Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Racial Profiling: Which of these people looks like a terrorist?

Who should get profiled? To listen to the jingoism on the news last night: "Muslim," "Muslim," "Muslim" ...yet look at each of these faces and think which of them would be flagged as suspicious.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

After the "Invictus" Screening...

The "Invictus" screening at the Pacific Design Center was filled with the South African expat community as well as the usual mix of industry types and members of the various NGOs that were being honored for their work in Africa. I was fortunate in that I was able to meet Adhir Kalyan, the South African-born actor who starred in the short-lived television show "Aliens in America."
He's an unrecognized hero in the greater scene of Hollywood; an actor of Indian descent who portrayed a Pakistani --and went to great lengths to assure a respectful and true-to-life portrayal of a Muslim youth from Pakistan although he himself is neither. Given the tense relations between Pakistan and India the past year since the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, his participation in bridging the the two countries may be little more than a butterfly's wing on the other side of the planet, yet it counts for something far more than most in Hollywood could possibly be aware of.

There are actors (and behind the cameras folk as well) in this town that really do care about what goes on in the world outside their rarified bubble, and do what they can to make a difference. Those making the real difference are so seldom recognized or acknowledged for their efforts, sadly.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Greek Color: click here to be transported away...

My newest link: Greek Color. I've enjoyed the images --everything from urban to seascapes; modern and ancient, for so long, it was about time I shared it!

Sounio Sunset

(Warm up your oohs and ahhs first before you click)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Good news and sad news...

By now probably everyone in the LA literary community is aware that Vroman's Booksore is purchasing Book Soup; both independent bookstores and literary landmarks.

The sad news is the passing of prolific mystery author Stuart Kaminsky, Sept. 29, 1934 - Oct. 9, 2009.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

American Samoa Earthquake & Tsunami Relief

The mainland Samoan community is collecting donations of non-perishable foods (preferrably canned), clothing and tents to assist those affected by the Tuesday morning disaster.
Photo by Jolly for the Honolulu Advertiser

Donations may be dropped off at 1249 E. Carson St., Carson.
Call 310-365-6707.
California has the largest number of Samoans in the continental US, so many other relief efforts are sure to be announced over the next few days. The Samoa Red Cross will be coordinating with the National Red Cross for those outside of Southern California who wish to contribute.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

PCRM should be eating crow

The controversy about the posters in Washington DC's Metro has reverberated from the beltway to Miami and back. Dr. Barnard, speaking on behalf of the group, forgot to somehow mention that healthy school lunches was one ofthe first issues for the Obama administration early in 2009, even before the children were enrolled in school.
The group doesn't mention that the girl in the poster dosn't exactly come from an economically deprived family. Then it occured to me, she is from Miami. Miami taxpayers could be very well be paying invoices for coq au vin, and be serving roadkill from Alligator Alley (I'm not saying they are, but hey, in Miami anything is possible).
And to greenlight this ad would be woefully ignorant of the subtextual inference in the poster as it relates to the history of American media exploitative use of the portrayals of African Americans, as well as the class issues invoked . If Dr. Barnard can't see the inherent racism suggested by the ad, how good of a doctor is he? Or maybe he did...
He sure doesn't sound like a doctor who cares about kids.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Facebook | Mark Haile

Facebook Mark Haile: "(07-17) 19:00 PDT HOUSTON, TEXAS -- Walter Cronkite's voice provided the backdrop for many of America's best, brightest, saddest and most trying moments, and the bonds of trust he forged across three decades with millions of CBS News viewers remain the gold standard of the profession."

Thursday, July 16, 2009

"What you talkin' about, Willis?"

It was born the Sears Tower. It will always be the Sears Tower. No matter who pays how much for "naming rights." End of story.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

President Obama, being pretty damn presidential

I doubt that the Oklahoman or Fox News will cover President Obama's historic address in Cairo as will the rest of the world's media, but that's their free choice to be left behind on the forgotten dustheaps of history.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Another Great Day for Geekdom

Lost in the hoopla of Sonia Sotomayor's appointment to the Supreme Court this morning was that she also grew up watching Perry Mason. Erle Stanley Gardner, at one time the best selling novelist in the United States, was actually a champion of the underdog in his legal practice, devoting his life to working for the underprivileged and exploited. If the Republicans could draw a line connecting his real-life legal practice to Sotomayor's probable stance on the bench, they'd have a real hissy fit.

In real life, by the way, Gardner did marry his "Della Street."

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Is Fox News Anti-American?

As Conan O'Brian's insult dog might say, poup on you. Wait 'til Fox gets pelted with the fact that Grey Poupon is owned by Kraft Foods, which employs more than 98,000 Americans. Of course, when did Fox News ever let a silly little thing like facts get in the way of an attack on liberals?

Friday, May 08, 2009

What next? Will the right wing be monitoring his calorie intake?

If you at all like Grey Poupon, you'd best stock up quick; it's likely to fly off the shelves, if Americans' fascination with all things Obama is any indication.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

I'm not the first to notice that Dick Cheney looked a lot like Mr. Potter from "It''s a Wonderful Life"

Yet why on Earth should the Republican party think that Americans would want the very people to dictate Obama's plan to save the economy when they're the very people who sent the markets of virtually every country on Earth into a tailspin?