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Movie Review: “John Carter” – Salt of the Earth on Mars

“John Carter” contends that, to get in touch with your inner humanity, you must take an inexplicable trip to Mars, come to the aid of a beautiful princess and serve as a heroic soldier of fortune in a civil war among three alien warring groups. Well, isn’t that always the way? Maybe it’s why director Andrew Stanton confoundingly keeps his plot a secret.

Writer’s Block: A Green Plan I Really Do Support

I’m having a bit of an identity crisis these days so that’s one way I know we are knee deep into March. This is the month we embrace all things green. These days, it is easy to find a parade, a pub party, bagpipers and, of course, corned beef and cabbage suppers. I don’t have a drop of Irish blood in my Italian veins but, once again, I have fallen under the spell of St. Patrick’s Day.

Hiding At The Back Of The Budget Book

Some vexing news about the Obama administration’s military contracting practices was well-hidden in the Pentagon’s budget briefing materials this year, appearing near the back of the Defense Department Comptroller’s overview presentation of the 2013 budget.