Wednesday, March 3, 2021

A primer on today's police issues (The Detectives, 1959)

 In the last several years, we've seen things spiral out of control between white police officers and African-Americans, as it would appear a number of officers have a "shoot first, ask questions later" mentality.

In 1959, however, police had other issues, particularly trying to stem gang violence, not involving African-Americans, but Italian-Americans.

The producers of Robert Taylor's crime drama, The Detectives, addressed this topic in the season 1 episode, "Shot in The Dark", just the 2nd episode of the season. A patrolman with just 18 months on the job (Lin Hamilton) shoots a teenage boy, thinking the lad had a real gun. The boy's older brother and his friends, however, have their own ideas about how to deal with the officer.

Writer Christopher Knopf later created the short-lived Western, Cimarron Strip, for CBS. Today's procedurals, such as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and its companion series, have addressed the ongoing problems between white officers and African-Americans and other minorities.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Forgotten TV: Terry & The Pirates (1953)

 By the time ye scribe was able to read, Terry & The Pirates was drawn by George Wunder, while the series' creator, Milton Caniff, continued with Steve Canyon. Both were entertaining adventure strips that appeared in the NY Daily News, and it was believed that Wunder had tried too much to emulate Caniff's particular style.

Both strips made it to television. Terry & The Pirates made the air first, as a syndicated summer entry in June 1953. As we've seen, Steve Canyon landed at NBC five years later. Both lasted one season each.

In the series, Terry Lee is all grown up, a pilot working for Chopstick Joe (Jack Kruschen--the part was recast after the pilot episode below). In fact, Chopstick is one of a small handful of supporting characters that were used in the series, including Hotshot Charlie, Terry's co-pilot/sidekick, the Dragon Lady, a villain who'd later reform, and Burma (Mari Blanchard--the part was recast later), who, as you'll see, was crushing on Terry.

Keye Luke guest stars in the pilot, "Macao Gold":

I think you can see why this failed.

Rating: B--.

Citizen Pampers thinks his rally before the insurrection was a love fest.

 For the better part of two decades, in creating the persona of a despotic boss in WWE, Vince McMahon actually portrayed himself as borderline insane, but stopped short of being written off for that reason, simply because he didn't want to be seen as weak. He eventually curtailed his television appearances about 4 years ago, and now is a "special attraction".

One wishes the same for his best friend, Donald Trump.

Citizen Pampers, you see, had to go on Fox Shmooze on Monday, after a 4 day genuflection festival disguised as the CPAC conference, to declare that his rally on January 6, right before the insurrection on the Capitol was a "love fest".

Farron Cousins explains:

The man has no shame. He knows he's got enough marks to keep his facade going a wee bit longer, but justice is coming his way, what with Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, Jr. and NY Attorney General Letitia James breathing down his neck (and James now is going after Governor Cuomo, too, to prove her office is non-partisan). He may think he will run again in 2024, but I've got good odds that say he won't after he gets nailed for tax evasion.

We've located one of his accountants......

That might explain a few things.

Monday, March 1, 2021

A little of this and a little of that

 As Major League Baseball begins preseason play this week, they're adopting new ideas on a temporary basis that might confuse some folks.

For the first week of games, which began Sunday, games will be a bit shorter, somewhere between 5 and 7 innings, based on an agreement between managers up to 24 hours prior to the game. That, in truth, is detrimental to minor leaguers hoping to impress the major league managers and coaches to the point of making a major league roster. It will be a point of discussion for broadcasters all this week, but, fortunately, things will get back to normal in time for the start of the regular season in four weeks.
While Orlando is home to the "Magic Kingdom" (Disney World), a small portion of the city hosted the Temple of Trump the last four days.

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), like the Republican National Convention in August, was more about catering to the bruised ego of former President Donald Trump.

In a 90 minute speech Sunday, Citizen Pampers claimed he wasn't going to form a 3rd party, but instead claimed he wanted to unify the Republican Party. However, he's still claiming the election four months ago was "stolen" (it wasn't), and he took issue with the GOP Senators & Congressmen that voted to impeach him last month for inciting the January 6 attack on the Capitol.

"I won the election! I really did! WAAAAAHHHHHH!"

No, you didn't. Get over yourself. It's been four months, and you still can't accept defeat publicly? 

So you had embattled Texas Senator Ted "Sea" Cruz attempt to be a stand-up comic when he should've been welcoming President Biden to Texas, leaving that to Governor Greg Abbott. He tried insulting Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, which probably won't end well once Cruz returns to Washington. You'd think Cruz'd have learned by now, you don't mess with Alex From The Block!

Of course, Dumb Donald II and his tag-along, Screaming Kimi, and the CEO of Goya Foods, spewed the usual garbage. Goya sales will be dropping further as long as the company continues to support the oldest man-child in the world.

Meanwhile, back in New York, Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, Jr. has finally gotten what he wanted, and that was a phat, nine year collection of Trump's tax records (2011-19). The public might never find out what's in those records, unless someone in Vance's office is willing to share with the press.

Bottom line? Trump, Dumb Donald II, and Stupid-E's asses likely are in slings by the end of the year, if not in jail.
Governor Andrew Cuomo manned up, and apologized for what has been perceived as sexual harassment of a former assistant. As we speculated over the weekend, Cuomo, in attempting to be a mentor, had asked some personal questions that were perceived to be uncomfortable. He's also willing to have AG Leticia James hire an independent party to act as a deputy AG to conduct a review of Cuomo's conduct. Cuomo was himself an AG under former governors Eliot Spitzer & David Paterson more than a decade ago.

The public perception here is that with Trump out of the picture presently, Cuomo has been stripped of his heroic white knight armor, and now is another governor on the hot seat, just like Spitzer. Father Mario never had to deal with that sort of thing back in the day.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Of hypcrites and deviants

 Study the face of the man in the picture below.

Stephen Miller is the jackass who advised Donald Trump on his immigration policies, which tore apart hundreds of families. Children were being left in cages while their parents were sent back to Mexico, and now the government, under President Biden, is having trouble locating those missing parents.

Now, Miller goes on Fox Shmooze and whines that Biden's the one who's being cruel and inhumane. Wrong again, dirtbag. All he & Fox Shmooze are doing is inciting the Legion of The Brainwashed all over again.

All this proves is that GOPers will whine and complain about anything the Democrats are doing while trying to pretend to be innocent as the driven snow. Only as long as the "driven snow" is cocaine, right?

And speaking of America's Oldest Baby, some morons brought a papier mache statue of Trump, with his face painted gold instead of, as some people perceive him, orange, for the CPAC conference which ends today. We have read and heard numerous articles redefining the GOP as a cult worshiping Trump as if he was, oh, I don't know, Jim Jones or David Koresh?

And Trump claims to be a Christian? Go back and read the book of Exodus, jackass.
Maybe Governor Cuomo should never have split with Food Network personality Sandra Lee a couple of years back.

In recent days, a pair of former members of Cuomo's staff have come forward alleging sexual harassment. In the most recent case to come to light, courtesy of the New York Times, the claimant interpreted some innocent questions posed by Cuomo as unwanted advances. I'm guessing he was asking for advice, probably after he broke up with Lee. Cuomo defended himself, stating it was not his intention to make the aide uncomfortable. We'll see how this plays out, but I shan't be surprised if the NY tabloids are already making with "Randy Andy" headlines, in comparison to England's Prince Andrew. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is already calling for Cuomo to resign. You'll recall that just a few years ago, Eliot Spitzer was forced out due to similar, if not lewder allegations.

If anything, this would kill Cuomo's chances of running for President dead, at least for now, and, all of a sudden, the man who was portrayed as a white knight to New Yorkers in the early months of the pandemic, in opposition to Trump, has had some paint wiped off his armor.

And I'll bet anything at all Trump is having a few laughs about this at Mar-a-Lago.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Musical Interlude: Handyman (1960)

 Most folks associate "Handyman" with James Taylor, who charted with it in the 70's.

However, Taylor actually recorded a cover of a 1-hit wonder for a not-as-well-known R & B singer, Jimmy Jones, who released "Handyman" in 1960, which got him on Dick Clark's Saturday Night Beech-Nut Show. Clark does the intro:

Both versions get regular airplay on oldies channels to this day, but you can tell the difference.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Advertising For Dummies: Hypocrisy in the workplace over toilet paper (1972)

 Oh, this is just to rich to pass up.

Seems that Mr. Whipple (Dick Wilson, ex-Bewitched) wasn't the only one caught in a web of hypocrisy when it came to Charmin. In this 1972 ad, a factory worker gets caught by a supervisor (Charlotte Rae, ex-Car 54, Where Are You?), but then, the supervisor, in turn, gets ratted out, and has a meeting with her boss (Sorrell Booke).

For those that wonder, Dick Wilson played a variety of drunken characters in cameos on Bewitched during its run.