Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Sarah Palin Is A God

Sarah Palin now defends her palm "cheat sheet" fiasco by saying that God did it too.  A fan supposedly wrote to her suggesting that she read  Isaiah 49:16 to see in what good company she was in this hand-writing.  And sure enough, that verse says
"Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me".

My guess is that neither Sarah nor this "fan" considered the possibility that in this instance God was speaking metaphorically.  Because really, unlike Sarah Palin, God--if such an entity exists--would, by definition--not require a memory jogger.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Logorama

One of the Oscar-nominated films for Best Animated Short this evening is Logorama. This film is composed almost entirely of a unique and creative use of corporate logos.  In one brief and amusing scene, Ronald McDonald takes the Shoney's Big Boy hostage with an automatic weapon in an animated homage to Pulp Fiction. This entertaining little film can be seen in its entirety here.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Virginia Attorney General Tells Colleges to Back Off on Gay Rights Policies

Virginia's new Republican governor Bob McDonnell is apparently on an anti-gay crusade.  After his election in November, he proceeded to remove existing non-discrimination protections for the state's gay workers.  And now the state's newly elected Republican Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, is demanding that the anti-discrimination policies that currently protect gay students  in the state's colleges and universities be ignored.

Taking away civil rights is anti-American in every way.  I hope the people of Virginia soon realize that they have elected conservative homophobic zealots to office and demand that they get busy working on the state's problems and improving the lives of ALL Virginians.  Taking away existing policies that prohibit non-discrimination against gays and lesbians is outrageous.

McDonnell and Cuccinelli have been in office for about six weeks, and making discrimination against gays in Virginia acceptable and legal again is clearly a top priority in their agenda for the state.  This is a hateful and outrageous way to "serve" the people of Virginia.

I hope that the citizens of Virginia will demonstrate that they are better than these haters they have elected to state office.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli  
   Telephone:  (804) 786-2071
   Mailing Address:
    Office of the Attorney General
    900 East Main Street
    Richmond, VA 23219

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell:
   Telephone:
     (804) 786-2211
     Fax: (804) 371-6351
  Mailing Address:
    Office of the Governor
    Patrick Henry Building, 3rd Floor
    1111 East Broad Street
    Richmond, Virginia 23219

2010 Academy Awards

Will Avatar parlay its huge box office take to a Best Picture Oscar tomorrow night?  James Cameron, never a Hollywood favorite, has created a film that has become almost as controversial as it is popular.  Cameron has been accused of creating a movie that is anti-religious, anti-military, anti-god, offensive to feminists, racist, promotes smoking, and is anti-American (Cameron is from Canada, remember).  It has also been suggested that the film evokes the tragedy of  9/11 in an offensive manner.

While debate on these issues (and others)  rages on, what is unquestioned is that Avatar broke new ground in its technical achievements.  Noteworthy in  Avatar's nine Oscar nominations is that there are none in the acting categories.  Spectacular CGI and highly technical filmmaking does not always serve the craft of acting, and that is yet another debate that has been spawned by the success and achievements of Avatar.