End of Jan. 26 Column
Neal Vitale's Post Mortem On The Oscar Nominations

The Wrestler, Foundation Trilogy coming to Big Screen, Unwinding Bush, Chuck Carroll posting, Presidential Ethnicity, Bullet-resistant clothing, Beware Flight Attendants, Dan Grobstein File

Neal already reviewed The Wrestler here. I saw it this week. It is sad and depressing, but with amazing acting. I liked it slightly better than Neal, but not enough to post my own review or an addendum to his. Boy, it was hard to watch in places.

Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy was one of my favorite books as a boy, so I was pleased when Daniel Dern forward this news from the New York Times

Columbia Pictures has bought the film rights to the Foundation trilogy.

"The studio plans to develop the film for Roland Emmerich, the director of the cataclysmic sci-fi movies "Independence Day" and "The Day After Tomorrow." Financial terms were not disclosed, and a release date for the film was not announced."

This just in from Robert Redford via Richard Dalton:

A federal judge ruled in our favor and blocked the Bush Administration from proceeding with the lease sale of 110,000 acres of Utah's Redrock wilderness to oil and gas companies.

It really is the end of an error...

My arch-conservative friend Chuck Carroll is taking a look forward.

Richard Dalton found a great column in the Boston Globe (won't we all miss newspapers when they are gone?) that includes this line:

"The club that Barack Obama now joins has traditionally been far more exclusive than just all white and all male. There has never been an Italian, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Russian, Greek, Spaniard, or Hispanic elected to the White House."

Peggy Coquet passes along: Obama was wearing "bullet-resistant clothing." What's that?

Yell at a flight attendant, go to jail. I love flight attendants, because they are trained safety personnel. I hate disruptive passengers because they spoil my flight. But is cursing on an airplane an act of terror, punishable by loss of your children? Thank you Joe Brancatelli.

Dan Grobstein File