Monday, September 23, 2013

Easier To Criticize Than To Act



"When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not Guilty'."
--Theodore Roosevelt

Even though I remember that Bill O'Reilly called Robert Reich a communist who loves Karl Marx, I also remembered there were many times I had heard O'Reilly say some outlandish things that I knew to be absolutely untrue, and sometimes intellectually stupid. So when I was informed that Bill Moyers would be interviewing Robert Reich about his upcoming movie, Inequality For All, and since I have long admired Moyers and his show on PBS, I decided to watch it.

Wikipedia states: "Working and middle-class Americans have a passionate advocate in Robert Reich, secretary of labor during the first Clinton administration and currently Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. He has long contended that growing income inequality is an injustice and a threat to the nation, and he makes a compelling case in a new documentary, "Inequality for All."

After viewing the Reich interview I found that I had gained a new respect for what appears to be Reich's deep insight into the economic policies, problems, and possible solutions concerning a corrupt government, and the dangers existing and seemingly escalating in the United States.

Full Interview

Since I do not attend movie theaters,*  I will probably have to wait a while until I can find some means to watch the new (documentary) movie, but I assume that, as usual, I will eventually find a way. (DVD, download, etc.)

Film trailer for Inequality For All

* I do not attend movie theaters because the currently acceptable cacophony of rude and unnecessary noises that abound in theaters prevent me from hearing the dialog.


I have been a Star Trek fan since about 1966, and any announcement about it catches my eye, One of them that surprised me is:

Patrick Stewart And Bride Share Wedding Day Photo

Sunny Ozell, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart

I read in one online magazine or another that Stewart, 73, and Ozell, 35, had been dating since 2009. I wish them the very best.



A crocodile can't stick its tongue out.



On this day, September 23 in 1969, the trial for eight antiwar activists (The Chicago 8) charged with the responsibility for the violent demonstrations at the August 1968 Democratic National Convention opened in Chicago. The defendants included David Dellinger of the National Mobilization Committee (NMC); Rennie Davis and Thomas Hayden of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS); Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, founders of the Youth International Party ("Yippies"); Bobby Seale of the Black Panthers; and two lesser known activists, Lee Weiner and John Froines.

The group was charged with conspiracy to cross state lines with intent to incite a riot. The trial, presided over by Judge Julius Hoffman, turned into a circus as the defendants and their attorneys used the court as a platform to attack Nixon, the war, racism, and oppression. Their tactics were so disruptive that at one point, Judge Hoffman ordered Seale gagged and strapped to his chair. When the trial ended, Judge Hoffman found the defendants and their attorneys guilty of 175 counts of contempt of court and sentenced them to terms between two to four years.

Although declaring the defendants not guilty of conspiracy, the jury found all but Froines and Weiner guilty of intent to riot. The others were each sentenced to five years and fined $5,000. However, none served time because in 1972, a Court of Appeal overturned the criminal convictions and eventually most of the contempt charges were dropped as well.



cacophony  (kuh-kaw'-fuh-nee)
1. harsh discordance of sound; dissonance.
2. a discordant and meaningless mixture of sounds.



(born September 23, 1959)
Jason Alexander (born Jay Scott Greenspan) is an American actor, director, producer, writer, singer, and comedian. He is best known for his role as George Costanza on Seinfeld, appearing from 1989 to 1998. He has also had an active career on the stage, appearing in several Broadway musicals including Jerome Robbins' Broadway in 1989, for which he won the Tony Award as Best Leading Actor in a Musical. He appeared in the Los Angeles production of The Producers with Martin Short.

(born September 23, 1957)
Rosalind Chao is a Chinese American actress. Chao's most prolific roles have been as a star of CBS's AfterMASH portraying South Korean refugee Soon-Lee Klinger for both seasons, and the recurring character Keiko O'Brien with 27 appearances on the syndicated science fiction series Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

(born September 23, 1938)
Tom Lester is an American actor. He is best known for his role as farmhand, Eb Dawson on the television series Green Acres, and appeared in the movies Gordy and Benji.

(born September 23, 1947)
Mary Kay Place is an American actress, singer, director, and screen writer. She is best known for portraying Loretta Haggers on the television series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, a role that won her a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress - Comedy Series in 1977. Place also recorded one studio album for Columbia Records in the Haggers persona, which included the Top Ten country music hit "Baby Boy."


"The fall of Empire, gentlemen, is a massive thing, however, and not easily fought. It is dictated by a rising bureaucracy, a receding initiative, a freezing of caste, a damming of curiosity -- a hundred other factors. It has been going on, as I have said, for centuries, and it is too majestic and massive a movement to stop."
--Isaac Asimov, Foundation



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