Friday night, we saw James Cameron's AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER.
It's incredible. If someone wants to knock it because the women don't do enough, I support that. It's the story of Jake and what I'll call Jake Jr. Women do very little and that includes Zoe Saldana's Neytiri. There are way too many men with lines and actions scenes when you grasp how poorly Zoe is used. And how passive Jake and Neytiri's daughters are when compared to their two sons.
Then there's Spider and his 'father.' And then there are three boys in the water lands -- one of whom is the ruler of the new place Jake and Neytiri call home.
They young males are always doing something -- active -- while the young women are always learning or emoting (or both) -- passive. Then you've got Edie Falco wasted as well. And why is it that the team of humans going in are all male except for one woman?
So if someone wants to make that critique, they're right. I won't disagree with them. I'd also argue Jake doesn't get that much to do either. Sam Worthington's character is almost as side lined for the first half of the film as Zoe's character is.
But what I liked was the look of it. We're seeing it tomorrow with my nieces and nephews but in 3D. It's amazing in 2D but I can't wait to see it in 3-D.
Jake Jr. is threatened with "an old fashioned spanking" by his father at one point because he is so adventurous. Of course, his adventures always pay off.
And it's one of those adventures that really made me love the film. He's going out beyond the reef -- they're not supposed to -- to fit in at the new home and to make apologies to the ruler's son. They prank him and leave him. He's then attacked by some huge sea creature.
Payakan is the reason he lives. He's another sea creature -- think a whale with multiple eyes. He's a a "Tulkun." Hope I spelled that right. Where they've made their home, the Sully family, their new home, the people there are water people. And the Tulkun are their brothers and sisters. They swim with them. They speak with them. They sing with them.
Payakan doesn't get to swim or live with his other Tulkuns. He's been black listed. He caused death.
He saves Jake Jr. and they become friends. No one believes Jake Jr. about the encounter. For one thing, Tulkuns always travel in twos. But it did happen and Jake Jr. goes to see Payakan and swim with him.
Payakan shows Jake Jr. what happened. How his fellow Tulkuns were slaughtered and how Payakan was trying to help save them.
When the ruler confronts Jake Jr. for interacting with Payakan, Jake Jr. tries to defend Payakan but it's no use.
And when the Tulkuns are in jeopardy, Jake Jr. risks his own life to get to Payakan and warn him what's coming. And when Jake Jr. and his family are in danger, Payakan risks his own life to save them.
I really loved Payakin and I did cry throughout over the scenes with Payakin and Jake Jr. There was so much humanity and emotion and power in those scenes.
For me, that's where the film is at its best.
I think everyone did a great job. I wish the women had been more active. But I do think it's a great film and I strongly recommend it.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot;"
Four men in Florida were sentenced to probation and community service for the vicious 2018 beating of a gay couple at a Pride event because the couple was holding hands.
The attack on Rene Chalarca and Dimitri Logonov made national headlines at the time, taking place as the two were leaving a restroom in Lumus Park after Miami Beach’s Pride parade. The brutal attack was caught on security video.
“They start to hit us, like beating us, hard,” said Chalarca.
“It was, like, instant. I got hit, and they knocked me out,” said Logunov, who said that the attackers called him a “fa***t” in Spanish. “We probably provoked them because we were walking together, holding hands. It was gay pride, South Beach was full of gay people.”
Chalarca and Logonov were hospitalized.
Police searched for the attackers, releasing images from surrounding security cameras. Juan Carlos Lopez, Luis Alonso, Adonis Diaz, and Pablo Figueroa later surrendered to police and were charged with aggravated battery with hate crimes enhancements and could have faced up to 30 years in jail.
But under a plea deal last month, the charges were reduced to two counts of battery with prejudice. All four of the assailants got five years probation and 200 hours of community service, and they have to go to an anger management class.
Twitter, since it was taken over by self-described “free-speech absolutist” Elon Musk, has seen a dramatic rise in the use of the anti-gay slur “groomer” among a cluster of high-profile anti-LGBTQ accounts, according to a new report.
According to a study by Media Matters and GLAAD released Tuesday, nine prominent anti-LGBTQ accounts had an over 1,200% increase in Twitter users’ retweets of the accounts’ tweets with the “groomer” slur in the one-month period after Musk’s Oct. 27 takeover compared with the month prior.
The accounts also showed an increase of more than 1,100% in mentions of the right-wing media accounts in tweets with the slur. The accounts analyzed in the study are: Tim Pool, Jack Posobiec, Jake Shield, Gays Against Groomers, Blaire White, Allie Beth Stuckey, Andy Ngo, Seth Dillon and Mike Cernovich. In addition, the Libs of TikTok account saw more than a 600% increase in its mentions with “groomer” language, going from nearly 2,000 to nearly 14,000 over the same timeframe.
By the way, after she published her garbage Brianna Lie Face gushed on Twitter about her how dad took her to see The Who: "I was lucky enough to see The Who in May with my dad ans sister and folks let me tell you, BEST CONCERT EVER."
Is she really that dumb?
She wants to lie about Katie Porter and Kelley Robinson and claim that they are a danger to children and then wants to gush about what a great band The Who is? From CRAPAPEDIA:
Townshend accepted a caution from the Metropolitan Police (the Met) as part of Operation Ore, a major investigation on child pornography conducted in 2002–2003. The Met stated that "it was established that Mr Townshend was not in possession of any downloaded child abuse images". Townshend was on a sex offenders register for five years, beginning in 2003, after admitting he had used his credit card to access a child pornography website. Townshend claimed he accessed the images as research in a campaign against child sexual abuse – specifically, to prove that British banks were complicit in channelling the profits from paedophile rings. Authorities could not prove that the website accessed by Townshend involved children, and no incriminating evidence was found on his personal computer.
Glad you had the time of our life watching Pete perform. Now cross your legs, Brianna, your hypocrisy's showing.
So many idiots. So little time. Yes, the person behind the attack on Florida's Pulse Clubm was a right-wing extremist. It's too bad that Pat Fallon is a damn idiot.
I don't know how you get so stupid and still make it to Congress. And, trust me, I'm aware hate merchant idiots like Marjorie Taylor Green and Lauren Boebert are in Congress.
But the idiot that is Pat Fallon is on a whole other level. ISIS emerged in Nouri al-Maliki's second term.
Brandon Wolf survived the attack on Club Pulse and, for some reason, that made Pat Fallon want to attack Brandon.
He tried to put the words of Democratic members of the Committee into Brandon's mouth -- Brandon correctly told him those weren't his words. But Pat Fallon is both an idiot and a bully so that's how he gets off. Watching him try to intimidate Brandon, you got the feeling that if the press hadn't been present, Pat would have loved to have committed his own hate crime against Brandon.
And for the record, US House Rep Cori Bush spoke after Pat Fallon. That's why she addressed the White supremacy issue to begin with -- the one we noted yesterday had Ranking Member James Comer sputtering. Cori's remarks did not take place in a vacuum. They were a response to Pat Fallon trying to pour is hate towards Democratic members of the Committee onto Brandon Wolf.
- Daniel Davis Aston, 28
- Kelly Loving, 40
- Ashley Paugh, 35
- Derrick Rump, 38
- Raymond Green Vance, 22
But the Republican side wanted to ignore the issue of the hearing which was violence aimed at the LGBTQ community.
So you got Pat Fallon (who also practiced Flordia's "Don't Say Gay" throughout the hearing) declaring that "crime is out of control against everyone" and, as noted earlier, Yvette's lament -- and apparent surprise -- that cops are shot at. Yes, Yvette, this is a new development, you go study up on it.
So as Pat attacked Brandon Wolf, he wanted Brandon to know that the attack on Club Pulse -- an attack that Brandon survived -- was carried out by an American who had pledged allegiance to ISIS and this was not, Pat Fallon kept insisting, a right-winger.
Uh, yes, it is you stupid fool.
ISIS emerges in Iraq during Nouri al-Maliki's second term. It is an extremist, right-wing, fundamentalist organization of terrorists.
Somehow, despite approximately a decade of terrorism carried out in Iraq, Pat Fallon never understood what the group stood for:
IS is a theocracy, proto-state, and a Salafi jihadist group. ISIL's ideology has been described as a hybrid of Qutbism, Takfirism, Salafism, Salafi jihadism, Wahhabism, and Sunni Islamist fundamentalism. Although ISIL claims to adhere to the Salafi theology of Ibn Taymiyyah, it rebels against traditional Salafi interpretations as well as the four Sunni schools of law and anathematizes the majority of Salafis as heretics. ISIL ideologues rarely uphold adherence to Islamic scholarship and law manuals for reference, mostly preferring to derive rulings based on self-interpretation of the Qur'an and Muslim traditions.
According to Robert Manne, there is a "general consensus" that the ideology of the Islamic State is "primarily based upon the writings of the radical Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood theoretician Sayyid Qutb". The Muslim Brotherhood began the trend of political Islamism in the 20th century, seeking gradual establishment of a new Caliphate, a comprehensive Islamic society ruled by sharia law. Qutb's doctrines of Jahiliyya (pre-Islamic ignorance), Hakimiyya (Divine Sovereignty), and Takfir of entire societies formed a radicalised vision of the Muslim Brotherhood's political Islam project.
They are fundamentalists filled with hate -- you'd think Pat Fallon would recognize himself, it should be like looking in a mirror for him.
I filled in for Kat last night and noted I'd try to respond to the e-mails regarding Tara Reade. Quickly, here it is.
Let's wind down with this:
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