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There’s Not A Damn Thing You Can Do ‘BOUT It !!!

May 31st, 2014 by Michael Tabor

I was actually stupid and naïve enough to think that perhaps, PERHAPS … after the unspeakable horrific Sandy Hook massacre, we, as a society would actually mature and get together as a society to BAN semi – automatic weapons. Well, I am now convinced that even if the children of every single NRA member were viciously gunned down in cold blood, this country would sadly never change.

America loves its guns and even if it means sacrificing his or her very own children, it will never give them up. I personally have given up on trying to do anything about gun laws – it’s an exercise in futility. This Isla Vista “monster” was deemed by the state of CAellrodg sane enough to own firearms, so…

Anyway, WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? Our species is completely NUTS and bent on destroying itself, so I guess it’s just a matter of enjoying your time while it lasts.

P.S. – After Sandy Hook, Pres. Obama made a rhetorical statement along the lines of ..”are we defenseless against random gun violence?”  Ummm, I think the answer is abundantly obvious now – YES !!!

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Maya

May 29th, 2014 by Magdalena Tabor

Someone called your namemaya1
On a train
And everyone turned
To see.
But it was not the Maya
Of literary fame
Who freed every caged bird
That sang her praises.
Nor was she a poet
Of any great stature
(As far as I knew).
Yet we all stood together,
Colorless,
Indifferent.
Waiting to either exit
Or disembark.
And make a name
For ourselves.

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Is There A War Against Women In This Country???

May 27th, 2014 by Michael Tabor

The recent harrowing killing spree in CA has galvanized discussion regarding misogyny in the United States. There has even been a catcallhashtag thrown up on Twitter stating:  #YesAllWomen   the goal of which is to unite all women to stand up against men who hate and marginalize women.

I have personally blogged over the last couple of years more than a few times regarding the remarkable strides and progress women have made over the last few decades … from the ‘Leave it to Beaver’ happy homemaker to CEO of fortune 500 companies. Hey, our next president may very well be a woman.

I was listening to the ‘Brian Lehrer’   show this morning and the misogyny topic cropped up. What I was able to glean from the discussion and female callers was how annoying, degrading, and sometimes even terrifying “catcalls” can be. My thoughts are 1. I, nor any of my friends or even casual acquaintances have ever whistled, made stupid and inane remarks to a woman walking down 5th Ave (there’s a joke by some female comedienne who hilariously claimed that she always gives out her # and contact information and very frequently dates catcallers – lol).  2. Is some illiterate idiot whistling @ you on the street the worst thing in the world ??? (BTW, young women, your worries about catcalling will quickly no longer be an issue in about 20 years or so … just wait a bit, and father time will resolve the problem) 90% of the men out there do NOT catcall and are as respectful to women as they are to men.

So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? I’m certainly not suggesting that it’s okay for a group of morons (especially if you feel physically threatened) to behave unspeakably moronic, but most guys are cool – believe me.

P.S. – My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and family of that twisted monster (I refuse to give his name)  who should have been in a mental facility and certainly it goes without saying he ought to have had zero access to firearms.

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Moments and Mementos

May 24th, 2014 by Magdalena Tabor

A book with its pagesmoments and mementos
Fluttering in the wind.

The rain with its droplets
Glistening on the skin.

The tolling of a church bell
Playing a favorite hymn.

Moment
By moment
By moment
By moment.

Michael upon returning
For the book he left behind.

My towel that dried the ankle
Hanging on the line.

Your voice carelessly humming
What echoed sublime.

Moment
By moment
By moment
By moment.

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When Marty Was Great !!!

May 23rd, 2014 by Michael Tabor

How many mob/bad – guy movies can you watch before you say “enough – already !!!”goodfellaslook

When I was a kid (I actually appreciated the film more as an adult, when I was able to understand everything) my favorite mafia movie of all time was ‘The Godfather’, directed by Francis Ford Coppola in 1972. I was shocked beyond belief when the sequel, The Godfather Part II released 2 years later was actually (not by much, but still …) better !!! Al Pacino portraying the formerly sweet & nice guy who wanted nothing to do with the family (well, we knew it was coming at the end of Godfather I) and turned into the surprisingly, most – vicious – Machiavellian don one can imagine (another blog).

Anyway, I just recently watched ‘Good Fellas’ and it brought back memories of  how GREAT that movie was. Wow !!! This film, ‘Good Fellas’ was made 24 years ago in 1990 and I can’t even begin to describe how powerful & how well this move has stood the test of time. Unlike the ‘Godfathers’ I & II (btw, Godfather III was a dog and perhaps one of the worst movies ever made) Good Fellas really sort of made you feel like you were right there with the BAD guys and what made it so intriguing was that it was so different from ‘The Godfather’. This film invited you to vicariously live the life of the “soldier” lifestyle of the Cosa Nostra. The Godfather’ films tried, and obviously succeeded, in portraying the mob as simply corporate America in which killing other human beings was just an occupational hazard.

I’m not going to elaborate too much, because I think everyone has seen the aforementioned films, but allow me to go back to memory lane and throw up some of my favorite ‘Good Fellas’ scenes.

·        If you see someone who looks like this and is looking at you this way, you probably don’t have much longer to live    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmF_Phk6eIE

·        This is great dark comedy here …. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeL8EYtbVw0

·        And of course, the – “ are you amusing me scene” is perhaps one of the greatest scenes in all of  cinema    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aC5al-btIEw

So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? Martin Scorsese has made some unspeakably great movies e.g. ‘Raging Bull’, ‘Taxi Driver’, ‘Cape Fear’, ‘The Aviator’, ‘The King of Comedy’ … & more, but the last few films have been major bombs. Is Marty done ???

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Moon Over Hamden

May 21st, 2014 by Magdalena Tabor

There’s a moon over Hamden
Like no other,
That guards
A certain yellow house
With purple trim.
And a star so brilliant
You can wish upon it
And have it come true
By breakfast.

There’s a moon over Hamden
Where the little people play
Between the phlox
And the hollyhocksmoon over hamden
And in the pocket
Of Marion’s apron,
Slipping into the kitchen
To float Johnny Jump Ups
On Walter’s breakfast batter.

There’s a moon over Hamden
That steals the heart
And reminds it to dream
While sleeping,
So that upon awakening
We might breakfast
More than once
With two very special friends.

Come and savor
The moon over Hamden.
You can eat it with a spoon.

 

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Tyler Talks Cats That Kick Butt

May 17th, 2014 by Magdalena Tabor

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Hey! Did you see that awesome news clip about the cat that saved the little boy from the dog attack? Who says CATS can’t be Man’s Best Friend???
This little boy, minding his own business (a rarity in itself), was riding his tricycle in front of his house, when suddenly a nasty little hound comes sneaking up behind him, viciously grabs him off his trike and like a crazed pirana tosses him about like a rag doll.
Here comes the good part…..the kid’s cat charges the dog with all four paws ninja-like, BAM! and the dog goes yelping down the street with the cat in hot pursuit! That cat, Tara’s her name, is one feisty feline. I think I’m in LOVE! (Sorry, Clementine. But you have to admit Tara’s stripes are very appealing). All she needs is the Super Hero cape! I propose they feature her image on band aids alongside Cat Woman.

So…..whadayathink? Everyone needs someone to look up to. Who’s your hero? And don’t say Underdog.

 

 

 

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The Lion In The Lawn

May 14th, 2014 by Magdalena Tabor

We dig them out.dandelion
Voracious weeds
Intent on marring
The perfect velvet green.
Pay the lawn doctor
Good money
To poison.
Use the trowel
And dig deep
Pulling out its heart.
But the yellow
Bursts forth
Into sunny smiles
Frowned upon.
A lion’s head
Shaking its mane
To spread the word.
I am king.

 

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Liposuction Ought to Be Banned

May 14th, 2014 by Michael Tabor

We, Magdalena and I, have PERSONALLY known two people in our lifetimes who have sadly succumbed to the unspeakable ravages of lipo1lipo2lipo3lipo4this very misunderstood and dangerously, potentially fatal procedure called liposuction. Magdalena’s best friend literally died (after years of unimaginable suffering resulting from the liposuction operation … multiple strokes, hemorrhaging, irreparable brain damage, etc… ) and her sister – in – law almost died from this so – called panacea which allegedly is supposed to safely remove all fat and unwanted pounds. Yep, the cosmetic surgeons stridently proclaim that hard – work, dieting, and exercise are simply not necessary anymore. “We will simply vacuum all that excess fat and blubber from your body and voila – your battle with losing weight is over – no more depriving yourself from your favorite cakes, lasagna, and big sloppy steaks.
Having done a little research before writing this, I was utterly shocked and surprised that Tummy Tucks and liposuction are now the #1 cosmetic surgery performed in the United States. BTW, I completely understand why a person would opt for the surgery and not put in the unspeakably hard work of diet and exercise. And to be fair, incidentally, especially when you get older, diet and exercise doesn’t always work. I try to work out every day, watch my diet and occasionally I’ll starve myself (like eating one meal a day), but nevertheless, being age 50, the pounds still mount.
The reality and I think the reason for my writing this blog is to just blurt out the fact that WE, all of us in our/my age bracket get fat, or to put it more nicely – (put on a few pounds) as we age and get older. Sadly, there are no easy solutions but painstaking diet and exercise (btw, Madelene has written about these unfortunate phenomena of aging and weight gain. It’s here on this blog, just search for it, it’s awesome).

So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? Check out this statistic: between 1994 and 1998, the folks permitted to actually anesthetize you and carve you up were untrained doctors and EVEN some were mere cosmetologists – wow !!! Furthermore, the medical laws were laughably (mournfully actually) lax. Here is the scary #: one out of every 1,000 patients DIED during or shortly after liposuction. THIS IS NOT OPEN HEART SURGERY FOLKS, IT’S COSMETIC. Surely, today, the numbers are not as harrowing (or are they ???) i.e. 1 out of 3,000 people die today but this number is skewed and not accurate. Liposuction is BIG business, and when there is $$ involved you know there is going to be major “fudging” involved. Typically, what happens when a person dies from an unnecessary cosmetic surgery incident, what appears on the death certificate or cause of death, is something called “latrogenic Causes”. Of course, I looked it up and latrogenic is a vague term and simply means “any complication”.

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What Exactly is This Kid – Justin Bieber Up to ???

May 13th, 2014 by Michael Tabor

Did you hear the jeering and booing when the image of Justin Bieber and his mother shown in attendance at the L.A. Clippers game was toughjustinflashed on the big screen in the arena??? Wow!! Does Justin Bieber like this notoriety??? Is he a masochist who likes pain? What on earth is this kid thinking and doing?
The already ultra – super – charged crowd is still, I’m sure, reeling about the whole Donald Sterling affair, and I’m sure the last thing they want to see on the “Jumbotron” is this insolent, boldly rude, marginally – talented, 20 – something – year – old, snot – nosed billionaire with a baby – face and an over – the – top James Dean Haircut making snarky gestures. This “belieber” thing is just disturbing beyond words.

Believe it or not, on some level I feel sorry for Justin Bieber and am utterly shocked and appalled at what “his people” (or maybe Bieber is so “bad – ass” he just ignores the advice) are doing to his client. If your whole career is about being a rebel or a “shock – jock” like Howard Stern, then I could possibly understand this crazy behavior. However, the kid is supposed to be marketed, one would obviously assume, as an adorable cute little boy with millions of young girls singing along with his lyrics about young love.

But, maybe this is all a strategy….

So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? We all know that he can’t be a pretty boy teen – idol forever (Hey we all know what happened to David Cassidy, Lief Garret, …etc.) So maybe Justin Bieber and his advisors are prepping him for his next gig in life i.e. a Mixed Martial Artist – lololololololol

Hey you may laugh, but all his friends are fighters e.g. Floyd Mayweather, Nate Diaz, Jon Jones …. Hey, he certainly has enough cash to get the best training in the world. Who knows, maybe Justin Bieber maybe the next MMA Champion.

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