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CNN Anchors Are People Too

August 30, 2006 at 2:06am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

Go Kyra.

TV Party

August 28, 2006 at 11:40pm By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

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It appears that this Fall a ton of “Lost” inspired shows (i.e. interlocking relationships and unconventional “thinking” plots) will hit the networks, including Six Degrees, The Nine, and Heroes (one I am looking forward to checking out). Luckily, some of the same non-thinking shows will also be available for those of us who found watching Syriana an experience akin to taking the GRE. I am looking forward to the new 30 Rock and continued installments of The Office. 30 Rock has a bunch of SNL people on it (possibly a result of the new SNL policy that players also star on NBC sitcoms as part of their contract).

I think I will also be compelled to watch Survivor: Race War as well, for at least a few episodes. Interestingly, it has been reported that this new Survivor concept was actually done to respond to criticism that earlier casts weren’t racially diverse enough! Nice way to address lack of racial diversity eh? Segregate people by race and pit them against each other in competitions. I guess this will determine who the master race is. Thanks again CBS.

Death Wish

August 25, 2006 at 1:25am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

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Having a tire explode on you is a little freaky when your driving on I-80 in the middle of traffic. Thankfully, it didn’t end up like a Grand Theft Auto “insane car trick.” Dear God - When I die, please, let it not be in front of the outlet malls in Gretna, Nebraska. Please.

Race War

August 24, 2006 at 11:14am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

In response to all the attention surrounding rumors about the new “Survivor” series (brought to you by the geniuses at CBS): Rush Limbaugh weighs in. More proof that Rush is still a super obese idiot.

Peek at Eastwood’s Movies

August 17, 2006 at 12:48am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

Some time ago I posted a quick note about a pair of Clint Eastwood WW2 movies that are supposed to come out this fall/winter, depicting the Iwo Jima battle from US and Japanese perspectives. Looks like an early trailer is available for the public (from Warner Bros.’ Japanese site).

Bad Idea?

August 15, 2006 at 2:09am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

Expending a few hours watching the Vikings’ first pre-season game: New head coach, (sort of a new) starting QB, new uniforms, no Culpepper, no Moss (although he’s on the field as a Raider). I think I’m afraid of change. Maybe I’ll switch over to that Anthony Bourdain show.

The Spider’s Web

August 13, 2006 at 9:44pm By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

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I made good progress on another ECHR related project this weekend on the topic of extraordinary rendition, which I briefly commented on last year. For the 2-3 other Lincolnites who have also been following this news story, you know that the big story broke in the Washington Post by journo Dana Priest way back in November of 2005 (for which she won a Pulitzer for). Since then, the Council of Europe has issued a comprehensive report based on witness testimony, information collected from Council member-states, air traffic records, and satellite imagery, concluding that the CIA operated a detention and transit system akin to a global “spider’s web” (depicted above) in likely violation of the European Convention on Human Rights. The ECHR’s Chahal and Soering cases will probably serve as authoritative precedent for any potential legal rulings that come out of this.

One of the poor bastards who got caught up in an example of “erroneous rendition” (wapo password required) was Khaled Masri – a German national who was vacationing in Macedonia, was arrested, and sent to Afghanistan where he was interrogated and allegedly tortured by CIA operatives for 5 months before being flown back to Europe and dumped on a hillside in Albania without explanation. His crime: Happening to share the name of a wanted 9/11 terror suspect. Oops.

In the wake of recent headlines regarding the plot to detonate explosives on board flights destined for the US, the allegations regarding the “spider’s web” will likely become more important. My advice to the CIA is that they learn to cooperate with European police and intelligence agencies to apprehended suspected terrorists – who have decades of experience in monitoring and capturing terrorists - rather than try and subvert European authorities on their own soil in contravention of international treaties. The former will get you a lot more progress than the latter. 

A Classic

August 2, 2006 at 4:01am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

I think I may have mentioned before, that the upcoming Scorcese file this fall - The Departed - is based on the HK classic “Infernal Affairs.” Well in the past few days, it was just announced that the preview for Scorcese’s version was released on yahoo’s movie site. I am looking forward to seeing this one. But do yourself a favor and see the original before the remake.

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