President Trump Channels King Richard III With Ego-Driven War Mongering

Portrait painting of King Richard III

by Oletta Branstiter Schoolyard Bullies The U.S. President and the North Korean President are engaging in a playground competition to compare the size of their respective “missiles”, endangering the entire globe. Did we expect anything less? In his usual style, Trump tweeted a threat to Kim Jong Un: Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2017 When confronted by media for the bombastic tone, the Commander-in-Chief doubled down by…

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Germany Sings, Ding Dong, The Fidget’s Dead

By Janice Barlow By now we’ve probably all seen them somewhere. Teens and preteens absentmindedly handle them adeptly in their hands everywhere because they always seem to need to have something to handle. Even Barron Trump has one. I’m referring to the toys appropriately named, fidget spinners. Germany has just announced that it is destroying 35 metric tons of these out of control devices. That’s the equivalent of 77,000 pounds. Originally, these flashy colored spin toys were thought to benefit children with ADD and anxiety. This theory has never been proven….

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Enemy at the Gates – A Second Look At A Movie That Has Current Resonance

by Oletta Branstiter You may have missed this 2001 war movie, as I had until last night. I admit I chose this movie based on the cast of characters. Could Jude Law, Joseph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Ed Harris, Bob Hoskins and Ron Perlman be associated with a failure? Enemy at the Gates, written and directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, was not a big hit at the box office. For a British movie produced at a cost of about $68 million, it grossed under $100 million worldwide. But timing is everything. Audiences…

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