Friday, September 19, 2014

Julie Harris in #TheMemberOfTheWedding

I'm glad I'm not the only person who thinks these blasphemies about the classic stageplay "The Member of the Wedding":

presumably referring to these crazy scenes:



In "The Hiding Place" you knew things weren't going to end up well when typically loud emoting thespian Julie Harris was cast as a Dutch woman trying to quietly hide from the Nazis:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

#SideEye showdown b/n Audra McDonald vs Don Lemon

I think it's hilarious Audra McDonald gets a side eye glance from a guy passing her on a bicycle dressed up like a clown carrying a bunch of balloons at the end of this PBS music video:


fuzzy screen save:

McDonald only had to put up with one goofy guy giving her the side eye as opposed to poor Don Lemon from Aug. 15, 2014 Buzzfeed article "These Pictures Accurately Portray How People Feel About Don Lemon" surrounded by a sea of skeptical spectators. But at least Lemon has a sense of humor and turned the crowd of cynical side eyes into his twitter header:

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hillary Clinton could never be a Communist Dictator in North Korea

I learned from PBS Frontline documentary "Secret State of North Korea" that it's illegal for commie women to wear pants in North Korea:


which might explain why Korean commie women goose step in skirts:

Since North Korean communists are such doctrinaire fashion police, it seems poor Hillary Clinton is never going to be invited to become a dictator in their workers' paradise:

However, the Clintons seem to have the typical US phony politician vendetta down pat, as illustrated from Perry Mason "The Case of the Foot-Loose Doll" episode:


"The University of Arkansas temporarily suspended research privileges for the Washington Free Beacon after the conservative website published audio recordings of Hillary Clinton discussing a rape case she defended in 1975....

The recordings — which were made in the 1980s by journalist, biographer, and author Roy Reed — contain comments made by Clinton about her representation of a man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl in 1975.

Clinton suggests in the recordings that she believed her client was guilty, although he had passed a polygraph test, and the man accepted a plea bargain and was sentenced to one year in prison, according to the Free Beacon report.The victim had said in 2008 that she believed Clinton was just doing her job, but she told The Daily Beast this week that the recordings had changed her view.

“It’s proven fact, with all the tapes, she lied like a dog on me,” the victim said. “I think she was trying to do whatever she could do to make herself look good at the time.”"

Friday, September 12, 2014

#ClassicArtsShowcase for #EdwardScissorHands Fans

Theme music from "Edward Scissorhands"

is originally from Saint-Saëns  "Le carnaval des animaux (The Carnival of the Animals): The Aquarium" @7:51

which is part of the Classic Arts Showcase repertoire:


Saint-Saëns fellow countryman, Debussy, wrote "La Mer," here illustrated with Japanese block paintings:

Another Classic Arts Showcase clip is from a documentary that describes composer, Toru Takemitsu, as the Japanese Debussy:



Finally, if you apply scissorhands to an aquarium, one ends up with sushi, from classic cd review:

"Takemitsu may be likened to elegant Japanese cuisine (we are not talking supermarket sushi here): once the palate has been teased, the appetite never goes away."

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Organized Crime and Organized Labor

"The Untouchables" usually focused on booze runners, but also pointed out how there's a thin line between organized crime and organized labor. Gangsters organized and coopted unions and Big Bosses extorted dues from workers, as in the "Hammerlock" episode:


Not just bakers and their deliverers but the garment industry was organized by gangsters:


Buchalter, the guy mentioned in above video for organizing NYC garment industry, ended up on an FBI wanted poster:

Mobs controlling labor unions wasn't just from the fervent imaginings of Hollywood screenwriters. From Winter 2001 "City Journal" article "How To Run the Mob Out of Gotham" by Steven Malanga:

"For 100 years, organized crime, working through corrupt unions, has levied a huge tax on New York’s economy. Now prosecutors and pols are learning how to fight back.
One of the worst consequences of New York’s long love affair with the labor unions has been the power it has given to organized crime. For decades, the mob, working through corrupt unions, has infiltrated whole swathes of Gotham’s economy—everything from the garment industry to garbage carting to construction—while timid politicians, fearful of losing union support, have determinedly looked the other way."

Corrupt labor unions working with extortionist gangsters was also corroborated by Ugene H. Methvin "Reader's Digest" article "THE MOB'S STRANGLEHOLD ON NEW YORK":

"Federal authorities say Mafia gangsters control 104 New York locals, embracing 163,000 members, of four major unions-the Longshoremen, Laborers, Teamsters, and Hotel and Restaurant Employees. Such control, reports the President's Commission on Organized Crime, 'has enabled the Mob to determine who will do business, to decide when and where people will work and even to dictate wages and benefits. Millions of consumers unknowingly pay organized crime a surcharge on a wide range of goods and services.'" 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

"Consider the lilies of the field" & free ice cream!

Past weekend was the Aviation Festival for Wright Memorial and Huffman Prairie Flying Field in Dayton, Ohio:

Sign at the prairie points out the Wrights chose prairie for their flight tests because they recalled visiting field for their high school botany classes:

Close up title points out Orville Wright attended Central High School, a public not a private religious school:

However, the sign elides over the fact that neither Orville nor Wilbur graduated high school let alone college, from David Langley 's "Wright Brothers Biographical Overview":

"The Wrights’ last child and only surviving daughter, Katharine, was born in 1874. After attending the Dayton public schools, she attended Oberlin College, where she majored in Greek and Latin. She was—in fact—the only Wright sibling to graduate college. "

To independently corroborate, Wright papers are in Wright State University Archives 

(FYI Archives are also on Wilbear Wright passport).

Close up of Orville's public school botany science paper with a quote from Matthew vi 28,29 along the side: 

"Consider the lilies of the field ....

...even Solomon, in all his glory, was not arrayed like one of these":

I suspect the ACLU 's collective heads would spin, projectile vomit, then implode at the thought of American public schools printing Bibles verses on their science papers today.

Mr. Huffman, the owner of the field, didn't have a problem with the Wright brothers borrowing his field as long as they didn't scare the horses:

Dayton boosters hosted an ice cream social at the Wright Memorial Interpretive Center, I liked the Cherry better than the Vanilla, lessons learned:

Here's a highly motivated cyclist who actually biked all the way up to the top (whereas I, the slacker, had to get off and push my bike up most of the hill):

More happy people enjoying ice cream:

Finally, the generous volunteers from the Aviation Trail who hosted the ice cream social:

Saturday, September 6, 2014

"I'm sorry, Jesus"

I should probably emulate the little old lady lector and tell Jesus I'm sorry more often. I found it rather endearing that the little old lady who reads the Bible for Covington, KY Cathedral Mass whispered "I'm sorry, Jesus" after she stumbled over Paul's letter to the Romans 8:35-39 for the Sunday August 3, 2014 mass:


Reading 2 ROM 8:35, 37-39
Brothers and sisters:
What will separate us from the love of Christ?
Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?
No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly
through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities,
nor present things, nor future things,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor any other creature will be able to separate us
from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Maybe the church should subcontract out to robots to perform readings to avoid future mishaps:

Later on, some little old man couldn't wait to receive Eucharist which seems odd since he waited till the very end of the line before he lost patience and stomped off:


He apparently got torqued off that the priest waved him off to serve some weirdo who still kneels  to receive Eucharist:

What I don't understand is why the female Eucharistic minister didn't think on her feet and simply divide her remaining wafer with the last two people in her line vs also fobbing off the old man into the priest's line. Seems ironic that the communion hymn title was "You Satisfy the Hungry Heart" when, obviously, the little old guy's hungry heart wasn't satisfied, possibly because he didn't go to confirmation and receive the fruits of the spirit, specifically, patience:

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Favorite clip from #ThatsDancing

My favorite clip from the documentary about dance on film "That's Dancing" is of the little old lady in front row not clapping when rest of theater is:


I find her to be HILARIOUS!

It reminds me of the old Addams Family cartoon of Uncle Fester being the lone laugher surrounded by an audience of weeping sobbers.

I obviously suffer from oppositional personality disorder....