Thursday, March 31, 2016

Melissa Joan Hart Hints at Possible "Sabrina" and/or "Clarissa" Reunions

Melissa Joan Hart was on a talk show called "FABLife" recently. She was asked about old sitcoms like "Full House" and "Boy Meets World" that have recently experienced successful reboots. One of the hosts wondered if there were any plans for reunions of the shows that she previously appeared on, specifically "Sabrina The Teenage Witch" and "Clarissa Explains It All?"

Her response?:
"I am going to a meeting after this..."
Which resulted in huge cheers!


She quickly told people that it's just a meeting and that there's a ton of details that would need to be worked out before either project was given the green light, much less completed.

Still, wouldn't it be great to see a new "Sabrina" series on Netflix?

Here's my own concept: Sabrina will be a single mom with 2-3 witchy kids. Each kid will have his/her unique quirks. Salem will be the household's manny, as well as a perpetual chaos-maker for the program. Sabrina will be torn romantically between her old high school flame Harvey and her new boyfriend Cthulhu. Sabrina's two aunts will make periodic appearances.

Instant hit!

You can watch the whole clip here.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Meet Blaze: The Misfits' New Trans Lead Singer!

I'm such a terrible "Jem & the Holograms" fan. My copy of JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS #12 has been lying beside my bed for weeks. I finally read my copy last night and I am so very psyched!!!

First off, this is the second chapter in the "Dark Jem" storyline. Essentially, something is wrong with Synergy, the Holograms' sentient super-computer. I'm not even certain that she knows this. But she created some music last issue, which she shared with Jem's alter ego, Jerrica Benton. The result is some form of personality-altering transformation into Dark Jem (and Dark Jerrica). Not only that, but this effect is also transmitted by Synergy's music. All of this means that the all four of the Holograms have now transformed into dark versions of their old selves -- just before the launch of their new concert tour!!

That's all pretty cool, but the real fun in the book these days is happening over with the Holograms' rival band, the Misfits. Lead singer Pizzazz was seriously injured in a car accident back in issue #9. This resulted in a fractured larynx. Which resulted in her being booted from the group by the Misfits' corporate overlords at Five By Five.

This resulted in a series of auditions for Pizzazz's replacement. The choices were pretty bad -- until Blaze stepped into the studio. We've met her a few times in the past. She has social connections to the Holograms. She's also the cousin to Clash, the Misfits' gofer.

Turns out that she's a major Misfits fan and an excellent singer! She's offered the lead singer gig on the spot, which forces her to clear the air before making her final decision. She wants the Misfits to know something private about herself -- something that could result in her being chased from the room depending on the audience.

Blaze is a trans woman.


To their credit, the remaining Misfits -- Stormer, Roxy, and Jetta -- really don't care. They love her sound and love her!

Back in the 1980s cartoon, the Misfits were always so over-the-top with the crazy antics. They did anything and everything to make everyone around them miserable. And certainly, the comic book version of the band has their own moments. But even their worst behavior was instigated by Clash.

This version of the Misfits has a reputation for being a bunch of bad girls, but they're really a bunch of artists who are trying to do the best for themselves and their fans. And they're very loyal to each other and to those that they let into their inner circle (except for Clash). I really like them a lot.

Welcome to the Misfits, Blaze!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

"My Cat From Hell" Teams Up With "Pit Bulls & Paroles" This Weekend!

Are you a fan of Animal Planet's "My Cat from Hell?" How about "Pit Bulls & Parolees?" Good news! Not only do new episodes of each program premier this Saturday, but it looks like the reality personalities from each program will team up for an adventure in Bayou Corne, LA!

Actually, I'm unsure from the material that I saw if this is a new episode of "Pit Bulls & Parolees." The online clip has the logo for "PB&P," but Animal Planet's Facebook page only references the new episode of "My Cat from Hell."

Regardless, cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy will be teaming with pit bull rescuer Tia Torres to see if they can rescue 38 feral cats from the abandoned community of Bayou Corne, LA! This appears to be a pit bull-free escapade. The pit bull group is currently based out of Louisiana, they specialize in animal rescues, and Jackson is all about the cats, which makes this a great opportunity to get the two shows together!

Feral Cats Chasing Truck
The group goes to the site of the Bayou Corne sinkhole. It appears that the sinkhole was created from a collapsed salt dome cavern. It looks like the underground salt caverns were being used by Texas Brine Company as storage reservoirs for crude oil. The sinkhole was eventually discovered in August 2012 and the area's 350 residents were advised to evacuate -- leaving 38 cats to fend for themselves!


I'm not sure how difficult it is to rescue 38 feral cats. I just know how difficult it is to coral one housebound cat when she doesn't want to be caught, so this should be a fun episode!

Jackson Galaxy & Tia Torres

Monday, March 28, 2016

Des Moines Neighborhood Under Attack from Rafter of Wild Turkeys

Residents of Des Moines, IA, are seeking shelter following reports that wild turkeys are attacking vehicles:
Dottie Bauer told KCCI on Friday that two wild turkeys attacked her car around noon near East 38th Street and Douglas Avenue. Bauer said she saw them attack three other cars, trying to keep anyone from getting past them. Bauer sent KCCI a photo of the damage to her car caused by the turkeys showing deep scratches on the driver's side.
Des Moines police also responded late last week to a 911 call after a women reported that she was stuck in her car and couldn't get out because of the vicious birds!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

"Xavier"

I learned recently of a short story by the British Council Arts. It's called "Xavier." Here is how they describe it:
Nicolas notices his 11-year-old son pays a lot of attention to slightly older boys.
Here is the story in a bigger nutshell: Xavier's teacher tells his father that the boys is struggling socially in school. He is distracted and he is socially isolated. He mostly air-drums. And the only students that he is drawn to, and vice versa, seem to be older boys. For the record, these older boys appear to be anywhere from 1-5 years older than Xavier.

Nicholas hosts a lunch with his brother and his niece. His niece brings along two of her male friends. Nicholas notices that Xavier is drawn to one of the boys, Filipe. He smiles a lot in his presence and he can't stop looking at him. This becomes especially apparent when Filipe asks Xavier to help him learn how to drum.

The older kids eventually leave, but not before Nicolas invites Filipe back to their home at some unspecified point in the future.


I found myself in the middle of a stupid online fight about "Xavier" this weekend.

One side thought that "Xavier" is a great example of a parent recognizing that his young son is gay and that he was making sure that his son knew that he was accepted and loved.

The other side thought that "Xavier" promotes early childhood sexual activity and that the father and the older boys in Xavier's life are modeling sexualized behavior in this obviously young child.

I can see elements of both sides of this argument, which means that I ended up getting attacked pretty viciously by one of the guys arguing here.

Here are my thoughts on the matter. I think both sides are projecting their own pasts into this story. Some guys suffered from parental disapproval as teens when it became clear that they are gay (or at least, when they displayed more effeminate mannerisms during their 'tween years). The guys on the other side of the argument suffered from unappreciated sexual advances when they were too young. So there's that.

I do think that Xavier is meant to be a blossoming gay boy and I do think that his father is realizing this. I don't think that he is pushing his son into a relationship with Filipe -- at least, not a sexual one.

One of the arguments against "Xavier" is that his father tried sending Xavier to a show with the older children. He was accused of setting him up on a date. I can see that, but I don't agree with that interpretation. I think that he was trying to encourage this new friendship and he was sending his son on a group outing with multiple children (including a close family member).

This is something that parents used to encourage instead of one-on-one dating. If everyone is together, they are much less likely to have time alone to experiment sexually. Which assumes that Nicholas is setting Xavier and Filipe up on a date. Which he's not.

I personally think that Nicholas is worried about Xavier's social isolation. I think that he's assessing the people around. And he's trying to encourage the friendships that Xavier potentially has, even with an older boy.

I used to play with older children when I was Xavier's age. Not "play" play, but play. I also had friends my own age, but some of my favorite childhood friends were a few years older than me. So maybe my own history is affecting my take on "Xavier." I'm okay with that.

You can watch the entire video here.

What is the Funhouse?

I've written several times about Charlton Neo, which is a resurrection of the classic Charlton Comics lines; as well as Pix-C Web Comics, which features public domain characters from Charlton Comics as well as a few other original characters. Pix-C Web Comics features strips from a variety of genres, including superhero, horror, action, and humor romance. Pix-C Web Comics recently launched a new strip earlier this month. This one is a horror-themed strip called FUNHOUSE!

This particular story features storytelling by Roger McKenzie and artwork by Cesar Madarro. If you read this post, then you know that I'm a fan of freak shows and creepy carnivals. And FUNHOUSE is everything creepy about carnivals!

We are only three weeks into FUNHOUSE, but this is what we know so far. It features the story of a serial killer who is fixated on young girls. "Uncle Herman" is at the carnival looking for his next victim. And truly, why wouldn't you go to a carnival to find children?

But there's something pretty creepy about this carnival -- and it all seems to be coming from the Madhouse. Uncle Herman has his eyes trained on his latest victim -- but I can't help but wondering if the Madhouse itself has sinister plans for our chief character?

I don't want to give away too much, but there's already been some pretty horrifying stuff happening at the Funhouse, but you need to have access to Pix-C Web Comics' premium site if you want to see what's happening! You too can read FUNHOUSE -- not to mention Yang, No Name, Tuffy Turtle, N.E.O., Kid Montana, Skyman, The Knightingales, Deathwatch, The Spookman, Sadistik, Ms. Molecule, and several other great characters, by becoming a patron of Pix-C Web Comics. Those who become patrons (for as little as $1 per month) gain access to several weekly online comic strips. The more you pledge, the more perks you qualify for. I've been contributing $30 per month towards this venture. I encourage to you to become a patron too!

Incidentally,  you can now read older Pix-C Web Comics on this Free website. Becoming a Pix-C Web Comics patron will give you advanced access to new Pix-C stories that are not readily available to those who access the Free website (such as FUNHOUSE), so definitely make your pledge today!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Still Too Much to Digest! Mega-Review of Multiple Archie Comic Book Digests! Part Two!!

Life continues to be busy, which means that I'm yet again behind on my comic book reading! I have a pile of comic book digests next to my computer so decided to steal a page from last month.

I'm talking about a mega-post review of multiple comic book digests! So -- starting alphabetically --, here we go!!!

ARCHIE'S FUNHOUSE COMICS ANNUAL #19: Our first story is "Orange You Lovely?," featuring a script from James Gartler, pencils from Dan Parent, inks from Rich Koslowski, letters by Jack Morelli, and colors by Glenn Whitmore.

Veronica is bored out of her skull at the start of this story. She has yet another date with Archie Andrew and expects to be treated to yet another dinner at Pop Tate's. Her parents invite her to stay home for a party for their friend and his son Gilbert Cosgrove -- a Hollywood celebrity!

Veronica doesn't remember Gilbert from her childhood, but quickly looks him up in the tabloids and gleans one bit of information about him. He likes his girlfriends tanned!


This prompts Veronica to take to the sun to make herself more appealing to her famous childhood friend. Unfortunately, she falls asleep and...


She ends up going to lengths that could only impress someone like John Boehner or Donald Trump. Question is: Will her sunburned spray-tanning impress Gilbert Cosgrove? And is he worth the painful effort???

JUGHEAD AND ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #19: Next up is "Fixit Friends," featuring a script by Francis Bonnet, pencils by Fernando Ruiz, inks by Bob Smith, letters by Jack Morelli, and colors by Glenn Whitmore.

This story is pretty simple. Mr. Lodge has a leaky faucet. Archie and Jughead offer to fix it -- along with a series of other home repairs -- using "how to" MyTube videos. And Mr. Lodge accepts their offer...


... Because he's apparently learned nothing during the past 75 years!!

WORLD OF ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #57: Our final story is "The Art of Chaos," featuring scripts and pencils by Tim & Pat Kennedy, inks by Jim Amash, letters by Jack Morelli, and colors by Glenn Whitmore.

This is a great story. Archie and Jughead start out the story trying to convince Veronica to check out "The Apeinator." Which is a charming story about a part-ape and part-robot FBI agent from another planet! Personally, I would love to see this movie!!


But Veronica didn't listen to me and instead conned the boys into watching a chick-flic called "Love Knots in My Larynx 2." Initially resistant, Archie gets a little too emotionally invested in this romantic film and ends up making a public spectacle of himself!


A trio of goons end up recording the entire tear-jag and post the entire embarrassing encounter all over the Internet. Archie spends the rest of the story trying to publicly reclaim his masculinity!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Sarah Palin to Star in Courtroom TV Program

People is reporting that Sarah Palin has been recruited to star in her own TV courtroom program:
The onetime vice presidential candidate has been tapped to preside over a planned reality court show that would premiere next year, if it gets picked up by stations. She signed a deal in February with Montana-based production company Warm Springs, a source close to the process tells PEOPLE

"It's a production deal," the source explains. "What happens next is she'll meet with stations, make a pilot and sell it." 

Warm Springs first approached Palin with the idea in 2015 and has since put together a team that includes the TV executive who found Judge Judy and Judge Joe Brown. 
I like courtroom shows and I absolutely love Judge Judy, but there is no way that I will waste my time watching "Judge Sarah."

Monday, March 21, 2016

Archie Comics Featured on Tonight's "Cake Wars"

I just finished watching "Cake Wars" on Food Network. It was a special episode celebrating the comic book company's 75th anniversary. It featured Archie Comics co-CEO Jon Goldwater as a special judge. Four cake-bakers competed to design a cake which best illustrated the spirit of Archie Comics.

It was fun to watch. There were two challenges. I came to the episode about five minutes late, so I missed the nuance of the first challenge. But it seemed like the bakers were charged with designing a Betty or a Veronica cake. Most of them went with Veronica. One of the baker was eliminated from the program following this particular challenge.

The remaining three bakers were then asked to design a giant party cake for the entire Riverdale Gang. Two of the bakers designed beach party themes, while the third created a juke box design surrounded with cut-outs of most of the major characters. This particular design was pretty cool. It had flashing lights and a working record turntable. However, she made one fatal mistake with her cake design which pretty much scratched her music!


Ultimately, it came down to the two beach party cakes -- and I think the judges made the right choice when it came to the winner!

Jon Goldwater's involvement with the program was actually pretty interesting. It was clear that he held no particular skills when it came to judging the pros or cons of any particular recipe -- outside of enjoying the taste. But he offered a unique voice when it came to judging the visual designs of the cakes, the characters, and of the themes.


Lastly, this program highlighted to me the essence of Archie Comics' struggle to re-brand its main characters from icons of yesteryear into modern-day players. All of the designs were stuck soundly in the 1950s -- outside of the inclusion of Josie and the Pussycats. I'd like to think -- if I were competing on this program and designing a cake that illustrated the spirit of Archie Comics -- that I would come up with a design that embodies the Riverdale of today. If only to stand apart from the crowd!

At least Kevin Keller made an appearance on one of the cakes! He was Riverdale's Rock Hudson at their beach-party luau!

I'm sure that this episode of "Cake Wars" will re-air sometime in the near future. You should check it out on Food Network!

Easter Bunny Gets In Fistfight at New Jersey Mall

The Easter Bunny got into a fistfight yesterday afternoon at Newport Centre Mall in Jersey City, NJ. At least, somebody dressed like the Easter Bunny got into a fistfight last night with the parent of one of the kids who had come to see him

According to police, a 22-year-old man was wearing a bunny costume and posing with children for photographs. A one-year-old girl was slid out of her photo-op chair. That's when her father began yelling and punching at the rabbit. People pulled the two apart. However, the fight escalated and the bunny returned to the scene of the fight where he began hitting the child's father.

The two men were taken for medical treatment after police arrived. No charges have been filed yet.

You can watch the entire sad video here.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Who is SADISTIK THE DIABOLIKAL SUPER-KRIMINAL?

I've written several times about Charlton Neo, which is a resurrection of the classic Charlton Comics lines; as well as Pix-C Web Comics, which features public domain characters from Charlton Comics as well as a few other original characters. Pix-C Web Comics features strips from a variety of genres, including superhero, horror, action, and humor romance.

I recently began reading through one of the original Pix-C Web Comics strips that I had previously overlooked in favor of the other more traditional strips. This web comic is visually different that most comics. Instead of using artwork, this comic was a photo comic. I'm talking about SADISTIK!

SADISTIK started originally back in 1966 as an Italian photo comic called KILLING. This violent Italian photo comic experienced a popular 62 issue run and was eventually published in France (where it was eventually banned), Turkey, and Argentina.  There were even some unauthorized films produced featuring this character and his exploits. Pix-C Web Comics' SADISTIK is the first English translation featuring this character.

So, I hear you cry out. Who is Sadistik? He is the King of Crime. He is the Diabolikal Super-Kriminal. He is the Monster with a 1000 Masks. Sadistik and his beautiful companion Dana are ruthless sadists who will not stop at torture or murder to accomplish their thieving exploits! Among their arsenal are advanced weapons and sophisticated disguises.


SADISTIK has been around since Pix-C Web Comics began. He and Dana have hatched a murdering scheme to rob a cachet of highly valuable gold coins from the vaults at Prince Sedor's villa. Unfortunately, the successful completion of their mission is jeopardized by the interference of rivaling gangsters, competing villains, and Communist agents! And don't forget about Police Inspector Grant -- who's doggedly committed to halting Sadistik's criminal exploits!


You too can get caught up with Sadistik's sadistic adventures -- not to mention Yang, No Name, Tuffy Turtle, N.E.O., Kid Montana, the All-American Victory Legion, Skyman, The Knightingales, Deathwatch, The Spookman, Ms. Molecule, and several other great characters, by becoming a patron of Pix-C Web Comics. Those who become patrons (for as little as $1 per month) gain access to several weekly online comic strips. The more you pledge, the more perks you qualify for. I've been contributing $30 per month towards this venture. I encourage to you to become a patron too!

Incidentally,  you can now read older Pix-C Web Comics on this Free website -- including Sadistik's earliest adventures. Becoming a Pix-C Web Comics patron will give you advanced access to new Pix-C stories that are not readily available to those who access the Free website, so definitely make your pledge today!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Tiffin, IA: Man Arrested After Billing County Jail for His Cable and Phone Bills

A 33-year-old man from Tiffin, IA, was arrested this week after being accused of billing the Johnson County Jail for his cable and phone bill. This man had been incarcerated at the Johnson County Jail back in December 2015 when seeds of this alleged crime were sewn:
When released from the jail, Johnson was given a check. Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek said that check was written for the remaining balance on Johnson’s commissary account, which all inmates get upon their release. 

Authorities said days after his release, Johnson used the bank and routing information of that jail check to pay for the cable and phone bill for his Tiffin apartment. The total amount charged to the jail was $350.16.
This man from Tiffin has been charged with one count of identity theft, which is an aggravated misdemeanor. If convicted, he faces up to two years in prison.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Colossus Joins Apocalypse' Four Horsemen in EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #8

A (sort of) crossover event started off today in EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #8 called The Apocalypse Wars." I understand that it's kind of like the "Fall of the Mutants" crossover from the 1980s in that there's a unifying theme or inspiration, but each of the titles involved (specifically EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN, UNCANNY X-MEN, AND ALL-NEW X-MEN) all do their own thing. I actually prefer these types of crossovers as opposed to one single story that knits its way directly through each title.

EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #8 flings Colossus and a team of young X-Men trainees (Anole, Ernst, Glob Herman, and Martha) get tossed into the future by a villain called Sugar Man. The other X-Men travel to the future to collect them and end up coming across a brand-new group of Apocalypse's Horsemen: Deadpool, Venom, Moon Knight... and Colossus!

Personally, this seems like a boring version of the Horsemen. Maybe they've all been given new powers. Otherwise, there's not a lot of diversity of abilities going on with this team!

Also, I'm getting tired of Apocalypse recruiting heroes (X-Men, specifically) into his Horsemen. By now, we've had Archangel, Caliban, Cyclops, Wolverine, Sunfire, Polaris, Gambit, Colossus, Deadpool... Pretty soon, we'll be wondering which X-Men haven't taken their turn with the Duke of Darwinian Dreams!

"Welcome to Sweetie Pie's" Grandson Andre Montgomery Fatally Shot in St. Louis

One of my favorite programs on OWN is called "Welcome to Sweetie Pie's." It features Miss Robbie (AKA Robbie Montgomery), her family, and their chain of soul food restaurants. One member of her family, 21-year-old grandson Andre Montgomery, was shot and killed Monday night.

According to TMZ:
21-year-old Andre Montgomery was found in a house, unconscious with a gunshot wound Monday night. Police say he was pronounced dead on the scene ... and at this point there's no suspect. 
Miss Robbie tells TMZ ... the house where Andre was shot had a recording studio, and he was laying down a rap. She's been told that during the recording session, Andre got a phone call to meet someone outside, and when he went out ... that's when he got shot. 

Miss Robbie says there is one strong lead in the case -- Andre was staying in a hotel, and on Tuesday morning someone used a key to enter the room. She says Andre's belongings were missing from the room ... but the person who went in was captured on surveillance cameras.
Andre appeared occasionally on the program, though not as regularly as other family members.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Alabama Senate Votes to Eliminate Marriage Licenses

The Alabama Senate is so upset that same-sex couples can get married that they voted today to get rid of marriage licenses in that state:
Senators approved the bill 23-3 today. It would require couples to file a form recording their marriage rather than have county probate offices issue licenses. Republican Sen. Greg Albritton of Range says the change would end controversy over marriage licenses while ensuring that people can marry whomever they choose.
This bill will now move to the Alabama House of Representatives.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Northern Iowa Residents React to "Suicidal Deer" Highway Sign

I don't make it up to Michell County, IA, too often. It's just out of my way when I travel north to visit friends and family. But if I did travel through Mitchell County, I would see a highway sign on Highway 105 just outside of St. Ansgar that reads: "Watch For Suicidal Deer: Next 2 Miles."

The Mitchell County Board of Supervisors approved the sign. They didn't intend to upset anyone, but instead wanted to grab the attention of drivers. For those who don't live around here, deer jump unpredictably jump in front of vehicles. So you need to be mindful.

As I implied above, some who live near the "Suicidal Deer" highway sign are concerned that this sign is joking at the expense of those who've killed themselves:
The signs along Iowa Highway 105 sit near Sally Hertel's land. She says she found the deer sign a little insensitive. But Becky Dodson, who also lives near the sign, says she thought it was funny.
I'm not sure how I feel about this. I understand the desire to be mindful of those who've lost friends and family members to suicide. On the other hand, I'm all about reminding drivers to remain mindful of deer.

What do you think?

Sunday, March 13, 2016

"Survivors" 40th Anniversary: Episode 34 ("Sparks")

This is the thirty-fourth in a series of blog posts dedicated to the 40th anniversary of BBC's "Survivors" television series. "Survivors" followed a core group of characters who managed to survived a devastating viral outbreak -- one which managed to kill off somewhere between 95-99% of humanity. Society has crumbled and now those who remain must relearn the old way if they have any hope of surviving much longer.

Charles, Jenny, and Hubert were joined on their journey last week by a corporate headhunter turned pacifistic guru named Frank. Well, Frank's not really a pacifistic guru, but he used his skills in psychology to help some others create a mini-utopia. Now his pacemaker is wearing out and he's looking for a good place to die.

In the meantime, Charles and Frank are searching for a former electrician named Alec Campbell. The hope is that they can recruit Alec to joint their group and bring back electricity to the world.


They end up finding Alec Campbell at a small church community, but discover that he's not terribly interested in bringing back the electrics. In fact, he's pretty much out of it with grief.


Frank, Charles, and Jenny spend the entire episode breaking Alec out of his grief-induced stupor. It's actually scary how far Frank will cure Alec. He poisons Alec with pethadine, which induces a therapeutic (if feverish) attack. Alec reveals that he is still grieving for his dead wife, who died alone while he was tending to his dying mother.

Alec Campbell
This extreme therapy session is just the thing Alec needs to jolt back to reality. He joins our group and suggests that they focus on Scotland's hydroelectric centers instead of rushing off to Norway again.

Jenny isn't happy, but I think she's pretty much given up on seeing Greg again!

We will be saying goodbye next week to one of our regulars. That episode is titled "The Enemy."

Mexican LGBT Groups Pushing Back Against "Pink," An Anti-Gay Adoption Film

There's this movie circulating through theaters in Mexico called "Pink." It's the story of a gay male couple who adopts a boy and then ends up messing him up because of their nonstop partying and promiscuity.

News about this story is going through rightwing circles because there is an effort by "homosexual activists" to "prohibit the showing of the film" in Mexico. As a result of these "protests," Mexico's National Council for the Prevention of Discrimination is now seeking to increase the film's rating (essentially, to a PG-13 equivalent rating).

I use the quote marks because I'm unconvinced that there's a huge effort to ban this film. I've done google-searches and found little evidence by gay bloggers or news website of widespread protesting of this film (outside of this, which was linked by Life Site News) just as I had never heard of this film before Christian websites began reporting about gay efforts to ban the film this weekend.

"Why do all of the children have a papa and a mama, and I have two papas?"
I've watched the trailer to "Pink." It's not an exaggeration to point out that this film is highly stilted against gay families or adoption:
"Why do all of the children have a papa and a mama, and I have two papas?" the adopted boy, in tears, asks his homosexual "father" in a scene from the movie's trailer.

The adopted child begins to experience confusion about his own sexual identity as he is repeatedly exposed to the lascivious and dangerous influence of a wide variety of freakish characters typical of the homosexual subculture. He encourages a friend to embrace his own increasingly effeminate forms of behavior. He also suffers mockery and social rejection from his schoolmates.

The homosexual couple encounter various Christians who uncompromisingly oppose their relationship and seek to bring about their conversion.

"How horrifying it is that children are growing up with homosexuals. They're going to grow up with [homosexual] tendencies," remarks one. Another tells one member of the pair that his sexual acts with his boyfriend are "unnatural" and asks him if he's really happy.

One member of the pair ultimately repents after reading the Bible and rejects the homosexual lifestyle, while the other does not and contracts AIDS.
The film's creator is an evangelical named Francisco del Toro, who specializes in over-the-top moralizing films on topics such as drug addiction and the occult. He's pretty upfront about this being an agendized film:
"Children shouldn't be trophies for the gay movement. The interests of the child should prevail in adoption," said the filmmaker in a recent interview.

Regarding his depiction of a child following his homosexual "parents" into their gay lifestyle, del Toro observed that "a child absorbs the behavior and customs of the home like a sponge, and if you don't believe that, explain to me why there are families that for generations have been kidnappers or bank robbers."
It's ironic that Life Site News and its commenters are criticizing the "homosexual activists" for seeking to ban this movie in Mexico, especially since this article is linked to a petition that wants Georgetown University to cancel an invitation to the president of Planned Parenthood for some event.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Barber Refuses to Cut Trans Man's Hair // Claims His Reigious Liberties Would Be Violated

Earlier this week, I got into another debate over whether or not LGBT people should speak up when they perceive discrimination at the hands of anti-gay businesses, particularly in states or communities that expressly forbid discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. This was seen by the other person as an issue that's pretty much exclusive to same-sex weddings and we don't want to force people to participate in gay weddings against their will.

Of course, what's the point in going through the motions of barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation if one gets criticized for filing a complaint with his local or statewide civil rights commission when they encounter blatant discrimination?

Also, we get told all of the time that this is all about being forced to participate in same-sex weddings. Which it's not. It's just that same-sex weddings seem to bring out some of the more blatant examples of anti-gay sentiment.


It's gotten so bad that you can't even get a haircut without violating somebody's religious liberties! Case in point, a trans man tried getting his hair cut at a Rancho Cucamonga, CA, barbershop, but got turned away because this violates the barber's religious beliefs:
When Kendal Oliver booked an appointment at a Southern California barbershop to have his hair cut, the Army veteran who served six years in Afghanistan didn't expect to be turned away.

Oliver, who said he identifies as "more of a man than a woman, was refused service by The Barbershop in Rancho Cucamonga.

"I have religious convictions that prevent me from cutting women's hair," said owner Richard Hernandez.

Hernandez said he belongs to the Church of God and his religious beliefs do not allow him to cut any woman's hair, even if they identify themselves as a man...

"People go against what God has created, you start getting everything all out of whack," he said. "It's a shame for a man to have long hair, but if a woman has long hair, it's her glory and it speaks to being given to her as her covering, and I don't want to be one who is taking away from her glory."
Keep in mind that California bars discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Coggon, IA: Woman Arrested & Charged With Animal Neglect // Accused of Abandoning Dog & Leaving It to Starve to Death

Shades of these infamous cases (here and here), an Iowa woman was just arrested and charged with animal neglect after being accused of abandoning her dog and allowing it to starve to death:
Linn County Sheriff’s Office Col. John Stuelke said Thursday that deputies arrested 24-year-old Chelsea Bodenhofer Wednesday on a warrant for animal neglect. The offense is a serious misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail. 

Stuelke said deputies responded to a residence in Coggon on Feb. 21 and found a dog — a female pit bull — dead inside the back door of the residence. Neighbors reported last hearing the dog barking on Jan. 29, Stuelke said. 

An investigation found that Bodenhofer moved out of the house at some point, but did not leave food or water for her dog “for an extended period of time,” Stuelke said. The dog eventually starved to death.
Seriously. Why get a dog if you don't care for your dog? And if you cannot take care of your dog, why not take it to the animal shelter??

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

It's Doom Versus the Squirrel Girls in THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #5!

I'm running a bit late, but finally picked up my copy of THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #5! This is the latest (and last) chapter in Squirrel Girl's unanticipated trip back to the 1960s. (Check out here, here, and here to catch up a bit!) But the gist is that Squirrel Girl and Tippy-Toe found themselves mysteriously transported 40 years into the past -- and only Doreen's BFF Nancy Whitehead remembers her absence. Squirrel Girl finds an assortment of other ESU computer science students in the past as well.

Nancy comes across a time-displaced Doctor Doom -- still smarting from his defeat by Squirrel Girl during her first super-mission! They travel back to the 1960s where Doom decides to take over the world long before Marvel's superheroes have a chance to experience their various origins!

All seems bleak when two final time-travelers arrive from the future (AKA our present): Old Lady Squirrel Girl and Cody (AKA the guy who sent everyone back in time in the first place!!).

I laughed quite a bit when I discovered the reason that Cody sent Squirrel Girl and the other ESU students back in time: He was trying to affect the curve in his favor for his "Intro to Databases" course, so used his time-travel gun (which he mysteriously inherited from his weird aunt) to get rid of his class' better students!


Meanwhile, it was pretty awesome to watch Squirrel Girl and Old Lady Squirrel Girl fight the good fight against Doctor Doom -- even if their efforts weren't quite getting there!


But Old Lady Squirrel Girl's appearance from the future was enough to give our Doreen an idea about how to defeat Doom once and for all. Here's a huge clue!!


By the end of this story, Doom is defeated and everyone is back to where they began -- except one cool individual who would be so awesome to see again! I guess we'll just have to wait and see!

"The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #5" is written by Ryan North, with art by Erica Henderson, coloring by Rico Renzi, and lettering and production by Travis Lanham!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

700+ Pound Social Worker Featured in Recent Episode of "My 600-lb Life"

You know that I'm into "My 600-lb Life" on TLC, right? I watch it most Wednesday evenings while at the gym. I was checking out YouTube and noticed a clip from last week's episode. This was a sad story featuring a woman named Teretha who was stuck in bed and dependent on her son and son's girlfriend for all of her self-care needs. She knew that she was at least 600 pounds and figured that she was probably a bit more than that. By this point in the program, she'd been confined to her home for over two years.

The sad part is that she was a social worker working for Detroit's public health department who taught the public about healthy eating habits. She said that she would do her job and then binge on fried foods. She had always been large, but at least she was active. Eventually, her local government ran into financial troubles and she was laid off. She sunk into a deep depression and pretty much surrendered to food.

She decided to relocate with her husband from Michigan to Texas so that she could go to the clinic where all of these stories take place. The problem is that she was so big by the beginning of this program that she had to be carried out by nine very strong men!


It was very embarrasing for Teretha. And the drive was extremely painful for her too!

When they finally weighed her, they discovered that Teretha was nearly 750 pounds! They always realized that she was eating way too much food and was taking medicines that were completely unhealthy for her! They kept her in the hospital for two months and limited her to an 800 calorie diet. She ended up losing close to 200 pounds during those two months alone!


Unfortunately, I had to run off to work so I missed the final third of the program. I'm assuming that she continued to lose weight and eventually began to walk again -- but that's not necessarily guaranteed on this program. I'll have to catch it during the reruns!

Check out a preview clip of Teretha's painful exit from her family home here.

Monday, March 7, 2016

"Survivors" 40th Anniversary: Episode 33 ("The Peacemaker")

This is the thirty-third in a series of blog posts dedicated to the 40th anniversary of BBC's "Survivors" television series. "Survivors" followed a core group of characters who managed to survived a devastating viral outbreak -- one which managed to kill off somewhere between 95-99% of humanity. Society has crumbled and now those who remain must relearn the old way if they have any hope of surviving much longer.

This week's episode is titled "The Peacemaker." Jenny, Charles, and Hubert come across a new community that has dedicated itself to peace, love, and Hindu beliefs.


The group is run by a man named Grant, but the communities inspirtation is a young woman named Rutna and a former corporate headhunter named Frank (AKA the Maharajah G, AKA the Master G). The group had gathered around a giant mill shortly after the Death, but struggled with petty disagreements and fear. Frank and Rutna eventually arrived and helped the community accept the Death and even accept its as some form of predestined event.

Rutna
The people are more content now. They meditate. They don't allow guns within the community. They practice a strict vegetarian diet.

Now Frank wants to leave, but his people don't want to lose their guru. He eventually reveals to Charles that he's going to die soon. Frank has a pacemaker and the battery is set to expire soon. Without his pacemaker, his heart will stop. And he cannot bear to die within his community. Charles agrees to take him away and the Master G's people finally agree to let him go.


"The Peacemaker" was an interesting episode. We were teased with the notion of something sinister within this community. But that never quire materialized.

At the very end of the episode, Charles springs it on Jenny that they are switching gears and plan to begin a new quest to restore electrical power to what's left of the United Kingdom by the end of the season. I guess Charles has given up on finding Greg?

(Hint: Don't worry. We will get at least one more opportunity to see what Greg's up to by the end of this season!)

By the way, Hubert gets laid in this episode. Good for him! Now he can stop annoying Mina!


Next week's episode is called "Sparks."