Movie review: The Stanford Prison Experiment

Movie review:  The Stanford Prison Experiment

You only deserve as much abuse as you are willing to tolerate.  That has become one of my personal credos over the years.  Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez validated this for me once again in his docudrama The Stanford Prison Experiment.  I attended a matinee showing of this film at Circle Cinema in Whittier Square this week.  I must say that it was a somewhat difficult two hours to sit through.  The story focus is an experiment planned for two weeks that was ended after six days.  Before the film’s end I fully understood why. The Stanford Prison Experiment is a dramatization of the actual experiment constructed and directed by Stanford University psychology professor Dr. Phillip Zimbardo.  I vividly recall reading about this in my first junior college...

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The decline of the fourth estate

The decline of the fourth estate

It has been another exciting week along this the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66.  One historic date that passed nearly unnoticed was the 228th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution which was Thursday, September 17th.  I realize I refer to the Constitution often as so many topics I write about somehow relate to it.  Honestly, how many people have you ever known that walked around with a copy of it in their pocket?  The Constitution is the one document that is the heart and soul of the nation.  The Bill of Rights is what defines America and chief among them is the First Amendment.  The First Amendment guarantees five freedoms: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or...

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Sooner Road Warriors!

Sooner Road Warriors!

As an OU alumnus as well as a dedicated fan and follower of Sooner Football, I have had my concerns about the coaching leadership of Bob Stoops and the program since their epic collapse last season.  Honestly, Bedlam 2014 in Norman was a terrible sight for a sober fan (and not much better for the tipsy ones) as our beloved Sooners failed to emerge victorious in OT against the embolden and surging in-state rival the Cowboys of Oklahoma State.  The Sooner bowl misadventure versus Clemson was equally forgettable as I spoke of in this post from late last December.  To say the awful ending to last year cast a huge shadow of doubt upon this season and the Stoops regime is an understatement.  That doubt was assuaged little last week when the Sooner offense started slow...

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Winning blue in a sea of red

Winning blue in a sea of red

It was an eventful week along this, the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66.  There was a special election in House District 85 (NW Oklahoma City) to replace the late David Dank who sadly passed away earlier this year.  This particular district has been a GOP bastion since its formation over fifty years ago.  Indeed, this district was once represented by our current state chief executive, Governor Mary Fallin. What makes this special election worthy of national news is that it was won by the Democratic candidate, Cyndi Munson.   Not only was it won, it was won decisively by a vote percentage of 54 to 46 over the GOP candidate Chip Carter.   It is too bad for Mr. Carter that dollars cannot vote as he vastly outraised and outspent Ms. Munson by a margin of...

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Honoring the generators of all wealth

Honoring the generators of all wealth

History tends to be cyclical.  It is true that the more things change the more they stay the same.  Of the issues which confronted the nation’s working people one hundred years ago, many still are relevant despite the many times the World has turned over since.  One hundred years ago the fight for the rights of the American worker was being waged in full.  Labor vs Management was an all out conflict of demanding the rights of working people that often got violent and ugly.  The hard fought battle for the rights of American workers culminated in 1935 with the passage of the pro-union Wagner Act.  It seems that industrial and corporate forces have sought to contain labor ever since.  The struggle of American organized labor however dates back quite further...

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