Thursday, July 28, 2016

Racism

Racism is defined as a belief that one race is superior to another. I grew in the days of the civil rights movement. At a young age I learned what racism is all about. I grew up in Tampa, Florida and at the time there were still separate water fountains that you could drink from. There were fountains for blacks and fountains for whites. While I was downtown one day with my father I became thirsty and wanted some water. I thought the hardest thing would be for me to be able to reach the water. I was only three and wasn't very tall yet. I went to the one fountain and nothing came out. I went to another and some sweet cool water came out and man it tasted good. All of a sudden my father had scooped me up and started spanking me. He was yelling at me for going to the wrong fountain. I was able to get out a question among the flowing tears. What's the difference I asked? He said it was there in black and white and it stated one fountain was for whites and the other one was for black people. He yelled at me for going to the black fountain and asked, didn't I see the sign? I said yes I did see the sign but I can't read yet. You could see shame in his eyes. He had forgotten I couldn't  read and he became so apologetic. This was the time I grew up in at a very young age. The civil rights movement caught on and the stupidity seemed to go away, or did it?

Recently thanks to Donald Trump and his presidential campaign those old feelings of racism have risen to the surface of society. People speak of the days that their family had a black person working for them so that made them good ole people. When Trump attacked the Mexicans who have come into the United States illegally, calling them rapists and murderers, he didn't look at those who came across the border and started a life for themselves and their families. As a teacher for I have come into contact with children whose parents came over the border illegally. The parents are now citizens but they were never rapists or murderers.

When Trump speaks of herding all Muslims into a ghetto style living it brings back the memories of the holocaust. I read the stories of the attacks and murders of the Jewish community. I don't want to live in fear. I don't want to live in a society where because I'm white I'm superior. Simply put I don't want to go back to that damn water fountain. It's time we stood up as Americans and said enough is enough. It's time we all live together in peace. It's time.

Democratic Convention Day Three Wrap Up

This is not reality TV. This is reality. Michael Bloomberg spoke last night. Bloomberg the former mayor of New York City spoke pretty straight forward about whether to vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Vice President Joe Biden spoke to the delegates and didn't mince his words. He is behind Clinton and even though these two have not always seen eye to eye he believes Clinton is the right vote.

The speaker that caught the attention of all inside the auditorium was President Barack Obama. Obama fired his speech directly to Trump and called him a playground bully. He spoke of his business acumen and that he has gone bankrupt many times. He praised Hillary Clinton for even getting into the ring and running for President. Obama spoke kindly of Clinton and you could see just how moved Bill Clinton was by his words. Obama spoke of how America is already strong and it is not up to one person to rebuild America. At the end of his speech Hillary Clinton came onstage and hugged the President and the crowd went wild.

The Democrats are uniting and are becoming stronger and stronger each and every day. Trump had retaliated earlier in the day and spoke of the speeches of the night before. He even went as far as to ask President Putin of Russia to step in and find those deleted emails. He actually asked a foreign country to spy on America.

The speakers of day three pointed out that Donald Trump is simply a man unhinged and should not be taken seriously as a Presidential candidate. It is up to Hillary Clinton to nail the coffin shut on the idea of a Trump presidency. If the democrats can ride the tide they have started here this week in Philadelphia then they will certainly win the White House.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Democratic Convention Day Two Wrap Up

It was an historical evening in the city of brotherly love. Philadelphia saw the first woman nominated by any party for the Presidency of the United States of America. No matter how you feel about Hillary Clinton it really doesn't matter. Whether you want Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders you have to admit this was a historical evening for all of us. Never before in the history of this country has this ever happened.

Just how good of a day did the democrats have this day? The Bernie Sanders debacle has finally been put to rest. Senator Sanders was on hand with the Vermont delegation when their votes were announced. He stood up following the announcement and spoke to the convention to rally all his votes behind Clinton. Bernie Sanders is a class act. Whether you agree or disagree with his views you have to admit this man put up the good fight. What he did for the Democratic Party was to bring unity among the ranks. Oh don't get me wrong you are still going to have those die hard delegates  that wanted Sanders for President but with his actions last night he brought many of his followers into the fold and they will now back Clinton for President.

The final act of a history making day was former President Bill Clinton getting onstage and speaking of his wife in such a way that for some in the audience you could see tears being wiped away. Bill Clinton the statesman did it again. When Bill Clinton is on he is on. He stood in front of the world so to speak and spoke openly about his wife. He touched on his first encounters with his future wife back in college. He talked so openly and touching that it literally took one and all a minute to realize that even when Hillary Clinton made her surprise visit to the convention you could see how moved she was about his speech.

Now, what can you do to top this day? It will be interesting to see what happens over the next two days. What will the Trump campaign have to say about all this? Well folks as they say... It's On. We have a Presidential Campaign on our hands and it looks like it's gonna be a good one. Enjoy.

'Jack Irish, Season 1' DVD Review

Jack Irish (Guy Pearce) is a private investigator and part time debt collector who enjoys a whiskey bottle more than anything else. Irish used to be a lawyer who after his wife died literally just gave up on life. He works to keep up with his drinking habit and from time to time he hooks up with a journalist named Linda Hillier (Marta Dusseldorp) for some female companionship. In hopes to further her career Hillier moves to Manila to work as a foreign correspondent.

Irish picks up a job to find a guy with a criminal past but when he catches up to the man he is killed right in front of him. Irish becomes implicated in the murder. Irish thinks he is being set up but has to worry about other troubles that creep into the case. Jack is eventually brought into an international conspiracy involving Muslims and Christians.

Linda soon realizes that the Manila job is not what she thought it would be. Jacks troubles will eventually take him to Manila and he and Linda will begin to work on almost the same case. When the two reunite it's not a total love fest right away.

Jack Irish is a wonderful story that keeps you interested throughout the entire show. It's interesting to witness how a man can drop so low but still can hold on after a devastating blow. Irish drinks way too much but still can get the job done.

Acorn brings this wonderful show to DVD on July 26th, 2016. The DVD quality is excellent and the sights and sounds are exquisite. This is a lovely addition to that personal library. So don't wait. Go out and pick up a copy and enjoy.

Florida's Amendment 2

Amendment 2 is the legal name for medical marijuana. It was on the 2014 ballot but was defeated by 2 %. So far in 2016 it looks like the polls have put it at passing with 76% and as high as 82% of voters are in favor of passage. Now for those of you who have been hiding and have no clue what medical marijuana is all about. Well, I'm here to inform you.

Medical Marijuana has been used to help those with cancer and must go through chemotherapy. It helps those patients to eat better than when they use pharmaceutical pills that usually make them even sicker. It has recently been used in fighting cancer and has cured some folks. Marijuana is used for glaucoma patients as well as helping some people fight off PTSD.

What is truly a problem about all this is that the federal government and the pharmaceutical companies have known about the positive effects of medical marijuana for decades. The federal government went as far as to take out a patent on it. That's right, patent number 6630507 is medical marijuana. Why has this been kept so quiet to the general public? The DEA took it to court to quiet anybody from being interested in doing research on the plant. They were afraid that if the news got out that marijuana was actually good for something other than getting a buzz that they would lose funding and become extinct in the fight against drugs.

Well the secret is out and several states have already gone and legalized it for medical as well as recreational. Some states like Colorado have found out that not only is it a big cash crop but the taxes made off the sale of marijuana allows the state to work on some of the other challenges it faces. In other words the federal government is interested in the legalization of marijuana.

This November 8th the citizens of Florida will go vote for a new President and will also vote for the legalization of medical marijuana. Dispensaries are already coming to a city near you to help distribute the Charlotte's Web version of medical marijuana. Thus getting ready for the passage of Amendment 2 and the legalization of medical marijuana for the citizens of Florida. To find out more information please check out United For Care.

'Soledad' DVD Review

Victor (Jesse Celedon) is a limo driver who caters to the rich and famous of Los Angeles. The problem is that his customers are usually rude or obnoxious. Victor is simply a lonely Latino man who lives alone and has a certain routine that seems to fit him. He is an ex-con with a history that he wants to keep to himself. In his spare time he lifts weights and minds his own business. He takes the bus to go to work so he doesn't even get to take the limo home. In other words most people would look at this man and simply think he is a loser.

One night a guy and girl get into his limo after a prom. The guy's name is Preston (Chase Austin) and the girls name is Raquel (Montanna Gillis). Usually names wouldn't matter much but this isn't an ordinary night. You see Preston wants to get laid and he doesn't care where. So he starts to go after Raquel in the backseat and she wants nothing to do with it. Victor stops the car and beats little rich boy Preston silly.

Victor and Raquel get back in the car and leave Preston on the side of the road. Conversation begins to take place and the two end up at a Taco Truck and eventually to a tattoo joint. The two like to hang out together and will end the night at a dance club that isn't very populated. Preston doesn't want to let bygones be bygones and wants some revenge but you'll have to watch the movie to find out what happens.

Candy Factory Films brings this film to DVD on July 26th, 2016. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are exquisite. This offbeat film is a joy to watch. There are times in the movie where you know you have had the same thing happen to you, especially on those late nights. This is definitely one for your personal library so don't hesitate and go pick it up. Enjoy. 

'Opry Video Classics' DVD Review

This is a country music fan's ultimate collection of artists performances at the Grand Ole Opry's Ryman Auditorium. The artists featured are Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Waylon Jennings and many, many more. These are the greats of a profession.

This DVD collection is simply a history of country music. The Grand Ole Opry has been for many years the ultimate venue to play. For many of these artists, the Opry, once achieved, meant that they had arrived. That they were accepted into the brotherhood and they were country royalty.

The appearances that are included in this set were recorded in the 1950's to the 1970's. You will watch Johnny Cash singing "So Doggone Lonesome" and Loretta Lynn with "Blue Kentucky Girl". Charlie Pride singing "Just Between You and Me" and Leroy Van Dyke's "The Auctioneer" are just some of the songs that will be seen on your collection of country's music greatest. Tex Ritter and Chet Atkins along with Earl Scruggs will perform songs that will melt your heart. You will see a 21 year old Dolly Parton grace the stage and sing "Dumb Blonde".

Time Life is bringing this collection of country greats to us on DVD on July 26th, 2016. The DVD's are excellently done and the sights and sounds are exquisite. This is a must for all those country music aficionados who have enjoyed the Opry through the years. This is history and it will be a must for your personal library. You will have hours after hours of enjoyable entertainment from the cathedral of country music. The Opry has been for many years the greatest stage a country music performer could ever play. So don't waste any time and get this wonderful collection of the best of the best of country music. Enjoy.