Why I Don’t Care Who Wins Oscar

It’s a volatile mix, politics and Hollywood.  And I don’t think the jury is in with a verdict that when the two do get together, it’s a barrel of laughs for everyone, or even necessary.  I’m remembering the McCarthy era, a period that stifled, or outright killed the careers of some noted names in the arts.  Maybe that’s why I’m thinking of Goodfella’s, or more so a line from the movie.

It comes from Ray Liotta after his character and Jimmy (Robert DeNiro) find out Tommy (Joe Pesci) was killed.  Henry remarks, “It was between the Italians, it was real greaseball shit.”   We substitute actors for Italians and Hollywood for greaseball and we’re right on target with the number one reason why we as consumers should stay the hell out of the whole thing.  In other words leave Hollywood to itself. Continue reading

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The Necessity of White Power

Historical Shackles

Historical Shackles worn by slaves. Maybe we’re still wearing them and just don’t know it.

I read a news story online about an Oregon college’s plan to have a “Whiteness History Month” later this spring.  CBS News reports that interim President of Portland Community College Sylvia Kelley stated the school viewed the upcoming events as a “part of a larger national conversation about race and social justice on America’s college campuses.”  Like they say, it sounds real good on paper. Continue reading

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This Nation-Building Stuff is Hard

 

I’ve been thinking a whole lot about Cooper these days.  You know him, right, or have heard of him?  He’s the Cooper on everyone’s mind, the Cooper whose name is on everyone’s lips, the same Cooper who’s the mysterious and anonymous benefactor and supplier of resources to so many.  He’s the absent-minded Cooper in the commercial, the one about to eat a city bus.  Yes, that Cooper.

See, I’m trying my hand at nation building.  I mean, I’ve seen America’s penchant for it over the years and through history, so I asked myself just how hard it could be.  It turns out it can be pretty damn hard, even on the gaming level.   Then again, maybe it’s simply me and that I’m not cut out for this sort of thing, peacenik that I am. Continue reading

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A Statement of Intent

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Campaign promises notwithstanding, maybe for the first time in American political history we have a candidate’s declaration of the actions he plans to take if elected to the office of the President of the United States.  And these are assurances that we, the American public, can take readily to the bank.  Truthfully, I couldn’t be more afraid for us all.

What he said was this:

“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot people and I wouldn’t lose voters, okay.”

But in this, his clearest statement of intent so far, Trump has laid out the seriousness of his ‘vision’.  It should force us to take everything he says as future fact.  It should make us realize that it’s not hyperbole and it’s not bombast when he says he’ll ban Muslims from the US; he seriously means to do it.

It’s a short 18 word sentence that should make us look at every single phrase that’s come out of the Donald’s mouth since he declared his candidacy with a more than critical eye because for example when he lashes out at and insults women, we know now-or we should know now-that such things will fast become the norm when he is elected.

And the fact that Trump screened attendees at a Vermont rally earlier this month, preferring those “loyal” to him should give us pause and make us question who exactly will benefit from this new great America he purports that he and only he can produce.  Would it be everyone, all men, women and children regardless of Race or creed?

Like I said, I’m afraid; I just wish more of us were.

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Where Da White Women At?

A few days ago, it was brought to the attention of the American public that there is concerted effort on the part of some African-American males to enter the state of Maine with the sole purpose of selling drugs and impregnating young white women.  No fooling.  Continue reading

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