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Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu10/8/17
When the First Gulf War erupted, I felt the urge to try and understand Arab culture and history so I bought a number of books to help me in this pursuit.  One of those books was The Arab Mind, by Raphael Patai. More » • (311 views)

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Democrats Politicize Las Vegas before Blood Even Dry

SellwynThumbby Selwyn Duke10/6/17
Before the blood was even dry in Las Vegas, Democrats coast to coast were pushing gun control. Hillary Clinton led the charge, finding time between fainting spells to tweet “Our grief isn’t enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.” More » • (278 views)

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We love you, Annie. Godspeed.

by Brad Nelson10/4/17
Her son, Alex, called me tonight to let me know that our Anniel had passed away peacefully today or yesterday. The details were lost in the sudden shock of the realization. More » • (366 views)

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Melancholia: Rethinking a Movie

by Jon N. Hall9/30/17
Thinking that I would soon have to trade in my DVR and thus lose all my recorded movies I decided to watch one that I had recorded more than three years ago but hadn’t seen: Melancholia (2011) by the Danish writer-director Lars von Trier. As I survey von Trier’s oeuvre, More » • (144 views)

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Power Outage

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu9/30/17
In today’s news is a story of an Air France airliner on route from Paris to L.A., which lost an engine and had to make an emergency landing in Canada.  The link is to an article which shows the damaged engine during flight and after landing. More » • (314 views)

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Holes in our Heads

by Deana Chadwell9/19/17
We’ve all noticed that our leftist fellow-Americans have ceased to make sense. We’ve figured out that they’ve descended into redundant, irrational name-calling because they’ve lost the thread of their argument – if there ever was one. But, lately, due to several articles I’ve run across More » • (333 views)

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TV Series Review: The Wire

by Steve Lancaster9/18/17
The Wire is a five-season crime drama from HBO. It is available on Amazon Prime. The series is 60 episodes and the first thing I recommend is that you think of each season as an extremely long movie. Each season has a general theme that reappears in the next season most often as a side note to some other investigation. More » • (261 views)

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Speaking Of Cats

by Anniel9/15/17
I am definitely not a die-hard cat lover, although we have occasionally had one left with us, and I have learned to like them. Cate, our youngest daughter, has needed a cat to love because of her illness and enforced isolation. Bear and I have inherited her first cat, Eeva Kissa, Eeva being a Finnish female name, and Kissa the Finnish word for “Cat.” More » • (205 views)

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Movie Review: The Founder

by Steve Lancaster8/31/17
I have avoided watching this movie for several years, but as it is available on Netflix I thought it might be worth some time. The movie claims to be the story of how Ray Kroc, an obscure salesman from the Midwest, became the biggest name in the restaurant business. More » • (525 views)

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Oliver Stone and Confederate Monuments

by Jon N. Hall8/27/17
Some conservatives may have issues with Hollywood director Oliver Stone. But in the wake of the recent horror in Charlottesville and the uproar over Confederate statues, I’m reminded of the segment in his 2017 The Putin Interviews when Stone ventures out into Red Square to visit the Kremlin Wall Necropolis. More » • (547 views)

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Bless Judge Merryday

by Anniel8/27/17
In the case of United States of America vs. Joseph Bishop, Case No. xxx. In the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division, Judge Steven D. Merryday, has set a new precedent for legal jurisprudence in the United States. And it all came about because of the “Total” Eclipse of the Sun, which set hearts atwitter across the nation on August 21, 2017. More » • (332 views)

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TV Series Review: True Detective

by Steve Lancaster8/26/17
True Detective is available on Amazon or as part of your HBO subscription.  •  True Detective should be much better than it is. I had previously avoided watching this 2-season series. In part, because I dislike Woody Harrelson as an actor. I find him one-dimensional and stiff. More » • (300 views)

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