The Dangers of “Skimming” Politically-Charged text

So… I’m doing my twitter and facebook thing, bumming around on the internet when all of a sudden, one of the people I follow re-tweeted something:

HIDEOUS. 100 sponsors of GOP bill that lets a pregnant woman die if saving her kills fetus http://bit.ly/hBH4ts More: http://bit.ly/hzCijE

Basically, it’s an article that states the new GOP bill proposal has language stating that if an abortion will save the mother’s life, it can only be performed if it’s not federally funded (e.g. your tax dollars can’t help her out).

Wow, you’re right, that is horrible. Unless that information is completely wrong. In which case, why is everyone freaking out?

The author apparently couldn’t find a link to the new language (the language she’s concerned about is in the Chairman’s Mark.

From TheCapitol.Net, Chairman’s Mark is “Recommendation by committee (or subcommittee) chair of the measure to be considered in a markup, usually drafted as a bill.” – http://www.thecapitol.net/glossary/c.htm

So, she copied and pasted the whole Chairman’s Mark into a comment. But… the comment shows an exception clause listing all the things she’s saying the GOP isn’t going to allow to happen anymore – including federally funding an abortion which will save the mother’s life.

People, read, read and comprehend. If you still have a problem with the document, fine, but don’t state it under a false shock title of “GOP wants to kill mothers”. C’mon, seriously? Perform some respectable journalism.

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Anthony Hopkins brings The Rite to the big boy table

So I thought I was being suckered into going to see this movie.  But, meh, it was Saturday night and there was beer afterward so I left with a contented yet disdainful look on my face.

After arrival, trailers, and coming within a hair’s breadth of personally throwing 4 teenagers out of the theater for treating it like their own American Idol audition screening, the movie started… very slowly.

Yet, the pace of the story is like a good braise, using slowly unraveling levels to explain the protagonist’s (Colin O’Donoghue as Michael Kovak) past.  The audience discovers how truly entwined Michael is with the supernatural happenings of the film, suggesting a pre-destination feel (e.g. Destiny ordained by God, executed by the Devil himself to ensure the correct path is chosen).

Anthony Hopkins’ character, Father Lucas, feels a little paper-dollish, but superb acting and character choices quickly pull your mind to what’s going on with Lucas in the here-and-now, completely obliterating any hope for a deeper character development.  Anthony Hopkins just == win like that.

I won’t get deep into the story line, it’s based on real events… or rather, based on a 2009 non-fiction book by Matt Baglio (which is referenced as a magazine article in the movie).

Point being, its definitely worth it… the meat of the film takes place in the last 30 minutes, getting to see Hopkins act out a complete takeover by demonic forces is truly something else.  On the other hand, I wouldn’t say that if you can wait, you shouldn’t… seeing it on the big screen vs. dvd/blu-ray release will not make or break your day/life/what-have-you.

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AshYoungblood v2.0

2011?! I’m turning 28 this year. I don’t have the freak-out mode that I normally do. That isn’t to say that my typical “Things have to change this year!” didn’t occur, I just happened to follow through this year.

I’ve quit smoking – I’m at 29 days.
I workout between 2-6 times a week and am trying to stabilize closer to 6.
I’ve changed my eating habits (not diet, never diet).

I have become really interested in what I’m doing DURING my life. This distinction is epically important.
Most people worry about what they’re doing WITH their life… I’ve pretty much got that figured out. I’m progressing my career towards becoming a Senior Engineer and possibly an Architect with a focus on Project Management/Lead.

But what am I doing DURING my life? I’m a single father, I’m nearly 28, and I hardly ever do anything. I know of nothing fun in the surrounding area and most of my friends are married or have moved to different locations.

So I’ve decided to do something about that too. I’ve recruited a handful of people that I know lead far more interesting lives than my own and I’m making them mentor me. I *refuse* (especially with how much better I look and feel with all the other life changes) to be a wallflower.

So, stay tuned. This blog is being re-purposed to an accurate accounting of my life. This includes aspirations, fears, short-comings, failures, dreams, conquests – professionally and personally.

I doubt many will be interested – I just play an egotistical prick on TV 😉 But, for those of you that are, stay tuned.

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