Friday, July 25, 2014

GOP Union Busting

Is this really the direction we want to be heading?

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

AZ Tidbits

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

John Oliver on America's Prison System

John Oliver nails the broken American prison system.  We can do better!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

TPSG Top 10 Movies of 1992

Continuing with my look at the best movies of years gone by.

Top 10 Movies of 1992:
  1. Unforgiven - Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman
  2. A Few Good Men - Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson
  3. Reservoir Dogs - Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen
  4. My Cousin Vinny - Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei
  5. Wayne's World - Mike Myers, Dana Carvey
  6. Glengarry Glen Ross - Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino
  7. White Men Can't Jump - Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes
  8. Bob Roberts - Tim Robbins, Giancarlo Esposito 
  9. A League of Their Own - Gena Davis, Tom Hanks
  10. Basic Instinct - Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone
"Unforgiven" is my favorite western movie ever.  That "You can't handle the truth!" line from "A Few Good Men" is one of the best movie lines ever.  "Reservoir Dogs" is early Quentin Tarantino at his finest.  I absolutely loved the way Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei played off each other in "My Cousin Vinny".  It's not easy turning a SNL skit into a full length movie, but Mike Myers & Dana Carvey hit a home run with "Wayne's World", it's hella funny.  "Glengarry Glen Rose" had a terrific cast and a great story, I loved it. "White Men Can't Jump" is one of the better basketball films you'll find.  "Bob Roberts" is a truly great political satire, and I loved the ending.  "A League of Their Own" is a highly entertaining baseball movie with the twist being that it's about a woman's baseball team, great cast, lots of fun and that "there's no crying in baseball" line was an instant classic.  That Sharon Stone interrogation scene in "Basic Instinct" is still etched into my mind.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Nastik Kitsan

Are you familiar with Nastik Kitsan?  You probably should be.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

POTpourri

Friday, July 18, 2014

Worst.Socialist.Ever

That would be President Obama.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - starring Jason Clarke & Andy Serkis.  Having enjoyed "Rise of Planet of the Apes" in 2011, I was very much looking forward to "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes", and I wasn't disappointed, I enjoyed this one quite a bit.  In fact, I think that this may be my favorite movie so far in 2014.  This one takes place 10 years after "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" ended, the human population has been decimated by the Simian Flu and the apes have built up a civilization in the hills outside of San Francisco.  There is a remaining group of humans though and in a desperate search for a power source they head up to the hills where they run into the Apes.  That's when all hell breaks lose, soon it's human vs ape, and then ape vs ape.  The action and CGI is well done, the story moves at a fast pace, the direction and editing are top notch.  While no Charlton Heston, Jason Clarke was very good in this one as the chief protagonist, he's really building a solid resume.  Andy Serkis also does an amazing job once again as Caesar, the leader of the apes, while he didn't have much dialogue, he had the ape motions and gestures down pat.  Gary Oldman and Keri Russell were also solid in supporting roles.  Good movie, check it out!!

I will give it 4 out of 5 stars (*****).


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow - starring Tom Cruise & Emily Blunt.  This was a pretty good film, I rather enjoyed it.  It's sort of a cross between "Groundhog Day" and "War of the Worlds", I know that sounds like an odd combination but it worked.  Cruise plays Major William Cage an Army public relations expert who inexplicably get's thrown into a combat position fighting the dreaded alien creatures called the Mimics, it's a position that he is in no way equipped or trained to handle and he is rather quickly killed in battle.  Here's where the twist comes though as after dying he wakes up the next day to the exact same day, it happens again and again, with him dying every time, it's a power that was transferred to him by the Mimics in order for them to get a better read on their enemy, as time proceeds Cage adopts his behavior to what he learns on the battlefield.  It's all quite enthralling, the action is top notch, the special effects are terrific, Cruise and Blunt make for great leads, the direction by Doug Liman is terrific.  I highly recommend, give it a watch.

I will give it 4 out of 5 stars (*****).


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

AZ Tidbits

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Monday, July 14, 2014

POTpourri

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Germany Wins 2014 World Cup

Mario Gotze scores in the 113th minute to give Germany the World Cup!

LeBron Goes Home

Unless you have been living under a rock, you've probably heard the news that LeBron James is headed back to the Cleveland Cavaliers.  I welcome the news, I hated to see him go to Miami in the first place.  I just hated that whole trend of superstar players deciding amongst themselves to band together in some big market city to win a title, it just set a horrible precedence for the league as a whole.  Overall, I like LeBron, he's without a doubt one of the best players I have ever seen on a basketball court, he works hard, he stays out of trouble, he seems like a good family man, he's been more than willing to play for Team USA, the only mark against him in my book was the way he left Cleveland and I think the way he's going back will help to alleviate that black mark from his legacy.

That brings up the inevitable Kevin Love for Andrew Wiggins trade possibility.  For some odd reason, the Cavs seem hesitant to pull the trigger on this one.  IMO, that is just foolish on the Cavs part.  LeBron James is 29 years old, he will be 30 by year end, he is in the prime of his career.  Andrew Wiggins is 19, he is loaded with potential, but by every measure, he is a long way from being a star in the NBA (if he even ever reaches that level as not everybody is sold on his game).  Why would you waste LeBron James prime years waiting/hoping for Wiggins to develop when you could pick up arguably one of the top 5 players in the league right now to play with LeBron?  Let's also not forget that Kevin Love is just 25 year old, he's got a long future ahead of him.  When you really think about it, it would be beyond foolish on the Cavs part to not make that deal, it seems like a no-brainer to me.  I'm guessing, in the end, this deal does happen (with other parts also included obviously to match salary requirements), the Cavs need Love, the Wolves need to get something out of Love before he leaves via free agency, it just makes too much sense.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Two Santa Claus Theory

Are you familiar with this theory?

The "Two Santa Clause theory" started just before Ronald Reagan ran for President.  It stated that since the Democrats "give" people things — unemployment benefits, Medicare, Medicaid, etc. — Republicans should "give" big tax cuts and run up the debt with out of control spending.

Then, when a Democrat is in office, Republicans can scream about the debt and force the Democrats to take away entitlements.


Sound familiar?  Don't fall for it.  Educate yourself please.