Swing Time

Astaire and Rogers, poetry in motion.

Swing Time, 1936 might be the best of the nine RKO Astaire-Rogers musicals. The plot is paper thin—Astaire plays a gambler and dancer who must earn $25,000 in order to win a bride—but the dance numbers, choreographed by Astaire and Hermes Pan, are luminous.

“Waltz in Swing Time” is an incredibly complicated routine a “syncopated waltz with tap overlays.” So difficult is this dance that director George Stevens—in order to get it in one shot as Astaire insisted—had to shoot numerous takes in order to get it right.

By the end of the day Ginger Rogers shoes were filled with blood.

The reliable Counter Terrorism blog concludes that the Fort Hood massacre is the largest terror act since 9-11.

And hey, let’s stop digging into the life of the Ft. Hood terrorist. He’s evil. A jihadist. It’s not complicated. Worthy of our attention and gratitude is the woman who stopped the mass murderer, Sgt. Kimberly Munley.

Karen and I wish all our grieving friends in the military, a peaceful and spiritual Shabbat.

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  1. Norm
    Posted November 8, 2009 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    They dance like they are on another planet with
    1/2 of our Earth’s gravity. Did Ginger touch the floor ?
    FYI, we Republicans did great here in Nassau County.
    The county legislature we go from a 10 – 9 Democrat majority to a 11 – 8 Republican majority. We took back the office of county comptroller (the race I worked on) and after the absentee ballots are counted I am confident we will have taken back the position of county executive. Lots of great folks worked their tails off.
    The Democrat turnout was very low, and the Republican turn out was very good. The media
    gives lots of reasons…but after three months of
    daily campaigning at train stations, etc. I will
    state that many Democrats were just depressed by what is happening in Washington DC. On the other hand, many Republicans could not wait to get into
    the voting booth because they were angry at what
    was happening in DC.
    I believe we can retake Washington DC in 2010.
    Please remember one thing…your local candidates
    will need money. Some of our losers in Nassau County could have won with a few more bucks.

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  2. Bill Brandt
    Posted November 6, 2009 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    Now that is a conundrum. “Who is better for the country – Obama or Biden?”

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  3. Johnny
    Posted November 6, 2009 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    I would like to see Obama play more golf – it would leave him less time to mess up the country.
    But then I remembered that there are some decisions that have to be made such as the troop levels in the wars. And if Obama plays golf that means Biden or Climton or Rahm would be making those decisions and a cold chill runs down my leg.

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  4. Johnny
    Posted November 6, 2009 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    By the end of the day Ginger Rogers shoes were filled with blood.
    Rogers was a pro. Astaire was a pro. They were professional entertainers playing a role.
    After watching Obama’s little speech at the Interior Department, it is clear Obama is an amateur actor playing a president. I would feel better if the actor that played FDR in Yankee Doodle Dandy were president right now.
    Obama is our Ted Baxter without a Murray to write him good lines.

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  5. Bill Brandt
    Posted November 6, 2009 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Like all top pros, they make it look easy after who knows how many hours practice.
    Years ago I attended a seniors golf tournament and was surprised to see all the pros at the driving range just before the start of the game. And they dodn’t hit the ball like I would – one after the other – they’d hit it, take a moment to contemplate what they did, then hit another.
    Even Arnold Palmer.

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