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September 24, 2007

Hollywood, Here comes the Minnesooooooootans

So I don't know if it's just me, but I'm getting really sick and tired of the nation's/world's perspective of Minnesotans. "Oh sure ya betchya," "Gee golly gosh," hockey and ice fishing is not what we're all about.

Well hopefully at the Oscars coming up in February, Minnesota can be represented in a much more glamorous Hollywood light, that will hopefully have our Twin City native award hopefuls drinking and doing drugs at the after party. At least while they're there they can explain to the idiots of the O.C. that Minnesota "Like totally does not have snow all year bro."

So anyway the hopeful buzz is centered around the extremely talented Cohen brothers of St. Louis Park. As we all do and should know they won Oscars for their writing of the 1996 hit "Fargo" as well as being nominated again for "O' Brother Where Art Thou?" And all though it was not nominated, they are the genius minds that brought us one of the most cult followed comedies in 20 years "The Big Lebowski."

There new film, set to be released in November is called, "No Country for Old Men," which critics are saying is their best work since Fargo. It is supposedly a violent western with of course the Cohens off beat, dark humor.

Another Minnesota affiliated flick that is creating a lot of buzz is "Lust Caution." This flick won the Golden Lion at the Venice flim festival, which is the same award that "Brokeback Mountain" won before its award spree a couple of years ago; it also happens to be directed by the same guy.

Win or lose, 'ya betcha or no ya betcha' Minnesota artists of the cinema will be a force to be reckoned with come Oscar season.

the original title is "Oscar buzz builds for Minnesotans" @ http://www.twincities.com/movies/ci_6968964?nclick_check=1

September 17, 2007

manslaughtering morons

Leon Stone served a 7-month sentence for manslaughter for punching a man, causing him to die, because you know he 'didn't mean to.' Well as you could assume the family of the victim, Christopher Breck, were not pleased when the punishment for the person responsible for killing their loved one could be accomplished in the same amount of time that it took to shoot the movie "Transformers."

Here's the real kicker, now he's out and at it again; stealing not killing. He went on a little burglarly-fest 2007 this past week and got caught due to the heroics of a 74-year old sweetheart, Mary Kujuwa, who Stone obviously underestimated when it comes to calling the police when someone breaks into your house.

Before entering Kujuwa's house Stone was confronted by her neigbor Michael Birrenbach. Stone punched Birrenbach in the head, again, and got chased away by Michael and his shotgun. Stone was trying hide in Kujuwa's house when she heard a noise and called the fuzz. The punishment wasn't so leanient this time. Ramsey County District Judge Salvador Rosas sentenced Stone to seven years in prison. The Breck's probably got a little more satisfaction out of that one.

the actual title of this article is, "Parolee held in burglary spree," and it's on www.pioneerpress.com.

Metro area water problems

I guess if the state Health Department has not issued any sort of limitation or regulations on water usage in the Twin Cities' area, then I'm not going to be too worried about it. However, the fact that this story on chemically contaminated water being discovered in the Metro, with a huge picture of a child swimming in a pool (get it because if it affects our children then we must act now) was on the front page of the Sunday edition of the Strib may be somewhat of a cause to take a closer look.

Basically, the Minnesota Health Department has been finding traces of chemicals that have seaped their way into the supply of thousands of residents in the Twin Cities' area. The cause of this seems to be due to a connection with the location of water supplies and current or former landfills (and other various garbage disposing facilities) and factories/plants that need to dispose of large amounts of chemicals. Now while this may seem like a cliche problem that only Erin Brockovich could solve, the fact that long-term exposure could be dangerous to our health, means that a red flag needs to be raised and dollars spent. However, it's not like flipping the switch and all our drinking water is going to taste like kool-aid and make us younger, health officials have spent over $200 million over the past two decades to stop the problem with littler results and a lingering nusense of a problem.

So basically the problem is expensive and there is no real clear-cut way on how to deal with it. Let's hope that the good ol' scientists can get some filters pumping soon because one of the chemicals found in an Edina well in 2002 is vinyl flouride, which is a cancer-causing compound. That's freaky. I found this story on www.startribune.com and its title is, "Battling tainted water."