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    A quick snopes check determined: California Assembly Bill 2943 does not mention the Bible, Christianity, or religion at all, so when Allen claimed that the legislation would “literally” prohibit the sale of the Bible, he was stating something that is demonstrably and clearly false. In reality the legislation, which was introduced in February 2018 by San Jose-based Democrat Evan Low, enhances California’s already-existing prohibition on “sexual orientation change efforts” (SOCE), commonly known as “gay conversion therapy.” In 2012, the California Assembly passed Senate Bill 1172, which banned mental health professionals from performing SOCE on children under the age of 18. The law defines SOCE as: “any practices by mental health providers that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation. This includes efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.” A.B. 2943, as it stood on 20 April 2018, would extend that earlier prohibition in the following ways: Prohibit SOCE from being performed on anyone, not only children under the age of 18 Prohibit the advertising or sale of SOCE as a service The bill also appears to prohibit SOCE from being performed by any individual, not just by mental health providers, but the Assembly Judiciary Committee’s analysis notes it is not clear whether the text of A.B. 2943 would amount to a blanket prohibition on any and all SOCE. Anthony Samson, a Sacramento attorney and policy advisor told us by email that the bill would prohibit conversion therapy “as a commercial service in exchange for monetary compensation,” adding: It does not apply to the sale of books or any other kind of goods, and it does not prevent anyone from speaking or writing on the subject of conversion therapy in any forum. Low’s bill does not seek to outlaw all religious or moral instruction regarding sexuality and sexual orientation, nor would it ban the sale or possession of generic religious texts such as the Bible. Christian dogma might form the basis of efforts change a person’s sexual orientation, but the Bible itself is not a “gay conversion therapy” manual. End of quote. Personally, I think people should be able to buy whatever they like as long as it is not overtly harmful, no matter how goofy, so I don't like the intrusion of the nanny state into this area for adults. Maybe just mandate that clients be required to know the dismal rate of success this therapy provides and let the adult client decide for himself/herself?
  2. There have been stories like this before, dating back to the 1970s if I recall. That's back in the day when people actually sat down and wrote letters to one another. I remember hoping at the time there was no letter in the purloined group that went like "If I don't hear from you I'll know you decided not to marry me...". Today somebody would just text "R U wanting 2 marry me?".
  3. I'm really sorry about your books. That scenario always worries me about my own books. Warner Brothers put out two excellent DVD sets on Warner Brothers and MGM. They are "MGM: The Lion Roars" and "You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story". Universal put out a documentary entitled "Universal Horror" which is packaged with many of their classic Hollywood horror franchise DVDs. How could a studio (Universal) be behind the making of such a great story - which really encompasses the history of horror in films - and be so disinterested in their own film history? Nothing replaces a good book, but these DVDs are pretty informative.
  4. Why not put them all on DVD? Why doesn't TCM play them anymore? I think the answer to my first question is - too specialized to be profitable. I think the answer to my second question is - Because somebody somewhere would get confused and believe Osborne is still alive. TCM is showing a few on his tribute night in May, but there are a ton of these things we never see anymore. Some haven't been seen in - 15 years? - I'll have to rely on you guys with the complete history of TCM schedules for that exact information. Here is a list of all TCM Private Screenings that are out there and those that are on DVD or available from other sources. Robert Osborne (2014), "Conversations With Robert Osborne" Liza Minnelli (2010), "Conversations with Robert Osborne" Ernest Borgnine (2009), Walter Mirisch (2008), Norman Jewison (2007), Jane Fonda (2007), - currently on youtube Stanley Donen (2006), Child Stars (2006) former child stars Margaret O'Brien, Jane Withers, Dickie Moore and Darryl Hickman, Angela Lansbury (2006), - currently on youtube Sidney Lumet (2005), Lauren Bacall (2005), - currently on youtube Patricia Neal (2004), Shirley MacLaine (2003), - currently on youtube as "Private Sessions" Debbie Reynolds (2002), - currently on youtube James Garner (2001), Rod Steiger (2000), - currently on youtube Betty Hutton (2000), - currently on youtube Tony Curtis (1999), Leslie Caron (1999), Anthony Quinn (1999), June Allyson (1998), Lemmon/Matthau (1998), Charlton Heston (1998), Ann Miller (1997), Mickey Rooney (1997), "Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland Collection" Robert Mitchum/Jane Russell (1996), "Robert Mitchum Signature Collection" Esther Williams (1996), "Esther Williams TCM Spotlight Collection, Volume 1" Jane Powell (1995), "Classic Musicals From the Dream Factory, Volume 3" I know I've seen the one on child stars and some of the more recent ones. But many of these seem lost to the ages such as the ones with Tony Curtis, Charleton Heston, or Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Maybe they haven't been shown in so long because as Robert Osborne got older and sicker TCM did not want to show the contrast with a 60 something Robert. I do wish TCM would have shown all of these on Robert's Tribute day or at least put them out on the Warner Archive where it literally costs them nothing because it is burn on demand.
  5. Verboten Message Board Topics

    In General Discussions, it seems that you have to remain in the realm of film topics. Sometimes threads get moved to other forums, but I haven't seen many deleted. If you go to the "Off Topic Chit-Chat" forum, I gather you can say pretty much anything controversial that you wish as long as you don't get either personal or profane. My own experience? There was one poster on these boards a couple of years ago who from time to time would call me "stupid". I would shoot back with a scathing but not profane response. I was bullied horribly as a child and I AM NOT going to take that stuff as an adult. She would promptly have my post removed. A couple of times somebody called her "stupid" without using the actual word, as she did. She would have their post removed. She could sure dish it out but could not take it. Fortunately, she seems to have moved on and doesn't post around here (much) anymore.
  6. I'm mainly a collector of history and engineering books, and Metaxas is probably my favorite author, but I do have some movie books. I guess the first one I ever collected was the - at that time - 60 Years of Oscar by Robert Osborne. I remember when I bought it I was wondering "Is this the guy who introduces movies over on The Movie Channel?". At the time that is all that I knew about him. I also have his bobble head, and I've updated the Oscar book up to the last he published. As far as other movie books, I have "Buster Keaton - Cut to the Chase" - This author makes a bunch of assumptions, but if you want details on Buster's life and his extended family, then this is the best source I've found. "Bulls, Balls, Bicycles, and Actors" - Charles Bickford's autobiography still leaves a bunch of unanswered questions, but if you want a bunch of good stories about his acting days, this is it. "The Missing Reel" - In September 1890, on his way to Washington, DC. to file a patent on the first moving picture camera and projector, French inventor Augustin Le Prince vanished, and neither he nor his body were ever found. Meanwhile, Thomas Edison was granted a patent for the same invention. This rather incoherent book is the only one I've found about the fascinating possibilities of what could have happened. "The Universal Story" (1983) - So the "story" is missing the last 35 years. "RKO Radio Pictures" - History of RKO, complete with stories about how Fred Astaire tried badly to get out of his contract with them. "A Song in the Dark" - About the dawn of sound musicals (1926-1930) and early sound in general. Richard Barrios is about the funniest author I know. In reference to 1928's "The Singing Fool" he says "What is this film that makes The Jazz Singer look like Ibsen?" "Dangerous Curves Atop Hollywood Heels" - Story of several women of early Hollywood and their sad ends. Some the average film history buff will know, some were new to me. Very well researched. "Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film" - Definitely worth your time. The guy is not likeable, but boy is he fascinating. "Hank and Jim" - The story of the 50 year friendship between Henry Fonda, liberal, and James Stewart, conservative. "Sunday Nights at Seven: The Jack Benny Story" - Autobiography of Jack Benny. He didn't finish the autobiography due to his sudden death of pancreatic cancer, so his daughter and George Burns flesh out the story. I'd give it five stars for Benny's part of the story, but I'd knock one off because his daughter repeatedly tries to make this about her and her "mommy problems" with Mary. "Cagney on Cagney" - Cagney's autobiography is a good read that details his problems with Warner Brothers along with the rest of his career and life. Cagney always considered himself a dancer - he wasn't interested in watching his own films unless he was dancing in it. He also considered himself a farmer at heart, and did not like the Hollywood scene. "The Talkies: American Cinema's Transition to Sound, 1926-1931 - This is a very dry academic book with lots of information. Definitely not a light read. To put it bluntly, it makes the transition to sound seem boring. Looking forward- I have "Backwards and in Heels: The Past, Present And Future Of Women Working In Film" on preorder. It is written by our own Alicia Malone. I'll let you know how it goes. I have more books on film and film history, but these are the ones I own that stick out in my memory as unique.
  7. Well, now this I must see. AND I know where I can get a copy too. It would be great if Universal would just sell their classic film collection - along with the pre 1949 Paramounts - to WB, if they are interested.
  8. Hell's Angels tonight at 9:30pm

    I really didn't like Harlow that much in this film or "The Public Enemy". In "Enemy" she is supposed to be from Texas but sounds like she is from Queens??? MGM and the persona they gave her were the best things that ever happened to her. She only had a seven year career in film, but is still probably better remembered than some who had careers that lasted decades.
  9. insanity ablaze

    Something can be a tragedy even if they did it to themselves. I do sincerely hope that you get that.
  10. The Triumph of Donald Trump

    Yes, you do have a point about "Citizen Insane". I still want my veto proof majorities though.
  11. The Triumph of Donald Trump

    Do you really want the Eve Harrington who is waiting in the wings - Mike Pence? He's actually a real politician and might possibly get elected in 2020. I'll settle for veto proof Dem majorities in both houses of Congress. They can pass bills all the live long day and Trump can't do anything to stop them.
  12. insanity ablaze

    This is a sad thing to see - a person taking their own life thinking it will make a difference in their cause. Perhaps there was another more personal reason to lead him to such an act of dispair. It's also sad to see people ridicule such a tragedy.
  13. Only Conservatives Can Save The American Campus

    Dear Jake: I don't think anybody could defend the goofy statements you showcase above, and I am a Democrat. So let me tell you that this Democrat thinks that "the worst of the left" statements you publish above are indefensible. But are you serious when you say that only conservatism can save America or the American campus? Conservatives won Congress in 1995 and one of the first things that they did was let pharma companies advertise. And they took that advertising budget out of the hides of people who used their medicines. I wrote someplace else that Forteo - a drug of last resort in osteoporosis that was released in 2005 - has gone from 500-700 dollars a month to 3700 dollars a month in 12 years. Why? Because they can. GW Bush takes office and finally gets his dream legislation pushed through - something that makes bankruptcy extremely punitive for ordinary people and makes student loans follow you to the grave no matter how your life circumstances change. Get cancer? Too bad, pay me. Die and your parents cosigned - too bad, pay me. Sounds like lines from "Goodfellas". Actually, add some profanity, and I think these ARE lines from Goodfellas. Oh, but there are certain complex trusts that rich people know about and can afford to get an attorney to set up that shelter them from bankruptcy. Trump and Paul Ryan only agreed on one thing - a tax bill that puts some extra money in the hands of the middle class, but really lets the rich off the hook. Ryan decides to retire from the House since he subscribes to the philosophy of Ayn Rand, and believing selfishness is a virtue, has gotten all he can out of this job. By the way, why are Christians voting for people who follow nutty Ayn Rand? She was an atheist capitalist, and if you ever read her story she spent her entire marriage cheating on her husband, Frank, and primarily married him so she would not have to go back to Russia. She also believed in smoking to show man's dominance over fire. Seriously. Hers was and is a cult of personality. And yes I have read her works. But that's another story.
  14. Upcoming Releases

    The first all talking feature film, 1928's "Lights of New York", will be released by the Warner Archive on April 17. This is its first release in its entirety on any format. There were scenes from it on "The Dawn of Sound Laserdisc". Let me just say it is delightfully awful, from the mixed metaphors -"So you think you can have any chicken you want and throw me back in the deck!" to lines so common we don't even know where they come from - "Take him for a ride" or "I've lived, and I've loved, and I've lost!". From Singin in the Rain - "Did somebody get paid to write this dialog?". It's full of people you've probably never heard of before, particularly the stars - Helene Costello (sister of Delores Costello) and Cullen Landis, and directed by Bryan Foy of the "Seven Little Foys". Foy mainly directed shorts during his career, including several Vitaphone shorts that still exist. I think this may be the only feature film he directed that is still with us. Also note Gladys Brockwell, who was making a good transition to sound from silent films when an automobile accident cut her life short in 1929. Supposedly Ms. Brockwell's mother was seen repeatedly viewing the last film Gladys made - "The Drake Case" - as long as it ran in theatres. I guess a talking record of her daughter on film, keeping the illusion of her life around just a bit longer, was a comfort to her.
  15. Hell's Angels tonight at 9:30pm

    One thing I noticed in "Hell's Angels" and again in "Scarface" - two early talkies from Howard Hughes. The women are always faithless! Even the mother in "Scarface". And they are not faithless in a believable way. It seems Howard Hughes may have loved women, but didn't like or trust them at all.
  16. Michael Cohen has failed to live up to the first principle of being an attorney - if somebody has to go to jail, make sure it is your client and not you. By working independently of Trump - so he claims with his own words - he became a "fixer" and ceased being an attorney. That is why there is no privileged communication. This is not like when Ken Starr was trying to get his hands on the communications between the late Vince Foster and his attorney. Foster's attorney actually WAS acting as an attorney and thus the communication was private. Even if Foster was already dead. I can't remember which way the courts went on that one, but that is the difference.
  17. Thoughts about Claudette Colbert's movies

    Young Man of Manhattan is on youtube. It's not a great copy, but it's watchable.
  18. Thoughts about Claudette Colbert's movies

    It's a shame that so much of Colbert's early work was over at Paramount. You have to go to the gray market to see any of them. The best of them is "Young Man of Manhattan", in which Colbert and her actual husband Norman Foster play two newspaper columnists who marry after a whirlwind courtship. What gets in the way is Foster's character's lack of professional ambition, and the fact that he is being ardently pursued by a college girl flapper played by a 19 year old Ginger Rogers. And then there is a pesky case of blindness brought on by prohibition era booze. "The Big Pond" has Colbert as a debutante in love with a poor Frenchman, played by Maurice Chevalier. When they want to marry, Colbert's dad decides to use reverse psychology, accept Chevalier, take him back to the US with them, give him a job in his factory, and prove to his daughter that he could never fit in. But things don't work out quite that way. Her earliest surviving sound film "The Hole in the Wall" is about a bunch of fake psychics with Edward G. Robinson playing opposite Colbert. I'd only recommend this one for fans of the early talkies as the entire thing is a mixed bag. For example, there is a train wreck where the camera goes to different people on the train just prior to the wreck to get an idea of the human toll. But the wreck itself just looks like a kid's model train falling off of a hill.
  19. Healthcare in America?

    Forteo - the only drug for osteoporosis that actually grows bone. When it came to market in 2005 it was 500 dollars a month. Today, with no change in the drug whatsoever, it is 3700 dollars a month. My doc says it would be my best option, but the insurance company won't pay anything for it. I'm not poor, but I'm not rich enough to afford the almost 90000 dollars it would cost for the recommended two years of treatment. How is big pharma any better than Martin Shkreli, obnoxious laughing boy who buys up patents and raises prices on vital drugs 100 times? They are doing the same thing, only without the public smirk, and they are doing it slower.
  20. "I'd love to see a biopic about..."

    Charles Bickford. Even after reading his autobiography there is so much I don't know about this interesting guy. He wanted to be on the stage - he did that and did it well. He went to be a leading man at MGM and got tangled up with Louis B in the early 30s and that never ended well for anybody. He got Fox to commit to signing him as a leading man but then got mauled by a tiger and Fox backed out of their contract. So he did a series of B films and then decided to be a supporting actor in A films and he did that well. Apparently he was a success in business. He was married to the same woman for over 50 years, had two children with her, and not once mentions either his children or his wife in his autobiography. He was buried in an obscure unmarked grave in spite of having great wealth at the time of his death.
  21. "I'd love to see a biopic about..."

    "Looks like Stormy weather - last tango in Moscow" - great title.
  22. Actually, it is the 2nd of 4 "Michael Curtiz Days", but that includes a great deal of Flynn.
  23. Masculinity Is Our Future

    My cat Rocky and his Norwegian Forest Cat friends agree. They're MGTOW, but then they are fixed so perhaps that is cheating a bit.
  24. TCM and Other Sources for Classic Film

    Thanks for your condolences. I always felt that when I lost one parent I would lose the other shortly thereafter, especially once they got into their 80s. I've always wanted to go to Wisconsin (in summer). There's a restaurant there that backs up to a hill and has sheep grazing on its roof. That would be something to see. Mom breaking a hip from a standing position and THEN falling is what started it all. She had a massive heart attack coming out of surgery, and after she died, dad died of heart failure. Women are trained to be on the alert for breast cancer, but I think osteoporosis doesn't get enough attention because it is silent and slow. The fact is, if mom had not broken that hip, they might both still be alive. Sorry to get so OT.
  25. I don't think anybody thinks of him as Jesus Christ. He was a very fallible human being. But he was a fallible human being who became a great leader and paid the ultimate price for it before he was even 40. When MLK started out, nobody knew who he was. He could have very easily ended up lynched in an obscure southern town in his 20s with nobody but his immediate family even remembering him, and yet he chose the tough road.

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