LaRae Meadows's Blog – May 2009 Archive (14)

Up Review: The length of reach and depth of heart is astonishing.

Every so often, a movie comes along that inspires the audience to live a better way, to take risks, and stop making excuses. I was stunned that this inspirational, physics defying film comes in the form of Pixar’s Up, a animated wonderment about an old man wracked with grief, a yellow dog, a chubby little boy and a huge flightless bird, in a floating house.

Inspired by the great adventurer Charles Muntz (Christopher Plummer), retired… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on May 28, 2009 at 8:34pm — 3 Comments

Today, I am ashamed to be a Californian. Tomorrow, I get even.

Today, I am ashamed to be a Californian.

Today, our courts did not have the bravery to ensure equality for all citizens.

Today, the court made me complacent in a crime to which we will be held accountable by the next generation.

Today, the California Supreme Court returned the institution of marriage back to its stone-aged meaning, turning straight women into heifers.

Today, the court tore apart all Californian’s First… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on May 27, 2009 at 2:01am — 9 Comments

Pioneer in Sustainability, Economic Visionary, Fortune 500 CEO: Ray Anderson

In the world of changing business, when everyone is slapping the word Green on the side of their packages, Ray Anderson, CEO of Fortune 500 Company Interface Carpets, is setting the example for substantive change toward sustainability in business. The self proclaimed recovering plunderer, motivated by his epiphany of wrong doing, turned his high polluting, petroleum-based carpet company into a beacon for the direction of future business.

In a talk given at the 2009 TED Convention,… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on May 25, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Terminator Salvation: I Bet You Can't Find The Plot Through All The Explosions

Terminator Salvation is a pre-sequel (or is it a se-prequel) to the previous three movies in the Terminator series. Atrocious writing, shoddy effects and lackluster acting made me wonder why they bothered to make Terminator Salvation at all.

Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington) is recruited by Dr. Serena Kogan (Helena Bonham Carter) while on death row to be part of a mysterious experiment. Years later, Kyle Reese (Anton Yelchin) and Star… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on May 22, 2009 at 11:48pm — 2 Comments

Obama Pic Decision Turns Back on Consitution and Judiciary

Three weeks after saying he would release the pictures, President Obama is moving to prevent the press from obtaining the pictures of the confirmed acts of torture. The courts have already ruled that any “secrecy” considerations are insufficient to overrule the first amendment right to free press. Obama, ignoring the court and taking a play, from the Bush Administration’s playbook, said today he would try to block the release of the… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on May 14, 2009 at 12:57am — 4 Comments

The Brothers Bloom Review: The Archer Fish of Cinema

The Brothers Bloom unwinds the story of two confidence men, an Asian sidekick and their rich but isolated mark. The Brothers Bloom is a charming off kilter dramedy about love.

Bloom (Adrien Brody) and his brother Stephen (Mark Ruffalo) work as confidence men with their explosive sidekick Bang Bang (Rinko Kikuchi). Tired of the life, Bloom tells his brother he’s done. His brother talks him into one final con agains Penelope Stamp… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on May 12, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Alezheimers, Waltzing IV's and The Living Loss of a Loved One

Over the last few years my grandmother-in-law’s memory has been slipping away from her, but has been more of an inconvenience than a danger. At times, she seems like she might be a good natured, well loved, background character in a sitcom about senior citizens. Convinced the cat has run away, stolen by the neighbor, or met a horrific end, every few minutes, she queries anyone in her eye-line as to the relative location of her nearly homebound… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on May 12, 2009 at 9:33pm — 2 Comments

Bishop Accidently Acknowledges Church and State Separation at Anti-Gay Marriage Rally

Lone Bigot Marian Barry

“There is a difference between civil rights and sacred rights.” – Bishop Harry Jackson

Washington D.C. City Council voted to recognize the same-sex marriages performed in other states. Twelve council members voted to ensure equality for all of their citizens and one voted in favor of letting his religious beliefs trump his duty to all of his constituents.

The lone dogmatist on the city council was… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on May 6, 2009 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Fraternity Alpha Delta Phi Comes Out To Westboro Baptist Church

On March 9, 2009 the crazed Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) set their sights on the University of Chicago. In customary WBC fashion, the members displayed god related hate speech with unabashed delight. The event took on almost a festive atmosphere as counter protesters refused to take the fundamentalist wack-jobs seriously. Unwilling to go unnoticed amongst the roasting marshmallows and clever signs, the Chicago Chapter of Alpha Delta Phi launched… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on May 4, 2009 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

British Man Officially Unbaptized

At eleven years old, John Hunt refused to attend church because he no longer believed in god. Forty-five years later now Doctor John Hunt told the church he wanted his baptism record removed because as a baby, he could not consent. After a bit of a struggle, Dr. Hunt became the first person in England to have his baptism cancelled.

“It struck me there was a lot of hypocrisy around. One Sunday I came back home and said, "Mum, I'm not… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on May 4, 2009 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Child Advocate Wastes Precious CPS Resources in the Name of God

In my work as an advocate for foster children in America, I’ve seen personally a level of abuse that might damage the psyche of an average person. I once saw a two year old child, with a face still so swollen he couldn’t open his eyes, returned to abusive home after two weeks in the hospital because “it was just the first time it happened.” So when I hear the abuse word thrown out willy-nilly, devaluing the plight of children who are actually abused, it makes me want to start a crusade.… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on May 4, 2009 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Battle for Tarra - A suck to collapse a black hole

Battle for Terra Review
A conflict between human nature and need pits all of humanity against the peaceful population on the planet Terra.

Added by LaRae Meadows on May 2, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

X-Men Origins: Wolverine Review - Shoddy Production and Smokin' Hotness

Forged in the heat of war and personal tragedy, claw wielding Wolverine was born. Shoddy production and inconsistent writing makes me wish that X-Men Origins: Wolverine could be retroactively aborted.

After his life is turned upside down, the young James Logan - Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) embarks on a tragic journey with co-mutant Victor Creed (Live Schreiber) that spans four wars and endless killing. When the wars finally end, they are dispatched to be members of… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on May 1, 2009 at 11:53pm — No Comments

Attorney General Refuses to Prosecute "Good Faith Torture" - Could there be such a thing?

Please notice that in this picture, the penis is blurred out. I guess that's the offensive part of this picture.

After many weeks of discussion, President Obama finally coughed up the word we all have been waiting to hear. He relented to using the honest word, the word we’ve been using for five years, the only word that could be applied to our treatment of many “enemy combatants.” It is not a pretty… Continue

Added by LaRae Meadows on May 1, 2009 at 7:40pm — 2 Comments

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