Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Depraved, or demented?

Some of the wackiness going on today:

--You don't get a good beheading story very often. Kevin Lee Graff is suspected of stabbing retired physician Hal Engelson to death. When police arrived at Engleson's house, they found the severed head of his neighbor, screenwriter Robert Lees in a back room. Lees, 91, is probably best known for the movies The Black Cat (1941) and Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). Although not a fate I would wish on anybody, beheading does seem an appropriate way to go for a writer of camp horror.

--From the same goverment that tried to reclassify fast-food jobs as manufacturing, comes "frozen french fries are fresh vegetables!"

--Microsoft is going to enter the antivirus market. Why does this not reassure me?

--Lake goes walkies. These folks woke up one morning to find the 23-acre lake they live beside had vanished, leaving only a stinky, muddy pit. Closer to home, a similar mishap befell Shady Lake in nearby Oronoco a few years ago. Only in that case it was no natural disaster. Shady Lake is a man-made lake, created by a small dam on the Zumbro River. One night, some pranksters snuck in and raised the sluicegate, then broke off the wheel so the gate could not be lowered again. The lake has since recovered.

--A group called Move America Forward (not to be confused with MoveOn.org) is trying to rally people to call & e-mail theatres that will be showing Michael Moore's film Fahrenheit 9/11. The effort is not one of support; they want to pressure theaters into dropping the movie. I remember living in a town with a single two-screen theater when The Last Temptation of Christ came out. A group of local pastors & ministers got together and paid the theater's owner a visit. Suddenly, an ad appeared in the paper announcing that the theater would not be showing The Last Temptation of Christ. Lots of movies never made it to our town, but I've never seen an announcement before or since that a particular movie would not be showing there. A person may not agree with Moore or his film, but suppressing it smacks of concealing the truth, and right now truth is a very hard thing to come by.


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