Sunday’s specials:

What a friendly neighborhood I live in! This morning, I’m walking around the streets of Shoreline, Washington, and as I’m waiting at a crosswalk, I see in the window of the house next to me…

…a wooden cross…

… a Bush/Cheney poster…

… a digital-readout message panel that is flashing these words to all who pass by: “Liberals – THE ENEMIES WITHIN”…

… and a security camera, pointing right at me and anyone who happens to walk by and notice the sign. Why? To record our reactions? Will my name go on a list if the sign made me shake my head in dismay?

Hmm. Can you smell the hatred?

On that note…

WANT DEMOCRACY FOR EVERYONE?
Mark Helprin, author of A Soldier of the Great War and Winter’s Tale (two of my favorite novels), turns in one of his thought-provoking editorials at the Los Angeles Times.

A FUTURE FOR FIREFLY?
Is there hope for the Browncoats? The “maybes” cointinue. SciFiWire stokes the fires of hope for Serenity 2.

HOW HOODWINKED HAPPENED
The Los Angeles Times tells the real story behind the real story of Red Riding Hood.

THE WHITE COUNTESS
Adam Walter reviews the last collaboration of Merchant and Ivory.

SNL: SCARLETT NIGHT LIVE
Johansson’s hosted SNL last night, with Death Cab for Cutie… just so you know, so you can be furious right along with me if you missed it.

STILL NO WINNER
Half-Shot Contest #4 seems to be stumping everybody. Have you made your guess? Remember: The film is in color, not black and white. The film is more than 20 years old.

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