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Manson's Lost Girls [DVD + Digital]
Manson's Lost Girls [DVD + Digital]
DVD ~ Jeff Ward
Price: $9.96
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You Will Never Want to Be Part of This Family, June 12, 2016
I rented this to be 'different' one night...and it certainly is different. It just goes up to the crimes themselves and then briefly shows how 'serious' things got. A group of runaways and slackers who were taken in and manipulated by a clever ex con went from stealing to killing without most noticing or seriously questioning the legal legitimacy of what they were doing.

Unlike most of the movies made for cable, this movie has both period music and film, You don't have to guess what era you are in when watching it. I had only a working knowledge of the news events. But I was still able to follow along.

The only thing particularly jarring to viewers is that Charlie is portrayed (from perhaps his young victims perspective) as an attractive and seductive man several times throughout the film. Sorry, not buying it. But then again, I am not desperate and/or pumped full of whatever drugs they were on I suppose that this was the difference. Because we have to see the rest of the film from our perspective, this kinda really ruins it.

It's not a must purchase. But it's good to rent once in a while.
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Kurt Cobain Wall Calendar (2016)
Kurt Cobain Wall Calendar (2016)
by Day Dream
Edition: Calendar
15 used & new from $8.55

4.0 out of 5 stars RIP, April 6, 2016
Yes this makes me feel old. I skipped on it though because I wasn't sure how much room there honestly was for writing on the calendar spaces. The adult me has a PACKED schedule. I miss him though

Starbucks Low Calorie Iced Coffee, 4 ct
Starbucks Low Calorie Iced Coffee, 4 ct
Offered by Tal DG
Price: $13.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Voila, April 5, 2016
This is yet another revision to their iced coffee. I wasn't sure it was going to work. There has to be some taste. But they've never let me down. This still tastes good while now being at 45 calories. The prior 50 calorie light product is likely being phased out. You're not missing anything.
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Stonewall [DVD + Digital]
Stonewall [DVD + Digital]
DVD ~ Jeremy Irvine
Price: $12.89
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Liberate Yourself See This Movie, March 26, 2016
This review is from: Stonewall [DVD + Digital] (DVD)
This is both a historical drama and a fictitious young man's coming of age story as he finds himself during the transition from high school to college. It's about the stonewall riots, but much of the general emotion and raw sentiment is universal.

Our protagonist Danny has to figure out what to do when he is rejected for being 'different' first by peers and then by his parents. It was relatable to much of my own current struggles as a person with disabilities who is not accepted by her father. The need for money and survival trumps what we like and prefer doing when we want to stay alive. This too is 'politics'.

We are introduced to the Mattachine Society, one of the earliest gay clubs. It was founded by Franklin Kammney, who had been fired by the civil service commission for being a homosexual. Learning about federal employment restrictions which were then a reality visibly dashes the aspirations of young Danny. He was headed to Columbia to work for NASA.

The revelation that his government can and does legally discriminate against him in employment only because of sexual orientation seems quaint today. Why is he in college if he will even be unable to find and obtain gainful employment afterwards?? This too resonated with my current day challenges.

Danny ultimately does return home to talk with his mom and sister. His dad is still adamantly opposed to him,. Dad is such a jerk that he driving off when Danny is on the side of the road and wants to make peace. But Danny now also has a new family in NY. He has a community of people who do love and care for him very much. Both of the families are excited about participating in the very first gay liberation pride parade.

They are so earnestly psyched that it becomes tempting to forget how retrospectively miniscule social justice was for anybody who was not straight white able-bodied male in 1970

The only issues I had with this film was a stupid drag mob clip inserted midway-end. Danny is sexually assaulted by a mob boss in drag who could pass for Mimi on the Drew Carey Show?? Huh?? There were better ways to explain that the bars were under mob control. And these entities were VERY sleazy operations. We get the point here.

Then the first half of the film had Danny's past juxtaposed with the present. It looked like an episode or two of Happy Days was spliced in?? They could have just shown the film with a completely forward screenplay so there was less confusion in following along.

But all in all, it was a good movie. People who like history--especially social justice buffs would like this movie. And anybody just wanting a movie about yes, family relationships can connect with this movie.

Select by Trump Tower Decaf Single-Cup Coffee for Keurig K-Cup Brewers, 12 Count
Select by Trump Tower Decaf Single-Cup Coffee for Keurig K-Cup Brewers, 12 Count
Price: $6.31

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I'll pass, March 18, 2016
I did not realize the American Nazi Party was selling K-Cups now. One more reason never to buy them.

Uu World
Uu World
Price: $14.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, we have a magazine too, January 13, 2016
This review is from: Uu World (Magazine)
It comes out four times a year for people who give money to the association and/or pay the subscription. There is information for members, a pull out section for families (with good activities for all ages) and housekeeping material for the denomination. It has depth and meaning because we don't go around shoving it into the public's faces. If you want it, you have to search it out for yourself.

College for Students with Disabilities: We Do Belong
College for Students with Disabilities: We Do Belong
by Pavan John Antony
Edition: Paperback
Price: $23.70
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5.0 out of 5 stars Belongs in a college student's reading list, January 11, 2016
College students have a LOT to read already with the required reading lists for their classes. Yes, I know this from first hand experiences. But this is a book they will want to voluntarily read. It is first hand experiences (written in first person format) of people with disabilities who attend college. Instead of attending college at only a 'special' number of campuses, the people in this book applied to and are in school at institutions across the country. They are successful because they do learn how to resolve challenges--which are openly described in the book Being able to navigate resources and obtain a higher education degree is essential training for when these students apply for a career. The employers will expect them to also advocate for themselves. I had to largely figure out how to do this advocacy on my own, but this book is a great 'guide' to help a transitioning high schooler who wants to attend college.
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Jem and the Holograms
Jem and the Holograms
DVD ~ Aubrey Peeples
Price: $14.96
54 used & new from $4.38

10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Show's Over Synergy, January 11, 2016
This review is from: Jem and the Holograms (DVD)
John Chu should be tried for fraud. This movie is nothing like the 80s cartoon which aired (in my city) as part of a Sunday morning block. It stood out because it was the one 'girl' cartoon wedged in with two cartoons for my brother. With such a feat, it begged for a remotely decent script.

Well, they went out of their way to botch this. First off, they created Erica Raymond. It's the 21st century---how hard would it have been to have a all woman band stand up to a scuzzy music industry executive who just happens to be a guy. Ooooh, scary!!!

And then Raymond's pets---and the Hologram's rivals--the Misfits don't even make an appearance until the very end. This WAS the plotline for the cartoon. It wrote itself. Chu 1) never saw the cartoon and/or 2) was working overtime to just botch the script up by waiting to insert them at the very end in a token appearance. Myself and any number of fans could have written a script about anything JEM and we would have known to insert them much earlier. Basic common sense. All he would have had to do is have them fighting with the Misfits over a music contest. He is the one guy who is functionally incapable of having women engage in a catfight??

The lack of "starlight foundation for girls" girls. including the 'troubled' one Ashley (the kid who looked like a cheetah) is also noticeable. Running a foster home is much more gritty in the real world than a cartoon yes, but this was a component of the series. He at least could have made it a drop-in center or a smaller non-profit. Don't trash a vital component of the series--and expect fans to watch it

And if they are supposed to be running all of this, they need to be women--not teenagers. Chu did not understand that the people who (assuming he even did it right) would be most excited about this film would be in our 30's and 40's, People like me!!

I can definitely see this release headed to your local resale charity shop.
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The Negro Project: Margaret Sanger's Diabolical, Duplicitous, Dangerous, Disastrous and Deadly Plan for Black America
The Negro Project: Margaret Sanger's Diabolical, Duplicitous, Dangerous, Disastrous and Deadly Plan for Black America
by Bruce Fleury
Edition: Paperback
Price: $18.06
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4 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Stupidity Project, December 29, 2015
Fleury forgets that Martin Luther King himself was awarded the Planned Parenthood Margaret Sanger Award in 1966--for his advocacy of birth control. Or that Rosa Parks, the woman who gained infamy for the Montgomery bus protest also supported birth control. Parks herself had served on the Planned Parenthod national board, a feat which would have been biologically impossible had she been wiped out from existence. If you like tin foil hats or a flat earth, please read this book
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The Me in the Mirror
The Me in the Mirror
by Connie Panzarino
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.95
58 used & new from $0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Reflecting On Where We've Been, November 18, 2015
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This review is from: The Me in the Mirror (Paperback)
I grew up while the ADA was the 'next big thing' and am a heterosexual with invisible disabilities. But I can totally relate to Connie Panzarino's autobiography. It is so well-written, moving, and intimate. Unlike a lot of temporarily able-bodied feminists, who yearn for the 'good old days' she intentionally tells her audience that there is no best moment, We are living in the present

She thinks back to her time with one-time boyfriend Ron Kovic. But this is more a coming of age. And it's not a pity-party. She discovered herself and what she wanted as a woman with a disability vs being a disabled girl.

It made me reflect on how being in college had also successfully changed me. Yes, we had ADA and 504, but honestly, it had still been a battle when administrators and officials did not know the rules. Or they ironically did know the rules and did not want to enforce them. Being told that you do not have civil rights because people do not feel like it is a radicalizing process. It does wake you also fundamentally separates you from your family--who does not have to fight to be heard, to vote....etc. We are 'different'. It does not matter if this difference is physically seen or not.

I found that I could not put this book down. It's so engrossing. There are obvious discrepancies in assistive technology (owing again to the time periods described). But it would be an excellent personal purchase for anybody interested in women and disabilities. It certainly needs to be on the syllabus for a course on women and disabilities! Disappointing that this is not a movie. Here is hoping.
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