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The Last Jedi Review

Like a lot of people, we went to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi during its premiere week. Like many geeks, I’d been going over the trailers and watching YouTube videos analyzing them shot-by-shot in an attempt to gleam insights into the direction the story might be taken. Overall, I enjoyed the movie; there were many positives – I think the visual palette, cinematography, humorous moments, and the overall feel of the film were all well-executed. Continue reading

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Happy Independence Day


This July Fourth, don’t read other people’s opinions on the meaning of Independence Day or what someone else thinks the Founders meant. Read the founding document yourself and come to your own conclusions. Read it and see for yourself why the United States is unique in the history of nations. Happy Fourth! Continue reading

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Happy Veteran’s Day

To all who have served or continue to serve: Thank you for your service to your country.

The end of hostilities during the “Great War” was marked by an armistice that went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.  In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson commemorated November 11th as Armistice Day – a day to “be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service…”

On June 1, 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation official changing Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day.

With this law, Veteran’s Day became a day to honor all veterans of all wars and conflicts.

NPR Classical’s Blog posted a story about Taps today.  In it, they make reference to a 2004 story done on Taps featuring now retired U.S. Army Band bugler, Sergeant Major Woodrow English.  You’ll see a link to the radio interview on the page.  It’s very good; check it out.

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