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In my hour of need, a New York City taxi driver stepped up in a big way.

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In my hour of need, in the months following 9-11, New York City taxi driver Shahnur Talukder stepped up in a big way. Shahnur had only been in the U.S. for one year, hailing from Bangladesh with his wife and child.

When my pre-arranged van pick-up failed to arrive early one Sunday morning as scheduled, I suddenly found myself without a ride to JFK airport, and no one was willing to accept payment by credit card. I had, perhaps unwisely, spent all of my cash the day before, but went to bed with my van reservation made well in advance. I had no idea that NY taxis do not accept a credit card (as they do throughout North Carolina.) Six drivers out of six said, “sorry.”

When I hailed Shahnur’s cab, his first action was to take me to a bank to see if I could get a cash advance on my credit card. I didn’t know the pin number, however, as I had not conducted such a transaction previously.

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Slipping Away

The time was slipping away and my margin evaporating for getting to the airport on time. Without prompting, Shahnur decided to drive me to the airport. He trusted me to mail him the fare (which I did the next morning, along with several gifts for his wife and kids).

New York has many heroes and, for me, Shahnur Talukder of is one of them.

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The Disney Corporation and its Bizarre, Massive Turn to the Left

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Disney World is not a magic kingdom, it’s a tragic kingdom.

The Disney Corporation has taken a sharp, bizarre turn to the left: its corporate officers support the sexualizing of 5-year olds, prompting Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to reign in this corporation-gone-haywire.

DeSantis recently said, “The state of Florida is governed according to the interests of the people, not according to the political posturing of corporate executives in California. We will never allow corporate influence to repeal the substantive rights of parents in our state.”

Not the That Disney I knew

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Disney World, in Orlando, opened the year I turned 20. The next year, fifteen of us from college made the 20-hour drive from Connecticut in a three-car caravan. Years later, in my 40s and 50s, I was booked at various resort centers in Disney World for conventions and conferences as a professional speaker. Each visit was always a treat.

As have legions of others, I have soured on Disney World. They have been coerced, intimidated, or brainwashed by the Left. The pronouncements of their executives and spokespersons are disheartening. Disney World has joined the side of extremism, making statements in support of de-funding police, ‘canceling’ selected individuals, and the rewriting of American history.

In January 2021, Disney decided to halt all political donations to lawmakers who objected to the electoral certification of Joe Biden on January 6th. Yet, Democrat lawmakers similarly objected in the elections of 2000, 2004, and 2016, about which Disney was silent.

When I learned of this action, I wrote to a Disney official:

Greetings, Ms. Mucha,

           The Art of the Steal is a comprehensive analysis, in 32 illustrated pages, that illuminates the massive 2020 election fraud…if you’re curious enough to read it. Perhaps Disney will take an active role in publicly acknowledging the myriad issues it raises. The world is watching.

           Someday, may our representative republic recover from this historic theft, and may Disney be on the authentic side of history.

I didn’t expect a reply, didn’t receive one, and doubt that my words had any impact. Still, one has to make the effort.

Applauders of Mayhem

In previous years, Disney has made questionable statements that should be of concern. At one point, they praised Snoop Dogg (real name Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr.), for being an ‘American icon,’ something on par with ‘Mickey Mouse.’

Who was the genius in the Disney PR department who issued such a statement? One merely has to review Snoop’s rap sheet to see his involvement in crime after crime for decades (this just a partial recap):

Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr., born October 20, 1971, in Long Beach, California.

1990 – Convicted of felony drug possession and possession for sale (cocaine) and being a member of Los Angeles gang the Crips.

1994, 1995 – fought charges pending in an attempted murder case.

1997 – Plead guilty to assault charges and promised to make public service announcements against violence in exchange for three years probation.

2003 – Implicated in a civil rape case from when he guest-hosted the Jimmy Kimmel Live TV show. One month before the 36-year-old plaintiff filed her suit, Snoop sued her accusing her of extortion. Both suits were dropped.

2006 – Banned from the U.K. and British Airways after a fracas at London’s Heathrow Airport.

2006 – Detained at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California by airport security because his carry-on bag contained a dangerous weapon.

2006 – Arrested in October at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California in possession of marijuana and a firearm.

2006 – Arrested in November for possession of marijuana and a firearm after performing on The Tonight Show.

2007 – Avoided a jail term on gun and drug charges in April but sentenced to five years probation and 800 hours community service.

Police and airport officials obviously can’t be everywhere, so fill in the blanks as to what else Broadus, this exemplary icon, has done.

No Moral High Ground

Apparently, Disney seeks to display some type of moral superiority and exalt family values mainly to attract more patrons. As word spreads about how unfamily-friendly and unpatriotic the corporation happens to be, perhaps they’ll get hit in the pocketbook. Maybe fewer people will visit when they realize that Disney World is in league with those who seek to destroy America, as we know it.

Walt Disney must be rolling over in his grave. Roy Disney would be astounded at the changes within his brother’s beloved company.

It’s a sad situation when one of America’s showcase companies caves to the Left, but that is the sign of our times. Until such companies, their top officers, and their boards of directors show some spine, America will be held hostage by Leftist lunacy, smokescreens, and propaganda.

Disney World is not a magic kingdom, it’s a tragic kingdom.

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Movie Reviews, Part 6

Overall, 2021 was a tough year for movies

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Here is the last of six articles featuring movie reviews. Overall, 2021 was a tough year for movies, and going forward, the AMPAS, dominated by Leftists, is doomed.

Don’t Look Up — with five Oscar winners, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, and Mark Ryland, you would think that this satire would be a gem, but you’d be wrong. Satire works when it’s on the mark and somewhat subtle. Don’t Look Up is poorly written, with blatantly exaggerated roles, while stealing visual themes from Fail Safe, Doctor Strangelove, and  Contact.

Mark Ryland as the weak voiced, mealy-mouth, billionaire, techno-twit steals the show. Meryl Streep overplays the self-serving, master-manipulator U.S. president, veinly impling that the past president was anti-science. With the current administration’s ending of covid restrictions based on politics, however, not science, the political swipe boomerrangs. I suppose you have to see this movie as a cultural ticket to punch, but it will soon fade from memory.

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The 355 — starring Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger, and Penélope Cruz is nearly a complete miss: An international crew of female spies, who can easily beat brawny men in any hand-to-hand combat, take it upon themselves to save the world with the clock ticking. Unfortunately, the quips aren’t that clever, one disjointed scene follows after another, and the parts don’t add up. You’ve been here before.

The Lost Daughter — with Olivia Colman and Dakota Johnson, is a disappointment. Despite Colman’s yeoman effort in her role as a college professor on vacation, the story line itself, based on the novel of the same name, is sorely lacking. The character portrayals surrounding Colman do not ring true, and some of the action is herky-jerky and out of sync. The ending is an ambiguous let down. Skip this.

Red Rocket Can you stand watching degenerates for two+ hours? I couldn’t. The movie is another in long line of plots about self-absorbed, self-glorifying, motor-mouthed con artists who skip through life on their looks or fleeting charms. Ignore the high ratings on RottenTomatos.

Nightmare Alley How can a movie with Bradley Cooper, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Ron Perlman, Toni Collette, Mary Steenburgen, Willem Dafoe, David Strathairn, and Richard Jenkins not hit the mark? As a remake of the 1947 film noir, it’s not a bad flick, but it is too long, too slow, and in serious need of film editing. Watch it if you’re a big fan of Bradley Cooper, Rooney Mara, or Cate Blanchett. Otherwise, go elsewhere.

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