Rick, actually I do hope the Dems win, not because I'm in love with that party, but because as evidence has clearly showed us, divided government is always best. Whenever history has given us one political party in charge of the majority of the government, i.e. the White House and both Senate and the House of Representatives, the result is usually corruption, malfeasance and no checks on political power. I say let divided government be our goal even in 2008: if the Dems control the Congress, elect a Republican for President.Comment Posted By Johnny Tremaine On 3.10.2006 @ 14:33
Rick, good post.Comment Posted By Johnny Tremaine On 28.09.2006 @ 12:38
Furthermore, Goldberg justifying torture because 'Jack Bauer does it' is ludicrous. By that standard, I may as well be asking, "Why isn't our military as good at stopping the bad guys as are the Justice League, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men?"
The production values were good--for TV. But it suffered from all the things made for TV movies suffer from: incessesant jabber of plot information we already know, tight frames and a good dose of melodrama and spotty acting.Comment Posted By Johnny Tremaine On 12.09.2006 @ 17:09
United 93 was better; the source material is of course dramatic in itself, but Paul Greengrass showed what a great filmmaker he is. At this point of the movie year, the Best Director honors go to him.
By the way, rent Greengrass' 'Bloody Sunday' sometime. It's a great documentary.
On a side note, he was set to film Alan Moore's Watchmen but backed out when United 93 got the greenlight.
Yeah, but bloodstomper, you have an obvious agenda as well, call it 'Republican-Hate' if you will. I personally do not trust ANY politician of either party. Politicians are necessary in a liberal (classical) Western Republic such as ours. They may be necessary and I'll defend their need, but it doesn't mean I have to pretend that the majority aren't corrupt and bought by various interests wether by socio-political rights groups or corporate interests.Comment Posted By Johnny Tremaine On 25.08.2006 @ 13:50
But I'm digressing from the point of Rick's post, wether we're at war or not.
Rick, I contend that the origin of the "don't worry, be happy" message originally came from the President himself and his administration.
What other President facing a military conflict doesn't ask the country to sacrifice and effictivelly tells us that 'all is well, don't worry, our military can handle it; y'all just keep on shopping with those credit cards.'
You can't deny that this Administration has been extremely cynical by their use of dual, conflicting messages and now it's come back to bite them in the ass.
My own view is that just that the way that I'm sceptical about everything I read in newspapers, from Reuters or the AP, I'm just as sceptical about anything politicians tell me I should believe, Democrat or Republican. Why should I believe someone telling me there's no war over someone telling me there is a war? Why should I believe anything ANY political or authority figure says?Comment Posted By Johnny Tremaine On 25.08.2006 @ 12:33
Everybody has an agenda.
Rick, the media blackout is, like you said, on purpose, just like what was done during Jill Caroll's kidnapping. It's a psychological tactic designed to play down the hostages' importance and maybe persuade the kidnappers to release them.Comment Posted By Johnny Tremaine On 22.08.2006 @ 19:17
Hey, t-shirt idea!Comment Posted By Johnny Tremaine On 22.08.2006 @ 19:21
A stencil of Ahmadinejad ranting, and text that says: "August 22nd came and went and all I got was this lousy t-shirt."
What?Comment Posted By Johnny Tremaine On 16.08.2006 @ 20:31
I'm guessing diamond is not a McCain fan. Hey, I like the guy and I'd vote for him. And so will probably most of the rest of the country. Live with it.
So, guys, based on your comments, I'm assumingComment Posted By Johnny Tremaine On 16.08.2006 @ 18:14
you won't be supporting Dr. Rice for a prospective Presidential run in 2008?
Since George Allen, basically disqualified himself the other day (and is a dunce, aka Homer Simpson, of the highest order to boot), I guess it's McCain-Lieberman all the way.
You're spot on in regards to a future threat from China. You can show me the fallacy of my thinking, but a personal pet theory of mine is that a big part of any confrontation with Iran, wether it's via economic sanctions or military action, is viewed by the White House as a type of check-mate against a rising Chinese superpower. Many pundits have already written pieces about the twenty-first century being the Chinese Century, like the 20th was the American Century. I think the moves of the United States in the Middle East is being done in order to 'manage' the rise of a superpower competitor, i.e. China.Comment Posted By Johnny Tremaine On 14.08.2006 @ 18:43
Now Russia is a whole other ball of wax. They can produce their own oil, and plenty of it. Dealing with Putin will entail a whole other set of headaches that I'm sure Bush is not eager to take on and will be more than happy to pass on to his successor.