Movie Review: Selma

Movie Review:  Selma

When you undertake telling a story like Selma you are taking something down from altar and you had better do it justice.  This historic drama directed by Ava DuVernay did exactly that.  The intriguing thing about the final polished product is that it was done using British talent in most of the lead roles.  Indeed, British actors David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo delivered excellent performances as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King respectively.  Two other British actors give good performances as President Lyndon Johnson played by Tom Wilkinson and Alabama Governor George C. Wallace played by Tim Roth.  As the saying goes, if you can do it then it is not boasting and this cast did it well. The story begins with an ugly scene of the racial hatred in...

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The Winds of Change are sweepin’ down the plains and to the Right!

The Winds of Change are sweepin’ down the plains and to the Right!

According to the latest State of the States poll by Gallup, the American electorate is moving decidedly to the political Right.  The findings of this poll however are lost on those of us residing along the most conservative stretch of the Mother Road as Oklahoma by any reasonable assessment is already there and has been for the past few years.  As the poll indicates, it was not always like that.  As recently as 2006, with President George W. Bush riding herd over things like the botched Katrina response, the Iraq insurgency that only seemed to get worse and domestic economic policies that would eventually collapse like the house of cards they indeed were, the voters of Oklahoma saw fit to elect or reelect Democrats to eight of nine state offices.  It was 2008 and...

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Reflections of national values on Super Bowl Sunday

Being a diehard Oklahoma Sooner fan and fan of college football in general, I do not follow the pro game other than maybe to see from time to time how former OU players are doing.  Some who were drafted into the pros after their playing days at OU went on to have stellar careers.  Admittedly, some have been disappointing for things that have nothing to do with football, Adrian Peterson for example.  All that said, I really don’t have a dog in the fight that is Super Bowl XLIX.  I am just sitting back and taking in the spectacle like so many other people, some 186 million other people, will be doing this evening.  Yes, this Super Bowl could set records for viewership and spending.  Hmmm,  186 million viewers.  That is like 134 million more than watched Game...

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