Musings & Thoughts for Friday, September 3, 2021, or: Reports from Far & Near

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Friday, September 3, 2021. It’s another hot, humid, and – later – rainy early autumn day here in the Sunshine State. Currently, the temperature is 83˚F (29˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the southwest at 2 MPH (4 KM/H) and humidity at 62%, the heat index is 92˚F (33˚C). The forecast for today calls for scattered rain showers and a high of 90˚F (32˚C). Tonight, skies will be partly cloudy. The low will be 73˚F (23˚C). The Air Quality Index (AQI) is 52 or Moderate.

The Jenna Ryan Saga Ends

Remember Jennifer Leigh “Jenna” Ryan? She’s the Dallas-area Texas real estate agent who, along with three friends, flew to Washington, DC in early January to participate in the now infamous Stop the Steal protest-turned-riot at the U.S. Capitol. Ryan was one of the many supporters of former President Donald Trump who, per her own words on social media, stormed the Capitol in the first – and deadly – attack on the Capitol since the British burned Washington in August of 1814 during the War of 1812.

Ryan became a polarizing individual in the immediate aftermath of the Capitol breach, partly because she was a willing participant who chronicled her illegal entry into a restricted federal building – touting her real estate business in the midst of her pro-Trump activity – but mostly because she never showed any remorse for her actions.

Indeed, Ryan seemed to thrive on all the negative attention she was getting from people who criticized her participation in the riots and – exasperatingly – exhibited her feelings of white privilege when she boasted that she would never go to jail because she was blonde, had a good job, and was white.

Well, Dear Reader, after seven months of claiming she was innocent and that she was only at the Stop the Steal protest because she believed “her” President asked her to be there, Ryan, 51, accepted a plea deal and pled guilty to one of the four charges levied against her in January.

Per the article JENNA RYAN FINALLY PLEADS GUILTY TO STORMING THE CAPITOL by Central Track reporter Alexis Castillo:

On Thursday, August 19, Jenna Ryan — the real estate broker from Frisco, who famously flew on a private jet with some friends to D.C. in order to voice her displeasure in the 2020 presidential election results, entered the Capitol building with the rest of the January 6 mob, posed for pictures near broken windows and then tweeted that it was “one of the best days of [her] life” — finally pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge of “parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.”

Ryan was arrested on January 15 on charges of disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds. In the wake of her arrest, she called for a presidential pardon from former president Donald Trump to no avail.

After entering her plea last week, Ryan will now await a November 4 sentencing. At that court appearance, she could receive up to six months in jail, a $5,000 fine and an additional $500 that would go toward repaying the U.S. Department of Treasury’s assessment of nearly $1.5 million in damages caused by the participants in the Capitol riots.

Will Ryan get six months in jail? That’s up to the presiding judge, of course, but I hope she does. For many months her Twitter feed was full of defiance and arrogance. She blocked many of her critics, including me, in June, but sometimes I can still see what she posts on her Twitter account from links in earlier posts I wrote about “Insurrectionist Barbie.” She is still a die-hard conservative who is thrilled about the new restrictions on abortion in Texas, and she still posts links to right-wing media sites such as the Gateway Pundit. Considering that her tweets show how unrepentant she is about supporting Trump and her hate for liberals in general, I think the judge might throw the book at her and send her to jail. Or maybe not. We’ll see.

Closer to Home

Judging from a look at my Amazon account’s Orders page, I have arrived at the conclusion that I’ll be fortunate indeed if Paramount Home Media Distribution manages to ship its Star Trek: The Original 4-Movie Collection in time for its street release date of Tuesday, September 7.

See, the coronavirus pandemic has affected the physical media supply line hard, especially in the North American domestic market. Astoundingly, there is only one Blu-ray factory in the region, and it currently manufactures not just the new 4K UHD Blu-rays, but also the “normal” 1080p  Blu-ray discs (BDs) and discs for game consoles. That means one facility is responsible for disc-based home media products, and for various reasons, including the growing popularity of streaming services, the industry did not perceive a need for more manufacturing plants in the region.

That means that when there’s a problem in the supply chain, a studio’s optimistic release schedule gets derailed by delays in meeting deadlines or shortfalls in stock keeping units (SKUs). So even if you put in a pre-order on a box set like the 8-disc Star Trek: The Original 4-Movie Collection two months in advance (which is what I did), there’s always a chance that a SNAFU will occur and you’ll end up getting your order two weeks later.

Based on how things look on my Amazon Orders page, I can say with a high degree of confidence that I will receive Warner Bros. Zack Snyder’s Justice League on Tuesday. The status clearly states Arriving Tueday, Sept. 7without any hint of equivocation.

On the other hand, my order for the Star Trek box set – which I bought mainly for its 4K UHD content – is a classic example of Amazon’s unwillingness to commit to a sure shipping date.



We will email you when we have an estimated delivery date.

Oh, well. I already own the 2009 six-film Blu-ray set that includes the four films In this box set, so if the 55th Anniversary set with the 4K UHD discs doesn’t ship in time, I can watch those if I get a yen for watching the further adventures of Kirk, Spock, and the rest of The Original Series crew. And I’ll get to see a movie I haven’t seen – Zack Snyder’s Justice League – when that order arrives, so it’s not like I will be unhappy on the seventh.

Well, that’s all the news I have for you today, Dear Reader, so I’ll close this post here. Stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.


Jenna Ryan Finally Pleads Guilty to Storming the Capitol, August 23, 2021 article by Alexis Castillo, The Central Track

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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