Whedon factor: Why I call Twitter the cesspool of social media

Ryan with teen cancer survivors

Ryan’s Tweet drew insults from a film writer and director who suggested the girls, teen cancer survivors, weren’t a ’10’. I think all these survivors are beautiful.

Imagine this. A Tinseltown star born with a silver pedigree enjoys a charmed life doing what he loves—directing and writing films. He’s fortunate—you’d think he’d spread sunshine wherever he goes.

Instead, he appears bent on spreading negativity and hatred towards those he disagrees with politically. That is the true mark of authoritarianism—an insistence that only one belief system is acceptable. Joss Whedon, in my opinion, demonstrates all that is wrong with politics these days.  Continue reading

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‘Dog Company’ more evidence showing Trump should review war cases in military courts

Pt. 2 of 2

DogCompany cover copy

DogCompany cover copy

 

The bestseller Dog Company: A True Story of American Soldiers Abandoned by Their High Command is another in a long string of reminders it’s time for President Donald Trump to correct mistakes.

Those mistakes date to the administrations of presidents George W. Bush, a Republican, and Barack Obama, a Democrat.

The book makes mistakes by both administrations obvious.  Continue reading

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As anti-free speech forces dominate Berkeley, FBI report on spies forgotten

First Amendment gag

Image: The US Report

In 2011 the FBI released a report revealing concerns about what the public calls “spies” at US universities. Few in media paid it attention.

Now as Berkeley and other campuses thrive with an anti-American clampdown on speech encouraged by the left, the report is worth revisiting.  Continue reading

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Military injustice: Bestselling ‘Dog Company’ a riveting book deserving a film

Pt. 1 of 2

Dog Company cover

‘Dog Company’ cover

Advocacy for members of the US military has long been part of my activism, and after reading the best-seller Dog Company: A True Story of American Soldiers Abandoned by Their High Command, I am as appalled at injustice dealt our troops as I have ever been.

The book written by former US Army captain Roger Hill and bestselling author Lynn Vincent is a page turner that will ultimately lead many to question how long politicians inside and outside the military will continue to inflict policies that kill, wound, and maim our soldiers. Ms. Vincent is also a veteran, having served in the US Navy.  Continue reading

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Despite political adversity, ‘The Promise’ film survives to recount Armenian genocide

Armenian refugee camp in Paris, American Military Hospital 3. (US Library of Congress; Aug. 13, 1918)

Armenian refugee camp in Paris as rations were about to be distributed, American Military Hospital 3. (US Library of Congress;1918)

The Armenian genocide, unlike other mass killings of a targeted people, is one of the best kept secrets in history. Academics don’t dwell on it if they mention it at all in history classes.

While putting the past behind us is key to forgiveness and strength, ignoring the mass killing of any people is unacceptable.

Now a new film The Promise relates this chapter in history by telling the story of a love triangle.  Continue reading

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First 100 Days: Best-selling autopsy reveals Hillary mystery and unpaid bills for wannabe spoiler

Shattered book

Shattered, the new bestseller about the 2016 Clinton campaign, is getting lots of attention.

President Donald Trump’s media critics are currently grading him on his first 100 days in office, but there are other matters deserving interest that have nothing to do with Trump.

A best-selling autopsy on Hillary Clinton’s campaign is drawing attention from all quarters, and the wannabe spoiler—the former CIA spook—who attempted to stop Trump appears unable to pay his campaign bills.

Welcome to the US of perpetual election angst. Continue reading

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Surprise farewell: Chaffetz won’t run for reelection

Chaffetz with military vet 2016

Chaffetz with US military veteran on Veteran’s Day, 2016. [Photo: Jason Chaffetz public Facebook page]

Amid fanfare over Democrats facing a runoff election for Georgia congressional district 6, news of a surprise farewell is just beginning to draw attention.

House Oversight committee chair Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) won’t run for reelection in 2018. Chaffetz also sat on the powerful Judiciary committee.

Naturally, many are wondering what led to Chaffetz’s decision. Presumably he’d have been a shoo-in for reelection. Continue reading

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