Friday, February 28, 2014

Feminist Marriages: More Equality, Less Sex?

I wanted to write on this quite some time ago but the person who reviews my paid work had different ideas about my priorities. So this is a modified and much mellower version of the original post. The idea expressed in the post title is something that's been floating around the blog-o-sphere for quite some time. It finally penetrated the firmament of the New York Times Sunday Magazine. When I read this recent article I thought I was in a real life Geico commercial. Because I thought everyone already knew that. It seems that whatever the benefits of "egalitarian" style marriages may be, more sex and less divorce aren't among them. Surprisingly, it appears that heterosexual women may have some unacknowledged preferences for a certain level of well, difference and maybe even virility or dominance (shut your mouth!!!) in their husbands. As this finding very much does not comport with the modern progressive orthodoxy regarding house husbands, 50/50 sharing of chores, lean in bromides and the fiction that men and women are exactly the same except for internal plumbing, some of the people quoted in the article seemed to be suffering from very bad cases of cognitive dissonance.

I wrote previously on how there are some household tasks which are (often arbitrarily) considered more masculine. It seems that some women, or at least some married women agree. Whether we believe that it's mostly biological, mostly cultural, or imo some combination of the two, it appears that men and women appreciate each other's differences and look for a partner that exhibits divergent characteristics. According to the fascinating article quoted below a husband who becomes too similar to his wife or to put it another way a man who is too complaisant and gallant runs the very real risk of discovering what a Stephen King character ruefully noted in the book Joyland : "What I know now is that gallant young men rarely get *****. Put it on a sampler and hang it in your kitchen".

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Vetos SB 1062 "Religious Freedom" Bill

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Vetos SB 1062 "Religious Freedom" Bill
 

My agenda is to sign into law legislation that advances Arizona. When I addressed the Legislature earlier this year, I made my priorities for this session abundantly clear… Among them are passing a responsible budget that continues Arizona’s economic Comeback. From CEOs -- to entrepreneurs -- to business surveys -- Arizona ranks as one the best states to grow or start a business. Additionally, our IMMEDIATE challenge is fixing a broken Child Protection system. Instead, this is the first policy bill to cross my desk.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Racism and Ted Nugent: Then and Now

Asa Carter Then:



Movie Reviews: Ender's Game

Ender's Game
directed by Gavin Hood
Ender's Game was based upon the book of the same name by the author Orson Scott Card. I had not read the book so I watched the movie with no preconceptions. There were some people who said they would avoid the movie because of Card's political and religious views but as a fan of H.P. Lovecraft it takes a whole lot to get me to boycott art, as has been discussed before. Although I can't say for sure I think that there was a lot left out from the book. There are a lot of dead ends and things left unexplained in the movie that I imagine might have been clear to me had I read the book. In some very real ways Ender's Game is a morally didactic movie. It definitely has a message of tolerance and understanding. All the same the message is muddled and bent. Perhaps it's the problem of translation from one medium to another. Perhaps it's the danger inherent in having child actors, although I doubt it. The young man playing Ender is pretty accomplished in his field, despite his youth. I also doubt it's the director as he has won Oscars for some of his previous work. Maybe it's just the sadness and a little ugliness in the source material. I'm not sure. I am sure that this was not a must-see film despite its A-list cast and impressive special effects.

In the not too distant future Earth has been attacked by a race of interstellar insectoids known as the Formics. Millions of people die. The Formic invasion is only halted by the self-sacrifice of pilot Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), who just like Randy Quaid in Independence Day, rams his aircraft and its payload into the unprotected belly of the Formic mothership, destroying it and causing other Formic ships to either crash or flee.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Self-Defense In Detroit Home Invasion

A Detroit mother opened fire Monday night when three suspects broke into her home. Surveillance cameras caught it all.The mother tells 7 Action News she "didn't have time to get scared." When she heard the door to her home on Woodrow Wilson being kicked in, she immediately warned the three teenage intruders and then opened fire. One of the teens dropped a handgun on his way out the door. He then tried to get back inside the house a second time, but was again met with gunfire. Once again, he took off and all three were arrested shortly after the incident by Detroit Police.  These young criminals were indeed fortunate that they were not killed as they tried to break into this woman's home. Although incidents like this may indeed be statistically rare if you are the person confronted with this behavior that's small comfort indeed. Notice that the woman defended herself and her children with a scary looking "assault rifle". Unfortunately there are people in this world who are "bad", "warped", "bent", "evil" or whatever other pejorative word you wish to use. Ultimately I suppose you could pity such people but in my view such pity can only be doled out once they're safely behind bars or six feet under the ground. If one happens to be unfortunate enough to run into such miscreants bent on taking something that is yours, immediate and massive counter force is the only thing which they will respect. Incidents like this are why I am unsympathetic to people who tell us we don't "need" guns to protect ourselves or that no one "needs" a magazine capacity with more than an arbitrary number of rounds. As far as I am concerned the only bad thing about this incident was that the mother didn't light up all of the home invaders. Please note that although the police arrived quickly after the fact and arrested the criminals it was impossible for the police to be there at the moment that the thugs decided to break down the door. We are ultimately responsible for protecting ourselves and those we love. Watch video here.

Obama Administration: DHS Proposal for National License Plate Tracking

If you're like millions of other people, you probably woke up this morning, had breakfast, and performed the usual toiletries that clean, psychologically normal and healthy people perform. You then bustled yourself off to yet another exciting day of work, school, raising your children, enjoying your retirement or any other number of productive or leisurely activities. One thing you probably didn't do is stop by your local police station or Department of Homeland Security (DHS) office and provide those kind men and women a detailed, hour by hour itinerary of your plans for the day, how long you thought these things would take, who you'd be seeing and where you'd be for most of the day. I know that you're probably pretty busy. Perhaps the critical importance of letting the government and its running dog corporate lackeys know where you were slipped your mind. Never fear. DHS has got you covered.

In a sad reminder of just how far government has sunken and how contemptuous many governmental bureaucratic or law-enforcement types are of a citizen's right to privacy and to be left alone, the DHS confirmed that it is seeking a private agency to assist it in building a database of every US license plate and its real time location.

Juror #4 in Michael Dunn Trial Speaks Out

Right on schedule! Juror #4 in the Michael Dunn trial has hit the interview circuits, with her first apperance on ABC's Nightline.



I am pretty upset about this verdict and even more stunned to hear that someone on this jury saw this Dunn's actions as self defense.

Let's chat.....

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Game of Thrones Complete Season Three Offer

Greetings!
We have four copies of HBO's Game of Thrones Complete Season Three. There are two Blu Ray/DVD copies and two DVD copies. Some special features include deleted/extended scenes, introductions to new characters, backgrounds on Westeros/Essos groups, cast/crew reactions to The Red Wedding and interviews with and commentaries by actors, producers, directors and Martin. We'd prefer to give these discs away to regular contributors to thank them for reading our blog. You must have commented on this blog at least twice during the past 120 days. These items will be given away to the first four people (non blog moderators) to send the correct answers to the below questions, along with their blog id, mailing address/name*, and their preferred version (DVD or Blu-Ray) to our email address.  Please use subject line "GAME OF THRONES GIVEAWAY". Answers must be received today before 5 PM EST. Answers should be as specific as possible. Proper names are preferred. A correct answer is "X is so-and-so's brother", not "His brother is that guy with the big nose who dresses in black". Ties will be resolved by blog management. 

If no one is interested or can answer the questions correctly then perhaps we'll just keep these items for ourselves. Otherwise winners will receive their copy within seven to ten business days. Comments are/will be disabled for this post so please don't place your answers here, the contact page or anywhere else on the blog. Doing so may lead to executions bannings. I'm sure as an upright honest person you'd be fine with the Stark honor system. But it might be a tragic mistake to remain honorable and spend precious time searching your fading memory while your more pragmatic Littlefinger type competitors search Google (or posts on this blog) and thus win "your" prize. Well winning isn't everything. It's the only thing. You saw what happened to Ned when he tried to be righteous. Good luck, whichever road you choose. Snicker.
*If you really prefer not to use your government name because the Mob is looking for you that's perfectly ok as long as you can provide us a valid mailing address. PO Boxes are fine.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Thank You Note

We'd just like to throw up a quick post thanking all of our readers, old and new, current, past and hopefully future, for stopping by to read what we have to write, think about it and hopefully comment. Whether you agree or disagree with what's written, whether you think someone is pretty much in alignment with your own political and social views or self-evidently a sub-literate loony biased hack,  the fact that you took the time to read and hopefully comment on one of our blog posts is what we "work" for and how we are "paid". It's really the commenters who make this blog something worth reading. So as bluesman Little Milton was known to say (paraphrasing): "We'd like to take five minutes and recognize the real stars of the show. And by real stars I mean you all and I'll tell you why. There may be one reader or one thousand readers, but without you there would be no blog. So give yourselves a round of applause!" Seriously though, all kidding aside thanks for reading. We learn from people who comment on what we write. We hope that you continue to read and provide your feedback both on the blog and via email, twitter or facebook, as to what sorts of things you'd like to read about, how often and what times you read the blog, what we can do better in your opinion, what we need to do less of and so on and so forth. By the way, be sure to check back over the next couple of days as there may be another time critical thank you of a slightly more material nature...

HBO Game of Thrones Season Four Trailer: Vengeance

Payback is a mother...... or so some people say. Other people say that you set out for revenge you had better dig two graves. Still others were known to say that when winter comes and the cold winds blow the lone wolf dies but the pack, the pack survives. Robb and Catelyn Stark are dead and gone but the Stark wolfpack, while scattered and young, is a long way from destroyed. Is this the season of their vengeance? Time will tell. And what's Danerys up to? Is she going to get back to Westeros and take what is hers with fire and blood? We shall see. 
Enjoy clip below but as usual if you know what some of these scenes entail or book derived answers to the above questions, please keep them to yourself. Thanks! 




Sunday, February 16, 2014

Michael Dunn Guilty on 4 Out of 5 Counts

Per USA Today:

JACKSONVILLE — Michael David Dunn faces at least 60 years inside a prison cell for firing 10 bullets toward a group of teenagers in a sport-utility vehicle during an escalating argument over booming rap music in a gasoline station parking lot.
But they deadlocked on whether Dunn murdered Jordan Davis, 17, when he shot at the SUV. Three of the nine bullets that hit the car struck Davis, who was in the rear passenger seat. The gunfire missed the other teens.

Bob Mack, AP
Michael Dunn returns to the courtroom during jury deliberations in his trial in Jacksonville on Feb. 13, 2014.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Tom Perkins: Return to Aristocracy

There has been a lot written of late about inequality. Unsurprisingly people on the Right tend to defend inequality in general and the massively increased inequality of the past 40-50 years as a good thing. People on the Left tend to consider increased inequality a bad thing while some go so far as to consider virtually any inequality as problematic. The Right, or at least corporations and the monied class have been winning this argument for a very long time. To the extent there is increased energy on the Left about this it's a last ditch stand or cynical media posturing by politicians who'd like to change the subject from their own complicity in the workings of the machine while keeping those campaign contributions rolling in. But there are some people of the Right who are not content with being wealthy, not content with paying relatively low taxes by historical American standards or by the standards of other First World industrialized nations, and not content with having money treated as speech and having political bribery virtually legalized. Some people, aristocrats in all but name, are starting to wonder why those damned peasants have the right to vote at all.

I mean if you're so awesome and so intelligent that you've built or expanded multinational corporations, discovered new medicines, increased the limits of knowledge about the universe, or at the very least made yourself and your family more money than could be spent in one lifetime, is it really fair that some sap who hasn't even made a million dollars gets the same vote as you do? Some rich people think that they should have more say in society while more of us peasants should have no say. Venture capitalist Tom Perkins, last heard from comparing the wealthiest 1% Americans to Jews hunted and exterminated during the Holocaust, is such a man.

Book Reviews: Black House, Ricochet

Black House
by Stephen King and Peter Straub
This is a sequel to the book, The Talisman, penned all those years ago by the same two authors and good friends. It is not necessary to have read The Talisman in order to enjoy Black House. The Talisman was, briefly, a story of a 12 year old boy who has to travel to an alternate reality in order to obtain the titular object, a source of immense magical power, and also save his dying mother. This reality, which the boy, Jack Sawyer, calls The Territories is similar to our own except that magic works and the world is smaller. Time and distance are also somewhat warped so that travel in The Territories doesn't match up exactly with travel in our world. Most people in our world have an alternate self or "twinner" in The Territories. These alternate selves are not necessarily aware of each other but usually have the same desires and goals. They are also linked. What happens good or bad to one version of a person usually happens, albeit in a different way to the other version. Jack is unique or at least rare in that he doesn't have a twinner. He survived his twinner's murder. He can thus physically flip between the two worlds (most people can't do that). Ultimately Jack is able, after much heartache and loss of life, to save his mother, prevent his murdered father's partner Morgan and Morgan's twinner from obtaining The Talisman or stealing his father's company, and save the life of the Queen of The Territories (his mother's twinner).

Friday, February 14, 2014

Mary Barra Discriminatory Pay Hoax Story

Shortly after Mary Barra became the new GM CEO and the first person with two X chromosomes to hold that title the usual suspects promptly came out of the woodwork to charge GM with the crime of paying Ms. Barra less than her male predecessor and of doing so because she was a woman. This accusation was duly repeated as if it were fact, not just by bloggers but also by reporters for sites supposedly a fair bit more reputable than a run of the mill blog operated by unpaid people in their spare time.
There were numerous blog posts and news stories bemoaning the fact that Barra was making less money than the man she replaced. People's jowls were quivering in outrage that this particular millionaire CEO wasn't going to earn as much money as another millionaire CEO. As Nora Caplan-Bricker wrote in The New Republic  "In the past few days, Mary Barra, the new CEO of General Motors and the first ever female CEO of a major car company, has morphed from a symbol of success to an embodiment of the fact no amount of ambition and labor guarantees a woman equal treatment. It's hard to muster too much sympathy for a woman pulling in $4 million a year. But, in at least a general sense, Barra's problem is every American woman's problem—magnified by a larger sum."  
Strong stuff! From reading this purple prose I honestly expected that Barra would be opening her first leadership meeting by singing this song. I mean she's got it hard! The world is a ghetto! It's another attack in the War on Women! To the barricades comrades!!!!

Should Ex-Cons Be Allowed to Vote? Join Our Debate

This week, United States Attorney General Eric Holder made a plea to Congress to end the practice of ex-felon disenfranchisement common to some states.  According to the National Law Journal:

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. urged Congress today to restore voting rights to felons who are no longer under federal or state supervision, calling restrictions in place now "profoundly outdated."
Holder, speaking at a sentencing reform symposium at Georgetown University Law Center, asked lawmakers to repeal "unjust" and "counterproductive" laws that permanently disenfranchise former prisoners.
"By perpetuating the stigma and isolation imposed on formerly incarcerated individuals, these laws increase the likelihood they will commit future crimes," Holder said. "They undermine the reentry process and defy the principles – of accountability and rehabilitation – that guide our criminal justice policies."
At some point, 95 percent of all the prisoners in this country will be released, Holder said. There are 5.8 million felons who cannot vote now even though they have served the time and paid the fines they owe, the attorney general said. The right to vote, he said, is critical to the successful re-entry into the community.
One in 13 African-Americans in the country is blocked from voting for this reason, and in states such as Florida, Kentucky it climbs to as high as one in five, Holder said. In Florida, he said, about 10 percent of the population is disenfranchised.
"However well-intentioned current advocates of felony disenfranchisement may be – the reality is that these measures are, at best, profoundly outdated," Holder said. "At worst, these laws, with their disparate impact on minority communities, echo policies enacted during a deeply troubled period in America’s past – a time of post-Civil War discrimination."
So should ex-felons be allowed to vote?  Join the Urban Politico staff in the debate after the jump:

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tales From the Courthouse

Funny thing happened to me in court yesterday.  Figured it might make for good blog fodder.

I'm in New York state court yesterday and there's this crazy old lady in a wheelchair being pushed around in the lobby by an old gentlemen (presumably her husband?) and she's just cursing out loud at everybody who passes by and screaming loudly about how she wants to "go eat."  This goes on for at least 30 minutes. 

I go to my hearing and the judge orders me to place a call to my client to clear something up.  I step back out into the lobby to make the call and the crazy lady is still going off.  At this point she had been going strong for about an hour.  Mind you the court police are all standing around doing nothing. About 5 minutes into my call I literally cannot hear the client so I tell the client to hold on for a moment and I shout out to the crazy lady and her partner who were about maybe 20-30 feet away from me "do you mind?!  This is a place of business.

The gentlemen who was pushing her chair (and to his credit, had been trying to calm her down this whole time) acknowledges what I said and begins to push her away from where I was at.  However, one of the courtroom police officers who was standing close to them shouts over to me "whoa!  Sir, you don't do that!  That's not your job!  Excuse me sir, that's not your job to say that!"  I look at the cop, acknowledge him by raising my free hand in a "I hear ya" gesture and proceed to return to my phone call. 

Apparently this was not good enough for this officer and he proceeds to walk all the way from the crazy lady (a distance of 20 or 30 feet) to come get up in my face and repeatedly yell the same thing about how it's not my job to tell people to be quite and how if I have a problem with somebody I need to go through the court officers.  Then he adds "she's clearly not in her right mind" I say "I see that" he then repeats "that's not your job to tell her to be quiet".  Instinctively, my gut reaction was to engage him in an argument b/c there was a whole host of things I had to say about that, but I had a client on the phone who is very important to my firm who is hearing all of this.  So like Samuel Jackson at the end of Pulp Fiction I had to quickly take the position in my mind that "normally yo ass would be dead as fried chicken right now but you happened to pull this shit when I'm going through a transitional phase...

So I conclude our exchange by saying something to the effect of "well then go do your job."  With that, the cop turned and walked all the way back over to the crazy lady and they had an exchange. I just found it odd that there was a crazy lady cussing loudly for an hour, nobody was saying anything to her, and the minute I say something this cop dropped what he was doing to walk all the way over to where I was at to reprimand me for saying something he should have said an hour ago.  Not to mention the absurdity of his position that one adult can't tell another adult to respect the sanctity of the courtroom without going through a court officer. 

Weird right?


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Barbara Walters Defends Pedophilia


Something always rubbed me the wrong way about Barbara Walters. I couldn't put my finger on it until her 2008 memoir was published. Walters campaigned for book sales by revealing that she engaged in an affair with former United States Senator Edward Brooke (married man) of Massachusetts. This revelation finally put Walters' true character on display and it was at that point that I fully understood the type of woman she was. So taking her past behavior into consideration, her recent tirade in defense of Woody Allen comes as no surprise to me. However, it's pretty disgusting to see a woman and mother of a daughter make this type of an argument. Regardless of whether or not Barbara believes that Woody Allen molested Dylan Farrow (Adopted daughter with Mia Farrow - Allen's former longtime girlfriend), for her to take such a public stance against this young woman's accusations and make excuses for Allen's past behavior -- it's absolutely unacceptable. 



Sunday, February 9, 2014

HBO Game of Thrones Season Four: A Foreshadowing

Well, this looks like fun. It's always interesting to hear actors' interpretation of their characters or storylines. And I am happy to hear that unlike in previous seasons, the penultimate episode will not necessarily be the big WTF moment for the entire season. As usual if you have any spoilers to share..DON'T.



Saturday, February 8, 2014

Book Reviews: Faerie Tale, Fevre Dream

Faerie Tale
by Raymond Feist
I had heard good things about the fantasy author Raymond E. Feist over the years. So I was interested in reading his work. But I wasn't really in the mood for starting another fantasy series. I don't have the interest or time at this moment. So Faerie Tale, an older book by Feist, was exactly what I was looking for. This book mixes the thriller and fantasy genres with just a minor touch of horror near the end. Compared to today's gore fests it's very mild indeed. It's a blink and you'll miss it sort of thing. I thought the story was lengthier than it needed to be but that impression may have had more to do with things going on in my life than the author's pacing. You may feel differently. I was interested in what happened next but to me this wasn't a page turner which I'm staying up late to read or reading at every opportunity during the day. So it took me a little longer to get thru the book than it usually does. I did think that this book would be ripe for a cinematic treatment, as Feist is very very good at invoking the pleasures and fears of an old house with plenty of secrets and even older woods where strange things lurk. In Faerie Tale, a very successful family decides to move from California back to upstate New York. Phil Hastings is a famous screenwriter, movie producer and author who would like to reinvigorate his literary career outside of Hollywood. His wife Gloria is an actress more known for character and stage roles than lucrative leading famous ones. 

Friday, February 7, 2014

Corporate Welfare or Good Business Sense???

I'll take any mother*****'s money if he giving it away!!!!
-Clay Davis
Regardless of race, gender, political affiliation or geography, when you say "welfare", many people probably still think of a person who looks and sounds like this. Such a wretched individual makes an easy target for people who are tired of other people putting hands in their pocket while having the nerve, the audacity to claim that they are somehow entitled to do so.

However it has never ceased to amaze me that the more you need money the less likely people are to give it to you while the less you need it, the more people break their neck trying to give it to you. I was reminded of that by two separate recent events, one national and one local. If we take our focus off "welfare" as money given to "underclass" mothers and/or other loud obese moochers and expand the term to include well off people, we might be surprised by how much government assistance the rich get, even for doing things they would already do. There have been books written on this. This is a tremendously inefficient use of government resources. And it's unfair. I don't mind paying taxes if those taxes can prevent someone from starving to death or being homeless. I do mind paying taxes when those taxes are given to individuals or companies that are not so troubled.

Michigan billionaires, Mike and Marian Illitch (net worth around $3 billion), owners of Little Caesars, The Detroit Tigers, The Detroit Red Wings, various land development companies and Motor City Casino (under Marian's name for business reasons) have decided that they want a new arena for the Red Wings. The current one, Joe Louis Arena is not quite decrepit but is definitely outdated.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Joakim Noah Meltdown

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah provides unimpeachable evidence that I am not the only person in the world who occasionally gets irritated with his co-workers and supervisors. I can't and don't do what Noah did when I lose patience with annoying people. It's not my personality nor am I that important to my firm. At worst Noah will lose a small piece of his salary and/or be asked to stay away from work a day or two. Generally speaking I find such hyper emotional displays somewhat childish. I've worked with people who have had regular meltdowns during work conflicts. If the powers that be like them it's written off as passion for their work. If the powers that be don't like them it's considered insubordination and they're written up or terminated. But when you have the exceedingly rare skill set that Joakim Noah possesses you can do things like this on occasion. Noah may well have had a point. I don't know. I just thought it was funny how Noah wanted to make sure each referee knew exactly what he thought of them at that point in time. I guess if you're gonna get ejected you might as well get your money's worth.

Monday, February 3, 2014

American Promise Documentary Airing Tonight On PBS




The much anticipated documentary American Promise aires tonight at 10 pm on PBS. If you miss tonight's viewing on your local PBS station head over to the PBS website, where they will be streaming the documentary from February 4 - March 5 2014. More information on the film from the PBS website:


Super Bowl XLVIII OPEN THREAD



Was it the commercials or the shut down by Seattle? Personally I've never seen a Super Bowl quite like it, but whatever your impressions were of lasts nights debacle this is the space we've set aside to discuss it. Let's go!

How The FBI Sabotaged Black America




Happy Black History Month!!!

If you are a regular Urban Politico visitor than you know we celebrate Black History Month 365 days a year. We do however give special attention to the rich history of struggle, innovation, perseverance, as well as injustice that exists in black culture. This February as always we will do what we can to ensure as much of our content reflects this tradition as possible.

To kick things off this year, check out this shocking documentary highlighting the FBI's complete sabotage and attack of black America. It is very unfortunate that within our culture we often believe that we are the perpetrators of our own demise, weather through our collective apathy, or our lack of proper upbringing and enlightenment. What we do not always recognize is that not very long ago there was a collective and systematic war on virtually every aspect of black culture, whether political movement, arts or cultural movement, or simply a gathering of like-minded black people concerned with bettering themselves and their community. This documentary will certainly shed light on this particular aspect of our historically epic struggle.




Saturday, February 1, 2014

Movie Reviews: A Single Shot, Carrie(2013), Cold Comes The Night, Runner, Runner

A Single Shot
directed by David Rosenthal
Although the guitarist Robin Trower should be appreciated in his own right, when you listen to his most famous creations it's very obvious that Jimi Hendrix was a major influence. Trower has never denied this. Hendrix influenced many musicians. Some of Trower's music sounds like unreleased Hendrix Band of Gypsys cuts. That's a compliment but it can also be worrying. Similarly, although A Single Shot is based on a book not written by the famed filmmakers The Coen Brothers, Rosenthal's noir film gives such a homage to the Coen Brothers in general and specifically such films as Blood Simple or Fargo that some people might wonder why Rosenthal just didn't ask the Coens if they wanted to produce or direct. A Single Shot takes place in the isolated West Virginia backwoods. Similar to many movies that I like, especially from the seventies, A Single Shot attempts realism in people's actions and speech. Events take time to play out. There are pauses in conversations and long periods of silence when someone is engaged in a solitary pursuit. The camera work is solid and far from hyperactive. A Single Shot is a quiet bleak film which takes its time getting to the point. The protagonist is not a particularly nice person. The introduction makes that quite clear. I don't know if this was their first film together since 2002's Welcome to Collinwood (which you should see) but it was nice to see Sam Rockwell and William Macy together again. Perhaps the film tried too much for realism as between the attempted accents and oft inebriated or angered state of the characters it was occasionally difficult to understand the dialog. So what's this film about?