What is All The Hoopla About Lindsay Lohan ?

February 28th, 2013 by Michael Tabor

I don’t think there is a day that goes by in which I don’t hear some thing or some incident concerning Lindsay Lohan – and my question is what is all the commotion and excitement about. I still don’t know a whole lot about Ms. Lohan, other than the fact that she was a child star- continues to act, model and sing and parties; she likes to drink and has had a couple of DUIs (what young person doesn’t party a little ?) Early in her career (she got into show business when she was 3), the press loved her and she got a lot of praise, now she’s the red – headed step child of show business and now everything is all negative. I’m sure she is a spoiled, insolent 20 – something but the media are all over her – give her a break !!!

The Germans have a wonderful word for all this tabloid media frenzy, it’s called schadenfreude – the malicious delight and satisfaction in seeing another human being suffer. Another truism is that people in general don’t like other folks who are too successful, especially if one seems ungrateful for their incredible good fortune. I started reading Wikipedia before writing this and I got bored after the first two paragraphs – there’s nothing special or outrageous about this Lindsay Lohan. So, again why do the media pick out a certain celebrity and then just incessantly grind away at him or her ?
So, WhadaYaThink ? What do you think ? Oprah, Lady GaGa, Alec Baldwin & Madonna (were).. the list is endless; but what is it about Lindsay Lohan ?


Our Judicial System is Flawed

February 26th, 2013 by Michael Tabor
I just finished watching ‘Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory’ over the weekend and I am still sick about how terribly flawed our current judicial system is. For those of you not familiar with the renowned documentary, ‘Paradise … Purgatory’ , this is the third and last film of the trilogy documenting the arrest, wrongful imprisonment, and eventual release of the “West Memphis 3″(after spending nearly 20 years sitting in prison).
I won’t go into detail about the three esteemed documentaries (must see if you haven’t already) and in this blog I want to raise just one prodigious flaw in our system of justice: the insistence of the prosecution to hold innocent people in prison and overturn an initial ruling, even when there is overwhelming evidence proving innocence i.e. DNA. Not just in this case, but over and over again, I read in the paper and hear about so many people who are innocent, yet are still held in prison – simply because the state and the entire prosecution team doesn’t want to admit they are/were wrong. This is absolutely INSANE !!! We are talking about real human beings who are not guilty of the crime for which they were incarcerated and rotting in a cell because somebody is concerned about their career.
My opinion is that if any given individual is found to be not guilty by virtue of compelling evidence such as DNA, he or she ought to be released immediately !!! I know the law is complex, precise, and full of red tape but this is a no – brainer. Let these people out, then cross your T’s and dot your I’s afterwards.
So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? What drives me crazy is thinking about what kind of person[s] can sleep at night knowing, because you won’t admit you were wrong or made a mistake, there is a person in an 8 by 10 cell. Please, let us do something about this.

Take a look at the pictures I’ve posted here – the before and after mug shots; these innocent kids, now middle – aged spent most of their life in prison.


No Picasso

February 23rd, 2013 by Magdalena Tabor
I grew my hair out
And took to my paints.
Stared at the empty canvas
At what would emerge.
My brushes were brittle
And half tubes of oil
Had hardened,
But I as on the verge
Of something Great.
Or so I imagined.
Burnt Sienna.
Cerulean Blue.
Alizarin Crimson.
And so I drew.

Something inside me
Clamored like armor.
The point of my pencil splintered
Before I began.
The last page in my sketchpad
Was spoiled with smudge
And ruined,
And I slammed down my hand
For what I imagined
Would be Great.
Burnt Sienna.
Cerulean Blue.
Alizarin Crimson.
Now what would I do?

I pulled my hair back
And got in the Jeep.
In quest of new brushes, colors,
Acrylics and oils.
But the moment had passed.
Inspiration had fled.
My plan to paint my
Was foiled.
Just imagine.
Burnt Sienna.
Cerulean Blue.
Alizarin Crimson.
No Picasso for you.


Numbers don’t Lie

February 20th, 2013 by Michael Tabor
I knew we led the industrialized world in terms of gun deaths and injuries but quite frankly I was shocked to find out how MANY people are killed or maimed from guns – deliberate or accidental:
Believe it or not, this country, U.S.A., has more guns than the actual # of people living in this country. Approx. 310 million firearms versus 305 million residents. (btw, that’s not including the military)
Per criminology census in 2010:

. 358 murders with a rifle
. 6,009 murders with a handgun
. 1,939 unreported gun deaths (I don’t really get this one.. if  it wasn’t reported, how do they know ??? but anyway, this is an official census.
. 66.9% of all homicides in U.S. were perpetrated with a gun.

Now non-fatal injuries in 2010:
52,447 deliberate gun related injuries

23,237 accidental gun related injuries

Suicides with a gun in 2010

Total for 2010:  27,698 gun related deaths
75,684 gun related injuries
So that’s more causalities in this country in one year than all the casualties we suffered in 10 years in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Oh yeah, we don’t have a problem with guns in this country – it’s only worse than 2 war zones. So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ?


The Magazines And Bullet Capacity Limits

February 19th, 2013 by Michael Tabor
Since the Newtown Massacre, I have been spilling a lot of ink on gun control ; this is of course, a prodigiously important issue and we have an epidemic on our hands.  I have been clamoring for a nation – wide ban on all automatic and semi – automatic weapons but the reality is, that’s probably not going to happen. We live in a democracy, which means that nobody can get exactly what one wants all the time; democracy equals deliberation and compromise. So, here we go…this makes sense.

Christopher Murphy, the Senator from Connecticut has been pondering and asking himself this one question: Why did the gunman, Adam Lanza, after killing 20 children, suddenly stop shooting, put down the semi – automatic rifle and finally end his miserable existence with a pistol ? The Senator vehemently believes that Lanza put down the rifle because the magazine was empty; if he wanted to continue with the killing, he would have had to change magazines, and for amateurs, this sometimes can be a little tricky or perhaps take a minute to reload. So, knowing this, couldn’t the answer for curbing (not eliminating completely – that’s impossible) gun violence be in banning the legal manufacturing and purchasing of  magazines with a capacity of more than 6 bullets ??? I think this is the answer; law – abiding citizens can keep their semi – automatic weapons but can’t buy cartridges that hold more than 6 rounds.
Senator Christopher Murphy went on to say “I believe, and many of the parents there believe, that if Lanza had to switch cartridges 9 times versus 2 times there would likely still be little boys and girls alive in Newtown today.” This is a poignantly profound and powerful statement and I happen to concur with the Senator.

So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? I have been thinking long and hard about this and I think this is a reasonable and realistic compromise. Let’s not allow another Newtown happen again.

No. 5

February 18th, 2013 by Magdalena Tabor
She wore blue.
She wore jewels
That matched her eyes
Choosing one or two
From those scattered on the bed,
And kept all the rest
In a black laquered box
From Japan.
She wore red.

She wore Chanel.
She wore a look
That simply sparkled
From the diamond of herself.
Placed on a mirrored tray,
Her thoughts as far away
As the square cut glass
From Paris.
Her eyes wore silver grey.

And the crystal bedside lamp
Would click off.
Velvet slipper soft,
She wore dancing shoes
When they were young.
She loved my father.
She wore No. 5.

She wore her smile.
She wore black and white
In photographs
In classic tailored style.
But that was long ago, when he
Was here to make her happy.
They flew to Europe
In a plane they called Swiss Air
Wearing Heaven on her sleeve.

She wore it well.
She wore a pure silk scarf
That held the fragrance
Of herself.
Placed on the dresser top,
There’s still a drop
At the bottom of her
Broken heart.
She wore Chanel.

And the crystal bedside lamp
Would click off.
Velvet slipper soft,
She wore dancing shoes
When they were young.
She loved my father.
And wore No. 5.


President’s Day

February 17th, 2013 by Magdalena Tabor


Politicians On Both Sides of The Aisle Are So Pompous!

February 15th, 2013 by Michael Tabor
I blogged a little something the other day about the illuminating documentary I saw – ‘Casino Jack and The United States of Money’ which really, sadly, shed light on how corrupt and flawed our system of government really is; money doesn’t talk, it SCREAMS !!! Many politicians, I won’t say most, but more politicians than we would like to comfortably admit, can easily be bought off (again stream this film off of Netflix – please !!!) I am certain that I am going to be researching and writing a whole lot more about our entrusted public officials and the slime ball lobbyists who bribe them; I just want to leave you with something that the great documentarian, Alex Gibney (love this guy) stated on the commentary of ‘Casino JackMoney”  I actually went back and wrote down what he said about “The big bad sleazy – Tom Delay”

Here it is:  “Look at Tom Delay walking with all that swagger and confidence (remember how Dubya strutted?) and knowing that he’s the man with all that power .. walking down the halls of the hill surrounded by his ass-kissing aides … it’s like Delay thinks he’s Achilles and his Myrmidons walking towards the walls of Troy ready to do battle and out comes his BIG weapon – the cell phone.”  I laughed so hard…hahahhahah, it’s so true !!! These guys are just pathetic scum.

So WhaDaYaThinK ? What do you think ? After seeing Alex Gibney’s documentary, I must confess that I have become unfortunately a less naïve and more cynical person in terms of how and why certain laws are passed. Jimmy Stewart’s ‘Mr. Smith Goes To Washington”… if life were only a movie authored by the pollyanna and idealistic – Frank Capra …


St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

February 13th, 2013 by Magdalena Tabor


Despicable and Evil, yet Pious

February 13th, 2013 by Michael Tabor

Last night I got a chance to watch the documentary ‘Casino Jack and the United States of Money’ which was about the life of the criminal, former Lobbyist – Jack Abramoff and the massive GOP corruption scandal in which he was involved during the W. Bush Administration. This film is as good as it gets in terms of documentaries go – 4 star, 5 star… whatever, Alex Gibney, the director (who also made the documentary about Enron) nailed this and I can’t recommend this highly enough –  this is a Must – see. I’m not going to do a movie review (future blog), however I just want to touch on something that struck me last night: how is it possible for a wicked and evil person to be pious, and I mean religious beyond the average i.e. born – again Christian or Orthodox Jew. It doesn’t make sense…it seems incongruous.
If you see the film and listen to the commentary (I recommend it), Alex Gibney raised the point as well – look: Jack Abramoff –Orthodox Jew (comically converted after seeing ‘Fiddler On The Roof), Ralph Reed – born again Christian, Tom Delay, Michael Scanlon, Bob Ney, and the rest of the thugs are all religious zealots. Well, I couldn’t agree more with Mr. Gibney when he theorized that very often religious zealotry and devoted godliness, is in a sense a way of easing one’s conscience; what I’m doing can’t be wrong, God is on my side. I’m the good guy and though bribing people for tens of millions of dollars may seem wrong at face value, it’s a means to an end. They all have this incredible arrogance as though to think ” I’m SPECIAL, I’m not mediocre, I’m allowed to do these things because I’m one of the chosen ones.
I won’t elaborate too much on this and I certainly believe that most ordinary Christians and Jews are good people, WhaDaYaThink ?  how can you rationalize or compartmentalize  such immoral action and with such passion and ambition – not all of these people are pathologically sociopathic.
What do you think ?