Laurence Ballard
Savannah, Georgia
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Born on Whidbey; raised on Fidalgo.

Feb 2 Laurence Ballard commented on Here's a Leaked Copy of Trump's Anti-LGBTQ Executive Order.
'Protecting religious freedoms does not require the discrimination of others.' This was GA Gov. Nathan Deal's reasoning when he vetoed such a Bill passed by the State Legislature, last year.

The radical god-fearing folk advocating religious tests be imposed on Americans in all walks of life usually conflate democracy and freedom at the same time.

Marvin Simkin said it best in a 1992 LA Times op-ed: Democracy is not freedom. Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch. Freedom comes from the recognition of certain rights which may not be taken, not even by a 99% vote.
Feb 1 Laurence Ballard commented on Savage Love: ITMFA Update.
Dug out my button from 2006; wore it to work today.
Although unable to tell my college students what it meant - "You'll have to look it up on your own." - their interest was piqued, and after class and a quick online search, many of them expressed a desire to give to the cause.
ITMFA is in play in GA.
Feb 1 Laurence Ballard commented on Confidential to the Democrats.
Please.

Only three months ago McCain, Cruz and Burr were all chattering on about how they would create some Senate cabal of like-minded obstructionists to deny a Clinton presidency any hearings on SCOTUS Justice nominees at all.

Burr went so far as to brag to a group of GOP volunteers that he would work to see Scalia's vacancy would remain so after four years.

So cry us a river, GOP.
Nov 27, 2016 Laurence Ballard commented on Live Updates from #BlackLivesMatter Protest in Downtown Seattle.
Fuck the juvenile BLM Westlake protests.

Many are still waiting for an adult BLM presence over the death of Matthew Ajibade, here in Savannah.

He was handcuffed to a chair, contusions and scrapes to his upper body and head, wearing a spit mask, tased in the groin - on camera - and died in police custody due to "blunt force trauma." Coroner ruled his death a homicide.

While nine deputies have been fired, former deputies Maxine Evans and Jason Kenny were charged with "involuntary manslaughter."

In October of last year, after a 3 month trial, they were cleared of these charges. Convicted instead of "cruelty to an inmate." (For the tasing of his genitals.) One-month jail sentence for Kenny, with three years probation, and six years probation for Evans. (Evans was also found guilty of perjury and public records fraud.)

Where's BLM?

Crickets.
Jul 19, 2016 Laurence Ballard commented on "Hillary's Gonna Kill Us All".
@6 TX? I was born on Whidbey and raised on Fidalgo. She could easily - easily - be from either Island or Skagit Counties, or...
Jul 19, 2016 Laurence Ballard commented on You Know the Rules and So Do I: The Best Tweets From the Melania Trump-Michelle Obama Plagiarism Scandal.
@2 I teach at a college - and not unlike lies and damned lies, there's plagiarism and then there's sheer, sloppy, stupidity. This is the latter. The plums plucked weren't even from a fellow traveler. The Trumpets stole from MICHELLE OBAMA, fer chrissakes. Even Grad students have more guile.
Dec 15, 2015 Laurence Ballard commented on Cruz and Trump Are at Each Other's Throats; Hickeys Unlikely.
Aside from the fact he looks like a young Al Lewis absent Grandpa Munster drag, one of Cruz' biggest problems is the simple observation he comes across to non-reactionaries as unctuous. His patter reads as shtick; he's the ham actor in your local community theatre production.
This naturalized citizen will never be President.
Dec 11, 2015 Laurence Ballard commented on I, Anonymusic.
@6 Still waiting for a BLM presence over the death of Matthew Ajibade, here in Savannah.

He was handcuffed to a chair, contusions and scrapes to his upper body and head, wearing a spit mask, tased in the groin - on camera - and died in police custody due to "blunt force trauma." Coroner ruled his death a homicide.

While nine deputies have been fired, former deputies Maxine Evans and Jason Kenny were charged with "involuntary manslaughter."

In October, after a 3 month trial, they were cleared of these charges. Convicted instead of "cruelty to an inmate." (For the tasing of his genitals.) One-month jail sentence for Kenny, with three years probation, and six years probation for Evans. (Evans was also found guilty of perjury and public records fraud.)

Where's BLM?
Sep 11, 2015 Laurence Ballard commented on A Performer Quitting a Production During the Run Can Be a Theater's Worst Nightmare.
@4
Opportunities don't just "come knocking" -- actors have to seek them out. Actors have to choose to pursue an opportunity that, if they get it, will require them to break their commitment to a show that they're already in.

While your comment is correct, I hope you're not implying actors routinely seek out opportunities to break current agreements. You must remember serious actors are always looking for work and once obtained, take such work seriously. 24/7. In 1989 alone I had 32 separate W-2's to file with my return(s). Not a civilian job among them. Thirty-Two. (And I'm not including 1099-MISC's.) Theatre, voice-over and a piddling of film work. More importantly, I had to actually 'audition' for less than a fifth of them. They sought out my services. (Bully for me.)

These were offers - some of them actual years in the making - all due to past relationships, past contracts (work begets work in this business, as you well know) by individuals, agencies, organizations specifically seeking my labors. I have had to decline several offers, over the years, because of prior commitment(s). It's the same reason why I'm still a full-dues paying member of SAG-AFTRA, haven't declared my Beck Rights and gone FiCore, pricing myself out of the VO/Gaming world altogether, in the process. I now I live in the Right-To-Fire-Your-Sorry-Ass-For-Any-Damned-Reason-I-Feel state of Georgia. But that's another story.

Any job offer I accept has been thoroughly considered and vetted - for the simple and practical reason I will not shit where I eat. In 40 years, I have broken two contracts: one for health; one for ethical reasons. Yet had a subjectively determined quantum advance to my career or finances presented themselves in that period, I might well have burned a bridge or two.

Every actor is a migrant worker. We go were the crops are, and when the season's over, we move on. It's a financial merry-go-round of arts subsidy through low-wages. In such a dervish, we can't be surprised, and should be loathe to judge, when one of the migrants reaches out and grabs a golden ring.
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Aug 31, 2015 Laurence Ballard commented on Will Republican Outrage at Obama for Renaming Mt. McKinley Outlast This Revelation?.
Trump just tweeted he'll change it back, again.
As President.
Jesus.
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