Thursday, August 30, 2012

Ryan, GOP underwhelm us so far from Tampa on CNN

CNN seems to be the source on the GOP convention, and it certainly makes the convention site in Tampa, FL, particularly outdoors, look July-4-like.

The highlight that I got to see was Paul Ryan’s speech, which as a bit off the mark if you want a replay of John Galt’s monologue at the end of Atlas Shrugged.

He made a wisecrack about “AC-DC” which may not have come across as he had intended.
CNN analysts pointed out some misleading statements or inaccuracies in his speech.

His comment about Obama’s supposed “Medicare cuts” to pay for a plan that we didn’t ask for (“Obamacare”) are off the mark.  Obama’s plan, according to CNN analysts, would simply regulate or reduce some provider payments, which could make some providers unwilling to take on new Medicare patients.

His comment about the auto industry was also said to be off-base; Obama did not make specific promises about which plants could stay open.

Ryan did make a comment about the moral imperative of individuals in a society to take care of those who cannot take care of themselves, of the most vulnerable among us.  This sounds much broader than a comment on abortion; it sounds as though it implies a responsibility for everyone to be involved in taking care of others (in order to give familial value to everyone without the need for government intervention).  If so, what does that say about the purpose of marriage?

Here’s  an excerpt from Condoleezza Rice

Hurricane Isaac veered far enough away so as not to be a problem in Tampa after Tuesday, but the flooding is some areas of the Gulf reported today sounds horrific. 

Thursday (today) on ABC”s The View, a supplemental quote: “You don’t need money to bring up children”. 

Wikipedia attribution link for Tampa convention center 

My last visit was in Nov. 2004.

I do remember my first experience seeing a convention on television in the summer of 1952.  I thought it was boring.  My mother called it the “Republic Convention”.  In Chicago That’s when Ike was nominated. I remember the boredom of the nomination of “Nixon” on Friday. 

Update: Aug. 31

Yes, Clint Eastwood, 82, "made my day" (collectively) by addressing the president in an empty chair.  He took 12 minutes for his impromptu comedy club act instead of just six.  I'm sure SNL will imitate.  

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Nick Fallon (Blake Berris) returns to "Days", still in an orange jumper; he might stay in one

Well, Blake Berris has returned to “Days of our Lives” as the geeky character Nick Fallon, sentenced to prison after killing Melanie’s dad Trent in a fight, at the beginning of 2009.

After the manslaughter scene, Nick essentially kidnapped Melanie and held her in a hotel before being captured. 

Fallon re-enters the plot coming up for parole. But because Melanie was kidnapped again, in a ridiculous plot launched by Gabi (this time, the perpetrator (Andrew) died after the explosion).  Because of the situation, it seems inappropriate to expose Melanie to the trauma of Nick’s getting out.

So, Monday, there was the ridiculous line that Nick would have to pay for Andrew’s crimes as well as his own.  Well, that’s why people need “social capital”.  On an individual level, life can never be “fair”.

Today, Nick said he was withdrawing his application for parole. But Monday, contrite and remorseful, he said he wanted to help people. 

“Days of our Lives” does seem to be bringing back all the actors it let go (with bizarre plot twists) in the past five years.  The storyline this “undoredo” technique of vacating all its previous deaths and tragedies and starting over.

I checked the imdb page of the 28-year-old actor.  Curiously, some of the earlier photos had been removed.
As for the plot line, Days is pretty consistent in presenting smart, attractive young male characters who go bad, or at least get themselves into big trouble.  At least, that’s what’s happened to both Nick and Will.  (Sean was simply written out of the plot with Belle as they moved away – are they coming back, too?  And, yup, Chad so far has kept his character above water.  So has Sonny.  But Tad has become a total jerk.)

It’s a little bit of a sensitive topic (for a soap opera to present) now  (people “too smart for their own good”, maybe), given the tragedy last month in Colorado, about which the New York Times had a big investigative story Monday, by Eric Goode, Serge F. Kovaleski, Jack Healy and Dan Frosch, and the details are quite disturbing (link

In fact, it looks as though Holmes had started amassing his arsenal and going down his vortex as early as March, three months or so before he failed the oral exams.  He did not suddenly lash out after a sudden academic collapse;  this "possession" seems to have been going on for months, perhaps since shortly after he started the graduate program in Colorado. As unpleasant, it's important for the public to know what really happened and for the television news media to report it thoroughly. 

Something of great severity has happened to perhaps one or two “book smart” people whom I knew during the course of my own life .  Details are always obscure and puzzling. 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

CNN Presents: Mormon faith and pragmatism combine in GOP candidate Romney; you have to believe something

“CNN Presents” tonight aired “Romney Revealed: Faith, Family and the Road to Power”, story by Kevin Bohn, Melissa Dunst and Courtney Yager with Scott Helman.  Gloria Borger narrates and interviews Mitt Romney.

Much of the biography is told from the viewpoint of his wife, Ann.

When Mitt went to France on his Mormon mission in the late 1960s, this was a test for her, and she promised to wait two years for him.  It was difficult to keep the promise.  But at one point, Mitt, on a trip to the south of France, was injured in an auto accident caused by another drunk driver, and was reported incorrectly as dead.

Many of us look at the Mormon mission as proselytizing, but Mormons look at it as a test of commitment to their faith.  The film leaves one with the impression that it shows one can be committed to something.
Mitt and Ann were married and sealed in a Mormon temple.

In his mid 30s, Romney took a position as an unpaid church elder in Belmont MA, and had to oversea the recovery effort when his stake meeting places burned down, probably as a result of arson.

Later the documentary gets into Romney’s business practices at Bain Capital, and his role in hostile takeovers and layoffs of employees.

The last half hour (of the 90 minute documentary) starts with Mitt’s account of Ann’s diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.  Mitt says he could tell during the doctor’s visit that she was “failing” the exam.  That sounds like an intellectual, detached way to put it.  Yet Mitt remained intimate with her,  and his emotional bond with Ann seemed to strengthen.  It seems that his faith gave him his humanity, even earthiness and organicity
The film documents Romney’s running of the winter Olympics in Utah in 2002 (I remember the opening ceremony from a hotel room in California in February 2002).  Then he got elected governor of Massachusetts and showed he could run a state government as a “business”. 

The last part of the film covers his history in the 2008 and 2012 campaigns.  He is still having to fight off the image as a distanced, intellectual, yet compromising man.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

NBC Rock Center: "Mormon in America"

On Thursday August 23, 2012, NBC Rock Center aired a one hour report “Mormon in America”.

Why are Mormons good in business, the president of Jet Blue is asked.  Pretty soon he talks about going on missions.  It sounds like proselytizing.  It is, perhaps, hucksterism.  But it is also a life-changing experience, learning to “love people” the way you never did before.  It expects you to support other people even before you have your own children.  Curiously, you’re expected to learn to play a musical instrument.

Mormons actually save and prepare for their own missions themselves!

Williams interviews Abbie Huntsman, who was forced to leave the church when she married a non-Mormon.
The second part of Williams’s report was “All in the Family” and it presented the sharp emphasis on gender conformity in the church, as well as the way the church has struggled (since 1978) to accept African Americans as equals.  A gay man was presented, and he had been sent to “reparative therapy” by the church, and he did not “change”.  He left the church, but eventually the church’s position on homosexuality began to soften. However the church demands abstinence from gay members.

The report showed the huge warehouse in Utah for staples, and the internal charity operation in the church. The LDS church is very well organized to respond to huge disasters, like the wildfires and hurricane Katrina, around the country.  But when Mormons get charity goods, they need permission from bishops and are generally expected to volunteer or work in kind.  In this sense, the Mormon church becomes a huge “intentional community”.

The last segment presented Clark Johnson, the only “ex Mormon” member of the cast of the Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon”.  He did describe his experience on a mission in Mexico, as “learning to care about others and their needs than about yourself and your own needs” and your own expression.  But Clark still gradually left the Church because he was gay.  A little bit of the music in the show was presented.  He says the musical would be rated “R”.  

Here’s a typical NBC link, “Mormons stash a social safety net”, here

The Mormon "lifestyle" is heavily into accepting the needs of others as defining one's own priorities, and into making personal sacrifices, in a way that seems contradictory to modern hyperindividualism.

But I would ask a Mormon missionary: do you have to proselytize, to "sell" a specific theology as unproven "truth", to really help people, or put others first?  Do you have to win converts before winning arguments?

By the way, Washington Nationals's rookie star Bryce Harper is said to be a Mormon.  Does that mean he will do a mission?  How would that affect his baseball career?  Here's a speculative answer (to a "clown question") on a CNN blog, link.

Picture below: own your own planets (Titan, Europa, Mars, Venus, Mercury), NASA museum, Hampton VA.   Subprime loans avalable!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

ABC Nightline visits Baffin Island to see narwhal whale, escapes melting ice on snowmobiles

Tonight, ABC Nightline presented an Arctic adventure (“An Arctic Journey”)  to Baffin Island  (larger than California) for biologists (such as Eric Coombes) to see the narwhal whale, the "unicorn" of the sea. 
Global warming has led to much earlier melting of the ice, exposing the whales to predators (possibly leading to extinction) and endangering the seals, upon which the native peoples live. As cetaceans, the whales would rank very high in intelligence. By late summer, most of the ice cap is split into floating pieces (critically changing the environment for the whales), and most of the land is free of snow. 

The film shows a minor tsunami from a suddenly melted iceberg.  Could glacial melts produce avalanches that could produce major tsunamis that could threaten northern Alaskan, Canadian or even Scandanavian coasts? 

But the climax of the half-hour episode was the “Race Against Mother Nature: Arctic Great Escape”, where the entire party had to disassemble the camp (a small city, on am ice floe), and sled back and cross an enlarging crevasse just on snowmobiles, to “escape” to safety on real land.  One wonders why the explorers weren’t better prepared with regular boats or watercraft.

Linsey Davis produced and authored the report for ABC.

Shaun White might be proud of them.

Wikpedia attribution link for map of Narwahl distribution. 

See also review of "To the Arctic", May 9, 2012 on movies blog. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

"Will" on Days survives explosion, reunites hesitatingly with Sonny; Kelly's "Live" presents Shia and the physical transformations actors go through

Well, Will is safe, if seems, after the explosion on “Days of our Lives”, and an anxious Sonny finds him despite the lack of cell service.  But Will backs off at the kiss.

But earlier, a former “friend”, Tad, goes into a ridiculous rant about Will’s having “switched teams” and betrayed everyone, most of all Gabi, who went crazy with her plot to get Chad after Will broke up with her.  “We just became friends”, Will says, and Tad says that isn’t good enough – like Will owes his family babies.  “It isn’t a fad.” 

Tad also says that people are "tolerant" of Will's "lifestyle" to his face, but behind his back, they feel "stick to their stomachs" over contemplating the "ick factor".  It soon appears that Will is unnerved by this confrontation. 

There is a 2010 YouTube video of Will, Chad and Tad (shirtless) here,

Chad, of course, finally has his confrontation with Gabi.  But Ian has kidnapped EJ, and it’s being made to look as if Ian killed Stefano in order to frame EJ.

Will EJ use his leverage against Will to possibly make Will face prison?  I hope the show doesn’t go there.  But I’m apprehensive.

In the meantime, “Live with Kelly” this morning got rather interesting, presenting actor Shia LaBeouf describing what actors go through, apparently having to put on forty pounds (of fat?) for his role in the new gangster film “Lawless” with Tom Hardy  (clip shown).  He said it was much easier to lose the weight than to put it on, which sounds rather backwards. 

I remember in seventh grade being freaked out by the makeup for the school chorus operetta “The Sunbonnet Girl”.  You have to be confident about your body to start in acting.  

Update: Aug. 21:

My goodness, Stefano is alive, in captivity, after all. And EJ is "becoming" Stefano's son.  And Will is about to find out what it feels like to be jealous.

Update: Aug. 22:

Lucas scolds Will for letting his dad and siblings down when he doesn't want to go with him to see Jennifer. Will thinks Lucas still is disappointed in his "choice" of lifestyle.  The conversation does show that parents tend to believe they are entitled to familial loyalty (toward other family members) from their sons, and sometimes believe they are entitled to lineage as part of their own marital satisfaction.  And we know from the recent GOP fracas that some men believe that they should have the right to compel women to have theur children;  Gloria Allred discussed this point with Piers Morgan on CNN on Aug. 21.

But will shows some tenderness to Gabi and actually kisses her, where Tad comes to the tavern and attacks Sonny (even hitting him) for making Will "gay".  Pretty ridiculous.

Aug. 23:   Will and Gabi become intimate.  Probably Will wants to prove his "manhood" to his dad.  It's obvious what will happen: Gabi will get pregnant.  We'll have a bisexual father with accidental responsibility.  Will, despite his usual smarts, has no idea of the stunt that Gabi pulled on Chad. 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

NBC Dateline covers a disturbing case of "framing" near Tampa FL back in 2003

NBC Dateline aired another one of its interesting detective mysteries Friday night, this one just one hour, “Written in Blood”, about the demise of Karen Pannell, at her home in the Tampa FL area in 2003. Apparently this episode originally aired in April 2011.

The titles of some of Dateline's criminal case investigations sound like they belong in B-grade horror films, but some of these cases are best handled in Dateline's style of interviews and retrospective documentary reporting.  

The man eventually convicted, Timothy Permenter, allegedly wrote the letters “ROC” in blood on the wall in an attempt to frame Karen’s boyfriend, but forensics would prove that the Karen  could not have written the letters, because she was already paralyzed at one point.  The description of the events were as horrific as anything ever depicted on Dateline.

Timothy maintained his innocence in the interviews.  A jury imposed capital punishment in 2007.  But the boyfriend described to Dateline what it feels like to be the target of a framing.  Blogger has a story on Permenter’s sentence here

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NBC Dateline would do well to follow up on a few of the subjects of the Internet sting in Chris Hansen’s series “To Catch a Predator”.  A few of the men, such as Rabbi David Kaye, would have been released from prison by now.  What actually happens when men with no previous criminal record spend six years in prison?  What happens when they are on probation?  How are they monitored?  Dateline is in the best position to look into this, but it could make for some challenging independent film. 

Friday, August 17, 2012

ABC's "The View" presents entrepreneur Troy Dunn, who passes the business acumen to his three sons

On Thursday, Aug. 16, ABC’s “The View” put in a pitch for entrepreneurialism, by presentling the family of Troy Dunn and his three sons.  Dunn is author of “Young Bucks: How to Raise a Future Millionaire” from Thomas Nelson and his own publishing company Aylesbury (curiously very expensive on Amazon right now).

Rather than give allowances, Dunn makes his three sons set up businesses for spending money, which is much more lucrative.  The youngest(Trace)  bakes and sells cookies;  the middle (Treston) wholesales candy bars, and the oldest, Trendon, makes videos for events, like wedding anniversaries.
The presentation fits in with other ABC offerings showing young entrepreneurs, such as “Secret Millionaire” (yesterday) and Orpah’s “The Big Give”.

Troy’s best known business was “” (site).

Earlier, the show presented families that had to cut off kids’ internet access and phone use to keep the families together and keep the kids out of trouble.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

ABC "Secret Millionaire" presents Sean Belnick, one of its youngest philanthropists at 24, on a trip to NYC

On August 12, ABC aired an episode of “Secret Millionaire” with one of its most interesting challenges: Sean Belnick, 24, founder of Biz Chair in Canton, Georgia (north of Atlanta, at the end of the Appalachians), may be its youngest “volunteer”.  Sean  founded his first business at 16, and reminds one of Cameron Johnson, author of “You Call the Shots” (Books blog, Apri; 9, 2008), from Blacksburg, VA (near Va Tech).  Remember -- Cameron had appeared on Oprah Winfrey's "The Big Give" (Oct. 23, 2008 on this blog).

Sean says his parents got divorced when he was a child, but his father stayed in his life. He was 14 when 9/11 happened.

He moves to a grungy apartment in Bed-Stye in Brooklyn, without access to his usual financial resources or to the media or Internet. He pretends to be making a documentary on neighborhood volunteering in NYC, for example,  to help  families firefighters and police  with injuries or fatalities on 9/11.

He finds an organization called “Friends of Firefighters”. The group has more people asking for help ten years later than right after the attacks.  There are about four funerals per month.

Then he visited “Children of Promise”, which services children of incarcerated parents.  The episode shows a group therapy session about when kids will see their parents.  Sean says he doesn’t like to show emotion, but that he is being pushed out of his bubble.

He returns to the fire station and learns how firefighters lived right after 9/11.  He learns that funding for the firefighters has dried up.

There is a comment that people are “born to be” certain things, including firefighters.  Are people born to be altruistic? Is that "eusociality"?

He returns again to Children of Promise, and there was talk of the difference between “being a bad person” and “making bad choices”. Sean relates the family circumstances of these kids to his own, which he sees as more fortunate.

There is a scene late in the episode where Sean looks at Manhattan and the 9/11 site from Brooklyn Heights (not far from my favorite “Bargemusic” site).

At the end, Sean notes that the founder of Children of Promise gave up a career to start the group. He presents a check (for $60000) upon telling her that he is a millionaire, The group will be able to purchase a van so that kids can visit their parents in jail.

He then visits Friends of Firefighters. And gives them a large donation, including a special check for one employee.

I notice that Sean’s business is not so far from Cartersville GA, where Advocates for Self-Government (Sharon Harris) is located.  I made a visit there in 1998, and remember the conversation, “Two wrongs don’t make a right.” (link).

ABC’s link for the show is here

Sean’s business has this website.

He also has this personal website

Monday, August 13, 2012

NBC sets Nieslen ratings records on London Oylympics

NBC’s coverage of the Olympics in London is reported as the most successful television event in Nielsen Ratings history, as in this story today on the Huffington Post, link.  This happened despite the controversial time zone-based delay in rebroadcasting most events, spoilers notwithstanding.

And the closing night ceremony, to say the least, did beat out a Capitol Fourth (PBS) for pure light show spectacle.

And apparently NBC’s results blew away its sums from the 2008 Birds Nest spectacle in Beijing and “The Peoples Republic of Capitalism”.

I don’t know what profits NBC made, given the cosmological sums it spent.  But having worked for NBC (in information technology, as it was in the 1970s on the Univac 1100) in the 1970s, I’m glad to see it did so well.   (Yes, or “yeth”, it’s good for me when companies I have worked for succeed later.  I can particularly say that about Lewin in Health care consulting.)

And it does seem that the shaved bodies in the natatorium pools draw viewers.  Just hope to see the women continue to get better in swimming particularly (and cycling). 

The Olympics I remember best, really, were the 1984 games in Los Angeles, which I watched a lot of with friends in Dallas, one of whom was a sportwriter for the Dallas Morning News at the time.  I still remember Verdi’s “Hymn to the Nations”. 

Saturday, August 11, 2012

CNN Presents: "Mississippi Burning", also New York State: cases involving race bias

On Aug. 11, CNN Presents  aired Drew Griffin’s report “Mississippi Burning” (named after the famous 1988 film), about the social climate surrounding a horrific hate crime committed against a black man by Deryl Dedmon in a motel parking lot in Brandon, MS, a suburb east of Jackson. 

Only two of the teens involved were charged, while others looked on.

The report indicated an atmosphere of anti-black and anti-gay bullying at a Brandon high school, which school administrators had tolerated.  CNN had difficulty getting the cooperating of the Brandon police.

CNN has a blog posting covering the substance of the report, here

CNN also reported on a 1996 case of a shooting of a black man in Dobbs Ferry NY (ironically the home town of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg).  In a complicated set of facts, a white man claimed he was protecting his father.  His conviction was overturned and then reinstated.  Before having to go back to prison, the subject enjoyed an apartment, work, freedom again, and got married. Now he faces 20 years.
CNN also repeated an episode about “cheating” on medical radiology exams, reported here Jan. 15, 2012.

Wikipedia attribution link, old capitol in Jackson.  My only visit occurred in 1985.   

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

ABC "Final Witness": The perils of marital jealousy

On Wednesday Aug. 8, ABC “Final Witness” ran an episode “What the Boy Saw”, about a disappearance of an ex-wife in Oakland CA in the middle of custody battle.  Eventually, prosecutors get a first degree conviction without a body (sounds improbable) but then agree to a second-degree plea if the suspect (Hans) will lead them to the body for closure.

Still, the early parts of the episode show the world of so much of troubled American family life, where men live under a cloud of jealousy, in a culture that regards them as nothings when wives leave them.  That's an aspect of "real life" that I get to slip out on, completely (as if they were "tribunals"). There’s a particularly disturbing scene with Hans’s behavior on Christmas Day.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

ABC Nightline: Elon Musk wants to help you move to Mars for $500000

Last night, ABC Nightline covered another plan, by another “young” billionaire, to offer the opportunity for people to colonize Mars, by 2025, when I will be 82.

Elon Musk, 41,  the rather handsome founder of PayPal, wants to make it possible to relocate to Mars for about $500000.  Musk has also been covered for starting Tesla Motors.   Musk is now the CEO of SpaceX.  He has also produced one film with his sister, called “Puzzled”, which I will look into.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Don Lemon's Newshour covers Curiosity Rover, private drones

CNN’s Don Lemon hosted a particularly interesting Saturday night Newsroom, where he covered the “Seven Minutes of Terror” (no relation to novelist Irving Wallace) that NASA will experience Monday morning with the Curiosity Rover parachutes to Mars, near a peak called Mt. Sharpe, about 15000 feet in elevation change.  The news will take 14 minutes to reach Earth at the speed of light. (One of my own screenplay scripts is called “69 Minutes to Titan” based on the light speed in the solar system.)

Some scientists now say it is almost certain that NASA will eventually find evidence of at least past life underground on Mars.
Lemon also covered the topic of privately own robotic drones, which perhaps speculative, could lead to a new epidemic of industrial espionage (Hollywood style – variants of “Inception”) and could even, with the richest people, figure into domestic  disputes.  In a video released by CNN recently, security specialist Marc Goodman discussed the use of  potential robotics and drones by modern day criminals (see my main blog).
Lemon also covered the expected guilty plea by Jared Loughner in Arizona.
Update:  Monday morning Aug 6, CNN reported that the Curiosity Rover had indeed landed.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

ESPN Baseball Update expresses its opinions about recovery from Tommy John surgery

ESPN Baseball Update seems worthy of note as a television event.  It rotates all the ongoing major games being played at any time, showing clips of all of them in a continuous feed.

Last night, ESPN offered its own opinion on the topic of shutting down baseball pitchers after an innings limit the first year after Tommy John elbow surgery.

ESPN expressed doubt about the announced 160 innings as a 2012 limit for Washington Nationals “phenomenon” Stephen Strasburg (who does not look like John Travolta).  That would take Strasburg out of the rotation around Sept. 8, and make him unavailable or playoffs or even a Beltway World Series, which no one would have believed at the start of the year.  (The same was done with “John the Baptist” Jordan Zimmermann in 2011.) ESPN suggested stretching out his starts so that he does pitch in the playoffs.  It also suggested  a permanent  role for John Lannan, who has pitched well in two emergency callup from Triple A, as the 26th Man allowed now during makeup doubleheaders, winning both starts.  The Nats would need another space on their roster for Lannan, who would give them three strong left-handed starters (maybe even four if Gorzelanny filled in).  I would say – Lannan deserves to be in the majors – trade him for more infield or catching depth next year.  In fact, Davey Johnson is counting on Detwiler to become the “left handed Strasburg”, sort of like the Indians’ Herb Score.

In DC, MASN televises all the Nats games, and solicits plenty of fan second-guessing on Facebook.

A family member recently recalled all the cardboard stadiums and board games we made up as kids, in the pre-computer, pre-Wii era.  (Herb Score's injury was a memorable event when I was a boy spending summers in Ohio.)

Today, even college age or teen pitchers don't want to hear the words "Tommy" and "John" spoken in the same sentence.  It sounds like a good trademark, maybe on the order of "Clear Choice". 

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

ABC's "The View" honors Gore Vidal with Cybill Shepard:; a psychiatrist speaks out on Colorado

On Aug. 1, ABC’s “The View” honored “neither gay nor straight” man of letters Gore Vidal, who just passed away at 86, by having Cybill Shepard as a guest.  Shepard is starring in Vidal’s play “The Best Man” on Broadway.

The Los Angeles Times has a perspective, "Gore Vidal Appreciation: The writer-provocateur who tried to shake contemporary society out of its complacency", here

Shepard had starred in the Doug McCollough’s 2005 TV film “Martha Behind Bars”, a dramatization of Martha Stewart’s fall (her giving in to insider trading, carelessly, while on vacation in 2001, and winding up serving five months in prison in West Virginia, with great humility as she related to other plain inmates).

The show also discussed an upcoming film biography of Liberace (there is an earlier one, "Liberace: Behind the Music" from the 1980s, reviewed May 3, 2011 on my Movies blog), and said that during his time, Liberace was a "bachelor" who lived with his mother and took care of his brother; that "family slave" appearance made him socially acceptable. 

At the end of the show, a Los Angeles County forensic psychiatrist appeared, and he made the argument that defendant James Holmes in Colorado had indeed shown signs of severe mental illness, specifically schizophrenia.  However, many others will disagree with this assessment (links posted on July 20 posting here on a 20/20 broadcast). Later today, a story surfaced from ABC News that a psychiatrist at U of Colorado was very concerned about him before (at least a few days, maybe longer) his withdrawal, story here. The details are still developing.