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  1. I Just Watched...

    Out of the closet, off the screen: The life of William Haines 7/10 Made in 2001, this documentary somewhat shows its age, still talking about "closeted Hollywood". How could they know that 15 years later gay men and women would openly serve in the military and be able to marry legally in all 50 states. But you can't know the future when you are talking about the past. This documentary is good because it is the only one I know of that talks about the complete life of silent and early talkie star William Haines from his birth at literally the turn of the century in Virginia to a well to do family until his death. "Billy", as he is called throughout the documentary, was very athletic, but from an early age preferred his mother's craft - interior decoration, even redecorating his own room at home. Then at age 14 he discovers his sexuality and runs away from home. The documentary follows his dance hall days in Hopewell, his partying days in New York, discovery by a Fox Studios agent in 1922 and moving to Hollywood, and goes all through not only his acting career, but his stark refusal to Louis B. Mayer's command in 1933 to get married - just for a year - and send his lover of seven years, Jimmy Shields, to Europe for that year so that the studio could have something to point to that would disprove all of the rumors of his homosexuality. It must have been tempting...just one year in return for his acting career. But he said no and was fired on the spot. With the help of long time friend Joan Crawford - they were friends for a lifetime - William Haines transformed himself into the interior decorator of the stars. First he did Crawford's house, then Carole Lombard's for free just for the publicity, and it worked. Until his death, Haines was sought out by wealthy people throughout the nation. Seven years after his death his design company was commissioned by Nancy Reagan to redecorate the White House. Oh the irony. Haines died of lung cancer in 1973. Jimmy Shields, too heartbroken to go on after what amounted to a 47 year marriage, killed himself shortly thereafter. Haines' life story should have been transformed into a biography/love story film long ago. What I didn't like? The presence of Christina Crawford as the main authority on what went on between William Haines and Crawford. Well, she WAS there, but the "Mommie Dearest" vibe is just too strong to ignore. The documentary also does get some things wrong. Haines was not demoted in talking pictures at MGM because of increasing rumors of his sexuality. Instead, like Johnny Mack Brown, Haines' voice did not quite match what people expected to hear from their once silent stars. Actually, Clark Gable replaced Johnny Mack Brown, not Haines, and it was Robert Montgomery, not even mentioned in the film, a star that had no film history prior to sound, who was slowly replacing Haines in major motion pictures at MGM. Also, how did Haines get from Fox to MGM? That isn't mentioned. As for the Great Depression starting the enforcement of a morality code in Hollywood - wrong again. There was a show of stepped up enforcement, but no real enforcement of any production code came in until 1934, after Haines was already out of films. You can find gay images in Hollywood all of the way into 1934 as a result. I'd give this nine stars for at least saying more about this unfairly forgotten star of the 20s and 30s than any other documentary I've seen. I'd knock off a couple from those nine for the inaccuracies and a couple of important details just left out. Did you know that Joan Crawford proposed marriage to William Haines to help cover for him? He graciously declined because he said such marriages on paper never work if both parties are after the same men. Of course the biggest shocker for me is that AMC hosted and aired this film back in 2001. Today nobody who works there probably even knows who Joan Crawford is, much less William Haines. They are too busy with the walking dead, who, by now, have walked so far for so long it should be The Marathoning Dead. I don't recommend AMC, but I do recommend this documentary. source: youtube
  2. Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    This is not a whopper necessarily, but a rambling part of an actual Trump speech, lifted from Dailykos but discovered courtesy of LWT with John Oliver: Look, having nuclear—my uncle was a great professor and scientist and engineer, Dr. John Trump at MIT; good genes, very good genes, OK, very smart, the Wharton School of Finance, very good, very smart —you know, if you're a conservative Republican, if I were a liberal, if, like, OK, if I ran as a liberal Democrat, they would say I'm one of the smartest people anywhere in the world—it's true!—but when you're a conservative Republican they try—oh, do they do a number—that's why I always start off: Went to Wharton, was a good student, went there, went there, did this, built a fortune—you know I have to give my like credentials all the time, because we're a little disadvantaged—but you look at the nuclear deal, the thing that really bothers me—it would have been so easy, and it's not as important as these lives are (nuclear is powerful; my uncle explained that to me many, many years ago, the power and that was 35 years ago; he would explain the power of what's going to happen and he was right—who would have thought?), but when you look at what's going on with the four prisoners—now it used to be three, now it's four—but when it was three and even now, I would have said it's all in the messenger; fellas, and it is fellas because, you know, they don't, they haven't figured that the women are smarter right now than the men, so, you know, it's gonna take them about another 150 years—but the Persians are great negotiators, the Iranians are great negotiators, so, and they, they just killed, they just killed us.
  3. Backlash Against Men Going Their Own Way

    I'm sorry that the absence of saber tooth tigers, the industrial revolution, and the ability of women to enter any career of their choosing has caused you such pain. Best of luck in pursuing whatever goals you have in the future. P.S. Your writing has always been concise. You must know that the video you posted rambles. That was all that I was saying.
  4. Backlash Against Men Going Their Own Way

    To be precise, by posting a rambling video you asked for my rambling response. My rambling response is "IT", but perhaps you would have preferred Clara Bow in her prime - "the IT girl".
  5. U.S. Suburbs As We Knew Them Are Dying

    They discovered the relaxation of fishing and got tired of paying all of that money for high blood pressure medication?
  6. U.S. Suburbs As We Knew Them Are Dying

    Maybe the golfers got smart and decided to start playing a sport that does not make them so angry?
  7. America's Gun Culture...

    Yes, and usually the mass shootings that are not terrorist related are the work of somebody who should not have had access to a gun in the first place - people with documented criminal records in which some paperwork snafu allowed them to go get a gun, or they just lied on the application. The problem is that we Americans cannot do something moderately. We have to go whole hog into idiot territory. For example, first we let doctors pass out opioids like candy and now people who truly have chronic intractable pain cannot get the treatment they need to live their lives.
  8. U.S. Suburbs As We Knew Them Are Dying

    I think it is incorrect to call this the death of suburbia. Rather, it is the death of the malls and big box stores as everybody just shops online. Just like phones and texting have killed the art of conversation, Amazon has killed the big box store. If the 1998 film "You've Got Mail" was made today, would it be about Meg Ryan nursing Tom Hanks through a nervous breakdown after his big box bookstore, obviously patterned after the now defunct Borders, is put out of business by Ammy?
  9. Backlash Against Men Going Their Own Way

    I'm not sure what this post or this rather rambling video is supposed to prove. But, hey, I'm American, I'm a woman. If you want to go your own way, keep your resources to yourself, never reproduce, then - what's the problem? The problem is to truly live the dream you would have to be celibate. For life. Men may not want marriage, may not want children, but they very much want sex. And once you do that you put yourself in the arena of possibly becoming a father unless you surgically preclude that from happening forever. Maybe I shrug at this more than most women because when I was young - I'll be 60 in January - I was very homely. I was the ugly duckling who grew into a great big duck. So I've never had men do anything for me. Never known what it was to have some guy support me while I do what I please. So if all men had been MGTOW in 1980 versus today it would have changed my life exactly zero. The good part? Getting old was not the second death for me because I've always been invisible to men. I look at the MGTOW reddit posts because they are usually complaining about women. It SEEMS that what you guys want - consciously or subconsciously - is for society to be what it was 50+ years ago when women had no options. Even the smart highly educated women could do nothing other than nursing, teaching, secretarial work, or if they were really talented go into show business. You know, professions that all involve serving men or children. One time I did read a MGTOW post there where I agreed with the OP. He was complaining about how at a family restaurant the waitress kept putting her hand on his shoulder, even after he told her to stop. He was so angry - obviously she thought the touching would increase her tip - that he did not tip her at all. She got mad and told the owner, also a woman. She banned him from the restaurant forever for apparently not wanting to be touched, complaining about it, and showing his disgust by not tipping. He rightly asked - What do you think would have happened if the sexes of everybody had been reversed. Oh well, a rambling response to a rambling video. You asked for it.

    I actually wasn't trying to say that, but it sounds like a great idea. Robert Montgomery has not been SOTM since either 2005 or 2006.
  11. America's Gun Culture...

    It may be obvious, but it is true. The point of laws are to punish the criminals in case they are caught, and deter the lawful in case they might be tempted. To outlaw guns would do two things. It would leave the potential victims defenseless, it would let the criminals know their potential victims are harmless. And the criminals would still have their guns. Oh, and the rich, and the politicians? They would be fine because if you can afford armed professional bodyguards you would still be able to have them.
  12. America's Gun Culture...

    I completely agree. However, American politics is awash in big donor money, something that has been sanctioned by our Supreme Court. Thus, when asked "Why must the Senate pass this tax bill?" - In case you don't know our Congress is about to pass an overhaul of the tax code that will probably raise everybody's taxes but the rich - Their answer is "our donors are saying no more money unless we get this passed". LOL. They are not even trying to HIDE the fact that they don't care about their constituents anymore.

    Yep, I already own that one. A good recommendation. What I'd really like to see is one of the few Robert Montgomery films I do not own - "Once More Darling", also by Universal. Any 1949 film that has Anne Blythe and Robert Montgomery, not playing a married couple, in a motel room with Ann sitting on the bed dressed in a tee shirt with "KILLER" plastered on the front with her asking Montgomery "Are we safe?" has got to be worth watching.
  14. America's Gun Culture...

    I actually do wonder about it very much. I think it is partly because we have an "Every man for himself" society that causes the disenfranchised to grow up angry. These poor people often have little adult supervision and hang about with bad company as youths so they grow up into angry mean adults. Often they are angry mean and dangerous as kids. We once had a large and secure middle class, but we are quickly sinking into a society into which there are a few fabulously wealthy people and lots of people with little job or financial security. And it just shows no sign of not continuing to slide in that direction. The bottom line is I can do nothing about the larger problem as long as people are afraid that one thin dime of their tax money is going to even one person who might be gaming the system. Come on now. There has never been a system that hasn't been gamed by somebody. So, as a practical person, as long as these angry mean folks exist, regardless of how they got that way, I need to protect myself. I just won't pretend and put my head in the sand and think it can't happen to me. Why wouldn't it (a violent home invasion) happen to me?

    Not that I know of, but I can dream can't I?

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