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Thu
16
Aug

Rental Roundup: The Hurricane Heist

by David Gifford

 

The Hurricane Heist is a movie directed by Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) and stars Toby Kebbell (Kong: Skull Island) as Will, and Maggie Grace (Fear the Walking Dead) as Casey.

The movie is about a group of people trying to do a heist during a massive hurricane. The heist is at the U.S. Treasury. The hurricane was meant as a way to cover up the crime as most people would be trying to avoid the hurricane and evacuating.

Two brothers had their father killed during a hurricane, and the one becomes a meteorologist to try and understand the things he now fears. That character is the protagonist Will. The goal for both Will and Casey is to stop the robbery and get the money back. The movie sounds cheesy and it is, but it also has charming fun atmosphere that makes it worth watching.

Thu
16
Aug

Letter to the Editor - "Above the law"

Dear Editor,

Recently an attack ad against Senator McCaskill accused her of being insensitive to victims of domestic violence because her husband was accused (but never prosecuted) of abuse in his previous marriage - yet the nearly two dozen accusations of Trump sexually abusing women are dismissed.

The outrageous attack ad is the kind of dirty politics that have long characterized political campaigning. But now something new has been added: a foreign country is doing the cyber equivalent of Watergate by breaking into the data of the Democrat Party and is spreading truly fake news through social media.

In 2016 Russian hackers obtained and distributed information, real and false, that in all likelihood influenced the outcome of the presidential election. Now there is overwhelming evidence that Russia continues its computer sabotage and there is strong evidence that Senator McCaskill, running for re-eletion, has been a victim of Russian ‘phishing’ attacks.

Thu
19
Jul

Now Showing: Ocean’s 8

 

by David Gifford

 

Ocean’s 8 is directed by Gary Ross (Free State of Jones) and stars Sandra Bullock (The Proposal) as Debbie Ocean, Cate Blanchett (Carol) as Lou, Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) as Daphne Kluger, Mindy Kaling (The Office) as Amita, Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story) as Tammy, Awkwafina (Neighbors 2) as Constance, Rihanna (Musician) as Nine Ball, and Helena Bonham Carter (Les Miserables) as Rose Weil.

Thu
19
Jul

Unpardonable - Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Trump is taking early and full advantage of his power to grant pardons, much to the delight of those anti-government people who think any crime against “the feds” is a victory for their right wing causes. But before celebrating Trump’s recent granting of pardons to two Oregon ranchers who pled guilty to crimes on federal lands and who were half-way through their five-year prison sentence, consider what their crime was: arson. Arson with a capital A.

One of the fires was set to cover up evidence of their having hunted illegally. Another was set because these men knew there were fire fighters (Bureau of Land Management employees) in the area who would be in danger as the fire spread—they tried to kill fire fighters.

Thu
28
Jun

Now Showing: Hereditary

Hereditary is a movie that has been getting an incredible amount of hype. Ever since it was shown at film festivals months ago, people have been claiming that the film is one of the scariest movies ever made; making bold claims comparing it to Rosemary’s Baby or The Exorcist. This is also the latest movie from A24, producers of some of the greatest material in all genres of recent memory. They are also known for creating movies that critics and hardcore movie fans love, but almost always have a divide when it comes to the more casual movie-goers. This movie is all of the previous, just not exactly in the way you think.

Thu
28
Jun

Letter to the Editor - Barbaric practice

Dear Editor,

I don’t watch Fox News (unless checking into a hotel) and therefore I do not know how Fox News is presenting Trump Administration’s barbaric practice of taking children away from their parents and putting the kids in confined settings.

Yes, many of these parents have sought what is deemed illegal entrance into the USA (though they hadn’t been given a legal hearing when the children were removed), but that does not justify the punitive response given to these children for their parents’ alleged crimes.

The stories are horrific: Children screaming as they are swept away with not even a chance to say farewell, kids kept in former Wal-Mart buildings and given just two hours per day of outside air, parents being told their children were going for showers only to find they were not coming back.

Thu
28
Jun

Letter to the Editor - Punishing laws

Dear Editor,

Prior to Roe vs. Wade, decided in 1973, if you were a “poor” woman and you needed an abortion, you had to go stand in front of a group of doctors and plead your case as to why you should be allowed a safe and clean abortion.

Each hospital had its own groups.  They decided whether you got the abortion or not. For the rich woman it made no difference to her.  Her condition was disguised on her medical chart and she went right on through without any hassle.  What Roe did was give the same right afforded to rich women to “poor” women also.

Legalizing abortion saved women from death, from injury, and from fear of arrest.  It gave women enough control to get an education, a job, and freed them from shotgun weddings.  It allowed women to see themselves as mothers by choice, not fate.

Thu
28
Jun

Letter to the Editor - All the same

 

Dear Editor,

I read the letters, week to week, from these bright eyed, bushy tailed “reformers” telling us what we need to do to make our government better, and I have to laugh. Republicans versus democrats, this superbowl-type mentality that “my side has to win,” when in the end they are all the same, they all answer to money, both sides of the aisle, all three branches.

They say if you remember the 60’s you weren’t there, but I was there. When I left West Point for Notre Dame, I immediately joined the protests against materialism, civil rights, and against the Viet Nam war. I don’t know what I was - Anarchist? Socialist? Anti-whoever’s in office? We had just seen a truly great president, Eisenhower, and he had duly warned us “beware of the Military Industrial Complex.” No one listened, but we knew.

Thu
28
Jun

Letter to the Editor - The final blow

The final blow

 

Dear Editor,

Not content with having assaulted the Affordable Care Act by ending the provision requiring all to have insurance coverage, the Trump administration is now aiming the final blow by seeking to end the most popular provision of the ACA, the requirement that insurance companies cannot deny coverage or charge more for pre-existing conditions.

If allowed, this will only rush the country into the abysmal health care conditions that existed prior to Obama’s presidency: an estimated 130 million people with cancer, heart problems and other serious health issues will be unable to afford care.

Meanwhile, House Republicans have voted to end the Children’s Health Insurance Program: if passed by the Senate, this will end benefits for millions of Missourians.

Fri
04
May

About those political columns...

We have a love/hate relationship with political columns - those mostly-self-promoting columns released every week by the folks holding the temporary jobs representing us at the state and federal level.

On one hand, the columns can be very informative (particularly about legislation working its way through the myriad paths it takes to become law), and the elected official’s view on it. Of much lesser importance to the constituency are the accounts of visitors to the Capitol and the attendance of the politician to local events in the communities they represent.

On the other hand, much of the legislative news is available elsewhere, minus the personal viewpoints. There are still a few large newspapers that maintain reporters in the State Capitol, but precious few. And, the elected officials usually maintain their own websites and feature their weekly columns there.

So, why do we still carry them?

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