But the guys (my husband and my son) took our granddaughter out tonight and I wasn't feeling like an outing. It was about 30 minutes after they left that a second wind kicked in and just then, I ended up having a visitor. My friend and neighbor and she had heard I didn't feel like going out so she came with chicken soup and fun foods as well.
We ended up pulling up Netflix on the TV to look for something fun to watch.
Probably not 'fun.' But we knew the 70s film. "They're putting people into comas," Genevieve Bujold realizes. She's a doctor. Michael Douglas is her boyfriend. People do not believe her.
But this was a mini-series. Starring Lauren Ambrose in the Bujold role. Only now, Susan is a medical student and not a doctor. She was very good. James Woods was surprisingly good. I'm not a huge fan but he was really good. We also like Geena Davis and Richard Dreyfuss and Ellen Burstyn. And agreed that Steven Pasquale was as hot today (as the love interst) as Michael Douglas was in the 70s.
It was a really good remake. It added things and was spooky and just so much better than most of the remakes.
For comparison, let me off The Omen. The only thing that made the remake for me was Mia Farrow. She was so good as the evil nanny that I would rate the film highly. But so few others are even worth watching. Even when they remake a bad film, the remake seems stupid.
And I love Jamie Lee Curtis so I love the films she does, the two Halloween sequels for her. But both of those films were lacking.
But this was a great remake. It treated the viewers like adults. It didn't dumb it down.
I loved this. It's two-parts because it's a mini-series. If you can stream it on Netflix, do so. My friend says she saw it at Redbox and almost rented it so you can check there too.
But it is scary. You've been warned.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Thursday:
Iraq has more than enough money to take care of Iraqis if it cared to do that. But you've got a government that dreams parading across the world stage while taking a lot of the public's money and putting it into their own personal pockets. For that reason more than anything else, the Iraqi government wants money from other countries. If the US goverment provides it -- and it currently does -- people in government (besides just Senator John Kerry and his Senate Foreign Relations Committee) need to grasp that this is a tool of soft power. For months, the White House whined about wanting Iranian planes searched that were enroute to Syria. Only after Kerry and the Committee stated publicly that money could be cut did Nouri al-Maliki order the searching of the planes. The answer that Barack (like Bush before him) repeatedly falls back on is "war." There are many other levers of power. It's a shame even the US Ambassador to the United Nations was unaware of that but Susan Rice is a crazed War Hawk as well as public joke.
On the re-election, Kevin Gosztola (at World Can't Wait) gets the last word:
The decision was made to not try terror suspects in federal courts. Terror suspects believed to have been involved in the 9/11 attacks and others imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay, which Obama failed to close, are now going through a military tribunal process—a second-class justice system where one is not allowed to testify in court about torture experienced at the hands of CIA interrogators because the government claims it controls the thoughts and memories of detainees.
Warrantless surveillance escalated sharply under Obama. The ACLU obtained Justice Department documents that showed federal law enforcement agencies were "increasingly monitoring Americans' electronic communications, and doing so without warrants, sufficient oversight, or meaningful accountability." Now, the Supreme Court is deciding whether to hear a challenge against the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which allowed telecommunications companies to be granted retroactive immunity for warrantless wiretapping under Bush. The act also allowed for the expansion of dragnet surveillance. Obama Justice Department lawyers have argued it does not have to tell plaintiffs challenging the law they have been unlawfully monitored and, even if they did violate their privacy, it would not matter because the surveillance state is here to stay.
Obama refused to prosecute war criminals. Not a single person was prosecuted and convicted of torture. Even though he signed an executive order as president that prohibited "enhanced interrogation techniques" used under Bush, torture was effectively decriminalized. The "state secrets" privilege was invoked when torture victims tried to sue government for torture, effectively preventing justice. Moreover, former CIA agent John Kiriakou was prosecuted for allegedly leaking the name of a covert officer, who had been a kidnapper in the CIA's Rendition, Detention and Interrogation program. It was believed that various individuals in human rights organizations knew this officer's identity, and it was largely suspected the government was prosecuting Kiriakou because he was one of the first in government to say on television the CIA had an official policy of torture while Bush was president. The prosecution destroyed his life, took a tremendous toll on his wife and his five children so he ended up taking a plea deal.