The Federal Bureau of Investigation (part of the US Justice Department headed by Obama crony Attorney General Eric Holder) found no criminal wrongdoing on the part of the Obama Administration in their probe of the IRS, which Congressional testimony clearly held, targeted Obama's political enemies. Really.
The FBI has been used as a cat's paw by the Obama Administration for a number of politically motivated "protection measures" designed to limit the government's exposure. Remember the FBI visit to the US Consulate in Benghazi where CNN found Ambassador Chris Steven's diary after they left following their search for evidence?
Attorney General Holder still stands accused of lying to Congress and true to his and the President's Chicago roots, he remains in Obama's good graces, well within the 'circle of trust'.
Can the FBI regain their credibility? Yes - but not while Barack Obama is in office.
Hollywood is working to establish another franchise formula using Chris Pine as Tom Clancy's character Jack Ryan. Shadow Recruit is not based on any of Clancy's books or previous screenplays based on his books. The writer and production team decided to start from scratch, which is not a bad idea if it is to be a franchise with films every 18 months or so.
Pine was born in 1980, Keira Knightley, who plays his wife was born in 1985. While not a cougar, Knightley looks about ten years older than Pine. Does the chemistry work? I leave it to you to decide. To me it wasn't bad, but I would have picked a different actress if I'd been casting the movie. Kevin Costner plays the old hand CIA mentor who finds and recruits Pine while he is recuperating at Walter Reed Army Hospital after having been wounded in Afghanistan.
The movie was not an action packed film (no spoilers) but Ryan shows himself to be a man who is able to break a few eggs. If you want a Jason Bourne film, you will be sadly disappointed. If you want to have a dose of reality, it doesn't provide that either. It does deliver solid acting along with a moderately interesting script/plot in the espionage genre. The Russians are bad and want to take over the world (what else is new?) and Jack Ryan is there to stop them. There is no anti-Muslim terrorist plot line to disturb the Islamic lobby. You won't be surprised to learn that Hossein Amini, an Iranian-Brit, wrote the screenplay. In a world where Arabs and Persians are responsible for somewhere close to 100% of the terrorism, one would have thought that producers could have come up with a more realistic scenario.
On a ten scale, I give the film a 7.5, which is not bad, but neither is it on its way to being a cult classic. I enjoyed the movie and it kept my attention.
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Welcome to Virtual Mirage
"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the cat. "We're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad," asked Alice?
"You must be," said the cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."
Virtual Mirage - What's on the other side of the mirror? Ask Alice how deep the rabbit hole really goes.
This blog is an extension of MY JOURNEY because sometimes my journey needs more explanation, and sometimes there is more to be said than can be expressed on one ordinary blog.
Sometimes it's politics (very serious), sometimes I address the human condition with a dose of humor, and other times it may seem as if the track is headed in a unique direction. I can be a complicated guy at times.
There are a few things you'll find I consider:
* Absence of proof is not proof of absence.
* Sometimes the questions are complex but the answers are simple.
* Love is the only condition where the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
* Steers do not sign treaties with meat packers. (think on that)
* Taxes are NEVER levied for the benefit of the taxed.
* The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no victory possible in defense.
WHITE POWDER (Novel)
There is something intoxicating about a secret.
THE OLD WHORE (NOVEL)
In the peculiar culture of the Central Intelligence Agency, "old whores" are people who will do whatever it takes to get the job done, irrespective of the cost.
EXILES FROM EDEN (NOVEL)
Sparks fly as two star-crossed lovers meet. He runs toward trouble as she yearns for something missing. And it ends in a flight from and toward justice.
Today, I balance work and play as much as anyone can. All things remaining equal, play is more important. Life is short - it's important to make every day count for something, if only to yourself.
I'm a former tinker/tailor/soldier/sailor who has now decided that maybe it really wasn't all done for nothing.
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