Archive for July, 2014

Caution: Black And White Ahead

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

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Citizen Kane (1941) Trailer

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

We Just Went ‘Round and ‘Round

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

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I loved a woman in the New York City Ballet.  I know you don’t care.  Neither did she.

Thank God For Prohibition

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

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When waves of Italians started pouring into America at the turn of the last century, they didn’t have a lot going for them.  The Irish were here first and in greater numbers.  Better, they were lucky enough to speak English which was a tremendous advantage in the new world. 

Italians for the most part were poor, rural, uneducated, and crowded into tenements.  They brought with them some old country traditions like strong family values, a healthy work ethic, and a unity that did not assimilate well.  Many had small, crude, moonshine stills in their basements to make the wines they missed from home. Their future looked bleak.

And then on January 17, 1920, Prohibition was born and many lives were changed for the better.  Soon Italians started selling their alcohol to friends and then to friends of friends. The more ambitious young men began creating an industry complete with manufacturing and ready distribution through speakeasies which were usually legal saloons before the Eighteenth Amendment. Marketing was hardly necessary because “white” Americans had an unquenchable thirst to live their private lives the way they chose rather than be dictated to by authoritarian prigs.

In 1933, Prohibition ended.  Some called it a “noble experiment” but that was just a face-saving phrase for “complete government fuckup.”  Prohibition was our history’s biggest catalyst for more graft, corruption, Mafia violence, and a larger alienation of the American people from their government.

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 Prohibition: www.google.com/

The “Father” Of Modern Conservatism

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

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“I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here, even though sometime back they may have entered illegally,” Ronald Reagan said in 1984.

 

Farrah Had Sex In Her Hair

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

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Subliminal advertising was controversial in the 1970’s.

(I never saw it either.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subliminal_stimuli

Best Thing I Ever Learned In Boy Scouts

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

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Estimating how much daylight is left by your fingers.

(1-finger = 15-minutes)

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2013/08/20/things-all-scouts-should-know-16-camping-and-life-hacks-from-1911/

Hair Today, Bun Tomorrow

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

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Fastest hairstyles for women:  http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/five-minute-hairstyles-for-busy-mornings

We’re Together … Maybe

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

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Foreskin And A Few Years Ago

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

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The first time I saw an uncircumcised penis was on the cover of John and Yoko’s album “Two Virgins.” I thought John had forgotten to take off his condom.  In the 1950’s, almost all kids in America got circumcised – especially the boys. All the guys on my block got one as soon as they were born and some of them couldn’t walk for a year!

People against circumcision have changed America’s minds. Today, only one in three baby boys is circumcised.  One of the most militant groups opposed is “Mothers Against Circumcision.” “Intact America” is another. They believe the operation is only supported by medical myths, religious traditions, is extremely painful, and a violation of human rights (Yikes!)

I’ve read the pros and cons about circumcision and I decided it’s not right for me.  Unfortunately, my parents made the opposite decision years ago and there’s no going back on it.  There are also no accepted medical procedures to reattach foreskins – even if you could find one in the right size and color.

“We do not pull out our teeth to prevent cavities — we brush them.”

http://www.mothersagainstcirc.org/