I remember this movie and the great cynicism of the boss played by Akim Tamaroff. After corruption is exposed there is a great clamor for reform. The crooked boss of course has all the "reformers" on his payroll in reserve and ready to go. In some way this makes me feel the dems will pull down "values" from the shelf and trot out Jimmy Carter type Christians who wil opine that poverty,war and the enviroment are values issues too. Hard to believe a party that believes in sucking the brains out of living babies will be able to sell itself as the party of "values"
I know posting was non-existent-there really was nothing more to say about the election-we had a great sense of relief-also our 18 year old voted for the first time and voted for Bush-saying wartime leadership was the only real issue-so we were 3 for 3. Both younger boys voted for Bush in the school straw poll.
I am attending the Neurosciences meeting in San Diego. More than 25,000 scientists from around the world are here each day and the amount of brain power(no pun intended) is staggering. Our founding scientists are helping me get up to speed in this area and I'm getting an education on my feet. The company has numerous presentations and our junior scientists are smart, energetic and most importantly in my opinion, cheerful.
While registering the man in front of me was wearing a Che button. He was about 60,short and unkempt as befitting a Che fan. I endeavored to say nothing. I was dressed as I think is appropriate for fiting in with academics(probably 30 years out of date) in khakis, a blue oxford shirt, tie etc and still felt quite overdressed for the occasion. He started harranging the women at the desk with his lack of freedom in this country and his chagrin at being denied his first amendment rights being a government employee. I finally had enough and suggested that he might better enjoy the freedoms allowed in Cuba and might also samlple some of their excellent health care system.
He replied "you are a pig" and then when skulking away yelled over his shoulder "Your mother had six tits".
The fascination with Che has always puzzled and until recently rather amused me. Unfortunately the stakes are now too high for this detached attitude to work.
In the following article via Sheila A-Stray Anthony Daniels makes the following points.
in reviewing the new movie Motorcycle diaries about a voyage of self discovery taken by the young Guevera
" In short, Guevara is not so much an historical figure as a tourist destination. And most tourists don’t read too deeply into the history of the places they are going to.
This frivolous attitude to Guevara started during his lifetime. Sartre said that Guevara was the most complete man of our time, and he, like Gott, had something like a religious experience on meeting him: "
"In this, Guevara was absolutely typical of the messianic bourgeois, whether of reformist or revolutionary stripe: he wants to make sure that no one ever again lives as well as he has lived. Inside every rebel, there’s a tyrant trying to get out. ......The film is thus the cinematic equivalent of the Che Guevara T-shirt; it is morally monstrous and emotionally trivial.
In one sense, and one sense alone, Guevara remains eternally youthful: his ideas are irredeemably adolescent. They have all the puritan priggishness of adolescent fervor"
Read it all.
Blogging was a sign I had too much spare time. About a month ago I accepted a job as CEO of a small biotechnology company. It is the perfect information age outfit, developing new therapies for patients with neurological diseases.
Obviously I've been busy and bloging won't be as frequent as before. I was also busy with family business related to the death of my father.
Kerry-better on form than expected-much worse on substance
Bush-worse on form-much better on substance
Kerry despite long and largely coherent sentences fell into a few traps because of logical inconsistences
GWB pounded him on "asking Allies to fight for a diversion" also global test a real bad soundbite.
Kerry neutralized the "voted for it before I voted against it" OK but mostly for believers-Kerry's manner and posture appeared presidential but he looked bad at the end.
Bush -big win on explaining why Kerry had inconsistent stance re Allies and brillian on north Korea
dems probably choked on their food when he corrected Kerry on "enriched Uranium vs Plutonium"
kept on point but appeared to slouch and lean on lecturn-didn't get to see his usual erect and athletic posture-seemed tired-expect that his soundbites for commercials will be better than continuous watching.
No knock out for Kerry which he needed-none for Bush which would have ended Kerry-
Bush still ahead now end of the seventh inning and still down two runs.
I don't think too many people will watch next two debates in theri entiretly.
Last thought-Big Winner-Democracy
With enemies like him-you don't need friends.
direct quote from article
"He accused Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood, a Republican, of trying to get the name of independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader included on the state ballot, knowing he might divert Democrat votes.
He also said: "A fumbling attempt has been made recently to disqualify 22,000 African Americans (likely Democrats), but only 61 Hispanics (likely Republicans), as alleged felons." end direct quote
How was this man ever president-putting Ralph Nader on the ballot is bad and likewise barring felons-What an idiot-go tell it to Castro you crybaby moron
WorldNetDaily: Episcopal Church next to shun Israel?
Joing the ranks of the seething,whining,terrorist enablers and liberal apologists for the behavior of the so called Palestinian people is the Anglican Church possible including the Episcopal Church in the US as well.
A committe of the worldwide church recently returned form the mideast determined to recommend that the church divest from investments in Israel and from companies doing business in Israel.
"Jenny Te Paa of New Zealand, who led the delegation, told AP the Anglican Church is likely to accept the divestment proposal, since it is becoming increasingly sympathetic to the Palestinian cause"
"While touring Israel and the West Bank areas, the Anglican leaders were exposed "to the draconian conditions of the continuing occupation under which so many Palestinians live," according to the group's website. "
From the Jerusalem Post
Neither the Anglican delegation, nor the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the US last summer, apparently found anything disquieting in today's world aside from Israel. Islamic terrorism - including decapitations, suicide bombings, hostage-taking, and school sieges do not trouble these ecclesiastical entities. Neither do Palestinian bloodlust, Syrian tyranny, Iranian nuclear threats, Sudanese genocide, Saudi export and financing of terror, and much more.
Instead, while Western civilization is increasingly menaced, Israel - the sole
democracy in the region - is singled out for rebuke and sanctions because it dares defend itself against those who would destroy it. In what moral universe are Israelis, who must defend every bus, caf , and kindergarten against terrorists, more worthy of censure than the terrorists themselves? also-the money quote We recognize that these resolutions are coming from Christian denominations that are shrinking in membership, in no small part because of the radical political stances that they take
The Episocopal Church in the US was and to some extents still is the home of the Protestant elite. As such its members have traditionally been strong in industry,academia,social institutions and have controlled a disproportionate amount of the nations wealth. After World War II this ascendancy rolled over with the GI Bill and a generally more tolerant and open society. To the credit of this group many were at least sympathetic and some were extremely active in extending the franchise to blacks in the crucial mid nineteen sixties. Two events at about the same time in my opinion forshadowed the end of the liberal consensus and hastened the decline the WASP aristocracy:
First was the change from tolerant and liberal to meddlesome and radical-the key intellectual dishonesty for which we as a nation are still paying the price was the confluence of the pro civil rights and anti Vietnam War stances
Second was an alliance of the elites with the underclass and against the middle class-this created the concept or at least allowed it to become universal of the "limousine liberal"-as a focus of working class resentments and the creation of the Reagan democrats. For Jews the fault lines were painful-while aspiring out to the working class(yes in the nineteen sixties most American Jews were working class)-Jews were also sympathetic to the plight of those less fortunalte than themselves. A color blind society was one thing and a good one but affirmative action reeked of the quota system under which so many had so recently suffered. Who was and is being displaced by the recipients of affirmative action it was working class youth at first-not the elite graduates of St. Pauls and Groton.
The blacks never threatened the WASP's but the Jews and also the Iristh,Italians, Greeks etc did and still do.
Ths brings us to CBS-William Paley the founder of CBS was apparently quite ambivalent about his Jewishness-while the mainstream media has often had Jewish ownership it rarely has had a Jewish face-Cronkite,Huntley-Brinkley,Rather,Jennings,Brokaw-these WASP figureheads are threatened just as much as their Episcopalian and Anglican brethren-
George W Bush is reviled because he turned his back on these clowns in favor of the more down to earth and less hypocritical mainstream Methodist church
The Anglicans are represented by jokers like this Bishop
"Bishop John Bayton has recently returned from the Holy Land where the new ‘separation wall’ he says 'is an expression of collective madness........Unequal because in the end a sling-shot stone is no match for an Apache helicopter gunship and a child’s stone is no match for a rubber bullet. God’s scales of justice weigh heavily against the murderers of innocents, be they Palestinian or Israeli.
In early August I took a group of students to Bethany . We were not able to get into Bethany to visit the church of Lazarus , Martha and Mary, but as we stood gazing up at the 39 foot high barrier, we smelt the stench of death all about us. No-one is able to pass in or out without a permit from the Army. It is the cause of terrible poverty and malnutrition"
This asshat is claiming the wall is the cause of poverty-that Paestinians are equal morally to Israelis-No wonder the Anglican and Episcopal denominations are shrinking-they are passing through a stage of evil-fortunately of only minimal effect if only because of their weakness and increasing irrelevance-
come to think of it -a perfect faith for Europeans-
He doesn't get it -a Bradley attack vechicle would be very cool-at least the idea of one according to my sons-for me I'd rather a Lamborghini-but he still doesn't get it at all
Mallard Fillmore today(no link that I could find for today)
women to man watching tv-"Why did you tape the democratic convention"
man in reply-I didn't -That's the Emmy's
I saw a young girl of about 10 today wearing a t-shirt with the letters E-G-G-S spelled out in mirror image form. I aksked her and her parents if there was an interesting story behind the shirt. The parents asked the girl to tell it. The young lady got a big grin on her face and told me that during the summer her camp had visited a local farm that sold eggs among other items. The farmer was made to remove a sign advertising his eggs by the local government on the basis of sight polution.
The farmer being no fool and perhaps even a student of first amendment law had the sign stencilled in backwards and claimed that the result was "art". The town worthies left him alone after that.
I told the family that the story had warmed my libertarian heart and thanked them heartily.
This makes me sick-Our purpose is to relieve pain and suffering. Somehow it doesn't surprise me that it's Belgium.
Is the cognitive mindset engendered by abortion on demand related -Somehow I don't think it's a coincidence