Sunday, February 25, 2018

More Broward County deputies cowered outside school

Turns out more Broward County deputies hung around outside during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School there. City police arrived and went in with a couple of other deputies, but others were outside hiding behind their cars pointing guns at the school.

I felt a little sorry for the one guy who was cowering outside, but there were more of them.

I don't know what it was like, but realistically, I'm not sure I'd be that afraid to go in.  Picturing my old high school, unarmed and untrained as I am, if there was shooting I would probably want to go in and peek around the corner ready to make a run for it if I had to. If the guy was shooting, you'd have a pretty good idea if he was close by or not. It's not like he could jump out and surprise you.

Paramedics arrived and wanted to go in but were stopped by the deputies.

With Columbine High School, the death toll would have been lower if no one had called the police. One wounded kid only survived because he was trying to climb out a window and they had to choice but to help him. If he had lay on the floor waiting for help, none would have come until hours later. At least one teacher was left to die because they wouldn't bring him out and wouldn't even allow students to carry him out.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Brendan Frasier sexually assaulted by Philip Berk

Berk thinking about groping men.
Brendan Frasier told GQ that he was sexually assaulted by Philip Berk, the South African-born president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the group behind the Golden Globes.

Berk has lived in the US for years and, disturbingly, used to be a public school teacher in Los Angeles.

From the article in GQ:
Certain pieces of what he tells me have already been told, it turns out—but this is the first time he's ever spoken publicly about any of it. The story he wants to relay took place, he says, in the summer of 2003, in the Beverly Hills Hotel, at a luncheon held by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization that hosts the Golden Globes. On Fraser's way out of the hotel, he was hailed by Philip Berk, a former president of the HFPA. In the midst of a crowded room, Berk reached out to shake Fraser's hand. Much of what happened next Berk recounted in his memoir and was also reported by Sharon Waxman in The New York Times: He pinched Fraser's ass—in jest, according to Berk. But Fraser says what Berk did was more than a pinch: “His left hand reaches around, grabs my ass cheek, and one of his fingers touches me in the taint. And he starts moving it around.” Fraser says that in this moment he was overcome with panic and fear.
Fraser eventually was able, he says, to remove Berk's hand. “I felt ill. I felt like a little kid. I felt like there was a ball in my throat. I thought I was going to cry.” He rushed out of the room, outside, past a police officer he couldn't quite bring himself to confess to, and then home, where he told his then wife, Afton, what had happened. “I felt like someone had thrown invisible paint on me,” he says now. (In an e-mail, Berk, who is still an HFPA member, disputed Fraser's account: “Mr. Fraser's version is a total fabrication.”)
In the aftermath of the encounter, Fraser thought about making it public. But ultimately, “I didn't want to contend with how that made me feel, or it becoming part of my narrative.” But the memory of what had happened, and the way it made him feel, stuck with him. His reps asked the HFPA for a written apology. Berk acknowledges that he wrote a letter to Fraser about the incident but says, “My apology admitted no wrongdoing, the usual ‘If I've done anything that upset Mr. Fraser, it was not intended and I apologize.’ ”
According to Fraser, the HFPA also said it would never allow Berk in a room with Fraser again. (Berk denies this, and the HFPA declined to comment for this story.) But still, Fraser says, “I became depressed.” He started telling himself he deserved what had happened to him. “I was blaming myself and I was miserable—because I was saying, ‘This is nothing; this guy reached around and he copped a feel.’ That summer wore on—and I can't remember what I went on to work on next.”
He knows now that people wonder what happened to Brendan Fraser, how he went from a highly visible public figure to practically disappearing in the public mind, and he'd already told me most of it. But this, he says, is the final piece. The experience, he says, “made me retreat. It made me feel reclusive.” He wondered if the HFPA had blacklisted him. “I don't know if this curried disfavor with the group, with the HFPA. But the silence was deafening.” Fraser says he was rarely invited back to the Globes after 2003. Berk denies that the HFPA retaliated against Fraser: “His career declined through no fault of ours.”

Deputy at Stoneman Douglas High School resigns

A deputy who worked at Stoneman Douglas High School has resigned in disgrace for not charging into the school during the mass shooting in which 17 students and teachers were killed. The shooting lasted six minutes and the deputy was outside taking cover for four minutes.

A teacher defended the deputy and said he wouldn't have stood a chance in a crowded hallway, a handgun vs an assault rifle.

It's the problem with the idea of arming teachers. Unless they're walking around with a submachine gun like a French gendarme, they're not going to be much of a match for a lunatic with an assault rifle.

The NYPD statistic for cops hitting their targets in a gun fight is 18%. It's more likely the deputy would have killed a few more kids than stopped the guy with the assault rifle.

Instead of arming teachers, they should arm high school seniors. If they're 18, it wouldn't be illegal for them to openly carry guns. They haven't developed a pitiful fear of death like that poor deputy. If anyone started shooting the boys would all come running. There's a pretty good reason they send teenagers to war and not school teachers.

I knew a woman here who applied for a job as a deputy. She was asked if she would be willing to give her life to save someone else. She said, "No. Why should I?" The sheriff didn't want to hire her but some of the others on the panel though she deserved credit for honesty.

And, really, if you're only going to save one person, why SHOULD you? There would be no net gain, and the person you save might turn out to be way worse than you.

The Rifleman, Sam Peckinpah

Mark becomes emotional in a non-Peckinpah episode.

Sorry. I've been watching old episodes of The Rifleman. I'm not entirely proud of it. It is kind of nice to see a half hour TV drama. Today, dramas are an hour and only sit-coms are half an hour. In the '50s, everything was half an hour and that was long enough. You didn't feel you were missing anything. Another thirty minutes of character development wasn't going to do anything for you.

I saw an episode that was written and directed by Sam Peckinpah. It was no more violent than others, but the Rifleman basically loses. He goes into town to take care of three ruffians who killed the sheriff. It turns out that they were trying to lure the Rifleman into town to murder him. When he shows up, he kills one of them but one of the others shoots him and he collapses writhing in the street. The drunken partially disabled ex-sheriff saves him by killing the other two men with a shotgun.

The Rifleman had been in over his head and didn't have a clue.

The Rifleman shot and killed the one guy, and there's moment when his friend walks into the barn, sees him lying dead with his eyes open. He speaks sadly to his dead friend and goes back out only be killed by the ex-Sheriff.

Mark (Johnny Crawford) was only 12, a little skinny kid, but he was a much stronger character than usual. When the ex-sheriff warns the Rifleman not to go to town, Mark yells at him. In the end, the Rifleman is lying in bed with a bandage around his chest. They tell him he should stay in town for a few days but Mark says, no, he's taking him home. It seems like a terrible idea, but no one argues with him and even his father meekly obeys.

Peckinpah wrote the pilot episode. The Rifleman goes to a shooting competition. They money he wins will save the ranch. But Dennis Hopper's manager kidnaps Mark and threatens to kill him unless the Rifleman loses. In the end, when Mark is freed, his father hugs him in a gush of emotion unseen on '50's TV. Chuck Conners (who had the title role) said that Peckinpah told him to do that. Conners thought it was surprising considering that Peckinpah was later known mainly for slow motion violence. 

I was watching another episode of the show one time. There was a shot filmed through the spokes of a wagon wheel.

I knew that Joseph Lewis directed some episodes. He had been a B movie director best known for Gun Crazy. In the '30's, when he directed B westerns, he was known as "Wagon Wheel Joe". He had a bunch of wagon wheels he would take with him to have sitting in the foreground. He said that the movies were terrible, the scripts were bad, the "actors" were actual cowboys hired because they could ride horses and filming through a wagon wheel was the only thing he could do to make it look the least bit interesting.

The closing credits listed him as director.

It's too bad I was watching the show alone or I could have impressed people that I spotted this.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

#MeToo winding down in Hollywood

Marilyn Manson and his
then-girlfriend Rose McGowan.
Photos from this event are posted on McGowan's
own website. I hope she put a towel down on
her chair before she sat down.
The #MeToo thing is really winding down, at least in Hollywood. They're reporting a new accusation against Marilyn Manson (Rose McGowan's ex-boyfriend), but there aren't new accusations daily like there had been.

According to The Guardian:
Actor Charlyne Yi has accused Marilyn Manson of making inappropriate sexual and racial remarks on the set of House, the medical drama starring Hugh Laurie that ended in 2012. On her now deleted Twitter account, Yi wrote: “He came on set to visit because he was a huge fan of the show, and he harassed just about every woman, asking us if we were going to scissor, rhino & called me a China man.”
Nothing new against Max Landis. There had been claims he had done horrible, unspecified things. By his own account, he's a rotten person. I hope he's washed up just for the things he'd bragged about.

No more about Scott Baio. No new witnesses have come forward. He claims this is evidence that he's innocent, but no one is coming to his defense, either. Not even Willie Ames. Why would they get involved? It's only Scott Baio.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Rose McGowan meltdown video

I finally watched the video of Rose McGowan's "meltdown" at the Barnes and Noble, and it was so much worse than I imagined. Just embarrassing. She thinks she's a genius but I'm not really surprised that there are rubes who find this nonsense intellectually stimulating.

Monday, February 19, 2018

I Shot Jesse James bathing scene

In the last entry I mention a scene from the 1950's TV western Trackdown in which Robert Culp bathes a 13-year-old boy.

It reminded me of a scene in the 1949 western I Shot Jesse James, directed by Samuel Fuller. Bob Ford has decided to kill Jesse James, but he has to work up the courage to do it. He walks in on James. Jesse James is taking a bath. He talks with Ford. James' back is to him, and Bob Ford stands there knowing this would be the perfect time to kill him, but he hesitates.

Jesse James says, Go on! You know what to do! Do it! What are you waiting for!

Bob Ford is stunned. It's like Jesse James is reading his mind.

Then James says: Go on! Wash my back!

It was a very different time.