Cinema La Placita’s June schedule

Cinema La Placita film series for June, 2015

Thursday evenings, 7:30/sunset
La Placita Village, 110 South Church Ave (SWC West Broadway Blvd)

Showing classic movies outdoors in downtown Tucson every Thursday evening at 7:30, May through August. $3 donation per person includes popcorn!


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Thursday, June 4

rated R
Starring Goldie Hawn, Eileen Brennan, and Armand Assante
A sheltered young high society woman joins the United States Army on a whim and finds herself in a more difficult situation than she ever expected.

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Thursday, June 11

(not rated)
Starring Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, and Herbert Lom
Directed by Blake Edwards
When a widow’s husband gets murdered in cold blood, Inspector Clouseau is back on the job leaving Maria, the widow to be the suspect. However, Clouseau struggles the overwhelming evidence as the true suspect is still out there.

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Thursday, June 18
KING KONG (1933)

(not rated)
Starring Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong
A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star.

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Thursday, June 25

rated PG
Starring Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, and Sterling Hayden
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop.

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Saturday, June 13 at 7:30pm

Starring Mel Blanc
Various classic cartoons.
Part of 2nd Saturdays Downtown, this film will be shown at the
Historic Train Depot at 414 North Toole Ave. 2nd Saturdays movies are free!

Bruce Bartlett rips the negative effect of FAUX News

fox-news-gop-logoI have seen this study reported in numerous places over the past couple of weeks, and I have been meaning to get around to this.

Bruce Bartlett, who served as a domestic policy adviser to Ronald Reagan and as a Treasury official under George H. W. Bush, and who now makes his living as an historian, has a new paper examining the damage inflicted upon the American body politic and media by Roger Ailes’ GOPropaganda network, FAUX News. The paper is available at the Social Science Research Network. How Fox News Changed American Media and Political Dynamics – SSRN. Excerpts:

The creation of Fox News in 1996 was an event of deep, yet unappreciated, political and historical importance. For the first time, there was a news source available virtually everywhere in the United States, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with a conservative tilt. Finally, conservatives did not have to seek out bits of news favorable to their point of view in liberal publications or in small magazines and newsletters. Like someone dying of thirst in the desert, conservatives drank heavily from the Fox waters. Soon, it became the dominant – and in many cases, virtually the only – major news source for millions of Americans. This has had profound political implications that are only starting to be appreciated. Indeed, it can almost be called self-brainwashing – many conservatives now refuse to even listen to any news or opinion not vetted through Fox, and to believe whatever appears on it as the gospel truth.

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GOP abortion bans struck down by Appellate Courts

On Wednesday, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the state of Arkansas’ 12-week abortion ban, the most restrictive in the nation. US appeals court rejects Arkansas’ 12-week abortion ban based on fetal heartbeat:

TalibanA federal appeals court struck down one of the nation’s toughest abortion restrictions on Wednesday, ruling that women would be unconstitutionally burdened by an Arkansas law that bans abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy if a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with doctors who challenged the law, ruling that abortion restrictions must be based on a fetus’ ability to live outside the womb, not the presence of a fetal heartbeat that can be detected weeks earlier. The court said that standard was established by previous U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

The ruling upholds a decision of a federal judge in Arkansas who struck down the 2013 law before it could take effect, shortly after legislators approved the change. But the federal judge left in place other parts of the law that required doctors to tell women if a fetal heartbeat was present; the appeals court also kept those elements in place.

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National Journal: Rep. Matt Salmon is looking at challenge to Sen. John McCain

Matt SalmonArizona’s Rep. Matt Salmon is so far-right that he makes historical figures like Genghis Khan and Attila the Hun look like erudite liberal progressives by comparison. He is so far-right that he falls off the right edge of the flat Earth that he inhabits in his mind.

In  January of this year, Rep. Salmon was one of the founding members of the House Freedom Caucus, because the right-wing Republican Study Committee was just not far-right enough for him. Here is his press release. HFC: House Republicans Form House Freedom Caucus. The HFC’s founding members are Rep. Scott Garrett, Rep. Jim Jordan, Rep. John Fleming, Rep. Matt Salmon, Rep. Justin Amash, Rep. Raúl Labrador, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, Rep. Ron DeSantis and Rep. Mark Meadows.

The HFC are the House Teabagger radicals who have been giving the TanMan, Weeper of the House John Boehner, so much grief. Rep. Salmon does not play well with others, and he has achieved nothing of value for the state of Arizona in his tenure. He is content to be a Teabagger bomb thrower.

The Arizona political media have been speculating for months as to whether Rep. David Schweikert or Rep. Matt Salmon will challenge Arizona’s angry old man, Sen. John “Surge” McCain for his Senate seat in the GOP primary. Both congressmen have previously stated that they are not considering running, on multiple occasions.

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Illegal border crossings at a 20 year low

If you listen to Tea-Publicans tell the tale, they would have you believe that the U.S.-Mexico border is unprotected and illegal immigrants are pouring across in record numbers, and that secret Muslim Kenyan Marxist Black man in the White House is doing nothing about it!

Of course, what Tea-Publicans believe, because they live in the epistemic closure of the closed information feedback loop of the conservative media entertainment complex, is distorted by the fact-free world of right-wing propaganda.

The Washington Post reports today, Illegal border crossings said to hit 20-year low:

U.S. Border Patrol vehicles carrying USCCB representatives travel along fence separating Mexico and U.SAs the Department of Homeland Security continues to pour money into border security, evidence is emerging that illegal immigration flows have fallen to their lowest level in at least two decades. The nation’s population of illegal immigrants, which more than tripled, to 12.2 million, between 1990 and 2007, has dropped by about 1 million, according to demographers at the Pew Research Center.

A key — but largely overlooked — sign of these ebbing flows is the changing makeup of the undocumented population. Until recent years, illegal immigrants tended to be young men streaming across the Southern border in pursuit of work. But demographic data show that the typical illegal immigrant now is much more likely someone who is 35 or older and has lived in the United States for a decade or more.

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Gallup: America leans left on social issues

There’s something happening here
What it is ain’t exactly clear
–Buffalo Springfield, “For What It’s Worth” (1967)

The Gallup Poll has had a pair of interesting poll results in the past week. Last week Gallup reported On Social Ideology, the Left Catches Up to the Right – Gallup:

Thirty-one percent of Americans describe their views on social issues as generally liberal, matching the percentage who identify as social conservatives for the first time in Gallup records dating back to 1999.


Gallup first asked Americans to describe their views on social issues in 1999, and has repeated the question at least annually since 2001. The broad trend has been toward a shrinking conservative advantage, although that was temporarily interrupted during the first two years of Barack Obama’s presidency. Since then, the conservative advantage continued to diminish until it was wiped out this year.

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