Most people are familiar with the basic events that occurred during the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Kennedy arrived in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. As his presidential motorcade was going through the city, shots rang out and the president was fatally wounded. Lee Harvey Oswald was quickly captured and accused as being the assassin. Two days later Oswald was shot and killed by Jack Ruby.
What many people do not know is that both Kennedy and Oswald were taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital where a team of doctors tried hard to save both lives. That’s where the 2013 historical documentary film Parkland comes into play.
Parkland tells the story of the events that happened at Parkland Memorial Hospital. We watch as the doctors try to save the life of JFK after he’s struck by an assassin’s bullets. Two days later we see the same doctors try to save Lee Harvey Oswald after he’s shot in the abdomen by Jack Ruby. In addition to the events at the hospital, Parkland also features Abraham Zapruder and his film that shook the world. We also see Oswald’s mother and brother, and how they handled the news of Lee’s actions.
Directed by Peter Landesman, Parkland features a variety of actors including Zac Efron as Dr. Charles James “Jim” Carrico, Jackie Earle Haley as Father Oscar Hubert, Marcia Gay Harden as Head Nurse Doris Nelson, Ron Livingston as FBI Special Agent James P. Hosty, Glenn Morshower as Mike Howard, Billy Bob Thornton as Secret Service Special Agent In Charge Forrest Sorrels, and Paul Giamatti as Abraham Zapruder. Two of the film’s producers are Tom Hanks and Bill Paxton.
Parkland begins on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas.
Parkland (2013) – (c) Exclusive Media Group
We see the everyday people preparing for their day like normal. While some people are at work, whether it’s at Parkland Memorial Hospital or the city’s FBI building, others are lining the streets and preparing for President John F. Kennedy’s arrival. Air Force One lands at Dallas’ Love Field, and the president departs from the plane and enters his limousine for his trip through the city. Secret Service Special Agent In Charge Forrest Sorrels (Billy Bob Thornton) feels that his men are ready to handle the president’s security. Read more…
On November 22, 1963, the world was rocked by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
According to the Warren Commission, it was Lee Harvey Oswald who fired three aimed shots at JFK’s motorcade from the Texas School Book Depository, resulting in the assassination of the president. But was that the truth? Did Oswald really pull off the assassination, or was another group responsible for the act?
JFK, a 1991 film by Oliver Stone, takes a look at the assassination of President Kennedy and the possible conspiracy behind it. The film stars Kevin Costner as New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison. Garrison leads the investigation and tries to find the truth behind JFK’s assassination. Supporting him is Tommy Lee Jones as Clay Shaw (a.k.a. Clay Bertrand), a New Orleans businessman accused of being involved with the investigation. Along with them are a variety of stars including Kevin Bacon as Willie O’Keefe, Joe Pesci as David Ferrie, Laurie Metcalf as New Orleans Assistant District Attorney Susie Cox, Gary Oldman as Lee Harvey Oswald, Sissy Spacek as Liz Garrison, Jack Lemmon as Jack Martin, Walter Matthau as Senator Russell B. Long, Donald Sutherland as X, Brian Doyle-Murray as Jack Ruby, Wayne Knight as Numa Bertel, and John Candy as Dean Andrews, Jr. The film’s score is composed by John Williams.
JFK begins with a montage starting with President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s farewell address along with the actions faced by President John F. Kennedy during his first few years in office, including the Bay of Pigs Invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis. The montage concludes with President Kennedy’s arrival in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963 and his fateful trip through the city.
JFK (1991) – (c) Warner Bros.
In New Orleans, District Attorney Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner) is alerted to the news of President Kennedy’s assassination. He goes to a restaurant across the street and pays attention to the news along with a bunch of other concerned people. It’s then announced that Kennedy has died and Vice President Johnson is preparing to assume the presidency. Most of the people are shocked, but a few patrons celebrate the news of Kennedy’s death, happy that somebody finally ended the life of the so-called Communist and traitor to this country.
Later, news breaks about the capture of Lee Harvey Oswald (Gary Oldman) and his connection to the murder of a Dallas police officer. It’s also implied that Oswald might be the shooter and assassin of President Kennedy. Read more…
Opening in the U.S. this weekend is Olympus Has Fallen, an action thriller that tells a tale of terrorists seizing control of the White House and taking the president hostage.
This is a film that combines the first Die Hard movie with that of Air Force One with some Under Siege on the side. Bring those together, have a plot straight out of a Vince Flynn thriller (specifically Transfer of Power), and there you go. This is a pure badass movie that is a fantastic experience on the big screen.
Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Tears of the Sun, Shooter, etc.), Olympus Has Fallen stars Gerard Butler in the title role as Secret Service Agent Mike Banning. Aaron Eckhart plays the role as President of the United States Benjamin Asher, and Morgan Freeman is Speaker of the House Alan Trumbull. Supporting them as Ashley Judd as First Lady Margaret Asher, Rick Yune as terrorist leader Kang Yeonsak, and Angela Bassett as Lynne Jacobs, the head of the Secret Service.
Olympus Has Fallen begins at the Camp David presidential retreat in December of 2010. Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is in charge of the Presidential Detail. In addition to being a former Army Ranger tough guy super soldier, Mike Banning has a friendlier side and shares a close relationship with U.S. President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) and his family, First Lady Margaret Asher (Ashley Judd) and their son, Connor.
Olympus Has Fallen (2013) – (c) FilmDistrict
It’s a snowy night in the mountains as President Asher takes his wife and son with him on yet another campaign trip. Connor is reluctant to go with his father, but he persuades his dad to at least let him ride in the other car with Mike Banning. Banning agrees and the president and first lady ride ahead in the presidential limousine. Suddenly a frozen tree limb falls onto one of the lead Secret Service vehicles and this causes a chain reaction crash on a snow and ice covered bridge.
The presidential limo crashes into the barrier and hangs on the edge, threatening to fall into the icy river. Agents rush to the aid and Mike Banning manages to cut the president’s seat belt and pull him from the car. They’re unable to open the door for the first lady, and the agents are too late from pulling her out the other side of the car. As soon as the president is pulled free the car falls over the edge of the bridge and plummets to the icy river, killing a couple of Secret Service agents along with First Lady Margaret Asher. Read more…
Today we’re telling the tale of a relative of mine.
Let’s call him “Uncle Billy.”
Yes, Uncle Billy is really an uncle of mine. The guy is in his fifties, he’s single, in his youth he participated in very objectionable behavior throughout downtown Detroit and the suburbs, he has AIDs, he’s never had a real job or actually worked for a living, and as you can probably guess, he’s lived off of welfare and probably a dozen other government benefits. Uncle Billy is a pimple on society’s ass. The guy is a social deadbeat whose purpose in life is to keep making his daily visits to the three gambling casinos in downtown Detroit and continue spending his welfare checks.
This isn’t an anti-gambling thing. If Detroit didn’t have its casinos, then the guy would keep crossing the border into Canada and gambling in Windsor, Ontario. If those casinos didn’t exist, then he’d be spending his welfare money on other garbage.
The guy is an embarrassment to the family and a complete waste of space. He’ll use his memory skills and memorize your credit card and driver’s license information, using that knowledge against you. I’m surprised he isn’t sitting in jail right now. If it weren’t for the fact that he’s still living at home with his mother (my grandmother), then the guy would either be A) dead, or B) in jail.
I kid you not.
Last week, Uncle Billy was visiting his mother while she was there for probably her tenth hospital stay in the past year alone. It seems like she’s being admitted to the hospital once every few weeks for a variety of reasons ranging from breathing issues to circulatory problems. Grandma is rather overweight and has been a lifelong smoker and drinker, and a person’s body can only handle so much of that crap. Sadly, her condition is only going to continue deteriorating as she chooses to do little to make the necessary changes in her lifestyle.
Uncle Billy was there in the hospital when he apparently began suffering from a heart attack. From what I understand, he was admitted and underwent some testing to determine the extent of his problem. As far as I know, no surgery took place when he was admitted. I live in Atlanta, so my information is being relayed from relatives. What I do know is that the following day we learned that Uncle Billy was going to need a quadruple bypass procedure to help fix all the clogged arteries around his heart. Uncle Billy weighs about 300 pounds, he’s been a smoker for the longest of time, his dietary program is mostly unhealthy, and the guy’s exercise program involves walking from the car into and around the casinos. Read more…
It’s been several days since the Tsarnaev brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, had the shootout with Boston cops and then put the city under siege and martial law until the surviving brother, Dzhokhar, was finally captured.
According to the media, the case is basically closed. The vast majority of news stories have painted the picture of two boys originally from southern Russia who came to America and later decided to strike back against this very country. They allegedly became “brainwashed” with a radical faction of the Muslim religion and carried out a personal jihad against the USA. The Tsarnaev brothers placed IEDs constructed from pressure cookers (as described in online publications), and detonated them near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
It seems simple enough of a plan, especially when you look deeper into Tamerlan’s past including his mysterious trip to Russia that lasted for six months and the violence he’s used against his wife, a woman who was forced to convert to the Muslim faith. New articles online hint that Tamerlan Tsarnaev may also be the person behind a still unsolved triple homicide that occurred back in 2011.
2013 Boston Marathon bombing
It seems so simple: Construct pressure cooker bombs. Start a fuse. Place bombs amongst the unsuspecting crowd watching and cheering for the runners. Walk away. Flee with the masses when the bombs detonate. Avoid capture and live to strike again (failed for these two starting with the chain of events that began early Friday morning).
But to many people, there’s much more to the Boston Marathon bombing than we’re being told by the media and politicians.
Saudi Arabia connection
Let’s start with a Saudi Arabian named Abdul Rahman Ali Issa al-Salimi al-Harbi. Read more…
Today’s school shooting massacre in Newtown, Connecticut was an evil event of an epic scale.
It’s horrible enough when a single innocent life is lost because of an evil person. When you multiple that by twenty-six (including TWENTY elementary school children), it’s no longer a tragedy or disaster. We’ve moved well beyond those terms. An event like this is simply indescribable.
We know that the parents, siblings and friends of those murdered today are in a living hell right now. A sudden death in the family is not easy to cope with, especially when it occurs to somebody so young with their whole life ahead of them. To have that life stolen because of somebody else’s actions is simply horrific.
As the parents and acquaintances are grieving in pain, some people are already getting back on the wagon for universal gun control. Not just assault weapons, but ALL firearms.
We heard sports commentator Bob Costas go on an anti-gun rant after Kansas City Chiefs’ player Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend and then committed suicide on December 2, 2012.
We heard more anti-gun talk after the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting during the premier of The Dark Knight Returns on July 20, 2012.
And of course, we heard more anti-gun talk after Jared Lee Loughner tried to assassinate Arizona representative Gabrielle Giffords on January 8, 2011.
Whenever major shootings occur, people jump to the conclusion that the guns are the problem and therefore guns must be removed from society. This is typically a knee-jerk reaction that normally doesn’t gain much momentum, but we’re seeing more and more people calling for such an action after more of these high-profile shootings occur.
The truth is that gun control laws aren’t going to do a damn thing about this problem in society. Read more…
As part of this past Tuesday’s polls in the 2012 presidential election, residents in the states of Washington and Colorado had an important matter on their ballots concerning the current War on Drugs — the legalization of marijuana for recreational use.
In the state of Colorado this was known as Amendment 64. In Washington this was Initiative 502 on the ballot.
And in both states, the legalization of marijuana was approved by a majority of the voters.
Of course, many details need to be worked out by the state legislatures before people can safely enjoy a joint without worry of being hauled off to jail. Following the approval of marijuana for medicinal use, this passing of marijuana for recreational use is a major step in finally ending the War on Drugs.
Wait a minute!
Ending the War on Drugs? Aren’t drugs evil? Aren’t all of us conservatives supposed to be supporting the War on Drugs because we need to protect society and tell people what’s good and bad for them to put in their body?
Before I go any further, let me tell you that I’m NOT a marijuana smoker. I don’t smoke anything for that matter, but certainly not marijuana. Some of my college days involved living next door to a marijuana dealer, and my neighbors today enjoy the occasional joint or two when they host social events. But I have not tried marijuana, and nor do I want to in the future.
Nor am I in favor of using any other drug such as cocaine, heroin, PCP, barbiturates, steroids, methamphetamines, or anything of that nature. I am a social drinker and enjoy my beer like the next guy, but that’s pretty much it when it comes to me using controlled substances outside of medical prescriptions.
Since I’m against using drugs, does that mean I’m for the abolishment of it for everybody else? Certainly not. Read more…
Attention politicians within the GOP!
What we saw yesterday in the elections was a clear sign that the Republican voters are still unimpressed with the choice of candidates. This current attitude of allowing “moderates” to act under the Republican name MUST END IMMEDIATELY!
John McCain’s weak stance and liberal mentality was a horrible choice back in 2008. Don’t forget that McCain was a Democrat for the longest time until he eventually switched political parties before running for president. His party didn’t leave him. His voting record and stance on issues showed that he left that party. Twenty-four hours ago, we watched Mitt Romney, another “moderate” working in the Republican name, lose the popular vote and electoral college to President Obama, a liberal radical.
There’s a pattern here. The Republican voters are tired of seeing these spineless moderates trying to appease the Democrats and still keep the conservative voters. I’ve got news for you, GOP. This current tactic still ain’t working. The Democrats are laughing at your picks and the voters aren’t buying it either. You’re just going to continue losing more elections until you find honest candidates with a proven record of true conservative values.
Here we are still in the doom and gloom of an economic fiasco that began years ago. Taxes are slated to rise again, the dreaded Obamacare is right around the corner, unemployment is high, spending and national debt are skyrocketing out of control, and needless to say, the economic outlook looks grim.
And according to the 2012 voters, the solution to these problems is . . . more of President Obama’s government? Read more…
On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy came ashore near Atlantic City, New Jersey as a Category 1 hurricane.
Although the hurricane wasn’t packing very strong winds (at least, compared to what hurricanes could really do), the primary destruction from the cyclone was from the incredible storm surge. Unfortunately for the coastal residents and businesses stretching from Delaware to Connecticut, Hurricane Sandy came ashore at night during high tide, adding that much more water flooding the region.
Hurricane Sandy approaching New Jersey.
Another factor with Hurricane Sandy and its total area of destruction was a result of the storm’s massive size. As the storm closed in on the northeast coast, Hurricane Sandy had a diameter of about a thousand nautical miles. It wasn’t just a small area that felt the effects of the storm — it was the entire region of the northeast.
Hurricane Sandy making landfall in New Jersey.
Fortunately, residents had plenty of warning about the approaching storm. The computer models were fairly accurate several days in advance of the storm making landfall in New Jersey, giving people plenty of time to leave the area. Many of those who left the area would be completely shocked at the amount of destruction when they return home. Read more…
The current social uproar over Chick-fil-A’s recent funding of Christian, anti-gay organizations is quite a spectacle.
And it’s a major hypocrisy.
It’s quite ironic many of those people who preach toleration, kindness and acceptance of others are the ones screaming the loudest at Chick-fil-A’s recent anti-gay actions. Based on what I’ve seen on Facebook and other message forums, we’re not talking about mere screaming, but pure rage and hatred against the fast food company and those who stand and share similar beliefs. Take Rosanne Barr’s recent (and very hateful) comments against Chick-fil-A. She’s only wishing CANCER of all things on people who eat there. Hell, even the mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino, heavily recommended that Chick-fil-A not try to open any restaurants in their city of “pride”.
That’s right. A city’s mayor boasting of its so-called “pride” refuses to accept a major fast food franchise because the company is sticking with its core values, and those values happen to be against same-sex marriage. Instead of recognizing Chick-fil-A’s obviously different values and still accepting them for who they are, welcoming the top-quality fast food chain to their city, the mayor is basically telling the company to stay home. They don’t want them BECAUSE of their beliefs. So much for being tolerable of others.
What’s next? Attacking Chick-fil-A locations at night and smashing their glass windows?
Let me get this straight.
A Christian-based company is being criticised because the CEO has the guts to stand up for his religious beliefs. What “society” is saying is that the private company should instead be protested, ridiculed and FORCED to accept opposite values, no matter how much the leader and founder may be against it. That’s “toleration” for you. Accept OUR beliefs or we’ll protest and harass YOU until A) you accept us, or B) you’re out of business.