TIL "Some people consider Adolf Hitler’s wife, Eva Braun, to be a ride or die chick because she committed suicide with the man who murdered millions of people."
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{ posted: Sunday, 18 February, 2018 at 8:16pm // views: 4 // words: 4 }

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{ posted: Sunday, 18 February, 2018 at 3:37pm // views: 6 // words: 95 }

Have wanted this book for years and finally got it this past Christmas. It’s amazing. Most of my ancestors came from the South Carolina back country, enticed to come from Ireland in the colonial period when SC had more slaves than white people and residents lived in constant fear of Indian incursions and slave revolts. The Revolution played out against a backdrop of so many competing loyalties and interests, it’s fascinating, and my paternal forebear George M’Cullock seems to have switched sides at least once. It was really a Civil War.

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{ posted: Saturday, 17 February, 2018 at 12:35pm // views: 8 // words: 5 }

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{ posted: Friday, 16 February, 2018 at 8:59pm // views: 7 // words: 15 }

Certain a “shadow monster” walked into his closet night before last.

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{ posted: Monday, 12 February, 2018 at 9:13am // views: 11 // words: 10 }

Averill discovered our long neglected Wii.

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re: Were kings and princes really super soldiers that could take on multiple common soldiers in battles?
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{ posted: Saturday, 10 February, 2018 at 2:41pm // views: 12 // words: 17 }

If a peasant could fight better than the king, he'd probably be the king.

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re: Elon Musks Tesla Flying Through Space, with Earth in View
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{ posted: Wednesday, 7 February, 2018 at 4:27pm // views: 22 // words: 15 }

SpaceX animation makes it appear that the car is released entirely.

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re: I can’t say with any real authority that “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri” is the worst movie ever made, but it is definitely the worst one I have ever seen.
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{ posted: Tuesday, 6 February, 2018 at 10:49am // views: 16 // words: 159 }

A fair point to be sure, but I thought it seemed in keeping with the spirit of the film.

I want this character to be sympathetic–why don't you give him terminal cancer?

I want this character to seem a bit emotionally stunted–how about he lives with his mom and walks around listening to headphones and reading comic books?

I want to show that the town, in spite of its sympathy for the woman's quest for justice, really sides with the chief of police–how about a medical professional attempts to remove (with a drill?) the woman's tooth without anesthesia?

And of course I need to throw in a couple of actors of color–Okay, but on one condition: in a town populated entirely by incredibly dark and flawed people, they only have one vice, and that is "sass".

I want to discuss the issues I had with this movie–say it's the worst one you've ever seen.

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re: I can’t say with any real authority that “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri” is the worst movie ever made, but it is definitely the worst one I have ever seen.
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{ posted: Tuesday, 6 February, 2018 at 7:06am // views: 16 // words: 16 }

Oh man, they make her look unattractive and she doesn't even care! Brava!

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re: I can’t say with any real authority that “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri” is the worst movie ever made, but it is definitely the worst one I have ever seen.
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{ posted: Tuesday, 6 February, 2018 at 7:04am // views: 17 // words: 231 }

And geez–moral ambiguity? If anything, the movie is hokey. One of the big revelations of the film (one of, since it seems like there is a profound and moving revelation in every scene) is that the dead father-figure tells the disgraced cop (as his headphones block the intense brightness and heat of a roaring flame, but I digress) that all he needs is love, and said disgraced cop turns on a dime to ask forgiveness of those he wronged and dedicate himself to making the world a better place. Oh, and his dad died(!) so that's why he threw someone out of a window.

That's a lot of things, but it ain't morally ambiguous. Nobody in this movie is believable. But there's nothing to make it seem like intentional caricature or parody. People have zero sympathy for the woman whose daughter was raped and killed, but a ton for the chief?

I mean I guess with all of the "nigger" and "retard" jokes (no political correctness here!) and the journalist pushing incredibly irresponsible and dubious suggestions that the billboards are responsible for the suicide, and the constant turning of a blind eye to police brutality, it's some sort of commentary on America under Trump? If so, fine, but it's really poorly executed and a garbage movie. First one I've been tempted to walk out of since PEARL HARBOR.

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re: I can’t say with any real authority that “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri” is the worst movie ever made, but it is definitely the worst one I have ever seen.
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{ posted: Tuesday, 6 February, 2018 at 6:44am // views: 16 // words: 59 }

And the ex-husband himself–an "ex-cop" who owned a tractor trailer for some reason was very poised and articulate and humane apart from the moment when he choked the mom. Granted, lots of people might have that sort of duality, but I just didn't buy it from that character at all–just like all of the other characters.

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re: I can’t say with any real authority that “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri” is the worst movie ever made, but it is definitely the worst one I have ever seen.
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{ posted: Tuesday, 6 February, 2018 at 6:35am // views: 20 // words: 72 }

When an (inexplicably Australian) actress delivers the line "I'm not sure what we're going to do today. It's hard to know what to do on the day when… your husband kills himself!" and then storms off choking back sobs, then cut to Frances McDormand flashing just a glimmer of anguish behind her stoicism, is that black comedy, or moral ambiguity? Because I thought it was just perplexingly awful writing.

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re: I can’t say with any real authority that “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri” is the worst movie ever made, but it is definitely the worst one I have ever seen.
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{ posted: Tuesday, 6 February, 2018 at 6:31am // views: 15 // words: 33 }

That was one of my favorite bits too! Did you see how fast and cat-like the son was in bringing the knife to the dad's throat? It was really impressive.

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re: I can’t say with any real authority that “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri” is the worst movie ever made, but it is definitely the worst one I have ever seen.
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{ posted: Monday, 5 February, 2018 at 11:03pm // views: 16 // words: 49 }

In Bruges is one of my favorites. I have been so pumped to see this for months and it only just came to my town. I was ready to be wowed. I'm sure the expectations played a big part in my genuine, visceral shock and horror.

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I can’t say with any real authority that "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri" is the worst movie ever made, but it is definitely the worst one I have ever seen.
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{ posted: Monday, 5 February, 2018 at 10:53pm // views: 14 // words: 318 }

Every single choice made by everyone involved in the production was gallingly awful.

The movie is about a fictional town in Missouri where people brutally assault each other and are not punished. I would say that this is a very apt nod to the film's relationship with the viewer, but I have trouble believing that the "film maker" is capable of such self-awareness. In fact, I have trouble believing that he has ever witnessed an actual human being speak or interact with other human beings.

At one point, one of the characters who is very sympathetic because they are facing impossibly horrific adversity (don't worry about that being a spoiler, it doesn't narrow down the cast of characters at all) commits suicide by shooting himself in the head. But before he does, knowing his wife will find his body, he puts a bag on his head that says "don't look inside the bag."

Seriously! It was one of the first of countless moments where I looked around the theater to see if anyone else was seeing what I was seeing.

One other great moment I have to tip my hat too is when the main character, haunted by the brutal rape of her daughter (which takes place–enigmatically–while her daughter is being brutally burned with gasoline after being brutally beaten) thinks back wistfully to their final conversation. It concludes with the main character shouting at her daughter "I hope you get raped!" Giving credit where it's due, this is admirably more restrained than having her say "I hope you get raped while you're being burned alive!" But it's just like… "Wow, I guess she probably really regrets saying that. I was sort of on the fence about how painful the wounds were as regards her daughter's brutal rape that happened while she was on fire, but I guess the emotional stakes are pretty high."

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re: Please help–my son wants to be a sandbag for the Army when he grows up. What can I do?
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{ posted: Wednesday, 31 January, 2018 at 6:06pm // views: 23 // words: 19 }

Don't worry. I've got a younger son, too. This one's the heir, the other's the spare.

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re: Please help–my son wants to be a sandbag for the Army when he grows up. What can I do?
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{ posted: Wednesday, 31 January, 2018 at 3:38pm // views: 20 // words: 22 }

I'm actually tempted to do a video where I confront and grill him about his service stolen valor style.

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re: Please help–my son wants to be a sandbag for the Army when he grows up. What can I do?
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{ posted: Wednesday, 31 January, 2018 at 1:00pm // views: 22 // words: 7 }

And Sam Browne belts!

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re: Please help–my son wants to be a sandbag for the Army when he grows up. What can I do?
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{ posted: Wednesday, 31 January, 2018 at 12:06pm // views: 22 // words: 76 }

I actually just picked that line up. My son saw the uniform somewhere and desperately wanted it, so he got it for his birthday last night. Both his grandfathers were Army officers. Wife Facetimed her dad because the kid wanted to show him. My father-in-law was sort of speechless for a second then muttered something about the "moron corps" and told him he looked like he'd make a good sandbag. Cracked me up.

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Please help–my son wants to be a sandbag for the Army when he grows up. What can I do?
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{ posted: Wednesday, 31 January, 2018 at 10:20am // views: 19 // words: 4 }

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