(Television History and Trivia)
Victor Edward Swanson,
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- - - T.H.A.T., Edition No. 81 - - -
Since I published the previous edition of T.H.A.T., I did not pick up something like an eight-foot wide-screen television set, so, at least for a while longer, television is going to look the same to me, or I will not be persuaded to think television is better than it really is because of the size of the screen and all the flashy images in high definition. If you did get a new big yah-ha television set, I hope you enjoy it, but do not expect it to make television programs better, since you will still have, basically, what I cover in this edition of T.H.A.T.. This time, I cover politics, history, cartoons, apparent scams, bad shows, and more.
Let me begin with a bit of thought from Vice President Joe Biden. On Sunday, December 19, 2010, Joe Biden appeared on Meet the Press with David Gregory, and one thing Joe Biden said was: "...It's still his belief [Barack Obama's belief is that tax cuts for the wealthy are "morally troubling]...." and "...Mine as well!...." and "...We compromised to save people who are drowning. There's people out there drowning. There are two-million people this month that can't afford to get a Christmas tree, let alone buy any gifts, because their unemployment has run out. That means they've been unemployed for well over a year to two years. It is unfortunate we were put in the position whether the Republicans made it clear--they were re, ready to let everything fall, unless they got these tax cuts. They're for two years. They're for two years. And we're comin' back and gonna at it again...." The topic was the Middle Class Tax Relief Tax of 2010, which was signed into law on December 17, 2010, and which is a law that keeps the income tax rates for everybody the same and drops Social Security taxes slightly. Notice Joe Biden has given a warning that the Democrats (who are really socialists and communists and such ) are coming after the private sector, especially small businesses, with a plot to enact tax-increase legislation in 2012 (remember--Democrats have been working to increase taxes on small businesses, those like so many around the country that "gross" more than $250,000 in a year).
A chance happening inspired this history-and-promotion section. Since I published the previous edition of T.H.A.T., I came across an episode of Dick Tracy, the cartoon of the very early 1960s that was designed for national syndication, on the Retro Television Network (RTN or RTV); when I was growing up, I had watched episodes of the series (each of which lasts about five minutes). In the episode that I saw recently, Heap O'Calory (a police officer) had to catch a criminal called "Brow." A day or so later, I did a check of the Internet to see if episodes of the series were available on the Internet, and some were. The series had several good guys, some of whom were Joe Jitsu, and Hemlock Holmes, and some of the bad guys were Flattop, Itchy, B.B. Eyes, Mumbles, and The Mole. The episodes are harmless fun for children. In my files, though, I found an article that was published in Variety for July 11, 1990 (page 60), in which it was noted that KUAL-TV, which had been running the series, pulled the series because of complaints from Asian and Hispanic groups who were worried about ethnic stereotypes being portrayed (in the then 30-year-old series of short cartoons). I say, "Such crap that KUAL-TV event was." This cartoon series was from UPA Pictures, and the producer was Glan Heisch. Also, recently, while looking for episodes of the 1960s Dick Tracy, I found other Dick Tracy stuff. I found information about a pilot for a proposed series entitled Dick Tracy, which was made around 1967, and I found that some of the performers in the series were Ray MacDonnell (who played Dick Tracy), Davey Davison (who played Tess Trueheart Tracy), Jan Shutan (who played Lizz), Ken Mayer (who played Chief Patton), and Victor Buono (who played Mr. Memory, the bad guy). Basically, the production was from those involved with the Batman and Green Hornet series of the 1960s, and, for example, the executive producer was William Dozier. The first Dick Tracy series that was produced for television was the Dick Tracy series of the early 1950s, which showed up on ABC-TV first and then showed up in syndication. In this series, Ralph Byrd played Dick Tracy. On the Internet, I found an episode of this 1950s show entitled "Dick Tracy Meets Heels Beels," and two things about the episode sparked my reason to write about Dick Tracy here. I found that "Heels Beels"--the bad guy--was played by Billy Benedict. Billy Benedict had become known to theater-goers as "Whitey" in The Bowery Boys films, and I know he went on to do acting from time to time for years and went on to be involved in working in the models or miniatures business for television and movies. The episode was written by Don Brinkley, and that surprised me. Don Brinkley went on to do other television-production work, and he became the father of Christie Brinkley, the famous model (who for a while would be married to Billy Joel, the performer). I recommend your hunting down like a detective some episodes of Dick Tracy (of the 1960s) and at least the one episode of Dick Tracy (of the early 1950s) that I saw to see something different. By the way, if you go looking, you will find episodes of the theatrical serial called Dick Tracy that had been made before 1950.
Note: From the fall of 1971 to the fall of 1973, CBS-TV had a Saturday morning animated show for children called Archie's T.V. Funnies, and the show was about the Archie gang (in cartoon) running a studio and playing various cartoons for viewers, and one cartoon shown in 1971 was a "Dick Tracy" cartoon, which was produced by Filmation.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011--this day was the day that WXYZ-HD launched its news-something-or-other called "Detroit 2010," a campaign that, to me, seems to indicate WYXZ-HD is in the business of not reporting news but in the business of changing society, and what I saw of the reports given in the evening newscasts on this day, "Detroit 2020" looked like a socialist's community manipulation movement. The station on this day ran news blocks from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and from 11:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., and on this day, I recorded the newscast in the seven o'clock hour. Look at some of what was said or presented:
Basically, the show opened with a report by Diana Lewis, and, in the report, a professor of "urban studies" at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan--Robin Boyle--said : "We are a disconnected region. One of my top priorities for Detroit 2020 would be to better connect the region--connect it physically, connect it socially, and connect it in a cultural way." [Such nonsense that statement is.]
In Diana Lewis's report, Diana Lewis said at one point: "If we build it, they will come--to work, to play, to visit."
In Diana Lewis's report, a woman (an interviewee) said: "If we get the transportation, I think Detroit will be compared to Chicago." [The woman was referring to a mass-transit system involving train-like units.]
In Diana Lewis's report, Diana Lewis said at one point: "If we use our land more efficiently, we'll be able to consolidate city services, feed our community, and have the space for new development."
In Diana Lewis's report, the mayor of Southfield--Brenda Lawrence--made some comments, one of which was: "How can your success benefit me and how can my success benefit you and then in the end we're all gonna move forward?"
In Diane Lewis's report, a young man--an interviewee--said: "Detroit is actually a great place to live."
The report, which covered loosely such topics as transportation and education and land use, ended with Diana Lewis's urging people to log on to a Web site related to "Detroit 2020."
The newscast attempted to promote a rail system and making of Detroit central to southeastern Michigan, and it hinted that more small businesses need to be created and brought into the city, and, for example, Carolyn Clifford (a staffer of the news department) did a live piece from Slows Bar-B-Q (run by Phillip Cooley) in the "Corktown" section of Detroit to show what one business is doing..
Really, "Detroit 2020" is designed to be a collection of stories over the months to promote the theme: "Unify. Inspire. Act."
To me, it was all a hype event, which was flat, and it was all flap doodle, and it was all hope and not real substance, and it was filler, and it was a lot of nonsense thought, especially that of Robin Boyle.
During the 11:00 p.m. newscast on WXYZ-HD on January 4, 2010, Cheryl Chodun (a staffer of the news department) did a report about a robbery in which crooks posed as police officers and forced their way in to a house, and during the report, one man--a victim of the incident--was interviewed and made comments, and it was noted that he has now been robbed four times, twice when at home, and he now has plans to leave Detroit, and several minutes later, the newscast had a "Detroit 2020" report--a repeat of that Diana Lewis piece of the 7:00 p.m. newscast.
Let me make it clear--On the day that WXYZ-HD pushed its "Detroit 2020," it did a news report about a man who says that he is leaving Detroit.
And then on Sunday, January 9, 2011, WXYZ-HD, Channel 7.1, covered the topic of "Detroit 2020" on the Spotlight on the News program, which is hosted weekly by Chuck Stokes. On the program were Ed Fernandez (the general manager), Diane Lewis (an anchor) Carolyn Stokes (an anchor), Stephen Clark (an anchor), Cynthia Pasky (the president and CEO of Strategic Staffing Solutions), and Sandy Baruah (the president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Council) provided their thoughts. It was all more useless hype and flap doodle, and it all had a shallow feel.
Advertisement: In March 2009, a book called Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto, which had been written by Mark R. Levin, was published. Through the book, Mark R. Levin talks about how tyranny has been creeping into the country, and he also talks about how the country has been changing from a representative republic, which has a constitution as a basis, to something, yet to be defined, and although Mark R. Levin says that it is the statist who is causing the change, especially those who are a part of the Democratic Party and in government jobs, I say that it is communists, socialists, would-be dictators, and Marxists, such as Barack Obama, who are making the changes, such as by discarding The U.S. Constitution. I urge you to see and read Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto, and pass it on to others, especially teenagers and young adults (and consider listening to The Mark Levin Show, the nationally syndicated radio show, on a regular basis).
In the 9:00 p.m. hour of Saturday, December 11, 2010, and at about 9:30 p.m., WHPR-TV, Channel 33 (analog) began to play a recording related to an awards show that had been held recently, and I call the program Detroit Talent Review. Some of the people that I saw on the stage during the show were Terri T. (a presenter), Tiger Hood (a presenter), Sky Covington (who won an award), Debra Thomas (who was called a "judge"), and Jenny Banks (who helped present a "Ron Banks Awards" to a thirteen-year-old pianist, whose name I was unable to get). (By the way, Ron Banks, who came to WAYN-AM in the 1970s when I was there and signed an album for me, was a singer in The Dramatics (and in Ron Banks and the Dramatics), and he died on March 4, 2010, and more about WAYN-AM can be learned by seeing the document entitled WAYN-AM 860 RADIO of Wayne State University, which can be reached by using this link: WAYN.) Bob St. Thomas was the first singer presented on the special, and, to me, he did well, and he even won an award--a jazz vocalist award. Another singer who was shown singing was Roger Tupper. Although the program was a low-budget presentation, using it seems only one camera, the program was a pleasant and good change of pace for the station. At the opening of the program, it was noted that people could call to set up auditions (it seems), and the telephone number was 1-313-728-2025. The the packager of the show was listed as A Torrence and Smash Mouf Entertainment Production, and I note that "Torrence" and "Smash Mouf" might be the two guys who were shown at the opening of the program and seemed to present themselves as the hosts, though they never showed up any more in the program, which ran for thirty minutes. Oh, I have no idea when the original showing of the program was.
I have notes about another program that I saw recently on WHPR-TV. I watched WHPR-TV during the ten o'clock hour of the morning of Friday, December 17, 2010, and there was a repeat showing on the air, which was hosted by a black guy, who was associated with the New Nation of Islam. One topic was "Beulah Land," which is a place being put together by the Shrines of the Black Madonna. What I was able to understand is the church-type entity bought 4,000 acres of land (somewhere) in 1999 for ten-million dollars, and the goal seems to be to make it an all-black community tied to the church-type entity. The group has plans to built a church complex tied to seventy-five acres of the 4,000 acres, and the group has plans it seems to build some 400 homes on the land. An idea underlying the "Beulah Land" project was to give "us" [blacks], as the host and a telephone guest (the "Second Holy Patriarch") hinted, a place to grow their own food and have cattle, and the host brought up that, generally speaking, this show was about "Pan-Africanism" and "Black Christian Nationalism" (and, I suspected, "Black Liberation Theology," though it was not named), and it was noted that we [blacks] have been abandoned by corporations [whatever that means], and the group was promoting the idea of putting faith of wealth in institutions or group institutions, which--it seemed to me--meant, for one, pseudo churches. One book that was recommended to viewers was Black Messiah. It was all convoluted stuff, and it reminded me of people who were pushing socialism and pushing a scam like that of PTL of years ago--in this case, building some type of special community centered on a religious group and taking money from poor people, nearly poor people, or naive people in Detroit and elsewhere while promising to help them and make things better for blacks and only blacks. [Remember: PTL fell apart in scandal.]
I got a shock on Friday, December 17, 2010, while I typed the previous paragraph (about "Beulah Land"). At 12:30 p.m. on December 17, 2010, WDIV-HD (Channel 4) ran an episode of a locally produced series called Peter's Principles, a half-hour production that has gotten shown from time to time over the last several years. The host--Peter Nielsen--had a segment related to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen of Detroit, and in the segment, it showed a man named Michael Quatro eating at the soup kitchen. Michael Quatro looked really haggard, like an alcoholic; Michael Quatro is a brother or the brother of Suzi Quatro, who played "Leather Tuscadero" in Happy Days in the mid-1970s. On March 17, 1988, the Observer & Eccentric newspapers (of the Detroit area) published an article about Michael Quatro (a singer/musician) and his wife that I had put together from a person-to-person interview. What a change has taken place in Michael Quatro from 1988 to 2010.
Oh, let me see if you see a scam! In late-mid-December 2010, I was seeing promos on WHPR-TV for a pseudo-business campaign from The Son of Man--it was called "Let's Make Millionaires." The idea is he wants nobody to send in money--yet (and he makes that clear). Viewers are supposed to sign up at "www.makemillionaires.net" for now to be part of the campaign. The Son of Man said that sometime in the near future, he will announce when people can send in money for the "Let's Make Millionaires" campaign, and he is promising to make some millionaires so that black folks will have friends who are "millionaires" and blacks can be lifted up to something better.
For more about The Son of Man, you are urged to see my document titled Detroit and Death: A Future View of the United States of America, which can be reached by using this link: Detroit.
Announcement for the novice again: To get useful television-delivered news or Internet-delivered news, go to Fox News Channel, WorldNetDaily.com, "The Drudge Report," and CNS News (which is on the Internet and which was launched on June 16, 1998), since the entities do not blindly support Barack Obama, as do CNN, MSNBC, NBC-TV, CBS-TV, and ABC-TV (to learn about bad journalism, you might tune in to CNN, MSNBC, NBC-TV, CBS-TV, and ABC-TV from time to time to see how they differ from the Fox News Channel and those mentioned with it in presenting political stories and events, and you should discover CNN, MSNBC, NBC-TV, CBS-TV, and ABC-TV avoid covering things that make Barack Obama look bad or show his true nature, which could harm you). If you are unclear of my intentions, I say in different words that you should boycott CNN, MSNBC, NBC-TV, CBS-TV, and ABC-TV and hope they lose more ratings and advertising revenues, since they are expendable, and it is time for you to find the guts to be mean and heartless and cancel them--since they are hurting you.
Here I have a little "television review." On Saturday, December 11, 2010, I happened to discover an episode of Green Screen Adventures being shown on the this network at 10:00 a.m. It was an episode of a weekly series in which viewers, such as educators, can send in drawings and story ideas, and, basically, what happened in the episode was cast members did stories, one of which had cast members putting voices to toy trucks. Basically, this children's show was irritating and unlikable, because the voices used for characterizations were often irritating and unlikable, especially those done by a male cast member. The performers in the episode that I caught were Jessica Honor Carleton (who was credited as the writer), Ariel Coleman-Turner, Kierra Bunch, and Brendan Buckley. The program was produced in Chicago, Illinois, and production services were provided by WCIU-HD, and help came from the Chicago Public Schools. Back in the 1940s and early 1950s, Chicago was one of the main origination points for shows for the broadcast networks, and one show was Kukla, Fran & Ollie, which was a likable show. In relation to Chicago, Green Screen Adventures is a big step down from what was done in the 1940s and 1950s. (I have to mention this--Today, the Chicago area is a hub of communism in the country, and both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have ties to the communist community of the Chicago area.)
If you look at TV Guide or another television-program-listings publication and examine the prime-time schedule for NBC-TV on Monday, December 20, 2010, you will see two programs are scheduled--The Sing-Off (from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Eastern) and Chuck (from 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Eastern). Well, Chuck never aired, and what viewers were given was Perfect Couples and The Office. It might be good that Perfect Couples (a sitcom) was not listed in television-program-listings publications, because a lot of people got to miss a nothing show, a show having, as a rule, unlikable characters, which is the norm for NBC-TV comedies as far as I am concerned. This forgettable show was preceded by the first episode of Million Dollar Money Drop, which had an unlikable host (Kevin Pollak), who at times had a mean look on his face and had contestants who appeared to be phony contestants (people who--in my eyes--give the impression that they are professional contestants or hoped-to-be big-time actors).
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Some television programs that you have seen since you began to watch television probably stick out in your memory as memorable--at least a little--as some television programs stick out in my mind, one of which was shown on PBS-associated stations in April 1992 and May 1992. On April 9, 1992, WTVS-TV, Detroit, began to run a program entitled Madness by Jonathan Miller, and it was a five-part program that looked at insanity, such as the decline of the asylum (or the insane asylum) and schizophrenia. Jonathan Miller, the host or presenter, was credited with writing the program, and the producer and director was Richard Denton.
In late December 2010 and early January 2011 at least, I caught a promotional announcement on WTVS-HD by the president/general manager Rich Homberg that made my stomach turn. Here is much of what Rich Homberg said in the promotional announcement: "More than a hundred-and-seventy-million Americans rely on public broadcasting to learn, explore, and discover the wonders of our world. But today public broadcasting faces a serious threat. Some people want to eliminate the federal funds that help support this vital service for people across our nation and right here at home. Public broadcasting is ours to protect, and your voice matters. Sign up now at...." It is a statement filled with crap; for instance, 170-million Americans do not really "rely on public broadcasting," and public broadcasting is not "ours to protect," since it is, in essence, a government-related entity, and it is not a "vital service." Keep Rich Homberg's words in mind, and look at how they can be applied to the next four paragraphs, especially the fourth paragraph.
On Saturday, January 1, 2010, I watched much of the programming on WTVS-HD in the daytime, and, for example, I saw a number of programs that I must talk about.
First, I saw an episode of a program called Muscle Car Workout, which is a weekly series that will be on for a number of more weeks. The program focused on Fender Mender Auto Shop of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and the place was a business that restores cars or, really, makes muscle cars out of regular cars. The main host was the owner of the place--Alan Goldstein. The co-host, who the worked in the office and did some work in the shop, was Megan Clementi (who has been in beauty pageants), and the other staffers (whose names may be misspelled here) were Glen, Darrin, Shane, Robert, an Skip. In the episode, the audience was introduced to the vehicles that were being worked on, some of which were a 1971 Barracuda, a 1968 Cutlass, and a 1956 Chevy Pickup. The funding for this pleasant-enough program came from Gold Corral, BB&T Insurance Services, Waste Industries, and Barrett Jackson. (The episode was copyrighted in 2009, and so production was done well over a year ago, and if the show goes into another season, I hope they spend a half hour or maybe two half hours explaining how to paint cars.)
Another series that I saw was The Aviators. The episode that I saw focused on small air crafts and flying them, but it covered a bit more, such as a trip in a Goodyear blimp. The "correspondents" were Kurtis Arnold, Sara Rependa, Jeff Lewis, Raeleen Ranger, and Anthony Nalli, who was the executive producer and writer. The series was made in Canada, and the production companies were Newedge Entertainment and FourPoints Television Productions, and the producers got a lot of help it seems from tax credit programs in Canada, such as the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Province of British Columbia Film Incentive. The funding for this pleasant-enough program came from Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, ZAON Flight Systems, EAA, and Mid-Continent Instruments.
And I saw an episode of a series that was a presentation of Detroit Public Television (a.k.a. WTVS-HD), and the series was Under the Radar: Michigan. The host was Tom Daldin, who was also the executive producer, and the goal of the episode was to take viewers to places in Michigan, or it was a travel series. The theme song was from The Sights, and what I saw during the opening credits and the closing credits was certainly a sight to see. Funding for this program came from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, Danialle Karmanos' Work It Out program (an entity that is working to end childhood obesity, such as through a yoga-based approach), the Old newsboys' Goodfellow Fund of Detroit, and the Food Bank Council of Michigan. Why did the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, Danialle Karmanos' Work It Out program, the Old newsboys' Goodfellow Fund of Detroit, and the Food Bank Council of Michigan use money to fund a travel show? For example, should not the Food Bank Council of Michigan be spending money only on food-related things for food programs? Something stinks! By the way, in the ending credits, Rich Homberg got a "thank you" credit. Was it "vital" for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, Danialle Karmanos' Work It Out program, the Old newsboys' Goodfellow Fund of Detroit, and the Food Bank Council of Michigan to spend money on a travel series? Yes, donations to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, Danialle Karmanos' Work It Out program, the Old newsboys' Goodfellow Fund of Detroit, and the Food Bank Council of Michigan went to producing a travel series for public television--not even a cooking show (which WTVS-HD has a lot of on the main channel and the "Create" subchannel). I think I found a misuse of funds! I think I found entities that should not be donated to, since they seem to have an odd way of spending donated funds.
Yes, WTVS-HD is a television station controlled by "liberals" and socialists and such, and I guess Rich Homberg might have thought he was sneaking stuff passed people--under the radar--but I caught it.
[Note: I think ending childhood obesity through a yoga-based approach is borderline nonsense.]
Incidentally, WTVS-HD has been airing a locally produced travel show about southeastern Lower Michigan on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. since August 2010, and that show is Discover the D. The show is hosted by Veronica Vance, and the producers are Veronica Vance and Andrew Vance, and the show comes from Cavalier Pictures. On the January 5, 2011, the episode shown on WTVS-HD went to a number of places, such as the Butterfly House at the Detroit Zoo. The funding for this show comes from the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau. The show's having the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau as the funding entity makes sense, but I wonder if the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau has enough clout to tell the producers what places to cover. I know that the State of Michigan always promotes the same few places year after year, such as the Traverse City area and Frankenmuth. Every month, I published a Michigan Travel Tips document, and I do not cover the same few places time and time again. The edition for this month covers the Royal Oak Historical Museum, and the document can be reached by using this link: Travel #81.
A reminder (updated): Remember to tell your children and grandchildren that they should never pledge to be a "servant to Obama" or a servant to any president, which was a topic in T.H.A.T. #58, and remember to tell them to not blindly "believe" in leaders, and that is a lesson in this edition of T.H.A.T., as it was in the past and will be in the future. By the way, remember, in the "Presidential Video," which is one topic of T.H.A.T. #58, one male says, "I pledge to be of service to Barack Obama."; one female says, "I pledge to be a servant to our president." And make sure your children and grandchildren are not singing songs at school that praise Barack Obama, which has been done by children at some schools around the country since January 2009, since children should never sing songs that praise any politician, especially a megalomaniac and narcissist like Barack Obama.
On December 24, 2010, I watched a few minutes of Fox 2 Morning News on WJBK-HD, Channel 2, and I happened to turn in when a fairly new reporter at the station was presenting a report about the closing of the GM Powertrain plant at Willow Run, which had happened the previous day (by the way, in the 1940s, the plant, while under the ownership of Ford Motor Company, was used to make the B-24 Liberator bomber, and, today, there is a museum at Willow Run Airport, which I have talked about in the past in editions of Michigan Travel Tips, and the museum is called the Yankee Air Museum. The reporter giving the report was Charlie LeDuff, who in the past had worked in, for example, in the newspaper business, such as in Detroit and in New York City (such as at The New York Times); I had seen Charlie LeDuff taking part in the round-table discussion session during News Edge, the 11:00 p.m. weekend newscast on WJBK-HD, in the recent past. On December 24, 2010, I found something unsettling about Charlie LeDuff and his report, but I had found something unsettling with him in the past (I had discovered he seemed to be a big supporter of Barack Obama, who I then knew was a Marxist and black radical and a perpetual liar). On December 24, 2010, I found myself thinking of Charlie LeDuff as a socialist, if not a hard-line socialist, and after I saw the report, I did a quick Internet search to see when Charlie Duff started at the station as a reporter, and I found it was in roughly October 2010, and I saw a Wikipedia article on Charlie LeDuff. Now, I use Wikipedia to get the correct spellings for names of people and some general history, but I do not use it for political commentary information, because the information can be suspect, but I did see in the Wikipedia article about Charlie LeDuff that he was tied to incidents of plagiarism, and I noticed some of the types of past stories--themes--that Charlie LeDuff has ties to. I say that Charlie LeDuff's credibility is suspect and Charlie LeDuff should not be trusted, as Barack Obama--a perpetual liar--should not be trusted and should never be trusted, and I have put Charlie LeDuff on the list of highly liberal reporters. There's something not right. (Oh, by the way, the report about GM Powertrain had the feel of a sympathy piece for the "workers" or a piece to placate the "workers" and persuade viewers that management was the big cause for the closing, letting fall away the fault of the managers of the unions that had sucked money out of the workers and priced the workers out of the marketplace and promoted socialism and thuggism and sloughing off.)
News alert: You are urged to see "****Special Note #62" in my document entitled National Health Care and Mass Failure: The Reasons it is a Dead Issue. It gives information about how the Barack Obama administration lied about how many people in the country had the inability to get health-care insurance because of pre-existing medical conditions at the time the Democrats--the members of the U.S. Congress and Barack Obama--were creating the now-known-terrible law called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The figure was around 8,000 persons in a population--in a population of about 310,000,000. The health-care system in the country is being made a communist monopoly run by politicians and their political associates because of a lie!
On Christmas Eve--December 24, 2010--Channel 20, WMYD-TV, had a special for viewers to see, but it was no appropriate "Christmas Eve"-type special focusing on the holiday. The station presented a half-hour production that contained parts of four locally made films, and the special, which was Detroit Short Takes, was hosted by Sharon McClendon. The first set of scenes was from a film called The Breaking Point, and it came off as nothing more than a series of segments like those that might be put together for a promotional film, geared to getting people to see the movie that was being promoted, and it had scenes of violence and drugs, and it was a useless piece of television. The second set of scenes came from Thief, Interrupted, in which a thief gets interrupted during a theft by a phone call from his family. The third set of scenes came from A Cold Dish, in which a man is seeking revenge on the man who killed his family, and at the end of the story, the man sets his suspect afire. The fourth set of scenes was from Company Policy, which was set in a diner, from which an employee gets kidnapped. No credits were shown with the productions. I will say that most of the performances were forgettable, if not bad, and, in fact, some performers looked like people who were dragged off the street who had no experience whatsoever in delivering lines and looked like people who should never have been given a chance to speak lines in front of a camera. The owner or manager in Company Policy was pleasant enough (but she did come off as a person taking part in an instruction video), and the man seeking revenge in A Cold Dish showed moments that might make him a prospect for a bit part in a bigger-budget film. Overall, the direction was bad and the writing was low grade for all the films. I ask the question--Why would anyone want to watch this, especially since the films were depressing pieces and it was Christmas Eve, which is supposed to be a happy time for people at home? Some credits were shown at the end of the half-hour presentation, and they seemed to be related to the hostess shots or the people at Channel 20 who helped make showing the half-hour possible. By the way, the films came from from the Trinity Film Coalition. For TV 20, David Bangura was the executive producer, and Sharon McClendon was the coordinating producer, and that is all that I will list of those that I have listed on the cards associated with the program. This edition of Detroit Film Shorts was a truly forgettable presentation, which some viewers might have given up on earlier by seeing the first segment related to The Breaking Point, their attention broken.
Now, it is time for real-guy talk and real-gal talk. In the past, I have talked about how Hollywood producers and casting people seem to be pushing the flat model-type gals on guys, seemingly trying to persuade guys that flat model-type gals are what they should deem as sex objects, and, recently, I came across information and photographs that shocked me. Since I published the previous edition of T.H.A.T., I came across photographs about the annual event that takes place in Key West, Florida, in October, called Fantasy Fest (the next of which is Fantasy Fest 2011), and I saw women in their thirties and women in their forties and women in their fifties, and they looked like woman--well rounded and not fat--and they had true and happy smiles on their faces, and, for me, it was truly wonderful to see them in this day and age when it seems so many women want to be like men or seem to be unhappy about being women. And since I published the previous edition of T.H.A.T., I saw a photograph of the most-recent two finalists--the winner and the second-place winner--of America's Next Top Model on page 4 of TV Guide for December 20, 2010-January 2, 2011, and I saw two women who looked physically ill and very unhappy. You should not be surprised I avoid watching America's Next Top Model--to me, it is bad television, promoting a false idea about what guys, especially young guys, should think is sexy.
Oh, on Sunday, January 9, 2011, the first episodes of Bob's Burgers (an animated series) was shown on Fox TV, and one of the first lines spoken--spoken by a girl character--was "My crotch is itching." I guess some people find that funny, but I do not. I guess I shall go back to the Dick Tracy cartoon series of the 1960s to see those fun good guys such as Joe Jitsu and Hemlock Holmes and Dick Tracy and those fun bad guys such as Flattop, Mumbles, The Mole, and Itchy, and I shall go back to it inspite of the idiots who thought the series had stereotypes that were bad for Asians and Hispanics.
For fun, guys, look up on YouTube the 1973 clip of Millie (also known as Millie Small) doing her 1964 hit called "My Boy Lollipop," since you will see a real cutie from the past, a gal surely more happy than the gals of America's Next Top Model.
Remember: The Prisoner with Patrick McGoohan was a television show that was produced across the pond and shown on CBS-TV in the late 1960s, and I urge you to find The Prisoner on DVD, maybe from a library, and watch it, and you should show it--all the episodes--to teenagers, or buy it as a present for teenagers.
P.S. #1: The telephone number of the U.S. Congressional Switchboard is: 1-202-224-3121. (Use it to fight against the creation of a national-health-care system, especially a system pushed through law by a defective thinker, a man who has created nothing, and a man whose history is mostly filled with tearing things down, a man who continually puts down the U.S.A.--Barack Obama. By the way, one of the more recent events in which he put down the entire business community of the country took place on Wednesday May 13, 2009, and you should see the second entry for Wednesday, May 13, 2009, in the document entitled Nonsense Statements and Quotations of Barack Obama).
P.S. #2: Do not forget that, since late 2008, I have put within editions of Michigan Travel Tips information about "green technology," "global warming" stuff, and "climate change" stuff, and to get to the catalog for all the Michigan Travel Tips publications, use this link: Travel.
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Date published: January 10, 2011
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