Wild in the Streets

In 1968, the film Wild in the Streets  was released.  The premise was a simple and a somewhat satirical jab at the burgeoning “anti-establishment,” counter-cultural revolution that was rampant at the time.  A senator, played by Hal Holbrook, and Max Frost, a 22 year old rock star played by Christopher Jones, make common cause with a view to securing the youth vote.  Max, already a budding revolutionary, points out that 52% of the US population … Continue reading

Whither Goes Middle America?

OK friends, the 2016 Presidential election season is in full swing. It is an odd one, that’s for sure. As Brit Hume from FOX said, each candidate’s high negatives with certain blocks of voters is the other’s best hope. The pundits and talking heads spend endless hours analyzing and pontificating on who will win and why, which demographic is the most important at any given moment and what each candidate needs to do to gain … Continue reading

Peter Jackson and Tolkein’s Long Defeat

By now, dear reader, some of you have seen the second installment of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit subtitled, “The Desolation of Smaug”. I haven’t seen it but you can bet your dwarven boots I will. I’ve heard the good and the bad. I’ve heard that Benedict Cumberbatch adds a chilling voice to the arrogant and terrible Smaug. I’ve heard Martin Freeman’s Bilbo is full of whimsy one minute and serious courage the next. That is … Continue reading

Why You Gotta Be So Mean?

While surfing the interweb the other day I happened upon yet another attempt at describing the “people you meet” in society. Apparently stereo-typing people is some sort of hobby on line. But one of these got my attention. I can’t vouch for anything on the site itself but this seemed dead on: Some people’s idea of right and wrong just boils down to “Is it mean?” No good can come from any discussion on race, … Continue reading