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A.O. Scott, film critic of the NY Times, doubly impressed me this weekend (not that he really needed to try very hard):

First, his review of “7 Pounds,” Will Smith’s latest (and failed) attempt at being a serious actor was deliciously cruel and sarcastic.

“Frankly, though, I don’t see how any review could really spoil what may be among the most transcendently, eye-poppingly, call-your-friend-ranting-in-the-middle-of-the-night-just-to-go-over-it-one-more-time crazily awful motion pictures ever made. I would tell you to go out and see it for yourself, but you might take that as a recommendation rather than a plea for corroboration. Did I really see what I thought I saw?”

Second, he wrote a beautiful tribute to his liquor of choice Scotch, which is featured in the Style Section:

“And while I am happy to practice austerity in other matters — no lumps of coal if you’re bad this year, children; we’re cutting down on fossil fuels, which also means if you’re good you’ll get rechargeable batteries but no toys to put them in — nothing is not really an option.”

Oh, A.O., you are so classy and cultured, if only you weren’t 42 with a wife and 2 kids.

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Too Little too late?

Openly gay Wisconsin rep Tammy Baldwin will be one of the honorary co-chairs at Obama’s inauguration.

I’m not sure that this really does anything to mitigate the disaster that is Rick Warren.

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Jerry Brown, attorney general of California, supports overturning Prop 8.

At  least there’s one top politician in California who makes me proud to be there.

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Rick Warren Update

Here’s what some journalists have to say about Rick Warren at the inauguration via NY Magazine.

And here’s what feministe has to say.

Finally, here’s some great little nuggets on how Rick Warren feels about women submitting to their husbands. My favorite quote is:

“Think of marriage as a three-legged stool.  The legs are a submissive wife, a loving husband, and Christ.  All three legs must be in place for marriage to work as God intended.  A wife submitting to an unloving husband is as lopsided as a loving husband sacrificing for a domineering wife.”

Really Obama? I know you can’t agree with everyone, but really??? This is how you want to set the tone of your presidency?

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Obama is Quick to Disappoint

While this may not matter to most people, I think it’s pretty disappointing that Obama’s cabinet will not have a single gay member.  He has been so good about appointing women and other people of color, but why not someone gay?

From Queerty:

“Here in a nutshell is why gays and lesbians are so upset with Obama today. He’s following the Clinton playbook for dealing with the gay community, a playbook that the Democratic Party has subscribed to ever since. When Barack Obama said that he only supports marriage as being defined as being between a man and a woman, the gay & lesbian community was told, “Don’t worry, we’ve got your back” and LGBT activists let is slide, despite the fact that Obama’s position was used by the Yes on 8 campaign in ads and mailers in their winning campaign. After the huge losses and nation-wide protest marches last month, we had hope Obama would speak up in defense of marriage equality, but he stayed silent. We were told, “Now is not the time.” When The Victory Fund announced it was working with the Obama team to find qualified gays and lesbians for the new Cabinet, we waited. We waited while the list of open positions diminished and now it appears Mr. Hope & Inclusion’s Dream Team won’t have any gay members at all. The one bright spot is that Obama’s Education Secretary nominee Arne Duncan is a champion of gay and lesbian youth.”

I understand that Obama is trying to reach out to both sides of the aisle, but the Democrats won! Does he have to bend over backwards to include conservatives in his cabinet? Also – what about Rev. Rick Warren giving the invocation at the inauguration? Not only was he a vocal supporter of Prop 8 during the election, he is staunchly pro-life.

I still have not lost my faith in Obama, but I hope when he actually gets into office, he stops pandering to conservatives and we see some actual change in this country.

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This week’s issue of The New Yorker (Dec. 22&29) has an article about Cardozo Law School staging a mock appeal of Shylock’s trial from The Merchant of Venice.  The panel of judges included prominent legal scholars, profressors, AND Richard Posner.  Lawyers from NY law firms represented Shylock and Antonio.  The panel of judges came out 5-2 in Shylock’s favor.

I really wish UCLA would do something like this. What an amazing way to merge law and literature, and law and theater.

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Nerd Lesson of the Day

maybe this will be ongoing?

But this is awesome, because I’ve always wondered the difference between the two:

E.g. means “exempli gratia” or “for example,” and should be used to indicate examples. E.g. should never be followed by a straight definition.

Incorrect:
“… tempeh bacon (e.g., fake breakfast meat)”

Correct:
“… awesome things (e.g., unicorns, Thor, free WiFi, etc.)”

I.e. means “id est” or “that is,” and should be used to define something. I.e. should never kick off a list of examples.

Incorrect:
“… awesome things (i.e., unicorns, Thor, free WiFi, etc.)”

Correct:
“… tempeh bacon (i.e., fake breakfast meat)”

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Gay Penguins

Here’s an article from Queerty about these gay penguins in a zoo in China, who, because they couldn’t lay eggs of their own stole eggs from other penguin nests and replaced them with rocks. Pretty clever, huh? But they were segregated because the zookeepers didn’t like it, until the visitors at the zoo got angry, and the zookeepers gave them two eggs of their own.

Gay penguins seem to be all the rage these days, especially with the controversy over “And Tango Makes Three” – the beautiful children’s book about two gay penguins in the Central Park Zoo.

Apparently, some parents think gay penguins are extremely offensive, because this was the most banned book of 2007 and 2008.  God forbid, children read about two male penguins living together – don’t want to teach our children tolerance or anything.

Seems like penguins are more controversial these days than gay marriage!

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Women in Film

I was sent this great link today to The Hot Pink Pen, which is a website that advocates for female directors and screenwriters, who are often overlooked by the mainstream media.

This is really a fabulous website, and important issue for the entertainment industry, as there is often a dearth of women who are recognized in the industry.

Take Slumdog Millionaire for example:

According to the Internet Movie Database, Danny Boyle is the director of Slumdog Millionaire and Loveleen Tandan is his “co-director,” but this morning the Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominated Danny Boyle, and Danny Boyle alone, for a Golden Globe award in the “Best Director” category. Question: If Loveleen Tandan was Danny Boyle’s co-director then, why isn’t she his co-nominee now?

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Return to Camelot

Is it wrong for me to kind of like the idea of Caroline Kennedy as NY’s new senator?

It’s hard not to be drawn in by the Kennedy allure, and the Kennedy’s have done pretty well for themselves in the Senate.

And, I do like the idea of another woman replacing Hillary.  She would be the first woman to “lead the Kennedy dynasty” which has been mostly led by men.

But, I guess we’ll have to just wait and see. And, is it just me, or does anyone else find it strange that the governor has the sole power to determine who fills the Senate seat, even though it is an elected position. At least Spitzer isn’t governor anymore – one can only imagine who he would appoint.

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