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Who do we make movies for anyway?

I read yet another article on how Americans “can’t read maps,” and aren’t being “international” enough. I don’t see why we should censor ourselves to please China’s autocracy.

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When in Rome

When in Rome, thank God you’re English.* When in Rome, shouldn’t you do as the Romans Do? Well, Hanmer Warrington didn’t think so.  

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Is America really a rich country?

Lies, more lies, and false statistics. Sure, the average American spends more money than the average Angolan.  But does that make America rich?

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How did they deal with bullies in the old days?

Do you have an irritating colleague that makes people cry? A boss who pushes you around, but when you complain she says she’s just “unwinding” or “having fun”? Well, bullies are nothing new. In fact, Stephen Decatur Junior and his friend Joseph Bainbridge were bullied.

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Social Networking Promotes Garbage

A friend of mine… Do me a favor… could you please vote for… if you vote for me, I’ll vote for you… You sick of these messages yet? Gone are the days when critics and filmmakers were two different breeds of people.  Gone are the days when critics were professionals, who were not anonymous but […]

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Why did Decatur burn the Philadelphia?

In 1803, the US lost one of its best ships when Bainbridge hit uncharted rocks. According to Anthony Irvin, the Philadelphia was “one third of Preble’s Squadron.”

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When will we disband Nato?

The recent “no-fly” zone has proved that Nato is not needed. In the case of Germany and Turkey’s apparent objections, it seems that Nato was not even heeded. Nato is a relic of the Cold War. It serves to annoy China and Russia, two countries who feel targeted by it. It is nothing more than […]

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Why is Hollywood so dangerous?

After watching an American movie with my kids, I sometimes tell them I’m homesick.  They get absolutely terrified. America, as it is portrayed in the movies, is like hell on Earth.  Now, it’s not perfect…

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Why is Tripoli so popular with historians?

In October, I had no idea what was going to happen in North Africa.  Yet, I felt drawn to write a history of the “Barbary pirates.” I didn’t yet realize what would happen this year, nor did I know that Hollywood was already working on a film on that subject. The first time I remember […]

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Burning the Philadelphia

Today, in 1804, Stephen Decatur led a small band in a ketch to destroy a warship.  Horatio Nelson is said to have called it “the most bold and daring act of the age.” Well, I can’t verify Nelson having said that, but if he did then he was blockading Toulon at the time. What we […]