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Posts posted by jamesjazzguitar

  1. 42 minutes ago, MovieMadness said:

    NRA declares bankruptcy, says it will reincorporate in Texas

    The National Rifle Association said Friday it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will seek to reincorporate in Texas, calling New York, where it is currently registered, a "toxic political environment."

    The big picture: The move comes just months after New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit to dissolve the NRA, alleging the group committed fraud by diverting roughly $64 million in charitable donations over three years to support reckless spending by its executives.

        The NRA then sued James in federal court, accusing her of violating its right to free speech.

        Karl Racine, attorney general for Washington, D.C., filed a separate lawsuit in August against the gun lobby and its foundation "for misusing charitable funds to support wasteful spending by the NRA and its executives."

    What they're saying: "Today, the NRA announced a restructuring plan that positions us for the long-term and ensures our continued success as the nation’s leading advocate for constitutional freedom – free from the toxic political environment of New York," the NRA's Wayne LaPierre said in letter to members and supporters Friday.


    Another business is leaving New York because of political reasons, just don't take any liberals to Texas.


    Easier to be a corrupt corporation in Texas than it is in New York.     That is why they are leaving.   LaPierre had a hand in the cookie jar.    In Texas he can have both hands in there.

  2. 4 hours ago, ElCid said:

    Wass this at the Barrett hearings?

    It does sort of seem to be going overboard to pander to Graham.  Not that familiar with Feinstein, so will defer to your input.  Glad you responded, as I had hoped you would.

    So, I guess your impression is that she is not "liberal" enough for CA?

    Yes,  at the Barrett hearing.    Feinstein isn't too liberal for me,  but,  like I said,   for the majority of Dems in the state.  

    I still believe she will retire.   She is just saying that now since no one wishes to be seen as being pushed out,  especially an incumbent that has been in power as long as Feinstein.


  3. 2 hours ago, ElCid said:

    Dianne Feinstein (87) has formally announced/signed up to run in 2024 for reelection. 

    The way the CA primary elections are done (top two,  regardless of party end up in the General),   Feinstein will face another Dem.

    CA has moved enough to the left that I don't see Feinstein being re-elected.

    In fact I don't think she even wishes to run again,  but is now just saying so, because of all the calls for her to resign.    Her comments here was the straw that broke the camel's back with a majority of CA Dems.


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  4. 58 minutes ago, kingrat said:

    Speedy, I'm on the same page as you and rosebette about Miriam Hopkins. I saw her first in The Old Maid and Old Acquaintance and thought  she was hammy, a wannabe who couldn't compete with Bette. Then I saw her pre-Code films. Great in comedy (Trouble in Paradise, Design for Living). Great in drama (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Story of Temple Drake). A star who holds her own against other stars. Parting ways with Paramount did not turn out to be a good move.

    Old Acquaintance provided Bette another opportunity to give a very grounded and controlled performance along the line of The Great Lie,  made two years before, where Mary Astor has the juicier role.    But unlike Astor,  Hopkins didn't make the best use of her opportunity,  being too-over-the-top playing an already,  over-the-top character.  

    Hopkins didn't make another film for 6 years,  coming back in The Heiress,   with former Warner's star Olivia DeHavilland.   

    I Googled "1930s Actresses" and this Top-10 list came up.   I admit I was surprised Hopkins is listed #2.    

    The reason I Googled,  was to see how other star actresses of the 30s faired after the end-of-the-decade.   It is fair to say that only Stanwyck,  Crawford and Davis had better careers after the 30s then they did during them.    (of course there were Lombard and Harlow's tragic death,  and Garbo and Shearer retired).

    1. Barbara Stanwyck
    2. Miriam Hopkins
    3. Carole Lombard
    4. Claudette Colbert
    5. Norma Shearer
    6. Jean Harlow
    7. Greta Garbo
    8. Joan Crawford
    9. Myrna Loy
    10. Bette Davis



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  5. 13 hours ago, NipkowDisc said:

    if jane fonda could have seen herself 50 years ago in that pic she woulda barfed. it really didn't occur to me after I posted it that was a red dress.

    frankly,, that dress looks padded but not where it should be.


    Come on Nipkow,  be honest,   Jane looks a lot better than the last woman you have been with,  assuming you can remember that far back.


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  6. 21 minutes ago, Det Jim McLeod said:

    Thanks, I know you are a musician so I am curious to know what you think of guitar playing on "And I Love Her". I am not sure if that's a Spanish guitar George is playing, it kind of gives me a "flamenco" feel but I am not too musiclally knowledgeable

    You're correct.   The guitar George plays is a 1964 José Ramírez Guitarra de Estudio classical guitar.

    I play an instrumental version of the song,  slightly faster,  with a Bossa Nova beat.      (hey,  if I could sing even half as good as Paul,  I would attempt to sing it,, but a man must know his limitations).       George sounds nice but his very short solo just follows the melody line.     I always wished The Beatles had re-recorded some of their best written songs as 4 - 6 minutes versions allowing all of these fine musicians to stretch out.       (but trust me,  I'm not complaining,,, the lads left a legacy that will never be topped (IMO).


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  7. 1 hour ago, rosebette said:

    This is one of the most underrated screwball comedies, with Jean Arthur at her most delightful.   The automat scene is one of my favorites.

    I agree;   Classic example of a 30's screwball comedy.     Arthur was a peach in a film that fit her screen persona and comedic talents to a T.

    PS:  If one clicks on the photo it takes them to a great write up for the film.  

    Easy Living (1937) | The Blonde at the Film

  8. 1 hour ago, Det Jim McLeod said:

    George sings lead very well on the next "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You" a great feel good song about falling in love on the dance floor.

    I'm Happy Just To Dance With You is one of my top 5 early Beatles songs.     Just solid all around.    Written by Paul, with an interesting chord progression,  and,  as noted, with George singing the lead.   This allows for John and Paul to sing harmony,  and both are in fine form.     I mean really,,,,,  having those two as the back-up singers!       The ending lyric change of  "I discovered I'm in love with you,   'Cause I'm happy just to dance with you",,,,  still melts my heart after over 40 years of hearing this classic.



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  9. 2 hours ago, PaulDW said:

    I watched Dave Karger introduce "Action in the North Atlantic" on 1/16/2021.  His  intro was fine, but could have been so much better by a simple checking of facts. He commented that the war was on-going when the film was made and "dozens of merchant ships" were being sunk. By war's end, the number of merchant ships lost in the Atlantic was close to 4,000, not to mention warships that were also loss. "Dozens" was an understatement and belies the horror of what was happening.

    The film was made in early 1943 so even by then it would be thousands at that specific time period in history (assuming Dave was talking about the number of ships at the time the film was made,  instead of the total by war's end).

    Note that Bogart  was in two straight forward war films in 1943,  the other being Sahara.    Both are  fine films,  with Action in the North Atlantic reflecting the Warner Bros studio well (e.g. the WB under contract actors  like Alan Hale, Dane Clark,  etc.. ),  and Sahara being a Bogart-loan-out to Columbia Pictures  (also featuring a just getting started Dan Duryea).


    Action in the North Atlantic - WikipediaSahara - 1943 - -poster.png

  10. 20 hours ago, ElCid said:

    Beginning at 6AM ET Jan 22, a "tribute" to Femme Fatales.   Don't think any of them are new to TCM, but good entertainment anyway.  Did a quick skim and Audrey Totter is any several.  Seen most of them and The Narrow Margin is my favorite.

    I don't know why TCM would say this is a femme fatale tribute since there are few femme fatale characters in these films except Tension (with Audrey Totter in her most nasty gal performance),  and somewhat in The Unsuspected (but more of the bitter bored wife,  then a femme fatale).      Totter isn't a femme fatale in the other films:   In Lady in the Lake,  the High Wall and The Sellout she is the women that supports the noir protagonist.   

    Other then Tension ,  Any Number Can Play is the only film with a "true" femme fatale played by Doris Dors.   

    The Narrow Margin doesn't have a femme fatale:  I guess one could say it appears to have one with the always interesting Maria Windsor,  but I don't consider a gangster's wife a femme fatale).

    Any Number Can Play is a drama with no femme fatale.

    I wonder what Eddie Muller thinks about this tribute.     I can't see him selecting these films as classic examples of a femme fatale expect the two I mentioned.



  11. 17 hours ago, SansFin said:

    Ray Miiland might not be every person's first choice as lead in a slapstickish comedy but he acquits himself very well as a hapless and clueless man forced into a situation beyond his control with both the cat and his girl.

    Yes,  Ray Milland doesn't come to mind as a slapstick type comedian but he cut his teeth with some very talented people in 1937's Easy Living,  with Jean Arthur and  Edward Arnold,  and director Mitchell Leisen (with a screen-play by the iconic 40s comedic director Preston Sturges).     While Ray was no  Cary Grant (who was),   he held his own with a good sense of comedic timings and charm.

    Amazon.com: Easy Living (Universal Cinema Classics): Jean Arthur, Edward  Arnold, Ray Milland, Mitchell Leisen: Movies & TV 


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  12. 7 hours ago, Allhallowsday said:

    Last night I watched a 1969 episode of Adam-12.  One actor in a supporting part was HARRY DEAN STANTON

    Stanton started acting in 1954.     Since I love 50s - 60s westerns he pops up in The Rifleman,  Have Gun Will Travel,  Rawhide, Gunsmoke,   The Big Valley,  The Virginia,  and Bonanza.

    When I first saw him I had to look up when he was born because I was surprised.  It was 1926!     He died in 2017 at the age of 91.

    What a long and fruitful career.

     The Hollywood Interview: Harry Dean Stanton 1926-2017

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  13. 2 hours ago, Princess of Tap said:

    I'm a real rock and roll fan from way back. In some ways this has always been my favorite Beatle album.

    "I Call Your Name " is my favorite on the album. Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas actually had a 45 hit with it.

    By the way, I thought George's "Roll Over Beethoven" was quite good--But nobody would expect him to be as good as Chuck Berry. LOL

    You're doing a great job--

    I wish I could throw some jelly babies at you.😎

    You have a good ear.    I Call Your Name is the best written song from a musical POV.    Use of many flat chords (E.g. Db7) and a chord progression that was innovative for its time.

    Clearly my favorite on the album and a song I play often to show that John and Paul were ahead of all the others in the rock and roll genre.  

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  14. 16 minutes ago, LsDoorMat said:

    A pillow salesman apparently has some ideas about declaring martial law


    Here’s our best attempt to capture what’s written on the page.

    ...Colon NOW as Acting National Security
    ...him with getting the evidence of ALL the
    ...in the election and all information regarding
    ...using people he knows who already have security
    ...done massive research on these issues
    ...at Fort Mead [sic]. He is an attorney with cyber-
    ...expertise and is up to speed on election issues.
    ...Insurrection Act now as a result of the assault on the
    ...martial law if necessary upon the first hint of any
    ...Sidney Powell, Bill Olsen, Kurt Olsen,
    ...DOD. Move Kash Patel to CIA Acting.
    ...on Foreign Interference in the election. Trigger
    ...powers. Make clear this is China/Iran
    ...also used domestic actors. Instruct Frank
    ...evidence on...the more broad
    ...likely amount...

    At the bottom, the text is obscured by Lindell’s coffee cup.

    But you get the gist: The CEO of MyPillow has a strategy for shuffling around administration staffers to gather up the evidence of electoral fraud he thinks exists — and to use military resources in an effort to keep Trump in power, or, as he apparently puts it, to protect the Constitution.

    How does  this clown sleep at night?    I don't care how good his pillows are,   I still can't see how he can get a good nights rest!


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  15. 1 hour ago, Bogie56 said:

    Well I disagree completely.  But it's not likely that they care what the two of us think.

    Congress meets indoors and does its business.  This will be outdoors with people wearing masks.  And besides all of that this is probably one of the most important inauguration ceremonies in the history of the country.   I can just imagine the new enlivened conspiracy theories if they did not go ahead as planned.  America could use a bit of pomp right now.  And I don't mean the military band that Trump wants to play as he exits.

    I would define Congress meeting essential,  but even with that being said it should have been done using Zoom.     I assume members of Congress have computers and access to the Internet.     For voting use software like Docusign.

    Yes,  we could use a bit of pomp right now,  but,  again,  but here in America the pandemic is at its peak.     E.g.  In LA county experts are now saying one-in-three have had the virus. 

    (so maybe I'm reacting to that since I live only 40 miles south of there).


  16. 9 minutes ago, reneex said:

    The Oscars are done. As are most televised awards show. Politics have ruined these once genuine and viewable awards show. Which have become nothing but left wing propaganda platforms. This year's Oscars will begin a whole new criteria centered upon identity politics and so few areas rewarding true artistic merit. I stopped watching years ago. Sadly this event will also die a slow painful death!

    Maybe done for you but the left wing loves them! 

    Since that wing grows day in and day out the Oscars will not die.       

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  17. I don't think there should be a public inauguration due to the pandemic.   Instead is should be held at a non-disclosed location with only 6 or so people.

    Biden should have provided a good example to all Americans that non-essential activities,  especially those with large gathering should be canceled.

    A public inauguration is non-essential.


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  18. 1 hour ago, Bogie56 said:

    'He meant to kidnap.... perhaps execute': Retired Lt. Col charged over Capitol MAGA siege wanted to take hostages, say prosecutors who also claim QAnon Shaman planned to 'assassinate officials' 

    Retired Air Force officer was carrying zip ties during Capitol siege

    Retired Lt. Col. Larry Rendall Brock Jr (above leaving jail after being freed on bail, inset with his wife and top left in his mugshot) was arrested in Texas after he was pictured on the Senate floor (bottom left) during the Capitol riot wearing a helmet, vest and carrying plastic zip-tie handcuffs. The 53-year-old appeared in a Texas court on Thursday on a string of charges. During the hearing, prosecutors said the zip ties were proof Brock had planned to take hostages during the siege. Prosecutors did not offer any specifics regarding Brock's alleged plans but Weimer noted 'his prior experience and training make him all the more dangerous'. He was released from jail pending his trial but was ordered to surrender his firearms and is only allowed to have limited internet access. This comes as a filing submitted by Justice Department lawyers late Thursday also sought the detention of Jacob Chansley of Arizona (right), the QAnon conspiracy theorist seen in the Capitol last week.

    This domestic terrorist shouldn't have been granted bail.    He is a flight risk and will likely cause harm to others while out on bail.    At a minimum he should have to wear a monitor.



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