links for 2010-09-02

  • “Louis makes a point of knocking himself off his own high horse, and this is the kind of self deprecation everyone loves. Sure he’ll fight with friend and fellow comedian Nick DiPaulo over anti-Obama racism, but his frenzied tip toeing around race when courting a black woman will betray his own latent racial bias. In his interaction with Tarese, Louis reminds us that as miserable, sexless, and fat as he claims to be, he remains white and male. With that comes certain power and privilege, as well as a sense of entitlement that you may not always realize is at work.

    “The last two sentences Tarese says are the ones that get to the heart of the interaction:

    “You don’t get what you want. Not all the time.”

  • “The production company signed a deal with the Korean broadcasting network, optioning the rights to two KBS dramas, ‘Resurrection’ (2005) and ‘Lucifer’ (2007), for the purposes of transforming them into television shows that will cater to an American audience.

    “This is big news for Korean television dramas, because if Kapital succeeds in producing and selling these remakes to a U.S. network, ‘it will be a first,’ said Sung Tae-ho, KBS Content Business Office senior manager.”

  • “The deal, if completed, would end a yearlong impasse that has come to symbolize the health care plight of the country’s uninsured immigrants and the taxpayer-supported hospitals that end up caring for them. The problem remains unaddressed by the new health care law, which maintains the federal ban on government health insurance for [undocumented residents].”
  • “Both the United States and Mexico say migration is down, because of the economy and the toughening security at the American border. But the true flow is impossible to determine, and it continues to be strong enough that Guatemala recently opened a new consulate near the Mexican border, in conjunction with El Salvador, and plans to open two more, including one in the area where the migrants were killed.”
  • “The last time New York State tried to collect cigarette taxes on Indian lands, 13 years ago, protesters blocked highways upstate and clashed with State Police troopers, who had surrounded reservations to keep cigarettes and other taxable goods from flowing in. After a standoff that dragged on for days, the state relented and scrapped its plan.

    “On Wednesday, the state will try again to impose taxes on cigarettes sold in Indian stores, but this time it hopes to avoid any violence. Last week, leaders of the Seneca Nation, which led the protests 13 years ago, vowed at a meeting with law enforcement officials to keep their fighting confined to the courts.”

  • He believes all was the result of a spontaneous reaction in the revolutionary ranks, which came from tradition. In earlier Cuba blacks were not the only ones discriminated against; women were also discriminated and, of course, homosexuals…

    – Yes, yes. But not in the Cuba of the ‘new’ morality, the pride of those revolutionaries on the inside and on the outside…

    – Who, then, was directly or indirectly responsible for not putting a stop to what was happening in Cuban society? The Party? Because the Communist Party of Cuba still does not ‘explicitly’ ban discrimination based on sexual orientation.

    – No – says Fidel – If someone is responsible, it’s me…