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January 9, 2017

Movie Review: "Manchester by the Sea"

Manchester by the Sea:
A beautiful drama and a movie that moves the drama lover empathically. If we are to define drama, Manchester by the Sea is one-hundred-percent and more, and when we add in incredible acting, it is pure bliss. We, as the observers, can hardly detach ourselves from the story.
An apartment maintenance man by the name of Lee Chandler, played by Casey Affleck, carries the scenes flawlessly, humanly, movingly; as if the part was specifically written for him. It is as if he himself experienced in real life a permanent scar that he carries with him, hidden from us, but performed superbly. 

January 5, 2017

Navarre Beach

I took two weeks off over the Christmas holidays and we spent time at our cottage in Navarre Beach, Florida which is known as "The best kept secret in Florida." 

Everyday I was on the beach as if I would never come here again. 

You might wonder what is so special about Navarre Beach? It is special, with sugar white, smooth beaches and friendly people. I have walked the beaches in California, but there is no comparison. In CA, the gummy petroleum sticks to my feet and I cannot get it off for days.

Finally, I have made my mind up. We are moving to our cottage in Florida permanently. Perhaps I will maintain here in Southern California a small residence, because most of my activities are here.

But, Navarre is where I want to live.

For years I have been away from the Atlanta film market, and it is an easy reach from Pensacola to Atlanta and I have an address there, too. So as soon as I graduate in May from California State University Channel Islands, we are heading for our new home in Navarre Beach. 

January 1, 2017

US-Turkish Relations After the Failed Coup” By Behcet Kaya

“US-Turkish Relations After the Failed Coup”
Behcet Kaya
The following is an empirical study delving into the relationship of two NATO countries, the US and Turkey, which have been allies for over six decades. This research paper will evaluate the impact of the July 15, 2016 failed Turkish coup on each nation, what led to the coup, where each nation stands now, why the partnership should be maintained and obstacles to the goal of maintaining the partnership.
Turkey and the US have remained indispensable allies since 1952, although, through the years there have always been conflicts and disagreements between the parties. Two major recent events include that in 2003 Turkey would not allow the passage of 80,000 US troops through its land for the invasion of Iraq. In addition, the CIA fabricated false evidence against the Turkish military by planning to overthrow the democratically elected government.

December 19, 2016

Condolences to the Karlov family

My heartfelt condolences to Ambassador Andrey Karlov’s family and to the Russian people.

Karlov was the first ambassador ever assassinated in Turkey. Turkey failed to protect the life of a diplomat who was under its responsibility. That is a shame for Turkey. It is the responsibility of the government to remove this burden from the shoulders of Turkey and the Turkish people. But how? Most of the AKP and its personal are under-educated. Who do you blame when the president doesn’t even have a university diploma?

This assassination took place in what is supposed to be a maximum security area where most of the embassies are located, as well as the Banking Regulations and Supervision Agency (BDDK), the Chief Prosecutor’s Office of the Court Appeals and the Russian Trade Office.
This is a major embarrassment to Turkish security. If the Turks can’t get to the bottom of this crime, there will be major consequences to the strength of the Turkish security system.
In addition, this heinous murder of a Russian diplomat took place at the time when Turkey and Russia have good relations going, What it looks like to anyone who has sense, is that this murder was done to put tension between the two countries. Who really benefits from this? Ask yourselves that question. 

Out of seventeen wars between the two countries, ten of those wars were initiated by western imperialism. The western powers never wanted Turkey and Russia to have good relations. President Putin and Russian people understand why this murder took place

It's also obvious that this attack purposely took place before the meeting of the Turkish foreign minister, who is scheduled to hold talks in Moscow to further the Turkish/Russian partnership. 

In contrast, the hard fact is that relations between America and Turkey have come to their lowest point, and I will go so far as to personally say the bilateral relationship with US and Turkey has, in effect, ended.

We all know who benefits from this tension between Turkey and Russia. Who do we blame? Of curse the powers who do not want this alliance are to blame, but it is, in reality, Turkey’s inability to prevent events such as this from taking place. Turkey must do its best to protect all diplomats.

I hope that both the Russians and the Turks come to their senses, cooperate and share intelligence information to prevent further killings, and to find the root of the killer’s connections. This attack is both on Turkey and Russia.

November 4, 2016

Interesting Class Assignment

For one of my political science classes, I was assigned to make telephone calls to the donors of CSU Channel Islands to thank them and express appreciation for the gifts they have given to the scholarship program. I must tell you that I was intrigued with the responses I received and the many pleasant conversations I had with our donors.

October 9, 2016

Concert in Ojai

To my blog followers, I must acknowledge my negligence in not posting for quite awhile. Being in my final year of classes, I just can’t seem to find the extra time to write much of anything on a personal level.

September 4, 2016

31.08.2016 Author: F. William Engdahl

Top USA National Security Officials Admit Turkey Coup

3454353453453While the Obama Administration and the CIA officially cling to the fig leaf lie that US intelligence was innocent of any involvement in the failed July 15 coup d’ etat attempt by the CIA-run Fethullah Gülen organization in Turkey, the truth is coming out from senior US intelligence insiders themselves. It reflects a huge internal faction struggle within US leading circles in what by all accounts is shaping to be the most bizarre Presidential election year in American history. 

September 2, 2016



Vice President Joe Biden, during his recent visit to Turkey, tried to tell the Turkish people that, “In America, we have laws and for us to turn Gulen to the Turks, we have to go through the courts and if the courts find Gulen guilty, then we will turn Gulen over to Turkey.”

August 29, 2016

A lesson to be learned by all of us here in the US about what is happening to Ataturk's once secular democratic Turkey.
I have often remarked how privileged I am to be a part of the Turkish-American community here in SoCal. Tomorrow, August 30, is Turkish Independence Day. Yesterday, all of the ATAASC chapters gathered to celebrate the importance of the day, just as we all gather to celebrate the importance of the 4th of July.

Why George Soros is Extremely Dangerous to America

By Nancy Webster Kaya

According to his official website, George Soros was born in Budapest in 1930 and is Chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC. “As one of history’s most successful financiers, his views on investing and economic issues are widely followed. George Soros has been a prominent international supporter of democratic ideals and causes for more than 30 years. His philanthropic organization, the Open Society Foundations, supports democracy and human rights in more than 100 countries, working to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens.”

He sounds quite magnanimous, doesn’t he? But who is he really? And what are his real intentions?

On August 15, 2016 – the “Daily Caller” reported hundreds of internal documents from groups run by prominent billionaire liberal donor George Soros were leaked online Saturday, August 13, after hackers infiltrated the groups.
The 2,576 files were released by DCLeaks, a website which claims to be “launched by the American hacktivists who respect and appreciate freedom of speech, human rights and government of the people.” There are documents dating from at least 2008 to 2016.

The documents are from multiple departments of Soros’ organizations. Soros’ the Open Society Foundations seems to be the group with the most documents in the leak. Files come from sections representing almost all geographical regions in the world, “the President’s Office”, and something named SOUK.

Conspiracy theories have been floating around for years, but with the release of these documents, these conspiracy theories have now become cold, hard facts.

From DrJohn, August 16, 2016, Flopping Aces

A vote for Clinton is a vote for the New World Order and an end to the United States of America

Worried about Trump? You should be worried about the left wing elites. It is their goal to establish a new and one world order, with themselves in control.
Soros also has let everyone know how he feels about the US:

“The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States.”

That means the US must be taken down, and who better to do it than barack obama and hillary clinton?

“Our plan treats the protection of refugees as the objective and national borders as the obstacle.”

Frightening. Soros is working toward eliminating national borders in Europe and obama is working on eradicating them here.

If you think about it, this explains why obama won’t solve the problem of ISIS and instead treats the hemorrhage with a knife. obama does not want to stem the migration. He wants it to continue. He is doing Soros’ work. And thus so is Clinton.

This explains many of barack obama’s actions- not enforcing border laws, importing as many Syrians as possible, rewarding illegal immigration and not deporting illegal alien criminals. It’s why obama is sidestepping Congress on nuclear arms and threatens to do so with the TPP. obama is in on the party. It’s why the crimes being committed by “migrants” and illegals are being buried and in Germany, flat out denied.

The nine-page review makes three key points: OSF — which doles out millions to left-wing causes — has been successful at influencing global immigration policy; Europe’s refugee crisis presents “new opportunities” for the organization to influence global immigration policy; and the refugee crisis is the “new normal.”

Again- this is why obama refuses to do anything that would halt the migration of Middle East populations. This is why obama fancies himself as king of the world- the Uber-Secretary General of the UN and not the President of the United States.

And Hillary? Soros has invested $8 million in her and subsequently issued her marching orders.

A series of message within the September 2015 State Department dump of Hillary Clinton e-mails show the Secretary of State of the United States received direct orders over U.S. foreign policy from none other than Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros. Soros – who for years has been suspected of pulling the strings behind Clinton as well as dozens of foreign policy and open borders groups – appears to have sent a message through his “special advisor” Jonas Rolett.

Recently Hillary’s VP running mate Tim Kaine bowed at the Soros altar:
The fact that Alex Soros, who was inspired in his own progressivism by his controversial father, has unfettered access to Kaine—Hillary Clinton’s running mate—is unsurprising. The Clinton apparatus has long come under scrutiny for their closeness with high dollar donor class figures, some of which has prompted federal law enforcement to fight for an official criminal investigation into the “Clinton Cash” narrative—one the Department of Justice (DOJ) under Attorney General Loretta Lynch has reportedly shut down. That being said, reports have surfaced that the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara is in fact investigating—along with the FBI—the Clinton Foundation for such donor class proclivities with the Clinton apparatus.

Others have foreseen obama as working toward a new world ordersome time ago:

Mr. Obama has vowed to create a “green economy” based on “green-collar jobs” and “a green New Deal.” The Copenhagen treaty would enable him to accomplish his revolutionary ambitions. It would mark his Cultural Revolution – the permanent transformation of America.

This is why Brexit was such a blow to the global elites. It wrested control, not to mention to $127 billion, from them. (It’s always the money).

If Clinton is elected, America will be put into the high speed lane to the New World Order and will be dead in ten years. The new world order will insinuate itself into the US. The political version of Skynet will become sentient, resulting in a global Venezuela. Liberal elites will rule everything you do. That’s the plan.

From Rachel Blevins, August 17, 2016, We are Change

Another revelation from the document dump:

George Soros funded the Black Lives Matter movement to the tune of $650,000.
After Freddie Gray died at the hands of Baltimore police in April 2015, the Open Society Foundation saw the resulting protests against police brutality as a way to push their own agenda by contributing heavily to the Black Lives Matter movement.

One report for the foundation claimed, “Recent events offer a unique opportunity to accelerate the dismantling of structural inequality generated and maintained by local law enforcement and to engage residents who have historically been disenfranchised in Baltimore City in shaping and monitoring reform.”

Rick Wells, August 17, 2016, Constitution Rising

Soros Funding Hillary Clinton Illegal Alien Turn Out and Vote Fraud Campaign
There was a time not too long ago when illegal aliens were deported as the logical remedy for their violation of the law and being illegally present in our country. That time, what might be described as the good old days when America was America, is now little more than a fond memory. Now that criminal subversives occupy the White House, the State Department and Homeland Security, the illegal alien squatters are treated better than American citizens.

The offenses against the American people and our nation are symbolized by the appointing of an illegal alien by Hillary Clinton to head her new election fraud operation. It is designed to mobilize the millions of illegal aliens inside the United States to violate federal election law by voting and steal the election for their mutual illicit benefit. It’s just another of the many ways George Soros is buying the destruction of our nation.

The operation has been given a Spanish title, the language of most Illegal aliens in America. Since it is directed at motivating foreigners to commit election fraud, it will only be effective if it is in the language they speak, that of their home country.
The program, “Mi Sueño, Tu Voto,”— which translates as “My Dream, Your Vote,” was unveiled on Sunday. It uses stories about illegal alien children to motivate actual illegals to vote, portraying Donald Trump as a villain for putting the people of this nation first.

Clinton, seemingly always with a lie hanging in the air, says the program is designed to motivate American Latinos but if that were true it would not be referencing “dreamers” and others who don’t have a right to vote or be in our country. It would also likely be in English, as Americans of every variety generally speak our native tongue.

The choice by George Soros of the particular illegal alien he’s paying to run this election fraud operation on behalf of Hillary Clinton was an easy one. Astrid Silva already works for Soros and she’s done his bidding on a national scale as well. The 28-year-old did a Mexican version of the “Khizr Khan” gig at the Democrat convention, similarly denouncing Donald Trump. She’s already had an impact on our nation in the manner that so many of her fellow illegals have.

She’s taken a job that could have gone to an American piece of trash Marxist radical instead of a foreign one.

These cherry jobs can’t be stolen by just any illegal, Mr. Soros and his lawless cohorts have high standards. The Washington Free Beacon reports that Silva “is the organizing director of the Progressives Leadership Alliance of Nevada, a social and environmental justice group that is already involved in a massive campaign to register400,000 Hispanic voters for the November election.”

George Soros is funding Silva in that agitation effort as well. That Soros organization is Titled “Families Fight Back,” in English, apparently intended to intimidate the American nativists.

In March of this year, when launching the “Families Fight Back” organization, Silva said, “We are very aware that every day that our families are on the verge of being separated is a day that we have to fight for them.” We need people to register, to vote, to become citizens. We want to make sure that the community understands their power, has access to the tools they need, and know that their responsibility to our country needs to be met.”

The process as Silva outlined it is completely backwards, the becoming citizen part comes before the register and vote part if one is not attempting to steal the election. If she’s engaging in election fraud then she got it exactly right. The “Immigrant Voters Win” PAC was created shortly after the founding of the first Families Fight Back campaign, with Soros and his commie comrades pledging $15 million in support. Soros has already contributed $3 million to the operation with other anti-American liberals donating another $1 million.

Rick Wells, August 18, 2016, Constitution Rising

Another revelation from the document dump:

Soros and Gore – Leaked Emails Show Gore Got Rich Teaming Up On Climate Fraud
It’s hard to believe that the great American patriot, Bill Clinton’s former vice president, Honest Al Gore, would be involved in a scheme to mislead Americans and pilfer our nation. That seems so out of character. Then again corruption and Clinton go hand in hand. Is it possible the great green crusader is actually the great greenback crusader? Of course it is. The climate hoax is Al Gore’s claim to fame and riches. As fate would have it, we just got an insight into just how much crooked these elites are and how rich one of those income streams of Gore’s was generating.
The source of that stream, as with much of what is wrong in the world today, is the despicable parasite and enemy of America, George Soros. There’s been a lot of email hacking taking place lately and Soros has found himself the subject of a significant hack that gives insight into his manipulative scheming and actions to take down our country.

The price for the political prostitute who used to plays weatherman and climate expert while being nothing but a slick opportunist and fast talker is a cool $30 million, according to one email, paid Gore over the course of three years. In return Gore was to provide Soros with what he described as “political space for aggressive US action” on global warming.

The source of the leak is an organization called DC Leaks. It shows that Soros acted through his false front “charity,” the Open Society Institute (OSI), budgeting $10 million in annual payments Gore over a three year period. That‘s good money and it doesn’t include what he’s making by investing in carbon credits and other fruits of his poison green tree of non-existent crisis exploitation.

It stated, “There has been a budget of $11 million for global warming grants in the U.S. Programs budget for the last several years. This budget item captures George Soros’s commitment of $10 million per year for three years to Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection, which conducts public education on the climate issue in pursuit of creating political space for aggressive U.S. action in line with what scientists say is necessary to put our nation on a path to reducing its outsize carbon dioxide emissions.”

Crippling American industry and degrading our national stature on the way to global governance under the UN are accomplished under the false banner of limiting carbon dioxide emissions for the “collective socialist good.”

From Barry Secrest, August 20th, 2016, CRN Politics

George Soros Leaks Reveal Direct Evidence of Global Elite Using Islam to Achieve International Dominance
While the media at large, along with most governments and the United Nations, routinely scoff at charges of being the willing enablers of Islamic supremacism across the planet, new evidence of a media-suppressed agenda has emerged from hacked emails belonging to none other than globalist leader George Soros.

This latest evidence, outed by the group "DCLeaks," proves that Soros is, indeed, at least one of the major shadowy figures behind a worldwide effort aimed at battling against any and all criticism of Islam, including the ad hominem persecution & attack of individual critics of Islam.

However, the evidence also reveals the engendering of a highly complicit media, owned primarily by global interests, also taking part in the ruse.
The leaks reveal that Soros, a principle backer of both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, actually funded the left-wing political group"Demos" to design software which would root out, target, and then attack any individual or group who either questioned or criticized the religion of both Islam and radical Islamists, via social media.

Here are even more reasons why George Soros is dangerous to America (this list has been espoused on numerous websites including Free Republic, Allan West Republic, and Human Events):

1.  Gives billions to left-wing causes:  Soros started the Open Society Institute in 1993 as a way to spread his wealth to progressive causes. Using Open Society as a conduit, Soros has given more than $7 billion to a who’s who of left-wing groups. This partial list of recipients of Soros’ money says it all: ACORN, Apollo Alliance, National Council of La Raza, Tides Foundation, Huffington Post, Southern Poverty Law Center, Sojourners, People for the American Way, Planned Parenthood, and the National Organization for Women.

2.  Influence on U.S. elections:  Soros once said that removing President George W. Bush from office in 2004 was the “central focus of my life.” He put his money where his mouth is, giving $23.58 million to various 527 groups dedicated to defeating Bush. His early financial support helped jump-start Barack Obama’s political career. Soros hosted a 2004 fund-raiser for Obama when he was running for the Illinois Senate and gave the maximum-allowed contribution within hours of Obama’s announcement that he was running for President.

3.  Wants to curtail American sovereignty:  Soros would like nothing better than for America to become subservient to international bodies. He wants more power for groups such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, even while saying the U.S. role in the IMF should be “downsized.” In 1998, he wrote: “Insofar as there are collective interests that transcend state boundaries, the sovereignty of states must be subordinated to international law and international institutions.”

4.  Media Matters:  Soros is a financial backer of Media Matters for America, a progressive media watchdog group that hyperventilates over any conservative view that makes it into the mainstream media. Now its founder, David Brock, has openly declared war on Fox News, telling Politico that the group was mounting “guerrilla warfare and sabotage” against the cable news channel, and would try to disrupt the commercial interests of owner Rupert Murdoch—an odd mission for a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt educational foundation that is barred from participating in partisan political activity.

5.  Soros has been a major funder of, a progressive advocacy group and political action committee that raises millions for liberal candidates. This is the group that had on its website an ad comparing President George W. Bush to Adolf Hitler and ran the infamous “General Betray Us” ad in the New York Times, disparaging the integrity of Gen. David Petraeus.

6.  Center for American Progress:  Headed by John Podesta, White House chief of staff under President Clinton, the Center for American Progress has been instrumental in providing progressive talking points and policy positions for the Obama administration. There has also been a revolving door between the White House and the Soros-funded think tank, with Obama staffing his administration with many CAP officials.

7.  Environmental extremism:  Former Obama green jobs czar Van Jones and his leftist environmental ideas have been funded by Soros’ money at these groups: the Ella Baker Center, Green For All, the Center for American Progress, and the Apollo Alliance, which was instrumental in getting $110 billion in green initiatives included in Obama’s stimulus package. Soros also funds the Climate Policy Initiative to address global warming and gave Friends of the Earth money to “integrate a climate equity perspective in the presidential transition.”

8.  America Coming Together:  Soros gave nearly $20 million to this 527 group with the express purpose of defeating President Bush. A massive get-out-the-vote effort, ACT’s door-to-door canvassing teams included numerous felons, its voter registration drives were riddled with fraud, and it handed out incendiary fliers and made misleading taped phone calls to voters. ACT was fined $775,000 by the Federal Election Commission for violations of various federal campaign finance laws.

9.  Currency manipulation:  A large part of Soros’ multibillion-dollar fortune has come from manipulating currencies. During the 1997 Asian financial crisis, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad accused him of bringing down the nation’s currency through his trading activities, and in Thailand he was called an “economic war criminal.” Known as “The Man who Broke the Bank of England,” Soros initiated a British financial crisis by dumping 10 billion sterling, forcing the devaluation of the currency and gaining a billion-dollar profit.

10.  Delusions:  Soros has repeatedly said that he sees himself as a messianic figure. Who but a megalomaniac would make these comments? “I admit that I have always harbored an exaggerated view of my self-importance—to put it bluntly, I fancied myself as some kind of god” or “I carried some rather potent messianic fantasies with me from childhood, which I felt I had to control, otherwise I might end up in the loony bin.” If only the loony bin were an option. As it is, one of the wealthiest men in the world is using his billions to impose a radical agenda on America.

Now you have the cold, hard facts. The decision is in your hands.

August 2, 2016

Have You Ever Wondered Why it is so Difficult to have an Intelligent Conversation with a Liberal?

By Nancy Webster Kaya
"At Hillary Clinton’s convention this week, Democrats have been speaking about a world that doesn’t exist. A world where America has full employment, where there’s no such thing as radical Islamic terrorism, where the border is totally secured, and where thousands of innocent Americans have not suffered from rising crime in cities like Baltimore and Chicago.
In the Democrats’ fantasy world, there is no problem with Hillary Clinton maintaining an illegal, exposed server full of classified information that could have been hacked by any foreign enemy, and in which Hillary Clinton risked prison time to delete 33,000 emails that were simply about yoga and wedding planning. In this world, there is no Hillary Clinton disaster in Syria, Libya and Egypt, ISIS doesn’t merit a mention, Iran isn’t on the path to nukes, convention stages don’t need American flags, and our great men and women of law enforcement, our police, do not need to be honored.” (Donald Trump)

July 22, 2016

Status of the Failed Coup in Turkey

The failed Turkish coup was initiated by the cleric Fethullah Gulen’s followers in the Turkish Army, whose net worth tops fifty-billion dollars and who is operating in cooperation with the CIA and FBI, and the anti-defamation league, AKA, a Jewish lobby in the US. The cleric Fethulla Gulen resides in Pennsylvania, where he has lived for over twenty years in exile and wanted by the Turkish government.

July 17, 2016

Thoughts on the Failed Turkish Coup from an American's Perspective

By Nancy Webster Kaya

I am an American proudly married to a Turk. I have come to love Turkey as my second home and have been accepted with open arms by my in-laws. In fact, my dear mother-in-law, who is 92 years young, renamed me Gulten, meaning rose. I have had the privilege of visiting many parts of Turkey and hoped to visit much more. Eventually, my husband and I had planned on living part of the year on the Aegean coast.

July 5, 2016

Family Reunion Cruise

After marrying the woman I love, who is my soul-mate, many years ago, we now anticipate and finish each other’s thoughts and sentences. My wife knew I could not say no to our family reunion cruise to Bermuda. I had not seen the grandkids for a couple of years. Yes, we Face-timed on birthdays and holidays, but it is not the same. Of course I said okay, even though NewYork and Bermuda are not exactly on my bucket list of things to do.

June 9, 2016

The Perfectionists

Several months ago my wife volunteered both of us to participate in California’s “Adopt a Poll” program. We would be working as polling clerks, along with three other VATAN members on Primary Tuesday. She did not talk about it, I forgot about it, and now I need to write about it. 

When the day came, it became an issue, but I could not refuse to do it. However, I made it clear that from now on I wanted to be consulted first before she volunteers me for anything. The only thing is, I am sure my wife will come up with other ingenious ways to volunteer us. But back to my story and the reasons I decided not to back out.

Many Things Have Changed

Many Things Have Changed
After retiring several years ago, I soon found myself getting restless. I knew I needed to do something, but what? My wife and I have travelled quite a bit; including here in the US, Caribbean, Europe and Turkey. We still have not travelled in the East, but we will when the itch comes. 
My wife suggested that I take some classes and the idea came to me that maybe I should try something that I have always wanted to do. I started with a few classes at Moorpark Community College, including American Government and Foreign Relations. I did very well in the classes as the subject matter appealed to me. It was then I decided to do pursue BA degree in Political Science.

March 10, 2016

The Danish Girl, a movie review and spoiler alert

Can you imagine what it would be like not to know who you truly are?

The movie, “Danish Girl,” is loosely based on a true story about one of the first transgender transformations. It is, by far, a dark and deep drama, beautifully done, but at times hard to watch. Definitely not for all audiences.

The story takes place in Denmark during the 1920s. At the opening, we are introduced to a very talented painter, Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander), who is married to another painter, Einar (Eddie Redmayne). Their marriage is filled with passion and it is clear that Gerda loves both her husband and her painting.

February 1, 2016

"Brooklyn" a review with a spoiler alert

It is refreshing to see a really well-done movie which stands up to the quality of the storyline. Being a love story, this movie would not appeal to a very young audience. Now, just what is a love story? One scenario is a situation in which a character who is in love is thrown into a situation where they have to make choices, but those choices are all equally good; in fact, so good that they are unable to make a choice. 

January 20, 2016

My Travel Experiences in Frankfurt and Beyond

Why can’t there be a standard for everything? I mean, why not? For instance, English people want to be different and they have their weird ways such as driving on the wrong side of the road. But, I digress. What I really want to talk about is my experience in Frankfurt, a place I have never been before.

After deplaning from my Turkish Airline flight from Ankara via Istanbul, I passed through passport control; so far so good. I waited to get my luggage, which was somewhat delayed, but I had no hassle. As I was going through customs, I asked the young lady in uniform packing a gun holster on her side, “Can you tell me where ground transportation is?”

November 13, 2015

A review of the latest Bond movie, "Spectra"

Having just seen the new Bond movie, Spectra, my first impression is that the writers are running out of ideas. What happened to Ian Fleming’s creative ideas? Spectra was a disappointment and badly put together.

However, I have no criticism of Daniel Craig’s performance as Bond. He did  a superb job. But the actor can only carry the scenes so far!

It seems to me the movie is put together with many sets of scenes, but they don’t flow well as other Bond movies do. The transitions from one scene to another were awkward.