Tag Archives: 2017

Throwback Thursday: “Going In Style” (1979)

Does anyone else remember the original “Going In Style” (1979), with George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasburg? It was a really funny movie in which three old men become bank robbers.

It got its share of air time on 1980’s television; it was actually a big family favorite. I’d been looking around for information about it for years (because movie trivia keeps me up at night), but I remembered the title wrong — I kept thinking of “The Sunshine Boys” (1975), which was a different George Burns movie entirely.

They actually remade the movie 2017 with Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin.



Turkey Vultures!

This is just a photo that I dug up from 2017 — those great winged horrors that you see are carrion-eating turkey vultures (cathartes aura).  They were seemingly everywhere when I first came to Roanoke that year — but I haven’t seen too many since.  (Or maybe they just haven’t again roosted near enough for me to see them — there are plenty of birds with tremendous wingspans overhead, and I don’t think they’re eagles.)

Turkey vultures are truly ugly beasts.

 

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Cover for Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ “The Vietnam War (Original Score)” Album, 2017

Vinyl.  Universal Music Enterprises, The Null Corporation.  Music for Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s PBS documentary series “The Vietnam War.”

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A busload of bullshit.

Re: claims that Antifa “infiltrated” the Trump supporters and manipulated them into the attempted coup.  Someone asked me to put my two cents in about this tonight (always a dangerous request), so here goes.

It’s preposterous.  This appears to be a desperate conspiracy theory meant to mitigate the public relations catastrophe for the Trump administration following the Capitol insurrection.  There is soooo much footage of the perpetrators, and nothing to suggest that they are somehow a multitude of brilliant, Oscar-worthy actors who are nefariously impersonating Trump supporters.  (C’mon.)


Here’s a hint — anytime someone claims they witnessed a “busload” of actors or impersonators, there is a good bet it is colossal bullshit.  The whole actors-on-busses scenario is a common conspiracy theory. The last time it was in play, I was hearing it from pro-Trump apologists of the Charlottesville violence perpetrated at the Unite the Right rally in 2017.


I asked them for evidence repeatedly for it. The best I got was an undated picture of two parked busses without passengers — the person who sent it to me couldn’t even name the vehicles’ location. It could have been any two empty busses, anywhere in America.


That’s it. That was the only “evidence.”


I would be extraordinarily surprised if there was even an ounce of truth to this new claim.  Its appearance today simply underscores how desperate the Trump camp is to conduct damage control.


Here is the rundown from Snopes.com