Friday, October 28, 2016


Bourdain Kills Pig

Cooking for Kids

Thursday, October 27, 2016


Examining Christian Identity

INSiGHT Volume 2, FALL 2016

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Tewa Owingeh

San Juan Pueblo is Ohkay.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Cops and Crooks

B movies of the 1940s and 1950s might seem hokey by today's standards, but some of the crime, drama, mystery, noir and suspense classics are still quite entertaining. For instance, The Big Heat and The Racket portray the challenge to police from organized crime, then rampant in American metropolitan cities. Pitfall and Dark City examine the crimes of conscience challenging individual cops and crooks. Kiss Me Deadly and City of Fear take a comically quaint look at the hard-boiled private eye and the federal agencies battling ridiculous threats from stolen atomic material in the aftermath of the Manhattan Project. Of note to connoisseurs of these classics, Lizabeth Scott stars in three of them.

Friday, October 21, 2016


Supporting Roles

Not everybody can be a star, but supporting characters, or actors, can play an important or memorable role. Whether in real life, or on stage, screen or TV, there's opportunity for all to contribute.

For example, who can forget Alfonso Bedoya in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, or the Broadway actor Arthur Hunnicutt, who was in Cat Ballou, as well as making guest appearances on the TV series Perry Mason, Gunsmoke, and The Twilight Zone.

And what about Jon Polito, who played supporting roles in The Big Lebowski and The Man Who Wasn't There.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016



In 1962, when I was ten years old, I wondered how life could possibly get better.

Willie Mays and the San Francisco Giants were in the World Series, JFK and Jackie were in the White House, the Beatles released their first hit single, and Lawrence of Arabia was showing at the cinema.

What a year.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Dubious Statistics

The Social Security Administration reports that the cost-of-living adjustment for 2017 will be a whopping 0.3%. That translates into a monthly increase of less than $4 a month for the average Social Security recipient. The cost-of-living adjustment is based on the Consumer Price Index, generated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which measures price changes for food, housing, clothing, transportation, energy, medical care, recreation and education.

Meanwhile, the American Community Survey, part of the U.S. Census Bureau, reports that ten thousand low and middle income households leave San Francisco every year, replaced by new high income residents that can afford the skyrocketing rents. Anecdotally, a one-bedroom apartment in 2010 cost $1,000 a month. In 2012, it cost $2,000 a month. Today, it goes for $3,000 a month.

Three of the years since 2008 showed no cost-of-living increase for Social Security. Only once was it above 2%. Something doesn't add up.

Update on U.S. government screwing the elderly and disabled by cooking the books.

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