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Monday
Dec052011

Just a quick reflection 

“Give a man a reputation as an early riser and he can sleep 'til noon.” 
― Mark Twain
Somehow, I think of Newt.

 

Just look: 

Suddenly, he's against birth control.

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/12/05/381834/under-pressure-from-anti-choice-groups-gingrich-flips-to-anti-birth-control-position/

We've aready talked about his "Child Labor " Plan

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/12/05/381787/trump-gingrich-apprenti/ 

 

At least he's not dumb enough to court the Cain endorsement

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/05/us-usa-campaign-gingrich-cain-idUSTRE7B41MR20111205

 

Then again, who knows what tomorow will bring.

 

I end with the question I asked before. I thought he was supposed to be the smart one?

 


Sunday
Nov202011

Quick, Who Said This:

“This is something that no liberal wants to deal with,” ******* said. “Core policies of protecting unionization and bureaucratization against children in the poorest neighborhoods, crippling them by putting them in schools that fail has done more to create income inequality in the United States than any other single policy. It is tragic what we do in the poorest neighborhoods, entrapping children in, first of all, child laws, which are truly stupid.” [...]

Most of these schools ought to get rid of the unionized janitors, have one master janitor and pay local students to take care of the school

 

Is that a quote from:

A. Andrew Carnegie

B. James Fisk, Jr.

C. Newt Gingrich

 Suit up for this one gang because the answer is amazing.

 Gingrich told a crowd at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government yesterday (November 19)  that child labor laws are “tragic” and “stupid” and have “done more to create income inequality in the United States than any other single policy.”

 I thought he was supposed to be the smart one?

Proof that even Newt was young ....once

Make no mistake friends. This is part of a plan to tap workforce at low pay. It has the added bonus of making sure that those uppity poor stay poor.

 

My parents were older than most of the kids I grew up with. They WERE child labor. My mother never made it past the eighth grade. My father never learned to read. Period. 


The true irony of this is that Gingritch is ignoring the most important dynamic in the elimination of child labor. 

The Great Depression. Sure, liberals and progressives of the time marched in the streets on the issue, but it was the lack of available jobs that would  finially  kill child labor. When the labour force was willing to work for the next to nothing pay the kids were getting, little Johnny and Sally were out on the street in no time.


Monday
Nov072011

Porky Pig Goes For An "R" Rating

The guys over at Warner Brothers Cartoons created this little gem to give producer Leon Schlesinger a heart attack.

 

Word on the street is, it almost worked.

Sunday
May082011

Obscure Joke of the Week

Child labor laws in Utah are hardly what you would call strict for family businesses.

I truly expect to come to work one day and be introduced to my new eleven year old boss.

But I'll buy him some lime green jello and everything will be Jake .

Sunday
Apr102011

Why, Yes, I Can Love a "Chick Flick"

And so can you.

 

"Two For The Road" stars  Albert Finney , Audrey Hepburn with appearances by William Daniels and Jacqueline Bisset.

 

This is a love story pure and simple. Well, pure anyway. All love stories are about relationships. But most dwell on the beginning. This one covers a twelve year period.

 

The trailer gives you the feeling that everything is hunky dory though out the movie. But its not that simple. No relationship ever is.

 

The ten-year marriage of Mark and Joanna Wallace is not going as planned . We are treated to their first meeting,  moments in their courtship and early wedded life, their travels through Europe, their broken vow never to have children, and their increasing tensions that led to both of them having extra-marital affairs. All of this happens in flashbacks. and not in chronological order.

 

Watch carefully and you will see how one scene leads to another  in jump cuts with small hints. Mark and Joanna are sunburned and that leads to a dinner of lobster in another time and place. A red gasoline truck passes behind Mark's head (as he delivers on of the best lines in the film) and we see the same truck second later, or rather years later in another scene.


The timeline jumps back and forth, sometimes keeping you guessing.

 

Hepburn as Joanna couldn't be better. It wold be easy to call this her finest role.

 

 Produced and Directed by Stanley Donen. Written by Frederic Raphael with a musical score by Henry Mancini.

 

I cant help but recommend this for a romantic evening, one where you don't want to leave your brain behind.

 

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