“The Asphalt Jungle” from 1950 and starred many popular stars from that era like Sam Jaffe, James Whitmore, Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, and in a small part, a beautiful 24 year old unknown blond named Marilyn Monroe.
Two long ago policemen stand by their 1949 Ford
I love classic films like “The Asphalt Jungle” not only for the better actors in general and the character actors in particular, but for the miscellaneous pieces of the past that I remember well as a kid and their value as examples of film noir art. For example, the opening scene shows a 1949 Ford police car cruising the waterfront of a large unnamed Midwestern city. I was a real car buff in that era of my young life and loved 1949-50 Fords for their sleek styling and design over the boxier 1948 and previous Fords of that era.
The Republicans have lost again to Obama but I don’t think they had much choice if they wanted to retain even a shred of viability for the future. By allowing the cliff they have survived to fight another day while allowing it would have finished them in 2014. It probably will anyway as giving up $660 billion in revenue for $62 billion in cuts doesn’t make much sense.
Three pieces of good news though: 1. Many of the ones who supported this nonsense are going to see higher taxes anyway and jobs lost. 2. The public reaction in general contains a lot of anger toward Obama according to comments this morning in various news stories. 3. The best story is about last Friday when John Boehner told Harry Reid to “Go f-ck yourself!” not once but twice.
He will probably get overruled but a U. S. District Judge has ruled in favor of Domino’s Pizza tycoon Tom Monaghan who has protested having to cover the mandatory morning after pill part of Obamacare because of his religious beliefs.
Hobby Lobby has also sued for the same reasons. If nothing else, these cases may arouse some public awareness. It amazes me that any government in the USA would make employers pay for a morning after pill but that is the mentality we now live under.
Syndicated writer Kathleen Parker wrote a piece this morning that echoes and updates what I wrote in 2008 about the demise of hard copy newspapers. When I wrote my piece in 2008, Twitter, Smartphones, and texting were in their infancy. The biggest fear of the hard copy papers was readers going to their desk top computers to read the paper.
Now, there are so many other sources for news that many papers like the Arizona Republic have resorted to paid subscriptions to their online editions. We’ll see how that goes at $10 a month cost. I bought in but barely use it since I am stubborn and like the hard copy.
I think there is still a certain romance to waddling out to the driveway to get the paper in the morning then snapping it open next to a cup of Joe to see the headlines.
There is also a lot more excitement with the hard copy if you have a column printed in it. Knowing that about 300,000 people all over Phoenix have a copy of something you wrote is exciting stuff; a lot more exciting than seeing it on a computer screen and wondering how many see it.
I hope the Smartphone people are not holding their breath waiting for me to buy one. Ain’t gonna happen!