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MOVIE RECOMMENDATION: Free State of Jones

Dearest and I watched this for our anniversary date night pick. It was a good one!

TIP: Skip the previews, but watch the special feature.

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MOVIE: The Man Who Invented Christmas

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MOVIE RECOMMENDATION: Denial

Dearest and I watched this last night. We were riveted throughout and very satisfied with the ending. I don’t know how closely it follows the true story of this trial, but as entertainment, it’s excellent.

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MOVIE RECOMMENDATION: Wonder

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The Lyin’ of the Senate

It is said one should not speak ill of the dead. In this case, that seems an impossibility. On August 25, 2009, Senator Edward Moore Kennedy finally went to his fate in the tenth circle of Hell he worked hard to earn. He was elected to the Senate in 1962 and spent the next 40 years living off the memory of his murdered brothers. At his funeral the press and his co-conspirators in the Senate heaped nauseating praise on the creature who made waitress sandwiches with Chis Dodd at La Brasserie.

A film about his killing of an innocent woman was released last week. In full disclosure, I have not, nor do I intend to see this movie. It comes 50 years too late and hardly mentions Mary Jo Kopechne, his victim. There is a meme going around that in the War on Women, Kennedy is the only one with a confirmed kill. This is not funny. It is a fact.

Review: ‘Chappaquiddick’ Captures Senator Kennedy’s Biggest Scandal
“President Kennedy cast a long shadow and still does. It’s what I walk in every day.” These sentiments, espoused by Senator Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke) in the new drama Chappaquiddick, help set the stage for what is to follow. The film recalls the tragic events that occurred on Chappaquiddick Island in the summer of 1969.
The film shows how calculating he was in the aftermath of the tragedy and how willing he was to make himself into a martyr, even noting in a speech to the public that he could be a victim of the Kennedy curse.

Media Celebrated Known Sexual Harasser Ted Kennedy
Listening to liberal journalists denounce Roy Moore, Al Franken and John Conyers, you’d think the media had zero tolerance for politicians with a known history of sexual misconduct. But the plain truth is the media have been complicit in normalizing, even justifying, such behavior for decades – if it helped protect the cause of big government liberalism.
Exhibit A: Ted Kennedy.
For decades, the Massachusetts Senator and known sexual harasser was celebrated by the media, even though tales of his womanizing ways were well known by reporters who covered Capitol Hill. From his leaving Mary Jo Kopechne to drown in a car in Chappaquiddick, to his propositioning of a 16-year-old girl from his limo to the sexual assault of a Washington D.C. waitress, liberal reporters excused his misdeeds because the “Liberal Lion of the Senate” was advancing leftist legislation.

Film Review – Chappaquiddick
FROM L.I.

Ted Kennedy, who has just participated in a sailboat regatta shows up at the party, toasts all the girls as part of the Kennedy family and quickly finds himself sitting on the couch with Kopechne. They eventually slip away from the party for a drive into American history.
Everything Kennedy does in the hours after the accident only makes the situation worse. He is like a child who knows he has done something that will mean real trouble but instead of owning up, continually tries to deny reality or somehow scheme his way out of it.
Kennedy attends the funeral for Kopechne and wears a neck brace against everyone’s advice, a move he ultimately regrets. Shortly after that, it is Kennedy himself who comes up with the idea of making a nationally televised statement about the incident, a concept which is cheered by his advisers.
He toys with the thought of using this address to resign from the senate but ultimately decides to put the onus of that decision on the voters of Massachusetts. It is at this point, that Kennedy finds his way out and it is presented as cynically as it sounds.

Chappaquiddick’ Distorts a Tragedy
In a New York Times op-ed published Friday, a liberal journalist and film critic complained the new film Chappaquiddick was a “character assassination” of its central character, Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy.
In “How ‘Chappaquiddick’ Distorts a Tragedy”, Neal Gabler, who is working on a biography of Kennedy complained the film, released in theaters Friday, has been “heavily promoted by conservative media outlets, and reviewers across the political spectrum have praised what they deem its damning but factual approach. Damning it is; factual it is not.”

Many have wondered when the rhetoric between parties began to coarsen. I believe it may have been when Kennedy shamelessly savaged Judge Robert Bork during his Supreme Court nomination hearing. He accused Bork of relegating women to back alley abortions with coat hangers.
George W. Bush allowed him to write the education bill which has hastened the transformation of our school system from an educational exercise to one of social indoctrination.
He is but one example of the democrats’ greed for money and power.
After I decided to voice my opinion of his abuse of Judge Bork, I came across this:

Joe Biden Boasts of Keeping ‘Brilliant Conservative’ Robert Bork Off Supreme Court

More than 30 years after a relentless campaign of character assassination kept Robert Bork from a seat on the Supreme Court, one of the architects of that attack is belatedly crediting its target for his brilliance.
Appearing on the popular liberal podcast Pod Save America on March 28, former Vice President Joe Biden revisited his role in derailing Bork’s nomination to the court in 1987 while Biden was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
I’m the guy that kept there from being a guy who was maybe the most brilliant conservative who was nominated for the Supreme Court (Favreau snickers) and I kept him off the court. And I was able to … in the Judiciary Committee (to) defeat (Clarence) Thomas (nominated by the elder Bush four years later).
As is his wont, Biden lets the cat out of the bag. The biggest problem for liberals when it came to Bork was not his originalist views of the Constitution, or that he pulled the trigger for Nixon in the so-called Saturday Night Massacre, but the fact that he was brilliant and could be expected to push the court to the right for generations to come — hence he had to be destroyed.
How seemingly gracious of Biden to acknowledge Bork as legal exemplar, albeit long after it mattered and seeing how it is now beyond dispute.”

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Bits & Bytes

If you can make that gesture you're not oppressed

AUSTIN MAIL BOMBS: A fifth package has exploded, this time at a FedEx facility about 60 miles southwest of Austin. Thankfully, it was on an automated conveyor belt and noone was injured.

PRO-LIFE: Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant today signed a bill banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. This is the earliest such law in the U.S. and will surely be tested in the courts.

REPENTANCE: Powerful pro-life testimony by a former abortionist. “I don’t believe a woman can remain unscathed after killing her child.”

PATHETIC: The Dominicans who run Providence College have refused to condemn the thugs who have threatened and harassed a student for affirming Catholic teaching on marriage. All they’ve done is move the victim to new housing in an undisclosed location!

JESUS: A low budget, independent, Christian message film is outperforming an expensive, highly touted, big studio production about a high school boy ‘coming out’ as gay. In their first week-ends, I Can Only Imagine took in about $14 million while Love, Simon took in about $12 million despite opening on 800 more screens.

INSOMNIA: “Scientists are beginning to suspect there is a strong, if as yet unproven, link between gut health – the diversity and well-being of bacteria in the stomach, small and large intestines – and sleep health.

COMMIEFORNIA: Los Alamitos, a small Orange County, California, town has decided to opt out of the state’s new sanctuary laws, which keeps cities and towns from cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials.

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UPDATE: Gosnell Movie

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We are working away to launch the Gosnell Movie across the US. We are very close to making an announcement and you will be the first to know when we have all the details ironed out.

As a way of raising awareness of the film and ensuring a huge audience when we launch we are going around the country having sneak peek screenings. The response has been overwhelming.

Ann has been in Houston, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and, as I write this, is at the airport on her way to screenings in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington.

We have lots of other screenings coming up in places such as Chicago and Springfield PA. Check our Facebook page to see if there is going to be a screening near you.

We also wanted to let you know about something that touched our hearts. Many of you donated in memory of your loved ones and we have always appreciated your help. Recently we had a new donation and the name on it was “For our two wee ones lost via miscarriage”.

It moved us greatly to see that and made us all the more determined to get the film out to as many people as possible.

Thank You,

Phelim

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Top Ten Disney Hero Songs

FUN video by Voice Play (acapella)

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Movie Recommendations

I hit the 5 star jackpot this week with my Netflix choices!

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Give “Mother!” a Miss

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Kyle Smith at National Review calls it “a Biblically-infused version of torture porn” that “may be the most vile and contemptible motion picture ever released by one of the major Hollywood studios.”

“Mother is the kind of film that makes you want to walk out, demand your money back, then file for a restraining order that would forbid the director from coming within 500 miles of any filmmaking equipment again. The following groups of people should take care to avoid Mother at all cost: pregnant women, those with nervous constitutions or heart conditions, and anyone who happens to be burdened with good taste.”

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