Archive for ‘My Take’

October 2, 2011

James Dean’s prescient words and a sad anniversary

I’ve been a little busy the last couple of days, so Friday I didn’t have time to mention that it was fifty-six years ago Friday that screen legend James Dean died at the age of 24 in a car crash in California.

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May 5, 2011

Last independent video store in Franklin County going out of business

Based on an article that appeared in the Amherst Bulletin. 

When I was a child I remember often going to video stores, back in the 1980s and 90s when they were at their business and cultural zenith.  The small white lights framing the posters of new releases, the membership cards, and the videos with their boxes, both pristine and weathered lining the shelves with constellations of Hollywood’s glossy stars and legends. I used read the summaries printed on their backs, absorbing all the dramatic language employed by marketers in to reel in curious browsers.

       Now  those outlets of my childhood once so ubiquitous, are going the way of the payphone or the drive in Movie Theater to make a more motion picture related comparison. Now the last independent video rental store is going out of business by the end of this month.

    Video Zone, a small store located on Tina Ave in South Deerfield has been in existence since 1995, and supposedly was another video store before that.

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May 3, 2011

Bin Laden is dead (and reactions)


    Honestly, I was hoping to do a big hard news article using several sources and recounting much of the history of  the U.S hunt for Osama Bin Laden, news of the raid, and how it affected U.S policy over the last ten years, but I forgot to save the post.

  Hopefully this much more modest and personal post will suffice.

As we all know, late Sunday night President Barack Obama in a televised address from the East Room of the White House, announced  that Al-Queda mastermind Osama Bin Laden was killed in a U.S raid.

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May 2, 2011

Idiocy in Political Discord: Michelle Bachmann compares possible high taxes to the holocaust


Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R- MN 6). Picture courtesy of LA

 Donald Trump with his birther nonsense and boorish profanity laced tyraid at a Las Vegas speaking engagement (by the way very presidential Donald); has taken up the lion share of  media attention when it comes to stupidity in politics.

   But Congresswoman and possible Republican Presidential contender Michelle Bachmann (R, MN-6) still has the magic. Saturday speaking at a New Hampshire Republican event, she warned that America is seeing a dramatic loss of her economic liberty. Then she did what so many mountebanks and heartless opportunists do when they want to galvanize a crowd. She compared possible high tax rates to the holocaust.   

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April 22, 2011

Deaths of two journalists on the frontlines of the Libyan conflict reminds us of bravery and the dangers of covering a war

      Tim Hetherington, the award winning  photographer as well as co- Director of the 2010 acclaimed documentary “Restrepo”, is one of two photographers that died Wendsday amidst fighting in the Libyan city of Musrata, a stronghold of armed rebels trying to stave off pro-government forces. Chris Hondros, a freelance photographer working for Getty Images was also killed. Hetherington and Hondros, along with two other photographers with the Panos Photograph agency  also sustained injuries that are said to be non-life threatening. As many as thirteen others civilians also were slain in the attack.

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April 18, 2011

Idiocy in Political Discord: Marilyn Davenport, birther and member of the Orange County Republican Party


Courtsey of the UK telegraph. Photo Orange County GOP member sent out


    This is only the second entry of this feature I have done since PVP established itself a couple of weeks ago.  Initially I was contemplating doing my second post of this variety on the buffoonery of billionaire birther Donald Trump and his assertion that is as vacuous as its proponents are relentless; that Barack Obama was not born in the United States.

   But when an e-mail surfaced from an official of the Orange County Republican Party member and tea party activist was sent out touching  on the twin pillars of the fringe right, ‘birtherism and racism’ this was hands down the top contender to be the latest moment of idiocy.

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