Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Free Roman Polanski??

I am not a movie buff. Though I like movies, I can't say I know who directed what - when the credits go up, I leave the theater. I have seen some of Polanski's films. Rosemary's Baby is cool. But it seems (I'll admit to not knowing all the details) he pled guilty to committing a crime. And there seems to be no doubt that the crime was actually committed. By him. And it's not a little crime either - not jaywalking or speeding or talking on the phone while driving or DUI or skipping out on a restaurant bill or even shoplifting from Bloomingdale's. We're talking about sexual assault of a minor.

Now, the erstwhile minor and he have come to some agreement, and she's fine with him going free. But that's the civil side of things, not the criminal side.

And there may be grey areas in the whole statutory rape thing - fifteen year olds may look like sixteen year olds, etc, you've heard it before. But that's no excuse. Especially not when we hear that drugs and alcohol were used. That suggests she needed some prepping before the act. That is, she was otherwise unwilling.

So there are a lot of ideas floating around, simmering, a lot of questions I'd like answered.

And maybe there were procedural improprieties in the original handling of the case.

But to be outraged that he was arrested goes far, no? Martin Scorsese demands the immediate release of Polanski? I don't get it. Why shouldn't Polanski face Justice? Why should he get a free ride? That's what stumps me. The French government thinks Polanski should go free, too. Why? Because he makes good movies? (The Pianist was great.) Because he's old? If Hitler were found to be hiding in Argentina, I'd drag his ass to jail even though he turned 120.

I get Polanski fighting extradition. That makes sense. No one wants to go to jail even after they admit to raping a child.

But Hollywood is behind him? I don't get it. Not that he deserves jail - I'm willing to hear more about the case before deciding (though it seems open and shut)- but to demand his release like nothing happened 32 years ago and like he hasn't been on the lam for all this time seems ridiculous. Maybe Marty knows something?

People. Help me understand.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

In the history of bad ideas...

Okay, this story is not something that would be easily accepted if it were fiction.

How do you take a criminally insane murderer on a county fair field trip? Do you let the paranoid schizophrenic go into the funhouse? Do you put a sign on the guy - KEEP BACK 200 FEET?

Was there a paranoid schizophrenic day with discounts?

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Uncage Me! Giveaway

Terrie Moran whose review of Uncage Me! I linked to a short while back is right this moment running a contest to give away a copy of this precious, precious book. Of course, one of my stories is including, but don't let that deter you as it is not that bad of a story and reading my particular story is optional...*

* But seriously, it's a good story.