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Everything posted by jamesjazzguitar

  1. The TCM Schedule does say The Underworld Story is this weeks Noir Alley film, but two weeks ago when the film was The Crimson Kimono, didn't Eddie say that in two weeks he would be showing another Sam Fuller film Underworld USA? I guess I'm confused. Anyhow, with The Underworld Story Eddie will likely discuss Da Silva being blacklisted soon after this film, and director Cy Endfield. One odd things here is Mary Anderson playing a black women (well at least the director didn't use blackface!). Anderson is best known to me from the DeHavilland film To Each His Own where she plays the women that adopts unmarried Olivia's child. As for the film; Da Silva is fine (I still like him as Chickamaw in They Live by Night). and Duryea is full of energy, but the film is all-over-the-place and lacks solid direction.
  2. Again, not correct when it comes to Los Angeles; Before the protest the Mayor had put in a revised city budget that called for across the board pay cuts expect to the police. The mayor even retained an education bonus agreed upon with the Police union last year that was set to kick in this month. Other civil employee unions were very upset that the police received special treatment. THEN, just yesterday he changed his mind and announced pay cuts to the LAPD , and diverting the reduced funds to city programs that benefit the black community, based on demands by BLM. NOW, these changes may be wise but they are a direct response to the protest. PS: In addition it is likely the mayor will order the police department to reduce the number of patrols calls in the black areas of town, just like he only had the National Guard assist police in NON black areas of L.A.
  3. The overall topic has been discussed many times; related to American movies I believe Wyatt Earp is the most represented historical figure played by different actors, with Lincoln being in second. As for fictional characters: I assume Sherlock Holmes.
  4. I don't agree as it relates to LOCAL elections. The vast majority of Dems in my county were glad that the police came out in force to defend their community. Just like that pictures of Floyd will stick in the minds of black American for years to come, those photos of the destruction will stick in the minds of most NON black voters (even Latinos leaders have stated that it wasn't right that they were targeted and in my county Latinos make up 25% of the voters, and blacks < 5%). Trump will lose in my county, but other Dems that won in 2018 only because of Trump, may not, and for sure they will lose if they take the type of stance L.A. Dems are talking with regards to use of violence and property destruction. PS: and I assume my GUESS about how voters in MY county will react (a place I have lived in for over 40 years), is much more representative than your GUESS.
  5. Even Obama said that they had NO right to use violence or destroy property. I fail to understand why 'this' (does the ends justify the means) is causing divisions between Trump supporters and anti-Trumpers. As for those that hate; uh, come on folks, BOTH side hate. This is true with the ME-Too movement as well; I.e. that there are SOME women (a very small minority) that are full of hate towards all men and don't believe in due-process. E.g. In Los Angeles there is a known undercurrent about how SOME in the black community feel towards the Dem Jewish power structure (e.g. the mayor is Jewish). Again, I fail to understand why liberals can't just acknowledge that. (even if Nipknow is off on another nonsensical immature hate all-thing-libs tangent).
  6. The downstream impact of the protest and associated destruction is likely to assist GOP candidates here in CA, especially in the County I live in. E.g. First time Dem Katie Porter; In 2018 I voted for her over the GOP incumbent as an anti-Trump \ anti-GOP voter (the seat had been held by the GOP for decades). She has yet to comment on the protest but she will be asked. The good thing for Porter is that the primary has already taken place otherwise she might have landed in 3rd place behind a progressive Dem and the moderate GOP candidate. (CA's primaries allow open voting with the top 2 (which can be from the same party), facing off in the General). Therefore Porter should be able to take a "moderate" law-and-order stance (like Obama's) as it relates to property destruction and use of violence. If she doesn't she will lose.
  7. Spence you don't come off as a news junkie. In fact far from it; A news junkie, unlike a drug junkie, isn't hooked on ONE source but many, many different ones, each with their own bias and slant (since all of us are bias, and therefore all media is bias). Instead you come off only as a Fox news addict.
  8. Nipkow since you 'liked' my post here; for the record, 99% what you post I do NOT believe; I.e. I find it to be BS, lies and odd-thinking-at-best, BUT it is what you believe instead of posted tweets by other 24 \ 7 like some trolls around here.
  9. One women in power that is taking a beating today is Jackie Lacey, the first African-American DA of Los Angeles: The protest in L.A. are now focused on removing her from office since she has refused to charge some LAPD members for abuse against black suspects. There just was an election a few weeks ago, and while she received the most votes she didn't get over 50% so there will be a run-off. The one she is running against is a progressive white male that has indicated he would NOT prosecute L.A. Citizens for a whole range of crimes and would go after the LAPD. Like I've been saying most of the political battles with regards to race in most major cities is between the Dem party establishment and the progressive wing. At the local level there are few political progressives 'stars' (e.g. they have name recognition with even 30% of the voters). I.e. the progressive super-stars are all at the national level like the Squad and Bernie Sanders (who will soon be out of politics).
  10. Lets remove a few statues,,,,, that will convince those fools that we really give a damn! Suckers! (this is the type of Dem party pandering that is at the root of these protest).
  11. I'm replying to this now that I see the latest post about Cedric Hardwicke and his hairstyle in Hunchback compared to that of Astor in A Kiss Before Dying: I have been trying for almost a decade to get you to take a topic seriously and to reply as such; Well here you do so, but when it should have been clear I was joking!!!!! I.e. this crack should have been the giveaway: the guy was obsessed with making it big so he could get his mother a new wig. If that isn't dark I don't know what is.
  12. I'm sure she is a 'good person' but when it comes to ensuring the city's police department abuse cases are resolved in a timely manner, according to BLM and the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP. she could do better. Note that she said: You’re not honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights movement. You’re not protesting anything running out with brown liquor in your hands and breaking windows in this city. If you want change in America, go and register to vote! Show up at the polls on June 9. Do it in November. That is the change we need in this country. I assume Bottoms wasn't trying to imply 'vote against me, since someone else could do better'.
  13. Under Obama the DOJ did launch investigations of local police departments that resulted in the DOJ entering into agreements with 12 police departments, four times as many as under President George W. Bush. Under Trump, AG Jeff Session slowly discontinued these agreements and Session didn't pursue new ones with any additional police departments. While the Obama admin could have done more, it clearly did more than any previous admin and much, much more than the current one.
  14. First no admin (or leader, or entire country), can "solve" racism. Just like a nation can't "solve" humans committing violence acts towards each other; the best that can be done is a reduction. (this distinction does matter since I find way too many young people believe that something can be 'solved' (i.e. prevented 100% of the time) and thus when that doesn't happen, believe the system is broken \ rigged when it was just an isolated incidence). As for 'meaningful bill', none were put forth since the Dem party focus during those two years was all on providing health insurance; i.e. the passage of the ACA. Note that immigration reform (e.g. passing a DACA bill), was also ignored. Anyhow, like Obama said this week, one shouldn't expect much from the Federal government when it comes to law enforcement, but instead hold state and local officials responsible and vote accordingly. From Obama this week: "Yes, we should be fighting to make sure that we have a president, a Congress, a US Justice Department, and a federal judiciary that actually recognize the ongoing, corrosive role that racism plays in our society and want to do something about it," he wrote. "But the elected officials who matter most in reforming police departments and the criminal justice system work at the state and local levels." PS: I believe Obama was also saying: So folks, get out and vote for Joe,,, don't hold lack of progress against him and the Dem party establishment in general.
  15. If this isn't 'leadership by default' I don't know what is. Hopefully she is "target, qualified and compassionate" (unlike other Dem mayors of large cities, as viewed by younger black activist).
  16. Scrutiny of CA and Harris's time there as Attorney General might give her 'zero chance' as well (as viewed by the progressive people-of-color wing of the party, and a wing that now has a lot more 'say' on the selection).
  17. I know I"m way too cynical but from the perspective of an African-American, say under age 50, wouldn't the logical question be: Hey, Joe,, why didn't Obama and you push for this between 2008 and 2010 when you had a majority in the House and Senate? Hey, Joe,, you there???? E.g Today's L.A. Times; Front page story in the California section about how the State's House Black political caucus is pushing major reform bills! Uh, for over 15 years Dems have been a majority and as of 2014 a super majority (over 2\3s). I.e. nothing prevented them from pushing these bills before this latest event (that didn't even occur in CA of course).
  18. The Dem party establishment still doesn't get it; the protest are mostly against THEIR failed leadership. E.g. here in Los Angeles the protest are now focused mostly on the L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti. Black leaders are telling them to use the power of the vote; vote for WHO???? There is no upcoming election for Mayor and when the next one is held it is likely the progressives and Dem establishment will split the Dem party vote and the GOP law-and-order type candidate could win. (just like Trump will likely win now because blacks will NOT be voting for Biden, but instead sit home complaining 'its the same dame'.).
  19. As for "why blame it on this party of that"; I still say the majority of the blame falls on the local authorities and that is what Obama also said 2 days ago. But OK, if that is how one wishes to view this, then it is clear there will be no solution and this is the message white Americans should communicate to the younger generation of black Americans (instead of the BS coming from mostly Dems, that they really are going to do something about it this time, so get-out-and-vote). Note that within the Dem party there is bitterness FROM those that believe their party, at the local level, have made major progress but 'they still burn us down anyhow'. This is the feeling of the Dems here in L.A. and most of CA. E.g. L.A. Dem pols have made many changes and reduced police abuse (across the board, but especially towards-people-of-color) and this is thanks they get? The same treatment Trump and the GOP get? Isn't that justifiable anger'? Think about that one.
  20. BS; He posted this right under it: TomJH did not post this but I love bold lettering. He is just lazy or stupid when it comes to changing the size of the font.
  21. Today CNN is promoting Atlanta mayor Ms. Bottoms as Biden's V.P. candidate. Well according to the V.P. of the NAACP Atlanta charter, there are 5 open cases of police abuse on black men that have been open for over 6 months with no charges filed. No resolution. Now I'm not saying that means she is failing in this regards, but only that groups like BLM clearly believe she is. So is Bottoms just another part of the Dem political establishment that knows the right things to say, but still can't get things done? OR are the views of BLM unrealistic? I.e. a mayor has the balancing act of retaining a professional police department with high morale as well as ensuring police abuse is keep at a minimum. Maybe Bottoms is doing that and it is BLM that expects too much? https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/02/politics/keisha-lance-bottoms-atlanta-mayor/index.html
  22. I play I"m So Tried and it is a fairly easy song to play but to sing it, wow. When John belts out the lyrics in the second half of song,,,, yea, it takes having a voice like John, and that I don't even attempt (since my neighbors would have a fit!).
  23. Good catch. While the picture was burly I did wonder if it was the sassy gal from The Shanghai Gesture and some of the Charlie Chan films. She didn't have much of a film career but I always felt she added some 'juice' to each film she was in.
  24. Nipkow isn't a fake poster. He post what he believes. Unlike you where 99% of what you post are the comments of others.
  25. Well you say 'in no particular order', and then the first one listed there, Artemus, is The Wild Wild West. You really expect anyone to believe that?
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