It used to be a nice town, didn’t it?


We’ve always hated the AMC. Bringing it in marked the end of the old Burbank. That and the cheesy mall — which they just had to have.

It was low class from the beginning, and it destroyed the demographics. Look where they drew from.

Didn’t the leadership back then know that was going to happen? Other people did. Disney dropped their Harrod’s mall/wundercity project because the demos were so bad.


Burbank police responded to a call that four people were fighting inside the AMC Burbank 16 Theater.


Police responded to a fight that broke out during a screening of Joker at a movie theater in Burbank, California on Tuesday night. 

Burbank police responded to a call that four people were fighting inside the AMC Burbank 16 Theater located at 125 E. Palm Avenue at 8:54 p.m. Several fire trucks as well as police vehicles were seen outside the theater on Tuesday evening.

A Burbank police spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter that there was no active fight when officers arrived at the theater, and that they had located one man who was involved and that he had a head injury. Police believe a glass bottle may have been used in the attack although that has yet to be determined. They are investigating the incident as an assault with a deadly weapon.


‘We’re surprised this doesn’t happen more often. Seen the crowd that goes there?

Always junk movies, too. They’ve even stopped with the higher-quality 70mm showcases, which they at least used to do.

Hey, but you got beer “breweries” and gun stores. There you go.




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Here’s another reason why Democrats lose


The ideological dumbness and arrogance here makes a great target.




That’s pretty nutty. Sorry, but abortions are not a normal health service. They really should be avoided by utilizing smarter prevention.

And btw, Planned Parenthood advocates protection and prevention, and not using abortion as a standard means of birth control.



Makes sense.



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Job security for cultural studies majors


Sounds like it’s anything but teaching math.


Seattle Schools Lead Controversial Push to ‘Rehumanize’ Math
By Catherine Gewertz Education Week Oct. 14, 2019

The Seattle school district is planning to infuse all K-12 math classes with ethnic-studies questions that encourage students to explore how math has been “appropriated” by Western culture and used in systems of power and oppression, a controversial move that puts the district at the forefront of a movement to “rehumanize” math.

The district’s proposed framework outlines strands of discussion that teachers should incorporate into their classes. One leads students into exploring math’s roots “in the ancient histories of people and empires of color.” Another asks how math and science have been used to oppress and marginalize people of color, and who holds power in a math classroom.


In our experience it’s always been the teacher.


Another theme focuses on resistance and liberation, encouraging students to recognize the mathematical practices and contributions of their own communities, and looking at how math has been used to free people from oppression.


How exactly is that?


Peggy Brookins, the president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, said she got pushback to culturally sensitive strategies as a high school math teacher in the mid 1980s.

Capitalizing on her school’s location near NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Brookins linked her lessons to the astronauts’ work. As her students studied exponents and the power of 10, she had them calculate the speed at which rockets left Earth’s orbit, and led a discussion of how astronauts of color had struggled to find roles in NASA’s programs.

“My principal came and asked me to step outside,” recalled Brookins. “He said a parent had called and said he didn’t send his daughter to school to learn about black people.”


Maybe because you weren’t talking about math?


Her principal backed her up, telling the angry parent that there were many private schools in town if he wished to transfer his daughter. But the experience stuck with Brookins.


There you go. And liberals wonder why they lose all the time. Go antagonize the parents why don’t you.


Seattle’s new math framework grew out of a 2017 community campaign, led by the NAACP, for more attention to ethnic studies. Its work to blend math and ethnic studies draws on conversations that have been unfolding for decades in the field of ethnomathematics, which focuses on cultural links to math, and in a movement known as “rehumanizing math.”

“I get what Seattle’s doing. I get where they’re coming from,” she said. “People need to realize culturally responsive pedagogy in ways they haven’t historically.”


It’s math, people. You don’t have the time for this, and you’re not gonna make it more relevant by making it a political target.





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Big deal. It’s what it always was. And teachers are delighted about the change.


This is intended to combat an insane set of affairs.


Reactions from Burbank and Glendale Unified personnel and parents were mixed after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 328 into law on Sunday, making California the first state in the country to push back public school start times.

By July 2022, Burbank and Glendale schools will have to adopt new start times for middle and high schools after 8 and 8:30 a.m., respectively.

State Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) authored the bill around the same time La Cañada Unified introduced later start times for the 2017-18 school year. It’s believed LCUSD first toyed with the delayed start times around 2014.


Toyed? For years these schools started at 8:30 and 9.


One exception is that Portantino’s measure does not address zero periods, or classes taken before the start of a normal school day. Those classes meet just before or around 7 a.m.

Burbank Unified, for instance, offers 53 zero-period classes combined at its secondary schools.


That’s crazy. We’ve heard complaints too that many of these classes are designed to FORCE the kids to come to school early. It’s the only time they’re offered.

Burbank parents USED to complain about it.


The most significant change will be at area high schools because Burbank, Burroughs, Clark Magnet, Crescenta Valley, Glendale and Hoover high schools will have to adjust their schedules by between 29 and 35 minutes, which translates into later release times.

The start-time shift brought about differing opinions from local educators, administrators and parent advocates.

Former Burbank High School principal Michael Bertram, who in May stepped away from his position after six years, said he was disappointed.

Bertram said Portantino “never once asked” his opinion regarding a later start time.

“How many high school staff members did he actually consult before making his decision?” Bertram asked. “I bet we can count them on one hand.”


No teacher in Burbank not crazy would dare express a contrary opinion. But trust us — they’re DELIGHTED about the later rise times.


Portantino does thank or acknowledge the California Parent-Teachers Assn., pediatricians, researchers, doctors, educational advocates, parents, children and the health-care community in a pair of statements released on Sunday and Monday.

However, to Bertram’s point, the state senator does not mention support from high school administrators or teachers.


If the PTA is behind it then so are the teachers. The administrators caused the problem.




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He’s a real writer?


We’d love to be Ronan Farrow’s copy editor just to see what comes off his word processor. Is he a showhorse or a workhorse?

From USA Today:


In response, Weinstein issued a statement to USA TODAY via his spokesman, Juda Engelmayer, suggesting Farrow’s reporting was influenced by Weinstein’s movie-making relationship with Allen.

“What Ronan Farrow insinuates as factual accounts and conversations are actually an amalgamation of unrelated pieces of information that he formed together to tell what is little more than a dramatic fictional tale,” Weinstein’s statement said. “His information is flawed, his ‘facts’ are inaccurate and his intention was to sell a novel, not break any honest news.

“Weinstein worked with Woody Allen and made movies together, and that is all there was. Farrow may not have liked that Allen and Weinstein made films with one another and that, Weinstein believes, remains a source of Farrow’s troubled reporting.”

Farrow acknowledges that many of his critics have tried to discredit his reporting of the Weinstein accusations, saying he has a “conflict of interest” because of Dylan’s own public battle.


Sounds plausible by the way. He certainly has an agenda.

This is his ending sentence:


But ultimately, “my sister’s experience helped me understand how important this issue (of sexual assault) was and the stakes of it, and helped me elevate my level of sensitivity as I had some of those conversations with the sources whose stories are in ‘Catch and Kill.’ ” 


Is that English?

Whatever he’s saying, the “stakes” are that he went out on a limb about Woody Allen and this seriously impugns his credibility about anyone else. Regardless of what happened.


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Missing from The Vault, Pt. 1


Apparently great work like this won’t get streamed.



Back when Disney studios made an effort. There was less than 10 years between this and Snow White.



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So what happened to ‘Victory Through Air Power’? Or ‘Song of the South’?




There are an immense number of films that Disney made during World War II. Where are they in the vault? Those are the interesting ones.


As the launch of Disney’s streaming service Disney+ draws near, the studio has released a list of feature films, animated series and shows planned for the new platform.

On Monday, Disney+’s official Twitter account shared hundreds of titles that will be available for customers to stream.

The list included everything from Disney+ originals like the highly-anticipated Star Wars live-action TV series The Mandalorian, to cult classics like Newsies.

Other titles included Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, several National Geographic Channel shows, 100 Disney Channel Original Movies, 5,000 episodes of Disney Channel original programming, all 30 seasons of The Simpsons, and just about every animated classic in the Disney vault.


So much junk.

The early period releases are:


Mary Poppins (1964)
The Sword in the Stone (1963)
The Parent Trap (1961)
The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)
101 Dalmatians (1961)
Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
Pollyanna (1960)
The Shaggy Dog (1959)
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Old Yeller (1957)
Lady and the Tramp (1955)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
Peter Pan (1953)
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Treasure Island (1950)
Cinderella (1950)
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
Melody Time (1948)
Fun and Fancy Free (1947)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
The Three Caballeros (1945)
Saludos Amigos (1943)
Bambi (1942)
Dumbo (1941)
The Reluctant Dragon (1941)
Fantasia (1940)
Swiss Family Robinson (1940)
Pinocchio (1940)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)


Make Mine Music?

Quite a few non-Disney efforts from their recent acquisition, but not as many as they could be offering in theory. Nobody wants a TCM-like array of old films?

What else is worth watching? 102 Dalmatians?




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Just to note…


Not that we care very much about Matt Lauer, but Ronan Farrow’s a phony. He was wrong about Woody Allen, his MSNBC show had terrible ratings and was tossed off the air, and he’s been making a number of serious misstatements during his recent book tour.


“One of the transformations of recent years is that we’ve come to understand that actually, I come at this from a legal background, you can corroborate claims of sexual violence,” Farrow said. “And Brooke Nevils’ claim has been found credible, even by NBC News, which took the step of firing Matt Lauer and same by me and by the fact-checkers working on this. She describes an evening that matches up with the timeline given by others there. There were eyewitnesses before and after that moment. She described this event consistently over the years and it’s telling that NBC News paid her a seven-figure settlement to ensure that she can’t talk about what the network knew about this.”



— Lauer was fired because he admitted to having sex at the workplace, not because NBC thought he had anal sex with an employee. That’s a deal breaker for any employee.

— This same woman was paid off by NBC and with no non-disclosure agreement about Lauer. That’s why she’s been out and about talking about the case. She wouldn’t know what “NBC knew about this” anyway.

Farrow’s full of crap about Woody Allen to the point of libel; he’s full of crap about NBC; he’s probably full of crap about much of the Weinstein situation, which seriously harms the story’s credibility; and he’s definitely full of crap about his own damned paternity.

So naturally, he’s a culture hero.



He co-wrote the story with a number of other people. About another sex panic.



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Chris Matthews has prostate cancer



As grandma used to say, it’s hell getting old.







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Say what again?





What play is this?


The theater arts department at Glendale Community College will present the drama “Twelve Angry Jurors” by Reginald Rose for eight performances, beginning Nov. 7.

Directed by Jeanette D. Farr, the play is adapted from the award-winning movie “Twelve Angry Men.” The stage version was written by Sherman L. Sergel.

Performances of “Twelve Angry Jurors” will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16. Sunday matinees will be at 2 p.m. on Nov. 11 and 17.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors. They can be purchased online at or at the college box office in the school’s auditorium and other Glendale locations.


That’s not its name or its meaning.

The whole point of the play is that the interplay is depicted between post-war male jurors. Just like Little Women is about the 19th-century dynamic between young girls. Their un-informed revisionist title also reverberates with a thump.

Either do it right or — even better — come up with something new of your own.





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Look how badly they dress


On top of everything else.






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A crowd of listeners outside Collins’ Radio Shop at 223 South San Fernando Blvd in 1926, listening to the World Series, Burbank, California, 1926.



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Nope, it’s still Columbus Day around here





This mostly East Coast holiday btw was originally intended to celebrate Italian Americans and American immigration in general.

If “liberals” nowadays were smart they’d call it “Immigrants Day” instead of trying to dedicate it to an “indigeneous peoples” who themselves stole this same piece of land from someone else before them.

But, they’re not any more. Just reactionary.

As to the “Tongva” we’ve been hearing about dancing around Southern California on TV all day, they’re a bunch of phonies. Our grandfather was one of the last people to know any part of that language natively and he was born in 1906.

And, it was just a few words. The full speakers died out long, long ago. They had also quickly assimilated into the Mexican American and Anglo population through intermarriage.

Like this way:


By the mid-19th century they were all neighbors.





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Why not?




On tomorrow night’s agenda with the Housing Authority. Their special meeting.

You can tell they’re really concerned about the issue…





We’ve been seeing a lot of these no-memo things with this new city manager. Study sessions can use staff memos too.

Meanwhile, on the same agenda, there’s a detailed four-page memo about buying new video equipment.



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It’s a generation of geniuses for sure


You just know that an entrepreneurial “team” came up with this too. Probably used WeWork.



That’s the part which makes the whole thing hilariously silly. It’s obvious that anyone attracted to this cumbersome device doesn’t know how to do anything. How about a broomstick and a bucket.

There’s a whole huge sector of younger people who never grew up with a garage or a backyard, or with parents who knew what to do with them. It’s a problem we never had in old-time Burbank.



Good question.


Another question. Why does anyone need this ridiculous tennis ball gimmick just to be able to park their car in the garage without hitting the wall?

It’s everywhere now, apparently.



A generation of dunces.




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Photo of the Year





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Good choice



Quite an exceptional human being.


Cardinal John Henry Newman has been declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church at a ceremony in Rome.

The open-air service at the Vatican, celebrated by the Pope, was attended by tens of thousand of pilgrims.

Theologian and poet Newman, who died in Birmingham in 1890, is the first English person to be made a saint in almost 50 years.

The Prince of Wales joined the Mass in St Peter’s Square, at which four women were also canonised…

Carol Parkinson, the secretary of the Friends of Newman from Birmingham, said it was a special and emotional day.

“His integrity, his friendship, his capacity for friendship and loyalty and hard work set a very good and hopeful example to everyone,” she added.

Newman is the first Englishman born since the 1600s to be promoted to full sainthood by the Catholic Church…

To hear Pope Francis quoting the words of one of John Henry Newman’s sermons from almost two centuries ago to the huge crowd gathered in St Peter’s Square for the canonisation ceremony shows just how important a figure the English Cardinal and Saint has become in 21st Century inter-church relations.

Newman described the Christian character as “cheerful, easy, kind, courteous, candid, and unassuming.” In fact, someone very much in tune with Pope Francis.

The new English saint is being held up as a model by Pope Francis for modern Christians to follow.

At the time of his conversion most Anglicans thought Newman was out of his mind to defect to a despised minority religion. But today he is being revered as a bridge-builder not a defector.

Cardinal Newman was born in London in 1801 and attended Trinity College, Oxford, going on to become an Anglican priest and a leading theologian.

He converted from Anglicanism to Catholicism in 1845.

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And not that long ago




It ended in about the late 70s. The Republican renaissance called Ronald Reagan.






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He has a great brain





Be proud, America.





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