Short takes 11/14/05

Those of you who don’t think contacting your members of Congress, the House approved a ‘motion to instruct’ House conferees to support the four-year sunsets in the Senate bill to reauthorize the USA PATRIOT Act (S. 1389) rather than the ten-year sunsets in the House bill (H.R. 3199). Tell your folks that “concerned Americans in your district, and throughout the country, are outraged about post-9/11 civil liberties abuses and have been calling for changes to the PATRIOT Act and other anti-terrorism laws and policies for the past four years. To date, seven state legislatures and nearly 400 local governments have passed resolutions expressing concern about these laws and policies, and calling on Congress to uphold civil liberties.” Find your members of Congress here.
The new iPod.
Carol and I saw the film Good Night, and Good Luck, directed by George Clooney. I won’t review it except to say it was very good and the cinematography was grand. Watch the Eisenhower speech about the protection of habeus corpus near the end of the film (and compare the current aedministration’s policy re: the same.
A question, though. There was a reference in the end credits to Technicolor. Does anyone know if it was filmed in color and processed in black and white?

Somehow, I missed the death earlier this month of actress Sheree North. She’s probably best known as Cosmo Kramer’s mother on Seinfeld, but I remember her best as Lou Grant’s feisty, no-nonsense girlfriend on the Mary Tyler Moore Show. She’s one of those actresses with a LONG career, starting out as a substitute for Marilyn Monroe. If you saw her, you’d likely say, “Oh, yeah, HER.”

Author: Roger

I'm a librarian. I hear music, even when it's not being played. I used to work at a comic book store, and it still informs my life. I won once on JEOPARDY! - ditto.

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