Former First Lady #Barbara Bush was so universally beloved that President Trump [VIDEO]. Barack Obama, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Nancy Pelosi all united in expressing grief and condolences at her passing. She was the very personification of a grandmother, tart-tongued at times, but still brimming with compassion. However, as an English professor at Fresno State named #Randa Jarrar proved, there is always a jerk ready to grab 15 minutes of infamy with the help of social media.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
With the news that the confirmation of Rep. #Jim Bridenstine, R-Oklahoma as #NASA administrator is imminent, the Left has gone into panic mode. RL Miller, the chair of the California Democratic Environmental Caucus, has demanded a last-minute push to head off the conservative congressman’s confirmation. Miller accuses Bridenstine of being a “bigot” for his past opposition to same-sex marriage, similar to the stance once taken by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
#David Hogg, the high school student, turned anti-gun rights advocate, and his handlers at Media Matters are in the process of learning the lesson that if you strike at the queen, make sure you kill her, to paraphrase Emerson. The advertiser boycott aimed at driving #Laura Ingraham from the airwaves has cost the #Fox News commentator nearly 30 advertisers. However, the campaign has swelled her audience by 20 percent. The development suggests that the boycott is doomed to failure and that Hogg and his adult enablers have been humiliated.
Monday, April 16, 2018
The legend has it that when Stanley Kubrick [VIDEO] hired R. #Lee Ermey, an 11-year Marine Corps veteran [VIDEO], to be a technical adviser on his Vietnam War epic, “Full Metal Jacket,” he was so impressed by a demonstration of what a drill instructor does to recruits that he hired him to play a character in the movie. Ermey got a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal as a sadistic Vietnam War era DI who so thoroughly turns a hapless, overweight recruit into a killing machine that he found himself as the private’s first victim. Thus, Ermey lucked into his second career, playing a series of military and law enforcement authority figures in numerous movies and TV shows as well as himself on a number of reality shows.
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Art Bell was one of those strange one person phenomena that had to be heard to be believed. He started his broadcast career as a conventional political talker before veering into conspiracy theories, sort of like Alex Jones only less hysterical. By the mid-1990s he settled into his niche of discussing the paranormal and related topics with an eclectic number of guests. Bell’s style was not to necessarily agree or disagree with what the guest was saying but to let the person talk and, in essence, be the entertainment. Art Bell became the most listened to #Late Night Radio host as a result, controlling the airways in his “#Coast To Coast” show.
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Following through on threats issued in the wake of a Syrian gas attack on a civilian target, President #Donald Trump ordered a strike on three chemical warfare targets in Syria, including a “science research center” and storage facilities. The raid was carried out by naval and air units of the #United States, Great Britain, and France. By all accounts the attacks were successful, and the targets were destroyed. Despite boasting to the contrary, Syrian air defenses were impotent against the strike. Russian air defenses, despite a promise to shoot down missiles and aircraft, did not engage.
Friday, April 13, 2018
The end of the #Google Lunar Xprize was not the end of the private race to the moon. Besides the five former participants, Moon Express, Team Indus [VIDEO], Team Hakuto, SpaceIl, and Synergy Moon, at least two other teams not in the competition, Astrobotic and Part-Time Scientists, are still planning private moon shots. Indeed, an effort is underway to revive the competition, to be called merely the Lunar XPrize. The new race to the moon will not include a cash prize but is looking for a sponsor.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
President Donald Trump is blustery and bellicose and tweets alarming and unseemly things. However, one thing that the media is not touching on very much is the fact that the self-described master of the art of the deal is moving the ball diplomatically where his predecessors found themselves stuck on the 50-yard line. The latest proof, as reported by Hot Air, is how #The Russians have taken an about-face on the hammering Bashir Assad is about to get for gassing his own people.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
The #National Geographic Channel is dipping its toe into two possible scripted series based on popular films that depicted the early years of the space program, each from a slightly different perspective. “Hidden Figures,” the story of three #African American Women math geniuses whose efforts were crucial to America’s success in flying into space is being executive produced by Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping of Chernin Entertainment. They also produced the movie. Leonardo Dicaprio is executive producing a series version of “#The Right Stuff,” based on a 1983 film depicting the lives of test pilots, some of whom became the original Mercury 7 astronauts.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
With dreams of settling the high frontier of space back in the news, and with plans for lunar bases and Mars colonies being seriously discussed, one much-neglected issue has become a research priority. Can #Human Beings reproduce in space? Sex is indeed possible, and rumors abound about couples already becoming members of the “Zero-G Club.” However, no space colony is going to be sustainable for very long if people can’t have viable children. To that end, the #Astronauts on the International Space Station [VIDEO] are conducting experiments with human and bovine sperm.
Monday, April 09, 2018
As has been long expected, Gov. #Rick Scott, R-Florida has announced his run for the #United States Senate, seeking to unseat Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida. By all accounts, including the Washington Post, the battle for the Florida Senate seat will be an epic one. John Fund, writing for the National Review, believes that Scott has an excellent chance of knocking off Nelson and picking up his seat for the Republicans.
Sunday, April 08, 2018
Beto O’Rourke, the handsome, charismatic congressman who is trying to take away Senator #Ted Cruz’s seat was recently obliged to apologize for agreeing with #Bill Maher that his opponent is a “giant a—hole. O’Rourke thus made his third mistake. As both John Wayne and Mark Harmon tended to say, “Never apologize. It’s a sign of weakness.”
Saturday, April 07, 2018
Even almost 50 years after the incident, the fact that a movie like “#Chappaquiddick” got made and was yet released to theaters is remarkable. The event that happened in July 1969, in the middle of the mission of Apollo 11, in which Senator #Teddy Kennedy drove a car off a bridge into a pond at Chappaquiddick Island, and subsequently left a young campaign worker named Mary Joe Kopechne to die was a blight on the legend of the celebrated political family. Kennedy’s actions during and after the accident ended his hopes of ever becoming president of the #United States, much to the benefit of the country.
Friday, April 06, 2018
Steven #Spielberg is not this generation’s most celebrated director for no reason. He knows how to tell a story, ranging from his profound dramas such as “Schindler’s List” and “Lincoln” to his more fun, popcorn epics such as the current “Ready Player One” and, of course, the #Indiana Jones franchise. So it is somewhat inexplicable that he recently mused out loud about giving his whip-wielding archeologist character and giving him a sex change operation, reimagining him as a woman.
Thursday, April 05, 2018
Famed film and TV director #joss whedon recently let loose with an angry tweet in which he wished that President Donald Trump would die. The message has, understandably, elicited a great deal of pushback.
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Historians will debate when #David Hogg’s #15 Minutes of fame started to run out, and he turned from the poster child of the victims of school shootings to the Kylo Ren on the gun control debate. Some will argue that it happened when he made what many took to be a fascist salute at the absurd, astroturfed anti-civil rights rally, the so-called “March for Our Lives.”
Tuesday, April 03, 2018
The world into which “2001: A #Space Odyssey” premiered 50 years ago was a completely different one than the one we live in now and yet had some similarities. The moon landing was over a year away. However, the planet was wracked with war, civil strife, and political acrimony so in a way the more things change, the more they stay the change.
Monday, April 02, 2018
The use of digital technology to make an actor appear as a different character is a relatively old one. Andrew Serkis has made a career of playing CGI created characters such as Gollum from the “Lord of the Rings” movies, making the moves and speaking the lines, but appearing very differently than his real self.