Film Review: GET OUT

GET OUT has received a great deal of well-deserved attention. It plays with old-fashioned horror movie themes, and the updated version of scary white people who have no regard for the lives of others.  CHRIS is an innocent black man who unwittingly puts himself in danger of losing his very soul, by leaving the warm, friendly city for the white suburbs.

I haven’t seen very many films this year, so I can’t say if it should be deemed Best Picture, but I can certainly recommend that you give this film a close viewing, perhaps on a dark, rainy night, or even a bright, sunny afternoon.

47% Innocent

Dear Whiners and Complainers:

For the last year I have listened to you accusing all white women of destroying our society. This is largely due to the report that 53% of white women age 45-64 voted for the current inhabitant of the White House. Keep in mind that 47% of us did not.

I am not in charge of changing someone else’s vote. Political consciousness develops slowly. I hope we all learn from the absolute greed of the Republicans who are doing their best to cause damage to millions of U.S. citizens.

Roy Moore did not win. Complaints about “white women” who voted for Moore, have little value. It would be a better idea to support and promote better candidates, and a more comprehensive understanding of the true workings of power.

Happy Holidays!

Marilyn Sue Michel

The Sad Tale of Randall Saito

Randall Saito, a convicted killer and admitted necrophiliac, escaped from the Hawaii State Hospital on Sunday. He somehow acquired a backpack, flew by chartered plane to Maui, got on a flight to San Jose, and was noodling around by cab and staying at a hotel, before he was arrested in Stockton on Wednesday. Thank you, Stockton!

Seven employees at the Hawaii State Hospital are on suspension while the authorities figure out how this happened. We already know that Saito had a sexual relationship with three employees at the hospital.

Psychopaths can be superficially sociable and charming. They can look you directly in the eye and lie like dogs, because they do not have feelings. They believe they are justified in what they do, no matter how strange. They lack empathy.

Be careful and do not get mixed up with psychopaths!

Advance in California

AB 1227, the Human Trafficking Prevention Education and Training Act, has been signed into law by Governor Brown. This Act expands the scope of previous education efforts.

It is estimated that one million children globally and 100,000 in the United States, each year, are sold or otherwise provided to traffickers. It is further estimated that up to 70% of these children do not even know this activity is against the law. Families do not have the right to sell their children, but may tell them they have to comply with orders as their obligation.

Children should not be born with jobs. Attacks on children have long-lasting effects, even contributing to shooting massacres and other crimes. Sex crimes, in particular, tend to be cyclical in nature. Children need the opportunity to speak with adults, outside the family.

Congratulations to California for its intervention efforts.

Genocide in the 18th Century

Los Angeles has adopted “Indigenous Tribes Day” to replace the former observance of Christopher Columbus and his arrival in the Americas.

Genocide resulted from the quest of Europeans for gold and land. My own ancestors, the Wallicks, moved to York, Pennsylvania in the 1730s, grabbing land for themselves and their many children. Michael Wallack (born in 1740) became a feared Indian hunter and killer. He assisted Thomas Coleman in carrying out an attack on several tribesmen who were accused of murdering the Dunkard family. Coleman and Wallack misrepresented the number of tribesmen to the head of Fetter’s Fort, knowing he would be unlikely to go after them. As the result of this deception and attack, Coleman became the fortmaster.

An apology can never make up for the wrongs of the past. It will not set aside genocide, displacement, and murder. I apologize on behalf of my family, and express my sincere regrets that the Europeans did not arrive to make peace, but war, and did not learn the ways of the indigenous tribespeople, who gave back to the earth and did not destroy it. We are well on our way to destroying humanity, and possibly all mammals, with our current practices.