May 24, 2004

The Pursuit of Life

I’ve never been much of a fan of the death penalty. Partly because it costs more to go through the proceedings to carry it out than it does to keep a person imprisoned for the rest of his/her life (although those sentenced to death are disproportionately male), and partly because it just doesn’t seem right. I know I would never feel comfortable as a juror condemning a human being to death. That just doesn’t seem like something man is meant to do.

Anyways, death is sure in the news today. In a rather odd turn of events, David Larry Nelson, a convicted killer in the state of Alabama, has been succesfully granted an appeal on the basis that death by lethal injection would be cruel and unusual punishment, as he claims years of drug abuse has rendered his veins unusable for the procedure. He argues that to inject him as such, they would have to dig deep into his flesh, and that it would hence lead to any number of unpleasant complications.

Meanwhile, Michigan native, and everyone’s favorite accessory to mass-murder and terrorism, is being accused of no less than 161 counts of first degree murder in Oklahoma, for which he too could get the death penalty. Its hard to believe that this isn’t over with a full nine years since the bombing took place. Thats our justice system.

After tearing apart my motorcycle, working on the carburetors, and putting it back together, I have succesfully ended up with a motorcycle that still doesn’t work correctly. Much to my chagrin, after the whole debacle, after only a short ride, the bike began missing on one of its cylinders… Oi vay.

On a more pleasant note, Michael Moore has succesfully claimed the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival with the film I was lucky enough to preview. This was the first time in nearly 50 years that a documentary has won the prize. While I don’t find this altogether surprising, as it was an exceedingly well done film, I am glad to see the film get the press it now has, as it will make it very difficult to keep it out of American theaters, despite Disney’s attempts. We really need all the help we can get to extricate our current evil president, as has become exceedingly and abundantly clear as of late. If you ever find yourself confused on this point, pick up a copy of Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, and see for yourself what is done right under our noses. I’m ashamed for the intelligent people who share their political affiliation with such men.

Vive la R�volution!

Posted by MrWonton at 12:51 pm | Comments (50)

May 05, 2004

Fahrenheit 9/11

Near the end of the last school year, I had the honor and luck to be a part of the first audience to see Michael Moore’s new movie Fahrenheit 9/11. Today, it was announced that Disney/Mirimax is refusing to distribute the movie!

Now I admit, its a pretty edgy (and extremely well done) movie, but I really have to say I’m losing a lot of respect for Miramax for their, in effect, censorship of this documentary. At the viewing I attended, Moore expressed fears that they might make just such a move, but I figured after such classics as Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, I would have figured they’d be up for about anything. I guess I was wrong. Moore did mention he had a contingency plan, as another group was willing to distribute the movie if Miramax backed out, but I got the distinct impression that he really did not want this, as it would mean a much smaller initial release… It will really be a shame if this movie doesn’t make it to the major theaters. Feel free to give Disney/Miramax a piece of your mind. I know I will.

Posted by MrWonton at 11:00 pm | Comments (43)

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