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You Can’t Squeeze Brains from a Stone

Posted on January 14 2010 7:30 am
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Oh, Hollywood! Never have so many been paid so much for so little worth. Their lack of rational thought astounds even me sometimes, and I have very low expectations. In fact, I propose a new term to replace the ickier bathroom version: Stone for Brains. Oliver Stone, that is, the man who never met a despot he didn’t like. He proves, once again, that, like money, you really can’t squeeze brains from a stone.

Director Oliver Stone’s upcoming Showtime documentary miniseries “Secret History of America” promises to put mass murderers such as Stalin and Hitler “in context.” “Stalin, Hitler, Mao, McCarthy — these people have been vilified pretty thoroughly by history,” Stone told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour in Pasadena.

Um, Oliver? The “context” is that they are evil and, you know, actual bad guys. That’s difficult for you to understand, I suspect, since you are a practitioner of moral relativism. Further, to you, there is no good or evil; everything is just “diverse cultures” and “self-expression” and such.  The right kind only, of course, not like those marauding mobs of tea party attendees what with their peaceful assembly and redress of grievances. Plus, in your delusional mind, George W. Bush is the baddest bad guy ever.

We can’t judge people as only ‘bad’ or ‘good.‘ Hitler is an easy scapegoat throughout history and its been used cheaply. He’s the product of a series of actions. It’s cause and effect … People in America don’t know the connection between WWI and WWII … I’ve been able to walk in Stalin’s shoes and Hitler’s shoes to understand their point of view. We’re going to educate our minds and liberalize them and broaden them. We want to move beyond opinions … Go into the funding of the Nazi party. How many American corporations were involved, from GM through IBM.

And there it is. There is no bad or good, huh? We can’t actually judge people by their horrific actions. Philistines! Liberalize your minds! Sorry, but I don’t wish to walk in Hitler’s shoes; if anything, I wish I could have shoved one where the sun don’t shine. Repeatedly. You want to walk in Hitler’s shoes, yet take great glee when a shoe is thrown at George W. Bush? Cognitive dissonance is fun!

They’ve stopped teaching about the Holocaust and the Crusades in some schools in the UK, waving the banner of “too controversial; it might offend some students.” You are now aiding and abetting that line of thinking. The Holocaust is now “controversial”? Schools and parents must now must teach their children based on a madman’s beliefs? The truth is now considered “offensive” and we must learn to embrace their differences, in the name of politically correct diversity, and understand madmen? I’m confused. Maybe because I seem to have lost my English to Cuckoo Pants dictionary.

And, of course, I knew America would be at fault somehow. America and it’s pesky capitalist system made up of evil corporations (the only evil you believe in.)

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