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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Here's My Vote

Look, I know that George Clooney is the center of the Hollywood universe.  And, from everything I've read, his latest flick, "Up In The Air," is darn good.  And I'll admit that I haven't seen it (I will soon).  but it would be a shame, in my humble opinion, if a particular Iraq war stunner doesn't win the Golden Globes Award for Best Picture.

For those of you who were turned off long ago by Hollywood producers and directors who thought the only good war picture had to be an anti-America picture, you'll find "The Hurt Locker" to be a breath of fresh air (and fresh air you'll need after watching it because of all the tense moments depicted).  "The Hurt Locker" isn't anti-American. Nor is it really pro-American.  Some will say it's anti-war, but then what normal person is pro-war?

If anything, "The Hurt Locker" is anti-Iraq. And "anti-Iraqi people" in a nation where nobody can be trusted and anyone is capable of planting an IED.  And where there are no rules of warfare.  It is - was - an ugly, ugly place.

The theme can best be summarized with a quote from one of the protagonists, Sgt. J.T. Sanborn, towards the end of the film:  "I hate this place."

Oh, I should mention what makes the movie work and brings on all the tension: Sgt. Sanborn is part of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit with the U.S. Army.   A unit that is called upon - often - to defuse/incapacitate really nasty improvised bombs.  With the frequent success but the occasional failure affiliated.

One last thing.  And this is really sexist on my part for saying it.  I was stunned to find, when the ending credits were rolling, that this war flick - this war flick - was produced and directed by a woman.

A masterful job she did.

Never let it be said ...

So Clooney will win a bunch of awards, again.  And Hollywood will continue to fawn.  And be happy.

But we now know ...

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To show that I'm in good company, the movie was voted Best Picture on Friday night at the Critics Choice Awards, and Best Director honors went to director Kathryn Bigelow.

Photo courtesy of Summit Entertainment and the New York Times

Someone Should Break The News To Her

We held an election a while back, sweetheart:

A shining example of "stuck on stupid."

They Have a Point

When I agree with the Washington Post editorialists, I begin to question my sanity.  But darned if today's not the day:
Budgetary buffoonery

In an otherwise well-managed state, the absurdity of some basic features of Virginia's democracy is striking. One is the archaic system whereby governors are prohibited from seeking consecutive terms in office. Another is the equally senseless budget cycle, under which an incoming governor's hands are mostly tied for two years by the spending plan proposed by his outgoing predecessor.

Yes, you read that right. After having served his single four-year term, an outgoing governor is obligated, generally as his final major act in office, to propose a two-year budget, which he submits to the General Assembly in Richmond just before taking his leave. His newly elected successor, who has only just managed to assemble his budget and finance team, then has scarcely a few weeks to tinker with the blueprint that will cover the next two years. [link]
Yeah.  Maybe we should change that.

Can Anything These Guys Say Be Trusted?

This is beyond pathetic.  It's absolutely shameful.  And criminal:
World misled over Himalayan glacier meltdown
By Jonathan Leake and Chris Hastings, Times of London

A Warning that climate change will melt most of the Himalayan glaciers by 2035 is likely to be retracted after a series of scientific blunders by the United Nations body that issued it.

Two years ago the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a benchmark report that was claimed to incorporate the latest and most detailed research into the impact of global warming. A central claim was the world's glaciers were melting so fast that those in the Himalayas could vanish by 2035.

In the past few days the scientists behind the warning have admitted that it was based on a news story in the New Scientist, a popular science journal, published eight years before the IPCC's 2007 report.

It has also emerged that the New Scientist report was itself based on a short telephone interview with Syed Hasnain, a little-known Indian scientist then based at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. [link]
Good God.  Is this what passes for science these days?

It is predicted that the world is coming to an end based upon a telephone conversation with some obscure "scientist" in far-away India.

Banishment.  That's the only appropriate response to this shocking news.

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A trip down memory lane:

London Daily Mail: Himalayan glaciers 'could disappear within 30 years' due to global warming

Telegraph of London: Himalayan glaciers 'could disappear completely by 2035'

CNN: The high stakes of melting Himalayan glaciers

France 24: Melting Himalayan glaciers threaten 1.3 billion Asians

All this from a phone conversation ...

An Object Lesson In Disaster Relief

I think it's instructive for those who blamed George W. Bush for failure to respond to the Katrina hurricane disaster in Louisiana promptly to see how Obama's dealing with a similar crisis in Haiti.  Surprise: It's just not that easy to mobilize a national effort at bringing desperately needed relief to a population that has lost everything - including infrastructure:
Haiti Relief: Anger Mounts Among Desperate Haitians Over Supplies Stuck at Airport
Haiti's Streets Called 'Tinderbox' as Hunger, Thirst and Anger Grows
By Kate Snow, Dan Harris, and Brinda Adhikari, ABC News

Tensions are becoming dangerously high on the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as increasingly desperate Haitians search for food and water while tons of supplies remain stuck at the country's airport.

"What's going on? We can't even breathe! Who is helping us?" a man cried out today to an ABC News camera crew. Wearing a yellow bandana over his face and surrounded by other young and angry men, he said, "It takes one night to get the U.S. troops here, you know. It takes just a second for the military to get here."

"We're waiting, we're waiting for three or four days. Just cannot do nothing," another Haitian man said. "The president is staying at the airport while he does nothing for us."

"People have been almost fighting for water," aid worker Fevil Dubien said as he distributed water from a truck in a northern Port-au-Prince neighborhood.

ABC News has witnessed looting of damaged buildings in the capital with people walking off with boxes of T-shirts, a cabinet and kitchen appliance along with food and water. [link]
Despite the efforts of the Obama administration to mount a massive relief effort, thus far that effort has failed miserably.  But he won't be blamed.

And he shouldn't be.  This stuff takes time, whether you're willing to accept it or not.

Maybe it's time to reflect ...

The Perfect Political Ad

When they bring tears to your eyes, you know they've accomplished their mission.  A vote for Scott Brown on Tuesday is a vote for those who fought and died to make this country free.  Inspiring.  Ingenious.  Incomparable:

As should always be the case, the background music is perfect for the spot and is timed to coincide with the video frames masterfully.

Well done.

Hat tip to Michelle Malkin. 
Hat tip to Big Salt Lick.