Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Dean Stockwell

Dean Stockwell has passed away.


A lot of people 40 and younger probably only know him from his later work -- like BLUE VELVET. I especially love him in MARRIED TO THE MOB where he is obsessed with Michelle Pfeiffer's character, going so far as to bump off Alec Baldwin who plays her husband. It is a very funny movie and probably the best one directed by Jonathan Demme. Mr. Stockwell received an Academy Award nomination. And he deserved it. That is also one of the best acted films. Ms. Pfeiffer and Mercedes Ruehl are excellent. Alec Baldwin and Joan Cusak, Ellen Foley, Sister Carol, Al Lewis, everybody, they are all wonderful.

I also like him in the film WON TON TON: THE DOG WHO SAVED HOLLYWOOD. That film was savaged upon release but I enjoyed it back then (with my kids) and I still love that movie. He is excellent in Wim Wenders' PARIS, TEXAS and in David Lynch's DUNE. But I especially love him as Richard E. Grant's agent in Robert Altman's classic THE PLAYER. Even in a really bad movie, Mr. Stockwell was good (see Ellen DeGeneres' MR. WRONG for an example of that -- that, by the way, is at least the second film he was in with Joan Cusak.)

Those films are later in his career. He started very early in films -- he is in the Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly classic ANCHORS AWAY, with the expert comedy duo in ABBOTT & COSTELLO IN HOLLYWOOD, with Myrna Loy and William Powell in THE SONG OF THE THIN MAN, and so many more.

I mentioned I took my kids to see WON TON TON and that we loved it. Years later, three of the four would tell me "that guy" from that movie was in a film they saw in English class, LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT -- a great film starring Katharine Hepburn. Sidney Lumet directed that classic adaptation of the play and the film was released in 1962. He was in Dennis Hopper's classic THE LAST MOVIE -- another one I greatly enjoy but seem to be on the minority side there.

In films alone, look at the names he worked with: Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert Altman, Dennis Hopper, Madeline Kahn, Bruce Dern, Katharine Hepburn, Abbott and Costello, Joan Cusak, Alec Baldwin, David Lynch, Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Jeff Bridges, Francis Ford Coppola, Sean Connery, Glenn Close, Jon Voight, Danny Glover, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ed Harris, Denzel Washington, James Remar, Anjelica Huston, James Earl Jones, Tommy Lee Jones, Eddie Murphy, Christian Slater, Gloria Grahame, John Garfield, Lionel Barrymore . . .

That is an impressive career. and please note that he also worked in television and not just on QUANTUM LEAP. He did THE TWILIGHT ZONE, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE< WAGON TRAIN, MANNIX, ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS, COLUMBO, ELLERY QUEEN, THE A-TEAM, LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, JAG, CHICAGO HOPE . . . He even played Madonna's father in a TV movie.

That really is an impressive career. He delivered many wonderful performances.

He was also a very cute young man who grew into a very attractive adult.

This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today:

Tuesday, November 9, 2021.  A lot to cover, most of it not Iraq.

Starting in the US.  I do believe in fate so when I turned on the TV yesterday afternoon and it started playing THE NEWSHOUR, I figured there was a reason.  (I have YOUTUBE TV.  It click on the YOUTUBE TV icon and it opens and it automatically starts playing something -- usually what I've streamed before that's now airing at that time.  I do not watch PBS on YOUTUBE TV, I watch it on the PBS icon.

So it pops up with the menu of what's airing live while it's playing THE NEWSHOUR behind the menu and I see that dreadful face: Jennifer Granholm.  It's amazing the cults that develop around certain politicians and it's always the most useless ones.  Jennifer is Canadian (American! Canadian American!) and she first came on the radar of many when her cult was trying to insist that the Constitution needed to be changed so she could be the president of the United States.

The only thing that talk ever really produced was a question: Who's the bigger nutcase -- Jennifer or her supporters?

Last night, the country finally got the definitive answer as Jennifer showed up to whore on PBS' NEWSHOUR:


    And it took several months, but here we are.

    I'm asking you about when Americans are going to see results from this, because we know many Americans increasingly worried about the price of gas, about the cost of goods that are being shipped, the so-called supply chain problems.

    And it caught our eye that, over the weekend, the White House said this bill is going to ease inflationary pressures, strengthen supply chains by making these long — these long-overdue improvements.

    How exactly is that going to happen? When are prices going to come down in connection with this legislation in a way that Americans can see that, touch it?


    Yes, I mean, first of all, we know that a lot of the mismatch between supply and demand is the world and the economy coming out of COVID. The quicker we can ensure that everybody's vaccinated, the quicker we get back to normal, right?

    But there's also 17 Nobel economists who said that this bill will, in fact, address inflationary pressures, especially in addressing some of the physical bottlenecks that we have seen, so the investment in our ports and in our airports, in our railway systems. So that's important as well.

    There is no doubt there will be some natural evening out of prices and inflation, as soon as we get through this COVID. But it is going to take a few months before that — before that settles out.

  • Judy Woodruff didn't ask the Secretary of Energy an abstract question.

    But back seat Jenny (perfect for transportation) is jus another dirty whore in politics.  Her cult was apparently sexually turned on by her -- it's not like she ever did anything to help people.  She was another run of the mill politician who went running for the cameras unless there was a scandal that could be attached to her -- in that case she ran from the cameras.

    Such as with the water crisis in Flint which she sidestepped and ignored while pretending that just because she was governor of the state in the lead up to the crisis didn't eman anyone could attach the filthy water to her.  Filthy water?  It was probably run off from her body.

    At any rate, she's a lying piece of crap.

    Judy wanted to know "when Americans are going to see results" because they are "increasingly worried about the price of gas, about the cost of goods that are being shipped, the so-called supply chain problems."

    And Jennifer didn't answer about results, didn't answer about the price of gas (and why isn't the administration being asked when they're going to release from the reserves? -- that's a basic question that should face everyone in the administration when they go before the cameras) and didn't answer about the supply chain.

    The government exists to serve us.  That's news to Jenny who used state government to enrich herself and to raise her trashy profile.  Now she's Secretary of Energy and, other than taking a lot of money from big energy over the years, she has no qualifications for the job.

    Let's look at her 'answer.' 

    Yes, I mean, first of all, we know that a lot of the mismatch between supply and demand is the world and the economy coming out of COVID. 

    First off, lying trash, we're not coming out of COVID.  You're not medical and you're not really educated.  You're a blathering blond idiot.  That's all you are.  And a political whore, we'll give you that.  You should come with a warning so others aren't exposed to you without knowing the risks.

    Not only has the World Health Organization recently noted that the pandemic is not over, they're now insisting that the US government pay attention to the surge in COVID numbers currently taking place in Europe.

    So we really don't need a worthless whore lying to the country and insisting we're coming out of COVID.  Will she resign if the rates rise over the coming months?

    Of course not, that would require integrity and whores like Jennifer have none.

    Then the whore says:

    The quicker we can ensure that everybody's vaccinated, the quicker we get back to normal, right?


    Stop pushing the government's job off on the people.

    The people didn't take weeks off from their job as Secretary of Transportation.  That was Pete.  And was he right to do so?  He certainly had the right to do so, it's the law.  But we're in a pandemic and if it's important to Pete that he abandon his job in the midst of pandemic to play papa 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, hands on, then the thing you do is turn in your resignation.

    I get it.  There is no honor in serving with Joe Biden.  I get it.

    But people who take appointments need to take them seriously.  Taking weeks off and helping foster the current problem as a result (supply issues) requires some sort of comment grom the administration.  Some would argue it requires Pete's resignation.  He had an important job and he put it on hold in the midst of a pandemic.  If a woman had done that, we'd have a flurry of op-eds claiming that this demonstrated that women shouldn't be in the Cabinet.  

    All this demonstrates is that Pete is not up to the job.  And unless he can apologize publicly to the public for what he did, he better grasp this is now his issue.  If he had any dreams of a future in politics, he needs to grasp that opponents will ask him what the press won't.  He needs to grasp that this is a major deal.

    You don't walk away for weeks in the midst of a pandemic.

    It's an ongoing pandemic.

    And Jennifer's answer to what the government is going to do for the people is?  That the people need to get vaccinated.

    Because vaccines are the answer?

    I'm vaccinated.  I'll be getting the booster shortly.

    If others are, that's their business.

    What's the government doing?

    We're in an ongoing pandemic.  What is the federal government doing?

    Jenny Boo was asked that question and she couldn't answer.  All she could do was toss something back at We The People.

    I know it's confusing for her since she didn't really grow up in the country but we're not part of a monarchy and we don't answer to royalty.  We're an independent nation and in the United States, the government serves the people and is answerable to the people.  It's not supposed to be the other way around.

    Note that Jenny's not even preaching, 'we're all in this together.'  No, she's just pushing the failures of the administration off on the people, blaming the American people.  If they'd just get their vaccinations, she insists, the whole thing would be over.

    I think she honestly needs to be fired.  Joe doesn't have the backbone to do it.  He's not running anything.  He's barely holding on and his Cabinet is out of control and everyone in the press it seems wants to call me and whisper that to me.  And when I ask, "Why aren't you covering this?"  Instead of covering up for it?  The answer I get is the media can't.  They're only now, it's explained, at a point where they can note that Joe's got some problems.  And they can only note that because the American people are no longer believing lies from Cher that "Happiness is a thing called JOe."

    Cher, I love you.  But grasp reality.  James Brown and Elvis were both severely harmed by whoring for a politician (Tricky Dick Nixon).  You really need to stop using your name and your legacy to prop up a politician.

    Joe came into office with a pandemic raging.  And he's done nothing to help the people.

    He's done nothing to help the people and they realize that.  They realize that there were checks when Donald Trump was in the White House, stimulus checks, and that renters couldn't be evicted and that whores in Congress kept promising some extra money for 'heroes' but it never came about because Nancy Pelosi is a whore who never worked a day in her life and never had to worry about expanses.  "We feed them," lied the out of touch, elderly buffon.

    Donald Trump?  I think he was a disaster as president.  And I think there are many things he did that should be examined -- and should have been examined in real time.  But the media wasn't interested in real issue.  They lied instead to drive up their viewers and their clicks and their audience so they whored and lied each and every day, "Tomorrow, Donald Trump will be" -- what?  Arrested?  Removed from office/  What lie it was depended upon what day of the week it was.

    I think he was a disaster as a president.  In fairness, I will gladly agree that the media worked against him.  I will also note that, no, he was not the worst president the country has had or even the worst president of the last few decades.

    But to a lot of people right now, life in the US was better under Donald Trump's presidency.  And that Joe Biden has provided them reason to think that goes to just what a disaster Joe is as a president.

    Back to Jenny Whore:

    But there's also 17 Nobel economists who said that this bill will, in fact, address inflationary pressures, especially in addressing some of the physical bottlenecks that we have seen, so the investment in our ports and in our airports, in our railway systems. So that's important as well.

    STFU.  Seriously.  Is that how they tell you to respond because if you were told that you are even more stupid than whomever is advising you.

    That answer does not play to Americans in need.  They don't give a f**k about what some egg head economist says -- some unnamed egghead.  Are you really that stupid, Jenny?

    Then she says:

    here is no doubt there will be some natural evening out of prices and inflation, as soon as we get through this COVID. But it is going to take a few months before that — before that settles out.

    Dr. Jenny, you're findings are so different from those of the World Health Organization.  Where is your science?

    She has none.  She's a whore telling people to go on, in the midst of a pandemic, acting as they normally would and that it's okay because they got vaccinated.

    White House spokesperson Jen Psaki got vaccinated and then she got COVID.

    So let's all stop lying.

    A vaccination is hopefully a measure that will help prevent you from getting COVID as badly as you would otherwise.  It does not mean you will not get COVID.  QUit lying to people.

    And start doing your damn job.  That's what your paid for and if that embarrassing performance on THE NEWSHOUR is indicative of Jenny's work, she need to be let go immediately.  

    Those answers were insulting and out of touch.  And that's pretty much been the administration's response to the American people over and over.

    Two things in the e-mails quickly.  Alec Baldwin.  I'm not speaking on that topic to 'protect him.'  I love Alec but I've been silent because I wasn't there.  What happened on that set, my belief, is not that uncommon.  It's why we have had high profile deaths like Brandon Lee and Jon-Erik Hexum.  And unless we do what Dwayne Johnson's doing (not working with real guns anymore) it will happen again.  But Alec did not do anything wrong.  He trusted that others had ensured the safety measures were in place.  The same way the rest of us do in our day to day lives unless we're a safety inspector or those duties fall on us.  I am sorry Alec is in pain and I would say to him, "What happened was awful but it wasn't planned and it's not your fault."  


    I don't think I've ever noted him here.  Maybe I have at THIRD?  Martha counted 77 e-mails asking that i comment on what he's done.  

    Emilio has done what he always does -- stand up for freedoms.  His decision not to be bullied into getting a vaccine is perfectly in keeping with everything he's ever done.  I remember when he refused to register for the draft.  He stood up then and he's standing up now.

    Do I agree with his decision?  It's not the one I made.  But I am not the decider of the universe.  I respect Emilio's decision and I have nothing but love and respect for him.  I've known him for years.  He's a wonderful person.  He's a deep thinker and I have nothing but respect for him.

    The easiest thing in the world would have been to take the shot and keep banking MIGHTY DUCKS money.  Emilio's never been about doing the easy thing.  Martin's words growing up meant a great deal to Emilio.  He is the son that Martin raised and he will always stand up for what he believes whether it is popular with others or not.

    I support Emilio and have nothing negative to say.

    Let's move over to Iraq by noting this Tweet:

    News Media is awfully Silent ~ Who Bombed Iraq’s Mustafa al-Kadhimi? The attempted assassination of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi at his Baghdad home Sunday represents a grave escalation in strife ~

  • It's almost as though people thought it could just be a headline and that no one would question or follow up.  I have no idea who targeted Mustafa -- if he was the target.  But he has publicly stated he knows who it was.  So why aren't the arrested?  

    There are a lot of dumb people in the world and maybe it's just expected that the dumb will carry the day?

    Like this idiot:

    Berners pilloried Hillary for her Iraq vote and never gave a damn about the reasons behind it. We owe them the exact same courtesy re this Infrastructure vote.

    Poor Nicole David.  A stupid idiot.  Bernie didn't go after Hillary on her vote.  If you believe that Nicole, then you're not just a liar, you're an idiot.  2007 and 2008, Barack Obama destroyed Hillary for her vote.

    So did his cult.  And his cult smeared her and Bill as racists.  That was in 2008.  That was Barack's core supporters.  You and Hillary are idiots for thinking that 8 years later the attacks could go unaddressed.  

    Hillary was never going to win and one of the main reasons is what Barack and his supporters did to her in 2008.  Get honest or STFU.  The world doesn't have time for your nonse.

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