Tuesday, May 24, 2022

American Freedom Tour Blazes Trail Through Southern States, Now Headed To Memphis, TN

American Freedom Tour Blazes Trail Through Southern States, Now Headed To Memphis, TN


The American Freedom Tour will continue its path through the Southern states with the upcoming event in Memphis, Tennessee.

Memphis will host the American Freedom Tour on Saturday, June 18th, at the Landers Center.


With Independence Day right around the corner, the American Freedom Tour will rally freedom-loving Americans together in defense of Faith, Family, and Freedom. The historic event will celebrate America’s history and lift up the country’s future.

Thousands of Americans will join together, led by some of the nation’s fiercest conservative leaders, including:

President Donald J. Trump

Donald Trump Jr.

Candace Owens

Mike Pompeo

Kimberly Guilfoyle

Dinesh D'Souza

Sheriff Mark Lamb (from Pinal County, Arizona, where I live!)

With only 5,000 seats available for the event, organizers encourage reservations for all those interested in attending. The event will mark the 7th event in what will be dozens across the country. If you can’t attend the Memphis American Freedom Tour, check out the link below for upcoming events. 

AmericanFreedomTour.com

Thursday, May 19, 2022

MOONSHOT - Movie! Available on Digital and DVD May 24!

Warner Bros Home Entertainment announces the following HBO Max Original title coming to EST and DVD.  The film will be available on participating digital platforms wherever you buy or rent movies and on DVD on May 24th, 2022!

Synopsis:

A romantic comedy with a twist, Moonshot follows Walt and Sophie as they join forces in order to be reunited with their significant others, embarking upon a lively journey that winds up taking them both wildly and unexpectedly off course.

About the Film:

The film stars Cole Sprouse (“Riverdale,” “Five Feet Apart”), Lana Condor (“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” trilogy, “Alita: Battle Angel”), Mason Gooding (“Scream” “Love, Victor”), Emily Rudd (“Fear Street” trilogy, “Hunters”) and Zach Braff (“Cheaper by the Dozen,” “Garden State”).

Christopher Winterbauer (“Wyrm”) directed from Max Taxe’s screenplay (his feature film screenwriting debut). Greg Berlanti (“Love, Simon,” “Free Guy”), Sarah Schechter (“Riverdale,” “Batwoman”), Jill McElroy (“Mary + Jane”) and Jenna Sarkin (“The Tribes of Palos Verdes”) produced, with Michael Riley McGrath, Richard Brener, Nikki Ramey, Paulina Sussman, Dana Fox and Michelle Morrissey serving as executive producers.

Joining Winterbauer behind the camera are director of photography Brendan Uegama (“Child’s Play,” “Truth Be Told”), production designer Eddie Matazzoni (“Stargirl,” “Lorelei”), editor Harry Jierjian (“Love, Simon,” “Doom Patrol”), composer David Boman (“Wyrm,” “It’s What She Would Have Wanted”), music supervisor Susan Jacobs (“King Richard,” “Big Little Lies”) and costume designer Stephani Lewis (“Ozark,” “Super Dark Times”). 

New Line Cinema and HBO Max present a Berlanti Schechter Films/Entertainment 360 production, Moonshot.

Film Run Time: 104 mins

Rating: Rated PG-13 for some strong language and suggestive material.


DVD Special Features

Title: Earthlings and Martians: The Making of Moonshot

Description: Join us as we blast off to Mars in this behind the scenes look at​ the making of Moonshot

Thousands of Pilots from 30 Global Airlines Sound Alarm to FAA Over Vaccine Injured Pilots


Pilots from 30 Global Airlines and Doctors & Scientists from the Global Covid Summit Sound Alarm to FAA Over Vaccine Injured Pilots

Airlines Include: American, Delta, United, Jet Blue, Frontier, Alaskan, Southwest

In Letter to FAA and International Civil Aviation Authorities, A Coalition Warns the Health of Vaccine Injured Pilots Must be Addressed to Restore Flight Safety

The Vaccine Safety Research Foundation (VSRF) issued unflinching support today for a letter sent to the Federal Aviation Administration and other civil aviation authorities that raises serious concerns over COVID policies and their effects on pilot health and flight safety.  The letter was sent by a global coalition of thousands of pilots representing 30 global airlines and the Global Covid Summit representing 17,000 doctors and scientists.

The letter is from pilots employed by the following airlines: American, Delta, United, Jet Blue, Frontier, Alaskan, and Southwest.

The letter reads: Pilots are trained to be careful analysts of their environment, recognizing risks, and actively mitigating. For many, their training and differential risk analysis led to concerns and negative conclusions regarding the compatibility of COVID-19 vaccination with health and flight safety. Not only did many pilots disagree with arbitrary requirements embodied in vaccination mandates, but they also saw risks in the unanswered questions and unjustified speed and pressure behind the vaccine rollouts. They lobbied their airlines and politicians, recommending caution and opposing mandates.

It continues, Principled professionals were forced out of aviation and the industry lost hundreds of thousands of hours of experience.

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Pilots FAA and Other Civil Aviation

GLOBAL COALITION STATEMENT: COMMERCIAL AVIATION AND PILOT VACCINE INJURY

17 May, 2022

Safety within professional aviation has vastly improved over the past several decades. This is due in large part to a “Just Safety” culture founded upon open communication and self- disclosure of errors or negative safety trends. This requires active participation from all flight crew to be effective.

Pilots are trained to be careful analysts of their environment, recognizing risks and actively mitigating. For many, their training and differential risk analysis led to concerns and negative conclusions regarding the compatibility of COVID-19 vaccination with health and flight safety. Not only did many pilots disagree with arbitrary requirements embodied in vaccination mandates, but they also saw risks in the unanswered questions and unjustified speed and pressure behind the vaccine rollouts. They lobbied their airlines and politicians, recommending caution and opposing mandates.

Many pilots also sought guidance from civil aviation regulators. These regulators are ultimately responsible for the safe and secure transport of citizens, yet most if not all actively ignored their own safety recommendations against unproven, unapproved drug use or medical trials for flight crews. Transport Canada, for instance, simply removed this online guidance the week following numerous pointed, written questions on the same.

Once airlines mandated vaccination, many pilots steadfastly refused based on risk and were subsequently put on unpaid leave or outright terminated. Principled professionals were forced out of aviation and the industry lost hundreds of thousands of hours of experience. Now, the global airline industry is heading into a dire staffing crisis. Thousands of other pilots were coerced into vaccination to provide for their families. This has taken a toll on their mental health.

As sobering as all of this is, it merely set the stage for what we are now witnessing: a landscape which should greatly concern airlines and the travelling public. The undersigned pilot advocacy groups, scientists and doctors are hearing daily from vaccine-injured airline pilots. These harms include cardiovascular issues, blood clots, neurological and auditory issues, to name just a few.

Many of our pilots have lost medical certification to fly and may not recover the same. Others are continuing to pilot aircraft while carrying symptoms that should be declared and investigated, creating a human factors hazard of unprecedented breadth. The very foundation of our just safety culture - non-punitive reporting - no longer exists. Pilots have suffered and are suffering medical issues that at least correlate to receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. Their spectrum of symptoms is broad, ranging up to death. Pilots who report their injury face possible loss of licensing, income, and career while receiving little to no support from their unions, and a prosecutorial invective from employing airlines. Many of these airlines believe they indemnified themselves from liability, claiming this in the very same documents that forced “no jab, no job” mandates on their employees.

Evidence of COVID-19 vaccine health risks, clinical trial irregularities and poor practice and continues insignificant efficacy to mount. The Pfizer documents released under FOIA, combined with organizations like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA, USA), Medicines Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA, UK), Health Canada, and the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) regulatory documentation show essential safety and efficacy information has been withheld from the public, and the scope of regulatory oversight and testing requirements is inadequate.

Worse, there appears to be no evidence of aviation regulators, airlines or unions having performed any of their own due diligence into COVID-19 vaccines and the impact on pilot health or performance. This is at complete odds with existing aviation medical standards. Questions exist around competence and possible negligence.

Failure to address this potential medical watershed will make the airlines and unions complicit in a culture shift that has rocked the aviation mantra of “safety first, always.” The airlines and unions represented have been encouraged to assist and warned of dire repercussions, repeatedly, by many of the signatories below. To date there has been little meaningful action, and in many cases nothing but stone-walling and silence.

There is a saying in aviation, “If there’s doubt, there is no doubt.” There is increasing doubt about COVID-19 vaccinations. There should therefore be no further doubt in aviation. Safety must return to the fore.

While not an exhaustive list, the airlines below have pilots on staff who are vaccine injured, and with whom our pilot advocacy groups are in contact:

Jetstar Australia

Qantas Australia Virgin Australia  Australia Air Canada Canada

Air Transat Canada

WestJet Canada

Air France France

EasyJet France

HOP France

Lufthansa Germany

KLM Netherlands

TUI Netherlands

American USA

Delta USA

JetBlue USA

Southwest USA

United USA

Frontier USA

Alaska USA

Spirit USA


CALL TO ACTION

Civil aviation authorities such as the Federal Aviation Administration, Transport Canada, UK Civil Aviation Authority, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency and Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority must begin fulfilling their regulatory obligations. The crisis in pilot health must be publicly addressed by airlines and representing unions to restore flight safety to what we once knew. The undersigned alliance of aviation and medical professionals represent thousands of pilots at over 30 global airlines, along with over 17,000 physicians and medical scientists, worldwide. We call for the following:

  • Where it exists, mandated COVID-19 vaccination for aviation workers must be discontinued.
  •  A permissive environment for self-reporting needs to be reemphasized by regulators and airlines.
  • Thorough and objective aviation medical screenings of pilots and cabin crew need to be a high priority. These must be backed by the regulator and should focus on high prevalence harms which are now showing up in the general public and in our flight crews.
  •  Airlines and regulators hold data about sickness and medical certificate suspension, including symptoms and causal reasons. This data should be analysed by independent third parties to establish or rule out COVID-19 vaccination as a possible cause.

Josh Yoder, President US Freedom Flyers USA

Philippe Pelletier, President Navigants Libres

France

Mark Juch, Chairman Luchtvaart Collectif Netherlands

Mark Ready, Coordinator UK Freedom Flyers United Kingdom

Pete Chambers, LTC, DO MC, FS, SF

US Special Ops Flight Surgeon

Alan Dana, Director Aussie Freedom Flyers Australia

Richard Urso, MD, Director Global Covid Summit International Medical Alliance

Jane M. Orient, MD, Exec Director Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, USA

Chantal Biolley, Co-founder Airliners for Humanity Switzerland

Steve Pelech, Ph.D, Dept of Medicine, UBC

Director, Canadian Covid Care Alliance

Katarina Lindley, D.O, FACOFP Cofounder, CAIM

International Ethics Commission

Dr. Claire Craig BM BCh, FRCPath,

Co-Chair, Health Advisory Recovery Team United Kingdom

Dr. Elizabeth Evans

UK Medical Freedom Alliance United Kingdom

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

"American Pie: A Fable" - Children's Book, by Don McLean!

Iconic Song “American Pie” Inspires Upcoming Children’s Book 

'Don McLean’s American Pie: A Fable' To Release on June 7

Award-winning singer/songwriter Don McLean’s iconic anthem “American Pie” has inspired a new children’s book about a young boy’s journey to uncover his passion for music.

Commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of one of the top songs of the twentieth century, 'Don McLean’s American Pie: A Fable' weaves themes from the iconic song with experiences from McLean’s early life and, like the musical hit that inspired it, offers meaningful elements open to interpretation in a lushly illustrated tale.

“As ‘American Pie’ celebrates 50 years, I'm very happy to have a children’s book based on the premise of the song,” McLean said. “Everyone has a different interpretation of it. Releasing this fable brings another perspective to the lyrics, along with some backstory for when I wrote it. I hope every child gets to imagine in their own mind what ‘American Pie’ means to them and know that dreams can become reality.”

“Don McLean’s American Pie: A Fable” is the story of a newspaper delivery boy in the late 1950s who discovers the joy of friendship and music, eventually learning that when you recognize what makes you happy, you are never truly alone.

The June 7 book release also serves as the launch of IPG Publishing and of a partnership between the Chicago-based publisher and Los Angeles-based media company Meteor 17.

“I’m especially proud that this timely fable is the first release in our partnership with IPG Publishing,” Proffer said. “It echoes the spirit and sentiment of Don’s ‘American Pie’ and will leave the reader contemplating and feeling, just like the song that inspired it. After fifty years, the song maintains its relevance and the book will introduce its magic to a new generation.”

Released in 1971, “American Pie” was named one of the top five songs of the century by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Recording Industry Association of America, and the original recording was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or artistically significant.” The song is also the subject of an upcoming documentary.

“At its heart, Don McLean’s iconic song was about real events that impacted a generation, and our book is similar in spirit," said Richard T. Williams, Vice President, Business Development, Publishing & Licensing for IPG. “It doesn’t tell the literal story of The Day the Music Died, but it hints at how a young boy may have found inspiration from it, resulting in a lifetime of music and artistry—just as Don may have.”

He added that by pairing an emotionally resonant story with elaborate and whimsical illustrations, the publishing team hoped to inspire children to find their inner creative voices.

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ABOUT DON McLEAN:

Don McLean is a Grammy award honoree, a Songwriter Hall of Fame member, a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and his smash hit “American Pie” resides in the Library of Congress National Recording Registry and was named by the Recording Industry of America (RIAA) a top 5 song of the 20th Century. A New York native, Don McLean is one of the most revered and respected songwriters in American history. (www.donmclean.com)

ABOUT INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS GROUP:

Founded in 1971, IPG was the first organization specifically created for the purpose of marketing titles from independent presses to the book trade. Today, IPG’s wide reach into the book market includes distribution of both print and e-books from a wide array of publishers, digital printing, and traditional publishing. With consistent growth year over year, IPG’s success has come from supporting and encouraging the growth of its publishing partners in the United States and worldwide. IPG was acquired by Chicago Review Press in 1987, and this acquisition formed the parent company Chicago Review Press, Inc., which now owns Chicago-based indie publishers Chicago Review Press and Triumph Books. (www.ipgbook.com)

ABOUT SPENCER PROFFER & METEOR 17:

Spencer Proffer is a highly regarded and innovative music, media producer, and strategist with a long history of connecting with audiences. His productions and those he has been integrally involved with have garnered Academy, Golden Globe, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony awards and nominations. METEOR 17 is a full-service media organization that actively conceives and participates through all phases of deal-making, production, marketing, and distribution. (www.meteor17.com)


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Westside Story - Movie Review! #WestSideStory

Acclaimed filmmaker Steven Spielberg presents an inspired reimagining of the beloved musical West Side Story. The film that critics celebrate as “electrifying” (Alonso Duralde, The Wrap) and “a total triumph” (Matt Goldberg, Collider) has been nominated for 7 Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress and 11 Critics’ Choice Awards.

My Review and Thoughts:

I watched this movie with both of my girls, ages twelve and nine. My nine year old actually paid more attention to the movie then my twelve year old. I remember reading the book and watching the movie in either middle or high school. I have seen it one other time since then, the black and white version. This movie was very well done. I enjoyed it as much as the original, if not more!

Film Synopsis:

Directed by Academy Award® Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner Tony Kushner, “West Side Story” tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City. This reimagining of the beloved musical stars Ansel Elgort (Tony); Ariana DeBose (Anita); David Alvarez (Bernardo); Mike Faist (Riff); Brian d’Arcy James (Officer Krupke); Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank); Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino); with Rita Moreno (as Valentina, who owns the corner store in which Tony works); and introducing Rachel Zegler (Maria.) Moreno – one of only three artists to be honored with Academy®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, Tony® and Peabody Awards – also serves as one of the film’s executive producers.

Bringing together the best of both Broadway and Hollywood, the film’s creative team includes Kushner, who also served as an executive producer; Tony Award® winner Justin Peck, who choreographed the musical numbers in the film; renowned Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor and GRAMMY Award® winner Gustavo Dudamel, who helmed the recording of the iconic score; Academy Award®-nominated composer and conductor David Newman (“Anastasia”), who arranged the score, Tony Award®-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (“Fun Home,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie”), who supervised the cast on vocals; and GRAMMY®-nominated music supervisor Matt Sullivan (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Chicago”), who serves as executive music producer for the film. The film is produced by Spielberg, p.g.a., Academy Award®-nominated producer Kristie Macosko Krieger, p.g.a. and Tony Award®-winning producer Kevin McCollum. “West Side Story” has been adapted for the screen from the original 1957 Broadway show. Original choreography by Jerome Robbins, based on the stage play, book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, play conceived, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, music by Leonard Bernstein.

Bonus Features*

The Stories of West Side Story

    * Opening – Director Steven Spielberg begins the journey of one of his career goals – to direct his own cinematic version of the iconic musical. Doing so means he will embrace enormous challenges.

    * Prologue – From the iconic finger snaps to the complex choreography, we are introduced to the film’s opening scene and explore its setting. We begin to see Spielberg's vision take shape.

    * Sharks & Jets – Meet the actors who play the Sharks and the Jets. Go behind the scenes of "La Borinqueña," the song of the Puerto Rican Revolution, which was added into this vision of the story. Discover the deeper meaning of “Jet Song.”

    * Dance At The Gym – Mambo your way through “The Dance At The Gym” and Justin Peck’s choreography, as it leads to the pivotal moment when Tony and Maria meet for the first time.

    * The Romance – Explore the budding romance of Tony and Maria with the songs “Maria” and “Tonight” as Rachel Zegler (Maria) and Ansel Elgort (Tony) talk about the casting process, and what led them to this career-defining film.

    * America – During a sweltering New York heat wave, the cast and crew take the production to the streets for one of the biggest dance numbers in the film, "America," featuring Ariana DeBose, who plays Anita.

    * Gee, Officer Krupke – Spielberg and the Jets make "Gee, Officer Krupke" their own through a new setting, vocal direction and choreography, while they explore the meaning of Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics. Get to know Iris Menas (Anybodys) and the significance of their role.

    * Cool – During the first week of production, Spielberg and the cast nervously jump into filming on the elaborate and challenging set of the musical number "Cool."

    * From Quintet to The Rumble – Spielberg and his team navigate the intertwining scenes of “The Quintet” and "The Rumble." Once there, they take a scene that is traditionally stylishly choreographed, and instead bring a more visceral authenticity to the fight between the two gangs.

    * I Feel Pretty – Screenwriter Tony Kushner sheds new light on “I Feel Pretty.” We see how, in Spielberg’s film, the beloved song by lyricist Stephen Sondheim is given new vision, as it is set and performed within Gimbel’s department store.

    * Somewhere – Hollywood Legend Rita Moreno, who won acclaim for playing Anita in the 1961 film, returns as Valentina, a shopkeeper’s widow, as well as an executive producer. She brings extraordinary experience and emotion to the film and sings the song “Somewhere.”

    * Finale – In a moving testament to the talented cast and crew of WEST SIDE STORY, Spielberg reluctantly wraps “one of the best filmmaking experiences” of his career.

    * Tribute – The late Stephen Sondheim reflects on his career and experience making WEST SIDE STORY in this dedication to the esteemed lyricist.


The Songs

    * Go directly to your favorite musical numbers from WEST SIDE STORY.

    * Prologue

    * La Borinqueña

    * Jet Song

    * Something's Coming

    * The Dance At The Gym

    * Maria

    * Balcony Scene (Tonight)

    * America

    * Gee, Officer Krupke

    * One Hand, One Heart

    * Cool

    * Tonight (Quintet)

    * The Rumble

    * I Feel Pretty

    * Somewhere

    * A Boy Like That/I Have A Love

The West Side Story Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features 21 songs from the film and is available in both standard digital and physical (CD and vinyl) configurations, as well as a digital release in Dolby Atmos Music.

 

Social Media:

Twitter: @WestSideMovie

Facebook: @westsidestory2021

Instagram: @westssidestorymovie