Never Let Me Go (2005)

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“I was taken aback at how densely detailed each one was…There was something vulnerable about each of them.” by Kazuo Ishiguro

A Novel by Kazuo Ishiguro

In an alternate world, disease is eradicated through the use of organ transplants.  These donations are from human clones.  The “special” people are kept in a protected environment, in boarding schools and government housing.  Most are accepting of their fate.  It’s understood that after three or four donations, they will die:  “completion” as they call it.

In what is the most telling part of the story, a teacher warns her students that, “You will never have regular jobs.  You will never marry or have children.  Your lives have already been decided for you.”  (She is immediately fired.)  The next day, the head of the school condemns her, calling this an act of “subversion”.

“Forward thinking always has its detractors.  We will not be swayed.”

The students applaud.

An allegory?

Here in America, we have Generation Snowflake.  The term “snowflake” originally began as a compliment.  “We may look alike, yet we are all different.”

As most of you are aware, there have been calls for the shutting down of free speech.  “Free Speech” according to Gen. Snowflake is “dangerous”.  Snowflakes want “safe spaces free of micro-aggressions.”

On Nov. 8, 2016, you saw the reactions from the snowflake crowds when Donald Trump won.

Alex Jones Portrait (cropped).jpg Two years later, we are witnessing right-wing commentators being deplatformed from the Internet.  YouTube, Facebook, Twitter are all guilty of shadow-banning.  Far-left politicians claim that “Hate speech is not protected by the First Amendment.”

Where is all this going?

What happens in ten years when Gen. Snowflake runs the world?  Will writers be arrested for articles like this?  Five years ago, you may have laughed at this suggestion.  Who’s laughing now?

First, comes the silencing of the opposition.  Next, there will be prison for anyone who speaks or writes something that may inspire a crime.  The truth is, anything may potentially inspire a crime:  a cartoon, a videogame, a film.  Shall we ban everything that’s potentially offensive?  Will TV programs made in the twentieth-century be removed for not being PC enough?  What about books?  All forms of media or art?

We are entering dark times, times where if we don’t fight for the right to be heard, we will lose this, our most basic freedom.


“Never Let Me Go” is also a 2010 film, directed by Mark Romanek and stars Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightley

Text © 2018 – ERN

The Day the Clown Cried (1972)

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Jerry Lewis portrays Helmut Doork in “The Day the Clown Cried”

Jerry Lewis unreleased film on the Holocaust has become something of a legend.  Filmed in Sweden, much of it with his own money, it remains an enigma, seen by only a few people.  What happened?

In 1971, producer Nat Wachsberger offered Jerry Lewis the role, plus the chance to direct.  Lewis agreed, believing it would put him in the realm of serious filmmakers.

Things started to go awry when he began tinkering with the screenplay, trying to make it “funny”.  At the time, Jerry Lewis owned a small theater chain with plans of releasing it in his own theaters.   These theaters catered to a family viewing audience.  How can you release a depressing saga about genocide for the kiddies?  So, Jerry Lewis set out with the impossible task of making a family-friendly Holocaust film – Rated PG.

1972.  During filming, producer Wachsberger failed to come up with the needed funding – Lewis was forced to pay for it himself.  Upon completion, the unpaid screenwriters (Joan O’Brien and Charles Denton) didn’t approve of the film and didn’t want it to be released.  Wachsberger kept the original print.  Jerry, having his own copy, took it back to the States.  Due to all the legal problems, ownership issues and copyright difficulties, “Clown” became unreleasable.  Because the writers weren’t paid, they retained copyright control.

Years passed,.  Jerry Lewis said “Clown” was complete or nearly finished, required some editing and that it would be released eventually.  Until…

Back in the late 70’s , D.J. Casey Kasem was one of the emcees for the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.  Jerry loaned Kasem a videotape copy of “Clown”, which he unwisely loaned to actor Harry Shearer.  Shearer leaked it to the press that “The Day the Clown Cried” was a turkey – wrong in every aspect of development.  Lewis outraged, fired Casey Kasem from the telethon and locked up his movie.

Towards the end of his life, Jerry commented that “Clown” had become an “embarrassment” to him, that he thought he “could pull it off, but couldn’t.”  For a while, he said he burned it, which wasn’t true.  “The Day the Clown Cried” was donated to the Library of Congress and won’t be released until the year 2024.

My personal opinion is that Jerry Lewis’ film is neither the best or the worst movie ever made.  It remains a curiosity item; a lost fragment of cinema.

Text © 2018 – ERN

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Omarosa’s Espionage

Did former reality show star Omarosa always have plans to betray President Trump?

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Didn’t he take a nobody and make her famous on his show “The Apprentice”?  In 2016, she was made Director of African-American Outreach for his presidential campaign.  In 2017, she was chosen to be Trump’s presidential assistant and director of communications.  A year later she was fired.  As it turns out, she was secretly recording meetings.

Pres. Trump needs a full-on investigation into anyone who could be backing her financially.  Was there a pay-off?

The MSM seems all on board with a “You go, girlfriend!”  Anything to bring Trump down.  Except, isn’t it illegal to record someone without their knowledge?  Didn’t the Nixon White House self-destruct over Watergate?

Trump needs to make an example of this Judas-fucking-traitor.  Stop with the tweets and bring out an arrest warrant.

Text © 2018 – ERN


Sometimes a scene from a movie stays in your head.  Some examples…

Amadeus (1984)

Besides containing some of the most beautiful music ever composed, it perfectly casts Tom Hulce as Mozart and F. Murray Abraham as Salieri.  (Both nominated for Best Actor, Abraham won the Oscar.)

What’s so hilarious and so tormenting is how Mozart insults Salieri without knowing it.  He describes his earlier work to him as “a funny little piece”.  Mozart then replays Salieri’s music, changing it, drastically improving it, while Salieri’s face falls, realizing that he himself isn’t the great composer he thought he was.  (Video is from crazyman4985 on YouTube.)

Ordinary People (1980)  Contains spoilers.

Towards the film’s conclusion, Calvin Jarrett (Donald Sutherland) has to tell his wife Beth (Mary Tyler Moore) that he doesn’t love her anymore.  There’s tragedy in this, but there’s something brilliant about it.  It could easily have fallen into soap opera mode, but doesn’t.  Why?  Because of a very real performance by Sutherland and those magnificent words by author Judith Guest, adapted by Alvin Sargent.  “You’re so cautious, but your not strong.  Do you love me?  Do you really love me?”  (Video is from sagn on YouTube.)

The Birds (1963)

The birds are already on the rampage.  After an attack, Mitch and Melanie (Rod Taylor and Tippi Hedren) go looking for his little sister, Cathy.  (Veronica Cartwright.)  They find her in her teacher’s house, crying.  Her teacher, Annie Hayworth (Suzanne Pleshette) is lying nearby dead, mutilated, her eyes pecked out.  Taking Cathy away in the car, she tells them what happened.  “The birds came and she pushed me in the house.  And the birds covered her…”  It’s made even more sad, because Annie is one of Mitch’s castoff girlfriends.

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Suzanne Pleshette, victim of “The Birds”

Text © 2018 – ERN

Lord of the Flies

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“The flies were black and iridescent green and without number.  In front of Simon, the Lord of the Flies hung on a stick and grinned.   At last, Simon gave up and looked back; saw the white teeth and dim eyes, the blood – and his gaze was held by that ancient, inescapable, recognition.”  From Lord of the Flies by William Golding, 1954.

A breakdown of civilization – tribalism – violence – murder.  Sound familiar?  It isn’t just part of William Golding’s novel.  It’s what happening right now.  Americans are breaking up into different groups.  If you’re not part of that group (or at least agree with their rules), you will be shunned or attacked.  So far, much of this has remained one-sided.  It cannot remain so.

On July 25, a Mexican attacked Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a pick-axe.  Leftists called it abstract art.  What do you think?

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Trump’s star: before and after.

Trumpers who wear MAGA hats or t-shirts face continued threats of violence.

When is lethal force required?  Will a man be forced to defend himself with lethal force, if an angry mob wants to kill him?

“But, doesn’t Trump preach hate and division?  Hasn’t he caused this violence?”

The left blame President Trump for their own actions.  They preach peace + tolerance, then want to kill you.

Much has been made of Trump’s immigration policies:  securing our borders.  The left want to disband ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and begin a new open border policy.

Next month marks seventeen years since 9/11.  Did you know that many school children don’t know how it happened?  They don’t know the hijackers were Muslim (mostly Saudi) and were here through illegal visas.  Some don’t know who Osama bin Laden was.  How’d that happen?  Isn’t this recent history?  When did 9/11 become a vague incident caused by unknown terrorists?

I noticed at the library, a lot of books on 9/11 have disappeared.  It is as Al Gore said, “An Inconvenient Truth”.

Former Pres. Obama called Muslim immigrants “pilgrims” – just like the ones who landed on Plymouth Rock.  Do you believe him?  After seeing what they’ve done to Europe, do you still believe him?   Text © 2018 – ERN

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Muslims immigrants swarm into England.




Alex Jones “Infowars” Censored – Who’s Next?

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Controversial news commentator Alex Jones has been permanently removed from YouTube, Facebook and Apple for alleged “hate speech”.  The mainstream media have fought Jones for years.  As the aged MSM fades, they seek to remove “Inforwars” platforms.  (And anybody else who is a perceived threat.) remains on the Internet, however YouTube and Facebook control millions of viewers.  This is a major blow for the First Amendment.  The move to censor is a growing trend from the left, who think free speech is “dangerous”.

The far-left have dominated the major networks and cable stations for decades – until the Internet.  And now that an opposing viewpoint comes their way, they attempt to silence it.  The left preach fairness and tolerance – this is pure sham.  Hypocrisy in a nutshell.  Anyone with a opposing thought is at first ignored, then ridiculed, and finally terminated.

Make no mistake, those higher up on the food-chain have something to do with this.  They (the government, the NWO, the MSM, China) want full control of YouTube and Facebook:  anything normal, middle-class America watches.  They already monopolize television.

“Hate speech is not protected by the First Amendment.”  Hillary Clinton

Some of you reading this will say, “So what?  I don’t like Alex Jones!”  The problem with that is the domino effect.  Sooner or later, when you start picking and choosing which content is “acceptable” you go down that slippery slope of no return.  If everything that’s potentially offensive is removed, so goes Saturday Night Live, Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher and other satirical content.

The unexpected winner of all this is BitChute, an alternate video website, that’s growing by leaps and bounds.

I urge viewers to abandon YouTube.  They’re censoring free speech.

Text (C) 2018 – ERN