Thought for the day

"If there is one basic element in our Constitution, it is civilian control of the military." -- Harry S. Truman

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Earlier this month, activists and comic book fans alike were in uproar over Marvel Studios’ announcement that Israeli actress Shira Haas will play Zionist superhero Sabra in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film Captain America: New World Order. Many Palestine advocates accused Marvel’s decision to add Sabra to the MCU as exalting Israeli abuse and war crimes.

I first noticed it 10 years ago while watching a BBC adaptation of Graham Greene’s famous 1938 gangster novel Brighton Rock. Considered a very violent book for its time, it was famously filmed in 1948 as a classic piece of British noir starring a young Richard Attenborough as Pinkie, the hoodlum with the sharp suits and penchant for throwing acid in his rivals’ faces.

“Happiest Place On Earth” Has Become Too Expensive To Visit The magical world of Disney isn’t as magical anymore. At least that’s what 68.3% of Disney enthusiasts say because of rising costs, according to a new study conducted by the gambling website Time2play.

Country Star Trace Adkins Wont Back Down From Supporting Trump: I Aint Asking Forgiveness For S*** MikeRivero Tue, 09/20/2022 - 14:11

Country music star Trace Adkins refused to shy away from his support for former President Donald Trump in a segment on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” saying he isn’t “asking forgiveness for sh*t.”

Adkins’ comments came during a segment with him, Maher, journalist Julia Ioffe, and former Newsweek editor-in-chief Jon Meacham.

First it was the streaming studio shift that shook up Hollywood - companies like Netflix were beating out movie theaters and traditional studios publishing content that went direct to streaming. Now, Hollywood is getting shaken up again - this time, because layoffs are on their way.

Disney World 'enthusiasts' say theme park has 'lost its magic' MikeRivero Mon, 09/19/2022 - 13:55

A majority of "self-described Disney World enthusiasts" say the Florida theme park has "lost its magic" due to skyrocketing costs, according to a recent study.

A study from gambling website Time2play surveyed 1,927 "Disney World enthusiasts," and of those, 68.3% reported that the price hikes make them feel like the theme park has "lost its magic." A whopping 92.6% reported that they believe the high costs for the park has made a vacation for the average family "out of reach."

A feature of the modern age is Hollywood remaking or rebooting old cultural works by smearing them with elements of the new religion. Maybe they swap out the traditional male lead with a strong, independent female. Other times they will colorize a film that is set in a time and place when diversity meant variations on blue eye color. Nothing like a black Richard the Lionheart to subvert expectations.