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31  Arts / Celebreality / Re: Celebreality on: June 03, 2018, 09:19:21 PM
I got an idea for a new television show, starring Cheech and Chong, they can play a couple of senior citizens who get rich from legal weed, and they move to Beverly Hills, and the show could be like the "Beverly Hillbillies" only with a couple of old stoners. Instead of oil, they can get rich from weed.


Tony V.
32  Arts / Celebreality / Re: Celebreality on: June 03, 2018, 05:46:14 PM
Well, Princess Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco is pregnant, bummer, she is still single, but she is engaged to marry the guy she is with. I hoped that she would break up with him, and that I might have a chance to date her and marry her, but now that she is pregnant it could change the whole situation. Although, she broke up with the last guy who got her pregnant, she broke up with her son Raphael's dad. We shall see.


Tony V.

Shemane Nugent, Ted Nugent's wife, wrote a book "Married To A Rock Star." I could marry the princess and write a book "Married To A Princess."



Tony V.
33  Arts / Celebreality / Re: Celebreality on: June 03, 2018, 05:10:20 PM
Well, Princess Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco is pregnant, bummer, she is still single, but she is engaged to marry the guy she is with. I hoped that she would break up with him, and that I might have a chance to date her and marry her, but now that she is pregnant it could change the whole situation. Although, she broke up with the last guy who got her pregnant, she broke up with her son Raphael's dad. We shall see.


Tony V.
34  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: June 03, 2018, 03:32:44 AM
On the issue of the Catholic Church, I love Pope Francis, and Pope John Paul II was awesome.  


Tony V.
35  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: June 03, 2018, 03:14:12 AM
On the issue of Ivanka Trump, I like Ivanka, and she is doing a lot of great things for our nation. Ivanka has been working to help women to succeed in business, and she traveled to Peru to promote programs to help to employ women and workers in the Americas. Ivanka has also worked on the issue of prison reform. And Ivanka traveled to Israel for the opening of our embassy in Jerusalem. Ivanka is great.

And for those of you in California, vote for Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor of California!

No wall!

And on the issue of Berlusconi, I like him, and he did a great job, and he got along great with President George W. Bush, and with King Juan Carlos of Spain. Berlusconi was the right man for the job in Italy during that time. I am not familiar with the new leaders in Italy, I need to do some reading about them. I need to find a good English language source to learn about what is happening in Italy, I used to read a daily on-line newspaper in English about Italy, but they went out of business and stopped reporting. 


Tony V.
36  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: June 02, 2018, 07:21:07 PM
In sixth grade I lost the spelling bee on the word "Blossom." I was bummed out, I was a smart kid and I was already doing college level algebra, I took pride in being intelligent, but I sure flubbed up on the spelling bee.

Here is some stuff from Facebook that I want to share with you.

From Alyssa Milano on Facebook...

Alyssa Milano
5 hrs · 

Please join me and Carolyn Maloney at the FEARLESS GIRL STATUE at 10:30 am on MONDAY, June 4th.

We will be rallying for the Equal Rights Amendment. We need your voice.

What do we want?
The ERA!
When do we want it?

#ERANow #SaturdayMorning


My response...

From Tony V. 

We have the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which demands equal opportunity for employment, and we have the Civil Rights Act of 1968 which demands equal opportunity on housing. So we already have that covered. People need to know that they have rights, and people need to stand up and fight for the rights which people already have. And for instance, when they ask for your race on a job application, you do not have to fill that out, it violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The same with housing, you do not need to list your race on a housing application, as it violates the Civil Rights Act of 1968. 

People need to stand up and fight for the rights that we already have. 

And "stop and frisk" by police officers is unconstitutional, and police searching your car for no reason is unconstitutional, and cops checking your identification to see if you are a legal citizen is unconstitutional, etc. We need to stand up and fight for the rights that we already have. 

I support equality for women, and for all people, and we already have that, we just need to stand up and fight for what we already have. 

And I support equal pay for equal work, we need to make that happen.


Tony V.
37  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: June 02, 2018, 04:18:45 AM
Battle for 2nd place in California governor race intensifies
Jockeying is especially intense for Republican John Cox, Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa


I already voted by mail, I voted for Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor of California.

It is going to be a close race, and Antonio needs to get the Latinos out to vote for him. Antonio needs the support of the Latinios to win. And Antonio is very humble, and Antonio fights for things like improved housing for migrant farm workers, and to help the homeless people and stuff, and he fights to improve the schools, and to clean up the bad neighborhoods, and to improve public transportation, and he wants our high speed trains. And Antonio is against building the wall, Antonio supports immigration, and Antonio wants to keep families together. (Antonio has a campaign video which shows a Mother being torn away from her children by ICE, it is a very moving video.) If I were running the Villaraigosa campaign, I would get guys like Carlos Santana, and George Lopez, and others, to make sure that the Latinos get out to vote for Antonio. We need Antonio Villaraigosa to win in California.


Tony V.
38  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: June 02, 2018, 03:00:23 AM

You're right. You could interview people from your couch. All you need are people. People to talk to and people to watch the interview.

That's a chicken/egg because people will watch you if you have interesting people and interesting people will generally only want to be interviewed if you bring the people to see them.

But that is based upon the idea that the only interesting people are people that are interested in fame.

I would sincerely suggest that you could interview someone like Red State Ward, or KidBamboo, or Mr. Utley, virtually anybody here. This is an interesting collection of characters that in some ways are the archetype of Internet flame warriors.

A series of discussions with "alpha dogs" from popular comment boards across the net has the potential to be a fascinating "behind the curtain" series that shows how , in real life, they're actually quite the Casper Milquetoast character, even though they seem like Giganticsoreus Rex on the forum.

The effort to humanize the players could lead to a more peaceful world as people can put a person to the personality.

Shucks, I'll bet that working inside of You Tube would be fertile. Not to mention, you're promoting the You Tube content itself. (I kind of went off the low speed rail there. But if you were to interview people that have you tube channels, first of all you don't have to go far to find them, second of all they are all looking for ways to get more subscribers, and they'll all be promoting your channel on their channels!)

It's a winner, Tony. And you are the guy with the cullones to go get it done.

Good luck! 

Here is a video of me interviewing my friend Jon some years back, Jon played guitar for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and for Suicidal Tendencies, and for some other bands, he is currently in Nasty Habits, and Slamnation.

I just used a cheap JVC camera. I want to investigate getting a Red camera, they are expensive so I will have to buy a used one to start out with. Then for music videos and stuff you need three of them.

Here is Jon's Wikipedia page...

And I see stars sometimes here in my neighborhood, who I could interview. I saw Hugh Laurie at the Northgate Market. I could make up some business cards to pass out when I see stars like that, to interview them. 

It would be interesting to interview the personalities on Escape From Elba, you are right.

Heck, if Tom Snyder could do it, I could do it. He was great. Smiley And Leno is a pro, his show was great, and now he does a car show.

We will see what happens. And there is a telephone number with SAG-AFTRA to locate anyone, if you want to interview them. You can contact anyone in the entertainment industry through their unions.


Tony V.
39  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: June 01, 2018, 04:25:48 PM
There are a couple of things that I am thinking about...

One idea is to do a talk show right from my sofa, here in my apartment. I can interview people on my talk show. All that I need is a camera, and guests to interview. 

Another idea is to write a column for a magazine, I could do it from home with my computer. Or, I could do a magazine about my talk show.

Also, I can get my movie made. That will be my main money-maker. 

Then there are things like vineyards and wineries, and night clubs, and movie production offices, and maybe a small studio, etc. 

Also, I need to get my poetry book published, and maybe get the homeless people to go door to door selling copies of my book. Then eventually I want to sell my book from the bookshops. 

I can act too. I am a good actor. And if you get on a soap opera your pay starts at thirty thousand dollars per week, and it goes up from there. 


Tony V.
40  Sports / Other Sports / Re: Boxing on: June 01, 2018, 01:05:48 AM
There is a big fight coming up, I think this one will be on television, Neeco the Rooster Macias vs Mark the bazooka Deluca.

I will post more information later as I find out.


Tony V.
41  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: May 29, 2018, 04:23:19 PM
Several years ago I tried to buy a piece of property here in my neighborhood in Anaheim to open a movie studio. The property is about the size of Occidental Studios in East Hollywood. There is room for a couple of soundstages and some production offices. I even had one office already going to a friend's record label. They wanted five million dollars for the property, and I sent the proposal to the San Manuel Indian Tribal Business Council, but they turned me down. They told me to keep sending them my ideas, and they said that maybe I will come up with an idea that they are interested in.

Here is the property, a towing company bought it.

Link for Google Street View...

The only bad thing is that it is close to the railroad tracks. But, the trains do not run very often.

I asked the guys in the neighborhood if they wanted a movie studio in our neighborhood, and they said that is the kind of business they want here, they were very supportive of the idea.

It could be like Occidental, and Disney uses Occidental all of the time. The last time I was at Occidental, Disney was there working. I am sure that people would use a little movie studio here in Anaheim. There could be a recording studio there too, for music, if people want one. There is also a huge warehouse in the vicinity, there is plenty of room to build a cool little studio.

It was a good idea, and at least I tried.

Maybe we can get Princess Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco to help us to open a studio here. And also maybe Disney could help. We will see what happens.


Tony V.
42  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: May 25, 2018, 03:59:08 AM
News Desk

Trump’s Prison-Reform Push Has Divided Washington on a Rare Bipartisan Issue
By Rich Benjamin
May 24, 2018

MAY 22, 2018 / 2:57 PM / 2 DAYS AGO

U.S. House passes bipartisan prison reform bill


Programs such as "Homeboy Industries" are the best way to help people who are coming out of prison, the best thing is to give them a job, and to help them to be more of a positive influence in the world.


And for their official page...

And women in prison need to be taught things such as dog grooming. They can groom the dogs from the pounds in order to learn and to gain experience. Professional dog groomers can earn upwards of fifty thousand dollars per year, so it is a good paying job.

Programs like this would help the women learn dog grooming, etc...

And we need to do things to create more good honest jobs for people. The best thing to do to help people is to give them job training and a good honest job.


Tony V.
43  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: May 25, 2018, 02:05:21 AM
I mailed off my ballot for the primary election in California. 

I voted for Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor of California.

And for Eleni Kounalakis for Lt Governor.

They will stand up against Trump, and they are against building the wall.


Tony V.
44  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: May 23, 2018, 08:36:27 PM
When I took a Building Construction class in high school, I was told that construction workers could make up to sixty dollars per hour, but in reality many construction workers work for fifteen dollars per hour cash under the table and have to live in their cars, or in their work trucks, they cannot even afford to pay rent on an apartment. And this construction class was back in the 80's, so we are really far behind.

It is sad, and it is all the more reason to support labor unions. 


Tony V.
45  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: May 23, 2018, 05:46:49 PM
Here is a link to a You Tube video of Pantera in Moscow after the USSR collapsed, it is pretty cool:

A labor movement in Poland changed the world, and brought down the Berlin Wall, and improved human rights to three hundred million people. And then also it is really cool that the Russians all love Metal music.

Poland: Solidarity -- The Trade Union That Changed The World
August 24, 2005
By Jeffrey Donovan

Twenty-five years ago next Wednesday -- 31 August 1980 -- unemployed Polish electrician Lech Walesa struck a major blow to Soviet communism when, after leading a strike at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, he announced the official birth of the Solidarity independent trade union. Solidarity went on to play a central role in the demise of communism across the Soviet bloc, changing forever the course of history in Europe.

Prague, 24 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- The strike that changed the world began around dawn on 14 August 1980.

Some 17,000 workers seized control of the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk to protest, among other things, a recent rise in food prices. Their leader, Lech Walesa, had narrowly avoided arrest by secret police that morning, and had managed to scale the shipyard gate and join the workers inside. Soon, workers in 20 other area factories joined the strike in solidarity.

Seventeen days later, after negotiations with Poland's Communist government, the burly, mustachioed Walesa appeared before the workers in the shipyard with an historic message: "We have an independent, self-governing trade union! [crowd cheers] We have the right to strike!"

Walesa and Poland's first deputy prime minister, Mieczyslaw Jagielski, had signed a deal granting the workers their main demands: the right to organize freely and to strike. Those were rights accorded under conventions by the International Labor Organization, of which Poland was a signatory. But this was the first time that any Communist government had put them into practice.

The workers had other demands, such as better wages and benefits, posted in a list of "21 postulates" on the shipyard door. But none was as crucial as the right to organize and strike.

Radek Sikorski, a former deputy foreign and defense minister of postcommunist Poland, was a high school student at the time of the Gdansk accord. He recalled the famous day in an interview with RFE/RL.

"[There was] tremendous hope and a kind of electricity between people. You know, it's said that we Poles become a nation once a generation, just like we did recently when the pope died, and that was one of those moments when, suddenly, millions of people felt that they wanted the same thing, which was free trade unions to represent them against the [Communist] Party. It gave people hope that perhaps communism could be reformed. We now know that it couldn't," Sikorski said.

In September 1980, the Independent Self-Governing Trade Union Solidarity -- or NSZZ Solidarnosc -- was officially formed. Over the next 15 months, the union's membership grew from 1 million to 9 million people -- a quarter of the country's population.

But across the Russian border, Poland's Soviet masters were growing increasingly alarmed. And in early December 1981, the Warsaw Pact issued a statement at a summit in Moscow stating "fraternal solidarity and support" with Poland's communist leaders in overcoming what it called the country's "present difficulties."

Days later, on 13 December, General Wojciech Jaruzelski, the Polish prime minister, declared martial law and outlawed Solidarity. The military, in a plan hatched over the previous months, arrested most of Solidarity's leaders, including Walesa.

Walesa would spend nearly a year in jail. And for the next seven years, he would be under constant watch and harassment by secret police. When he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, he sent his wife to collect the award in Oslo, fearing he would not be let back into the communist country.

In the long, dark period leading up to the radical changes of 1989, Solidarity worked in the underground. But, as Sikorski recalls, it never wavered from one its key principles -- nonviolence.

"It was a peaceful movement which actually realized all its objectives and more. So I think the path of nonviolence is certainly an important Solidarity legacy. And if you look at what happened in other countries -- in the Czech Republic, and more recently in Serbia or in Ukraine -- that message has been successfully imitated," Sikorski said.

Solidarity's underground efforts were also greatly aided by financial help from American trade unions, as well as moral support from Pope John Paul II.

The pope published a major text -- the encyclical "On Human Work" -- and met with Walesa in 1983 for talks that made international headlines. Both acts, as well as the strategic partnership between the Polish Catholic Church and Solidarity, lent powerful legitimacy to the movement.

Bronislaw Geremek, now a member of the European Parliament, was one of the leading intellectuals of the Solidarity movement. In an interview with RFE/RL, Geremek noted that Solidarity's success was a result of a "new human relationship" in Polish society among church leaders, workers, farmers and intellectuals.

"One should see this phenomenon in the larger context. This context is first of all the lesson of the 1979 visit of Pope John Paul to Poland. Not only the message of John Paul -- ‘Don't be afraid,' which was a very powerful message -- but also the experience of the organization of the pope's visit. The organization was assured, in all cities in which the pope paid a visit, by civilians -- by a special guard formed by workers, people from the intelligentsia -- [who were] able to organize themselves," Geremek said.

Further moral support came from Western governments, in particular the United States and Britain, which along with international agencies refused to grant debt-ridden Poland economic aid until it legalized Solidarity.

The movement got a major morale boost in November 1988, when Jaruzelski hosted British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. A fierce anticommunist, Thatcher lashed out at Jaruzelski at a state banquet, saying Poland's depressed economy would improve only after freedom and liberty were restored.

She also visited outlawed Solidarity's leaders in Gdansk, telling 5,000 workers: "Nothing can stop you." And at a dinner with union leaders, Britain's "Iron Lady" urged them to forge a practical plan to freedom.

"How do you see the process from where you are now to where you want to be? Because whatever you want to do, it's not only what you want to do, but how, in a practical way, you see it coming about," Thatcher said.

But the reality was that Solidarity, and Polish society, had already found their way.

Faced with intense social and economic pressure, Jaruzelski finally agreed to talks with Solidarity in early 1989. Two months later, after historic roundtable talks, the two sides signed a 400-page agreement on sweeping political and economic reforms that officially recognized Solidarity.

In June 1989, in the first free elections ever in the communist bloc, Solidarity won the maximum number of seats allowed in both houses of parliament. And with two smaller parties, it formed the first non-Communist government in the Soviet bloc.

Six months later, the Berlin Wall came crumbling down.

Unions could help a free and democratic China with good human rights, and with fair pay and good treatment for workers, to evolve. And you gotta look at the role that unions played in freeing Poland from the USSR, etc.


Tony V.
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