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

Thursday, January 07, 2010

I Was Wrong

The comments by Louis and eeky finally pushed me over the edge. I just got back from watching Dances with Smurfs, er, Blue Pocahontas, um AVATAR.

Holy Sh!t!!

James Cameron is a friggin' genius.

At directing. At visualizing and getting his vision down on film or tape or disc, or whatever. At writing, nazzofastguido. But my sweet bleeding jeebus, that film is a visual freaking masterpiece. (As were Titanic and even Aliens.) My hat's off to him. And yes, I saw it in 3D, and I have to say that this is the FIRST film in which that gimmick wasn't a gimmick - it really added to the film.

Ignore the political message - you need to see this thing, and pay the extra for 3D.

Edited to add: In the sequel, directed by Paul Verhoeven, the "Star People" (dressed in leather trench coats and knee-boots, to the dulcet strains of Wagner) return to Pandora, drop tactical nukes from orbit as the ultimate in daisy-cutters, spray the 22nd Century's equivalent of Agent Orange on the rest of the planet, and strip mine the place for every picogram of "Unobtanium" ore they can get. In a fit of pique, Mother Pandora telepathically convinces the primary gas-giant to compress itself and ignite, thus wiping out all life on Pandora, including the hated "Star People."

There. I feel better now.

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