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Undetermined: “Tomorrowland” opened to poor box office showing over Memorial Day weekend

Tomorrowland

Even though movie ticket prices had seen a 44% rise since 2001, this was one of the lowest box office weekends since that time. Tomorrowland a science fiction movie, according to one article, was a major flop for the Walt Disney company, where the title was taken.

And this blogger was going to complain about the excessive films based on children’s cartoons and comic books. My brother loved DC and Marvel Comics.He saw “Avengers: Age of Ultron” My mother worried about the lack of substance in them, but his sixth grade school psychologist told her to let him be. As long as he was reading it was ok. By the time of my journey into the middle grades, my favorites were found in classic literature. My aunt bought me six classics for young readers that summer. My favorites were “Heidi”, “Jane Eyre”, and “Little Women”. After seeing several versions of all of these films all they could’ve done was mess them up. “A Little Princess” suffered poor advertising.

Well, this lastest holiday film flop was not due to a poorly made remake. In truth, the film opened to mixed reviews and made $41.7million. People loved comparing apples to oranges when it came to things like this. Last year, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” made $110.6 million and “Fast & Furious 6” made 97.4 million around this time. It looked to me like critics didn’t have the clout they once possessed. The former movie was still a hit even though some gave it a bunch of rotten tomatoes.

In my case, waiting till it came on cable or buying the DVD were my once ly options. The last movie seen by me was “The Butler”. One of the people invited to see this movie with my family and me talked through most of the film. My poor sister and mother had a hard time watching in the theater. At least the first two installments of Disney’s “The Chronicles of Narnia” movies were not disappointing. If they remade those movies, a whole new cast was needed. The children were grown. At any rate, this same article also said it was too soon to tell whether the holiday box office proceeds were a tell tale sign of a financial disaster.

B.B. King: A celebration of life

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BB King died Thursday in his sleep at age 89. Although this writer never got to see the music icon because of not having any money for concert tickets or transportation for the performance in 2010, KFDX News Channel 3 did a tribute to his life on the noon news today. Below was a celebration of his life.

Here’s what the Bible said:

Psalms 98:4

4 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
burst into jubilant song with music; (NIV)

His career spanned more than 70 years and he won 15 Grammies for his music, he wasn’t the only blues singer on the roster with a guitar. Artists like: Eric Clapton, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, John Mayall and Keith Richards looked to him as their mentor.

With his legendary guitar, named Lucille, he developed an unusual style of music. He didn’t like to sing and play all at once so he developed what was named a ‘call and response‘ system between himself and his guitar, a line of individual notes and bent chords. He didn’t want the music only heard, he wanted his audience to relive his stories.

He visited Wichita Falls Memorial Auditorium in the fall of 1993, but at that time, my friend her mother, father and me went to see a traveling Broadway production of  “CATS“. This was a treat because of seeing the traveling Broadway production of  “The Phantom of the Opera“, in Dallas in April that same year, a much anticipated college graduation gift to myself. The town was teased with a lesser stage play that came through. This small town didn’t have a stage big enough for that production. Back then, B.B. King had quite a following with the NATO pilots. One mother and son were visiting from Germany.

This writer enjoyed seeing the legendary artist in commercials playing his legendary guitar explaining his diabetes. The last commercial a little over a week ago, he was in a Toyota commercial where his guitar was bought to him. Even though he was gone his music and stories lived on.

“Snatchback” went a lot further than “Not Without My Daughter”

Rachel Weisz in Snatchback

href=”http://www.upi.com/entertainment_news/movies/2015/05/13/rachel-weisz-to-star-in-kidnapping-thriller-snatchback/6891431524366/”>Snatchback looked to have been an interesting piece. This writer felt for women who lost their children to husbands from the Middle East. One other movie  claimed to have been seen by me was the one Sally Field starred in, “Not Without My Daughter” by Betty Mahmoody, that chronicled the abuse by her husband and the dangerous escape out of Iran with her daughter. At the time Betty returned with her husband and child to his home country, there was no American Embassy in Iran. Therefore, there was no way for her to claim asylum through them.

Here was what the Bible said:

Isaiah 41:10

10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (NIV)

Even though there were a lot of women and young girls trapped in unwanted marriages, a lot of them were forced to leave without the children In “Snatchback”, Rachel Weisz returns to retrieve her daughter and becomes an ally for those who wished to have gotten their children returned to them after her husband takes her daughter to the Middle East. The character, ”Mo”, would’ve gone to any length to recover other families kidnapped children, while having placed her own search for her daughter aside momentarily.

In the article read by me, young girls were forced into arranged marriages by their families. Getting an education was exchanged for cooking, cleaning, and serving the men in their families at age 11 or 12  to prepare them to serve their husbands. Girls that ran away in defiance were tracked down and beaten. Sometimes they were locked up to prevent escape. Most of the time, the men they married were just as brutal as their families were.

Those that actually made it to a place of safety were shunned by their families for running away. When they ran from their duties to marry and be a wife, they shamed the family to the point where the whole community suffered or forced the family to suffer so they had to move. One of the sisters in the article was said to set herself on fire as a result of one of the girls who ran away. Her husband took the younger sister as his bride. Others were beaten, suffering broken bones, and locked away for at least six months.

Hilary Clinton, as Secretary of State, brought this to light when 300 Nigerian girls were kidnapped last year in April. She called it ‘an act of terrorism‘. Even though some did escape, more than 219 were still missing. They were probably forced into marriage. There was still a fight to put an end to human trafficking or the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.

The biggest problem faced at the moment other than the Isis threat in the United States, where  young people, particularly American women being lured overseas via the internet with the promise of a better life as wife in an Islamic country.

The sad fact was that, even though the 1991 movie starring Sally Field didn’t go far enough, it recognized the plight of women and children trapped in foreign countries unable to leave.  Hopefully ‘Snatchback’ looked like it went a lot further.

Facebook launches new news feature

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Facebook was now featuring news articles on its site today. Recently, there were worries that the young crowd once attracted to this social media giant was fading.

This might boost the traffic a lot. As a writer, clicking the link that leads directly to the stories that were important to me helped write important headlines for them. A lot of times the headline did not give the reader the full story and reporting something accurately and true was my aim. Yes, this reader still empathizes with the six-month suspension of Brian Williams.

In all fairness, using a smart phone was easier for this when not being close enough to my computer. The faster uploads on iphones and smartphones were a bonus. My smartphone was slow anyway, so being patient was a still a virtue being learned by me. Let’s face it, my phone was obsolete six months ago. Accessories being sold on the site started with the Galaxy SIIII.

As for the ad situation, my phone allows those to pop up at random because of Google AdSense. Advertisers were able to make their choice to sell ads on Facebook, which gave the media giant 30% or kept all the proceeds by embedding ads in their articles. Right now, there were only nine major news sites participating in this situation. However, there were at least more than 1 million mobile users. This CEO still needed alerts from other sites via smart phone app because they didn’t show in the trending topics right away. It was usually first seen got used to prevent duplicates.

The nine participants  really couldn’t avoid the social media giant any more than anyone else. The tick was in keeping the stories trending and true. That was what this person did with the above site.

The Genie gave its competitors something to fear

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Move over, NuWave Oven, and the microwave. There was a new gadget on the market that gave your device competition, and it cooks food in 30 seconds. One CNET article compared it to Star Trek’s food replicator. This writer thought it reminded them of a scaled down version of the Jetson’s food-a-rack-a-cycle that did the same thing.

Created in Israel and similar to the science fiction show’s Replicator, the Genie, turned pods of powdered food into edible dishes in 30 seconds. For those that needed their morning cup of coffee, this could be a blessing and put people who didn’t want to talk before their first mug in a happier frame of mind a lot faster. Unlike the microwave, in which powdered food needed water added. It also had to have been stirred while heated and probably tasted ‘nuked’ instead of cooked.

It was similar to the K-cup device because water had to be added to the freeze dried food. While it had the dubious distinction of further confusing those in one’s family that were afraid of high tech devices or were just all thumbs with them, it sounded as easy to use as the microwave, and the food was probably better too. It could be operated with an app, so it was easy to use and might put those that were afraid at ease. One other benefit to using this new tech device, was that those on special diets were able to use this too. Like the NuWave Oven, Which adapted to the use fresh food, those that had gluten, dairy, or egg sensitivies were able to enjoy eating too.

At any rate, the co-creator of this product was hoping that the Genie was to have been smarter than its inspiration on Star Trek. It wouldn’t matter to me as long as it still heated tasy precooked meals too.

Hilary Clinton as president: Was she forcing modern views on churches?

Hilary Clinton as president: Was she forcing modern views on churches?.

Hilary Clinton as president: Was she forcing modern views on churches?

Hilary Clinton

Here was what one person thought about the 2016 Democratic ticket, especially Hilary Clinton’s views about gay rights. As president of the United States, assuming she made it to the White House, here was what an article said would happen.

She would, according to one editorial in the local paper May 2, force churches to change ‘ancient teachings’ to make it more user friendly for those that were classified as lesbian bisexual, gay or transgender.

The group she was trying to include already rewrote the Old Testament from the King James version of the Bible to make it more ‘user friendly’ to them. That meant they either removed or rewrote the offensive verses like:

Leviticus 18:22

22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. (KJV)

1 Corinthians 6:9

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, (KJV)

Amazon already sold the Gay Bible where all these unkind verses were removed. Here was what the Bible said about marriage:

Genesis 2:22-24

22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. (KJV)

As to whether the Supreme Court could redefine marriage to include same sex marriage, that was a tougher issue. What were they to have done, order everyone to burn their version of the Bible just to accept the newer version? One article said, while they might have been able to redefine marriage for legal and constiutional purposes, they cant rewrite an institution that came before any religion or politics. This article also highlighted the last verse in the group above for their reasoning.

A lot of the modern ideas from the past like Plessy v Ferguson and the Jim Crow Laws came from people’s ideas about race which was a far cry from same sex marriage. As Christians the article supports the foundation that the United States and its founding fathers established the this for. It was this writer’s hope that same sex marriage remained a states issue or got struck down enttirely. Two eggs and two sperm cannot make a human being.

Hilary Clinton, as president couldn’t ‘force’ anyone to change those ‘ancient teachings’ because it took an act of congress to do that. As stated before, these ancient teachings existed before the Supreme Court or Clinton herself.. If the Supreme Court allowed the redefining of marriage to take place it woould’ve allowed those ‘ancient teachings’ to be rewritten.This would’ve been like smacking God in the face. Justice Kennedy had it right with what he said in this article. It might’e taken his dessenting opinion to uphold traditional marriage. Like this justice, this writer believed the word of God in its original form as the truth. A lot of Americans knew what the Bible said and still chose to follow the mainstream or modern worldview. There was a verse for ‘fair weather’ Christians too:

Revelation 3:16

So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth (NIV)

Here was another good verse about history

Romans 15:4

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. (NIV)

It didn’t bother me that young impressionable girls were in that article hanging on Clinton’s every word. It was what they knew about the government and the executive branch.

Navigating the rough spots: The new princess will learn a sense of duty with her title and have fun too

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Now that the new princess was born, what was a good name for this royal baby? The naming process has begun for Prince William and Kate. More than likely, Elizabeth or Mary might be one of those four names. Royal children had more than one name just in case the first few didn’t work out. This blogger prayed that they weren’t going to put Eugenie in any of them. I apologize to Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson ahead of time, but that wouldn’t have been my first or last pick as a name for even second daughter. It wouldn’t have been on the list at all. It looked like her name was to be Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Charlotte just happens to have been Pippa Middleton’s middle name.

Personally, this sometime royal watcher would love to see the use of Victoria Elisabeth Mary Anne as her name. While this didn’t happen, it was nice to know that Queen Elizabeth II was referenced. All those names were royal. Even Gweneviere would’ve worked because of the King Arthur legend. The only difference being that her dealings with men would have to be carefully watched. Since there was a code of conduct, she, like those of her predecessors, had to follow. Hopefully, there won’t be a foil like ‘Sir Lancelot’ in her future.

One thing not liked about one of the trending articles seen on Yoboogle’s timeline was that this baby was to expect a ‘fairyale life‘. Like her parents and those that went before her, duties to the state came first before personal pleasure. That meant if her parents and the queen herself, didn’t approve of her choice of mate or her behavior they had the right to say so for the good of the state. That also meant that the media was watching. Whatever they got their hands on, they used, good or bad. Most of what Prince Charles bad press came from the affair he had behind his former wife’s back,with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Granted media coverage has slowed to a crawl since the death of Princess Diana and her companion. One thing in her grandchildren’s favor though was the photographers weren’t going to hound them as badly with protective parents. Prince George and Princesss Charlotte might have an easier time with just being human, somewhat. This includes the major meltdowns that might occur. Let’s face it not all children were well behaved all the time.

While Prince William’s behavior had to be ‘reigned in’ with a ‘no nonsense’ nanny, it was my hope that neither of his children needed a more than firm hand as he and Prince Harry did. Yes, this writer remembers the reports that were leaked to the press complete with pictures of Prince William wailing or crying, those words were in the headlines, because he and his nanny were having a ‘discussion’ about his inappropriate behavior.

These perks came because of protection. Yes, major chain stores closed their doors so that the princes were able to buy their parents Christmas presents, and received first class accommodations when they flew in an airplane, even though it wasn’t on the same flight. Being a royal meant that the best education was available. The ultimate goal is their service to England and all its territories. There were plenty of charities supported by the royal family. Most of the royal children served or currently are serving in the military.

It was no fairytail for Amy Carter, daughter of President Carter. Her mother put her in public school right there in Washington DC. Unfortunately, she caught all the sniping remarks from her classmates when her father made a bad decision in the White House. As a result, this first daughter went to boarding school at 16 after her father left office. Every schoolage child of a president went to a private school after that.

 

 

 

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