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  • Sean Hannity linked to shell companies that spent $90M on property

    04/22/2018 5:49:45 PM PDT · 9 of 165
    Carlucci to SoFloFreeper

    He also got closer than anyone to finding out who killed Seth Rich.

  • Toys R Us blames birth rate for business failure

    03/21/2018 8:27:40 AM PDT · 42 of 78
    Carlucci to ClearCase_guy

    Not just video games - TABLETS

    One used to see kids playing with action figures and toys at restaurants, waiting rooms, etc.

    Now, all you see is kids with tablets. Parents have found a wonderful, horrible babysitter for kids’ idle minds. Download a movie or a brainless app, and your kid will never need his own imagination ever again.

  • Funny, When Obama Harvested Facebook Data On Millions Of Users To Win In 2012, Everyone Cheered

    03/20/2018 4:41:32 AM PDT · 13 of 37
    Carlucci to MountainWalker

    Great video showing the double-standard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jK8jy6Wk_rk

  • Barbra Streisand says she has never been sexually harassed because of her looks

    03/18/2018 5:54:15 PM PDT · 70 of 79
    Carlucci to Ruy Dias de Bivar

    She was amazing looking in “What’s Up Doc?”, arguably one of the funniest movies of all time.

    Sometimes you have to divorce politics from entertainment, lest you be forced to never watch another movie again.

  • Obama's legacy: He sparked hope -- and got blindsided

    03/10/2018 1:47:43 AM PST · 30 of 85
    Carlucci to Libloather

    Hagiography.

  • FR poll: The right to keep and bear what kind of weapons are protected by the 2nd Amendment?

    02/19/2018 10:08:06 AM PST · 44 of 100
    Carlucci to 21twelve

    #1 - Letters of Marques and Reprisals, spelled out in the CONUS, makes it clear what the intent was.

  • Army Basic Training to Drop Hand Grenade Competency as Graduation Requirement

    02/15/2018 7:09:25 AM PST · 71 of 128
    Carlucci to NorthMountain

    My son qualified “expert” in hand grenades in basic. I mused that a lifetime of video games had prepared him for that.

  • Report: Trump Upset That ‘People From S***hole’ Countries’ Immigrate To America

    01/11/2018 5:17:12 PM PST · 141 of 181
    Carlucci to Maceman

    For decades, we have called impoverished, non-industrialized, and diseased nations “Third World” and no one complained about insensitivity or racism. By definition, Third World countries are ShitHoles.

  • GOP Rep. Mia Love calls on Trump to apologize for 'unkind, divisive, elitist' comments

    01/11/2018 5:16:08 PM PST · 65 of 181
    Carlucci to proust

    For decades, we have called impoverished, non-industrialized, and diseased nations “Third World” and no one complained about insensitivity or racism. By definition, Third World countries are ShitHoles.

  • Will this be a song the democrats will also purge ala George Orwell?

    12/09/2017 4:33:50 PM PST · 71 of 86
    Carlucci to DallasBiff

    Rod Stewart - Hot Legs

    Imagine how my daddy felt
    In your jet black suspender belt
    Seventeen years old,
    He’s trudging sixty four
    You got legs right up to your neck
    You’re makin’ me a physical wreck
    I’m talkin’ to you
    Hot legs in your satin shoes
    Hot legs, are you still in school?
    Hot legs, you’re makin’ me a fool
    I love you, honey

  • Senator Al Franken Kissed and Groped Me Without My Consent, And There’s Nothing Funny About It

    11/16/2017 8:52:03 AM PST · 177 of 294
    Carlucci to bk1000

    Click the link and listen to her story in her own words. 100% believable.

    The interviewer asks her, “You’ve been around locker rooms and soldiers your whole career. Has this ever happened before?”

    Her answer: “The soldiers have been the most well-behaved men I’ve been around my whole life.”

    This will 100% get Moore elected. Media will have to either cover Franken with the same fervor, or demonstrate their hypocrisy to the voters in AL.

    Would be amazing if Franken is forced out too, but I doubt it.

  • What year did journalism start to be "unrealiable"? What happened?

    10/25/2017 8:36:02 PM PDT · 79 of 120
    Carlucci to GuavaCheesePuff
    For me, despite all their lies and agenda-driven reoprting,the media at least did their business with the pretense of impartiality. That pretense was irrevovcably wiped away with their childish, damnable reporting on J. Danforth Quayle, including the infamous potatoe incident.
  • What Did Trump Mean Last Night About “The Calm Before The Storm”?

    10/06/2017 10:15:01 AM PDT · 12 of 16
    Carlucci to SeekAndFind

    This is simple. He said these people, the gathering of top military brass and advisers, represent the “calm before the storm.” He didn’t say we are currently IN the “calm before the storm” as the media are trying to represent.

    It was a slightly less eloquent way of saying “We sleep peaceably in our beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on our behalf.”

    The president was making a point that these people — “Calm”, refined, beautiful, charming, and stalwart — bear the responsibility for “the storm” - the most powerful, awesome military might the world has ever seen.

    Trump respects our military and the responsibility they have to protect and defend our nation.

  • Tragedy In Las Vegas Bails Out Mayor Cruz And Her False Narrative

    10/02/2017 5:18:53 AM PDT · 10 of 28
    Carlucci to dfwgator

    Trump Hotel is very, very far away from Mandalay Bay Hotel. They are on opposite ends of the strip, if you can consider Trump Hotel on the strip at all.

  • Breach: SecDef Mattis survives assassination attempt

    09/28/2017 5:45:03 AM PDT · 26 of 32
    Carlucci to Hostage

    “No, No. Don’t do that. If you shoot him, you’ll just make him mad.”

  • ‘Mother!’ Is the Worst Movie of the Year, Maybe Century

    09/15/2017 6:33:21 PM PDT · 69 of 112
    Carlucci to Robert A. Cook, PE

    Since you asked (I think), here my previously-written analysis of the life-affirming love story that is The Fountain.

    *****Major Spoilers Below****

     

    “Death is the Road to Awe.”  — a statement bereft of meaning without subjective interpretation.  We use “awesome” so much that we have dulled the impact and meaning of a word whose dictionary definition mixes emotions that are not normally combined, such as “dread” and “wonder.”  ”Awe” only has the meaning that the surrounding context gives it. 

     

    The Fountain was purposefully left open for subjective interpretation.  Darren Aronofsky has stated that he won’t answer questions about the narrative, or deny/confirm others’ interpretations.  So we are left to make of it what we will, and extract the meaning for ourselves.  And that’s...., well, Awesome!

    There can be no doubt the movie is meant to deal with the subject of  immortality, the nature of Life and Death, and the afterlife.   It also resonates with me as a love story.  No one can deny the love that Tommy Creo has for Izzy.  He’s a brain surgeon desperately looking for a cure for her terminal brain tumor. She’s coming to grips with her imminent death, while writing the book that will lead Tommy to his own acceptance of death as a part of life. 

    I have read and watched most every analysis I can find on the internet, and most do an adequate job of explaining the alternate theories about the meaning of the movie,  Most center around the 3 timelines, and whether “Astro Tom”, traveling with a tree in a spherical spaceship, is a real timeline, part of Izzy’s book, or Tommy’s mind dealing with grief. There are very reasonable arguments to be made for each of these.   But all have left out a crucial plot point, that to me, is pivotal.

    The movie keeps revisiting a moment in Tommy’s life — the “First Snow”.  For me, that moment — the moment where he either chose to go with Izzy, or to perform the surgery on Donovan, is one of those life-defining moments that we all have — we look back and wonder “What if I had done this differently?  How different would my life be?”  And we always say, upon the death of a loved one, “What wouldn’t I give for just another minute with him/her?”  For us, we can never know exactly how different our lives would be. But Arronofsky shows us Tommy’s two distinct paths, each one leading him to The Road to Awe.

    Frazzled and despondent, it’s time to operate on yet another primate.  Donovan, the monkey, is open and ready for surgery.  But it is the “First Snow”, and Izzy comes to his office to invite him on their traditional walk in the first snow of the season.  Tommy knows he is pressed for time if he has any hope for a cure, so he rebukes her, and as she leaves in disgust, he starts to chase after her, and this is where the “present” timeline fractures in two, and travels down parallel, but vastly different, paths.  He could not have done both. At least, not without the alteration of space-time to make both events happen.

    In one timeline, Tommy’s assistant meets him at the door to escort him to the O.R., and Tommy watches Izzy leave, then goes with the assistant to perform the surgery on Donovan.  When the experimental drug lacks the suppression they need, there appears to be no option but to euthanize Donovan.  Tommy literally looks to the Heavens (through the skylight in the lab) and receives the inspiration to use a compound found in the old growth tree from Guatemala, which yields amazing anti-aging, and, too late to save Izzy, tumor suppressing results. Having lost Izzy, Tommy  exclaims “Death is a disease, just like any other. And there’s a cure...And I will find it.”  Notice that now he’s not just looking to cure cancer.  He wants to cure death itself.  And as the conquistador traveled to the ends of the Earth, he would likewise willingly travel to the ends of the Universe in search of that cure. And he does just that.  Using the anti-aging drug he becomes literally The Last Man (evidenced only from the song Title in Clint Mansell’s score), travelling to the dying star in the hopes of giving it new life - “Death as an act of creation.”  And while on the journey, he keeps flashing back to that “what if” moment — That time when he could have chosen to spend even another second with Izzy.

    In the second timeline, revealed only after the entire plot of the first timeline has run its course, Tommy foregoes the surgery on Donovan, instead rushing to join Izzy in the “First Snow”, leaving his assistant calling for him, wondering what to do about Donovan’s surgery.  Here, he’s made the choice that we all say we would, but often don’t - spend the time in the Now, embracing the short time we have with those we love.

    There is evidence for the parallel timelines.  In one, Tom embraces the scientific, and stands opposed to the spiritual.  Just as he gets his idea to use the experimental drug, there is a brief flash of white light, and a distinct LFE is heard. This frames the beginning of the timeline with the miracle cure.  Tommy’s ring disappears — he has defied his covenant of marriage, “until death do us part”, and has now set forth on a path that would defy death.  Once more he will eschew spending time with Izzy in favor of the pursuit of the cure, when the phone rings and she whispers “Don’t answer it.”  He lies to her when she asks “Is everything allright?” with “Yes, everything’s allright”, only to breakdown crying with despair moments later.  Later, he’s forced to face the guilt over his choice, just as Izzy is dying, when he witnesses the old man, panting for breath, near death, but who still has his own wedding ring, and Tommy looks down at his own hand where his ring should be.  

    The rest of the “present” in the movie exists in this timeline, and when he again insists on pursuing the experimental drug - “Stop dying, that’s our goal” - a blackout occurs in the lab, as Tommy is drawn to look to the heavens by a flash of light.   This is the last scene of the “present” timeline in which Tommy chose not to go with Izzy to the First Snow, and it is framed once again by a LFE signal.

    We’re only treated to two unique scenes of the second timeline, but they are both beautiful.  In this timeline, Tommy and Izzy are together on the First Snow walk, and it’s on that walk that she presents him with the seed that he would later plant over her grave.  More importantly, we see a scene in which Tommy has completely accepted Izzy’s death.  He kneels at her grave and plants the seed over her grave, and with an anguished smile, says, “Bye Iz. I finished it.” And we look over his shoulder just as the nebula Xibalba  explodes. Here, he has his ring — he never “lost” it, because he didn’t transgress from the vow he made with Izzy that the ring represents.
     
    This is why The Fountain is a beautiful movie for me.  Life is fleeting, and acceptance of death has to be part of life, lest you miss out on the reasons for living in the first place.  Accepting the finality of her death, he hopes to give her the symbolic new life that Moses Morales told Izzy about. The seed becomes the tree, and her body feeds and grows into the tree. The birds eat the seeds and then she flies with the birds. Death is the road to Awe.

    I think this is what happens in the movie - The defiant, angry Tommy discovers the cure for death, only to be left the last man alive, and traverses the heavens to deliver the tree of life (the old growth tree from Guatemala, not the Izzy seed) to Xibalba.  As Izzy relates in the Mayan myth of creation, “He sacrificed himself to create the world.”  Just as he reached Xibalba, he realizes he has to die for new life to emerge, He cries and laughs as he makes that realization,  and says “I’m going to die”, happily. And Izzy smiles - Death as an act of Creation - He is First Father for a new galaxy.  Death is the road to Awe.

    I think Astro Tom, for delivering the Tree to Xibalba and spurring new life, is “rewarded” with the do-over. Going back to that critical, pivotal moment in his life, he takes the chance to spend that extra moment with Izzy at the First Snow, abandons the quest for immortality, and accepts death as part of life, as we all must. That’s why both timelines are depicted, but ends with Tommy in the second timeline, and the movie has the happy ending that we can all achieve.  

    Even at its very end, this movie is full of wonder. We once again hear Izzy ask “Is everything allright?”  And the exact same response from Tommy, “Yes, everythings’s allright.”  Except this time we can really believe that he means it.  A primordial ether dissolves into blackness, and then as the final song, “Together We Shall Live Forever” plays, and as the credits roll, stars slowly blink into existence until the sky is full.

     

  • ‘Mother!’ Is the Worst Movie of the Year, Maybe Century

    09/15/2017 4:44:19 PM PDT · 13 of 112
    Carlucci to Jarhead9297

    The Fountain is Aronofsky’s masterpiece. If you can’t find the beautiful, life-affirming love story in the movie, you are not paying attention.

  • Lee Elimination spreads

    08/23/2017 12:22:11 PM PDT · 6 of 114
    Carlucci to Kozy

    Sheila Jacskon-___ says: You’re a racist!

  • Clinton Calls Trump a ‘Creep’ for Debate Behavior in Election Memoir

    08/23/2017 7:49:43 AM PDT · 59 of 65
    Carlucci to SMM48

    CNN just played the audio book recording of her saying these words, juxtaposed with the actual video from the debate. Of course, they took her at her word, while the video shows he was never more than 4-5 feet from her, and he was simply returning to and standing at his lectern during her answer. It only appears that he is standing behind her if you look at one specific camera angle, which of course is the only angle CNN showed.

    For the “smartest woman in the world” to abuse the word “literally” like that, saying he was “literally breathing down my neck”, only shows a shocking lack of understanding of the English language, and is really just another example of the nonstop string of damnable lies that have defined her public life.

  • Atlanta Falcons’ new stadium features Chick-fil-A stand — which will be closed on Sundays

    08/16/2017 12:30:08 PM PDT · 20 of 55
    Carlucci to rdl6989

    Now’s the time for my get-rich-quick scheme to go into effect:

    1. I buy hundreds of Chick-Fil-A sandwiches on Saturday.
    2. I warm them and sell them at a considerable to desperate Chick-Fil-A junkies on Sunday.
    3. ....
    4. Profit!

    I call my enterprise: “Chick-Fil-Later”

    “I’ve seen my share of get-rich-quick schemes in my life, but I’m really gonna get rich with this scheme! And Quick!” — Homer J. Simpson