One would have thought the Arizona recount confirming Biden’s win would have gotten more press, more gloating from the mainstream media. I just remembered the results were supposed to have come out on Friday and assumed there was again a delay. The recounts in other states will go on. I doubt the news will be good for Trump supporters. Second best thing is it will cease to be an issue and the focus would turn completely to what the left is doing.

Kudos to team USA for its blowout Ryder Cup win.

Remember when carjacking was the rage? It’s made…


Recently while channel surfing, I happened on Hanna (2011) on one of the Spanish stations, which has often provided entertainment while another show I’m watching is in commercial or I am unable to find something interesting to watch. Action flicks there are easy to follow. Law & Order, on the other hand, is not, to my disappointment. I’m almost five decades removed from my Spanish minor. Anyway, since Hanna features Bronx-born Saorise Ronan, then 17, and Cate Blanchett, I added it to my Netflix list. I’m glad I did. Although it covers familiar ground, it is a well-executed, fast-paced thriller…


I have not read Patrick Suskind’s novel Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, published in 1985, his second of six books. I saw the terrific 2006 film adaptation. When The Pigeon, a novella, came my way, I was curious, even though the front cover refers to it as a fable and the back likens it to Kafka, whose work I found difficult. 77 pages, it’s the story of a Paris armed bank security guard, five years from retirement, living an orderly life alone in a tiny room. One day as he is leaving for work, there is a pigeon and…


RIP Melvin Van Peebles, 89, who was in the vanguard of blaxploitation cinema. Born in Chicago, he earned a degree in English literature from Ohio Wesleyan University. After graduating, he spent three years as a flight navigator. He also put in time as a postal worker and as a cable car grip in ‘Frisco. There are 43 titles under his name at IMDb in the category of Actor, 18 as Writer, 17 as Director and five as Editor. He won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing for the CBS Schoolbreak Special episode The Day They Came to Arrest the Books


Born in Vienna in 1905, Viktor Frankl was one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century. He published 39 books, the most famous his 1946 Man’s Search for Meaning, which has sold more than ten million copies and been translated into 24 languages. I just finished it. It is in two parts. The first details the psychology of the concentration camp. He spent time at four, his family’s only survivor. He attributes his survival in great part to his finding meaning, believing he would contribute to society once liberated. One of the early titles of the book, translated…


Headline from nypost.com: “Trash connoisseur John Waters says bad taste is dead.” In the accompanying article, Mara Siegler explains: “But when everything’s vulgar, how do you keep that act going?” The director/writer of fare such as Hairspray (1988), Cry-Baby (1990), Pink Flamingos (1972) and Mondo Trasho (1969) said: “… Now the kind of stuff I had in my early movies is normal. That’s why my movies are now playing on television, which I never thought would happen. Ever.” John Waters is mainstream! …


Government in a nutshell, headline from nypost.com: “MTA flood pumps from $1.5M Sandy grant have never been used, IG says.”

Headline from NYP: “Jewish family throws ‘bark’ mitzvah for 13-year-old dog.”

Is Quid Pro Joe going to excoriate the elites at the Emmys who went maskless in a crowded room? And, in a related story, headline from foxnews.com: “WH grasps at straws to defend vaccine exemption for illegals at southern border.”

For those still keeping score at home, headline from FN: “Chicago weekend violence includes 56 shooting victims, 9 murders and alderman attacked at ‘problem corner.’”

Much needed morale-booster rebound…


There have been many articles about a bee apocalypse. Here’s a quote from an Australian prof in an article by Eric Spitznagel at nypost.com: “…the number of honeybees in the world has been steadily increasing in the past few decades.” I’m so relieved.

Headline from newsmax.com: “Rep. Rosendale: Unvetted Afghan Refugees Shouldn’t Be Let In.” Ya think? Duh!

The conflict continues, headline from NM: “Indiana University Health Loses 125 Workers Due to Vaccine Mandate.” Yesterday hundreds protested in NYC… And this snippet from an article by Jessica Chasmar at foxbusiness.com: …


“Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t.” Leo Corday and Leon Carr wrote that jingle for Almond Joy. It would apply perfectly to those who wish to book time in the vacation home below, which will be available in Duluth, Minnesota, the company’s headquarters. Photo from foxnews.com:

It’s rare when a mystery seems fresh, although it may be good. The Kid Detective (2020) is both. It’s the story of a 32-year-old PI trying to recapture past glory, the solving of petty crimes in his youth. Once admired by the folks in his idyllic small town, he’s now frowned…


RIP Jane Powell, 92, star during Hollywood’s so-called Golden Age. Born Suzanne Lorraine Burce in Portland, Oregon, she was singing on a children’s radio program at eight. At 16 she signed with MGM. When her movie career ended in the late ‘50’s, she turned to the stage, and also made guest appearances on TV series. There are 46 titles under her name at IMDb. Her most famous screen roles came in Royal Wedding (1951) and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954). She performed before five U.S. Presidents and the Queen of England. Although she had the appearance of the girl…

vic fortezza

I was born in Brooklyn in 1950 to Sicilian immigrants. I’ve had more than 50 short stories published world wide. I have ten books in print.

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