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Judas and the Black Messiah, The Father, and Nomadland

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Each of the three following movies have been nominated for several Academy Awards:

Judas and the Black Messiah

Starring the British Daniel Kaluuya, and Lakeith Stanfield, both of whom who have excellent futures in the movies, Judas and the Black Messiah is a pleasant surprise despite the ultra-clunky title. I was expecting a heavy philosophical overlay of how the Black Panthers’ experience then, somehow translates to Black Lives Matter today.

Indeed, 300+ movie reviewers fervently want to connect the two experiences but they differ vastly: 50 to 55 years ago the FBI, Chicago Police, and other police departments were verifiably hostile to black people. Today, the FBI knowingly and blatantly shields Black Live Matters crimes, be it rioting, looting, mayhem, and even murder.

While a handful of regrettable “death by cop” cases arise each year, in general, police are not out to get black people, who are given more leeway and understanding than anyone from the 1960s could presume. And minority officers now represent 40% or more of many city police departments.

As Kaluuya is emerging as the new generation’s Denzel Washington, Martin Sheen hits a new low, not helped by the makeup director, playing an unconvincing J. Edgar Hoover.

Also, I wish someone had told me prior to my watching the movie that Fred Hampton is 18 years old, whereas Kaluuya at the time of filming is 30 years old; a major disconnect between the actor’s portrayal and the reality of the times.

The Father

Starring Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Coleman, and Olivia Williams, The Father is a 93-minute movie that is 63 minutes too long. You could watch the first 15 minutes and the last 15 minutes and be no less informed.

We should all be thankful if our parents, or our future selves, do not suffer from the level of dementia portrayed here: He can’t recall what happened yesterday, sometimes an hour ago, and sometimes minutes ago.

The saving grace of the film is that it shows reality from the father’s perspective, which is a constant jangle of dates, times, people, situations, and places; and the reality of those around him who have to deal with his constant ramblings, false assertions, obstinance, proud declarations, and outright inaccuracies.

The set decorations are simple and monotonous: one apartment, one stroll outside, and one nursing care facility. That’s it. Sorry to seem terse, but this movie represents a strong statement for euthanasia — what is this point of lingering on for years in a mental state of total disarray? Save time, watch the trailer and read a long review.

Nomadland

Starring Frances McDormand, Nomadland offers a view of the American west and people who choose to no longer have permanent roots. The film presents one brief encounter after another, moving to the next scene, and the next.

It does impart the sense of loneliness and in some cases emptiness of the people who have chosen this lifestyle and so is somewhat engaging while watching it, but otherwise totally skippable.

McDormand has been nominated for an Oscar, however, this is not among her best. The film itself is regarded as profound by many reviewers, but then so was The Shape of Water and Roma (!).

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Decades of Democrat’s Dirty Deeds and Disservice to America

Whether racist, treasonous, or law-breaking, Democrats have been at the forefront throughout our history

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May 30, 2024 is a day that will live in infamy as lawfare will now potentially plague every major election forevermore. In the continuing travesty of American justice in New York, it’s just as well that Donald Trump was found guilty on all 34 counts. It solidifies, for those citizens in the know, just how corrupt the Biden Administration, the George Soros appointed district attorney, and the judge are, and how totally biased the 12 ‘impartial’ jurors happen to be.

Many people don’t understand, however, that the Democrat party has a long history of dishonor and disservice to America, while be adept at covering its tracks.

Assassins in Arms

With the control of the big three television networks, the handful of major newspapers in the U.S., National Public Radio, the internet and other tech giants, and all the other ways in which the Left can manipulate public opinion and create narratives out of whole cloth, who among us has a true and accurate understanding of the Democratic Party?

For instance, who murdered Abraham Lincoln? Almost anyone can tell you it was John Wilks Booth, but what is little known is that he was a member of the Know-Nothing group, affiliated with Democrats. Who murdered John F. Kennedy? Lee Harvey Oswald, and whether or not he was a patsy for the CIA, he was a Socialist and in league with Marxists.

Who murdered Martin Luther King? James Earl Ray. Whether acting alone or a patsy for the FBI, Ray was a southern segregationist. Hence, all three of these assassins leaned Left, or at the least, had affiliations with Leftist groups.

Stomping on the Rights of Others

Who owned slaves throughout the southern U.S.? It was Democrats. Generally speaking, Republicans or those who leaned Right did not own slaves. Who lynched blacks and white abolitionists? It was the Democrats. Some 4,200 people in the U.S. were lynched between the years 1882 and 1968, 3/4 of them black and 1/4 of them white, those who supported the Black Freedom Movement.

Who created the Confederacy? Democrats. Who launched the KKK? Although one cannot say that the Democratic Party initiated the launch, many members of the KKK were Democrats, some high-ranking, and, had strong affiliations with the Democratic Party. Republicans did not join the KKK, had no affiliations, and loathed the institution.

With Jim Crow and all of the indignities that went with it, including separate bathrooms, white versus colored drinking fountains, and such, it was Democrats. Who delayed women’s suffrage – women’s right to vote – for more than 100 years? Democrats. Look up the history of women voting in America, and you will see that Democrats stifled the process at every turn.

Who interned Japanese-American citizens? It was Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his administration, Democrats. Who upheld segregation from the 1930s straight through the 1960s? Democrats, not Republicans. Governor George Wallace was a Democrat. Senator Strom Thurman initially was a Democrat. Former Klan member Senator Robert Byrd was a Democrat.

Racist to the Core

Who enforced integration at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas? The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Topeka Board of Education, on May 17, 1954, that segregated schools are “inherently unequal.” Later, in September, 1957, with the backing and protection summoned by Republican President Dwight Eisenhower, nine African-American students enrolled at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Who said, “These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference.”

“For if we don’t move at all, then their allies will line up against us and there’ll be no way of stopping them, we’ll lose the filibuster and there’ll be no way of putting a brake on all sorts of wild legislation. It’ll be Reconstruction all over again.” It was Democrat President Lyndon Johnson.

In reference to Barack Obama, who said, “A few years ago this guy would have been getting coffee for us?” It was a Democrat, former President Bill Clinton.

Who Gets Blamed?

Paradoxically, which party in the U.S. is deemed racist? Generally speaking, it is Republicans. Why? The Democrats control the narrative. The mainstream media is virtually in bed with them, carries their water, and espouses whatever prevailing narrative top Democrats choose to have widely disseminated. It has been this way for decades. In the words of Malcolm X, “The Democratic Party is more racist than the Republican Party.”

Whether racist, treasonous, or law-breaking, Democrats have been at the forefront throughout our history.

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Leftists Know Little of History, Naturally

What starts as supposedly benign socialist movements prove to be anything but that

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We pause on this long weekend to honor the memory of U.S. military personnel, regardless of their political leanings, who died in service to our nation. Concurrently, it is increasing evident that ignorance is a key factor in being a Leftist.

You have to know little about history and be sufficiently gullible to believe that your own mainstream media is presenting fair and accurate information to you. You have to think that the politicians for whom you’ve voted have your best interests at heart and have the best interests of the nation at heart, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

Those on the Left have perpetrated some of the great crimes that humankind has yet witnessed. A brief walk through recent world history reveals that what started out as supposedly benign socialist movements proved to be anything but that.

Hopeless and Headless

The French Revolution in 1789 was a revolt by the bourgeoisie joined by commoners against the aristocracy. Their battle cry was liberty, equality, and egalitarianism. Yet, the regime that followed the French heuristic aristocracy proved to be barbaric.

The slightest transgression or suspicion that you were somehow against “the people” meant that it was off with your head. It is estimated that tens of thousands of people faced the guillotine in France between the years 1792 and 1977 (astonishingly the last year of beheadings in France).

In Denmark in 1803, then Great Britain in 1807, and America in 1808, the slave shipping industry came to an end. While slavery lingered on in Great Britain until 1837 and in America until 1863, there were no further slaves shipped across the Atlantic. Leftists would prefer that you didn’t know this. They want you to believe that America was not among the leaders in ending the Atlantic slave trade.

Always: Socialism Fails Everywhere

In 1917, as Vladimir Lenin returned from exile in Switzerland to Russia, and the Bolsheviks took power, their claims of egalitarianism also proved to be hollow. These socialists displayed that some comrades were “more equal” than others.

To be in the Russian government was to be in the ruling class; all others were deemed to be subservient. Lenin himself coined the term “useful idiots” regarding people who went along with the regime, not questioning the lies, subterfuge, bribes, cronyism, and outright theft of property, always for “the state” and never to be yours, no matter how hard you worked for it.

In 1933, headed by Adolf Hitler, the National Socialist German Workers’ Party came to power. It was a socialist movement, not a conservative movement as many would have you believe today. They had no intention of conserving numerous aspects of German government and German society. These Socialists were hell bent on overturning what came before them, similar to contemporary American Leftists. One of their chief objectives was to eradicate the nation of Jews, gypsies, intellectuals, and other undesirables.

Then, from September 1, 1939, when Hitler invaded Poland under false pretenses, until the time that the Allies were able to storm the beaches in Normandy and make headway through continental Europe, he held Europe and much of the rest the world at bay. All this was under the banner of socialism.

In all, Hitler reigned supreme for 12 years. Finally, he was defeated in the Spring of 1945 and allegedly committed suicide.

Bernie’s Democratic Socialism

Today in America, voices proclaim that socialism or, as Bernie Sanders calls it, Democratic socialism, is the only appropriate, moral, and effective way for our nation to proceed.

These Socialist advocates don’t want you to know what the net result has been around the world, over the ages, of those governments and peoples who have installed socialism. Socialism by its nature dampens the human spirit, rewards a handful of elites, and otherwise cripples entire economies.

Many believe that Scandinavian countries to this day, such as Sweden, are socialists. Actually, they did try socialism for a while and found it to be such a disaster that they abandoned the pretense.

Leftist Fairy Tales

Are the historical events and occurrences discussed above presented in high school history classes, or covered in college history classes? In college depending on what course you take it’s possible. In high school, I have never encountered anyone who has covered this ground.

High school history books and history teachers will talk about the Bolsheviks and the Nazis but don’t mention that they were socialist-based movements. As such, students remain ignorant of this historical reality.

And, the less you know, the more likely you can become a Leftist.

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