Monthly Archives: March 2012
Originally posted on Ideas:
The Hunger Games opened this weekend. It could well be the biggest box office hit of the year, at least until The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 comes along in November. It is rated PG-13. Nearly two dozen kids aged 12 to 18 die by machete, sword, blows with a brick, a spear to the chest, arrows, having their necks snapped. All damage inflicted by each other.
As a movie critic and reader who sucked down the entirety of Suzanne Collins’s trilogy for young adults in one weekend, I can find plenty of positive things to say about director Gary Ross’s moving and provocative adaptation. The big screen Katniss, Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) won me over completely. On the page, she tends to petulance. In the movie, Lawrence highlights instead Katniss’s unease with being in the limelight, turning it into a kind of humility that only makes her more likeable. She’s a bold, brave heroine.
Originally posted on Swampland:
I’ve been thinking about this all night: Eric Fehrnstrom’s Etch A Sketch gaffe yesterday may go well beyond a momentary embarrassment and become a campaign-defining disaster, much as John Kerry’s “I voted for it before I voted against it” gaffe — which came at almost exactly the same point in that campaign, as Kerry locked down the nomination — was in 2004. This is true for several reasons:
Originally posted on NewsFeed:
Hundreds marched through the streets of New York City on Wednesday night in memory of and to protest the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, in what organizers called the “Million Hoodie March.”
The march began in Manhattan’s Union Square, where a rally in support of Martin had taken place. Martin’s father Tracy Martin and mother Sybrina Fulton, in New York for interviews with major media outlets, made an appearance at the rally to thank the crowd for its enthusiasm. ”My heart is in pain,” Fulton said, according to the AP. “But to see the support of all of you really makes a difference.”
Originally posted on CNN Security Clearance:
Mohammed Merah, a 23-year-old man described by French authorities as a self-styled al Qaeda jihadist, has been named as the chief suspect in a series of shootings that have left seven people dead.
A picture is emerging of a man who was already known to the police and had apparently sought out Islamist jihadists in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Originally posted on World:
French police have pinned down a self-declared jihadist believed to be the killer of seven people in southwestern France in the past 10 days—including three small children and a rabbi outside a Jewish school in Toulouse on Monday. The suspect has been barricaded inside a house in eastern Toulouse, where officials say he has claimed membership with al Qaeda. French Interior Minister Claude Guéant said the 24-year-old justified the fatal shootings of the four people outside the Ozar Hatorah school as “revenge for Palestinian children,” and indicated that the killings of three soldiers in two previous attacks were intended as vengeance against the “French army because of its foreign interventions.” The siege began at around 3 a.m. local time on Wednesday, and reports indicate the heavily armed assailant may be preparing to give himself up. French police indicated that he’s resumed talking to negotiators.
Did Martin call Trayvon an “F….ing coon?” see below from Huffpo:
Once again walking while black with a bag of skittles and lemonade is just cause to kill a young black boy named Trayvon Martin. A Jewish-Mexican, George Zimmerman, has shot and killed this boy with a 9mm with no freakin questions asked. He has gone scott free but the liberal media is hot on his trail. In fact Morning Joe suggested that the whole police department should investigate the red necks in Florida and its stand your ground law.
The officials made the admission to ABC News after revealing that Zimmerman can be heard on a recording of one of the 911 calls made on the night of the shooting saying what some people think sounds like “f***ing coons” under his breath.
Moments later Zimmerman confronted Martin and shot him dead after a brief
My take so much for a post-racial America.
- Trayvon Martin’s death — society’s reflex problem (thegrio.com)
- Help to Bring Justice for Late Trayvon Martin: African Immigrants in America Racial Murder Doesn’t Wait to Hear Your Nice Accent … (yoknyamdabale.wordpress.com)
- Trayvon Martin Was A Victim of Racial Profiling (readsela.com)
- FBI, DOJ to launch investigation in murder of Trayvon Martin (twitchy.com)
I had to delete my taped recording of UP this weekend. Chris Hayes, Jewish, usually has a blend of Jews, gentiles and blacks on his show. But Ezra Klein, Jewish, who filled in for him this weekend had a weekend panel composed entirely of Jews and one silent black on the panel, only on Sunday.
The pattern continues with the blacks who appear on UP, including McWhorter whom I like despite his being married to a NY Jew, was also silent. He added one short comment during a two-hour show!
UP has sold out to Jewish interests already and I won’t be watching it. Now Melissa in turn had the same Ezra on her show! This Jew is everywhere. I don’t get it why have token blacks on your shows who will not be adding anything but color and fill it up with Jews who take over the whole show again with little to add to it?
Cable is getting scary again.
The first of his stories, “Today, Steve is 25” was published in February 2007, 10 months after the Pikesville meeting.
That process of reporting and writing has been made into a documentary film, “Standing Silent,” directed by Scott Rosenfelt and now being shown at film festivals across the country. Partially funded by a Sundance Institute grant, it details how Jacobs, an Orthodox Jew himself, has been credited with — and criticized for — uncovering a painful secret in Baltimore’s Orthodox community.
- New Documentary About Sexual Abuse In Baltimore’s Orthodox Community (lukeford.net)
- A Jewish convert to Orthodoxy in 1897 [Ein jüdischer Konvertit zur Orthodoxen Kirche im Jahr 1897] (consensuspatrum.wordpress.com)
Surprise but not really. Gay and Jewish goes together.
Omar Sharif Jr. wrote in The Advocate, “I write this article in fear. Fear for my country, fear for my family, and fear for myself. My parents will be shocked to read it, surely preferring I stay in the shadows and keep silent, at least for the time being. But I can’t.”
Sharif expressed his disappointment at the recent parliamentary elections, writing that the revolution gave him hope for a “more tolerant and equal society,” but now he is not as hopeful.
- Omar Sharif Jr. is Gay and Half Jewish (inquisitr.com)
The biggest problem which is not listed here is that Rosie wanted to talk ad nauseum about being gay. Who gives a crap? Not even gays liked her talking about being gay all the damn time. She even outed someone on the stay almost and he had not told anyone he was gay. She is beyond the pale. I would not only not hire here I have never watched her shows. Her broadway show flopped too. Dump Rosie, no, never hire Rosie.
Over the course of the last ten years, the funny, likable Rosie devolved into a boorish, divisive, nasty, partisan big mouth — and who wants to spend an hour a night with a boorish, divisive, nasty, partisan big mouth (who doesn’t believe fire can melt steel)?
By any reasonable standard, Oprah Winfrey could not have found a worse person to prop up her fledgling network. To those of us who have spent a little time outside of Manhattan and Los Angeles, hiring O’Donnell looked the move of a suicidal executive determined to bring down her own network. Why would any sane person choose as their savior the most disliked and unlikable celebrity on a planet where the competition for that title is fierce?
So why does the entertainment media refuse to point out that which is so obvious to the rest of us?