By Richard Zowie
Every so often, I like to do a column where I ask questions about current events, politics, religion or life in general. This is one of those occasions…
…Is anyone else cheering against the Phoenix Suns in the NBA playoffs? I soured on the Suns when they wore their “Los Suns” jerseys.
Not that I’m against Cinco de Mayo (my wife is one quarter Hispanic and her Grandpa Treviño’s family came from Mexico), but when Suns owner Robert Sarver also suggested the jerseys were a protest against Arizona’s new law cracking down on illegal immigration, I chose to swallow my pride and cheer for the Los Angeles Lakers if they face the Suns. Even though I detest Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant and every bandwagon celebrity who magically appears at games during playoff time.
My understanding is the law allows police to request proof of citizenship IF they have already stopped the person already for a potential law violation (such as speeding, breaking and entering, etc.). But you’d never know this from the knee-jerkers out there like Latino singers Shakira and Ricky Martin, who don’t seem to realize the new law is actually very similar to current barely-unenforced federal laws on illegal immigration.
Someone should tell the Suns (and the two above clueless singers) two things: first, many criminals in America are illegal immigrants (including the drunk driver who killed my cousin in 2001). Second, if they want to be correct on their Spanish, their jerseys should read “Los Soles” instead of “Los Suns”…
…When will Hollywood grow out of this annoying phase of horror film remakes? First there was the dreaded remake of Psycho a few years ago, then Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead. Then, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Then Halloween, which was good for the back story of Michael Myers’ years on the funny farm. Then there was Friday the 13th and now A Nightmare on Elm Street. I’m guessing pretty soon they’ll do Hellraiser, The Serpent and the Rainbow and perhaps even Poltergeist.
Perhaps they’ll even get creative and remake Julia Roberts’ movie Pretty Woman but edit it as a bloodbath horror film. Maybe Legally Blonde could even be redone as Reese Witherspoon’s character as a Jigsaw-type of serial killer.
It’s hard to imagine why the movie business doesn’t seem to come up with new ideas. In the science fiction and suspense novels I read, I envision plenty of great, uncharted ideas for films…
…Is it really fair to refer to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill as “President Obama’s Hurricane Katrina”?
The conservatives say, because Obama’s response to the oil spill has been slower than molasses traveling uphill in January. One report says Obama got in a round of golf before traveling down to assess the damage.
The liberals say no, because drilling off-shore was never Obama’s idea in the first place and because conservatives would blame Obama for the sinking of the Titanic if they had the chance.
What do I think? Both sides have valid points. Obama may not be for off-shore drilling and it may not have been his idea to do it, but FEMA hasn’t seemed to possess much urgency about putting a plan into action.
By the way, Obama’s not responsible for the sinking of the Titanic…
Richard Zowie’s a reporter and columnist for the Herald. Most of his questions about life will probably go unanswered. Visit his blog at http://www.fromatozowie.wordpress.com or e-mail him at email@example.com.