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Friday, February 27, 2015


Nimoy campaigns for McGovern
While the world is mourning the passing of Leonard Nimoy, we should celebrate his life. Celebrating diversity and creativity was something Nimoy did daily. He lived a full life. He was an actor, artist, poet, public figure, environmentalist, and activist.

He supported many candidates over the years. In the early 1970s after Star Trek went off the air, he traveled and spoke at rallies in support of George McGovern for President in 1972. In 1973 he supported Los Angeles mayoral candidate Tom Bradley. He was co-chairman of the campaign. Once he quipped at a rally, 'we are a revolutionary people'. So true.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

GSY Review: Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Just got back from the good ole Regal 11 and have already digested this Go Screen Yourself of Hot Tub Time Machine 2. I find I must agree with the thinking of noted film critic Jay Sherman that 'after two; give it a rest". I think they have done all they can with this franchise. Give it five years and then reboot with other, younger versions of the current cast. Watch out for spoilers below.

That being said, the film did have some positive aspects. Adam Scott was a delightful addition to the cast for this outing. The absence of John Cusack was felt in the story, but they had a decent explanation and still tied in elements of the character to the film. Robinson, Duke and Corddray gave their expected performances.  Nothing terribly different from the first film.

Chevy Chase made a very brief cameo (which I really didn't get).

Monday, February 16, 2015

SNL 40 Moments to Shine

I just got done watching the SNL 40th Anniversary Special on NBC. Over 200 minutes of mostly hits. The strange, awkward moment with Eddie Murphy aside, I thought the show was pretty good.

My five favorite moments

5) Weekend Update Tribute

While I would have liked to have seen some recent updating from some of the many 25 Update anchors, what we got was from Fey, Curtin, and Poehler was pretty good. Then having a tribute to Chevy Chase by Nealon, Myers, McDonald, and Quinn was touching. All making jokes at each others expense with Gerritt Morris thrown in for good measure.

The best joke of them all was by far Curtin poking fun at Fox News. Wonder where Dennis Miller was?

4) Celebrity Jeopardy

That skit was money in the bank. Will Farrell as Trebek is always a crowd-pleaser. Hammond and McDonald reprise Connery and Reynolds (Turd Ferguson) characters that managed to pay tribute and remind us of the humor of the present (Bieber, Cosby et all).

3) Political SNL

While this part could have been a little bit more in depth, exploring the history of SNL and it's link to American politics was wonderful. They hit a lot of the great debates, famous political faces and reminded us that we need to keep a sense of humor even in the tough times. I thought Jack Nicholson was a wonderful host to lead into this segment.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Of Edicts & Editorials

It has been a confusing, if not strange week in Oregon politics. Oregon's John Kitzhaber, the ever ready emergency room doctor turned politician, turned elder statesman turned politician again has finally decided to resign on the 18th of this month. The only governor in Oregon history to be elected to 4 terms will not see the end of his final term. I'm still not sure anyone has this thing all figured out. Having only served a little over a month of his 4th term he will official pass on the duties to Secretary of State Kate Brown.

This unfolding drama story of a boy, his girl and a state show the limits of our own patience when it comes to the work of commissions tasked with such work. In an age when editorials are edicts handed down from some meeting room with poor lighting we would all do better to take a minute or two before we pass judgement.

His resignation will bring change and more importantly focus back to the office of Governor and to the people of Oregon, which even John Kitzhaber knows is the most important reason for serving. As the Ethics Commission, the FBI, continue their jobs we hope that their work is allowed to continue without interference.

Oregon will get through this, we will continue to fly with our own wings.The turbulence will die down and we'll get back on course.