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Posts posted by ElCid

  1. 4 hours ago, Bogie56 said:
    The surest way to put an end to the Republican demand that the driver's license be a voting qualification is to require regular re-testing for drivers over age 75. Might save some lives too!


    Why not require re-testing for all drivers who receive traffic tickets and are involved in at fault accidents?


  2. 16 hours ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

    So true.     The only so called "canceling" I see is those that wish to cancel this TCM series.

    TCM didn't do any canceling;   Instead TCM showed the films,  uncut and unedited.     


    But they joined in with the "woke" and "cancel culture" bias in order to grossly diminish the movies they showed.  They placed their political interpretations on the movies and interpreted them as being primarily prejudiced, biased and wrong.  Therefore, viewers are basically told that we shouldn't enjoy this type movie. 

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  3. 18 hours ago, cigarjoe said:

    Just you using those terms shows that the right wing propaganda megaphone is working

    Wrong.  I don't watch or read much right wing media and always with a lot of skepticism when I do.  The "woke" and "cancel culture" movements have moved from reasonable to almost total bias against certain other types of culture.  Facts are facts.

    Incidentally, I am a moderate/liberal Democrat and have been since age 21 when I first voted.  All the way back to contributing to Gene McCarthy and George McGovern presidential campaigns.

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  4. 15 hours ago, TopBilled said:

    Thanks for taking the time to compose this thoughtful post. 

    The thing is, about slipping away to another time and place...I think TCM feels that is okay as long as it done with present-day eyes that are politically correct.

    The TCM hosts and programmers do not see this as cancel culture. They see this is a highly evolved multi-culture. And of course TCM is run by liberals with an ultra-liberal agenda. So conservative viewers have to suck it up or find another place to watch films with commentary in alignment with their politics.

    Which is why I still say we do not need the commentaries on these types of movies.  And we should not have to avoid them in order to watch the movies.

    Once this cancel culture, woke movement began it quickly careened off course into bias and repression of other viewpoints.

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  5. S.C. Legislature is mandating that all schools go to five days per week in-person classes beginning in a week or so.  Also, they must have five day per week classes next year.

    For first time in six months or so went to my favorite local independent restaurant to pick-up a take out order last night.  As I expected, ZERO mask wearing, ZERO social distancing.

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  6. 13 hours ago, cigarjoe said:

    He asked for Southern Gothic Noir. There's more, Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967), The Drowning Pool (1975), Body Heat (1981), Tightrope (1984), Angel Heart (1987), Wild At Heart (1990), China Moon (1994), Cold Around The Heart (1997), Palmetto (1998), The Badge (2002), The Notorious Bettie Page (2005). They're probably a few more that I haven't seen or have forgotten. Add  A Face In The Crowd

    Body Heat and China Moon are two of my favorite movies.

    I googled Southern Gothic Noir movies and it came up with a lot of Southern Gothic listings.  Below is a link to Wikipedia, which also lists some movies and TV series that are "Southern Gothic."


  7. 6 hours ago, cigarjoe said:

    For anyone that is going to go through Noir withdrawals this month with no Noir Alley here are the Noir, Transitional Noir, International Noir and Neo Noir scheduled 😎

    Today - All the King's Men  1950

    April 3 - Caged (1950)

    April 5 - Fallen Idol (1948)

    April 9 - Hangmen Also Die! (1943)

    April 11 - I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932), I Want To Live! (1958) - Transitional Noirs In Cold Blood (1967) and In The Heat Of The Night (1967)

    April 13 - Johnny Eager (1943) Key Largo (1948)

    April 14 - La Strada - Noir Italian Style (1954), Ladies in Retirement (1941)

    April 15 - The Letter (1940),  Neo Noir - Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

    April 16 - The Maltese Falcon (1941)

    April 17 - Mildred Pierce (1945), Transitional Noir The Manchurian Candidate (1962) 

    April 18 - Mystery Street (1950)

    April 19 - Brit Noir Odd Man Out (1947), Film Soleil Transitional Noir Night of the Iguana (1964)

    April 22 - Possessed (1947), One of the very first Transitional Noir Psycho (1960)

    April 23 - Hitchcock Noir-  Rear Window (1954)

    April 25 - Hitchcock Noir - Shadow Of A Doubt (1943), Neo Noir Shaft (1971)

    April 27 - The Strange Loves Of Martha Ivers (1946), The Stranger (1946), Hitchcock Noir - Strangers On A Train (1951), Southern Gothic Noir A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

    April 28 - Transitional Noir Sweet Bird Of Youth (1962)

    April 29 - The Third Man (1949)





    Thanks.  Is Southern Gothic Noir really a category?  Other movies that fit into it?  Personally I never have thought much of A Streetcar Named Desire.

  8. 22 hours ago, scsu1975 said:

    Has anyone here actually read the Georgia bill? It's available online. 

    Over my forty years of teaching, I've had to read many research papers, and I also reviewed articles for scholarly journals. I have always stressed the importance of primary sources. Rather than read an article or watch a video on the bill (which generally reflect the author's point of view), why not read the bill for yourself? By the way, Section 33 deals with the "food and water" issue.

    It is 100 pages long.

  9. On 3/30/2021 at 8:26 PM, hamradio said:


    Some trivia, the Thompson was once sold in hardware (and even once read drug) stores.

    Thompson submachine gun was marketed for ranchers and similar for protection of their properties against animals as well as people.

  10. 17 hours ago, txfilmfan said:

    Not all council tax payers are eligible to vote.  As a renter, I paid council tax monthly, and into the national insurance system, but I was not eligible to vote in England. 

    Voting registration requirements (from www.gov.uk/register-to-vote):

    You must be aged 16 or over (or 14 or over in Scotland and Wales).

    You must also be one of the following:

    • a British citizen
    • an Irish or EU citizen living in the UK
    • a Commonwealth citizen who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need permission
    • a citizen of another country living in Scotland or Wales who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need permission

    Voting by post:

    You must apply for a postal vote if you want to vote by post, for example if:

    • you’re away from home
    • you’re abroad and want to vote in England, Scotland or Wales

    You do not need to give a reason unless you’re voting in Northern Ireland.

    You can apply to vote by post for one of the following:

    • a single election on a specific date
    • a specific period if you want to vote in England, Scotland or Wales
    • permanently

    The application for postal voting (all countries except NI) has entries for your name, address, phone (optional), email address (optional), term of applicability, address for ballot (if different from above), declaration of accuracy/truthfulness with date of birth and signature, and today's date.

    Northern Ireland is stricter on voting by post.

    In person voting

    People living in England, Scotland or Wales do not need ID to vote in person.   Photo ID is required in Northern Ireland.  Voting age for Scottish Parliament, Welsh Parliament, and Scottish location elections is 16.  In all other elections there, and all elections in England and Northern Ireland, voting age is 18.


    How do you prove citizenship?  I assume that when applying for a postal vote, government matches it against a list of registered voters?

    How do they verify person showing up to vote is who he says he is and that he is registered to vote?


  11. 13 hours ago, Wim Grundy said:

    As a combat veteran of the Vietnam conflict and a TCM watcher, I recommend ROGUE'S REGIMENT.

    The premise on Wikipedia sounds interesting.   Where did you see it, as  I have never heard of it?

    My favorite Vietnam War movie is Go Tell the Spartans (1978) with Burt Lancaster.  Set  in the early part of war with Lancaster and small detachment of advisors.

  12. 12 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

    In Britain they have voting by mail, no ID required to accompany the ballots and there are no claims of voter fraud.

    That is the question.  Why is America the only wealthy country where voter fraud is supposed to be rampant?  I would say that America is no different from Canada or most European countries in that there is not rampant voter fraud.  That part is fake news to make voting harder.  Start with the lie.

    How do other countries verify that the person sending in the mail-in ballot is who he says he is?  How do they verify the request?  Is mail-in open to every one?

    Voter fraud is not rampant in America - only the Republicans claim that.  What is "rampant" is the changing voter demographics.  Republicans are now a minority party in that they represent a minority of the population and they fear losing control of the governments at all levels - down to the school districts.

  13. 13 hours ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

    So Cid,  I'm curious what you think of the Georgia voting bill the GOP just passed?     I'm finding it hard to get specific information about the bill,  but the few items mention (like providing a copy of photo ID for absentee voting),  sound logical to me.    

    So I'm very curious what you believe is racist in the bill (if anything).    According to the MSM it is everything. 


    Two articles below if you have the time to sort through them.   The first is from GA Public Broadcasting and is probably neutral.  The second is more critical.  To me, it is an obvious attempt to change the rules that worked to ones that favor Republicans.   Basically, it restricts early voting, mail-in voting, numbers of ballot drop boxes, hours for early voting and so forth.  Most importantly it gives the Republican legislature more authority over the county election boards.  GA had no excuse early voting for years, but will now restrict that.  



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  14. 1 hour ago, Sepiatone said:

    Seems odd to me, but when I was growing up it was common knowledge that automatic weapons were illegal to own(Tommy guns and such).  And I also noticed:

    With the relaxing of gun laws and getting more guns in the hands of "law abiding citizens" there was a parallel increase of the guns possessed by  criminal thug types and street gangs.  And most(it can be presumed) of their guns having been stolen from the homes of those "law abiding citizens" who purchased those guns to protect their homes from theft.   And too....

    Until the relaxing of laws prohibiting ownership of automatic weapons,  nobody has ever heard about mass shootings as often(if at all) as we do now.   At the time, everyone though COLUMBINE was the exception to the rule.  Nobody had the inkling that it was the catalyst of a disturbing trend.


    As I understand it the gun law under Clinton banned assault type weapons.  Automatic weapons have never been legalized.  The problem is that most assault weapons can be easily converted to automatic with readily available kits.  Also, even semi-automatic weapons have large capacity magazines and can fire very rapidly.

    My problem with assault type weapons is that if someone purchases a weapon that looks like it should be used in combat to kill people, then that is what they do.

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  15. 13 hours ago, hamradio said:

    We got involved in a war which was a French Indochina/ Vietnamese  problem by which the UN resolved during the 1950's.  Oh the other bordering countries will fall like dominoes HS for one of the reasons for our involvement, 

    If united during the '50's the communist regime could had withered on the vine because it feeds on conflict.  This was a war for independence from France.

    The only purpose for the military is to protect OUR country from attack. 

    Invasion of Afghanistan WARRANTED, Iraq NOT!

    I agree about Afghanistan and Iraq, but US should have had an exit strategy for Afghanistan.  Unfortunately, once there the US political leadership discovered there is no exit that is not likely to have the Taliban in control again.

    The first Iraq war, Gulf War, was warranted and had a limited mission and a clear exit strategy.

    As for Vietnam, the US did make a mistake under Truman and Eisenhower in supporting the French.  However, the US did not really become heavily involved until after the French left and two nations were created.  The North Vietnamese wanted one nation under their socialist/communist type of government.

    The "communist" regime would not have "withered on the vine" as was evidenced by their ultimate victory and continued control of all of Vietnam.

  16. 1 hour ago, Sepiatone said:

    While I can't fathom why it took so many years for the U.S. military to afford the same rights and recognition to Viet Nam vets as they did the veterans of earlier wars,  to grant them a "special" veterans day, without also designating a Korean war veterans day and with there still being some survivors, a WWII veteran's day is puzzling.  I figured Viet Nam vets were already covered by Veteran's Day anyway.  So no special day is really needed.


    Actually I have no idea why Vietnam War Veterans Day was created.  Congress created it during the Trump administration in part because of the 50th Anniversary of the war recognitions.  They picked March 29 as that is day last combat troops left Vietnam and the Military Assistance Command Vietnam was disestablished in 1973.

  17. The solution for HR 1 and SB 1 (voting rights) is for the Dems to remove the most objectionable parts of HR 1 and then pass it in both Houses however is necessary.  For example, I absolutely do not see automatic registration for 16/17 year olds pending their becoming 18.

  18. March 29 is Vietnam War Veterans Day and there are no movies on TCM to commemorate it.

    I saw an Australian Vietnam War movie last week, Danger Close (2019?)  Very good movie.  Primarily an Australian Army infantry unit supported mostly by a New Zealand artillery unit.  Some support from US Air Force.

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  19. Time for Biden and company to take Joe Manchin and Sinema to the woodshed and tell them they have to vote for voting rights bill.  

    It also has to be based on 51 votes, not 60.  Just get it done and then prepare for the fight with the Republican US Court System.

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  20. 17 hours ago, mr6666 said:


    Fake news?  If these people actually owed all this money, the IRS would be all over them.  Everybody tries to "evade" taxes.  There is a difference between the tax laws favoring the rich and corporations vs. actual evasion or non-payment of taxes.  They pay what the government says they owe.

    This is why Sanders hurts the Dems more than he does the GOPers.

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  21. My take on Fiat based on my experience of owning a 124 Sport Spider is to repeat the "Fix It Again Tony" refrain.  I actually was dead on the side of the road three times in it.  Well, unfortunately once was my wife about 8:00 at night by herself while I was out of town.  Fortunately I had given her the  24 hour number for a tow and a friend got her home.

  22. 14 hours ago, Vautrin said:

    I think it's been a while since GWWW has been considered the great American novel, at least

    just as a novel. It's certainly of an imposing door stop heft and has always been fairly popular,

    but as a work of art it no longer gets much respect. Of course everyone is entitled to their own

    opinion, but I doubt the consensus among critics is that it's the great American novel. That's

    doesn't mean it's a bad novel, it's just not seen as a great one. 

    Actually it is still seen as a "great" novel by almost all sources I found on the internet.  There probably is no such thing as the Great American Novel, but it was considered one at one time. Still is by many.

  23. 11 hours ago, Dargo said:

    Hate quoting myself here, but...

    And the Spyder which on this coming Tuesday will be replaced in my garage with THIS Spider...the deal done this morning.


    (...still can't believe how difficult it was to find one with a manual transmission)

    Congrats!  I have reached the stage where shifting gears is something I hate.  Every time I drive my pick-up I am reminded of that fact.

    Getting in and out of little bitty cars is more problematic, even mid-sized sedans.  Small SUV/Crossover will replace my current sedan eventually.  Wife already drives a mid-sized SUV - and the truck was actually her choice for a manual (she now dislikes it).

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