Posted by John Wellington Ennis on August 28, 2009
Here is a provocative short expose by a New Jersey reporter wading through the town hall meetings that have come to resemble the Star Wars cantina scene: “He doesn’t like you…I don’t like you either!” Flash! Light saber amputation! Who’s paying for your health care now, hollow alien arm guy?!
As thoughtful as this journalist tries to be, I concur with John Atrios at AmericaBlog that he ends up trying to balance a woefully lopsided scale. “True to form, the reporter felt the need to make an equivalence” — in this case between a town hall overflowing with hostile, misinformed conservatives shouting at a woman in a wheelchair, and one pro-Obama guy speaking up repeatedly. You decide for yourself.
Can there be any room for a centrist at a health care reform town hall meeting
One of the phrases bandied about during the confirmation hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the United States Supreme Court is “judicial activism” – a tendency of judges to use the cases they decide to implement their own notions of public policy. Of course, all recent Supreme Court nominees have steadfastly denied any shred of judicial activism and have uniformly maintained that the proper role of a judge, even a Supreme Court Justice, is to apply existing law, whether Constitutional, statutory or precedent, to the facts of the case before him or her. No one has been more outspoken against the evils of judicial activism than Chief Justice Roberts.
Now it appears that the Chief may be undertaking a bit of judicial activism of his own. The case is Citizens United v. FEC. The conservative group that sponsored Hillary: The Movie just before the Democratic primary is seeking to avoid or roll back the 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign finance law that prohibits the use of corporate funds to influence elections. Chief Justice Roberts and his conservative Supreme Court majority are getting ready to use Citizens United as the vehicle to overrule established precedent (and overturn carefully drafted legislation) and grant business corporations a constitutional right to use their funds to participate in political debate, not only on public issues, but even in the election of candidates to office. Such a move would be judicial activism on a grand scale!
Posted by John Wellington Ennis on August 26, 2009
Randall Terry, anti-abortion activist who has been kicked out of his own church for hypocrisy, tries to undermine Dr. Howard Dean at a townhall on health care reform, because he cares so much more about the health of the unborn than the health of the living.
NO, silly! He just likes attention! And he gets it—as his ass is escorted out of the hall where hundreds of people showed up for progress instead of infantile disruption sabotaging desperately needed health care reform. The real shame is that they are too busy shouting from the get-go to appreciate Howard Dean’s self-deprecating opening joke, clearly his reliable audience warm-up. (Via Velvet Revolution)
Posted by John Wellington Ennis on August 25, 2009
Here is a clip from the Hollywood Reporter Emmy Roundtable I shot with lead actors on dramatic series discussing their respective craft, grind, and trade-offs of cable versus network serires: Denis Leary (Rescue Me), Laurence Fishburne (C.S.I.), Bill Paxton (Big Love), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Simon Baker (The Mentalist), and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad). Revealing and fun to see how they all hit it off.