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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Boucher's Dilemma?

Is Congressman Rick Boucher being squeezed by the Democratic House leadership? Is that why he co-sponsored a bill that toughens border security but has balked at having it put to a vote?

Mickey Kaus seems to think so:
The dirty secret, of course, is that the Dem leadership isn't blocking the bill because its unpopular with House Democrats. They're blocking it because it's popular with House Democrats, who'd love to have a tough-on-illegals bill to vote for before the 2008 election. (emphasis in the original)
I've never read anywhere that Mr. Boucher wants our borders secured - though he may have stated his views and I just missed it - so it's difficult to see Mickey's claim being applied to him.

But there must be some valid reason why our congressman would support legislation that he is - at this moment - blocking.

Retreat From A Post-Racialist America

I get depressed thinking about what the Barack Obama campaign has done to set back our efforts to make Dr. Martin Luther King's dream a reality. Apparently, I'm not alone.

Victor Davis Hanson:
Watching the parade of apologists for Rev. Wright’s hatred—“garlic noses”; “KKK of A;” “God Damn America;” “Condamnesia;” the U.S. deserved 9/11; America is no different from al-Qaeda; we caused the AIDs virus; Israel is a “dirty word” and sought an Arab and black ethnic bomb, etc—is, well, depressing. Instead of offering distance from Wright, far too many African-American professors and pastors interviewed on the cable stations the last few nights instead praised his brilliance and inspiration.

This disastrous regression in race relations is the natural dividend of liberal identity politics, most recently brought to the fore by the wife of the first “black President”, the first “transracial” black Presidential candidate, and the “prophet” and “healer” Reverend Wright.
"The Chickens of Identity Politics Come Home to Roost? " The Corner on National Review, March 29, 2008

Missing The Point

America to movie critic: It's not that we don't want to go see Iraq War movies. It's that we don't wish to shell out our heard-earned money on ANTI-IRAQ WAR MOVIES. How many times do we have to repeat this before it sinks in?

Cluelessness from movie critic Nikki Finke ("'21' Holds Winning Hand At Box Office; 'Superhero' Is Superflop; 'Stop-Loss' DOA"):

Friday's domestic gross showed that Hollywood can't boost the slumping box office this spring break even though 30% of students are out of school. No. 1 is Sony Pictures's based-on-a-true-story 21 which opened to a solid $8.6 million Friday ...

I'm told #7 Stop-Loss opened to only $1.6 million Friday from just 1,291 plays and should eke out $4+M. Although the drama from MTV Films was the best-reviewed movie opening this weekend, Paramount wasn't expecting much because no Iraq war-themed movie has yet to perform at the box office. "It's not looking good," a studio source told me before the weekend. "No one wants to see Iraq war movies. No matter what we put out there in terms of great cast or trailers, people were completely turned off. It's a function of the marketplace not being ready to address this conflict in a dramatic way because the war itself is something that's unresolved yet. It's a shame because it's a good movie that's just ahead of its time." (emphasis mine)

Let's see. Hollywood keeps churning out anti-war/anti-American movies, one after another, with nobody being interested in seeing their country being bashed (more accurately, we endure it on the evening news each evening, but we choose not to pay dearly at the box office to be subjected to it again), and these people conclude that Americans have no interest in war movies.

Send up a pro-Iraq War/pro-America/pro-noble cause movie once - once - and see what the results are, fool.

Or keep doing more of the same, be dismissive about our predilections, clueless about our interests, and continue to live in lala land.

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A Stop-Loss review:

What is possibly left to say about a poorly produced, poorly acted, poorly directed, and very poorly written anti-war film that defames our troops…? What’s left to say that hasn’t been said about the dozen or so that came before? The only new angle here is that we’re told Stop-Loss is co-written by a conservative. Either this poor guy was steamrolled flat in story meetings or it’s true that Hollywood’s idea of a conservative is someone who only kinda hates President Bush.

Actual line from the film: “F**K the President.” A half-hour in, when absolutely nothing we’ve been told about this character prepares us for it, that’s what comes out of the mouth of our protagonist war hero, Brandon King (Ryan Phillipe). Like someone flipped a switch, King transforms from hoo-rah Army sergeant to Code Pink mouthpiece.
And they wonder why we refuse to participate.

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You want to make box office history? Make this story about an heroic Navy Seal who gave his life for his country in Afghanistan - and earned the Medal of Honor posthumously for his efforts - into a movie.
Or continue to be befuddled ...

Book cover courtesy of Amazon.com

Interesting Stuff

The average height of an Egyptian male in the time of the pharoahs (13th century B.C.) was 5'2". (source)

So you know, the average height of an American male in 2008 A.D. is 5'10". (source)

5508 A.D.? 6'6"?

Cool. I can't wait to see it.

Dan Rather Taught Them Nothing?

Fabricating wild tales seems to come naturally to the people at CBS. Unlike the recent debacle that ended the career of its cornerstone news anchor and brought about the firing of a number of its employees when it was proven beyond any doubt that the story being told was based upon a lie - see "New Questions On Bush Guard Duty: 60 Minutes Has Newly Obtained Documents On President's Military Service" and "CBS ousts four over Bush Guard story" - the latest is a bit different. It's based solely on the testimony of a witness. A "victim." A victim with a grudge and a complete lack of credibility.

But so what? We all know that Bush is Hitler reincarnate so the fable works just fine for evening TV entertainment.

The latest shameful episode coming out of the once-venerable network that Edward R. Murrow built:

Ex-Terror Detainee Says U.S. Tortured Him
CBS News

(CBS) A German resident held by the U.S. for almost five years tells 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley that Americans tortured him in many ways - including hanging him from the ceiling for five days early in his captivity when he was in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Even after determining he was not a terrorist, Murat Kurnaz says the torture continued.

He claims American troops tortured him in Afghanistan by holding his head underwater, administering electric shocks to the soles of his feet, and hanging him suspended from the ceiling of an aircraft hangar and kept alive by doctors. "Every five or six hours they came and pulled me back down and the doctor came," he recalls. "He looked into my eyes. He checked my heart and when he said 'okay,' then they pulled me back up," he tells Pelley.

The U.S. Pentagon responding by e-mail says, "We treat all detainees humanely… and all credible claims are investigated thoroughly…. The abuses Mr. Kurnaz alleges are not only unsubstantiated and implausible, they are simply outlandish." (link)

Incredible. Unsubstantiated. Implausible. Outlandish. And the kind of stuff one has come to expect from CBS News.

The National Enquirer has nothing on these people.

What a Mess

I want to know who the genius was that decided to hold the 2008 summer olympics in communist China. Could it be any more of a sideshow?

Merkel says she will not attend opening of Beijing Olympics

China’s Genocide Olympics

China: Crackdown Violates Olympic Promises

China's looming Olympics disaster

Where once it was about swimming, distance running, pole vault, decathlon ...