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Well, if Bond were black, I don't think Live and Let Die would have

been the same book, but of course, Fleming's character as he wrote him was Caucasian, or White, or Whatever we're calling it these days.

The point is of course that the franchise is welcome to take whatever artistic license it wants and as a fifty-year Bond aficionado, I welcome it and will be interested in its execution. For me, Connery WAS Bond because I was ten years old and like newborn ducks, I was quite impressionable. In my opinion however, I think that Craig's interpretation of Bond was true to the literary version, with the exception of hair color of course, and no comma of black hair falling across his forehead. Bond's literary persona was, upon analysis, most peculiar but until Craig, he was not the stone-cold near-sociopath of the books. There was also an excellent set of treatises with the theme being the great question, "Was James Bond gay?", with a multitude of intellectuals debating yea and nay. Those were heady times…

The first four pictures, IMO, were the best in terms of tightness of script, near-realism, gentle humor, and depth of character. The series became cartoonish when Roger Moore (whom I loved as The Saint) assumed the role - no fault of his, and just became more ridiculous as the scripts were more and more loosely based upon the books and short stories. The franchise is near-dead from a creative standpoint and needs a breath of fresh wind, the Doctor's Wind, as it were. Fellow fans will get the reference...

There goes Netanyahu again:

Netanyahu to expand minimum wage hike to civil servants

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed on Sunday to increase the minimum wage for civil servants, mirroring an agreement reached earlier in the month between the Histadrut Labor Federation and industry leaders.

"I have instructed the Finance Ministry to allow a government-wide expansion of the minimum wage to NIS 5,000" a month, Netanyahu said following a meeting with the Histadrut.

The Histadrut had threatened a general strike the first week of September that would have shut down ports, schools, transportation and government services, but called off the strike threat as the government coalition collapsed. Instead of the NIS 5,300 minimum wage it was seeking in both the private and public sector, the Histadrut announced an agreement with the Presidency of Business Organizations, an umbrella industry group, to raise the wage to NIS 5,000 over two years.

Talks with then-Finance Minister Yair Lapid over including the public sector in the minimum wage rise were abandoned, however, when Netanyahu fired Lapid from the position. Lapid went on to accuse Netanyahu of scuttling a deal, which he said was close.

More at the link:


Um…who the Hell green-lighted this picture???

Is it really a GOOD IDEA in this frightening world to posit that two American Cornholios should go and assassinate a foreign leader at the behest of an agency of its own Government? Really? It would be one thing if it were one of those intriguing spy thrillers wherein the American or Brit has to save the life of a despised King-For-Life or President-For-Life in order to maintain balance or some other contrived crapola, but when I saw the trailer for the film and the commercials on TeeVee, I cringed in my clothes. We as Americans claim to be so deeply affected by the assassinations and attempted assassinations of our own prominent people, and then we are asked to pay money to see a film in which we seem to be drafting civilians into joining a comedy-based international death squad tasked with killing a leader of a foreign country? Really? Not just puerile, but downright stupid, and moronically conceived from the beginning.

Candy Crowley leaving CNN:

as per Hollywood Reporter…


It's funny: the line they used is that she "aided" President Obama during his debate with Mittster. That is the sum total of her career and not even entirely true.

Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzhak Meir Helfgott on PBS tonight in Philly

with a wonderful concert with the Klezmer Conservatory Band.

Great art and artists…check your local listings.

Words fail…(Warning: Depraved sick-fuck alert (as requested))


ALLEN TOWNSHIP, Pa. - An Allen Township man accused of killing his stepdaughter, Jessica Padgett, videotaped himself having sex with her corpse - a recording that was recovered on his computer, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said Friday.

He said the video, in the possession of state police, offers categorical confirmation of what Gregory R. Graf already told investigators on the day he was charged with homicide last month: that he wanted to have sex with Padgett, and that he did so after she was dead.

"He videotaped it," Morganelli said, "so there's a videotape of him abusing the corpse sexually."

Morganelli said he has concluded that Graf took Padgett's life in order to have sex with her body.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20141207_DA__Gregory_Graf_videotaped_himself_having_sex_with_his_stepdaughter_s_corpse.html#oOF12GpGlmCy77Sy.99


I was going to make a comment or two, but decided not to. Res ipse loquitur.

We've got something going on here in Philly...cops coming out

of the woodwork here in Center City. I haven't seen this many go past my window since Frank Rizzo died in his office across the street years ago. Groups of protestors moving around town...I'll try to find out what's up.

They fired the shit heard 'round the world...

Bill Cosby just tendered his resignation from Temple University's board of Trustees.

A non-traditional Thanksgiving:

A Wilkes-Barre, Pa., woman was arrested Thursday after she allegedly stabbed her boyfriend because he began eating Thanksgiving dinner while she slept off a drinking binge.

Police said Jack-Lyn Blake, 47, met officers at the front door of her Madison Street home shortly before 6:30 p.m. and admitted to stabbing the man.

The victim, who was standing in the doorway holding a towel over his chest, told investigators Blake had gone upstairs to sleep earlier in the day after becoming intoxicated, police said.

Hours later, when Blake came back downstairs and found him eating dinner, she allegedly became enraged.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/Cops_Pa_woman_stabbed_boyfriend_over_Thanksgiving_dinner_spat.html#m81SB51CYeWUwR70.99


Wow, and I thought it was a big deal because my then-separated parents would get into arguments before and after holiday meals. The most fascinating part of the article is where it states that she had been previously arrested for threatening to kill her boyfriend in his sleep. They did not stipulate whether this was the same boyfriend…it is beginning to appear to be a bit of a 'trend' with her.

Philly protestors:

Marching towards the police HQ
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