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A Few Thoughts on Casablanca

by Brad Nelson10/22/17
This is not a full and complete review of Casablanca, although it should serve as a launching point for further discussion. I posted this on Facebook in 2010. It’s nothing special. I’m still not the writer I need to be to tackle this review. But here are those few thoughts (slightly edited) from the Wayback Machine: More » • (546 views)

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Thinking Outside the Daily Drama

by Brad Nelson10/20/17
As I get older I learn. Sometimes reality is a cruel teacher. There are real enemies in the world. There are bad people who can harm us. But often our worst enemy is ourselves. Sticking our face in a fan and keeping it there is not smart. Hitting your head against the wall just because it feels better when you stop is not kind. More » • (470 views)

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An Open Letter to the NFL

by Anonymous10/15/17
The following was posted by a friend of mine on Facebook who said he had the author’s permission to spread this about.  •  You graduated high school in 2011. Teen years were a struggle. You grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. Your mom was leader of the family & worked tirelessly to keep a roof over your head & food on your plate. More » • (921 views)

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Why I Oppose Banning Bump Stocks

SellwynThumbby Selwyn Duke10/13/17
The latest firearm-equipment boogeyman is the “bump stock,” a device allowing one to fire a semi-automatic rifle more rapidly. Liberals learned of bump stocks because Las Vegas murderer Stephen Paddock had modified 12 of his rifles with them. More » • (239 views)

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It Didn’t End With Mahler

by Steve Lancaster10/12/17
Gustav Mahler, 1860-1911, was the last of traditional composers of the 19th century. His First symphony, composed in 1887/88 is a capstone to the late romantic period of classical music with numerous themes, some of which also appear in Das Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth). More » • (602 views)

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Now, We Know My Mother Has Flaws, but….

SellwynThumbby Selwyn Duke10/11/17
There’s a disclaimer many of us have been conditioned to utter, quite reflexively, and it’s something that has got to stop. When preparing a defense of the United States (against, lamentably, other “Americans”), we may preface it with, “Well, I know our country isn’t perfect” or, as pundit Tucker Carlson said while debating a bigoted lawyer last month More » • (253 views)

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In 1492

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu10/9/17
I know it is not politically correct to admire Christopher Columbus and his “discovery” of the New World, but I am a die-hard believer in the greatness of the man and the importance of his work. More » • (455 views)

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Living in a World of Make-believe

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 » • (501 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 » • (344 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 » • (563 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 » • (202 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 » • (424 views)

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