Saturday, October 3, 2009

Yeah, I did smile when Chicago lost the Olympic Games.

For a lot of reasons ranging from it wasn't needed, waste of billions of dollars in taxpayer money, the inevitable corruption, grafting and sleazy deals that would end up happening in a corrupt city like Chi-Town. Did watching the Obamas and Oprah fall flat on their faces help, yes it did.

I am going to quote Limbaugh because he nailed for the most part in his glee.

“When you stop to think about it, folks, doesn’t it make sense?” Limbaugh asked. “Our president, Barack Hussein Obama, has been running around the world for nine months telling everybody how much our country sucks…. Why would anybody award the Olympics to such a crappy place?”…


Plus I found both speeches by the Obamas to be incredibly myopic in its nature which doesn't work pitching for the Olympics. The IOC need their ego stroked.

Brazil with Lula made the pitch as being about the IOC to make history and how it would inspire Brazilians.

In a confident presentation, Rio 2016 president Carlos Nuzman showed his fellow IOC members a map of the world marking cities that have hosted the games. Europe had 30 dots on the map, Asia five, Oceania two and North America 12 – including eight in the United States, home to expected main rival Chicago. Tokyo and Madrid are also bidding to host the games.

Silva, speaking in Portuguese, addressed IOC members as "dear friends," and invited them to boost Brazil's self-esteem and inspire 400 million South American people.

"Rio is ready," Silva said. "Give us this chance and you will not regret it, be sure."


Michelle Obama:

Maybe that explains why the president seemed to snag the silver medal while first lady Michelle Obama, who's been in Copenhagen a couple of days, clearly took the gold with an emotional speech focused on her family's roots in the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, and her late father's battle with multiple sclerosis.

"Sports were a gift I shared with my dad, especially the Olympic Games," Obama said in her portion of the U.S. delegation's final presentation to the International Olympic Committee. "Some of my best memories are sitting on my dad's lap, cheering on Olga and Nadia, Carl Lewis and others for their brilliance and perfection.

"But I never dreamed that the Olympic flame might one day light up lives in my neighborhood," she said. "But today, I can dream, and I am dreaming of an Olympic and Paralympic Games in Chicago that will light up lives in neighborhoods all across America and all across the world."


I shared, I never dreamed, I can dream, I am dreaming.

Obama was worse by putting down America and casting himself as the greatest thing to happen to it.

Combining hometown pride and political muscle, President Barack Obama lobbied Olympic leaders on Friday to give the 2016 Summer Games to Chicago, saying a nation shaped by the people of the world "wants a chance to inspire it once more."


....Both Obamas spoke on deeply personal terms about Chicago, the city at the center of the world's spotlight so many times, including in November when the former Illinois senator won the White House. The president described Chicago as a city of diversity and warmth, a place where he finally found a home.

He referenced his own election as a moment when people from around the world gathered in Chicago to see the results last November and celebrate that "our diversity could be a source of strength."

"There is nothing I would like more than to step just a few blocks from my family's home and with Michelle and our two girls welcome the world back to our neighborhood," Obama said. "At the beginning of this new century, the nation that has been shaped by people from around the world wants a chance to inspire it once more."


They sold themselves instead of wanting to sell America in no uncertain terms while Brazil sold itself in certain terms appealing to the chance to make history. That helped contribute to the loss.

Friday, October 2, 2009

U.S. House votes to block Guantanamo transfer

That January closing date is basically a pipe dream now.

In a blow to President Barack Obama, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on Thursday to prohibit his administration from transferring terrorism suspects from the Guantanamo Bay military prison to face prosecution in the United States.

The measure, if it becomes law, would further complicate the administration's plan to empty the internationally condemned military prison by January 2010.

Guantanamo detainees currently can only come to the United States to face trial under restrictions already imposed by Congress. Lawmakers have also denied funds to shut down the facility.

The Obama administration hopes to bring some of the 223 detainees remaining in the facility to the United States to face charges in American courtrooms. Republicans and many Democrats have worried that housing the suspects on U.S. soil could create security risks.

Republican Representative Hal Rogers, the measure's sponsor, said the detainees do not deserve American legal protections and should stay to face trial at Guantanamo.

"They are not criminal defendants. They are prisoners in a war," he said.

(Video) David Letterman talks about being blackmail and confesses to affairs.

Awkward moments abound since the audience is laughing but its the nervous laugh and legal issues loom for Letterman as people start to dig around to see how many staffers and if he used his position unfairly to gain sexual favors. But to play the whole thing for laughs does strike me as very icky.

USATODAY:
Late-night host David Letterman on Thursday disclosed a $2 million extortion attempt and acknowledged sexual relationships with an unspecified number of female staff members on his CBS Late Show.
Letterman said he received a package three weeks ago from someone claiming to know about the relationships and threatening to reveal them if he didn't pay. The special prosecution bureau of the Manhattan District Attorney's office investigated, instructed Letterman to furnish a phony check and arrested the unidentified culprit Thursday.

Letterman said he testified Thursday before a grand jury, "something I've never done in my life," and confirmed he'd been involved with the staffers.

"My response to that is, yes I have. Would it be embarrassing if it were made public? Perhaps it would," he told viewers. "I feel like I need to protect these people. I need to certainly protect my family."

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Senate Democrats refuse ID requirement for illegal immigrant healthcare.

Obama lied.

Senate Finance Committee Democrats rejected a proposed a requirement that immigrants prove their identity with photo identification when signing up for federal healthcare programs.

Finance Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said that current law and the healthcare bill under consideration are too lax and leave the door open to illegal immigrants defrauding the government using false or stolen identities to obtain benefits.

Grassley's amendment was beaten back 10-13 on a party-line vote.

The bill, authored by committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), would require applicants to verify their names, places of birth and Social Security numbers. In addition, legal immigrants would have to wait five years, as under current law, after obtaining citizenship or legal residency to access federal healthcare benefits such as Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program or receive tax credits or purchase insurance through the exchange created by the legislation.

But the would not require them to show a photo ID, such as a drivers license. Without that requirement, the bill "remains dearly lacking when it comes to identification," Grassley said. "Frankly, I'm very perplexed as to why anyone would oppose this amendment," he said.

Dems are not going to allow any barrier for illegal immigrants to get taxpayer funded healthcare. Hell, they get it now by federal/state laws from hospitals since no one can be turned away. Any talk about Dems getting tough on illegals is a flat out lie.

Backlash against Roman Polanski defenders.

The idiots in Hollywood and the rest of the entertainment world rushed to protest Polanski's arrest and now the backlash begins from the normal people.


The world's cultural elite and some prominent European politicians had rushed to back the Franco-Polish film-maker after he was arrested Saturday on his arrival in Zurich to collect a lifetime achievement award at a film festival.

But now others have warned that such a stance risks damaging efforts to fight rape and smacks of favouritism, with Polanski in 1978 having pleaded guilty in the United States to having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.

On Wednesday, the French government dropped its public support for Polanski, saying he was not above the law, despite strong previous backing from its culture and foreign ministers.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk also distanced himself from efforts to push for Polanski's release -- though his own foreign minister has supported freeing the 76-year-old director of "The Pianist".

Poland's Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski and his French counterpart Bernard Kouchner had written to US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton calling for Polanski to be freed.

"This case of course involved a leading Polish director, and dates back many years, but it's also about rape, and sex with a child," Tusk told reporters.

"We mustn't mix that with politics, or play the patriotic card."

In Switzerland, under fire from Polanski backers for bowing to the US request to arrest him, politicians defended the action that could see the director extradited to the United States.

"It is really shocking to me that the facts against Polanski are being minimised," said Maria Roth-Bernasconi, a Socialist parliamentarian.

Her Christian-Democrat colleague, Dominique de Buman, said "everyone is equal" before the law.

A member of the British parliament was blunt as he called on the 47-nation Council of Europe to support Polanski's extradition to the United States to send a strong message against rape.

"Polanski took a 13 year-old girl, gave her drugs, and then had anal sex with her," said Denis MacShane, Britain's ex-minister for Europe who also represents his country at the Council of Europe's parliament.

"Polanski committed an act of paedophile rape and should be held accountable for this violence in order to send a message that sodomising a little girl is not to be excused because of his genius as a film-maker."

CNNMoney: 47% will pay no federal income tax

If you don't have a stake in the system, you could care less about it which makes it harder for those still paying as the pool of payers gets smaller.

Most people think they pay too much to Uncle Sam, but for some people it simply is not true.

In 2009, roughly 47% of households, or 71 million, will not owe any federal income tax, according to estimates by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.

Some in that group will even get additional money from the government because they qualify for refundable tax breaks.

The ranks of those whose major federal tax burdens net out at zero -- or less -- is on the rise. The center's original 2009 estimate was 38%. That was before enactment in February of the $787 billion economic recovery package, which included a host of new or expanded tax breaks.

The issue doesn't get a lot of attention even as lawmakers debate how to pay for policy initiatives like health reform, whether to extend the Bush tax cuts and how to reduce the deficit.

The vast majority of households making up to $30,000 fall into the category, as do nearly half of all households making between $30,000 and $40,000.

As you move up the income scale the percentages drop.

Nearly 22% of those making between $50,000 and $75,000 end up with no federal income tax liability or negative liability as do 9% of households with incomes between $75,000 and $100,000.

Michelle Obama: Its a "sacrifice" for me or Oprah or Obama to pitch for Olympics.

Really, Michelle....Really? I hear a lot of things about the President of the United States going to Copenhagen like a common salesman to get the Olympics but the term sacrifice which is certainly not what you or Oprah or Obama is doing does not come up.

Maybe in your circle of yes people they think its a sacrifice, I think it tells a lot about Obama that troops are waiting around in Afghanistan dying because your husband doesn't deem it as important as the Olympics.

In her speech in Copenhagen today, First Lady Michelle Obama said her trip to Denmark, along with the travel of her "dear friend" and "chit-chat buddy" Oprah Winfrey, as well as tomorrow's visit by President Obama, is a "sacrifice" on behalf of the children of Chicago and the United States. "As much of a sacrifice as people say this is for me or Oprah or the president to come for these few days," the first lady told a crowd of people involved in the Chicago project, "so many of you in this room have been working for years to bring this bid home."

Personally, I am cheering for Brazil to get it. America doesn't need an Olympic boondongle in Chicago.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

T-Mobile needs to drop Whoopi Goldberg from ad campaign.

T-Mobile cannot have their company associated with someone like Goldberg who doesn't see the problem of a then 46 year old man drugging up and raping a 13 year old girl. Thanks to her we know have the term "rape-rape" add to the stupidest things said by Hollywood celebrities.

Roman Polanski: Everyone wants to fuck little girls.

Keep backing him Hollywood.

Having blogged about Roman Polanski’s arrest, I reread an extraordinary interview Polanski gave to the novelist Martin Amis in 1979, the year after Polanski went on the run.

The interview originally appeared in Tatler and is collected in Amis’s excellent book Visiting Mrs Nabokov.

Here’s a section of the first quote it contains from Polanski.

"If I had killed somebody, it wouldn't have had so much appeal to the press, you see? But … fucking, you see, and the young girls. Judges want to fuck young girls. Juries want to fuck young girls. Everyone wants to fuck young girls!"

Thirty years have passed since Polanski said those words, so he’s had time to reconsider them. Whether he’s actually done so, we don’t yet know. Perhaps he still thinks it’s true that everyone fancies little girls, and that the press was exaggerating the enormity of his crime, and that all this somehow excuses his behaviour.

Later in the interview, Polanski says he likes Paris, to which he’d fled, because it’s “very grown-up”.

Unlike the 13-year-old girl with whom he admitted having unlawful sex.

Best Friend of Eric Holder joins Polanski's legal team on the American side.

While a backlash emerged Tuesday among French politicians of all stripes about whether their government and others should have rushed to embrace the cause of the jailed film director Roman Polanski, his American legal team picked up an influential new member: the lawyer Reid Weingarten, a well-known Washington power player and close friend and associate of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

....The recruiting of Mr. Weingarten was a strong signal that Mr. Polanski’s legal team intends to push hard on the Washington end of the case. Mr. Polanski was arrested on his way to the Zurich Film Festival after Swiss authorities received a letter from the Department of Justice requesting that he be held for possible extradition to the United States.

The department sent the letter at the request of Los Angeles prosecutors, who have pursued Mr. Polanski since 1978. He fled the United States that year ahead of his sentencing after pleading guilty to having sex with a minor, part of a plea agreement that allowed him to avoid other charges, including rape and sodomy.

Mr. Weingarten is expected to mount a legal effort to block Mr. Polanski’s extradition before the issue works its way through the Swiss legal system, according to people who were briefed on Mr. Weingarten’s involvement, but spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

A critical step will most likely be a move to stop the extradition before United States authorities send the required documents to Switzerland. Mr. Polanski’s team may do so by arguing either that his crime does not qualify for extradition, because he was originally to have been sentenced to less than a year in prison, or that he has already effectively served his sentence, during a 42-day psychiatric evaluation.

Mr. Weingarten declined to comment.

UK Schools Secretary Ed Balls spends £3 Million on redecorating Offices.

There better be toilets made of gold for this price.

A luxury refit costing £3million has been carried out on the offices of Schools Secretary Ed Balls.

The makeover at the Department for Children, Schools and Families includes a massage room, a 'contemplation suite' where staff can relax and an area for Muslim prayers.
Designer furniture was shipped in from Italy while work surfaces in the kitchen area are made from imported black granite.

But the biggest single expense, running into hundreds of thousands of pounds, was a grand staircase made from glass and surgical steel.

It connects the ground floor to a restaurant, even though four lifts already serve the same purpose.

Teachers and taxpayers' groups greeted news of the two-year revamp with fury.
It comes as Mr Balls prepares to slash £2billion from the schools budget through a cull of 3,000 senior jobs and other savings.

As part of the makeover, two coffee shops were installed even though there are high street outlets minutes away from the offices in Great Smith Street, Central London.

Obama to spend $35 Billion Slated for Local Housing

He keep screwing up the housing market and inflating the prices while taxpayers are on the hook for more money that will never be paid back.

The Obama administration is close to committing as much as $35 billion to help beleaguered state and local housing agencies continue to provide mortgages to low- and moderate-income families, according to administration officials.

The move would further cement the government's role in propping up the housing market even as some lawmakers push to curb spending at a time of rising debt.

The effort, which could be announced as early as this week, is aimed at relieving pressure on government-operated housing finance agencies, which have been struggling to find funding amid the downturn. These agencies, or HFAs, are a small part of the housing market but are critical to many first-time and low-income home buyers, who can get lower-rate mortgages through an HFA than they could through a private-sector lender. Rates are typically 0.5 to one percentage point lower than commercial lenders.

Administration officials are concerned that HFAs have largely stopped making new loans, exacerbating the housing market's woes.

Details are still being finalized. The plan requires formal approval from Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and the White House.

The program could be in place for as long as three years, and would involve the administration essentially buying the debt that these housing agencies rely on for financing.

Derrion Albert murder an indictment of no action.

Especially in Chicago but its a nationwide problem. The only reason this is hitting home for people is you have video footage. I am tired of seeing the same crap of holding up signs and chanting slogans about stopping violence. The fact is the complete lack of values and morals within certain black communities that are excused away as people being victims of their environment or in this case "misguided" youth. They are old enough to know right from wrong. No more excuses, get the animals off the street and crack down on crime to give decent people a chance to survive.

Cell phone footage showing a group of teens viciously kicking and striking a 16-year-old honors student with splintered railroad ties has ramped up pressure on Chicago officials to address chronic violence that has led to dozens of deaths of city teens each year.

The graphic video of the afternoon melee emerged on local news stations over the weekend, showing the fatal beating of Derrion Albert, a sophomore honor roll student at Christian Fenger Academy High School. His death was the latest addition to a rising toll: More than 30 students were killed last school year, and the city could exceed that number this year.

Prosecutors charged four teenagers Monday with fatally beating Albert, who was walking to a bus stop when he got caught up in the mob street fighting, authorities said.

Whoopi Goldberg defends Child Rapist Roman Polanski

‘It wasn’t rape-rape.’ WTF?

(NYTIMES) Socialists in Europe Suffer

Socialists ideals come down to a one single desire, anyone who has done well or enough for themselves must share with those they deem as the have nots. The problem is over the years people realize there are two kinds of people in this world the productive and non-productive. In a recession where Socialists ideas of success is raising taxes and expanding the welfare state, it gets rejected most of the time in countries where people still have pride in themselves.

Even in the midst of one of the greatest challenges to capitalism in 75 years, involving a breakdown of the financial system due to “irrational exuberance,” greed and the weakness of regulatory systems, European Socialist parties and their left-wing cousins have not found a compelling response, let alone taken advantage of the right’s failures.

German voters clobbered the Social Democratic Party on Sunday, giving it only 23 percent of the vote, its worst performance since World War II.

Voters also punished left-leaning candidates in the summer’s European Parliament elections and trounced French Socialists in 2007. Where the left holds power, as in Spain and Britain, it is under attack. Where it is out, as in France, Italy and now Germany, it is divided and listless.

Some American conservatives demonize President Obama’s fiscal stimulus and health care overhaul as a dangerous turn toward European-style Socialism — but it is Europe’s right, not left, that is setting its political agenda.

Europe’s center-right parties have embraced many ideas of the left: generous welfare benefits, nationalized health care, sharp restrictions on carbon emissions, the ceding of some sovereignty to the European Union. But they have won votes by promising to deliver more efficiently than the left, while working to lower taxes, improve financial regulation, and grapple with aging populations.

Europe’s conservatives, says Michel Winock, a historian at the Paris Institut d’√Čtudes Politiques, “have adapted themselves to modernity.” When Nicolas Sarkozy of France and Germany’s Angela Merkel condemn the excesses of the “Anglo-Saxon model” of capitalism while praising the protective power of the state, they are using Socialist ideas that have become mainstream, he said.

The Right has a problem because they are embracing the facts on the ground which is a lot of these socialist programs can't be thrown out and now have to work within the system. You can't have a welfare state and not keep throwing money into it while cutting taxes and spending. The only way to get rid of or reverse the socialist changes is do enough change to poison the system that is collapses.

The other problem is the people who have grown dependent on the government to be mommy and daddy. They will raise a hissy fit.

(AP) States tax the rich at their peril

Not a good idea to try to gouge people who have the ability to move in a fast manner. But hitting the rich for money is good politics until they realize it was a stupid move.

Now, a half-dozen states in this recession-driven movement are nervously eyeing New York to see if it's wise to demand so much from people rich enough to have a second home in less taxing states — and for whom a change of address can be its own tax break.

Early data from New York show the higher tax rates for the wealthy have yielded lower-than-expected state wealth. Gov. David Paterson, who had always warned targeting the rich could backfire, fears that's just what happened.

Paterson said last week that revenues from the income tax increases and other taxes enacted in April are running about 20 percent less than anticipated.

The concern about millionaire flight has prompted some states, including New York, New Jersey and California, to increase the highest tax rates only temporarily. For New York, it's the second temporary increase for high earners since 2001.

The first one ended as scheduled after three years. But Paterson and economists warn that came as the economy began to grow fast into another boom, something that isn't expected now because Wall Street — which historically provided 20 percent of state revenues — is perhaps permanently downsized.

"People aren't wedded to a geographic place as they once were. It's a different world," said New York Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch. He said last year's surcharge on income taxes, set to last three years, won't likely meet expectations.

So far this year, half of about $1 billion in expected revenue from New York's 100 richest taxpayers is missing. The state budget office says losses suffered in the recession could be largely to blame, and it may still come in next year when filers exhaust their extensions.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Hollywood staying quiet while Polanski fights extradition

I bet there is email flying around among Hollywood types to keep their support off the radar for the most part. They are smart enough to know coming out in support of a child rapist like the European society is doing is career suicide.

EUROPE ANGRY, HOLLYWOOD RESTRAINED

In the past three decades, questions have arisen about judicial misconduct and the victim, Samantha Geimer, has said Polanski should not face more jail time.

Polanski's arrest has infuriated authorities in France and brought protests from European filmmakers. But in Hollywood, reaction was more restrained.

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, whose company helped distribute the 2008 documentary "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired" that highlighted the supposed judicial irregularities, said in a statement: "We are calling every filmmaker we can to help fix this terrible situation."

But there was silence on Monday from the Directors Guild of America and from many big-name U.S. actors who had worked closely with Polanski in the past.

Jeff Berg, Polanski's Los Angeles-based film agent and chief executive of International Creative Management, one of Hollywood's biggest talent agencies, told Reuters that the first priority was to contest the extradition process.

But he said there was "global support from the film community" for Polanski.

Hugo Chavez turns on the charm for Courtney Love and Hollywood stars.

Showing that Chavez has no taste or common sense.

Courtney Love is still floating on the charm offensive that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez launched at Wednesday's screening of Oliver Stone's new documentary, "South of the Border." The singer, who came dressed to thrill in a short zipper-front skirt, says she noticed the twice-divorced Chavez checking her out during a Q&A afterward.

"It was the third wink that sold me," Mrs. Kurt Cobain told us. "He's a sexy dawg. He invited me to visit his country and I'd like to go. I'll rock Caracas!"

The ebullient, espresso-sipping Chavez also had smooches and smiles for Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, Shia LaBeouf and Carey Mulligan.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

(video) Hollywood giving standing ovation to Roman Polanski at the Oscars

Back in 2003 a display of why Hollywood values are not mainstream values.


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Wash Post and Huff Post writers defends child rapist Roman Polanski.

A lot of the Hollywood suckups and Child rapist defenders are coming out of the woodwork, so if Hollywood wants to be known as Polanski defenders.

Anne Applebaum of Washington Post

He can be blamed, it is true, for his original, panicky decision to flee. But for this decision I see mitigating circumstances, not least an understandable fear of irrational punishment. Polanski's mother died in Auschwitz. His father survived Mauthausen. He himself survived the Krakow ghetto, and later emigrated from communist Poland. His pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered in 1969 by the followers of Charles Manson, though for a time Polanski himself was a suspect.

I am certain there are many who will harrumph that, following this arrest, justice was done at last. But Polanski is 76. To put him on trial or keep him in jail does not serve society in general or his victim in particular. Nor does it prove the doggedness and earnestness of the American legal system. If he weren't famous, I bet no one would bother with him at all.

Hollywood gearing up to protest and help Child Rapist Roman Polanski

Via ScreenDaily.

Harvey Weinstein has leant his support to a move by the French film-making community to petition against the possible extradition of Roman Polanski to the US following the Oscar winning director’s arrest in Zurich on Saturday.


Weinstein immediately become involved when he was approached by Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux after Polanski was taken into custody in connection with the charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl dating back to 1977.

“We’re calling on every film-maker we can to help fix this terrible situation,” Weinstein said. Sources close to The Weinstein Company said the mogul would reach out to Hollywood to lobby against any move to bring Polanski to the US, where he could face up to 50 years in jail.

It is understood the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office learned of Polanski’s trip to the Zurich Film Festival and presented an arrest warrant to Swiss authorities who promptly took him into custody. The Oscar winning director of The Pianist was due to give a masterclass at the festival on Sunday.


Polanski Arrest Brings Shock, Confusion in Hollywood

Hollywood and European cultural figures reacted in shock and anger to the news that Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski, 76, had been arrested in Switzerland on a 31-year-old U.S. warrant for charges that he had sex with a minor.

“L.A. Prosecutors Set Trap for Polanski,” read the headline on Variety.com.

In Paris, Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand said he was "dumbfounded" by Polanski's arrest, according to the Associated Press. He added that he "strongly regrets that a new ordeal is being inflicted on someone who has already experienced so many of them."

In public and private statements, prominent figures in the movie and cultural world expressed amazement that Los Angeles authorities would persist in pursuing the director at this late date, despite evidence of judicial misconduct in his case and the lack of support for a case from the victim, now a grown woman.

“I am both surprised and concerned,” said Mark Urman of Paladin Films, who has worked with Polanski for decades, echoing sentiments expressed by many on the eve of the Jewish holiday of atonement.

“I find the whole thing sad all around,” wrote producer Mike Medavoy by email. Referring to the unrelenting policeman in ‘Les Miserables,’ Medavoy added: “While it isn’t exactly Jean Val Jean, the original story -- going back to Roman in Poland, the murder of his pregnant wife, and the strange mother daughter story, the judge -- I think they should drop the charges and he should come and end all of this.”