Bad Movie of the Week

One of a series

The title says it all, 2 Days in the Valley, from  1996. The Valley, in case you missed it, is San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles. I’m not going to rewind the plot with overtones of Pulp Fiction, which came out two years before. The intersection of the two is a menagerie of plot threads and associated characters, intertwining and eventually coming together to produce a conclusion of sorts. This is a current offering on Amazon Prime Video out of Rysher Entertainment and distributed by MGM. Details are from Wikipedia.

Lots of people die.

The opening shows two assassins, Lee Woods (James Spader) and Dosmo Pizzo (Danny Aiello), as they first stake out a house occupied by Becky Foxx (Teri Hatcher) and her previous husband Roy Foxx (Peter Horton). You’re not going to  see much of Roy, because he’s the first one killed. One of the hitmen jabs Becky’s lovely rear end while she’s sleeping, putting her out of commission while Lee and Dosmo torment then shoot Roy.

Cut to another thread. We see Teddy Peppers (Paul Mazursky) at the end of his rope. His career as a TV producer has gone completely dry, and he plans to  kill himself. But first he needs to walk his dog.

Meanwhile it’s time for Lee and Dosmo to settle up. And wouldn’t you know it, there is no honor among hitmen. Come daylight and the two are parked overlooking The Valley, where Lee puts a bullet into Dosmo’s belly. Then he sets his stopwatch to count down one minute, at the same time setting a one-minute timer on a bomb in the car trunk. Lee has a thing about one-minute. All his victims are given one minute to  live.

As Lee’s sexy sidekick Helga Svelgen (Charlize Theron) gives him a ride away from the site, the bomb goes ka-boom. Possibly the most expensive part of this movie. The producers had to  waste a car.

Back at their digs (actually a cheap motel  room) Helga opens up. We hope to  see more of her.

And we do. Makes the movie.

Meanwhile, Dosmo was not killed by the shot to the belly. He was wearing his trusty bullet-proof vest, and as Lee casually walked away from the time bomb, Dosmo not so casually rolled out the passenger side door and down a nearby slope.

Down the slope he winds up at the home of art dealer Allan Hopper (Greg Cruttwell), where he takes Hopper and Hopper’s assistant Susan Parish (Glenne Headly) hostage. He cooks dinner for them.

Now we learn that Becky is in on the hit. Back with Lee and Helga, she informs Lee he is going to need to return to her house and retrieve the $30,000 bounty he earned by offing Roy, both to get rid of a financial drag (she was paying alimony to  him) and to collect on a huge life insurance policy.

After Lee heads out to retrieve the loot, and also to kill the two police officers guarding the murder scene, Becky and Helga have it out. It gets physical. Then a gun is produced. It gets deadly. Helga is mortally wounded while Becky flees.

Things converge back at Becky’s house, as Lee kills the two cops, scoops up the money, then makes plans to kill another cop arriving to investigate further. But Helga shows up, dying, and distracts Lee. Dosmo shows up. Teddy shows up. Dosmo takes another slug to the vest, and Teddy uses the pistol he had previously planned for himself to kill Lee. Dosmo scoops up the $30,000 and departs for New York with Susan. Becky retrieves a car she has stashed and drives off scot free (because Lee and Helga are dead, and Dosmo is never going to talk). Becky’s ultimate destination is never revealed.

The plot has deliberate quirkiness. Lee’s obsession with a one-minute timeout seems pure artifice. Also the bomb in  the car. For all the skin shown in the movie, nobody gets humped.

The film enjoyed a box office of $11 million, and I do not know how much it cost to make. I’m guessing not much. I figure somebody said, “Here’s $2 million. Go make a movie and get back to  me in the morning.”

The Golden Shower

Something interesting—this is number 22.

 

Friday was looking to be a very dull day. So-called President Trump was out of town, out of the country really. Making nice with the French. Found time to compliment Mme. Macron on maintaining her shape after all these years. Washington was really quiet. Nothing much going on. I figured I was going to have to make something up about the Trump administration.

Just kidding.

At one point yesterday I recalled the image above. It shows Donald Trump Jr., oldest son of the current President. It’s from an interview with Trump Jr. on 24 July of last year, and it came the month following when he got wind of an offer from a Russian lawyer. The offer was that the Russian government had embarrassing information on presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and that person was willing to share it with the Trump campaign. The word was that the Russian government, under president for life Vladimir Putin, favored Donald Trump in the 2016 elections and definitely did not want Mrs. Clinton in charge. It was in June that Mr. Trump Jr. jumped at the chance to meet and obtain this invitation, and he invited Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and Trump Jr.’s brother-in-law Jared Kushner to come along.

The following month following the meeting Trump Jr. was on television with choice words about the political opposition. He was asked about any involvement the Trump campaign might have had with the Russians, perhaps even the Russian government, and he had this to say. See the image above:

… CNN anchor Jake Tapper asks Trump Jr. about Mook’s allegations that Russian state actors were behind the leaked DNC emails. Trump Jr.’s response is staggering, considering what we know now:

Tapper: [Mook] seemed to be suggesting that this is part of a plot to help Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton. Your response?

Trump Jr: Well, just goes to show you their exact moral compass. They’ll say anything to be able to win this. This is time and time again, lie after lie. You notice he won’t say, “Well, I say this,” he’ll say, “Here are experts, here’s house cat at home who once said this is what’s happening with the Russians.” It’s disgusting; it’s so phony.

Trump Jr. also went on to say that Mook ought to be “ashamed of himself” for spreading the idea that Russia was working in support of the Trump campaign. But just weeks earlier, in early June, British publicist Rob Goldstone had informed Trump Jr. about “Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

I have observed that moral compasses come, and moral  compasses go, but the truth just seems to hang around like the odor of dead fish.

As already noted, a week ago Trump Jr. got wind that The New York Times was preparing to publish contents of an email exchange. The email exchange demonstrates that it is Trump Jr.’s moral compass that needs some adjusting. The rising political star of Donald Trump Jr. seems to have lost its sheen and may be going the way of his father’s. Once it  was apparent The Times was going to publish the damning correspondence, Trump Jr. eagerly jumped in front of cameras and laid the entire episode bare. He acknowledged the emails were factual and that he and Manafort and Kushner had, indeed, taken the meeting in Trump Tower on the 25th floor. He noted that Rob Goldstone, an associate of Trump Sr., was also there. And that was the sum of it.

In a Fox News interview with Sean Hannity, Donald Trump Jr. set the record straight:

Hannity: Did you ever meet with any other persons from Russia, that you know [of]?

Trump Jr.: No. I don’t even know. … Not in the context of a formalized meeting, or anything like, because, why would I?

And that was that, and that was what was making Friday to begin to look like a day without sunshine. But what an idiot I was. I should have known. That was definitely not all of it.

Yes, there were more people in the room. There was interpreter Anatol Samochomov and also sometimes-lobbyist for the Russian government Rinat Akhmetshin.

And that was all.

That was definitely all. There were no more people attending the meeting in June of last year on the 25th floor of Trump Tower in New York City. Absolutely no more people. That is the final count.

I apologize. This story is expanding faster than I can keep up with it. In order to keep readers informed I am going to need to get ahead of the wave on this. I’m going to have to extrapolate and fill in the blanks before they open up. Here is more of the story as it will continue to  develop.

Yes, there were more people in the room that day. In fact, information has come to light that Brown and Root was contracted by Donald Trump Sr. to implement serious reconstruction of Trump Tower to expand the meeting room. Observers at the time now report having seen lines of buses parked at 725 5th Avenue to unload those attending the meeting. Seen entering were Dennis Rodman, Kim Jong-un, Ross Perot, Patrick Stewart, Stephen Hawking, Lawrence of Arabia, and Judge Crater.

And I promise you, there were no others in attendance I have not already listed.

All right. Full disclosure. I was there, as well. Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya had some questions about the Russian language, and I was called in to consult.

And that is the final count. End of story.

Except, you may ask, what does all this have to do with the possibly fake dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele? Good question. Parts of the dossier are obviously bogus, including references to an episode in a Moscow hotel:

However, there were other aspects to TRUMP’s engagement with the Russian authorities. One which had borne fruit for them was to exploit TRUMP’s person  obsessions and sexual perversion in order to  obtain suitable ‘kompromat’ (compromising material) on him. According to Source D, where s/he had been present, TRUMP’s perverted) conduct in Moscow included hiring the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, where he knew president and Mrs OBAMA (whom he hated) had stayed on  one of their official trips to Russia, and defiling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him. the hotel was known to be under FSB control  with microphones and concealed cameras in all the main rooms to record anything they wanted to.

There is likely no connection, but I need to make sure I don’t leave anything out.

There is going to be more. Keep reading.

And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.

Bad Joke of the Week

One of a continuing series

A young boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his customer, “This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it to  you.”

The barber puts a dollar bill in  one hand and two quarters in the other, then he calls the boy over and asks, “Which do you want, son?”

The boy takes the quarters and leaves.

“What did I tell you?” says the barber. “That kid never leans.”

Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store.

“Hey, son, may I ask you a question?” the man says. “Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?”

The boy licks his cone and replies, “Because the day I take the dollar is the day the game is over.”

Friday Funny

Number 67 of a series

Thank Jesus I don’t have to rely on stupid criminals for this week’s Friday Funny. Anytime I run out of stupid criminals I can always fall back on stupid stupids. Take Si Robertson, for example:

In an interview with CP Voice on Wednesday, Robertson, along with the film’s lead actor Kevin Downes, commented on how the Gospel is presented in the letters between the two men. “One is a skeptic. And there’s a lot of skeptics,” said Robertson. “I dont believe there’s a such thing as an atheist. Because there’s too much documentation. Our calenders are based on Jesus Christ.”

Right!

And if you don’t believe in Jove, then think again the next time you get it all figured out, and you exclaim, “By Jove!”

These guys really are funny.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

Only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun. Who’s going to stop the good guy with a gun? The world wonders:

Man shot sister’s kids’ dad, innocent woman in domestic fight: Prosecutors

By William Lee Contact Reporter Chicago Tribune

A Navy veteran seriously wounded the father of his sister’s children and an innocent bystander during a Thursday domestic quarrel that turned into a shooting in the Burnside neighborhood, prosecutors said Saturday.

Timothy McGhee, 26, is charged with attempted murder in the Thursday morning shooting in the 700 block of East 92nd Place. On Saturday, Judge Laura Sullivan ordered McGhee held without bond.

In court, prosecutors said the 26-year-old man was dropping off his children with McGhee’s sister when they began arguing. As the argument intensified, McGhee came out of the home and got involved in the quarrel, prosecutor Joseph Carlson told the judge.

As the man walked back to his car, where his girlfriend and his 7-month-old child were waiting, McGhee pulled out a handgun and opened fire on the man, Carlson said. The man ran back to his vehicle to retrieve his own handgun, but did not fire it during the fight, Carlson said.

I’m feeling safer already.

Buyer’s Remorse

Number 8 in a series

This series is devoted to all those readers who bought into the Donald Trump flim-flam, voted for him, and are now struggling with buyer’s remorse. It is as I predicted months ago, only now enjoying it with much glee. This series is my opportunity to twist the knife.

The image above is a screen shot from Tuesday’s edition of ABC World News Tonight with David Muir, and it pictures Donald Trump Jr. speaking on 24 July 2016. CNN has a transcript of his words:

(CNN) — On several occasions during the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump Jr. dismissed and mocked claims that there was a connection between his father’s campaign and Russian government efforts to influence the election.

Trump Jr.’s past statements on Russia are receiving new attention after he and The New York Times revealed he met with a lawyer he was told in an email was a “Russian government attorney” who had “very high-level and sensitive information” incriminating Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. In emails Trump Jr. made public Tuesday, he was told by a friend, publicist Rob Goldstone, that the information was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”
Trump Jr. told Fox News that the meeting, which occurred on June 9, 2016, amounted to nothing and that he was just seeking political opposition research about his father’s opponent.
After the meeting, Trump Jr. fought back against the notion in radio, TV and campaign appearances that any connection with Russia existed.
Speaking with CNN’s Jake Tapper in July, Trump Jr. called claims of Russian meddling “disgusting” when he was asked about comments by Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook that leaked DNC emails were part of a Russian effort to help Trump.
“Well it just goes to show you their exact moral compass. I mean, they will say anything to be able to win this. I mean, this is time and time again, lie after lie,” Trump Jr. said.
He added, “It’s disgusting. It’s so phony.”
In campaign appearances in October and November, Trump Jr. brushed off the idea that his father’s campaign had connections to Russia and attacked the Clintons over the sale of a Canadian uranium mining company to Russia’s atomic energy agency Rosatom, alleging that the Clintons were engaged in a pay-to-play scheme.
“We’ve seen corruption at the highest level,” Trump Jr. said on Oct. 17 to supporters in Colorado. “We’ve seen our country be sold out. We’ve seen, you know, the second Bill (Clinton) gives a speech in Russia for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Two weeks later, the State Department that’s run by Hillary Clinton signs off, giving Russians 20% of our uranium supply. And we’re the ones with the Russia connection. I mean, give me a break, folks. But that’s what this is about. It’s about hypocrisy.”

This week Mr. Trump Jr. admitted he arranged a meeting with a Russian lawyer he presumed was prepared to provide information from Russian government sources, information that would be damaging to the Clinton campaign.

From all appearances the Trump White House is scrambling to deflect this latest disaster, and I am enjoying every second of it. For years Donald Trump pushed the false notion that President Obama was ineligible to be President because he was not born in this country. He then launched his campaign for the office, employing a steady barrage of outrageous lies and lesser fabrications, swinging insult and slander as not seen in a modern presidential contest. And a large chunk of the American population bought into the swindle.

It is upon these unfortunates that I am now prepared to drop the hammer. You are fools and idiots of the highest order, the shining example of what is wrong with this country. Your moral bankruptcy led you by the nose to the scene of your destruction, and I am here to ensure you get the full benefit.

You can thank me later.

The Golden Shower

Something interesting—this is number 21.

I’ve been trying to shake off this story for months, but it won’t go away, no matter how hard I try. Every two or three months I think about it, real hard. But I still can’t shake it. Maybe I should think about it harder. I will think about it.

In the meantime, here is some of the back  story:

… And the Golden Shower is only one sliver of the pie. It is possible the President’s prior appointment in a Moscow hotel has shriveled to a footnote in the drama now playing out. It may no longer be important whether the infamous Pee Pee Tape exist, much less whether Donald Trump really did order up prostitutes to piss on a bed. So far, all we have is an unofficial dossier prepared by former British spy Christopher Steele. Critical parts of the dossier rely on second-hand sources, sources that have not been verified. It’s up to those who read Steele’s report to decide on its merits. A copy is posted on-line, including the pertinent paragraph labeled 2:

However, there were other aspects to TRUMP’s engagement with the Russian authorities. One which had borne fruit for them was to exploit TRUMP’s person  obsessions and sexual perversion in order to  obtain suitable ‘kompromat’ (compromising material) on him. According to Source D, where s/he had been present, TRUMP’s perverted) conduct in Moscow included hiring the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, where he knew president and Mrs OBAMA (whom he hated) had stayed on  one of their official trips to Russia, and defiling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him. the hotel was known to be under FSB control  with microphones and concealed cameras in all the main rooms to record anything they wanted to.

To be sure, it is difficult for me to believe that an earnest candidate for President of the United States would pay prostitutes in Moscow to piss on the bed where the former President and his wife previously slept. That is, it was difficult prior to 20 January of this year, when Mr. Trump assumed office. Since then there have been developments:

That was since becoming President. Daniel Dale of the Toronto Star has commented on 337 false statement by Donald Trump since inauguration.

The previous link to Daniel Dale’s page has gone stale, but the Toronto Star has created a new one:

The complete list of all 363 false claims Donald Trump has made as president

The Star’s running tally of every false thing the president of the United States of America has said, so far.

So, let’s forget about the Golden Shower and the President’s strange concept of truth, and let’s come up to date with this week’s story. Yesterday’s edition of ABC World News Tonight with David Muir has a good run-down. Here are some screen  shots, courtesy of Hulu.

 

Let me run through the narrative behind this sequence of images. The first shows the text of an email sent from Trump associate Rob Goldstone to Donald Trump Jr., son of the President. Mr. Goldstone is alerting Trump Jr. that the Russian government is prepared to assist Trump Sr. in defeating rival  candidate Hillary Clinton. Yes, we get the hint. The Russian Government (Vladimir Putin) does not want Hillary Clinton to become President of the United States, but would instead prefer that Donald Trump Sr. become President of the United States. I hope I have made that clear enough.

Now the next picture. Trump Jr. receives Mr. Goldstone’s message, and is enthusiastic about the idea. Young Trump responds, “[I]f it’s what you say I love it…” Hey! There’s going to be a meeting with the Russian agent.

And now the next image. Young Trump forwards the correspondence to his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and also to Paul Manafort, at the time Donald Trump Sr.’s campaign manager. They want to have the meeting.

So all this came to light a few days ago, and the New York Times was preparing to release copies of the email exchange. Donald Jr. beat them to the punch by releasing his copies of same. The sum total seems to show that a year’s worth of denials by Trump associates and the Trump campaign have been a year’s worth of misinformation. Some would say prevarication. First we have Reince Priebus, former Chairman of the Republican National Committee and current White House Chief of Staff under President Trump in an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC News 24 July 2016:

Stephanopoulos: Are there any ties between Mr. Trump, you, or your campaign and Putin and his regime?

Priebus: No, sir, I have not. It’s absurd… There’s no basis for it.

Which seems to give a new definition to the word absurd.

Next it’s 18 December 2016, over a month after Mr. Trump’s election. The interview is between John Dickerson and then Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway. The clip is from Face the Nation on CBS, which provides a transcript:

Dickerson:  All right. We are not going to get any insight into the president-elect’s thinking here, but let me try this. Did anyone involved –

Conway: I gave you plenty.

Dickerson: — in the Trump campaign have any contact with Russians trying to meddle with the election?

Conway:  Absolutely not. And I discussed that with the president-elect just last night. Those conversations never happened. I hear people saying it like it’s a fact on television. That is just not only inaccurate and false, but it’s dangerous.

“Those conversations never happened?” “Inaccurate?” This from the Queen of Accuracy?

It remains to be seen who or what is dangerous. Next let’s go to the President of the United States. Here he is on 16 February, three weeks on the job. The video is from a White House press conference. When asked, the President responds:

I have nothing to do with Russia. To the best of my knowledge no person that I deal with does.

(the next image) In July 2016, a month after arranging and participating in a meeting with the Russian lawyer, Donald Trump Jr. was seen crawling all over the opposition for suggesting such a thing. Here is a partial transcript from an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper:

In the clip above, CNN anchor Jake Tapper asks Trump Jr. about Mook’s allegations that Russian state actors were behind the leaked DNC emails. Trump Jr.’s response is staggering, considering what we know now:

Tapper: [Mook] seemed to be suggesting that this is part of a plot to help Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton. Your response?

Trump Jr: Well, just goes to show you their exact moral compass. They’ll say anything to be able to win this. This is time and time again, lie after lie. You notice he won’t say, “Well, I say this,” he’ll say, “Here are experts, here’s house cat at home who once said this is what’s happening with the Russians.” It’s disgusting; it’s so phony.

Trump Jr. also went on to say that Mook ought to be “ashamed of himself” for spreading the idea that Russia was working in support of the Trump campaign. But just weeks earlier, in early June, British publicist Rob Goldstone had informed Trump Jr. about “Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

This certainly does put the spotlight on the Trump opposition’s moral compass. Imaging them putting out something in 2016 that Donald Trump Jr. was preparing to put out a year later. People, when your goal is to work with the Donald Trump contingent, it doesn’t help to always be stepping on their lines. Just ease back. They’re are going to get to the matter when they are good and ready.

The image after that shows White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders earlier this week setting the matter straight, this in a press briefing where cameras were not allowed. She repeated a message from the President:

My son is a high quality person, and I applaud his transparency.

I don’t know about you, readers, but I am glad we finally have transparency in our government at the highest levels. Doing the thing, then denying doing the thing, then hammering the opposition for talking about doing the thing, then saying that you really did do the thing—that’s transparency where I came from.

Mrs. Sanders then refused to take any more questions on the matter.

The final image shows Donald Trump Jr. on Fox News:

In retrospect, I probably would have done things differently.

Differently? Like, not have the meeting with the Russians with the aim of getting the benefit of spying by Russian intelligence agencies? Like not lying about it a few days later? Like not raking the opposition over the coals for suggesting such a thing? Like, maybe, joining the Marine Corps instead of hooking up with a crooked political enterprise? We may never know.

In retrospect, I probably would have done things differently. I would not have wasted so much time pursuing the absurd notion that a future President of the United States would pay Russian prostitutes to piss on a presidential bed, while he watched. I would have long ago put this story of the Pee Pee Tape to bed.

All right. That may not have been the best choice of words.

There’s going to be more. Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.

Bad Movie Wednesday

One of a continuing series

No good reason I never saw this one before. It came out in 1956, during the time I would have seen it at the Palace theater in Granbury, Texas. Anyhow, it’s The Boss, now playing on Amazon Prime Video, a wondrous source of ancient works. The titles list Seltzer Films, Inc. and Window Productions, Inc. as the production companies. Details are from Wikipedia.

We are guaranteed up front this is going to be about crime and corruption in politics, and the plot leads us through the entire process, from beginning to  end. The beginning is 1919, when thousands of soldiers are coming home from the war. In a not very big town there is a parade for returning home boys. Leader of the pack is Captain Matthew Brady (John Payne), seen here manhandling sweet Elsie Reynolds (Doe Avedon), the girl he left behind. Looking on is his school chum, Sergeant Bob Herrick (William Bishop), always a bit envious, and with his own eye out for Elsie. Matt has a huge chip on his shoulder, and that’s going to  drive the entire plot.

Matt’s brother, Tim (Roy Roberts) is a local political kingpin, a big shot, a wheeler-dealer, overseer of local graft. Tim wants Matt to come in with him. Matt is having none of it. Chicago is the big time. He resents having his brother call  the shots. The chip rides high. Immediately after this congenial snapshot Matt and Bob are going at it with fists and elbows.

As a result of the melee in the bar and a raucous evening of drinking, Matt is over an hour late for a date with Elsie. He had planned to propose marriage. The chip on his shoulder rules the encounter, as Elsie says no, and  Matt shoves her. A sure way to terminate a relationship.

Continuing into the evening, Matt encounters a woman, Lorry Reed (Gloria McGhee), in an all-night eatery. He mistakes her for a hooker, and when she explains she is not that kind of girl he will not be denied. He drags her off into the night and forces her to marry him. All this on Matt’s first day back from the war.

The next morning finds Matt married to Lorry for life, when Tim comes barging up to their room. For some reason they are shown sleeping is separate beds. Again Matt rebuffs Tim’s insistence he join him in his local political schemes. Tim leaves and promptly drops dead before he can get out of the building.

Matt takes over where Tim left off. Money comes flowing in. He perceives Lorry is not good enough for him, not pretty enough. Low class. It is a cold marriage at Matt’s insistence. Bob goes away to college and becomes an attorney. He marries Elsie and signs on to Matt’s evil empire. The two school chums are shown enjoying a first and last convivial get-together with their wives in Matt’s palatial home.

Ten Years pass, and the stock market crash of 1929 puts Matt and Bob into financial straits. Matt seeks financial  assistance from a local  mobster named Johnny, and some ruthless criminals become part of their political empire.

It all comes crashing down. One of the mob gets turned by the feds, and the mobsters ambush the agents taking him to a federal lockup. One of the mobsters whips out a tommy gun, turning the local train station into a killing zone. The shit hits the fan.

The mobsters abduct Bob to coerce Matt, but Matt fights back. When the police arrive at the cement plant where the mobsters are meeting, Matt and Johnny have it  out in the upper reaches of the building, and Johnny falls into the gloppitta-gloppitta machine. I just had to put this screen shot in, because it is so required in the standard movie plot.

Bob testifies against his buddy Matt, who gets convicted, and Lorry puts up money for Matt’s bail. But she is leaving him. He’s going to prison anyway, so what’s the use hanging around?

Matt is seen walking himself into  prison. Obviously crime does not pay.

My impression is writer Ben L. Perry decided to redo Citizen Kane, and that was even before I noticed this came out 15 years after. It could have been titled something like The Rise and Fall of Matthew Brady, but this was apparently the day for cryptic titles.

I saw a bunch of John Payne movies, and I always wondered at a he-man movie star who would be John Wayne except for one letter. But, no, that appears to be Payne’s real name. This was toward the end of Payne’s long career, his  last appearance of note being in an episode of Colombo in 1975.

Politicians Acting Foolishly

Number 2 in a series

Twenty-one months ago I made this ridiculous promise:

This comes around with such regularity I’m going to create a recurrent series of posts. Where do I start? I will go back a few years, back four years even…

And I did go back four years to then Congressman Anthony Weiner, who, until June 2011, represented New York’s 9th congressional district. What got him excused from politics was his propensity of exhibiting less than interesting body parts on the Internet. People picked up on the last name.

So, I’m late getting back to the matter of politicians acting foolishly. I can’t imagine what took me so long. Here is round number 2, this time with my favorite American governor, Chris Christie of New Jersey. Although he is my favorite governor, his popularity is currently polling about 15%. We have to wonder why. Here is the most recent.

Consider his public persona. The man definitely has a way with public image. I caught the story on yesterday’s edition of ABC World News Tonight with David Muir, courtesy of Hulu.

Yes, the governor got onto a radio program, which he co-hosts, and for no apparent reason a bunch of people wanted to talk about stuff that happened last week. New Jersey reached a budget impasse, and, lacking a budget, the Governor closed public parks, including beaches. Then he and his family ensconced themselves upon one of said beaches. And got their picture took.

On the radio the Governor started taking calls from listeners. “Mike in Montclair” had some choice words:

Governor, next time you want to sit on a beach that is closed to  the entire world except you… You put your fat ass in  a car… and go to one that’s open.

Whoa! Somebody is displeased. The Governor’s response was classic Christie:

You know, Mike, I love getting calls from communists in Montclair.

Communist? How long has it been since I heard that comeback? Fifty years at least. Mike believes he’s being bullied.

Apparently the Governor sees the error of his ways and knows he needs to make a final effort to show grace and to save the situation. He does it with style.

You know, you’re swearing on the air, Mike, and you’re a bum!

With an exclamation mark.

Irony upon irony. ABC reporter David Wright reports the story with the George Washington Bridge in the background.

It was somewhat over three years ago I first visited the topic:

Concerns were raised that the New Jersey’s Republican state government had rigged a phony traffic study just to create havoc for Fort Lee residents, this in payback because the town’s Democratic mayor had declined to endorse Governor Chris Christie’s re-election.

Placing traffic cones at the George Washington Bridge.

Additional irony. Last year on a family outing with Barbara Jean, we were skirting the Big Apple, trying to get to Rhode Island. I perked up when I realized I was about to drive through the place pictured above. The irony faded somewhat when they charged me $15 to drive the Camry across. But thanks to Governor Christie, I got some of it back in chuckles.

Dying to Believe

Some more of the same

This is a continuation of the story from last week.

Breatharian couple convicted of killing fasting woman

The Sunday Mail/AAP, November 21, 1999

A COUPLE who believe they can live on air alone have been convicted of killing a fasting woman for whom they delayed getting medical aid. Jim Vadim Pesnak, 60, and his wife Eugenia Pesnak, 63, both of Beckwith Street, Ormiston, in bayside Brisbane, had pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of Lani Marcia Roslyn Morris, 53, between June 12 and July 2 last year.

The jury took only three hours to bring in the manslaughter verdicts. The Pesnaks are followers of the breatharian philosophy and believe humans do not need food to survive and can live on air alone.

Ms Morris travelled from her Melbourne home to undertake a 21-day initiation process into breatharianism which involved seven days without any nourishment at all including water, and then a further 14 days on limited liquids.

After a week, Ms Morris appeared to be paralysed down one side, could not talk, was vomiting a black tar-like substance and eventually was so ill she had trouble breathing.

Mr Pesnak stuck a tube down her throat to help her and only hours later, did he call an ambulance.

The Pesnaks are followers of Ellen Greve, who writes under the name Jasmuheen:

February 1996:

I have come to understand that the process that I – and many others – have undergone to allow the body to be sustained by light; is about utilising photon energy to sustain us via a process like photosynthesis. Rather than take the energy from the sun as plants do we have developed the ability to tap into and absorb the Universal Life force or ‘chi’ energy directly into our cells. This occurs via mind mastery where command and expectation utilizes the Universal Law of Resonance where like attracts like. Because I expect the pranic forces to nourish and sustain me having undergone the 21-day process as outlined in the latter chapters, it does.

Jasmuheen. PRANIC NOURISHMENT – Nutrition for the New Millennium (Living on Light) (Divine Nutrition Series Book 1) (Kindle Locations 205-211). Self Empowerment Academy Pty Ltd. Kindle Edition.

Jasmuheen is additional proof that Jesus is not the only attraction drawing people to an early death. The demonstrable fact is that people cannot draw energy for living from sunlight. Whatever you might think about the mind, the soul, the human spirit, it remains that our bodies are chemical processes subject to well-established principles of nature. You ignore this fact and any number of others at your peril.