Monday, December 29, 2014

APPROPO OF MY LAST POST


Film is a most serious art form, which projects and reflects our culture. However, to be appropriate and relevant films need to respect other cultures, accepting their differences, and even their failures without mockery or macabre sub plots.

I will NEVER see "The Interview" as my protest against this hurtful film. May those who profit from it donate that money to humanitarian causes.

May we learn a lesson from this experience and never repeat it.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, December 27, 2014

I MUST ADMIT I AM AT A BIT OF A LOSS

regarding the movie "The Interview." Granted I am not a fan of sophomoric "fart busters" that appeal to a frat boy mentality. I have seen the coming attractions and reacted by saying UGH! even before the melee irrupted.

However, how did Sony executives approve such a disrespectful movie? North Korea is not our favorite country and Kim Jong-un not our favorite leader unless your name is the former Bull's basketball player turned political confident, mediator, and prize buffoon.

However, their culture and beliefs and ours are quite different. We mock our leaders serially as part of democracy and freedom of speech, all for a lol. For us this works. They, however, live in an aquarium of fear, always looking over their shoulders and obeying, if not sanctifying, their leaders. That is their way and that is what they have been taught and no movie, especially this one, will change that culture's ideology.

Who are we to not only mock him in a dumb and dumber movie, but also propose and promote his assassination by Americans? WTF?

Meanwhile, Sony who flipped flopped and probably fell under political pressure in this country will go from losing 100's of millions to making them as Americans now see it as their patriotic duty to see this lame flick, or at the very least buy the dvd.

So mark my words, we are not dealing with a rationale—suck it up—place and leadership. They will retaliate and we will suffer and innocent people will suffer and perhaps even be killed. if I were the stars I would be packing, and going into hiding, and I wouldn't be heading to Asia anytime soon.

Of course, I don't believe in censorship, but I do believe in sensibility and sensitivity. Neither of those words apply in this instance. As "fun"as it might be to take a serious swipe at dictators and dictatorship, we also need to be mindful of the consequences, and respectful of their cultures, foreign as they might be from ours.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, December 21, 2014

WISHING ALL MY LOYAL BLOG FOLLOWERS

(all 3 of you) happy holidays and a healthy and fulfilling new year.

Catch up in 2015.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, December 20, 2014

HERE IS A FACT FOR YOU

55 years ago today my wife and I met on an ice skating rink in Bear Mt. NY and we have never ice skated again. We'd rather be on terra firma than thin ice! So far it's working. Time will tell!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Thursday, December 18, 2014

SONY PICTURES

Whatever were they thinking??

Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

THE FOLLOWING IS TRUE

I was reading an article about female orgasms and whether they facilitated the evolutionary process of reproduction or were just random events.

One of the researchers cited was Dr. Puts and anothers first name was Pekka.

U just can't make this stuff up!!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, December 14, 2014

I GUESS MY JERSEY WOULD NEED TO BE TRIPLE XTRA LARGE

as it would say on the back "Proud Husband, Father, Grandfather, People Helper, and American!"

What would your jersey say?

Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, December 13, 2014

I AM WATCHING THE ARMY NAVY GAME

and noticed that Navy's jerseys have the players names on the back as is the custom in sports. Army's jerseys have West Point printed on the back of every shirt.

I didn't hear any announcer comment about this, but I started watching the game in the second quarter.

My interpretation is that ARMY is saying "We are a team from West Point not individuals." Despite their loss I like that idea. In the same vein, what would you put on the back of your sports jersey other than your last name?

I will tell you tomorrow what I would put.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, December 5, 2014

A FEW BLOGS AGO

I said it felt very much like the 60's during which the riots by African Americans consumed their own neighborhoods and looted their own neighbor's stores in a flurry and frenzy of outraged protest—justified feelings but unjustifiable behaviors.

Ferguson MO understandably, but unacceptably, copied that self-defeating, self-destructive script.

But the recent protests around the country sparked by Feguson and inflamed by NYC based upon a similar grand jury, less than grand verdict, are so far peaceful—marching along roadways to disrupt but not destroy. This is in the spirit of Gandhi and King and enables and encourages compassion rather than counterpoint contempt and outrage.

May it continue, and send the much needed message to others that peace, fairness, and the sanctity of human life for all, no matter the color of the person, are what this country is all about from its very beginnings.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Thursday, December 4, 2014

GOOD COP BAD COP/MINOR CRIMINAL MAJOR CRIMINAL



Every time a grand jury clears a policeman, no matter what color, from a kill shot via gun or otherwise of another human being, no matter what color, that occurred in a way that raises eyebrows and suspicions about the officer, it encourages other police personnel to take actions while taking away liberties they might not otherwise take.

Mr. Obama in his comments today, groped for the word "accountability." Why this eloquent man couldn't immediately find that word is hard to understand, but that is the word that must be "shouted from the mountaintops" if we are ever to have civil liberties not arouse civil disobedience, and if we ever want to have justice for all!

Criminals need to be held accountable as do the police, and reactions by police to criminals need to be proportionate to their "crimes."

Prayers for both sides.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Monday, December 1, 2014

A TALE OF TWO MEN

One of which gives me hope and one of which gives me much angst.

I was shocked and disappointed to read that the policeman who turned back the clock to the 60's in Ferguson MO had no regrets about shooting Michael Brown. He did not think he did anything wrong and his conscience is clear. What conscience i wondered?

Officer Daren Wilson shot Brown at least 6 times. What about taser? What about one shot to the leg of this unarmed large young man? What about letting him walk in the gutter to begin with? What was this really about? And he is convinced he would have acted the same if the black Brown was white—right!

Good he resigned and if he has any sense (which doesn't appear to be the case) he will move to a very hot climate so he will spend the rest of his life symbolically burning in Hell.

And then there is Danny Haughton, a black man in Ft. Lauderdale. His office overlooks an empty lot, which is used to tow people's cars. Spotters are paid to report this to the tow company, while forwarding pics of the license plate. In the past 3 years in excess of 3000 tows from that lot have been made causing and costing much aggravation. Between May and mid-November 408 vehicles have been towed. This appears to be a great business for the tow company and the lot owner. Anyone hear of a chain or fence?

So what does Mr. Haughton do? Every time he sees someone park there he races from his 3rd floor office to warn the innocent victims. He does that up to a dozen times a day saving at least 50 unwitting drivers in the past month. He said, "Whoever I can save, if I see them, I do it.

A tale of two men—well maybe of just one real man and mensch. Hope is all we can hang on to in today's troubled world. Thank you Mr. Haughton for giving us some hope. Now let's hope you don't get shot racing from your office building. Whatever you do avoid the gutter!

Bye for Now,

Bill