Unplanned

The film Unplanned tells the story of Abby Johnson, erstwhile director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan, TX. It is based on her book of the same title. Ms. Johnson first joined Planned Parenthood as a volunteer when she was a student at Texas A&M in nearby College Station, TX. She eventually rose to become the director of the Bryan clinic. Her growing unease with Planned Parenthood’s policies and procedures culminates with her participation in an abortion with the aid of sonography. Visualization of the process finally pushes her over the edge and she quits, becoming an anti-abortion activist. She has previously told her story in speeches.

As expected this film as been controversial, leading Google to label the film as propaganda. The film is certainly polemical. Any film with a point of view could arguably be labeled as propaganda but that would mean almost everything coming out of Hollywood is propaganda. By applying the word this way it loses all meaning. Unplanned is reasonably balanced. People on both sides of the issue are generally portrayed as being well-intentioned rather than good or evil. The main exception is Ms. Johnson’s superior at Planned Parenthood, who is the film’s villain. Some of the anti-abortion activists are also depicted as being less than well-behaved.

I found the film both moving and disturbing. Though not especially squeamish, I had to look away on a couple of occasions. One cannot come away from viewing it without being affected. There have been complaints that the film is rated R but the rating is not unreasonable given the nature of the material. It would be inadvisable to take a child to see it. The film has a fair amount of reference to religious faith. From the point of view of a non-believer, this is not central to the film’s message; the film stands on its facts and arguments, along with some tugging at the heart-strings.

Highly recommended.

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Rethinking Things

I hope people enjoy this site and get to mix with the great people that are here. This is a different place and does not follow the “dinner party” concept. I want to get across that there will be many types of posts. Some will be “extra hot” with robust discussions and others will be “mild”. The “extra hot” will cause heartburn for some people and might be good to be avoided. For others they love the “burning sensation”. When writing your posts on controversial topics, please add “Mild”, “Medium”, or “Extra Hot” so people can grasp what type of discussion might occur. Some topics are by their very nature naturally hot. B

The other way to think of this place is like sports. Some sports are non-contact like tennis and golf where others are physical like football and rugby. It would seem strange to complain about “Someone touched me!” in football. Or to think tackling someone in golf is appropriate. This is analogous to different types of discussions here. Try to respect the author’s intent on what type of “sport” they are “playing”. This is not a “dinner party”.

Continuing on with the sports analogy. No one gets kicks out of a league or suspended for normal fouls. That is how the game is played. The fouls of one game shouldn’t carry over to another game. They are usually forgotten. In basketball if a player has fouled out in a prior game they start with a clean slate in the new game. They don’t foul out over the first foul of the new game. If they do the ref needs to be fired. Fouls happen and are dealt with in most sports simply and efficiently.

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First photo real black hole

https://us17.campaign-archive.com/?u=2c6057c528fdc6f73fa196d9d&id=ee20e6b2b4&e=20933db02e

 

BY THE NUMBERS

  • 8: the number of radio observatories from Hawaii to the Andes, and from the Pyrenees to the South Pole, that make up the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT)
  • 1,000 times higher: The factor by which the EHT improves on the resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope
  • 2 years: The time it took to piece together the images from the massive amount of data collected
  • 8 months: The time it took the data, recorded on hard drives, to make their way from the South Pole Telescope to the analysis facility at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Haystack Observatory
  • 6.5 billion times bigger: The mass of the M87 black hole compared with that of the Sun
  • 16 megaparsecs (55 million light years): the distance from the galaxy M87 to your house
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Fight or Flight in the Digital Age

The most natural response for an animal in danger is to fight or flight. The cat backed into a corner hunches its back and starts to hiss. But if given an avenue of escape will often run away. I was thinking how does this happen online. Are you a fighter or a fleer?

My thinking is the Internet is an ever present danger. There have been high profile cases where a random tweet or uploaded video has caused a “storm” and job loss. They were not aware that in the world of triggered a China Syndrome Meltdown can happen and does happen. A few words can cause a seemingly global “hunching of backs and hissing”. It is a world that words mean what others want them to mean. The reader not the writer is in control.

I’ll stop* here and leave things for a lively discussion.

*BTW, are you someone who triggers or is triggered? Both? Do you know?

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Pete, can two play at this game?

Buttigieg to Pence: ‘If you got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me — your quarrel, sir, is with my creator’

10 Cents to Buttigieg: If you got a problem with who Pence is, your problem is not with him — your quarrel, sir, is with his creator.

I suppose Pete gets to pick and choose what he considers important and knows the mind of the creator. (He might be running for saint.) It was great grandstanding but I think it fails the logic test.

I am for disagreement but I think it is a little much to use god as a prop.

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And Then There Were Two…

On Saturday, my Texas Tech Red Raiders defeated the Michigan State Spartans 61-51 to advance to the NCAA championship game, where they will play the Virginia Cavaliers, who earlier that day beat the Auburn Tigers 63-61. Here are some highlights from the Texas Tech-Michigan State game:

As a bonus, on Friday the Texas Tech cheer and pom squads won two national championships at the National Cheerleaders Association finals in Daytona Beach. Here’s a video of the cheer squad’s winning performance:

It’s a great time to be a Red Raider!

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Long Game

I sometimes despair at the punditry these days. Shallow and never seeing the long game.

We all know the showdown in the next round of the Deplorables vrs the Global Elites will be fought with messaging and image, and the winner needs a clear majority of people who turn out to vote..

The Mueller report by the Attorney General contained a tactical win and a strategic maneuver if you view the long game

Much has been said about the lack of a decisive call on ‘obstruction” by the Mueller team and it has succeeded in allowing the Global Elites to grab and chew on the possibilities of a victory.

Short term thinkers view this as a problem. It can be looked at a positioning strategy.

I do believe the worst outcome for the populists and POTUS is for the Democrats to accept defeat and begin fighting on more tangible issues. POTUS is well aware of who he needs to convince to side with him and what he needs to do about it.

The best outcome is to leave the thread of obstruction so the Globalists continue to look crazy to normal American taxpaying private sector employed voters. Trump won last time as a potential candidate, now he runs as an incumbent and he needs to appear the calmer, saner alternative.

What better way to do that than to allow the insanity to continue.

He will be running directly for people who care not for scandal, virtue signaling and silliness, but jobs, stability, peace, safety and prosperity. He will run on that for all races and ages that profile as responsible working Americans who are not creatures of government.

Last time I looked, that is one helluva majority. My guess is serious people outnumber virtue signalers by two to one if you have a message and track record they believe in.

The Dems may deeply regret the popular vote stuff they are pulling as I expect POTUS is going to go for the popular vote this time.

The behavior of the electorate in the last few cycles has been driven by the fact that neither party was convincingly offering what they wanted.

That will change this time. We are about to have a clear choice again, like 1980 and 1972 . The serious voters will have a meaningful choice.

The daily buzz speaks to the virtue signalers. The impression for the serious voters is the long game.

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A Curmudgeon Looks Ahead

The Red Headed Irish Wisecracker and I are entering another phase transition. It is time for us to set up our terminal residence after going through all previous phases of newlywed, parents, job relocation, parents, job relocation, major illness, recovery, empty nesters, downsizing and location central to the grandchildren.

Time to end stairs, setup the basics the way we want and build a new place.

We are abandoning Oregon for the slightly less crazy Washington, still home to no income tax.

So now I am beset with the plague of opportunity to set it up the “way I always wanted” and dealing with backup generators, security systems, what cables to which room, mesh wifi or not and so forth. In other words I am having fun.

I hear the noise on the television, the fake angst and look around and realize that many things are going great.

Jobs are plentiful and a generation is finding the joy of being needed as opposed to expendable, with rising wages.

Medicine is better than ever with advances that creep in without fanfare but change the game. Surgery is microintrusive rather than macro, cancer is a condition you can beat rather than a death sentence for many, emergency care , courtesy of several nasty wars has advanced greatly.

We may even return to the moon in less than a decade.

Awareness is rising that the old institutions like industrial model education, globalism as an economic model and rule by bureaucracy are inadequate to the task of providing prosperity for most.

My optimism remains undimmed. My grandchildren can have a republic, if they can keep it.

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Musings at a Late Hour, from a Curmudgeonly Perspective

Alec Guiness was one of those incredible artists who could inhabit every role like it was a well worn garment but also be Alec Guiness.

After greatness in the end of Bridge on the River Kwai, the musings in the retaken Damascus in Lawrence, I expect most alive today know him as Obi Wan Kenobi, another role he brought to life such that it could only be his alone.

“I felt a great disturbance in the Force” brings to mind one of those moments when the movie you are watching suddenly moves sideways and becomes another movie.

I believe we , the deplorables are watching a turning point in events unfold, along with our brothers and sisters in England attempting freedom from a gray bureaucratic fungus, and those in France pushing back against a country run by the credentialed.

They are in the streets, we picked a gladiator, a champion to fight in exchange for our votes, voices and money. “Ours lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor” is all that is required, so far. Blood may come later if we fail now.

I muse over the turning points and realize it had to be planned. The annoyance removed just when most people just wanted it to go away like a tv series turned bad but you hang on waiting for the series finale. The two public enemies now left to rant and seem more unhinged than ever to normal people with real jobs and real responsibilities, the Democrats and the Media. The faceless enemies will now have to sacrifice many pawns as the battleship of justice slowly turns it’s guns to the other shore.

The orchestration of Border Meltdown and decisive action, roaring working class jobs, a private sector healthcare initiative and no new wars as opposed to climate Armageddon, tax hikes and welfare for the entire world at our expense seems to be a pretty good hand to play in 2020.

I am so optimistic I just signed a contract to build a house. I must be crazy since we all die in twelve years from some miniscule rise or fall in temperature.

It took a freaking asteroids to kill the dinosaurs, apparently our snowflake generation thinks a less than one degree change will kill us all. Dang, we have gotten real fragile.

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Politically Correct Fast Food

I can’t believe people want to kick out a fast food chain from airports and cities. What is going on there? Is love for a chicken sandwich the “the love that dare not speak its name”?

I think it is good to be inclusive but I don’t like when the 1 % (or even less) want to rule my life or their virtue signalling fellow travelers.

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CUK Britannia

From the “you just can’t make this stuff up” file, meet Great Britain’s newest political party: the CUK Party.

On the day when the United Kingdom was supposed to be leaving the European Union, the globalist, largely left-liberal “centrists” formerly of the Labour MPs — Chuka Umunna, Gavin Shuker, Luciana Berger, Ann Coffey, Mike Gapes, Chris Leslie, Joan Ryan, and Angela Smith — and the Tory Party — Anna Soubry, Heidi Allen, and Sarah Wollaston — announced they were formally instituting their new parliamentary faction as a political party, Change UK (CUK).

Promo code: hilarious!

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Open up! It’s the Word Police.

We live in a crazy time. People get triggered by such small things. Take for example “fireman”. Fireman is no longer the right word because it is not inclusive even though most fire fighters are men. That job requires strength which creation/evolution has given to the male of the species. No one expects line backers to be female, do they?

Why do people want to be Word Police. (Full disclosure, I am the guy on the site that wants to get away from coarse language.) I think there needs to be some minimal limits on the words we use but I am not for some “cop” writing tickets for going 4 miles over the speed limit. These “cops” are selecting enforcing these “4 mile per hour” tickets. It has more to do with “thinking wrong” and the “ticket” is an excuse to get rid of people.

I think these Word Police go after Hate Facts. If you state the facts and Word Police don’t like the facts, you are a hater. So the virtuous Word Police, brand people Haters because they want to have everyone be nice to each other. I wonder if they ever give Word Police an eye test or better yet an irony test.

“Open up! It’s the Word Police. You have the right to remain silent so shut up!”

Please share your ideas on what are rational and irrational limitations on words. Share any experiences of Word Police.

I think what most of these Word Police want is a neutered society and they will emasculate who they will. They hate Alphas.

I remember having an Internet fight about one should be careful about loaded words.

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More Than A Feeling

I know we are not supposed to celebrate, lots of issues ahead, but I had to share this video to savor the moment. These have been well viewed and used to great effect for the last few years.
[Ad10:Coarse Language in video subtitles.]

I do have the suspicion that we are in the part of the movie when to bad guys throw their last resort nuclear killshot and after the smoke clears, the guy is still there, smiling and drawing his weapon….

IF you wanted to destroy the power of the media, move the Democrats from contenders to lunatics and get basic, job holding responsible Americans to rally behind you just as the real 2020 campaign season opens, this is what you orchestrate. Some will call it luck, but me,,, will I’ll let Hannibal say it:

Meanwhile, we have six months of counterstokes ahead to finish the positioning.

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