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Another childhood/adulthood idol has passed. He’ll aways be known as Andy Taylor and Matlock. It’s sad when these wonderful actors pass away because the newer generation of “talent” doesn’t seem to have “wonderful memory-making” in their resume. If they do, I won’t be around to acknowledge it.
RIP Andy Griffith – you were very much appreciated and loved.
Another reminder of time’s endless march.
What a good man. Seemed genuinely kind.
A lot of people remember Griffith for The Andy Griffith Show or Matlock, but his 1957 movie A Face in the Crowd was eerily prescient of today’s political scene. I recommend it, but fair warning, it’s not the folksy, friendly Andy Griffith we all know and love.
Andy Griffith playing his Martin D-18 with the Dillards:
I appreciated that he made a pro-health care reform ad. Dispelling the death panels crap spewed by people not as reasonable and intelligent as Mr. Griffith was.
First thought, though, was Colorado Bob and his affection for “A Face in the Crowd.”
Happy 4th of July. Stay safe and try to stay cool.
If it’s the 4th of July, it’s Chet Atkins playing Stars and Stripes Forever:
D – Thanks for the Chet video – beautiful music. Hope you’re wearing your respirator – be safe :>)
Attention West Coasters and insomniacs: Andy Griffith’s “A Face in the Crowd” is on TCM (Turner Classic Movies) tonight. After midnight Eastern, regrettably.
But will catch “Night of the Hunter.”
Had been hoping “Face” would be on soon. Wish granted, but have to be up before 6 to take some friends to the airport …
here is a little rock and roll by Brad Davis and his band in a club in ‘Austin call Saxon Pub.
Doots, next time you talk to The Shredder, tell him around here that term is reserved for snowboarders who “shred the half pipe.” Females snowboarders are referred to as “shred Betty’s.”
For those worried if the Domain Name Service virus has infected their computer, check:
There is a hardware workaround for Domain Name servers, but it’s use expires on July 9th.
Romney says that the jobs report is like “a kick in the gut to middle class families.” Well, unless the jobs report is Chuck Norris, I think a better phrase would be a “punch in the gut.”
More evidence that Romney is clueless about Americana.
This WSJ editorial is Romney’s “kick in the gut”
Or maybe it was this Bill Kristol piece:
Caught a little bit of “Face in the Crowd” last night. Patricia Neal was in it too. Has she ever been in a bad movie? Amazing actress. Choice roles.
This looks good. Robert Reich in The Nation: Mitt Romney and the New Gilded Age.
“We’ve entered a new Gilded Age, of which Mitt Romney is the perfect reflection. The original Gilded Age was a time of buoyant rich men with flashy white teeth, raging wealth and a measured disdain for anyone lacking those attributes, which was just about everyone else. Romney looks and acts the part perfectly ….
We’ve had wealthy presidents before, but they have been traitors to their class—Teddy Roosevelt storming against the “malefactors of great wealth” and busting up the trusts, Franklin Roosevelt railing against the “economic royalists” and raising their taxes, John F. Kennedy appealing to the conscience of the nation to conquer poverty. Romney is the opposite: he wants to do everything he can to make the superwealthy even wealthier and the poor even poorer, and he justifies it all with a thinly veiled social Darwinism.
Not incidentally, social Darwinism was also the reigning philosophy of the original Gilded Age, propounded in America more than a century ago by William Graham Sumner, a professor of political and social science at Yale, who twisted Charles Darwin’s insights into a theory to justify the brazen inequality of that era: survival of the fittest.”
I believe Yale still has a “Sumner Hall.”
Ringo is 72 today.
My mom watched yesterday’s Andy Griffith marathon on TVLand. Lot of the early episodes. Hear they were good.
Also hear that Turner Classic Movies will be spotlighting AGriffith on July 18.
Sweltering here anew. Swear it was 85-90 at 2:00 am last night.
Ernest Borgnine, Oscar-Winning Actor, Is Dead at 95, Spokesman Tells the A.P.
Another one is gone. Sorry about those of you who are suffering with the heat spell. Now you have a clue what AZ feels like all summer thru September, except the the humidity isn’t quite as high. Take care and try and stay cool.
After the hottest June on record, we finally got some cooler temps and rain. It’s funny that after days in the 90’s and 100’s, the 70’s feel chilly. Two months ago the 70’s felt like a heat wave.
Time to bring back the picture of the dog getting cool!
New thread – It’s hot out there!
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