Saturday, July 28, 2007
As a show, it's kind of famous for it's revolving cast members. And now a new shift will prove very dynamic. Our long time Executive Assistant District Attorney, Jack McCoy (played by Sam Waterson) will be elected D. A. A role that has previously been rather marginal. Replacing the seasoned actor in the pivital role of Exec. Asst. D. A. will be the British actor, Linus Roache.
I find this very exciting as he portrayed the Gay Priest in the British series, "The Priest" back in the mid-90's. It was a courageous choice for him then, and I am eager to see how such courage might translate into this new opportunity.
The AP briefly reported the following:
"Linus Roache to Join NBC's 'Law & Order'"
"Law & Order" criminals will face a new prosecutor next season.
Linus Roache is joining the cast as assistant district attorney after Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston) vacates the job to serve as New York district attorney, NBC announced.
The English-born Roache starred last season in NBC's short-lived "Kidnapped" and appeared in the films "Batman Begins" and "The Chronicles of Riddick."
"I think he and Sam are going to raise the bar and add intellect and passion" to the "order" half of "Law & Order," series creator and executive producer Dick Wolf said in a statement Tuesday.
McCoy is taking over from New York D.A. Arthur Branch, who was played by Fred Thompson. A former U.S. senator, Thompson asked to be released from the drama as he weighs a bid for the Republican nomination for president.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Here are four English soldiers who have been killed in Iraq recently.
Top to Bottom, Left to Right: Senior Aircraftsman Christopher Dunsmore; Senior Aircraftsman Peter McFerran; Senior Aircraftsman Matthew Caulwell; and, Lt. Cpl. Timothy D. Flowers. They were killed in and around Basra between July 19th and 21st.
And here's what I have found most interesting by way of comparing their deaths with those of our men and women; the press releases announcing their deaths start with the following phrases:
"It is with profound sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the deaths of ..." and "It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of..."
Why are the Brits so sad? So torn up over the deaths of their young soldiers? While we won't even allow photographers to record the arrival of the coffins of our dead?
Do they love their military more than we love ours?
Family members of fallen soldier Spc. Daniel Gomez said Monday they are “devastated” by his death.
Gomez, 21, died Wednesday in Adhamiyah, Iraq, from wounds sustained when a vehicle in which he and three other soldiers were traveling in was attacked with an improvised explosive device and small arms fire, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. The other three also died.
Gomez’s parents, Juan and Juanita Gomez, are originally from Port Isabel, said his aunt Refugia Leal, also from Port Isabel.
“(Gomez’s parents) are so devastated,” Leal said. “We tried to talk to them, but every time we try to talk, they break down.
“We are devastated too. With this war going on and how we feel about this war, and here we are,” Leal added. “He was so young. He was only 21.”
Leal said that although Gomez did not live in the Rio Grande Valley, he visited his grandmother, Enriqueta Gomez in Port Isabel, whenever he could.
“(Gomez’s grandmother) is very upset,” Leal said. “He was the favorite grandson. He was in Georgia on leave about a month and a half ago and (Gomez’s grandmother) talked to him to ask him how he was doing.”
Leal said that Gomez’s family has lived in Warner Robbins, Ga., for the past couple of years, but they spent much time living in the San Antonio area. Juan Gomez worked for the Kelly Air Force Base until it closed and was relocated to Warner Robbins.
Daniel, who was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division out of Schweinfurt, Germany, graduated from Warner Robins High School in Georgia in 2004.
“He will be buried in San Antonio,” Leal said. “That’s what my nephew had picked. But the body is still en-route. Last time I heard, his body was in Maryland.”
Gomez was the oldest of three siblings, Leal said, leaving behind his sister Mari Anne Gomez and his 15-year-old brother Louie Gomez.
"Right now we're kind of at a loss for words," Gomez's sister, Mari Anne told the Macon Telegraph newspaper Sunday night. "But I think Daniel's life was like a lesson. All the things he's been through in such a short time ... what we learned from this one situation was that you're here one day, you're gone the next. We hate to say it, but we're another statistic."
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Alarmingly, according to Dr. Fauci, for every one person who is put into a therapy protocal, 6 new people are infected with HIV.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
And I have to admit that I found this film unusually interesting. It both fits a mold and breaks some new ground.
The mold is, of course, the "road film" genre made most popular by Crosby and Hope back in the 40's. Enter the first break: a Korean and an Indian take on the protagonists' roles. Hope and Crosby were always off to some exotic place. Break two, the "exotics" are off to a quintessentially American place: White Castle. And so goes the treatise all the way to some yahoo's Ph.D., I fear.
As a movie, it was sophomoric, moronic, infantile, inane....and, frankly, funny. At times really fun, at others only funny cause you knew what they meant. Fred Willard was very funny! Brad Borbridge wasn't funny, but you understood why he was supposed to be.
And in the end, all the pre-determined elements are met for a strangely, nostalgically satisfying ending.
Now, I understand that a sequel is coming out in 2008; which is cool. Well, except that if Neil Patrick Harris returns as himself...he'll need a car full of hunky near nude guys to fondle instead of the buxom beauties he faux-f@#&ed in this movie! And what kind of a mess will THAT leave on Harold's back seat? Oh, my!
Causor is survived by his father, Roberto Causor Sr., and his mother, Maria R. Causor, both of Rio Rancho, N.M.
Capt. Buddy Ferris, commander of C Company, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, said Causor will be missed.
“Spc. Causor epitomized the words of courage, selfless service and honor; he was a paratrooper that represented all that is great about America,” Ferris said in a statement.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
My review of "Antonia's Line" clearly expressed the fact that I had forgotten just how amazing that movie is. Alas, every yin has it's yang.....
"Babette's Feast" is a dog. It's pandantic in it's treatment of theme, it's lugubrious in its creation of atmosphere, and it's infantile in its spoon-feeding of storyline. The acting reminds one of a compitent high school performance of an Ibsen or Chekov play--Everything happens like it's supposed to, but none of it engenders any emotional or aesthetic involvement from the audience.
As to the positive reviews from reputable sources found on the trailer feature, they all left me dumbfounded. It must be a sentimental attachment to the orginal short story by Isak Dinesen; otherwise, these people are idiots.
Never one to hold back....and you know I usually enjoy something about whatever movie I make the time to see. Bottomline, skip Babette's feast, call Papa John's. You'll thank me in the morning!
Needless-to-say, I am pleased with the work and care that C & A took on it. C will call me on Monday to begin plans for phase 2.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
I must be doing something right, because between the renovations on the sun porch and painting, my estranged neighbor has decided to undertake a sort of detante. We hardly speak and haven't spoken in....well, shame to say it....years. I hear about his criticism of me from my other neighbors, so I know he knows I exist; but who in life needs another critic? -- especially one that lives right next door...
Anyway, he's brought peace offerings, 4 lovely hostas; or as much of them as our neighborhood deer had not yet eaten -- they resemble what I imagine hostas look like in Morticia Adam's garden, but it's the thought that counts. He also shared how he thought the light green of the trim reminded him of a house in the town where he grew up. He refered to it as pistacio ice cream colored-house; which I have to admit, is pretty right on.
Who knows where these home improvements could lead?
Monday, July 16, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
The nauseating moment was when the cast suddenly appeared and broke into an inexplicable "dance" and "song" number. And I put both art forms in quotes for a reason.....
And here's the real shame. It's not a halfway bad little movie. It could have been a nice story that dealt with some interesting ideas...it just needed someone, preferably a grown up, to edit it a little bit...okay, an adult director would have been a plus, too. I will give it one star for "le derrière du plombier".
Friday, July 13, 2007
A few of the reasons why I've been struggling to discover the next color scheme for my home.
And I'm frankly still apprehensive about my choices, but I am committed. The nearly $300.00 price tag at Home Depot was a bit of a Rubicon for me in this campaign. And here's how I imagine the exterior of the Kitchen and Garage doors to be transformed.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Here are the colors that I'm currently working with. The middle two form the basis for all of the windows and roof trim (my home is sided with brick). The coral and pine green will be accents on the doors and shutters. The garage door is a major feature on the front of my home.
So, what do you think?
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Example #1: The exposed boards indicated Insect damage. Ergo, I am now an additional 4-figure sum lighter in my bank account, but one-year guaranteed against further damage by Carpenter Ants and Termites.
The infestation didn't surprise me. The price tag, did; but I have neglected this problem for nearly a decade, so I also count my blessings and pay my debt to grace.
And, today, the second day of my contractor's repair work was drawn to a close early thanks to a thunder storm that caused a two-hour power outage.
But after so long, patience is just part of the process.
Monday, July 09, 2007
In this nation, the color of one's skin also determines who gets a pass and who doesn't . Out of every 100,000 white males in the United States, 42 are guests of our Federal prison system. In that same number of Hispanics, 748 get their meals behind bars. And of African Americans? 2,207 out of every 100,000 are behind bars.
In other words if you are Hispanic and male you are over 17 times more likely to be incarcerated than your white neighbor. And if you are black, you are over 52 times more likely to be in prison. 52 TIMES!
A society that allows this discrepency is broken.
SOURCE: the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. "Keep Hope Alive" broadcast, 8 July 07
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Now while Democrats control the agenda, the margin is so narrow that without bi-partisan support, nothing moves very far beyond the “agenda” status. 50 Democrats constitute the right to hold the majority, because the one Independent, Barry Sanders of Vermont, has chosen to caucus with the Democrats giving them a 51 to 49 majority. In voting, this majority is hindered by the absence of Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota as he recovers from his brain surgery and Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, who has never recovered from his kiss from George Bush – what a schill! But I digress. My point is that no matter how frustrated we progressives are with our recently elected Democratic majority; their ability to pay-off on our mandate still depends on the epiphany of a dozen or so Republicans.
So we must remember this, Republicans are not the brightest bunch. They really only need to memorize a few talking points and act in a consistent and rote manner in order to gain approval from their leaders, cash from their corporate backers, and media expertise from the GOP Machine Politic. Therefore, it’s really no surprise that after the fall election in 2006, only one member really stuck his neck out. Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska stood up and said, “Enough!” No doubt his own experience in Viet Nam helped to inform his personal outrage. Unfortunately, he had a sudden change of heart and backed off after consultations with the GOP “powers that be.” I like Chuck Hagel; it’s a shame that he predicated his political career on leading a company that created the first generation of computerized voting machines--machines without paper trails, machines which could be tampered with by the average 8th grade computer geek, and machines which were used for the first time in Nebraska when he won his Senate seat against a popular incumbent in the unexpected upset of the century….. Coincidence? Is anything left to chance in politics?
So back to the point: How many rats does it take to sink this rancid ship of war-profiteering, -mongering, and -mania? 12 plays it safe.
And where do we stand today regarding this goal?
Let’s consult the collage. Last week 3 senior senators took sides with us: Peter Diminici of New Mexico (who’s up for re-election in 2008), George Voinovich of Ohio, and Richard Lugar of Indiana. Beside them, I place in their camp the afore discussed Chuck Hagel (who’s up for re-election in 2008), and Gordon Smith of Oregon (who’s up for re-election in 2008). That’s 5. Those who have also expressed their concerns about the Presidents’ present policies in Iraq and I feel our clearly leaning our way are: Susan Collins of Maine (who’s up for re-election in 2008), Norm Coleman of Minnesota (who’s up for re-election in 2008), and Olympia Snowe, also of Maine. Now we’re up to 8. I can get us to 11 with three more opportunistic and/or principled GOP Senators. They are John Sununu of New Hampshire (who’s up for re-election in 2008), John Warner of Virginia (who’s up for re-election in 2008), and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who’s really pissed-off by the way the White House has used him in passing aspects of the “Patriot Act” that are clearly un-Constitutional.
But who will be #12? John Cornyn of Texas? Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina? Larry Craig of Idaho? All of whom are up for reelection and vulnerable.
Patience people. Not only do past elections have consequences, but future ones do, too! You can’t turn an oil tanker on a dime. But given enough incentive, you can turn it.
Saturday, July 07, 2007
May we all end up surrounded by herbs and on sale!
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
But feelings are not enough. And so I spend a great deal of my time actively opposing this impossible to win "war" and helping others to be more aware of it's consequences. I fear that most Americans have little reason to care one way or the other about it.
Enter my latest project: Operation Bill Payment. From now on my bills will go to my creditors in envelops that bear a pair of images of soldiers killed in the war along with their basic stats. The following phrase will adorn the envelop below the recipient's address:
"Their duty was to protect our freedom
Our duty is to never forget their sacrifice."
It's probably nothing spectacular in the pantheon of anti-war protests. But it's also something that I can do to keep the cost of this war front and center in some people's minds. Imagine what would happen if each of us did this?
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Monday, July 02, 2007
Army Sgt. William W. Crow Jr., 28, of Grandview Plaza, Kan., died June 28 in Baghdad, of wounds sustained when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.
“Inglis [Florida] Family Mourns Soldier Killed In Iraq”
INGLIS - It was around 9 p.m. Thursday when Kathryn Mondini drove up to her apartment, tired from driving all day from North Carolina. She had seen police cars in the neighborhood, but didn't think much of it, thinking it was part of a regular patrol.
She went inside and picked up the phone to call a neighbor when someone knocked on the door.
When she opened it, she saw two Army officers.
"I slammed the door and threw myself to the floor,'' she said Friday afternoon, still in a state of shock and weeping when looking at her son's picture.
Sgt. William Wayne Crow, 28, Mondini's only son, was killed in Iraq early Thursday morning when the Humvee he was driving rolled over an improvised explosive device, or an IED.
Mondini held on to Associated Press stories she had printed off the Internet.
She had circled the paragraphs that had mentioned the death of her son: "One American soldier killed,'' while in a combat patrol in eastern Baghdad, it read.
"He was my baby -- he was my lifeline,'' she said.
Her daughter, Candace Hudson, sat beside her in their small living room. Her eyes were red, too, from mourning the loss of her brother.
Her cell phone, and the house phone, kept ringing with friends and family wanting to know what happened, express how sorry they were and ask how they could help.
Mondini, who had not seen her son since February, doesn't have all the answers yet.
"Where's my son?'' she cried. "In pieces?''
Miles away, in Fort Riley, Kan., Crow's wife, Michelle, kept the officers outside her door for 20 minutes early Thursday morning.
"I figured if I didn't let them in, I wouldn't have to know what happened,'' said the mother of four on Friday, her voice sad and monotone on the telephone.
She and Crow got married four years ago. She already had two sons, Chris and David, and with Crow, they have two little girls, Alexis and Kala.
Crow enlisted in the military right out of Belleview High School. He first went to Korea. And then to Iraq.
The last time Crow had come back from Iraq, he told his mother that the war was different this time.
"He said it's like they're fighting a ghost and they were not equipped to fight the ghosts,'' Mondini recalled.