BACK THEN, IT WAS ALMOST LIKE A SECRET SOCIETY

Listening to an interview Richard Lamparski conducted with Reginald Owen shortly before Owen died in 1972, reminds me of how difficult it then was to see rare films.

Lamparski had long wanted to see the first, 1929 filming of The Letter, starring Jeanne Eagels and featuring Owen. . . Eventually he received a call: ““Now, if you don’t tell a soul, I’ll give you an address of where to come tonight at eight o’clock.”

“It was in the San Fernando Valley,” Lamparski explained, “ a great big house with a wonderful projection room in the basement, and a big, wonderful old organ from a silent film house. The man stood up–I don’t even know the host’s name–and he said “We’re going to show this film, if it can be shown. It was found in one of the lower vaults in Paramount. No one knew anything about it. It wasn’t even labeled We don’t even know if it will run and we’re not even sure there’s going to be sound to it. Keep your fingers crossed. Here we go: The Letter!”

Today you can purchase that Letter—and it’s a live one—on DVD!

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FULL BLOWN MILITARISTIC MADNESS

Obama lays out the blueprint for this beleaguered nation  to be further eroded by military engagement in perpetuity. It is the US that is being degraded, not ISIS.

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WEIRD

Walking around the West Village near my home, seeing the lavishly-restored brick townhouses, and realizing that all this may well be submerged two decades from now.

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THE TROUBLE WITH THE KEITH ELLISONS OF CONGRESS

No matter how explicitly, and, I suppose, sincerely, they espouse progressive goals for this country, they fold in the clinches, embracing–out of blind loyalty?– the President’s militarism even as they know–should they possess the insight of an ant–that the endless war they are signing on to will vitiate any possibility of achieving those goals.

What will Ellison say when we are at war with Iran?

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NO SWATTING ALLOWED

The Barre Flies visit Wheeldon’s Alice, and, as always, demonstrate quite individual flight paths. Go to TheBarreFlies.com.

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“BOMBING FOR PEACE”

That’s what’s been sprayed on the façade of a low-rise apartment building near me.

I hope it stays up for a long time.

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WHAT WE’D DO IF WE REALLY WANTED TO DEFEAT ISIS

15 good ideas–and what do you know?

Not a single one involves blowing civilians to smithereens!

David Swanson at Worldbeyondwar.org enumerates.

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THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR PELOSI AND REID’S “LEADERSHIP”

Their mindless rank-closing-around-the-President drivel is even more pathetic than Obama’s channeling of GWB.

I mean, are we really hearing this??

The Guardian says they said these things, so I guess they did.

Are they animatronics?

“He has the legal authority. I know he does. I’ve studied the issue for a very long time,” said House minority leader Nancy Pelosi.

“It’s up to Congress to rally around Obama and his decisive strategy,” added Senate leader Harry Reid. “This is the time for America to close ranks and engage our adversaries as one united nation.”

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WAR AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE

Joh Queally at CommonDreams details the “scathing” response by people who know what they’re talking about to Obama’s perpetuation of 24/7 war.  I’m afraid tht it’s only a matter of  time before the neocons get the war with Iran that they have been salivating over for more than a decade–and before the world gets the resultant economic shutdown.

This has become a disgraceful presidency, almost as bad as GW Bush’s. Obama would do us all a favor by resigning–Biden would be slightly better.

And dunderhead Hillary–if she thinks she will be elected two years from now on  a platform of more belligerence. . .

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THIS WOMAN IS SO FLIPPING DISTINGUISHED IT’S NOT FUNNY

I thought I’d better give Violette Verdy’s full title at Indiana University, given that I knew how decorated she is:

And so I contacted Robin and she supplied it:

IT IS:

Violette Verdy

Distinguished Professor of Ballet

Kathy Ziliak Anderson Chair in Ballet

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Of course, she’s got all sorts of other titles and honors; I’m just giving you her IU stats.

As I said, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Jewels opens at the end of this month,

and let me add that Oct 2/3 are the dates for Indiana U’s Emeralds.

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