Category Archives: movie review

12 Feb

Happy Birthday, President #16

“Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.” -President Abraham Lincoln I remember walking into Barnes & Nobles and being captivated by the jacket cover of this novel. I didn’t purchase the book, but thought it was a great concept. … Continue reading

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28 Nov

Are you a turkey person?

Undefeated is a great piece of film. Charity at any level is important; as well as positive acts. But are you doing it to make yourself feel good and to look good on front of others? Or are you making … Continue reading

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4 Nov

“Marg bar Amrika”

“President Carter inherited an impossible situation — and he and his advisers made the worst of it.”-Gaddis Smith

On this day in history 34 years ago, remember, remember the 4th of November; when militant Islamic students stormed the U.S. embassy, holding 52 Americans hostage for 444 days.

To commemorate that takeover, and to demonstrate opposition to the new president’s call to “tone down” the common, daily-expressed slogan, “Death to America” chants, “tens of thousands” of protesters gathered in Tehran outside the old U.S. embassy in their own “million Islamist march” (or, as they call it, “National Day to Fight Global Arrogance”):

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5 Jul

Tonto and His Sidekick in the New Movie

Well, since there’s nothing new that’s been posted all day; and since it’s the weekend and this is a western-themed blog, here’s a break from politics: The Lone Ranger. I saw a matinee of the new movie yesterday because I … Continue reading

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16 Jun

A Brave New World of Surveillance and Erosion of Privacy?

Aside from fears of government intrusion into the private lives of ordinary citizens, what about intrusion from the private business sector of telecoms, internet apps companies, credit card services, and private data aggregators?

I finally took time out to watch the 2002 film “Minority Report“.

Within the movie, which takes place in something like 2056, iris-recognition technology is fully integrated into society:

Posted in 4th Amendment, Daily Distraction, Entertainment, Facebook & Social Networking, movie review, NSA Wiretap's, Privacy Issues, Technology | 17 Comments | 408 views
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30 Jan

3 Former CIA Officials Review “Zero Dark Thirty”

Yesterday morning, the American Enterprise Institute held an event titled “Watching ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ with the CIA: Separating fact from fiction.”

AEI’s Marc Thiessen (author of “Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack”) will host a panel discussion with three CIA veterans who were involved in the hunt for bin Laden.

General Michael Hayden (ret.), Former Director CIA
John A. Rizzo, Former Chief Legal Officer at CIA
Jose Rodriguez, Former Director National Clandestine Service

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4 Jan

“Zero Dark Thirty”: Dramatized Fiction on CIA “Torture”

How accurate and realistic is the portrayal of CIA interrogation in the film? The movie, after all, opens with a statement saying “based on firsthand accounts of actual events”; then goes on to show the fictionalized brutal abuse and torture of a fictional high value terrorist, including waterboarding.

Well, one “firsthand account” not utilized as an expert consultant to the movie is Jose Rodriguez, former head of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, author of Hard Measures, and unapologetic defender of the CIA’s “torture” program….

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24 Dec

“Zero Dark Thirty” plays it down the middle

I decided to go check out the movie for myself thanks to the ringing endorsement by Senators Feinstein, Levin, and McCain: “I thought it was terrible,” said Feinstein, one of a handful of lawmakers to see the film ahead of … Continue reading

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