The greatness of Rosemary’s Baby

In the rush to acclaim Chinatown, we often forget how well Roman Polanski nails dream sequences (the best outside of Bunuel to date), the paranoia of pregnant woman, and going crazy in a big apartment in Rosemary’s Baby. As a waif with resources of alertness, Mia Farrow can’t be bettered. Polanski does wonders with JohnContinue reading “The greatness of Rosemary’s Baby”

“This is a program that, by design, is going to annoy literally millions of Americans immediately.”

I mean, the Affordable Care Act sucks. It always sucked. All of that is exactly why this is a dumb way to give people health insurance. This is a program that, by design, is going to annoy literally millions of Americans immediately. It will improve most of those people’s lives, but it will do soContinue reading ““This is a program that, by design, is going to annoy literally millions of Americans immediately.””

A history of opposition to the federal government: A Necessary Evil

To delineate his principles takes Garry Wills three hundred pages, using James Madison’s famous adage (“If men were angels, no government would be necessary”) as springboard: But if men were angels, they would need no sexual partners, no education, no cooperation to feed and raise families. An angel (that fiction) has no body, no ignorantContinue reading “A history of opposition to the federal government: A Necessary Evil”

Digging deeper into these tales of Obamacare woe

Yesterday I quarreled with an acquaintance who received a letter from Blue Cross Blue Shield rescinding her current policy but offering her the same at $200 more a month. Awful, I said. Before I switched to the Blue Cross Blue Shield policies offered to Florida employees, I’d watched mine increase a hundred bucks a yearContinue reading “Digging deeper into these tales of Obamacare woe”

Lou Reed: “It all started with the guitar.”

Bits from my favorite Lou Reed obits. Rob Sheffield reminds us of Reed’s prodigious guitar skills, not often heard solo: It all started with the guitar. By the time he started the Velvets, Lou Reed was a master of every rock & roll rhythm — Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry, surf and doo-wop and rockabilly,Continue reading “Lou Reed: “It all started with the guitar.””

“The unintended story of the ACA will turn out to be the redistribution of money from poorer States, to richer ones, an outcome imposed by the poorer states, upon themselves”

Eek: Most states will also have increased spending if they expand Medicaid; for North Carolina, in 2016 Kaiser estimates that the state will have to spend $390 Million to leverage around $4 Billion in extra federal money, and reduce the ranks of the uninsured by around 375,000 persons (about 475,000 more would be covered byContinue reading ““The unintended story of the ACA will turn out to be the redistribution of money from poorer States, to richer ones, an outcome imposed by the poorer states, upon themselves””

Lou Reed – RIP

I’m an out gay man because of Lou Reed, specifically because of the eponymous third Velvet Underground album. Not much for lyrics, I still regard “Some Kinda Love” as the best line-for-line song written after 1968. “What Goes On” defines electric rhythm strumming. It defines organs. It defines band chemistry. Not the only recommendations. MyContinue reading “Lou Reed – RIP”

“AL GREEN DELIVERS POWERFUL SOUL”

A friend sent me this review, unearthed from The Miami Herald‘s files: ———————————— AL GREEN DELIVERS POWERFUL SOUL The Miami Herald – Monday, April 7, 2003 Author: ALFRED SOTO , Special to The Herald Rare is the artist with a faith in Jesus unsullied by sanctimony. Rarer still is the musician whose faith in anContinue reading ““AL GREEN DELIVERS POWERFUL SOUL””