Three Movie Reviews for the Price of One: Wind River “A” – Atomic Blonde “C” – The Dark Tower “D””


“Wind River” is going to be one of the sleeper movies of the year. I predict that Jeremy Renner will be nominated for a Best Actor Role because of the excellent job he did of getting into and portraying his character – a man with as many failures as success, yet committed to his calling as a legitimate “Good Guy” in this film and in life. He plays the role of a Wyoming Fish and Wildlife “Hunter” of predatory animals. His job description suits him well as a hunter of seriously bad men. Elizabeth Olsen plays a young FBI agent, born in Ft.Lauderdale, stationed in Las Vegas and completely out of her element in the cold and snow of Wyoming. With Jeremy’s help they form a good team tracking the men who raped a young Native American Woman on Tribal Land and were responsible for her death.

If, like me you are tired of seeing computer generated scenes that only exist in the mind of a computer genius you will enjoy the grand movie-scape and panorama of Wyoming in the middle of winter. The long shots of white capped mountains – the use of long snow covered valleys as the movie’s stage and the drama of the mid mountain ever green forests frame this classic battle of good versus evil. Unlike the old time Westerns about as many of the good guys die as do the bad ones but the ending is very satisfying.

We recommend you see Wind River on the big screen for the grandeur of Wyoming in Winter that may be minimized in home viewing. Finally, this movie isn’t R for no reason. There is bad language, rape, close quarter hand to hand fighting that leads to death, an excellent and realistic close range shoot out between good and bad guys and some seriously fine shooting with his long rifle by Jeremy’s character.

That is the good news! Now for the less good!

What does it say about two movies when you saw them three weeks ago and you can’t work up the energy to review them. Hey, nobody is paying me for this so what does it matter?

Atomic Blonde with Charlize Theron and The Dark Tower with Matthew McConaughey and some guy from Star Trek I don’t know were both a waste of our time. Fortunately each of us got a short to medium nap during each of these dark and over acted films. I recommend you wait until these two come out on FREE premium channel. But hey that’s just me. Some of you may enjoy seeing Charlize with her equally beautiful female lover.

What the heck – 1 out of 3 will earn you $25 Million a year in Major League Baseball. Talk about snoozers!

Fine Mexican Dining in Juno Beach


Tony prepared a Mexican inspired dinner last night that was rich, flavorful and had wonderful mouth feel. The warm soft tacos were moist and filled with beef, pork, diced red peppers and mild diced green chilies. He reduced a combination of Mexican Blanca, Monterrey Jack and Cheddar cheese for the sauce that was smooth, rich and decadently flavorful. Tonight we enjoyed the left over beef and cheese in a shredded lettuce salad. We are living high on the dining hog here in Juno De Mexico!

War For The Planet of The Apes – Who are the Good Guys and Why Does it Take two hours and twenty minutes to figure it out?


If you are a fan of this Franchise you will really like this movie so don’t read any more of this review!

If you are new to the Planet of the Apes films plan on it being slow to develop which gives you plenty of time to think. The questions that came to my mind while waiting to be entertained are: Without God, who are the good guys anyway? Without God does it matter? How does a movie with this much bloody killing and beating of Apes and people get a PG-13 Rating? Don’t take your child to see this flick if you ever plan on taking him to the zoo again. When will Woody Harrelson show his acting chops again? How could it take 140 minutes for this script? Did they not have an Editor? How much of the mood and “coloring” can one Film “borrow” from The Apocalypse Now and not give Marlon Brando credit?

The best thing about this movie is the Poster with Caesar – the lead ape not the Roman Emperor – riding right towards you in the snow with a little girl on the back of his horse. For me I wish I would have just looked at the poster for a few minutes and skipped the movie. Marty on the other gave it a B-.

A Declaration Paid For In Blood


On July 2, 1776 the US Congress voted for Independence from England. It wasn’t, however, until two days later that Washington read aloud the Declaration of Independence that we celebrate this week.

As great as that document was and is the real sacrifice came in the blood and lives of the men who signed it and those who fought and died to make it happen.

I read that five percent – 1 in 20 – of every white, free males living in America died in the War of Independence. Twice that number were wounded so statistically 1 out of every 6.4 American families either lost their Husband/Father or he came home wounded and maimed. This number does not include slaves and other persons of color – which would only raise the total dead and wounded.

In addition to the wounded, maimed and dead directly related to the war there was approximately the same total number of men, women and children that died during that period due to disease.

If you think things are tough today – imagine how the populace must have felt during the Revolutionary War Period with approximately one third – 1 out of every three households either lost a family member due to death and or lived with their physical wounds and disabilities.

Those were some indescribably tough times and each and every American living today owes that generation of Original Americans a debt of gratitude we can never repay.

Wonder Woman – Marty and I enjoyed this film and give it a B+ and recommend it for theater viewing!


Somewhere Lynda Carter is Proud! If you are of a “certain age” that you remember reading DC Comics version of Wonder Woman and or were a fan of the TV show those memories will tide you over during the first 15 minutes of the movie – which set up the background of the Magical Island which was the home of the tall and good looking Amazon Women. The first and greatest Amazon Warrior you meet is Robin Wright and for about 5 minutes I kept looking for President Frank Underwood to appear in a thong and robe but I had to settle for the lovely and physically gifted Gal Gadot as our Female Leading Lady.

It took the movie a bit to settle into its rhythm and while some may feel that the Good Guy – played by Chris Pine – had too large a role in the film Marty and I thought the interaction between the two was very good. Speaking of interaction, other than the average amount of violence shown every night in Prime Time TV there wasn’t anything in this film a 12 year old can’t see.

We enjoyed how the Director – Patty Jenkins – allowed Wonder Woman to grow into the role. She grew physically and emotionally and came to grip with her mythical role and her calling. I won’t say more because I don’t want to give away any “spoilers.”

Unlike most films this one started slow and the pace picked up and it finished strong – setting up a Multi-Film Franchise movie deal for Gal Gadot. Along the way there were computer graphic scenes but they seemed natural and I was not put off by them as I usually am during these types of movies.

The last thirty minutes of the movie were the best with several “surprises” – two really bad guys and a good and satisfying ending. Lest I prattle on let me say that Saint Marty had a great time. She liked Wonder Woman and was the first to give it a B+.

If you are an occasional movie goer put this on your list to go and see.

Uncle Larry

Tax Cuts – Fair and Balanced?


I voted for Trump! I have spoken personally with him around 5 times and he has always been very personable with me. I like his Family and we are so glad to be praying for him daily instead of Obama. I support him as our President.

That said can someone please tell me how The President’s Tax Cut Proposal is “fair and balanced?”

From what I can see from reading Fox, WSJ and CNN The President proposes cutting Corporate Taxes by 57% and 62% as follows:

1. The Max Corporate Rate for “C” Corps is 35% and the proposal is to cut it to 15%. Here’s the math: 35 – 15 = 20 / 35 = 57.14%.

2. The Max Corporate Rate for “S” Corps is 39.6% and the proposal is to cut it to 15% – a 62% cut: 39.6 – 15 = 24.6 / 39.6 = 62.12%. S corps are specialty incorporated business where the net income from the business flows directly from the balance sheet to the individual(s) that own the S Corp. Hence the max rate is 39.6%, which is the highest individual tax rate. Some S Corps are small businesses. Some are big businesses structured like President Trumps to avoid paying the C Corp tax and then the Max Personal Tax on the Dividends.

On balance if my math is right this is an approximate 60% tax cut for Corporations! A sixty percent tax cut for corporations! Please let that sink in.

Yet people who are JUST out there in the working class, middle and upper middle income class and retired folks on investment income are going to get a tax cut that seems to average less than 10%. Throw in the loss of property tax deductions and that 10% Tax Cut gets a lot smaller fast!

When I voted for Trump and the topic of taxes came up I was thinking everyone would share equally in the cuts – not equal in money but in the percentage of the cuts. 57% and 62% don’t seem anywhere in the ball park of equal with 10% or even less.

I may be wrong but I haven’t seen anything about doing away with Corporate Deductions – such as ITC, Accelerated Depreciation, etc. However, I do see that I will no longer be able to deduct the taxes I am paying to my Local and State Governments. To quote a friend of mine “this just burns my butt!” When I pay my property tax – and for the people who live in states with state income taxes – we don’t get to keep that money – it is GONE! Eliminating the set aside or Deduction is nothing more than “double taxation.” The Feds under this proposal are going to tax me on money I don’t even have? What kind of sense does that make?

It seems to me the people I see winning big in our President’s Tax Cut Proposal are: C or Regular Corporations and Sub S Corporations (Like our President’s) while the rest of us – including our children and grand children are going to be left picking up the check for the increased deficits these Corporate tax cuts will generate. I read one report from a Republican that for every 10% we cut the corporate tax rate we increase the budget deficit by one Trillion Dollars.

Then again who cares about working, middle and upper middle income workers, retired people and our children and grand children? I desperately hate to say it but I am shocked by this tax proposal coming from President Trump – a person who was elected by the working, middle and upper middle income workers and retired people. Simply stated this seems to me to be a sell out for his base and a buy in for the corporate world.

XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement (CGTE)


For those who speak only Civilian What does “Defilade” mean. Heck, I don’t really know but I think it loosely translates to blow the “defication” out of your enemy – even when they are hiding behind a solid line of defense like trees, cement or event steel barricades.

Why am I sending you so many websites on this new and exciting weapon? It is a fantastic and almost unbelievable attack weapon that can kill our enemies and save American Lives. What more do you need to know? Caution!!! If you voted for Hillary you should probably stop reading and delete this e mail immediately.

When I was in RVN each platoon had one infantryman who carried a “side arm” and an “M80” Grenade launcher. I’m sure you have seen them in movies – looking like a sawed off 20mm shotgun – not 20 gauge but 20mm – meaning a very, very huge bullet or a small grenade. The M80 Round fired with a “thump” and would not “arm” until it was 25 meters out – preventing an accidental explosion that would kill the good guys. When it hit it’s target it was like a modest sized hand grenade exploding and killing everything within 10 feet of the impact zone.

For illustrative purposes only – my Platoon was moving through the Central Highlands just East of Cambodia one day and we settled in for the night just outside a local village. This turned out to be a bad call for SS and we took mortar fire through out the night from the “friendly Villagers.” WE sustained one life threatening injury and the next day after he was medivaced we eliminated what we decided were the bad guys in this village and proceeded to rest up, taste the local “rice wine” and use their watering hole for a low level shower.

After the first shower I had enjoyed in weeks – combined with several shared “sips” through a four foot long bamboo straw in the 20 gallon rice wine jug I became some what irritated with the Village’s one and only Water Buffalo (WB). I called for the M80 and hit the WB right between the eyes on his skull plate at about 10 meters. Thankfully some scientist somewhere saved my life and the others as well by not allowing the M80 Grenade to detonate at 10 meters.

Now you would think I would show grace and calmness and thankfulness to the designer for sparing not only the WB but 8 or 10 of us as well. Angered by the shot that bounced off his skull he began to charge the water hole. On of my men pitched me a locked and loaded M16 and I emptied it on him in just a few seconds. Relative to the bull fighting you may have seen in Mexico or on TV a full clip of M16 rounds is far more effective than a red cape and a sword.

What does this have to do with the XM25 you ask? Visualize if you can some SOB Viet Cong or Radical Islamic ISIS sniper hiding behind a concrete wall in a modestly destroyed building.

Rather than sending in American Troops to flank the sniper and endanger more lives the operator of the XM25 simply goes through the steps he has learned in training – setting the XM25 to the appropriate settings and the 25mm – yes for those of you who are paying attention the round has been increased from 20mm to 25mm – and this magic bullet grenade goes up and over the wall and explodes “in air” and kills the target.

This Weapon is so smart it can not only get around the enemies cover but it can explode at the precise distance of the enemy without making any contact! At this point I am tempted to say something like “unbelievably _______ amazing.”

On the battle field this is a true game changer and more importantly a real life saver for American Troops. I don’t care if the rounds cost a thousand dollars apiece because successfully deployed no Platoon Sergeant will be calling for a Medivac in the morning.

See the sites below for full details.

SS

https://www.orbitalatk.com/defense-systems/armament-systems/cdte/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XM25_CDTE

City Tap – Spoiler Alert – It’s Not Bar Food


Marty and I enjoyed dinner last night at the relatively new City Tap in City Place. City Tap (CT) is located at the top of the escalator looking down on the fountain. They have indoor and outdoor bars and dining. When we walked inside we were impressed with the quality of the build out, the size of the room, the U shaped bar and the number and size of the TVs. In addition to the bar seats and surrounding high tops CT has three other seating areas: inside in the main dining room – a separate yet covered room that is open to the walkway and the fountain – as well as a private dining room.

If you enjoy “Craft” beers CT has sixty on tap for you to choose from. Yes that’s 60 and from the sampling tray we tasted they were all COLD – the kegs are all kept in a super cold storage locker out of sight but close to the bar.

I’m pleased to say that CT also features “Craft” food. Marty and I feasted on three excellent appetizers: Corn and Crab Hush Puppies with both a Remoulade Sauce and a small serving pot of Honey Thyme Butter – Blended cold Foie Gras with mustard beads and sweet thinly sliced onions with big toast points – and Tuna Carpaccio. The Hush Puppies brushed in the Honey Thyme Butter were addictive – like fresh potato chips or popcorn, you can’t eat just one.

For our entree we shared the Wednesday Night Special – which is a most unusual and delicious Berkshire Pork Arancini. It looks like a large open sided ravioli – whose top and bottom is a square of thin, crisp and tasty pork filled with pulled pork in a delightful sauce. It is as good as it is unique. Each day of the week they have a different special which is listed on the menu.

In addition to a sampling of Craft Beers we had an enjoyable Margarita and one of “Rebecca’s Special Home Brewed Tea.” The menu says if you can guess the ingredients they will give you a second one.

We ate at the Bar and the service was friendly, prompt and courteous. If you want to see a game or just watch sports on TV you are surrounded by GIANT sized TV screens with virtually unlimited sight lines. On the other hand if you are with a date, a four top or a big party there are a variety of seating options available to you.

City Tap – Craft Beer and Craft Food.

The Breaker’s “ReNewed” Seafood Bar


If you have been fortunate enough to visit The Breakers on Palm Beach you know what a first class Property it is – really without peer in the region. You may have had the opportunity to enjoy the Seafood Bar in times past. Be sure to put a visit for lunch or dinner to the just opened and incredibly well renovated, expanded and beautiful old/new Seafood Bar on your lunch or dinner to do list.

“Millions and millions” of dollars were spent and no holds barred to make this classic dining room with a direct ocean view a visual treat to match the menu. The new Seafood Bar appears to be twice the size of the old room – with a very open feeling and a view from every where of the spacious kitchen and the world’s largest aquarium bar – complete with new windows for more ocean front viewing. The Bar is triple the length of the original aquarium bar and was crafted for The Breakers in Nevada and shipped in one piece. The aquarium is also deeper, enhancing your view and giving the fish more room to swim. If the fish swim all the way from one end to the other they will be in great shape.

As we sat at our table yesterday we had the feeling we were sitting in a classic 1920’s wooden ship – so unique and comfortable. If you liked the old menu you will be happy because 75% of their favorites are back. We always loved the Seafood Club and it was great to have it again with their unbelievably rich Truffle Fries. In addition there were a few new treats we really enjoyed. Several of their appetizers and light items are being served tasting style on three small but connected plates. Marty and I were there yesterday with our friend Rebecca and ordering several of these items was perfect for sharing.

We strongly recommend the Tuna Tartar and the Filet sliders. They were great. Speaking of great – don’t forget to start with an order of their freshly baked and buttered Yeast Rolls. I could have eaten ten of them they were so light and tasty. We threw caution to the wind and ordered a few fresh oysters, a side of Gorgonzola/Truffle fries and finished up splitting their rich and delicious Tres’ Leches with fresh pressed coffee.

As you can guess our attentive server had to help us get up after all that great food and the good news is we were at The Breakers and are free to walk off lunch and enjoy their grand interior and exterior views. As always The Breakers welcomes “the local poor” like Marty and I and valet parking is complimentary when you get your parking stub stamped in any of their restaurants, bars and shops.

It’s amazing what “millions and millions” of dollars will get you these days!