Sunday Reads: Falling Stars… Special Stars… Stars and DeathPosted: August 11, 2013 Filed under: abortion rights, birth control, children, Crime, GLBT Rights, History, homophobia, Mental Health, misogyny, morning reads, racism, religion, religious extremists, Reproductive Health, Reproductive Rights, Republican politics, Republican Tax Fetishists, right wing hate grouups, Tea Party activists, the GOP, The Right Wing, U.S. Politics, Voter Ignorance, War on Women, Women's Healthcare, Women's Rights | Tags: 1970s film, classic movies, Eydie Gorme, Hollywood, Karen Black, Perseid Meteor Shower, Preston Sturges, Stanley Kramer, TCM, The stupid it burns, William Holden 24 Comments
August is a special month on TCM, it is when they have their Summer Under The Stars programming…where every 24 hour day is devoted to one special classic movie star.
We lost a few movie stars this past month, Dennis Farina and Eileen Brennan to name a couple…and in just the last two days…gone are a former Munchkin from the movie The Wizard of Oz, a 70’s actress that helped define the cultural changes facing women, sex, drugs and dysfunctional relationships in film…and a woman who blamed it all on the Bossa Nova.
August is also the time of year for meteor showers…of the Perseid kind.
Before we get to the stories of these fallen stars, let us take a look at some of the news making headlines this morning.
And I guess I should give you a heads up, this is one very long post…so get your coffee/tea/orange juice/prune juice/beer/champagne mimosa, or whatever it is you drink when you get up in the morning/ afternoon, because you will be sitting here a while reading this.
The man who kidnapped Hannah Anderson has been killed, but at least the Missing teen found safe in Idaho wilderness – The Washington Post
From the BBC News – Indonesia volcano eruption: Six dead on Palue from hot ash covering the beaches near the volcano.
The volcano had rumbled the past year…and it finally erupted.
Earlier Saturday at UCLA, UN Ambassador Samantha Power Gives First Public Speech – ABC News
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power used her first public speech Saturday night to urge young activists to demand results and criticized the UN and red tape-mired bureaucracies that don’t always prioritize progress.
Power told the Fourth Estate Leadership Summit at UCLA that ideology and entrenched methods sometimes get in the way of the work of the UN, but praised those who get results and focus on problem-solving.
“Bureaucracies are built. Positions become entrenched. And while the United Nations has done tremendous good in the world, there are times when the organization has lost its way, when politics and ideology get in the way of impact,” she said.
This next story is ironic, in a twisted religious right-wing nut kind of way. Religious family abandons U.S., gets lost at sea
A northern Arizona family that was lost at sea for weeks in an ill-fated attempt to leave the U.S. over what they consider government interference in religion will fly back home Sunday.
Hannah Gastonguay, 26, said Saturday that she and her husband “decided to take a leap of faith and see where God led us” when they took their two small children and her father-in-law and set sail from San Diego for the tiny island nation of Kiribati in May.
But just weeks into their journey, the Gastonguays hit a series of storms that damaged their small boat, leaving them adrift for weeks, unable to make progress. They were eventually picked up by a Venezuelan fishing vessel, transferred to a Japanese cargo ship and taken to Chile where they are resting in a hotel in the port city of San Antonio.
Their flights home were arranged by U.S. Embassy officials, Gastonguay said. The U.S. State Department was not immediately available for comment.
The island Gastonguay picked out is a small place in the middle of nowhere, it is out in the Pacific Ocean halfway between Hawaii and Australia….and they just took a small boat out for this major trek across the largest body of water in the world? What in the hell would make a person do such a thing? Could it be Satan? Nope…Could it be Jeeeeezuz? Maybe….but I tend to think it was, the stupid.
Hannah Gastonguay said her family was fed up with government control in the U.S. As Christians they don’t believe in “abortion, homosexuality, in the state-controlled church,” she said.
U.S. “churches aren’t their own,” Gastonguay said, suggesting that government regulation interfered with religious independence.
Among other differences, she said they had a problem with being “forced to pay these taxes that pay for abortions we don’t agree with.”
The Gastonguays weren’t members of any church, and Hannah Gastonguay said their faith came from reading the Bible and through prayer.
“The Bible is pretty clear,” she said.
Well, seems pretty clear to me that sailing off across the Pacific in a small boat can be dangerous.
In May, Hannah, her 30-year-old husband Sean, his father Mike, and the couple’s daughters, 3-year-old Ardith and (8 month old) baby Rahab set off. They wouldn’t touch land again for 91 days, she said.
At one point a fishing ship came into contact with them but left without providing assistance. A Canadian cargo ship came along and offered supplies, but when they pulled up alongside it, the vessels bumped and the smaller ship sustained even more damage.
Do you think the first fishing boat saw that the small boat was full of stupid, anti-woman, geezuz praying, gay-hating, religious tea-bag nuts and got the hell out of there? The prefect of police in Chile says that the Gastonguays did not have the knowledge, ability or expertise to navigate to Kiribati….(no shit) and what will the family do when they finally do get back to the states?
Hannah Gastonguay said the family will now “go back to Arizona” and “come up with a new plan.”
I suggest next time they try a country that does not require them to cross the world via ocean voyage to get there.
And since I touched on the abortion subject…let’s take a look at a few links on that chestnut.
Georgia Officials Are Forcing Through Abortion Restrictions That Lawmakers Didn’t Approve | ThinkProgress
STUDY: Even When Abortion Inspires Mixed Emotions, Women Say It Was The Right Decision For Them | ThinkProgress
This link to a post by Amanda Marcotte is something you may have missed,and I think it is an interesting point…but there hast to be much more to it than this: Abortion in Europe and America: To understand the difference, you can’t ignore religion.
Please give this article a full read…US abortion ban should not be foisted on Central African Republic: The UK and other donors must ensure US aid restrictions do not deny vital support to women raped in conflict
In his May 2013 report to the security council, the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, noted the conflict’s devastating impact on women and girls, highlighting continuous reports of sexual violence including rape, gang rape and sexual slavery.
Mass sexual violence is not new to CAR. After failed coup attempts in 2001, widespread sexual violence was documented in the country from 2001 to 2003. Some of those crimes are being prosecuted by the international criminal court. The ICC prosecutor noted that “[t]his is the first time the prosecutor is opening an investigation in which allegations of sexual crimes far outnumber alleged killings”.
I will just put this link here, with a warning…if you want to get angry, read it. It is about our special star out of the Lonesome Star State: On Abortion, Wendy Davis Doesn’t Know What She’s Talking About – The Daily Beast by Kristen Powers
Just a few more links before we get to the Hollywood good times stories, after the jump.
Late Evening Open Thread: Golden Boy and Pizza the HutPosted: December 5, 2012 Filed under: SDB Evening News Reads | Tags: Barbara Stanwyck, Chanel No. 5, perfume, Pizzia Hut, William Holden 12 Comments
I am very distracted tonight, watching the beautiful Barbara Stanwyck, in fact…if you get a chance to see it, TCM is showing the film Golden Boy. A wonderful flick from 1939 that stars a fresh new actor…William Holden.
Frustrated violinist Joe Bonaparte, son of an Italian-American grocer, decides to give up music and take up boxing instead. Under the guidance of manager Tom Moody, he finds immediate success as a fighter, though doubts soon creep in about his new direction in life. Moody’s girlfriend Lorna Moon tries to persuade Joe to stay in the ring, but in time she falls in love with him and has a change of heart. Joe gets drawn into the world of racketeering; but when he accidentally kills an opponent during a fight and breaks his hand, he is forced to confront his conscience.
So just a couple quick links for you tonight.
I saw something about a Pizza Hut perfume today on Twitter, and thought it was a joke. Pizza Hut Offers Fans Pizza-Scented Perfume
The borders to our Canadian cousins are so close, and yet we tend to do things oh so differently. You see, in the United States, it’s frowned upon to reek of the processed and entirely unnatural fast food we tend to scoff down on a regular basis. A scarlet letter indicative of a poor diet and even poorer hygiene, if you will. Canada, on the other hand, views the musk of such edible delights as a badge of honor and mark of loyalty for one’s restaurant chain of choice. To reward such unwavering devotion, Pizza Hut Canada handed out bottles of Eau de Pizza Hut — a pizza-scented perfume — to 110 lucky Facebook fans after reaching a momentous 100,000 likes on their fan page.
What began as a harmless question of how much the Facebook community adored the appetizing smell of a freshly made pizza snowballed into the bizarre product that we still can’t believe exists. Even more of a surprise is the fact that the idea of actually launching a pizza-scented fragrance was met with virtually no resistance from Pizza Hut Canada. In their official press release, Marketing and Product Development Director Beverly D’Cruz said:
When our ad team at GRIP brought the idea to us, we absolutely loved it. What better way to celebrate our Facebook fans than by providing them with a way to enjoy the fresh smell of Pizza Hut pizza whenever they want!
And thus, after a hasty decision, Eau de Pizza Hut was born, touted with having top notes of “freshly baked, hand-tossed dough.” The fragrance might also carry subtle notes of a minimum wage pizza maker’s unwashed, soiled hands, but there’s no word as this time to substantiate this.
Can you believe it? Imagine…how romantic and fragrant Eau de Pizza Hut will be, I think there is only one face for this perfume…and it ain’t Brad Pitt.
This is an open thread…