The United States of Oceania?

The United States of Oceania?

We have survived into the second week of President Trump’s America and to say this has been a newsworthy few days is an understatement.  In just over one week there have been over a dozen Presidential Executive Orders including some that impose unconstitutional overreach on specific segments of the population.  Through it all, the President has opted to attempt to underscore his legitimacy by floating the rightwing go-to argument of pervasive voter fraud.  This is playing out before the backdrop of the overarching intertwined issues of which facts, (empirical, experiential or “alternative”) will determine truth, who will control the frame of the message and which source or sources will be recognized as a legitimate deliverers of it.  This real...

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Documentary Film Review: TrumpLand

Documentary Film Review:  TrumpLand

A mere eleven days before the 2016 General Election, the latest work of documentary filmmaker Michael Moore opened at Tulsa’s Circle Cinema.  In TrumpLand, Mr. Moore focuses little on the GOP candidate himself and mostly on the the voters who support him and why.  He also thoroughly discusses the history of Hillary Rodham Clinton and his history as an author with her.  Call me a bonafide liberal, but I processed this film as I would a family group dynamic session.  I commend Mr. Moore with attempting to connect with all Americans by seeking to underscore our commonalities and why so many conservative and former middle class citizens are filled with so much righteous anger at the Washington status quo.  At the end of the day we all still have to live with...

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Documentary Film Review: Eat That Question–Frank Zappa in his own words

Documentary Film Review:  Eat That Question–Frank Zappa in his own words

Ever since that magical time in my youth when I acquired an eclectic taste for not only his music but the dark humor and excoriating social commentary of Frank Zappa, I have often retreated into my happy place where I keep my personal altar to one of my favorite musical and messaging geniuses.  Of all the great entertainers and enlightened minds that we have lost over the past twenty-five years Zappa ranks among the two I miss the most, the other being Mr. George Carlin.  Tulsa’s Circle Cinema was the venue on Friday evening for the premier of the new documentary film on the life of one of my all time favorite musicians, Eat That Question:  Frank Zappa in his own words.  There was even a Frank Zappa trivia session in the Circle’s gallery before the...

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Documentary film review: A Better Life

Documentary film review:  A Better Life

My dear brothers, sisters, readers of Reason Rest Stop and only friends, you all no doubt recall how often I enjoy writing glowing testimonials of the venues, enclaves, social organizations and events that make living along this the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66 tolerable for people like us.  I had another such opportunity on Saturday evening when New York native and life long atheist Chris Johnson made his first ever visit to Tulsa and to Oklahoma for a director’s screening at Circle Cinema of his film A Better Life-100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy and Meaning in a World Without God.   The film was ninety minutes of a veritable who’s who of celebrity non-believers offering their personal accounts from how they arrived at their own non-belief...

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Movie review: Free State of Jones

Movie review:  Free State of Jones

There is nothing that succeeds better at debunking popular mythology like using a seemingly far fetched but true story to do it.  In light all the recent hoopla over how a certain former battlefield standard was all about “heritage not hate,” it would behoove all who bought that load of nonsense without question to do a little research on its history and what it really stood for.  If they don’t have time to do that then maybe they could watch movie that explains in no uncertain terms. If they did take the time to watch such a movie they could hopefully learn some things basic to being a real American.  Issues like income inequality, unregulated capitalism and wealthy interests stacking the deck in favor of wealthy interests at the expense of the...

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Documentary film review: Oklahoma Shakedown

Documentary film review:  Oklahoma Shakedown

Collateral damage.  Booming economy.  The price we pay for doing business. These were sentiments expressed by certain parties in the course of the documentary film, Oklahoma Shakedown.  Film maker Taylor Lee Mullins was on hand with one of the activists appearing in his film, Angela Spotts, at Circle Cinema on Tuesday evening for a free viewing of his award winning work.  Mr. Mullins’ film won “Best Oklahoma Documentary” at the Bare Bones International Film Festival in Muskogee this past weekend. In the interest of full disclosure, Yours Truly and Ms. Spotts and her husband Jeff all know each other.  They were my late father’s former next door neighbors.  That said, she did not disappoint in terms of enlightening information presented...

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