10/17/18 – Image Of The Day

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So last night, the popular video sharing website Youtube went down with an outage from approximately 915p EST until 11pm. Many around the globe were unable to access any content from the website due to the rare lengthy outage.

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As These Terrible Times uses Youtube for virtually all of our video posts on this site, we would also like to apologize if you were unable to access any of the material available on our pages. It’s completely Youtube’s fault, but hey, we figure it’s the professional and classy thing to do – to apologize for something completely out of our control. We apologize for any inconvenience and if it happens again, you know whom to address.

As of press time, Youtube has still not delivered a reason for the October 16th outage.

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42O Canada!

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Those crazy Canucks did it! Canada has become only the second country in the world (the first being Uruguay) to legalize recreational marijuana. It is now legal to purchase pot in that nation if you are over 18 years of age. The purchase is only legal to use within Canada and cannot be taken out of the country. Legalization of the cannabis industry is expected to bring in more than $4 billion to the Canadian economy.

Those Darned Arabs Strike Again!

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45 years ago today, the OPEC nations of the Persian Gulf enacted an oil embargo which crippled gas sales in America. Long lines of cars waited at gas stations for a very limited ration, often having to go on odd and even days dependent on the last number in your license plate. The embargo was levied against nations which the Arab states felt had supported Israel during the Yom Kippur War. It would last from October 17, 1973 until March of 1974.

Ahhh, the good old days, when low gas tanks were the least of our worries…

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Roseanne Barred

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Well they did it. They killed Roseanne Barr. At least, the television version of the loudmouth comic. After ABC had cancelled the revival of the hit comedy sitcom “Roseanne” due to Barr’s racist Planet of the Apes humor on Twitter against Senior Barack Obama Presidential Aide Valerie Jarrett, they couldn’t leave well enough alone due to audience backlash. So the network decided to bring back the show with all of it’s central characters except one – Roseanne Barr herself. The show has been renamed the Conners and the opening episode tells us that the Roseanne character was found dead in her bed from an opioid overdose. Talk about classic comedy material!

To make matters worse, once the premiere of the Conners ended, guess who was right back on Twitter commenting on the show?!! Yup, Roseanne – screaming in all caps – I AIN’T DEAD BITCHES!

We get the feeling The Conners won’t last very long…

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Movie Review – Gosnell: The Trial Of America’s Biggest Serial Killer

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Gosnell: The Trial Of America’s Biggest Serial Killer – A glorified TV movie that still packs a sickening punch. Based on the true story of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia area abortion physician who was convicted of murdering three children after they were born, the film reenacts the investigation and subsequent trial that led to the doctor’s downfall. While on the surface this appears to be a pro-life, anti-abortion film, it is less about that hot button issue and more about this particular true crime case. That’s not to say there isn’t an anti-abortion tone that permeates the film; there is, but it’s not overtly preachy. It is merely conveyed by the details of the case itself. Of course, with a Christian production company helming the production, there are certainly some manipulative moments. Cross-cutting fetuses in jars to lively children playing at home would be an example. Thankfully, this is kept to a relative minimum and even the more gruesome aspects of the crime are kept offscreen. Even the damning photo that ultimately convicted Gosnell is not shown to the viewing audience (although a disclaimer at the end of the film notes that you can see the actual photo on the Gosnell film website if you are so morbidly inclined). The cast is solid, but unspectacular, featuring several television veterans such as Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman), Nick Searcy (Justified), Janine Turner (Northern Exposure), Sarah Jane Morris (Felicity, NCIS), Michael Beach (ER / Third Watch) and Earl Billings (a sitcom regular since the mid-1970s). Cain plays a police detective investigating the abuse of prescriptions by doctors which leads him to the Gosnell clinic in a poor neighborhood in Philadelphia. After learning that the staff is liberally evading the law, he gains a search warrant and uncovers a house of horrors – unsanitary conditions, fetuses left out in the open, poorly trained staff and a variety of other violations. Upon interviewing the young nurses on the scene, it is soon discovered that the doctor is not only aborting babies past the legal period allowed for such procedures, but in some cases, he is even delivering babies and having them killed while alive. The District Attorney’s office reluctantly takes the case, not wanting to stoke the flames of the abortion issue, but desiring justice for not only the infants killed in Gosnell’s care, but also for a woman who died in his operating room. The prosecutor (Morris) focuses on the abuses while the defense attorney attempts to drum up the abortion issue to defend his client. The rest is typical trial drama. Really a TV movie level production if a mainstream media company was willing to even air such subject matter, the power of the film is really in the story itself. Pulled straight from the headlines, it forces the audience to examine the issue at hand and discern if the doctor went too far in his actions. There’s nothing particularly memorable about the production itself and yet you will likely be thinking about this film long after you leave the theater.

10/16/18 – Image Of The Day

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Two big events in black history occurred 50 years ago today on October 16th, 1968.

First, African-American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos gave their iconic Black Power Salute at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics during their medal ceremony in which Smith won gold and Carlos won the bronze medal in the 200-meter running event.

Second, Jimi Hendrix released his classic album “Electric Ladyland”

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It’s World Food Day AND National Boss’s Day!

So let’s play a little stream of consciousness game here…

We were trying to come up with an image to reflect both Food Day and Boss’s Day. Our first inclination was to post:

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Yup, Boss Hogg from The Dukes of Hazzard. Yeah, we got the Boss part right, but the Hogg part seemed like a bit of a stretch. Some argued you can be a hog when eating and others said there’s lots of food from hogs like pork, bacon, ham, etc. etc. Don’t know. Still feels like a bit of a stretch…

So then we decided to see if there were any historical events that could correspond to today and the topic at hand. We came up with:

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October 16, 1793 – 225 years ago today – Marie Antoinette was guillotined to death for her role in the French Revolution. OK, so what does that have to do with Bosses and Food? Well, before she had her head lopped off, she was Queen of France alongside King Louis XVI, so essentially she was the Boss. AND, she famously said of the peasants, “Let Them Eat Cake” – a slight at the time referencing the fact that the people had no bread while the royalty ate and drank in luxury. Of course, there’s no record Marie Antoinette actually said this although the quote is most often attributed to her majesty.

Still a stretch? Man, you people suck. OK, we’ll split the difference:

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Happy?