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When Jodie Foster came to Kansas

Bobby Detrich, a fourth grader at Jefferson elementary school in Great Bend, Kansas saw the girl, dressed in Depression-era clothing, looking like a tomboy. The charismatic blue-eyed girl was just his age. She emerged from her dressing room, and looked puzzled. She looked into her hands and fiddled with an old-fashioned wooden yo-yo. Although the girl was in Ellis County, Kansas, she hailed from California and didn’t know how to use a yo-yo. Jodie knew lots of things a kid from Kansas wouldn’t know. But Bobby Detrich knew all about yo-yo’s

Jodie Foster and Christopher Connelly in Hays, Kansas.

Most kids his …

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Kevin Willmott’s “The 24th” reminds America a reckoning is needed

Director Kevin Willmott’s film “The 24th” tells an important but little-known story in American race relations: the Houston Mutiny of 1917. In the same way that many Americans are learning about the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 for the first time, Willmott’s film introduces Americans to another-century old hidden but important story. The script is written by Willmott and a former KU pupil, Trai Byers. This analysis of the film tells what happens, so a spoiler alert is in order.

     The charismatic Kansas native Trai Byers not only co-wrote the script, he plays the lead role of William Boston, …

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"Da 5 Bloods"

“Da 5 Bloods” Makes Spike Lee Simply a “Great American Director”

Spike Lee Strikes Gold with Kevin Willmott in the Vietnam Film, “Da 5 Bloods.”

In the eyes of Hollywood, Spike Lee has recently gone from being a great African-American movie director to simply a great American movie director.

If his new film “Da 5 Bloods” was made about five white Vietnam veterans reuniting in Vietnam to find a buried treasure of gold and to find the remains of their fallen leader, it would still be a great film (due to the intriguing Sierra Madre-like plotline of buried gold and honoring an old war buddy).

The plot is suspenseful and full of potential double-crosses, …

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JFK Assassination

Mystery Still Surrounds JFK Assassination

JFK Assassination Remains Uncertain After Nearly 60 Years

The official version is that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas by a “lone nut” acting alone: Lee Harvey Oswald. So why does uncertainty linger about the President’s murder?

Oswald never confessed. Most assassins have a political motive and proudly confess. Oswald was interrogated for hours and never confessed. On the Friday night of the assassination, Oswald said in custody, “I didn’t shoot anybody. I’m just a patsy.”  On the video, take a look at :42 and :43. For those two seconds, …

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The USA Used to Manufacture Stuff and Sell It to Ourselves. Let’s Do That Again.

In the movie Animal House (1978) the naive pledge, Flounder, stupidly loans his car to some seniors in the fraternity and they trash it. When his car is returned in a shamble, one of the actives says, “You messed up. You trusted us.”

So how did the USA get so economically and politically linked with China? China has an abysmal human rights record. China doesn’t have a “Bill of Rights,” persecutes Christians and Muslims, has no free press, and forces women to have abortions against their will (“one child per family”). The Chinese communist ideology, together with their human …

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Evel Knievel and COVID-19

Can the police arrest you for disobeying the Governor’s emergency orders on COVID-19? 

A. Kansas laws passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor generally do not make it illegal to risk your own health or safety.

Before we talk about the validity of the Governor’s orders, let’s discuss longtime laws on the books that are passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor.

When I was growing up in Great Bend, we admired Evel Knievel. The pioneering daredevil would jump his Harley-Davidson over buses, cars, and water fountains. His landings didn’t always stick.  His 1972 Harley-Davidson XR-750 weighed 300 pounds, …

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Making a Murderer and Tiger King: My Recent Interview

Making a Murderer (2015) is a too-wild-to-be-true NETFLIX series about the conviction of Steven Avery, a salvage dealer, who served two decades in prison for a crime he did not commit. He was exonerated and released. He promptly filed a thirty-six million dollar lawsuit against the local police for framing him.  He was on Easy Street. Free at last, and soon to get a settlement or verdict in the tens of millions against the local police.  Then disaster struck.  The same police who cooked up his wrongful conviction twenty years earlier successfully pinned a murder on him.

I was …

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