March 17, 2010
One of my favorite movies when I was 10 or 11 years old was the classic “Billy Jack”.
Apparently my parents did not pay close attention to what the content of the movies they dropped me off at the local 4-plex to see included.
Billy Jack was about a “half-breed” American Cherokee Indian, Green Beret Vietnam War veteran, hapkido master who defended the hippie-themed Freedom School and its students from the racist and ignorant townspeople who did not understand or like the school or it’s students.
Though originally released in 1971 I am pretty sure I did not see it until it’s wide and highly profitable re-release in 1973.
It’s Marketing Taglines –
Just a person who protects children and other living things.
You’ve got due process, Mother’s Day, supermarkets, the FBI, Medicare, air conditioning, AT&T, country clubs, Congress, a 2-car garage, state troopers, the Constitution, color television and democracy. They’ve got BILLY JACK
When you need him, he’s always there!
Some Highlights –
The local rich boy jerk Bernard – dumps flour on some students denied in their attempt to buy ice cream because they are indian in order to make them “WHITE”. Billy Jack finds out and goes BERSERK –
There is the scene where the aforementioned Bernard is forcing a very well endowed female student with the nickname “Miss False Eyelashes” in to having sex with him and cuts her bra off and you see her large breasts DROP as the bra is cut away. Trust me very cool when you are a 10 or 11-year-old boy.
Billy Jack forcing Bernard to drive his Corvette in to the water on the count of three and then saying ”1…2….FLOOR IT”. Very cool when you are a 10 or 11-year-old boy. Also worth watching to see how inflation has affected the price of Corvettes.
Billy Jack kicking Bernard in the testicles when he confronts him prior to killing him in an act of revenge for raping the head of the school. Very cool when you are a 10 or 11-year-old boy.
In general it was a very good movie for one that claimed to be about non-violence and acceptance.
Here is the original trailer which will give you a nice overview. Watch for a young Howard Hesseman. At that time a member of “The Committee” Improv group out of San Fancisco but more popularly known a few years later as Dr. Johnny Fever on WKRP in Cincinnati.
And of course there was THAT SONG –
I wonder if this movie could be considered to have a liberal agenda?
As always –
March 15, 2010
It was announced that the Key West Home of Ernest Hemingway has been named a “Literary Landmark”. The home is the location where he wrote “For Whom The Bell Tolls” and “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”. There is no doubt that this is a deserving and long overdue designation by the “American Library Association”.
That part is a good thing.
The part that bothered me was that neither The Huffington Post or the AP Release they cited as source material mentioned the other famous thing about this property – The Six Toed Cats on the property that are descendants of an original cat owned by Hemingway (click here for more info).
Naming something as a landmark is GREAT but if we REALLY want to encourage people to go visit, we need to remind them about the Six Toed Cats.
I’ve been there with my wife and I have toured the property. I don’t remember much about the house but I do remember the Six Toed Cats.
How excited do you the think the kids are going to be about going to see a dead author’s house when the Carnival/Disney cruise ship stops in Key West. Not Very.
Tell the kids that it is – THE MUTANT CAT HOUSE!! – They will be racing to see who gets there first.
Sneaky way to get your kids edumacated so they can be sophisticated writers like Hemingway. Not writers of shlocky blogs.
As always –
March 15, 2010
I saw an article over the weekend that made me sad for the future of American Society.
Macy’s will be ENDING their gift wrapping service in all but a few stores.
Due to the popularity of gift bags.
Maybe I’m just Old School but I find this vulgar and an affront to proper civilized society.
Are people going to put their gifts of wedding china and silver in gift bags?
Maybe it doesn’t matter – don’t most people register at Target and Crate and Barrel nowadays?
I’ll admit, I haven’t used the service in years but it was nice knowing it was there.
If I want gift wrapping I guess I’ll have to go to Belk in Canton, GA. – YECHH! – It’s hard to act Hoity Toity when you are giving a gift from Belk.
As always –
March 12, 2010
I am not planning on getting a divorce but if I ever do, one reason for my wife filing could be that I REFUSE to ever order for her in a restaurant.
That is comedian Elayne Boosler’s fault.
If you are the target demographic for this blog you know very well who Elayne Boosler is.
She had a joke as part of her routine probably back in the early to mid 80’s where she mocked men who ordered for their dates. The best description of which I found in a review by Lynn Harris of the book -Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-Up in the 1970’s Changed America written by Richard Zoglin.
….about waitressing in restaurants where men order “for the lady.” Boosler: “It made it seem like there could be only one lady. ‘The lady will have coffee.’ ‘OK, the slut’ll go get it.’ “
Because of that joke I can not bring myself to order for my wife and have often refused to do so when asked.
Even ordering a shared appetizer for the two of us makes me feel a little queasy.
Tip to Elayne – If my wife DOES name you in our divorce you can buy her off by finding homes for all the dogs she rescues through your Tails of Joy rescue organization (click here to visit the site)
As always –