Fargo: Brilliant Film

My Film Group again met in the Club Room of Charles West, and we really are beginning to enjoy this. It’s nice having our own space, and it lends itself to a good discussion and chat after we have seen the film. A little wine instead of a jug; some chips instead of a loaf of bread; and our Film Group instead of “Thou”; viewing a film instead of “singing in the wilderness”; and we can agree with Omar Khayyam, as he said in his Rubaiyat, “that were Paradise enow.” 

This week, again thanks to Susan and Chris, we saw Fargo (1996). It is a British-American black-comedy crime film, written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It is parody, and is brilliant. It won many awards and nominations, including the Oscar for Best Actress to Frances McDormand. ... [Read More]

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Where is the Beav?

This post was written after the latest news about the Central Michigan shooting. All the school shootings have  hit me hard, but this one got to me especially because it occurred in my childhood backyard and at a school several cousins and classmates attended when I was growing up.
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What on earth has happened to our family structure?

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My Letter to the CEO of United Airlines

Dear Mr. Munoz,

A longtime customer of United Airlines, I write to tell you that I will no longer avail myself of your services. You see, I was under the impression that we had a business relationship, not a political one; that you were serious about the business of running an airline. Your action of severing mutually-beneficial arrangements with NRA members is an act obviously intended to disparage us and the organization to which we belong. That organization’s secular sin, according to the wisdom of United Airlines, is to dare stand steadfastly for preservation of the Constitution and the entire Bill of Rights. Your action represents the basest form of moral preening aimed at assuaging a leftist, statist mob ginned up by a dishonest media whose agenda is nothing less than undoing the Bill of Rights. It is beyond ironic that you have chosen to dissociate yourself from what is likely the most law-abiding, organized group of individuals in the entire country and that you purport to be doing that to protest the criminal acts of one disturbed individual who is not an NRA member and who – in this instance – used a gun to kill and maim. Had he instead employed a Chevy Volt to run down his victims, would you have distanced yourself from the American Automobile Association (AAA)? Make no mistake – that is precisely the jejune and incoherent moral principle you have espoused.
One would think this kind of virtue signaling, this striking of a contorted political pose, would be beneath a successful, visible, international corporation interested above all in satisfying its customers. As one who practices a demanding profession on which others’ lives depend, it is beyond doubt that I cannot perform at my best if I am distracted by ancillary or frivolous political matters unrelated to my mission. I can’t imagine it is any different when it comes to running an airline, complex as it is. I suggest you stick to your core business and not waste your limited resources on politics. Until you see fit to follow this sound bit of business advice, I will make do without your services, and, I suspect, so will lots of other NRA members which you deplore with such facile animus.
Your sudden interest in politics ought to inform a similar interest in history. It teaches that, in feeding mobs, the purveyors of hors d’oeuvres often become the next entrée.
With utter disdain,

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Gauntlet, thrown.

The main issue is joined and the globalist spokeslugs are howling. Mostly senators, but a few congresslugs also. You can tell by their concern for every other country but this one.
Steel and aluminum tariffs.

“Trump tweeted Thursday that many U.S industries, including steel and aluminum “have been decimated by decades of unfair trade and bad policy with countries from around the world. We must not let our country, companies and workers be taken advantage of any longer. We want free, fair and SMART TRADE!” CBS News... [Read More]

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Parkland dirty tricks

In the immediate wake of the Parkland school shooting the students of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were immediate stars.  They were passionate, articulate, polished, highly-motivated champions of gun control.

Perhaps there was a little more to the story than just a group of fabulous grieving students?... [Read More]

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What To Do Now?

Russia nuclear weapons: Vladimir Putin boasts of arsenal capable of …

Anyone think this could have been avoided if Secretary Clinton hadn’t sold 20% of our uranium ore supply to Putin for a cool $145 million dollar contribution to the Clinton Foundation or accepted a $500k speaking fee for Bill in Moscow?

There are no such things as accidents. I don’t think any of us truly know the full extent of treason that has been thriving fruitfully during the last administration.... [Read More]

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For No Good Reason

I’m on hold with the VA, so I might as well post a few pix from Italy in 2002 using my first digital camera, a Sony CD500 camera.  Little discs, big fun!  Took over 1,100 shots over three weeks.

The choice in 2002 was either buy this in Murano, Italy, or buy the cedar deck around our pond.  The price, shockingly, was equivalent.  The picture doesn’t do this folded piece justice.... [Read More]

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On Main street, that great street, I just want to say, They do things they don’t do on Broadway

Another report from the deplorable economy.

I saw an excavator dig out of Chapter 11 with a half million dollar contract…... [Read More]

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