I heard You paint Houses/ The Irishman

So Fans, I know it’s been WAAAYYY Too Long since we posted anything. The worlds just so crazy nowadays where should we start?!!!!
So to tide you over till the next crisis here’s a Book Report/ Movie review.
In 2004 Former prosecutor turned Author Charles Brandt published his work Titled “I Heard You Paint Houses” The Teamsters, The Mafia and Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran.
I was not aware of this book until a PBS History Detectives episode from a couple of years ago on What happened to Jimmy Hoffa.
In which they got extremely close to some Governmental secrets Including Nixon and the JFK assassination! and became their last episode eerily enough!
But I digress:

After viewing that I purchased a copy of this book on audible and after listening to it and doing a little investigating myself I felt that the book and the story told by Mr. Sheeran was plausible and the truth. Knowing how the Mafia did things back in the day and also knowing the weight that Catholics put on their Confessions I feel that Frank Sheeran Is the person who pulled the trigger and ended the life of Jimmy Hoffa on orders of his Mafia “Godfather” Russell Buffalino. And as he told in his book “If I didn’t Do the Hit Jimmy would be just as dead, And I would have went to Australia with him” Meaning he would have went “Down Under” or been buried after being killed himself. And you didn’t refuse to “Do A Job”!

The title refers to the first words Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank Sheeran (who had been a Union truck Driver) One night Russell handed a phone to Frank and said “Say Hello to your Unions President” After a shaky Hello Hoffa said “I heard You Paint Houses?”, To which Sheeran replied ” And I do MY own carpentry Work Too” (Meaning I get rid of the bodies myself also!) Hoffa was looking for someone to help him out with Union issues involving but not limited to elimination of people who didn’t fit into his version of what he wanted the Teamsters to be and those that opposed his administration as President of the International Brotherhood Of Teamsters. Introduced to Hoffa by The Mob Boss of eastern PA. and Up State New York Russell Buffalino whom He had been doing small “Jobs” For, Sheeran was just one of many Toughs that Hoffa surrounded himself with during the turbulent late ’50s and early ’60s when they were still trying to organize many of the trucking companies.
But unlike many of those union Goons Frank Sheeran became very close to Hoffa and a trusted associate enough that in 1966 Hoffa created a new Teamsters Local 326 in Wilmington, Delaware and installed Frank as interim President until he could be elected by vote of the members a year later. and He became deFacto Bodyguard for Hoffa Accompanying him to many Union dealings and conventions.

One story he tells is that Hoffa was to speak at a meeting of union members that would be attended by a faction of anti Hoffa persons, The Police wanted him to come in a back door to avoid being accosted. Hoffa would have none of that, He said ” No police, No back Door, No Guards I will come in the front and all I need is the Irishman!”

In 1962 He was told by Hoffa to get a truck and co driver and drive to a Concrete plant in Baltimore and take what was loaded onto his truck straight thru to a dog track in Florida where a car would be waiting for him to drive back to home. He claims The crates that were loaded on his truck and he delivered to E. Howard Hunt ( Of Watergate fame) contained Military supplies including Uniforms, and weapons that were used by the Anti Castro forces that landed at the Bay Of Pigs!

On another job he picked up a duffel bag and delivered it to A pilot that was waiting at the same concrete plant. He said that you didn’t have to go through Basic Training to know that bag contained 3 Rifles. And the pilot, David Ferrie ( You remember him, from the JFK Movie that was linked with Clay Shaw, New Orleans businessman prosecuted by Jim Garrison for the JFK Assassination!) delivered them to the assassins in Dallas on Nov 21 1963 after their weapons were confiscated in a traffic stop.

After Hoffa was incarcerated in ’67 and as Frank says “Went to School” he continued doing things for the new Teamsters President Frank Fitzsimmons. But he knew thing would be different when after breaking a strike by a rival union faction he went to Fitz for payment of services/Bail Money He Hung up on Him! He had to go to his own Mafia contacts and they made Fitzsimmons take care of it.
But heck everyone, go get the book and read it yourself…

The Movie The Irishman:
In 2015 Robert DeNero bought the movie rights to Charles Brandt’s fine book, and took on the task of producing a movie version. After starting casting the word leaked out that he was making another epic Mob Movie to Rival Goodfellows! After several attempts to shop the screenplay to several major studios he ended up selling the project to Netflix in 2017.
A few weeks back I noticed that our own fearless leader MRambler had Netflix on his TV and since I could not see any of the limited theatrical releases of the movie in Nov of ’19 I told MR about the book and scheduled a screening after he had read the book.
Last weekend we watched it and lets just say the movie lived up to all the Pre Premiere Hype. It stars all the Mob Movie Heavyweights DeNero, Pacino, ( 1st time starring together)Joe Pesci, As well as many others Ray Ramano (Everybody Loves Raymond) and many actors that you will have seen in many fine movies.
This is one of the best movies that I have seen in years. Robert DeNero’s portrayal of Frank Sheeran is so powerful that he makes one believe that he is a 6’4″ Irish Catholic Killer, Al Pacino’s portrayal of Jimmy Hoffa is right out of Newsreels from Hoffa’s life and Joe Pesci as “The Quiet Don” Russell Buffalino reminds one why he was considered the model for Don Corlione in The Godfather.
One of the highpoints of the movie is the use of all the Classic Automobiles. All the period cars were great and proper to the timeframes they were used in. The CGI graphics and makeup artists did a Great job of Aging the characters from persons in their 30’s into their 80’s. So great acting, settings, and Makeup made for a pleasant viewing experience.

So in conclusion, Arrange for yourselves 3 hours and watch a great movie, If you liked Good Fellows, The Godfather, Casino, and Donnie Brasco you’re gonna like The Irishman. And look for it at the Oscars! (The Golden Globes can Kiss My Butt!)

Jonestown 40 Years later.

Today please remember with me the souls that 40 years ago followed a evil narssistic leader to the Guyanese jungle and those that followed him to their deaths, and the ones who didn’t drink of the poison but were murdered by the evil leadership of the Cult including almost 390 Children. The only US Congressman ever assassinated in the line of duty Rep. Leo J. Ryan (D) CA, NBC reporter Don Harris, NBC cameraman Bob Brown, Photojournalist Greg Robinson. And all those wounded who still deal with the horror of what happened that dark November 18th 1978 on a daily basis. For some the first death on live TV was when Ruby shot Oswald. For me and many others it was on the NBC Nightly News on Monday evening Nov. 20th 1978 when they played the film footage of the Port Kaituma airstrip Massacre. So please say a prayer for all those affected by this senseless tragedy as we remember. And hope we can learn from it. Those who don’t remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

Medical marijuana in Oklahoma

Sorry everyone We Know it’s been a while but you know how things go, Life, Jobs, TV ETC.
That being said I just had to post this. Here Goes.
Morning everyone. Before I start, I’m not trying to start any fights here I just would like to know what everyone’s position is and try to understand All sides of the Issue. That Being said: The Way I see It. Medical Marijuana. Why is everyone up in arms about the rules imposed by the State? It seems like there’s only 2 sides. one side it seems to me are the people who just want to get High in the streets without any regards for how their actions effect anyone else, The other is people who are worried about how the business model will be structured so they can make money from the industry. The side that haven’t been all over the press are the people who Medical Marijuana would benefit, the patients who have gained a actual relief of symptoms by consuming the Cannabis plant extracts. Lets look at the question. It’s MEDICAL MARIJUANA, Not recreational. The guidelines put forth are geared toward that. The only thing I might have a problem with is the number of Dispensaries, 50 means there wouldn’t even be one in each county and 27 would not have one. This would be a inconvenience for patients who would have to travel several miles to have their prescriptions filled, Many of whom do not have the means to travel. As for the consumption, I see all these news stories showing all the Different “Strains” with all these Cute Names for each. That would not matter since it’s for Medical purposes, the only difference would be in the strength of the active ingredient that is used for the medicinal Benefit. The Cannabis plant has certain chemical properties that when ingested have medical benefits, these compounds can either be extracted by 1 of 2 different processes. 1. Drying the plants leaves and ingesting the smoke when the dried leaf is burnt, This is the less pure form of the medicinal properties of the plant. 2. by a process where the essential oils from the plant are extracted and processed into a consumable form such as a tablet or oil and then is infused into a orally consumable form i.e. Gummies, Brownies, etc. For the medical benefit smoking it is the quickest form but todays processes can make the processed form a much better and more medically beneficial alternative. So that being said, Where’s the problem with the guidelines for the patients that are wanting and needing the benefits of Medical Cannabis? As for there having to be a Pharmacist in each dispensary, It’s for Medical Needs. Do those who are screaming the loudest have a problem with there being a Pharmacist in every Drug Store? Remember the bill as written and voted on was for MEDICAL Marijuana NOT Recreational! I urge all of you to Look up the actual Bill that many of you voted on and read the wording. Remember we live in a world where there must be rules everything can’t just be free from Guidelines. So let’s start a reasonable and civil discussion about this. Stop, Focus, and Look at the Big Picture.

MR Rock Coroner RIP Blu.

Friends, this is probably one of the hardest death posts I have had to post. This morning our community lost one of our own. Although he never posted on here just about everyone knows Danny Abernathy or as we all knew him as “Blu” He was a mainstay of the OKC Music Scene for most of the early ’70s either with his band Sissortail or as a studio owner he touched many band’s lives. He will be missed by many.

Oklahoma needs a Competent Weather Forecaster….

Huskysooner, you need to move back to Oklahoma and become a big TV Weather Star!!!… The one’s we have now predicted for two weeks that we were going to have a bad ice storm here in the OKC area this past weekend – Yes, it did get close, BUT, after it missed us Friday, they predicted it was going to be even worse in OKC Saturday than what was originally predicted for Friday!!… Guess what, Duh, they missed it again… A little light freezing rain that turned to rain today (Sunday)….

Now, don’t get me wrong, I didn’t want a dangerous Ice Storm, and, I went out and spent over $100 dollars on an indoor propane heater, car charger for my iPhone, LED camp lights, extra propane bottles, and extra batteries – PLUS – putting up with the largest crowd of Bozo’s I’d seen since the Christmas Season at Wally World doing the same thing….

THAT’S what I’m really mad about – Money that I really didn’t have, spent on something that I really didn’t need right now… Argh!!! Bonehead Oklahoma Weather NON-Forecasters… Of course, I’m sure I will need the stuff sometime down the line… It would just have been nice to have had a little heads-up on when to stockpile supplies so you can plan for it and not face total financial ruin!!! (well, Being me, I probably wouldn’t have paid attention to the warning – maybe that’s why I’m mad – I DID pay attention to this one and got boned)…

So-o-o-o, Come Back, Huskysooner – We can really use your skill-set….

MRambler – Netflix Binge Watcher

Yeah, somebody on this Blog – Jek (Not mentioning any names Ha!)… Got me hooked up (For Free-To ME) on his Netflix account, so part of the reason that I’ve been gone so long is that binge-watching takes up a lot of time!!!!.. BUT, maybe, JUST MAYBE, I’m back… We’ll have to see…

Oh, Yeah, Alan Alda – BOY, not only has he aged badly, he’s turned into the “Bad Guy” that you have no choice but to hate “With A Vengeance” – a scum-sucking low-life politician on “The Blacklist”….

Just Updated this Blog-O….

I actually plan to get back to posting again this year!  Ha!….  At least, that’s the plan…  I just updated the OS on this thing-O so have at it!!!!…..  AND….

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!

MR Rock Coroner. Leon Russell

We have just learned of the passing of the music legend and fellow Oklahoman Leon Russell at his home in Nashville.

I said “Shake, Rattle and Roll”

9-3-16 Earthquake

Election 2016 and other hilarity

High everyone, I know, it’s been a while. I personally have been hauling around the country trying to keep ahead of our little terrorist/furbot PDB and clean up after him. What an election cycle huh? Who could have seen this coming? I mean the Donald, I saw Hill Dog from right after the last election. So as they say in Chicago, vote early and often. …..GET BACK HERE YOU LITTLE FURRY BAST…!

Oklahoma House Bill SJR 68

All my friends who watch TV in Okla. have undoubtedly sen the ads lately about Anheiser Busch having to leave Ok. if the bill passes. So I did a little research ( As all informed Voters should do) Here’s the short version as I see it.
If it passes the House and Senate it will then go to a vote of the PEOPLE in Nov as ALL Laws should.
This Bill House Bill SJR68 basically means that we could have Cold Beer in Liquor stores, Over 3.2 beer and Wine in Grocery and certain Convenience Stores. What AB is crying Foul over is the fact that it would limit the way that the Brewer can Distribute their product.
That being said, AB purchased the local Distributor here in OKC a few years back (Many of you have seen the new place at 240 and eastern) Mainly because they could, and to eliminate a middleman in their supply chain.
As a Truck driver who hauls into that place quite often I am interested in how this is going to work. The Bill means that they would have to go back to the way it was before and there be a 3rd party distributor in OKC as there is in other parts of the state. The “Jobs that would be lost” would be Lost to AB not to Oklahomans, Most of those employed there would be employed by the Distributor that comes in or is created. The supply Chain that the consumer sees would remain the same. It just means that AB would not have the monopoly on their Beer Distribution in Central OK.
I must add that the Beer industry is one of the most Truck Driver UNFRIENDLY industries in this country. I haul into and out of 2 different AB breweries and Miller Coors in Golden, CO. on a weekly basis and hate having to go there to load they want us to be on time but, don’t care if it takes them 8 hours to load us. So I personally cannot sympathize with AB crying Foul.
So as I have said Look into things for yourself investigate before you vote, don’t just vote one way or another because of TV ads.

Happy New year 2016…..

Yep, it’s 2016 already, and, boy, was I ever ready!!…  2015 was definitely an off-year for me….  Hadn’t been around the Blog very much this past year, BUT, I hope to change that and get back into the usual off-the-wall stuff we are known for (somewhat) (Ha!)….

Anyways, hope everybody has a great new Year’s Day and hope to see everyone start posting again….  You too – Anon Ha!……

Merry Christmas 2015

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, To all of our Little Community. Hope you all got everything you wanted. J.J.

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

Happy Thanksgiving all you that are left.(Only the Strong Survive) Hope you are all well and surrounded with family and friends, food, football, and all that makes life worthwhile.

Glad to know I’m not alone when I notice nonsensical assertions….

One thing I really hate is when the news ‘reports’ on something that instantly sets off my B.S. meter, and I appear to not only be among the few people that notice something awry, but am actually labelled ‘sexist’, ‘insensitive’, or ‘difficult’ for calling the conclusions into question. Latest example, the perceived ‘wage gap’ between men and women. Fortunately, a guy named Maddox decided to put a lot more effort into answering my concerns than my lazy ass was willing to.

 

(If you didn’t already know, Maddox is a long-time blogger that runs The Best Page In The Universe as well as his own YouTube channel. I came across it in ’99, and it is highly recommended reading!)