The time is this week 1954. The place Duncan Street in Key West. The filming of the movie The Rose Tattoo began.
A great movie. Loved it! Starred Burt Lancaster and Anna Mangani. Mangani won the Academy Award for her performance.
The movie was an adaptation of a Tennessee Williams play. Tennessee Williams lived on Duncan St. He wrote the play while living on Duncan St. The house where the movie was filmed was on Duncan Street. Two doors up from Tennessee Williams’ home. Both Williams and the Rose Tattoo houses still stand on Duncan.
Lisa lives on Duncan. Her home is 1 1/2 blocks from the Williams home.
Key West loves Harry Truman. Harry Truman loved Key West.
On November 2, 1948, Truman was elected President. He defeated New York Governor Tom Dewey. Truman was not favored to win. A big underdog. No one gave him a chance. Except Truman himself.
Congress at the time was Republican. They blocked him at every move. Some what like today’s Congress and Obama. Only worse. Truman campaigned against the worst Congress ever, as he put it.
Corporate America disliked Truman. Vehemently.
An example is what occurred while Truman was campaigning. Campaigning was done from the back platform of the last car on a train in those days. The train traveled all over the country.
Truman was short on funds. Again, he was not expected to win. Few were contributing to him. The train and crew were leased. The bill was overdue.
The train was stopped by the railroad somewhere in the middle of nowhere between two towns. Truman was told the bill had to be paid in full. If not, Truman and his entourage had to get off.
Truman threw in what he had in his pocket. His supporters did likewise. They had just enough to pay the bill. Truman proceeded on his way.
The distaste the railroad owners had for Truman obvious. Doing this to a President of the United States! Disrespectful!
Politics played the same all the time. Hard ball.
Did my blog talk radio show last night. Tuesday Talk with Key West Lou. Love dong the show!
One of the topics clearly reflects government waste.
The Department of Defense built a gas station in Afghanistan. Nothing special. A run of the mill gas station. The contracted cost for construction $3 million. A lot for a gas station. Especially since a similar one had been built the previous year in Pakistan for $500,000.
The final cost of construction was $43 million. Wow! $3 million for the construction. $40 million for overhead.
The gas station built was a compressed natural gas automobile station. So built because of the great supply of natural gas in Afghanistan.
The only problem was the people had cars that were petroleum operated. They had no use for the new station. Making the necessary adjustments to change over to a natural gas operated vehicle was not financially feasible. The cost was more than the average Afghanistani made in a year.
The Defense Department had a task force in charge of spending with regard to the closed gas station. When the Department was asked why the increase, they said they did not know/ could not tell because the task force had closed down in March.
And they want to cut Social Security! Cut waste!
I would like to know who made out on this Afghanistan gas station.
Last week, I reported on my radio show that the Muslim immigrants in Germany were overloading the hospitals. One problem was they refused to be treated by female personnel. Doctor, nurse, or otherwise.
Yesterday, it was announced that Muslims presently in camps in Germany would not accept food from women.
Beggars can’t be choosers. They should be grateful they are receiving free medical and food.
European banks are beginning to hurt. Good! May their American counterparts do likewise.
European banks are cutting costs. A large Spanish bank with 2,300 branches now cleans windows only six times a year instead of twelve. Another Spanish bank with many branches kills the electricity at 7 pm. Another bank requires staff to clean their desks every wednesday. Called Wet Wipe Wednesday. Office space is being reduced.
One hundred thousand banking jobs in the Eurounion have been cut since 2012.
My left chest which I injured in a fall last week started hurting big time again last night. I don’t know why. Kept me up all night. Not one moments sleep. A pain pill did not help. Feels better at the moment.
I am going to skip the treadmill this morning. Will keep a noon manicure appointment with Tammy, however.
Enjoy your day!
“Yesterday, it was announced that Muslims presently in camps in Germany would not accept food from women.
Beggars can’t be choosers. They should be grateful they are receiving free medical and food.”
If I was a female after that statement I’d never again feed those ingrates again (maybe the kids as they are not responsible for the stupidity of their parents). They want to eat, I’d have a dog deliver it to them, maybe a St. Bernard.
Lou, don’t tell us about the woes of Europe’s socialism EU that you and other libdems would welcome here in USA under obama and soros’ delight. When in Granada, Spain this past June I watched a city govt worker climb up his little stepladder at various stop lights and hand wash each light. I complimented him. He offered me a big ‘gracias’. ha.
You don’t REALLY believe that the “gas station” was anything more than a way to LAUNDER some greenbacks to the local warlord?
You’re a lawyer. Follow the money.
It may have been money well spent. Or not.
But seriously, a “gas station” in the “outback”.
Maybe I’m a cynical fat old white guy injineer, but I don’t believe the cover story.
BTW. what is the like for the RSS feed for the comments?