Memorial Day.

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I’m so old that…

Better than that, when I was in my twenties I would be hard pressed to left and carry $50.00 of groceries; today in my sixties I can carry over a hundred dollars of groceries in one hand and fifty dolllars of wine in the other!

 

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QOTD: “The republican task”

For years, we’ve been boxing with an MMA fighter. That is to say, we play by rules our opponent disregards. We play for points; they play for damage.

 

Too obtuse for you?  In other words, “It’s time for the gloves to come off”.

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After the storm

Hit 90 degrees today, now it’s seventy.  Heck of a storm front passed through just before sunset.

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Professor and the Madman.

This movie isn’t playing anywhere, no room for it with all the theaters showing multiple copies of Avengers: Endgame.

But I found that it is available on streaming so we watched it at home on VUDU.  And were blown away.  Best thing I’ve ever seen Penn do.

I found this User Review on IMDB:

An endeavour of unanticipated heft

linkogecko21 March 2019
Unforeseen: when a movie about people LITERALLY writing a dictionary turns out to be captivating, specially the further it strays from the actual dictionary-writing. “The Professor and the Madman” features Sean Penn and Mel Gibson both retaking characteristics from some of their better-known, pre-controversy roles, with Gibson going back to the “Braveheart” Scottish accent and Penn to the “Dead Man Walking” maybe-redeemable inmate murderer; resulting in a very strong on-screen chemistry.

By the time this movie is released in most markets, its fame will likely stem from its legal issues which lead to Mel Gibson basically disavowing it and director Farhad Safinia doing so in full (the movie is credited to “P.B. Shemran”, an Alan Smithee-like alias if there’s ever been one). I find this decision suprising as for most of the film I could have easily bought this as a Mel Gibson-directed work. As a filmmaker, he might not have the strongest of auteurial signatures, but said signature that can most easily be defined in the depiction of gore, a fascination with language and Christian faith elements (most obvious in “The Passion of the Christ” and “Hacksaw Ridge”), definitely makes an appearance here.

Not content with Gibson-like directorial decisions, the screenplay fortunately digs deeper into some topics than any Gibson script has. Penn’s character’s arc in particular is well-developed in creating empathy towards the mentally ill, which is still not common enough nowadays, nevermind in a time when phrenology was still a valid study. The word “redemption”, so rare yet supposed to be the most Christian of virtues as well, gets a very strong definition with this character arc. Obsession is touched upon as well, not to Aronofsky-an levels, but still enough to be worthy of a mention.

Considering the unforeseen depth of the treatment of these topics, it’s truly unfortunate that there are some cases where the movie relies of the most shallow of tropes to force tension. The worst case of this is the almost-mustache-twirling-villain characters, with no depth or motive beyond antagonizing and foiling our brave heroes. One case in particular is not as tragic when a (until then) well-developed and rounded character inexplicably takes that villanous turn, at least having given us a solid base before. Additionally, the visuals suffer with some establishing shots clearly having made with inferior digital video quality, creating a jarring effect that takes you out of the movie. All in all, despite these shortcomings, “The Professor and the Madman” is a worthy story that goes into unanticipated and fortuitous depths, intensities, profoundities.

I mostly concur. And am very interested in the suggestion of  ‘artistic differences’ connected to the film.


Upon further research,  article in Variety…

I would also like to clarify some misreporting saying that we had demanded reshoots and additional scenes to be shot. We never asked for either. All we had ever asked was for the shooting script to be completed. It never was. Numerous essential scenes set in Oxford as well as multiple indispensable scenes set in Broadmoor Asylum were never shot leaving substantial portions of the script incomplete with irreparable gaps in performance and basic story logic. This meant that I was never able to prepare any kind of coherent cut and had no involvement in the version that is being released.”

I’m very familiar with the book by Simon Winchester, and this film is quite different in many ways.  Many elements in the book that would fully explain the causes of his madness and the path that lead Dr. Minor to be in a British insane asylum were missing. Since I’ve read the book I imagine I had an easier time following along and perhaps my memory filled in the gaps.  I should engage my girlfriend in an conversation on this.  She never read the book and I think her enjoyment of the movie centered on the quality of the acting.

I differ from the IMDB user review in that I find the minutia and descriptions of the OED creation much more engrossing than the descriptions of the more commonplace madness and murder.

Most “Special Editions” and “Directors Cut”  versions of other movies leave me uninterested,  this film, this film, I would very much want to see the version that Mel Gibson held in his mind.  Listen Mel, you might well be disgusted with how this film turned out, but it’s still a quality effort and many other actors and directors would love to have this accredited to them.   Well done.

https://onthenorthriver.com/2019/05/05/movies-that-wont-play-3/

 

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Female to Male Mental Illness.

FEMALE-TO-MALE TRANNY MISDIAGNOSED BY HOSPITAL WORKERS AS OBESE, THEN OUT POPS A STILLBORN BABY FROM “HIS” VAGINA
What has the world come to when hospital workers actually believe that a pregnant female-to-male tranny who’s complaining of abdominal pain is nothing more than a fat male with digestive issues?

The New England Journal of Medicine reports of an unidentified “pregnant transgender man” who showed up at an unnamed hospital, only for a nurse to misdiagnose “his” problem as intestinal rather than vaginal.

The fat “man” in question was actually a pregnant woman who’d been polluting her bloodstream with testosterone, yet she still remained so resolutely female that she became pregnant. Shortly after the misdiagnosis, out plopped a stillborn infant from the “man’s” vagina.

It’s uncertain whether the fetus was already dead when this sad, sad lady went to the hospital, but if not, the Transgender Delusion just killed a baby.

 

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QOTD: I heard that brother…Taki Mag.

• Foreign-born workers now comprise 17.5% of the American workforce, up from around 10.5% in 1996.

• Nearly half of foreign-born American workers are Hispanic and a quarter are Asian.

• Part of their attractiveness to employers is the fact that foreign-born workers will accept an average weekly income only 83% that of American-born workers.

Nearly half a trillion dollars yearly are redistributed from middle-class and working-class Americans to large employers and freshly arrived immigrants.

Add to that the work that is ‘Off-Shored’.   Donald Trump is the first and almost the only person that is concerned and talking about this.   That is one of the reasons that DJT is the POTUS.

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So a guy goes into a bar.

A man was telling his buddy : “You won’t believe what happened last night.”

My daughter walked into the living room and said : Dad, cancel my allowance immediately, forget my college tuition loan, rent my room out, throw all my clothes out the window, take my TV and my laptop.

Please take any of my jewelry to the Salvation Army or Cash Converters. Then sell my car, take my house key away, and throw me out.

Then disown me and never talk to me again. And don’t forget to write me out of your will and leave my share to any charity you choose.”

“Holy Smokes,” replied the friend, ” – she actually said that?”

“Well, she didn’t put it quite like that. She actually said :

“Dad, meet my new boyfriend, Mohammed. We’re going to work together on Elizabeth Warren’s Presidential Campaign.”

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Five Trillion dollars.

This comment was so good I wanted it up front and out there.  So direct from Texas…

djbarrus says:

In America and around the globe governments have created a multi-billion dollar Climate Change Industrial Complex. A lot of people are getting really, really rich off of the climate change industry.

How big is the Climate Change Industrial Complex today? Surprisingly, no one seems to be keeping track of all the channels of funding. A few years ago Forbes magazine went through the federal budget and estimated about $150 billion in spending on climate change and green energy subsidies during Obuma’s first term.

That didn’t include the tax subsidies that provide a 30 percent tax credit for wind and solar power — so add to those numbers about $8 billion to $10 billion a year. Then add billions more in costs attributable to the 29 states with renewable energy mandates that require utilities to buy expensive “green” energy.

Worldwide the numbers are gargantuan. Around five years ago, a leftist group called the Climate Policy Initiative issued a study which found that “Global investment in climate change” reached $359 billion that year. Then to give you a sense of how money-hungry these planet-saviors are, the CPI moaned that this spending “falls far short of what’s needed” a number estimated at $5 trillion.

For $5 trillion we could feed everyone on the planet, end malaria, and provide clean water and reliable electricity to every remote village in Africa. And we would probably have enough money left over to find a cure for cancer and Alzheimers.

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I never believed it for a minute.

Around the world, backlash against expensive climate-change policies

From Alberta to Australia, from Finland to France, and beyond, voters are increasingly showing their displeasure with expensive energy policies imposed by politicians in an inane effort to purportedly fight human-caused climate change.

As daily headlines become ever more shrill, hyping climate fears based on projections made by unverified climate models, the international public is becoming increasingly wary of the Chicken Little claims of impending climate doom. Voters in developed countries are saying “enough is enough” to high energy prices that punish the most vulnerable but do nothing to control the weather.

It’s theft and control and that’s all it’s ever been.

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