I agree with your criticism of Dana's review 100%. However, I want to point out one thing you wrote that may come back to haunt you:
Itâ€™s fair game to criticize a director for an unfulfilled vision or a lazy vision, or even for having no vision at all. But to actually posit the notion that a criticâ€™s judgement on what vision the director should have had as legitimate criticism smacks of pure politics to me.
The right has been doing exactly that for years - look at any Oliver Stone movie.
I haven't seen United 93 yet, but I hope to this weekend or next week. Your review was fantastic, by the way.Comment Posted By Andy On 29.04.2006 @ 17:25
The machine you describe sounds like a simple heat-pump to me. You still need a powered pump to move the freon around and other mechanicals to extract the heat, make the electricity, etc. Overall, unless the temperature differential is pretty large, you end up putting more energy in than you would get back.Comment Posted By Andy On 28.04.2006 @ 14:55
Here's the Cliff's Notes version:
The Democrats are to blame for the root causes of gas prices. Both parties are pandering to the people to look like they're doing something when they're not. The Democrats are currently out-pandering the Republicans.
Rick's solution is remove oil regulations and let Oil companies drill and refine wherever and however they want. I couldn't tell if the deregulation in the story included cutting direct and indirect subsidies to the industry, but I would like to assume it does.Comment Posted By Andy On 28.04.2006 @ 09:24
But what the hell is the difference between leaking classified information to a newspaper and handing the same information to a foreign government? Either way, our enemies see it.
There is a huge difference between the two. The difference is that in a leak, we know there is a compromise. If it's sold or given to a foreign government, we don't know it's compromised and therefore don't take measures to reduce or eliminate the damage caused by the compromise. Just compare what Johnny Walker "Red" did to our communications. If he had simply leaked the info, we would have changed our codes and eliminated the compromise.
The damage from espionage is always much greater than from a press leak.Comment Posted By Andy On 27.04.2006 @ 11:09
I think you should re-visit your story. The accused was acquitted. The defense attorney was not "scum". Maybe the jury got it exactly right. The "alleged" victim's loss of memory may well have been faked due to the actual evidence of the tapes. From your story and the reactions to such an outragous "crime" it seems they should have found him guilty. Will we be hearing any outrage from "Shakespears sister" or Zorn about an boy falsely accused?Comment Posted By Andy On 4.03.2006 @ 12:07
Kissinger's conduct during the the Paris negotiations with the Viet Cong puts a lie to his so called brillance and understanding.Comment Posted By Andy On 20.02.2006 @ 13:44
Ooh, yes, and Answers in Genesis is a fine site too for all your scientific needs. You know, if you're kind of dumb and particularly gullible.
Dublin, it's hard to have much respect for any creationist site that actually tries to argue that evolution would violate SLOT. Well, it's hard to have much respect for any creationist site, really, unless I'm looking for a laugh.Comment Posted By andy On 29.11.2005 @ 22:19
Actually, the statue was erected by the Legislature in honor of a man who's done more for his state than likely any other single man in history, /not/ as this request. Get you're facts straight, kids.Comment Posted By Andy On 25.08.2006 @ 14:03