Movie Review: Dunkirk

When the credits roll on Christopher Nolan's latest film - a cinematic experience that brings the full scale of the Battle of Dunkirk to the big screen for the first time - the audience is left speechless. Unlike nearly all of his other films, it's not because you're trying Read more

Dream-Casting a Live-Action Little Mermaid for Disney

Perhaps no task is more difficult for a studio than casting a well-known franchise to match the sky-high expectations of fans. From novels to comic books to animated film remakes, Hollywood has had mixed results with the task; some have spent the big bucks to get the demanded stars, Read more

Best Movies of 2016: The 3rd Annual Groucho Awards

Welcome to the Third Annual Groucho Awards! This is my own platform to nominate and award the movies of my choosing, because it seems that far too often, the movies with the biggest campaigns get Oscar nominations and the little guys are left out in the cold. This year Read more

A compelling case that Corinne is six-years-old, and other Bachelor nonsense

  Written by: @jeremywilson412 In the words of Chris Harrison, "Coming up on this week's episode (recap) of The Bachelor..." The ladies receive their first real test, we pause to remember those we lost this week, I present a theory about Corinne that is bulletproof, and we discuss the contenders and pretenders. But Read more

I was not going to write about The Bachelor, but then...

(Written by: @JeremyWilson412) I wasn’t going to write about The Bachelor this year, but then a girl showed up in a shark costume convinced it was a dolphin costume. I wasn’t going to write about The Bachelor this year, but then a girl showed up who hooked up with Nick at Read more

What I Learned about Chris Pratt's Faith

Most of us have loved Chris Pratt since we first met him as Andy Dwyer on Parks and Rec. Then he made his dramatic debuts in Academy Award Best Picture nominees Moneyball and Zero Dark Thirty. The latter revealed that he could be an action star, so it came as no surprise Read more


Where We Go From Here: Reflections on 2012 Election Results

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So with the 2012 election over, where do we go from here?

America has a lot of problems facing it today.

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Poverty In America: How We Have Failed

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Author’s Note: This article is a “director’s cut” version of an article review I wrote for Fare Forward. I highly recommend you visit that site, like the publication on Facebook, and even become a subscriber.  It’s a collection of people much smarter and much better at writing than me, discussing all topics you could imagine through a deeply intellectual Christian worldview.  I’m humbled to have written for their second issue, which is the basis for this post.  I’ll also be published in their third issue. They’re far too kind to me. I’ve tricked them into thinking I’m a legitimate writer.  Please don’t destroy this illusion. But do support Fare Forward. It’s amazing what they’re doing.

“Mr. Williams can’t take our extra food stamps away, CAN HE?!?”  It was my second year with Teach for America in one of the lowest performing high schools in Nashville, Tennessee.  In my 11th grade U.S. History class, I found myself refereeing an unplanned, heated debate about food stamps, welfare checks, and other strands of the social safety net.  Introducing the topic of LBJ’s Great Society, I asked my students (many of whom were enrolled in safety-net programs) to what extent the government should assist the poor.

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The Ole Miss Election Night “Riots”

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The Ole Miss Election Night “Riots”

Disclaimer: I consider myself a Republican.

I went to Ole Miss, and for that I believe I have a right to share my opinions on what occurred last night on the Ole Miss campus in response to the election results confirming that President Barack Obama will serve another term. I was not in Oxford, but I have spent a chunk of my morning trying to piece together what exactly happened. Read more

My Final Electoral College Prediction

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Well, here we are. Early voting has wrapped up. Absentee ballots are flying in from all over the world. And this time tomorrow, we’ll be wrapping up another 18+ months Presidential election cycle.  It has been a whirlwind of debates, negative ads, and campaigns in constant reaction mode in the 24 hour news cycle driven more by the latest hashtag on Twitter than the latest policy briefing. I’ve wanted to write several blogposts over the last couple weeks. However, the chaos of real life and my increasing blood pressure about all things Election 2012 have kept me from sitting down to write out the blog posts I’d outlined in my mind: “My Case for Mitt Romney”; “Why President Obama’s Leadership Has Been Tried and Failed”; “A Look Inside Presidential Polling”; and myriad updates on speeches, campaign ads, and other things. Ultimately, I didn’t have the time or peace of mind to write any other blog posts. So today, on Election Day Eve, I simply bring you several closing thoughts and my final 2012 Electoral College predictions map.

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The Exceptional Ones: The Perfection of Down Syndrome

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This post will be brief. What I lay out will be clear. My commentary will be minimal.  This is because the stories and statistics within this blog post speak for themselves. Commentary from me on this post would diminish the power of the story and stats within it.

Anyone who knows me knows that my faith and family have had the largest impact on the man I am today.  Anyone who really knows me knows that my special-needs sister, Mary, is actually the person that has had the largest influence on me.  I will be following up this post with one in the next few days discussing my sister Mary and why she’s so perfect.  Until then, I just want to share some statistics with you and pass along a story that my wife recently e-mailed to me while I was at work, urging me to be careful when I watched it because it would definitely produce tears. She knows me too well. It’s a story about the true meaning of perfection, and how we often get it so wrong.

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Presidential Candidates Toast & Roast at Al Smith Dinner

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Every election year, the Al Smith Dinner is held in New York.  The event is a fundraiser for Roman Catholic charities.  It is tradition that most presidential candidates give a toast at the dinner, which usually turns into more of a self-deprecating roast that also throws a few good-hearted, humorous jabs at the opponent as well.  The event was held last night.  In this “silly season” of the election when things get tenser by the day as the stakes rise, it’s good to see the two candidates share some laughs and some lighter moments.

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