Thank you, Mexico.

Just watched the beginning festivities for the US football game (Raiders v. Texans) being held as I write in Mexico City. This isn’t the first game that has been played there – my Cardinals were there in 2005 – but let’s be clear that this game is WAY more important. There was fear that the players would be attacked. The players were told to stay in their hotel rooms. They were told to be careful about eating any food from room service. Yeah. And no wonder. Moreover, there was fear that the the U.S. flag would be booed. That the singing of our Nation Anthem would be booed so loudly that it wouldn’t even be heard (LOVELY rendition of our anthem, as it happened.Had NO trouble hearing it.) The fear that our players would also be booed. But apparently, Mexico is classier than the US is at this moment in time. Not only was there absolute silence during the very beautiful rendition of our anthem, but also a magnificent display of our flag – made up of a ton of people holding up cards on the field. It was a huge display that took up much of the field. Judging by what I saw, everyone in the stadium was standing. There was applause at the end. They then did the same for the Mexican flag, and the Mexican anthem. Again, respectful silence throughout, and applause at the end. The applause did NOT sound any louder for their own anthem, though. Amazing. I am beyond impressed. Considering what our Oompaloompa-elect has said about Mexico and its citizens, they would have been WELL within their rights to show NO respect AT ALL for our flag. And we’re not talking about a bunch of politicians playing nice. We are talking about a giant stadium full of a huge cross-section of Mexican citizens. I repeat. Very classy. Respect-wise, they are leaps and bounds beyond ANYTHING our Bad Comb-over-Elect has ever shown to ANYONE, much less to Mexico. Thank you for rising above, Mexico. Thank you for keeping it classy. Now – GO RAIDERS!

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Welcome to the depths of despair

Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney in the Trump cabinet. And let’s not even TALK about the Supreme Court, and the guy he plans to put in charge of the EPA. Remember that Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times”? It is a very accurate curse that has stood the test of time. Remember the fall of the Roman Empire? Does the phrase “bread and circuses” ring any bells? We are staring annihilation in the face, and I’m betting all the Democrats in Congress are going to either knuckle under or just scratch a hole in the carpet trying to hide their heads in metaphorical sand.

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We the People…Not so much these days

Any system that expects to thrive by emphasizing differences rather than similarities is doomed to fail. The unfortunate thing is that it may take YEARS – even GENERATIONS – for that truth to come home. Meanwhile, the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. And the middle class is destroyed. Remember the fall of the Roman Empire. Those in power gave the people “bread and circuses”. They gave “the people” just enough food to keep them from starving, and they gave them “entertainment”. It led to the downfall of EVERYONE, rich and poor. We are looking at the same thing. And if we THE PEOPLE allow this attitude to continue, we will deserve what we get.

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Cardinals DO Fly!

The Cardinals v. Packers game has just been described as “heart-attack inducing”…and that is pretty darned accurate. I figure that the last Packer touchdown before overtime took at least 3 years off my life. HOLY COW! This stuff just doesn’t usually happen. And if it DOES happen, it rarely happens in a PLAY-OFF game! Yes, crappy football was played. Stupid penalties were incurred. But – and here’s the BUT – amazing football was ALSO played. BY BOTH TEAMS. I loathe Aaron Rogers and Clay Matthews. But only for tonight. (Well, that’s not accurate. I’m OK with Rodgers but I will NEVER be OK with #52, because he is a rude toad and a jackass both on and off the field. I’m sure he’ll be crushed to learn this.) The Packers played one HELL of a game. However, and I must emphasize this – THE CARDINALS FRICKIN’ WON! It wasn’t pretty, but a W is a W. LARRY FITZGERALD is god-like tonight. I wanna watch it ALL over again – but only because I know how it comes out!

Maggie-beth Rees Rasor's photo.
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David Bowie may be gone – but I doubt he will be forgotten.

Bowie

I cannot believe David Bowie is gone. I adored that man, and always will. Huge crush for many years – love love love his music and style.

But what a way to go. He had released a new album on his 69th birthday two days ago, and an accompanying video a day or two before that.

And, I’m guessing most of us did not even realize he was so ill.

He was elegant and professional to the end, and I am not surprised. Grateful, but not surprised.

I wasn’t sure if I was ready to watch Bowie’s last video,”Lazarus”, but I’m SO glad I did. He was saying goodbye to us all, and what a heartfelt, even hopeful, way he chose to do it. Wonderful imagery, of course. Lovely lyrics. Strong voice. Pretty much the whole package one last time. Going out in style – no surprise there.

Here’s to you, Mr. Bowie, with endless thanks and true sorrow at your passing.

To Ziggy Stardust, the Thin White Duke, and all the other wonderful characters you created – RIP. They are gone but I hope they will never be forgotten. Long may the songs you etched indelibly into the world’s consciousness be listened to and appreciated.

And may flights of angels sing thee to they rest.

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When Enough is ENOUGH

horse with no name

Bastards. Making me wander all over the damn desert – and if they called for me, I wouldn’t even KNOW! So here’s the deal. I’m giving MYSELF a name. It’s Ralphie. Work THAT into your song, assholes.

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It’s Film Preview Time!

As a member of the DGA, I am one of those lucky people who, around this time of year, starts getting inundated by preview copies of movies. The producers hope that I might cast a vote for them come awards time, and I look at each movie as a possibility.

However, I am entitled to my opinion, and I feel a need to express it about the two I watched most recently.

Although it was a free viewing, BY THE SEA is still almost two hours of my life that I will never get back, and I resent it

I realize that nobody starts out to write a bad movie – or to direct one, or to star in one.

But…word to those self-entitled, special snowflakes that are Angelina and Brad – you are not living up to your potential – and Angelina, you are definitely spreading yourself too thin, what with writing, directing AND starring.

I won’t be revealing any spoilers here, because absolutely NOTHING happens in this film. It reminds me of those thoughtful French films of the 60’s – but in English, and without the humor. (Sarcasm intended.)

When, at the end of the film, Brad says to Angelina (yes, I know they were characters, and had names, but damned if I can remember them): “We really need to stop being such assholes”, I promise you that his suggestion came far, far too late.

I will stick to my opinion, so please don’t bother trying to convince me otherwise.

HOWEVER, in order to impress upon you that I am not a total Grinch – I give you THE DANISH GIRL. It is two hours of your life that you will wish had lasted much, much longer. Brilliant, nuanced, delicate, ephemeral…Eddie NAILS this, and Alicia Vikander is heartbreaking and true in her love for Lily. Amazing performances by all.

Apparently, it takes far less time to review a brilliant film.

Do yourself a favor – make an effort to see THE DANISH GIRL.

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