Movie Review: Interstellar (2014)

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Interstellar (2014) 

Interstellar

Director: Christopher Nolan

Writers: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan

Matthew McConaughey: Cooper

Mackenzie Foy: Murphy (10 years old)

Jessica Chastain: Murphy (adult)

Ellen Burstyn: Murphy (older)

John Lithgow: Donald

Anne Hathaway: Brand

Michael Caine: Professor Brand

Matt Damon: Dr. Mann

Timothee Chalamet: Tom (15 years old)

Casey Affleck: Tom (adult)

Bill Irwin: TARS (voice)

“The universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.”           Albert Einstein

Imagine that humanity was doomed–well, more clearly doomed than it is now. Imagine that you had the chance to save it. Imagine that chance was a lie.

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Can The Secret Service Be Fixed 2

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In two recent articles, I’ve documented incredible bungling on the part of the Secret Service: “Can the Secret Service Be Fixed?” and “ The Secret Service And Ebola: Seen Through Krystal Ball.” I ended the first article with this:

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The New American Thugocracy

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SunKingObamaOn Friday, November 21, 2014, Americans rose from slumber in a new nation, a nation not conceived in liberty, nor dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. By the blatantly unconstitutional ruses of “prosecutorial discretion” and imperial impatience, President Obama has swept away any restraint on presidential whim. He now unquestionably rules by edict, and all Americans are no longer free men and women, but subjects liable to awaken tomorrow to find more and more of their liberty, their opportunity, their ability to live their lives as they choose, gone.

President Obama has thrown down the last, definitive card. If all of his previous usurpations of the powers of the legislative branch, if every instance of his demonstrated contempt for the very real and specific constitutional limitations on executive power were not enough, his immigration power grab has made it plain: if he gets away with it, American democracy is dead. The constitutional republic so carefully designed by the Founders is no more. Barack Obama, “the One,” the progressive messiah, he who commands the waxing and waning of the seas and the healing of the Earth, the one we’ve been waiting for, has kept a single promise: he’s fundamentally transformed America. In so doing, he has also transformed a promise into a threat the likes of which Americans would scarcely have given credence in the recent past.

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The Strange Case Of The Dick-Chasing Dick

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imagesOn July 14, 214 I wrote an article titled: “Virginia: Child Porn And The Penile Code.”

It chronicled, in tongue-in-cheek fashion, one of the strangest law enforcement cases I’ve ever seen. A 17 year-old boy and 15-year old girl exchanged intimate photos of each other, and the boy sent a nude video, apparently of his penis (presumably among other things), to the girl. The girl’s mother complained. None of that is strange.

What’s strange is the police obtained a warrant to inject with boy with drugs that would provoke an erection so they could photograph it and compare it to the penis in the video. The police investigator, one Detective David Abbott, actually claimed to have penile comparison software. I’m not kidding. More seriously, I wrote:

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The Michael Brown Case, Update 7: Deep Abiding Love

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Ferguson-looters-620x348-620x435Since the last article in this series, “The Michael Brown Case, Update 6: The Calm Before the Storm” things appear to be building to a rapid, and almost certainly violent, confrontation, not only in Ferguson, but in the surrounding area, and likely elsewhere. Not only is chaos threatened by various race hustlers, community organizers, criminals and opportunistic politicians, the Obama/Holder Justice Department is threatening to add their own special brand of racialist chaos to the mix. On October 29, CNN reported: 

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The Lies Of The Elite

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Jonathan Gruber, unable to control the flow of lies, fleeing from David Webb.

Jonathan Gruber, unable to control the flow of lies, fleeing from David Webb.

How are the sordid tale of MIT Economist and Obama-ordained millionaire Jonathan Gruber and the never-ending progressive campaign to destroy the Second Amendment and to completely disarm the law-abiding related? They are, in fact, simply different threads of a unified progressive garment, perhaps a strait jacket, prepared for those unwilling to accept the rule of the self-imagined, unimaginably arrogant and narcissistic intellectual elite.

That the selling of Obamacare and its maintenance as law rely entirely on the most cynical lies, and the selling and maintenance of gun control also relies on the most cynical and malicious lies, is no accident.

The good folks at The Truth About Guns, have published my weekly article “Covert Gun Control and the Art of the Big Lie,” that explores these connections. If you have a few minutes, it may be worth your time.

As always, I appreciate your comments, there and here.

Research Papers: A Rationale

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Last week’s article on research writing brought a number of helpful comments from readers, as I knew it would. Here at SMM, I’ve tried to create a place where rational people can come to debate the issues of the day with civility and a high level of intellectual and personal integrity. You, gentle readers, have responded wonderfully.

I could indeed have a larger readership with a bit of bomb throwing, and with allowing spittle blowing obscene rants in the comment section, but that’s not why I got into blogging in the first place. Why did I do it in the first place? Because of Stewart Bellman.

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