Showing posts with label Acting. Show all posts
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Sovereign Citizens Stole My House




Not that there's a miniseries or a TV show in something like this, but there probably is:

A Georgia judge didn’t mince words when he sentenced two “sovereign citizens” who illegally attempted to use frivolous court filings and squatting to take possession of homes.


Their actions “were nothing but thievery and burglary,” Cobb Superior Court Judge A. Gregory Poole told Susan Lorraine Weidman, 52, of Kennesaw, Ga., and co-defendant Matthew Lowery, 29, of Alpharetta, Ga., at sentencing hearings last Friday, the Marietta Daily Journal reported.


“This was no experiment,” the judge said. “You had folks breaking into houses, changing the locks and outright thieving. It was just incredulous to me that a citizen could think she could get away with this.”

The sovereign citizen movement is a blight upon the rule of law. In this case, the woman pictured above made up the law, made up a lawyer, and tried to represent herself as having some understanding of the legal process. All she ended up with was a bunch of changed locks and a couple of decades in prison.

Modern television thrives on depictions of dark, desperate people who break the law. Half the decent shows on TV are exactly that sort of thing and the rest are just lame comedies. You could do a whole show around a woman whose kids and lovers and friends just steal shit by filing bogus legal papers. Give me a call, HBO.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Alec Baldwin Has No Idea What a Jackass He Really Is




Let me just put this out there--being a liberal does not mean Alec Baldwin gets a pass for being remarkably bigoted and ignorant. He actually wrote this:

I met with Nick and others from two LGBT organizations. We talked for a while about the torment of the LGBT life many of them have lived while growing up in traditional Hawaiian families. Macho fathers. Religious mothers. We talked a lot about words and their power, especially in the lives of young people.

One young man, an F-to-M tranny, said, “Are you here to get dry-cleaned, like Brett Ratner?” Meaning I could do some mea culpa, write them a six-figure check, go to a dinner, sob at the table, give a heartfelt speech, beg for forgiveness. I thought to myself: Beg for forgiveness for something I didn’t do?

I said, “No. I don’t want to get dry-cleaned. I don’t want to be decontaminated by you, Karen Silkwood–wise, scrubbed down. I want to learn about what is hurtful speech in your community. I want to participate in some programs about that. Or underwrite one. And then, like you, I just want to be left alone.” [emphasis, mine]


So, if you're trying to demonstrate how you're not bigoted, why would you insert the phrase "an F-to-M tranny" into your description of someone who works on behalf of gay rights? Why would you use the term "tranny" like that? Labels used like that are designed to belittle and demean people. It doesn't matter if the person was born a woman and now lives as a man--their dignity is more important than calling them a wink-wink tranny.





Alec Baldwin does not understand the culture and lives in the past. He doesn't understand the terms he applies to people as he looks down on everyone else in disgust for clearly identifying him as a bigot.





The sooner he makes good on his promise to leave public life the better. Let the assclown go.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Clint Eastwood is Still a Badass




America's enduring image of Clint Eastwood will not be that of him talking to an empty chair in hopes of electing Mitt Romney to the Presidency. That's because Clint Eastwood is an American badass:

Hollywood actor-director Clint Eastwood delivered an unexpected star turn when he saved the tournament director of this week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am from choking during a dinner on the eve of the golf event.


Eastwood, 83, noticed a "look of panic" on the face of tournament official Steve John as he tried to swallow a piece of cheese during a function for tournament volunteers at the Monterey Conference Center in California on Wednesday night.

Immediately, Eastwood stepped in and performed the Heimlich maneuver, the Carmel Pine Cone reported in Friday's edition.

There are few, if any, 83 year old men who could move quickly enough to give someone a pat on the back, let alone save their life with the Heimlich maneuver. Wow.