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***Fall Contest Finals are up and running

I found them on GD and not many photographers have voted, so maybe you don't know
Help keep them kicked, please.
I think they are some of our finest, they should be celebrated. One post card after another.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024202558

Thank You, Library of Congress: 'Roger & Me' to Be Added to National Film Registry … Michael Moore



Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Friends,

This morning it was announced by the Library of Congress and the National Film Preservation Board that my first film, 'Roger & Me', has been placed on the National Film Registry -- the official list of films that are, according to an act of Congress, to be preserved and protected for all time because of their "cultural and historical significance" to the art of cinema.

It is, to say the least, a huge honor that for me ranks right up there with the Oscar and the Palme d'Or at Cannes. The National Film Registry is a slightly rarefied list of movies in the history of cinema. Of the tens of thousands of films that have been made since the 1890s, only 600 are on the preservation list. Today, in addition to 'Roger & Me', the films that were announced selection to the preservation list include 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?', 'Mary Poppins', 'Pulp Fiction', 'Forbidden Planet', 'The Quiet Man', 'The Magnificent Seven' and 'Judgment at Nuremberg'.

These films plus 'Roger & Me' now join 'Citizen Kane', 'The Graduate', 'Dr. Strangelove' and a host of other classics that make up the National Film Registry.

The news comes at just the right moment for 'Roger & Me'. The upcoming year, 2014, is the 25th anniversary of the film's debut. But last year I learned that there was not a single print of 'Roger & Me' in existence. Anywhere. I was stunned. I had received a call from the New York Film Festival asking if I knew where they could find a 35mm copy of the film. They were told there were no usable prints in North America -- all of them had been damaged or destroyed or had faded in color. How could the largest grossing documentary of all time in 1989 just have vanished? Poof. Gone. And if this could happen to 'Roger & Me', what kind of shape are other films -- especially documentaries -- in?

I called up the good people of Warner Bros. to help me fix the problem -- and they did. In the end ten new prints were made and are now being donated to archival vaults at UCLA, the Motion Picture Academy, the Museum of Modern Art and the George Eastman House.

But now, with the protection offered by the Library of Congress, 'Roger & Me' will be in good hands and around for a long time to come.

You should know that there is a serious film preservation crisis afoot and I've volunteered to help do something about it. I often hear of other films whose prints are all gone. I have personally paid to have new prints made for a number of films ('Hair' by Milos Forman, the old Roy Rogers classic 'Don't Fence Me In', etc.) where not a single print exists. I have donated them to one of the above archival houses and I plan to keep doing this for other movies (Next up: Dalton Trumbo's 'Johnny Got His Gun').

As for 'Roger & Me', if you haven't seen it, check it out on iTunes or Amazon or (for a few hours for free) here. This movie, as most of you know, was my first chapter in a series of eight films that, in part, explore (often satirically) the crazy stupid thing we call "capitalism" -- a never-ending quest by the wealthy to take as much as they can, while leaving the crumbs for everyone else to fight over. Today, according to the polls, more young people say they favor the ideals of socialism over capitalism. I hope to God I played a small role in making that happen, and I look forward to the day when the rich are forced to share the wealth created by their employees. It will happen. In our lifetime.

I thank the Library of Congress and the National Film Preservation Board for this honor. And I encourage all of you to watch my film, a film that, sadly, is every bit as relevant today as when I made it 25 years ago.

I hope all of you are well and enjoying this holiday season. There is much work to do in 2014!

Yours,

Michael Moore
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"Go to comment thread: Fall contest", and learn about how our old friend regnaD kciN is doing

http://www.democraticunderground.com/103624193

He posted a comment, and I said hello, and he left a link about how he has fared in the last year.
All's well that ends well.

It isn't Santa exactly- but a surprise gift for that weird Fox Kelly woman nevertheless

Have we seen this "Black Santa" Cartoon by Daryl Cagle?

Judge sets 2015 trial date for lawsuits against N.C. voting law

Source: http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/article_12af6

Judge sets 2015 trial date for lawsuits against N.C. voting law
http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/article_12af62e4-634f-11e3-be77-001a4bcf6878.html

A magistrate judge in U.S. District Court this morning set a trial date of July 2015 for a trio of lawsuits challenging a voting law passed by the state legislature over the summer.
The judge also set a deadline of Feb. 1, 2015, for the completion of discovery.
The U.S. Department of Justice filed suit in September against the state alleging that the voting law discriminates against minorities.
Two other similar suits were also filed by groups of individuals and advocacy organizations.
The Voter Identification Verification Act, signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory in August, requires voters to show a government-issued photo ID at the polls, shortens the early voting period from 17 to 10 days and does away with the counting of provisional ballots cast by those who voted in the wrong districts.
Those provisions, along with others in the bill, will have a disproportionate effect on black voters, the DOJ argues.


Read more: Link to source

Record for Worst Congress of All Time So Close Boehner Can Taste It- Observed by Andy Borowitz




WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—With six fingers of Johnnie Walker swirling in his favorite tumbler, John Boehner speaks with the quiet assurance of a man on the brink of something big.
Just three workdays remain until Congress packs it in for 2013, and the House that Boehner presides over is about to set the record for the least productive year in its history—a quixotic goal that the tawny Ohioan set for himself when he arrived in Washington, in 1991.

“Like most of us, I came to this town hoping to make history,” he says, refilling his tumbler. “And, damn it, that’s what I’m about to do.”
Downing his glass in one gulp, he reflects upon “all the little things that had to go right” to make the year of epic underachievement possible.

“There were the Benghazi hearings, of course, and all the votes to repeal Obamacare,” he says. “But when we shut down the government in the fall, I started thinking, Jesus, the record—it could happen.”
During those heady shutdown days, Boehner didn’t dare speak about the record he had long dreamed of setting—“didn’t want to jinx anything”—but with Congress’s work year set to end on Friday, he now admits, “I’m so close I can taste it.”

Yesterday, when members of his caucus came up with a bipartisan budget deal, Boehner “had a little come-to-Jesus meeting with them,” he says. “I told them, I’ve worked too long and hard for this record, damn it. Don’t mess it up at the last minute by accomplishing something.”
So with the record for worst Congress seemingly in the bag—“I can cross that off my bucket list,” he says—what does John Boehner do for an encore?
“It’s going to be tough to make next year’s Congress even worse,” he says, pouring himself another tall one. “But it’s going to be fun trying.”

Out to my right...I so love living in the South

No, it's not ice on the pole, it's vaseline. Designed to keep the squirrel sliding down it as it tries to raid the feeder.

Shortly: Chris Matthews and Pres. Obama / Here's hoping Tweety'll not interrupt and hog the event.

My second hope is that if (by chance) he can't stifle himself, that President Obama will put him in his place.

Let's watch, MSNBC at 7 and see.

Please, Tweety, don't proceed with your normal behavior.

Pope Francis sets up Vatican child sex abuse committee - (are you learning, Pope Benedict?)



Pope Francis has said dealing with sex abuse is vital for the Church's credibility.

Pope Francis is to set up a Vatican committee to fight sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church and offer help to victims.

The announcement, by the archbishop of Boston, follows a meeting between the Pope and his eight cardinal advisers.
It comes days after the Vatican refused a UN request for information on alleged abuse by priests, nuns or monks.
One of the main Italian associations of clerical abuse survivors has said it has "little trust" in the Vatican.

Earlier this week the Pope expressed his compassion for the many victims of sex abuse by priests around the world.

Cardinal Sean O'Malley, the archbishop of Boston, said the proposed panel of experts could provide codes of conduct for clergymen, guidelines for Church officials and better checks for would-be priests.
"Up until now there has been so much focus on the judicial parts of this but the pastoral part is very, very important. The Holy Father is concerned about that," he said.

He added that the move was in line with the approach of the former Pope, Benedict XVI, who referred to the "filth" in the Catholic Church. Pope Benedict was, however, accused of failing to do enough to address the problem.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25235724
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