I’m nauseated by the “respect” being shown Fidel Castro in the wake of his death, particularly by hard-leftist Americans who are either stupid, cold-hearted or devoutly in the tank of pure communism. Yes, “Stupid” because if educated Americans haven’t the knowledge of the atrocities this man committed, they can only be stupid.

Here we go:

     President Barack Obama – How’s this for selective ambiguity?

     “Today we offer condolences to Fidel Castro’s family.”  And… “History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and the world around him.” 

     Oh really?  Did any president ever offer condolences to the families of Adolf Hitler, Mao Tse Tung, Josef Stalin or Saddam Hussein? Castro belongs in that grouping. History will record Castro as a vicious murderer and oppressor of millions of people who were afforded no freedoms of expression, speech, political choices, sexual orientation, etc., yet private ownership, unless it conformed to the Castro mantra of communistic control.  Condolences, my ass.

     Ex-President Jimmy Carter:  “Rosalynn and I share our sympathies with the Castro family and the Cuban people on the death of Fidel Castro. We remember fondly our visits with him in Cuba and his love of his

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“Bad Santa 2”  =  3


In a word: Gross

     Times have sure changed – for the worse. The movie should be X-Rated, but that would be a box office death sentence.

     While there are no scenes where sexual organs are actually exposed, there might as well have been because nothing was left to the imagination, physically or verbally. It’s as though the writers and producers sat down and conjured up a movie wondering how far they could push the proverbial envelope and get away with it. How many scenarios can be wrought with simulated sexual activity? How much dialogue can be saturated with continuous references to filth and body parts?

     Yes, I know all about creativity and the boundaries we allow for letting the juices flow. I’m fine with some of that. I’m no prude. I’ve been in the Marines, a major police agency and been exposed to the lowest levels of life. I’m fine with reality. But this wasn’t reality, it was contrived.

    Here’s a mea culpa. While I feel conflicted in writing this review, I will admit that some of the scenes were funny enough to draw genuine laughter. But it was not worth the levels of

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With all the hub-bub coming from the losing side, including the “objective” media, many of whom are proposing a recount of the election, I did some research of my own to check out the arguments for and against the system and how it affected the current playing field. 

Years back, I often wondered why we have an “Electoral” system whereby the majority of votes are assembled on a state-by-state basis, rather than simply adding the total votes. Seems that would be so much simpler and fair.

The following is extracted from

The reason the Constitution calls for this extra layer, rather than simply providing for the direct election of the president, is that most of the nation’s founders were rather afraid of democracy. James Madison worried about “factions,” defined as groups of citizens who have a common interest in some proposal that would either violate the rights of other citizens or would harm the nation as a whole. Madison’s fear was that a faction could grow to encompass more than 50 percent of the population, at which point it could sacrifice its ruling passion or interest to both the public good and the rights of other citizens.

I recently

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Talk about mega media bias.  Yes, FOX pundits are mostly right wing but then there is MSNBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, NBC, NPR, plus newsy comic shows like Kimmel and The View, not to mention the whiners on the Broadway stage and the mobs-for-hire around the cities as though World War III had just been launched.

Please take time to watch this 5-minute video montage of news reactions to the election of Donald Trump. Waaaa. “The nation is crying”.  Waaaa. “It’s the end of the world.” Waaaa. And on and on.  I can think of no other word but “sickening.” And these are supposed to be our neutral reporting sources.  These are supposed to be top-level journalists.  Watch and weep:

I remember Obama winning in 2008. Of course, a lot of pro-McCain people were disappointed. And a lot of Americans had real consternation about his election, particularly as it related to his nefarious friends during his lifetime, his far left leanings, and the questionable people he would be indebted to, not to mention a background of nearly Zero achievements. But no one dared criticize or whine, because — that would make them (what else?) — RACISTS!  In 2008 the media fawned

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Guest column: 11 ways to improve U.S. elections

Treasure Coast2:34 p.m. EST November 16, 2016

The campaign marathon is finally over.

It was 20 months ago that Republican Sen. Ted Cruz first announced his candidacy, in March 2015. Since then, according to current statistics, candidates for president expended $1.3 billion. That’s a lot of food, housing and medicine that won’t reach homeless people who need it.

Canada’s longest election cycle ever was 10 weeks (not months). Most countries in Europe are even less. In the United States, news cycles are virtually saturated 24/7 by politics, which make one wonder what else is going in the world that we’re missing.

Presidential campaigns are an absurdity that has mushroomed out of control, not to mention the waste of billions of dollars. Can they be fixed? Well, anything is possible, so long as our leaders are unselfish and willing.

Here are some ways to streamline our political campaign system:

  1. Set six months as a limit from official launch of a campaign to Election Day. Many candidates serving as governors and senators are virtually extracted from their elected responsibilities while campaigning.
  2. State primary voting
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“Arrival”  = 6 ½

In a word:  Imagination

     First, I must confess a prejudice: Amy Adams is my modern-day favorite movie actress. She has it all. If anyone else starred in this picture, the rating would have been down a notch.

     Second, the vivid imagination of the writers, sound and visual technicians is to be applauded.

     Third:  This is close to being a remake of Close Encounters of a Third Kind only with a female lead, and alien characters that are not modeled after the human form. Rather, the aliens are conceptualized from a new and novel imagination, formed as blotches and splatters, but still echoing audible noises which are not unlike Close Encounters.

     Fourth:  The problem with the movie: Slow moving, and in places, monotonous. Most of the scenes are depicted in dim surroundings which gives the audience a feel of constantly being in the dark, in more ways than one.

     Fifth:  Some of the implausibles are a bit of a stretch, although we must bear in mind this is science fiction at its peak.

     Sixth:  Confusing in parts as the main character (Amy Adams) his haunted by an early life tragedy, which is often depicted or glossed over

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There’s a whole lotta puckering going on.

     And I’m not talking about lips.

     Not only from the Democratic side, but the Republican establishment as well, who did everything they could to assist Donald Trump in losing. Republican big shots like Mitt Romney, John Kasich, Paul Ryan and John McCain – and many more including the Bushes– showed their colors when it came to not doing what’s best for the country. They turned their backs on a record 13.3 million American primary voters who made a clear statement that the political system is broken and needs fixing. In the general election, Republicans, Independents and even some Democrats joined a movement infused with zeal and patriotism not witnessed since the Reagan era, or JFK before that.

     But the likes of Romney, Kasich and Ryan didn’t care. Their own personal image was more important than defeating a terribly flawed and proven lifelong serial liar under investigation for numerous allegations and suspicion of criminal conduct, not to mention selling her soul and the nation, via her foundation, for personal gain. This was a candidate who – if she were anyone else — could never have been awarded a security clearance because of her reckless,

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