Category Archives: News

Helen Thomas, Reporter?

I just had to say something about Helen Thomas and her recent comments about the current state of Israel. Anti-semitism is nothing new, especially among reporters, but today one expects more, particularly from such a lionized figure. The video provided by RabbiLive.com has become a viral sensation. 

Get the hell out of Palestine!” 

Where just should the Jews go? 

“Poland. Germany. America.” 

Talk about historical and cultural insensitivity. Of course she has been an idol to many on the Left for years. And this latest incident should vault her into icon status. 

Here is a partial verbatim transcript of the video: 

Helen Thomas: Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine. Remember, these people are occupied. And it’s their land. It’s not German, it’s not Poland.

Rabbi David Nessenoff: So where should they go? What should they do?

Thomas: They should go home.

Nessenoff: Where’s home?

Thomas: Poland, Germany.

Here’s some more of her quotes, and here’s an interview with her by a leftist blogger

AJH

Three Murders

Three young men, all students at one time of Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon, have met premature deaths in the past few years. Two in 2009, another in 2007. All were murdered. And no one has been arrested in any of the cases.  

Justin Little was killed by someone while in France. He was 21. Montez Bailey, actively involved in student government, was shot while chatting with a friend in a northeast Salem park. Bailey’s killing appeared to be gang-related, although it was likely a case of mistaken identity. 

Bill Mills was the first. In 2007, his “skeletal remains” were found in rural Linn County, though he may have left campus with his killer, as his car remained on campus “unlocked and with his books inside.” 

The Chemeketa Courier, the student newspaper, has reported on all three crimes and the aftermath. Local media have reported on the cases, too, including The Oregonian, Statesman Journal, and Albany Democrat Herald

William “Bill” Carl Mills was first reported missing in January 2007. A deer hunter didn’t discover his remains near McCully Mountain Road, south of Lyons, until October. 

No suspects have ever been named in the Mills case. 

“Somebody out there has the answers that we need,” Melissa Baker, a classmate of Mills, said. 

http://www.chemeketa.edu/shared/courier/oct2607.pdf  

http://www.chemeketa.edu/shared/courier/oct2309.pdf  

Justin Little “had traveled to France to gain a better understanding of world history.” Little was assaulted in the early days of October, perhaps on the 3rd, “by an unknown attacker” while taking a nap on a park bench in Paris. According to one report he was “bludgeoned to death.” 

The Oregonian, via OregonLive.com, has a special section dedicated to Justin Little news. His parents have established scholarships in his name, The Justin Little Memorial Foundation. 

According to Justin’s father, Jim Little, French police have no leads in the investigation of Justin’s death. 

Today, Jim and Tanya Little mix tears with laughter as they remember their son and his passion for history and Boy Scouts. 

“Justin’s great fear was that he would be forgotten and fall into obscurity,” Jim said. “I thought this would be an appropriate way to keep his memory alive.” 

In September, the Littles and their family and friends will be selling kettle corn at Mt. Angel Oktoberfest to raise money for the foundation. 

The Silverton Knights of Columbus donated a concession booth and Jim bought a kettle corn machine. 

“We plan on putting some money away for an endowment, so when we’re too old and tired to make kettle corn, we’ll still be able to provide something in his memory,” he said. 

“It helps,” Tanya said. “To do something good and nice for someone else through our personal tragedy; it helps.” 

According to Justin’s father, Jim Little, French police have no leads in the investigation of Justin’s death.

Today, Jim and Tanya Little mix tears with laughter as they remember their son and his passion for history and Boy Scouts.

“Justin’s great fear was that he would be forgotten and fall into obscurity,” Jim said. “I thought this would be an appropriate way to keep his memory alive.”

In September, the Littles and their family and friends will be selling kettle corn at Mt. Angel Oktoberfest to raise money for the foundation.

The Silverton Knights of Columbus donated a concession booth and Jim bought a kettle corn machine.
“We plan on putting some money away for an endowment, so when we’re too old and tired to make kettle corn, we’ll still be able to provide something in his memory,” he said.

“It helps,” Tanya said. “To do something good and nice for someone else through our personal tragedy; it helps.”

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20100602/COMMUNITIES/306020012/1132/NEWS

AJH

I Always Liked Dennis Hopper

There was one overarching thing about Dennis Hopper. He was unique. He had his own perspective on the world. And this included acting is some great and not-so-great film projects.

An early one was The Sons of Katie Elder with the Duke and Dean Martin. George Kennedy plays a gun fighter hired by Hopper’s dad in the film, portrayed by James Gregory, a man most will recognize from reruns on television, but not likely by name alone. And Paul Fix, a remarkable man, is the sheriff. He helped Wayne with his acting and wrote a few screenplays, including Tall in the Saddle.

For quite awhile, I owned Paramount’s double DVD featuring Sons and The Shootist. After watching them repeatedly, getting the storylines and scenes down in my head, I sold the two to some woman whose husband is a diehard John Wayne fan.

Hopper was in a few more Wayne flicks, including True Grit. Later in his career, after he gained some notoriety, he never worried about being in odd, downright bizarre productions such as Blue Velvet.

His politics were a curious hodgepodge, going from life as a leftist to conservatism, strongly influenced by a sense of libertarianism.

The controversy about me, I don’t think it’s going to stop me. However, a lot of people treat me differently, and they do bring it up. I’ll be at a dinner party, and somebody will say, ‘Well, you couldn’t be thinking that …’ And then you realize that everybody at the table is looking at you, and they’re like, ‘You’re kidding! You’re not really for Bush.’ And it goes around the table. It can only stop me from eating, not working.”

Google News has a feed with the news of his death. USA Today has a blurb on some of his artwork soon going on display. Motorcycle Cruiser magazine has some details on his directorial debut, Easy Rider. And though I never watched the episodes, he was in season one of Fox’s 24.

James Dean convinced him to pursue his passion for photography, and he did, producing iconic images from the march on Selma, which became part of the book Dennis Hopper: Photographs 1961-1967. Some of the photos were featured in Vanity Fair.

AJH

Next Year’s TV Stars?

I discovered via Facebook that a classmate from high school, a big guy who played on the line for the football team, and his wife are working towards getting on the next season of The Biggest Loser. Since I am gradually becoming somewhat of a health nut and have worked hard to lose 30 pounds myself, I thought I should help publicize their effort and do what we can collectively to help them out in their quest. Read more about Jay and Laura on her blog.

AJH

Art Linkletter (1912-2010)

I sincerely and truly liked people, and I was curious about their answers. Even the jerks — I wanted to know what made them such jerks.”

I’ve just read the news that Mr. Art Linkletter has passed on, at age 97. Why so many people had to change their names when hitting Hollywood is really beyond me, but I like his ultimate choice.

Obituaries are hitting the Net, including good ones from The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and National Public Radio. Google News has links to a bunch. He was a consummate businessman, as noted in the Post piece,

He owned a million-acre ranch in western Australia where he raised sheep. He had an oil field, was an early investor in the Hula Hoop and, through a close relationship with Walt Disney, had a contract for the exclusive rights to film concession stands at Disneyland.”

Among “his far-flung business interests” were “oil wells and toys. (One of his companies manufactured a version of the Hula-Hoop.)” He was quoted as saying, “I’ve learned it’s always better to have a small percentage of a big success, than a hundred percent of nothing.”

Listening is an important part of being a good interviewer, he noted.

You have to listen. A lot of guys can talk.”

A chick in Sunday school class said that she had met him once. Of course, the reference was dated even then. It was an odd answer, I thought, especially given the original prompt, which I can’t recall. It was apparently a device to generate discussion. I doubt most there at the time knew who he was.

The class, known as GAP (or Grace for All People), was a rag-tag mix of single men and mostly psycho, perhaps divorced single women. The name really should have tipped me off as a huge warning sign. It was filling a huge gap for the college-aged folks at Salem Alliance, but was also a huge disappointment.

One gal lamented how I there just weren’t many men to choose from in the class and chastised me for not bringing my male friends. A few years later, after the group’s demise, she was fawning over my younger brother after church. I had given up on the place and was just visiting for some reason. But I digress.

The bottom line is Art was a classy guy.

Here’s perhaps his best advice:

Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.”

AJH

Thirty years of PAC-MAN!

Thirty years of PAC-MAN! I, like most of the real world, had no idea about this anniversary, but leave it to some of the nerds at Google to help remind me. It keeps distracting me, drawing me into play, because it’s just there and oh so easy to jump right in. No quarter needed.

The only problem is I wasn’t a very good player in the arcade or at the mall when the game was at the height of its popularity. I actually preferred the Ms. PAC-MAN game. I just don’t have much joystick talent.

The Google version is even more problematic because you have to use the arrow keys on your keyboard. And it isn’t that easy to navigate and avoid the ghosts. Of course it has become a popular news item, mostly positive, but some negative, such as in the Christian Science Monitor and Seattle P-I.

AJH

CBS — Shatner, Selleck & Northam

I just read the news that CBS is cancelling quite a few shows, including Numb3rs (which, though with some great actors and good episodes, I am surprised lasted this long), The New Adventures of Old Christine (a decent show which had a good run at five seasons), and Miami Medical.

I was particularly interested in Miami Medical because of its major star Jeremy Northam. Northam has so much potential, and I hope a network finds a good vehicle for him. I first became aware of him when watching the film Emma.

Among the replacements are a cop show with Tom Selleck and a re-imagined Hawaii Five-O.  I am checking to see if this is an extension of his Jesse Stone TV movies, which it apparently doesn’t. And then there’s William Shatner’s first sitcom with $#*! My Dad Says, making a bit of television history. The Defenders is another, although it may or may not be based on the Sixties show of the same name.

The eHow site has a good, brief history of the network.

AJH