Movie review: Trumbo

Movie review:  Trumbo

A little slow down over the holiday this past week gave me and a few friends the opportunity to take in a feature presentation at Tulsa’s Circle Cinema in historic Whittier Square.  Showing on Screen 2 on Thanksgiving Night was director Jay Roach’s biopic Trumbo, a dramatization of the life, work and struggles of blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.  Actor Bryan Cranston delivers a convincing performance in the title role.  Trumbo, an A-List screenwriter with a strong social conscience, took a stand against the abuses of capitalism on American workers as well as rising European fascism in the 1930s and eventually joined the Communist Party (CPUSA) in 1943.  I love the way he dealt with the cognitive dissonance posed by his wealth and his...

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Sooner Bedlam Blowout!

Sooner Bedlam Blowout!

On a cold November night in Stillwater our beloved Oklahoma Sooners eliminated any doubt of team weakness by hanging 44 points on the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the first half!  OU went on to claim their ninth Big 12 Title by posting a final score of 58 to 23 in a clearly dominating performance before an ESPN Gameday primetime audience.  I must admit that after such a poor showing against the worst Texas team in a decade some seven weeks ago in the Cotton Bowl, I had my doubts about the 2015 Sooners.  However, this OU team has consistently improved week by week since and quarterback Baker Mayfield has proven his worthiness for a Heisman Trophy nomination.  I also will admit that without Mayfield’s leadership in the second half last week against TCU, the...

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Refugees: a personal testimony

Refugees:  a personal testimony

I was going to save this particular subject for an upcoming anniversary of a proud moment and defining event in my own life.  However, because of all the media-facilitated scaremongering by political demagogues and aspiring Presidential candidates, I simply could no longer wait.  I think that what is being broadcast by the media sound chamber is as fundamentally wrong as it is offensively irritating.  Am I out of line to wish out loud for high profile people who seemingly know little about what they are spouting off on into live microphones to shut the hell up until they are briefed on a few basic facts? Riding the wave of hysteria created by the ISIS-claimed terror attack that killed so many people in Paris, France this month, local elected politicians along...

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The VP visits the Mother Road’s most conservative stretch

The VP visits the Mother Road’s most conservative stretch

I remember the last time I was at a venue which was inundated with Secret Service agents.  It was April 1991 and the location was the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD.  I was in Phase I of my nurse anesthesia training and my class was in the process of getting our ACLS certifications renewed.  It was an all day evolution in the Education & Training Department of NNMC.  President George H.W. Bush had a run of atrial fibrillation a few weeks previous and had to come to NNMC for his cardiology recheck.  I fortunately arrived early before traffic got backed up by the Presidential motorcade.  I vividly remember all the three piece suits standing in the passageways about fifty or so feet apart, talking into their lapels.  They were all totally...

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A Democratic General

A Democratic General

The advent of term limits in the Oklahoma state legislature has contributed much to the reduction in the number of career politicians along this the most conservative stretch of old Route 66.  It is no longer possible to be a lifelong legislator in this state when you are limited to six two year terms as a state representative or three four year terms as a state senator.  It is however possible to keep any given term limited seat in the same party column by nominating and successfully electing the right candidate with the right message.  Such is the case in Oklahoma House District 8 (Pryor, Claremore, Chouteau) where a good Democrat by the name of Ben Sherrer is serving his last term due to the aforementioned term limits.  His prospective successor kicked off his...

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