Neighbors and the dumbing down of America

Review of Neighbors written by Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien, directed by Nicholas Stoller Rating * (actually zero but then you wouldn’t be able to see it) This site is dedicated to works of nonfiction of which this movie is definitely not. But I had the  misfortune of seeing this movie and wanted to […]

Ryan Ferguson: Free at last

I first wrote about Ryan Ferguson in the post Injustice in plain sight. When a local judge in Columbia decided to not vacate Ryan’s sentence after the two eyewitnesses who put him there recanted their testimony, I got personally involved and called the Attorney General’s office. Ryan’s story is a perfect example of how wrongful […]

July 2013 view from the cockpit

My book and documentary project have consumed my time for contributing to this blog. I am too busy to even read anything not related to my project. I have been watching the occasional documentary, some of which I have reviewed. I’ve also been flying more. I took this image coming back to St. Louis on the […]

The real story behind the George Zimmerman trial

Like everyone else I’ve been following the second degree murder trial of George Zimmerman. I’ve watched the talking-head attorneys try to defend what’s going on in Florida. How it’s up to the jury to decide. What’s missing is the fact that this trial should never have taken place in the first place. The evidence for […]

How to Kraft a great commercial

Regular visitors to this blog know that I have a dumbest commercials list. But just as there are plenty of bad commercials, there are also some really good ones. This one from Kraft is a classic. It’s funny. It’s original. This is one of those commercials people talk about afterwards — Have you seen that […]

And the Oscar goes to – The Impossible

Review of The Impossible Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona Written by Sergio Sanchez Story by Maria Belon Rating ***** It’s not often when a title can so succinctly sum up what a story is about. The title of this film refers to many impossibilities: the fact that the entire family survived, the fact that they were […]

Best of Everything Nonfiction 2012

It’s been a busy year for me. I haven’t been able to see as many films as I would have liked. I haven’t been able to read as many books as I would have liked. And it looks like going forward in 2013 I’m going to have even less time as I work on my […]

October view from the cockpit

It’s been a while since I’ve added any new photos to View From the Cockpit. I plan to add at least one new photo a month. This month’s photo was taken on an early morning departure out of Salt Lake City, Utah. I’m calling it “Painted Landcape” because it looks to me more like a […]

The story of Marissa Alexander and the egomaniac

This blog is full of stories of miscarriages of justice and wrongful convictions. Here is a story I first heard about back in May. At the time I didn’t know all of the details, and I still don’t, but what little I did hear made me outraged. A 31-year-old mother of three, Marissa Alexander, was […]

The Tragedy of Air France Flight 447

I’ve been following this accident from the beginning, including speculating on the cause in my post What Happened to Air France 447. My theory about the accident was that the plane ran into severe weather and, as a result, most likely suffered an airframe malfunction. And until the black boxes were found that’s really all anyone […]

Clayton Osbon, Trayvon Martin, a Matter of Perspective

Two of the biggest stories in the news today have something very much in common – they both demonstrate how the same event can be interpreted in different ways depending on your perspective. Take the Trayvon Martin case. Try putting yourself in George Zimmerman’s shoes for a minute. You’re a neighborhood watch volunteer in a gated […]

35 Miles From Shore is featured on Amazon

Amazon recently tested a marketing program called 100 books for under $3.99. This is for Kindle books only. The test program went so well that they decided to make it a regular feature. Hey, everyone likes a good deal. So when my distributor asked me a few weeks ago if I wanted to participate I […]

Bad computer forensics casts new shadow on Casey Anthony trial

A few weeks ago when the Casey Anthony verdict came back as not guilty, I wasn’t surprised. I had not watched every minute of the trial. Much of what I knew about the case I learned from the slanted coverage on HLN and the biased coverage from Nancy Grace. But thanks to HLN I did get […]

Video embed with shortcodes

This post looks at a couple of different ways to embed video in a post. I’m also trying to troubleshoot one method that doesn’t seem to be working. I’m also using the jetpack plugin. In this first example you simple copy the URL from the youtube watch page and put it on its own line […]

Osama Bin Laden: truth not as exciting as fiction

Within hours of the raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound, one of the major networks played an animation of the dramatic Navy Seal operation. There was a firefight. A helicopter was forced to land in the compound. It was right up Hollywood’s alley (note: The people behind the Hurt Locker are already planning a film). […]