Frenetic Friday 


The rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated besides it is Frenetic Friday!  Void where prohibited by law.

First pray for what is happening around the country regarding the police and the African-American community.  Pray that the gospel will be preached and that God changes the hearts of the people.

Carl Truman writes in First Things about Chad Vegas a Reformed Baptist Pastor who resigned from the local school board in Bakersfield California over the new transgender law that has been mandated for all public schools.  As a member of the board he was the only one that voted against enacting this into policy.   In his words:

As you know, CA has mandated this [school transgender policy] for the whole state. I have served on the largest high school board in CA, and the nation, for 12 years. I basically lead that board. Our board voted to adopt the new law into policy. I voted against it. I was breaking the law for doing so. I could be personally sued and our attorney tells me the board insurance won’t cover me because I am breaking the law and I am a bigot. Anyway, I announced I would not seek reelection. The community came unhinged when I announced that. I remain the most popularly elected official in the history of our school board. Thousands of parents filled our board room in protest of the law. Thousands are pleading with me to reconsider and keep fighting. My elders are still considering what to have me do…. [T]he board and administration, and even some leaders in the liberal teacher’s union, are asking me to reconsider. <emphasis mine>

In the letter from Pastor Vegas to his congregation he mentions this:

As I considered the many requests I became increasingly dogged by the concern that staying on the board would be giving Christian parents false hope. Why? I do not believe this battle can be won at the school board level. It is lost. The State and Federal governments have co-opted your local schools. They mean to indoctrinate your children in their radical secularism. They mean to cause your children, and Christian teachers and administrators, to bow to their sex gods. I simply can’t be part of enforcing that.

It is now law in CA that your children must be taught how to have safe homosexual sex, how to obtain an abortion, and that gender does not correspond to biological sex. Think of that! It is legally required to teach your children the LGBTQ sexual mores while simultaneously illegal to mention God. I can’t and won’t enforce that foolishness.<emphasis mine><source>

Carl Truman in his article has this very interesting last word:

And it is time to face that fact and abandon the myth that the world is run by people who respect difference and diversity, and that all we need to do is behave decently in order to win their respect and earn their favor. They do not think that way. They will never think that way. And they will crush those who do. By any means necessary.<source>

So there is a new Star Trek movie coming out and speaking of that it has been decided that Sulu, played by John Cho, will come out of the closet and reveal that he is gay.  This is done as a tribute to the original actor and gay activist George Takei.  Only George is saying thanks but no thanks.  When learning of the news Takei is quoted as saying:

“I’m delighted that there’s a gay character,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Unfortunately, it’s a twisting of Gene’s creation, to which he put in so much thought. I think it’s really unfortunate.”<source>

And that is all I’ve got to say about that.

Next up is two videos first one is a bit of dark humor that points out how really little the abortion industry cares about the life of the baby or the mother.  The next one is a video that shows how a woman who is pro choice changes her mind when shown exactly what an abortion looks like.

 

Good Night.

 

 

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Frenetic Friday: Robotic Over Lords


As you enter the darkened room you hear the soft whisper of  the oxygen as if flows up the tubes into the nose of the sleeping figure.  You see the monitors showing blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen levels.  As you go closer to the sleeping figure you see him mutter and toss his head from side to side.  He mumbles out words you can barely hear, you lean closer to make out the words he is saying.  Suddenly a hand reaches out to grasp your arm in a vise like grip, a sweating snarling face closes with yours as the grip pulls you closer.  The eyes open, madness swirls deep in them and he says:  IT”S FRENETIC FRIDAY I AM BACK!

Yes the power of prayer and the wonders of modern medicine have pulled me back from the brink to bring you Frenetic Friday!  Because of my convalescent state this  is dedicated to our coming mechanical rulers, yes it is the Robotic Over Lords give them a big hand folks!

Take a look at this folks:

What you are seeing here is possible hope for paralysed patients.  It is a bionic spine made to interact with a person’s subconscious thoughts to control bionic limbs which when fitted upon a patient would allow them to once again walk.

Doctors will make a tiny cut in the neck of the patients and feed a catheter containing the bionic spine up through the blood vessels leading into the brain, until it rests on top of the motor cortex, the part of the brain where nerve impulses that initiate voluntary muscle movements come from. The catheter will then be removed, leaving the bionic spine behind.

The outside of the bionic spine is fitted with electrodes which will detect signals from the motor cortex and send them to a small device that will be implanted in the patient’s shoulder. This device will translate the signals into commands, which will be fed to the bionic limbs via bluetooth to tell them to move.

The procedure and device were developed by researchers from the Royal Melbourne hospital, the University of Melbourne and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, and are detailed in a paper published in the journal Nature Biotechnology. <source>

And speaking of walking:

This is the Phoenix Exoskeleton designed to support paraplegics, and other mobility disorders.

The company has designed the Phoenix to be “accessible and versatile” with a goal of improving the technology until a child-friendly version of the exoskeleton can be produced. Children affected by neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida can avoid losing their mobility with intensive walking training.

Utilizing technology from the University of California, Berkley, Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory, Phoenix is built as a modular exoskeleton. It has the capability for each foot, hip, and knee module to be removed and adjusted to create an exact fit for each individual. The exoskeleton can also be customized to the wearer’s height.

The exoskeleton has silent carbon-fiber orthotics capable of being customized to its wearer. Attached to the orthotics are small motors that provide mobility to the hips and legs. Crutches provide upper body support and are integrated into the orthotics, allowing the wearer to control the movement of each leg with the touch of a button. A built-in back-mounted battery pack provides the wearer with 8 hours of intermittent or 4 hours of continual use.  <source>

Maybe the two groups should get together what do you think?

SoftBank a cellphone store plans to open a branch in Tokyo staffed by Peppers.  Who’s a Pepper? (Yes I went there) Allow me to illustrate:

No it’s not the young lady it is the robot.  SoftBank’s cellphone store will be almost completely staffed by these robots which will interact with the customers and help them to buy their phone.  True there will be some humans but they are there to check the ids of customer who want to buy a cellphone.  Seems that there is still a few things that the robot can’t do, yet. <source>

And last but not least meet the farm of the future:

This Japanese farm is run by robots.

Instead of relying on human farmers, the indoor Vegetable Factory will employ robots that can harvest 30,000 heads of lettuce every day.

Don’t expect a bunch of humanoid robots to roam the halls, however; the robots look more like conveyor belts with arms. They’ll plant seeds, water plants, and trim lettuce heads after harvest in the Kyoto, Japan farm.

The Vegetable Factory follows the growing agricultural trend of vertical farming, where farmers grow crops indoors without natural sunlight. Instead, they rely on LED light and grow crops on racks that stack on top of each other.

In addition to increasing production and reducing waste, indoor vertical farming also eliminates runoff from pesticides and herbicides — chemicals used in traditional outdoor farming that can be harmful to the environment.

The new farm, set to open in 2017, will be an upgrade to Spread’s existing indoor farm, the Kameoka Plant. That farm currently produces about 21,000 heads of lettuce per day with help from a small staff of humans. Spread’s new automation technology will not only produce more lettuce, it will also reduce labor costs by 50%, cut energy use by 30%, and recycle 98% of water needed to grow the crops. <source>

The future it is here now.  Well thanks for stopping by and until a robots takes over this blog (or have they already?) this is Keachfan signing off.

Earworm Wednesday: David Bowie ~ Heroes


Music as a good friend of mine is want to say isn’t neutral. David Bowie, who died earlier this week from cancer wasn’t neutral regarding his music. I can’t say that I am a big fan of his work there are songs of his that I enjoyed. And his brief foray into acting wasn’t horrible either.

However at the The Federalist they ran an article saying how Bowie, who lived in Germany during the seventies, contributed to the downfall of the Berlin Wall.  In Bowie’s own words:

It was one of the most emotional performances I’ve ever done. I was in tears. They’d backed up the stage to the wall itself so that the wall was acting as our backdrop. We kind of heard that a few of the East Berliners might actually get the chance to hear the thing, but we didn’t realize in what numbers they would. And there were thousands on the other side that had come close to the wall. So it was like a double concert where the wall was the division. And we would hear them cheering and singing along from the other side. God, even now I get choked up. It was breaking my heart. I’d never done anything like that in my life, and I guess I never will again. When we did “Heroes” it really felt anthemic, almost like a prayer. However well we do it these days, it’s almost like walking through it compared to that night, because it meant so much more.  (Source)

After the concert a riot broke out on the east side of the wall and a week later Reagan asked Gorbachev to “take down that wall”.  So enjoy Heroes.

Frenetic Friday Night


What!  The day after Thanksgiving on “Black Friday” you want a Frenetic Friday?  As you sit there with that turkey, cranberry, stuffing sandwich before you, as you are contemplating whether you can eat that last slice of pie, you have the chutzpah to ask for a Frenetic Friday?  Well your wish is my command.

So lets talk about social media.  In fact lets talk about Twitter.  In specific let’s talk about the tweet that benched a cheerleader.  When Caley Godino a high-school cheerleader of Revere MA responded to her teacher’s tweet about low voter turnout for the November mayoral race with “When only 10 percent of Revere votes for mayor cause the other 90 percent isn’t legal”. The students screamed that the cheerleader was racist. Godino said that her comment was meant as a “political comment not a racial one.”

Well none the less the school superintendent, Dianne Kelly said that while the school district “believes in free speech” but doesn’t support “insensitive speech”. One does wonder what would have happened if the founding fathers had tweeted such things as ” If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” {George Washington}. This would no doubt raise the ire of the PETA supporters and the superintendent would have had to do something similar. <source>

Now for this next story I would like all the rabid left behind fans to be calm, to mellow out, to find their happy place, because we are going to talk about biometric tattoos.  No, I said no this isn’t the mark of the beast.  Rather it is a method to track the health and welfare of people without inserting tracking chips into their bodies.  Instead the tattoos are painted on the skin of the person and will send back information about their body temperature, hydration, and the stress level of an individual.  This is being proposed for soldiers so that information about their health and environment can be uploaded via blue-tooth or other methods.

So lets talk about transgender persons and bathrooms.  Yes, I know this has been brought up before but this article is gives a perspective that so far hasn’t been explored before now.  Safety.

Kaeley Triller writing for the Federalist talks about her own experiences as a rape survivor and how victimizers will use any opening they can find:

I read these reports, and my heart starts to race. They can’t be serious. Let me be clear: I am not saying that transgender people are predators. Not by a long shot. What I am saying is that there are countless deviant men in this world who will pretend to be transgender as a means of gaining access to the people they want to exploit, namely women and children. It already happens. Just Google Jason Pomares, Norwood Smith Burnes, or Taylor Buehler, for starters.

Read the entire article here:  A Rape Survivor Speaks Out About Transgender Bathrooms

And lastly it has been a long time since our last Robotic Over Lord update so here is the latest news:

China has revealed some new robots from the future:

Holy Voltron!

But that’s not all meet Pepper a robot programmed to “read” human emotions.

And finally the perfect receptionist.

Just remember this is the wave of the future, and will soon be replacing those fifteen dollar per hour jobs that are being pushed on employers.  After all past the initial cost and maintenance this option is cheaper.  No health care needed, programmed to answer all the questions and doesn’t need bathroom or lunch breaks.

And with that here is the end of another Frenetic Friday Night.

 

 

Movie Review: Bringing Up Baby



Producer: Cliff Reid, Howard Hawks
Director: Howard Hawks
Writers: Dudley Nichols, Hagar Wilde, Robert McGowan, Gertrude Purcell
Cast: Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, Charles Ruggles, Walter Catlett, May Robson, Fritz Feld

Plot: A poor befuddled paleontologist David Huxley (Cary Grant) needs to get a million dollar donation to his museum from a wealthy older woman (May Robson). At the same time he is to be married to his dour spinster assistant. Along with that he is waiting for the last bone to his Brontosaurus, which he has spent the last four years of his life assembling, to arrive.

On the day of his wedding and the meeting of the his sponsor he meets Susan Vance (Katherine Hepburn) a light-hearted slightly flighty young woman who he meets on a golf course.  Through a series of missteps he ends up at Susan’s house instead of meeting with his potential donor or getting married to his assistant.  It is during this time that Susan decides that she wants to marry David and schemes to get him.   A tame leopard is delivered to Susan’s house and while talking to David she pretends the leopard is attacking which causes David to rush to her aid.  From there Susan’s schemes falls into place until David realizes he has to confess his feelings.

Commentary:  I have been in an old-fashioned movie mood lately and this screwball comedy by Howard Hawks hits all the right spots for me.  Cary Grant is the at his best as the befuddled professor who really doesn’t know what is going on or why it is happening to him.  And if you haven’t seen Cary Grant in the non-suave and debonair mode you’ve missed a real treat.  A young Katherine Hepburn doing comedy is a sight to be seen.  Her timing is excellent and again if you haven’t seen her doing comedy you really should.

I give this four stars out of five.

 

Movie Review


On suggestion of my favorite Frenetic Friday fan I watched McFarland USA however as I’ve been working on a piece for another blog the review for that film will happen next week.

Classic Movie Review: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington


Producer: Frank Capra
Director: Frank Capra
Writers: Lewis R. Foster, Sidney Buchman
Cast: Jean Arthur, James Stewart, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold, Guy Kibbee, Thomas Mitchell, Beulah Bondi

Plot: In an unnamed western state the hand-picked senator of the local political machine dies and someone must take his place. The political machine orders the governor to appoint their man but the people refuse and demand their own candidate.

Frustrated beyond belief the governor sits down to dinner only to be confronted again by own children who suggest a complete unknown Jefferson Smith (James Stewart) a local hero who is the favorite of boys everywhere in the state.  The governor retires to his study where he flips a coin muttering heads or tails will decide who he sends.  The coin lands on its side right next to a newspaper telling about Jefferson Smith accomplishments seeing this as a sign the governor nominates Smith.  As he tells the political bosses Smith is perfect the people like him and his naiveté on how politics really works will make him the perfect patsy.

And it seems at first that the governor is right Jefferson Smith arrives by train in Washington, his traveling companion is the senior senator of the state Joseph Paine (Claude Rains) a man who Smith admires, a friend of Jefferson Smith’s father and unknown to Smith a corrupt member of the political machine.

So what does the junior senator do once he arrives in Washington D.C.?  He slips his handlers and begins a walking tour of Washington visiting the various monuments ending up at the Lincoln memorial.  From there he makes his way back to his office, where Clarissa Saunders (Jean Arthur) meets him.  His enthusiasm for his new office and his honesty repels the cynical Saunders and she feeds him to the reporters who make him out to be a backwoods bumpkin.

To keep Smith busy Paine (Claude Rains) proposes that Jefferson write-up a bill and submit it to the senate.  Smith and Saunders do so and as Smith out lines the bill Saunders sees that Smith is the genuine article a man who is true and good and not a cog in the political machine.  Smith’s bill would set aside a piece of land so that boys could come across the nation and breathe fresh air, and learn about the country and how the nation was founded.  Unknown to Jefferson Smith the land he proposes to use is land set aside for by the political machine to erect an unneeded dam and line their pockets at the same time.

The machine whirls into motion and before he can turn around Jefferson Smith is accused by his father’s old friend Senator Paine of corruption and misuse of the office of a senator.  Trumped up charges are brought against him and he is condemned without being able to defend himself adequately.  Smith is prepared to leave Washington in disgrace when Saunders finds him and convinces him to fight and fight he does by filibustering on the senate floor refusing to give up until they listen to reason.

 

Commentary:

This is one of the best films that Frank Capra made, I am firmly convinced that it couldn’t be remade today. There was a belief that good men uncorrupted by the political machinations of the parties (and it really didn’t matter which one) existed.  That they weren’t too good to be true.  The cynicism of this age makes that impossible and that is what makes this a great movie.  Stewart plays a good man, a man who believes what the founding fathers said and wrote which makes him a dangerous person to the politicians in Washington.

Jean Arthur is perfect as the world-weary Saunders whose years of working with politicians  has made her cynical and hard.  And so when she comes across a good man she doesn’t what to make of him he isn’t like the rest of Washington society a man uncorrupted by politics and she changes from cynic to a someone who believes actually hopes that there can be change.

Claude Rains plays the senator Joseph Paine perfectly.  Here is a man who started with good intentions and was corrupted by the machine that runs Washington D.C.  He brings a certain gravitas to the role easily playing the elder statesman.

And I could go on but I won’t instead I would tell you that as we prepare for the silly season, where political ads will run twenty-four hours a day and sound bites take the place of reasoned debate,  where rows of candidates come and go promising the all manner of things. Take a break, sit down with your family, and watch Mr. Smith goes to Washington.  It will do you good.

Five stars.

Earworm Wednesday: Immortals (Fallout Boy) ~ Metal cover by Solence


So I was watching Big Hero Six again and this song came into my head.  So since I had no other song floating around in my head I decided to search out a cover for today’s Earworm.

Solence is Markus Videsäter-Vocals, David Strääf~Guitar, Jonas Nolér~Guitar; Johan Swärd~Keys, and David Vikingsson`Drums.  Formed in 2012 this group of Swedish music students is out to rack the world.  Well that is my paraphrase of their About the Band page go there to learn more about the group and you can check out their music.  So enjoy.

 

Movie Review: Jurassic World



Producers: Steven Spielberg, Thomas Tull, Frank Marshall, Jon Jashni, Patrick Crowley
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Writers: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and others based on Michael Chrichton’s Jurassic Park
Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Omar Say

Monster is a relative term. To a canary, a cat is a monster. We’re just used to being the cat.

Plot: Twenty two years after the last park closed Jurassic World has opened as fully functional theme park that has such things as triceratop rides for the kiddies and protective motorized hamster ball that lets you travel among the dinosaurs in safety.

But attendance is down so a new bigger, badder, toothier, dinosaur is being created like nothing that had been seen on earth before.

First this is a fun film and by that I don’t mean to imply that carnosaurs gulping down fleeing humans is fun.  Rather the ensemble together works well and makes this a very enjoyable film.  Chris Pratt replays the same character that he did in Guardians of the Galaxy, slightly toned down. He is  brash, funny, brave, and slightly goofy.  Vincent D’Onofrio is great as the villain of the piece he is the mad man who thinks he can use dinosaurs in a military operations.  Byrice Dallas Howard as the corporate business woman who suddenly discovers there is something more besides attendance in the park to think about.  And I have to say she is the only person I’ve seen lately that did it all in high heels.

But in all seriousness if you have seen the first movie you know the plot.  Man is messing around with science that shouldn’t be messed with, but as the B.D. Wong character says “If we didn’t do it someone else would.” And that is the fatal flaw behind Jurassic Park/World the scientists think science is amoral there is no right or wrong but in reality when they engage in this lives are lost.

I give this movie four point five stars see it on the big screen.

 

Frenetic Friday


For what we are about to see next, we must enter quietly into the realm of genius. Welcome to Frenetic Friday.

Dude looks like a Lady

By now you’ve seen the Vanity Fair cover of Bruce “call me Caitlyn” Jenner. When I first saw it an artist friend of mine posted the perfect meme:
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Which says it all regarding that picture.

However that isn’t all to say about the matter. Submitted for your approval:  Dr. James White was on Dr. Drew’s  HLN show.  He barely got to say anything but what he did say was profound.  Apologia Studios was kind enough to put it together in a video.

Now take a look at this video where Dr. Drew and his co-host discuss what James said, or rather what he didn’t say.

Dr. Drew after show

Dr. White has posted on Facebook an offer to come on the Dividing Line and discuss what they were talking about, or at least what they were trying to talk about.

Robert A.J. Gagnon in response to Bruce Jenner writes about the face of the new anti-somatic Gnosticism:

The sick national conspiracy to pretend that Bruce Jenner is a woman because he is mentally confused, has surgically mutilated his male body, and received plastic reconstruction surgery to give him a not entirely successful appearance as a woman, to the fanfare of the twisted leftwing elite and with the financial windfall of a reality TV show. For that he gets an award for “courage”: “Shortly after the cover reveal, ESPN announced that Caitlyn, a former Olympian, will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the EPSY Awards in July.” The man needs help; instead he gets validation for his neurosis. This is not love. This is functional hate.  Read more here  HT:  Steve Hays

And now a bit from the sport page:

Have you ever heard of an MMA (fe)male fighter called Fallon Fox?   I didn’t know him from Adam’s off ox myself since i don’t really keep up with the sport much less the female competitors.  Fox is a transgender fighter and this is the interview given after he broke the orbital bone of his last opponent.

Tamikka Brents said,

“I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life.”

“I’ve fought a lot of women and have never felt the strength that I felt in a fight as I did that night. I can’t answer whether it’s because [he] was born a man or not, because I’m not a doctor,” she stated. “I can only say, I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life, and I am an abnormally strong female in my own right. ”

His “grip was different,” she added. “I could usually move around in the clinch against…females but couldn’t move at all in Fox’s clinch.”

last year, UFC announcer Joe Rogan made his opinion unambiguously and graphically clear, saying on his podcast that a transgendered man would “have all the bone structure that comes with” being a man. “You have bigger hands, you have bigger shoulder joints.”

Speaking to LifeSiteNews, military veteran Jeff Nader, who has fought for UFC competitor Bellator, said that “Fallon Fox has had the benefits of being a man for most of his life. [He has] bone density, muscle mass, and other physical benefits that one gets from being a man. You can’t have that, and then make a minor adjustment — basically, a cosmetic adjustment — and suddenly claim to be a woman.”

“Nothing can take away from the fact that you are physically a man. Mentally and emotionally, who knows — but physically, he’s a man.” <source>  HT: Calvinist Batman

The Marriage Debate continues

Changing in slightly in direction here is an article by Matthew Parris of the Spectator:

As a Gay Athiest, I  want to see the Church oppose Same-Sex Marriage.

I see. So now we have the result of the Irish referendum on gay marriage, and now we’ve heard the Roman Catholic Church’s chastened response, we shall have to rewrite Exodus 32, which (you may remember) reports Moses’ (and God’s) furious reaction to the nude dancing and heretical worship of Moloch in the form of a golden calf: the Sin of the Calf in the Hebrew literature. Moses had come down from Mount Sinai bringing God’s commandments written on two tablets of stone.

‘And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot…

‘And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it.’

Let me have a crack at the revised version right away:

‘And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the Irish referendum’s huge majority for gay marriage, and the dancing: and Moses’ alarm was palpable…

‘And he took a copy of the Pink Paper and, flourishing it, said, “We have to stop and have a reality check, not move into denial of the realities.

‘”I appreciate how these naked revellers feel on this day. That they feel this is something that is enriching the way they live. I think it is a social revolution.

‘”We need to find a new language to connect with a whole generation of young people,” the prophet concluded; then, casting off his garments, Moses said, “Hey, lead me to the coolest gay bar in the camp.”’  Read more here

Robot OverLord Alert

How do you feel about hospitals?  I’m not too keen but then again I’ve been in and out of hospitals too many times this year.  But when you have surgery do you want your anesthesia delivered via automaton?  In this WA hospital you get to meet Dr. Robot

Thank you ladies and gentlemen that is all for Frenetic Friday.