Richard III

February 11th, 2013 by Magdalena Tabor


Chris Dorner is Still on The Lam; The Case is Likely to Galvanize a Reexamination of The L.A.P.D.’s Notorious History of Racism And Corruption

February 10th, 2013 by Michael Tabor
The hulky yet deceptively pleasant – looking triple – homicide suspect and former LAPD officer, Christopher Dorner, is still on the lam. The task force, police from L.A. , Riverside, and Irvine, SWAT teams as well as the F.B.I. , and other agencies are hoping the well – trained survivor won’t escape to Mexico. The disgruntled Dorner posted a rambling and bizarre manifesto on Facebook expressing his grievances surrounding his firing in 2008, opinions of social issues (from gay marriage to a ban on assault weapons,  celebrity heroes, and frighteningly his plans to kill his former colleagues and their families. Incidentally, one of Dorner’s heroes was Charlie Sheen, who to Sheen’s credit I suppose, has encouraged Dorner to reach out and call him so they can work things out.

The official reason for Dorner’s firing was that he lied about an alleged incident – a fabricated story in which a fellow officer abused a homeless individual. The aforementioned was considered to be the last straw in a long string of poor, inappropriate, and unprofessional police conduct. One of reasons Dorner claims he was fired for was because the L.A.P.D. is rife with racism, targeting not only himself who is black but also the rampant racial profiling against which he vehemently spoke out.  Chief Charlie Beck made a statement that the L.A.P.D. will reopen the case regarding all the reasons he was fired and prove that the department is not racist and Dorner’s allegations are completely false.  We all know that the L.A.P.D. has a history of corruption and race issues; one need only go back to the Rodney King incident back in 1992 – we shall soon find out whether or not there are skeletons lurking around.

So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? It’s been 4 days since Dorner has been a fugitive and I can’t believe that given the prodigious task force out there not to mention the hound dogs … where can he be ???

My Not So Funny Valentine

February 9th, 2013 by Magdalena Tabor


Jaw – Dropping Violent Knockout On TUF

February 7th, 2013 by Michael Tabor
Wow !!! Uriah Hall dropped Adam Cella with the most devastating spinning back kick I’ve ever seen in my life. Dana White, the president of UFC, said Cella was out for 4 minutes; an incredibly frightening four minutes for obviously Cella, Hall, other MMA fighters, the loyal fans, Dana white, and the UFC.

I am a fan of the sport and I used to practice it years ago (I’ve blogged about this… I suffered a detached retina and almost lost my sight). Perhaps surprising to many not familiar with MMA, the fighters are anything but violent thugs jacked up on off – the – chart –levels of testosterone; indeed they are respectful, regular guys just doing a job in a sport in which the most athletic, toughest, and talented men (now women too) fight each other in a cage for, when compared to other sports, not a whole lot of  $$ (another blog).

What made this knockout stand out from other violent K.O.s, was the fact that it was a spinning back kick, which is somewhat unorthodox (nobody saw it coming) and essentially Hall’s whole mass was used in addition to the vicious force and velocity of the blow – “whip – like”. Another surprise, is though Cella was out for 4 whole minutes, he suffered no serious injuries and stated that he can’t wait to get back into the octagon.
What scares me is that the fighters in the sport, not unlike football, are just getting bigger, faster, and stronger and unbelievably enough, there have been no fatalities in the UFC, but I think it’s just a matter of time – then what ???

So WhaDaYaThink? What do you think ? Here’s a clip of the knockout…

My Kingdom For A Car Park

February 5th, 2013 by Magdalena Tabor
Just hours ago, conclusive evidence confirms the remains of King Richard III which were unearthed in September 2012 under (of all places) a car park.  I can’t help but think of the lyrics to Joni Mitchell’s song “they paved paradise, put up a parking lot” and welcome the news with a giddy mix of emotions. Just last winter Michael and I had the good fortune to attend a play at the BAM Harvey Theater in Brooklyn to watch Kevin Spacey’s riveting performance of the ill fated king. If the real King Richard was anything as charismatic as Mr. Spacey, this gooseflesh feeling spans 500 years.
But now that his remains have been identified, there is still the lingering mystery on whether or not Richard was actually the villain that disposed of the two young princes, twelve year old Edward and nine year old Richard. The older brother destined for the throne stood in the way of Plantagenet’s Richard, and was shortly declared illegitimate owing to the invalid marriage of his parents, thereby eliminating the young boy as king. As Lord Protector, Richard had the two boys confined to the Tower where they were often seen playing among the battlements. Then one day they simply disappeared. Richard, though never formally accused, never opened an investigation into the matter of his nephews.  It wasn’t until 1674 that the skeletons of two children were found under the staircase during renovations. They were determined to be that of the two princes and reburied in Westminster Abbey.
Richard is generally believed to be the culprit as reputed by Shakespeare. Yet others insist he was a victim of propaganda and is portrayed as a kindly king with a “greatness of soul”. There’s even a Richard III Society founded in 1924 dedicated to the improvement of his reputation. But it seems they’ve much work to do. After five centuries, poor Richard is still demonized.
Nevertheless, the remains of Richard III will be reburied next year in Leicester’s Anglican cathedral just a stone’s throw from where his bones were found. No doubt, under much pomp and circumstance as befitting an English monarch. I, for one, would like to give Richard the benefit of the doubt and tip my hat to the goodly king. After all, I am American and you wouldn’t have me curtsey, would you?


February 4th, 2013 by Magdalena Tabor
We envy the birds
Their flight.
Their easy ascension
Through the cumulous layers
Lining Heaven’s cloak.
Some heroic  effort
Begins the process
That sprouts from the backs
Of men.
Others think,
Were it not for this
Broken limb.
Misty eyed
Self pitying man,
Left to his dreams


Groundhog Day

February 3rd, 2013 by Magdalena Tabor