Watch “A Better Life”- a powerful film about an undocumented family from the director of “Twilight”

From the Restore Fairness blog-

We know you’ve been waiting for Harry Potter forever, but make sure you support the film A Better Life!

 Undocumented stories are being told. Just recently, award-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas came out of the shadows.  For years, the Dreamers – the students actively fighting for the Dream Act – have been sharing their stories.  And now,  A Better Life is bringing the story of an undocumented family to mainstream theaters.

A Better Life is a beautifully told story about an undocumented Mexican gardener named Carlos Galindo (played by Demian Bichir) who does everything that he can to give his son, Luis (played by Jose Julian) a better life.  As an undocumented immigrant living in a rough East L.A. neighborhood, Carlos tries to stay invisible and struggles to work outside of the system while simultaneously trying to keep Luis in school and away from gangs.  The film captures how being undocumented may chip away at one’s inner being. “All he does is work,” director Chris Weitz said of the character Carlos. “He is invisible — and he prefers to remain invisible. Because to raise his head is to risk getting in trouble.” (LA Times.) To see a full trailer, click here.

In an interview with director Weitz, he calls A Better Life “the “biggest movie he has ever made,” considering he has directed hits such as “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”, “About a Boy,” and “The Golden Compass.”  However, Weitz explained that the subject matter is far more important than any other he has addressed as a filmmaker.

Click here to see a full list of cities showing A Better Life.  Enter your zipcode on Fandango here, or here to find showtimes near you!

Check out A Better Life’s Facebook page here.

Click here to listen to an interview with Chris Weitz and Demian Bichir on their own thoughts on the film!

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Schwarzenegger's Quandry

Arnold Schwarzenegger, former body-builder and Austrian Movie-star extraordinaire, is winding down his stint as Governator of the great state of California.. and not much to show for fiscally.  Schwarzenegger has had many problems when it comes to not personally, just for the state of California as a whole.  No big deal right?

The Gov. is now doing what LA Times has coined "holding the budget ransom" because certain demands of his have yet to be made in order to sign off on the new budget for the state.

With fewer than 140 days left in office, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is making a final stand for goals that have eluded him for nearly seven years, clinging to an overdue state budget for a last bit of leverage before he fades from relevancy.

Already, the state's budget is 54 days overdue. But Schwarzenegger has said he won't sign a spending plan until the Legislature retrofits the broken fiscal system that has bedeviled California — and him — for years.

He is demanding cutbacks in public pensions, a new constraint on spending and an overhaul of the way the state collects taxes. If those conditions go unmet, Schwarzenegger has said, he will leave the budget in his successor's lap.

LA Times

I don't think Schwarzenegger has to worry about damaging his fiscal history, he's done plenty of that the past 7 years.  

His proposed wishes for the budget are his last ditch effort to "save the state."  California itself has suffered under the Arnold Administration.  Its a bit late to be trying to reconcile and make things right to save the state don't you think Arnie?  I mean, 140 days left in office and the budget is still 54 days overdue?  Good luck saving it in 140 days.  This isn't a terminator apocalypse, you can't use weapons and raw beef power to overcome the harrowing obstacles that your state faces.  




Domestic violence survivors first to be affected by Arizona law

From Restore Fairness blog

The starting day for Arizona’s controversial new anti-immigrant law SB1070 is fast approaching. July 29th is around the corner and the country waits with bated breath as the Obama administration argues for an injunction to stop the law from being implemented. Meanwhile, women affected by domestic violence are the first reported to be silenced by SB1070.

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LA Times Being Protested: Brooks Brothers Riot II?

According to the Jewish Journal:

Today protests have been organized outside the Times' building on Spring Street. VideoJew Jay Firestone is there right now; we should have footage up soon.

Remember: this is the same man that McCain donated almost half a million dollars to in 1991 when McCain was chair.

Remember: it was the LA Times that broke this story in the first place.

The people there are just another McCain-Palin hate mob boiling over with frustration. If I lived in LA, I'd be down there to counter-protest.

Updates as I get them.

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LA Times Endorses Obama

In an editorial released today, the Times writes: "As the presidential race draws to its conclusion, it is Obama's character and temperament that come to the fore. It is his steadiness. His maturity. These are qualities American leadership has sorely lacked for close to a decade." Complete endorsement at: 9EC5O/RGGD/NDHWX/QR/t

This is a shocker, the LA Times has not endorsed a Presidential candidate since 1972 and has never endorsed a Democratic Candidate.  Their reasoning is spot on and I believe that more and more people are coming to this realization as the McCain campaign continues to be it's own worst enemy.  Joe the Plumber?

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