Sunday, August 08, 2010

CBS Sunday Morning on 8 August 2010

In the preview, Harry Smith talks of the New Colossus, relating it to SB-1070, the Arizona law on immigration, the cover story by John Blackstone. Second on Model Athlete, Nacho Figueras on polo (face of Ralph Lauren). Third, on Barbar Streisand, by Rita Braver. Fourth, Mo Rocca on "Happy Campers," about Stagedoor Manor. Renoir, Scott Pilgrim, 100 year old doctor (Walter Watson ).

News: doctors killed in Badakhshan Province in Afghanistan. Tom Little. Five coalition soldiers killed. Kagan sworn in.
Michelle Obama in Spain. Fidel Castro giving fiery speech in Cuba, first speech in four years. 127 people dead in NW China due to mudslides.
Weather: long hot summer goes on.

[From the LA Times on the doctors: Mujahid said insurgents encountered the group in the Kiran Munjan district of Badakhshan and tried to arrest them on suspicion of spying.
"But they tried to escape, then mujahedin attacked and killed all of them on the spot," [Zabiullah Mujahid ] said by telephone.]

The cover story on SB 1070 discusses the "long simmering" debate on immigration. Who can write and enforce immigration law? The current AZ guv was quoted to the effect that the Feds need to step up and do the job they are responsible to do. Former Az guv Napolitano is of course now somewhat enforcing current law (Dept of Homeland Security). Harold Beasley was put on. 460,000 immigrants cost the state of Arizona 900 million per year. There is 9.6% unemployment in AZ. There was an interview of Herman, from Venezuela, a recent college grad of ASU (Obama gave the grad speech there this year). Herman has a taxpayer number from IRS, which is not furnished to INS. Each year, about 700,000 become citizens legally.
One person was interviewed who took 19 years to become citizen. He worked in silicon valley. To come legally, need a job offer or a family member. There was discussion of the "Dream Act". Diversity Visa Lottery brings in 55,000 per year.

Napolean's finale. on Almanac August 8, 1815, the deposed emperor Napolean sent to St. Helena, where he died in 1821 at age of 51.. 1804 he declared himself emperor. Overreached in 1812 in invasion of Russia. In 1814 cornered and outnumbered. Sunday Morning alluded to a clip of You are There, as well as to various movies.

Martha Teichner on (late) Renoir, an exhibition at Philadelphia Museum of Art.

From CBS on the story: Pierre August Renoir created some 4,000 pictures in his lifetime. Of the ones he painted during the last two decades of his long life, the Los Angeles Times art critic has written "Late Renoir is bad Renoir." Of his painting "The Bathers," the centerpiece of "Renoir in the 20th Century," the current exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The New York Times critic describes it dismissively as "two croissants on a plate of greens."

Early Renoir: icons of impressionism. But by 1880's, Renoir traveled. He re-thought his style. By 1902, obsessed with painting flesh. Critics today "love to hate" these paintings. If you're that happy, you must be superficial. Martha Lucy of the Barnes Foundation. 85% after 1890. Argyrol was invented by Barnes. I cannot get too many Renoirs. 1910-1919: considered the greatest living painter, but by 1950 there was a shift in taste. He painted the snug world around him. A man in denial. Arithritis. Film clip in 1915. The pain passes but beauty endures. Instead of reality, sunny fantasies. Cream puff, frosting, too many calories. On Dec. 3, 1919, the day he died, Renoir said I think I am beginning to know something about painting.

The piece on Nacho (Ignacio Figueras) was recycled from 20 Sept 2009: Nacho: A Polo Star On and Off the Field . In fact, the Nacho piece was originally broadcast June 20, 2009, making this a double recycle.

David Edelstein on movies from comic books. In 1982, Romero on Creep Show. Then Dick Tracy. Then Sin City. Then Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

Morrie Yohai died this week (cheese doodle inventor). Mitch Miller died at age 99. Robert F. Boyle who did cropduster scene in North by Northwest and scenes in the Birds, died at age 100.

The Streisand piece is re-cycled from fall [Sept. 27] 2009: Her Name Is Barbra

Extreme recycling. Molecules and atoms. Stewart Samuel 200 billion atoms in your body were in bodies of Babe Ruth, etc.
There's a lot of mixing of atoms. Josh Landis and Mitch Butler of Fast Draw.

The "moment of nature" on August 8, 2010: British Columbia and ptarmigans.

**UPDATE. Details of the Morton memo might seem to undercut what Napolitano said in the SB 1070 piece.

From Lack of resources curtails ICE tracking of illegals

The new guidelines are outlined in a June 29 memo from Assistant Secretary John Morton, who heads the agency, to all ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement ] employees regarding the apprehension, detention and removal of illegal immigrants, noting that the agency "only has resources to remove approximately 400,000 aliens per year, less than 4 percent of the estimated illegal-alien population in the United States."

Mr. Morton said ICE needed to focus wisely on the limited resources Congress had provided the agency and would "prioritize the apprehension and removal of aliens who only pose a threat to national security and/or public safety, such as criminals and terrorists."


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