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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

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Did you see the column in the 3-11 Republic where Washington Post writer Courtland Milloy berates Obama for being a smoker? He says the lips of the prez are purple probably because of the tar, ammonia and other garbage found in cigs. With as much time as Obama spends for photo ops these days, I’m surprised he has time to have a smoke. Maybe he is cupping one behind his back.....More Obama: After being rude to Senator McCain at the health summit, he later had a change of heart in a post summit letter to Congress where he admitted that there WERE some provisions added to legislation that shouldn’t have been....I’m sorry but I have to agree with Bill Cosby on the incorrect term "African American." However, I am willing to listen to reason. If everyone who considers themselves an African American can submit to me a short 500 word essay that they think can justify that term, I’ll take it into consideration....There are some good movies out at the moment but I hate crowded theaters. Barb and I went to the Camelview in the morning last week to see "The Ghost Writer" and it was unusually crowded. We had so many people around us crunching popcorn and tearing into cellophane packages that it became a distraction. I never eat anything during a movie and it makes me wonder what some people are thinking who go to the show at 10 o’clock in the morning and consume a gallon of Coke with a 55 gallon drum of popcorn....Constance McMillen is a lesbian who is a senior in high school in Jackson, Mississippi. She wanted to wear a tuxedo to her senior prom and take her girlfriend as a date. That sounds a bit unusual but nothing surprises me today so I thought "no big deal." However, the school district canceled the entire prom rather than grant her permission to go as she suggested. In San Francisco, I’m sure this sort of thing is typical but in the deep south? No way. She should have kept her mouth shut and simply showed up with her date at the prom....I think kids should have to wear school uniforms. It eliminates the need to send kids home and tell them to come back dressed appropriately. It also teaches them grooming habits which most of them sadly lack....Turner Classic Movies had one of my favorites on last night. It was "The More the Merrier" from 1943 starring Jean Arthur, Charles Coburn, and Joel McCrea. You may be saying "Who?" but those guys were great actors of the day and the film was a comedy about the housing shortage in Washington during World War II. It was remade in 1966 as "Walk, Don’t Run" with a backdrop of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. It was Cary Grant’s last film and please don’t tell me you never heard of Cary Grant!

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