Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Band Wagon ?!

  On many forms of media lately, there has been a negative piling on of "THE HUNGER GAMES" ?!! This is one wagon that I will not be climbing on. Maybe we can all agree that media is more a 'reflection' of society, rather than books, games, and film influencing people. I understand that people may be challenged by an inability to know right from wrong, or reality from fantasy. Some of our entertainment is truly violent and bloody . . . but it's ENTERTAINMENT.

  The Hunger Games trilogy was a great read and the movie was a tremendous visual. If we're going to condemn The Hunger Games for the killing, then we should also do the same for the ever-popular 'Twilight Saga' where vampire and werewolf YOUTH fight it out to the death by sucking blood or tearing flesh. While we're at it, let's ban the Vampire Diaries and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. How about South Park for killing Kenny each episode? The new Planet of the Apes was violent. How about the evening news broadcasting scenes from the current battle front? The list will be endless . . . so let's just ban ANY form of entertainment that may offend anyone or remotely influence a person to commit a crime . . . GIVE ME A BREAK ! ! !

  What does all this say about us as a modern and sophisticated people? In my humble opinion, we really haven't traveled too far past cave men fighting over a water hole, the gladiator games in the Roman Colosseum, or the torturing during the Inquisition. In the film, "Whistleblower", based on a true story, the United Nations hired a contractor from the UK whose employees were directly involved with sex trafficking of under age girls in post-war Bosnia. Both contractor and UN tried to cover it up !?

  With all the negativity in the world, it seems that we surely have our heads in the sand, thinking that it doesn't exist or will all go away if we ignore it. The whole world is NOT bad . . . but, with all the absolutely evil people who are running around committing heinous acts on their fellow man, complaining about a fictional film is being way out of touch ! !

*clink + clink*  =  my two cents dropping in . . .




Tuesday, April 24, 2012

More Shadow . . .

Twelve - 2/27/38 - The Plot Murder:

  As this Shadow episode was set to go on the air, they received a telegram from the American Police Review presenting the Shadow with a Special Award.

  This episode starts out at the conclusion of a Court Marshal hearing, where Lieutenant John Wilson is accused of Treasonable Sabotage Against the Government. Wilson is charged to have willfully destroyed a secret device known as the ‘Flying Torpedo’. At sentencing Wilson is confused and doesn’t understand what’s going on too well. As the sentence is read, a loud scuffle between Wilson and the inventor of the device breaks out.

  As Lamont and Margo discuss the case later that day, they come to the conclusion that the Shadow should get involved. The Shadow goes to visit Lt. Wilson in the city jail, and overhears the inventor hypnotizing the accused into believing he actually committed the crime. It turns out that this is all an evil plot by a group of terrorists to throw a country into a state of confusion and fear. Doesn’t that sound familiar… ever since the 911 attacks ?!

  In the Blue Coal commercial, the host mentions the harsh winter weather that families living in Watertown, NY are facing this season.

  How many times since 9/11/01 have we heard of the sinister plots or evil attacks by terrorists? Why do these evil terror-seeking people always seem to take out their anger on innocent people? I wish we could know what it was that these simple-minded evildoers wanted. It is a fact that they want something, or they wouldn’t be using terror to coerce people. They can’t just want us (the infidel) to convert to their religion, or the movements of terror that developed in other parts of the world would not have existed (eg: the Shinning Path in Peru and the Red Brigade in Italy). If we did know what they wanted, could we ever solve these problems? In an ideal world the answer is a definite yes.

  I have great hope for the One Tribe of Humans, but when I take a closer look at people I have trouble with my belief that one day we’ll live in paradise, and that all people will share in abundance. More Soon . . .


Thirteen - 3/6/38 - The Bride of Death:

  There’s an omen of death hanging over the matrimony of Isabel, the daughter of Reverend Colby and his good family, in a small fishing village. A profit, and leader of a cult, has declared that the Rev Colby was going to die while preaching in church.

  Isabel is now trapped in the house on the cliff, and where what the people of the village suspect are devil worshipers. Rev Colby and ten other villagers perished when the church roof collapsed in a suspicious explosion just three days later. It’s time for the Shadow to investigate these strange deaths.

  The Shadow and the Profit of the Ancient Ones have a confrontation. Who is the more powerful man? But we must pause for the Blue Coal commercial.

  Isabel it to be sacrificed to a deity the cult worships. But Lamont has Margo disguise herself as the Profit to enter the worship hall for the ritual to the Ancient One. It’s a brilliant plan to catch the cult leaders in the evil ways.

  Many times while listening, I don’t have thoughts worthy enough or interesting enough to write about. So, until next week, same time and same channel . . .

"As you sow evil… so shall you reap evil.
Crime does not pay… the Shadow Knows !!"



Book: "Twelve Pillars" A Novel by Jim Rohn & Chris Widener

  This short, 120 page book will allow you to learn the Twelve Pillars of Success and take your life to the next level . . . to be your best. These twelve lessons are timeless truths based on core principles of life and living. Not some vague content that will be impossible to implement. Learn to effectively create a ‘vision’ of what you can become, and live a life that you design.

  The story starts out with Michael Jones, down on luck and in a dead end job, having his car stop running on his way to a sales call. He is so far out of town that there's no cell phone signal. After walking around a bend in the road, he comes across a home right out of ‘Better Homes & Gardens’ with a huge gated entrance.

  Behind that gate was a chance encounter with a man who would help Michael start the process to change his life. But he has to know how to change himself first. Change begins with personal growth and moves on to living for health and wellness. These are tough lessons to learn when you’ve had many years of bad habits built up.

  I really enjoyed reading this book. Learning about these twelve pillars can help anyone succeed. As Michael learns about these steps, we, the reader, learn the lessons right along with him. If you’re not careful, you may just uncover a few secrets to rediscovering those dreams you once had. The visions you created as a young person with hopes for a bright future. All the plans that got put on hold or placed on the back burner when life’s events seemed to get in the way (college loans, car repairs, etc).

Quoting, “You cannot change your destination
overnight, but you can your direction overnight.”

“The major reason for setting a goal is for
what it makes of you to accomplish it.”

“Don’t join an easy crowd, you won’t grow. Go where
the expectations and demands to perform are high.”

  Along with steps to gaining better health, some topics covered in this story are: relationships, goals, time management, keeping the right people around you, why we need to learn-for-life, income relating to personal development, communication, leadership, and leaving a legacy. Can you really find a better list than that?

  I ‘highly’ recommend this book to anyone who wants to take his or her life to the next level . . . and beyond ! ! 

“The masses lead lives of quiet desperation and
go to their graves with the song still in them.”
~ Henry David Thoreau

Ever Yours,

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Back With Shadow . . .

  I play Old Time “Shadow” Radio Shows (staring Orson Welles) and write what pops into my head. It's great fun for me to comment on these shows from long before my time and relate them to our current condition . . . Enjoy ! !

TEN - 2/6/38 - The Phantom Voice:

  This episode of the Shadow is about a sensational trial involving a senator who allegedly accepted a bribe and the scene starts in a courtroom. It seems that the senator has given money to charity in excess of ten times the amount of the bribery. Why would he risk a scandal and jail time for such a small amount of money? But, the prosecution claims to have video evidence that the senator did have a meeting with the person with whom the bribe was made.

  The meeting did happen but the soundtrack is suspect. The court goes into recess while the defense studies the film. That night the Lamont Cranston (the Shadow) agrees with the defense. He explains to Margo Lane, his friend and confidant, that the senator’s facial muscles didn’t match up with the dialogue heard on the film.

  We pause here for a Blue Coal commercial . . .

  Big trials like this always produce a media firestorm and the public just eats it up. Can you say, “OJ or Anthony?” Now everyone awaits the trial of George Zimmerman, who shot an killed Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

  In this Shadow episode the players are speaking about sending a man to jail that is innocent. We all know that Zimmerman killed Trayvon, but the question will be if it was self-defense. I have to wait for the evidence to be presented at trial (which I will follow but not watch daily) but it seems to your humble Mad Mammal Blogger that George Zimmerman was a man on a mission to clean up his neighborhood.

  Mr. Zimmerman is a leader in a neighborhood watch group in his community, and has a record of near one hundred recent nine one one calls. I believe that this frustrated man took the law into his own hands that night. Now it may not have been a racially motivated crime, but it certainly was a hate crime based on a prejudice.

  No one enjoys or wants drug dealers, prostitutes, and gang activity where we live. But Zimmerman called the emergency line that night and said that he was following a suspicious looking youth. He was told by the police to back down and let them handle it. What happened that night will come out in the trial, and we don’t want to send an innocent man to prison. I hope the Martin family gets the justice they deserve.

  Right or wrong, we must depend on our justice system to find the truth. If there is any doubt we cannot send someone to jail. It is far better to let a murderer go free than to have an innocent person go to prison. We will all be judged someday.

  We need heroes that we can look up to and more people with honor and integrity (like the Shadow), something that is severely lacking in our culture today. I’m not saying that there are no honest people in America, but it does seem like many of us believe that they are above the law or that a little cheating won’t matter. Running that yellow/red light won’t hurt anyone. Voting in an important national election under different names in different precincts is OK. Collecting food stamps after winning a million dollar lottery. Look around… you see people taking advantage of each other everywhere you turn.

  To me, it seems that our country has already been ‘divided’ in numerous ways (eg: rich vs. poor, skin colors, races, North and South, red state vs. blue state, and the East coast vs. West coast vs. fly-over country), and then the conquering shall soon begin. I also believe that this division is done intentionally to keep the public from dealing with the real important issues that face our nation and the world. We are being conquered and placed into bondage by an elitist power-hungry few that want to tell us how to live. Is the American Dream, the grandest human experiment ever devised, doomed to fail because of a few greedy people? More on this topic I’m sure . . .

  The Shadow went unseen into the room of conspirators and overheard the plot to cause an ‘accident’ of the people not willing to play their evil game. After a violent struggle, where the men think they kill the Shadow, he returns to confront the criminals. Later he finds out the truth by a confession of a dying man that the senator was framed. Another case solved by our favorite radio crime fighter. 

Proving once again that crime does not pay !! The Shadow Knows . . .

Yours, In Rhythm,

ELEVEN - 2/20/38 - Hounds in the Hills:

  This episode starts out with scary howling dogs whose owner is trying to bully a neighborhood boy. Then sheriff rushes into Lamont’s office and reports that Dickie Nelson, the fourth boy in two weeks, has gone missing. On the surface it seems that Dickie has fallen over a thousand-foot cliff up in the hills. It’s time for the Shadow to investigate.

  The dogs’ owners, one seriously insane mother and her son, have been kidnapping boys to satisfy her mother-love-mania. We soon learn that two men that just escaped prison show up at their house to get help in their escape. The two criminals try to hunt down the Shadow and in the process shoot all but one of the dogs. This changes the dynamic of the relationships and the dog owner’s son, Jake, helps the Shadow. The sheriff arrives, the criminals are all arrested, and Dickie Nelson goes free.

  As I listened to this episode… nothing worthy of writing popped into my gray matter. So, I guess that when it's not so black and white, being in-the-gray matters . . . or your gray matter, matters.

  As I sit here listening, I try to imagine the set and how they’re making the sound effects. You gotta love those ‘Old-Time’ Radio Shows ! !

Respectfully Yours,

State of Mind !?

  My three readers may appreciate that yesterday was Earth Day 2012 . . .
a possible return to my daily Mad Postings on this, my one-and-only Blog !?
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Some Recent Thoughts:

deep  \’dēp\ adj 1: extending far from some surface or area  a:  extending far downward  b: extending well inward from an outer surface  e:  occurring or located near the outer limits of the playing area <hit to ~ right field>  3 a: difficult to penetrate or comprehend  b: mysterious obscure <a ~ dark secret>  c: grave in nature or effect  5  b:  remote in time and space  c: being below the level of the conscious <~ neuroses>

press  \'pres\  n  1 a: a crowd or crowded condition  b: a thronging or crowding together  4 a: an action of pressing or pushing  b: an aggressive pressuring defense employed  9: a lift in weight  vb 1: to act upon through steady pushing force  2 a: assail, harass  b: afflict, oppress  3 a: to squeeze out the juice or contents of  4 a: to exert influence on : constrain  b: to try hard to persuade : beseech, entreat  5: to move by means of pressure  6 a: to lay stress or emphasis on  b: to insist on or request urgently 

shun  \'shәn\  vt shunned; shunning : to avoid deliberately and esp. habitually  syn see escape 

de-pres-sion  \di-'presh-әn\  n  2: an act of depressing or a state of being depressed: as  a: a pressing down : lowering  b (1): a state of feeling sad : dejection (2) a psychoneurotic or psychotic disorder marked by sadness, inactivity, difficulty in thinking and concentration, and feelings of dejection  c (1): a reduction in activity, amount, quality, or force  (2): a lowering of vitality or functional activity  3: a depressed place or part : hollow 

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  If you know someone who is battling DEPRESSION . . . give them a break, give them a call, or better yet, give them a hug !! Don't ask stupid questions or offer fake sympathy, be there for support. Offer this person your ear and listen to them without judgement and comment, or maybe just sit there with them in complete silence.

  Example of Depressed Thinking: I am very thirsty. I know that if I get a drink of water I will feel much better. As I stand here, in the kitchen looking at the sink, knowing that I should just reach into the cupboard. A glass to hold the water I seek is only two feet away and completely within my grasp. Yet, motionless I stand here with tears in my eyes wondering why I feel so sad. 

  This is not something to take lightly. Every case is as different as the people who are in it's tortuous grasp. What is certain, is that a strong support team made up of family, doctors, friends, and a therapist are just the beginning to regaining wellness. Then a healthy change in diet, adding mild daily exercise, and, for most, to revisit ones faith are next. The healing process is usually slow and trying, and their can be many difficult relapses. The best tool is recognizing symptoms early and getting more help. 

  Although there is hope and a certainty of a full recovery, a person will be forever changed from the experience. I know this all to be true; as I have been slowly, but surely, winning a FOUR YEAR BATTLE with this sinister character, the purveyor sadness and inactivity. 

"The cave you fear to enter... 
holds the treasure that you seek." 
~ Joseph Campbell

  Thanks 4 Your Patience... and More Posts are Coming Soon . . .

Yours, In Rhythm,