Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Love For Linda

Today I had the extreme pleasure of experiencing the brilliance of one of my favorite Broadway stars.

I tuned in to Martha this morning and it turned out to be a repeat, but one which I hadn't seen before.

Among the many intersting guests featured was the exceptional Linda Eder. My first exposure to this glorious Broadway diva was the musical,"Jekyll and Hyde." It was the very first Broadway show I ever attended. My beloved uncle took me to see it at the Plymouth Theater when it was only in its second month.

Linda played Lucy and her performance was superlative! I knew I would be seeing more of her in future.

On today's Martha, she turned out to be not only exceptionally talented, but also very charming and down-to-earth. I have nothing but love and admiration for this heroine of American theater.

By the way, her performance of "Somewhere, Over the Rainbow" would have made Judy Garland proud. Thank you, Linda Eder.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

American Nightmares

The dream is truly dead for all those born here in the Land of Milk and Honey. We give all the breaks to those who come here from far away and take advantage of our excellent schools and we give them tax breaks and other incentives. We pretend that this is still the Great Melting Pot and herald the days of Ellis Island of the early 20th century. And how do these modern-day immigrants repay the nation which has made them? All too often with disrespect and reproach. We should execute them for treason.

Meanwhile, retail stores are closing and restaurants are folding as the American economy grows weaker and weaker. The city of New Orleans is dead and so is much of the Gulf Coast. Tornadoes are wreaking havoc on the Midwest andthe Northwest is experiencing record-breaking flooding. The Midsouth is suffering from a drought which is causing brush fires that cannot be stopped. The Northeast is certain to undergo one of its worst winters in history. It's always harsh when the previous summer is really bad. I've never seen a worse summer than that of 2005.

I was born in 1964 and grew up in the rugged city of Buffalo, New York. I faced blizzards, ice storms, electrical snowstorms, sleet, hail, gropple and torrential rains. There was no act of nature for which I was unprepared. Or so I thought. When Katrina came I thought I could endure it and life would soon resume. You can all read about how wrong I was in my book, "Escape From New Orleans." I no longer possess the confidence I had in forbearing extreme storms.

I have every reason to believe that Global Warming is a very prominent factor in the frequency and severity of the storms we now face. As a child in the early nineteeen seventies, I remember that a great many people were concerned that if water, air and land pollution went unchecked there would be dire consequences (Global Warming). I believe we're seeing the first manifestations of those consequences.

All in all, I guess our own shit is being flung back in our faces. That'll teach us to spit in the fan.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

UNACCEPTABLE

I kow that, after last season's regrettable results, I should never again tune in to American Idol, but tonight I simply couldn't resist. This is something I shall regret for a long time. There were some good singers presented tonight, although I mourn the fact that several of these were duos. (there will only be ONE American Idol). I could live with that, though.

What I find utterly unacceptable is the last contestant to appear. This utter JACKASS was given a YES vote by Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. You know the guy I'm talking about; the one with the horrible voice who couldn't stop moving. Even Ryan Seacrest asked them (Abdul & Jackson) if they were out of their minds!

Perhaps Abdul & Jackson's decision was a vendetta against Simon Cowell. But even if their votes were a joke, it is a slap in the face to the American public who, I'm sure, detested Loser Boy's performance as much as I did. In a time when America is already demoralized by hurricanes and the failing economy this certainly doesn't help. I hate you Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. Choke on a fat one!

Friday, January 06, 2006

Origins of Aquaman and theJLA (Cheers for "Smallville")!

I have loved "Smallville" since it was first introduced on the WB network. The latest episode was extra-special for me. It featured a new character who can swim faster than Clark Kent and is able to create and throw balls of water with intese power and accuracy. He can breathe under water and will die if kept out of his natural element for too long.

At first I thought nothing of the fact that this handsome young blond man loves to wear an orange shirt and green pants. (Lois Lane tries to convince him to change his attire, but to no avail). I also failed to make the connection when I saw him throw his water-balls at Clark during a confrontational scene in the show.

But when he mentioned the idea of forming a "Junior League of America" with Clark later in the show, the letters "JLA" suddenly sparked my memory. These were the initials of the Justice League of America, a counsel of Superheroes united to fight injustice and generally protect the world from harm. Aquaman was one of the most dynamic members of this union. Then I thought of the orange and green and it really clicked.

It was then that I realized that this was the young Aquaman at the beginning of his superhero career. He even calls Clark "Superboy" at one point in the episode. Could this be a harbinger of things to come in the near WB future? We can only hope.