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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

That Brother Outside The Today Show

His name is Linny Boyette. Every time the camera pans the audience of the 7-10 am "Today" show on NBC, Linny is always there - - cool as ever. He has been there everyday for 12 years except for illness and is retired from the U.S. Army. He is 63, was born in Jamaica and raised in New York and London. He speaks with a deep British accent. We must admit that he has taken a unique path to fame. (Photo: Jennifer S. Altman)
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Sundance Kid Challenges The Godfather

Robert Redford has brought his Utah Sundance Film Festival to Brooklyn and is promoting a Tribeca-type film series. Redford's New York festival follows right on the heels of DeNiro's Tribeca festival. Redford lived and went to school in New York before he got famous and evidently knows that New York is the entertainment capital of the world (right after Los Angeles). Utah is the outback in comparison.

Redford's New York Sundance Festival is a 10-day series of film screenings, musical performances and theater. Whereas Redford's festival includes 38 screenings of 14 feature and documentary films and 8 shorts, Tribeca offers 174 features, 100 shorts and more than 700 screenings. Tribeca ended on May 7 and Redford's festival is in mid-May.
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Monday, May 29, 2006

X-Men 3: The Last Stand

Halle Berry (Storm), right, takes her rightful place as the leader of the mutants. Her new hair style fits her beautiful face very well and the leather suit fits her gorgeous 40-year old body like a glove. Storm would be a great energy source because she can control the weather and produce lightning. She would also be a great cure for global warming and climate change. The special powers of the mutants are threatened by a cure for their so-called disease. It has great action, dramatic character interactions and a good plot. Jean Grey (Phoenix) didn't need to be killed by Wolverine; he could have just given her the cure.

If the mutants are a metaphor for black people then what percentage of blacks would take a 'cure' that would turn them white? What percentage of whites would take a 'cure' to turn black? The mutants fight among themselves like blacks do now and like whites did in the first half of the 20th Century. Angel was clearly a native of San Francisco and we will not try to calculate whether Magneto's moving the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz Island would really work.
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Friday, May 26, 2006

Bush Declares June Black Music Month

African-American musicians have added to the rich culture of our country and of countries around the world. During Black Music Month, we recognize the African-American artists who have enhanced our lives and created some of our Nation's most treasured art forms.

Throughout history, African-American artists have produced music with the power to change hearts and shape our national conscience. From gospel to blues, from jazz to rock and roll, the songs of America's black musicians have defined our times, enriched our culture, strengthened our nation's diversity and lifted the human spirit.

Black Music Month recognizes some of the brightest lights of American creativity and honors the African-American men and women whose art entertains and inspires us. The incredible talents of black musicians continue to speak to every heart, reflecting the beauty and pride of our great Nation.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby
proclaim June 2006 as Black Music Month. I encourage all Americans to learn more about the history of black music and to enjoy the great contributions of African-American musicians.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fifth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand six, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirtieth. George W. Bush
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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

TV Show Dogs Nuclear Power

The NBC movie '10.5 Apocalypse' showed an earthquake fault moving towards Houston, Texas and a fictional nuclear power plant there. A black woman commentator reported that if the plant and spent fuel pool were damaged 75 million people could be killed. And here we didn't even know there were 75 million people in Texas.

It is this type of show that unfortunately keeps the public wary about nuclear power. Hollywood consistently gives nuclear power a bum rap. Nuclear power is an easy whipping boy for writers, producers and directors. They never present the good news that nuclear power provides 20% of our electricity in the U.S. without contributing any greenhouse or smog-forming gases.
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Friday, May 19, 2006

Cannes Film Festival 2006

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

An Inconvenient Truth: Gore Fooling Us Again?

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Ex Vice President Al Gore is coming around for a third time so I guess it is shame on all of us if we fall for his fake one more time. When Vice President Gore was in Washington, DC he ran from his Ozone Man label like it was the plague. He did not agree to go to Kyoto for the Protocol until the last minute and that was after much criticism from the mainstream environmental movement. He evidently could not convince President Clinton to even send the Kyoto Treaty to the Senate for consideration.

And now he is mister 'environmentalist' again. Hmmmm. Isn't another presidential election looming? Hillary Clinton is better on the environment than Gore. And she has not faked us out. George Bush is better on the environment than Al Gore but the media and the mainstream environmental movement will never give him that credit. John McCain is better on the environment than Al Gore. Rudy Guiliani is better on the environment than Al Gore. So we will go to see his new campaign commercial, but don't think we will be fooled again.

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Saturday, May 06, 2006

Mission Impossible Three

Great summer action movie. Tom Cruise can do anything he wants offscreen because he delivers the goods onscreen. He seems to have a knack for placing himself in excellent films. And he is perfectly cast to drive those big budget movie machines. There are also 3 fine ladies in the film.

A wind farm provides the setting for one of the best action scenes when Cruise is in a helicopter and is being chased by another helicopter through the whirling blades. A missile from the bad guys' helicopter blows up one of the wind turbines. The bad guy helicopter is also chopped in half by one of the blades from another wind turbine. Two God curses (seems to be required in most Hollywood films).
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Monday, May 01, 2006

Xyborg Declares War On Dysfunctional 10th

Video sent by XYBORG7
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Hollywood Dogs Prince George's County

Gina Davis' ABC TV show "Commander-In-Chief" helped to keep businesses from locating in the county by presenting an unrealistically negative image of this Washington, DC suburb. Okay, so the murder rate is rising rapidly in Prince George's County. But massive protests in Hyattsville about the increase? Ludicrous. The lady president comes to eat in the county and it is a chitlins and chops joint. Hilarious. And a bit stereotypically racist. We like lobster too. They could have also visited a nice restaurant at Capital Centre or Bowie Town Center. What about also mentioning that Prince George's is the richest majority black county in the U.S.? But it is also the poorest county in the Washington Metropolitan Area. What about the fact that Hyattsville is a model of integration and chic old school suburbia? AAEA Headquarters is in Prince George's County. ABC should consider another show that presents the many postives in the county.

The politicos held a big press conference and howled about the negative characterization. At a time when only two of the largest 125 public companies in the Washington Metropolitan Area are in Prince Georges's County, the last thing the county needed was a national television show advertsing that the county is a murder haven with inarticulate, chitlin-eating Negroes. At a fictitious meeting on the show to address grievances, one black woman says we need, "more better police." I mean Gina Davis as the president has a black chief of staff, who is a Republican from Prince George's County (and here we thought Lt. Gov Michael was the only one), so you would think she would have a sensitivity to the development needs of the county. Instead she ordered federal marshalls in to help subdue the murdering, chitlin-eating, inarticulate Negroes. Egads, forced into a whining position again.

UPDATE: Commander-In-Chief was cancelled right after this episode (at least for the rest of this season). We wouldn't be surprised if they try to resurrect it in the Fall.

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