Liberal rock stars whine about Trump and how the government isn't spending enough of other people's money on their pet projects. Here's what a Republican rockstar does:
“Huckabee” writer Laura Ainsworth’s post about her submarine veteran friend Bill Sanner's vision of all the elderly and injured veterans when they were healthy young people willing to sacrifice their futures for their country reminded me of an important new film I hope you’ll see.
“Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson has put modern-day digital movie effects to their noblest use ever in the new documentary, “They Shall Not Grow Old.” Asked by the BBC if he could help improve the look of old World War I footage for the centennial of the 1918 Armistice, he did far more than that. His special effects team has taken those scratchy, jerky, black-and-white images that seemed to be from another world and converted them as if by magic into sharp, clear, stable, full-color film. In doing so, they have rescued the soldiers from being distant silent movie images and restored them to the flesh-and-blood humans they really were.
It’s as if we are right there on the battlefields of France, a hundred years ago. Those long-ago soldiers are once again young men, fighting for their lives right before our eyes. We also hear their stories told in their own words, from news archive interviews recorded when their memories were fresh and their voices still young and strong. It is as close as you’ll ever come to being able to climb into a time machine and personally witness the First World War and the faces of the men – some mere boys – who fought it.
Fathom Events is sponsoring only one more showing in theaters on December 27th, and they’re selling out fast. I don’t know why it’s not in every theater in America. It should be. But if you can't get to it in theaters, look for it on streaming or Blu-Ray. If it’s not the winner of this year’s Best Documentary Oscar, then that category will have once again earned the scorn it’s often received.
Here’s an article about the film that includes the astonishing trailer and making-of footage:
And here’s the Fathom Events site to search for a showing near you on December 27th: In a season of holiday blockbusters, this is the one genuine “must-see” movie:
I’ve made it clear that I strongly disagree with President Trump’s decision to pull our troops out of Syria, but at least there’s nothing inconsistent in that view. It’s been astonishing, though, to watch the parade of anti-war leftists who have spent years attacking American Presidents (but usually only Republicans) for what they claim are illegal, endless wars abroad, now suddenly going sheep-dip insane over Trump’s decision to do exactly what they’ve long demanded.
At least some liberals are still clear-eyed enough to be aghast at how Donald Trump is able to make their fellow liberals reflexively abandon their own long-held positions simply by doing exactly what they want. At the link, Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian calls out one MSNBC star for her whiplash-inducing 180 on the subject.
It makes one wonder if these born-again hawks really have changed their minds about the wisdom of pulling out of Syria, or if they’d mindlessly take any position as long as it was the opposite of Trump’s. Maybe he should try announcing that he’s decided a border wall is a terrible idea and he now opposes it. Congressional Democrats might immediately vote to fund it – like so many of them did before Trump became President and supported it.
Speaking of liberals contradicting everything they’ve ever stood for as long as they oppose Trump, Hillary Clinton is now lecturing him that “actions have consequences.” Whoa! There are so many examples I could cite, but she specifically refers to the possibility of people dying in the Middle East because of his wrongheaded policy. Like her policy of decapitating the government of Libya, after which she snarked about Gaddafi dying while the nation descended into bloody, terrorist-fueled chaos? Those kind of consequences that she blithely wriggled away from and ran for President?
It was revealed that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent surgery Friday to remove two cancerous growths from her lung. The surgery was reportedly a success, and she is said to be resting comfortably. I wish her a speedy and painless recovery and hope you will remember her in your prayers.
Information is power, and unscrupulous IT aides working in government are in a position to get it and use it for God-knows-what. (Can you say “Debbie Wasserman Schultz”?) The latest example of this is a former Senate employee, hired by Democratic New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan in spite of being a convicted felon, who allegedly “doxxed” Republican senators –- meaning that he released their home addresses –- during the intensely partisan confirmation process of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. He’s been in court this week, and things very suddenly got strange in court on Wednesday. A lid was clamped down, but here’s what we know...
As reported by the Daily Caller News Foundation, the judge in the case of former Senate information technology aide Jackson Cosko had to clear his courtroom when it was brought up that the defendant had “downloaded more information than was initially understood.” This was apparently a boatload of data, “terabytes of information.” Whatever its content, it was deemed so sensitive that it could not be discussed at all in open court. Not only were reporters and onlookers kicked out, but even the defendant’s own mother had to wait in the hall.
A bit of background that will come as no surprise: Months before the Kavanaugh hearings and related doxxing, Sen. Hassan had accepted Cosko’s resignation for “unspecified prior misconduct.” (This has remained unspecified.) We don’t know if she also revoked his “super-use” IT credentials, as OF COURSE she should have. But then he would’ve just had to fill out the paperwork again, because he was quickly rehired, this time by Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, also a Democrat, even though he’d broken the law and had been recently let go for misconduct. (Perhaps “misconduct” was going to be part of his new job description; who knows? I can see the job posting now: “IT Professional needed for Democratic congresswoman; experience in misconduct a plus.”)
She bizarrely called him an “intern” after his arrest, even though he’s 27 and had already had a similar paying job in the Senate. A spokesperson for Jackson Lee refused to say whether her office had done a background check or even called Sen. Hassan’s office before hiring Cosko.
During the Kavanaugh hearings, Cosko returned to Sen. Hassan’s office to allegedly gain illegal access to one of the computers there, but fled when he was caught in the act by a staffer. He later wrote this staffer a threatening email: “I own EVERYTHING. If you tell anyone I will leak it all. Emails signals conversations gmails. Senators’ children health information and socials.” Perhaps he meant Social Security numbers.
When prosecutors searched his home, they found “virtually a hacker’s obstruction checklist” and materials that could be used to impersonate lawmakers, including stationery from Sen. Hassan’s office.
Anyway, when court was reconvened on Wednesday, Judge Thomas Hogan of the DC District Court expressed alarm at the damage Cosko could cause. “His accomplishments in the computer world...allowed him to do the things he was doing,” he said. There’s a great sense of risk to the public” if Cosko can access computers. “If he has access to info that only he has the key to, he could cause difficulty.”
Given the context here, I’d say the phrase “cause difficulty” might be quite an understatement. The judge is not releasing Cosko, obviously thinking it best that he remain separated from any computers by thick iron bars.
More details on this story, plus some exasperating history of Democrats and their unscrupulous IT “professionals,” are at the link.
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