Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Movie Recommendation

No, not 2016 - if you read this blog you probably already know everything Dinesh D'Souza had to say in that one.  No, the film I want to recommend to you today is also a documentary, but it's not about politics, it's about a lot of other things - education looming largely among them.  It's Thunder Soul, a 2010 documentary about the Kashmere High School Stage Band:
Largely, it's about Conrad O. "Prof" Johnson, the music director of Houston, Texas's Kashmere High School from the late 60's until 1978, and the effect he had on the kids he helped educate. From an Amazon review:
The action which forms the core of the film takes place in 2008 when a couple of band alumni from the 1971-4 period - just before Prof retired - decide to find all the old band members - now scattered around the country, with most having not lifted their instruments in years - and hold a "reunion concert" for the then 93 year old teacher. We watch as they come together and practice for the "big night". Director Mark Landesman interviews Prof in these later years but also incorporates clips from a 1974 documentary on the band titled "Prof & the Band".

The documentary is available from Netflix streaming.

Watch this documentary, pay attention to what "Prof" has to say, and what his students have to say about him, and ask yourself how we went from that in the turbulent early 1970's to what we have today. 

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