The Willfully Ignorant Evil of Supporting Donald Trump

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I think we all know that Trump supporters are scum of the Earth. A “deeply bigoted” creature that has no place in American public life.

Not that liberals didn’t have a hand in creating him.  They have overused the word racist so much that everyone now thinks calling someone a racist is just a cheap shot you use when you have no argument.  So when an actual racist shows up on stage…idiots who only know how to use knee jerk responses think that.

Of course when a man says Mexicans are all rapists (“Somebody’s doing the raping”) (to hell if FBI crime stats show that in this case it is fairly balanced by ethnicity)NCFS-Table.jpg

That “Laziness is a trait in blacks.”

Who has a histrionic fear of China and the Chinese (more on this later).

Whose bigoted behavior is not limited to race, but religion as well to the point…

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Greatest Films of Christmas#14 O. Henry’s Full House

Another often forgotten gem of Christmas is this collection of short tales.  Within this movie are five shorts based on the stories of O. Henry

Now not all of these are Christmas tales, but they all speak to the best in humanity (well, maybe not the 3rd one on the list) and they all touch your heart so I’m going to go over all of them.

And in addition to describing the scenes I’m going to link the title of each one to the original short story which I highly recommend you read (are you surprised the English teacher is telling you to go read something?)

The Cop and the Anthem

The story of a homeless man, Soapy (played by Charles Laughton) in New York who has no desire to work or earn a living…but winter is coming and he needs to find a way to get into his usual winter residence: jail.  Not a long stay mind you, just a nice 3 month stay where he can get a bed and blanket every night and 3 meals every day without having to work for any of it.  The problem is that the fates seem to be against him…he tries to proposition a woman in front of a cop and get sent to jail for that crime, but the woman he propositions (played by Marilyn Monroe) happens to actually be of the oldest profession and tries to get away from the cop’s notice as quickly as possible.  Dine and dash and destruction of property also fail.  At last Soapy falls on his knees in a church humbled at what he has become and promising to reform his life and become a better man.  It’s at this point he’s arrested for loitering.

What I like about this story is that for a story written in the first decade of the 1900’s it realizes the problem of government entitlements long before anyone was dumb enough to stop relying on private charity and go to the idea that government can do better.  O. Henry observes, through Soapy, that private charity always comes with the cost of bettering yourself, the government has no such concern it only gives things:

“There was an endless round of institutions, municipal and eleemosynary, on which he might set out and receive lodging and food accordant with the simple life. But to one of Soapy’s proud spirit the gifts of charity are encumbered. If not in coin you must pay in humiliation of spirit for every benefit received at the hands of philanthropy. As Caesar had his Brutus, every bed of charity must have its toll of a bath, every loaf of bread its compensation of a private and personal inquisition. Wherefore it is better to be a guest of the law, which though conducted by rules, does not meddle unduly with a gentleman’s private affairs.”

The Clarion Call

The story of a cop who finds that an old acquaintance, whom he owes several hundred dollars to, is also guilty of murder (keep in mind what several hundred is in 1900…after all you can buy a pure platinum chain for only $20…more on that later) .  His personal honor will not let him arrest someone he is indebted to; his professional honor cannot let a murderer go free.  And as he walks this tight rope of personal integrity he eventually finds a way to make the money in one night (legally) and see that justice is done.

This is the story that will probably strike modern audiences as the most unusual as the concept of personal honor and integrity is something sadly lacking in a society where you literally get a TV show if you can show yourself to be the trashiest thing TV producers can find.

The Ransom of Red Chief

The great Howard Hawks directs this comedic short story of two thieves and conmen who kidnap the worst child in the existence of human history.  No really.  The kidnappers in the end have to pay a ransom to get the parents to take him back.

And now we get to the Christmas themed stories

The Last Leaf 

Probably my favorite O. Henry short story…and my least favorite part of the movie.  Why you ask? Because they went out of their way to change almost every point in the story.  In the film version the two female characters are sisters instead of just friends, not artists as they were in the story, and the woman who is on the verge of death has lost the will to live only because she has just been dumped by her boyfriend (which is an insulting level of misogyny that you will not find in the original).  Did we have to change it from two women who are just friends and artists, living together in what appears to be a one bedroom apartment in Greenwich Village? I don’t know if O. Henry was implying what the producers of this film were trying to censor, but it’s still insulting to change the story that much.

Still the Puritanical bowdlerizing aside this is still a tear-jerker story of sacrifice and love.  I’m not actually going to tell you the plot to this one because if you don’t know it then you deserve the emotional catharsis of finding out what happens to the last leaf.  But read the story first, it’s much more touching.

Not thrilled with some of the changes they made to the story,but touching all the same.

And of course

The Gift of the Magi

Keep your readings of a Christmas Carol and Twas the Night before Christmas, don’t bother picking up the book The Bishop’s Wife is based on, and forget your going over the story of the nativity, even the gospels, for in the history of Christmas no story has ever so fully encapsulated the meaning of this holiday and what makes it great…and probably none ever will surpass it.  If you can read this story or watch this film version and not cry, you have no soul.

And the movie does the story justice.  The actors, Jeanne Crain and Farley Granger, are probably not the most successful actors in history (although Crain’s People Will Talk is an excellent movie) but I can’t see anyone doing a better job than the performance of these two.

And I won’t remind you of the plot of this story because I assume you don’t live in a cave, but I leave off with O. Henry’s closing words:

The magi, as you know, were wise men–wonderfully wise men–who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented the art of giving Christmas presents. Being wise, their gifts were no doubt wise ones, possibly bearing the privilege of exchange in case of duplication. And here I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house. But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest. Of all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the magi.

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Best Films of Christmas #15 Remember the Night

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In the word of screenwriter Preston Sturges, “Love reformed her and corrupted him.”

Remember the Night is an often forgotten Christmas film, which is a shame as movies with Barbara Stanwyck are always great (in fact this is the first of three on the list).

Now since I’m going to bet no one knows the plotline to this film (as opposed to just about all the other films on this list which we know almost by heart) I’m going to reveal some spoilers.  The movie follows Stanwyck’s character Lee Leander, a thief who is caught stealing an expensive diamond necklace only a few days before Christmas.  Enter Fred MacMurray’s character John Sargent, New York City Assistant D.A.   Knowing that a jury won’t convict her only a couple of days before Christmas he gets the trial postponed until after the New Year so that he can get a conviction.  While clever he is not heartless and asks the local (and rather shifty) bail bondsman to bail her out so that she can be out of prison.  Said bail bondsman, thinking that Sargent has more lascivious reasons than just Christmas charity, brings her to Sargent’s apartment after baling her out.  Sargent, who is just desperate to just leave for his mother’s home in Ohio, convinces Lee that he has no intention of taking advantage of her, but he decides she deserves a good meal before he leaves.  At dinner he finds out that she has no where to stay other than prison…except her mother’s in Ohio.  By now you can see the trip to Ohio they will both take, how her mother doesn’t want to have anything do with her and how our beautiful thief ends up spending Christmas with her prosecutor and his family.  Each step in this story is motivated by Sargent’s desire to show a good and charitable Christmas spirit (except for that desire to convict her).

It should come as the exact opposite of a surprise that it just happened one night that these two fall in love.

Besides the obvious fact that this movie takes place at Christmas, it is a Christmas film because it is about seeing the best in everyone, about forgiveness and about redemption.  In this film everyone behaves in a way that is directed to show the best within us and that no one is beyond hope.

(Am I the only one who feels that as movies have gotten worse over the decades, trailers have gotten consistently better?)
(And my conservative beliefs are soothed by the fact that the only truly vicious people are shown to be government agents who wished to nickel and dime people with unjust regulations and a low class welfare recipient.)

I’m not going to say this is the most original story of all time (although it being made in 1940 does kind of make it more original than it may seem).

All in all a great Chirstmas film.

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Immigration and Jobs

Let’s not kid ourselves that the push by Der Fuhrer Trump has anything to do with the safety of Americans, or even that his bigotry extends for religious reasons as well.  No he hated immigration and competition long before that.

The repeated line from the populist candidates like Trump and Cruz is that immigration (legal and illegal) is working to steal American jobs.  And they’re backed up by their socialist allies that free trade is costing Americans jobs (it doesn’t set off any red flags with these people that the only economists who agree with them are ideological hacks who believe in the biggest of big governments).

And they keep repeating it.  From Trump’s typically shallow statements like “They’re taking your jobs” to Cruz’s more artful BS of

But I can tell you, for millions of Americans at home, watching this, it is a very personal economic issue, and I will say the politics of it would be very, very different if a bunch of lawyers or bankers were crossing the Rio Grande, or if a bunch of people with journalism degrees were coming over and driving down the wages in the press, then we would see stories about the economic calamity that is befalling our nation.

There seems to be strong push from the socialist, the leftists and the populists to tell you that immigrants are stealing your jobs.

Luckily we have this thing called economics.  And what does economics tell us?  It tells us that competition and free trade ALWAYS CREATES JOBS.

But don’t believe me…please take a look at what the experts have to say:

 

Madeline Zavodny: Immigration Has No Effect on Jobs for U.S. Natives

The Impact of Immigration on Jobs and Income

H-1B workers generally fill jobs that complement native workers rather than compete against them. As a result, H-1B workers boost job growth for US native workers by enabling companies to grow more quickly. In her 2011 report, “Immigration and American Jobs,” AEI visiting scholar Madeline Zavodny shows that 100 additional H-1Bs are associated with 183 more jobs among US natives, and that a 10 percent increase in H-1B workers increased native employment by .11 percent.–High-skill immigration spurs US job growth–AEI


“Immigration Myths Debunked”

2. Low-skilled immigrants and low-skilled Americans work in different occupations that play to their different comparative advantages.–7 arguments for more low-skill immigration–AEI


Let Them In? How Immigration Can Help the Economy

When natives gain, immigrants gain.  When natives lose, immigrants lose.  If immigrant gains to employment meant a loss for natives, then immigrant net employment and native net employment would move in opposite directions.  Natives and immigrants work in the same labor market.–Immigrants Did Not Take Your Job –Cato

 

Higher immigration brings big benefits to immigrants and modest benefits to the economy as a whole.–Immigrants aren’t stifling the middle class–Cato

 

Why? The law of comparative advantage says we get more productive when we have more trading partners, and the arrival of undocumented workers with limited English skills frees up low-skill American workers who can then specialize in tasks that require better English.–Illegal Immigrants Don’t Lower Our Wages Or Take Our Jobs–Forbes

Let Them In? How Immigration Can Help the Economy – Learn Liberty

But the economic answer is that immigration is good for both the immigrants and the destination economy. Therefore immigration is a good thing.–Of Course Immigrants Take Jobs From People; But They Also Create Them For Others–Forbes

Do Immigrants Steal Jobs From Americans?

An innovative temporary worker program is a helpful tool for improving the legal means by which foreigners can fill important niches in the national workforce.–Real Immigration Reform Needs Real Temporary Worker Program–Heritage

 

 

There are problems with immigration.  The problem Cruz and Trump don’t want to deal with is what is the level illegal immigrants drain on entitlements and education spending, and the crime rate increases that some of them cause.  NOT JOBS.  Jobs is not the issue. Ever.  So the only reason they can be doing this is either because they are actually ignorant of the facts (which would mean they’re unqualified for any public office) or they are intentionally pandering even though they know better (which is worse than ignorance).

If you don’t even understand the problem you can’t solve it.  And if you focus on lies you certainly can’t fix the problem. And they don’t want to fix the problem, they just want power.

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The Best Films of Christmas #16 The Holiday

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The Holiday (not to be confused with the great Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn film Holiday) the 2006 film about the characters portrayed by Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet switching houses in Surrey and L.A. for two weeks around the Christmas season is newest addition to the cannon of great Christmas films.   It’s a wonderful love story.

Just as a film it’s a good one.  The first few scenes where we see Diaz try to cry is hilarious, but that it’s followed by Winslet on a crying jag is just sadly delightful. The fact that Diaz, a person who cuts movie trailers, is followed by the disembodied deep voice from movie trailers that narrates portions of her life is a great addition.

These two women and their romantic partners (Jude Law and Jack Black) provide a wonderful story of love and moving forward in life.  Hell, this is pretty much the only movie I can think of where I don’t just not feel like punching Jack Black in the face (there are movies Jack Black isn’t even in, where I feel like punching him)– I actually like him in this film.   All four main characters are not perfect but we love them all and none of them have unforgivable traits so we are utterly relieved that all of them get the love they have been seeking.  Oh, and the actresses playing Jude Law’s daughters are unspeakably adorable in this movie, as all children in film tend to be (yeah try subbing for a day in kindergarten and see if you find them as adorable, is all I have to say).  So all in all this is a wonderful romantic comedy…but why is it a holiday film?

Well first, and I had forgotten this fact when I was first setting up this list, there is a Chanukah party in this film! I forgot about this!  I am declaring this the best Chanukah film by default since there were no other good ones to speak of!  And before you complain that it is only a short period of time in the film, consider how tenuous the connection to Christmas some of the films on this list have.  This is being declared as the best Chanukah movie yet made by Hollywood.

Well, first there is the issue of giving gifts.  Winslet’s character, who came to L.A. to just escape her life, ends up helping an aging screenwriter (played by Eli Wallach) regain a passion for life.  The Diaz-Law and Winslet-Black of course are based on the non-selfish love that seeks to make the object of their love happy.

Next there is the issue that Christmas (the whole season when you count Solstice and New Years) is a time of new beginnings and starting afresh.  In the stories of all of the central characters in this movie, they are able to put their past behind them and leave it in the past and move onto a real life that will actually bring them happiness.  In fact this movie makes it quite clear that living in the past is always a bad thing—respecting and learning from the past, good, fondly remembering the past, good…but living there isn’t living.

On multiple levels it’s just a fun romantic comedy, but it does match up to several of the themes of the holiday, even if it doesn’t explicitly try to be a Christmas movie.

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A Capitalist Christmas




All I want for Christmastumblr_nyor2quqCC1s4tkgno1_500tumblr_nyor6t8qmH1s4tkgno1_540Christmas-Poem1Liberal Giftstumblr_inline_nyp82wmwiT1rei7b2_540Ode to George Washington–Bill Lawrence

“Twas the night of Christmas

When all through the camp

Not a Hessian was sober

But all lit like a lamp

Their clothes were all hung

By the fire without care

Never dreaming that Washington

Would ever come there.

And while they lay sleeping

All snug in their beds,

Visions of beer sausages

Danced in their heads

When outside the barracks

There arose such a clatter

They sprang from their bunks

To see what was the matter

And what did their bloodshot

Eyes there behold,

But a small little army,

Two thousand all told.

It swarmed in all screaming

So swift and so bold,

The Hessians in their underwear

Rushed Out in the cold.

More rapid than eagles,

The Americans they came

And a man whistled and shouted

And called them by name:

“Now Stirling and Sullivan.

Now Knox and Nat Greene,

Move quickly, brave lads,

And a victory’ll be seen.

Up over the ramparts

And up Over the Wall,

Dash out! Dash, out!

Dash out their brains all!”

With this the Hessians,

Now lively and quick,

Knew that their visitor
Wasn’t jolly St. Nick.

Twas the Old Fox himself

With his bag full of tricks

Who’d crossed the broad Delaware

Their wagons to fix

His uniform was wet,

And all dirty and wrinkled

But on spying the Hessians

His eyes how they twinkled

So the old fox the Hessian stockings

Did fill

While scarcely a drop of Patriot blood

Did he spill

For a mere two men

Were lost in the fight

And, sad to relate,

Both of these from frostbite

Then he sprang to his horse

To his troops gave an order

And away they all marched

To the New Jersey border

He was heard to exclaim

As  he rode out of sight

“ Merry Christmas to all

And to all a good fight”

 

 

 

 

 

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Greatest Films of Christmas #17 Edward Scissorhands

 

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“Sometimes you can still catch me dancing in it.”

Yes, it’s a little odd to have a movie that is equal parts Frankenstein and Hunchback of Notre Dame on a Christmas movie list…but like I said, there’s this odd crossover of Halloween and Christmas in movies…and this movie is simply too touching to be in the Halloween list (oh admit it, you cry when watching Winnona Ryder dance in the snow too).

Tim Burton (who despite his prominence on these lists is not by a long shot my favorite director) has a way of showing that special hell that is suburbia…one of those ways is perhaps the most atrocious color scheme for painting houses you could ever imagine. And I could probably go for quite a long time on the darker side of this film with it rather vicious, though accurate, critique of the failings of human beings and society.

But this story is bookended by scenes of a grandmother telling her granddaughter why it always snows at Christmas…and amazingly enough these rather short moments are enough to wash away all the cynicism and darkness from the movie.

You don’t realize how important the first scene with town covered in snow is until the second time you’ve watched this film, but it is subtle beauty is outdone only by the scenes of Kim dancing in the snow (I miss good actress Ryder, can we return crazy lady Ryder and get the good actress back?)

And while the vast majority of the cast is a living embodiment of the worst in humanity, symbolic of a myriad of sins ranging from lust, envy, greed, apathy, and indifference.  But there are some bright spots.

Peg, unconditionally loving, not too bright, but a wonderful mother who sees the best in people, even when there is almost nothing there to see.

The nameless Cop, who like Edward is an outsider (it’s pretty clear that is was a conscious choice by Burton that this is the only non-white actor in the cast, even among extras in the background) and is one of the few who shows true concern for Edward, first in going above and beyond in looking out for him and being the only person to ask if he was going to be all right…and again when he tried to let him escape from the society he would not be all right in.

Who wants an angel on a tree when you can have…

Kim who in many ways is the only true human of the story. Not perfect, but capable of improvement. But not a caricature of a vice or virtue. She shows us that power of love and redemption being tied together.

And of course Edward. A Quasimodo who is shown the beauty and power of love who is able to dedicate his whole life to giving the woman he loves something she enjoyed.

This group shows us some very wonderful things about the beauty of the human soul and it’s potential.

And then there’s just something about Danny Elfman’s soundtrack. Usually Elfman is good, but this soundtrack, especially at those moment meant to pull at your heart, is great.

And that is why this is one of the greatest Christmas films…

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Greatest Films of Christmas #18 Mickey’s Christmas Carol

#18 Mickey’s Christmas Carol

 

“Remember Scrooge you fashioned these memories yourself”

Mickey’s Christmas Carol is about as close as you can come to a straight retelling to the original telling of Dickens story as I can tolerate.  Probably because (1) the characters are much more exaggerated as to not really be believable…not that the original Ebenezer Scrooge wasn’t an exaggeration of the worst caricature of robber barons, a man who enjoys that he “Rob[s] from the widows and swindled the poor” but because Dickens really believed the rich were like that and treated all of his rich characters in that preposterous socialist-fantasy way. (2) Because while it is a straight re-telling (sort of) the whole thing doesn’t last that long (a blessedly short 25 minutes) …And   (3)I love Disney too much to care about any flaws this story might have.  I don’t like the original story, as it has all of Dickens’ bleakest aspects, but there is now way to not love Mickey as Bob Cratchit, Goofy as the ghost of Marley,  and Donald Duck as Scrooges nephew Fred.

And even though Uncle Scrooge is villainous (charging 80% interest…which would make most loan sharks more friendly in setting their vig) he is not completely a victim of his circumstance, unlike the character in Dickens, but as Jiminy Cricket/ The ghost of Christmas past points out that he was the one responsible for creating his life.  (Free will was never a big thing for Dickens in any of his stories).  Also, unlike the original, this Scrooge doesn’t take much convincing.  Two minutes looking at Tiny Tim and he’s already utterly concerned for the boy’s well-being.  In the real story Scrooge is only finally convinced by the fires of hell.

Now there are a lot of good things that the entire Christmas Carol story has, and I’ll deal with them later when we come to other versions of the story in our countdown of great Christmas films.  For now I will just recommend the sweetness of this short little Disney masterpiece.

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The Greatest Films of Christmas #19 How the Grinch Stole Christmas

 

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“Your soul is an appalling dump heap overflowing with the most disgraceful assortment of rubbish imaginable mangled up in tangled up knots!”

No we’re not talking about Barney Frank or Harry Reid or other such political figures (not that it doesn’t apply)…we’re talking about the Grinch. The Grinch when it was simple and to the point and not desecrated by Jim Carey and Ron Howard’s narcissistic need to improve upon perfection.

We all know the story. It’s a simple one with simples truths.

The truth that there are those people who are so offended by other people being happy that they for some reason feel the need to attack that which doesn’t hurt them but makes the other person happy…you know like the people who get offended when you say Merry Christmas.

And the truth that there is more to Christmas than presents, decorations and food (even though we may sometimes forget it). For,

Every Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small,

Was singing! Without any presents at all!

He HADN’T stopped Christmas from coming! IT CAME!

Somehow or other, it came just the same!

And finally that Christmas has the amazing ability to bring out the best in even the worst of us is if we just let it. It can grow a heart two sizes to small a whole three sizes.

What more is there to say about this Dr. Seuss classic.grinch1

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Greatest Films of Christmas #20 The Bells of St. Mary’s

“It isn’t what we acquire in life, is it? It’s what we give.”

Again this movie is a Christmas film by only a tenuous string. That string would be the most adorable nativity play in the history of film.

This is film of friendship and battle of wills of a priest, Father O’Malley (Bing Crosby), and nun, Sister Mary Benedict (Ingrid Bergman), who share responsibilities for running a rundown Catholic school.

The movie has its good points…

It has what may be the first video of cats doing stupid and funny things (foreseeing the creation of YouTube 60 years after the movie was made) (skip to 8:30 on the YouTube clip).

Then there is the scene where Sister Mary Benedict is teaching a young pupil how to box. Seeing a nun teach someone how to hit a person is all too entertaining…

One of the reasons this is a wonderful Christmas film even though only about 5 minutes of the movie are dedicated to Christmas is that it deals with the concept of charity. A main plot point is the drive to get a rich businessman played by Henry Travers (you might know him better as the world’s second most inept angel*, Clarence, who, yes, will be making an appearance later in this list) to give his brand new building to replace the aging facilities of St. Mary’s. There are long discussions of the personal benefits of charity. That it brings you health and happiness, that it makes life worth living (and it may be tax deductable….okay maybe the rich businessman isn’t a complete saint, but he’s still a nice guy).

And of course this situation with the greedy millionaire giving a building to the church also deals with how faith and prayer can move mountains…in this case the faith and prayer of the sisters of St. Mary’s

And it also deals with how we can never get along with people, disagree with them on every point, and still be good friends and respect one another because we, as human beings, have the capacity to see beyond our differences and see the character and goodness of a person. Even if they’re a bit of your opponent and borderline enemy.

*The most inept Angel can be found in Christopher Moore’s book The Stupidest Angel: A heartwarming tale of Christmas terror (which again has that weird crossover of Christmas and Halloween, can someone please explain this phenomenon to me) and Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal the second one may be the funniest book EVER written)…and I put this discussion here and not on the Wonderful Life discussion because that one will a much longer blog.

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Why the Left can’t fight terror: they don’t even understand it.

So John McCain (D, AZ) has once again added his unrequested two cents to the War on Terrorism. Now you probably thought he couldn’t have done more after campaigning for Obama in 2008 or taking pictures with members of Al-Qaeda just a few years ago. But he just came out and said that speaking against radical Islam will turn radical Muslims against us. Yeah, because a culture that has been attacking US interests for so long that they are actually the first overseas conflict we had to be engaged in, is only now hating us because we don’t like them.

 

John. Just shut up and go away. You’re not helping. You are never helping. Even on those rare occasions when you’re right, your very presence hurts the cause. Go away.

But don’t worry, liberals are picking up the slack on this. Leftist economists are saying that it’s inequality that is causing Muslims to turn to violence. The fact that most of the people who are radicalized in the West are well educated, middle and upper middle class men. Or the fact that head of ISIS has a Ph.D. and the Bid Laden family is filthy rich has no bearing on the fact that liberals like to blame everything on inequality. Inequality. For the left it causes everything. Slow economy? Inequality is to blame. Terrorism? Inequality is to blame. Massive Debt? Inequality is to blame. Bad acne is probably caused by inequality. There is pretty much nothing the left doesn’t blame inequality for…except maybe global warming….

 

Which, by the way, our dear idiot-in-chief thinks that global warming (not seen since the turn of the century) is to blame for terrorism. Despite the fact that even if global warming was even partly responsible for drought in the Middle East, it’s not like they weren’t rolling in money, had access to ports, and Israel as an example of how to efficiently desalinate sea water for agriculture. No, the refusal to actually deal with your problems in an intelligent fashion has nothing to do with culture and everything to do with the boogey man of global warming.

 

So do they hate us because we hate them? Because of inequality? Because of global warming? Do liberals even try to have any logical consistency in any of this?

Nope. They just want some kind of excuse where it is the fault of the West and no blame be put on the culture of death itself.

So what does cause them to hate us? Because let’s be honest here, it’s certainly not any of the liberal BS…they hated us before we questioned the long-term practicality of taking in Syrian refugees, they hated us before we invade Iraq, they were gathering support against Classical Liberalism before Israel was ever formed, hell the Barbary pirates were attacking the West before America even existed. If you think US actions in any way, shape, or form are the cause of radicalizing Muslim extremists, I would suggest you join the cult of the Anti-Semites that follow Ron and Rand Paul (they too would like to put blame on America for 9/11 and all other acts of terror).

So what is the cause?

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The desire to control all of this (and much more after that) is not caused by Global Warming, Inequality, US actions abroad or any other liberal drivel.  There are evil people out there.  They must be fought and their ideas must be fought. 

Well, I propose it comes down to three things, none of which on their own might be too difficult a problem to tolerate—but together they spell disaster.

The first is a culture of death and violence.
Judaism was founded on a single guy making a deal with God. Christianity on an act of sacrifice. Buddhism on a guy sitting under a tree. Hinduism’s roots are so far back it’s hard to nail then down but it’s a religion based on meditation so…meanwhile when you have a religion that started with “hey, let’s rob from and then kill people we don’t like, and oh, those Jews that didn’t want to back us in our acts of theft and murder, they can all die too.” Amazing that when you’re a child raping, genocidal lunatic writeing down the voices in his head he mistakes for God you get a religion not exactly grounded in love and compassion. Every religion has it’s dark points, every religion has it’s prophets that were crazier than others….but when your religion has only one prophet and he a bloodthirsty nut job obsessed with conquest, there aren’t exactly any countering voices in scriptures to offer any balance.
And lo-and-behold this leads to a culture a little more open to violence as a method of conflict resolution…and not just as an option of last resort, but more of an opening gambit.
You can whine all you want about the myth that it’s a religion of peace, but the fact is that, Islam praises violence over and over again in the Koran, unlike every other religion on Earth it does not grant intrinsic value and divinity to the human soul, and also unlike every other religion it actively denies reason. And being that static encourages them to never evolve or improve themselves as people or as a culture. And worse the ethics implicit in this culture are ones that lead to not just tyranny but a fascist form of tyranny.

Does this mean that most people in the Muslim world are violent? Nope. Like most people in the rest of the world earning enough to put food on the table for the family is a far more important factor than religion. But ideas have consequences. And the ideas of Islam, especially modern Asharaite Sunni Islam, have serious consequences.

The second reason is that teenagers are stupid.
You’ll notice that most of these people are young or get started in these ideas when they’re young. Probably because, biologically, your brain is not developed until you’re about 26 and you’re fairly brain damaged until that development stops. Just spend some time with teenagers—In any culture they’re morons, most of the time lovable little bastards, but morons nonetheless. Some are ahead of the curve, most are not horrifically stupid, but as a group not the exactly the group known for long-term thinking. From the Hitler Youth to stupid teenagers in the ’60’s adopting various forms of violence in the U.S., to the Occupy scum, to idiot young people going to join ISIS, teenagers are morons, and statistically some of them will do incredibly violent things because they’re stupid. Ideally your culture allows outlets for these morons to be morons that are at least less destructive (like college or joining some hippie commune)…but as we’ve seen you can be raised in a culture that doesn’t glorify violence and young people will still be stupid enough to seek it out. Granted it’s not only young people attracted to this kind of stupidity (see Jonestown) but youth had the predominance of morons out there.

 

And because they’re stupid they do hate us for our liberties. Because if there is one thing that kind of stupid is looking for it’s a simple, plain, easy explanation of the universe, the world and life. Liberty offers none of that. Liberty comes with chaos…and worst of all personal responsibility. The idiocy of youth hates those things, they like black and white stability and the will lash out against anything that jeopardizes it (doesn’t matter if their lashing out leads to more chaos than liberty could ever produce, that understanding is exactly the kind of long term thinking they’re not capable of.)

Okay so let’s be honest there is pretty much nothing we can do about these first two points. History isn’t going to change, and biological facts are also pretty stable.

So let’s look to the third reason.
As I suggested before you want your culture to have alternative voices. And ever since the pro-reason Mu’tazalite Muslims were slaughtered about 800 years ago there haven’t been many pro-reason Muslim groups…individual yes, movements not so much. So we need to stop that. We need to stop looking for “moderates” and start looking for people who actually want to reform this religion and bring it out of the sixth century, that position is fairly radical and would never be considered moderate.

Honestly when we were in a conflict with those radical Germans back in the 1940’s did we reach out to the moderates at the time, those self proclaimed “Good Germans” who had an amazing ability to not know what was going on right in front of their faces…no I’m pretty sure we first reached out to German underground and looked for intel and ways to put high explosives and Der Fuhrer in the same room.

But there are real reformists…a few at least…

…and we should support these people and make sure they have the means to get their message out to the entire Muslim world. We need to dig out those old Arabic translations of Plato and Aristotle (and update them with Farsi, Pashto and every other major language of the era) and see a rebirth of Mu’tazalite ideas that once created the golden age of Islamic civilization).

And we need to do this because while we, should and must kill the ones who have already embraced the evil of terrorism, you’re not going to stem the problem until you start attacking the ideas.

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The Best Movies of Christmas– #21 The Nightmare Before Christmas

“And in my bones I feel the warmth that’s coming from inside.”

I’ll be honest I can’t figure out why there is such a crossover of Christmas and Halloween films, but there is. When looking for films for the top Halloween films there is a disturbing number of horror movies that take place at Christmas and there is a bizarre number of Christmas stories with horror elements (think about it, the most famous Christmas story is the story of a guy being haunted by ghosts). I’m at a bit of a loss to explain why this is. However, the fact remains that there is this odd Venn diagram between Christmas and Halloween films, and as such I should probably admit it with at least one of the films on this list. And so we go to The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Why this film? I mean, I personally only need to see it once a decade (if that). But it mainly gets on the list because it seems to be the most in line with the spirit of wonder and happiness. For all of its flaws (and I will understand perfectly if Burton’s love for unusual animation isn’t your thing) it seems to understand Christmas better than Halloween. Just the song “What’s This” when Jack discovers Christmas Town alone allows us to look at all the small parts of Christmas—the lights, the snow, the mistletoe, the food, which we may all do but only in a mechanical way, that’s the way we’ve always done it–with a new found wonder. It allows you to find the wonder of all those elements we have long since forgotten.

And in some ways, and I realize I may be pushing it with this, but Jack’s problems with his own holiday of Halloween, finding it dull and repetitive and pointless is the problem many of us find as we grow up. We stop looking at all holidays (okay most of them, there was never wonder in the communist tripe that was Labor Day) with the wonder that they should have. And it’s utterly refreshing to see, how if we let it, the Christmas season can brighten even the darkest recesses of our lives.

And, I think this ties into one of the more subtle themes of this story that Christmas offers us a chance to see the best in ourselves and what we like most about ourselves. Who we really are: the best and most lovable within us that make us happy with ourselves. Which is in part what Christmas is all about, a new beginning in life even if your life stays the same–a promise of new beginnings and wonder. And it this new found wonder at his own life that Jack finds because he discovered Christmas.

That, more than any other reason is why this is a good Christmas film.

Jack discovers his first snowflake

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Best Films of Christmas #22 Holiday Inn

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I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten, and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I’m dreaming of a White Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white


This barely qualifies as a Christmas film but it begins on Christmas and ends on Christmas so that barely is what gets it on this list. (Besides the only other holiday it spends any length of time on is Independence Day, and as it shows FDR in that sequence, a vicious anti-Semite who stood for everything this country is opposed to, there will be none of this movie on Independence Day…).

One of the most important reasons that this movie makes it onto the list is that it includes the song “White Christmas.” In fact this is the first movie to ever include that song. Most importantly the plot line isn’t as hackneyed as White Christmas.

And of course there are the truly great dance numbers from Fred Astaire (although the Washington’s Birthday dance is just painful to watch but it serves a plot point).

Otherwise there is a sweet love story mixed with the understanding that life is to be lived and those wonderful moments we call holidays relished and enjoyed.

But back to the primary reason this movie makes it onto the list, White Christmas. Ever since this movie came out, this song has rightfully been a standard of the holiday. It calls for us to recapture the joy of Christmas that we had when were young “like the ones I used to know.” It’s about sharing the Christmas joy through cards and wishes for a merry Christmas to everyone you know, it’s about maintaining connection with other humans which seems to be easiest at Christmas. And it is because of this movie that we have this song. Whatever its flaws this alone makes it a great Christmas film.

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A Visual Summary of the Situation in Israel

So the left continues it’s assualt on reason and common sense by even still taking the side of terrorists over Israel with New York Time Headlines like

West Bank Faces Spate of Assaults That Kill 4.

 

The article has sense been revised to make it clear those 3 of those killed  Palestinians terrorists…but the very fact that it started by counting victim lives and terrorist lives as somehow being equal shows you how bizarre the left is.

So, in lieu of my usual tome here is some visual description of why we need to support Israel because words don’t seem to work with those who forgive terrorists…may pictures are more their speed.  ( but if you want the long blogs try here, here, and here)…

 

If you say Israel is engaged in genocide, you’re an idiot.

This is a translation of the leaflet that Israel is dropping on Gaza…yeah they’re cold hearted butchers.








Oh for you libertarians who claim to like Rand and say we should stay out of this…

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The Best Films of Christmas #23 Die Hard

die_hard_christmas.jpg“’Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except… the four assholes coming in the rear in standard two-by-two cover formation.”

Remember when I said it’s really hard to find 24 good Christmas movies…yeah, really hard. But unlike the bottom of this list, Die Hard is wonderfully entertaining and does, for better or worse, show some of the better aspects of Christmas (if you use a REALLY loose definition).

After all there is the joy of opening your presents…okay it might be after you have broken into a vault to steal what’s in it, but it’s such a fun scene watching our villains open their Christmas present.   And Theo does say “Merry Christmas.”

There are miracles. “It’s Christmas, Theo, it’s the time for miracles…” Just not in the form you usually expect to see them. “You ask for a miracle I give you the FBI.”

There’s even an interesting rendition of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas”

But also because in addition to the crisp and delightful action which we seldom see anymore, Hollywood having become obsessed with the evil that is the shaky-cam, this movie is just one witty joke after another. Every time you watch there is new set of jokes (the SWAT team member not being able to handle a rose thorn, the terrorist who looks around before he steals a candy bar, and the great line “I’m Agent Johnson, this is Special Agent Johnson. No relation.”). There are a myriad of jokes and moments of wit that are conveyed sometimes only by a well-timed look.  If only we could go back to this instead of CGI nonsense.

This movie makes the list because there are some people who feel that any movie that even occurs at Christmas should be considered a Christmas film no matter how much the theme of the film differs from that of the actual holiday (although you could argue that our hero is acting out of love for his wife…but to say that’s a central theme is a bit of a stretch). And for that group of films there is probably no movie more entertaining than Die Hard.

And as an added bonus for the few liberals who read this blog, they blow up the NewsCorp building in this movie.

“If this is their idea of Christmas, I’ve got to see New Years.”

“Yippie kay yay..xmas-die-hard.jpg.”

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