Big Love, Big Waste

My UNCoRRELATED coblogger Mick has a good take on HBO's new exercise in Futility, Big Love:

Its really hard to take Big Love seriously since it has as much to do with modern polygamy as Sex in the City did with the lives of single women in Manhattan. If Americans really had an insight in modern polygamy, you simply couldn't expect an iota of sympathy for the practice, especially if you are a woman.

Its declining ratings at this point suggest that the Hollywood glamor can't quite mask the ick factor. 

Read it in full.


The worst of all

Eddie on Film is encouraging readers to vote on the ten worst Oscar winners of all time.

Oh, this is tough…so many stinkers to choose from: 

10 Braveheart

9 Cimarron

8 Rebecca

7 Gigi

6 The English Patient

5 Forrest Gump

4 Chicago

3 Million Dollar Baby

2 American Beauty

1 Out of Africa

Mail your own submissions to 

Go to his site for a complete list of all Oscar winners.

Thieving bastards

Apparently the Associated Press doesn't think the blogosphere counts for anything.

From The Raw Story:

We contacted an AP senior editor and ombudsmen both and both admitted to having had the article passed on to them, and both stated that they viewed us as a blog and because we were a blog, they did not need to credit us. What we are or are not is frankly irrelevant. What is relevant is that by using a term like blog to somehow excuse plagiarism, the mainstream press continues to lower the bar for acceptable behavior. It need not matter where the AP got the information, research, and actual wording from. What matters is that if they use it in part or in whole, they must attribute properly. A blog or a small press publication or grads students working in the corner of a library all equally deserve credit for their work, period. 

Hat tip:  MyDD who observes:

This is stealing.  Raw Story invested the time and effort to investigate the story, and printed it.  The AP took that work, uncredited, and used it.  The AP should stop stealing from Raw Story.  It's that simple.

Christian case to be dismissed

The AP reports Afghanistan is trying to walk a very tricky line:

A court on Sunday dismissed the case against an Afghan man facing possible execution for converting from Islam to Christianity, officials said, paving the way for his release.

The move eased pressure from the West but raised the dilemma of protecting Abdul Rahman after his release as Islamic clerics have called for him to be killed.

One official said freedom might come as soon as Monday for Rahman, who became a Christian in the 1990s while working for an aid group in neighboring Pakistan.

Muslim extremists, who have demanded death for Rahman as an apostate for rejecting Islam, warned the decision would touch off protests across this religiously conservative country. Some clerics previously vowed to incite Afghans to kill Rahman if he was let go.



Opposition waning


Supposedly over the course of two years opposition to marriage equality has dropped from the mid sixties to 51%.

Curious, and not entirely believable.  Lots of people say they are opposed to discrimination, but most of these same people still manage to vote against equality when it comes up on the ballot.

Time will tell.