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, October 17, 2010

Sunday Movie Reviews

I've seen two movies in the last three days, RED and Secretariat. Both were excellent. RED is your typical anti-gun Hollyweird crowd making big bucks using weapons we can't have in ways only governments permit to their agents, but it's a load of fun as a summer (now fall) blowup movie. Catch it at a matinee. It's great.

Secretariat is what we expect from a Disney film - wholesome family entertainment. But remember when I wrote a couple of days ago about Capitalism TV? This is a capitalist movie. Rich people are not treated as evil. The "Death Tax" plays a prominent (if understated) role. And risk - real risk - is portrayed as something worth taking, not avoiding at all costs. As the main character, "housewife" Penny Chenery Tweedy says,
This is about life being ahead of you, and you run at it.

It's the will to win, if you can, and live with it if you can't.
It shows us what we as a nation have sacrificed over the last thirty-odd years on the altar of "self-esteem" with the abhorrence of competition. It is a very "tea-party" movie about people who are not ashamed to be bold, successful, and who are willing to take risks.

Besides that, it's a well written, well acted, and well made film I strongly recommend.

UPDATE: Eric S. Raymond also highly recommends RED. Good review.

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