Initially, I debated leaving this film off this list because of the contentious subject matter. I thought about that for approximately one second. As a case for the clear cut, definitive, truthful history of the assassination of JFK, the film is dubious. As a film, it is fantastic. There has never been, nor will there ever be an objective film, series or documentary about the circumstances assassination of JFK because everyone who has ever lived since 1963 holds their own beliefs about what happened on that day in Dallas. No official inquiry, report, commission or proclamation that has been or will ever be produced will ever be taken seriously as the absolute truthful story on what happened. JFK, the man, was built up to stand on such a high pedestal and his shooting shocked so many people to the core that the truth has been lost in a sea of voices – voices, who don’t want to believe that their king is dead, make up their own truth to sooth themselves.
No film review or opinion of JFK should even come close to defend, persecute or examine the facts surrounding the assassination of JFK. The film should be reviewed based on the quality of the filmmaking. On that level, this is a great film. It has what every other great film has – a great story.
JFK was a conspiracy theorist’s dream. It becomes impossible not to be drawn into the film’s long and complicated ending. This is not only because of the heightened drama of the event itself, but of Oliver Stone’s way of telling the story. I’m not a huge fan of Kevin Costner, but I think he did a great job in this film and deserved to be nominated for a Best Actor Oscar. Great compositions. Oliver Stone’s painstaking re-enactments of grand events and even of the minutest details deserve to be applauded. Even his ability to open up this controversial event and ask Americans to think and rethink deserves to be applauded.
My take on the events that happened in Dallas: how could a man who was only allegedly shot in the head from behind have his head whiplash back if he wasn’t also shot from in front? It is physiologically impossible. Oh well…
When I heard the news that entitled politician Eve Adams of Ontario was giving up her fight to run in the race for the riding of Oakville-North Burlington in Ontario due to health concerns, I really couldn’t believe it. Entitled people (especially politicians) rarely give up so easily. It was especially surprising because politicians only stop feeding on purpose at the public trough if they a) are booted out of office or b) die. Even after they are booted out of office, their snouts remain in the public trough because of the ridiculously bloated pension plans they receive.
Entitled Adams was the poster girl for entitled politicians in Canada – right up there with Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin and the rest of the Canadian Senate. Entitled Adams rose to new heights of entitlement – trying to bully her way into a riding that wasn’t even hers to begin with, a riding that was more of a safe bet than the one she won in the last election. Even her also entitled husband was forced to resign as executive director of the Conservative party when it was perceived that he was using his position to help entitled Adams get into the new riding.
Like most entitled people, entitled Adams thinks that she is above the law and above the level-headed public decorum that most normal people adhere to. Although it was the riding issue that most political wags latched onto as the reason for her downfall, the incident that regular folk will point to as the tipping point of her fall and the height of her crass entitlement is her gas station meltdown. Fortunately, this incident was videotaped and now serves as a video example of what entitled people do and what goes through their heads as they bludgeon their entitlement over the heads of innocent people. Intentionally blocking traffic because you don’t get your own way? Fail.
Much like election night, when vilified and hopelessly inept politicians get booted out of office, the failure of entitled Adams to try and remain in her entitled position is a victory for the electors of this country. Also, much like the ousting of Rob Anders, there is also a certain sense of being able to breathe a little easier, no matter where you are in the country. Their one way tunnel vision entitlement suffocates the election process, democracy and the people in office who are legitimately trying to make a difference through public office (of which there are very few). They don’t care about the people they represent. They are simply in it for themselves and nobody else. That is a huge crime against democracy. People like entitled Adams do not belong in public office. They simple stink it up even more. Good riddance.
I’ve kept a mental note of all the crazy drivers I’ve encountered over the years, but these people are a breed all of their own. I don’t know what it is about them but it seems that there are an inordinate amount of people with a ‘Support Our Troops’ sticker (you know, the yellow ribbon) on their vehicles that drive like assholes.
Let me immediately say that not all people with a ‘Support Our Troops’ sticker on their vehicle drive like maniacs. It just seems that whenever I witness bad driving, poor courtesy, dangerous lane changes, tail-gating, speeding, dogs roaming around free in the cab or hanging out the windows and barking at people, the offender more often than not has a yellow ‘Support Our Troops’ sticker on the back of their vehicle.
Why? I have no idea. I was hoping that someone would explain it to me so that it makes sense because it makes no sense. I would think that people who display such stickers on their vehicles would have a little bit more respect for law and order, respect for others, courtesy, even-keeled and generally have an attitude that would reflect pride in self, their country and the human race. I don’t know, I think the sticker gives them unlimited license to drive like an asshole.
Case in point: Driving on a section of highway that was under construction with workers present, the speed limit was 50KM. This old man (I saw him in my rear view mirror) in a car the size of a steamship weaves in and out of several different lanes trying to get around people who are going the speed limit. He tailgates them. He revs his engine. Once past the construction, he blows by me as I turn off to an exit, gunning it as if it’s everyone else’s fault he was forced to go 50KM, squeezes by me on the left to make it past me. What does he have on the back of his car? A ‘Support Our Troops’ sticker.
Another one: I’m stopped at a red light, this ‘person’ (in white framed sunglasses – that’s another common accessory) in (yet again, an oversized, loud enough to wake the dead monster truck) comes right up to the bumper of the car beside me. Two dogs the size of the Trojan Horse fight each other to see who can lean out of the truck windows the most and bark at people. When the light changes, apparently the driver in front of him is obeying the speed limit too much so he jerks the monster truck around the car, almost clipping another car in another lane and bellows off down the street. I see other drivers just shake their heads. What does he have on the back of his monster truck? A ‘Support Our Troops’ sticker.
Those are just two examples. There are many, many more. I don’t get it. I give up. I don’t know what to say. I don’t know how to explain this phenomenon. Do these people think that because they ‘support’ the military that they are somehow entitled to not be held accountable for their actions? Do they have some kind of mental disorder that I don’t know about? – because if they do, then I’ll be sympathetic towards them. Are these people exempt from all laws? Do they think that they will gain some form of respect and explanation when people see the ‘Support Our Troops’ sticker on their vehicles? Were they dropped on their heads at birth? Are they seeking attention because they were never hugged when they were children?
People who drive like assholes and who have a ‘Support Our Troops’ sticker on their vehicles are cut from the very same cloth as those who have a ‘I Love My Border Collies’ sticker on their vehicles, then lock them in a hot car. There’s something wrong with these people. They need help. They need to be removed from the streets and highways before they hurt not only others, but themselves. It’s still my hope that one day all of these people will be forced to be penned in an arena large enough to hold them and have a ‘fight to the death’ involving their crazy driving.
Why can’t the drivers who have a ‘Support Our Troops’ sticker on their vehicles and drive like assholes be as courteous as the veterans? All the veteran drivers I’ve seen or encountered (they have a special license plate with a red poppy on it) are stand-up drivers (some even have the ‘Support Our Troops’ sticker). They are an inspiration to us all. People with a ‘Support Our Troops’ sticker on their vehicles who drive like assholes soil the name of these proud veterans. Their slash and burn type of driving is disgusting and offensive and they should be embarrassed to display such a sticker because now I associate it with asshole driving – not what it was meant to represent.
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