There’s a lot to be thankful for

This Thanksgiving, it is too much to ask that we cast off the bonds of our evolutionary heritage for good, but it should not be much to let the better angels of our nature have free reign for a single day.  Friday, let the complaints and battles continue again, but Thursday, set it all aside… Continue reading There’s a lot to be thankful for

Twitter, Elon Musk, and the 2022 technology crash

Twitter’s pending collapse is greatly exaggerated even after a large number of staff members quit, but the social media platform is not alone in the chaos plaguing Silicon Valley.  Facebook, Amazon, and others are all experiencing massive layoffs, crumbling stock prices, and shrinking or non-existent profits.  The progressive gravy train is rapidly coming to an… Continue reading Twitter, Elon Musk, and the 2022 technology crash

The Straight Story and the simple genius of David Lynch

The surrealist auteur is known for his mind-bending, time twisting, character warping visions that defy a straightforward rational explanation, but 1999’s The Straight Story takes a simpler and more direct approach for a tale about a man who journeys 240 miles to reconnect with his ailing brother on his riding lawnmower. David Lynch is not… Continue reading The Straight Story and the simple genius of David Lynch

The agony and ecstasy of racing cars

There are literally thousands of ways to spend your time that are less dangerous, less costly, and less frustrating, and yet all across America amateur racers converge on tracks on a weekly basis, ready to risk it all in search of the perfect lap.   Why?  They say baseball is a game of losing because… Continue reading The agony and ecstasy of racing cars

YouTube video: Stanley Kubrick never said there were ghosts in The Shining

The master director never said what he is claimed to have said regarding a ghost opening the larder door in the famous scene. It is a quote that is often taken grossly out of context to justify the existence of ghosts in his cinematic masterpiece. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BZ9J3joPpI Stanley Kubrick did not actually say what he is… Continue reading YouTube video: Stanley Kubrick never said there were ghosts in The Shining

Working on a Dream: Springsteen’s most misunderstood and underappreciated album

The epic “Outlaw Pete” and the ridiculous ode to unrequited love, “Queen of the Supermarket,” are effectively parodies of Mr. Springsteen’s earlier work, standing as strong songs on their own and bringing new meaning to classics from “Jungleland” to “Cynthia.”  Call it Bruce Springsteen meets Warren Zeavon. Working on a Dream is perhaps Bruce Springsteen’s… Continue reading Working on a Dream: Springsteen’s most misunderstood and underappreciated album

Nikolas Cruz and our collective failure to make the difficult decisions society requires to function

The jury’s failure to recommend the death penalty is only the last in an unbelievably long line of failures to make the tough decisions required for a functioning society.  Everyone knew Mr. Cruz was a danger, but no one was willing to do anything about it despite dozens of chances.  Sadly, a similar phenomenon plays… Continue reading Nikolas Cruz and our collective failure to make the difficult decisions society requires to function

HBO’s House of the Dragon and woke casting, you’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t

Once upon a time, HBO’s House of the Dragon was praised for its commitment to diversity, and anyone who disagreed was attacked as a racist, but suddenly the woke have completely changed direction, and they’re now claiming black story lines haven’t been given the proper respect, wondering whether black people should watch the show at… Continue reading HBO’s House of the Dragon and woke casting, you’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t

No, crime is not a “construct” created to keep the black man down

Progressives are confused about crime.  Their social justice philosophy views victims based on the facts of their birth, not the deeds that they’ve done.  The saga of the Park Slope Panthers in Brooklyn, NY reveals that they’d rather have a homeless madman roaming the streets, terrorizing women and killing dogs, than protect the populace. Conservatives… Continue reading No, crime is not a “construct” created to keep the black man down

Unpopular opinion: Hollywood’s exploitation of the gay community is demeaning, demented, and borderline disgusting

AMC’s Interview with the Vampire and the “gay romcom” Bros substitute cheap shock value for real storytelling, reducing the homosexual community to demeaning caricatures in the service of what The New Yorker describes as a “radical vision of life outside of heteronormative strictures.”  It’s exploitation plain and simple, call it “gaysploitation,” for the masses.  We’ve… Continue reading Unpopular opinion: Hollywood’s exploitation of the gay community is demeaning, demented, and borderline disgusting