October 31st, 2005


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Selene and I just finished watching Layer Cake, which was, in fact, pretty damn good. They advertise it with comparisons to Guy Ritchie's British crime action/comedies, but this was wasn't that much of a comedy. It is intense, well-acted, and enjoyable. And yes, there's some funny scenes. Well worth a viewing, if you like crime movies.

The directing was very good, also, and makes me with this guy did go ahead and make the third X-men movie. Seriously, he would have lived up to Singer's installments.

Once you see it, you'll also understand why they picked Daniel Craig to be the new James Bond; a couple of the shots make it very clear. He wouldn't have been my first pick, but he should be able to do the job.

Oh, and the soundtrack was awesome. For real.

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Bush selects Alito for Supreme Court. The NYTimes profiles the staunchly conservative judge.

"Sadly, the Patriot Act's renewal is about raw power - and maintaining power even at the cost of American values and what are, after all, deeply conservative but widely shared principles."

Matthew Cooper: "What Scooter Libby And I Talked About"

World Opinion Wrapup: foreign media makes the Watergate comparison.

"A majority of Americans say the indictment of senior White House aide I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby signals broader ethical problems in the Bush administration, and nearly half say the overall level of honesty and ethics in the federal government has fallen since President Bush took office."

A twisted and tangled tale of money and corporate media.

"Game maker Blizzard has been accused of spying on the four million players of World of Warcraft."

Courtesy Ocho

"On a party-line vote, a Republican-run U.S. House of Representatives committee voted to cut food stamps by $844 million on Friday, just hours after a new government report showed more Americans are struggling to put food on the table."