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Movie Review: Jurassic World

by Steve Lancaster9/19/18
This is the fifth in the dinosaur rebirth series, and by far the worst. The first movie, Jurassic Park (1993), had a plausible story line and wonderful CG dinosaurs. Even the second movie, Lost World (1997) in the series had some redeeming plot twists and again the CG Dinosaurs were the real stars. More » • (84 views)

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McCain, Bipartisanship, and the ‘Congress Problem’

by Jon N. Hall9/17/18
John McCain’s funeral at the National Cathedral brings to mind an admonition some will have heard in the cinematic recreation of a memorial at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London for T.E. Lawrence: “Well, nil nisi bonum” – “Of the dead, [say] nothing but good.” More » • (87 views)

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Believe in Something

by Deana Chadwell9/9/18
Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything. Just do it. Seldom have I heard a sillier string of sentences. I don’t even care whose face it’s plastered across. Nor do I care which half-witted, left-winged company lurks behind it. More » • (220 views)

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Driving the Point Home

SellwynThumbby Selwyn Duke8/30/18
Stupid Media and the Claim that Woman are Better Drivers than Men  •  There’s the Stupid Media and the Smart Media. Part of the job of the Smart Media (yours truly, among others), though it does get tiresome, is to debunk the stupidity of the Stupid Media. More » • (101 views)

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Legalizing the Constitution

by Deana Chadwell8/28/18
I once had a bumper sticker that read “Legalize the Constitution,” and occasionally I would find myself having to explain it, and often to defend it. Really? Not only is the Bill of Rights no longer understood or venerated, but confusion reigns. More » • (215 views)

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TV Series Review: Bosch

by Steve Lancaster8/26/18
The LA Cop  •  People are intrigued by cops and spies. Every year there are hundreds of books, movies and articles written about them. In the case of police dramas New York and Los Angeles lead the pack. The long running Law and Order series and its spin-offs and the continuing popularity of Blue Bloods are good examples. More » • (264 views)

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If They Haven’t Learned…

by Deana Chadwell8/3/18
Picture 10-year-old Johnny, his masculinity threatened on every level, his mental and physical energy denied expression, his home life hectic and unsupportive, his continued inability to read becoming more debilitating every year, and his boredom level has climbed off any available chart. More » • (166 views)

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Fragmentation and the Family

by Deana Chadwell7/16/18
Time was when society was a fairly simple arrangement. There was Noah and his wife and the three sons and their wives.  That mini-society obviously worked well because in just a few hundred years human beings found the time to build giant monuments. More » • (265 views)

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The West since the Cold War

by Jon N. Hall7/12/18
Since the liberation of Europe’s Soviet Bloc in 1989 and the demise in 1991 of the Soviet Union itself, the West has become so pathetic that one might be forgiven for having a little wistful nostalgia for the Cold War era. More » • (192 views)

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Saturday Morning at the Village Inn

by Steve Lancaster7/7/18
My wife is out of town this week, so I am a bachelor and not wanting or needing to cook I have been eating out most of the week. This morning it was breakfast at Village Inn. Village Inn is a national chain of diner style restaurants that serve breakfast 24/7. More » • (90 views)

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Time to Put the Democratic Party on Suicide Watch?

SellwynThumbby Selwyn Duke7/3/18
There perhaps has never been a time when the Democrats did a better job of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. After being well ahead in the generic congressional polls, those numbers collapsed early this year along with the Trump/Russia/Collusion narrative. More » • (139 views)

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TV Series Review: Game of Thrones

by Steve Lancaster7/2/18
Season One  •  The Game of Thrones series has been a great success for HBO in the last ten years. I won’t attempt to analyze the series episode by episode but cover it with the broader themes of season by season. So, this will take several updates to complete, or until we are all bored of it, whichever comes first. More » • (103 views)

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