Posts Tagged ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Random Thoughts 2012 Recap, Part One

Some events in our lives are random.  And, so are many of our thoughts.  As the one year anniversary of my blog approaches, I looked back and I’ve done more than a dozen random blogs  — blogs that cover many topics instead of just one thing.

And, since some of you have been with me and my blog since the beginning and some have joined throughout the year, I want to share those random thoughts and see what your thoughts are on them.  That way, you don’t have to go through the archives to find them.

All you have to do is click on the underlined title of the random blogs and it’ll open them up.

January 22, 2012

Las Vegas, South Carolina, A Womanizer, and Murray State

My first random blog covered a fundraiser that I worked on and the great prizes we won in a silent auction, Las Vegas, the South Carolina primary, (yes, election season was getting underway one year ago), and the Murray State Racers basketball team.

March 31, 2012

Totally Miscellaneous Blog Entry

In the late March blog, I covered basketball, priests, golden retrievers, and Christmas (?).

May 16, 2012

I Definitely Think Too Much — Check Out This Mish Mash of Thoughts

In this May blog, I talked about Mother’s Day, crazy dreams, immorality, the Bible, exciting new music, American Idol, Lady Gaga’s new tour, and two disturbing videos.

June 6, 2012

Rambling Mind and Random Thoughts

On my mind that day was swimming, diet and exercise, the MDNA tour getting underway, cheesecake, political thoughts, Kylie Minogue, and summer movies that had me excited.

Some of the thoughts you may agree with and some you may not, but we can always talk about them diplomatically.

Have a great rest of the year.

Anthony

They Said What??? Adam Levine, Courtney Love, Hateful Pastors & Hateful Business Owners

NEW YORK REPUBLICAN U.S. REPRESENTATIVE RICHARD HANNA

“I have to say that I’m frustrated by how much we — I mean the Republican Party — are willing to give deferential treatment to our extremes in this moment in history.”  “We render ourselves incapable of governing when all we do is take severe sides…”  “If all people do is go down there and join a team, and the team is invested in winning and you have something that looks very similar to the shirts and the skins, there’s not a lot of value there.”

REV. BILL OWENS, PRESIDENT OF THE COALITION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN PASTORS

 “The time has come for a broad-based assault against the powers that be that want to change our culture to one of men marrying men and women marrying women. […] For the president to bow to the money as Judas did for Jesus Christ is a disgrace and we are ashamed […] Another very important point I think that needs to be made is if you watch the men who have been caught having sex with little boys, you will note that all of them will say that “I was molested as a child — a man molested me in my home,” wherever. They will say they were molested. And for the president to condone this type of thing knowing the full facts is just irresponsible.”

MAROON 5 SINGER ADAM LEVINE AND “THE VOICE” CO-HOST ADAM LEVINE

(tweeting about singer Carly Rae Jepson “Call Me Maybe”):  “Why does she want him to call her Maybe?  Carly is a lovely name.”

JACK PHILLIPS, OWNER OF MASTERPIECE CAKE SHOP IN LAKEWOOD, COLORADO

“If gays come in and want to order birthday cakes or any cakes for any occasion, graduations, or whatever, I have no prejudice against that whatsoever. It’s just the wedding cake, not the people, not their lifestyle. We would close down that bakery before we closed our beliefs, so that may be what it comes to … we’ll see.”

CAROLE MOORE, WHITEBRIAR BED & BREAKFAST IN EDGEWATER PARK, NEW JERSEY

(on Facebook):  “where is the role model that your son needs to know how to act like a man? or will he only see the “one sided selfishness” of a “single parent”…and end up an out cast in society by being “gay” himself because he didn’t have a father as a role model. I’ll pray for you….remember what the bible says: “Lay down with dogs, get up with fleas”…..guess that’s why God invented aids….THIS LOCAL BUSINESS WILL BE ONE MAN ONE WOMAN ONE GOD MAKES MARRIAGE….AND PROUD TO DO SO….YOU SHOULD BE SO LUCKY TO OWN YOUR OWN BUSINESS”

SINGER CHRIS BROWN

(tweeting about reports of his homophobic comment last week toward R&B singer Frank Ocean):  “My Opinion on the whole Frank Ocean subject is ……… Love who u wanna love.  It’s ur decision. People stop searching for BS…Everyone is so quick to point  the wrong fingers at each other! Ask urself… Am I Doing everything I can to  help the world ????…The world is so bent on social acceptance that we’ve  forgotten what makes us special… Our individuality.”

FAILED PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MICHELE BACHMANN

“We are standing with the Cathys. Standing with the family. Thank you, Chick-fil-A. I’m happy to stand with you.”

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH PASTOR ROBERT JEFFRESS IN DALLAS, TEXAS

(in the past, he’s also said that Mormonism is a cult and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is not a Christian): “Amazingly, some gay activists don’t even try to hide the link between homosexuality and pedophilia. There are some who are right now are actively involved in trying to legalize sex between adults and children by lowering the age of consent or removing it altogether.  In all fairness, it would be wrong to suggest that all homosexuals to pedophiles, it would be wrong to even suggest that a majority of homosexuals are pedophiles, but the truth nevertheless is there. There are a disproportionate amount of assaults against children by homosexuals than by heterosexuals, you can’t deny that, and the reason is very clear: homosexuality is perverse, it represents a degradation of a person’s mind and if a person will sink that low and there are no restraints from God’s law, then there is no telling to whatever sins he will commit as well.”

REGAL CINEMAS

(after a man was arrested at a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Miami Beach, Florida, after acting strange and allegedly yelling, “this is it”):  “There was a disturbance in a theatre at approximately midnight in South Beach. Regal takes the matter very seriously, accordingly we are working closely with local police. All information at this time should come from the authorities, as we would not want to interfere with their investigation. Regal, our employees and security personnel remain alert and engaged. Our number one priority continues to be the safety and security of guests and employees.”

HOLE SINGER COURTNEY LOVE

(tweeting singer Lana Del Rey about Del Ray performing Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box”): “You do know the song is about my Vagina right? ‘Throw down your umbilical noose so i can climb right back,’ umm.  On top of which some of the lyrics about my vagina I contributed. So umm next time you sing it, think about my vagina will you? lol xc.  “You are gorgeous and very talented, it was all in good humor love, it is true however bwahaa xc”

Anthony

Another Senseless Tragedy in Colorado — Who’s To Blame?

Last night, I considered going to the theater in Moline, Illinois, to see “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight” on the big screen before the midnight premiere of  ‘The Dark Knight Rises”, the final Batman movie in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, but I had too many things to do at home.

I was looking forward to checking out the midnight box office results of the movie that will likely be the biggest blockbuster this summer.  What I wasn’t prepared for today were the headlines:  “Gunman kills 12 at ‘Dark Knight Rises’ screening in Colorado”, “Gunman kills 12 in Colorado movie theater”, “Colorado shooting at ‘Dark Knight’ opening leaves 12 dead”, and the list goes on.

The alleged gunman, 24-year-old James Holmes, is reported to have entered an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater at the midnight showing of  “The Dark Knight Rises” with tear gas and opened fire with guns killing 12 people and injuring 59 others, including a three-month-old baby.

As you may or may not know, Aurora, is a suburb of Denver and is located just 13 miles from Littleton, Colorado, the scene of 1999’s Columbine High School massacre that left 15 dead and 21 hurt.

This is a very sad situation and I feel for all of the families of those killed, those that were injured, and for the people who luckily left the theater just scared and shaken.

Sadly, this event will have some people blaming movies, television, or music for corrupting the minds of kids that grow up to commit senseless and shocking crimes like this, Columbine, or the Tucson tragedy that I blogged about just 10 days ago:

GUNS DON’T KILL, PEOPLE DO

It’s been 18 months (January 2011) since the shooting spree in Tucson, Arizona, that lasted 15 seconds with 31 fired bullets and left six people dead and 13 others, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, injured.  Those killed were  Christina Green (age 9); Gabe Zimmerman (30); John Roll (63); Dorothy Morris (76); Dorwan Stoddard (76); and Phyllis Schneck (79).

I support people being able to own guns to protect themselves.  However, no one, except for the military or law enforcement, should have access to weapons like the Glock used in that Tucson tragedy that can fire so many bullets.  With this shooting and similar ones at Virginia Tech (33 dead and 23 injured) and Columbine (15 dead and 21 injured), what more do I need to say?

What about hunters?  They need guns to hunt.  New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg summed it up with this, “Guns kill people.  I’m not opposed to the Second Amendment.  I’m not opposed to hunters.  I don’t understand why we have to sell magazines with 33 bullets.  If it takes you 33 bullets to kill a deer, you’re not a sportsman.  And armor-piercing bullets — the last time I saw a deer with a bulletproof vest was a long time ago.”

Would the forefathers that wrote the amendments to the Constitution have the same logic about the right to bear arms today and offer the same freedoms?”

That was from my blog on July 10th:  https://anthonypeoples.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/im-thinking-about-these-things-today-and-you-may-agree-or-disagree/

What we need to do now is pray for those in Colorado and not blame the violence in the Batman movies or any other movie, for that matter, for what transpired last night.

We need to watch others closely and be more proactive when we see people who may be struggling with life and make others aware of our concerns.  These people are not content with just hurting themselves, they want to hurt others.   There are usually signs that someone may be unbalanced and now it’s too late for the 12 people who were killed in Aurora, Colorado.

Anthony