Likes and Dislikes

Likes

– Watching Justin Bieber’s career crash and burn

– All the respect that Maya Angelou has received

– Unfrosted Pop Tarts

Orange Is The New Black season 2 is available today

– Sitting on the front steps with the GF in the evening

 

Dislikes

– Black people making excuses for Justin Bieber

– The Miami Heat (Go Spurs!)

– My local library not having the books I want to read

– Bread

– Missing WNBA games because I don’t have cable

 

What are you liking and disliking these days?

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10 Things: News and Pop Culture Edition

A few things in the news and pop culture have been getting my attention of late. So, I thought I’d share my thoughts.

01.  Was James Gandolfini a former U.S. President? No offense to him, he was a really good actor, but the media coverage of his recent death seems way out of proportion to his stature. Am I wrong?

02.  Some people seem surprised that Paula Deen is apparently a bigot and possibly a racist. I’m not. Are you?

03. North West? Well by now I’m sure that you’ve heard that Kimye had a little girl. And, that they’ve named her “North West”. Personally I think “East West” would have been nicer for a girl. What do you think of the name?

04. In the last couple of weekends about 50 people have been shot and several killed in Chicago’s South and East communities. Even though I’m not surprised I find it amazing that that Obama person hasn’t said a word about it. And, the national media coverage has almost been non-existent. Do you think that the Governor of Illinois ought to declare a State of Emergency and send in the National Guard?

And now please enjoy this intermission which features a musical interlude from Craig Mack which was originally released in 1994.

05. Are you pro-LeBron or anti-Lebron. I’m anti-Lebron.

07. At first I thought Edward Snowden was doing a good thing revealing how the government has been spying on American citizens by keeping track of Verizon customer’s calls. Now though Snowden seems to have gone off the rails. He’s leaking info about the U.S. spying on China. Seems to me the U.S. is supposed to be spying on China. So, at this point, I’m hoping they lock him up. And another thing, how does a high school dropout get a job first with the CIA and then as a analyst for a NSA intelligence contractor? Do you think he ought to face charges?

09. Is our choice for President in 2016 going to boil down to Clinton vs. Christie?

10. If Skylar Diggins was as good at tennis as she is at basketball I think she’d become one of the biggest sports stars in the world. What do you think?

 

Please share your thoughts!

 

Val’s Netflix Recommendations

So, as you may remember, I finally have Netflix. And, I have been really enjoying it. It is a wonderful alternative to way over-priced cable, which I haven’t had since 2008.

Anyway, I thought I would share some great films and docs I’ve seen on Netflix recently. I hope you will feel free to make some recommendations to me as well.

01. The World Unseen – This is a love story set in 1950’s South Africa. It stars the amazingly beautiful Sheetal Seth (above) and Lisa Ray. It follows two ethnically Indian, South African women as they deal with the restrictions and abuses of apartheid while developing a special friendship.

02. El Infierno – This is a Mexican gangster film with a lot of twists and turns. For some reason this film is marketed as a comedy but it is decidedly not. There are funny situations but this is a film about Narcos, Mexico’s political corruption and love. Warning, it is very violent. And the film is in Spanish so there are subtitles.

03. Carrier – This is a series about life on board a naval aircraft carrier. It follows a number of different sailors and aviators throughout their time at sea. The series is very honest and doesn’t pull any punches about life in the navy or on board a carrier. The series is definitely not a recruitment project.

04. ESPN Films: Unguarded – This documentary is part of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series on different sports topics. This particular one is about former pro basketball player Chris Herren and his struggles with substance abuse. The feature documents his rise as a high school star and his troubled college and pro careers.

05. Religulous – I’m not really a Bill Maher fan. In fact I think most times he’s a somewhat racist idiot. But, he hits it out of the park in his documentary about questioning the worlds religions. Maher travels around the U.S. and world asking religious people, scholars and clergy about their faith, religious teachings and much more. If you are religious and are easily hurt by people who question religion and religious faith then this isn’t the doc for you. But, if you have an open mind and want to learn a thing or three about religion then this is a great doc to see.

I hope you get a chance to check out these films. If you do please let me know what you thought of them And, I hope you have some Netflix film recommendations for me as well.

Likes and Dislikes

Likes

Spring fever
Rainy days
Facebook pages of beautiful and talented women
Slow paced foreign films
Shopping for sundresses
Heirloom tomatoes
Sade’s 80’s style
France intervening to protect Timbuktu and its people
Finally watching the last season of The L Word
The WNBA

Dislikes

Network news
Chief Keef
Radio DJ’s who talk too much
Putting out the trash
Monsanto Protection Act
Apple Pie
Barack Obama
Internet cookies
Clutch Magazine
The NBA
Bill Maher
Spike Lee’s Opal Gilstrap

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