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GNN is moving!

Posted by gnn1 on Monday, 22 December 2008

Well… a new number on the same street, so to speak.

GNN is now ThissenThat (say it, you’ll hear This ‘n’ That).  

Same basic premise though with more news (current events, politics, and human interest) and possibly something personal on occasion.  At this moment, the aim is to put news blogs on one page, and entertainment/gossip/snark on another.  However, the best laid plans and all that…  

Hopefully updated more often (yes, yes, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa).  

For updates as they do come head over to http://thissenthat.wordpress.com   Bear in mind it will be rather bare for a day or two until I can get it set up.

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As I was reading TMZ…

Posted by gnn1 on Sunday, 23 November 2008

something struck me.  First, I wondered, as I do every time I read it, why I WAS reading it.  But that’s a story for another day.

The story was Vote Board to Robbins: Turn Pissy into PSA! and the part that struck me was a comment, meant to be prideful, from a representative of the BoE (Board of Elections):

“In our city of 8 million people with 4.6 million registered voters, 2.6 million registered voters went to the polls on Election Day.”

Now, okay.  I can deal with only 57.5% citizens being registered.  Really.  Because I’m guessing that a significant percentage of the remaining 52.5% are minors or otherwise ineligible.

No, the part that struck me was pride in a not even 57% voter turnout rate!  4,600,000 registered voters, and 2,600,000 turned out to vote.  (Please note the preceding figures apply only to NYC).

In a country where ALL citizens have only been eligible to vote since 1957 (see a note at the end), and blacks and poor whites were often forbidden from voting because they couldn’t pay the “poll tax” or pass a literacy test until 1964, a 56.5% voter turnout rate is utterly and TOTALLY inexcusable.  Even on the federal level, it’s estimated that only around 62% turned out.

To this I can only say:  WHAT THE FUCK, AMERICA?!

Voting is a privilege that can be and has been taken away, whether by the government or by other citizens so desperate for their candidate to win that they would tell voters that they are to vote on a different day (as happened in the last election).

It is still your right, but dammit, if you don’t USE your right, you may well LOSE IT!

Why am I shouting? you ask.

Am I angry? you say.

YOU DAMN WELL BET I AM!

We live in a country where we are lucky enough to have the right, the privilege, to vote.  Many, MANY millions of world residents do not.  And people are apathetic or just LAZY enough to ignore it!

*sigh*

The sad thing is… this projected turnout…?  It’s the highest in FORTY FOUR YEARS.  In 1964, 61.9% of registered voters turned out.  In 1996, not EVEN half did–only 49.1%.

It’s your right, use it or lose it.

PS: If you didn’t vote in the last election, and you were eligible, I better not hear you bitching at ALL about a) how the election turned out, or b) the state of affairs for the next 4 years.  You all that didn’t exercise your right to speak up, just lost your right to bitch.

Election statistics from:
2008: Dr M. McDonald, George Mason University
All previous years: InfoPlease

*American Indians, despite becoming legal US citizens in 1924, were not always allowed to vote.  That right was governed by the individual state until 1957.  “Indian Citizenship Act” Library of Congress, American Memory, Today in history

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Hollywood strike, Part II

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 22 November 2008

In a move that likely shocks few, the Screen Actors Guild has said today (Saturday) that it will ask its members to authorise a strike after talks with the AMPTP failed (surprise, surprise) despite federal mediation attempts.

Talks ended shortly before 1 am (no time zone desgination given) and no new talks are scheduled.

Talks started to fail after studios “sought the right to create productions for new media, such as the Internet, using nonunion actors and without paying residuals, said Doug Allen, SAG national executive director and chief negotiator.”

Residuals, payment made to actors every time a production airs (such as TV reruns or a feature film running on HBO) are the life bread for most actors, making up more than half their income, according to Allen.  Despite popular thought, the majority of actors earn nominal pay, and rely on those recurring payments to see them through lean times.

Not surprisingly, the AMPTP is criticising SAG’s call-to-strike.  “‘Now, SAG is bizarrely asking its members to bail out the failed negotiating strategy with a strike vote — at a time of historic economic crisis,’ a producers’ statement said. ‘The tone-deafness of SAG is stunning.’”  They claim that it is untenable that actors should seek a better deal than writers, directors, and others accepted, especially with the worsening economy.

I might counter that the tone-deafness of the producers at LEAST matches that of SAG, seeing as they were unwilling to yield to writers and now to actors. And perhaps if the actors now secure a better deal than writers and directors were able, when it comes time for those two to once again re-negotiate, they’ll finally get what they ought to’ve last time around.  Once again, this isn’t about greed (the producers have that nailed, honestly), it’s about fairness.

And, as I once supported the writers, so shall I now support actors should they have to throw down the gauntlet.  Hopefully the AMPTP will finally come to the realisation that they cannot keep lording over the people who make the films that support them.

SAG represents more than 120,000 actors in TV, film, and other media (including commercia advertisements).

Source: Yahoo.com News

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I’d need that much Bud too, If I lived in The Hills!

Posted by gnn1 on Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Apparently Audrina Partridge is a huge (well not physically) fan of Bud Light…  A couple photos show her loading up a whole lot of the beer into the trunk of her(?) car.  Of course, if I had to deal with the drama surrounding my fellow actors reality stars known as Spencer, Heidi, and Lauren, I might need that much beer too!

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Photo Credit to Amy Graves

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Keni Thomas needs your help

Posted by gnn1 on Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Many of you may not know who Keni Thomas is.  He is a retired Army Ranger who served in Somalia in 93 (the incident was the basis for the book Black Hawk Down, and the movie of the same name).  Keni is also a musician, playing christian/country/southern rock.  Let me tell you, his music is kick-ass.  Keni is also a truly nice guy, good to his fans.

Now, his music is getting better known.  For the last 3 months, his band has had a video (Shreveport 2 LA) in Great American Country (GAC)’s top video countdown, and it’s done quite well.

They want to make GAC’s Top 50 of 2008 list, which requires voting.  So, check out the song at Keni’s MySpace (his player has the audio single, or click here for the video.

To vote, click here

Voting ENDS starting MONDAY DECEMBER 1ST!!

PS: Gunslinger is a good album, but make sure to also check out Flags of Our Fathers!

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Okay, so I need your help :)

Posted by gnn1 on Sunday, 16 November 2008

Two of the actors in the movie I worked on (and blogged about) last year, Cooper Harris and Brendan Bradley (the film is Love Conquers Paul), enter video contests.  So I may periodically post links and ask my wonderful readers (apparently I have a few :D ) to go watch and vote for them, please and thank you!

Two today:

The first is a hilarious take on a popular movie (not saying what one, you’ll have to go watch O:-) ).  This one, they only needs views, so you just have to watch it.
http://www.crashthesuperbowl.com/#/gallery/video/1223/

This second one, they need votes. Clck on the link below, and find the one titled “Krazy Wedding.” Watch it, and if you like it (I think you will, click the vote button.  It takes about 7 minutes to watch both of these.
http://commercialsgonekrazy.com/videogallery.aspx

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Holy Stupid Lawsuit Batman!

Posted by gnn1 on Wednesday, 12 November 2008

This is too absurd to make up!  The mayor of a town in Turkey is suing Warner Brothers and Christopher Nolan, for using his town’s name without permission.

The name of the town?
Why, Batman of course.
Never mind that the series started nearly 70 years ago.
Never mind that it’s a reflection of the character’s alter-ego (ie LITERALLY Bat Man)

“There is only one Batman in the world,” Kalkan said. “The American producers used the name of our city without informing us.”

No one from the town of Batman has explained why it took so many years to take legal action. Batman first appeared as a comicbook character in 1939 and the “Batman” TV series started in 1966. Tim Burton‘s first bigscreen rendition for Warner Bros. came out in 1989. Undoubtedly the fact that “Dark Knight” is about to pass the $1 billion mark at the B.O. played a part in stirring the ire of the Turkish hamlet.

The mayor is prepping a series of charges against Nolan and Warner Bros., which owns the right to the Batman character, including placing the blame for a number of unsolved murders and a high female suicide rate on the psychological impact that the film’s success has had on the city’s inhabitants.

Just… wow.

Source: Variety.com


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Gov. Kilmer?

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 8 November 2008

Interesting… Val Kilmer may be considering a run for NM governor and it appears that current Gov Bill Richardson may endorse him should he run.

Source NY Post

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Great news! If you like skeevy old guys anyways…

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 8 November 2008

No it’s not about Hef…

Danny Bonaduce is finally (um, yay?) divorced and back on the market.  He’ll have to part with $15,000 a MONTH in child and spousal support, though.

So, who’s first for a shot at this… hunk?

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I’m feeling a little psychic…

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 8 November 2008

I predict that Twilight will be the number one film the weekend it opens…

According to Fandango, Twilight is accounting for two-thirds of all ticket sales and more than 100 premiere screenings have already sold out.

Okay, so maybe not so psychic… :D

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Balfour may walk

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 8 November 2008

Jennifer Hudson and Julia King must be nervous.

William Balfour, the only suspect in the Hudson/King slayings may be out of jail Monday.  He’s currently held on paraole violations (still unnamed as far as I can tell) and has a hearing Monday to determine if he did violate terms of parole.  If he didn’t, he could walk a free man from the hearing.

Police would have to formally charge him in the triple homicide at that point to keep him behind bars.  Assuming they have evidence to make such a charge legal.

Of course, if Balfour is found to have violated his parole, he returns to prison.

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Discrimination and Civil Rights v. 2.0.08

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 8 November 2008

Well… votes are still being counted thanks to provisional and absentee ballots in California, but it looks as though prop 8 passed.  In addition to California, Arizona and Florida also voted to ban gay marriage, and Arkansas voted to ban same sex couples from adopting or fostering kids (because, yunno, there are so FEW kids in the system that we can afford to limit the number of homes like that…)

Gays are the 21st century answer to blacks, apparently, because just 40 or 50 years ago, interracial marriages were being banned like this (never by vote though).

When did legal discrimination become okay again?  WHY did it become okay again?!  Whether you believe gays were born ‘that way’ or choose it, love is LOVE.  Why does it matter WHO you love?

I have never been so disappointed and disgusted as I was reading the ballot measure results on CNN.

To all of you who voted to ban gay marriage, shame on you.  Civil unions do NOT (as you may mistakenly believe) provide the same benefits of marriage.

If a straight person gets married, in any state in the union, and moves to another state, the other state MUST recognise their marriage.  If a gay person has a civil union, it’s not valid in the new state.

Once you (straight person) get married, you are eligible for over ONE THOUSAND federal ‘benefits and protections’ (and several hundred more at the state level) including:

  1. Joint parental rights of children
  2. Joint adoption
  3. Status as “next-of-kin” for hospital visits and medical decisions
  4. Right to make a decision about the disposal of loved ones remains
  5. Immigration and residency for partners from other countries
  6. Crime victims recovery benefits
  7. Domestic violence protection orders
  8. Judicial protections and immunity
  9. Automatic inheritance in the absence of a will
  10. Public safety officers death benefits
  11. Spousal veterans benefits
  12. Social Security
  13. Medicare
  14. Joint filing of tax returns
  15. Wrongful death benefits for surviving partner and children
  16. Bereavement or sick leave to care for partner or children
  17. Child support
  18. Joint Insurance Plans
  19. Tax credits including: Child tax credit, Hope and lifetime learning credits
  20. Deferred Compensation for pension and IRAs
  21. Estate and gift tax benefits
  22. Welfare and public assistance
  23. Joint housing for elderly
  24. Credit protection
  25. Medical care for survivors and dependents of certain veterans

While SOME of these benefits can be set up privately, legally, through lawyers (at RIDICULOUS cost) or are offered through companies privately, most cannot/are not.

To those who believe homosexuality is a choice I ask you: were you born straight or did you chose?  Could you CHOOSE to be gay “if you wanted?”  Or does the thought disugust you (and not for so-called moral reasons).  If you cannot HONESTLY answer that you would CHOOSE to be gay, then you have refuted your OWN argument.

And finally, why would someone CHOOSE to be gay, knowing they will have an uphill battle, be discriminated against (even legally), harrassed, insulted, and possibly even assaulted or killed (think that doesn’t happen?  It does–Matthew Shepard wasn’t all THAT long ago, and we haven’t come THAT far in gays’ rights).

Sources:
Civil Union v Gay Marriage
What are the Legal Benefits of Marriage?

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YES WE DID!!!

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 4 November 2008

That’s right.  Even though half a dozen states, including some battleground (swing) states, have not yet reported, and one is still voting, McCain has conceded the election.

I am so emotional writing this, because this election has been historic, and has cost me, personally.  I am… overwhelmed with joy at this point

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10 Reasons Why Gay Marriage is Wrong…

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 4 November 2008

1) Being gay is not natural.
And real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning, tattoos, piercings and silicon breasts…

2) Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay.|
In the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.

3) Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behav​ior.
People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract. Lamps are next.

4) Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn’t changed at all;
Hence why women are still property, blacks still can’t marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.

5) Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed;
And we can’t let the sanctity of Britney Spears’ 55-hour just-for-fun marriage be destroyed.

6) Straight marriages are valid because they produce children.
So therefore, gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn’t be allowed to marry because our population isn’t out of control, our orphanages aren’t full yet, and the world needs more children.

7) Obviously gay parents will raise gay children,
Since, of course, straight parents only raise straight child​ren.

8. Gay marriage is not supported by religion.
In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That’s why we have only one religion in America.

9) Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home.
Which is exactly why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.

10) Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms.
Just like we haven’t adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.

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Steve Young shows that not all religious people believe in H8

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Steve Young, football star and direct descendant of noted Mormon Brigham Young, and his wife are showing their support for the No to 8 side, by speaking out against the California proposition but making a financial contribution as well.

Prop 8 would add an ammendment to the state’s constitution banning gay marriage.  Even the Governator is against prop 8

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Who’s the Biggest Loser here?

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Anthony Badalamenti has been arrested and charged with second-degree assault, possession of a dangerous weapon and endangering the welfare of a child.  The trainer featured on The Biggest Loser has allegedly been beating his girlfriend’s 6 year old boy (she was also arrested).

The landlord, who lived below the family called the police, saying he heard the child’s cries for nearly a month.

He had considered it a private matter until Friday evening when once again he heard the child’s screams:  “The child was pleading for mercy. I said, ‘That’s it, I can’t take it anymore.’ “

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Just one thng to say right now:

Posted by gnn1 on Tuesday, 4 November 2008

GO VOTE!!!!!!

IF YOU DON’T VOTE, YOU LOSE YOUR RIGHT TO BITCH ABOUT THE PRESIDENT FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS

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Before you make an excuse not to vote…

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 1 November 2008

… take a look at this couple.  Susan Scott-Ker and her husband didnt receive their absentee ballots in India where they work, so they flew back to NY, where they are legal residents, to make sure they were able to vote.

Makes the drive across town seem inconsequetial, no?

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Because Robbers Always Knock First…right?

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 1 November 2008

So a 12 year old–TJ Darrisaw–was killed (his father and younger brother injured) on Halloween by a guy with an assault rifle, after the kid made the mistake of doing what people DO on Halloween and knocking on doors.  The guy, Quentin Patrick, had been robbed previously this year, which apparently (in his mind) makes it okay to shoot first ask questions later when someone KNOCKS on his door (because there’s a new breed of robber doing just that, I’m sure).

Twenty nine shots, minimum, BEFORE opening his door.

Yes, we really need assault rifles in our homes, people.  To keep us safe from four foot tall trick or treating robbers.

Source: CNN.com

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Sorry but you can’t stay, your son’s too much of a burden

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 1 November 2008

Australia is full of controversial moves in terms of visas and citizenship applications, so this shouldn’t be a huge surprise, but I think that it’s more disturbing than most.

The Aussie government rejected the request for permanent residence filed by a German doctor, Bernhard Moeller, for himself and his family because his son has Down’s Syndrome.

According to the government, the boy, Lukas, “would pose a burden on taxpayers for his medical care, education and other services.”  Currently, he “attends a mainstream elementary school, where he has an aide, and receives speech therapy.”  Yet he also “plays soccer, cricket, golf and table tennis.” so he isn’t THAT low functioning.

Dr Moeller has said “we are absolutely able to support him, and I don’t want him to rely on any government pension anyway. He’s well looked after. And actually, he can contribute to the community here. He already is contributing to it.” (He didn’t specify how Lukas is contributing).

The doctor was recruited to fill a critically needed internal medicine position (he is currently the only internist in a community of 54,000).

Dr Moeller plans to file appeals.

Source: CNN.com

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