We instituted movie nights with a couple friends to host a meal and pick a movie to watch. For our inaugural movie night last weekend, we watched Midnight Express which I’ve seen before, but a long time ago. I felt like I was watching it for the first time because all I remembered was the beginning and the end. If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s really well done. It’s about an American in Turkey who gets caught trying to smuggle pot on the plane going home. Anyone who is feeling a tad bit Anti-American and down on our country should feel pretty blessed after watching this movie. Granted it took place in the 70s, but shit like that (i.e., torture and legal inequality) happen all around the world still. By the way, it’s based on a true story so this hashish-smuggling American really was sent to a criminal loony bin. No joke.
Here are the key take-aways. Don’t worry, I’m not spoiling anything.
1. Do not ever disobey the law in a foreign country.
2. Do not ever travel to a country that has bad relations with the U.S. (i.e., Syria).
3. If you’re stupid enough to accidentally cross into the border of a country that has bad relations with the U.S., then you better be tight with Bill Clinton. That’s all I gots to say.
The theme of the movie, imprisonment that does not fit the crime, brings me to pedophile Sandusky’s sentencing today. I mean, Americans have no idea how good they have it. This criminal who essentially raped young boys may get out of jail with good behavior. And even if he doesn’t, the man is going to get 3 meals a day and access to health care. Hello, there are a ton of Americans in poverty who don’t even get that. You might as well commit a crime! It’s so disgusting, I don’t even know what else to say.
So I’ll say, may you rot in hell, Sandusky. I hope some of your fellow prisoners take it upon themselves to give you a taste of your own medicine.