Mahatma Gandhi (The Life and Times of a Modern Legend)

February 17, 2011 by  
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Is today national Mahatma Gandhi day? Probably not, but it might as well be if you are living in my world. Oh, I know what set this All Things Gandhi rampage off – well, it`s two things actually. One, is a book I checked out from the Austin Public Library, Gandhi`s Passion by Stanley Wolpert. The other thing is a DVD I got through the mail from Netflix. It`s a one hour documentary entitled Mahatma Gandhi (The Life and Times of a modern Legend).

While it`s impossible to cover Gandhi`s life in one hour, this special functions good as an introduction to his career. An in depth study requires reviewing the historical context of Gandhi`s life, such as the British colonial grip on India, WWI, and WWII. The historical context is a valuable tool to use when reviewing how Ganghi managed to secure India`s independence from Britain. An example would be, that Britain had trouble controlling India when all their attention was focused on fighting the Nazis.

I found a review of the DVD on the internet by William David Lee. Take a look at this. And you can watch a Discovery biography (Mahatma Gandhi – Pilgrim of Peace) right on your laptop or Ipad (or maybe even your iphone). With the dramatic changes coming to the Middle East, studying Gandhi seems timely. Be careful with the concept of satyagraha; MG only gradually fully realized the meaning of this. Won`t you join me in my journey to better grasp how Mahatma changed the world forever and made it better.

In Poland A Padlock Is A Symbol Of Love

February 16, 2011 by  
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“On Valentine’s Day, traditional symbols of love like roses and chocolates are nowhere in sight on the historic Tumski bridge spanning the river Oder inWroclaw, western Poland.
This favourite haunt of lovers is covered in padlocks — thousands of them in various sizes and colours and all symbolizing undying love.”


A padlock has all the romantic symbolism of a toilet that hasn’t been flushed. The foolish Poles should stick to chocolates and roses to express their love for one another.
A padlock doesn’t symbolize undying love, it’s a symbol of emotional slavery. It speaks of insecurity in love: I will keep my lover emotionally attached to me, so she won’t go looking for another.
If I came across a bridge covered in padlocks, servitude not romance would come to mind.

Need A Free Condom? There’s An App For That!

February 16, 2011 by  
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“Need a condom? There’s an app for that.
The New York City Health Department on Monday unveiled a smartphone application that will help users locate the nearest place in the area giving out free condoms.
‘We want New York City to be the safest city in the world to have sex,’ said Dr. Monica Sweeney, the city’s assistant health commissioner. “A lot of people come here for that, so we want them to practice safer sex.”
The application, available for download on the iPhone and Android phones, taps into the city’s database of over 1,000 different locations which offer free condoms.”
Who knew that there were so many locations in the Big Apple where you can get free condoms?
The New York City Health Department is providing a valuable and much needed public service. Young folks are often in a hurry to have sex, but with this incredible app it won’t take them more than a few seconds to find out where they can get free condoms.
I hope everyone in New York City downloads this app, it will result it less STD’s and less unwanted pregnancies.
Thank goodness for technology.

Homeless Suspect Had 30 Items In His Rectum!

February 15, 2011 by  
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“Authorities in Florida said a homeless man sent to jail Friday was found to be concealing 30 items in a condom hidden in his rectum.
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said Neil Lansing, 33, had been jailed following a Friday court appearance on undisclosed charges when corrections deputies performing a routine cell block search noticed a piece of condom sticking out of Lansing’s rectum, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported Tuesday.
Officials said they removed the condom and it was found to contain 17 blue pills, a cigarette, six matches, one flint, an empty syringe with an eraser covering the needle, a lip balm container, an unused condom, a pharmacy receipt and a coupon.”


A homeless person doesn’t have a medicine cabinet, so it’s not surprising that this dude had pills, lip balm and everything but the kitchen sink in his rectum.
I wouldn’t ask this guy if he had an extra cigarette, if you smoke one of his cigarettes cancer might be the least of your worries.
This dude has 17 Viagra pills, he’d better also have $1,700, that’s how much he would need to pay anyone to have sex with a loser like him.

“Tell Me Who`s the Queen Standing Over By the Record Machine?”

February 15, 2011 by  
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What is Rock `N` Roll? As I was watching the Grammys Sunday night, I thought to myself: “This new stuff is alien to me, man!” A recalled a teeny story from the first of the year when Chuck Berry had collapsed at his club in St. Louis (Was that his one millioneth engagement?). Chuck is 84, so this is not all that surprising. But this simple article in the Chicago Tribune may bear a more ominous prophesy of what`s to come. Will the traditions of Rock `N` Roll, which are American as Apple Pie or Bebop Jazz, be victim to the ravages of time?

I was thankful to pick up a 30 song collection of Chuck`s many hits on itunes for a paltry ten spot! I`m working these classics hard, breaking things down, and listening carefully for Berry`s witty and funny lyrics. Hitting the Wikipedia entry too, and reviewing Chuck`s fascinating career, both highlights and lowlights. On YouTube you can watch a young Chuck on the Alan Freed film Rock Rock Rock doing You Can`t Catch Me. Duck Walks and squeezes out some sparks on his Gibson hollow body.

Come to believe R & R is slightly sped up Jump Blues. It`s really a combination of Johnnie Johnson`s barrel-house piano and Chuck`s electric guitar licks. Simple, simple, simple with lyrics about girls playing 45s on the record machine over at the malt-hop. Chuck got the lyric style from country records and his guitar style largely from T-Bone Walker. Berry`s eclectic! Did he invent R & R? Maybe. Let`s stay on top of this. Not Fade Away

Lady Antebellum, Arcade Fire Big Winners at Grammys!

February 14, 2011 by  
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Well, I enjoyed the Grammys. Okay, I made it through half the show before retiring to my boudoir. Fortunately, I recorded it, so I`m reviewing the second half of it this morning. The plug for the Grammy Museum is on now. I`m discovering lots of new artists.

I`d never heard of Lady Antebellum or Arcade Fire before last night. Tributes to those who have passed away this last year. Now Mick Jagger giving a tribute to Solomon Burke. I`ll link for you all the category winners that you never see on the broadcast, like Best Rock Instrumental PerformanceJeff Beck for Hammerhead.

Tura Satana Dead at 72-An Exotic Life and Career in Cult-Films!

February 13, 2011 by  
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`60s cult film star Tura Satana has died at 72 in her home in Reno, Nevada. Tura had a very interesting life and leaves behind some cult films that will never be jettisoned to the side of the road (Route 66). The story of her gang rape at the age of nine may be the source for Quentin Tarantino`s film Kill Bill. Tura learned the martial arts of aikido and karate and exacted revenge on each and everyone of her attackers. Because of this, and since her judge was bribed by these Bad Boys, she had to go to reform school and turned herself into a tough girl.

Tura made her way into show business by way of modeling for cheesecake photography sessions. Then, because of a problem with wearing makeup, she became a stripper in Chicago, and made her way as an exotic dancer, hitting the Go Go Girl Circuit with the likes of `60s Superstar Vixens, such as Rose Le Rose, The Skyscraper Girl, or Candy Barr. Tura made some guest appearances on television shows, such as Burke`s Law, Hawaiian Eye, and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Satana`s role as Varla in Russ Meyers` 1965 cult film Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Is what put her on the map. You can`t get it right now on Netflix, (new prints are frantically being made) so I settled for an Instant Watch of The Astro-Zombies (1968) yesterday, and was not disappointed. I believe I saw this one (memories of Drive-In sessions are a little blurry) before at the Drive-In back in the `70s, which is the right venue for it, but unfortunately this ancient venue is dead now. Tura`s life and career is as interesting as any could be, and worth a second, third, or even a fourth gander! Did you know she once dated Elvis Presley and he even asked her to marry him? I didn`t either. She kept a King Ring as a relic. *Read more about her fascinating life and career on her official web site.

Drunk Bum Hit By Train, Walks Away

February 11, 2011 by  
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“A man who was hit by a freight train in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, was nursing only bruises Thursday with no memory of what happened, police said.

Police said Leonard Nickelray, 29, was walking home along the tracks around 2 a.m. Wednesday listening to his iPod at high volume following a night of drinking, Saskatoon StarPhoenix quoted police as saying.

The Canadian Pacific train’s engineer blew the powerful horn several times, but Nickelray didn’t hear it and was struck and thrown into the air away from the tracks, an unidentified witness told police.


You can file this article under “Proof there is no God”

An inebriated bum who is walking on railroad tracks at an ungodly hour in the morning listening to his iPod deserves to be run over by a train, and wake up in hell.

When even a hobo has an iPod it’s time for me to join the digital generation.

The oxygen thief suffered only a few bruises, and I’m convinced he won’t stop drinking until his liver gives out, or he’s run over again.

The cops are considering filing a trespassing charge against Nickelray. Instead of fining him the police should encourage him to jaywalk.

Ho Hum, Another Grammys Show-But There`s Jeff Beck`s Nessun Dorma!

February 10, 2011 by  
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The Grammys are coming up Sunday night. Ho hum! I`m indifferent to the event, but I will record it anyway. Maybe I`ll be surprised? I recorded the Super Bowl and have not played back any part of it, not even the commercials. The Black Eyed Peas did nothing for me. The sound mix was plagued with problems. I do see where producer T Bone Burnett will be honored at the Grammys. I can identify with that.

I looked over the categories and nominees this morning. Boy, lots of artists I`ve never even heard of. The only artist and song I could muster up much enthusiasm for, was Jeff Beck in the category of Best Pop Instrumental Performance. That would be for Nessun Dorma from his last album, Emotion & Commotion. The song is an instrumental version of Puccini`s famous tenor opera aria (Turandot).  *(If I fall asleep, at least I`ll have it recorded.)

Detroit Mayor: City Won’t Build RoboCop Statue

February 10, 2011 by  
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Detroit Mayor Dave Bing‘s refusal of a suggestion to erect a statue of RoboCop in the city set off a flurry of Twitter and Facebook support for the idea.

The controversy surrounding the cyborg protagonist of the RoboCop film franchise, which took place in a futuristic Detroit, began Monday with a statue suggestion directed to Bing’s Twitter account, the Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday.

“There are not any plans to erect a statue of RoboCop,” the response on Bing’s Twitter account read.


We are familiar with the expression “failed state”, but Detroit is a failed city. The Motor City is a dystopia with miles of abandoned houses and hundreds of closed factories and boarded-up storefronts. Detroit’s professional sports teams are second-rate at best, and it’s political establishment reeks of corruption and ineptitude.

Detroit has very little to be proud of and many things that mar its reputation. The Robocop movie and it’s sequels were very successful, why not erect a statue to a successful film set in Detroit. What the hell else does Detroit have to be proud of?

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