Monthly Archives: January 2014

“The Butler” – film review

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Before seeing Lee Daniels’ The Butler, I had several reasons to dislike it.  First, I don’t like anyone’s name before the title.  I would not like Martin Scorcese’s Goodfellas or Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, thus I would not like anyone’s anything.  Second, any film with Oprah Winfrey usually belongs on basic cable.  Speaking of Oprah, the third reason is her sour grapes when the film was ignored in the Oscar nominations.  I’ll take fermented grapes but not sour.  Honestly, the only reason I watched The Butler was that I had the choice between that and a second helping of Silver Linings Playbook.  I chose wisely, and Oprah was right.

Having already mentioned Gump, I may as well get the obvious out of the way.  If someone tells you that The Butler, spanning from 1926 to 2008, is the African-American and more…

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Fundraiser Held For Baseball-Loving 10-Year-Old Girl Battling Cancer

If you know me IRL in SoCal, then you live near her, too. I hope she gets the help she needs.

CBS Los Angeles

GRANADA HILLS (CBSLA.com) — A fundraiser was held Saturday in Granada Hills for a little girl battling a big disease.

Emily Lomeli is only 10, but she has a rare form of ovarian cancer.

KCAL9’s Joy Benedict asked Lomeli about her ordeal. And even if she knows what her disease is actually called.

“It’s ovarian immature teratoma,” she says, matter-of-fact. And it’s as difficult a disease to battle as it sounds.

“It’s been really hard,” Lomeli said, “they put medicine into you and you just get nauseous.”

Lomeli loves nothing more than baseball — she’s been playing since she was 3 — and today she played in a fundraiser with her team, the Titans.

She hadn’t been in right field since she was first diagnosed last October 10.

To show their support, many people in the stands wore #17 on their backs — Emily’s number.

The Titans gave her a…

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How Bar Brawls Begin

The Dish

Burt Likko, a lawyer who did work for an insurance company “which wrote liability policies to a whole bunch of seedy bars,” relays what he learned about the topic:

You might think that a bar fight is most commonly started between two guys fighting over a woman. That’s not so, at least not in my experience. Ejection seems to be a more precipitating event. More than half the bar fights I had to sort out started when a too-drunk patron was asked to leave and refused to do so. When the bar back or the bouncer attempts to escort the drunk out of the building, the drunk refuses to cooperate, and if the escorting turns in to physical handling, the drunk will wrestle away and attempt to run back in the bar. It is during this struggle that harmful physical contact between the drunk and someone else is initiated. By…

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Buddhist Monk Wirathu, Leader of 969 Movement Unhurt in Bombing by Muslim Extremists

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In a world of lies and deception.. the truth is radical.

by, Martin Petty / Reuters

A bomb exploded meters away from a radical Buddhist monk as he delivered a mass sermon in Myanmar, police said on Monday, the latest flare-up in tensions pitting Buddhists against minority Muslims.

Wirathu, the prominent monk who heads a movement accused of stirring violence against Muslims, said he believed the blast on Sunday evening in Myanmar’s second city, Mandalay, was intended to silence him.

The home-made bomb went off inside a parked car, according to police and witnesses. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Tensions have been smoldering between radical elements of Myanmar’s Buddhist majority and Muslims. Bouts of religious violence have killed at least 237 people and displaced 150,000 in the past year, testing the resolve of a two-year-old quasi-civilian government.

The device exploded during a ceremony conducted by Wirathu, who…

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Mass Exodus of Christians From Muslim Controlled Lands

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Christian Persecution Exodus

 

Millions of Christians Flee for Their Lives…

By Raymond Ibrahim

A mass exodus of Christians is currently underway.  Millions of Christians are being displaced from one end of the Islamic world to the other.

We are reliving the true history of how the Islamic world—much of which prior to the Islamic conquests was almost entirely Christian—came into being.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom recently said: “The flight of Christians out of the region is unprecedented and it’s increasing year by year.”  In our lifetime alone “Christians might disappear altogether from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Egypt.”

Ongoing reports from the Islamic world certainly support this conclusion.  Iraq was the earliest indicator of the fate awaiting Christians once Islamic forces are liberated from the grip of dictators.

In 2003, Iraq’s Christian population was at least one million.  Today fewer than 400,000 remain—the result of an anti-Christian campaign that began…

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Seven Muslims Burn a Buddhist Monk to Death

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Burma:  Seven Muslims in Burma have been charged with the murder of a Buddhist monk that fueled deadly communal riots two months ago in central Meikhtila city, lawyers said Tuesday.

Six of them face the death penalty if convicted in one of the most high profile cases since sectarian violence first flared nearly a year ago. A seventh suspect, who is under 16 years old, will be tried in a juvenile court in connection with the murder of the monk identified as Thawbita who, according to reports, was pulled off his motorbike, attacked and burned on March 20.

If found guilty, the maximum sentence that could be imposed on the teenager is seven years in jail. The masterminds of the alleged murder have not been held yet, lawyers said. “The real four perpetrators [of the alleged crime] are on the run,” lawyer Thein Than Oo told RFA’s Burmese Service…

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Write about what you know

Cristian Mihai

Write about what you know. This is one of the well known “rules” of fiction writing. Some writers have even taken it too far, and they only write about stuff they’ve been practically obsessing about for at least ten years.

In a way, we all write about ourselves; a part of our subconscious always resurfaces when we’re writing a story, no matter how far apart from our own lives we try to set it. Sadly, most writers try too hard not to involve their personal lives, their pasts, into the stories they’re writing.

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