If you’re an American and have a pulse you’re aware of the recent sentence issued from NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, to L.A. Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, which included banning him for life, fining him $2.5 million and urging NBA owners to implement a forced sale of the team. I think we’re all of the same mind acknowledging Donald Sterling is the antithesis of the type of person morally fit to possess a prominent leadership position like the one he holds – or held….
Darren Aronofsky’s Noah movie is due to release at the end of the week on March 28. There has been both praise and criticism from all sides. There are those who laud the movie as daring and inspiring, and those condemning it as the least biblical Bible film of all time. …
BEST PICTURE – 12 Years a Slave
ACTOR – Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”
ACTRESS – Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
…for complete list, click here: Academy Awards 2014: Full list of winners (WASHINGTONPOST.com)
It’s worthy to mention a couple bright spots of the Awards. It was great to see Matthew McConaughey give credit where it is truly due during the acceptance of his Best Actor award for his role in Dallas Buyers Club. And how refreshing it was to see Darlene Love breakout mid-speech with a soulful rendition of “His Eye on The Sparrow” during the acceptance for Best Documentary, 20 Feet from Stardom, which she starred in.
“In Kreeft’s The Philosophy of Tolkien: The Worldview Behind The Lord of the Rings (Ignatius, 2005), he works through 50 of the great questions using four tools:
You don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute, we read and write poetry because we are members of the human race
and the human race is filled with passion: medicine, law, business, engineering,
these are noble pursuits necessary to sustain life,
but poetry beauty, romance, love… these are what we stay alive for.
The quote from Whitman:
SOCHI, Russia — With an outsize extravaganza that reached deep into the repertory of classical music and ballet, traversed the sights and sounds of the world’s largest geopolitical expanse, soared into outer space and swept across millenniums of history in a celebration of everything from czarist military might to Soviet monumentalism, a swaggering, resurgent Russia turned its Winter Olympic aspirations into reality on Friday night.
After seven years of building to this moment — the opening of what is believed to be the most expensive Olympic Games in history — the message of the over-the-top ceremony was simply this: In a big way, Russia is back.
As if there were any doubt.
(Where Russia may be headed — amid an economic slowdown, continuing rights abuses and suppression of political dissent that have drawn sharp criticism, especially in the West — was a question for another day.)…
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/08/sports/olympics/russia-opens-sochi-games-with-pageantry-and-pride.html?hpw&rref=world&_r=0 – complete article – NYTIMES.com
http://news.sky.com/story/1208207/sochi-opening-spectacular-marred-by-rings-glitch – complete article – NEWS.SKY.com
http://www.latimes.com/sports/olympics/la-sp-opening-ceremony-plaschke-20140208,0,6758327.column#axzz2sjtILRuW – complete article – LATIMES.com