-First off, The week of the blog paid off because I now have two short scripts ready to shoot provided I can find actors for them. Needless to say, I will keep you updated as things progress. In the meantime, what have I missed?
-Well, how about first off, A GIANT FRACKING VOLCANO!!!
The reason for this sudden eruption? Isn’t it obvious? Monotheism has failed us and the Great Old Ones have returned to take charge. Laugh all you want but just wait until The Cthulhu shows up at your front door and asks for a cup of sugar AND YOUR SOUL!!!!!
-Speaking of evil tentacle-mouthed creatures, did you hear what the Arizona Senate did this week?
Washington (CNN) — Latino members of Congress Tuesday called on Arizona’s governor to kill a state bill that would require police to determine whether people are in the United States legally, arguing that it unconstitutionally authorizes discrimination.
“When you institutionalize a law like this one, you are targeting and discriminating at a wholesale level against a group of people,” Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, told reporters. Grijalva and Rep. Luis Gutierrez, the chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said Republican Gov. Jan Brewer should veto the measure, which the state Senate approved Monday.
The bill would require immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and require police to question people if there’s reason to suspect they’re in the United States illegally. It also targets those who hire illegal immigrant day laborers or knowingly transport them.
Brewer, a Republican, has yet to take a public stance on the bill.
Grijalva, whose congressional district runs from the Mexican border to the outskirts of Phoenix, said the legislation “is not just mean-spirited, it is directed at a specific population.” Gutierrez, D-Illinois, said the measure infringes on the federal government’s authority over immigration laws as well as being discriminatory.
“I’m Puerto Rican. I was born in Chicago, and my family has been U.S. citizens for generations,” Gutierrez said. “But look at my face, listen to my voice. I’d probably get picked up in Arizona and questioned. Is that what we want in America?”
The worst part. Sen. John McCain is all for it!
Updated: PHOENIX — When Senator John McCain broke his silence Monday on his home state’s tough, new immigration enforcement bill, some immigrant advocates wished he had kept quiet and worried that he was backpedaling on what had been one of his signature bipartisan issues.
Perhaps more than anything these days, though, Senator McCain’s decision to endorse the measure as a “good tool” signals the rightward tilt of his party and his re-election battle with a conservative primary challenger.
Frank Sharry, a veteran advocate who worked closely with Mr. McCain on bills in 2006 and 2007, said he was bewildered by the senator’s latest position. Mr. McCain had taken pride in bucking conservatives in his party who were lashing him for his push for immigration law changes that would have provided a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
“I remember he walked into a room with us in June 2006 and said, ‘They tell me my poll rate has plummeted over this, but I’m a big boy, I can take it,’ “ Mr. Sharry said.
But Mr. McCain’s opponent here, former congressman J.D. Hayworth, had been attacking him for not taking a position on the state bill, which, no surprise given Mr. Hayworth’s frequent barbs on illegal immigrants, he wholeheartedly endorsed.
Somebody need to remind Sen. McCain of the words of Marcus Aurelius. “The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.”
And if you believe that randomly pulling over anyone with a skin tone darker than pink on the off chance they might be from out of town isn’t crazy, then may I suggest that you find another blog to hang out at.
-Looks like Criterion is finally pulling the trigger on a Blu-Ray edition of “The Red Shoes”! And they’re also giving us “Black Narcissus” as well!
Since the new Scorsese restoration opened at Cannes last year, an eventual Criterion release was a no brainer but I’d hadn’t heard anything about a restoration on “Narcissus”, so that just an extra pleasant surprise.
From the looks of the pages, it seems that Criterion is porting most of the extras from the original DVD’s with only a few added tidbits. (A new Thelma Schoonmaker interview and restoration demonstration on “Shoes” and an Introduction and short documentary by Bernard Tavernier on “Narcissus”) But even without the extras, getting both these films in their full Jack Cardiff dipped Technicolor splendor in 1080 would be worth the expense. And if you need further reasons…
Go! Buy! Thank me later!
-Happy Earth Day! Show the Earth you love her. Screw a tree...but gently.