commented on The Great Black Actor Don Cheadle Makes Miles Davis Look Like a Fool in Miles Ahead
Gosh, that's too bad, Cholly. Biopics of jazz musicians don't come along very often, and it's upsetting that they wouldn't get the one about Miles Davis right. Of course there's precedent. Lady Sings the Blues was Barry Gordy's star wehicle for Diana Ross more than it was an intentional examination of the marvelously unique talent and the heartbreaking epoch of Lady Day.
You are so correct about jazz musicians. They are the best of their kind. One has to know his instrument so completely as for it to be an extension, and to know the music so well - backward and forward - in order to improvise and boldly, courageously variate.
I'll still probably see the film.
commented on Tim Eyman Declares War on Sound Transit—Again
Here he comes again - that box-headed little creep. Too bad there isn't some way of suing Eyman for all the expense he has caused the state with all of these silly-assed initiatives. Frankly, he's the reason why I think the initiative option should be removed from the political process. Seems to hurt more than it helps. If that little bastard has a bee in his underwear about something, let him take the issue down to Olympia and find a sponsor for it and bring it to a vote in the state house. That would perhaps shut him up or at least remove his name from the elections.
commented on Oscar Nominations for 2016: Hollywood Versus Wall Street
The Oscar is a questionable award (unfortunately), and the Academy has given it to some real doozies in the past (embarrassingly so). There have been several nominations in its history to very noteworthy actors and crafts people of color. Maybe there should have been more, but did Diana Ross really deserve a nomination for Lady Sings the Blues which was less about Lady Day than it was Berry Gordy's star vehicle for Ms. Ross.
Here's my point: If an organization is attempting to reward outstanding achievement and it gets to the day where the board members look at the list of white/mostly white nominees and say, "Oh, shit. We better nominate some black folk (or gay people, or a few Asians, etc.)," then it's time to just shut the thing down.
I can't speak for an African-American artist, but I think I might be correct in thinking that a self-respecting one wouldn't want his/her name added to a last minute list made to look more diverse.
commented on Guns Do Not Make Us Safer
...you know, it seems like being able to purchase a firearm of my choosing, and being able to carry that wherever my — me and my family are...
Notice that she isn't interested in getting a weapon just big enough to stop her attacker (if that's what it would do). She wants a firearm "of her choosing." Would a bazooka do? Sorry the lady was attacked and no longer feels safe, etc., but she sounds like an NRA plant.
commented on "Ted Cruz is not eligible to be president"
What about children born to American parents who are in the Armed Forces overseas or serving in an American embassy or consulate? Should they not be eligible for the presidency? That's nonsense.
Don't confuse me with someone defending Ted Cruz, and I agree that the President/VP should be a citizen at birth, but limiting the office to only those born within US borders doesn't seem entirely just.
Dec 22, 2015
commented on Why Americans Should Stop Buying Apple's Products
If we ever get a Congress again that will put the nation's interests above its own, here's what it should decree:
You may move your workforce overseas where labor cheaper. Additionally, you may move corporate offices abroad to so-called tax havens and corporate income off-shore to tax shelters, but if you do, you will not be able to sell your products in the U.S.
That shit would stop yesterday.
Dec 4, 2015
commented on Rubber Soul Is Turning 50, but You Need Laraaji’s Day of Radiance More
What I remember most about Rubber Soul was that it was a demarcation point for all those 12, 13, and 14-year-old girls and boys who went crazy for Meet the Beatles turning into young adults. They weren't going manic anymore. They were going into heat, and the music reflected and served as a soundtrack to that more adult milieu. In other words, just wanting to hold someone's hand wasn't enough.
Of course, the Beatles had seen and done plenty - even before that introductory album. Think Hamburg, but you couldn't really delineate that kind of experience to the post-pubescent crowd.
What amazes me is how - even still - I bounce around choosing a favorite album: Rubber Soul? The White Album? Abbey Road? Let It Be? Hell, I even love Magical Mystery Tour.
Dec 2, 2015
commented on Mass Shooting Reported in San Bernardino
It's getting to the point where we hear about another mass shooting, where we used to be stunned by the senseless carnage, and we go, "What a shame." (yawn)
I guess the next step is, "Hey, where was the shooting today?"