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Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2, Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy was one of my favorite Marvel movies. In fact, I would even place it among my favorites. Its unique blend of roller coaster action, off the wall humor, stunning visuals and catchy beats was irresistible. This is remarkable because I remember seeing the trailer and thinking that Disney was scraping the bottom of the Marvel barrel. However, I really enjoyed Volume 1 despite my initial impression.

 The Guardians, headlined by Chris Pratt (as Star Lord), have excellent chemistry as they reprise their roles. The supporting cast is good as well, with Michael Rooker ( Yondu) leading the way. The action scenes are delightful and the eye popping visual scenery explodes across the screen. Like the first movie, the soundtrack contains the best of the 60's and 70's. This is one movie you really should see in theater to soak in the sights and sounds.

My only quibble with the film is that while the overall plot is quite good, some of the secondary plots seem a bit f…
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Book Review: Deathride

In Deathride, John Mosier casts a critical eye at the historical narrative of the Eastern Front in WW2. He challenges the narrative that the Russians stopped the Germans cold at Stalingrad and then moved from triumph to triumph as they drove them back. Instead, he paints a grimmer picture as the Russian army is bleed nearly white by the Germans tenacious fighting. He uses the casualty records show the Germans repeatedly crushed Soviet armies. I do agree with his conclusion that the Western Allies offensives in the Mediterranean, Italy and eventually France were a primary factor that allowed the Soviets to remain on the offensive despite their staggering losses.

One of the book's major conclusions was that the famous battle of Stalingrad was not a crippling German defeat. He also argues that the battle of Kursk a year later almost resulted in a critical German victory.

Most controversially he argues that the war in the East destroyed not just the Reich but the Soviet Union. He show…

Fact Checking the Fact Checker

An interesting new development has come about as a direct result of the recent actions in Syria. These actions started with chemical weapons being used by Assad, and resulted in President Trump authorizing the use of Tomahawk cruise missiles to attack the Shayrat Air Base.

The wisdom of this action is another subject entirely, I am always wary of any entanglement with the Middle East and Syria is a place with no clear cut good guys, no real hope of stability no matter what happens, no gain to America's interests, and no clear objectives for victory even under the aforesaid conditions.

However, it has brought to light an interesting development...PolitiFact has retracted a previous fact check that they rated as true. Breitbart reports the following:
PolitiFact has pulled a 2014 fact-check on remarks about Syria by former Secretary of State John Kerry after the claim the Obama administration “got ‘100 percent’ of chemical weapons out of Syria” turned out to be false.
In a post about…

Trump's First Congressional Speech

Last night Trump showed the charisma and stage presence of a veteran politician. In his first address before a joint session of congress, Trump struck a optimistic note with his bold vision of America's future. 

Trump highlighted his accomplishments in the first month in office including his job initiatives and the beginning  of the border wall project. He also mentioned his supreme out nominee Neil Gorsuch. He acknowledged the mess America is in but he balanced that with optimism

Trump also emphasized how his administration was placing the American people first. In my favorite line of the speech he said:

"My job is not to represent the world. My job is to represent the United States of America"

This simple statement has been foreign to America's leaders for decades, yet it sums up why Trump won the election. 

The speech also included a moving tribute to Carryn Owens, widow of a recently killed Navy SEAL. This was fitting tribute to William Owens  who faithfully served hi…

The Media Has No Clothes

The news media is in shock, reeling from a devasting election loss and a massive upswing in the people who do not trust anything that comes out of the mouth of a news anchor, or from the pen of a news reporter.

This is one of the greatest services that President Trump has performed for the American people as his election brought to sharp light the wretched liars of the news media, as their hatred for anything that smacked of freedom from groupthink and closet fascism was laid grossly bare.

Now, faced with a crisis of confidence that dwarfs anything ever faced before by the grandiosely named "Fourth Estate", the news media has chosen to double down on their biased reporting and bare faced lying.

They do this because to do anything else would force them to confront the fact that their precious "journalistic integrity" is nothing but a hollow shame. They want to see themselves in the light of bold knights of truth, attacking the powerful and the privileged and protect…

A Response to the Refugee Crisis

Trump recently issued an executive order temporarily barring individuals from seven countries from coming to the United States. From the panic and outrage emanating from the left, you would think he was dropping thousands of bombs on most of these countries. Oh wait that was Obama and Bush.

 The response from left has been the predictable outrage. However, the response from Christian left has been disturbing. By now, if you have been on Facebook, you have probably been inundated with posts and articles claiming you are not being Christian if we do not accept refugees.

Here are few common threads of these posts.

1. Theyare citing some verses from the Old Testament about welcoming the foreigner. 

Note these are usually the first to shriek about the dangers of theocracy in America. To watch their brains melt, ask them if they are also planning on stoning adulterers as well. The Bible isn't a buffet where you get to pick different verses you like. Instead, it is a series of dispensati…

The Pravda of the Left: Fisking the Huffington Post Over "Fake News"

The Huffington Post spends a great deal of its time valiantly attempting to beat out the Soviet mouthpiece Pravda for the distinguished title of Best Socialist Propaganda Publication. It has a great deal of competition of course, as The Guardian, the New York Times...actually every major MSM publication vies for this crown. The amount of ignorance with conviction that is spouted is truly remarkable, or rather it would be remarkable if we hadn’t all gotten used to seeing the mainstream media’s glaring biases nakedly exposed as never before over the past year. Speaking Rather, Dan “false but true” Rather is now teaching a course on Udemy on truth in journalism, which is certainly the greatest example of irony since Attila the Hun taught a course on peacefully resolving conflict. Proceeding from the philosophy that anything that makes Democrats and their assorted socialist/fascist/communist allies look bad must be “fake news” and anything that does the opposite must be “real news”, no mat…