Author Archives: Steve Lancaster

Documentary Review: They Shall Not Grow Old

by Steve Lancaster4/22/19
Peter Jackson, director of Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fame, released this documentary last year. In the copious number of movies and books made about the Great War, this is one of the best—for as much of what it does not do as much as what it does. More » • (33 views)

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Passover 2019

by Steve Lancaster4/16/19
I admit being a secular Jew, also a Marine and retired officer of CIA. I hold citizenship as a native born American and returned Israeli. To my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren I have taught that Passover is not an event that happened some 3000 years ago but is happening now in our daily lives. More » • (144 views)

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TV Series Review: Season II: Westworld (HBO)

by Steve Lancaster4/14/19
In season one, Westworld established the existence of a theme park populated by androids whose single purpose was to be fodder for the rapacious instincts of the human guests. The androids are murdered, abused, raped, and tortured, rebuilt and returned to service the next day. More » • (46 views)

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Movie Review: Highwaymen

by Steve Lancaster3/31/19
It is western story as old as Texas. Two Texas Rangers are charged by the governor of Texas to find and bring to justice two outlaws who were robbing banks and killing people in five states. If you get a picture of John Wayne, or Randolph Scott in your mind, don’t feel bad to discover it is not. More » • (252 views)

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TV Series Review: Babylon 5

by Steve Lancaster3/5/19
Season 3 and part of 4  •  If you’re a science fiction fan you probably have some strong feelings about Babylon 5. Frankly, some criticism is deserved. Most of season 1 and 2 are rarely interesting and seldom much more than a future based reality show (Jersey Girls in space). More » • (90 views)

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Oh, the Horror

by Steve Lancaster1/28/19
It is time I came clean to the awfulness. I attended public schools in the 50s and 60s, not only that but in the South. According to some it is a wonder that I can walk and chew gum at the same time. More » • (116 views)

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An Old-Fashioned Southern Wedding

by Steve Lancaster12/21/18
My wife and I just returned from a 2200-mile road trip to attend the daughter of a friend’s wedding. The groom is an engineer and owns a pizza restaurant here in Fayetteville. The bride assumed my wife’s job as a financial analyst in the Chemical Engineering department of the University of Arkansas. More » • (95 views)

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Movie Review: Operation Finale

by Steve Lancaster12/8/18
Hannah Arendt describes the Eichmann trial and what she labels, “the banality of evil” in her book, Eichmann in Jerusalem.  The phrase has slipped into common usage by people who have never read or even heard of The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951), or On Violence (1970). More » • (90 views)

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Music Man and Fiddler on the Roof

by Steve Lancaster11/18/18
The American Broadway musical is seldom taken as serious drama. However, even within the confines of the musical, serious themes can be explored. In spite of energetic songs and music the musical has real people in real situations. The music sets a quality for the actor’s dialogue and contributes to the story. More » • (76 views)

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Book Review: The Glass Bead Game

by Steve Lancaster11/5/18
by Herman Hesse  •  Das Glasperienspiel  or Magister Ludi is one of Hesse’s most interesting and sophisticated works. It is fiction, science fiction, philosophy, satire and political science. Hesse is one of a prodigious group of German writers of the first half of the 20th century; More » • (80 views)

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TV Series Review: Ken Burns’ Civil War

by Steve Lancaster10/28/18
All civil wars are rebellions, but not all rebellions are civil wars. The difference being a rebellion doesn’t seek to replace the government, but to separate from it and form a separate government. More » • (166 views)

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Book Review: Why We Fight

by Steve Lancaster10/26/18
By Dr. Sebastian Gorka  •  Over the last few years we all have gotten to know Dr. Gorka. He is a regular commentator on Fox and other networks, advisor to candidate and then president Trump. He is known as an academic with a numbers of policy papers, briefings, and books under his belt. More » • (114 views)

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