Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Roy Moore wins the White vote



Roy Moore lost, but he got most of the White vote in Alabama. 72% of White men and 63% of White women reportedly voted for him.

It's time to start making fun of White people in Alabama again.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

What they like about Westerns



It finally dawned on me what people liked about Westerns. It's not much of a revelation, but they take place in a world where otherwise insurmountable problems can be solved by killing people.

There's something weirdly appealing about this. To name a couple non-Westerns, there's Slingblade and The Crying Game, movies where the characters were in situations they seemed to have no way out of---a mother stuck with an abusive boyfriend and a former IRA member forced into taking part in a killing---and, in both cases, they were freed by someone with a simple willingness to kill.

It's not something I would recommend in real life. It's shocking the things people will kill for. They'll commit murder to avoid divorce court. They'd rather kill than declare bankruptcy or admit some personal failure. They'll commit murder to avoid a minor criminal conviction.

On the other hand, a local woman tried to murder her three children. She killed one and seriously injured the other two. She wanted to get rid of them because she was obsessed with a man who didn't want children. When prosecutors argued that this was her motive, she said that if they wanted to get rid of her children, she would just put them up for adoption. In this case, talking so logically about perfectly legal alternative to murdering her children just made her look even more like a psychopath.

But you have the real-life case of Ken McElroy who terrorized people in a small town. The law would do nothing and he kept getting away with his crimes until two people picked him off with rifles and got away with it because no one in town would say who did it. In that case, there was made-for-TV movie and news coverage that was sympathetic to the people of the town which you don't normally see with stories about lynch mobs.

Look at Woody Allen. If you want my opinion, he was trapped. He went for years and years with Mia Farrow starring in every one of his movies. He recently said himself that it had gone on too long. But he had no way out without ending his relationship with her. It seems like an easy enough thing. Most marriages end in divorce and they weren't even married. But for some reason he had to completely destroy their relationship by taking nude Polaroids of Soon-yi and leave them lying around where Mia would find them.

If it had been a Western, he would have shot her. Or she would have shot him. Or someone else would have shot them.

Now that Woody Allen has made mystery and suspense movies, I hope he'll make a few Westerns. Westerns where the characters stand around talking a lot.

If Roy Moore wins...



...at least we'll be able to openly ridicule the people of Alabama. Think of all the cruel stereotypes of the South we've had to suppress all this time out of some confused sense of tolerance. Think of the snake-handling churches, the child brides, the backwardness and stupidity. The outhouses. The chain gangs.

Meanwhile, we've had one president after another from the South because simian pro-child molestation White Southerners won't vote for no Yankees. That's why we ended up with the pervert Clinton, a right-wing Democrat who destroyed the labor movement, and George Bush. Why we suffered through Al Gore's campaign. Gore has been accused of sexual assaulting masseuses.

Gore, by the way, explained in a speech how he would gone about invading Iraq in a slightly different way. Democrats jumped on this and claimed it showed some vast difference between him and Bush, Jr.

12-year-old bride in Florida. You can get married at 12 but have to be 18 to file for divorce.

Monday, December 11, 2017

What is wrong with those fucking English?

Think of the horrors these children were subjected to!
I read a comment online one time. An English guy said that when he was in school in the '60s or '70s, he forgot his "PE kit"--his gym clothes--so he had to go to PE class in his underwear.

"Sure, I believe that," I thought sarcastically. I assumed this was some weird but not terribly interesting British masochistic fantasy.

Then, last night, I did a news search on an unrelated topic. I had read something about Louis CK's perversion so I did a search for "shame based" and what came up was an article from a few days ago in an English newspaper about how children in what those people call a "primary school" were forced to take part in physical education in their underwear because they didn't have their "PE kit".

A critic in the local school system said it was a 1960's "shame based" English thing.

I'll never doubt the British again when they talk about how perverse their schools were.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

David and Lisa (1962)



It was the first movie quote I remember remembering. I went around repeating it dramatically when I was four or five years old:

"Don't touch me! Don't you know touching can kill!?"

That's what I remember saying, but I didn't have the quote right. It was from the movie David and Lisa (1962) and it was "You touched me! You fool, you touched me! You want to kill me? You fool! You want to kill me? You want to kill me! He touched me! Touch can kill! ...Touch can kill!"

I don't know if it was cute or really disturbing that I went around saying that. The movie is about teenagers being treated for mental illness.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Crying Game (1992)



How long has it been since Siskel & Ebert died? Because Roger Ebert was mad at Gene Siskel for giving away the shocking surprise in this movie. It may not have been such a surprise to Gene. When you already know what it is, it seems pretty obvious and it may have been obvious to him.

I'm watching this thing for the first time. I didn't really know what it was about---something about the IRA and a lady who's actually a man.

I was pretty much on the IRA's side in Northern Ireland. Catholics were plainly a persecuted minority. The British put an end to non-violent civil disobedience there when they massacred Catholic Civil Rights marchers on Bloody Sunday. British soldiers were cheering as reports came in about how many people were killed. The IRA paid them back in kind. The IRA's first action in Northern Ireland was fighting a gang of armed Protestants trying to burn down a rectory after trapping the priests inside.

I was on the IRA's side but I'd stay away from those guys. I don't know how Catholics in Northern Ireland felt about them.

The Republic of Ireland was no picnic either. Catholics writhed under the Catholic jackboot.

Was that scorpion/frog story a new thing when this movie came out? Because it's just annoying now. It's too long. They need a short version.

The final message of the movie seems to be that revenge killing really is a solution to at least some problems.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Ed Wood vs. Herschel Gordon Lewis


Dramatic moment in Herschell Gordon Lewis's Linda & Abilene.

Look at Plan 9 From Outer Space. It had a lot of plot---four storylines that all come together in the end. It had plenty for the actors. Everyone had a lot of dialog, it had Bela Lugosi emoting. They put a real effort into it and it was just terrible.

Contrast this with the equally crappy films of such auteurs as Herschell Gordon Lewis. His movies were simply excuses for a series of sex or gore scenes, and they were kind of entertaining in their way.

One time---did I write this before?---I was watching one of Lewis's movies, The Psychic, with a friend. I was surprised he wanted to see it. He wasn't into bad movies.

The movie, which Lewis wrote but didn't direct, would have a scene of the psychic appearing on stage or on a talk show, then a scene of him having sex. That was the whole thing. Psychic scene, sex scenes, psychic scene, sex scene, psychic scene, sex scene, for 80 minutes.

My friend started fast forwarding through the sex scenes and just sat through the scenes of the guy mumbling on talk shows.

"Most people would fast forward through this stuff to get to the sex scenes," I told him.

He said that those particular sex scenes were unappealing.

My point here is that if you're making a movie and you have little money and probably not that much talent or ability, don't put much effort into it and you'll do just fine.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Dylan Farrow attacking Woody Allen again

Mia Farrow with "close friend" and child rapist Roman Polanski and fellow adoptive mother Joan Crawford.


Woody Allen has another movie coming out, so, of course, Dylan Farrow has attacked him demanding to know why Louis C.K. is being shunned (at least for the moment) and Woody Allen isn't.

Maybe it's because there was a single accusation against Allen 25 years ago that was reported to police the day after it allegedly happened and because it was thoroughly investigated by law enforcement and dismissed. The New York Department of Social Services investigated for 14 months and dismissed it saying there was "no credible evidence". Because Mia Farrow had pretty obvious reason to make a false accusation. Because there were witnesses present, including Dylan's brother, Moses, who say it didn't happen and couldn't have happened. There was a massive amount of reporting on it that went on for years. No one ignored the accusation. They read about it and didn't buy it.

The Farrow clan claims that the only reason Allen wasn't prosecuted was that it would have been too traumatic for Dylan, but then they never shut up about it. They never let her forget it. Mia Farrow's book about it was made into a TV movie. They didn't think THAT might be upsetting to Dylan?

I don't like Woody Allen. I wish they'd stop making me defend him.

Franken announces he will resign in disgrace


Remember many years ago on Saturday Night Live? Al Franken and Tom David did that recurring skit, The Franken and Davis Show. Like they were a comedy team with a TV show.

In one of these things, Tom Davis came out and told the audience that Al Franken had an inoperable brain tumor and was on his last legs and he asked the audience to laugh at all his jokes. Franken comes out, acts like his mind is gone and keeps using the same punchline on all the jokes.

After this was broadcast, SNL got a letter from a viewer. He had a friend who had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He wasn't trying to cheer him up exactly but trying to bring him out of his deep depression. He suggested they turn on Saturday Night Live. And that was when that Al Franken bit came on.

Franken was the comic genius behind that and the breast cancer skit.

To hell with him. A rich boy who went to an exclusive prep school which got him into Harvard. I understand why Democrats like him, but why do they like him so much?

Living like a Communist

Hanging around at the dacha.

I took a cut in hours at my job. I was only working six hours a day. Then the place cut everyone's hours in half so I'm down to three hours a day, and it's actually kind of nice. I'm not using my free time as wisely as I might, but I've lived within my means for years and am at a stage of life where I don't even like spending money and don't make crazy impulse purchases.

In the Soviet Union, people worked short hours, they had six weeks vacation a year and, as I understand it, they didn't work terribly hard when they were at work. At least this was true during the Brezhnev era. Nobody got fired. In Consumer Capitalism, people are motivated to buy crap they don't need and wouldn't even want if they hadn't been manipulated into it. In Communism, people wanted free time.

Comsumer capitalism, of course, is destroying the world. We have Global Warming which may kill us all. We're in a period of mass extinction and we may be wiped out, too.

There's the theory that the super rich know full well that much of the world will become uninhabitable. The reason they're accumulating so much wealth now, more than they could possibly need or enjoy, is that they want to be sure that they will be in control of whatever parts of the world are still habitable.

Jerusalem

Now that the racist monster Donald Trump has given them what they've been demanding for years, American Jews may start to catch on that there's something hideously wrong with their depraved indifference to the lives and the rights of Palestinians.

Am I the only one who remembers all the crap about the Soviet Jewry? They were outraged that Soviet Jews, like everyone else in the USSR, couldn't emigrate freely. Palestinians have been imprisoned for years in Gaza, not allowed to leave. On top of that, they've been under blockade, starved, bombed, slaughtered, and the Zionists and their supporters think nothing of it. Do they have any principles at all?

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Calls for Al Franken to resign

The Democrats will claim "the moral high ground" on the issue of sexual assault only to find the GOP has left the morality battlefield completely.
---J Elvis Weinstein

Franken with fellow Zionist Harvey Weinstein.
Is this really such a good idea? The Republicans don't care about any of that stuff. They're fine with pedophile Roy Moore among the Senate pages.

Michael Dukakis loved taking the high road and look what happened to him. He wouldn't defend himself or attack Bush for quite a while during his campaign. Clinton did the opposite and responded instantly to every attack.

Are there any conspiracy theories about Franken? There was Russ Baker, a bit of a nut, who reported that the Republicans were behind Anthony Weiner's teen sexting scandal and there were paranoid claims that Russia was somehow responsible for it.

Franken is a right-wing Democrat and a terrible imperialist. But I doubt he'll be replaced by anyone good.

Still, what the hell is wrong with that guy? He couldn't restrain himself while running for office? Is groping strangers really that great?

There are reports that he'll resign today. He tweeted that he hadn't decided yet. Whether the reports were accurate or not, they put pressure on him to resign.

Trump moving embassy to Jerusalem

 
For years US presidential candidates have said they would move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, but only one is dumb enough to actually do it. And it turns out that Trump security adviser Michael Flynn met with the Russian ambassador at the behest of the Israeli government who wanted to stop a UN Security Council resolution about illegal Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine. The Israelis were spying on the US government and found out that Obama wasn't going to veto the resolution. The Zionists wanted to delay it until Trump was in the White House so he could veto it.

Turns out that Trump was colluding with Israel. It shouldn't come as a surprise, the way they all grovel at AIPAC's feet. We'll see if any Democrats condemn Trump for this.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Dustin Hoffman vs John Oliver



John Oliver attacked Dustin Hoffman over the sexual harassment allegations against him. They were on stage in a panel discussion at a Tribeca Film Institute event for the anniversary of the movie Wag the Dog , and I dare say, Dustin Hoffman came out on top.

As a rule, comedians have an advantage in any debate because they can gloss over holes in their arguments with jokes. Take the jokes away from a comic and all you have left are the neuroses that set him off in the first place. In this case, Oliver couldn't crack any jokes.

Hoffman correctly pointed out that it didn't take much to convince Oliver that the accusation was true. Oliver said he believed it because, he said, she had no reason to lie. He knew nothing about her. Maybe she did, maybe she didn't.

Anyway, here's audio of their exchange:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFc6yUqWPRU


Vito Russo, John Wojtowicz, two documentaries


I watched two documentaries, one about Vito Russo, the gay activist who wrote The Celluloid Closet about gay characters in mainstream Hollywood movies from the silent era to the 1970's.

The other was about John Wojtowicz, that horrible little man who Al Pacino portrayed in Dog Day Afternoon.

It turned out that the two were connected and they used the same video clip in both documentaries.

There was no real, serious drive for same-sex marriage in the '70's. Activists considered it out of reach and not all wanted it. But the guy in charge of the New York City Marriage Bureau started mouthing off. There was a church that was marrying gay couples, and he said it was illegal and suggested they may raid the place.

In response, there was a protest against the Marriage Bureau. The protest included an anouncement that Russo would marry his boyfriend and that Wojtowicz would marry his transexual boyfriend who went by the name Elizabeth Eden.

I don't know where Wojtowicz's money came from. He bought a thousand dollar wedding gown for Eden. Eden only needed a couple thousand dollars for the sex change. The cost of the wedding gown, the guns and maybe the used getaway car would have covered most or all of it. Wojtowicz bragged that he got a couple hundred thousand in the robbery, so that was overkill.

Wojtowicz accomplice in the robbery, Sal Naturale, had just turned 18. He was adamant about not going to prison because he had been in jail before and had been raped. He wanted money so he could get his little sister out of foster care. He was a teenager and 27-year-old Wojtowicz got him killed.

The gay rights movement immediately distanced itself from Wojtowicz, of course. It was a non-violent movement and the last thing they wanted was to be associated with him.

I saw Russo at the university here speaking about gays in cinema and showing film clips. I knew most of it already having read his book. But I don't remember if he mentioned Dog Day Afternoon.

The Wojtowicz documentary, The Dog, and the Vito Russo documentary Vito are available on Fandor.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Things I didn't know about Garrison Keillor



For one thing, his real name is Gary.
 
And this from Newsweek magazine:

This is the first time Keillor has been accused of sexual misconduct, though his romantic habits have previously gotten him in hot water. The creator of the radio program A Prairie Home Companion, which aired from 1974 until Keillor retired in 2016, has been married three times. Throughout his life, his romantic entanglements have been the subject of public controversy, especially because he reportedly had a habit of beginning new relationships before ending the one he's in.

Keillor has been married to Minnesota Opera violinist Jenny Lind Nilsson since 1995, and the two wrote a young adult novel together in 1996. The novel, The Sandy Bottom Orchestra, follows a teenage musician named Rachel as she navigates high school. Their daughter, Maia, Keillor's second child, graduated from high school in 2016. In 2015, the local Minnesota press reported that Nilsson and Keillor were considering moving out of the state to live full time in their Manhattan apartment.

...

Before Nilsson, Keillor was married to Ulla Skaerved, a Danish woman whom he initially met as a teenager when she attended Anoka High School in Minnesota with him as a foreign exchange student. After becoming reacquainted at a reunion, Keillor and Skaerved were married in 1985. Keillor filed for divorce in 1991.

Many Prairie Home Companion listeners reported being disgusted by Keillor's account of wooing Skaerved. At the time, Keillor and Margaret Moos, a producer on Prairie Home Companion, had lived with each other and dated for years. Fans of the show felt protective of Moos.

One listener told The New York Times, "In Minnesota, it was like 'gag me.' Here he's just bailed out on this woman who'd helped make him famous, then he had the bad taste to coo over this new love on the air." As The Times described it in 2002, "He spoke beautifully of [Skaerved] on the radio, but his Minnesota public, loyal to [Margaret Moos], was not entranced."

In fact, the backlash was so swift that Keillor shut down his radio show "in a huff" and moved to Denmark with Skaerved. When he returned to U.S. in 1989, he launched a new radio show, The American Radio Company.

After divorcing Skaerved in 1991, Keillor returned to Minnesota and reportedly tried to "mend fences" with the audience that had once rejected him. In 1993, the Star Tribune published a scathing open letter from ex-wife Skaerved. "A celebrity like yourself keeps building on the illusion that he is still married to the Dane he married some years ago," she wrote. "The truth is that the marriage ended two years ago, when you moved in with another woman." Presumably, Skaerved was referring to Jenny Lind Nilsson.

 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Garrison Keillor denounced

Here, from Counterpunch.com, is a pretty good political denunciation of Garrison Keillor. Written by Nick Pemberton.
From the article:
Keillor has painted an awfully innocent and peachy picture of his homeland. He of course hasn’t been that innocent and peachy. His homophobia is well documented. As is his lawsuit against his neighbor. He literally sued his neighbor for building an addition to her own house. Does this remind you of anyone? He also called Congressman Keith Ellison a “lackluster Black Muslim.” For such a happy-go-lucky guy he has always been a pain in the rear.
His defense of funny buddy Al Franken now has comic timing. He wrote a really obnoxious piece in the Washington Post defending Franken. It dragged on and on, hoping to distract the reader with its mundaneness, a classic Keillor formula. It seemed to complain about the name change of a Minnesota lake that was formally named after John Calhoun. The lake is being renamed for the Dakota people whose land was stolen and whose people were murdered, the new name being Bde Maka Ska. Keillor’s complaint was that the new name would be too messy and confusing. This was the same argument he had against gay marriage. Anything outside of the Lake Wobegon world is just too much for poor Gary to handle. 
A typical Prairie Home Companion show is just dreadful. The whole premise is that Keillor and his clan had a great life so they really could just focus on the trivial. And did they ever! Now this was far from Seinfeld’s show about nothing. This show was about something. This was a show about a perfect white world with Keillor at the center. He could grab some fine musical guests (no pun intended, only assumed!). But he would always sing over them. And he was such a bad singer. He had no sense of it either. His fuck-ups were seen as humorous though because he was a thoughtful white guy and what would we do without him?

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Nicolas Cage, RAGE, 2013, stunk



Watched a terrible Nicolas Cage movie called Rage. Originally called Tokarev. Brutal violence. Weird Nicolas Cage overacting. He played a terribly unappealing character anyway. I didn't care that his horrible daughter was killed.

Nicolas Cage is a former organized crime guy turned legitimate businessman. He's still a horrible, horrible person. His daughter is kidnapped and he figures it was by the local Russian mafia who he had robbed years earlier. After his daughter is found dead, he and his former criminal associates go out to find who did it. They investigate by murdering people. I don't know how this is supposed to lead anywhere. The Russians in the movie at least have the good sense to speak to people before murdering them.

I don't know if I'm giving it away here, but they sort of stole the ending from The Limey (1999).

It was set in Mobile, Alabama, but it was so generic it could have been anywhere. I don't think there were even any Southern accents in it.

To give it a sense of location, the Russian criminals should have used a snake handling church as a front for their operation. Or maybe an alligator farm. It could have shown racist groups from the '60's evolved into mafia-like gangs. It could have had chases through the flat, treeless countryside in old American cars. They could at least have had banjo music with bass harmonica.

Man, that was a bad movie.

Friday, December 1, 2017

What did Dustin Hoffman do to Justin Henry?

Meryl Streep with possible fellow victim Justin Henry.
Dustin Hoffman "helped" Meryl Streep with her acting in Kramer vs. Kramer by slapping her in the face before an emotional scene. Justin Henry was seven- or eight-years-old. You don't think he needed even MORE help with his acting? He did a lot more crying in the thing than Meryl Streep did.

What did that monster Dustin Hoffman do to Justin Henry?

The Dinner (2017)



Here's a scene from The Trip--the longer, TV version--in which Steve Coogan does an impression of Richard Gere:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3YH5USzz14

It wasn't a slam against Gere, but I suppose it might have made it awkward when Coogan starred with Gere in The Dinner (2017).

I watched the movie knowing nothing about it. I do that a lot. I find plot developments more surprising than I probably should, but it makes them more interesting to watch.

Steve Coogan plays a former teacher forced to quit due to mental illness. He has a wife (Laura Linney) and teenage son (Charlie Plummer). His brother played by Richard Gere is a member of Congress. He's married and has two teenage sons, one white, and an adopted black kid. Rebecca Hall plays his wife, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick and Miles J. Harvey play his sons.

The two couples go to dinner together to figure out what to do about their sons. They committed a horrible crime and posted video of it online. They haven't been caught yet, but the parents have to decide what to so.

It's frustrating to watch people trying to deal with the obnoxious mentally ill character.

I haven't read the novel by Dutch writer Herman Koch, but I wonder if it was more ambiguous than this movie. The parents or at least the mothers keep saying that the boys are "good boys" who made a mistake.

"You would have done the same thing," the son tells his mentally ill father which might be a clue as to what's wrong with them.

Maybe a reason you should have more than one child. Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

It could be a double feature with Barbet Schroder's Before and After. Meryl Streep and Liam Neeson play parents whose teenage son is accused of murdering his girlfriend. They don't know if he's guilty. When the father comes home and tells his wife he got rid of some evidence, she points out he may have destroyed evidence that their son was innocent.

Coogan does a very good American accent. It starts with him in voice-over and I didn't recognize it as his voice at first.

Available on Netflix.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Jim Nabors RIP



You know how Sergeant Carter would make Gomer do 50 or 100 push-ups? It bothered me for a time that Gomer Pyle could beat me up. I started doing push-ups. A friend of mine who had just been kicked out of the Marine Corps said it was easy. You just do 100 push-ups a day. Not all at once. You do as many as you can. Then you do more. And later you do more until you get to a hundred and, in a fairly short time, you'll be able to do a hundred all at once.

I got to where I could do thirty or forty and decided that was good enough.

He inspired me to be physically fit up to a point.

Jim Nabors has died at age 87.

Matt Lauer vs Brian Williams



I ate at a restaurant which I don't usually do. It was a place favored by elderly working class people. A couple sitting nearby were discussing Matt Lauer. The wife thought that The Today Show was the last people trusted, by which I think she meant that it wasn't blatantly biased as far as party politics went. They compared and contrasted Brian Williams with Matt Lauer. Would you rather have an abuser or a liar?

I should eat out more.

There was that one time I ate lunch at a Pizza Hut. A large extended family was eating there. Several tables were lined up. The family matriarch spoke in a European accent I couldn't identify. She said that all the places they lived had ghosts. One night, the family was in bed. They heard someone walk to the bathroom and close the door. They lay there waiting for them to come out and go back to bed, but no one came out again. Finally, one of them yelled, "Get out of the bathroom already so we can sleep!" But no one answered. Because it was a ghost!


Garrison Keillor


How Garrison Keillor might look while explaining that it was all a misunderstanding.

I read the New York Times article about this and looked at some of the comments.

The first one seemed kind of overwrought since the public knows almost nothing about it at this point:
I am disgusted by Mr. Keillor's flippant attitude and his attempt to belittle the allegations against him. My childhood memories of listening to APHC with my family have been forever tainted by this horrible, arrogant man. He and everyone else who is accused of misconduct has the right of self defense, but to just shrug his shoulders and proclaim this is a trivial matter is obscene, as is his mind, apparently.

Kudos to MPR for first investigating the allegations, then taking swift decisive action as they proved to have merit. "Well, that's the news from Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong." Ironic words, eh?
 And this one I found more interesting:
When my husband and I saw The Prairie Home Companion in one of its final NYC performances with Garrison Keillor, we couldn't believe how Keillor treated one of the female performers. He stood too close to her (she back away but he stepped forward again - not a pretty dance). He kept touching her: it was really creepy! She smiled up at him as she backed away, but he kept on coming. He even said something about being mad at her because she was married and wanted to spend time with her husband. No one laughed... but I overheard others in the audience calling what we witnessed harassment. It was ugly.
The first I heard of Keillor being canned was from my mother. She was bothered by it. There would soon be no men left!

I told her it was good. Let someone else have a turn.

She told me about the times she was harassed by a D-list celebrity, first around 1950, and the second time by the same guy a couple of years later. The first time, he put his hand on her and she knocked it away. The second time, he openly looked down her shirt (she was sitting and he was freakishly tall) and she said nothing because she and several other people were in his apartment and his wife was sitting right there.

This was a guy who, being six and a half feet tall, appeared in low budget horror movies and a number of oddball roles. He died in 1979 at age 50, poor wretch. He was in two pretty good movies and a lot of crap and had been president of Independent Film Producers of America.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Garrison Keillor? Are they kidding?




First off, Variety published an exclusive article on Matt Lauer. Read it here:

http://variety.com/2017/biz/news/matt-lauer-accused-sexual-harassment-multiple-women-1202625959/

I don't watch the Today Show. I know Matt Lauer mainly from the interview where Tom Cruise called him "glib".

Now Garrison Keillor has been canned by Minnesota Public Radio the day after he wrote a syndicated column pooh-poohing the suggestion that Al Franken resign. MPR isn't saying much about it, but according to AP:
The homegrown humorist told The Associated Press he was fired over “a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard.” Keillor didn’t detail the allegation to AP, but he later told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he had put his hand on a woman’s bare back when trying to console her.
“I meant to pat her back after she told me about her unhappiness, and her shirt was open and my hand went up it about six inches. She recoiled. I apologized,” Keillor told the newspaper in an email. “I sent her an email of apology later, and she replied that she had forgiven me and not to think about it. 
“We were friends. We continued to be friendly right up until her lawyer called.”
It's hard to imagine that's the whole story.

I usually cringe slightly when people---often people who are barely left of center---complain about "rich White males", but that's who it's been in these cases. If you're keeping track, it's been forty-five or fifty Whites, about half of them Jewish, plus one Black and one Japanese. I said before that I don't think the Japanese guy should be included---there was a single accusation which he denies and no one alleged he used any position of power to get away with it.

Matt Lauer, dangerous pervert

Matt Lauer and his mortified son, Jack.

The guy was paid $28 million a year. More than half a million dollars a week. He has a net worth of over $60 million. But no woman wanted him and he had to resort to sexual harassment. $28 million a year wasn't enough for him to act like a decent human being.

Matt Lauer has been fired from the Today Show. They're not saying for what exactly, but it was "inappropriate sexual behavior" in the workplace.

He appeared in two Sharknado movies along with Zionist sex criminals Anthony Weiner and Jared Fogle. A third victim of the Sharknado curse.

What did Lauer do that was worth $28 million a year?

He humiliated his son once already by regaling millions of viewers about trying to talk to the 15-year-old about sex. His son told him he already knew and thus avoided his father steering him into a life of sexual predation.

They may have fired him so quickly in part because they knew the New York Times had been investigating him for weeks. It's being reported that he sexually assaulted a staffer during the Sochi Olympics.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Are the sexual harassment accusations over?

Richard Branson is being accused of sexual harassment. Says he can't remember committing that particular sexual assault. He seems to be the only new guy to be accused. Maybe the wave of accusations has run its course.

I'm disappointed that Shia LaBeouf hasn't been accused as I said, and there are other wealthy celebrities I wouldn't mind being rid of. Tom Cruise, obviously. Jesse Eisenberg. James Franco, who tried to molest a high school girl. Seth Rogen. That ape of a comedian Joe Rogan. Clint Eastwood, for what he did to Sandra Locke. 

I don't think George Takei should have been included in this. He had no position of power to keep his alleged victim from telling on him.

Look at Andy Dick. He's worse than any of them, but he wasn't included because he's already washed up and no one hesitates to have him arrested. 

Dustin Diamond has disappeared completely after his criminal conviction. I never watched Saved by the Bell but I hated that guy. It must be because I identify with him too completely. Mocked, despised. I keep asking myself what I would do in his shoes. He looks awful. He's tried different facial hair. Maybe a wig would help. Glasses might distract from problem areas. He should experiment with different hats.

Notice there are no accusations against Woody Allen. They TRIED to drag him into it by attacking him for commenting on Weinstein's case but they couldn't do it.

Al Franken doesn't remember, but he's terribly sorry


Al Franken can't remember doing any of that stuff but can't rule it out. He can't remember every single photo someone took.
MURPHY: “Are they mistaken that their butt was grabbed is that what you are saying?”
FRANKEN: “I am not saying that. As I said, I take thousands of photos. I don’t remember these particular photos.”
MURPHY: “With all due respect, people are going to find it hard to believe that someone such as yourself wouldn’t know that they were grabbing someone’s butt.”
FRANKEN “I can understand how some people would see it that way.”
MURPHY: “But have you ever placed a hand on some woman’s butt?”
FRANKEN: “I can’t say that it hasn’t happened. In crowded chaotic situations, I can’t say that I have not done that. I am very sorry if these women experienced that.”
I don't know. Doesn't sound good, and he must know it doesn't sound good, but he may be able to bluff his way through with this double talk.

Well, if he can pull it off, good for him, I guess.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Nothing really new on the sexual harassment front



Nothing really new on the sexual harassment front over the Thanksgiving weekend. John Conyers resigned from whatever committee he was on and Al Franken announced he would return to work on Monday in spite of his shame.

I listened to Marc Maron's WTF podcast on YouTube, a 20 minute segment of a longer show. He discuses Louis CK who he was friends with. He had heard the rumors about CK and asked him about them. CK said they weren't true, but he didn't want to publicly deny they were true because that would only make it worse. Jon Stewart has claimed to be completely oblivious to it.

There was talk about it being an "open secret" but if no one actually tells you, how would you know?

Contrast that with J Elvis Weinstein who said that he read about the rumors and thought they were probably true. I never heard Louis CK perform, I never watched his show. I read about the rumors about him and assumed they were probably true, and if I had heard his comedy I would probably have been that much more convinced.

Lil Peep

This a rapper known as "Lil Peep" who died recently of an overdose.

Why do they cover themselves with tattoos? He also put crap all over his teeth. If his career hadn't worked out or went in a different direction, all that stuff would have been a terrible handicap.

This was his passport photo his mother posted. He was a lovely boy. It makes me sad that he did that to himself.

Night Moves (2013)


So, I watched this movie, Night Moves (2013), not to be confused with the 1975 detective film of the same name. Directed by Kelly Reichardt who's known for her really low budget movies. The movie had so many similarities to the novel The Monkey Wrench Gang that a producer working on an authorized adaptation of the book sued. 

Two environmentalists and a crusty old veteran blow up a dam in Oregon. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard.

I really hate Eisenberg. I can't stand his acting, I don't like his looks, I don't like his hair and by all accounts he's a horrible person. He was one of those borderline humans who enthused over Israel's 2014 slaughter of over 2,000 goyim in Gaza including at least 525 children. Maybe Reichardt thought an unappealing star would make it less likely that the movie would inspire copycat crimes, although they made it look pretty easy.

Once the crime is committed, we mainly see Jesse Eisenberg trying not to look suspicious, but Dakota Fanning's character has become wracked with guilt and may get them all arrested.

Slow but not boring. 

Available on Fandor.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Local teachers who've been in movies


There's this teacher at the local junior high school. He was friends with my brother when they were in high school. Turns out the guy has about eight credits listed on imdb. He wrote, directed and starred in one short film, appeared in couple of TV episodes and in acted in a few movies. I know he's appeared in movies that didn't get listed there.

I don't know how his students react when they find out that he's an actor.

In my day, we had a teacher who told us he had been in a movie over the summer. We might have been impressed or shown some interest, but this was in the first week of our first semester of high school. We didn't know who this guy was and we were in a large class of kids who didn't know each other. No one wanted to be the first to enthuse over the teacher's glamorous life.

He's in his 70's now. If he were still teaching, he could tell the class he was in a movie that was mocked on Rifftrax, the new incarnation of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Kids who knew what it was would be impressed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGweZgg_roA

He appears at the :55 second mark. The guy following behind the other guy.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Al Franken is a monster

Al Franken doing that thing with his mouth like Anthony Weiner.

Well, I'm shocked. A little. Al Franken is as bad George H.W. Bush. Two more women say he groped them while posing for photos.

From the Huffington Post:
“I shook his hand, and he put his arm around my waist and held it there,” the second woman said. “Then he moved it lower and cupped my butt.”
“I was completely mortified,” she added.
In order to escape the situation, the woman excused herself to go to the bathroom. At that point, she said, Franken leaned in and suggested that he accompany her. She grabbed her friend and fled to the bathroom without him.
The second woman told several people ― including one of the reporters for this story, Zachary Roth ― about the incident some years ago, but didn’t want it reported then. She said she didn’t tell anyone at the time of the incident because inappropriate behavior from men was not that unusual to her or her friends.
“Sexual harassment happens so often, you have to learn how to move on,” she said, describing her thinking at the time.
Several other factors also left her feeling powerless.
“I felt like I didn’t have a voice,” she said. “This man had all of the power, all of the authority. In addition, he is a white man and I am a woman of color. I was 21 years old. And I was afraid that he would use all of those privileges to discredit me, to make me feel even smaller than I already felt.”
Getting rid of Franken wouldn't be so bad. From counterpunch.com:
Just months ago Franken was one of three co-sponsors of the dangerous  Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2017. This bill looked to increase US interventionist powers. Franken has always been an enemy of the world’s people, even when he wooed liberal appeal at home. In the current political climate, imperialism and sexual harassment seem to be the only things we can count on.
What was glossed over in the extensive coverage of Franken’s harassment was that it occurred while he was performing comedy for the military abroad. Franken performed for the United Service Organization (USO) often. He was all for that stupid Iraq war.  Now might be a good time to talk about how imperialism and patriarchy are related. But we would rather just humiliate and eliminate the individual men who did these crimes than do anything to change our collective culture of violence.
How many people are there walking around groping strangers? Is this a common thing? One time, they showed security video on the news of employees chasing down and tackling a groper in a department store. In the local news, a guy who had the same name as a guy I once worked with was chased down by a university student and arrested for groping a college girl. Later, the student who made the citizen's arrest was arrested for the same thing.

"Do you know who I am?" he told the cops.


Is Shia LaBeouf through?

Intelligent-looking Shia LaBeouf  shouting racist abuse at cops.


I kept hoping there would be a wave of sexual harassment accusations against Shia LaBeouf so we'd finally be rid of him completely, but he may be finished anyway. A news search revealed a few foreign language stories about that Swedish tennis player movie but that was all.

Someone pointed out the way LaBeouf would operate. Every time he did something that would damage his career, he would back off and do some of his terrible performance "art". His latest "art" was having people chanting an anti-Trump slogan for as long as he was president.

In 1921, artist Franz Jung, a Dadaist, hijacked a German ship to the Soviet Union. Now THAT was performance art.

But LaBeouf would do his crap "art", get the Democrats and progressives sort of on his side, then go back into acting. He'd make another movie, rake in more money, then commit some other crime and go back to performance art.

But, thank God for body cams. Georgia police seem to have snuffed out LaBeouf's career. I hope it stays dead.

The movie he was filming in Georgia will bomb worse than expected. What did they think would happen? They hired a violent recidivist criminal to star in a movie that didn't sound very good to begin with.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Turns out Charlie Rose is a pervert



Now Charlie Rose? He seemed so dignified. I heard he kept interrupting people and I noticed this watching his show one time, but I didn't watch it regularly.

Rose employed a lot of young women behind the scenes on his show. They became known as "Charlies Angels".

According to the Washington Post:
Most of the women said Rose alternated between fury and flattery in his interactions with them. Five described Rose putting his hand on their legs, sometimes their upper thigh, in what they perceived as a test to gauge their reactions. Two said that while they were working for Rose at his residences or were traveling with him on business, he emerged from the shower and walked naked in front of them. One said he groped her buttocks at a staff party.
 
Reah Bravo was an intern and then associate producer for Rose’s PBS show beginning in 2007. In interviews, she described unwanted sexual advances while working for Rose at his private waterfront estate in Bellport, N.Y., and while traveling with him in cars, in a hotel suite and on a private plane.
I learned about this the way I get a lot of news. I looked at Twitter, J Elvis Weinstein had tweeted "Charlie Rose but now he falls".

I thought, "Uh oh. I wonder what that's about."

I did a quick news search and sure enough.

Rose interviewing Bibi Netanyahu

One more Al Franken accuser

 
He's no Bill Clinton, but Al Franken has again been accused of harassment or sexual assault---I don't know what the criminal charge would be.

A woman claims Franken gave her the ol' George Bush treatment as her husband took a picture of them together at the Minnesota State Fair.

CNN reports:
...as her husband held up her phone and got ready to snap a photo of the two of them, Franken "pulled me in really close, like awkward close, and as my husband took the picture, he put his hand full-fledged on my rear," Menz said. "It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek."
"I take thousands of photos at the state fair surrounded by hundreds of people, and I certainly don't remember taking this picture," Franken said. "I feel badly [sic] that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected."

I suppose it's possible that a third person---isn't this a gag they used in old movies?---a third individual grabbed the woman's buttock and she assumed it was Al Franken doing it. And her husband taking the picture somehow failed to notice.

Many years ago, I was in a Safeway. There was a rack of books from a Christian publisher. I stood there reading a "treasury" of clean jokes. One of the jokes was a preschool girl was very proud of her shiny new shoes. She and her mother got on an elevator. A man and a woman were on the elevator with them. Suddenly the woman slapped the man and they began shouting at each other. Then the girl and her mother got off the elevator and the girl says that that lady scuffed her shoe so she reached up and pinched her bottom. 

The joke wasn't as clean as I'd like.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Charles Manson no longer alive

Charles Manson, dead of natural causes at 83. He was raped in reform school when he was 12, but I don't think that's what his problem was.

I finally heard one of his songs and it was just crap.

I don't remember ever hoping for his death, but I feel pretty good about it. If I never see another prison interview with him again it will be too soon.

Is there a coming backlash on sex abuse claims?

People are worried that there will be a backlash against the wave of sexual harassment accusations. I don't know if there will be. This may not make a difference, but I can't see that the standard of proof has changed. Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Louis CK had multiple accusers and have more or less admitted what they did. Roy Moore is obviously a pervert. Cases with less evidence or where there wasn't a larger pattern of abuse get less response.

In defense of Kevin Spacey on a minor point, I didn't think he was trying to divert attention when he came out as gay at the same time he made his apology to Anthony Rapp. I don't think he was conflating homosexuality and pedophilia or trying to hide behind being gay. He (sort of) apologized for something he said he didn't remember doing. He needed to explain why he didn't remember doing it but still thought it was something he might do if he were really drunk.

And I mentioned this briefly before----in his roast of Rob Reiner, Al Franken listed gay men and men rumored to be gay and jokes that they raped Reiner when he was a child. Most anti-gay comments are in joke form, so this being said as a joke doesn't make it any better. Franken conflated homosexuality with child rape and it didn't seem to bother anyone.

How was that an attack on Rob Reiner anyway? How was it roasting him to say he was molested as a child? How was it a joke? What was the punchline?

I decided a few years ago that I should be more moralistic. Not moral, just moralistic. I was moral enough. But I was tired of being open-minded, of pretending not to be offended by things that were intentionally offensive. I feel much better as a result.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Maybe Al Franken's not so bad after all



So far so good. No new Al Franken accusers. Maybe the elderly Minnesota millionaire will pull through.

Democrats who have their panties in a bunch over Donald Trump staying out of Vietnam---he couldn't be drafted due to bone spurs---might note that Al Franken, who supported the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq and the massive US and NATO bombing of Libya, kept his brother from being drafted by helping him lose so much weight that he was rendered 4-F, which is fine with me. Franken wrote about this in Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot.

If Trump had bone spurs, he was prone to problems like tendonitis. The military had pretty good reason for not wanting him (assuming his condition was real.) Having trouble walking would be a serious handicap in combat.

It's rich people like John McCain, who WANTED to join the slaughter in Vietnam to advance his career, who I can't stomach.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Alabama high school helped Roy Moore prey on children

 
There was a really ghastly murder case in the 1920s. I won't go into detail. It was in Los Angeles. A young man was fired from his job at a bank when he was caught embezzling money. He decided to kidnap the banker's daughter and hold her for ransom. So he went to the girl's school.

He told the people in the office that the banker had been in an accident and was dying, and he wanted to see his daughter before he died.

They asked which one? He had two daughters.

He didn't know her name, but it was the younger one.

They told him the girls were twins--they were the same age.

So he said to just give him whichever one was smaller and, shockingly, the school handed her over to him.

I'll end the story there. School officials didn't think it was strange that the dying father wanted to see one twin daughter and not the other? That this guy didn't know her name? They couldn't pick up the phone and make a call?

I was reminded of this hearing about Roy Moore, the hyper-religious right-wing Alabama politician who was removed from the state supreme court twice. Turns out the guy has a history going after girls as young as fourteen. When he was a lawyer in his 30's, he was known for hitting on teenage girls in a shopping mall.

He asked a high school girl working at Sears what school she went to. She told him. He asked for her phone number. She didn't give it to him.

But a few days later, she was sitting in class at school. She was called to the office. She had a phone call. It was Roy Moore. The school called her to the office to take an obscene phone call from a sexual predator.

Moore told Sean Hannity that he MIGHT have dated teenagers when he was in his 30s----he can't remember, but he sure wouldn't rule it out.

Moore still has his supporters. Some think it's all a left-wing conspiracy. Others told reporters that the Devil is trying to bring him down. How do they know God isn't trying to stop him?

The guy who kidnapped that girl in the 1920s had a defender, too. Ayn Rand was going to write a book about him. He was a crude Nietzschean like she was, and Rand was outraged that an √úbermensch would be judged by ordinary people on a jury.

Al Franken stinks

Another hilarious Al Franken gag photo.
I never thought much of Al Franken on Saturday Night Live. He was known for bad taste. Older writers referred to him an Tom Davis as those guys who wanted to say "fart" on TV. (They can say that on TV now and it's not the boon Franken thought it would be.)

Politically, he's a right-wing Democrat. He's a Zionist, defends and supports Israel's ongoing crime against the goyim in Gaza, he supported the invasion of Iraq, the destruction of Libya and he supports mass government surveillance. Now he's a neo-McCarthyite. He went to an elite prep school and was a Harvard boy.

If he resigns, good riddance to him.

In fairness to Franken, in the '30's or '40's, the comedy team The Ritz Brothers were traveling by train. Their manager was with them and he fell asleep. So the zany Ritz Brothers gave him a "hot foot". If you had been that manager, would you have rather had a second degree burn on your foot or have those morons take pictures pretending to molest you in your sleep?

Franken is not as bad as The Ritz Brothers. At least not in that regard. I'm not aware of the Ritz Brothers calling for mass surveillance or the destruction of entire societies.

I was going to put a picture of a pediatric burn ward in Gaza here, but I couldn't.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

George HW Bush again



The picture above is of the Wiggles, a children's band from Australia. See what they're doing? All pointing both hands at the camera? You know why they do that? It's so that, when they're photographed with children, no one can accuse them of touching them inappropriately.

It's something that women and girls appearing in photos with George Bush, Sr, should insist on.

Another woman has accused George HW Bush of groping her while posing for a photo. This was in 1992, when Bush was in his 60s. Now that he's in his 90s and rolling around in a wheelchair, people assume he's too senile to know any better. He wasn't senile then, was he?


Al Franken sexually assaulted woman on USO tour

Al Franken confirms he sexually assaulted woman.

Now right-wing millionaire and Democratic Senator Al Franken has been forced to apologize for sexually assaulting shiksa radio anchor Leeann Tweeden on a USO tour.

Tweeden wrote, "He repeated that actors really need to rehearse everything and that we must practice the kiss. I said ‘OK’ so he would stop badgering me. We did the line leading up to the kiss and then he came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth."

Politico.com reports:
According to Tweeden, Franken crafted a performance skit during the trip to make the anchor kiss him against her will. “I felt disgusted and violated,” she said of the incident. “I tried to let it go, but I was angry.”

Tweeden wrote that it wasn’t until she returned from the overseas trip that she discovered a picture of the senator groping her as she slept.

Tweeden’s allegations were published Thursday on the radio station’s website accompanied by a picture depicting Franken grabbing the anchor’s breast while she slept aboard a C-17 cargo plane as they departed from Afghanistan.

In a statement, Franken said, "I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann. As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn't. I shouldn't have done it."
Franken has called himself a "DLC Democrat" referring to the right-wing Democratic Leadership Council. He co-sponsored Senate Resolution 498 which supported the 2014 Israeli massacre of over 2,100 Palestinian goyim in Gaza.

There's been talk about Al Franken running for president. The Forward ran an article suggesting that Franken could be the first Jewish president.

No. I don't think he can.

Newsweek quickly threw together an article on Franken. They quote him from a roast of Rob Reiner. He jokes about Reiner's father, Carl Reiner, raping his son and having his friends over to rape him:
“On a typical night, Carl would slip into Rob’s bed, roll him over, swab him down and say something like, ‘I’m thinking about hiring Morey Amsterdam to play Buddy Sorrell, what do you think? Well, the success of The Dick Van Dyke Show changed things dramatically. Carl started inviting many of his famous friends to fuck his son. That list includes some of the greats in comedy: Paul Lynde, Dom DeLuise, Rip Taylor, Danny Kaye, Charles Nelson Reilly and Rock Hudson—whom I frankly don’t think is that funny.”
You remember all that fuss about Kevin Spacey? Here Franken was joking about gay and seemingly gay men as child rapists.

There's lots more, but that'll do it for now.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Thought Spiral #28, why you shouldn't go to Hollywood

Listened to Thought Spiral Test Show #28

Comedian Andy Kindler talks about how he got discouraged as a musician, in part because negative feedback affected him far more than he realized. Kindler came to L.A. when he was twenty as he pursued a career in music.

I've transcribed part of this as accurately as I could. It seems much more fluent listening to it than reading it.

J Elvis Weinstein
Josh Weinstein said:

"...but that's every twenty- or twenty-one-year-old who's pursuing something--and especially--you came to L.A. to do it which...that to me seems, like, almost insurmountable. You know, and even though my wife started in L.A. and got a record deal, you know, but it's still like--it doesn't seem, you know---it's like, because I come from Minneapolis where there's a local scene, you know, and people become sort of local heroes before they, you know, build their audience and get that self-confidence in a world that's more supportive than L.A. where you're gonna feel like you suck most of the time, you know, in any pursuit."

Kindler said, "Well, I think the advantage for me was, when I came out to L.A. and I drove cross country and I was in a relationship like I couldn't stand--it was just a terrible drive, but it was a great drive, too, I really wanted---I didn't come out to L.A. to make a music career, I came out to L.A. to feel bad about what I did in another environment. You know what I mean? Why not be by the beach and hate yourself? And---"

"So it was just like, 'I want to live in L.A.'"

Andy Kindler
It's so strange to me that people go to New York and Los Angeles hoping to hit it big instead of pursuing success someplace that a person might actually want to live.

Of course, they both moved to Los Angeles when they were about 20 and did pretty well. 

Someone who did something smart was a girl who was into beauty pageants. She moved to Wyoming because the population was so small and the competition so limited, she easily became Miss Wyoming World and got into the Miss USA pageant. She didn't win. She was first or second runner-up. If the winner had quit in disgrace, she would have been Miss USA and would have had a shot at becoming Miss Universe. She later turned out to be dangerously deranged.

I say go someplace easy.

Weinstein comments that some people are "super talented" but aren't driven to succeed. Some people aren't very talented but do have the drive to succeed. The ones who are highly talented and highly driven are the ones who always succeed.

The highly talented ones with a drive to succeed can fend for themselves. The ones we need to worry about are the untalented but driven and the talented but undriven. They're the ones who need to find a place where the competition is less fierce. Like Toronto with its thriving movie and television industries. Israel is a horrible country controlled by murderous inbred racists, but they have their own TV and movie industry. You'd have to be chosen by God, but how much competition would you have there? If only Monaco had a movie industry.

Something to practice in front of a mirror



Donald Trump is being mocked for stopping to drink water during a speech in Asia, and it did look pretty stupid. He shouldn't have mocked Marco Rubio for his water-drinking fiasco. He should have taken as a cautionary tale.

I thought that Rubio should have picked the water bottle up and casually unscrewed the cap as he spoke, then taken a drink when he had a pause in the speech. They do this with inexperienced actors---give them something to do with their hands. It makes them look more natural. As I said at the time, that water bottle could have been Rubio's salvation. Instead, he looked like an idiot.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Anthony Weiner wants cards and letters?

 
I've heard that people sign up on Twitter in hopes of being able to communicate with celebrities. It doesn't work. Writing to your favorite stars in prison would be a better bet. Sadly, there aren't that many celebrities in prison.

The New York Post reports that Anthony Weiner's email "away message" gives instructions for writing to him behind bars.

The message reads:
I'll be away for a while but I would love to stay in touch. As quaint as it may sound, the best way to reach me is by sending me a letter. When you write, I'll get you information about how email might work. 
So please include you full mailing address here and of course include it when you write.
And although you didn't ask, yes, you may send me books via Amazon. (No crock-pots or washer/dryers, though.) 
My address is: 
ANTHONY WEINER - Register # 79112-054
FMC DEVINS
FEDERAL MEDICAL CENTER
P.O.BOX 879
AYER, MA 01432 
In gratitude, Anthony
He seems pretty cheerful about it after making a fool of himself sobbing in court.

The message was intended for people who have his email address. I don't know that he's inviting just anyone to write him a nice letter.

As I said, it was published in the New York Post. Few enough people read this blog that I'm not adding much to the potential deluge of mail to the Federal Medical Center.

You might check google about the dangers of being pen pals with a sex offender.