This time, Mexico may be serious about the extradition of billionaire crime boss El Chapo to the US. Extradition and successful prosecution would permanently take a very bad man off the streets, but there are plenty who would replace him and feed America's ongoing appetite for drugs.
Migraine headaches can be brutally disabling. Is a major improvement in treatment on the horizon?
My portable phone battery charger went dead, so I bought this one. It's larger and heavier than I expected, but it recharges phone, kindle and iPad very quickly. Not something you can carry in your pocket, but would fit in a handbag, briefcase or backpack.
ABC News: "Authorities said [an 18-year-old] woman was accosted just after 9 p.m. Thursday as she and her father walked inside Osborn Playground in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. Police said there were five men, and one pointed a gun at the father and told him to leave. Each man raped the woman, police said. The father returned with two police officers, but the attackers fled." Di Blasio is "disgusted" by this outrageous crime. I just hope outrage doesn't trump good police work as it did in the case of the Central Park Five.
Our film group met to discuss Carol. We were again divided in our opinions. This time, about 60% disliked it and 40% liked it, with critics making the same complaints we heard in our previous discussion with another group: the film is too slow, and the characters are so interior that they don't elicit an emotional investment. I can't recall any other recent film that has so deeply divided thoughtful viewers.
Bruni: The GOP is "in bed between a bombshell and a kamikaze."
The local sheriff policing the occupation of a wildlife refuge in Oregon said he has received numerous death threats since armed militia took over the remote government outpost over the weekend.
Harney County sheriff David Ward told local residents on Wednesday that his wife had left town for her safety after strangers followed her home one night and someone slit her car tire. He said he had received anonymous letters with numerous misspellings that included death threats. (italics mine)
Worse still, the sheriff said, strangers had come to town to harass his elderly parents.
We're leaving early tomorrow morning to claim the Grand Canyon for entrepreneurial use. After we've secured the canyon, I'll let you know about making reservations and purchasing tickets to visit in the future.
We saw Carol last night, for a third time. We hadn't planned on a third viewing, but a couple of movie producers invited us and some other friends to see it with them. Afterward, we discussed the film, but this wasn't our regular film group. That meets next week.
Only three, out of a group of eight viewers last night, liked the film. The producers expressed an especially strong dislike for it. Among those who disliked the film, there were two broad criticisms.
First, the critics complained that the film elicited no emotional investment in the budding romance between the wealthy, glamorous and middle-aged title character, Carol Aird (played by Cate Blanchett), and a much younger department store clerk and aspiring photographer, Therese Belivet, played by Rooney Mara, who (as I said and showed you in a previous post) looked like a 50s-era Audrey Hepburn. Those who disliked the film felt that the characters as written and played were far too "interior" to understand their mutual attraction or feel enough of an emotional tug to give a shit about the fate of their relationship.
The critics in our group also complained that the film was far too slow moving. Excruciatingly slow moving. I can see that.
This isn't the Oscars, but it may hint at what is to come. Announced today, the nominees are:
1. The Big Short (Didn't see it, but heard good things)
2. Bridge of Spies (Saw it. Fine though didn't love it, but might give it another try)
3. Brooklyn (Saw it, liked it, not especially deep, but charming and moving.)
4. Ex Machina (what?)
5. Mad Max: Fury Road (You'll have to drag me to this)
6. The Martian (Saw it twice, liked it both times.)
7. The Revenant: (Not seen yet, but will see)
8. Sicario: (Saw it, didn't like it)
9. Spotlight: (Saw it, liked it, but I don't know about best film of the year)
So Carol wasn't nominated. I'm not sure what I'd go with for best picture this year.
I saw Room and liked it. I really liked 99 Homes and I especially liked Phoenix, which I've seen twice. The Gift was very engaging and better for me on second viewing. The critics love Theeb, but me, not so much.
That's all I can think of right now. So what will win this year? Maybe Bridge of Spies or, based on what I've been hearing, The Big Short. It isn't that I loved Bridge of Spies, but it just seems like a Best Picture type film to me (whatever that is. ).
Anyone else want to weigh-in with favorites or predictions?
In the lawsuit — which was dismissed because the $350 filing fee was never paid — Bundy and Rothrock claim to have seen Bill Clinton cross dress in a burqa and claims to have seen Obama sell “Muslim oils at a street vendor stand with a wig and mustache.”