Sen. Bernie Sanders, a liberal independent from Vermont and chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, is pushing a broad veterans measure that would restore veterans’ pensions and expand their access to health care and educational benefits.
–”The Veterans-Benefits Bandwagon Is Getting Mighty Crowded” National Journal
Are you imagining how that’s going to play out in November during the mid-term elections. Something like this; “the Republicans cut military pensions and Democrats restored them”. Yeah, if you believe that avowed communist, Bernie Sanders cares about the troops beyond their value as a campaign slogan, you’re kidding yourself.
– Jonn Lilyea deconstructs.
Presented without comment.
The war in Afghanistan continues. The war in Iraq is still fresh in the minds of the soldiers who fought it. The war on terror seems far from over. Good war movies will be made about these conflicts, but only after they’re long over.
Until then, speculative fiction allows storytellers to talk about the conflicts in a way that incompetent “realistic” crap like Lone Survivor and The Hurt Locker just can’t.
Matthew Gault in War is Boring
Consider the film Lone Survivor, which tells the true story of heroic Navy SEALs in Afghanistan. The film has been denounced by some critics; a “jingoistic, pornographic work of war propaganda,” in the words of one reviewer. Richard Corliss of Time chimed in: “That these events actually happened doesn’t necessarily make it plausible or powerful in a movie, or keep it from seeming like convenient propaganda.” Similar complaints (from non-conservatives, at least) about antiwar films made during the George W. Bush years are much harder to find.
Tinseltown’s Propaganda Problem , By Jonah Goldberg, NRO.com
Hollywood and the liberals in the MSM want blood and gore, sex and violence. As long as it makes America and her military look bad.
They want the fall of Saigon, US caskets. Hence the “demand” for “access” to Dover Air Force Base. With a Democrat in the White House?
Nope. And Lone Survivor is about the Navy SEALs. So was Zero Dark Thirty and Captain Phillips. And the left hates them. Oh they likes it when Bin Laden assumed room temp, we heard “Osama is dead and Detroit is Alive” over and over.
But then the economy and the ACA hit.
So the War On Terror(tm) grinds on. There will be no Deer Hunter, no psycho veterans shooting up bars or running around in fatigues and army surplus. Thanks to the internets vets are getting our voices out. There are directors who don’t want to do propaganda. We’re sick of 9/11 images and the left screaming about how “Bush/Cheney/the GOP” did [INSERT CONSPIRACY HERE].
The X-files and hippie anti-war b.s. had their day. I say let old Hollywood burn.
“A villain/overlord so evil that they literally eat babies.”-TvTropes
“I hear women talk about how “hard” it is to raise kids and manage a household all the time. I never hear men talk about this. It’s because women secretly like to talk about how hard managing a household is so they don’t have to explain their lack of real accomplishments. Men don’t care to “manage a household.” They aren’t conditioned to think stupid things like that are “important.”
– “Amy Glass”: “I Look Down On Young Women With Husbands And Kids And I’m Not Sorry.”
When I was in college, my friends and I used to joke that extreme feminists ate babies. It was a tasteless joke made by two 20-something slackers who got bored between classes.
This is “Amy Glass” seems to hate families and really hate children.
Women CHOOSE to stay at home with children.
Women and men CHOOSE to have families just like some chose not to.
This is another “how dare you disagree with me” liberal. The thing that turns America off from liberalism is the smug asshole factor. Glass hates families and assumes that she’s better for being single. Frankly if she did eat babies it wouldn’t be a surprise.
Already Wendy David‘s lie about being a single mom is frying her political future. If she had told the truth, the “Amy Glass” crowd would have loved a woman who used a rich man for his money and stuck him with the children. Liberals are all about hedonism and child abuse.
But that don’t play with working Texans.
“Glass” might be an epic level troll. I suspect that she could be a /b/tard or a creation of Gawker.com.
If she’s real then the left once again shows why they are made of fail.
“A recent Gallup survey showed that 40 percent of Americans identify themselves as political independents, a sky-high figure, while both major political parties are suffering their lowest-ever identification numbers — Republicans at 25 percent, Democrats at 31 percent.”
– Allegiance to Party Wanes Real Clear Politics
In one of the key scenes in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, a party boss tires to stop the hero. When I was watching the movie with a friend, I remarked how the movie would be all but impossible now. TV, internet, phone calls would undermine the part line the political machine would have. This was back in 1995, btw, before blog became a mainstream thing. Nowadays it seems odd that any party would have so much power.
Between blogs, the 24 hour news cycle and a cynical public, most Americans don’t trust “politicans” and “party bosses”.
“What have you done for me lately?” is the battle cry. Sure, things like the ACA, student loan bailouts, “income inequality” el al. get floated around, but it’s hard to sell promises to a public in the middle of the worst economy in 50 years.
The DINO and RINO wingtip set seem to think that voters are idiots who can and will vote for them “because they are leaders” or something. Regan won the “Regan Democrats” not just because of the economy but because they agreed with him. And no, the media was hostile to Ronald Regan, but the voters forgave him because of the 80′s economy and his stance against the USSR. Clinton hoodwinked the public because he could sit on his hands while the 90′s economy boomed. Again, people voted because he appeared to support them.
The party bosses are learning the hard way that the era when they could simply point and say “do this” is over. That’s why many older pols retired recently, they know they’ll lose because the public is angry at Foggy Bottom.
We’ll see come Nov. 4th. I suspect that the left and the RINO’s will blame the “right wing conspiracy” or the Koch Brothers (cue the scare cord). Live by the dumb die by the dumb.
There is a plan to name the new ATF headquarters after Elliot Ness:
Moreover, Eig writes that Ness played around on his wife, tried to cover up an accident in which he was involved while driving drunk, he drank too much, and ended up selling frozen hamburger patties in the last years of his life because he was strapped for cash.
To summarize, Ness didn’t get his man, he had questionable morals, he probably was an alcoholic, he covered up a crime, he couldn’t manage his money, and he was prone to wild exaggeration about his accomplishments.
–”Naming ATF Headquarters After Eliot Ness Might Actually Be Appropriate ” No Lawyers, Only Guns and Money.
Given that the ATF gave guns to Mexican cartels in exchange for some info, I agree.
Every year we have some leftie intellectual murder electrons to say that “technology is ruining our lives!!11!!1!”
He dares to say the MLK couldn’t get his message out? How stupid does he think his readers are? If Youtube and Twitter were around back then, Bull Conor, George Wallace and the rest would’ve folded. TV was the the “info superhighway” of the 60′s. It made MLK a household name and buried the Jim Crow era.
We went from pony express to the telephone and telegraph, then to radio. Soon television and then the internet. From wooden airplanes to laning on the moon 60 years after the Wright Brothers first flight.
And this ^%$##% thnks technology is bad?
No he’s just another usefull idiot giving the Democrats cover for the lackluster ACA rollout.
Chockblock on January 17, 2014 at 4:45 AM
That’s from my comment on the politico article “How technology killed the future”.
Yeah, it’s actually titled that. It’s a rambling screed on how technology and the information age has made society less civil, politics more mean and……*yawn*…..
Sorry the left’s stock excuses bore me…
So Prof. Reynolds says:
This is just a tech-themed version of the “America has become ungovernable” columns I predicted some time ago. It’s not that Obama’s incompetent! It’s that technology has made us ungovernable!
Posted by Glenn Reynolds at 9:00 pm
All proceeds as he has foreseen however.
Excuses are all the left has these days.
And so it seems that a nationalized health care system does good business for other countries:
“The researchers also found that more people leave the UK seeking medical treatment abroad than arrive in this country for care: about 63,000 people from the country travelled to hospitals and clinics abroad in 2010, while considerably fewer, about 52,000 people, came here.”
–”Medical tourism generates millions for NHS and wider economy, finds study“, The Guardian.com
Socialized health care is bad thing(tm). It can’t happen here right?