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“Paging Claude Rains!”

or some Romulan ship…

(for all you Gen X or Y types, Claude Rains played Captain Renault in Casablanca, and was The Invisible Man!)

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h/t Plan of the Day

The BEST PI? Answers…

(the informal poll results)
Jim Rockford  42.42%

 

Other:  21.21%    (Laura Holt, Columbo  were mentioned)

 

Phillip Marlowe  18.18%   

 

Sam Spade  9.09%   

 

Harry Orwell  6.06%   

 

Spenser  3.03% 
Of course, there is no right answer.  Everyone has a different opinion.
Personally, I vote for Sam Spade, because he could take a kick to the head and still function.  A tough guy in a trench coat.
And he disarmed ‘the gunsel’ of TWO 1911s, which put him in solid with his boss!
I am surprised no one mentioned Mike Hammer?
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The You Tube Files – Missing TV and Guffaws

Being a child of TV/movies, I’m always looking for things referencia obscura for my daily You Tube posting.  You Tube is terrific, because almost every snippet or clip I desire seems to be there.

I DID say almost…

There was a one-season-wonder, a police who-done-it in 1995, starring Karen Sillas, called Under Suspicion.  (The TV show, NOT the films.)

It was good stuff.  Sadly.  it’s not available on VHS or DVD – and You Tube only has a couple short segments featuring some guest star I don’t care about.

But, perhaps one day…

However, I did remember something else that had slipped through the cracks.  Another not-straight-to DVD wonder.

It Came From Hollywood.  If you like MST3K, you’ll LOVE IT!

Apparently, there were so many obscure clips in it they could no longer get rights to, it was too expensive to re-release on DVD.  So I held on to a VHS player in hopes of one day buying the one VHS copy that used to be available on Amazon.  (It’s also available on Laserdisc!  Woo-Hoo!)

But, in my travels, I found it in it’s entirety on You Tube!!!

(sadly, some of the transfer to video isn’t great, but considering many of the films mentioned aren’t either…)

Rather than putting a whole film on my You Tube link, I’m putting it here.  I’m in serious need of guffaws!  I’d suggest full screen viewing.

 

Police Officer Ethics

Of course, there are those among us who after reading multiple stories of incidents daily regarding officer malfeasance, theft, abuse, perjury and felonies who look askance at such a professional paper.

I personally know a number of law enforcement folks who truly believe their oaths and (I think) hold to them (to the best of their ability, considering their agency ‘rules’).  But my knowing doesn’t matter.

It’s all about public perception. 

It doesn’t help that Hollywood producers like Dick Wolf (of the Law & Order programs) portray law enforcement as everything from straight arrows to crooked-as-a-dog’s-hind-leg.  I just watched a cross-over episode (with L&O SVU) of Chicago P.D. (the newest agency in the collection) wherein the head of C.P.D. Intelligence is ordered to ‘do whatever it takes’ to break a serial rape/maim suspect.  He puts him in ‘the cage’ (a chain link enclosure not affiliated with the jail system) and proceeds to beat on the suspect and begin cutting off his ears (something the suspect is alleged to have done) until he gives up the location of the still active co-suspect.

Now, just like our Republic, I’m all about looking at the total picture, warts and all.  And, if the Chicago P.D. did (or does) such things, they need to be held accountable.

Just like the serial rapists who collect ears for souvenirs.

But, if it’s only fiction, then it colors the general public’s already jaded perception of police.

h/t Richard W. DeShon, Mike Vanderboegh

More Hollywood Hypocrisy?

Or just in need of further education?

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Sarah Shahi

Sarah Shahi plays Sameen Shaw in the CBS drama “Person of Interest” and has also appeared in shows like “Fairly Legal” and “The L Word.” The 34 year old Texan native is descended from Persian royalty, an ex-Dallas cheerleader and a pretty good shot, too. The married mom of a three year old son spoke to FOX411 about the show, being a cheerleader and gun ownership. (…)

(…)If you own a gun you need to educate yourself. It can’t fall into the wrong hands. There should be mental checks. More background checks go into adopting a dog then someone walking into a store and being able to buy a gun. I think that’s not right.  (Fox 411)

Obviously, she needs to be educated at the very least.  I love the show Person of Interest.  And her’s is an interesting character.  But comments as above show a lack of knowledge of the issues.  Of course, they don’t interview and quote unknown, anonymous, disabled, old man bloggers.  Just beautiful people.

AND, she already HAS her gun!

h/t Maddened Fowl

Gun Control (by the cops)

Kevin Baker brings us the news…

News out of L.A. last week:

Shooting during Dorner stakeout violated policy, panel rules

Eight Los Angeles police officers who opened fire on two women delivering newspapers in a pickup truck during the hunt for Christopher Dorner violated the LAPD’s policy on using deadly force, the department’s oversight body found Tuesday.

In making its ruling, the Police Commission followed the recommendation of LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, who faulted the officers for jumping to the conclusion that Dorner was in the truck. Beck said the officers compounded their mistake by shooting in one another’s direction with an unrestrained barrage of gunfire.

Reports made public Tuesday offered new details of the hours that led up to the shooting and how it erupted into a wild, one-sided firefight in which the officers fired shotguns and handguns more than 100 times. One woman was shot twice in the back; her daughter received superficial wounds.

A panel of high-ranking police officials that reviewed the shooting urged Beck to clear the officers of wrongdoing, according to several sources who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the case.

Violated policy. POLICY. How about LAW? Common sense? Decency?

So, thirty days without donuts, or do they get a six-week paid vacation (suspension with pay)?

For those who don’t remember, L.A.P.D. has a history of being full of corrupt, mob-ridden, political creatures.  Chief Parker decided to take the Hollywood approach, and use P.R. to shine the agencies image.  TV shows like Dragnet and Adam-12 were the result.

All this while the Hat Squad was operating behind the scenes.

For Hollywood’s take on this, go watch Mullholland Falls and L.A. Confidential.

Rollo Tomasi, indeed!

Famous DOESN’T Mean Knowledgable in Other Areas…

Mostly Cajun, All American and Opinionated reminded us of this, with this almanac entry:

Today in History – January 23

1941 – Charles Lindbergh testifies before the U.S. Congress and recommends that the United States negotiate a neutrality pact with Adolf Hitler.  Just because you’re famous for being good at one thing doesn’t mean you’re smart about everything…

Are you listening Bill Maher, Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Danny Glover, Steven Spielberg, Morgan Freeman, George Clooney, Will Smith, Oprah Winfrey et al.

YES, they have a right to an opinion!

Even if it’s wrong, or misinformed.

And, don’t get me wrong.  Just because I like someone’s film or stage performance (or think they’re hot or cool) doesn’t mean I think their opinion about politics or restriction of MY RIGHTS holds water!

Not with a Guffaw, but with a Hubba-Hubba!

Whenever I have posted too many serious posts in the past, I remedied doing so by posting a few guffaws, e.g. jokes, cartoons and funny pictures.  To lighten the mood.

AND, because it’s MY BLOG!  :-)

Again, I’ve posted a litany of serious posts, mostly regarding governmental abuses.  And it’s got me down.  But, instead of guffaws, I decided to invoke Rule 5*, instead:

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Alice Krige

Blair Brown

Blair Brown

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Diana Rigg

Diana Rigg

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Kaley Cuoco

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

SIX of my favorite women!  SO many choices…sigh.

*Rule #5 Post – Celebrating Women

Celebrate Ol’ Blue Eyes Today!

Per my daily almanac, today is the birthday in 1915 of Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra.

Whether or not you love or hate the guy, his music, his style, and his connections made him a force to reckon with in both the entertainment industry and politics.  My high school choral teacher said he had the best phrasing, except for the whole “do be do be do” thing.

He came from nowhere, got ‘connected’, and the Mob allegedly paid girls to scream when he first performed live.  He went to Hollywood, and it was thought his career had tanked.  Then, he showed he could act.  And he was renewed.

He was friends with mob guys like Sam Giancana, politicians like Jack Kennedy, and beauties like Marilyn Monroe.  After Bogie passed away in 1957, he assumed chairmanship of The Rat Pack – a group of cool dudes including a black guy, Sammy Davis, Jr.  This integration was unheard of in 50′s Hollywood.

He was a loyal friend.  When Sammy got in trouble with the IRS, he didn’t tell the guys.  Frank found out and called him, and asked, “How much are you in for?”  $15 million was the reply.  “I’ll write you a check.” said Frank.

He passed in 1998.  Way too soon for my taste.

He did it his way.

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The Efficacy of Astrology

(at least as far as person born the same day having similar personality traits…)

November 2, Birthdays

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1734 Daniel Boone frontiersman/explorer (US Hall of Fame-1915)

1755 Marie-Antoinette Queen of France, let them eat cake

1913 Burt Lancaster NYC, actor (From Here to Eternity, Elmer Gantry)

1938 Patrick Buchanan conservative political columnist

Daniel Boone

Daniel Boone

1961 k.d. lang country singer (& the Reclines-Absolute Torch & Twang)

h/t Today in History

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