jamesjazzguitar

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  1. America's Gun Culture...

    I assume Trump can't sign an executive order to set an age limit for gun purchases so Trump saying he is open to such legislation is just more hot air. I don't see him tweeting 'shame on you GOP Congress for not passing a law you know I will sign'.
  2. America's Gun Culture...

    This is a similar stance most GOP politicians had after the Las Vegas mass shooting. More guns is the solution, not less guns.
  3. Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    I agree with this. But only a fool would have faith that enough GOP politicians in the current Congress will support any major gun control legislation. Instead they will listen, say they understand, say they feel the pain, and then hope another major news event that is NOT a shooting distracts the American people. Look at those NRA grades that were posted. The vast majority of politicians in America received a 'good grade' from the NRA. GOP incumbent politicians will try to read the tea leaves to see if there has been enough of a shift among the GOP voters in their district \ state before they take action. If they believe they risk being seriously challenged in the next GOP primary (I.e. the NRA will back someone else) they will cave like they always have.
  4. America's Gun Culture...

    The majority party often passes all type of bills in the House that doesn't even get voted on in the Senate. This is what I meant by it being less difficult to get something passed in the House. E.g. The House can pass an Immigration Reform bill any day \ any time. But it wouldn't get voted on in the Senate since such a bill would require some Dem support, while in the House NO Dem vote is required. PS: Hey, like we often do I believe we agree but are just framing things differently. It is more difficult to get a majority of the House to agree on legislation that the Senate has agrees on. As you know the basic process is each body votes on legislation, and than there is a committee with representatives from both bodies to come up with ONE bill that would pass in both bodies. Typically trying to find compromise legislation that the Senate has agreed upon that the House will ALSO agree on, is more difficult. I.e. the House is the hang-up. So if your point was that it was far more difficult to get major policy changes through both the House and than the Senate because the House is less willing to pass compromised legislation, I agree with that.
  5. America's Gun Culture...

    I understand WHY the Constitution has a Senate and WHY that was necessary to get 'smaller' states to form a union, as well as WHY there is an Electoral College. But that does NOT make either more democratic as in 'one person \ one vote'. As for 'less than ten states'; yea, that would be true but that would still be more democratic as it relates to 'one person \ one vote'. Hey, as you may recall I don't think the Senate should be changed OR the EC because I support the original intent as defined by the founding fathers. All I was doing was saying that major changes in policy are much more difficult to get approved in the Senate even when a majority of US citizens (voters) support such a policy change.
  6. The US would be able to do more of this (and I believe they should), if there was as little illegal immigration here as in Canada. Illegal immigrants are denying the rights of those that wish to come to the USA legally, like refuges.
  7. TCM Hosts

    I'm all for dreams and Lansbury would be great, and she did do a film in 2017.
  8. Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    The two posts above make my point about how the GOP 'plays the game'; They will act all concerned. They will listen. They will offer prayers. They will have more town halls and meetings. BUT will Paul Ryan put forth a gun control bill in the House? Maybe a bump stock bill, but I just don't see much else.
  9. GOP madness Unbound...

    What I hear you saying is that they are practical and to me that is always a welcome trait in a politician. Thanks for the info.
  10. TCM Hosts

    Well there are not many left that were 'there' and my guess is that few, if any, would want to be host (which is a real job), at the age of over 80.
  11. Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    I know this is just getting started. That makes my point that Ann's comment was premature and over the top. AND, I wasn't doom and gloom; I said "This movement might be effective in passing additional gun control laws, like MADD was effective in getting all states to have a .08 standard". I hope it is, but it really isn't that much different than what occurred after all the previous mass shooting \ school shooting and as you know that didn't lead to Congress passing more gun control laws OR NRA supported politicians losing future elections. As for 'give them some credit' Credit for what? Again, nothing has been done. As we have seen the GOP will welcome talk, listen to talk, but at the end of the day, they rarely respond to talk. Only VOTING THEM OUT OF OFFICE is effective.
  12. Johnny Rocco vs. Cody Jarrett....

    Uh, I said "fairly one-dimensional character". To me that one scene doesn't change that. I.e. it is still mostly about love of mommy.
  13. TRUMPUS MAXIMUS AMERICANUS > WINNING!

    Great info. As I have been saying at this forum for years now the NRA is doing voters a service by providing these grade. Watched CNN today, and silly, non politically savvy, gun-control fools are trying to suppress such info. NOT! Instead use this info in future elections to try to convince voters to NOT vote for anyone with a rating > C+ in the primaries and when that fails, vote for the politician with the lowest rating in the General. Note: I picked C+ as a starting point. As more and more elections are won using this strategy, the grade could be lowered. Trying to shame sitting politicians with high NRA grades isn't a sound political strategy.
  14. Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    More crazy talk from Ana. Nothing these kids have done has been effective. E.g. has ONE law been passed yet? NOT! This movement might be effective in passing additional gun control laws, like MADD was effective in getting all states to have a .08 standard, but it is WAY too early to say this latest movement is effective.
  15. America's Gun Culture...

    Uh, Wyoming has a population of around 600K. California has around 39 million. BOTH have TWO Senators and therefore the same level of power in the Senate. (TWO votes per state). I fail to see how anyone could think that was more democratic than the House, where the number of representatives are based on population. E.G. Wyoming has ONE House member, CA has 53. The fact that Wyoming has MORE members in the Senate than the House of Representatives is just one example of clear evidence that the Senate is NOT as democratic as the House.
  16. Johnny Rocco vs. Cody Jarrett....

    Clearly Jarrett is the tougher guy than Rocco, but that is what makes Jarrett a fairly one-dimensional character: a ruthless, tough, insane man. This is why I mentioned the scene that won Claire Trevor a best-supporting Oscar; What Rocco does is nuanced and cruel in a way Jarrett wouldn't think of. Hey, either way we are splitting hairs here; great characters, played by great actors giving great performances in well made films.
  17. America's Gun Culture...

    Well Cid makes some solid points related to a 'well-regulated militia' (in that only members of such are allowed to own guns, and the type of guns are thus regulated), this has been ruled on before: District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), is a landmark case in which the Supreme Court of the United States held, in a 5–4 decision, that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home, and that Washington, D.C.'s handgun ban and requirement that lawfully-owned rifles and shotguns be kept "unloaded and disassembled or bound by a trigger lock" violated this guarantee. Of course the SC could rule differently in a future case, but like with Roe-v-Wade that isn't likely to happen.
  18. These buzzkill types remind me of an old T.V. episode I saw (might have been Adam-12). An old women that lives alone calls the cops about a man that is being indecent. The cops come and talk to her. She say 'look at what that man is doing!'. One cop says 'I don't see anything' and the women says 'hey, you have to use these binoculars'.
  19. Johnny Rocco vs. Cody Jarrett....

    Yea, I also love Eddie's fantastic art collection. It was used in a few films like Illegal. But here we are talking about the character and not the actors. Both are interesting characters but I really enjoy how Huston was able to develop the character of the 'old school' gangster coming back to the USA. E.g. the scene where he explains that he was forced to leave the USA and hide out in Cuba. He felt he was American and he wanted to return to America and that it was disgraceful the he wasn't welcome. One can see the hurt in his eyes. There is also the angle of the gangs and how they fought during Prohibition and the new mentally of the gangs sharing peaceful in the wealth (but of course Rocco rats out the other gang anyways). I just find Rocco to me more multi-dimensional then Jarrett.
  20. America's Gun Culture...

    As for the 'House being far worst than the Senate'; You completely misunderstood my point. TODAY, yes, but a minority of House members can NOT block legislation like a minority of Senate members can. Therefore IF a majority of voters really want to confiscate most guns in the USA, it would be easier to elect the necessary House members (50%) to pass such legislation then it would be to elect 60 Senators. Either way, I just don't see voters electing member of Congress (in either body) that would pass an Australia type confiscation gun law within the next 40 or so years. AND if such a law was passed my guess is that 10 million or more Americans would take up arms against the government before turning them over. Look what right-wing 'these are my rights' groups did in Nevada and Oregon over use of Federal land. These types don't just say 'oh well,,, that is the law, here are my guns'.
  21. Johnny Rocco vs. Cody Jarrett....

    I have to go with the more understated performance of Robinson as Johnny Rocco. But hey, I don't like mommy boys. PS: that reply by Tom is a hoot, but it is one of the reasons why I pick Rocco. E.g how he tortures his 'girl' is more nuanced and really a lot more sadist than a sock in the kisser.
  22. I don't know what motivates such a deranged man as Trump, but one reason given for his actions related to Russian interference is that he doesn't wish to make it look like he beat Clinton because of Russian interference (but clearly Clinton supporters wish to make it look this way since they can't face the fact that Clinton and her campaign lost because of gross incompetence). As for the real news gets bad; the real news on CNN is bad for Trump 24\7. While last weekend had more mindless tweets than normal, as you noted it is only one of many. Therefore I see no reason to draw such a correlation (jump to the conclusion he is 'in Putiin's pocket' or that he was ordered and \ or paid for Russian interference), especially now that we know it started before he even entered the race. While that may be the case, I'm willing to wait for the investigation to complete.
  23. HITS & MISSES: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow on TCM

    The picture reminds me of an episode of Family Feud I watched last night. The 'leader' of the family is asked to introduce the other family members. She says 'here is my handsome brother', next it is 'here is my beautiful sister', then 'here is my very talented sister-in-law'.
  24. Sorry, but one can't say what is offensive or not. One can only say what is or isn't offensive to them. But I agree; that thread was NOT offensive to me, but people find things offensive that I don't all of the time.
  25. Is everyone a fan of Fred and Ginger? smoking?

    You need to ask a Frenchman. It is normal IMO for a man to be sexually attracted to a developed female body. To pay more attention to a female with such a body. YES, regardless of age. Of course that doesn't mean one acts on such an attraction (regardless of age). I'm saying the major DID ACT to the degree he did because he was attracted to her. I wouldn't have paid a 12 year old girl such attention because to me that isn't appropriate. But the major did and I find that somewhat creepy (note I used SOMEWHAT in my OP). Of course if you wish to believe the major would have given her the same level of attention if she had a typical 12 year old body, that is your choice, but I find it lame. AND it is contrary to the entire story line. Just like the major's girlfriend, the audience knows something SOMEWHAT fishy is going on here. To pretend that this something isn't related to SEX is total nonsense. IF you can't understand why I mentioned those Fox News blondes, you need to retake sex-ed.

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