Look closer. Think harder. Choose the sound argument over the clever one.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

No Hollywood Outcry Over Theo van Gogh?

Today's must-read is by Bridget Johnson on Hollywood's silence over the murder of Theo van Gogh.

One would think that in the name of artistic freedom, the creative community would take a stand against filmmakers being sent into hiding à la Salman Rushdie, or left bleeding in the street. Yet we've heard nary a peep from Hollywood about the van Gogh slaying. Indeed Hollywood has long walked on eggshells regarding the topic of Islamic fundamentalism.

"It's an easy target," [a struggling liberal screenwriter] said of Arab terrorism, repeating this like a parrot, then adding, "It's a cheap shot." How many American moviegoers would think that scripting Arab terrorists as the enemy in a fiction film is a "cheap shot"? In fact, it's realism; it's what touches lives world-wide.

But since when has Hollywood ever resisted the "easy target," the "cheap shot?" They've played their stereotypical bad-guys 'till they're worn out, and beyond: military commanders, greedy white rich guys, the establishment in it's varied forms.

Am I biased here? Here's an exercise I'd like to do when I have more time (not soon): go down the NetFlix Top 100 List and, for each movie you've seen, describe the protagonist(s) and antagonist(s)--the good guys & bad guys. See any trends?

Here's another movie-related exercise I'd eventually like to do: go through every movie that involves the main character dealing with the loss of a loved one (real or perceived--i.e., he thinks (s)he's dead, whether or not she is). How does he deal with it? My prediction: in the vast majority of cases (that I recall from the movies I've seen), getting really, really drunk. Is that representative?

Al-Zarqawi Getting Desperate

Purported Al-Zarqawi Tape Raps Scholars:

Monday, November 22, 2004

First-hand Fallujah account

This guy's e-mail is outstanding. It makes your heart race reading it.

More anti-red-state bigotry

The New York Times' Sunday Magazine slanders the Red States. Powerline debunks.

Friday, November 19, 2004

Req'd Read: Hating America

Today's Recommended Read is Hating America, by Bruce Bawer. Bawer, an American living in Europe for some time, has come full-circle on his view of America, Western Europe, and the world's opinion of America. He brings his perspective to bear on a spectrum of opinions:

Bawer's (very, very long) article is a necessary read for his perspective, even if you (like me) have no plans to read the books he reviews.

Monday, November 15, 2004

The UN: "...a sinkhole of corruption."

From Robert Novak in Today's Chicago Sun-Times, regarding the U.S. Senate's investigation into the U.N. Oil-for-Food scandal...

"The extent of the corruption is staggering..."

[The UN-initiated "independent" investigation]... in the absence of subpoena powers looks like a sham.

"In seeing what is happening at the U.N.," [U.S. Senator] Coleman told me, "I am more troubled today than ever. I see a sinkhole of corruption."

Update (11/17): Claudia Rosette again leads the way. The UN "...allowed Saddam Hussein to embezzle at least $21.3 billion in oil money during 12 years, with the great bulk of that sum--a staggering $17.3 billion--pilfered between 1997-2003, on Mr. Annan's watch"

Update (11/19): UN staff union votes "no confidence" in senior UN staff. "...the final straw was Annan’s decision this week to clear a senior U.N. official on charges of favoritism and sexual harassment."

Saturday, November 13, 2004

A Very Interesting Explanation

Rational Explications has a very interesting election analysis, as well as a test aimed at the gentle reader.

The Democratic Party has evolved into a coalition of [don't want to spoil it for you!] ... It is in large measure a party of ...

Friday, November 12, 2004

Help for the Distressed

Distressed about the election? HelpThemLeave.com will help you find a destination friendlier to your political preferences. Whether it's European socialism or carribean Marxism, they have a destination for you!

And don't forget this.

GRotD: 'Redneck vote' is a liberal myth

Today's Good Read of the Day (GRotD) is Charles Krauthammer's debunking of this useful post-election analysis myth.

The one thing liberals most need to contemplate is the last thing they can bring themselves to: that large numbers of well-informed, well-meaning, intelligent, thoughtful people actually voted FOR Bush.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Today's Good Read: Hitchens on Secularism

Slate's Christopher Hitchens' gives us excellent perspective: Bush's Secularist Triumph (The left apologizes for religious fanatics. The president fights them.)

Friday, November 05, 2004

"Mission Accomplished"

No, I'm not talking about the election. Yes, I am talking about that infamous banner on the aircraft carrier. Here's what one soldier, stationed in (blogging from) Iraq had to say about it:

That's what so many failed to comprehend about that whole mission accomplished thing. It wasn't your mission. That was someone else's mission. Sorry, those of you who didn't get it. I saw that banner and hoped there would be something left for me to do.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

John Podhoretz on the Election

John Podhoretz looks at the election:

...the reality is this: Democrats voted for Bush in large numbers because they like him. They admire him. They want him to be president. They don’t think he’s an idiot, a fascist, a warmonger, a religious fanatic, a kook, a liar, a cheat, a monster, a bad guy. They think he’s done a good job. The Democratic Party has spent four years demonizing George W. Bush, and in part because of their stupid, useless, senseless negativism, Terry McAuliffe & Co. lost 4 million voters. ...

And that, my friends, is the story of this election. George W. Bush won the election triumphantly because he made new voters. And John Kerry and the Democrats lost the election ignominiously in part because of the self-destructive hate and venom they spat at the president, which caused Democratic voters to flee in droves.

Looks like the Reality-Based Community wasn't so reality-based after all.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

America The Beautiful

Thank you, America, for re-electing George W. Bush! Thanks for making your voice heard, unambiguously (if not overwhelmingly). Here's what your vote accomplished, and I'm truly grateful...

Thank you again, America. (Thanks, too, for the messages you sent to the Senate and House of Representatives.)

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