A day which will go on in American history as a turning point in our culture and define many generations to come has come and gone. So much has changed in the past twelve years, and I find it very strange to look back at on where America was in the beginning of 2001 to where it is now in 2013. God bless the families of those who serve this country in the military, and may God watch over and bless those who have served, who still are serving, and those who have died fighting for the United States of America, and for the cause of freedom, liberty, and equality. Thank you.
I can't really say that much has happened since my previous post, but the heat has turned up immeasurably here in Illinois over the weekend. I believe yesterday I saw the temperature around 103 degrees F. which to me was incredible, especially for this time of year. I thought it was supposed to be getting cooler, not hotter. Work has been keeping me on my toes; lots of surprises and challenges, which never seem like they will go away (good or bad, who knows.) I don't know if I mentioned this or not in one of my more recent posts, but the group home for severely emotionally disturbed children that I was fired from last year is being shut down. Apparently God got me out of there just in time and I dodged a proverbial bullet. Now I have a far better job and am in graduate school, so I suppose it all worked itself out for the best and I came out on top as I always do, thanks to God. Ironically this is the second time something like this has happened to me, although the first time I lost my job because it was seasonal and they decided not to keep me, and then Borders went bankrupted and was liquidated. By that time I was working full time at the group home. If you haven't guessed it, I get on a soap box and often talk about the topic of freedom throughout the world, and the fight against tyranny and oppression. Apparently China is arresting anyone who posts an offensive, or mocking statement of the government if I read the article correctly. These are the individuals who have a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council, and the U.S. borrows a ton of money from them, and imports far too much merchandise from them as well. Not very sensible. Now, in regards to Syria, I guess it's not really about helping the Syrian people and giving them justice, it is about President Obama and his administration saving face. He now has yielded to Russia and given Assad more time to kill those who oppose him, by coming up with this lame idea for Assad to hand over his chemical weapons in order to avoid military action against him, which at the moment the world is very divided on. Now, while diplomats and world leaders are arguing, posturing, and waging fights over semantics, the Syrian people are being gassed and butchered; has anyone asked for their perspective on the matter? It is true that there is a great uproar against intervention of any kind in Syria from the general American public, it really shouldn't be so, and it really mirrors American greed and selfishness. What a shame. In other news. I watched the film called Emperor this evening while also attempting to multitask and do my homework. It stars Tommy Lee Jones and Mathew Fox and a cast of well known Japanese actors and actresses. It is about the rebuilding of Japan by General MacArthur, played by Tommy Lee Jones, and also the investigation of war crimes by the Japanese political and military leaders led by General Fellers (Mathew Fox). It is a really fascinating film and story as the plot weaves through the repressed and honor bound culture of Japan from that era. Both men of course do a flawless job bringing their real life characters to life. There is romance, intrigue, drama, and excellent dialog that makes one think. I also like the exploration of Japanese culture, if it was accurately depicted. I'm giving it an "Admirable Ability" and if you enjoy historical fiction based films, then you will enjoy this one, and I think it would also be a great date film as well. Good music, good cinematography, and a good screenplay. Well that's all. Good night and good luck.
Kill Your Darlings Trailer (very odd and strange looking, but then again it does have a great cast.)