Indictment or not, protest the racist police state

The grand jury’s decision on whether or not to indict killer cop Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown is expected any day. Authorities are planning and prepping for major unrest in Ferguson and throughout the country, the KKK is threatening to use ‘lethal force’ against protesters and, meanwhile, the activist world is aflutter with calls to action once the news is out. Continue reading

i stole the teevee: what’s up

Yes, hello. I haven’t blogged cause i’ve been busy watching the television. Let me tell you about it:

The Good Wife

I have yet to find a prime time show where i actually like the main character, but this is one where i particularly dislike the main character even as i enjoy watching her life unfold. The Good Wife centers around Alicia Florrick, wife to a lying, cheating, corrupt Illinois politician (appropriately played by Mr. Big from Sex and the City). He went to prison for scandal-related charges, and she “had” to go back to work (as an attorney) to support the family. Actually, she “had” to go back to work to maintain their very upper class lifestyle, but class is something we don’t talk about, i’ve learned. Over the seasons, her character has evolved and stepped out of her (currently estranged) husband’s shadow, to the point that now she is running for State’s Attorney. Alicia is rich, elitist, materialistic, selfish and really quite conservative. This isn’t all that different from a lot of professional women portrayed on TV, but i guess it annoys me more because to top it off she’s super self-righteous, and yet she’s clearly written to be an ultimately sympathetic character. I do love her condo, though. Whoever she paid to decorate it did a great job! In addition to serving the main storylines around Alicia, her law firm and Mr. Big’s political career, most episodes involve a case-0f-the-week. I love these, as they are probably one of the most unrealistic portrayals of legal process on TV, which is saying a lot when you consider that the central plot of every Law and Order episode ever seems to be, “Waaah! Everything’s stacked against the prosecution in court!” Also, i find endless enjoyment in imagining that The Good Wife, Boss, and the people i know in the real Chicago all exist in the same universe. Continue reading

Blackfish

MV5BNTkyNTkwMzkxMl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzAwOTE2OQ@@._V1_SX214_You all should see this movie, reviewed here by Tim Phillips:

A documentary opening today, Blackfish, focuses on a 12,000-pound bull orca named Tilikum.

In 1991, Tilikum was involved in the first recorded human death caused by an orca, fatally attacking trainer Keltie Byrne. In 1999, a man named Daniel Dukes who stayed in the SeaWorld park in Orlando after hours was found dead in Tilikum’s pool. In 2010, Tilikum mutilated and killed a senior trainer, Dawn Brancheau. Continue reading