Gary Kent’s Book goes on sale

August 17, 2009 – 10:45 am

Gary Kent’s book is out and I highly recommend it.  Stuntman, Director,  and Movie outlaw, he recalls his life as a partner to such luminaries at Jack Nicholson, Chuck Bail, Warren Beatty and too many others to mention that worked with him in some 100+ films.

www.garykentfilmmaker.com

His book is in stores & amazon now, and sales are brisk.  Pick one up and enjoy this original and rare look into the days when “outlaws” were bucking the studio system and putting everything on the line to make films.


Blowers

July 1, 2008 – 6:41 am

I have a simple idea. It’s not a concept that will change the world but it certainly wouldn’t hurt.  Can we please shut down the blowers? That’s right folks, call off your yard man with that phallic shaped, gas fueled, smog creating, dust stirring, noise producing nuisance.Even I’m guilty. I’m one of those homeowners that put up with my yard guys using them, but I encourage them to use it quickly, sparingly, and only when absolutely necessary. Am I odd because I like to see leaves on my yard, porch and sidewalk? Am I kooky for thinking leaves are cool?In so many ways, leaf blowers highlight the stupidity of humans. We are the only species that will choose to foul up a peaceful, clear and beautiful day with machines that sound worse than jets taking off, smell as foul, burns fossil fuel, and can actually cause illness with the pollution they produce (from smoke, dust and bacteria)…all to chase a few innocent leaves that otherwise were happily laying around on the ground, minding their own business.Think about it, man has even asserted power over leaves! Aren’t we something? And I laugh, because God, or Mother Nature (how ever you choose to define), intended them to be left alone. Why? Because they trap needed ground moisture, lessen erosion, and protect new growth all while decomposing into a great and nutritious meal to be absorbed by the very tree that dropped them. Trees share so they spread around the gift too. They also protect microorganisms and little bugs that participate in a food chain that support other good forms of life. Miraculous, huh? Leaves also create a sense and spirit of fall, add a nice change of color to the scenery, help put us in the mood for the holidays and even save our plants by letting us water less, all while protecting them from the cold. Isn’t it real odd that we hire people to, and make ourselves, use a tool to chase away a beautiful, miraculous, god created natural wonder all to get a better view of one of mans ugliest of creations…concrete? What happened to that sense of being in tune with nature, and allowing things to be as they are, instead of running an unsuspecting leaf off like they are some kind of thief?What is the purpose? I really don’t know. But, I miss seeing kids play in leaf piles (they actually had fun picking up) or being able to walk down a cozy street and see loads of leaves gathered along the side of the road…or having that tv commercial like experience of driving a car down a covered road and seeing the leaves part behind like your on some wild autumn trail.Ok, those are kind of hokey and maybe old fashion, but not really. If you go up to the east coast into some of the most coveted tourist resorts they are not blowing leaves…instead they “leave” them alone and people enjoy the wonderful fall experience it helps to sustain.Here in Dallas the more land you have the more people and yard men blow. Blow Blow Blow, all day, early in the morning, and until sunset. My neighborhood has become an 10 hour a day 7 day a week blowathon. They never seem to take the day off. Even really windy days seem to be a good day to feudally blow. One neighbor’s yard man even blows on his roof! And there is always the proverbial yard man blowing leaves into oncoming traffic on a main thoroughfare. How dare they take the easy way out! You want to get out of your car, knock on the door to the unsuspecting customer, and say, “do you know what your yard man is doing!??” Until you pull yourself together and realize, that might be taking it too far.In conclusion, I have a humble suggestion. Can we please turn off the blowers and leave the leaves alone?


RUSSO COLLECTION GOES LIVE!

April 15, 2008 – 6:23 pm

  Rare Faberge Desk Clock

For those interested in rare Russian and English Royal Collectable objects, our friends have allowed Heritage Auctions, HA.COM, to represent them in selling many of the items they have carefully collected throughout the last 20 years. This is very exciting because it includes some of the most beautiful and exquisite objects from English and Russian Royal families. Some dating back to the 18th century, these items have been owned by famous leaders like Alexander the 1st, Catherine the Great and Queen Victoria. The newest items have been in or distributed by the personal collection of Lady Diana and also date back to the Royal Collections of 18th century monarchy.

Check out the Auction at www.ha.com

It closes on April 24th.


Corporatations not Spreading the Love?

February 2, 2008 – 9:59 am

I’m all for Corporate Profits.  When the system works, profit translates into shareholder gain, asset growth and increased earnings.  That creates higher tax revenue back into this place we call America, competitive strength against foreign competitors and hopefully increased rewards and pay to employees.  This, in turn should benefit the folks that work there, and their families plus have the added benefit of offering multiple windfalls to the communities the company operates out of.    

Problem:    Like no time in history Corporate Profit distribution to employees and workers are at a shocking low.  I recently came across the above graph.  It represents an average of the last eight economic growth cycles and it compares the current one to those.  It’s very telling. The red bars (left) above represent this current recovery and what amount of profits corporations have made, how they have compensated labor and what the private wage and salary income was as result of those profits.  The blue bar next to the red represents the averages of the last eight recoveries.  The assumption would be that the averages set an example or a standard of normalcy.  The graph clearly shows that while corporate profits are up 62.2% compared to an average of only13.9% for the last eight recoveries, the labor and private wage and salary income has actually dropped sharply.  This is extraordinary, in that while corporate profits are at incredible unprecedented highs, the worker is not reaping even a portion of the normal and historical benefits.    Add inflation, the cost of health care, fuel cost, and the drop in the purchasing power of the dollar, tand his is, without doubt, oppressing the working middle class.

Who’s to Blame?   There are several to blame.  One, the current outsourcing of jobs and illegal immigration has allowed corporations to hire cheaper labor and thwart efforts by labor in the U.S. to negotiate higher and well deserved increases in wages.  Secondly, the political climate has been strongly tilted toward protecting corporate profits and management earnings while deliberately slighting the working folks.  Further, pension overhauls (which let companies off the hook of honoring their promises to labor), a low minimum wage not raised in a very long time and labor management/efficiency measures that are less favorable to workers have all contributed to this aberration.  Also, it must be said that workers (employees) are also part of the problem by allowing themselves to be held hostage to jobs many times out of fear of losing insurance, benefits and  perceived security (notice, “perceived”).  It’s a tough position to be in, but it’s time they took a stand.

Solution:  Demand government raise the minimum wage (this has been done), lobby for better rights and pay for workers, hold senior executives responsible for improperly rewarding and paying themselves while simultaneously holding back on pay to employees and shareholders.  Employees should have the audacity to move or change jobs if they don’t like the pay.  With profits like these, it will help everyone if there is a little more distribution to workers and shareholders alike.  Unfortunately, companies are hanging on to cash like never before and many times stashing it offshore. Their income taxes have been lowered; which gives them less reason to expend on payroll, research, general expenses and even capital investments.  All that turns down general outlays.  Add to that the consolidation of companies in buyouts and a reemergence of monopoly like behemoths that are back in style and you’ve got a lack of synergy in the money flow out of corporations.  Until Americans ask for better, you can bet corporate leaders will take what they can get.


New Book by Shirley MacLaine

January 31, 2008 – 7:32 pm

Shirley has recently published her 11th book. “Sage-ing While Age-ing”, encourages her readers to think about the unseen and their purpose in life. Exploring everything from consciousness, to her fact based belief in UFO’s and other beings, her inspirational and radical (would you expect anything less?) book is captivating and certainly worth a read.�


Our Friend Paul Castro’s Achievment

January 21, 2008 – 3:36 pm

August RushGo out and enjoy this new and great movie, created and written by our friend Paul Castro.

Staring Freddie Highmore, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Keri Russell and Robin Williams, it’s playing now in theaters everywhere.


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