When I worked in Wilmington, N.C., right out of college I had a great buddy named Randy.
Randy and I worked on the newspaper together on the same late-night shifts, and we’d get off work, get some food, and go back to his apartment and play hour after hour of EA Sports NHL hockey on his Sega Genesis. (In this respect, we were like millions of other single guys in their 20s during the 1990s. Just watch the video game scene in “Swingers,” that’s what we were like.)
Anyway, Randy had many delightful quirks, but my favorite was his insistence that the greatest movie of all time is “Road House.” Yes, “Road House,” that awful Patrick Swayze movie from 1989 where he plays a tough bouncer who cleans up bad guys with his fists.
You should’ve seen the passion with which Randy would defend “Road House” when I mocked it. You’d think I’d insulted his mother or something.
Anyway, I haven’t talked to Randy in years but I smiled thinking of him this week, when I heard about this unbelievable but true story: The NYPD is using the film to help train its officers.
Seriously. Apparently the scene where Swayze’s character, Dalton, tells a bunch of tough guys to “be nice, until it’s time not to be nice” has been shown as part of a mandatory, three-day retraining course for 22,000 cops.
Yes, “Road House” as a training tool for the NYPD. What next, “Backdraft” as a teaching tool for the FDNY?
**Next up, following the Ad Week Twitter feed continues to lead me to advertising gold. Remember the old highly-mockable Mentos commercials from the 1980s and ’90s? I have to believe they were intentionally cheesy, because nothing that bad could be an accident.
Anyway, Mentos is back with some new commercials, and this ad for something called NOWMints is hilarious and weird. Enjoy…
**Finally today, what can I say about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and what a ridiculous, pompous, obnoxious politician he increasingly is?
He came to the U.S. Tuesday at the invitation of GOP Speaker of the House John Boehner to address Congress, against the wishes of the President (can you imagine, by the way, if the Democrats had pulled something like this, ignoring George W. Bush’s wishes and inviting a foreign leader to speak to a Democratic-led Congress? The right-wing talking heads would still have smoke coming out of their ears.)
And what a surprise, in his speech Netanyahu basically poured a bucket of crap on the painstaking negotiations nearing completions between the U.S. and Iran over nuclear disarmament.
He doesn’t care that progress has been made, doesn’t care that an agreement is closer than it has been in ages. No, Bibi is as big a war hawk and fear-mongerer as there has ever been, and his insulting, condescending speech, lecturing America about the danger Iran presents (as if we were all clueless first-graders unaware of this) was yet another example of a man who does not want peace, or only wants peace under 100 percent his terms.
Of course this deal could be better, no agreement is ever perfect. And of course, Netanyahu offered no alternative solutions, because he doesn’t want one; he just wants to keep carping and screaming and whipping up America into a frenzy by arguing that no deal is good enough.
I don’t understand why this man is shown such unflinching support by American politicians, I really don’t. He’s nothing short of an impediment to peace, and it’s a disgrace he was given this forum on Tuesday to spew his fear-mongering.