Friday, September 3, 2010

Labor Unions, Jimmy Stewart's Yeti, and Other Animals

Whether you’re returning to school or taking a long Labor Day weekend away from the assembly line, you should watch out this weekend’s Freedom Watch, which, with its education and union themes, pits libertarian Bob Bowdon against tough public education defender Diane Ravitch — and features Lew Rockwell on the gold in Ft. Knox (an issue raised by Rep. Ron Paul earlier this week), as well as Newt Gingrich (recently lambasted by Sen. Tom Coburn) and more.

And watching Machete this weekend in honor of disgruntled migrant laborers might not be such a bad idea.  Hmmm.

Speaking of Latino culture, this video of an astonishing merengue-dancing dog was pointed out by a bespectacled, market-savvy colleague who probably wouldn’t want to be named in connection with it, though her watchful eye is appreciated.

In other animals news, this may be my favorite sentence from any article this week:

A federal judge on Friday ordered mental health treatment for Mazzola as new terms of his probation sentence after pleading guilty in 2009 to transporting a bear to Toledo and selling a skunk without a license.

On a similar historical note, I was baffled to learn that Jimmy Stewart smuggled an alleged yeti hand out of India after its theft from a Buddhist monastery.  That sort of makes him an Indiana Jones villain (though reports suggest the next Jones film, presumably set in the 1960s, will deal with the Bermuda Triangle — I say Spielberg should throw in a great white shark, an island full of dinosaurs, and some cagey space alien visitors while he’s at it, cuz who knows what they’ve got in that Triangle).

1 comment:

Gerard said...

I don’t know. Danny Trejo doesn’t strike me as a convincing leading man, even in a film that seems like a replica of the last twenty movies in which he’s been cast.

Rodriguez should have just made a sequel to Once Upon A Time In Mexico. It would have been more pertinent with the five northern stats there descending into complete anarchy. Plus, the Mariachi trilogy ended on a very ambiguous note.