Movie Review: Unbroken

Movie Review:  Unbroken

I will state for the record that I have never been a big fan of Angelina Jolie but in her directorial debut she really knocked it out of the park! Unbroken is a pull-no-punches story of survival and service to the nation under the most difficult of circumstances.  It is the true account of the war time ordeal of Olympic track star Louis Zamperini.  Director Jolie and the screenwriters, among whom are the Coen brothers, create an excellent first person account of 1Lt. Zamperini’s performance as a bombardier aboard a US Army Air Corps B-24 Liberator.  That first person account is interspersed with breakaway segments to Zamperini’s formative years and early life challenges on the streets and running tracks of Torrance, CA and the 1936 Berlin Olympics. ...

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A Christmas Truce

One hundred years ago today during the first year of the Great War, German and British soldiers suffering through the common misery of trench warfare along the Western Front ceased fire and celebrated a common holiday………together.  All accounts indicate this was an action carried out by individual units of front line soldiers on both sides who demanded a respite from the inhumanity of armed conflict, even if just for a few hours.  Naturally, when the senior officers on both sides learned of this unofficial truce, fraternization with the enemy and disengagement from hostilities they were furious!  I mean that is not what war is about after all.  War is about applying military force to achieve political ends at all costs!  It is a...

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Remembering the end of America’s first Vietnam

Two hundred years ago this Christmas Eve representatives of the United States and Great Britain negotiated an end to the War of 1812 in the Flemish city of Ghent.  The Treaty of Ghent restored relations between the two nations to Status Quo Antebellum.  Hostilities still existed until the treaty was ratified by the governments of both nations which for Great Britain was December 30th, 1814 and the United States not until February 18th, 1815.  During the interceding time, General Andrew Jackson defeated Maj. General Edward Pakenham at the Battle of New Orleans in what is remembered as one of the most lopsided victories in annals of military exploits. Many who know little about the US war with Britain of 1812 readily dismiss that two and half year conflict as a...

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The misery of living in Obama’s America

The misery of living in Obama’s America

    I am not going to spend a lot of time or bandwidth on this but I would like to express that given where we as a nation were in terms of key economic indicators at 12:01 PM January 20th, 2009 I would prefer to remain where we are now rather than march backward. What’s that catch phrase?  Oh, FORWARD! Photo:  My local QT...

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When North Korea says “Jump!” who asks “How high?”

When North Korea says “Jump!” who asks “How high?”

This week’s cyber-hacking of Sony Pictures by agents of the government of North Korea has brought multiple issues to the attention of our nation.  Among them the focus of investing resources preparing for the next conflict instead of the last one.  We’ve known about nature of future hostile actions against our nation for some time and now here it is.  Who and what dictates policy for US businesses?  I am four square in President Obama’s corner when he said “Sony made a mistake” by pulling their movie “The Interview“ for its Christmas Day release.  I also agree with the President that a proportional response to such an attack is appropriate.  That brings us to the overarching issue in all this; the US relationship with...

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