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Friday, October 1, 2010

Art in the Park worth the trip to BC this weekend

Editors Note: Art in the Park is the largest open air arts and crafts show in Nevada. My disclaimer is that the profits go to the Boulder City Hospital Foundation. My wife works as an social worker at the non-profit community hospital. Pleas consider spending some time enjoying the event, which includes food and other vendors, live music and much more. Simply keep driving on 95 into the heart of Boulder City's downtown. BC is only a half hour from downtown Las Vegas or the Las Vegas Strip, and less than fifteen minutes from Henderson. Head south on the 95 toward the Boulder, I mean Hoover Dam (ask a long time local about that one). Click on poster above to enlarge or go to (map included on web site).


Subject: Blog topic - Vampires!

I wasn't sure how to start a new thread, so here is the link to an article that I thought interesting. BTW, Dr. Oliver DeMille is an amazing man. He started George Wythe College (George Wythe was Thomas Jefferson's mentor) . GWC's seminars are life changing and if you are interested in learning how to get a great education, check out the Principles of Education in "A Thomas Jefferson Education". There is also an e-newsletter called the Statesman that can be subscribed to.

Yes, I am dropping but some of you are making my decision difficult.

First posted: 10-6-2009

Obama too smart, too black for declining America

By Richard Gwyn Columnist
Toronto Star

Barack Obama has to be one of the smartest, eloquent, calm and cool and psychologically well-balanced (think of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush or Richard Nixon) American presidents of modern times.  

He's also one of the toughest, although he neither sounds it nor looks it. 

Shrewdly, and surprisingly candidly, an aide has recently described him as "the most unsentimental man I've ever met." Ruthlessness comes easily to Obama, that's to say, which is what it took for him to beat a presidential nomination rival as tough as Hillary Clinton.  

And yet his popularity is dragging down toward 40 per cent and by all the omens his Democrats are about to get trounced in the November congressional elections.  

Obama does have some serious problems. 

He's black.

Unquestionably, a lot of Americans hate their national leader being black, and, worse yet, a black who is the smartest man around. It's a variant, incomparably uglier, of the widespread loathing of John F. Kennedy for making people feel bad by being so handsome and sophisticated, sort of a presidential Clark Gable. Then there's the economy. 

The lack of jobs is serious and perhaps even more so is the widespread insecurity among those who do have jobs. A double-dip recession is a real prospect.  

Yet the truth - admittedly a near-irrelevancy in politics - is that Obama headed off a near-depression caused by Bush and corporate greed and arrogance and stupidity, and by his stimulus package brought the economy back at least to consciousness. Included in this was financial regulatory reform and reform of the auto companies (it's working unexpectedly well). Also health-care reform.

Now he's attempting a second stimulus package.

 It's been blocked by the Republicans, who are insisting that planned tax cuts be extended to the wealthy (incomes above $250,000) as well as to the middle class. This blockage of a second stimulus is being cheered on by the populist Tea Party movement. 

Go figure that, other than that many Tea Partiers undoubtedly can't stand the fact that he's black.  

This is the point. Obama's problem, which indeed is sizeable, doesn't reside in himself, although he needs to learn the art of faking sincerity that Clinton, with his "I feel your pain" pitch. was so good at. 

Obama's problem resides in America. It's become a near-dysfunctional society. 

 The Tea Party, which is a genuine grassroots movement, confirms it. 

It stands for "freedom." No more big government. No more meddling in people's lives. 

But instead, Sarah Palin.

That a sizeable number of people should want Palin for president is irrefutable evidence their society has gone dysfunctional. She's a third-rater, except in demagoguery (and in faking sincerity). Paris Hilton would do the job as well, probably better.  

Why should this be so?

 My guess is that Tea Party members and a lot of others, including that Florida evangelical minister who wanted to burn the Qur'an, even though it would have put a lot of American soldiers at risk, have actually got onto something important.  That something is that the U.S. today is clearly in decline. This shouldn't be exaggerated. 

Americans have an astounding capacity for resilience. 

Once there was humiliation in Vietnam. 

Once all the experts were saying Japan was about to become No. 1. 

Both are now history.

The U.S. will always be powerful and wealthy.

 But it will never again bestride the world like a colossus towering above all others. 

It will be, rather, a big guy in a crowd.

America's conceit of "exceptionalism," or of being better than anyone else and fundamentally different from all other societies and countries, can no longer be sustained. It's exhausted its quota, a very large one indeed, of bright, confident mornings.

Obama's problem thus is stark and simple: He's the right guy at the wrong time.

Richard Gwyn's column appears every other Friday.

Off-Strip Productions and Onyx Theatre are proud to present 
Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show. 

 This is the original musical that spawned 
the longest-running film of all time. 

It's a fully staged rock show with a live band, 
scenery, lighting and special effects.

The Rocky Horror Show originally debuted in 1973 
on a small experimental stage in London. 

A live parody of the classic sci-fi and monster movies 
of the 40s and 50s, it was the brainchild of actor 
Richard O'Brien and director Jim Sharman. 

It starred Tim Curry and with catchy rock music, 
larger-than-life characters and a bewildering plot, 
it was immensely popular with audiences and 
won the award for Best Musical of 1973 

from The London Evening Standard. 


Plagiarism is more than simply using some else's words. It is using their intellectual property, their concepts and ideas without attributing them properly.

Plagiarism is theft.

For that reason most schools, including the College of Southern Nevada, reserve the right to take any action up to expulsion against any student for plagerism.

In our society, with cut and paste, free on-line summaries and even speeches, the temptation to plagiarize is greater than ever.

The potential to do so without meaning to is also great, as many of us do it without knowing or thinking in every day life.

However in school, business or any form or performance there is no excuse. You cannot simply say "I didn't mean to."

Click "read more" below for a better understanding of plagiarism.

Titanic 3D rerelease for 100th anniversary of ships sinking

Early 2012 suddenly is shaping up as a major launchpad for classic blockbusters bowing in 3D, with Paramount, Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment mulling the 3D rerelease of James Cameron's "Titanic" in April of that year.

That could put "Titanic" in theaters mere weeks after the 3D reissue of George Lucas' "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" from Fox and Lucasfilm. Plans were announced this week to send out the first in a planned series of "Star Wars" rereleases sometime between February and April of 2012.

April 15, 2012, marks the 100th anniversary of Titanic slipping into the icy Atlantic, and Paramount marks its own centennial the same month. But it's possible that "Titanic" could be released as early as that year's oft-lucrative Valentine's Day weekend.

So with "Phantom Menace" awaiting final slotting, there's a chance Cameron and Lucas could arm-wrestle over the hearts-and-flowers frame.

Julie Andrews turns 75 today. Happy Birthday!

Dame Julie Andrews is a world-famous British actress, a classic English Rose most notable for her roles as Mary Poppins and Maria von Trapp in the film version of The Sound Of Music.

Born Julia Elizabeth Wells in Walton-on-Thames, England, Julie Andrews grew up performing in vaudeville as a child, after her parents discovered her "freakish" four-octave singing voice. In 1948, at age 12, she performed at the Royal Command Variety Performance, the youngest person ever to do so.

She made her Broadway debut in The Boy Friend, but became a national sensation as Eliza Doolittle in the Broadway smashMy Fair Lady. In early 1957, she took a week off from the show to star in Rodgers And Hammerstein's TV production of Cinderella, which became the most-watched television broadcast in history. While performing her third Broadway lead — Queen Guenivere inCamelot — she was approached by Walt Disney, who asked her to star in the upcoming live-action adaptation of Mary Poppins. She agreed, and two years later won Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 1964 Academy Awards - beating out Audrey Hepburn, who was not even nominated, for her role as... Eliza Doolittle in the film of My Fair Lady. The next year she had an even bigger smash hit — she starred in the film of The Sound Of Music.

Click on title or link below first photo to continue her biography.