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Everything posted by LatriceRoyale

  1. Amazing how TomFH just creates threads with the straightest of intentions... Oh Please...Mr. Drama Teacher (You, not your Hero JT)...passive-aggressive actions and ad hominem approaches are so tiresome....I own my position straight up with and about you! Am I speaking with Gerald Butts?
  2. I have been waiting a long time to see The Servant! In keeping with dastardly and vile: Cockney villain Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast (2000).
  3. I agree with you Larry, further to your two choices, I will add Ethel Barrymore and Marie Dressler. All of these actresses are diverse and leave a lasting impression for me.
  4. Post apocalyptic butcher serving up gourmet meals...not quite Cafe Anglais from Babette’s Feast...
  5. Babette’s Feast Incidentally: Stéphane Audran, died 27 March 2018, she played Babette, the Parisian refugee and ‘cook’ to the Sisters. Such a glorious and memorable feast on film!
  6. You are absolutely out of line slaytonf. The importance that I place on a topic is factual and accurate information. It is beyond me how you arrive at your conclusion that posters are defending “a child r-apist”, other than to conclude that you do not like an adversarial position, particularly when you are wrong. I do find your statement somewhat ironic in that I worked in Law before retirement but not once in the defence of paedophile.
  7. The Hollywood Reporter interviewed Polanski: ”Most of the facts of the case are undisputed. On March 11, 1977, Polanski, at the time the toast of Hollywood as the director of Rosemary's Baby and Chinatown, was arrested and charged with drugging and **** then-13-year-old Samantha Gailey (now Samantha Geimer). As part of a plea bargain, Polanski pled guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, underwent psychiatric evaluation and spent 42 days in jail. But in 1978, when he heard that a judge was going to disregard the plea bargain and make an example of him, reportedly by giving him up to 50 years in prison, Polanski fled to Paris. He has remained a fugitive ever since, despite repeated attempts, including several pleas by the victim, to have the case dismissed. Last month, California judge Scott Gordon rejected Geimer's latest request, saying the Polanski case would go forward.” (www.hollywoodreporter.com)
  8. * “MEET RETIRED U.S. ARMY SERGEANT ERIC HUNTER, WHO SERVED AND SACRIFICED IN BOTH IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. MR. HUNTER SELECTED: THE GREEN BERETS ('68)” Mr. Hunter was severely injured in combat and his dream of becoming a Green Beret was taken away from him. I had no problem watching The Green Berets with John Wayne.
  9. DB, most definitely like the American Conservatives. Calgary PD are ridiculous. Conservative Albertans think that Any music beyond Garth Brooks or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is considered the work of the devil.
  10. http://vancouversun.com/entertainment/celebrity/johnny-depp-plays-dress-up-in-visit-to-b-c-childrens-hospital Johnny Depp recently visited the BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver, Canada and put smiles on many children, staff, parents and me! Any Star that takes time to make the day of Sick Children is A good guy in my book.
  11. I am really irritated by that Ben, Get a free T-Shirt pop-up! The pop up is relentless on my IPad.
  12. It is obvious that you and DB have an ongoing grudge. Don't assume that people 'side' with anybody on these boards, just because that appears to be your constitution, it is not mine. I am quite certain that if we were discussing topics face-to-face, there would not be the vitriolic behaviour and childishness that goes on here when discussions are adverse in nature. I am retired now but worked in one of the most highly charged and adverse areas that I can think of, that being Law. We had a lot of diverse opinions and had to conduct ourselves with a very regimented code of conduct 'My Friend'. If you wish to discuss this further, PM me. Otherwise, just stop with the insults and conjectures that have no evidence.
  13. I'd like to know too, so I can block the Cry baby! Just let the moderators do their jobs in applying the terms and conditions of the policy/code of conduct without somebody fettering their discretionary authority.
  14. “Islamophobia” is not a constructive term—and words do matter. My intention is not to offend or inspire hatred in any form, but to promote honest conversation. In that spirit, I will outline the two major reasons that we should stop saying “Islamophobia.” For starters, this idea silences honest criticism of Islam, which is something both necessary and warranted. Let me be clear on this point: We should be criticizing the religion of Islam and its doctrines. We should absolutely not be criticizing all Muslim people. There is a massive difference and I am arguing in favor of the former and against the latter. First, the doctrines of Islam are in fact worthy of high criticism. This is a religion whose holy book calls for the death of unbelievers, and for apostates to be slain. This same holy book grants men complete control over women, and openly permits and encourages brutal violence against women. This is a religion whose prophet ordered a woman to be stoned to death for adultery, and that anyone participating in homosexual activity is murdered. This is a religion that encourages torture, and that commands its adherents to fight blindly in the name of its God, even against their better judgment. What’s more, there is an entire system of religious law, called Sharia, based solely on the Quran and the words of Muhammed, which happen to be the source of the atrocities I’ve just mentioned. And while it is easy to say that only “a few bad apples” believe in these things, that is simply not true. In a study conducted by Pew Research Center, for example, 99 percent of Muslims surveyed in Afghanistan supported Sharia being imposed as the official law of the land. While the numbers certainly differ by country, and there is variance even within Sharia supporters, the results are far from encouraging. When one makes a truthful criticism of Islam and then is immediately silenced or condemned as an “Islamophobe,” it also silences the people who desperately need and want for that criticism to be heard, but can’t voice it themselves. With the privilege we have been granted, we can give a voice to those who most need one, and by using false claims of ignorance or bigotry to silence those trying to do just that, you are a contributor to the problem. Also, the term “phobia” is unclear. By definition, a “phobia” is an extreme or irrational fear. While I do not believe fear is at all the best way to address this problem and actively advocate against fear, it is not inherently irrational to fear a doctrine or a set of ideas that calls for your death, or that endorses violence against women or that covets world domination. Why is it there is no Christianity-ophobia, or Mormon-ophobia or Scientology-ophobia? Because an author can write a book critical of Christianity and not have to go into hiding for years because of a Fatwah calling for their death. Salman Rushdie cannot say the same for Islam. Because a cartoonist can publish a picture ridiculing Scientology, and not be killed for it. Stéphane Charbonnier cannot say the same for Islam. No one should be killed for publishing a cartoon, or writing a book or leaving a religion, period. There should be no debate on this, no matter the circumstances, and it is not irrational to fear a doctrine that says otherwise. Anti-Muslim bigotry is no doubt a problem and I do not want that to be lost in my criticisms. It needs to be fought whenever it rears its ugly head, but let’s call it what it is: anti-Muslim bigotry. I am opposed to a “Muslim Ban” like the one our president and much of our country had called for. We cannot turn our backs on refugees that have found themselves in the worst of imaginable situations, yet we must keep an even head and think straight when discussing this issue. Women’s rights, free speech, LGBT rights and religious freedom are all liberal values and values that represent everything great about the world, yet when someone truthfully criticizes the institution most threatening to those values, liberals often shout them down as “Islamophobic.” It is time for that to stop. Islam as it currently stands is not a set of ideas that aligns itself with liberal values and actually stands at the antithesis of many of those values and that is simply a fact. That said, there are many liberal Muslims and Muslims who want to reform their religion for the better, and they are the ones who are really going to be able to do it. These are the people we should not only allow into this country, but encourage them to come and give them all of the possible support we can—and that starts with the truth. Please, I implore you, stop silencing the truth and consider the consequences of doing so. Because for every night you lay in bed, satisfied with yourself for sniffing out another “Islamophobe,” a young girl in Afghanistan or Iraq or Pakistan lies voiceless in her bed, steeped in the dread of what tomorrow will bring. K. Driessen
  15. ISLAMOPHOBIA A phobia is an irrational fear. Rationally speaking out against a principle or idea one is opposed to is not a phobia. - One may support democracy therefore oppose the theocratic rule which Sharia demands and Muslim countries end up with. - One may believe women are equal to men and therefore oppose the idea that women are second class citizens which is at the core of Islam. - One may believe in freedom of and from religion, and therefore oppose any system where apostasy earns a death sentence. Thus one may oppose Islamist ideology, logically and without any 'phobia' at all. Islamophobia is a meaningless word and often a slanderous and misleading accusation used in forms of communication reminiscent of Goebellian propaganda. One may calmly and rationally oppose any and all belief systems which by doctrine declare open war on democracy, gender equality, gays, apostates and unbelievers. That is no phobia. That is rational opposition to an offensive idea utilizing reason, logic and rhetoric.
  16. The look of relief on her face and outright joy of not being called on her bullsh** was almost tangible. James, you are quite right about your observations.
  17. Okay, why the f*** would you ask a feminist who clearly hates the Men's Rights movement to explain what it is? It's like you're not even attempting to hide your biases. CBC may as well get Alex Jones on their broadcast to explain how government works, or what happened on 9/11, or how about get the Ku Klux Klan to explain Martin Luther King Jr.'s. Doctrines. Rebecca Sullivan and CBC are pure and unadulterated farces. CBC has just got to go....no more tax payers bucks to continually peddle the likes of this garbage.
  18. I enjoyed Humberto's discussion with Ben, particularly your experience with film and presenting pictures. Further, your choices were excellent, I love Kim Novak and it was nice to see her in the first two choices tonight.
  19. Lonesome Polecat, I PM'ed you with my vote, could you please confirm that you received my choice? Thank you.
  20. For a change, try roasting your brussel sprouts in a 400 degree oven for about 35 minutes. I cut the brussel sprout in half to maximize the surface area which will get a nice caramelization and that is the purpose of roasting at a higher temp! Before roasting, coat the sprouts in olive oil, salt, pepper and fresh garlic is also nice tossed in, then after they are done, use a bit of balsamic to finish them off. Cauliflower is also really nice prepared the same way. I love the nutty flavour that is produced by using the roast method.
  21. I would really like to try this pie, never had a sweet potato pie. Sugar pie and Tortiere are in abundance up here and delicious (when guzzled down with a Pepsi;).
  22. SansFin, I hope the information that I present here will help in countering your conjecture, "that it is racist assumes facts not in evidence". A couple of examples where the term "monkey" used in reference to African-Americans was not okay: A few years back, American Justice Kimball wrote that the conduct of employee's at a construction company who used the word monkey and several other despicable phrases to describe African-American co-workers was, "Constitutionally offensive in any setting". Judge Kimball further remarked, "No reasonable jury could find that a reasonable African-American would not be offended by this conduct" NYU paid $210,000 to settle a harassment lawsuit after an employee was subjected to racial slurs. The employee, an African-American was called "monkey" and "gorilla". The Huffington Post, Feb 29, 2016 published, "Comparing Black People to Monkeys has a long, Dark Simian History". One of the elements of a Hate Crime is an offence that is motivated by hate towards an identifiable group. The 'incident' may target race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour and so on. The most common type of hate crime incidences are based on Racism. As well, harassment is a form of discrimination and is commonly defined as engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct that is known or ought reasonably be known to be unwelcome. Case law has ruled that even a single comment or act may constitute harassment if it is seriously invasive. Harassment may be expressed through "jokes". The unwelcome comment such as calling an African-American a monkey are contextualized by recognizing that social norms are often defined by dominant groups and may, in fact, create a poisoned atmosphere for the non-dominant racialized group. Historically, African-Americans have been dominated and I won't go into a discourse here, as I hope that you agree with that point and know the history of slavery. Many countries throughout the world such as the UK, European Union, Australia, NZ, Canada, South Africa, USA, etc., have Human Rights legislation and laws dealing with Discrimination and Hate Crimes. These countries have years and years of jurisprudence which speaks to Racial Issues/Discrimination. Discrimination usually involves the following elements: 1. not individually assessing the unique merits, capacities and circumstances of a person 2. instead, making stereotypical assumptions based on a person's presumed traits 3. having the impact of excluding persons, denying benefits or imposing burdens1. Discrimination does not have to be overt such as telling an African-American person that they are not being served because of their 'colour'. Subtle forms of discrimination are also contrary to human rights laws and are insidious as a store employee who 'follows' certain racial groups because they think they may steal something. The particular piece of legislation that prohibits discrimination will define what elements are discriminatory. Moreover, it is unnecessary to prove discrimination was intentional in order to make out a breach of the law: what counts is the impact that behaviour had on individuals. If the impact is discriminatory on a prohibited ground, a breach of the law has occurred. I have worked for many decades presenting "facts and evidence" in this area and supported and advocated for people who have been the victims of harassment, discrimination and hate. When you are part of a tribunal or court, you get to know just how insidious and demeaning statements can be to individuals and communities. 1. Taken from Ontario Human Rights Commission, What is Discrimination?www. ohrc.on.ca
  23. Master at his craft has died at 82 years of age. From BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-12811248h
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