The punishing ordeal of Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari — imprisoned for 118 days on charges of espionage — is brought to the screen with impressive tact and intelligence by writer-director Jon Stewart in “Rosewater,” an alternately somber and darkly funny drama that may occupy the same geographic terrain as “Argo” (to which it will inevitably be compared), but in most other respects could hardly be more different.
Largely a two-hander between Bahari (played by Gael Garcia Bernal) and the interrogator who puts him through a gauntlet of soul-crushing mindgames, Stewart’s confident, superbly acted debut feature works as both a stirring account of human endurance and a topical reminder of the risks faced by journalists in pursuit of the truth, minus the caper antics and flag waving of Ben Affleck’s populist Oscar winner. Strong reviews and smart, targeted marketing should help this Nov. 7 Open Road release find its niche with politically savvy adult moviegoers, and perhaps a dark-horse position in the awards-season derby.
Dr. Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, President Emeritus and current Professor of Public Service at George Washington University introduced his revolutionary solution to the campus rape epidemic: just tell women to drink less. Where have I heard this before?
"Without making the victims responsible for what happens, one of the groups that have to be trained not to drink in excess are women. They need to be in a position to punch the guys in the nose if they misbehave. And so part of the problem is you have men who take advantage of women who drink too much and there are women who drink too much. And we need to educate our daughters and our children in that regard. "
The National Rifle Association — the largest and most powerful gun lobby in the U.S. — responded to the news of a 9-year-old’s accidental killing of her shooting instructor with an Uzi machine gun by tweeting a list of ways kids can “have fun at the shooting range” with colorful, kid-oriented targets.
Huffington Post’s Christina Wilkie spotted the message, which was deleted within an hour. It was posted on the social medium Twitter by @NRAWomen on Wednesday afternoon, two days after the shooting death of 39-year-old Charles Vacca, who was showing a 9-year-old girl how to fire an Uzi when she lost control of the weapon and a bullet struck Vacca in the head.
"The whole thing got out of hand," Eliane Mullen, 39, said in a telephone interview. "My daughter invited two friends over for a sleepover, and all of a sudden kids just kept coming in, boys and girls that were not supposed to be there."
But police tell another story and have charged Mullen, of Cos Cob Avenue, with 10 counts of risk of injury to a minor. She was released on a promise to appear in court.
Mullen bought a bottle of Smirnoff vodka, a bottle of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky and a six pack of Heineken beer for the party, police said. At one point during the party, Mullen supplied a condom to two of the teens so they could have sex, police said.
She denies buying the alcohol for her 15-year-old daughter and friends, but here’s the best part:
Mullen adamantly denied supplying a condom to the teens. “I have a condom in my nightstand and sometimes my daughter comes in and plays with it,” Mullen said. “She must have come into my bedroom and taken it from my nightstand.”
"So, how'd you get caught?", "Shut up, I don't want to talk about it"
A 40-year-old woman tackled a 20-year-old man fleeing from police in Washington state, then taunted him about being taken down by a grandmother.
Richland police Capt. Mike Cobb tells the Tri-City Herald ( http://bit.ly/1v9iSh9 ) that Becky Powell was driving by Wednesday when she saw the man run from officers. She told her husband to speed ahead of the fleeing man, and got out to confront him.
Powell says the man tried to stiff-arm her, but she felled him, pulling down his shorts in the process.
She says she got help pinning the man down and asked him how it felt to be taken down by a mother of five and a grandmother of three.
James G. Reardon, Jr. is worried that the appearance of his client, Caius Veiovis, will distract jurors from the facts of the case, and petitioned Hampden Superior Court Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder to allow him to show potential jurors a photograph of Veiovis before jury selection.
Veiovis is accused of assisting David Chalue and Adam Lee Hall in the kidnapping, torturing, murdering, and dismembering of David Glasser, Edward Frampton, and Robert Chadwell in August of 2011.
A Minnesota Republican running for the state’s Supreme Court confronted members of her own party on Thursday after being barred from appearing at the party’s booth at the state fair, Minneapolis City Pages reported.
Despite being told by party leadership not to appear at the booth, Michelle MacDonald went to the booth Thursday morning, only to be rebuffed by security.
“I’m an endorsed candidate,” the Minneapolis Star Tribune quoted her as saying. “I was supported by the people at the Republican convention. The people want this.”
She then left in search of deep-fried vodka on a stick because it was a county fair after all…
Sarah Palin has lost the magic. The defeat of her choice Tuesday in a Republican Senate primary in her home state of Alaska capped a primary season in which her favored candidates have stumbled across the nation.
A referendum to restore Palin’s signature achievement from her time as Alaska governor, a state tax on oil companies, was also headed toward defeat following Tuesday’s voting, dealing a double whammy loss to Palin in her home state and highlighting her declining influence.
Only four of the 15 congressional candidates endorsed by Palin nationwide this year have won their primaries, a far worse record than the previous two elections, when Palin played a role as kingmaker and her approval was eagerly sought by candidates looking for an edge with Republican voters.
There is still good news for Palin: idiots will still keep giving her money so, you know, whatevs…
You be happy to know that the cop in the video below threatening to “fucking kill” protestors is leaving Ferguson:
Less happy news is he’s just being reassigned elsewhere where he can threaten to “fucking kill” other people.
The American Civil Liberties Union says the police officer will no longer be in Ferguson. “Quick work by ACLU: Highway patrol called. They identified the cop. He will no longer be in Ferguson,” the ACLU’s Vanita Gupta tweeted.
He’s just Darren Wilson without the casual disregard for life.’
Baby pooper worries about where trans people will poop
Something comes out of Michelle Duggar that is a not a kid:
According to Duggar, “the Fayetteville City Council is voting on an ordinance this Tuesday night that would allow men — yes I said men — to use womens and girls restrooms, locker rooms, showers, sleeping areas and other areas that are designated for females only.”
“I don’t believe the citizens of Fayetteville would want males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls,” she continued. “I doubt that Fayetteville parents would stand for a law that would endanger their daughters or allow them to be traumatized by a man joining them in their private space.”
Egypt on Tuesday urged U.S. authorities to exercise restraint in dealing with racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri – echoing language Washington used to caution Egypt as it cracked down on Islamist protesters last year.
It is unusual for Egypt to criticize such a major donor, and it was not immediately clear why the government would have taken such a step.
Ties between Washington and Cairo were strained after Egyptian security forces killed hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters following the army’s ousting of freely elected President Mohamed Mursi in July 2013.
“When you’re responding to reports of gunshots fired, or sprinting down an alleyway, you’re not thinking about where the suspect falls on the spectrum of African-American skin tones—you’re thinking about doing your job. Heck, the guy could be a very dark-looking Latino, for all I care—I treat every one of them the same. He’s still just a suspect to me.”
Black residents of Ferguson, Missouri, the working-class city in northern St. Louis county where an unarmed black teenager was shot dead by police officers on Saturday, say the town has been a “powder keg” of racial imbalance for decades. “They treat us like second class all the way down the line,” one black resident told the LA Times. A black city alderman said the ensuing protests are “a boiling over of tensions that had been going on for a long while.”
A teenager from Frisco, Texas is accused of murdering both of his parents late Monday night.
According to DallasNews.com, the 16-year-old was “very sheltered,” and was being homeschooled by parents who wished to shield him from the world.
The teenaged gunman was one of two school-age children left at home out of five. The deceased — Ryan Callans, 48, and Maria Elena Callans, 49 — had three other adult children.
Jonathon Marcum, a 15-year-old friend of the accused killer, told the Morning News, “He was very sheltered. If he broke the guidelines, he got punished.”
The boy was not allowed to drink sodas or watch rated-R films. He was only allowed access to PG-13 films once a screening agency had edited out any violent or adult-themed scenes. He was only allowed access to the Internet under closely supervised conditions.
“His parents were really uptight on him,” added another friend named William Castillo.
“This is about an agenda against people of Christian faith, to not allow us the room to speak or even believe what we know to be right,” Duggar said. “When you talk about the issue of life, marriage, or religious liberty, I submit to you that every issue is moral.”
“It’s even wrong to tax people at a massive percentage of what they earn,” he said. “It’s wrong to force businesses to buy a good or a service that they don’t want or need. We have a Christian and moral obligation to be involved in this process.”
He then introduced the Benham brothers, Jason and David, whose show with HGTV was cancelled after controversial comments about same-sex marriage and Nazi Germany came to light. Duggar characterized the reason for the show’s cancellation as “their Christian beliefs,” then admired their “courage” in the face of the cancellation.
A California pastor was arrested over the weekend after he was accused of assaulting his wife in the church parking lot.
According to Lost Coast Outpost, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Steve Knight said officers responded to a report of a confrontation in the Hydesville Community Church parking lot at around 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Associate Pastor Jeff Beltz was accused of hitting his wife with an open hand so hard that he broke her glasses. He was taken into custody at around 4 p.m. on charges of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse.
Area woman very excited about this book she's almost finished reading
A 23-year-old Wasilla mother of one — or possibly two children, if you are Andrew Sullivan— is very pleased to announce that she has almost finished reading a book you probably read back in middle school.
If you want to find all the cops. They're hanging out in the donut shop.
An Elizabeth City man celebrated out-eating some police officers, only to find out that he couldn’t outrun them. The Camden County Sheriff’s Office had been looking for 24-year-old Bradley Herbert Hardison in connection with two break-ins.
Sheriff Tony Perry said while nothing was taken, the front doors were damaged.Hardison was arrested on Wednesday, one day after he won the adult division of a doughnut-eating contest at the Elizabeth City Police Department’s National Night Out Against Crime.
Hardison ate eight doughnuts in 2 minutes, beating a group that included local police officers and firefighters.
In addition to the Camden County charges, Hardison is charged in Pasquotank County with felony larceny and breaking and entering.
He’s jailed under a $2,000 bond and it’s not known if he has an attorney.
But, you know …. free donuts. I mean, c’mon, they were FREE.
Another customer called 911 to report 22-year-old John Crawford waving what appeared to be an AR-15 at children and others at the Beavercreek retailer.
The mother of Crawford’s children said she was speaking to him by cell phone when he was confronted by police in the store.
“He said he was at the video games playing videos, and he went over there by the toy section where the toy guns were,” said LeeCee Johnson. “The next thing I know, he said, ‘It’s not real,’ and the police start shooting, and they said ‘Get on the ground,’ but he was already on the ground because they had shot him.”
Julie Atwood said the pastor of Tampa’s New Hope Missionary Baptist Church abruptly called off the service after reading her son’s obituary and discovering he was survived by a husband.
“Based on our preaching of the scripture, we would have been in error to allow the service in our church,” said Pastor T.W. Jenkins. “I’m not trying to condemn anyone’s lifestyle, but at the same time, I am a man of God, and I have to stand up for my principles.”
According to Boone County sheriff’s Detective Tracy Perkins, her office received a tip that someone was seeking sex with a dog or other type of animal — which she did not specify — on Craigslist. An undercover officer exchanged emails with Hill offering a dog for sex. Subsequently, Hill was taken into custody in Columbia, MO., when he arrived anticipating a sexual tryst.