We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I would say let's see them arrested on concrete evidence of collaboration in a terrorist plot involving Al Qaeda. Until then, let's not see them picked up on a trumped-up coincidental probation violation for the purpose of currying favor with our enemies by shredding the First Amendment.
I finally broke down and watched the trailer for the "movie" Innocence of Muslims.
First thought, "It's Saturday Night, with Chevy Chase!" What a idiotic joke. Which I guess makes it worse.
If this POS caused the death of anyone, then "Piss Christ" should require a nuclear strike. And Sam Bacile should be arrested... for impersonating a filmmaker.
So, this "film" somehow comes to the attention of the Muslim world, as reported in the WSJ the Marine guards in Cairo are given unloaded weapons and the US Ambassador is sent to a temporay facility without any protection at all. While repeated local threats and warnings about lack of security are ignored. After the riots and the killing the national press is discovered to be planning exactly how they are going to trip the GOP candidate if he opens his mouth.
So my question is, how many weeks of not discussing the economy and Obama's record in office will this be good for?
I've been told I was too subtle, or obscure.
Let me state it very plainly. I don't believe for two seconds that this less than unknown video was the proximate cause of the rioting, flag burning and deaths.
What I am not completely sure of, is this the Sept/Oct surprise that we have been waiting for?
A spokeswoman for the State Department said that the security was "appropriate for what we knew." Maybe that's not a total lie, despite the opposite claim by the Libyans that they had given warnings to the US in advance about a possible attack, but it sure does sound stupid. What about doing some planning and prevention for things that MIGHT happen, or as Donald Rumsfeld used to call them, the "known unknowns" (never mind the possibly even worse "unknown unknowns"). It's not as if we're talking here about a diplomatic post in downtown Geneva or Ottawa, for heavens sake, it's an isolated post in a war-torn country where mobs roam the streets and the countryside with heavy weaponry. The almost criminal lack of preparation led to 4 deaths; as the details of the night of terror emerge, it's apparent it could have been much worse, with more than 30 deaths of consulate and diplomatic staff. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama should consider themselves fortunate the carnage was not worse or the 2012 election and Hillary's 2016 aspirations would be kaput.
Here's the movie that actually relates to the Second Eleven (as well as to three quarter's of BD's links in this post):
Don Siegel's classic exercise in psychological science fiction has often been interpreted as a cautionary fable about the blacklisting hysteria of the McCarthy era. It can be read as a political metaphor or enjoyed as a fine low-budget suspense movie, and it works well either way. Kevin McCarthy stars as Miles Bennel, a doctor in the small California community of Santa Mira, where several patients begin reporting that their loved ones don't seem to be themselves lately. They look the same but seem cold, emotionally distant, and somehow unfamiliar. The longer Miles looks into these reports, the more stock he places in them, and in time he makes a shocking discovery: aliens from another world are taking over Santa Mira, one citizen at a time. Emissaries from a distant planet have sent massive seed pods containing creatures that can assume the exact physical likeness of anyone they choose. When Santa Mirans go to sleep, the pod creatures take on the shape of their victims and then destroy their bodies. The aliens may look the same, but they possess no human emotions and, like plants, are concerned only with propagating themselves and eventually subsuming the earth. Needless to say, Miles and his friends are terrified, but since it's hard to tell who's a person and who's a pod, they're at a loss for what to do, especially when it seems that there are increasingly more aliens than humans. Invasion of the Body Snatchers builds tension slowly and steadily, dealing not in the shock of bug-eyed monsters common to other 1950s science-fiction movies but in the unnerving possibility that the enemy is among us -- and impossible to tell from our allies. The ultra-paranoid conclusion of Siegel's original cut was softened by Allied Artists, who added a framing device that suggested help was on the way. This coda was as effective in blunting the film's grim conclusion as giving a Band-Aid to a beheading victim; few films of the era make it more painfully clear that for these people (and maybe for ourselves), there's no turning back and no way home.
PS, the 1956 film was remade in 1978 and again in 1993. Contemplating the next remake, i shudder to realize, the picture's point-of-view may be flipped. The normal not-yet snatched townspeople being the villains.
A terrifying but clarifying moment occured in the 1978 film, where at one point everything still seemed arguably normal on the surface, and the townfolks' rising paranoia over their optically ok neighbors' strange behavior could still be 'spun' by any of the clever political talking heads on the TV. But then, for just a flash, there's a sighting --a leakage from the 'package'.
Funny stuff. Obama will win reelection because most Americans like the checks they receive from the federal government. And most Americans get some form of government hand out they have not earned. Oh, you can call it social security and say it was earned. Or, you can say it is a hand up, not a hand out. But, we all know nobody really earned thirty years or more of monthly checks and medical insurance. Never mind the food stamps, subsidized housing, school lunches, child care, college loans, etc. And the wide array of corporate welfare hand outs. It's unfortunate if you think Americans will turn away from that. They won't. Any more than the Supreme Court could help but lend it's support to big government getting bigger in the Obama care issue. And since the top few percent of the population pays the bulk of the freight for the rest, Romney has no chance to get more votes. And yet, otherwise intelligent persons persist in discussing freedom of speech, religion and elections as if they were issues in dispute. They are not. Sadly, those ships have sailed for safe harbors, been turned away and sunk. You only need to make a socially incorrect movie to prove my point. Oops, I guess that already happened.