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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Classic MLB 11: Video: Yankees TV: MLB 1987-7/23-New York Yankees @ Seattle Mariners: Full Game

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An interesting matchup with the Yankees of the late 1980s, who were still contenders, but like the Yankees of the mid-1980s, they just contended and didn’t manage to win the AL East. Back then and until 1994, the only way you make the MLB Playoffs is to win your division. So finishing second or third, even if you just finish a few games out of first, was not good enough to make the AL Playoffs or NL Playoffs. So the greatest franchise in MLB missed the playoffs for the final eight seasons of the 1980s, because they couldn’t win their division. But that is a topic for a future post as far as why they couldn’t win their division.

The Mariners on the other, were just starting to become fairly competitive at this point. They didn’t have their first winning season until the early 1990s, but could no longer be counted on to finish dead last in the AL West. Because they were good enough to now beat good teams. But it wasn’t until the 1990s that they actually became very good and making the AL Playoffs and winning the AL West. Because they finally put teams together that were built for the Kingdom. Which was a great hitters stadium, where the ball flied and where dimensions were fairly short. And where they had more ground ball pitchers.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

American Throwback: Video: NBC Sports: NFL 1979-Pregame Show, 10/14/79

The New Orleans Saints starting to look like contenders in 1979 finally drafting well and had a good head coach in Ted Nolan to get this team to play well and even make a playoff run in 1979. But falling short of their first winning season and playoff appearance finishing 8-8.

The 1970s Saints didn’t fail to make the NFC Playoffs or even have a winning season, because of their quarterback Archie Manning. As Archie said on this show, a quarterback is only as good as his talent. A lot of that is true, but great quarterbacks have done well and even great with average or above average talent. John Elway with the Denver Broncos comes to mind very fast. But the Saints up until the late 1970s didn’t even have average talent around Archie on offense. They had a lot of players that most other teams didn’t want and who didn’t play very long in the NFL.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Roger Sharp Archive: Video: ABC News Late Wrapup of The Ruby-Oswald Shooting

ABC News was still not a major news operation yet. CBS News was the biggest TV news division at this point at least in America. Thanks to the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite. And NBC News with Meet The press and the Huntley Brinkley Report was its closest competitor at this point. But ABC News did the best job that they could even being buried in the ratings and with limited resources. And this like with CBS News and NBC News was the biggest story they ever had. I can honestly say I don’t believe Jack Ruby shooting and killing Lee Oswald was a bad thing and no I don’t consider it murder. Because of course Oswald hadn’t been convicted of assassinating President John F. Kennedy yet. But he is obviously the shooter of Jack Kennedy, the man who assassinated JFK. And he would’ve been convicted of that crime.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Roger Sharp Archive: Video: JFK at 50, Jack Ruby Killing Lee Harvey Oswald Coverage

I doubt any American who wasn’t a hater of John F. Kennedy and wasn’t suffering from some form of mental illness felt sorry for Lee Harvey Oswald being killed by Jack Ruby. Not that many people were celebrating Ruby’s killing of Lee Oswald. But it is clear now that Oswald shot President Kennedy. The only question is left was there anyone else involved in the assassination of JFK. Was the other people involved in the planning of the assassination. Like other communist forces, or perhaps organized crime, especially in the Italian Mafia community in America. Of course what Ruby did was wrong and he should’ve been charged with second degree murder or manslaughter. Because he did intentionally kill a man who wasn’t a threat to him and his physical health. Who wasn’t going to get the opportunity to ever murder again, at least not on the outside as a free man.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Portland Basketball Classics: Video: CBS Sports: NBA 1983-WCSF-Game 3-Los Angeles Lakers @ Portland Blazers: Highlights

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The Blazers were a very consistent playoff team in the 1980s. I believe making the Western Conference Playoffs every season in the 1980s. They just didn’t have much if any history of advancing in the playoffs in that decade. Consistently having to play the Lakers or Mavericks or Rockets, teams that were pretty good in that decade. Playing the Lakers not only the Western Conference team of the 1980s but the NBA team of that decade. The 1980s I believe should’ve been a decade where the Blazers took a step up and became a consistent Western Conference and NBA Finals contender. If you look at who their head coach was in Jack Ramsey. And then you look at their teams with Calvin Natt, later Kiki Vandeweigh, Clyde Drexler the best Blazer of all-time. Mychal Thompson and Steve Johnson were solid big men for them. And then of course Terry Porter as well as their point guard.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Tomley Kiss is Good: Video: NBC Sports: NFL 1978-AFC Wildcard-Houston Oilers @ Miami Dolphins: First Half

I love these old games, especially starting in 1978 or so and going through the 1980s. The NFL of the last 10-15, years I would’ve lived very well without experiencing. Because the Roger Goodell is so offensive and money oriented, that they are coming damn close to eliminating defense and physical play on defense. But the NFL of the late 1970s and the 1980s was a balanced league. Where offenses and defenses were equal under the rules. Which meant back then you had balanced offenses and defenses. You had pass-first teams, that also ran the ball well and run-first teams that could also throw the ball well. And you also had teams that were known for offense, that were also good on defense. And teams that were known for defense, that were also good on offense.

This game between the Oilers and Dolphins is an excellent example of that. The Dolphins for the most part were no longer Super Bowl contenders, as far as the 1970s. But they were still good enough to win the AFC East and make a lot of noise in the AFC and NFL in general. The Oilers in 1978 were looking for their first playoff appearance since the 1960s and the AFL-NFL merger. And not only made the AFC Playoffs in 1978, but got to the AFC Final. And both of these teams were very good of both sides of the ball. Both had strong defenses, both could run and throw the ball well. Which is what makes this a classic matchup.
Houston Oilers

Tomley Kiss is Good: Video: NBC Sports: NFL 1978-AFC Wildcard-Houston Oilers @ Miami Dolphins: 2nd Half

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The Houston Oilers were playing a AFC Wildcard game on the road in 1978, because they finished second only to the Pittsburgh Steelers that year. But not because the Miami Dolphins were a better team. Because if anything the Oilers were better, but back then and until 1990, you had to win your division in order to host an NFL playoff game. As it should be, at least as far as I’m concern. So because the Oilers were in the same division as the Steelers in 78 and finished behind the Steelers that season, the Dolphins won the AFC East, so the Dolphins hosted this wildcard against the Oilers. But the Oilers were the second best team in the AFC in 78. They just didn’t win their division, because again they were in the same division with the Steelers, the best team in the AFC in 78 and Super Bowl champion.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Classic MLB 11: Video: NBC Sports: MLB 1987-All Star Game-National League @ American League: Full Game

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What I remember about this game is not much. I remember the Oakland Coliseum when it was beautiful and essentially a classic ballpark, with the Raiders moving to Los Angeles. I remember the rebirth of the Oakland Athletics to a certain extent, with them hiring manager Tony La Russa and Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire and Carny Lansford already being on the club before Canseco and McGwire. The Athletics starting to become very good again and were even in the AL West race, especially with Minnesota Twins winning the division with a 85-77 record. And this is not because this game was boring or anything, with the highlights I’ve seen of it on TV and online, it was a very good game. But I was only eleven years old at this point in 1987.

This was a great game with a lot of great players. The AL with Cal Ripken, Dave Winfield, Don Mattingly, Wade Boggs, Rickey Henderson and many others. The NL with Ryan Sandberg, Andrew Dawson, Mike Schmidt, Ozzie Smith and many others. You saw players from teams that were finally very good again and now contenders. Like the Bash Brothers from the Athletics, Will Clark from the San Francisco Giants. And great players that were from teams that were already very good, that on paper should’ve been Hall of Famers. Like Darryl Strawberry with the New York Mets, the Bash Brothers again, George Bell with the Toronto Blue Jays, Dwight Evans, who I believe at least is a borderline Hall of Famer. So there is a lot great things to remember about the 1987 MLB All Star Game.
Oakland Coliseum

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Classic MLB 11: Video: MLB 1978-7-25-30-This Week in Baseball

This post was originally posted at FRS Daily Post on WordPress

There were a lot of interesting stories about the 1978 MLB season. The World Series was a great one with the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees. The two league championship series were good as well. With the Dodgers having to beat the Philadelphia Phillies and the Yankees having to beat the Kansas City Royals just to get to the MLB World Series. There were new divisional contenders, like the San Francisco Giants in the NL West. The Milwaukee Brewers in the AL East. The Anaheim Angels in the AL West. There was Pete Rose’s 44 game hitting streak. The long streak of games with at least one hit since Joe DiMaggio in 1941. And of course the never-ending Yankees soap opera involving George Steinbrenner and whoever he saw as a rival to his absolute power in New York. In the late 1970s and 1980s that of course was manager Billy Martin. There was a lot going on in 1978 making TWIB a very interesting show. Especially with Mell Allen as the host.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Classic MLB 11: Video: MLB 1979-TWIB-8/07-79

Classic MLB 11: Video: MLB 1979-TWIB-8/07-79

1979, is still one of the best seasons in Major League Baseball and another example of why MLB should’ve went with the wildcard playoff format much earlier than they did, which was 1995. You had three teams that won 90 or more games in the AL East alone. The Orioles, Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers. The Yankees, won 89 games, but had a better record than the Anaheim Angels, that won the AL West. But because of no wildcard and that only division winners qualified for the playoffs, the Yankees didn’t qualify. The Orioles, were the only team in the AL East that made the playoffs in 79. Even though four AL East teams won 89 or more games.

In the AL West, the Angels won the division with 88 games. Their first division championship ever. And two clubs in the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers that battled them for that division. The NL East, you have a very good divisional race as well. With Pirates winning that division, who won several division championships in the 1970s and won two MLB World Series as well. The Montreal Expos, who up until the late 70s, were consistent losers, made a strong run at the NL East, but finished three games back of the Pirates. The Expos, were actually very good in the late 1970s and early 80s and even the early and mid 1990s. But only made the NL Playoffs once in this whole period, because they only won one division championship.

The NL West, only two teams with winning records, but two good teams. In the Reds and Houston Astros. The Reds winning that division with 91 wins, with the Astros finishing a couple of games back. In 1979, you had three great division races. The AL West, NL East and NL West. And even though the Orioles won the AL East by seven games, they also won 102 games that year. And were in a division with two other clubs that were good enough to be very good playoff teams, that won 90 or more games as well. And the Yankees, again if they were in the AL West, would’ve won that division. MLB, was behind the times back then and should’ve expanded their playoff format much sooner than they did.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Justin Bowen: NBC Sports: NCAA-CB- 1980 Final Four Semifinal- Louisville Cardinals vs Iowa Hawkeyes- Full Game

Justin Bowen: NBC Sports: NCAA-CB- 1980 Final Four Semifinal- Louisville Cardinals vs Iowa Hawkeyes- Full Game

The 1980 Louisville Cardinals, had one of the best college basketball coaches of all-time in Denny Crum. Who won two national championships at Louisville in the 1980s. Which is big for Louisville, but huge for the state of Kentucky outside of Lexington. Because Kentucky like North Carolina and Indiana, is a huge basketball state in terms of how popular the sport is. And the Kentucky Colonels folding in the ABA and not becoming part of the ABA, major league college basketball is what they had for big time sports in this state.

The Kentucky Wildcats, traditionally one of the top college basketball programs in the country, had a great run in the 1970s winning the national championship in 1978. But in the 1980s, Lexington fell back a little bit as Louisville stepped up and won two national championships. Starting in 1980 and had three future NBA players on it in Darrell Griffith, the star of the team, Rodney McCray, who played for the 1986 Houston Rockets NBA Finals team and Derek Smith, who was a talented swingman in the NBA. Playing both off-guard and small forward, but who had several major leg injuries. And never full filled his potential.

So in 1980 the Cardinals have a great year and get to the Final Four and play a hard-working overachieving Iowa Hawkeyes team coached by Lute Olsen who had great success at Arizona and won a national championship with the Wildcats in 1997, but with the Hawkeyes, he had no big names there. And other than Ronnie Lester, didn’t really have any great players in 1980. But had a team that played very well together and had great chemistry. That went 23-13, but not a great team that overwhelmed anyone. Playing a very talented Cardinals team and gave them a great game in the Final Four.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

FRS Daily Post Plus: Tall Sexy Blonde- In Skinny Jeans in High Heel Boots With Chains

Source: Ali Baba- Sexy Blonde, in skinny jeans in boots
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A tall sexy curvy blonde woman. I just wish her top wasn’t so low or was tucked in her skinny jeans and we would’ve had some idea what kind of butt she has. But tall sexy curvy blondes which twenty years ago might have seemed as common as blizzards in Miami, Florida or Muslims in Alabama, now are fairly common today. As the bone-thin look which has been proven not to be healthy because it means people male or female simply aren’t strong enough to live healthy when they are that frail. Is now out of style because it is unhealthy and guys like women with meet on their bones and we tend to like healthy sexy looking women. And that means women who aren’t rail-thin and certainly not obese. But look like the eat properly and stay in shape so they do look healthy, but also are able to live healthy.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Movie Clips: Casino 1995- Great Las Vegas Movie Based on a True Story

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Definitely the best Las Vegas Italian mafia movie all-time if not the best Italian mafia movie of all-time. It brought you into the world of the Italian mafia as well as the Jewish mafia that worked together to bring Las Vegas to organize crime in America. As well as the general public because Jewish gangster Bugsy Siegel saw Las Vegas as a goldmine back in the 1940s. Which is how the Las Vegas casinos got started and the Casino movie brought this story up to the mid and late 1970s and how the Italian mafia was involved in Las Vegas casinos. 
This movie is based on a true story about Las Vegas gambler Frank Rosenthal and others who worked in Las Vegas during this period and had to deal with the Italian mafia while they were in Las Vegas. It brought to you how big time professional gamblers like Frank Rosenthal and others were brought in by organized crime officials both Italian and Jewish-American mobsters, to run Las Vegas casinos for them. The Sam Rothstein character played by the great Robert De Niro, is based off of Frank Lucky Rosenthal, a real life Las Vegas professional gambler who is originally from Chicago. 
The Nicky Santoro character played by the great and hysterical and one of the funniest people ever in Joe Pesci, who is also a great character actor, is based off of Tony Spilotro. A real life Las Vegas Italian mobster, who is also from Chicago originally and grew up with Frank Rosenthal. The movie Casino is based off of the book and screenplay Casino, that was written by Nicholas Pileggi. So the movie Martin Scorsese put together in 1995 was based of a lot of good and factual information that was in the movie. 
Casino is not a true story completely. The characters are different and some of the stories are different. But it is based off a true story similar to Nixon which came out the same year as Casino and The Doors in 1991, that were both directed by Oliver Stone. But this movie does give you a great look inside of the world of the Las Vegas mob, both Italian and Jewish and what the lives were like for those people. And how people who certainly are not Saints, like the Sam Rothstein character played by Bob De Niro, which was based off of Frank Rosenthal, get caught up in illegal activity because of their associations.
Movie Clips: Casino 1995 Trailer

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Carla Thony Online: Video: Martha Mitchell: The Loud Belle of Watergate

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According to Martha Mitchell the wife of John Mitchell, the scandal that was dubbed Watergate in 1972 by the American media was planned by the Richard Nixon presidential campaign in 1968. That they were planning to break in to Democratic headquarters before even coming to office. We now know, or at least of heard that John Mitchell is a logical source and suspect as far as who was the person who ordered the 1972 Watergate break in.

Keep in mind a couple of things. John Mitchell was the Attorney General of the United States, the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the United States and he could’ve if not most likely was the person who ordered the Watergate scandal. And perhaps even hired the crew who did the botched burglary. Mitchell was also the head of the Richard Nixon Reelection Campaign Committee For President in 1972 and a very accomplished lawyer himself, like Dick Nixon.

I mean these were the people working for Dick Nixon the President of the United States, criminals who would break the law to do what they believed was right. And not just breaking the law, but violating constitutional rights of American citizens as well. And you can see how the President of the United States who came to office with high hopes and having a country behind him and expecting him to good things. And leaving office disgraced and viewed as a criminal.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

B Ball Kingdom: Video: NBA 1985: The Story of the 1985 NBA Season: The Los Angeles Lakers Return to Glory

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The highlight I guess depending on your perspective of the 1985 NBA season, was the Los Angeles Lakers doing what they should’ve done in 1984, but let too many opportunities get away, which was to beat the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. But there were a lot of other highlights as well like Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon playing their rookie seasons. And of course the Lakers and Celtics in June playing one of the best NBA Finals of all-time. 
1985 is the season for the Lakers to learn from what they did wrong in the 1984 NBA Finals. And especially Earvin Magic Johnson, that he needed to be more of a leader of the team and not just the quarterback. And not always worry about having to make the perfect pass and make his teammates look great. But at times that he had to look good himself on offense and actually score when he either had the best shot, or the best chance of scoring especially in critical moments. Which meant fewer turnovers by scoring when he had the good shot. 
But again the NBA even back in the mid-1980s wasn't just about the Lakers and Celtics. And even Larry Bird and Earvin Johnson. There were twenty-four or so other clubs in the NBA that also had great players. Like in Philadelphia with Moses Malone and Julius Erving. And in Atlanta with Dominique Wilkins and in Detroit with Isiah Thomas, Salt Lake with Adrian Dantley and many other places. And 1985 had a great rookie class with Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley Hakeem Olajuwon and many others. 
The 1985 season was a chance for the rest of the NBA to start catching up with the Celtics and Lakers, because of the 1984 draft. And because of this we saw the Houston Rockets make a big leap in 1986 and winning the Western Conference and getting to the NBA Finals. And with the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks steeping up and starting to become real contenders in the Eastern Conference.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Dave Warner: A Moment With Pam Oliver, 2006

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“A Moment With Pam Oliver”, hum maybe it was only a moment, because the guys shooting the video kept yelling out her name and how much they like her. Which might be why she moved away instead of having guys gawk at her indefinitely, as if she’s a professional model. And even though she definitely attractive enough to be a professional model, a supermodel even, that is not why she was at this event. But she was there to cover that event for Fox Sports, which she does a great job doing, which I’ll get into later. Something to think about especially for young men and have a tendency to freak out when they see a sexy women, which Pam certainly is wearing tight outfits. Speaking of Pam Oliver, not a fan of Fox, especially Fox News and not much of a fan of Fox Sports either other than their NFL coverage which tends to be pretty good. Their studio show and their number one announcing team with Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and yes Pam Oliver who their number one sideline reporter. But I love Pam Oliver personally and physically. She does a great job for them and looks great doing it and is the best looking women at Fox Sports and I believe their best reporter. And one of those reasons is because players and coaches want to talk to her. She asks tough questions, but she’s fair in doing that and is also great to look at. And you can talk to her without getting in trouble from your girlfriend of wife, because she’s a sideline reporter and not a fan or groupie or something.
Dave Warner: A Moment With Pam Oliver- 2006

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Tony Rome: Video: NFL Films: NFL 1981, The Giants and Jets Return to The Playoffs

1981 was a huge year for New York pro football fans, because it was the year that both of their football franchises woke up from their more than a decade long hibernation. The New York Giants hadn’t made the NFL PLayoffs since 1963 when they lost the NFL Championship to the Chicago Bears. And the New York Jets hadn’t made the playoff AFL or NFL since the NFL-AFL merger of 1970.

Its one thing to live in a market, a metro area with two pro football franchises, which I do in the Washington-Baltimore Region, but it is another thing to live in a market with two bad pro football franchises, especially if you love football. And not just bad, but to the point every year you know your team isn’t good and won’t even have a winning season mostly likely, let alone make the playoffs.

And you’re just hoping to see some improvement going into the next season. And that was the Giants and Jets of the 1970s, two of the worst franchises in the NFL and they just happened to represent the same city. Year in and year out in the 1970s for the most part, both the Giants and Jets could be counted on to lose ten games each. And the sixteen game schedule didn’t start until 1978.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Robert Altman: Nashville 1975- A Look at Southern-American Politics

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The 1970s, really as a whole was one of the most divisive times for American politics. It was when whoever was left that actually trusted the U.S. Government to do the right thing and even tell them the truth, had ended. You had the Vietnam War in the mid and late 1960s with President Lyndon Johnson. You had President Richard Nixon, who was stuck between wanting to get America the hell out of Vietnam and yet not actually be seen as losing the war. Sort of like a person stuck between wanting to kill someone and marrying them. And then you had Watergate, which that plus other scandals of the Nixon White House, led House of Representatives to vote for impeachment of President Nixon.

Without Vietnam and Watergate, Jimmy Carter remains a peanut brain, I mean peanut farmer from Georgia, who probably runs for and wins reelection as Governor of Georgia. America, especially after President Gerry Ford, who just happened to be President Nixon’s Vice President and personal friend, pardons Richard Nixon for his involvement in the Watergate coverup and all other crimes that President Nixon was involved in as President of the United States. Congressional Democrats, in 1974, don’t win landslides in the House and Senate, because suddenly it just occurs to Americans that Republicans are devils and Democrats are saints. Democrats, won the 1974 Congressional mid-terms, because they weren’t Republicans.

There was this feeling in the America in the mid-1970s, especially as President Nixon resigns and gets the bailout of a lifetime and his pardoned by his Vice President, that the country was way off. Like 747 yet without radar flying in the clouds in the Caribbean, with both pilots and the navigator, high, drunk and blind, all at the same time. And that it was time for America to get back on course and try something else. Try something that wasn’t a Democrat, or a Republican. Or at the very least not a Washington Democrats, or Republican. And I believe Nashville reflects those feelings of the country.
FURY: Nashville 1975- De Robert Altman: Official 1975 Trailer

Monday, September 16, 2013

Movieman Trailers: Escape From Alcatraz 1979- Escaping From the Unescapable

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If I had to put a short list, top 5-10 Clint Eastwood movies of all-time which are all great movies by the way, Alcatraz would be on that list. Probably somewhere between 6-10, with Heartbreak Ridge and Thunderbolt and Lightfoot being at the top. Escape From Alcatraz is of course about the 1962 escape of this famous prison by Frank Morris and two other career criminals that apparently no other prison in the country could hold. John Anglin and Clarence Anglin being the other two inmates. The movie shows how the inmates got out. The question did they survive and make it to San Francisco, or another island.

This movie also give viewers another look at Clint Eastwood. Who generally plays a no-nonsense tough guy who enforces the law and even uses controversial means to do that, but always gets the bad guy. In Alcatraz, he's not only a bad guy, but he's the chief bad guy that other bad guys look up to. He plays a criminal genius at least as far as IQ and intelligence in Frank Morris, who figures out how to escape from Alcatraz. And also happens to be friends in prison with two other men who are also experts in making prison escapes. The Anglin brothers.

Escape From Alcatraz not only shows you how these three inmates escaped from prison, but also gives you an inside look of what life inside of Alcatraz was for inmates and staff. How deadly boring it simply could be, unless you had a job as an inmate and how much time the inmates spent by themselves in individual cells. And what tactics, measures and extremes even the staff at Alcatraz would go to, to keep the prison secure. Like locking up inmates in solitary when they get into fights, but locking up in a completely dark dungeon twenty-four hours a day. And is very interesting and great movie.
Movieman Trailers: Escape From Alcatraz 1979 Trailer

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Basketball Baby: Video: CBS Sports: NBA 1986-WCF-Game 5-Houston Rockets @ Los Angeles Lakers: Intro

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I miss the old NBA intros on CBS with Dick Stocton. This was the NBA at its best when it was really about basketball and not about celebrity culture and NBA players just using their NBA careers to make as much money in and out of basketball. But when the NBA was actually about basketball and winning as much as possible. The NBA on CBS whether they had the best TV ratings or not and again they were dealing with a different more basketball oriented audience that truly loved the league and its history, was the best NBA show ever. At least as far as how they covered their games and the caliber of players and teams they featured.

As far as this game, the defending NBA Finals Champions Lakers were in a real must win. Win this game or go home, because they were down 3-1 to a team in the Rockets that was a good young team. But they really only had one great player in Hakeem Olajuwon. Ralph Sampson was a very talented center/power forward, but he was sort of work in progress who would look great at times and then would disappear. This was Hakeem’s team and they had solid players around him. Like Robert Reid and Rodney McCray, but Akeem and Sampson led this team, especially Hakeem. And when they played well, their teammates would play well as well. But this wasn’t a deep team as far as talent and great players.

The Rockets got hot in the Western Conference Playoffs on Akeem’s back . With their defense and rebounding and that is how they beat the Lakers. A team with three franchise players in Kareem, Magic and James Worthy. With great role players and a very good bench. As well as the best head coach in the league at least at this point in Pat Riley. But Akeem dominated them in the post. Because they needed Kareem to cover Ralph Sampson whose 7’4 in the post. Which meant covering Akeem who was a bull in the post at 6’11 250 pounds of muscle or whatever he was, with great quickness, footwork and athletic ability, with a power forward. Who wasn’t use to covering players that big and strong.

Adriana Misu: Truck Loaded With Timber Headed by a Woman

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A mother trucker and not just any mother trucker, but a sexy mother trucker and athletic looking mother trucker who obviously keeps in shape and takes care of herself. I would imagine she would have to in order to drive as long and far as truck drivers have to and to be able to operate and take care of her truck. Which is also a lot of work just in itself. Truck driving is sort of traditionally a male dominated industry and I imagine it still is, but like with motor bikers and western culture and business’s like ranches, you’re now seeing a lot of women working in those fields and doing those activities. And not just any women, but sexy healthy attractive women who do great jobs in these professions.
Adriana Misu: Truck Loaded With Timber Headed By a Woman

Friday, September 13, 2013

Moog Rogue: Mr. Conservative: Barry Goldwater at The 1964 Republican National Convention

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What sounded like an extreme statement in 1964 when America was still in the New Deal/Great Society Progressive Era of the Democratic Party, in a country that was just starting to move right, sounds like a very intelligent, logical, mainstream view today. Whether it was coming from the Right or Left, because what Senator Goldwater was saying was what was called extremism back in the early and mid 1960s, was about individual freedom. And moving past the welfare state in America and giving more Americans individual freedom over their own lives.

And Senator Goldwater wasn’t just talking about economic freedom, but personal freedom as well. Which is why Ron Paul Libertarians like Barry Goldwater as well. And what he was also saying that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue, meaning that you are in favor justice and going to do what it takes to protect and advance justice in America. But you can’t get their with a half-hearted approach. That it has to be real and you have to go all the way.

The Republican Party certainly changed in 1964. They were still the civil rights party that President Johnson and the Democratic Leadership in Congress had to rely on their more progressive members in Congress for their votes. But you had this conservative libertarian faction in the party, that was already there, but now big enough where they became the mainstream faction of the party. It would be nice to see the GOP today with there Northeastern Moderate Progressives and Conservative Libertarians in the Midwest and West without the Religious-Right. They would be a lot more competitive for the White House now.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Smithsonian Channel: Video: Enemies Within: Joe McCarthy: Spreading Lies and Ruining Lives

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I’ve only seen certain parts of this film, but it looks very interesting from what I’ve seen. And about a very important part of the Twentieth Century. The 1940s and 50s where the fear of Communists and communism and even communists in the U.S. Government was real high. And Americans were actually worried about Communists taking over America. Which was never a real concern, considering how strong America was during the entire Cold War. And how weak are so-called Communist rivals were the whole time.

Especially the Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China. Who were both just trying to keep up with America, especially from a military perspective and having as much if not more influence around the world as the United States. But neither Russia, or China has ever come close to matching our economic power around the world. And yes, the Soviet Union, was a great military power and even diplomatic power. But because of their Marxist state-control economic system, would’ve never been able to compete with America economically and even maintain their military power. And a big reason why the Soviet system collapsed when it did in 1991.

What Senator Joe McCarthy did in the 1950s, especially with his powerful position in the Senate as Chairman of the Government Oversight Committee and perhaps Congress as a whole, was to take advantage of the fears that too many Americans have about communism back then. And use those fears to try to further advance his political career and perhaps make a run for president himself in 1960. If not just further his political power and career in the Senate. Joe McCarthy, was the demagogue of demagogues. And hurt the lives of a lot of good Americans, simply because of who they may have associated with and their political beliefs. Which is un-American.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

White Mare: Johnny Cash- I Walk the Line

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Johnny Cash singing about something he didn’t do very well, or at least very often. Which was walking the line and was someone who was unfaithful and didn’t play by all the rules at least. Not judging him based on that, other than to say he didn’t live the life he sung about. And at best lived a life that perhaps he wanted to and that others lived instead. I think this is a very good song as far as the lyrics and the music to it and of course Johnny Cash with his great voice and that he was a great entertainer. But this song is not autobiographical at least in the sense that he was singing about himself. But perhaps singing about someone else and perhaps singing about someone he wanted to be instead.
White Mare: Johnny Cash- I Walk The Line

Reason Party: James Baldwin vs. William F. Buckley: Issues in The African-American Community

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Reason Party: James Baldwin vs. William F. Buckley: Issues in The African-American Community

Bill Buckley seems to be trying to making the case that racial-discrimination isn’t the only problem in the African-American community. That they also face issues of personal responsibility like having kids out-of-wedlock. Fathers leaving their kids and ending up in prison, not finishing school and so-forth. Which I actually agree with Buckley on just as long as he’s saying that racial discrimination like being forced to go to inadequate schools, being denied loans, housing, employment, etc, simply because of your race, are also contributing factors the plight lets say of the African-American community. A community that was kidnapped that was kidnapped from the very beginning and forced to live in America.

You could have a community of Americans by race, or ethnicity, or whatever, that plays by all the rules, lives up to all of their responsibilities, that could still fail, if they’re not allowed to attend quality schools, have access to banking, loans, quality housing, employment, not because of their personal and professional qualifications, but because of their race and ethnicity. Things that have nothing to do with what kind of businessperson they would be, what kind of student they would be, what kind of employee they would be, what kind of resident they would be, etc. And that is the real crime of legal racial discrimination in America and Jim Crow. Whether it comes from the private, or public sectors.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Reason Party: Video: Oxford Union Debate, The American Civil Rights Movement

Bill Buckley seemed to be making the case that Africans were better off in America than they are in Africa or anywhere else in the world. Which may be true, but the fact is the African slaves didn’t have a choice whether or not to live in America, or stay back in Africa and build their own countries and societies. And do well on their own and create their own wealth. Which is one of the things that Malcolm X argued for which was for African-Americans to create their. Own wealth and build their own communities in America.You can’t ask for a better debate about American civil and equal rights than to have Bill Buckley on the Right and I guess Jim Baldwin on the Left. Even though I don’t how far to the left Baldwin was overall in his life.

Guy John: Video: U.S. Senator Robert Taft on Meet The Press, January 20, 1952

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America’s role in the world post World War II and where is our place in the world. And what we needed to do to defend ourselves and work with our allies so that Russia wouldn’t try to invade Europe and expand their Communist empire. Senator Taft who truly was a Conservative Republican perhaps the Barry Goldwater of his time and the Barry Goldwater in Congress of his time, made a really interesting point about NATO which is responsible for defending Europe for the most part. And a position that I hold today about who should defend Europe.

Senator Taft wasn’t taking an isolationist position on foreign policy as it related to Europe. He wasn’t saying that if Russia invades Europe, then that is Europe’s business and America shouldn’t get involved. He was saying that if America is going to be part of NATO, than the European states that get most of the security and benefits from NATO should pay for that defense. Instead of America essentially being responsible for the entire defense of the United States, which twice the size of the European Union in land and have to defend Europe as well.

And Senator Taft was right then and he was right today. America is essentially responsible for the defense of both the United States and European Union. Canada can defend themselves and is now committing the resources to do that under the Harper Government. But while America is still at or around four-percent GDP as far as national defense, Europe is at around one-percent. With Britain, Germany and France being a bit higher than that. But one of the reason why these social democracies in Europe spend so little on their national defense, is because they’re social democracies. They spend a lot on infrastructure and education and very little on defense. Because America is responsible for their defense.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Reason Party: James Baldwin vs. William F. Buckley: Being Robbed of Your History

Reason Party: James Baldwin vs. William F. Buckley: Being Robbed of Your History

James Baldwin, talking about the fact that he and other African-Americans were robbed of their history. And even denied of where they had originally come from, where their ancestors came from. And being forced to live in someone else’s world that was not created by Africans. That is the biggest evil of African slavery. That is Africans being kidnapped and taken to America and not just forced to live in another country, another continent and another culture, with another people who they perhaps have never seen before, let alone heard of and forced to live essentially as prisoners. And forced to serve these people that had kidnapped them.

The Europeans kidnapping Africans from Africa and taking them to North America and force them to work as slaves for the new European-Americans, is the worst kidnapping in American history, if not world history. And that is right on top of what the Europeans, mostly Anglo-Saxon Brits and people of British descent, did to the American Indians. And forced them off of their homeland so as the Europeans would put it, a more peaceful and civilized people could live peacefully and civilly and not be bothered. Which of course is nonsense, but that had to be the thinking of what they did to first the Indians and kicking them off of their land. And then the Africans and kidnapping them and forcing them to live and serve as slaves on someone else’s land

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Betty Boots: Cowboy Boots For Women

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For a cowgirl to be a cowgirl or at least a sexy cowgirl, she needs the right cowgirl boots that fit and allow for her to be a successful cowgirl. I don’t think cowgirls are cowgirl without the right cowgirl boots. And they go so well with tight denim jeans and leather jeans which are so common with cowgirls and cowboys. They are something the cowgirl simply needs to have to be a real cowgirl. Which is something I think the women in this video understands. And knows exactly what are the right cowgirl boots for her and knows what boots go with her jeans when she’s doing her cowgirl and western activities. This is just one example of why guys who aren’t cowboys and who grow up in an urban big city environment such as myself love cowgirls. Because of their style and how they present themselves and how they also take care of themselves.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Victor Creed: Madame X 1966- Lana Turner is Madame X

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Lana Turner, plays a lower-class women Holly Parker, who marries way up as far as class and wealth. She marries Clayton Anderson, from the very wealthy Anderson Family. Who is a businessman/politician whose held several Federal Government jobs and is looking to become President of the United States. Very similar to Joe Kennedy from the Kennedy Family. Who was a very successful investor on Wall Street. Who ends up working for President Franklin Roosevelt and who also has his own presidential ambitions.

Holly Parker’s husband, Clayton, is a diplomat now and spends a lot of time away from Washington where they live. Holly, gets lonely and is a gorgeous, sexy baby-faced adorable women. I mean, she is Lana Turner after all and meets a local playboy Phil Benton, played by Ricardo Montalban. They have an argument and fight one night at the house. And Holly, accidentally kills Phil and tells her mother in law about it. Her mother in law, doesn’t like her daughter in law at all.

Estelle Anderson, played by Constance Bennett, the mother in law of Holly and mother of Clayton Anderson, doesn’t want to see any scandal and shame come to her family. And pays Holly a lot of money to get out-of-town and simply disappear. Not even telling her son Clayton who just happens to be Holly’s husband and the father their son. No one knows what happened to Holly except for Holly and Estelle. And Holly, completely falls off the map and leaves the country. And becomes an alcoholic and lives a rough life.

One of Lana Turner’s best movies. She plays a women whose the wife of a rich successful politician. Whose suspected for murder and gets sent out-of-town by her mother in law never to be heard from again. Until one day she pops back up into society and ends up going on trial for murder with a completely new identity. With her family not knowing her real identity.
Victor Creed: Madame 1966- Original Trailer

Reason Party: James Baldwin vs. William F. Buckley: Debating African-American Life in a European World

Reason Party: James Baldwin vs. William F. Buckley: Debating African-American Life in a European World

African-Americans being forced to live under a system that was created by Europeans. Having no choice in whether to come over there and live in the new world or not. And living under European-Americans and under their discrimination in many cases. Not saying that Africans would be better off back in Africa had they not have been forced to leave there for America. As some right-wingers have implied that Africans have it better in America than anywhere else in the world. Which is debatable anyway, but the point here is that they never had a choice. They were forced to leave Africa for a strange world to them that they knew nothing about before they cam here and were forced to live in slavery.

And what I believe the Right was arguing here was that Africans, or has they called them Negros back then, had it better in America than anyone else. Despite Jim Crow, forced desegregation, being turned down for jobs and service simply, because of their race and complexion. Being forced to go to rotten schools and live in rotten housing, because again they were being denied access to a good education and good jobs. And yet the Right is arguing here that African-Americans had it better in America than Africans anywhere else in the world, especially in third-world Africa. But again that is off point even if its correct. Because why should be people be forced to live in poverty simply because of the race and complexion.

Book TV: Afterwords- Tim Naftali Interviewing Sir David Frost: On The Frost Nixon Interviews 2007

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By 1977 Richard Nixon was a dead politician basically just looking to find relevancy again and get back on the national stage. He obviously was still alive physically, but his political career was dead and was a retired politician in his mid-sixties when even back then people with long public service careers in America were still working. Still holding a seat in public office, working in a cabinet, teaching somewhere, working as a consultant, like at a think tank. Perhaps writing a weekly column and hosting a radio show, or serving as an analyst for one of the network news divisions. Dick Nixon had none of that before the Frost/Nixon interviews.

As much as Americans and perhaps people around the world may have wanted to get inside of Dick Nixon’s head and hear what he thought about his own presidency and what was going on his own political mind and mind in general, Nixon needed for his own sake to get back on the national scene. To contribute to something that was seen as constructive, if not actually be doing these things. David Frost was essentially a news comedian and satirist at this point looking to get into hard news and make a name for himself there. And gets the idea about trying to interview the one man who no one has successfully interviewed. At least in a long time and find out what President Nixon went through as President.

What you get from the Frost/Nixon interviews is a look inside of perhaps the most fascinating American politician. At least in modern history, a man who was brilliant really about anything he ever worked on and yet had this other paranoid side about him that made him do horrible things to people. And to the country as far as he ran his own White House and perhaps administration overall. And these are really interviews that you need to see for yourself. But Frost someone who was a news satirist before he interviewed Nixon might have been the only man to get Nixon to open up the way he did. And actually talk about his own involvement and the Watergate coverup.
Book TV: Afterwords- Tim Naftali Interviewing Sir David Frost: On Frost/Nixon

Friday, September 6, 2013

The Riverbends Channel: Video: Oxford Union Debate, James Baldwin vs. William F. Buckley: Has The American Dream Been Achieved at The Expense of the African-American?

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You won’t find better debates than this one, with so many intelligent, thoughtful, respectful people, a debate with both James Baldwin and William Buckley. In this debate, they are addressing the biggest issue of the 1960s, perhaps the biggest issue in the history of the United States, civil rights. Should we treat all Americans regardless of race equally under the law?

As far as the debate goes, I believe the answer is obvious, that of course the American dream for Caucasian-Americans has been achieved at the expense of Africans who were kidnapped and brought to America and the Caribbean to serve Caucasians.  Once the Africans were legally free from slavery and became Americans, Caucasians continued to live the American dream at the expense of African-Americans.

The examples are obvious starting with slavery and then moving to segregation during which African-Americans were forced to live in inadequate ghetto housing and attend substandard schools. They had to settle for the only jobs they could get, such as house servants for upper and middle class Caucasian-American families, because they were denied the educational opportunities that would lead to well-paying jobs with good benefits.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Alison Martino: E’s Mysteries and Scandals- The Life of Lana Turner

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I saw the movie The Bad and Beautiful from 1952 with Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Barry Sullivan, Walter Pidgeon and many others, a great cast. And in that movie Lana plays an actress who is very similar to the women that Lana played in real-life. A talented, but tiny hot baby-face adorable women, who is somewhat immature and never seems very happy, at least for long. Who seems to be addicted to scandal, who drinks too much and gets into trouble. That is the Lana Turner that I’ve read and have heard about. The Bad and The Beautiful, could almost be a biography of Lana Tuner. At least her early career in Hollywood. Because the women she plays there is very similar to the women she was in real-life at the same time.

Lana seemed to be either addicted to danger and scandal in her life, or it just sticked to her like glue and she could never rip it off. Or perhaps he was addicted to Hollywood and the Hollywood life. Of living through tabloids and doing crazy things that get yourself in the tabloids and generate publicity about yourself. That leads to roles that clean up for to do them successfully. Like her relationship with Italian gangster John Stompanato, who she must have known was with the Italian-American Mafia. This just goes to the crazy life aspect. (To almost paraphrase Paris Hilton) That a clean boyfriend and actor for Lana, would’ve been boring and perhaps anti-Hollywood to her. That Lana almost had to be in danger to be in happy in life.

Lana also knew that she had a daughter and how dangerous her and her daughter’s life was in being hooked up with a gangster. But that wasn’t enough for her not to get involved with him in the first place. How Stompanato died, I don’t think we’ll ever really know. Certainly not enough there to hold Lana for murder and Stompanato dying. I hate to say this, but it really wasn’t any bad news for anyone outside of his family, his real family that is. But again Lana playing a Hollywood movie role, but her in real-life. With the only question being how did Stompanato die. Was is in self-defense or did Lana, or her daughter Cheryl murder him.

And this is all before you get to what really was a great career for Lana Turner. Imagine Marilyn Monroe, but someone who lived more than twice as long. A smaller even cuter Marilyn Monroe in Lana Turner, who managed to grow up in time to have what really was a great life and career. Where you’re talking about not just one of the best actress’s of her generation, but all-time. The same class as Rita Hayworth, Susan Hayward, Ava Turner, Lauren Bacall and many other great actress’s. In movies like The Bad and The Beautiful, Peyton Place, Madame X, Another Time Another Place, The Big Cube, Love Has Many Faces and I really could go on. But in interest of my own time I won’t.

The Johnny Stompanato relationship, is classic Lana Turner. She’s this hot baby-faced little cutie, who gets involved with an Italian gangster like Stompanato. Where just the fact that Lana is a women and men shouldn’t attack women anyway and then add that he’s so much larger than this little cutie who at times at least could still come off as a little girl and all of these things means nothing to Stompanato. Who could probably kill people for giving them bad looks. And Lana who was at time crazy as far as how she lived and perhaps wild would be more accurate, had to know Stompanato’s background going in. That he was clearly a dangerous man who had a temper. But again a relationship with a good man who stays out of trouble, would have been boring for Lana.

As far as what happened to Johnny Stompanato, which is what this show I guess is ultimately about, even though I’m more interested in Lana’s life and career. Lana or Cheryl, killed Stompanato, I don’t see how you can call this murder. Stompanato, was a mobster with a temper, who had a history of abusing Lana. And went too far one night with Lana’s daughter being there and either Lana or Cheryl, had the ability to defend themselves and back Stompanato off. And that’s exactly what did. Don’t believe either of them intentionally killed Stompanato. But in a lot of Stompanato cases the defender is simply just trying to back the attacker off. And perhaps shoots the person o hits them too hard. And the attacker dies as a result. And I believe that is what happened in this case.
Alison Martino: Mysteries and Scandals Lana Turner