Just when you think all hope is lost Verizon gives you free HBO and just when you start wondering whether they should be paying you to watch the garbage you come across a real and rare pearl: an anti-communist zombie movie.
Juan de Los Muertos or Juan of the Dead or John of the Dead, depending how far you want it anglicized, is set in Havana and mercilessly mocks Che and Castro’s paradise of grand but decayed buildings and ’50s technology.
Americans come off as good guys and competent, granted in a comic fashion, and the Cuban authorities not so much.
Not at all, really.
It was kind of interesting to watch people fight zombies without firearms being available. Some definite nods to Dead Island with the oars and bolo knives and hammers.
The end in which the hero takes on by himself the zombie hoards — who have the cannibalistic instincts of Obama voters along with their general IQ — with but his oar while his friends escape north in a raft made from a car is inspiring.
Fawcett Publications’ was the nursery for the authors who would rule the American literary world of the second half of the 20th century with a roster including John D. MacDonald, Richard Matheson, Louis L’Amour, William Goldman and Kurt Vonnegut.
It was founded by Wilford Hamilton Fawcett who served as an army captain during World War I. He took on the sobriquet Captain Billy from whence came the name of the magazine of naughty jokes which led to its success: Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang.
If you should recognize the name it’s likely due to its reference in the song Trouble from Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man.
Today commemorates the martyrdom of Saint Valentine. Actually, three Saint Valentines as three different men named Valentine were martyred on this day way back according to Church tradition.
One of them died in Africa with a number of others. Little is known about him and he is not associated with customs of romantic love that have evolved around this date.
The others were a priest and a bishop who were martyred outside Rome in late 3rd century. According to tradition, the priest was caught marrying Christians who at the time were being persecuted and was arrested. The Emperor Claudius took a liking to him until the priest hit a little too close to home in discussions about faith and Jesus, so he ordered him beaten and beheaded.
According to tradition, the Bishop was under house arrest in the custody of a Judge Asterius who put his faith to the test by asking him to restore the sight of his blind daughter. He did and the judge destroyed his home idols and converted. The Bishop was later rearrested and executed as he continued to practice his faith despite the decree of Claudius.
The romantic tradition appears to have been started by Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, and was based on the notion that birds mate in mid-February around the time of Saint Valentine’s Day.
The Pennsylvania House unanimously passed a measure last week to offer tax credits to employers who offer paid leave to workers who choose to donate an organ or bone marrow to someone in need, reports state Rep. Jim Cox (R-129). House Bill 46 would institute the tax credit as one step in removing obstacles that may deter living donors.
The tax credits offered under the bill would be equal to the amount paid out in wages while an employee donor undergoes a transplant procedure and recovery – up to five days. Currently, more than 8,000 Pennsylvanians are in need of an organ or bone marrow transplant.
The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.