Planet of the Apes II

caesarMy son and I saw Dawn of the Planet of the Apes a couple weeks ago at our local drive-in theater. Having seen the original (not the original original, but the first in this series) when it came out, I hoped the sequel would live up to it. Although it was good and I was not disappointed, at least I didn’t cry during this one.

The movie picks up about ten years after the first one ended. A simian flu, created by scientists performing experiments on chimps, has decimated the human population. A group of chimps, led by Caesar, the first movie’s hero, is living peacefully in the woods outside of San Francisco. They are disturbed by a small group of humans who have been sent into the woods to the river to try to locate a way to get the city back on the grid. Caesar tries to keep the peace between the chimps and humans, but Koba, a rival chimp who endured painful lab experiments performed by humans, has other plans. He frames a human for injuring Caesar, and leads the other chimps, except for Caesar’s most loyal subjects, into war with the humans. A human leader, who lost his family to the flu, does not hesitate to try to kill the chimps either. The movie does not end in a clear resolution; it pretty much sets the scene for the next film in the franchise.

Regardless, I felt like the movie continued in the same vein as the original. The themes that stood out were that kindness begets kindness and cruelty begets cruelty. The war-mongering chimp and human both showed a kind of evil. However, it was understandable to see how their hatred evolved.

One of the most memorable lines in the film is spoken by Caesar, who says “I thought apes were better than humans, but we are not. We are the same.”

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a wolf (lion) in sheep’s clothing

bitchwhorePerhaps, if you’re unlucky, you’re familiar with Matt Walsh ( themattwalshblog.com ),the controversial conservative blogger. He is staunchly pro-life. However, he and his wife have not adopted any of the children he professes to care so much about.

Instead, in his latest post, he chooses to criticize people disgusted by Kendall Jones, the Texas teenage beauty queen cheerleader who likes to sport hunt exotic animals and photograph herself with their dead bodies. His argument is that most of the people upset are raving liberals who care more about animals than people.

Bearing in mind that I may be doing nothing more than introducing his blog to more of an audience (not too likely, considering my low readership), I feel I must address his argument:

1. If someone (like me) is pro-choice and opposed to canned sport hunting (even if the animals are not endangered and the meat is given to locals), there is no hypocrisy there. If I saw that someone were hunting small children, I would likewise obviously be upset.

2. People are not animal lovers because, as he puts it, they don’t have to do anything. I volunteer plenty with the local shelter, cat TNR and on animal legal advocacy.

3. You’re welcome to express your opinion, but be honest that what you are doing is being purposely controversial to attract a bigger audience and more attention. Surely even you can’t be as big an asshole as you seem to be!

4. Finally, if pretty is as pretty does, then Kendall Jones is excruciatingly hideous!

That is all.

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Before You Start Arguing About Hobby Lobby….

mcbarlow5:

This guy says it better than I ever could…

Originally posted on The Boeskool:

…. Please consider a few things.

Q: Know what happens when fewer women have access to birth control? A: The number of unwanted pregnancies goes up. And guess what happens when there are more unwanted pregnancies…. You guessed it–More abortions. So there’s something to think about….

"The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield." ~ Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.” ~ Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

You know what? The family who runs Hobby Lobby is probably really nice. I’ve never met them, but I’d be willing to bet that if my wife and I ate dinner at their house, at the end of the night we’d would walk out the giant front door, get our minivan from the valet, and while we were driving home we’d talk about what nice people they were (right after we’d gotten done talking about how ridiculously huge their house was). And you know what? The same is probably true for most of…

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Coventry Doesn’t Care II

imageI got this response from the Department of Insurance today stating that a file has been created for the complaint I have with the Coventry MCO for not covering Bersain’s prescriptions.

We shall see if this gets us anywhere or any reimbursement. I’m not holding my breath.

Luckily I switched his coverage to Wellcare during open enrollment. So hopefully the problem will cease to exist.

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Bersainisms III?

imageAs a few may know, I have tried to keep record on this blog of funny or cute things Bersain, my son, has said over the years. I have done this more so that I will remember them than for any other reason. I have just a few additions:

After a particularly bad case of road rage I experienced, of which I am not proud, he asked “Well mommy, is your cuss box all cussed out now?” Apparently sarcasm is an acquired trait in our family.

After scolding him for having an online chat with a stranger over a game, he replied, “But mommy, he or she doesn’t know my name, and I don’t know he or she’s name.”

Also, he recently ordered some games on his Ipod after I forgot to take my debit card off our ITunes account after making a purchase. When I informed him that I changed the password so he could not make that “mistake” again, he said ” That password’s for you to know and me to learn. Mommy, your passwords are so easy a brick could figure them out.”

Sometimes I don’t know whether he’s goofy or an evil genius…

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taste the rainbow

rainbowpThe rainbow pictured here is not the rainbow I saw on the way to work today, and I’ll tell you why.

I was driving west after a deluge of rain last night. I was attempting to sing along with John Legend’s new love song on the radio, when I saw it: a pretty pastel faint rainbow almost directly in front of me. What was my first impulse? To pull out my phone and snap a picture of it to post on social media or this blog.

As I was reaching for my phone, I stopped myself. Why, I wondered, did I feel the need to document something so natural and beautiful? Was it to share the beauty, or was it to see if I got likes, comments or retweets? Both?

Regardless, I decided to just enjoy the peaceful, serene moment without sharing it with my world. Maybe we don’t really need to document every minute of our day to remind ourselves what happened. Sometimes a sweet memory is all we really need.

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My Teacher Wife Is a Lazy Liar

mcbarlow5:

Reblogged for my teacher friends! Funny and sweet!

Originally posted on smithdeville:

It’s the last day of school for my lazy, lying wife. She says teachers still have to go to work, but that can’t be right. Teachers only work when the kids are at school. I wish she would come clean and admit she is not really a teacher.  School starts around 9:00 and dismisses at 3:45.  She leaves the house before seven each morning, and it’s only a fifteen or twenty minute drive to the “school” where she “teaches.” She comes home around six or six-thirty in the evening. Sometimes later. What is she doing with all the extra time?

6:57 a.m. and the bag lady leaves the house. Looking for an OTB parlor that opens early.

6:57 a.m. and the bag lady leaves the house. Looking for an OTB parlor that opens early.

When she gets home, I make sure dinner awaits the slacker. It’s a wonder she doesn’t demand I spoon-feed her. After dinner, she works on “lesson plans” and “grades papers.”  The way she describes…

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graduation day

imageBersain graduated from the fifth grade today. I didn’t expect to feel so emotional about it. However, recently I keep having PTSD-like flashbacks to the first month of his kindergarten year. At that time, he inexplicably started hitting and kicking other kids, and was in danger of being expelled (or whatever you call being kicked out of kindergarten) until we changed ADHD medications from Ritalin to Adderall.

Fast-forward to today: Although still probably somewhat immature for his age both physically and behaviorally, he has come a long way due to his own maturation and the help of his family and teachers. He still has some difficulty with writing, but we are working on that. Had it not been for math, he would have received an Honor Roll award today; and had it not been for two sick days, a Perfect Attendance award. He is a cute, smart, sweet funny kid, and he has come a long way.

I’m sure we will face challenges in the future, but we will “cross that bridge when we get to it,” as they say. For now, I’m a very proud mom (Just don’t remind me that he starts middle school in two months)!

By the way, congrats to all the other grads out there!

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legislative languor

billOnce again, the Kentucky legislative session has effectively ended with no new positive animal laws being enacted. In fact, a few legislators tried to do untold damage to the current laws.

HB 409, dealing with treatment of dogs and cats, never made it out of the House Judiciary Committee, thanks to the unfounded opposition from the Kentucky League of Sportsmen, the Kentucky Houndsmen’s Association and the American Kennel Club.

HB 408, which would have made viewing or keeping dogs for purposes of dogfighting a felony, passed out of the House Judiciary Committee. However, it floundered after Rep. Joe Fischer used the bill as a political pawn by attaching an unrelated abortion amendment to it. After a multitude of outraged calls and email to his office, he finally withdrew the amendment, but the damage was already done.

HB 222, which would have outlawed gas chambers in animal shelters, made it out of the House Agriculture Committee and actually passed the House. However, the Senate Agriculture Committee, headed by Sen. Paul Hornback, approved an ag-gag amendment to the bill. The amendment, lobbied for by Farm Bureau, would make it illegal for whistleblowers to report and document abuse on factory farm operations.

Luckily South Dakota, the final state with no felony animal abuse laws, finally approved felony animal abuse legislation this year. However, this step, coupled with total inaction by Ky’s General Assembly, virtually guarantees that Ky will be named the worst state on animal laws in the country for a 7th year in a row.

Despite years of effort by a small minority of legislators, namely Joni Jenkins, Ron Crimm, and Tom Buford, to name a few, as well as dedicated animal activists, Ky remains dead last on animal issues due to the legislature as a whole caring more about small, specific special interest groups than about its constituents and their animals. Keep this in mind, and check your legislators’ voting records before you cast your vote for them in the next election.

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NOLA

nolaLast weekend my husband and I visited New Orleans for our first anniversary. I had never been there before, but I had always wanted to go.

We made the drive down in one day, so it was dark by the time we reached the city. By the time we crossed Lake Pontchartrain, traffic had increased to ten busy lanes, with motorcycles whizzing between cars. Luckily, I wasn’t driving.

We got to see Marie Laveau’s tomb in the St. Louis Cemetery #1. We also got to ride a ferry across the Mississippi River. We bought some delicious pralines at Southern Candymakers on Decatur St. We tried two days in a row to eat a beignet breakfast at Café du Monde, but, with a line snaking down the street both days, we didn’t get to do that.

We did get to try Gumbalaya ( a mixture of gumbo and jambalaya) and Shrimp Creole, and imbibe in a Hurricane or two. We were accosted by some homeless people, one of whom we bought lunch. We also saw the requisite half-naked girl wearing pasties walking down Bourbon St.

By the end of the weekend, we were exhausted from all the walking. If you haven’t been to the Big Easy, be sure to go if you get a chance. Just remember to take your walking shoes!

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