It has been a minute. I have been out of the mix, out of the loop, and possibly out of my mind! Well; maybe, maybe not. Who is to say. There is so much going on right now, and I had several topics that I wanted to blog about. Yet, there has been a seeming explosion of news today that merits discussion; I feel a need to express my emotions through this computer!
First, I am at a state of despair, disdain, disbelief, at the loss of an icon! Mr. Robin Williams died today! At age 63, Robin Williams was found dead in his home from an apparent suicide, of all things! Unbelievably, he was suffering from some level of depression! You just NEVER KNOW what someone else is TRULY going through!
Williams’ death is especially upsetting to me because I view him as an icon! I got in touch with Williams as a child by occasional viewings of him in Mork and Mindy during my childhood. Yet, it was his role in The Birdcage that truly captured my attention to the essence of his awesome theatrical talent, while at the same time assisting me with viewing myself. From that point, I continued with viewing Williams in his works in cinema and on television, while thoroughly being delighted by all of it!
They are saying that it was around noon, Pacific Standard Time, when police officers arrived at Williams’ home. It was at that point when the officers discovered his lifeless body, and medics were summoned to recover him. He was later taken to an area hospital, where he was officially pronounced as dead from asphyxiation, drug overdose.
Joy Behar is being interviewed by telephone now, regarding her memories of Robin Williams. C.N.N. has gone into a clip from his role in the Academy Award-winning film Good Will Hunting. Williams has had roles in so many movies that have captivated audiences for decades, and has literally made fans out of millions of people around the planet!
Now, after the fact, reporters are saying that Robin Williams was suffering from addiction and depression. My question would be, “where was everyone when it might have been even slightly suspected that Robin was having the least of issues?” Did no one give a damn that he might do something even mildly drastic before it would get to the point that the man would KILL HIMSELF!?!? Where are people when you truly need them?
Well, we all have to go some time, one way or another, sad, but true. Indeed, it is sad, very sad that Robin Williams killed himself. I was/am especially distraught because I found him to be an icon. Williams was intelligent, humorous, globally savvy, ecologically aware, and indeed someone to which I had no problem with idolizing. Yes, he had his problems, he had his issues, but who does not? I would have to wonder about out of all of his Hollywood friends and associates, did no one notice that Robin was having issues and problems that might have needed intervention, or may have required some form of help that could have prevented this?
Robin McLaurin Williams was born July 21, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois. He had been married three times, the last of whom was his widow, Susan Schneider. He has three children. Rest in peace, Robin!
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August 10, 2013 at 3:28 AM (climate studies, comic book characters, current news, historic review, human life issues, legal issues, medical concerns, movie reviews, political atmosphere, public debate, science and technology, social opinion, web gossip)
I had been anticipating this evening’s features for a few weeks! I was glad to have gotten to the local theater, so that I could enjoy each film thoroughly! Whereas one was a continuation of an adventure story that is capturing the attention of action-seeking audiences, the second film forecast a future Earth where all is not set on equal terms for every person.
The excitement began with Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters! The film is prefaced by letting the audience know that sometimes, the gods would have children with mortals, called half-bloods. One of them is Percy (Logan Lerman), son of Poseidon, who found himself in competition to become the next champion of the demigod children. Percy’s best friends are Clarisse (Leven Rambin) and Luke (Jake Abel). They attend the Camp Half-Blood For Demi-God Children together.
At this camp, Camp Half-Blood, Percy meets his half-brother Tyson (Douglas Smith), who is a Cyclops. Also, the camp is eyed, then raided by Luke (Jake Abel), who is the son of Hermes. Luke has a vendetta against the gods, and he means to annihilate Mount Olympus! He has gone out of the way to poison a magic tree that protects the camp, now leaving it free to attack.
However, Percy’s friend Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario) has learned that The Golden Fleece can heal the tree. The god Dionysus (Stanley Tucci) acquires this knowledge, and he sends two students, Tyson and Grover, to get hold of the fleece. Annabeth and Percy accompany them.
The Oracle gives a prophecy that one of the three major gods will battle Luke. Percy, with one of his friends, will either have to save Mount Olympus, or will have to eliminate it altogether. Percy and his allies go to seek Luke, yet they are trapped by The Manticore. The friends escape, yet they are caught and swallowed by The Charybdis, where they reunite with Clarisse.
The group escapes, managing to reach an amusement park. There, they set Grover free, and they get hold of The Golden Fleece. However, Luke arrives, stating that he means to use The Golden Fleece to awaken the god Kronos! Luke then tries to murder Percy with an arrow, yet Tyson positions himself between the shot, taking the arrow instead. Tyson winds up being brought back to life with water, as Kronos swallows Grover and Luke!
Percy is able to use his sword to attack and to reduce Kronos. Then, The Manticore ends up being killed by Clarisse and Grover. It nearly killed Annabeth, but Percy used The Golden Fleece to bring her back to life! Afterward, the friends return to Camp Half-Blood to use The Golden Fleece to bring the dying camp tree back to life!
Our second film was the anticipated Elysium! By reaching the year 2154, there is a definite and deadly distinction between the haves and the have-nots! All of those who have the luxuries of wealth, security, and personal satisfactions live within the Earth-orbiting space station called Elysium. All else whom are impoverished, uneducated, and diseased live on Earth!
Jodie Foster stars as Delacourt, a ruthless leader of an Earth-orbiting luxury station called Elysium. There, humans live in safety and security, with no fears or burdens. All others remain on the planetary surface, dealing with the hardships of poverty, illness, warfare, and the darker sides od humanity.
Max (Matt Damon) works for Armadyne Corporation, which built Elysium. It is during this work where he is exposed to lethal substances. These toxic chemicals create a deadly condition within him, giving him only five days to live! If Max wants to find a cure, he must leave Earth’s surface to reach Elysium!
His quest for assistance takes him to seek a man called Spider (Wagner Moura). This man has helped Max before, so Max trusts him. Spider assisted Max with sneaking into Elysium, and getting the medical supplies necessary to treat his chemical exposure. Once inside the station, Max was able to get biogenetic technology to enhance himself, becoming stronger, as he got wiser to what was happening with Delacourt’s actions. Yet, Delacourt learned of Max’s actions, and she sends scouts through L.A. to find him.
Spider got all of the details that he could use to give all of the Elysium residents on Earth. Max does not help with singling out only Elysium citizens. He deals with Kruger to get him to change Spider’s methods of operation.
While returning to Elysium, a fight occurs. Kruger is shot. All passengers are returned to Delacourt. She reprimands Kruger for encouraging the shot, and he stabs her! Delacourt dies! Kruger proceeds to raid Elysium, seeking Max, while chasing Spider as well!
Kruger encounters Max, and a fight ensues! The fight seems brief, and Max kills Kruger! Max then gets into the main computer room, logging onto Elysium’s main drive. Max starts the main systems, accessing all of the major population links, where he is able make all people legal citizens of Elysium. As the computer does this, Max dies.
As always, several great movies are coming! I am looking forward to films that include Baggage Claim, Closed Circuit, The Counselor, Ender’s Game, Getaway, Jobs, Last Vegas, Prisoners, Rush, and Thor: The Dark World! Movies, movies, movies!
…..and wha’s your motivation????
It would have seemed to have come out of nowhere! So said that officer; at least after he said ouch! Certainly, it was something that he was NOT expecting on his day of routine traffic duty!
Last week, a police officer found himself dealing with an unexpected snap while on one particular patrol assignment. It was last Wednesday afternoon, June 19, when Officer Keith Moore of Aransas Pass Police Department made a traffic s, atop of a speeding vehicle. Officer Moore pulled over this rapidly moving truck to issue a ticket to the driver. However, it was when Officer Moore proceeded to hand the ticket to the driver, he was startled, then stunned, as a monkey leaped from the back seat!
The monkey, a trained carnival animal which has performed at several circus events, jumped out of the rear seating area and into the front seat with the driver. There, the monkey was able to bite the hand of the officer, who apparently had it extended into the car at enough length and time for a small simian snacking! The officer was trying to get the driver to sign paperwork, and the monkey may have moved to protest!
Officer Moore will be alright from the minor incident. The wound was superficial, and the animal is not rabid. Nothing was said regarding the monkey needing to be vaccinated additionally, or it having any other medical concerns. Some mention was made about the recent awareness of zombification due to bites by creatures, though those usually are dead. Officer Moore need not have any worries…..????
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Like several film fanatics, I was hyped about getting into the cinema to view World War Z! I had been previewing the trailers, and they all were exciting! I was ready to watch was going down with the worldwide outburst of zombies, just how many people would be eaten, how much blood was going to be splattered, how many limbs would be flung, and how Brad Pitt’s character would attempt to save the world!
The film begins with Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) awakening his two young sons and his daughter for a regular day. They get to the kitchen, meeting with mom, Karin (Mirelle Enos) for breakfast. Afterward, the morning proceeds with The Lanes driving into central Philadelphia, where the streets are crowded, and police cars arrive. There are sudden explosions!
As cars collide, and more fire outbursts, The Lanes begin to panic. Suddenly, strange people with weird facial expressions and mangled bodies appear in the streets. Jerry and his family drive into central Philadelphia, as his daughter, Rachel (Abigail Hargrove) has a panic attack! Jerry tries to leave the Philadelphia area, wanting to drive to New York City.
Once in New York, Jerry had to leave his family to get supplies. While he was away, Karin and the others were attacked momentarily, yet they escaped. Meanwhile, Jerry is able to find out what is happening, and that a government experimental virus was accidentally released. It caused the mutation of people with whom it came in contact into raging zombies! The virus is spreading around the globe, and people are being infected faster than any cure is being found!
Jerry gets in contact with former co-workers at The United Nations, where he was a scientific investigator. He works with them to create a remedy that will cure the plague that is mutating humans into zombies. However, Jerry finds out that the infection is spreading faster than anyone thought, so he has to travel to Jerusalem, where government officials have prepared safety items that can help in his effort to get a cure together more quickly.
As Jerry believes he has found a safe spot in Israel while he is searching for this cure, he finds himself suddenly besieged by zombies! While trying to escape a raging onslaught of undead attackers, Jerry is bitten by one of them! He is then trapped inside of a zombie-filled building, yet one U.N. soldier who was not bitten sees Jerry, and is able to get him outside!
Once out of this building, Jerry locates an outpost of The World Health Organization. Inside, scientists are working fervently to find a cure to end the zombification of human beings. However, their efforts are inconsequential, so far. Yet, Jerry remembered that there was something that occurred in Jerusalem that gave hope for a possible cure to the effects of humans being transformed into zombies. He kept that thought with him as he prepares for a greater battle to save humanity from it’s own destruction!
July will blow up the big screens immediately with the releases of Despicable Me 2, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, and The Lone Ranger, all on July 3! That following Friday, July 5 will have The Way, Way Back and Stuck in Love! More July films include Blackfish, Grown Ups 2, Hot Flashes, Killing Season, Pacific Rim, Red 2, R.I.P.D., The Smurfs 2, and The Wolverine!
June 15, 2013 at 3:10 AM (comic book characters, current news, health care reviews, human life issues, medical concerns, movie reviews, music and entertainment, social opinion, tv reviews, web gossip)
This was one of those Fridays that we had been anticipating for a while! It actually was a two-film treat, with one movie that was something of a comedic surprise, and the second being the blockbuster that we were yearning to watch for months! I will say that I was happy with this evening at our area theater!
We actually started with This Is The End! A witty film that features some of the currently leading comedic actors, the movie opens with Seth Rogen and Danny McBride getting together to hang out. They hang out for a minute, then Seth hooks up with Jay Pharaoh to harvest their weed stock. They proceed to talk about committing more mischief, yet Jay is not interested.
The group gets to James Franco’s house, where party activity is happening. Rihanna happened to be there, and she bitch-slapped some guy! Jonah was playing with some Spaniel dog that did not know how to bark, while most of the others basically were talking shit. Other mischief occurs, then the group proceeds to serenade the girls at the party with their song “Take Fur Panties Off”!
As the madness continues, there suddenly is a giant quake! Blue beams blast downward from the sky, and people are lifted away by them! Cars begin to race and collide, as explosions occur, and the group gets back to James Franco’s house. No one there knows what has happened, as Jay tries to describe what he saw. Suddenly, there is another quake, so all of them run out of the house, which now is aflame!
Several celebrities have run outside. The ground has split open, sucking in one guy, then Rihanna! Kevin Hart and a few others fall into a hole in the ground. Jay Pharaoh runs inside, turning on the television, where information is broadcast that a 9.7 quake has occurred in Los Angeles!
Suddenly, a helicopter crashes outside of the house, and a propeller strikes one of James Franco’s family paintings. James Franco and Jonah Hill go outside, running amok. The group takes in what has turned out to be an evening of chaos, then they go inside to go to bed for the night!
As morning arrives, James Franco awakens, as Danny has cooked breakfast. He did not know what happened the night before, thinking it all was a joke. Suddenly, a strange man breaks into the yard, and the group argues about letting him inside. The man is decapitated, and his head rolls inside of the house! Now, everyone wants to know what is going on, so the group goes outdoors to see that Los Angeles has been set on fire!
James Franco video-records the scene, as Jay Baruchel and Jonah Hill declare that The Apocalypse has arrived! They decide to have a get-high party, going indoors to jam to Gangnam Style! The group proceeds to smoke weed and to come up with silly ideas, when Emma Watson suddenly breaks into the house! She tells them that a zombie invasion has occurred!
Later, Emma is asleep, and the guys discuss flying the helicopter outside. Someone needs to go to get supplies without being caught by the zombies. Craig Robinson is elected to do this, and he does make it to a store to retrieve water. As he gets the water, something chases him! Craig runs, and the group now has no goods, with some creature outside of the house!
The group decides to dig through the floor to get to underground water. Meanwhile, Danny leaves, as Seth and Jay wind up hanging onto the remains of the floor that has collapsed into the ground below. Two barrels of water are salvaged. Yet, Danny returns, becoming reckless and irresponsible, as he wastes supplies and becomes selfish. The group decides to vote him out of the house, yet they give into weaker feelings, letting him stay!
Danny shows that he can cook, so they opt to keep him secured by putting him in the freezer! The day progresses into night, as Craig and Jonah decide to go looking for more supplies. While they are out, Jonah winds up being sexually assaulted by a demon, then finding himself possessed! He now has super strength, as he goes after James and Seth! The group manages to grab hold of Jonah to perform an exorcism, but a fire breaks out which burns down the house, and burns up Jonah!
Craig now decides to volunteer himself for sacrifice, allowing the group to escape an attacking demon. Craig winds up being taken into Heaven because of this good deed, so James decides to give himself up to cannibals to help the others escape. This works, at first, but James gets cocky, teasing the demonic cannibals because he is getting away. The light to Heaven suddenly vanishes, leaving James behind on Earth to be taken by the cannibals!
The Devil arrives, about to eat Jay and Seth! The two hug one another, rekindling their friendship. The Light of Heaven shines down to claim Jay, but being with Seth will not allow him to ascend! This prompts Seth to sacrifice himself to Satan, which allows Jay to get away, and also earns redemption for Seth!
At the end, Jay and Seth get to The Pearly Gates. Craig is there already, letting them inside to Heaven. There, Jay makes a wish that The Backstreet Boys would reunite (???). It all ends with a divine dance setting, as The Backstreet Boys perform Everybody!
The second feature was the eagerly-anticipated Man of Steel! It begins on Planet Krypton, with Lara Lor-Van (Ayelet Zurer) enduring an intense labor. A male child is born, as the planet is collapsing from it’s core!
General Zod (Michael Shannon) is leading Krypton’s ruling council, through which Jor-El (Russell Crowe) has been taken prisoner. A fight emerges, and Jor-El manages to get free. The planet now is at war, as Jor-El hurries to a secret chamber to get hold of The Codex. Zod tries to steal this from Jor-El, yet Jor-El escapes!
The Codex has information about a distant and habitable world to which he can send his infant son, Kal-El. It is urgent that Kal-El reach ths world, as Jor-El and Lara Lor-Van place Kal-El into this pod, labeled with the S symbol.
Zod enters the chamber, as the pod is about to launch. He means to destroy the pod, as to destroy all traces of Jor-El. Kal-El is managed to be launched into space, yet Zod kills Jor-El! He then promises to find Kal-El, yet he is captured, and he is imprisoned for the murder of Jor-El. Moments later, Planet Krypton is incensed, then destroyed by it’s expanding, red-giant star! Baby Kal-El’s pod is thrust away from Krypton, as it later enters our solar system, hurtling past Saturn, and racing toward Earth.
A baby is taken in by The Kents, Jonathan (Kevin Costner) and Martha (Diane Lane) of Smallville. He is raised as Clark. It is his human mother, Martha, who teaches Clark to stabilize his powers, as they create feelings of confusion and pain for him, at first. As Clark ages into teen years, Jonathan tells him that he truly is from another planet. He comforts Clark, yet encourages him not to use his powers in front of people, as society is not ready for him.
A powerful storm that produced a tornado struck Smallville. The effects of the storm lead to Jonathan’s death. After grieving for his human father, and with his human mother’s blessing, Clark leaves to wander the nation. He lives in secrecy for years, later finding a secret capsule from Krypton. It has a device inside of it that allows a communication with the hologram-spirit of his father. It just happens that a snooping reporter from Metropolis named Lois Lane (Amy Adams) came across this capsule, also. She is nearly injured while trying to get into it, yet Clark rescues her with his super-human capabilities!
Shocked by what has happened, Lois returns to Metropolis, and to The Daily Planet. She means to write a story about this super human who saved her life. However, the newspaper’s editor, Perry White (Laurence Fishburne) rejects her drafts!
General Zod voyages to Earth, tracing the scout ship in which Kal-El was placed. He demands to the people of Earth that Kal-El surrender to him, or they will suffer his wrath! Clark turns himself into The U.S. Armed Forces, as they proceed to give him to Zod! Zod then proceeds to reveal plans to convert Earth into a world more akin to Krypton through the use of an engine device that works with his space vessel. It will eliminate all of Earth’s people, making it clear for Zod to repopulate the planet with Kryptonians that have been engineered by the use of the codex stored within Clark’s cellular structure!
It is back at Smallville where Clark confronts Faora-Ul (Antje Traue). He is able to stop this assistant to Zod from proceeding with plans to convert Earth into a Krypton-like planet by surrendering to The U.S. Army, who are forced to turn him over to Faora-Ul! Clark and Lois are turned over to Zod and his forces, yet they get free by using an image of Jor-El that Clark downloaded into Zod’s main computer. This programming confusion leads to an attack from Krypton’s forces onto Earth, with The U.S. Army responding intensely! Clark appears as Superman, convincing The U.S. Armed Forces that he is their ally. Yet, Zod means to get hold of the codex, which is within Clark’s genetic code, and he releases a vessel over The Indian Ocean to begin an attack!
Superman now has Lois at his side, as they speak with U.S. Armed Forces. They give details from Jor-El’s computer program that set an attack against Zod’s vessel. A wormhole is opened slightly above Earth, which consumes Zod’s ship and his minions!
Superman returns to The Indian Ocean to shut down the engine that was starting to transform Earth into a Krypton-like world! Then, he races back to Metropolis to engage Zod in battle, as the villainous general uses powers equivalent to Superman’s. The Man of Steel ends up killing General Zod in order to save people from the general’s wicked wrath! Nearly succumbing to pain of emotion from having to kill, Superman is comforted by Lois Lane. He chooses to pick himself up, resuming a life as Clark Kent, living with the secrecy of Superman to protect humanity when needed!
Next week, we get to check out Brad Pitt in an all-out battle against zombies! The fate of the world will be at stake as he leads heroic human forces to save the planet in World War Z! The same day will have Monsters University, as June will close out with The Heat and White House Down!
June 6, 2013 at 12:29 AM (athletics, childcare and child protection, current news, health care reviews, human life issues, late night studies, legal issues, medical concerns, public debate, social opinion, web gossip)
I was not sure that I wanted to go ahead with a post about this particular topic, yet after reading it a few times, I figured that I would blog about it. The story is intriguing, albeit highly strange, and yes, stomach-turning! However, I felt that the story needed to be read by others, so that the issue would be recognized, and that, hopefully, similar actions can be halted before they ever happen in the future.
This topic comes out of Minnesota, where what should be the culmination of classes is not the happiest of times for some cheerleaders, or of all students! Minnetonka, Minnesota, a suburban town of Minneapolis, is where Hopkins High School is located. It is in this town where eighteen year-old Montia Marie Parker has been accused of pimping her cheerleading teammate! Parker, at age 18, took advantage of a sixteen year-old cheerleader with a mental disorder by taking the girl to meet older men for sex trafficking!
Details were relayed, saying that Parker would converse with clientele via e-mail, telling them that she would bring the younger girl to them to provide actions of oral sex in exchange for financial compensation. Allegedly, one such incident occurred on March 5. Parker took the younger girl to meet with a male, and the act occurred, and Parker was rewarded $60 afterward.
It was the next day, March 6, that Parker attempted to get the younger girl from her school, they went to meet another man. This man wanted more than oral sex from the younger girl, and she would not do more, so they left his residence. However, in the midst of the younger girl being absent from school, her mother found out that she had been absent several times. This lead to the mother being a mother, doing some snooping, leading her to checking her daughter’s cell phone, finding text messages, and stumbling upon memos that lead to statements that included shocking things like prostitution! Mom then called the cops!!!
The mother had to clarify the situation, letting the police know that her daughter is a mentally disabled individual who “works with a social worker due to a developmental cognitive delay”. Parker eventually was arrested, after admitting to creating a website called Backpage.com, where she would have her customers to connect for late night compensation and copulation! Now, she is facing a minimum of fifteen years in prison, along with a $40,000 sex trafficking fine, and/or a twenty year sentence with a $50,000 solicitation fine. Pay up!!!
Montia Marie Parker
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The youth years are the first ones to learn
who your first real friends really are!
Well, well, well! Everyone wants to act like they do not do it, yet we all know that we have sneaked down there for a stroke or two, when no one was looking (…or even if they were…). It seems that the general public is maturing, while becoming more honest about the acceptance of issues involving sexuality. This does include the frequent and wide-spread habit of playing with one’s self!
Masturbation is nothing new! This likely is a part of human activity that dates back to the origins of our species. Some studies of ancient cultures give details of singularly-aimed sexual actions occurring within religious rituals of the ancient Egyptians, artistic works of the ancient Greeks, and daycare practices of nannies during the ages of 17th century England.
Due to it being such a taboo here in our self-righteous and clean-slated society, it is somewhat difficult to find a good Internet link where details are provided about a nice, firm jack-off, or a good, deep fingering. Yet, however we want to pretend to present ourselves on the cover, underneath is what remains. Often, that remnant must succumb to the innate and carnal needs of human nature, which does include sexual self-satisfaction!
Well, come to find out that May is National Masturbation Month! Yes; get your jack-off on!!! Good Vibrations, a sex toys store out of San Francisco, got it going during 1995. This was in reaction to the statement made by former Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders, who commented on the subject of masturbation at an United Nations conference. Dr. Elders stated that “I think that (it) is part of human sexuality, and perhaps it should be taught”.
Good Vibrations started a Masturbate-a-thon along with the declaration of National Masturbation Month. This began in 1995 with events following the dismissal of Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders by President Bill Clinton. Dr. Elders attended an United Nations conference, where she was questioned about the topic of masturbation, and responded with words that included President Clinton’s (ahem…) incident with Monica Lewinsky.
As it is such an off-hand topic, it could be somewhat difficult to locate topics off-hand on the average Internet-linked computer. In such a society of double-standards, mixed-messages, and overall hypocrisy, it is hard to recognize why a subject like the exploration of the human body can be so taboo? It is not like so many people do not do it. Hell, you might be doing it right now!!!
I would have to be a free spirit, regarding this topic. If it feels great then go for it! I do not see where anyone need bother with trying to stop anyone else from engaging in actions like this, which ultimately affect their own bodies to minimal consequence. If someone else does not want to be involved with it, then it is suggested that the other person not be involved, and indeed do all that is necessary to get himself or herself The Hell away from the scene (lest you catch some in the eye….)!
He told her to stop; he’d do it for her…….
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Man, that sucks! I can recall being in school, boogeying down with my buddies to Jump! Those guys were just a little younger than we were at the time, yet it still was all about fun and the fantasy of the fast life. It seems so much of an all too harsh and all too often reality that we are reminded of how that fast life can run so quickly and into an unforgiving brick wall.
I am reading the daily headlines before turning it in for the evening, as I browse through the cnn.com entertainment page. I get to the article that relays the details about the shocking (at least to me…) death of Chris Kelly! He was half of the 90’s hip-hop duo Kriss Kross, famously known for their party tracks that included Jump, along with Tonite’s Tha Night and Warm It Up!
He and pal Chris Smith were really cool during the early 1990’s, as the thirteen year-0lds who rocked the hip-hop world with their boogie to the beat track Jump! They had a couple of other hits that included Warm It Up and The Bomb, yet it mostly was Jump that made Kriss Kross famous. The duo did become pioneers of the hip-hop industry, highlighting the involvement of youths in the game!
Right now, how Chris Kelly died has not been released to the public. The media reports said that he was found unconscious at his Atlanta home, then rushed to Atlanta Medical Center. He died at the medical facility’s south campus around 5 p.m.. Chris Kelly was 34 years old.
Kriss Kross was known for working with ATL hip hop pioneer Jermaine Dupri, along with standout rap artist Da Brat. Their stage names were Daddy Mac and Mac Daddy! Chris Kelly was Mac Daddy and Chris Smith was Daddy Mac. Rest In Peace…..
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April 29, 2013 at 4:32 PM (childcare and child protection, comic book characters, current news, human life issues, legal issues, medical concerns, movie reviews, music and entertainment, public debate, social opinion, tv reviews, web gossip)
I have been slacking on my blogging! Other things have been on the plate ahead of the computer, and getting to online reviews of recent films has not been a regular activity of priority. To my chagrin, I have not been having the evening online fun that I am accustomed to enjoying!
It was this past Friday that I did make it to the regular cinema for the weekend film features! We had been anticipating these movies, and I can say that the films did not disappoint! The regular double-dose began with Pain & Gain!
High-action director Michael Bay lead this film that featured Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg. Supposedly based on a true story, the lead actors portray body-building trainers out of Miami who turn to lives of crime. Wahlberg plays Danny Lugo, who is a semi-delusional fitness freak that works in a Miami gym. His intentions are to become the most financially successful and physically-fit person on the planet, while gaining personal wealth by any means necesssary!
The efforts to turn his fantasies into reality lead Lugo to look into the lessons of so-called self-help succeeder named Johnny Wu (Ken Jeong). After buying into the words of Wu, Lugo recruits fellow body builders. He talks an overly buffed Paul Doyle (Dwayne Johnson), and a foolish, following-fellow Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) into joining his plans to gain success. Together, the trio kidnap, rob, then make a pathetic attempt at trying to kill fitness client and deli shop manager Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub)!
Doyle, who is some manner of mind-boggled, born-again Christian, is totally against the idea of brutally murdering Kershaw as they mean to rob his store! He winds up bonding with Kershaw during the robbery attempt, who sees this as an opportunity to get out of the hostile situation. Kershaw already is a shyster himself, and he takes advantage of the miserable moment to sleaze out of being killed!
Lugo leads his pea-brained posse into further plans of criminal activity. He pauses for moments of physical improvement to do random sit-ups and pull-ups, while constantly trying to keep Paul within the mindset of robbery. Paul recently was released from prison, and has made an effort to find Jesus, so he is not comfortable with a return to serious criminal action. Yet, Lugo is able to convince Paul and Adrian to join-in with his plan to rob, to kidnap, and to murder Victor Kershaw!
Their plan falls apart when retired detective Ed DuBois (Ed Harris) gets wind of these likely criminal activities. DuBois decides to follow with this case out of some level of recreation during his retirement years, although he is laden with a consistent back pain. Yet, DuBois is able to follow through with piecing together various leads that place each of the bumbling burglars into the wrong places at the wrong times. Eventually, all of Lugo’s misguided hopes and dreams end up in failure, as he and his incompetent cohorts are captured by the efforts of Detective DuBois!
We entered Mud for our second feature! This movie starts with the introduction of two young boys living in rural Arkansas who regularly wander to play along the banks of The Mississippi River. Ellis (Tye Sheridan) lives with a submissive mother and an abusive father in a house-b0at along the river’s shoreline. He regularly sneaks out to play with his friend Neckbone (Jacob Lofland), who fishes in the river for oysters with his uncle.
It is one afternoon when Ellis and Neckbone are wandering along the river when they decide use a canoe to venture out toward an ait within the middle of The Mighty Mississippi. Neckbone has been to this ait before, and he knows that there is something like a canoe suspended within the branches of a tree there. He and Ellis decide to return to the island, wherer they climb the tree to explore the canoe. Within it, they find that there is bread, and there are newly-tracked footprints! This prompts the boys to leave quickly, before they are found!
Upon getting back to their own canoe, they see that someone has been in it! Indeed, a man appears, and he identifies himself as Mud (Matthew McConaughey). Mud interrogates Ellis and Neckbone, while revealing bits and pieces about himself. The boys ask him why he is hiding in a tree, and Mud says that he is hiding from The Law because he has killed a man! He means to get away, and he wants to reunite with his long-time love, Juniper (Reese Witherspoon), who is supposed to be waiting for him.
Mud enlists the aid of Ellis and Neckbone to retrieve information and supplies for him. Also, Mud has them to deliver messages to Juniper, telling her of his whereabouts, and of his intentions to return to her. Yet, unbeknownst to Mud or the boys, they are under surveillance by Texas bounty hunter Carver (Paul Sparks).
Ellis and Neckbone continue with efforts to assist Mud despite the risks. It is likely that Ellis seeks a father-figure, in the fact that he has none in the home of his successively slapping dad. Neckbone is cautious about continuing to help Mud, but he does so because Ellis is his best friend. The boys do continue to risk their own safety and sanctuary to help this eerie stranger, which seems to turn into a realized, one-ended situation. Ellis and Neckbone realize that there never was anything in it for themselves, as Juniper in fact had found other love, Mud was deluded within a long-lost and possibly one-sided romance, and they both were assisting a wanted criminal!
Iron Man 3 opens this week! The long-awaited third installment to this Marvel Comics hero adventure is finally in theaters, to the delight of fans! This edition features Tony Stark battling The Mandarin in an attempt to save society from devastation and destruction! Don Cheadle suits up beside him as his ally, War Machine!
May has more movies on the way! The 10th will feature the releases Leonardo Dicaprio and Tobey Maguire in The Great Gatsby, along with David Alan Grier, S. Epatha Merkerson, Craig Robinson, and Kerry Washington in Tyler Perry’s Peeples! Star Trek: Into Darkness premieres the following week, May 17. More of this month includes After Earth, Epic, Fast & Furious 6, and The Hangover Part III!
Congratulations Jason Collins!
April 8, 2013 at 12:10 AM (astronomy topics, climate studies, curious research, current news, environmental issues, extraterrestrial studies, historic review, human life issues, legal issues, medical concerns, political atmosphere, public debate, science and technology, social opinion, web gossip) (climate, current events, environment, politics, science)
…but for the STUPIDITY of sheep! Actually, this is quite funny! Not being an overly religious zealot, or one too eager to believe any and everything that I hear, I am completely amused at some current clips regarding the irrational and illogical ideas of some United States citizens. It is funny, yet ultimately, it can be disturbing and distressing.
These details actually were released at the start of last week. As I am watching / listening to Bill Maher in the background, I chose to view The Internet for some of the current political jargon and conspiracy theories that are going back and forth. I found myself stopped when I opened one link, where details regarding U.S. opinions could be found.
The Guardian, an online news presentation out of The United Kingdom, presented an Internet article this past Tuesday. It gave details regarding a survey taken by Public Policy Polling. This is an U.S. survey system which regularly conducts inquiries and studies of U.S. public opinions. Some of their latest popular inquiries probe the thoughts of citizens regarding political views, specifically concerning ideas on opinions about popular candidates. However, one of the polls strayed from current politics altogether, as it presented details on U.S. thoughts about conspiracy theories!
After what I read, I was highly amused, then surprisingly agitated. Surely, people out there are not that silly, not that stupid! Several of the questions asked for the survey were about political issues, yet others turned toward it’s interrogations of participants on their ideas about topics that included Bigfoot, crack-cocaine, media-connected mind control, September 11, 2011, and even unidentified flying objects. It was amazing, stunning, and even scary to read the results of these polls!
Well, one poll conducted was about the belief in extraterrestrials. The results of that survey showed that 29% of people questioned do believe that extraterrestrial life exists. Perhaps that is a somewhat small figure, yet I suppose it is nearly accurate for one random poll. I do think that is a small number, being one that does believe that such a topic is factual, but I do realize that so many others are against the idea until actually obvious proof is presented. For whatever reason, so many people refuse to believe, are uncapable of recognizing, that the universe is vast, and it would be senseless for our planet to be the only planet harboring life. Surely they are out there, they just may be a long, long way away!
Also, there remain conspiracy theories about the 1963-1972 Apollo Program. Several rumors and related conversations can be heard, regarding ideas that The Apollo moon landings never occurred. There are several claims that the entire effort at trips to and from The Moon by N.A.S.A. was a hoax! Chatter is spread, including statements like there are no stars seen in the moon landing photos, the actual photos would have melted because of radioactive heat at the surface of the moon, and faked photographs because of too many alleged light sources at the lunar landing site.
Topics about the national government were presented into polls. The assassination of John F. Kennedy was a topic, where 51% of persons polled feel that a greater conspiracy was at play surrounding the murder of The 35th President. As I was not around at the time of the event, I go off of what I have heard and read, which has lead to a personal belief that more happened than what has been told to the general public. There seems to be too much information regarding several gunshots having gone off, not just the single shot that allegedly was behind President Kennedy’s murder.
Our Planet Earth is getting warmer, and that is a FACT! Yet, according to this poll, there is a 37% level of people questioned who think that global warming is a joke! Another 12% of people questioned could not say one way or another about the legitimacy of global warming. However, 51% of people polled do realize that global warming is NOT a hoax, nor is it some conspiracy theory!
A disturbing announcement was that this poll is revealing that nearly one out of four U.S. citizens believes that President Obama is The Antichrist! I nearly choked while chuckling, before trying to realize that there is a large number of religious zealots out there. Added to that thought, so many people still want to put The President in some level of light to degrade him, despite the work he has been doing to assist and to stabilize our nation, even getting our soldiers out of Afghanistan and Iraq! Additionally, President Obama has done surprisingly GOOD things for this nation, including working to create policies for the regulations of carbon monoxide emissions, working to save U.S. banks before any financial collapses, removing restrictions on stem cell research, working to positively revise Medicare, closing Guantanamo Bay, and signing the $789 billion economic stimulus package-plan (The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009).
I suppose it is not unusual that such actions like the consistent dissemination of falsified facts occur regularly. It is likely a part of our culture, of human nature, to have a need to fabricate information, to elaborate upon fantasies, according to some need for keeping ourselves excited and enthused about the surrounding world. The particular details that were provided by The Guardian merely display the nature of how various segments of society go about recognizing reality, and interpreting information that often is presented through media sources, along with public conversational interaction.
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Be Careful of Conspiracy!