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  1. Still my favorite movie ever. At times, it is the cinematic equivalent of poetry. I was too young to see in on release, but I have seen it on the big screen three times. They show it once in a blue moon at smaller art house theaters.
  2. If Kubrick had been true to the ending of the book, the film would have sent an entirely different message. The ending of the book is more true to life; the film ending is more entertaining. I like all of the Spaghetti Westerns that I have seen.
  3. Trump should weigh in. He should tweet "It is a sad and unfortunate case. Perhaps if his parents had taught him to obey the law, none of this needed to happen." Then sit back and watch millions of afros catch fire, and nappy heads simmer.
  4. What's the worse that could happen if he just let him go? That he would tell the hood that there is a soft touch down the street? That one brother after another would come in and take a beer without paying and leave? That he would eventually go out of business which would mean the ruination of his family? Well, maybe, maybe not.
  5. A boy of color was killed. How will Trump respond? https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/a-black-teen-ran-out-with-a-dollar2-beer-then-a-tennessee-store-clerk-followed-him-and-shot-him-dead/ar-AAFWkml?ocid=spartandhp (Full article at above link) A jury found a grocery clerk guilty of killing a 17-year-old boy who ran out of the store with a beer he didn't pay for in Memphis, Tennessee, in a case that had sparked protests, authorities said. Anwar Ghazali was convicted of second-degree murder after a four-day trial, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said Friday. "This defendant took it upon himself to be the judge and jury and the executioner over a $2 beer," prosecutor Lora Fowler said, according to CNN affiliate WMC. The shooting happened in March 2018, after Dorian Harris walked out of the Top Stop Shop with a beer without paying, Weirich said. Security video of the incident played in court shows that Ghazali, while behind the counter dealing with another customer, pulled out a handgun and pointed it at Harris. He then ran outside to follow the teen and fired several times. Afterward, he returned to the store and told a witness, "I think I shot him." He did not call the police, and neither did any other customer inside the store, WMC reported. Harris was shot at least three times and was left to bleed out, Fowler said. His body was found two days later in a yard near the store with gunshots in the back of his thigh, Weirich said. Ghazali's defense attorney, Blake Ballin, told CNN in an email that Ghazali maintains he acted recklessly that night but his intention was never to harm Harris. He said they were pleased that the jury rejected the prosecution's argument that this was a calculated and premeditated murder motivated by the theft of a beer. That would have come with a potential life sentence. Ghazali is expected to be sentenced on September 23. "At his sentencing hearing I expect him to express his heartfelt remorse and his hope that Mr. Harris' family can forgive him and continue healing," Ballin said. The shooting, which sparked protests outside the store, has similarities to other instances of black men shot and killed over otherwise minor incidents. Bernice King, daugher of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., linked his death to the broader issue of the value of African American lives known as the Black Lives Matter movement. "Dear Memphis: I'm here in your city. #DorianHarris should be here, too," she said on Twitter. "If we don't value black lives and believe that Dorian's life is worth far more than an allegedly stolen beer, then we're not authentically honoring my father." Ballin said his defense team focused on the facts and not the emotion of the case. "I understand why this case has caused public frustration because another African American kid has been needlessly killed. But decisions of guilt and innocence and questions of intent should not be based on emotion," he said. "The defense team did our best to make sure that the jury rendered a verdict based on the facts of the case and not on the color of someone's skin. That would just be another injustice." Harris' family members mourned the young man after the killing and ahead of the trial. "It shouldn't have happened like that," his grandmother Effie Fitch said. "He was a child and that was an adult. He ought to have more responsibility than that and he's running a business." "Why did this happen to my son?" Harris' father, Peete Hanson, said earlier this week. "Why was it that he was left there like that? Like he was nothing. Like he was a nobody."
  6. "I'm confident that if at this moment we do not wake up to this threat, then we as a country will die in our sleep," said O'Rourke. Beto ventures into the wolves den, only to find timid animals. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/orourke-visits-arkansas-gun-show-after-releasing-gun-control-platform/ar-AAFWTqz?ocid=spartandhp (Full article at above link) White House hopeful Beto O'Rourke visited an Arkansas gun show Saturday to talk with firearm owners and vendors about solutions to tackle gun violence. The visit comes one day after O'Rourke released a plan proposing a slate of gun control reforms and two weeks after a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, where O'Rourke represented in Congress from 2013 to 2019. "At the show, Beto listened to voters - including many Republicans who voted for Trump in 2016 - about their thoughts on gun safety. In order to make progress, Beto believes we have to meet people where they are, and not be afraid to have hard conversations with people who may not always agree," O'Rourke's campaign said in a statement. The Texas Democrat made gun control a cornerstone of his presidential bid since returning to the campaign trail. He took a 12-day break from campaign to return to El Paso after a white supremacist shot and killed 22 people. O'Rourke's plan, which also includes platforms to combat white nationalism, calls for the creation of a nationwide gun licensing system and registry, universal background checks for gun purchases and implementing a gun buyback program and a federal "red-flag law" that would allow law enforcement to seize weapons from those a judge deems a danger to themselves or others. O'Rourke's campaign promoted interactions he had with gun show vendors and attendees who agreed with aspects of the plan, including a self-identified Trump voter who does not oppose a mandatory buyback program for assault rifles. "I asked them about possible solutions to our gun problem. Some, unbelievably, didn't even acknowledge the problem. I assured them that the majority of the public does, and that something has to be done about it. And will be." He sought to relaunch his campaign Thursday with a speech that described gun violence and racism as existential threats to the U.S.
  7. Looks good. 92% positive critical response. Directed by Fonda. Described as an existential 'hippie' western. Sounds great. Thanks for the tip.
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