they are realer than me

•May 1, 2009 • Leave a Comment



‘Sons of Anarchy’ Season 2 to Start Filming Soon

•April 21, 2009 • Leave a Comment

FX’s Sons of Anarchy is set to begin filming its sophomore season at the end of April, a report on the network’s site says.  Creator Kurt Sutter, for his part, previously said that the follow-up to its successful debut run will air around the same time this year, which should be sometime around September.

TV Guide adds, meanwhile, that shooting for the first of the 13-episode order will wrap up in mid-May.  Moreover, while no return date for Sons of Anarchy season 2 has been given by FX,  the network reported an addition to the cast on the upcoming season, in the person of singer-songwriter and actor Henry Rollins, who will appear in a six-episode arc.

Rollins, 48, will play a new antagonist in the show’s fictional town of Charming, California who poses a deadly threat to our beloved SOA Motorcycle Club.

“Henry will bring his intensity and muscularity to this complex part,” said Nick Grad, Executive Vice President of FX’s Original Programming Division.  “We look forward to seeing him inhabit this role.”

As far as the direction of Sons of Anarchy season 2 is concerned, Sutter revealed that the season will feature more alliances, after the MC community has generally embraced the show.  ”I wouldn’t change anything, but I am aware of the feedback.  I will push.  It’s my nature,” said Sutter.

Sons of Anarchy was renewed thanks to some 5.4 million people who tuned in to watch the outlaw motorcycle gang.  According to the network, it was its most consistent first-year drama since Rescue Me.

Rollins broke into mainstream popularity as lead singer of the Los Angeles band Black Flag.  He later won a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word or Non-musical Album for Get in the Van.  He appeared opposite Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in Bad Boys 2.


•April 17, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, (29 September 1571 – 18 July 1610) was an Italian artist active in Rome, Naples, Malta and Sicily between 1593 and 1610, considered the first great representative of the Baroque school of painting.

Even in his own lifetime Caravaggio was considered enigmatic, fascinating, rebellious and dangerous. He burst upon the Rome art scene in 1600, and thereafter never lacked for commissions or patrons, yet he handled his success atrociously. An early published notice on him, dating from 1604 and describing his lifestyle three years previously, tells how “after a fortnight’s work he will swagger about for a month or two with a sword at his side and a servant following him, from one ball-court to the next, ever ready to engage in a fight or an argument, so that it is most awkward to get along with him.”In 1606 he killed a young man in a brawl and fled from Rome with a price on his head. In Malta in 1608 he was involved in another brawl, and yet another in Naples in 1609, possibly a deliberate attempt on his life by unidentified enemies. By the next year, after a relatively brief career, he was dead.

Huge new churches and palazzi were being built in Rome in the decades of the late 16th and early 17th Centuries, and paintings were needed to fill them. The Counter-Reformation Church searched for authentic religious art with which to counter the threat of Protestantism, and for this task the artificial conventions of Mannerism, which had ruled art for almost a century, no longer seemed adequate. Caravaggio’s novelty was a radical naturalism which combined close physical observation with a dramatic, even theatrical, approach to chiaroscuro, the use of light and shadow.

Famous and extremely influential while he lived, Caravaggio was almost entirely forgotten in the centuries after his death, and it was only in the 20th century that his importance to the development of Western art was rediscovered. Despite this, his influence on the new Baroque style that eventually emerged from the ruins of Mannerism, was profound. Andre Berne-Joffroy, Paul Valéry’s secretary, said of him: “What begins in the work of Caravaggio is, quite simply, modern painting.”And in the years following his death, he was more imitated by other artists than any other master for whom we have record as documented by the art historian Benedict Nicolson. Caravaggio’s influence can be seen directly or indirectly in the work of Rubens, Jusepe de Ribera, Bernini, and Rembrandt, and artists in the following generation heavily under his influence were called the “Caravaggisti” or “Caravagesques”, as well as Tenebrists or “Tenebrosi” (“shadowists”).


•April 17, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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The Boston Tea Party

•April 16, 2009 • Leave a Comment

The Boston Tea Party was a direct action protest by colonists in Boston, a town in the British colony of Massachusetts, against the British government. On December 16, 1773, after officials in Boston refused to return three shiploads of taxed tea to Britain, a group of colonists boarded the ships and destroyed the tea by throwing it into Boston Harbor. The incident remains an iconic event of American history, and has often been referenced in other political protests.

The Tea Party was the culmination of a resistance movement throughout British America against the Tea Act, which had been passed by the British Parliament in 1773. Colonists objected to the Tea Act for a variety of reasons, especially because they believed that it violated their constitutional right to be taxed only by their own elected representatives. Protestors had successfully prevented the unloading of taxed tea in three other colonies, but in Boston, embattled Royal Governor Thomas Hutchinson refused to allow the tea to be returned to Britain. He apparently did not expect that the protestors would choose to destroy the tea rather than concede the authority of a legislature in which they were not directly represented.

The Boston Tea Party was a key event in the growth of the American Revolution. Parliament responded in 1774 with the Coercive Acts, which, among other provisions, closed Boston’s commerce until the British East India Company had been repaid for the destroyed tea. Colonists in turn responded to the Coercive Acts with additional acts of protest, and by convening the First Continental Congress, which petitioned for repeal of the acts and coordinated colonial resistance to them. The crisis escalated, and the American Revolutionary War began near Boston in 1775.

i feel i love the Piccadilly O

•April 16, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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When should the LAPD use lights and sirens?

•April 15, 2009 • Leave a Comment
The department hopes to broaden use of Code 3 to avoid the unofficial practice of speeding without warning other drivers. Two city councilmen worry that more accidents could result.
In police lingo it’s known as Code 3: An emergency call that sends cops speeding through traffic with the squad car’s lights flashing and sirens blaring.

Then there’s “Code 2 1/2 ,” an off-the-books practice of racing to a call without lights or sirens to warn other drivers. It’s the street cops’ way to work around strict Los Angeles Police Department rules that limit when they can drive Code 3.

The unsanctioned response has been responsible for some of the worst officer-involved traffic collisions, costing the city more than $11 million since 2006. In light of the problems, Chief William J. Bratton wants to give officers more latitude on using their lights and sirens.

Bratton’s proposal to rewrite the Code 3 policy has rankled some members of the City Council, who fear that the new rules would give too much discretion to eager, adrenaline-fueled rank-and-file officers and could give rise to chaos on Los Angeles’ streets. This week, the council took the unexpected and unusual step of asserting its authority over the LAPD, forcing the department to put its new policy on hold pending a review by the council.

The rising debate underscores the delicate balance police departments must strike between quickly getting officers to crime scenes and the potential danger that rushing to a call poses to others. This week, a woman was killed and a man was badly injured when their car collided with a La Habra police officer, who was Code 3 en route to a call.

Under the LAPD’s long-standing policy, only one patrol car is dispatched Code 3 to an emergency. In general, emergencies include violent crimes in progress, officers in need of help and other serious threats to public safety. Property crimes such as burglaries or an officer’s call for backup are not considered emergencies.

State law permits officers traveling Code 3 to break traffic laws — exceeding speed limits and running red lights, for example — as long as they turn on the lights and siren and show regard for the safety of others on the road. The LAPD’s current policy prohibits all other officers responding to an incident from traveling Code 3 unless they announce their intention to do so over the radio and provide dispatchers the route they will take to the incident, something that is rarely done, police officials said.

The LAPD policy, police officials said, assumes officers will be content to abide by a “get there when you get there” approach to calls for help.

“That’s not reality. Officers don’t do that,” LAPD Cmdr. Stuart Maislin said earlier this week in a presentation to the civilian Police Commission that oversees the department. “They either use their Code 3 equipment in violation of our policies and procedures or they drive Code 2 1/2 — they don’t turn their lights and sirens on and they break every rule that out there on the road. And that’s what results in liability when there is a crash.”

Since 2006, the city has paid $15.7 million to resolve about 625 claims and lawsuits filed by people involved in traffic collisions with LAPD officers, Maislin said in an interview.

Not all of the cases involved Code 3 issues, but Maislin highlighted three recent cases of collisions involving officers driving Code 2 1/2 that the city paid $11.75 million to settle. The most costly was a $6.25-million settlement with a man who was seriously injured when he was hit by a police detective responding to a call for backup without his lights and siren.

By comparison, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department permits multiple patrol units to respond to an emergency with lights and sirens, but only after a dispatcher has authorized them to do so.

This week, the Police Commission unanimously approved changes to the Code 3 policy. If approved by the City Council, the new policy would let officers in the field decide whether to respond Code 3 to any emergency.

What constitutes an emergency would also be broadened under the new rules to include “serious crimes” instead of strictly violent ones, as well as an officer’s call for backup.

The amended policy would also make supervisors in the field responsible for scaling back the number of squad cars if too many responded.

“If a resident dials 911 and it’s important, I don’t think they are expecting our officers to sit in traffic waiting for it clear,” Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell said. “We have officers now who want to get places quickly for the right reasons, and we’re not putting them in a position to do so safely. We do a disservice by being so conservative on this.”

Councilman Bernard C. Parks, who was LAPD police chief before being replaced by Bratton, disagrees.

Parks called the new rules “a recipe for trouble,” saying they leave too much discretion to officers and do not define clearly enough the scenarios that constitute an emergency. He and Councilman Dennis Zine, a former LAPD officer, also questioned the department’s argument that the changes would mean fewer accidents, raising the concern that the increased number of officers driving Code 3 would result in more collisions.

Known as a strict disciplinarian when he was chief, Parks said that officers frequently drive recklessly and that the department fails to punish them adequately when they get into traffic accidents — accusations that police officials reject.

“You look at how officers routinely drive, with or without their lights and sirens on, and you see all the incidents for which we are paying. And now they’re saying, ‘Let’s open this Pandora’s box and make it easier to put more of these police car missiles on the street,’ ” he said.

With a long history of sniping between them, Bratton was dismissive of Parks’ intervention and defended the department’s changes. “That’s just Parks being Parks,” he said. “Sometimes he forgets he’s no longer the chief of police.”

Nonetheless, Parks and Zine stopped the changes from going into effect by persuading the council to invoke its rarely used authority to pull rank on the Police Commission. The issue is scheduled to be debated Monday by the council’s Public Safety Committee. From there, it must go before the entire council, which will decide whether to veto the commission’s policy or allow it to stand.

A spokesman for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the mayor “strongly supports” the proposed changes and called on the council to review them and allow them to be implemented.

Commission President Anthony Pacheco and Commissioner Robert Saltzman welcomed the council’s review, saying they believe the changes are the right move.

“The department thought carefully about this, and the changes are good ones,” Saltzman said. “I am hopeful they will reach the same conclusion.”