Wednesday, September 30, 2009
In Paris the French culture minister, Frédéric Mitterrand, said in a statement that he was astonished by the arrest. In a separate statement the French foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, said he had spoken with his Swiss counterpart and communicated “the desire of the French authorities that the rights of Mr. Polanski be fully respected and that this affair rapidly find a favorable resolution.” The Swiss Justice Ministry said in a statement that Mr. Polanski, the director of celebrated films like “Chinatown” and “Rosemary’s Baby,” was put in “provisional detention” pending extradition based on the arrest warrant from the United States. “Whether Roman Polanski will be effectively extradited to the U.S.A. or not can be established only after the extradition process judicially has been finalized,” the statement said. The ministry’s statement added that Mr. Polanski could fight extradition in various courts.
Everyone should really watch Wanted and Desired to get a full understanding of the Polanski case. Both the defense and prosecution lay out how fucked the judge was throughout the film in interviews. An embarrassment to the American criminal justice system. Polanski should have served probation lake everyone else who committed the same crime in California and gone on with his career.
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a calendar honoring the scariest woman on earth just in time for halloween...
this is a deep-seeded, "family values" conspiracy designed to keep republican leadership and peasants alike from cheating on their wives by never being able to obtain an erection again. the picture of ann coulter could kill even the most hard fought, middle-aged, levitra induced "half-chub."
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
i don't like seeing guys in army fatigues quickly stuffing somebody, (who appears weak and unarmed), into an unmarked car and disappearing into a cloud of tear gas. call me crazy i guess.
granted, i do not know the exact details surrounding the footage but fuck it. i wonder what the reaction would've been if even half of the g20 protesters showed up with semi-automatic weapons "demonstrating their constitutional right" to bear arms...
Monday, September 28, 2009
Australian band the Middle East released their 5 song EP, Recordings of the Middle East, in their home country last year. This year they're making it available in the U.S. for the first time on October 27, or you can download it now through the band's MySpace. The first track is called "The Darkest Side", a simple, finger-plucked acoustic affair with alternating and harmonizing vocals that lend the hushed track a sense of beleaguered hope.
I do enjoy the band title track in a remorseful sense. The Refrain had some hopeful harmonies.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
OKLAHOMA CITY – Long-secret security tapes showing the chaos immediately after the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building are blank in the minutes before the blast and appear to have been edited, an attorney who obtained the recordings said Sunday.
"The real story is what's missing," said Jesse Trentadue, a Salt Lake City attorney who obtained the recordings through the federal Freedom of Information Act as part of an unofficial inquiry he is conducting into the April 19, 1995, bombing that killed 168 people and injured hundreds more.
Trentadue gave copies of the tapes to The Oklahoman newspaper, which posted them online and provided copies to The Associated Press.
The tapes turned over by the FBI came from security cameras various companies had mounted outside office buildings near the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. They are blank at points before 9:02 a.m., when a truck bomb carrying a 4,000 pound fertilizer-and-fuel-oil bomb detonated in front of the building, Trentadue said.
"Four cameras in four different locations going blank at basically the same time on the morning of April 19, 1995. There ain't no such thing as a coincidence," Trentadue said.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
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Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Antichrist-the new film from Danish homeboy Lars Von Trier, director of such films as Dancer in the Dark, Insomnia (the original, not the shitty American remake starring a washed up Pacino and Robin Williams) and co founder of the arguably pretentious Dogma 95 movement. The film caused a stir at Cannes, and everywhere else, as it apparently features quite a lot sexual mutilation, to the extent that some have claimed it borders on torture porn. At least four people fainted during the screening at Cannes, do to the graphic mutilation scenes. The Ecumenical Jury at Cannes, (who FYI have the stated purpose to "honour works of quality which touch the spiritual dimension of our existence") went as far as to give the film an anti-award (the first of its kind), calling it "the most misogynist movie from the self-proclaimed biggest director in the world". Despite the widespread claims of misogyny, both within and outside of the Ecumenical Jury, the lead actress Charlotte Gainsbourg was given the award for best lead actress. The film opened to widespread praise in Denmark, from both critics and audiences alike, but has had a mixed reception here in the States. I still might try to catch this before I roll out of NY, but even the local indie theaters around me don't seem to be carrying it.
ps - the first person to splice Willem Defoe's scenes from this film with ones from the Last Temptation of Christ into some sort of a narrative and post it on youtube will be named an honorary blog member.
Friday, September 18, 2009
"keep fucking that chicken."
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
goin' out to the man who wrote it, jim carroll.. also goes out to good friend bo wiblyi who passed away saturday morning presumably due to a mixture of ups and downs.. 20 years old and losing to drugs is not that cool at all.. fukk.
he was a great, friendly kid and i guess that's all you can really try to do in life..
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
america is the only country on this planet where shitty politicians get the poor to vote against their own interests...
war in iraq? take my taxes.
wall street bailout? take my taxes.
health care for all? fuck off you communist, new world order embracing, treacherous sod!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
"our success in bringing health care costs under control ultimately depends on whether Washington can summon the political will to take on and reform a second, even more powerful industry: the food industry."
If you're unfamiliar with his work, Michael Pollan is a captivating author with concrete, progressive yet rational ideas about the food industry. He has a few great books, my two favorite being The Omnivore's Dilemma (a natural history of 4 meals) and The Botany of Desire (where he looks at how 4 plants (marijuana, the potato, the tulip, and the apple) have interacted, co-evolved, and served human desires throughout history. Definitely check one of them out if you're looking for a book right now. He also tears Whole Foods and the organic food industry's asshole apart in The Omnivore's Dilemma, which rules. Take that yuppies.
He has a great article about growing poppies as well that I'll post on here when I find it if anyone is interested.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
It starts 20 seconds into the video. I usually spend my time more wisely than you-tubing professional wrestling. I swear...
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Blount, who was suspended Friday for the rest of the season, apologized. “I just kind of lost my head,” he said after the game. “A couple of players started pushing, and that’s when I lost my head. I lost my temper. I apologize.”
Check the Vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxAIcRHs1tk
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Here's where one of the mothers from Obama's infomercial wound up.
Obviously, the President can't really make life better inside households that quickly...but it still is fairly ironic this lady ends up joining the army.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
As if normal college activist groups weren't annoying enough...ladies and gentleman the UT College Republicans
"UTexas College Republicans are compiling a list of liberal professors who they claimed have a bias against conservative students.
The list will include professors who students say have let their political views interfere with the way they interact with students in the classroom."
College Republicans to identify liberal professors
y'all remember "conservative coming out day" at UNH? well, here the college republicans spend their time passing out far right health care reform handouts and also handout the bible once a week. UT is like a bible belt inside of Austin.