And Then There Was One: The Book of Eli

Two posts in one day. Must be a holiday or something.

I enjoy watching movies but I hardly ever go to the theater any more. Seriously, I don’t see the point of spending $10 to watch a movie when I can buy the DVD for the same price a few months later.

This evening The Book of Eli came on HBO and I decided to watch it since it was free. Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman are two actors whose work I enjoy so I expected the movie to be decent. It was.

The Book of Eli is set in a post apocalyptic world. 30 years have passed since war broke out and civilization was destroyed by, what we are led to assume, an exchange of nuclear bombs. The movie follows the basic hero’s journey plotline. We meet Eli, a lone wanderer, as he is hunting for food in the woods. But soon it becomes clear that he is not walking around the U.S. for fun and hijinks. He is on a mission.
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Is World Peace Possible?

(Personal Milestone: This is my 25th post on this blog. Woohoo!)

Today marks the anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States. Six years ago, a group of extremists tried to destroy us as a people and as a nation and all for the stated glory of their god. It didn’t make much sense to me then and it still doesn’t now.

Thinking about that tragedy and the war our country is still waging “on terrorism” has made me wonder if we will ever evolve to point to where we will strive for world peace instead of world domination.
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Will This Prevent Drunk Driving?

In the interest of transparency, I want to say first off that I am experimenting with a pay for posting service called TheNewsRoom. TheNewsRoom is a website that pays bloggers to post news stories on their blogs. Supposedly each time a person views the video, news story or image, you (the blogger) gets a cut of the profits.

Now I’m not going to go insane and start spamming my own website with crap. If I wanted to do that, I would have joined Payperpost or Review Me or another service that pays bloggers to stuff their websites with craptastic spam. The difference with TheNewsRoom is that it is news and stuff that I would post and comment on anyway so why not make a dollar or two to help with hosting fees.

Anyway, on with the post…
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The Scarlett Letter “P”

Do you think pedophiles and child molesters should be publicly branded?

I had an interesting discussion with a co-worker the other day about this idea. It was her opinion that pedophiles should be made to wear something that tells the public what they are.

On an emotional level, I agreed with her. I don’t have children but nieces and nephews and don’t ever want anyone to victimize them like that. People who commit sex crimes against children are the lowest form of scum in existence. In fact, it is an insult to scum to even call pedophiles that. I think these animals should be blasted off to another planet where aliens will molest them all day long.
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Redheads, The New Minority Group

Just when I think humanity could not get any more ridiculous, I find a news article that continues to affirm Albert Einstein’s sentiments that the depths of human stupidity are, in fact, infinite.

Apparently discriminating against people based on skin color, sex or sexual orientation just isn’t enough. So people in the British Isles are kicking it up a notch by harassing people with red hair.

The British Isles feature more redheads than anywhere else on earth. But some people who have the genetic trait said they feel discriminated against.

“It’s horrible,” one woman said. “I mean, I love redheads. But people are quite anti-them.”

In England, the flame-haired are called “ginger” or “ginge.”

Photographer Charlotte Rushton said people often yell at her in the street and she often feels like part of a minority.

“The nail that sticks out gets hammered down,” Rushton said.

The nation that gave the world Ginger Spice, the Duchess of York and Lily Cole may be ginger-phobic. And it is not a joke.

One British family of redheads, the Chapmans, told the British media it was driven from its home by abuse including anti-redhead grafitti, vandalism and physical assaults.

Read the rest of the article…

I think red hair is cool. I wish I could have red hair but my hair does not take dye well which guarantees that I’ll be a brunette for life (no biggie). However, of all the things to discriminate against a person for, hair color has got to be the most ridiculous.

Discrimination based on genetic attributes is stupid all around but hair color? C’mon now, it’s not like skin color where you are kinda stuck with what you get. Any body can go out and get a box of Clairol and change the color of their hair. How do you know you are even discriminating against a real redhead? How do you know that your best friend, who is now a blonde, wasn’t born with ginger tresses?

What’s next? Discrimination against people with big feet? I can’t decide if this is a sign of the world getting better or getting worse.

Crate Rustlers Wanted, Dead or Alive

Stolen Milk Crates Feed Black MarketBy RAQUEL MARIA DILLON
Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For decades, college kids have used stolen milk crates as the basic building blocks of coffee tables and dorm room shelves.Now, a new breed of crate rustler is cashing in by swiping thousands of the containers from loading docks and selling them to shady recyclers.
The containers are chopped into bits and shipped to booming factories in China to be made into a variety of products, from pipes to flower pots.

Facing an estimated $80 million in annual losses from the thefts, dairies across the country are moving to stop the plastic pilfering. In California, companies are even hiring private detectives and staging sting operations.

“We saw them disappearing into this black hole,” said Rachel Kaldor, executive director of the Dairy Institute, a trade group in Sacramento. “We just don’t know who’s stealing these crates off the loading docks.”

Read the rest of the article here.

Yes, I am a Crate Rustler. But that was ages ago and… well… see, technically I didn’t “steal” the milk crates. Steal is such a harsh and definitive word. I sort of “Lured” them away. I asked if I could have one and the manager was like “whatever”. So I put one in my car while she was on break. But, I’m telling you, inanimate objects are alive because when I went back to my car after work, mysteriously, a bunch of them had piled themselves in the back seat and covered themselves with a blanket. I guess they didn’t want to be parted from each other. Yeah, that’s it. And they got cold waiting for me.


Do You Believe in Second Chances?

In 2004, a man by the name of Willie Joe McAdams was put in jail for the attempted murder of Cedric Thomas. Because my search skills suck I was not able to find any information on the crime so I don’t know why McAdams wanted to kill Cedric but based on the little bit I did find, it may have had something to do with drugs (McAdams being on them rather than a drug deal gone wrong).

McAdams was sentenced to 40 years in prison but due to a clerical error was released on May 4, 2007 after serving only four years. (Yes, I know the math doesn’t work out quite right. The only thing I can think of is that the judge included time served.) However, that’s not the strange part. Instead of bolting off into the underground to avoid the law and perhaps make a new life for himself, McAdams hunts down his victim and…apologizes.
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