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December 8th, 2016

Max’s View

Max’s View

American Experience: Henry Ford *** Deindustrialization has been a disaster for America. Fifty years ago, we had a country where a young man of any background could find a decent factory job. A 21-year-old man could expect to have a wholesome career and would be able to earn his keep by laboring every day for a living wage. Today, the average 21-ye...

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The Revenant *1/2 Leonardo DiCaprio has pulled a complete McConaughey-180. A McConaughey-180 is a term that I just made up for a celebrity who starts his career as a lightweight pretty boy known for doing chick flicks. Then, through a series of amazing performances (“Dallas Buyers Club,” “Bernie,” “True Detective”), he transforms himself into a res...

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The Island President ***1/2 The Climate Change debate in America is terribly polarized. The left dogmatically believes that Climate Change is 100% bad. That position doesn’t make any sense to me. In life, unexpected change is good a lot of the time. And global warming is clearly good for some people – people who own property in Siberia and Gr...

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Grizzly Man (2005) **** Five hundred years ago, Europeans began settling and civilizing North America. A full half millennium later, we are still sharing our continent with several wild animals that have the power to kill and eat us. There are alligators near the Gulf of Mexico. There are sharks in our coastal waters. Wolves in the west and in Cana...

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Concussion * Sunday, January 10. Two Stones Pub. 3 p.m: After three quarters of futility, things went from bad to worse for the Seattle Seahawks. Quarterback Russell Wilson wasn’t ready for the snap and the ball sailed out of his hands, back to the 50-yard line. The startled QB scurried back to retrieve the ball, Vikings defenders bearing down on h...

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Max’s View: The Candidate Who Disqualified Himself From the Presidency

“We’ve spent $4 trillion trying to topple various people that, frankly, if they were there and if we could have spent that $4 trillion in the United States to fix our roads, our bridges, and all of the other problems…we would have been a lot better off… “We have done a tremendous disservice not only to the Middle East — we’ve done a tremendous diss...

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens *** I don’t think JJ Abrams is a good filmmaker. I didn’t have high expectations for the new Star Wars movie. But of course I saw it, anyway. My mind was made up in 2005. In 2005, George Lucas proved that it is possible to make a great new Star Wars film. “Revenge of the Sith” is magnificent: dark, intense,...

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A Man Named Martin ***1/2 In this most Evangelical of countries, it’s odd to me that there isn’t more reverence for the founder of Protestantism. With all due respect to the great Dr. King, the most influential guy named Martin Luther in world history is definitely Martin Luther. Luther didn’t just found a Christian sect, he saved Christianity itse...

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That Sugar Film ***1/2 My best friend Kurt told his 6-year-old son, Luke, two nuggets of wisdom. Santa Claus exists and brings him presents on Christmas. Soda is poison. Unfortunately, Luke believes number one but not number two. Luke has it backwards. Too much sugar really is poison. As soon as I heard earlier this year that sugar is the cause of...

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The Best of Enemies **** I like the name of my column: Max’s View. I like that it’s cool sounding and I like that it’s honest. Every article I write is just my opinion on a topic. Nothing more. If I stumble across the truth sometimes, that’s nice. If I’m full of crap sometimes, that’s okay, too. Not every newsman is as honest. I just read a good ar...

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