Inglorius Bastards


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As much as I love Quentin Tarantino I have major issues with this film. I will start with the end. SPOILER ALERT! Hitler is not murdered by a Jewish woman who traps him in a movie theater that she sets on fire resulting in burning Hitler to death.

There are certain historical events that no one should take artistic license with and anything to do with Hitler is no exception. I admittedly have issues with any filmmaker who rewrites history because in this day and age too many younger people, well people in general are lazy when it comes to learning things. In this I want information yesterday age movies and videos are often times the only source of historical information they will learn. Even many teachers use media as a teaching aid and would probably do so more if there were enough film that was historically accurate.

On with this film. There is no hint whatsoever of the crimes against humanity Hitler is guilty of, only one scene shows a farmer hiding a family under his living room floor who get gunned down save one when found by an SS officer. The survivor goes on to inherit a movie theater that you guessed it she uses to cook Adolph. I personally think it very much makes the Jews look like evil people. I think this is very dangerous, not just wrong but dangerous. It is brilliant as a new age propaganda film that Hitler would be proud of to tell you the truth.

I do not recommend this film.

Hiroshima


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This is an in depth documentary that interviews and features the crew of the Enola Gay as well as the crews of the other 2 planes that flew with her when she dropped the Little Boy on the city of Hiroshima including a candid interview with Kernel Tibbits the pilot of the Enola Gay. This film is a combination of reinactments and actual footage. Unfortunately unless you know what people like J. Robert Oppenheimer, General Leslie Groves or other people featured you have to rely on being able to tell the difference between the two by the film and photography quality. Usually interviews with real people had subtitles with names and what they did. There is a lot of accurate history represented going back to The Gadget test at Trinity to details about Tinian Island as well as events from Pearl Harbor and the war before the bomb. There is definitely a subtle attempt to justify the bombs use on these cities with the inclusion of the number and type of military troops there with emphasis on insisting the city was a military target. Interviews with Japanese soldiers and pilots along with the gut wrenching stories from survivors gives you a rare look at the other side. There is in depth coverage on Stalin and Truman and how the United States handled the medical relief for the victims. I highly recommend this 5 star documentary.

Secrets Of The Dead; The Worlds Biggest Bomb


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Written by Andy Webb and narrated by Liev Schreiber this excellent documentary is about the Atomic Bombs Fat Man and Little Boy. I give it 5 stars.

The Fog Of War: Eleven Lessons From The Life Of Robert S. McNamara


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This excellent look at the Secretary of Defense Robert S  McNamara is not about him it is from him. In his own words he reveals the very personal side of his time spent as the Secretary of Defense during the Cold War and the Viet Nam War. I learned quite a few things from it. I give it 5 Stars. It is available on You Tube.

The Invisible War


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Written and Directed by Kirby Dick and released in 2012 this disturbing documentary interviews real victims of rape in the military. These stories reveal the injustice and the corruption of the way rape is handled or rather not handled in the military. I highly recommend this documentary and give it 5 stars.

X Lovato Field


The X Lovato Field in Los Alamos N.M.

The X Lovato Field in Los Alamos N.M.

In 1974 my dad Xavier Lovato died of a heart attack at the age of 35. His friends and softball teammates wrote this letter to the County Council in Los Alamos New Mexico.

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Letter proposing the dedication of the field to my dad.

Letter proposing the dedication of the field to my dad.

 

The dedication ceremony.

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His memory has also been written in Craig Martin’s book Los Alamos Place Names.

 

Is The Supreme Court Ruling On Hobby Lobby Right Or Wrong?


I know that my readers and those that know me will assume they know which side of this issue I am on. But they will be wrong.  I have never been shy about my contempt for religion and though this Supreme Court Ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby’s objection to the company insurance covering 4 kinds of  ‘contraception’ on grounds of protecting their religious freedom I don’t necessarily see this as a religious issue; and the Supreme Court doesn’t see it as only a religious issue, it is a moral one.

It is important to understand that the objection is not against all contraception, it is against Plan B (the morning after pill), Ella (which works up to 5 days after sex) and 2 different IUD’s (Intra Uterine Devices). The argument is that these are aborticides and not contraception. Though I can see their view on Plan B and Ella I do not agree that IUD’s are aborticides, none the less this is the argument.

Here is the section of the ruling that I find to be the most important;
(3) HHS argues that the connection between what the objecting parties must do and the end that they find to be morally wrong is too attenuated because it is the employee who will choose the coverage and contraceptive method she uses. But RFRA’s question is whether the mandate imposes a substantial burden on the objecting parties’ ability to conduct business in accordance with their religious beliefs.The belief of the Hahns and Greens implicates a difficult and important question of religion and moral philosophy, namely, the circumstances under which it is immoral for a person to perform an act that is innocent in itself but that has the effect of enabling or facilitating the commission of an immoral act by another. It is not for the Court to say that the religious beliefs of the plaintiffs are mistaken or unreasonable. In fact, this Court considered and rejected a nearly identical argument in Thomas v. Review Bd. of Indiana Employment Security Div., 450 U. S. 707. The Court’s “narrow function . . . is to determine” whether the plaintiffs’ asserted religious belief reflects“an honest conviction,” id., at 716, and there is no dispute here that it does. Tilton v. Richardson, 403 U. S. 672, 689; and Board of Ed. of Central School Dist. No. 1 v. Allen, 392 U. S. 236, 248–249, distinguished. Pp. 35–38.

Let’s pull out this sentence and look at it on it’s own; The belief of the Hahns and Greens implicates a difficult and important question of religion and moral philosophy, namely, the circumstances under which it is immoral for a person to perform an act that is innocent in itself but that has the effect of enabling or facilitating the commission of an immoral act by another. From that sentence let’s pull out the words moral philosophy. 

I will say that my own personal views on abortion are very conflictive. I think that morally abortion is wrong except in cases of incest and rape. However I do agree with a woman’s right to choose, to a point. This all boils down to ‘when life begins’ dilemma. I am of the opinion that an embryo is not ‘alive’ but a fetus is, this means that after 8 weeks I think abortion is murder. I also feel that by 8 weeks there is no reason why a woman would not have made the decision to have a baby or not. That being said the difficulty lies in what is moral and what is immoral. I find it rather hypocritical of Christians to preach morality given the immoral acts of God throughout the Bible. However we happen to agree on the immorality of abortion, but disagree on when life begins. I admittedly commend the owners of Hobby Lobby for standing by their convictions.

BUT; when I pull out this sentence It is not for the Court to say that the religious beliefs of the plaintiffs are mistaken or unreasonable. I have to say hold on. It is this stance of the Court that enables acts like female genital mutilation to not be illegal. Morality must be judged when it is inflicted on another human being. I a woman wants to cut off her own clitoris that is her business, but when she cuts of the clitoris of another female this is immorality at it’s peak. The same applies to circumstances involving keeping someone alive by artificial means and a loved one wants to pull the plug but another loved one cries it is against their religion to do so. If the person being kept alive would not want to be kept alive that way then pull the plug, in turn if the person being kept alive had the religious belief that it would be wrong then don’t do it. This goes for acts of rape and incest as well as any oppression of any other human being or acts of violence against them. One cannot commit an immoral act upon ones self.

 

 

The Carpenters Garden


This site features the unique talents of Bobbie Caldwell Nathwang and her husband David Nathwang. Bobbie graduated from Los Alamos High School .  class of 1972. David also went to Los Alamos High School.  They have some very unique wood creations. Check them out.

 

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MONARCHY


 

The history of the Crown in England.

The history of the Crown in England.

This eleven episode series is honestly the best documentary on the history of the English Monarchy. David Starky is a respected Historian who speaks like a true English Gentleman while taking the viewer back to the birth of Christendom and the crowning of the first King, King Albert. The topics of each Monarch to our present Queen Elizabeth II cover inside the royal family courts following marriages,  successions, wars for the throne, murders, royal executions all while brilliantly including the religious history without bias or opinion.

Starky pulls most of his facts straight from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and gives a memorable gift of taking the viewer to the shelves of some of the oldest libraries that house the rarest volumes in Britain. The is the added treat of a look at the exquisite hand painted pages of the ancient texts.

This documentary gets 6 stars, out of 5.

Oppenheimer Interview Rare Footage


 

This is an interview done by Edward R Murrow with J. Robert Oppenheimer. They talk about The Institute for Advanced Study where Oppie was the director. It is a very rare interview with Oppie.

Radiation Accident Report Regarding Handling Instructions


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This is a memorandum from the Safety Superintendent regarding and accident involving a Marine who was exposed to radiation in 19554 due to unclear handling instructions for unloading radioactive cargo.

A Handbook on Operation Castle


A Handbook for Operation Castle

This is a very detailed handbook that was distributed to the scientists at Los Alamos in 1954 and written by the same. It give information on the tests involved in Castle that reveal radiation fallout, the specs of the blasts and how to read these results.

An Announcement of the Atomic Bomb


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This a a copy of the 3 page document issued by the war department. I do not know who it was issued to, exactly who issued it or when exactly it was issued. I am sure that I do not have the entire document.

It is a general overview of the information given to Roosevelt and Truman that led to the decision to make the bomb, an overview of why and how the chose the targets and a brief overview of the Manhattan Project which lists Oakridge Tennessee, Hanford Washington and a remote place in northern New Mexico. I found it interesting they do not mention Los Alamos by name. That makes me think it was written with a few years of the end of World War II.

Jacks’s Dream; Making It Into The Guiness Book Of


Jack has made several attempts at getting his name in the Guinness Book of World Records but to no avail.  In 2007 He and Meg tried in Canada by performing the shortest concert ever played. They sold tickets and promoted the show when it was show time they took the stage where Meg hit her symbol one time, this is known as the White Stripes One Note Show. It seems though that even though this was acknowledged by Guinness as the shortest known concert ever played, and even though The White Stripes did make into the 2009 publication of the World Records Books it was a short-lived accomplishment. After the book was released several applications by other musicians who wanted to beat this record were sent to Guinness for consideration. Well for obvious reasons, at least they were obvious after this record was made and not before, Guinness had to remove this record from the list of breakable records and it wasn’t included in the book after that. These reasons were the inability to conclusively define ‘shortest’ concert. They struggled with what was actually considered to be a ‘concert’. Was it the defined by the selling of tickets, actual attendance at a venue, the appearance of a band on stage just playing a single note; what technically constituted a concert? Some argued that the production of a show leading up to and including the first note was a concert. Some argued that to be a concert they would have to at least play an entire song, some argued that would need to be a whole set. Others argued the number of people who would have had to actually see the band members on stage and see them play ‘the one note’, this point was raised because after playing the one note Jack and Meg immediately left the stage; their thinking being that entering the stage thus beginning the show, playing music; even just one note thus playing the show and then exiting the stage thus ending the  show constituted a concert. Needless to say the inability of those at Guinness to come to a conclusion on these points led to the elimination of that particular record, period.

Jack later attempted to not only get into the record books but stay in the record books; as a record holder past or present, by saying the most metaphors ever spoken in a single concert. These metaphors could be spoken or occurrences like lighting changes, the color of clothing or microphone stands. There was even a recorded metaphor for the calm weather which apparently ‘had the feel of Grandma’s house in winter’. At one point one of the three Guinness officials who were appointed the difficult task of counting these metaphors made the mistake of counting 312 smiles and 3 mere comparisons. I am not sure how a smile is a metaphor at all but then who am I to judge? There was a 3 minute period where close to 1200 were counted. Then about half way through the set it seems that Jack uttered a metaphor about the moon too fast to be counted and the Guinness guys had to forfeit the attempt.

Well April 19th 2014 Jack set a new record for the World’s Fastest Studio-to-Store Record at Third Man Records, his record studio in Nashville.  On the morning of the 19th Jack and his band took the stage in the Blue Room at Third Man Records he recorded a mono live version of the single “Lazaretto” from his yet to be released album of the same name and he covered Elvis Presley’s “Power of My Love” for the B side of this special 7″ vinyl record which was then pressed, assembled and personally escorted back to Third Man by Jack where he sold the first copy to a member of the band Whirlwind Heat, who was performing later that day at the studio. This was all done in 3 hours 55 minutes and 21 seconds.  The video recap of the event can be viewed here

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Supreme Court Rules Town Council Prayer Constitutional


The Supreme Court ruled in favor of allowing the Town Council in Greece N.Y. to continue their practice of prayer before their monthly Town Council meetings, ruling it was not unconstitutional. It was the opinion of the justices that because the council welcomed all faiths who wanted to invoke prayer at the meetings they weren’t violating the First Amendment. It was their opinion that it wasn’t the fault of the council that the town was predominantly Christian and that they should not be expected to extend the invitation to clergy outside the county. The council was more than willing to welcome and in fact encouraged  Buddhists, Hindu’s, Jews, Muslims and even Atheists who wished to invoke prayer before council meetings to do so, I guess the fact that Atheists don’t pray escaped them.

It was also the opinion of the courts that they would uphold the long-standing tradition of seeking guidance from our creator when making political decisions that was started by our founding fathers over 200 years ago. They actually applauded those who were wise enough to seek this divine wisdom that would help them to uphold our countries morals and values that have shaped our political system from the beginning.

These morals and values are the same ones that have led to the policies and laws that deny a womans access to birth control and to legal and safe abortions. These morals and values are the same ones that have led to the policies laws prohibiting same-sex marriages. These morals and values are the same ones that have led to the policies and laws regarding the teaching of creationism in public schools while prohibiting the teaching of evolution. These morals and values are the same ones that have led to the policies and laws that weren’t passed concerning the violence against women. These morals and values are the same ones that have led to the policies and laws that keep effective pain relieving drug marijuana away from those with cancer and other chronic pain patients.

These morals and values are the same ones that have led to the policies and laws that protect the religious practice of female genital mutilation. These morals and values are the same ones that have led to the policies and laws that protect the religious practice of polygamy involving underage girls that are denied education past the eighth grade. These morals and values are the same ones that have led to the policies and laws that protect priests found guilty of raping children. These morals and values are the same ones that have led to the policies and laws that protect commanding officers who don’t prosecute  rapists in the military.

These morals and values are the same ones that have led to the policies and laws that don’t provide freedom from religion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chrisitan Empathy For Nigerian Girls?


I by no means am trying to divert the focus of the kidnapped girls in Nigeria away from the Islamic terrorists that took them, but, I find it really disturbing to hear Christian leaders and clergy expressing empathy and outrage about it. Why? Because the only reason they are doing so is because they do it just to show how bad Muslims are. They do it to in a way that says Christians are better than Muslims. These are the same Christians who will be praying for the kidnapped girls AND for their kidnappers. These are the same Christians that will in the end forgive these Islam terrorists. I do not for a second believe that they have concern for these girls outside the scope of their being kidnapped by Muslims.

How I think Vikings Season 2 Will End


To recap season 2, episode one has Rollo fighting with the Jarl of Gotaland, Jarl Borg against Ragnar who is fighting with King Horik of Denmark. The battle is over Jarl Borgs refusal to leave King Horik’s land that are rich with minerals. Jarl Borg is refusing to pay and royalties for mining the land. In battle Rollo drops to his knees saying to Ragnar that he can’t fight him after seriously wounding Floki. Ragnar puts Rollo in chains after the battle is drawn and he  expresses his weariness of battling over their lands. He announces that he wants to sail west and find land with rich soil to farm and riches to loot. King Horik and Jarl Borg come to a deal on Jarl Borgs payment for the land to King Horik and the three of them make a pact sail West and raid England. King Horik had no intention of keeping the pact to raid with Jarl Borg; he has Ragnar back out of the deal knowing how angry Jarl Borg will be. King Horik was trying to manipulate Ragnar by leaving the Jarl angry enough to raid Ragnar’s village when he and all his warriors set sail with King Horik to raid England,  But I believe Ragnar realized that Jarl Borg would want revenge which is why after buying Rollo’s life from the lawmaker and  accepting Rollo back as his brother he tells him he cannot raid with him. He leaves Rollo behind not only to protect his wife and his sons but also to let Rollo regain some self respect and pride back for keeping Ragnar’s family safe; which he does.

King Horik then takes advantage of Siggy who offers to tell him weaknesses and faults about Ragnar. Siggy wants Rollo to rise to be Earl and even goes so far as to sleep with King Horik and his son Erlendur. Ragnar knows Siggy is not to be trusted, and I believe he knows why King Horik is going consorting with her. It King Horik’s plan that once Jarl Borg attacks Ragnar’s village and Ragnar takes revenge on him, which King Horik is counting on him doing he will then need to stop Ragnar from advancing and gaining anymore power. King Horik knows he can never really rule over of control Ragnar Lothbrok, he knows Ragnar is destined for greatness, his plans are to use him to gain victory in England. But he feels he can control Rollo. This is why he is going to make sure Ragnar Lothbrok dies in battle in England and then giving Rollo the title of Earl in Ragnar’s place. But first he has to make sure that they do battle in England, once he learns that Ragnar wants to make peace with King Ecbert in exchange for some land to farm. Ragnar tells King Horik that is his dream.

When Ragnar tells King Horik this and he just scoffs at him. After King Horik learned of this he does his best to make sure that King Ecbert will make any kind of treaty with Ragnar by slicing the throat of the monk who was standing next to Bishop Edmund seconds after Ragnar gave his word there would be no more killing and agrees to sit and talk alliance with King Ecbert.  Doing that made Ragnar’s word worth nothing.  When Ragnar gets news that Jarl Borg has indeed raided his village he leaves before meeting with King Ecbert again. Ragnar is taken off guard when King Horik decides to stay and talk to King Ecbert and when Ragnar reminds him that he doesn’t even speak their language King Horik asks Athelstan to stay and interpret. I believe that Ragnar knew what Horik was doing and he leaves after acting like Athelstan betrayed him by not going with him to defend his family. Ragnar cannot tell King Horik no because he is a King but also because Athelstan is a free man now. Now King Horik has an ace up his sleeve and a guarantee that Ragnar will return to raid with him, because he plans on getting Athelstan killed or captured. King Ecberts men ambush Athelstan and a few other men and is captured and crucified. King Ecbert has Bishop Edmund take him down from the cross. King Ecbert is acting out ‘The Art of War’. Know thy enemy. He questions the priest about the Pagan ways and about the Northmen. He also ends up showing Athelstan a secret treasure trove of Roman art and writings which he has Athelstan translate for him in secret. So King Horik sails back and tells Ragnar that Athelstan is dead, counting on Ragnar going back to avenge the priests death.

Episode eight had King Horik’s plans playing out beautifully, Ragnar brutally killed Jarl Borg and along with Lagertha returned to England to raid. King Ecbert had amassed armies from neighboring kingdoms, he even had his son Aethelwulf wed the Judith the daughter of King Aelle of Northumbria who’s brother Lord Edgar Ragnar killed on their first raid of England. King Ecbert has also called upon Princess Kwenthrith or neighboring Mercia, the richest kingdom in England. Ragnar makes King Horik angry by sending an emmissary to set up a meeting with King Ecbert without consulting him. King Ecbert’s  son Aethelwulf goes for the initial meet with the Vikings and after he lays down his sword and agrees to an exchange of hostages he hands Ragnar the Viking arm ring he gave to Athelstan giving the priests and the Kings guarantee of safe passage. Ragnar now knows that Horik lied to him for sure when he told him Athelstan was dead.  Ragnar and Aethelwulf give each other their words and the prince rides away but he and his company are ambushed by Erlendur, King Horik’s son. This of course guarantees battle like King Horik wants. Oh yeah, and Floki has Flaked out and he sailed with King Horik after not inviting Ragnar to his wedding. This is what I think is going to happen.

Ragnar is going to fight along side King Ecbert against King Horik. Rollo will of course fight beside his brother but Floki will stand with Horik. I think Athelstan is going to fight against Horik and will end up killing Floki or Floki will end up killing Athelstan. I don’t know what Lagertha is going to do, I of course think she will want to fight along side Ragnar and Bjorn but somehow ends up being attacked by King Ecberts armies as well as by King Horik’s, even being surrounded by both where Ragnar either can’t help her or he isn’t sure which side she is on. Maybe she will fight Princess Kwenthrith of Mercia. Does she die in battle? I don’t know. I think that Bjorn will end up fighting with Erlendur, King Horik’s son and slaying him. I think that Rollo will end up killing King Horik, King Ecberts son Aethelwulf will end up dead and so will King Aelle of Northumbria. That’s how the season will end….

 

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