Daily Archives: March 8, 2010

And a last laugh for tonite…

(picked it up at All Hat, No Cattle)

I thought I’d take a day before commenting on Snark…

So now I’m a full 24 hours away from the first three shows and I’m not as disappointed as I thought I would be. In reality it went very well when one considers that this is amateur, community-oriented theatre… the first time I have done Snark without professionals (and the first time I have done it in 34 years.) I had fun watching it and was able to talk with individual cast members about little improvements and such.

Now we are going to do a “brush up” rehearsal on Wednesday to make sure they don’t lose the status they have gained and to add some very small changes. Assuming it goes OK, Friday nite’s show should continue the good performances.

We have plenty of tickets available if you are in the area. Go to the Full Circle Theater site to make reservations.

Quote for the Day: The Death Penalty Is Unconstitutional

“Based on the moratorium (on the death penalty) in Illinois, the Innocence Project and more than 200 people being exonerated nationwide, it can only be concluded that innocent people have been executed.”

- Texas District Judge Kevin Fine

I must say I agree with Judge Fine. You will note that no punishments are handed out to judges or juries when their victims are proven to be innocent.

E. J. Dionne Jr. VS Sen. Orrin Hatch on Reconciliation. The advantage goes to Dionne.

In case you missed this on Meet The Press yesterday, E.J. Dionne Jr. destroyed Sen. Orrin Hatch on reconciliation. He called out Hatch’s little lies while Hatch sat right next to him.

Hatch was using the standard Republican rejoinder against Reconciliation on Health Care – trying to make it seem that their Party had never done anything similar. Dionne made it really clear how, over and over, they had done the same thing.

Take a look:

Movies: The Day After

I watched most of the Oscars last night (I have to admit that from 10 to 11 I left my wife in front of the flat screen and went upstairs to our bedroom to watch Arrested Development‘s two episodes on IFC… just can’t get that show off my schedule) and, wonder of wonders, picked the winner the week before: I knew Hurt Locker was going to take the big one (and I guess 3 or 4 others, including Best Director.)

Then I was reading Michael Moore’s page and he ran the list of the 20 best films he saw last year… none of which were “Oscared”, I don’t think (“Mr. Fox got 2 nominations, but that was it)… and found that I agreed with some of them. They were small films, mostly, without big promotional budgets, but they were awfully good. The list:

1. “Troubled Water” (Michael’s comments HERE)
2. “Everlasting Moments” – A wife in the early 20th century wins a camera and it changes her life (from Sweden).
3. “Captain Abu Raed” – This first feature from Jordan tells the story of an airport janitor who the neighborhood kids believe is a pilot.
4. “Che” – A brilliant, unexpected mega-film about Che Guevara by Steven Soderbergh.
5. “Dead Snow” – The scariest film I’ve seen in a while about zombie Nazis abandoned after World War II in desolate Norway.
6. “The Great Buck Howard” – A tender look at the life of an illusionist, based on the life of The Amazing Kreskin starring John Malkovich.
7. “In the Loop” – A rare hilarious satire, this one about the collusion between the Brits and the Americans and their illegal war pursuits.
8. “My One and Only” – Who woulda thought that a biopic based on one year in the life of George Hamilton when he was a teenager would turn out to be one of the year’s most engaging films.
9. “Whatever Works” – This was a VERY good Woody Allen film starring the great Larry David and it was completely overlooked.
10. “Big Fan” – A funny, dark film about an obsessive fan of the New York Giants with a great performance by the comedian Patton Oswalt.
11. “Eden Is West” – The legendary Costa-Gavras’ latest gem, ignored like his last brilliant film 4 years ago, “The Axe”.
12. “Entre Nos” – An mother and child are left to fend for themselves in New York City in this powerful drama.
13. “The Girlfriend Experience” – Steven Soderbergh’s second genius film of the year, this one set in the the post-Wall Street Crash era, a call girl services the men who brought the country down.
14. “Humpday” – Two straight guys dare each other to enter a gay porn contest — but will they go through with it?
15. “Lemon Tree” – A Palestinian woman has her lemon trees cut down by the Israeli army, but she decides that’s the final straw.
16. “Mary and Max” – An Australian girl and and elderly Jewish man in New York become pen pals in this very moving animated film.
17. “O’Horten” – Another Norwegian winner, this one about the final trip made by a retiring train conductor.
18. “Salt of This Sea” – A Palestinian-American returns to her family’s home in the West Bank, only to find herself caught up in the struggles between the two cultures.
19. “Sugar” – A Dominican baseball player gets his one chance to come to America and make it in the big leagues.
20. “Fantastic Mr. Fox” – A smart, adult animated film from Wes Anderson that at least got two nominations from the Academy.

I must say that I agree with Michael about “Che”, “The Great Buck Howard” and “In The Loop”.

In D.C. Tomorrow and looking for some Political Fun?

Why not join our friend Gov. Howard Dean and the folks at Health Care For America Now on a March against the Insurance companies and Big Corporations that are lobbying with all the big bucks to destroy ANY health care bill? If I get a chance, I’m going down.

Called the Citizen’s Posse, the stated objective is:

We need your help to put the insurance companies and every corporate enemy of change on notice: We will not allow the big corporations and their lobbyists to bully Congress into inaction.

There is an Insurance company conference going on tomorrow protesters will gather in Dupont Circle to hear Governor Dean at 10:30 AM, then march to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel where the the conference is being held.

You can be a Citizen’s deputy (which will get you some extra training) by filling out the form HERE. Since the goal is to arrest the insurance guys, the training will be very useful.

Hope lots of you can go.

Sam Stein, in HuffPo, raises this point: Obama is pointing out Insurance company greed…

I followed this HuffPo story all the way through Dan Pfeiffer’s Sunday blog post and, of course, it made me wonder which America the Insurance Companies came from… or do they not know that they are calling for us all to go after them?

Or do they care?

clipped from www.huffingtonpost.com

The Obama administration is making a late push for health reform by seizing on a report showing that market concentration for health insurance is so monopolized that insurance companies are willing to raise prices and lose customers in an effort to help their bottom line.

In a blog post on Sunday, Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said that the findings, which were put together by Goldman Sachs and first reported by the Huffington Post, presented clear evidence that health insurer “profits will continue to soar under the status quo.”

The last few days have brought even more evidence that the health care status quo is working out great for the insurance companies – at the same time as it continues to fail American families and businesses. No wonder the insurance companies are spending millions and millions of dollars to block reform.”
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