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

Sunday, August 05, 2007

It's Good to Know that Hollywood Has Our Back.

I just got back from seeing The Bourne Ultimatum - overall, not a bad flick (though being a gun nut the sound effects and continuity errors grated a bit.) But the previews - ah, the previews.

First up, a trailer for The Kingdom, a film about, well:
A team of U.S. government agents is sent to investigate the bombing of an American facility in the Middle East.
While I'm not certain, I'm pretty sure this is about Saudi Arabia. Apparently the FBI is sent in to investigate this act of terrorism, and - for some strange reason - the local government interferes! On top of that, our intrepid G-Men are attacked by terrorists themselves! Looks action-packed. Written by Matthew Michael Carnahan, directed by Peter Berg. Good cast as well.

Next up, Rendition. This film stars Reese Witherspoon as the wife of an Arab-American who is grabbed at the airport by the CIA and receives extraordinary rendition - i.e.: he's whisked off to a foreign country where he can be tortured into confessing interrogated properly. Of course a still-wet-behind-the-ears local agent is sent to "monitor" the "interrogation" and is disturbed by what he witnesses. Meanwhile back at home the distraught wife fights to find out what happened to her husband. Written by Kelly Sane, directed by Gavin Hood.

But wait! We're not done! Third up on this list is Lions for Lambs, starring no less than Glenn Close Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, and Robert Redford, who also directs! There's not much online about this that I've been able to find, but Redford apparently plays a psychologist who can't seem to understand why young men might actually want to join the military! Tom Cruise plays an opportunistic Senator who spouts lines like "Do you want to win the War on Terror™ or don't you?!?!" Streep apparently plays the heroic newspaper reporter who is drawn like a moth to the flame of the Senator, but I'm sure is only interested in reporting the Truth™. Amazingly, this film is also written by Matthew Michael Carnahan. Mr. Carnahan's had a busy year, since IMDB shows that this and The Kingdom are his first two screen credits ever.

Remember when Hollywood made movies like Sands of Iwo Jima and Strategic Air Command? That was propaganda, too - but at least it was in favor of our side coming out victorious.

Arnold Toynbee wrote, "Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.” He also noted, “Of the twenty-two civilizations that have appeared in history, nineteen of them collapsed when they reached the moral state the United States is in now.” Finally, "I do not believe that civilizations have to die because civilization is not an organism. It is a product of wills."

I'm amazed by the seemingly increasing will towards civil suicide exhibited by so many of my fellow countrymen. I don't like a lot of what I see happening either, but I don't outright deny the dangers we actually face for the ones that might be. Perhaps we've reached some critical mass past which we cannot stop an inevitable slide into self-destruction. I don't know. But Hollywood isn't helping stop that slide, that I do know.

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