Weather for the upcoming 3-Day weekend at KCRF….

According to the National Weather Service:

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 86, and windy (gusts as high as 22 mph). Hellooooooo, Dust.

Sunday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 81. Better….

Columbus Day: Partly cloudy, with a high near 70. Damn near perfect. Too bad it’ll be Columbus Day School-Trip HELL.

Election Thoughts

It’s a sad commentary on the American people that the scandal which may end up breaking the Republican’s grip on power isn’t any of these:

  • Lying to get us into an unprovoked war with Iraq.
  • Suspension of Habeus Corpus and participation in the Geneva Conventions.
  • Increasingly obvious evidence that the administration ignored warnings about Al Qaeda pre-9/11.
  • The administration declaring itself above the law through signing-statement exceptions to almost every law passed on its watch.
  • The bare-faced shenanigans which resulted in provable irregularities in 2 separate national elections.
  • Fiddling while New Orleans sank.

…or any of countless other outrages.

No, the straw that may have broken the Elephant’s back is a sordid little sex scandal, involving teenaged boys. We are, truly, a Tabloid nation.

In other news — Dennis Moore is up for re-election this November. As readers of this journal will recall, he voted for the recent travesty that suspended Habeus Corpus and legalized torture. There is no way in Hell that he’s getting my vote ever again…..which stings quite a bit, given that a) he’s the only Democrat representing Kansas, b) Control of the House is on the line this election, and c) My only other choices are a conservative Republican and a nutjob from the Reform Party.


There’s no way that I’m casting a vote for him, though. Not any more.

Inland Empire

The hottest ticket at the New York Film Festival this year is David Lynch’s new film — 3 hours long and shot on HD Video. No distribution deal as of yet — but when it does get one, I’m there, because I’m a Lynch fanboy.

“Inland Empire” is about an actress (played by Lynch favorite Laura Dern) in a Hollywood film that’s been cursed by Gypsies.

Sort of. It’s a Lynch film — the plot, such as there is, is sort of secondary to the experience.

Nikki (Laura Dern) has signed on to make an adulterous love story with a bad-boy costar Devon (Justin Theroux), directed by a pompous Englishman named Kingsley (Jeremy Irons). None of these people sticks around for long, though, as Nikki apparently walks through a mysterious portal out of her own privileged life and into that of her character, and then into yet another existence as a battered Hollywood streetwalker.

There’s also material about the Gypsy curse and the film’s haunted prehistory, some fragments of a sinister thriller set in Poland (and spoken in Polish), an absurdist drawing-room comedy involving a family of giant rabbits wearing clothes (with a cameo by Naomi Watts as one of the rabbits) and tons of standard Lynchian ominous images of Laura Dern wandering through dark locations. That’s without mentioning the chorus of Hollywood hookers doing the Locomotion, or the dynamite musical number that unfolds behind the closing credits and has nothing to do with the rest of the movie.

So yeah. Definately a David Lynch movie.

I can’t wait.