Monday, September 30, 2013

Guns in America - My Final Word On The Subject


Here is an excerpt from Dave Eggers piece on the 1990s in the October 2013 issue of Vanity Fair magazine:
"In the United States, a different kind of civil war was raging, though no one acknowledged it as such. For every year of the 1990s, we averaged 31,000 deaths from handguns and semi-automatic weapons. The murder of 12 high-school students in Columbine, Colorado, briefly brought our attention to the madness of our gun culture, but very little was done... Congress cowering as always under the shadow of the N.R.A. - and the blood continued to flow. By the end of the decade, more Americans had died from guns than had been killed during the Yugoslav civil war, the Persian Gulf War, and the Somali civil war combined. We continued to think this was normal, where by most definitions that kind of body count--over 300,000 children, women, and men in 10 years--would signal that a nation was at war, or had lost its mind."
A discussion on this subject of gun violence and the inability to come up with any workable gun control legislation was kicked around on the Bill Maher television show the other evening. The idea was tossed out that every time there is a massacre and talks start up on gun control the membership in the NRA increases. If this is a fact then maybe we should just shut up and ignore it all. Then in time the NRA will dry up and go away. Then when nobody is paying attention something can get done about guns in America. 

This will be my last post for the NRA.


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Bye Bye Breaking Bad


Walter White uttered the line "Remember my name" - let me go one step further:

"Remember Our Names"

The cast of Breaking Bad, simply the best television show ever. You will be missed but only for so long as it takes to load up a DVD or Netflix version of the series.  You no longer will be sharing our Sunday evenings after tonight, but you will always share a space in our hearts forever.


Series Cast
Bryan Cranston...Walter White (62 episodes, 2008-2013)
Anna Gunn...Skyler White (62 episodes, 2008-2013)
Aaron Paul...Jesse Pinkman (62 episodes, 2008-2013)
Dean Norris...Hank Schrader (62 episodes, 2008-2013)
Betsy Brandt...Marie Schrader (62 episodes, 2008-2013)
RJ Mitte...Walter White, Jr. (62 episodes, 2008-2013)
Bob Odenkirk...Saul Goodman (43 episodes, 2009-2013)
Steven Michael Quezada...Steven Gomez (33 episodes, 2008-2013)
Jonathan Banks...Mike Ehrmantraut (28 episodes, 2009-2012)
Giancarlo Esposito...Gustavo 'Gus' Fring (26 episodes, 2009-2011)
Charles Baker...Skinny Pete (14 episodes, 2008-2013)
Christopher Cousins...Ted Beneke (13 episodes, 2009-2012)
Laura Fraser...Lydia Rodarte-Quayle (12 episodes, 2012-2013)
Jesse Plemons...Todd (12 episodes, 2012-2013)
Matt Jones...Badger (12 episodes, 2008-2013)
Michael Shamus Wiles...ASAC George Merkert (11 episodes, 2009-2012)
Lavell Crawford...Huell (11 episodes, 2011-2013)
Ray Campbell...Tyrus Kitt (10 episodes, 2011)
Krysten Ritter...Jane Margolis (10 episodes, 2009-2010)
Emily Rios...Andrea Cantillo (10 episodes, 2010-2013)
Ian Posada...Brock Cantillo (10 episodes, 2010-2013)
Tina Parker...Francesca (9 episodes, 2009-2013)
Carmen Serano...Carmen Molina (9 episodes, 2008-2013)
Mark Margolis...Tio Salamanca (8 episodes, 2009-2011)
Jeremiah Bitsui...Victor (8 episodes, 2009-2011)
David Costabile...Gale Boetticher (7 episodes, 2010-2011)
David House...Dr. Delcavoli (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Daniel Moncada...Leonel Salamanca (6 episodes, 2010)
Michael Bowen...Uncle Jack (6 episodes, 2012-2013)
Kevin Rankin...Kenny (6 episodes, 2012-2013)
Bill Burr...Kuby (5 episodes, 2011-2013)
Marius Stan...Bogdan Wolynetz (5 episodes, 2008-2011)
Rodney Rush...Combo (5 episodes, 2008-2010)
Luis Moncada...Marco Salamanca (5 episodes, 2010)
Kaija Bales...Kaylee Ehrmantraut (5 episodes, 2010-2012)
Matthew T. Metzler...Matt / ... (5 episodes, 2013)
Todd Terry...SAC Ramey (5 episodes, 2009-2013)
Patrick Sane...Frankie (5 episodes, 2012-2013)
Raymond Cruz...Tuco Salamanca (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tess Harper...Mrs. Pinkman (4 episodes, 2008-2010)
John de Lancie...Donald Margolis (4 episodes, 2009-2010)
Fred Cruz...Lt. Adam Estiguez (4 episodes, 2009-2012)
Jere Burns...Group Leader (4 episodes, 2010-2011)
Nigel Gibbs...APD Detective Tim Roberts (4 episodes, 2009-2011)
Tom Kiesche...Clovis (4 episodes, 2009-2010)
Maurice Compte...Gaff (4 episodes, 2011)
Morse Bicknell...Declan's Driver (4 episodes, 2012-2013)
Jessica Hecht...Gretchen Schwartz (4 episodes, 2008-2013)
Tait Fletcher...Lester (4 episodes, 2013)
Christopher King...Chris Mara (4 episodes, 2011-2012)
Max Arciniega...Krazy-8 (3 episodes, 2008)
Michael Bofshever...Mr. Pinkman (3 episodes, 2008-2010)
Julie Dretzin...Pamela (3 episodes, 2010)
Jesus Jr....No-Doze / ... (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Louis Ferreira...Declan (3 episodes, 2012-2013)
Cesar Garcia...Gonzo / ... (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Julia Minesci...Wendy (3 episodes, 2008-2010)
Mike Batayeh...Dennis Markowski (3 episodes, 2011-2012)
Javier Grajeda...Juan Bolsa (3 episodes, 2010-2011)
Angelo Martinez...Tomas / ... (3 episodes, 2009-2010)
Gonzalo Menendez...Detective Kalanchoe (3 episodes, 2011-2013)
Chris Freihofer...Dan Wachsberger (3 episodes, 2012)
Mike Seal...Rival Dealer #1 (3 episodes, 2009-2010)
Ashley Kajiki...Pollos Manager / ... (3 episodes, 2009-2011)
Mary Sue Evans...Janice (3 episodes, 2010-2013)
Jason Douglas...Detective Munn (3 episodes, 2011-2013)
Antonio Leyba...Rival Dealer #2 (3 episodes, 2009-2010)
Christopher Dempsey...ER Doctor #1 / ... (3 episodes, 2008-2010)
Karen M. Hudson...Office Worker (3 episodes, 2009-2010)
Jamie Haqqani...DEA Agent (3 episodes, 2009)
John Koyama...Emilio Koyama (2 episodes, 2008)
Danny Trejo...Tortuga (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Dale Dickey...Spooge's Woman (2 episodes, 2009)
David Ury...Spooge (2 episodes, 2009)
Jim Beaver...Lawson (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Sam McMurray...Dr. Victor Bravenec (2 episodes, 2009)
Dan Desmond...Mr. Gardiner (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Jeremy Howard...Sketchy (2 episodes, 2011)
Larry Hankin...Old Joe (2 episodes, 2010-2012)
JB Blanc...Dr. Barry Goodman (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Jason Byrd...Ben / ... (2 episodes, 2008)
James Ning...Duane Chow (2 episodes, 2010-2012)
Russ Dillen...Ron Forenall (2 episodes, 2012)
Jonathan Ragsdale...Barry (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Steven Bauer...Don Eladio (2 episodes, 2011)
Sam Webb...Drew Sharp (2 episodes, 2012)
Judith Rane...Office Manager (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Catherine Haun...Receptionist (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Caleb Landry Jones...Louis (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Virginia Montero...Grandma (2 episodes, 2010-2011)
Eric Steinig...Mike's Security Team 2 / ... (2 episodes, 2011)
Pedro GarcĂ­a...Mariano (2 episodes, 2013)
Phil Duran...DEA Agent / ... (2 episodes, 2012-2013)
Antoinette Antonio...TV Reporter (2 episodes, 2012)
Miguel Martinez...Fernando (2 episodes, 2012)
John Christopher Hicks...Big Biker / ... (2 episodes, 2009-2011)
Lou Pimber...Cartel Henchman (2 episodes, 2011)
Matt Berlin...DEA Agent (2 episodes, 2011)
Dana Cortez...Anchor #4 / ... (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Adam Godley...Elliot Schwartz / ... (2 episodes, 2008-2013)
Joe Nemmers...DEA Agent Scott (2 episodes, 2013)
David Priemazon...DEA Point Man / ... (2 episodes, 2009-2013)
J. Taylor...Cop / ... (2 episodes, 2010-2011)
Kevin Christopher Brown...APD Officer / ... (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Michael-David Aragon...DEA Agent (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tavia Schwartz...Bad Girl / ... (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Robert Anthony Brass...Bank Customer / ... (2 episodes, 2008)
Grizelda Quintana...Car Wash Attendant (2 episodes, 2011