Rhetorical question

Bollywood dances usually follow or are choreog...

Bollywood dances usually follow or are choreographed to filmi songs. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is an Indian restaurant in Ventura, California named Bollywood after the film capital of India located in Bombay, combined with Hollywood. Since Bombay is now named Mumbai, shouldn’t the Indian film industry be now referred to as Mollywood?


Ronald Reagan wearing cowboy hat at Rancho del...

Ronald Reagan wearing cowboy hat at Rancho del Cielo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If Ronald Reagan were alive today, what would he think of the current GOP? He would recognize the direction of the current GOP as one he had set in motion. However, I believe he would be appalled by the extremism that the current GOP has embraced and labelled it his legacy. Reagan was much more a moderate than an extreme right-wing fanatic. He was a union member, then a union president during his days in Hollywood. Reagan knew when to compromise and he was not afraid to raise taxes. He learned how to do that during his eight years as governor of California. Those on the far Right who claim Ronald Reagan as a patron saint do no know Ronald Reagan.

Bell Book Candle

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Some readers have wondered where I got the name for this site. I wanted to include book reviews and the name Bell Book Candle just popped into my mind. There was a film in 1958  by that name starring Jimmy Stewart, Kim Novak and Jack Lemmon that I saw only once in my life and that I remembered enjoying. It was in color in an era when many films were still in black and white. I saw the movie at the Woods Theater in Chicago’sLoop” days or a few weeks after it was released. It was the second film of that year that I saw starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak; the first was Hitchcock’s Vertigo.

Kim Novak grew up on Sayre Avenue on Chicago’s westside. One of my mother’s sisters lived at 2030 North Sayre which was almost directly across the street from the home of Kim Novak’s childhood. The parents still lived there when I was a teen, but Kim herself had moved to Hollywood to become a star. Sayre Avenue is a quiet, tree-lined street of mostly brick bungalows.

My original intention was to use this site for learning and testing ideas. I had originally planned to migrate these posts to www.truthjusticepoetry.com once I had mastered webmastering. Now I am undecided; I am having a lot of fun just as it is. The header and background art are from Snow Canyon state park here in Saint George, Utah. It never snows in Snow Canyon; the name honors a pioneer family.

Bell book candle also refers to a former practice of the Catholic Church used to excommunicate persons convicted of particularly grievous sins. I intend to point out the responsibility of those who commit particularly grievous crimes against the body politic.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker - Caricature

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I received a letter today from Scott Walker of Wisconsin the old-fashioned way; it was delivered by a letter carrier, who had not yet been privatized or laid off if the GOP in Congress have their way. Of course he asked for money to combat his recall by the forces of evil, Big unions, President Obama, Moveon.org radicals, George Soros and ultra left elites in Hollywood and Manhattan. He claimed that the demonstrators in Madison, Wisconsin, earlier this year came from parts unknown and then later in the letter he named them, Chicago and Las Vegas. I live close to Las Vegas and I doubt that anyone in their right mind would go to Madison in winter from our mild climate.

I don’t support Scott Walker and I hope that he is recalled. As a friend of the Koch brothers, he can ask them for all the money he needs. I will not send him one cent.