Argo – A Movie Review

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Oct 282012

ARGO Movie PosterThe true story of the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis–the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. In 1979, the American embassy in Iran was invaded by Iranian revolutionaries and several Americans are taken hostage. However, six manage to escape to the official residence of the Canadian Ambassador and the CIA is eventually ordered to get them out of the country. With few options, exfiltration expert Tony Mendez devises a daring plan: to create a phony Canadian film project looking to shoot in Iran and smuggle the Americans out as its production crew. With the help of some trusted Hollywood contacts, Mendez creates the ruse and proceeds to Iran as its associate producer. However, time is running out with the Iranian security forces closing in on the truth while both his charges and the White House have grave doubts about the operation themselves.

Release Date: October 12, 2012; MPAA Rating: R (for language and some violent images); Genres: Action/Adventure, Adaptation, Comedy, Drama; Run Time: 2 hours.

Director: Ben Affleck

Cast: Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston, Taylor Schilling, Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler, Chris Messina,     Zeljko Ivanek, Titus Welliver.

Lay and me saw this movie last weekend. Continue reading »

Thoughts on The Surge

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Jan 152007

I suppose you have noticed a definite lack of posting here at Deep Sand over the past several weeks. Between the holidays and some busy and stressful times with work, I just haven’t been motivated to post lately. I hope to be getting back on a more regular schedule of posting now.

I guess the biggest story going on now is the President’s “surge” strategy for Iraq, and their obvious attempts to generate a confrontation iwth Iran. While I have always felt that George and Dick were stupid and dangerous, I have refrained from calling for an impeachment. However, it is clearly time to set loose the dogs. In the past several months more domestic surveilance by the CIA and the Defense Department has come to light. Bush has started to fire Federal Prosecutors who are investigating Republican congressman.

Now he’s forcing out the Military officers that oppose his troop surge. In addition, he’s even ignoring the neo-cons. The neo-con plan called for 30 to 50 thousand additional troops. Bush is only sending in 20 thousand. All the polls indicate that as many as 60% of Americans are opposed to the escalation. Cheney and Bush have made a number of comments recently that those who oppose the escalation are wrong. Unfortunately, it is just the other way around. America is by and for the people…not the decider. So if the vast majority of Americans oppose the “surge,” then it is this Administration that is wrong.

Before we went into this disasterous war, Collen Powell had said it best when he had warned that, “if we break it…we own it.” It’s true, and I’m not sure I believe we can just say it’s an internal Iraq problem, and pack up and leave. I don’t have the answer, but I am inclined to place the most faith in the military officers who are on the ground in Iraq, and they all initially opposed any escalation. I do know it is obvious that the current strategy isn’t working, and merely increasing the number of troops is just an escalation of the current strategy.

I think, given that it is Martin Luther King Day, it’s appropriate to visit the vast wealth of insightful thoughts left to us as part of his legacy. Speaking on the war in Vietnam, Dr.King said:

At this point I should make it clear that while I have tried in these last few minutes to give a voice to the voiceless in Vietnam and to understand the arguments of those who are called “enemy,” I am as deeply concerned about our own troops there as anything else. For it occurs to me that what we are submitting them to in Vietnam is not simply the brutalizing process that goes on in any war where armies face each other and seek to destroy. We are adding cynicism to the process of death, for they must know after a short period there that none of the things we claim to be fighting for are really involved. Before long they must know that their government has sent them into a struggle among Vietnamese, and the more sophisticated surely realize that we are on the side of the wealthy, and the secure, while we create a hell for the poor.

Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak for the poor of America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home, and death and corruption in Vietnam. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as one who loves America, to the leaders of our own nation: The great initiative in this war is ours; the initiative to stop it must be ours.

As is so often the case, when we ignore history, we will repeat it. This Administration is not merely out of touch with reality, but is out of control. THey are regularly engaging in unconstitutional activity, illegal surveillance,and are clearly ignoring the law of the land.

For the sake of the Republic, we have to put a stop to this now. I’m not sure what form it will take, but I foresee a major and important Constitution showdown in 2007.

Important Events in the World Yesterday … Nero Fiddles

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Jun 062006

Here are a few of the major events that happened in our world yesterday.

Mass kidnappings in Iraq:

Gunmen in police uniforms staged a brazen daylight raid on bus stations in central Baghdad on Monday, kidnapping at least 50 people, including travelers, merchants and vendors selling tea and sandwiches.

The operation was a direct challenge to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s efforts to restore security in the capital, which has been hard hit by suicide attacks, roadside bombs and sectarian death squads.

The usual mayhem in Iraq:

At least 17 killings were reported across the country Monday, including a Shiite school guard and two Sunni brothers who were shot to death as they were driving to college in the capital. Iraqi police found the blindfolded and bound body of a man who had been shot in the head and chest and another body that had been shot in the head in separate locations in Baghdad.

The Dow dropped almost 200 points on inflation fears:

On Wall Street, Bernanke’s fresh inflation warning sent the Dow Jones industrials sliding 199.15 points to close at 11,048.72. It had dropped even more, 214 points, two weeks ago on May 17.

Islamic militants prevail against our allies in Somalia:

After months of fierce fighting, Islamic militias declared Monday that they had taken control of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, defeating the warlords widely believed to be backed by the United States and raising questions about whether the country would head down an extremist path.

Katrina residents still can’t come home:

Hundreds of displaced residents of public housing have for several days been returning here for the first time since Hurricane Katrina.

Displaced residents in the tents are trying to force the city to reopen their storm-damaged apartments. They are armed with little more than cleaning supplies and frustration, in an effort to force the city to reopen their storm-damaged apartments.

The city, saying the projects are not ready, has refused.

As Chris posted yesterday morning, oil prices rose again: $73.23.

And oh, let’s don’t forget the President and Congress spent yesterday talking about inserting themselves into the private lives of citizens, by working to enshrine discrimination into the Constitution. That’s what our leaders were focused on yesterday.

…while Rome burns.