This past year has been terrible. On the domestic front, Obama’s political and personal pathologies dominate.
I recently spoke with a close friend who is a fine, dedicated physician in a small private practice. He’s considering early retirement. “I don’t think I can continue practicing medicine under ObamaCare. It forces me to pay more attention to paper work than to my patients. It would also force me into bankruptcy. I don’t take Medicare patients. ObamaCare is Medicare on steroids.”
The coming year for ObamaCare, and the vast majority of American people, will be even worse.
On the international scene, the four-year civil war in Syria looks like it will continue indefinitely. Here again, Obama’s lie about a chemical red-line was a defining moment.
A trusted source who is close to Bibi Netanyahu told Seraphic Secret that when Obama reneged on his chemical red-line statement, Israel understood that Obama is “fundamentally weak and untrustworthy.”
Don’t miss Sam Fuller’s great Pickup on South Street, (1953) broadcast this evening on Turner Classic Movies. It’s a beautifully crafted hard-boiled drama, and Fuller is at the top of his form in this tale of an amoral pickpocket, Richard Widmark, mixed up in international Communist espionage.
Jean Peters does a great turn as B-girl—that’s code for prostitute—who has the misfortune to get involved with Widmark. Sam Fuller chose Peters for the role over Marilyn Monroe. He felt that Marilyn was child-like, too innocent, whereas Peters had the right combination smoldering sensuality and hardened gutter appeal. At the time Peters was making this movie she was Howard Hughes’ mistress. He would pick her up from the studio every day, right after shooting, making sure that she spent no time with anyone else. They were married in 1957, and Peters, a fine talent retired from the screen. Hughes quickly turned into a recluse and the marriage failed.
The jewel in this film is Thelma Ritter, an “honest criminal” who has a scene—no spoilers here—that has haunted me since I first saw this film back in the sixties. Ritter was nominated for an Oscar for this heart breaking performance.
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Richard Widmark about to pick Jean Peter’s pocketbook.