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James Gunn Gets Fired for His Sexual Orientation?

I remember my first NAMBLA meeting. It was the first time I felt ok being who I am.
Director James Gunn has been fired from Guardians of the Galaxy III for some tweets he made about 10 years ago, a few a little sooner. They were dug up by a conservative group who released them as a means to expose the hypocrisy of Hollywood. Then the Internet got involved and dug up many more. We've talked a few times about the "MeToo" movement and this seems like part of it. My general take on...
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Birth Control, Abortion, and Desperation 

Hand book for women
This article is about a book that came out in the late 1960's which was to educate women on human reproduction. It brings up a couple of thoughts for me. First, I do not consider birth control and abortion to be the same thing. There are those who do believe that based on their religious beliefs. If you wish, as an individual, not to use birth control that is your personal choice. I do not shar...
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Trump’s Handmaid on the Supreme Court?

Supreme Court Potential Handmaid
"Donald Trump's potential candidate for Supreme Court justice and many of her immediate family members are members of in a controversial religious group that asks members to take a lifetime loyalty 'covenant', encourages female submission to their husbands, and helped inspire publication of The Handmaid's Tale, a dystopian novel about theocratic government." So, this brings up something interestin...
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Meet the Americans Following in the Footsteps of the Knights Templar

Templar
The Knights Templar have a Hollywood reputation. Meaning what most people know of them is formed by what they have seen in movies. Though one thing about them that Hollywood got right was the fact that they were a powerful group. They had money and ability. They set out to protect people as they traveled to and from the Holy Land. In 1099 the Holy Land was taken back from Muslim control and so pil...
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A Tweet That Signals Hope for the Future

Man with a cigar
The below linked article that inspired this blog post is about a tweet which reads, "I’m not a party guy,” he wrote, “but I’d be down if someone threw a real roaring 20’s party for 2020. Like real tuxedos and all. Not shirtless dudes with a bow tie. Like a real Gatsby party with everyone fully dressed like the era." I'm sure to a lot of people this story seems quite benign but to me I find it r...
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A Dream of the White Hat and the Muddy Faces

Mud Men
I had a dream that I was in a small village that had stood for many years. It was my home. I returned to my house through winding streets and back alleys. Alleys with clothes hanging overhead and stones for pavement. Alleys with activity and fire escapes. Down one such alley was a young man wearing a white hat. He was standing on a soap box giving a speech to no one at all. When I saw the white ha...
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Tribal leaders demand parents kill their child – The State, Abortion, and Human Rights

Amazonian Boys
In the Amazon (and elsewhere in the world) tribes of people will often kill children that suffer from birth defects and sometimes consider twins to be bad luck (so one of them has to go). In one case brought up in this article the tribal leaders decided a girl had to be killed due to her small size and inability to speak. The parents were ordered to do it. They could not so killed themselves in st...
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The seven deadly traits of a douche-bag

Green sloth doesn't feel all that deadly
I'm bringing up the Seven Deadly Sins because they were brought up in the comments the other day. They aren't something I usually think about in the context of a sin grouping. They tend to be Catholic in focus and since I'm not Catholic my focus has never been on them. I know what they are. The comment made was that Pride was the worst of them. So I looked them up to see and compare. The pe...
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What if Demonic Possession was Real?

Demonic
This is one of those "what-ifs" that I like to ponder. I admit it doesn't have an actual point other than as an exercise in imagination. There's a line, one of my favorites, that comes from Baudelaire, "One of the artifices of Satan is, to induce men to believe that he does not exist: another, perhaps equally fatal, is to make them fancy that he is obliged to stand quietly by, and not to meddle...
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Star Wars has Always been Political 

Solo Droid and Lando
I'm a Star Wars fan. A big one. And as you might imagine my interest in it goes deeper than just space ships and laser swords. Star Wars has always been (as intended by Lucas) political and social in nature. The much maligned prequels are actually filled with excellent political commentary. Of late the new movies have been bashed by fans for "caving in to the SJW agenda". This, I do believe, is no...
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Minister Mister Rogers – What we Lack as a People

Mister rogers in kiddie pool with a friend.
I very much believe that the root of all our nations problems stems from the fact that Americans are now too cynical. They lack wonder and the ability to suspend disbelief. They want their movies ever more gritty, ever more realistic, ever more violent. They complain that things in a fantasy movie just aren't realistic. Well...duh. If you can't act like a child or see the glory of the earth throug...
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Pewdiepie Is Teaching His Audience that Women Are Asking For It

Pewdiepie
The headline says that Pewdiepie is teaching his audience that "women are asking for it". Asking for what? To be ogled by men. In case you don't know the story Pewdiepie is the screen name for a vlogger named Felix Kjellberg. He is one of the most subscribed to personalities on YouTube with 63 million subscribers. In one of his recent videos he videoed himself using eye tracking software which qui...
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How the Media Helped Create Extremism

Loudspeaker of the left
I find it so very interesting that people seem so worried about the far right (as they most certainly should be) but seem to ignore the far left (which is equally as dangerous). I agree that the media has helped amplify the far right, the alt-right, and their kind. The media loves to focus on them. But at the same time they have not just amplified but propagated the far left. The media is the prop...
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Being Anti-War

Afghans recent returnees live in the ruins of a bombed out building with no running water or access to health care in central Kabul, Afghanistan August 3, 2002. (Photo by Ami Vitale)
War is not romantic. I know what death looks like. Thankfully, most people in American don't. They haven't seen someone's brains outside of their head. They haven't seen a rotting corpse. They haven't seen a severed leg. They haven't seen bone protruding from flesh. They haven't seen blood spattered walls. And most thankfully they haven't seen a dead child. I don't want them to see these thing...
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Sex Education, Children, & the Mind

bartsexed
"According to the parents, as a part of a science class – that includes a section on sex education – a teacher allegedly graphically discussed oral sex." When students said they didn't know what that was the teacher told them to look it up on Google. But, he warned, don't use a school computer, because they will track that. One kid took the teacher up on that offer and found the information on her...
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