark
bird’s-eye view
Old style
Tapered roofs allow light into the streets
toll bridges or highways
Song lyric: the sun is “like a red rubber ball”

Jörgen Olsson 9:54 PM
“don’t change horses in midstream”, means?

Lee Wright 9:56 PM
old wooden roof

Jörgen Olsson 9:56 PM

Lee Wright 9:56 PM
guy wire = support line

Jörgen Olsson 9:56 PM

Lee Wright 9:56 PM
farmland in the back
car port
harvesting machine
unpaved dirt area
in the middle of nowhere
In the north USA, roofs are very pointed
so the snow will slide off of it
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