Sep 01 2014

The Organizer–trailer

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Sep 01 2014

Labor Day 2014

Labor Day in the United States is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.

Labor Day was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, who organized the first parade in New York City. After the Haymarket Massacre, which occurred in Chicago on May 4, 1886, U.S. President Grover Cleveland feared that commemorating Labor Day on May 1 could become an opportunity to commemorate the affair. Thus, in 1887, it was established as an official holiday in September to support the Labor Day that the Knights favored.[1]

The equivalent holiday in Canada, Labour Day, is also celebrated on the first Monday of September. In many other countries (more than 80 worldwide), “Labour Day” is synonymous with, or linked with, International Workers’ Day, which occurs on May 1…”



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Aug 31 2014

Nothing but bad news

  I wish I did not follow the news each day.  There is nothing but bad news. 
Things in the world are not looking good.  And with our politics here in the United States I do not see us in a condition to help.

  Not sure things can get much worst but I know they can.
  Britain raises their terror threat level.
  It looks like we are on the verge of war in the Ukraine.
  We got sick crazy people in ISIS.  Can you get any more crazy than those people?

  Well I got a couple of dollars in the bank.  I got food.  I got a roof over my head and air conditioning.
My heath is fair to good for a fat old man that eats the wrong foods and drinks too much Coke.


  I got high speed Internet service.  I just need to not use the high speed Internet to check on the news.  I do not have TV service.  No digital over the air TV and no cable TV. 
  So if I could just block myself from going to the CNN web site I think I would be in pretty good shape.  I do listen to NPR.  
  Just think we got elections coming soon in the United States.  Talk about bad news… There is going to be international bad news and local (United States) bad news.

  Not only is the scary Ebola spreading in the world but reports are that ISIS is looking at spreading terror with WMD. 

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Aug 28 2014

Normal OHIO

  I never heard of "Normal, Ohio" the TV sitcom before.  I have not had TV channels in a long time.  But it is on Hulu Plus now and I am always looking for something to watch.  So I watched the first show. 

Normal, Ohio is an American television sitcom, which aired on the Fox Network in 2000. The show stars John Goodman as William "Butch" Gamble, a gay man returning to his Midwestern home town. The cast also includes Joely Fisher, Anita Gillette, Orson Bean, Mo Gaffney and Charles Rocket.

The original concept for the series was an Odd Couple-style situation comedy called Don’t Ask, with Goodman as "Rex", sharing his West Hollywood apartment with college friend David (Anthony LaPaglia). Although the pilot was well-received, creators Bonnie and Terry Turner felt that the premise was not strong enough for an ongoing series. LaPaglia’s character was written out and the series was relocated to Ohio.[1]

The show was most notable for the divisions it exposed regarding American culture’s view of homosexuality. Gamble was an average blue collar bear-type gay man, with many traits typical of American masculinity, including a love of football and beer, and very few of the traits stereotypically associated with gay men, and yet his sexuality itself was signified in part by isolated moments of more stereotypically gay behavior, such as singing snippets of Broadway show tunes and helping his sister to color her hair, that were seemingly at odds with the way his character was presented most of the time. As a result, some media outlets dismissed Goodman’s role as unrealistic.[2]

Goodman won the People’s Choice Award for Best Actor in a New Comedy Series, but the show was not generally a success in the Nielsen ratings. Thirteen episodes of the series were made, but only eight were aired before its cancellation. All thirteen episodes are available for view on Hulu."


  OK the above is from Wikipedia and my first time to read it or know anything about the show.  Looks like it did not make it.  I may try and watch all of the 13 episodes.  But it might be hard to do.
  I like John Goodman but I just do not see and feel him as being gay.  
  The two young kids were good in the first episode. But the son and the kid with the bleach blonde hair I just had a problem with the hair.
  I am always looking for something to watch.  I will give it a try but I fear I can not watch 13 episodes of John Goodman trying to play gay.  (Not that there is anything wrong with it.)

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Aug 26 2014


  I just watched "Forever", the pilot, on Hulu Plus.  It was great.  I loved it.

Forever is an upcoming American drama television series about Doctor Henry Morgan, New York City’s star medical examiner. It is scheduled to air on ABC as part of the 2014–15 Fall television season. The network will air a sneak preview on September 22, before resuming the series in its normal Tuesday 10 p.m. timeslot on September 23, 2014…

Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical examiner, has a secret. He does not just study the dead to solve criminal cases, he does it to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years—the answer to his own inexplicable immortality (Every time he dies, he returns to life a few hours later, emerging from a nearby body of water, completely naked and with no memory of the intervening time). This long life has given Henry remarkable observation skills which impresses his new partner, Detective Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza). Each week, a new case and their budding friendship will reveal layers of Henry’s long and colorful past. Only his best friend and confidant, Abe (Judd Hirsch) knows Henry’s secret…"  Wikipedia

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Aug 26 2014

The United States Justice System

  I have not posted one word about the Ferguson shooting.  The entire matter just makes me so mad and so sick.  Everything about it is wrong.
  I have blogged for years about how our police are acting more like military units than police units.  I have also blogged for years about police using too much force and the wrong kind of force.
  I have also mentioned a few times that I wish we had the type of arrest and court system that they have in the UK.  It is my understanding that until a case goes to court almost nothing can be released. 
  That is what we need here.  If say a shooting takes place the news media should be allowed to report that a shooting took place and where it took place.  Who was shot and who the shooter was and that should be just about it.
  Now the news media here would go fucking crazy if we had  a system like that…But I think that is what we need.
  With our current system no one is safe.  The person shot does not get justice and their day in court and the shooter does not get a fair day in court.
We do not have justice.
  It is all taking place on TV and in the media. 
  I do not see any changes happening.  The news media would not stand for it.
  Plus we all want to know all the details.  If a school teacher has sex with a student.  We want photos, videos and ever detail.
  It looks like what we do not care about is a fair trial.

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Aug 24 2014

BBC: Our World War: 1 The First Day

I just watched 

Update  I just finished watching third episode on 8/25/2014.  All of them are excellent.  


Our World War-1. The First Day

Drama revealing real experiences of British soldiers in the First World War. In August 1914, the 4th Battalion The Royal Fusiliers reach the town of Mons in Belgium.


  It was on BBC One.  It was excellent.  Very well done production.  I think there are four episodes so far.  I think it is on BBC Three.

I recommend you watch it if you can.
Review:    The Guardian

Here are some movies that I recommend;  “Fatso”, “My Life So Far”, “Friendly Persuasion” 1956, “Butter”, “The Little Traitor”, “Lady in the Water”, “Monsieur Lazhar”, “Secondhand Lions”, “The Hedgehog”, “Pocketful of Miracles” 1961, “Matewan”, “Leap of Faith”, “Taking Chance”, “Lucas”, “Beautiful Girls”, “The Mighty”, “My Dog Skip”, “Conrack”, “The Big Lebowski”, “The Man from Earth” and “The Outlaw Josey Wales.”  Lots of other movies but that was just a few of the movies that I love. 

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Aug 24 2014

John Mellencamp – Jack And Diane

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Aug 24 2014

When Harry Met Sally

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Aug 24 2014

Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp

220px-Meg_Ryan_at_the_2009_Tribeca_Film_Festival I love movies.  But I often do not know who stars in a movie.  I just am not a TMZ fan.
I do know who Meg Ryan is and just love her.  I love some of the movies she has made.

One of my daughters was a big fan of John Mellencamp.  She has been to many of his concerts.  One time she paid to see him and as soon as he came out on the stage she jumped up and grabbed him.  Security pulled her off state and tossed her outside.  When she got outside she found her billfold had been taken.
  I had to wire her money so she could go to his show the next day.  She listen and watched him and then just before he was done she got up on the stage and grabbed him. He danced with her on the stage!

I got so I like his music because Hilary payed his music ALL the time. When I hear his music now I always think of Hilary.  She is married and living in Sweden.

2001_original_hi_rez_320 I have seen John Mellencamp a few times. He is a big time Democrat and Liberal.  I saw him in Miami (FL).  I called Hilary from the rally to tell her.

I did not know that Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp were a couple.  I guess that is over.
See CNN story:  Meg Ryan, John Mellencamp break up



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