Sunday, February 26, 2012

BLAME, the newly American, political pastime.

Guest Post:
on 'placing Blame'.

Nancy Pelosi was recently at the 'Bush I' Library in Texas. She was calling for a new, civilized discourse between the GOP and her Democrats. As a reminder of what she said when she took over the House in 2007. Let that year 2007 sink in, the Democrats controlled 'Both' House AND Senate... since 2007.

"The American people told us they expected us to work together for fiscal responsibility, the highest ethical standards, with civility and bipartisanship. After years of historic differing, this 110th Congress will commit itself to a higher standard; 'PAY AS YOU GO', NO new deficit spending. OUR new America will provide unlimited opportunity for future generations, NOT burden them with mountains of debt."

"We won... end of discussion."
"We Have to pass it, to see what's in it."

How's that burden of debt for future generations, looking like now? Why was there 'No' budget even submitted? when the Democratic Party controlled Both Senate, House, and White House?

There is a Balanced Budget Amendment, that only the GOP is pushing. In a recent issue of "The American Legion" magazine, there was an article giving support for the amendment, by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-VA.
Opposed to the amendment, by none other than... Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. D-ILL. Why should anyone be surprised that Jesse Jackson Jr. would oppose and punish individual Responsibility, in favor of Collective Dependency Addiction?

His 'bullet point' reasons are as follows:
"An economic gap between rich and poor. Ask the 99 percent". BTW Should also ask his 1%'er economic Rev. father, who made his millions as a preacher of race and hate? How about his 1%'er hypocritical son?

"Social gaps between racial minorities and the majority white population". Yep gotta play the race card. Just a chip off the old block. Dad taught him well.

"A gender gap. Women earn 76 cents for every dollar men earn." Yep, after the race card, play the gender card. Doesn't have to be true, or have any validity,
More men than women work for a living. But if the race baiter says it, must be true. Maybe he learned that from Obama.

"A generation gap. Will Social Security be there for the next generation?"
Obviously Not, the Democrats are spending it at a rate that will take many generations to pay off. The debt THEY have accumulated and immensely magnified. Hence the "Balanced Budget Amendment".

It is the Democratic Party, that turned the 'at one time' Funded Trust, Social Security (insurance against old age poverty, totally paid for by the working class) into the 'Great Society' lifetime of Dependency, welfare program for the young, that it is today.

"An infrastructure gap. We need upgrades to our roads, bridges, ports, levees, water and sewer systems, high speed rail, airports and more, to remain competitive in the world marketplace".

Is there any financial accountability for the taxes WE the working people, have been paying our entire lives to build these benefits? Or is that all just money flushed away and unaccountable?

Ask the Democratic Party in CAL, what happened to the money? Ask California about high speed rail and how it can help push the state further down the tubes of bankruptcy.

And that ladies and gentlemen, is why this country needs a 'Balanced Budget Amendment', as explained by the Son-Of-A-Jesse Jackson. He couldn't have explained it better.

This is the same Jesse Jackson Jr., who is 'supposedly' under investigation by the FBI for his part in an illegal scam. To replace Barack Obama's Senate seat, 'pay for Obama's vacated office', that sent an Illinois governor (Blagovitch)to prison... to join other Ill. governors.

Same investigators that were investigating Maxine Waters and her husband's bank account, a 'slush' fund, to finance the "Perpetually Poor". If they were 'Honkey's they'd be in priso., 'Race' obviously does have 'it's privileges.

The Consumer Financial Protection Agency (the group that the GOP opposes), plans to spend $448 million in 2012. A 26% increase, to 'supervise' more (take over more) private companies. As all Govt agencies, they do reproduce fast... once they are born and subsidized. Much like their creation, Welfare constituents.

The Fed is writing new financial rules..... behind closed doors. You'll find out about the new laws... after they become law. Isn't that how the Democratic System always works? Shove it down their throats, then tell the newly impoverished taxpayers, who BTW always pays more than their Fair Share, "It's for Your own good".

Knew it had to be.
The Attorney General of CAL, Kamala Harris (D), is responsible for the wording on the ballots, that the poor taxpaying citizens get to vote on. If she can't stop the proposition from going on the ballot, she can use her Power to change the ballot verbiage, to 'favor' (by obfuscation) her Democratic/union/socialist/eco-enviro support base.

And that's exactly what she's now doing. Why should it be any surprise that this African decent, San Francisco based, Socialist/Liberal/Progressive/Democrat, would do anything differently? Is there a recognizable 'Political Party' pattern here?

Define hypocrite... please. Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, Maxine Waters, Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Jesse Jackson Jr., and Kamala Harris. Please, no name calling, just offer some facts, to dispute what I write. Facts, do you understand what they are? Facts are a tough thing to live with.

And oh yes, the officially 'undocumented' unemployment picture IS sharply up? In Washington D.C. though, Obama can run on His employment record. Base pay 100-200K average. Qualifications? Be of correct race, gender, sexual orientation, or party Hack. Look it up. Knowledge of anything useful not needed... nor especially desirable.

All problems are magically defined as the fault of, Bush II, Cheney, Halliburton, Capitalists, Greedy Big Oil, Greedy Big Pharma, Greedy etc. Greedy etc. Greedy etc. Always was, always will be... Under 'This' Political Party.

Show me where I'm wrong.
Thank you for your time.
The 'Robo' of Cali

Friday, February 17, 2012

The OSCARS of 2012

From Frank Seldin:

In our modern, Fair society, why should one movie "Win" over another movie? All the actors and actresses tried their hardest, as did the producers, directors, camera people, stagehands, etc. Won't it hurt the self-esteem of some, while creating a false sense of Superiority in others, to have declared 'winners and losers'?
Aren't we all winners, just in different ways?

I propose that 'All' movies Equally and Fairly get an Oscar.
Let's just call it a Tie.
Better yet, why even have the Oscars? Isn't keeping score counter-cultural?
It's not that I don't want to recognize the efforts of 'All' the people involved, but there is a bigger issue here, the message we are sending to "our children".

Do we want them growing up thinking they are better, or worse than other children? It's about "The Children" folks!
Now, let's take All the money that would have been spent on this ostentatious, mega extravaganza event, and donate it to Charities that help the underprivileged,
who are needier because of..... bad luck?
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Added note:
While we are at it, there are some big time Hollywood folks making an obscene amount of money. Do They really Need all that money? They often say that 'Others' do not?
Did you see the picture of David Shwimmer's house in the real estate section? ......11,000 sq. ft.,?

He said he and his wife need to move, because they are starting a family.
I can imagine that trying to raise a child or two, in only 11,000 sq. ft. would be awful difficult.

I bet some of those Hollywood folks are making hundreds, if not thousands, of times more than those workers-stage hands, extras, etc. It's just not Fair. They are for Fairness...well are they not?
I would also wager that the taxes they are paying, is a lower percentage than the workers as well.
Isn't that what the media is holding against Romney? Is he judged on a different scale. Jay Leno for instance. Have you seen his 'Garage' on You Tube? Dave Letterman? the entertainer that disparages the 'Rich' conservatives?

Please don't misunderstand, I have no personal vendetta against any of those folks, but this is about sending the right message.
Why must I keep saying it........."It's all about 'The Children"! "It's For The Children"!

The less you know, the better you feel...... Known as willful ignorance.

Obama has been in Orange County, CA for a fund raiser. Why does he keep coming to California? The state is bankrupt,.....well except for the supporters of Obama.
He's going to a home in Orange County for a breakfast at $35,800 a person,.... to meet and greet and have breakfast?

He will be traveling in an entourage of 22 high octane heavy cars and SUVs, along with Air Force One and support aircraft. An Armada that will lay down a carbon footprint comparable to a small city.
As for yourself, don't forget to go green and get a small electric car,..... so the political elites don't have to.

Added Note: Following a massive Interstate traffic jam, countless hundreds of police (unionized), incl fire vehicles (security reasons?) VP Joe Biden just flew out of govt dependency addicted NM with his taxpayer funded entourage, on his own multi-state tour, after a dinner...... $10,000 a plate! (same reason, Democrat re-election funding)

Who gives $10,000 for a dinner? $35,800 to give for a breakfast? The home where held in California, is of a 'real estate broker'. Wonder how much He made from Dodd-Frank-Fannie-Freddie and the taxpayers funded 'Bailout'?
Time for payback to the president and the Democratic party that made it all possible?
I mean it takes a lot to raise a billion dollars.... for re-election,
All from the 'little' guys. $35,800! ?
Must be quite a few union bosses and political officials that can afford that extravagance.

Don't forget, His Majesty relates to the 99%r's,.... except when he's raising $1 billion for re-election. Then he needs the 1%r's.
Don't you find it interesting how the Socialists always 'Use' the Producers for funding their programs?

1st Lesson of Economics: Study of allocation of scarce resources.

1st Lesson of Politics: Ignore first lesson of Economics.

Income tax time is coming. Be sure to give your "Fair Share". The political elites are depending on it. Do you know how much it costs for the "Progressive Parasites" to travel and 'play the roll'? Do you have any idea what it costs the taxpayers, for "The First Family of Parasites" to take their numerous international 'vacations', or countless travel entourages, to re-election 'Fund Raisers? Come on, he needs a billion dollars to get re-elected, it's for the little guy .....and "The Children". Be sure to give your "Fair Share",...... so Progressive Parasites don't have to.

Show me where I'm wrong.

The Robo of Cali

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

IN PLAIN SIGHT 'On Set' 23 Jan 2012

Note: Mary Shannon was not the only 'Star' on this set. BENJI RIVAS playing his little black 'Panther' Accordion, worked his heart out. Benji spent the day filling the void, entertaining for the rest of us untalented mere mortals.

"On Location Casting" Tina Kerr sent me an email describing their requirement to update my file photo. 18 Jan 12 was good for me, so the I-25 Studio was pulled up on MapQuest. Being near the Tramway exit, south of the Sandia Casino turnoff, made it easy to find. Having been there a year ago, the back street entrance off San Antonio, was recognized as a shortcut.

Tina took the required pictures for a $3 fee and mentioned the following 23 Jan as a casting opportunity. Call' Info was passed on by my phone call to Karen on Sunday after 2pm. Parking at 239 Elm downtown, 7am call' time. MapQuest gave easy directions, parked and a van delivered us to the live Set' in the Barrio, just off South Broadway. I was now working on the set of IN PLAIN SIGHT
  • Story line of the 'Witness Protection Program' of the United States Marshall's Office in Albuquerque NM. Blue 'United States Department of Justice' windbreakers are seen on many crew members... in case of?

    On most local films, I always see many of the same people that I have worked with over the years. This time was totally different, not even One of my old acquaintances were present. Not exactly sure why a tall craggy and grizzled, bearded old 'Gringo' like myself, was browsing around in this Hispanic Barrio scene, but here I am anyway. Maybe my 'look' is becoming more Hardened? May come in handy during the filming of 'The Lone Ranger' SILVER BULLET in March.

    'Fiesta De La Mesa' (Party on the Mesa) was a little Mexican style vending carnival of sorts, set up with real vendors, compensated and also selling their wares. As are many sets', it almost appeared real. 'Day of the Dead' white skulls and skeletons, traditional Hispanic interest items were on display in each little vehicle tailgate' booth. 'Tio Frank's local chile was next to Dolores 'Alien' (as in space aliens) Salsa display table. Both were offering samples which had a nice tasty bite.

    The stars were the few animals. Of course always supervised by a 'Livestock Bureau Humane Officer' assigned by law to every set where animals are used. This set included a Shetland Pony, 2 small Pigs, a couple of Sheep and Goats, all in secure pens accompanied by their wranglers, I'm sure they were very safe.

    Alpacas were an interesting draw, not only for the kids on set, of which there were several working background with their parents (if no parents, a 'Kid Wrangler' is mandated). Alpacas are gaining in popularity over traditional livestock on small farm operations. Their wool is quite fine and marketable to weavers.

    People sell breeding pairs.... somewhat like a Pyramid' enterprise, similar to the Ostrich' craze years ago (They ended up abandoned and roaming all over the countryside until they died). Alpacas are quite docile and Intelligent (far more so than Ostriches). Especially in comparison to larger, more labor and cost intensive cattle.

    The Alpacas seemed curiously interested in the day's activities. We were forewarned about their unpredictable and nasty habit of spitting like their cousins the Llamas. Texas, in spite of the seasonal heat, is just one mecca for Alpaca breeders. I read in this morning's news' that the shaggy long haired YAKs are the new Fad (above 7,500 ft altitude).

    The red vintage 'Popcorn and Cotton Candy Carriage' was busy all day.
    The candy striped lady made lots of both. All who liked it, Really liked it. The kids all were stuffing the Free cotton candy into their mouths as fast as it kept coming. Sugar overloads? The covered, music bandstand was right in front of the vintage popcorn carriage, and the Alpacas next to that, so all three forms of entertainment were close. Seems like I spent a lot of time in that area.

    'Mary Shannon' the Federal Agent (Principle Star) was at the 'Fiesta' to meet with Carlos, the pierced, heavily tattooed (his neck is actually blurred blue) Hispanic informant. The entire day was spent endlessly doing the 'meeting', with much dialog, including Carlos subsequent arrest, or was it?. As in all scenes, the Principles had Stand In's of their approximate appearance, to allow set up of the camera shots, before' Live, "Rolling, Rolling", "Background Action".

    The Mario's caterer provided a meager breakfast of lower quality than usual in the South Broadway Community Center, used as Extra's Holding'. No bacon and eggs, that I really looked forward to. The coffee was very good, hot and black to make up for the cold morning and simple, breakfast fried egg sandwiches/burritos.

    Lunch was somewhat better, with choice of Salmon or Chicken breast, a brown tinged day old salad and a couple of side items, including cake and lemonade. Always sweets and fresh fruit on the buffet. Later, the snack cart had additional fresh fruit and energy bars. The budget is obviously tighter on this set than in the past shoots' I have worked.

    Kind of chilly, glad that I had layered over a 'base lower, to keep legs from freezing. The long sleeved Henley undershirt helped keep the upper body warm in the morning chill of 26 degrees. Lesson I learned about the winter filming long ago on the Westerns.

    Many of the people did not think ahead and were shivering uncontrollably during the long periods of standing inactivity or reset', while waiting for camera setups. Production' carries tape measures for depth of field, camera perfection. Cotton does not hold in the body heat, like wool or poly. Sailors had a saying about cold wet conditions, "Dead men sure look good... in Cotton"

    I watched in sympathy, as several people who wore cold cotton sweaters and jackets, with no base protection, were shaking like tree leaves in an earthquake. They looked in character... but froze. Wardrobe knew about the layers I was attired in and let me stay as dressed for scenes, clothed just as I had arrived.

    If I had known it was on scene of a Hispanic Fiesta within the Bario of Albuquerque's South Broadway, my outer attire and especially the business/weather tan cloth hat I wore, would have been more in character for New Mexico, more earthy'? As it was, I looked more like an out of state tourist. Maybe that is what the wardrobe folks had in mind? Columbia logo on my sleeve of the patterned wool jacket, had to be covered over with a small tab of black cloth tape. No advertising, even small logos are spotted immediately. Whatever props' handed out, were to be carried consistently. Continuity' is watched for, and quick pics were taken often in case of a re-shoot at a later time.

    As the sun rose, the set warmed substantially to 50 degrees and more, as is the nature of New Mexico. The crowds were re-arranged for camera angles to look like they were twice to four times as large in numbers. I worked several early scenes until my bearded appearance was getting too familiar. Production Assistant (Eric) then placed me in deep background with my back to the camera for the rest of the day's shoot.

    I am always impressed by the Unique 'Steady Cam' and it's cameraman wearing the armored vest of polycarbonate strapped around his body, with the camera mount post suspended in front. When the time for the 'shoot' nears, he approaches the 80# camera stashed on it's tripod between shoots, and locks into the camera's support rod bracket.

    As he walks, the battery powered, gyroscopic camera floats Steady' on it's counter-sprung, multi-jointed linkage, as if it were on a dolly. "Steady" was often ordered by the Director, and used extensively as the 'principles' Mary and Carlos moved through the crowds. Backing away in front of the Principles, as they walk rapidly, the cameraman is guided from behind by his assistant to prevent tripping.

    Only on the deep shots, those that required zero camera movement, was the 290mm, long lens of the 70 pound Alexa camera, with it's state of the art Digital stabilizing technology used. It's $120,000 cost, kept it sheltered away from the elements between shoots. As the light blue 1963? Chevy Convertible low rider honks it's horn and moves into scene past the gazebo, the Chapman Dolly'ed Alexa picks up every detail.

    Steady Cam is so steady, it rivals the Chapman Dolly mounted, big relative. Rubber tired Super Pee Wee IV Chapman Dolly, was used in tight confines. No dolly rails to be tediously installed and leveled, were necessary on this day, due to Steady Cam covering almost all of the scenes.

    The Mariachi Band was 'not really'. Thrown together by casting, as the background group on stage, they had never met. Banjy Rivas uncased his little black Tex Mex 'Panther' Accordion and immediately took over as the scratch group's leader. He was holding a cup of coffee when someone asked the name of the band, so he named the scratch band, the 'Coffee Bean Brothers'. Benjy came from the Las Cruces NM school system, where he taught music to excited kids flocking to his popular classes, dreaming of becoming 'Entertainment Idols'.

    High ranking officials of the Federal Govt came into the school system bringing 'CHANGE' a couple of years ago, and standardized the Govt system, no longer allowing Benjy to teach 'The Performing Arts' as in his life experience, of which he was so professional. After being forced to spend all of his time keeping records, that were so important to the layers of Bureaucrats, he became disillusioned with the now ponderous Bureaucracy and retired. Benjy now teaches music to individuals on hourly lessons.

    Benjy's style of teaching the elements associated with stage performance, to his students, rather than just the notes, instantly bubbled him to the front stage. He sang and performed as if he was on American Idol. He encouraged the other players, Two guitars and a fiddle, to join in the many songs he knew by heart. One Yamaha guitar player of his age, could follow Benjy.

    The younger players went along, but with noticeably less enthusiasm. Benjy also could teach and play several other instruments including piano. Picking up the fiddle, he entertained us whenever we were in 'Holding'. 'So much so', that the PA's came in and told us to "Hold it down". Most band action was silent pantomime when the cameras were 'Rolling'. The film editors, later dub in the music they want.

    The afternoon following lunch was repeats of the earlier shoots. Not so much action for this Geezer, due to the earlier on camera activity, I was signed out and released 4:30pm. Many others also left with me. Only the necessary few, not easily identified or needed in remaining shots, stayed.

    The van delivered us to the parking lot, several blocks away. My car was happily still there, thank you security, so I drove back home after a fun day 'On Set' of "IN PLAIN SIGHT 2012". What a great way to spend a day, meeting people in this United States of America, One Nation Under God.