Tuesday's HOT MIC
Journalism is dead, exhibit 14,789,226:
Each of the articles I've read this week about Remington filing for bankruptcy has mentioned the marches and implied that there was a cause and effect going on. Remington's financial woes first made the news almost four years ago. The marches have about as much to do with the current state of the company as the t-shirt I'm wearing right now. It's nonsensical to even mention them. Well, if journalistic integrity were the goal it would be, anyway.
Hernan Cortez heading to the small screen.
Javier Bardem and Stephen Spielberg are teaming up for an Amazon miniseries about the Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortez. Variety's Daniel Holloway:
“Cortes’ epic discoveries shaped the world as we know it today, and through the minds of Amblin, Steven Spielberg, Steve Zaillian and Javier Bardem, we will bring Prime Video members on an exhilarating journey,” said Sharon Yguado, head of scripted series, Amazon Studios. “There are few moments in history that shape an entire culture such as Cortes’ story, and this series will be one filled with drama and adventure.”
A 16th century explorer, Cortes defied Spanish authorities to lead an expedition to what is now Mexico that led to the fall of the Aztec Empire.
“It is a privilege to tell this epic story— one that is full of drama and conflict within this huge, historical spectacle where two distant civilizations clash at the height of their reign,” said Bardem. “The best and worst of human nature came to life in all its light and darkness. As an actor, there is no better challenge than to serve such a unique project that I have been passionate about for years, and I am thrilled to be working with this dream team of Steven Spielberg, Steven Zaillian and Amazon.”
I'm excited but also trepidatious. Will Amazon show the Spaniards as dastardly evil invaders, spreading a superstitious brand of Christianity to enslave the locals? Will the ministeries present idyllic Aztecs who are peaceful and noble, cutting out the horrific human sacrifice?
I sincerely hope that Amazon keeps to the historical facts, and doesn't twist things to make the European Christians look evil and the native Americans look noble. Then again, the project is based on Dalton Trumbo's original screenplay. Trumbo wrote the 1960 version of "Spartacus," so perhaps it won't be that bad...
They had me down as "very conservative" which is right on the money and downright creepy because I don't post about politics on Facebook.
The world is being run by piss-ant bureaucrats and there's nothing we can do about it.
It was painted to honor the five officers who died during the July 7, 2016 Dallas police ambush.
But a mural on Monday night was torn down after the City of Dallas filed a lawsuit against the property owner.
The painting in question was located in North Oak Cliff at the Last Call Lounge on Centre Street.
The mural listed the names of the five fallen officers, including Patrick Zamarripa who patrolled the southwest division.
“It makes me sad because he’s not here anymore,” said Valerie Zamarripa, the mother of Patrick Zamarripa. “I miss him so much.”
Valerie found out about the mural was in jeopardy a few days ago and worked to help find a solution.
“It keeps him alive so nobody ever, ever forgets,” said Valeria Zamarripa. “I feel like Dallas has bigger issues to deal with than to be dealing with this.”
A work crew unscrewed and removed each section of the mural as the sun began to set on Monday.
The 90-foot art installment was reduced to a stack of metal within 30 minutes.
“Why is the city picking on this mural? Do they not see what it represents?” questioned Zamarripa.
The City of Dallas said the fence, not the mural, at Last Call Lounge violates code and can conceal illegal activity.
The city said compliance officers cited the owner May 2017, captured pictures of the unpainted fence in June 2017 and believe the mural was painted July 2017, which marked one year since the deadly ambush.
“We thought we were doing something right and something nice for the city. We never thought we were going to have these kind of issues,” said Cesar Paz, who owns Last Call Lounge.
Paz claims he did not receive a notice of violation until after it was painted, but cannot afford to fight the city anymore.
“It was for our officers, now you know it’s gone,” said Paz.
The fact that it was a fence means that it could have been carefully removed and reassembled elsewhere. But some bureaucrat guarding his fiefdom issued his decree and to hell with everything else.
Now he tells us!:
"I’m not a political journalist. I’m not, frankly, all that much interested in politics," Wolff said in the interview. "I’m a writer. I’m barely a journalist ..."
I think we already knew that but it was nice of him to confirm it.