Blackmagic Cinema Camera + Cheap Rokinon Lens = Pretty

Blackmagic Cinema Camera + Cheap Rokinon Lens = Pretty

Here’s a nice looking example of what a $3000 Blackmagic Cinema Camera plus a cheap–$350 (!!!)–Rokinon 85mm lens can look like. Amazing.

Rokinon 85mm t1.5 CineLens on BMCC from Todd Davies on Vimeo.

Shot on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera in RAW 2.5k with the Rokinon 85mm t1.5 Cine Lens. This lens is truly spectacular for its price and has an extremely smooth focus ring and sharp images.

Graded in Resolve and edited in FCPX.

Why Same-Sex Marriage Opponents Might Hope The Supreme Court Upholds Same-Sex Marriage

Unless you’re a single-issue voter and the only thing you care about in the world is stopping same-sex marriage, you may want to start crossing your fingers behind your back and hoping the Supreme  Court comes out with a decision later this year that overturns the anti-same-sex marriage Proposition 8 once and for all and upholds gay marriage on a Federal level. That’s because this may be a case where losing the battle helps win the war for conservatives and the Republican party.

3025719397_138dcdcca9The Democrats, led by President Barack Obama, made a strategic decision in the last election cycle that same-sex marriage was going to be a wedge issue. I’m no fan of our President but I give him all the credit in the world on his sense of political timing. If he’s advocated same-sex marriage in 2008 he may well have lost the election but the zeitgeist changed in his first term and by the time the 2012 election rolled around, his metamorphosis into a bold crusader for marriage equality was shrewd. It also the Democrats to paint the GOP as hopelessly out of step with the times.

The tide had indeed shifted on same-sex marriage. Part of that electoral alchemy was evidenced by the sudden of the same-sex marriage proposals at the state level. For years, voters had rejected gay marriage when allowed to vote on it themselves and Proposition 8 is proof of that; remember, same-sex marriage lost in 2008–in California. If the vote were held today, it would likely be different.

The trend lines are clear and this new reality equals a slow bleeding process for Republicans. They can sit back and play defense on the issue for the next few years but there’s no evidence that it’s going to do a bit of good. The most likely outcome will be more lost elections. The Democrats have sunk their teeth into their new wedge issue but ironically, the Supreme Court could take it away from them by upholding gay marriage by judicial fiat.

If SCOTUS tosses the will of the voters in Proposition 8, it’s likely game over for referendums and the bleeding stops. The Republicans can cry foul on judicial overreach and then move to other issues like fiscal restraint, a strong national defense,or even coming up with better messaging on pro-life issues.

[pullquote align=”left”]If SCOTUS tosses the will of the voters, the bleeding stops…[/pullquote]I’m a Consenting Adults Conservative; same-sex marriage isn’t my issue. Seen through the lens of a belief in a smaller, less-intrusive government I think a conservative case for same-sex marriage that protects the rights of churches can be made.  I respect the ethical and political concerns that animate the defenders of traditional marriage but even if I opposed same-sex unions, however, I don’t think it would be the political hill I’d pick to die on. I don’t believe that conservatives need to abandon principles on a regular basis to curry favor with voters. On this issue, however, I question whether the principle some believe is at stake is worth it given the electoral realities.

Make no mistake about the leftist machine’s intent on this issue; they want to use it to win elections and advance their  agenda. I think it’s impossible to argue that the strategy isn’t working for them and won’t keep working in the foreseeable future.

I have real concerns about the Supremes, especially after the awful Obamacare ruling. On this particular issue, however, the ruling that many Republicans don’t want might just be the best news they could get for 2014 and beyond.

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I Have No Sympathy For 20/20

I finally watched the hour-long, full episode 20/20 episode on Steubenville and wow; for something that took months to produce, for something that families in Steubenville apparently trusted a well known, long running show like 20 /20 to get right, they sure got the story wrong in exactly the same ways others did, following the Alexandria Goddard football culture / cover-up narrative.

Simple example of a pure factual error made for no good reason : they showed the Cody Saltsman “I have no sympathy for whores’ tweet several times as though it was in response to the rape or other events of that evening. It was not.

The incident happened in August, the ‘Sympathy’ tweet was sent in May.

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It’s not as though Saltsman didn’t say anything questionable that evening in August:

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So why post a twee that had zero to do with the rape?  Just because it makes the story juicier? Awful, sloppy journalism.