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Asher took the video.  My job was to distract him with pointless and annoying blabber.

Rolling Stone reports that his office is bomb proof to protect him from Muslims and gays.

Inside his blast-resistant office at Fox News headquarters, Ailes keeps a monitor on his desk that allows him to view any activity outside his closed door. Once, after observing a dark-skinned man in what Ailes perceived to be Muslim garb, he put Fox News on lockdown. “What the hell!” Ailes shouted. “This guy could be bombing me!” The suspected terrorist turned out to be a janitor. “Roger tore up the whole floor,” recalls a source close to Ailes. “He has a personal paranoia about people who are Muslim – which is consistent with the ideology of his network.”

A fascinating read.  The last sentence of the article may very well be the epitaph of Republican moderation.

The article outlines all the reasons the Emerald City should fail.

This kid, who protested a school prayer at the graduation ceremony, finds himself ostracized, demeaned, and shunned by his own family.

Very sad story about a very brave young man.

Addendum:  This blogger outlines why he or she thinks the young man is being a jerk.  Maybe it’s hard to understand what it’s like to have to sit through an official prayer for a religion you don’t share.  It’s oppressive actually, especially as a kid.  You’re not even sure what you’re supposed to do, and you want to avoid doing anything to attract attention to yourself, so you do what those around you are doing.  You put your head down and pretend like you’re praying, because you really don’t want to seem any more different than you already are.  The blogger obviously hasn’t been through it.  Not as a kid.

Basically, the law would prohibit federal prosecution of individuals who comply with state and local medical marijuana laws.

Can he even get it out of committee?

I’m trying to collect clips from all the movie scenes in which the Golden Gate Bridge is destroyed.  The first is from the Japanese film of 1957 entitled “Battle in Outer Space,” released in the US in 1959, in which the evil Natalians destroy the bridge with a “space torpedo.”  It’s a few seconds into the trailer.

And this is a colorized version of the famous scene in It Came from Beneath the sea.

And in this more recent clip from X-Men Last Stand, Magneto rips the bridge from its foundations and levitates it over to Alcatraz.

Can anybody think of any others?  How many times must we rebuild the thing?

Addendum:  Some additions based upon your suggestions.

Megashark vs. Giant Octopus


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I will be there for the water crossing tomorrow, and I’ll post some photos.

I spent Tuesday night at some friends’ home in Eureka.  They had rented the Illusionist which was made by the same guy tho did the Belleville Triplets.  Honestly, I’ve read and heard all the hoopla, and while the art is striking, I find both to be a bit indulgent in the weird without substance and neither really took me anywhere.

The Illusionist is a tribute to French mime-like comedy actor Jacques Tati, and maybe if I had ever seen those films the context would have rooted in me a great appreciation for The Illusionist.  But I have not, so it did not.

The previews however drew my interest in the film and graphic novels Persepolis, of which I strangely never heard.  It’s an autobiographical piece about an Iranian daughter of communists who were initially sanguine about the Iranian revolution, but ended up sending their daughter to Europe – rendering her even less suitable for Iranian life.  It’s on my Netflix queue now.

I’ve written a few other posts about Iranian film, in which brilliant art slips through the censors.  If Iran can free itself from the current burden, the Renaissance will probably be something to behold.

No way should the Democrats have won this race under normal circumstances, but the message is clear – don’t f— with Medicare.  Even the millions that Karl Rove’s group dumped into the election weren’t enough to turn it around.

I’ll write more about this later.

Addendum:  The first fallout.  Eddie Munster’s budget bill goes down in the Senate with five Republicans defecting.

Richard has filed suit to nix the panhandling ordinance as unconstitutional.

This is his press statement:

Arcata, CA –  On Thursday May 19th Richard Salzman filed a lawsuit in Superior Court of California against the City of Arcata claiming that their Panhandling Ordinance is unconstitutional.

In March the City of Arcata declined Salzman’s request to amend its panhandling ordinance.  ”I requested that they amend their ordinance so as to comply with our guaranteed protection of free speech as outlined in the United States Constitution.  Since they declined to do so I felt compelled to file a complaint yesterday in the Superior Court of California against the city” said Salzman.

Salzman has stated that he is a proud lifelong member of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and staunch defender of the Constitution of the United States and the First Amendment right to free speech.

As written, the ordinance makes it a crime to merely hold up a sign asking for a hand out. By denying citizens constitutional right of free speech, Salzman contends the City Council overstepped its authority.

“If first they silence the poor and the homeless, and I say nothing, who will speak up when they try to silence me?” Salzman asked.  He notes that the section of the ordinance against “aggressive panhandling,” including blocking one’s path, any physical contact or shouting, was left unchallenged by this legal action.

Read the full complaint here.


May 2011