"Escape From Tomorrow
" is playing
at the Sundance 2013 Film Festival
. The black and white movie describes one family man's mental disintegration over a day at Disney's Orlando park. Randy Moore directed the film on-site without the knowledge of Disney. Reviews are generally good
, with comparisons to The Truman Show and Eraserhead, though people who have seen it wonder how this will play out legally
. [more inside]
Orlando, FL - 10 ac, 90K sq ft, 13 bed, 30 bath, 20 car garage, 3 pools, 2 tennis cts, bowling alley, skating rink - $100M [more inside]
Tomorrow, closing arguments
are scheduled for 9:00 a.m. (Eastern) in the Casey Anthony trial
. Since 2008, the case of the young mother accused of killing her toddler daughter, Caylee
, has captivated
the U.S. Deemed by some to be the 'social media trial of the century
,' the capital murder case
is based entirely on circumstantial evidence
. Tomorrow's hearing is being broadcast on cable station CNN Headline News
and streamed live online
If you're of a certain age, you might've seen Simple Gifts: 6 Heartwarming Holiday Stories
on PBS in the late 70s or early 80s. Maybe you enjoyed it as much as I did, or maybe you still will.
Prologue, by Maurice Sendak.
1. A Memory of Christmas part one
, part two
2. Lost And Found
3. Excerpted from Orlando
, The Great Frost part one
and part two
4. My Christmas, as told by a young Teddy Roosevelt
5. December 25th, 1914
(You might otherwise know this event from the video for Paul McCartney's "The Pipes of Peace.")
6. No Room At The Inn part one
, part two
She did it again.
The Orlando Magic took no chances as they extended their undefeated record at home in the playoffs. The Magic remain undefeated when Gina Marie Incandela
sings the national anthem
(YT). Since first singing the national anthem for them in February, the team has won every game she sings at. Five years ago she was diagnosed with PDD-NOS autism
and she now is a poster child for early intervention
(YT). Not to get in a rut singing only the national anthem
, Gina has released a CD single
I watched man burn to death, heard others screaming in the fog.
A massive, 50-car pileup, the result of three or more crashes on I-4, has led to at least 3 fatalities and 82 injuries in central Florida near Orlando. The smoke and fog
were so bad that rescue efforts were hindered. Drivers with no visibility did not know whether to stay in their burning cars or risk running out onto the highway for help.
"All over Orlando you see forces at work that are changing America from Fairbanks to Little Rock. This, truly, is a 21st-century paradigm: It is growth built on consumption, not production; a society founded not on natural resources, but upon the dissipation of capital accumulated elsewhere; a place of infinite possibilities, somehow held together, to the extent it is held together at all, by a shared recognition of highway signs, brand names, TV shows, and personalities, rather than any shared history. Nowhere else is the juxtaposition of what America actually is and the conventional idea of what America should be more vivid and revealing."
"Welcome to the theme-park nation." [more inside]
The new war on hunger.
No strangers to controversy
, the Food Not Bombs Network
generated further discord while distributing meals to others. In the course of its work, FNB's food lines often neglect the issue(s) of sanitation disposal.
In response, Legislation has been swiftly drafted to correct problem
; feeding the destitute in public gathering areas has since become a criminal offense
in a number of cities.
Endorsement: Kerry for President
Ok. The NY Times endorsed Kerry. And now the Washington Post. But now the Orlando-Sentinel, a paper that has not endorsed a Demcorat in the past 40 years!
"Four years ago, the Orlando Sentinel endorsed Republican George W. Bush for president based on our trust in him to unite America. We expected him to forge bipartisan solutions to problems while keeping this nation secure and fiscally sound.
This president has utterly failed to fulfill our expectations. We turn now to his Democratic challenger, Sen. John Kerry, with the belief that he is more likely to meet the hopes we once held for Mr. Bush.
Our choice was not dictated by partisanship. Already this election season, the Sentinel has endorsed Republican Mel Martinez for the U.S. Senate and four U.S. House Republicans. In 2002, we backed Republican Gov. Jeb Bush for re-election, repeating our endorsement of four years earlier. Indeed, it has been 40 years since the Sentinel endorsed a Democrat -- Lyndon Johnson -- for president...."
Is the GOP tampering with Florida elections?
The New York Times reports that State police officers have gone into the homes of elderly black voters in Orlando and interrogated them as part of an odd "investigation" that has frightened many voters, intimidated elderly volunteers and thrown a chill over efforts to get out the black vote in November.
Also, see here
Why do we even put up with this?
Tigger arrested on molestation charges.
Why couldn't it have been Eeyore? or Piglet?
It's been 2,000 years since the world has seen anything like this!
As it says on the site: "In concept, The Holy Land ExperienceTM is an idea whose time has come . . . In quality of construction and theming, The Holy Land Experience compares favorably with some of the finest museums found anywhere in America. And in terms of Christ-honoring Christian venues, we believe it sets a new standard."
I've never been, but you can bet I will be on my next trip to Orlando! (link via Mobtown Shank)
This arrest is brought to you by...
has come up with the idea of covering police cruisers with advertising as a way for local law-enforcement to deal with budget cuts. Apparently, twelve towns have already gone for it. This group
is trying to stop it. Institutions like schools
are already being taken over by advertising and product placement. Is this any different? "Freeze! You want fries with that?"
Ah, the law in Florida. (NYT)
The rich princess pushed her maid down a flight of stairs, but will be allowed to plead no contest to a misdemeanor charge of battery without having to appear in court, pay a $1,000 fine and give a judge a letter of regret about injuries to her Indonesian maid in the incident.
All this because the maid cannot be in court. After she went home to Jakarta in May for her mother's funeral, the United States Embassy there denied her a visa to return to Florida and testify on the grounds that she might try to stay in this country illegally. The maid is also the primary witness in a federal investigation of the princess for possibly employing Ms. Soryono under conditions of involuntary servitude, the Justice Department said. After the court hearing in Orlando, this federal investigation appears likely to end without charges.
County Chairman Rich Crotty wants to ban dancing in new clubs.
Assistant County Attorney Joel Prinsell said, "There's no constitutional right to dance with strangers."
Another strange anti-drug law for you.
Yes, but will they have a Quisp Quorner?
Personally, this sounds pretty cool, but it's too dang bad they had to put it in the Mall of America. The higher-ups probably wanted
to build next to the other theme parks in Orlando, but i've heard this wild rumor that Florida's getting a bad rep these days...