Saturday, May 09, 2009

"Marty" - Part 5






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Polar Bears Must Die to Save CO2


Abandoning his environmentalist base and flipping on another campaign promise, Obama will keep the Bush era policy against applying threatened species standards to the poor defenseless polar bear.

...Interior Secretary Ken Salazar refused to rescind a Bush administration rule that says actions that threaten the polar bear's survival cannot be considered when safeguarding the iconic mammal if they occur outside the bear's Arctic home.

The rule was aimed at heading off the possibility that the bear's survival could be cited by opponents of power plants and other facilities that produce carbon dioxide, a leading pollutant blamed for global warming.

So, if I'm understanding this, the polar bear is to be sacrificed for the good of the Stop the CO2 Movement even though CO2 is a bogus bogey man meant to scare us into producing less CO2, thus protecting the lives of polar bears, so that the pro-sanity folks can't use the polar bear survival as an arguement against CO2 pollution. If you think you are missing the logic of Obama, don't despair, there isn't any.

Fascinating.



Personally, I think Obama looks more like Tuvok, the far less logical and engaging Vulcan of Voyager.

Either way, Obama lied. Vulcans don't.















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Friday, May 08, 2009

"Marty" - Part 4






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Thursday, May 07, 2009

Oklahoma Secedes from the Union


Well, not really. But, they want to. They've gone so far as to declare state sovereignty again and this time the legislature doesn't need the governor's signature. Gov Henry vetoed a similar measure a few weeks ago.











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"Marty" - Part 3






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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

"Marty" - Part 2







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We Like Capitalism Again

Capitalism has been taking a beating in the last several months. As Obamanomics begins to take shape, free trade is starting to look better to Americans.

Investors Business Daily writes that free trade is making a comeback,

Last July, the outlook was absolutely bleak for free trade. As a recession hit in 2008 and imports posted the steepest drop since 1942, the American public looked as if it were hibernating from world engagement. A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll then showed 51% of Americans saw foreign trade as an economic "threat." Radical activists and big labor unions, both foes of free trade, couldn't stop crowing.

Things have changed. A CNN/Opinion Research poll conducted April 14-21 found that free-trade deals between the U.S. and other countries are now seen as "a good thing," by a margin of 44-35.

It follows a CBS News/New York Times poll conducted April 1-5 showing a 66% approval of trade with other countries as good for the U.S., rising eight percentage points in just one month. The CNN April polls used a large sample of 3,013 adults.
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The highest rise in pro-free-trade sentiment was among blacks, whose opinion of free trade rose an astounding 17 points over 2008, from 30% favorable to 47% favorable.
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The administration began its shift in March. At the time, IBD reported a subtle but significant shift in Obama administration sentiment at an Inter-American Development Bank conference in Medellin, Colombia. It became more obvious at the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad in April, where Obama ordered his staff to find a way to get the pending treaty with Colombia through.

It's clear Obama now recognizes that free trade is a major way to push an economy out of recession.

But to get there, experts warn Obama will have to confront special interest groups, like labor, to get the pact through.
But that's what the American public does - love our trade when things are great and hate it when times are tough. We are a fickle lot.





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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

"Marty" - Part 1


Paddy Chayefsky's "Marty" was originally aired on Philco Television Playhouse in 1953 ensuring Chayefsky as one the greatest writers of television's golden era. For the 90-minute film version Chayefsky, director Delbert Mann, and actor Ernest Borgnine reunited with a polished script with extra scenes perfecting a timeless study of loneliness and heartbreak.

Ernest Borgnine plays the single, 35 year old Marty Piletti, a "fat and ugly" butcher. Chayefsky's central theme is the pain of being unwanted shared by many of the story's characters. Marty just about gives up on love when he meets a 29 year old teacher, Clara. The plain-looking young woman has experienced a similar life of rejection.

The film explores the simple decency of these characters, their admirable qualities and mutual connection, and the slow escalation of self-esteem that will hold them together. Marty is a compassionate film that is never somber or depressing but reaches qualities of honesty, humor, and hopefulness without resort to maudlin sentimentality.

Over the next ten days, Indigo Red presents the full length 1955 movie in 10 minute segments. Today Part 1.


Marty won Oscars for Best actor (Ernest Borgnine), Best Picture, and Best Screenplay.




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Sunday, May 03, 2009

Man Infects Pigs

We've all read the 'Man Bites Dog' stories many times with great amusement. Now, a Canadian farmer has apparently infected his pigs with Swine Flu.

From CNN:

Canadian officials are quarantining pigs that tested positive for the virus -- scientifically known as 2009 H1N1 -- at an Alberta farm in what could be the first identified case of pigs infected during the recent outbreak.

They said the pigs may have been infected by a Canadian farmer who recently returned from a trip to Mexico, the epicenter of the outbreak that has sickened more than 680 people.

The farmer "may have exposed swine on the farm to an influenza virus," said Dr. Brian Evans of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

"We have determined that the virus H1N1, found in these pigs, is the virus which is being tracked in the human population," he added. Learn about the virus »

Evans and other officials said it is not uncommon for flu viruses to jump from humans to animals and that it does not pose a risk for consuming pork. The number of pigs infected was not disclosed.

The infected farmer had flu-like symptoms and is recovering, Evans said.
That's one way to get revenge. Personally, I'm eating more pork chops and sausage. Mmmm, pork, the other white meat; it's what's for dinner.




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