Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Review of Unbroken

I saw Unbroken, the movie at the theaters twice and reviewed it here on my blog. After seeing it, I knew I had to read the book that it was based on.  The movie was good, but the book was so much better.

Laura Hillenbrand did an amazing amount of research and then told the story in a captivating way.  Louie Zamperini's real life story is compelling, and Hillenbrand did a great job of bringing it to life.

What is even more amazing, is that Hillenbrand suffers from CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome).  She isn't able to leave her house for days at a time, yet, she has written two books that have won numerous awards.

I was not only inspired as I read about Louie's life, but I learned A LOT of history as well.  I've realized that most of us know much more about World War II history that took place in Europe, than we do about what took place in the Pacific.

When I saw The Great Raid back in 2005, I learned about the Bataan Death March.  My friend and I couldn't believe that we were just now learning about it.

So, that said, if you want to be inspired and learn history at the same time, take the time to read, Unbroken.

Friday, February 20, 2015

A Review of Selma

The film “Selma,” portraying the historic march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery, AL in 1965, is a gut-wrenching experience that brings the viewer into the vehemence of the prejudice and the stunning courage of its resistors in this intense critical moment in the history of racism in America – and of nonviolence in the world.  The acting ranges from very good to superb (more on that in a moment).--
I've been dying to see Selma ever since I saw the previews.  I finally had the chance to see it tonight, and it surpassed my expectations, which were high.  I am torn now on whether I want American Sniper, or Selma to win the Academy Award on Sunday for best picture.

While watching the film, I took 10 pages of notes.  I have been studying the Civil Rights Movement lately, so I was familiar with a lot of the events that took place in the movie.

The movie showed many important events leading up to the Selma march, although not necessarily in order of when they occurred:
--King accepting the Nobel Peace Prize on October 14th, 1964
--The 16th Street Baptist church bombing where 4 girls were killed on September 15th, 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama
--Annie Lee Cooper attempting to register to vote in Alabama in 1963
--The murder of Jimmie Lee Jackson on February 18th, 1965 during a peaceful protest by a state trooper
--The murder of a white minister, Reverend Reeb on March 11, 1965 who had answered King's call for clergy to join the non-violent movement.
I thought the actors that were picked for this movie all did an amazing job of portraying the men and women who were involved in the civil rights movement one way or another.

While there is some criticism of how President Johnson was portrayed, I thought he came across the way I would've imagined, from what I know of Johnson.  That said, I will be doing more research on how accurate the portrayal was.
I submit to you that if a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.--Martin Luther King, Jr.
Selma is not a documentary, but as a whole, you can learn a lot about history from watching it.  It was so well done, and gives you a snapshot into the civil rights movement as a whole.

I teared up at the end when they showed footage of the actual Selma march.  It is a dark part of our history that it took so many deaths in order to bring about equality for all men and women.  Race relations are far from perfect today, but for the most part, as Martin Luther King, Jr. foresaw, we have overcome. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Bill O'Reilly Nails it When it Comes to ISIS

The utter brutality that faces this country and the world today has to be confronted, and somebody has to lead that effort.

On the President's watch, the following countries have become terrorist safe havens:
-Northern Pakistan
-Eastern Nigeria
-Parts of Algeria
-Parts of Afghanistan
It is imperative that President Obama stop living in a theoretical, even fictional, world.--Bill O'Reilly

I usually wholeheartedly agree with Bill O'Reilly or vehemently disagree with him, depending on the issue.  When it comes to ISIS, I couldn't agree with O'Reilly more.  In the above video of his talking points from today, he rocks it and I found myself standing up cheering.

The President needs to get his head out of the sand and deal with this threat, or not only is the U.S. in trouble, but so is the rest of the free world.  Yet, he can't even identify the enemy as Extremist Islam, for fear of offending the terrorists.

Meanwhile, ISIS beheads 21 Coptic Christians in Libya, and the White House calls them Egyptian Citizens.  Are you kidding me??

ISIS then burns 45 people alive in Al-Baghdadi, Iraq and the President continues to do nothing but spew empty rhetoric.

In conclusion, my beloved Rumsfeld also addresses the problem, too bad Obama doesn't listen to these men.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Sons of Liberty!

SONS OF LIBERTY is a dramatic interpretation of events that sparked a revolution. It is historical fiction, not a documentary. The goal of our miniseries is to capture the spirit of the time, convey the personalities of the main characters, and focus on real events that have shaped our past.--History Channel
I'm watching Sons of Liberty on the History Channel.  I am a big history buff, especially when it is about the founding fathers and the Revolutionary War.

As always, when watching something that is historical fiction, I love finding out more about the real story.  The History channel has some great links that help in doing just that.
-The Real-Life Haunts of the Sons of Liberty
-10 Things You May Not Know About John Adams
-10 Things You Should Know About Joseph Warren
-11 Things You May Not Know About Paul Revere
-Boston Tea Party: 10 Fast Facts
-9 Things You May Not Know About The Declaration of Independence
I personally knew very little about Joseph Warren, so I found that link particularly helpful.  There are even more history links, take the time to check them out here.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

What Will it Take for Obama and Susan Rice to Wake Up?

How many innocent people need to be killed before President Obama and his administration take the ISIS threat seriously?

The latest ISIS casualty was Jordanian pilot Lieutenant Kasasbeh, who was burned alive.  Apparently, be-headings aren't gruesome enough, ISIS thought they would take it to a new level.

While Obama seems to be taking ISIS's atrocities in stride, the King of Jordan isn't.

Susan Rice spoke out today, and instead of conveying the seriousness of the ISIS threat, she said those who were concerned were "alarmist".  Really?? Wow!  What a slap in the face to the loved ones of all those who have been killed by ISIS.

Then, this past Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast, Obama makes these offensive comments comparing the atrocities of ISIS to acts of violence in the name of Christ:
“Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history. Unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ," Obama said.
First, he can't even bring himself to call ISIS terrorism what it is, Islamic extremism.  Yet, he can bring up a religion (that has been mostly represented by love), and compare it to the barbarism of ISIS terrorists.  Wow!

I agree with Krauthammer that these comments are "banal and offensive", to say the least.

Jonah Goldberg says that Obama's comparison defies logic, and Goldberg shows how ridiculous the timing is:

On Tuesday, the so-called Islamic State released a slickly produced video showing a Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a steel cage. On Wednesday, the United Nations issued a report detailing various "mass executions of boys, as well as reports of beheadings, crucifixions of children and burying children alive" at the hands of the Islamic State.

And on Thursday, President Obama seized the opportunity of the National Prayer Breakfast to forthrightly criticize the "terrible deeds" ... committed "in the name of Christ."
ISIS also gave us yet another view of their inhumanity in their manifesto for women and girls that was released recently.  

I'm praying that Obama and his administration wakes up soon, because our country and the world is facing a dire threat with ISIS, and if we don't lead the charge against them, who will?

Friday, February 06, 2015

The Credibility of NBC and Brian Williams

Conservatives are used to the liberal media having "issues" with the truth.  Yet, Brian Williams has pushed the envelope with his "false claim" of having been in a helicopter that was hit by an RPG  while in Iraq.  I love how when a liberal lies, it is considered a "false claim", instead of what it actually is, a lie.

I'm sorry, but you don't "forget" or "misremember" if your helicopter was hit.  It is an insult to all our military men and women who have actually been shot at during war.

Amazingly, few are coming to Williams' defense, even his fellow liberals are throwing him under the bus, as they should.

If NBC wants to retain any credibility, they should fire Williams.  If Williams had any sense of integrity, he would resign.  Am I holding my breath for either of those things to happen? Nope!