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Friday, December 23, 2005

The Alliance Continues To Grow

The Red Stater, a weblog dedicated to shedding light on liberalism in America, joins the Old Dominion Blog Alliance. I've included the site on my ODBA blogroll to the left and intend to check up on it regularly.

Y'all do the same.

Welcome, TRS.

Pure Enchantment

I can think of only one other movie of the many I've seen over the years that compares to The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe in terms of sheer holiday magic and wondrous enchantment. That would be Agnieszka Holland's The Secret Garden, a motion picture that, in 1993, charmed its way into my Top Ten Movies of All Time.

Paula and I saw Narnia yesterday at Marquee Cinemas over in Wytheville and were pleasantly surprised to see a respectable crowd turn out to view the film. Hopefully the theater will make a go of it.

As for the movie itself, if you enjoy the kind of flick where good combats evil - and there is absolutely no gray area between the two (ahem) - and protagonists must decide whether to stand up and fight or to flee to the comfort of home, this is the movie for you. There is even an awe-inducing epic battle scene that startles the senses and makes one wonder how the animation experts are able to do what the heck they do. And then there is the captivating beauty and wonderment that is Narnia.

I should mention the fact that there were a number of children in attendance. Because of a certain amount of violence, I wouldn't recommend it.

But I do recommend - highly - that you all go see Narnia. It's well worth the three bucks you have to pay for the popcorn.

Is There An Editor At The Post?

There's an article in the New York Post this morning detailing the death of the son of Indianapolis Colts' coach, Tony Dungy. It's written by Travis Reed and is entitled "NFL Tragedy."

Reed first provides us with the basics;
James Dungy, the 18-year-old son of Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy, was found dead in a Tampa-area apartment in an apparent suicide, police said yesterday.
The reporter then goes on to relay the facts regarding the young Dungy's girlfriend finding him unconscious in his apartment and the attempts of emergency medical personnel to resuscitate him. Then Reed writes:
An autopsy was pending.

Tony Dungy has left the team and is in Tampa. The Colts, who have a 13-1 record, are at Seattle tomorrow, and team president Bill Polian said assistant head coach Jim Caldwell has taken over for Dungy for the time being.

After winning 13 consecutive games, the Colts lost their first game last Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. (link)
James Dungy is dead and the Post reporter considers it important to delve into the Colts' on-field success story at the same time he tells us that James may have committed suicide.

How insensitive is that?

Make the Colts' team record a footnote if you must, but not one of the key parts of the story.

Is anyone at the Post monitoring this kind of thing?

Humane Society Losing Focus

I am a proud member of the NRA and have been for many years. By now, I could easily have paid for more than a few life memberships in the organization but I choose to pay a higher by-the-year rate. I renew every year. And I do it for a reason. If the NRA ever decides to veer off and start championing causes other than those relating specifically to the Second Amendment, I'll divorce them. Quickly. With a vengeance.

So Paula and I received an email from the Humane Society of the United States this morning (Paula had been donating to HSUS) touting the fact that this once-world class animal protection organization had helped defeat the legislation that the Senate voted down on Wednesday relating to ANWR oil drilling.

Here's how their email announcement starts out;

DoD Appropriations Bill Gives Polar Bears a Reprieve, Goes Easy on Cockfighters Who Could Help Spread Avian Flu

December 22, 2005

The polar bears, caribou, and hundreds of other animals who call Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge home came within four votes of seeing their protected habitat turned into the drilling fields.

Thanks to calls and e-mails from members of The HSUS and concerned citizens across the country, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted to remove the Arctic drilling provision from the "must-past" $453.5 billion Department of Defense spending bill for fiscal year 2006. (
link)

Say what?

What does drilling for oil in Alaska have to do with finding homes for puppies and kittens? Is there an animal cruelty story I'm missing? I doubt it. The Humane Society has gone over to the dark side. They've been taken over by the same bunch of socialist do-gooders as has traditionally populated the Sierra Club and Greenpeace, two organizations hellbent on changing the world, whether we apporve or not. Little Rover is about to become an afterthought.

Too bad. I'll not be telling Paula which causes she should be sending money to. But you can bet I'll be giving her an ear-full about what her money is supporting. Her waste of money, I should say.