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About jamesjazzguitar

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    There is nothing as bad as something not so bad
  • Birthday 06/15/1957

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    Jazz music and jazz guitar playing, hiking, and studio-era movies (of course!).

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  1. Of course Eddie was attempting a stretch and he was very open about that. E.g. when he said something like "don't worry, next week the film is black and white". As Joe has said 'what is noir' is based on what one finds as 'noir'. The film had some noir themes,,,,,, but if I was writing a book on noir I wouldn't include it,,,, but if I had a T.V. show on noir films and I was running out of films and wanted to avoid repeats,,,,, well, I might throw it in!
  2. Of course the GOP hasn't 'helped matters'. But that doesn't really explain much related to California, which has the 6th largest economy in the world. It does explain a lot about the continued deeply rooted issues in southern USA, Texas and other red states, but only applies to CA historically, I.e. NOT really relevant to CA the last 30 or so year. What is relevant to the black community in CA and So Cal, is the increase in the Latino population and illegal immigration. (but I"m sure you don't wish to hear that).
  3. The Watts riots impacted my childhood and really impacted my mother; 2 years after the Watts riots my father moved the family from Gardena, an area with a robust Japanese American community as well as other people-of-color, south to Orange County, an area where at the time was 99% white. My mom was never the same and since my dad still worked in downtown L.A. and would often stay in town overnight to avoid the long drive home, neither was their marriage. I lost my first set of friends. I was exposed to racism being one of the only Asian families in our housing track. Learned a lot there!
  4. To me you're seeing what you want to see and NOT what the Mayor of Atlanta implied. To me saying a city is 'peaceful' doesn't mean that there was never riots or other non-peaceful demonstrations. Instead I look at the comment in context; e.g. historically more peaceful that other major cities with large African-American populations like L.A. and Chicago. I.e. most of the time protests in Atlanta are in the spirit of MLK while in those other cities,,,, not so much of that spirit. What surprised me was her having the guts to be critical of those within her community.
  5. I agree with this and it matches what I have been saying; progress has been made, especially in areas govern by Dems, but it hasn't changed enough. E.g. Atlanta where the vast majority of protesters were black; The black Dem mayor Bottoms said 'When you burn down this city, you're burning down our community! If you want to change America, go and register to vote!". V.P. of Atlanta's NAACP, Griggs said "I'm angry, There's no reason to deface property. That's not the spirit of protest that has been Atlanta forever". Still Griggs did not agree entirely with Mayor Bottoms: He said her message - that Atlanta was more progressive than other cities - was far too rosy. In the last 5 years, he said, at least 6 black men had been fatally shot by Atlanta police in cases that were still unresolved. If America's most prosperous black dominated city, Atlanta, with a Dem black Mayor, and many Dem black city leaders in positions of power, can't do a better job related to police abuse of black citizens,,,,,,, it would appear there is no solving of this problem. PS: but I do have to make this point: to blame Trump for the disappointment of black citizens in Atlanta toward their own leadership is folly. Of course Trump doesn't wish to solve this issue. But in areas like Atlanta or L.A. etc... it isn't the Feds that need to step up.
  6. Yes, but I fail to see how your post applies to anything going on today. You can't be disputing that the vast majority of L.A. County is governed by Dems. AND of course there are still a few GOP Mayors, County supervisors and other officials. BUT again, the vast majority of Los Angeles political leaders at all levels of government are Dems. Note that another major political conflict in L.A. County is between older black activist and the BLM \ younger ones. The older ones have worked WITHIN the Dem party for decades and they feel they have made progress. OK there is more to be done, but there has been progress and they wish to continue to work WITHIN the system and WITH their Dem party white 'brothers' (e.g. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and L.A. Police Chief Moore), and black D.A. Jacky Lacey. The BLM \ younger ones feel that is folly and often refuse to work WITHIN the system or with the local political leaders. These two are at each other today, due to their major, major disagreement on tactics.
  7. Yea, the Dorothy Kingship character was almost as annoying as the Alice Tripp character in A Place in the Sun. Of course no one does annoying better than Shelley Winters, but Joanna Woodward does her best. When she talks about love,,,love,,, and being free in her love,,,, love,,,, I want to throw her off a roof!
  8. Yes, major change related to law enforcement, as well as reducing or eliminating institutional racism can't come from Washington (I.e. The US Federal government), it must come from the grass roots; I.e. from the city level to the county and then to the state, especially in a nation as large as the USA and with our form of government (where states have a lot of power). This is why is does matter which political party governs at the city\county\state level and in this regard it appears the opinion of the majority of black activists (e.g. BLM leaders), the Dem party has failed AT THIS LOCAL LEVEL. Again, CA Dem progressive politicians at all levels of government got that message yesterday. Since the Rodney King 'event' in 1991 all of CA has been mostly controlled by liberal Dems, especially most of the major cities like L.A. and San Francisco. Again, it isn't ME that is saying these CA progressive Dems have failed; it is the CA black community that is saying that. If CA Dems, especially those in L.A. can't initiate the type of change, over the last 30 years, that is enough to satisfy the black community, who can? What can? How can anyone have any hope?
  9. Maybe in Los Angeles the Dems that govern the area will have to give in to this BLM demand, as an experiment in African-American neighborhoods: NO police force. Yes, NO police force. Instead the neighborhood would police themselves. This is a serious BLM request. Note that older generation African-Americans are against it since they assume such a plan would me gangs would run the neighborhoods, but if that is what the majority of citizens in a neighborhood what,,,,, maybe it is best to just give that to them and let them determine how they wish to deal with the criminals that live in their neighborhoods.
  10. What you're saying about the LAPD is over 2 decades old. In some ways your're correct that it doesn't matter what party governs a city\county\ or state since 'they' will not be satisfied, period. Dem establishment pols here in CA got that message loud and clear yesterday; E.g. the LAPD Mayor says he isn't going to call in the guard since L.A. doesn't need them, that L.A. respects the protesters and their cause so have your protest,,,, just do so safely. Governor of CA says something similar. Within 8 hours the Mayor called the Governor and asked for the National Guard. These pols had no other choice, right? L.A. has been working with the local BLM chapter since it stated; many reforms have been implement, BLM claimed to be OK with the progress (of course they want more but political change takes time). The point being that one either believes these Dem pols really want reform or NOT. That they are sincere. OR NOT. If NOT, and these are some of the most liberal white, brown and black politicians in the nation, there is NO hope. The race war is on, and it looks like there will be only one way to end it.
  11. Here is another poster for the film: similar but Bette at a different angle: (and somewhat misleading as it relates to their relationship).
  12. Trump just withheld money from a foreign nation unless that nation assisted in attacking his political opponent. Big deal!
  13. Oh come on Barr, some of those crossing the state line are good people! Well that is what your fearsome leader said when they came from many states to come to Charlotteville.
  14. I've been a big fan of Kid Galahad (1937) for decades. While in many ways the film is a Warner Bros. "programmer" its hard to find another film where the 3 main stars are as talented as Robinson, Davis and Bogart. Note that Davis and Bogart had just completed Marked Women, a fine crime film and unique one for Bogie at this stage of his WB career since he played a good guy (DA) to Davis's 'hostess' (code for lady of the evening). Of course Robinson and Bogart and Davis and Bogart made many WB films together. So to see 3 of my favorites in one film, all with good parts (even if Bogie's in very typical) makes this one a winner for me. Add the fine supporting cast (Morris and Bryan are solid as the youngsters), and Harry Carey, first rate as the fight manager. Oh and don't forget Veda Ann Borg. She was just getting her start but in 1937 she was in 14 films for Warners Bros. Her parts are small but she always gets in a few good one-liners.
  15. I really don't understand what point you're making here. No clue at all. I do see where Brown says "This is not in the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr."; To me 'spirit' is the key word here. I.e. she wasn't implying that there were NO riots associated with King and his movement.
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