Monday, July 26, 2021

Jack Bauer: Falling Down (1993) Park Beggar Scene

Source:Jack Bauer- Michael Douglas at his best.

"Falling Down - Park Beggar Scene (1080p) Pretty funny scene." 

From Jack Bauer 

The title of this scene could've been "how to spot a phony" because that's exactly what William (played by Michael Douglas) does in this scene. 

The beggar (played by John Fleck) sees William as his next target and thinks the guy must have money because he has a briefcase, is wearing a white shirt and tie. He must also think that William is a dipshit (to be frank) because his gives him this bullshit (to be frank) story about a guy down from Santa Barbara whose just run into some bad luck and would like William to help him out. 

But William who has just been fired and isn't doing so well himself wants nothing to do with the bum in the park and calls bullshit on him and puts the bum in his place, which is this park where he belongs. 

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Friday, July 23, 2021

Emma Lover: Julia Roberts & Billy Crystal- America's Sweethearts (2001)

Source:Emma Lover- Billy Crystal and Julia Roberts in America's Sweethearts (2001)

"Emma Roberts in America's Sweethearts 2001. Emma is the girl with a purple shirt in the back." 

From Emma Lover 

Just to give you a little background about the Kiki character (played by Julia Roberts) in this movie, hopefully before you watch the video: Kiki is a recovering food addict (or whatever the obese term is for alcoholic) a woman who lost 100 plus pounds and now looks like Julia Roberts. (I wonder why) Who tells Lee (played by Billy Crystal) "This is what falling off the wagon looks like" meaning her eating a tone of food in one sitting. 

Kiki's is the personal assistant of her sister (played by Catherine Zeta-Jones) who is a very popular actress in Hollywood. I mean if you are familiar with any of the Real Housewives shows, you have a very good idea of what Gwen (played by CZ Jones) is like: very attractive, but very narcissistic and when she can't get her way exactly the way she wants it, she goes out of her way to make others feel as badly as she does. 

So in this scene the latest argument between the two sisters is about Eddie (played by John Cusack) who just happens to be Gwen's husband, but they're separated. And now Kiki and Eddie are falling in love with each other and Gwen can't seem to handle that and takes it out on her sister Kiki and that's why Kiki falls off the wagon (as she said) because of her sister Gwen.  

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

CNN: Chris Cillizza: 'Why Wokeness Is The Biggest Threat to Democrats in 2022'

Source:CNN- Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (Democrat, New York) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Democrat, California) the two Democratic leaders of Congress.

"As Democrats gear up for the 2022 midterms, they know their biggest challenge likely comes from within their own party: the rise of “woke culture” on the far left. In the latest episode of The Point, CNN’s Chris Cillizza explains how Democrats need to navigate this self-made minefield and push back on Republicans’ anti-woke messaging if they want to score big wins in the upcoming election." 

From CNN 

Just on a personal note: doesn't Chris Cillizza look like the comedian or comedic actor Jeremy Piven? They're only about 5-10 years apart in real life and I think they have similar sense of humors.

As far as what Chris Cillizza and James Carville are arguing here: I agree with almost everything that they are arguing here, except for two points. Replace the word liberal with just about anything else, except for progressive, like I don’t know, hippie, bedwetter, children, and my two favorites, Socialist and Communist and I would jump on that train blindfolded to get on board with Chis Cillizza here.

I’m not sure the Far-Left of the party (unless they can’t escape their favorite coffee house and Apple Store long enough to vote in 2022) is the biggest threat to Congressional Democrats in 2022.

A lot of other factors could hurt Democrats more like another dip in the economy with inflation and higher interest rates becoming factors. Or rising crime with Democrats looking like they don’t want to adequately fund law enforcement, could be even bigger weights for Democratic incumbents and candidates to have to carry around, than the Far-Left that might represent 20% of the country at this point.

If the Far-Left only represents 20% of the country that might be 33% of the Democratic Party, (Bernie Sanders entire coalition) so Democrats need these folks on board to be successful in 2022. But 67% always beats 33% (at least according to my calculations) and the 67 is the mainstream, establishment, progressive wing of the Democratic Party.

If Far-Left Democrats want a major role in the Democratic Party, especially at the leadership level and not been seen as 5 year olds who are always stuck at the kiddy table, they need to get on board and do their part to help the Democratic Party in 2022. And then have their ideological and cultural battles in 2023. 

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

CBS Sports: NFL 1986- Super Bowl 21- New York Giants vs Denver Broncos

Source:CBS Sports- Rose Bowl Stadium welcomes you to Super Bowl 21, between the New York Giants and Denver Broncos. No one else actually said that, other than me, that I'm aware of anyway.

"Super Bowl XXI - Broncos vs Giants. January 25, 1987, Super Bowl XXI, Denver Broncos vs. New York Giants" 

I know this is going to sound weird, but just hear me out and you might agree with me: I think Super Bowl 21 was actually an interesting game and a lot more competitive than a lot of classic NFL fans and historians believe it was. I know right, 39-20 with the Giants completely taking apart the Broncos. But they did that in the 2nd half. The Broncos were ahead after the 1st quarter and 1st half and Broncos QB John Elway actually played fairly well in the first half. 

It was 26-10 after 3 with the Giants leading and they added 3 more points to their lead in the 4th. So the Giants gradually pulled way leaving the Broncos with opportunities to get back in the game, but the Giants defense almost completely shutting down Elway and company in the 2nd half. 

On paper, Super Bowl 21 was a very competitive football game. The difference being that the Giants were a big, strong football team on both sides of the ball. With the Broncos being a very quick and mobile team on both sides of the ball, but not physically strong enough to stop a big, strong, good offensive team that the Giants had in the mid and late 1980s. But their type of team served the Broncos very well in the AFC in the 1980s. So yeah, 39-20, but the Giants wore down the Broncos over 4 quarters with their big, strong offense and defense. 

Super Bowl 21 wasn't like the Giants were simply 19 points better as far as personal. They were just that much bigger and stronger than the Broncos. Similar to a great heavyweight who wears down his opponents over time with a lot of deadly body shorts, before he eventually knocks him out.  

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Afro Marxist: 'Angela Davis on Cuba, Fidel Castro and the U.S Embargo'

Source:Afro Marxist- Professor and New-Left political activist Angela Davis, talking about Cuba.

"Angela Davis talks about her experiences in Cuba and her feelings about Fidel Castro. She discusses Cuban Americans and her opposition to the US embargo."

From Afro Marxist 

Just to give you a little background on Professor Angela Davis: she was one of the first early victims of political correctness in America. Not coming from the Far-Left, where of course Professor Davis was a self-described Communist up until the late 1970s or 80s, but coming from the Far-Right that literally wanted to put her in prison for being a Communist and someone who was a professor at the University of California Los Angeles in the late 1960s and 70s. California law enforcement tried to tie her to bank robberies that were going on back then, but had no real evidence against her. 

Professor Davis is essentially making the argument here that the problems with Cuba are America's fault, and not, gee I don't know, the Marxist-Communist regime in Cuba that's held back the Cuban people freedom for the last sixty years. 

I'm against the embargo against Cuba as well, but to argue that the embargo is what's holding back Cuba, when the rest of the developed world trades with Communist Cuba and has relations with Communist Cuba, is ludicrous. Besides, if the Communist system is a progressive as it's supposed to be (which of course it isn't) you think Cuba could overcome one embargo from one country.  

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Monday, July 19, 2021

Goldfinger: James Bond Meets Pussy Galore (1964)

Source:James Bond 007- Scottish Stud Sean Connery: the one and only James Bond.

“I must be dreaming…” On this day in 1964 Honor Blackman filmed her scene where the no-nonsense Pussy Galore wakes up Bond on board Goldfinger’s jet in GOLDFINGER. Blackman said: “It was actually my first day of shooting on the film and I was highly nervous.”

"CLIP DESCRIPTION: Bond (Sean Connery) wakes up on Goldfinger's personal plane being flown by the one and only Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman)" 

Source:Movie Clips- English Goddess Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore. Too cute to be so bad.

From Movie Clips 

On the surface, you might think that Pussy Galore (played by Honor Blackman) is simply too damn cute to be hooked up with terrorists and criminals and to be flying them around, as well as their hostages. But Honor Blackman was a terrific actress and made it work because perhaps people thought she was too damn cute to be a bad girl. Too cute to scare a mouse and therefor could fool a lot of people. Perhaps even master spy and ass-kicker James Bond. 

These two had great chemistry from the beginning of this scene and you see it right away with them exchanging humor the way that they did with Pussy saying: "You can turn off the charm, I'm immune." With Bond if anything just being more charming and humorist.  

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Friday, July 16, 2021

Michael Smerconish: 'Cuba Libre'

Source:Michael Smerconish- talking about Cuba.

"In response to recent mass protests in Cuba, Biden called the nation a "failed state" and communism a "failed system." 

Christopher P. Baker, a travel journalist, tour guide, and Cuba expert, joins me to discuss. What do the protests mean for US foreign policy? Plus, I reminisce on my 2016 trip to Cuba with Baker." 

To answer Michael Smerconish's question myself about what should if anything be done about Cuba, at least coming from America: President Joe Biden and his administration need to stand with the Cuban people and speak out against any possible crackdowns and new oppressions that come from the Communist Regime there. Speak out against the failures of Communists and communism in Cuba and stand with people there who speaking out in favor of freedom and the failures of the Cuban Government. 

I believe you have Cubans speaking out in favor of their own freedom and against communism, but these large protests there are about the latest Communist failures having to do with the shortages of food and medicine. I believe without those shortages, you don't have Cubans in the capital of Havana speaking out in favor of their freedom right now, because we weren't seeing that at least pre-Covid. I think with Cuba unable to deal with these current shortages as it has to do with food and medicine, is the reason why they're speaking out against the Communist Regime there. 

What America shouldn't do is increase sanctions on Cuba and if anything it's time for President Biden to risk taking on the Cuban-American community in Florida and try to reach out with the Communist Regime and tell them if they leave their own people alone and let them live at least somewhat freely, their country could expand economically, which would benefit the Cuban people. Even if it also benefits the Communists there, the benefits that would have on the Cuban people would outweigh anything that the Communists could gain from that, because the money and business would be going to the people.  

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

CNN: Rosemary Church- 'Thousands Demand Freedom in Cuba's Largest Demonstration in Decades'

Source:CNN- Cubans protesting against their Communist Regime.

"Thousands have gathered in Cuba to protest a lack of freedom and the country's worsening economic situation in the largest mass demonstration in decades. CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports from Havana." 

From CNN

This post is really about Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Alexandria O. Cortez, and other so-called Democratic Socialists in Congress (House and Senate) and their lack of any response about Cubans protesting against their Communist Regime. 

If you really are a Democratic Socialist, then protesting not just against Communists and communism should be very easy for you. Perhaps not politically, especially with your Far-Left, but objectively and philosophically if you are what's called a Democratic Socialist, you should even want to speak out against Communist regimes and their failures, as well as oppression, because you are supposed to believe in democratic socialism or social democracy, but not Marxist or Leninist-Communism. 

The reason why so-called Democratic Socialists get lumped in with Communists, is because when Americans tend to think of Socialists, they tend to think of Cuba and Venezuela in the West, and the People's Republic of China in the East and the Soviet Union of Russia during the Cold War. They don't think of the social democracies like in Britain or in Scandinavia.  

But what you get from Senator Sanders and Representative Cortez (the two leading Socialists in Congress) is that they rather talk about anything else other than the failures of communism in Cuba or in Senator Sanders case, he blames the failures and shortages in Cuba on anything and anyone else than the Communist Castro Regime in Cuba. Even though they call themselves Democratic Socialists. 

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

MLB: 'Sarah Shahi Excitedly Leaps Into Tim Federowicz's Arms After First Pitch'

Source:MLB- Hollywood Goddess Sarah Shahi at a Dodgers game, giving Dodgers catcher Tim Federwicz a ride of his life.

"6/24/13: Actress Sarah Shahi throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Dodgers' game against the Giants and then leaps into Tim Federowicz's arms to celebrate. 

Check out:MLB for our full archive of videos, and subscribe on YouTube for the best, exclusive MLB content:MLB." 

From MLB 

"Actress Sarah Shahi throws out the 1st pitch at the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants game at Dodger Stadium Featuring: Sarah Shahi Where: Los Angeles, California, United States When: 25 Jun 2013." 

Source:Alamy- Hollywood Goddess Sarah Shahi at a Dodgers game.

From Alamy

"Actress Sarah Shahi throws out the 1st pitch at the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants game at Dodger Stadium Featuring: Sarah Shahi Where: Los Angeles, California, United States When: 25 Jun 2013." 

Source:Alamy- Hollywood Goddess Sarah Shahi at a Dodgers game

From Alamy 

Until a few months ago when I heard about NBC's crime drama Life that was on in the late 2000s, I had no idea who the hell Sarah Shahi was. And then I searched that show online where she played a police detective on it. And then I saw this YouTube video of her at a Dodgers game several years ago not just throwing out the first pitch in that game, but acting like she was a janitor who just one a million dollar lottery or something and leaps into the arms of the catcher that she just threw the pitch. 

So I'm thinking Sarah Shahi is not just a beautiful, sexy cop (on TV) but a beautiful, sexy Los Angeles Dodgers fan as well, who I'm sure the Dodgers players and perhaps fans as well look forward to seeing her at all of their home games.  

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

CNN: Anderson Cooper- George Conway: 'Amid All The Lies, Donald Trump Told One Fundamental Truth'

Source:CNN- anchor Anderson Cooper, interviewing Washington Conservative attorney George Conway, about former President Donald J. Trump.

"Conservative attorney George Conway discusses President Trump's lies about the January 6th insurrection during an interview with Fox News." 

From CNN

The way I would argue what I believe George Conway was saying here, is that former President Donald Trump is proud of what his supporters did for him on January 6. I don't think it's so much democracy as President Trump hates, but the fact that he lost and has become what he hates the most and what his father always told him never to be, which is a big loser. 

If President Trump won last November, The Donald wouldn't be criticizing democracy and free elections, but instead would be saying that this proves that democracy works and the people have spoken. But the fact that The Donald not only lost, but lost two states that Republicans haven't lost since 1992 which is Georgia and Arizona and that The Donald is a one-term President because he lost reelection is something that The Donald can't live with without being very loud about has angry he is because he lost last November.  

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Monday, July 12, 2021

CNN: 'See What CPAC Attendees Told Donie O'Sullivan About Donald Trump

Source:CNN- what CNN is paying Donnie O'Sullivan to talk to Trump supporters, he's getting underpaid.

"CNN's Donie O'Sullivan talks to attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas as former President Donald Trump's shadow looms over the gathering. Later, conservative analyst Bill Kristol talks to CNN's John Berman about how the conference has become the true refection of the Republican party." 

From CNN 

Last time I looked, CPAC stands for Conservative Political Action Conference, but someone should explain to me what is conservative about not believing in and accepting reality. Apparently the most conservative people in America are people who are least in touch with reality. And have weakest feet on the ground on Planet Earth. 

This is not CPAC, but Donald Trump's National Reality Show and an everyday look in the life and look at what Donald Trump is thinking about and looking into, where election results don't matter, where violence is OK if it comes from your side and is targeted at the other side. Where are Barry Goldwater and Bill Buckley Republicans (the real Conservatives) when we need them? 

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Friday, July 2, 2021

CNN: Upfront- Republican Strategist Mike Shields Stuns Poppy Harlow

Source:CNN- Poppy Harlow trying to have a discussion with House Minority Leader strategist Mike Shields, but Shields just being there to deliver his talking points.

"Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) threatened to remove Republicans from their committee assignments if they joined the select committee to investigate the January 6th insurrection, according to multiple Republican sources." 

From CNN 

I get the political problems that face House Republicans here. If January 6 is investigated and we learn about all the Trump supporters that were part of the insurrection, that could hurt House Republicans with Independents and even with Center-Right Republicans as they are running for election and reelection in 2022. 

But the flip side of this political coin for Minority Leader McCarthy and House Republicans is the longer we don't know what happened on January 6, the longer this story is going to be in the news, because the longer the national media, Congressional Democrats, (House and Senate) and the U.S. Justice Department is going to want to investigate this national news story which was the attack on our U.S. Congress simply for doing their jobs on January 6. 

It's that old cliche when you are in a hole, stop digging. What smart lawyers do when they know there is some really bad evidence out there against their client and they have access to that evidence, they release that information themselves and then try to put the best spin on it. Because the longer you hold out on it, the worst you look later on, especially if it looks like you were trying to cover it up. 

What Mike Shields was doing is the opposite of disclosure. House Republicans are trapped in a hole here and instead of trying to climb out of it and put this story to bed as soon as possible (like at midnight, instead of 5AM) they bring in whole new crew of hole diggers and new shovels and try to trap themselves in the hole instead. Which is a really bad political play on their part. The longer they try to cover up January 6. the more it will hurt them in 2022.  

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Thursday, July 1, 2021

Last Week Tonight: John Oliver: 'The National Debt'

Source:Last Week Tonight- with John Oliver on America's national debt.

"The national debt has long been portrayed as a burden we’re placing on future generations. John Oliver discusses how national debt works, why people are so concerned about it, and why it might be more helpful that you think." 

For anyone who is truly interested in the national debt (which is all of our national budget deficits that are piled on in total) you should first be looking at who you are voting for every two years, first. And if you are not voting at all, you probably couldn't give a damn about the national debt, but if you do vote on a regular basis, look at the people you are electing and reelecting first and then go from there. 

If you are voting for people who truly believe in fiscal responsibility (Democrat or Republican) and you are voting for people who generally vote against deficit spending, simply because it's deficit spending and refuse to vote against legislation in Congress that raises the deficit and debt, then fine, because you are doing your part to keep the debt and deficits down. 

But if you say that you care about the national debt and deficit, but vote for people who could care less about the debt and deficit and only say that they do because they think you are an idiot who would vote for a blind man to land their plane for them (because who needs vision anyway) and then you reelect the asshole that knows you are an asshole for electing them, then whose fault is it for the deficit and debt? How about the person that you see in the mirror everyday? (Just throwing a thought out there) 

To paraphrase the great political satirist George Carlin: we get the politicians that we vote for. If you don't like the politicians that we have and you are voting for them anyway, you are shooting yourself in the foot, while staring at your feet as you are shooting yourself in the feet. 

I'm not a fan of either Republicans or Democrats when it comes to fiscal responsibility, but I dislike Republicans, especially in Congress more on this issue, because at least the Democrats are honest in the sense that they don't care about the national debt and deficit and are fairly honest about it. (As honest as politicians go) But Republicans act like fiscal conservatives, but only when there is a Democratic President, especially a Democratic President with a Democratic Congress. 

But when Republicans are in power, especially with The White House, they spend other people's money like drunken sailors celebrating their last night in the service on New Years Eve who have access to all the free alcohol that they can drink before it kills them. And if you don't believe me, just look at the four years of President Donald Trump where the national debt went up 10 trillion in just four years. Or look at the presidency of George W. Bush where the national debt went up 7 trillion-dollars in his eight years as President. 

Just to respond to what John Oliver what he's saying here: if the national debt and deficit doesn't matter (which is what he seems to be arguing here) then we can scrap the tax code right now, because Uncle Sam no longer needs our money to pay for his government. And we can just borrow all of our money to pay for all of our government. But the good news is that no serious economist actually believes that. 

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John F. Kennedy Liberal Democrat

John F. Kennedy Liberal Democrat
Source: U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy in 1960