What Would You Do?

Last night I ran into a problem of situational ethics. I was at the supermarket when I found a Redbox DVD someone had left in a shopping cart. Because it was a red cart I didn’t even see it until I was already inside the the store shopping. There is a Redbox kiosk inside the store. The movie was Free State of Jones with Matthew McConaughey.

What would you do?

I immediately ruled out options #1 and #2 – I had already taken possession of the item by accident and I am not a thief. The simplest and most honest thing to do would be to turn it in. On the other hand, whoever had rented it was gonna be charged for an overnight rental anyway, so I figured there would be no harm in watching the movie first before returning it today. After all, Matthew McConaughey never makes bad movies, right?

Now I regret not turning in immediately. Not because I feel guilty, but because the movie sucked and now I have to make a special trip to the store to return it.

Free State of Jones is a 2016 American war film inspired by the life of Newton Knight and his armed rebellion against the Confederacy in Jones County, Mississippi, during the American Civil War. Written and directed by Gary Ross, the film stars Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali and Keri Russell.

It was released in the United States by STX Entertainment on June 24, 2016 and in the United Kingdom on September 30. It has received mixed reviews from critics. The film grossed $23 million against its $50 million production budget.

The movie had potential, but like most “historical” dramas that come out of Hollywood these days they added way too much SJW sauce. The result is something that is neither entertaining nor educational.


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126 Responses to What Would You Do?

  1. I wouldn’t have watched the whole movie but Molly went to sleep on top of the DVD player so I couldn’t turn it off.

  2. helenk3 says:

    I need a very large drink. I just went through the yearly insurance sign up.
    normally 1 or 2 drinks give me a headache so bad that my hair hurts. I already have that headache from the insurance process, so I might as well have the drink

    • elliesmom says:

      This is our first Medicare experience. The local senior center invited reps from a lot of the companies that have Medicare plans to have a presentation. I was surprised at how pleasant an experience they made it.

      • SHV says:

        I’ve been on Medicare for 7 years and have been very happy with the coverage; much better financially than my previous “high-end” health insurance. You need to enroll in a drug plan (another gov’t-corporate scam) but be very skeptical of “Advantage” plans; the insurance companies really push them since they are the highest profit products that they offer especially if they involve a “network”. I don’t have one.

        • elliesmom says:

          When we moved to RI, we had a very difficult time finding a primary care doctor even with “Cadillac insurance”. Under Medicare we opted for a BCBS HMO. Being “in the network” works out when no doctor in the state is more than 45 minutes away, more than 70% of the doctors are in your network and every hospital. We live on the CT border so we just have to make sure an ambulance takes us east instead of west. Elliesdad was able to see a doctor less than a week from signing up. Blue Cross will likely make a profit on me, but they’ll go in the hole on him. 🙂

        • mcnorman says:

          Be VERY skeptical of Advantage plans. I know because I have dropped many of them. People don’t understand that they are controlling your healthcare in ways that are very bad. Not only do you have to stick to the network, but you have no idea how badly they cause problems for the physicians which in turn makes for time delays in getting whatever you need done. It’s not worth the money that you believe you are saving.

          • elliesmom says:

            We talked a lot about “in the network” vs see any doctor you want before we opted for the HMO. If we hadn’t moved out of state and we had doctors we had to leave because they were out of the network, we probably wouldn’t have opted for an HMO. But when you’re giving up all of your doctors anyway, you’re going to want your primary care doctor to refer you to specialists that have to see you. I’ve been driving Elliesdad to his doctors in MA for most of the past year because every time he tried to make an appointment with someone local, he got told they weren’t taking new patients. The HMO got us into a group practice the size of a small hospital. Most specialties are right there. They have a lab, X-ray, ultrasound, CT scan, MRI, even a dentist and an optometrist. It’s 8 miles from our house. Office hours 365 days a year. But they don’t take the private insurance we got through Ellesdad’s former employer. We belonged to an HMO when our son went through cancer treatment, and it was such a gift not to have to battle over bills. We would have stayed with them, but Elliesdad’s company dropped the option.

      • helenk3 says:

        I was on a scheduled phone call with the agency that Amtrak hired. When I retired part of my retirement pkg was that amtrak pay for my secondary insurance. worked fine until obamacare. At first it was for me to pay 20% of cost which seemed fair. then it went to we had to find our our own insurance but for amtrak to pay for it we had to go through this insurance agency. Now they take the payment out of my checking account and then send me a check to deposit in my checking account. means for about 2 weeks they have the money.. I thought it might be a make work job for somebody’s cousin.Now have a deductible to pay before prescriptions get down to a co-pay that I can afford.
        I know I am better off than a lot of people with secondary health insurance but it just got nutty.

  3. DandyTIger says:

    Germans are really, really weird.

  4. DeniseVB says:

    One of the best articles on ComeyWeinergate I’ve read today, and what it could mean. Also uses named sources from experts in the field. Good read, I feel a little hope now…..


    (This is Laura Ingraham’s website)

  5. They made a movie about the Clintons:

  6. DeniseVB says:

    • DeniseVB says:

      To be fair to Uncle Joe, I was an early supporter of his in 2008, he barely broke 1% in the primaries. I watched a Cspan *live* event of a speech to an LGBT group, only about a dozen showed up, so he circled the chairs and made it a personal conversation with the attendees. Cspan covered it for 2 hours. I thought that was brave of him. Then Johnny “McHottie” Edwards joined the primary soon after. I was such a dumb lib.

  7. Dora says:

    Trump Flash Mobs in DC and Fredericksberg, Virginia and in NYC this is happening.

    Wonderful! 🙂

  8. helenk3 says:

    stolen from a commenter at No Quarter

    There is another storyline developing about the Comey bombshell and why he reopened the HRC investigation.

    The NYPD got Weiner’s info, first. The NYPD is against BLM-lover HRC and loves DJT. Here are a few comments from bloggers at another site I frequent:

    “All the classified documents were found on Huma Abedin’s laptop she shared with Anthony Outlook Express via POP3 server. The NYPD took all devices. They made a log and that log went to the FBI.”

    “Apparently, it was the New York police department and not the FBI that discovered the emails.”

    “It was the NYPD who searched the Weiner’s electronic devices and THEN gave it over to the FBI. Comey doesn’t and can’t control the NYPD. Since Comey had no requirement to give this information to Congress but he is sucking up now to Trump or at the minimum trying to avoid being a special prosecutor target. And there is the possibility that Weiner “flipped” with the NYPD determined not to be the only one going down in the Hillary email mess.”

  9. taw46 says:

    Going to see my first ever Fantasy Fest parade! Later you guys.

  10. Somebody says:

    So I just sat through a Clinton rally, mostly because I couldn’t find the remote and was too lazy to get up and look for it. My take…….damn she talks about DJT a LOT. He’s this, he’s that, he lacks the temperament and experience to be POTUS…..blah, blah.

    She drifted in and out of her fake southern accent a few times……barf. She started out saying we can’t get bogged down with distractions, we need to stay focused on the issues. Apparently her only issue is making sure DJT doesn’t get elected. She made passing mentions of certain issues, boiler plate crap. Protect social security from privatization…..um, that’s not a Trump position??? Protect LGBT rights…..um, again WTF? Equal pay for women, affordable college, focus on building an economy that benefits everyone not just those at the top. No specifics at all, just platitudes.

    She weaved those things in here and there along with how she’s the one to bring the country together……DJT is dark and divisive, blah, blah. The vast majority of her speech was about Trump and how terrible he is. Then in the next sentence she says we need to focus on what’s really important to the American people…..platitudes……5 more minutes about how evil Trump is.

    What exactly is it about her that people find appealing??? I listened to her entire speech and if you put a gun to my head I couldn’t tell you a single policy proposal she’s promoting. I could tell you a lot of things about DJT, mostly false things, but not much about her. Really not much of a positive reason WHY someone should vote for her????

    To be fair maybe she’s having an off day because of the recent news???

  11. Dora says:

  12. So I told Mom what I did. Now she wants to watch it before I take it back.

    • Constance says:

      A very good point. I think the Weiner is trying to be an informant for the FBI to keep from being charged by the NYPD only the FBI doesn’t want to know his info. The FBI has been like Schultz in Hogan’s Heroes ” I hear nothing, I see nothing”.

  13. swanspirit says:

    The woman who was assaulted for protecting Trump’s star on the walk of fame is named Denise Scott. I hope he does something wonderful for her.


  14. blowme0bama says:

    The Wife had to see this because Newt Knight is related to both of us. It drug on about am hour and a quarter too long. I found myself cheering for the KKK before it was over in the hope they’d put an end to the movie.

    In response to the original question, I’d have left it in the cart, even if I’d never seen it.

  15. Now here is a movie worth watching:

  16. helenk3 says:

    Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein, Tom Carper, Patrick Leahy and Ben Cardin send letter to Justice Department, FBI requesting more info on Hillary Clinton email probe by Monday – @frankthorp
    See original on twitter.com

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      Hence now pushing that “I don’t know” meme that has worked so well for her BFF.

      Did they back things up on those devices thinking no one would ever think Hill-Bill-Chill and company would be dumb enough to give Weiner access and hence thought they were safe in case they needed the emails for insurance for one of those serendipitous meetings on the tarmac?

    • nerdle says:

      I think maybe she kept them in case Hillary decided to stab her in the back one day.

      • mcnorman says:

        The file folder is labeled “Insurance” and it could mean that she was making a collection?
        Three investigations now…sexting minor, emails and CGI confirmed by Tom Fuentes on CNN tonight. Huma has been with Hillary long enough to know where the bodies are buried as well as loyalty means nothing.

        • Lulu says:

          My instinct tells me it is Weiner. He married the freak Huma as a suck-up favor. Now they dumped him because he got caught being Anthony Weiner. Huma seems to be a moron. She is Hillary’s “body woman” whatever the hell that is. Her wikipedia says she went to GW university so no law school or advanced education, raised in Saudi Arabia by sharia idiot parents, and she is NOT interested in public policy. She is more like Hillary’s butler raking it in on side jobs and the tips the Hill-ster throws her. Weiner is Hillary’s butler’s baby-sitter and sperm donor. He is ruined and abandoned. What does a slug like him do to other slugs? Odds are the idiot Huma handed the emails to Weiner by putting them on a “devise” that she is too stupid to understand how tech works. Or the unimaginable which is she was selling state secrets.

          • taw46 says:

            The “unimaginable” doesn’t seem so unimaginable now, does it?

          • Lulu says:

            The string on the old dirty sweater has been pulled. Hard. It is unraveling.

          • lateblum says:

            Huma is not the only “freak” in this saga. This morning, John Diderickson(?) on FTN has explained away the innocent actions of Huma.
            “She innocently transferred her yahoo.com emails to her husband’s ‘device’ so she could print them out for Hillary.”
            He doesn’t explain why they were still there. But… “Nothing to see here, move along.”

  17. Dora says:

    Now we know why she is in hiding.

  18. helenk3 says:

    the 3 amigos and their 3 scandals

  19. Weiner may want to consider sleeping without a pillow.

    • lateblum says:

      I loved how the interviewer said “it’s interesting talking with a person having your views,” or something to that effect. And that is because they DONT speak with Trump supporters and/or people who hold different viewpoints. Just as the British woman had said CNN surrounds themselves with people who agree with them. And that it is an echo chamber.
      That interview host just proved the point, didn’t she?

  20. mcnorman says:

    Confirmed CGI has been and still is under FBI investigation. Three investigations tied to Huma’s computer…

  21. DandyTIger says:

    So the FBI is now not allowed to actually read any of the emails. The DOJ has to give them a warrant to do so, and they won’t. Of course the NYPD did and already told the FBI about what’s there and what to look for. And they likely have been reading them. But without a warrant. So Comey may have to turn around and drop the case again.

  22. I mean, if she was feeding a spy, this would be the perfect way to do it. They could either just have her password and log in, or hack they could hack in of more cover was needed.

    • swanspirit says:

      Yahoo?? She had a Yahoo acct?? Holy Jeebus ,Yahoo has been insecure for decades. Talk about stupid.

      • She had a Yahoo account AND she was forwarding most of her emails to it so she could…and you will not believe this…print them out for Hillary from home instead of at work. The fuck?

    • mothy67 says:

      Won’t it be easy to determine where each login took place?

      • Yep. But let’s just speculate for a minute…maybe Weiner was her minder… or maybe her nanny was.

        Or in another scenario, maybe her emails were hacked into. Routinely.

        Who the fuck knows. What is obvious is that she was archiving that shit for some purpose, and Occam’s Razor does not apply to evil, conniving bitches like Huma or Hillary. Logic suggest you suspect the worst case scenario.

    • Constance says:

      Well that could be it. They caught Huma spying for another country. I wonder which country?

    • mcnorman says:

      Same thought occurred to me. She sits on boards for groups that have the same addresses as mosques of questionable repute. This would be an easy way to do the work. Yes, it would leave a trail, but she could always claim that she was hacked and her neck would still be intact.

  23. mothy67 says:

    I would have returned to red box as I don’t have a DVD player. Digital. I wonder why the online film services don’t drop their prices. I watched Independence Day(new) for free. Awful movie. Complete miss. I’d rent a lot more shitty movies for 2 bucks. With all the streaming services there is always something to watch no need to rent more at full price.

    • Lulu says:

      This guy is an insufferable, pompous, jackass. He is such a globalist toady nobody do-nothing that I have a mental block on remembering his name.He is so far up his own “theoretical” ass I wonder if he can cross a street by himself.

  24. Constance says:


    This is pretty funny, Queen Elizabeth offers to restore British rule over USA. HA!

  25. mothy67 says:

    This is long but the guy spells it out plainly

  26. mothy67 says:

    it’s like absolute power crossed with blacklist and house of cards, put on puree,

    — comment on Althouse

  27. Lulu says:

    “Drain the Swamp” seems rather prescient. DC permanent government, Obama White House, The Clinton Foundation (and all the other charities, NGO’s and lobby shops), the lame-stream media, “body woman” and closest confidant Huma of Arabia, Bill’s pal Anthony, stooge Comey, and crappy fixer lawyer Loretta Lynch appear to be the Keystone Cops playing whack a mole. Each and everyone extraordinarily full of hubris and stupidity in their own special way. The “inferiors” have risen to the top, are having a slap fight, and the “little people” they demand to rule are watching these stupid thug grifters punch it out. Drain the swamp. Start over by bulldozing the shit-hole. You’re Fired. You are not the boss of me! because you are stupid and fucked up. What average smoe couldn’t do better than this?

    • mothy67 says:

      It isan absolute joy to wake up to your rant. I mean that. Tickled me. Thank you.

      • Lulu says:

        It has finally turned re-DICK-ulous. Weiner’s dick. NYPD (God bless them all!) looking for pervert filth to put the idiot away find GOLD in them thar “devices”. You know they read as much of Huma and Hillary’s shit as they could before telling the FBI what they has stumbled upon. I would have read it too! They are curious or they wouldn’t be cops! Imagine the “OMG’s”, guffaws, and “those bastards!” and Comey knows it. What does the Clinton mafia all have in common? They are perverts! Or sex obsessed pea brains. Or both.

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