Thursday, July 5, 2018

James Woods gets purged, Scarlett Johannson crosses a line


James Woods has been dropped by his talent agent — and he was delivered the news in an email sent during the Fourth of July holiday.
The Oscar-nominated actor shared a screenshot of the email with the subject line “Well…” on his personal Twitter account Thursday.
The talent agent, Ken Kaplan, said that he’d come to the decision to no longer represent the outspoken conservative star because he was “feeling patriotic.”
“It’s the 4th of July and I’m feeling patriotic,” Kaplan wrote. “I don’t want to represent you anymore. I mean I can go on a rant but you know what I’d say.”
I don’t really care what James Woods politics are or if trashy Amber Tamlyn (I don’t care to learn to spell her name, she’s a nobody) says mean things about him.
He’s hired to act.  He acts very well.  He gave the best performance in WHITE HOUSE DOWN.  I could do without his FAMILY GUY appearances (I think the only thing worse is when the show does it’s Star Wars episodes).  But he is a talented actor.  Yes, he’s a conservative.  Many people are.  They shouldn’t have to worry about their career because of their politics.  No one should have to worry.  Whether you’re left like me or to the right or whatever.  America is supposed to be about free speech and liberty.  I think the guy who dropped James Woods is an idiot. 
James Woods always delivers onscreen.  CASINO?  He was great.  I wasn’t impressed with everyone in the film but he was really good.  SALVADOR, THE SPECIALIST, JOHN Q, ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA, CONTACT, THE GENERAL’S DAUGHTER, PLAY IT TO THE BONE, ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS . . .
I’m getting real tired of nonsense.  He can act.  He’s a great   Jane Fonda’s great too.  She was “gray-listed” (her term, she says she wasn’t black-listed).  She gave an amazing performance in A DOLL’S HOUSE that should have resulted in non-stop offers.  Instead, she was gray-listed.  And guess what?  We suffered for it.  She was just coming into her peak as a dramatic actress.  We were robbed of some of her finest years.  Yes, she owned the late 70s – including in drama – but we still lost out.  And it wasn’t fair to her, a working mother with two children, not to be employed. 
We really need to stop being so damn judgmental.  All of us.  Me included.  No one should be deprived of employment because of their politics.  Not in America.

She’s already been slammed for her film where she played an anima character.  I defended her on that one.
So we’re all supposed to be thrilled by this movie saying it’s okay to be gay?  But if it’s really okay to be gay, why didn’t they hire an out actor to play Simon?
Here’s Marcia:
I didn't have a problem with straight Sean Penn playing Harvey Milk, for example.

But I don't see how we say, "It's okay to be gay!" with a film where the gay character is a straight actor?

And I'm also really bothered by the "It's okay to be gay!"

As a lesbian of a certain age, this film felt like the late 90s.
I agree.
And I really think that for people who are not widely represented in films, it’s time for straight actors to take a step back and stop grabbing these roles.  I don’t mean Erick McCormick can’t continue to play Will on WILL AND GRACE.  I do mean that if they’re casting a show like that today, they should cast it with out actors.

When so few trans actors have opportunities today in film and TV, it is very wrong for Scarlett to take a trans role.  It’s unfair.  She shouldn’t have done this.

Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Madeline Albright is responsible for criminal sanctions that killed over 500,000 children in . She told “60 minutes” it was “worth the cost.” She considered the govt to be . This kind of “” is not Progressive.

Mad Maddie Albright is the one who should come with a warning label.  Her actions should have resulted in a mass shunning.  Instead, she's allowed to pose as a humanitarian and someone worth listening to.

People like Maddie destroy the world and then stand around as though they have done something worthy of applause.  Booing is too kind for the likes of Maddie.

Returning to the topic of the drought in Iraq,  Philip Issa (AP) reports:

Iraq has banned its farmers from planting summer crops this year as the country grapples with a crippling water shortage that shows few signs of abating.
Citing high temperatures and insufficient rains, Dhafer Abdalla, an adviser to Iraq’s Ministry of Water Resources, told The Associated Press that the country has only enough water to irrigate half its farmland this summer.

But farmers fault the government for failing to modernize how it manages water and irrigation, and they blame neighboring Turkey for stopping up the Tigris and Euphrates rivers behind dams it wants to keep building.

A water shortage in the summer?  It's been a 118 degrees Fahrenheit day for Iraq today.  And they suffer a water shortage.

The water issue is not a new one.  So why didn't Hayder al-Abadi do anything over the last four years as prime minister to address the issue?  Last February, some were sure that a hard summer would be avoidable due to some heavy rains that had fallen.  Now that notion is so outrageous that we'll be kind and not name the non-Iraqi outlets that pimped that lie.

The big lie, of course, is that voting helps Iraq.  Over and over, Iraq's prime ministers do nothing.  The problems are known.  They are identified.  Then four years fly by and nothing has been done.  Over and over this happens.  Starting to grasp why so few bothered to vote last May?

's treasured amber rice crop devastated by drought

How does this happen?

As Patrick Cockburn observes, this is a human-made drought.

It did not happen overnight.

Nor was it a surprise.

In other news, Margaret Griffis (ANTIWAR.COM) notes, "Unidentified gunmen killed a top aide to Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr at his home in Najaf. Shawqi Hadad was also a commander of Saraya al-Ashura, one of the Shi’ite militias."

Moqtada's bloc came in first in the May elections.  Partial recounts are currently taking place.  Apparently, there are no real changes because Kirkuk is the only thing anyone's pointing to.

And any issue with Kirkuk's votes would not be a surprise.  They were questioned the day of the election by the governor of Kirkuk who imposed a curfew and called for a manual recount.

So the partial recount appears to be producing no real changes.

Which means the politicians will have less excuses for foot dragging.  We're now nearing two months since the election and still no government has been formed.

Lastly . . .

US Iraq war veteran: ‘To prevent veterans’ suicide, US should stop waging wars across the globe’

Check out the RT article.

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