Awoke refreshed. Pleasant day.
Worked steadily until nearly seven in the evening, interrupted only by Son Jason, who brought us a nice sack of snap beans.
An interesting development was an Email from an outfit which earlier had solicited from me a small sum of money to help finance a documentary on the life and work of Director David Lynch. The promised return is a self-portrait of Lynch, a DVD copy of the film, a photograph, and my name in the end credits. Pretty standard stuff. I've often wondered how indie films make those long crawls thanking Aunt Sue and Joe Dough. Now maybe I'll find out. I've also invested a small sum in the film of a young Wellesnet acquaintance of mine, who is financing a documentary about the mysterious "Russian Consulate," up in Alamo Square, where I used to live with Jason.
Of course, I did these good deeds before I realized that my exchequer will probably never again allow for such support of the Arts.
This evening, the standout on Television, as is often the case, was the PBS programming. After CNN News, I watched FRONTLINE's summary expose of how Rupert Murdoch, founder of Fox News, had systematically corrupted British politics, police enforcement, and journalism over a period of thirty years. Murdoch has damn nearly accomplished that here in the USA.
And hell, he's still trying.
FRONTLINE was followed by a documentary about one of those snake oil salesmen we America seems to produce so easily, a man named variously "Ace" Carter, Asa Earl Carter, or Forrest Carter [aka, Little Tree]. Here was a man who started out as a White Supremist Ku-Klux-Klan leader, progressed to being a speech writer for Alabama's Governor George Wallace, and ran for Governor himself; then remade his image as kindly Texan, who wrote several highly popular novels, including The Outlaw Josey Wales, which Clint Eastwood made into a movie; and finally, morphed into a Cherokee who wrote the equally popular The Education of Little Tree.
When he died, he had two funerals, one for a Hollywood contingent and the NY publishing crowd -- and another, for his family and old down home pals.
Quite an extraordinary story!
The news from the primaries was discouraging. Senator Richard Lugar, a longtime Republican stalwart from Indiana, was defeated by a Tea Party candidate. The sad thing is that Lugar was one of a handful of Republican Senators who at least went through the motions of being reasonable in governance.
And North Carolina passed by a large margin a measure which would outlaw all gay marriages and civil unions in that State. The bright side is that such laws set up a Constituional confrontation in a country where a number of States already recognize such arrangements. Imagine a gay couple living in Massachusetts, where gay unions are legal, being transferred to North Carolina by companies they work for to North Carolina. Their marriage is immediately nullenvoid. I can't imagine that situation not going before the Supreme Court. I wouldn't bet on the decision from the present Justices, but my guess is that logic would require either all or some of these unions to be held valid, or none of them at all.
That will be one more source of strife in our fair land.
Macresarf1 would write no more this day.
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