Celluloid Heroes…

There is an old song by The Kinks titled, Celluloid Heroes. It was a favorite of a boyfriend, and I remember seeing the live decades ago. I think it is appropriate because it identifies the role of ‘movie stars’ or ‘entertainers’. They are a prop, a character, a stage persona, that we identify with based on the role they play. Their true beliefs and personality are supposed to be locked inside themselves, given that is not their purpose. Therein, we can create – heroes.

The initial goal was to create heroes that were flawed, men and women who came to see their err in life and rose above as their lesson was learned. Jimmy Stewart played a host of such rolls, always with a failing, always with a message, always with a learning.

Today, actors seem to have abandoned this shadow appearance and taken on roles that are politically, socially, and morally obscene. And as such, don’t realize that this taints their screen appearance. It seems more a fraud than a role. It makes them … smaller.

In particular, I am watching a Christian themed Christmas movie in which Ed Asner stars as a devout – Christian father. In reality, Asner has been vocally demonstrative, demeaning, and vacuous in his hatred and divisive nature. And so, I no longer see an actor, I see a hypocrite.  I wanted, a celluloid hero.

I don’t think Hollywood quite understands how vast is their destructive mouth and tongue, how uneducated is their stance, or how stale is their breath. And I try and recall Christ’s words, “They know not what they do…” As he asks for forgiveness of their vast sins.

Most recently I was shown a Facebook post in which Gaga sat and for a lengthy term had an analogue with herself about how we must all stop being so divisive, so antagonistic, so filled with contempt and foul negativity toward others who don’t share beliefs. And yet, a quick Google search revealed her revile, her hatred, her animosity, her repugnance… her very vocal negativity toward anyone who did not hold her beliefs, of anything and all that was not in align with – her.

Of course, what this revealed is the fact that Hollywood hypocrisy is somehow ignored, or forgotten, or justified…

Another case in point: I recently wrote a response to a ‘Christian Blogger’ in Australia, Mike Frost, whose site stated that he embraced 1) open conversation 2) grace vs nature, and 3) positivity vs negativity. The blog I was responding to was about how American Christians are hypocrites when it comes to the Bible and gun control… Errr, not positive, not filled with grace, and as I found – not open – unless it was to laud and praise the ‘author’.  OUCH!

  1. Not positive. But, I still – believed. And so I presented facts and statistics. I was completely blind-sided when his response to my statistics and facts from the US perspective didn’t align with his and as a result he chose to attack my character – like a Hollywooder. Instead of the ‘open conversation’ and ‘grace’ he spoke about, his true value was about self and attack.

But even worse, he revealed that he most likely – was not a Christian at all. It was a mask.

He was no different than a ‘celluloid hero’ pretending to be something – that was far afield of ‘truth’.   What was revealed was that there are wolves who will use the Christian platform to attempt to woo people into a false reality. He was not about ‘open conversation’, ‘ or ‘grace’, or ‘positivity’, he was about bashing Christian American’s as ‘hypocrites’ and shaming me as incompetent. Neither of which support his ‘belief system’.

It is quite sad.

I knew the name Jimmy Kimmel. But I knew nothing of the person. His fame was simply a by-product, like Kathy Griffin, he has made a name for himself based on his animosity and hatred. But otherwise, I had no idea, who he was as a person. No college degree (an honorary – doesn’t count, sorry), a shitake mushroom load of self lauding, self grandizing, self glorifying that makes me cringe, grit my teeth, and stiffen into contortious contempt. As in “ARGHGHGHHGHHGHGHG” are you kidding me! His bio is ‘not’ one that I would embrace.

But that is the evolution of “Hollywood”, the celluloid heroes who once were, but are no more… instead they are simply grandiose narcissists who have no boundaries, ethics or morality.   And as such – The World Turns.

Hollywood Backs Hillary – Money Flows

When did Hollywood actors become the mouthpieces of politics? We no longer call upon ‘experts’ to analyze our economy, our environment, our foreign policy, our race relations, we ask an actor. We ask someone who makes a living pretending to be something and someone they are not.

And I know more than a few friends who lap it up like candy.

It isn’t a new phenomena, beginning in the 1930’s when newsreels of WWII speeled propaganda at the masses. But those were created by the government, not Hollywood, they simply complied. So, when did being a Liberal become the popular movement in Hollywood?

The dominant attitude of the 40’s and 50’s was quite conservative, with a mere spattering of liberal views. At the time, the liberals were considered the minority, just a few ‘misfits’. But then a dramatic shift began to take place. Liberals considered themselves to be the ‘intellectuals’ the thinkers, the true artists, while everyone else were sheep. That sense of arrogance and pride spilled into the director chairs and the producer pockets and an elite was created. And with that elite, sex and violence on the screen were the only things that titillated their intellect.

These once ‘celluloid heroes’, suddenly saw themselves as harnessing global reputations, the masses gushed over them, and demi-gods were born. Beyonce is a high school drop-out who – sings. Kim Kardashian ‘attended’ high school – her ‘career’ was created by a ‘leaked sex tape’. DiCaprio dropped out of high school and ultimately got his GED… These are the liberal ‘intellectuals’ of today that profess to teach us about our environment, our world, our foreign relations.

It’s one thing to become involved in a passionate belief, it is quite another to be given a podium or platform to spew from without any formal education. There are good intentions – Angelina Jolie, who works and financially supports her causes, does a film to raise more money to put back into her causes. That’s admirable. I don’t have to agree with her causes, it is more about putting your money where your mouth is.

So why is this relevant?

Because Hillary and Obama continue to use these Hollywood prop-dolls and toys to advance their agendas. Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver, Paul Simon, Debra Messing, Demi Lovato, Katy Perry, Longoria, Dunham, Banks and etc… etc.  My respect wanes.

The campaign attitude would seem to be, ‘if these Hollywooders like me, then you have to too’.    One ego feeds the other. But both Obama and Hillary run on the platform that they are just like you and I. They are ordinary people who just happen to hobnob with celebrities, who live in compounds with a force of security detail that rivals the Pentagon, who have offshore accounts hiding millions, and who create fake foundations to give the masses the impression they are philanthropic.

And while Hillary claims she will take on climate change (whatever that means) she demands private, super-sonic, spiffy jets for her daily convenience, lobbies against guns while requiring her massive security detail to pack guns, lobbies against campaign fundraising after raising about $375 million to date, denounces nepotism while openly stating she will put her husband into office if she is elected, has said that corporations and businesses do NOT create jobs but wants to prop up the manufacturing sector so they will add more – jobs, and basically advocates that every one of her plans that will cost billions upon billions – will be paid for by higher taxes… which she won’t pay because she will have transferred most of her wealth to offshore accounts.

As her Hollywood friends would seem to have done as well.

Such is the game – do as I say, not as I do…

Of course, the bottom line is money – and Hollywood has more than enough to go around. The top fifteen actors net worth is over $17 billion – of course their true value is not calculable given they hide money in – offshore accounts! But a dollar goes a long way in buying a minute of the President’s time or the promise of an ambassadorship, (the UN seems to be the plaza hotel for celebrities). Those with the mostest are given the biggest.

Sadder still is the fact that these demi-gods believe they are so much smarter than the masses that we don’t know they are prostituting themselves – buying a position and power.   I wish they were just celluloid heroes again…

Nurses! I Applaud You~

I have had the privilege of knowing many nurses these past ten years as I became the patient of choice, not mine. And without much exception, I found them to be so amazing that I thought they should be commemorated for their love and dedication to their profession.

They make little, they are invaluable, and they push the limits when you would think they would drop from exhaustion. Just this past month I had the opportunity to have ‘back surgery’. What a treat. But I had this one nurse that was so amazing, she stood out like a Daffadil in a rush of thorny roses. Jennifer at Skyridge. One morning prior to surgery, I crashed. My pain level was thru the roof and despite the male nurse trying to liken it to childbirth – I informed him that my 30 hour labors during childbirth were a mere ten compared to my current 15 – on a scale of 1-10. He didn’t get it. But then, how could he?

But she did.

After an accumulation of morphine in my system that had done nothing to even dent the pain, I crashed. I think it must have all gotten blocked somewhere and hit me in one fell swoop. I crashed. And when I finally awoke, my angel nurse was very concerned that I hadn’t talked more with her as I had done the previous day. She stayed by my side past the hour when she could return home to her son. She stayed long past and when I mentioned this, she just brushed it off, she needed to finish some things with me.  It was past the 12 hour day she logged, and was quickly moving into the 14th hour.

And weeks later I began to think about Ronald Reagan’s kids. And about my siblings. (it’s a girl thing)

You see, a comment keeps coming back at me, “you can tell a man by his children.”

On the other hand I remember someone else telling me, “if you say you had a perfect childhood chances are you are either in denial – or you are lying.” This is unfortunately the basis for most pharmaceutical sales…

Nobodies perfect. But no one can say they don’t have some wishful thoughts of the love between this husband and his spouse. The children may have felt second place, and rebelled, had issues, succeeded and failed, but Nancy and Ronald had something still. Maybe it takes one to lose the other. I don’t know. And that begs the question – would you exchange the relationship of your children for the adoration of your spouse? I’ve known a few on both sides.

A nurse is someone who gives herself up for the love and compassion of making her/his patient better. And I have to say, a male nurse is different. Sorry. They just are. They have a different DNA. I don’t say they are bad, I simply say, that they have a different level of compassion that is simply more DNA inherent in women. And it’s no more prejudicial than preferring a man with the gun pointed at the enemy. It’s in our DNA. There are exceptions, but they are NOT the rule.

And it would seem to be ‘the exceptions’ to the rule that we have chosen to make our agenda. In all things. I found my Jennifer to be much less judgmental, much more nurturing, much more compassionate in me. She wasn’t thinking of the next room, the next patient, of her weekend adventures, she was focused on me. And that was amazing!

A legacy of the value of a NURSE.

I have had numerous experiences with nurses these past ten years, and I joke that I am on a first name basis. But the value they give is so incredibly immense, I think we take it for granted and owe them an applause!

I did have one nurse who gave me the paranoia itches, I was convinced she was going to suffocate me in the middle of the night with a pillow. I fought the Morphine, too scared to close my eyes. And then there was the nurse-in-waiting, the trainee, who put a bubble in my IV, failed to note that I almost passed because the pain was so great and they had told me how to self administer morphine while I was two sheets under – and so I heard/remember nothing. How smart is that. So, as I turned gray, no one seemed to notice until nearly too late.

But, they were the exceptions. And in looking back, a good story that has a happy ending. Most of my experiences have been phenomenal, not just good, but Great!

I have an absolutely amazing doctor story who I call an ‘Artiste’, and then I have the butcher. I think maybe, after a while, you just take the bad with the good. Enter, Obamacare! Shitake Mushrooms! You can’t imagine until it happens to you. A story is a distant phenomena, a yawn, an ‘oh’. And then wham! I mean I guess I didn’t ‘read the fine print’. I didn’t realize that all insurers now support a co-insurance clause. All of them. Even our esteemed Kaiser. And that little change is WAY good for the Insurer, and WAY bad, bad for you and I. Because it makes your deductible – worthless.  It creates a brand new frame of potential bankruptcies, it is too large to imagine.  My little two day surgery cost about $120,000 of which I am liable for about 10% in total.  Throw away the deductible, the co-insurance destroys you.

So what happens to our esteemed nurses as the healthcare system in the US begins to rupture and implode? In a Socialist agenda, they would actually get paid even less, and their would be no incentive to have an expertise! Let’s not forget the reality – in Europe they measure wait times in increments of annual quarters – 3 – 6 – 9 – 12 months – and greater than a year.

In the US we measure that time in terms of days and weeks.

Are you ready to absorb that change?

I can’t imagine it benefits anyone – except of course the Big Pharma Industry which is putting out all the temporary pain killers and relaxers, and anti-anxiety stuff, to get you through the year long wait before you can actually see a doctor, diagnosis or not your illness, and get a remedy. But to add to the dilemma, we have a business environment where actually curing is a detriment to big pharma which nearly rules the world, I might add, that the band-aid creates a lucrative and endless market. Like the Chiropractor, it is a fix that is temporary, but the actual underlying cause is not treated becaue that would mean a cured patient and loss of revenue.

Enter online self diagnosing and natural remedies. Ta-Da! The new way reminiscent of 100 years ago and 1000 years ago. And there are angels in Cuba. They have the mindset of curing vs money. And that makes them very desirable!

Maybe – an investment worth researching for your portfolio.

In the end, I can’t answer if I would be willing to forgo the amazing relationship I have with my children, for the adoration of a man… I wish they could be inclusive. But it would seem, that is not reality – it is simply a celluloid hero – ~ The Kinks.