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Tonight's insomniac theatre comedy double-feature is Little Big Man and Airplane!.
Last night's dramatic double-feature was an Aidan Quinn tribute: The Mission and At Play in the Fields of the Lord.
The Thanksgiving tie-in, is I'm thankful I grew up in a more tolerant America, when these subversive films could even begin to get made. Try even finding the last one, without resorting to piracy (even then, it'll be pan-and-scan as released to VHS once upon a brief time), thanks to the copyright extremists who are rewriting our laws (see TPP, etc.) to lock up our culture. Particularly movies they don't want watched -- those are censored, and downloading them is not just a crime, but a computer crime to make it sound much scarier, resulting in longer sentences and a greater chilling effect on the free speech of those who dare to share, like, the original Star Wars trilogy before it was changed to make Greedo shoot first, etc. with anyone like-minded.
Nope, you'll be sued into our new, 21st-century debtors prisons by the Walt Disney Corporation, as I would be if I were to post the digital copies I had made of my letterboxed, restored Star Wars box set on VHS (pre-"updating") for fellow enthusiasts to enjoy. We're worried about vague threats posed by Gitmo detainees who were likely goatherds turned over to us for the bounties we were paying, by a neighboring tribe with a centuries-old blood feud, and were never terrorists to begin with, when people go to jail in the US for downloading old movies?
No wonder Presidential candidates (and even elected Sheriffs) have to resort to fearmongering based on unsubstantiated fantasy terrorism scenarios. Our reality in this country has become too absurd to talk about, so it's best that we just don't. Best ignore the reality that it's GITMO that's the terrorist recruiting tool, and just keep it open, instead of allowing any of those we admit were wrongfully detained and shamefully tortured to come and live in a Colorado Supermax for the rest of their lives. Because that would somehow be "too good for 'em" or worse for America than closing Gitmo?
Best thing this country ever did to help the cause of terrorism, was abandon our laws, and the moral high ground that went with them. Following Trump and Carson's twisted logic about not fixing what we broke to begin with, is like, ISIS' dream end-game. We have become our own worst enemies, due to an intolerance which would have kept my Oma, Opa, and Dad out of this country as Eastern European WWII refugees. We can't beat the terrorists by abandoning every last scrap of what this country once was, in favor of an authoritarian corporatist police state which has literally made a crime out of watching old movies or reading old books, without any pushback from a population kept in check through fear of terrorism.
The dystopian future where the terrorists win? If we aren't living in it already, we sure will be if Trump gets elected!
Whoops. One of those quotes may be an Obama. Here's another genuine Bush:
"There are thousands of Muslims who proudly call themselves Americans, and they know what I know — that the Muslim faith is based upon peace and love and compassion."
Not Jesus' way, by any Christian or even Islamic tradition which can't be construed as extremism.
Yeah, much better view than from the keyboard/monitor I was stuck behind for 20 years. Thank God I'm not tethered to any device with too small a keyboard/monitor for me to bother trying to operate. Not trying to brag about being a landowner, but the view's much better from there, even if it didn't have a view, you know?
Disconnecting may be the key to my sanity. Exhibit A: my posts on this forum...
Well, yeah, single-payer is socialism. But I prefer to go back before Marx/Engles, to Tom Paine's Agrarian Justice as a solid, patriotic American founding-father explanation of the social-safety-net concept. Socialism is at the root of the American dream, hard to otherwise reconcile Congress' mandate to "promote general welfare" with modern right-wing capitalism-uber-alles beliefs. Much easier to accept America as a hybrid capitalist-socialist Democratic Republic. Damn clever, those founders...
Wow. Yes, that is ignorance. What is China nowadays, if not capitalist-socialist? Or France? Or all of Scandinavia? Now, if you'd said communist-capitalist wasn't possible, I'd tend to agree. But communism and socialism aren't the same ideology.
Neither are Islam and Christianity. But if I weren't an agnostic who believes Jesus Christ was a historical person, I never would have studied the Islamic view of Jesus as an important prophet -- the extremists would eradicate Jesus and his message of peace from Islam, but this is not the mainstream Muslim belief.
Oil-and-water comparisons don't help us beat the terrorists. That belief prevailing in the U.S. is exactly the ISIS end-game -- treat all muslims like those who reject the teachings of Jesus. Doesn't sound very Christian to me... unless you're one of those extremists rooting for ISIS to take Damascus so you can be raptured up, or whatever.
More interesting about 9/11, are those "cheering throngs" Trump and Carson were on about. The only folks arrested for cheering the WTC collapse were Israelis. They had video cameras pointed at the calamity.
(It's why I believe Bush when he says he saw film of the first impact before he went to read "My Pet Goat". Still waiting for it to be leaked, for the rest of us to see -- it was entered into evidence and everything.)
Of course, this group of Israelis was released without being questioned about how they happened to be on that rooftop, posing as bug exterminators or whatever they weren't, with a camera pointed at the WTC, let alone why they were cheering about having filmed it. I won't bore anyone with links to the original newspaper articles, I'm sure they're dead now, and are likely scrubbed from archive.org as well.
Glad Trump and Carson reminded me of folks cheering on 9/11, or I would've forgotten about this just as surely as it's been deleted from the historical record. For whatever innocent, coincidental reasons, I'm sure.
Can you say "Mossad"? Oh, that's good, children. I knew you could!
"Yes, however, "nobody" would have been a lot better than our current president. In fact, almost "anybody" would have been better."
Agreed. Who could have predicted just how unhinged the GOP would become over having a black man in the white house? Had I known the opposed-to-everything, make-him-fail attitude the Republicans would take to the eight-year detriment of the entire country, I wouldn't have voted for our first black president. Nothing to do with bigotry, on my part anyway.
In retrospect, yeah, anyone would've been better. I just fail to see how that's all on Obama. Let's just shut the government down until Trump gets elected -- yeah, that's the ticket! :(
Riiiiight, which means the following quotes must be Obama's, not Bush's, somehow:
"They’re terrorists. And we are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam."
"Our war is not against Islam, or against faith practiced by the Muslim people. Our war is a war against evil."
"Our enemy doesn’t follow the great traditions of Islam. They’ve hijacked a great religion."
"The terrorists do not speak for over a billion Muslims who reject their hateful ideology."
"The terrorists are traitors to their own faith, trying, in effect, to hijack Islam itself."
"This great religion in the hands of a few extremists has been distorted to justify violence."
All we have to do in order to secure victory for the terrorists, is equate Islam with extremism. If you're doing that (and I'm looking at you, Trump, you freaking insane lunatic idiot), then who the hell's side are you on? I mean, damn, how did you and Carson manage to make dubya look, like, wise in hindsight?
Hmmm... still on about the global non-warming. Despite it's been pointed out to you, that you're clinging to a since-discredited study which represented the belief of only ONE out of THOUSANDS of researchers. Obviously some sort of shadow conspiracy, controlled by none other than the evil OBAMA.
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