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May 31, 2009

US Abortion Doctor Shot Dead

Filed under: Uncategorized — smackamack @ 7:48 pm

 

George Tiller

 A prominent US abortion doctor has been shot dead at a church in the city of Wichita, Kansas.

Sixty-seven year-old George Tiller was killed just after 1000 (1500 GMT) at the Reformation Lutheran Church.

The gunman, described as a white man, fled in a car, but officials say a suspect is now in custody.

Dr Tiller, one of the few US doctors who performed so-called late-term abortions, had been vilified by anti-abortionists in the US.

His clinic – called Women’s Health Care Services – had often been the site of demonstrations, and he had been shot and wounded by an assailant 16 years ago.

Dr Tiller’s lawyer, Dan Monnat, said he was killed while serving as an usher during a morning church service. His wife was in the choir at the time.

Dr Tiller’s widow, four children and 10 grandchildren issued a statement calling his killing “an unspeakable tragedy”.

The statement said: “This is particularly heart-wrenching because George was shot down in his house of worship, a place of peace.”

They said his death was a loss for Wichita and for women across America, saying he had dedicated his life to providing women with high-quality health care, despite frequent threats and violence.

‘Cowardly’

Anti-abortion groups also denounced the shooting.

In a statement, Troy Newman of Operation Rescue said his group had worked for years through peaceful and legal means and through the proper channels to see Dr Tiller “brought to justice”.

“We denounce vigilantism and the cowardly act that took place this morning.”

Phill Kline, an opponent of Dr Tiller and a former attorney-general of the state of Kansas, said: “I am stunned by this lawless and violent act, which must be condemned and should be met with the full force of law.”

The shooting came two weeks after President Barack Obama made a major speech on abortion at one of the main Catholic universities in the US.

Correspondents say the president is attempting to defuse the abortion issue – a highly emotive subject in US public life – by arguing that while it should remain legal, the government should do all it can to limit the number of unwanted pregnancies.

But members of the anti-abortion movement have been angered by the president’s reversal of restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research and for family-planning groups which carry out or facilitate abortions outside the US.

A late-term abortion is the termination of a foetus beyond the 20th week of pregnancy, when it is potentially old enough to survive outside the womb.

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For Leslie

Filed under: Uncategorized — smackamack @ 7:42 pm

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I just want to say that I am so sorry for not being a very good updater lately…I have been so incredibly busy with my new job and training.  However, hopefully I will have more free time and will be updating this more often.  I just wanted to reassure my biggest fan Leslie 🙂 

-Courtney

Britains Got Talent – Finale

Filed under: Britains got Talent,Video — smackamack @ 7:33 pm

Let me just say that this season of BGT has just been phenominal…not only has the American press been all over Susan Boyle, but it also had a child breakdown!

The following are some of the best videos from the finale:

And the winner was…..Diversity!  Don’t worry, Susan Boyle came 2nd!!!  I was very happy about this decision 🙂

Also, here is what everyone has been debating…should children be allowed to compete…check out what happened to Hollie in the semi-final:

May 26, 2009

Head Case Season 1 – TV Review

Filed under: TV Review — smackamack @ 12:06 pm

HeadCase_S1head-case34Plot: Meet Therapist Dr Elizabeth Goode. She’s Brash, unconventional, judgmental, but undeniably thriving as the “it” therapist to Hollywood’s maladjusted elite. On a daily basis Dr Goode dishes her own unique methodology to a waiting room filled with a who’s who from the world of entertainment, sports and music.

This show is ridiculous…the show follows the crazy psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Goode who is therapist to the stars, but has no idea what she is doing.  The production quality is low, but the writing is hilarious and the amount of actors, singers, and famous sports people who appear as her patients are amazing.  It also reminds me kind of Weeds in its humor…

head_case_episode_108_2008_685x385Caitlin turned me onto this show and it appears on Starz and it’s in its 3rd season… I recommend this show to people who have studied any amount of psychology or TV.  This show is perfect for someone such as myself seeming she does what I want to do…and it’s part of the media industry.  Oh man I like this show! 4/5 stars!

May 25, 2009

Jon & Kate Plus 8 Season 5 Premiere

Filed under: Jon & Kate Plus 8 — smackamack @ 10:11 pm

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Plot: Documentary-style reality show about a Pennsylvania husband, wife and each of their 8 extremely individualistic children.

jon-and-kate-plus-8A lot of people don’t understand why I like this show…and to be honest, I am not so sure either.  I think part of the reason why I like this show is because although it is hard to admit this seeming so many people don’t like her, I really connect with Kate, she reminds me a lot of myself…strong, independent, a bit bitchy, and intelligent.  

Anyway, since all the buzz around the tabloids of their crumbling marriage, I was really interested to see how the producers were going to handle the beginning of the show.  All I can say is, wow.  They out did themselves.  It was one of the best hours of reality tv I have seen in a long time because…it was real.  Unfortunately, the show has changed dramatically since the previous seasons and the tension and hatred between Jon and Kate is obvious.  It is heart breaking and sad to watch a family crack under pressure.  

Willow Street PicturesWhat people fail to realize is that this is their lives at stake…although most people will argue that they should just quit the show, they have to realize that A. the press will not disappear, B. the money will slowly run out, and C. you cannot simply turn off a camera and fix your life…this will take a lot of work.  My honest opinion is that they will not last.  Kate is very committed to keeping her family together, but you can see all over Jons face that he is absolutely miserable and feels trapped.  I would usually never recommend for a family to stay together for the kids, however, when you have 8 children, the circumstances change…I do hope they pull through this, but I think it is doubtful.  

It is hard for me to explain everything I want to say, all I can suggest is that people do check out this episode…I really felt for the first time we as an audience finally began to understand these people not as TV personnel, but as people.

Strictly Ballroom (1992) – Film Review

Filed under: Film Review — smackamack @ 9:55 pm

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strictly_ballroom_0Plot: Scott Hastings is a champion caliber ballroom dancer, but much to the chagrin of the Australian ballroom dance community, Scott believes in dancing “his own steps”. Fran is a beginning dancer and a bit of an ugly duckly who has the audacity to ask to be Scott’s partner after his unorthodox style causes his regular partner to dance out of his life. Together, these two misfits try to win the Australian Pan Pacific Championships and show the Ballroom Confederation that they are wrong when they say, “there are no new steps!”

Again, another film that really reminded me of classics.  This film is a mix between Dirty Dancing, Footloose, and Muriels Wedding.  

mercurio_rhs,0This film was one of the first mocumentaries and made by Baz Luhrman (Moulin Rouge)… The film is…strange.  I am not really sure what to say about this film.  It’s not one I would recommend, but it’s not bad or anything.  I suppose I recommend it for people who enjoy mocumentaries, Australian cinema, and ballroom dancing…not much else to say really.  2.5/5 stars.

Terminator Salvation (2009) – Film Review

Filed under: Film Review — smackamack @ 9:48 pm

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terminator_salvation_bale_worthingtonPlot: Set in post-apocalyptic 2018, John Connor is the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright, a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet’s operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind.

Ok…plain and simple, this film reminded me of a mixture of: War of the Worlds, 28 Days Later, and I Am Legend.  If you liked 2 of the previous film, I recommend this.

terminator-salvation-baleThe film itself was better than I expected, however, I did go into the movie with literally no expectation.  It was exciting, fast, and kept me awake, but I wouldn’t necessarily watch it again.  I think my favorite part was when Arnold came back…that was hilarious.

I recommend this film for anyone ages 14+ and give it 3/5 stars.

Britains Got Talent Semi Finals 2

Filed under: Britains got Talent — smackamack @ 9:42 pm

The second night of semi finals continued this evening and all I can say is…SO disappointing.  I really wasn’t impressed with any of the acts…however, here you have them:

1. DJ Talent

2. Merlin Cadogan

3. Hot Honeyz 

4. Jamie Pugh

5. Peter Goghian

6. Gareth Oliver

7. Shaun Smith

8. Flawless

Results…

Biggest disappointment was Jamie Pugh…I was rooting for him.

Britains Got Talent Semi Final 1

Filed under: Britains got Talent,Susan Boyle — smackamack @ 9:30 pm

Well, the first night of the semi finals kicked off yesterday with a good show…8 contestants battled for 2 spots in the finale (1 voted in by audience, and 1 by judges).  Here are the performances/line ups…

1. Diversity:

2. Sue Son

3. Darth Jackson

4. Natalie Okri

5. Julia Naidenko

6. Nick Hell

7. Faces of Disco

8. Susan Boyle

And the Results:

After watching the show I totally agree with the results.  My biggest disappointment was Susan Boyle…the poor woman had SO much pressure, she looked terrified, and she didn’t perform well.  At least she will have another shot, because we all know she can sing.   Diversity, however, was the winner for me…hands down.

Britains Got Talent Episode 7

Filed under: Britains got Talent — smackamack @ 3:12 am

Episode 7 basically took the 200 finalists and narrowed them down to the top 40 performers that will be performing live this week!  I was happy with most of the decisions made…now here is the best thing from this episode…

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