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Hollywood Leftist Josh Brolin Whitewashes Anti-American Icon Howard Zinn

2011 February 7

Why is so much of the Hollywood product, produced for both the big screen and television, so aggressively and stubbornly leftist in it themes, plot points, ideological perspective, and assumptions about American culture, values, and history?  Why is there so much leftist bias, both subtle and overt, in a vast array of films across genres, from romantic comedies and action films to horror and science fiction?  Why does so much of what is produced in Tinseltown appear threatening, alien, and hostile to most Americans when they reflect upon what it is actually trying to say to them?

One answer, and a disarmingly simple one, are the kinds of people who have come to populate the Dream Factory itself.  Hollywood actor and producer Josh Brolin (son of actor James Brolin) has just written a small piece at the Huffington Post lionizing the memory and work of the late anti-American leftist intellectual Howard Zinn.  The late Comrade Zinn, perhaps best known for his revisionist historical work  A People’s History of the United States, was an inveterate fellow traveler, revisionist historian, and relentless critic of the United States.

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HuffPo Divorce “Progress Report” Reveals Another Generation Lost in the 60s

2011 January 25

Times have indeed changed, and changed substantially. Once, not so long ago, marriage was understood to be about more than me. It was even, in its larger and more expansive meaning and cultural centrality, about more than strictly the romantic/emotional/sexual bond between a man and woman. Once, marriage and family were understood by a critical mass of citizens to be the fundamental, institution necessary to a free, civil, viable social order.

Divorce, when it occurred, was understood as a tragic failure of one or both parties to master the disciplines and character attributes necessary to a successful marriage.

From the late sixties onward, we (those of us who were there as the culture began to change) were told that all of us were beaten and battered victims of a repressive society and its “narrow minded” mores and values. Marriage, family, traditional sexual norms and boundaries, and even age itself were mercilessly attacked and impugned by various social revolutionaries seeking a self referential, unconstricting “new morality.”

Agi Smith, a contributor to The Huffington Post divorce page is conducting a series of interviews with people who are going through, or have gone through a divorce. Smith wants to see how people’s outlook has changed, or been modified by the experience of divorce (and marriage).  Her present subject, on Angela Zack, provides us some food for cultural thought.

Smith asks her if she believes in marriage.  Her answer is interesting:

I don’t really. I have been struggling to figure out what it is about this institution nowadays that people would need. I understand in the 50’s and 60’s somebody would feel like they needed to get married if they wanted to have children. But now it seems its completely acceptable to have children without being married to each other. I certainly don’t judge people for not being married if they have children. Unless there is some sort of financial or tax reason that is beneficial…I would never do it again.

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Why Won’t the “Deniers” Leave Michael Mann Alone?

2011 January 21

Dr. Mann in an Unguarded Moment

“Why” the headline in the online magazine Environment (a division of the left-wing activist website Change.org) wails plaintively, do the “deniers” keep attacking the noble, courageous, pure-as-global-warming-induced-snow NASA researcher Michael Mann?  Why do the corporate shills, intellectual sellouts, and capitalist sycophants continue to harass and persecute this righteous prophet of the coming eco-eschaton?  The sellouts and shills are, of course, quite literally everybody who disagrees on principled grounds with the hypothesis of anthropogenic global warming, no matter what their credentials or how distinguished their careers, so there are a lot of them.

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iPirate: Supporting Eco-Terrorism on the Go

2011 January 20

As the first decade of the 21st century comes to a close, most of us are still looking back at all the nice stuff we found under our Christmas trees on that special morning.  Some of us may, on occasion, have been stumped as to what to buy for that dyed-in-the-wool leftist friend or family member who has everything.  Another “Che” T-Shirt?  Another “mean people suck” bumper sticker?  A Link TV coffee mug?

Not to worry, because next year (or for that intervening birthday or High School graduation), you can now get him or her the new Sea Shepard Iphone and Ipod app, an application that allows users to “do their part by staying informed, sharing updates to improve awareness and raise funds, and help ensure our success to end [the] barbaric slaughter [of whales].”

The app’s producers, Synappsis Ltd and media 415 (yes, this is crying to be changed to “451”, but not to digress) claim the app’s purpose is to provide “international breaking news from Sea Shepherd campaigns,” “in depth” commentary by Watson et al on environmental issues, access to eco-friendly “She Shepard apparel, accessories, and gifts, and the “ability to donate to help keep their vessels and projects active.”

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The Top 10 Most Conservative Episodes of “The Outer Limits”

2011 January 18

Once upon a time, TV Science Fiction was literate, thoughtful, and could be, on occasion, profound.  From the long lost but quite well done One Step Beyond, to Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, television that focused on the  strange and alien unknown sought to fire our imaginations and move our thoughts beyond the common, mundane, and trivial.  These genres (science fiction and the supernatural) were used to explore the human condition by situating human dramatic conflict within strange, fantastic, alien contexts and environments.  Within this context, the great dramas of human existence, such as the overarching struggle between good and evil and the struggle within each of us between our baser and higher natures, can be articulated with unusual clarity and depth. read more…

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The Top 10 Most Conservative Episodes of “The Outer Limits”

2011 January 16

Once upon a time, TV Science Fiction was literate, thoughtful, and could be, on occasion, profound.  From the long lost but quite well done One Step Beyond, to Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, television that focused on the  strange and alien unknown sought to fire our imaginations and move our thoughts beyond the common, mundane, and trivial.  These genres (science fiction and the supernatural) were used to explore the human condition by situating human dramatic conflict within strange, fantastic, alien contexts and environments.  Within this context, the great dramas of human existence, such as the overarching struggle between good and evil and the struggle within each of us between our baser and higher natures, can be articulated with unusual clarity and depth. read more…

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Blind Dates and Soul Mates: How the Left’s View of Love Supports its View of Divorce

2011 January 8

The cultural Left’s perception of human relationships, and especially relationships of the most intimate and formative kind, marriage and family, have a long, stormy, and checkered intellectual pedigree.  From Margaret Sanger to Simone De Beauvoir to Meade, Kinsey and Hefner, the Left has indulged its penchant for the condescending dismissal of the traditional and sacred and the adoration of the novel and outré for its own sake with relentless determination.  After my own divorce, nearly thirty years ago, I began a long, painful, but deeply enlightening search for answers and meaning to what had transpired in my life.  Some of the Left’s answers held a degree of attraction in callow youth, but both my religion and personal life philosophy, by then deeply established, turned me elsewhere.

I learned several very interesting things during those years.  One, from Steven R. Covey, in a book published in 1982 called The Divine Center, was that we tend to see the world, not as it is, but as we are.  Secondly, I came to understand the way in which we tend to seek out those for intimate relationships who reflect and complement our view of the world.

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Huffington Post Marriage Counseling: Act Like You’re Divorced.

2011 January 1

Nothing animates and arouses the cultural Left, (outside of its hostility to economic liberty) than the “social issues,” and few issues concentrate its attention like questions relating to the nature and purpose of human sexuality.  It is perhaps within those areas relating to the most intimate and key of human relationships, marriage, that the Left has done the most damage and has had its greatest cultural successes.  At the base of the Left’s long siege of the family has been its central concern with the radically atomistic, autonomous self and its relentless search for “self fulfillment.”

An ecclesiastical leader within my own community of faith once proposed a series of questions one could ask oneself regarding one’s marital relationship:

First, am I able to think of the interest of my marriage and spouse first before I think of my own desires?

Second, how deep is my commitment to my companion, aside from any other interests?

Third, is he or she my best friend?

Fourth, do I have respect for the dignity of my spouse as a person of worth and value?

Fifth, do we quarrel over money? Money itself seems neither to make a couple happy, nor the lack of it, necessarily, to make them unhappy. A quarrel over money is often a symbol of selfishness.

Sixth, is there a spiritually sanctifying bond between us?

Interesting questions, all of them, especially taking into consideration contemporary circumstance, and Vicky Larson, a contributor to the Huffington Post’s recently launched divorce page, has an alternative answer from the Left: act like you’re divorced.

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Propaganda as Education: The Left’s Long March Through Children’s Television Continues

2010 December 30

Elmo changes from red to green...hmmm.

After the cultural terrorism of the environmentalist group 1010s exploding children, one could be forgiven for asking “what next?”  Indeed, it seems that the longer one lives (I was born in 1959), the farther and deeper the intellectual, psychological, and moral corruption wrought by the Left’s politicization of virtually everything penetrates and takes root within our cultural environment.  Nothing, ultimately, is spared the relentless tectonic drive of ideology.

With the Green Dragon still prowling about, and as yet another record breaking winter makes Gisele’s Green Team don their winter gear as they fight the capitalist evils of creeping development and strip mining, the pop cultural Left’s interest in the impressionable minds of American children continues.

So here we are at the end of the first decade of the 21st century, and its finally happened.  The venerable “Sesame Street” has “gone green.”   A new two year curriculum known as “My World is Green and Growing,” intended to celebrate the show’s 40th season, is now in the works.  But this is only the tip of the CO2 laden melting iceberg.  In point of fact,  “Sesame Street” has been somewhat “green” for quite sometime, as have a number of other “old school” children’s programs, as a recent Huffington Post article makes clear.

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The Green Dragon Strikes Back: Conservative Christian Video Has the Religious Left Seeing Red

2010 December 25

On Dec. 9 I reported on the release of a new video from a conservative Christian group known as the Cornwall Alliance titled Resisting the Green Dragon. The video has not been well received by the Left, being as it is a critique of the environmental movement and the very real dangers it poses to both a free, prosperous, civil society and to the fundamental Judeo-Christian principles underlying that social order.

Since then the “Green Dragon,” roused from its lair, has begun reacting to the video.  Within that reaction it becomes ever clearer why the Left responds with the kind of visceral hostility conservatives encounter any time they express substantive disagreement with leftist ideas.  These two sides represent utterly different and irreconcilable worldviews. Both conservatism and Christianity, in any traditional form, pose a deep existential threat to the world view of environmentalism, not just its public policies.

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The Decline of Western Childhood: Gisele as the Brave New “Captain Planet”

2010 December 24

In the classic 1957 Sci-Fi film The Monolith Monsters, a meteor hits the earth and explodes, scattering strange, rock-like fragments far and wide around its impact crater.  Those fragments then become activated by contact with water and grow into gigantic towering megaliths which then topple over, only to begin growing again as long as water is present.  So long as there is rain or an underground water supply, they continue to grow, fall, shatter, and grow again, destroying everything in their path (and fusing human tissue into a stone-like substance). read more…

Leftist Science Fiction Turns Fiction into Science: OR Books Puts Out Global Warming Anthology

2010 December 17

It’s been two years since thousands of emails were leaked from the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. These emails showed clearly that a tiny cabal of highly-politicized and government grant dependent scientists had for years  manipulated the raw data upon which the entire edifice of anthropogenic global warming (AGW) had been erected.

For longer than that, it had been known that other highly interested researchers, such as Michael Mann and NASA’s James Hansen, had been far overstating the case as well as fudging data.  Many conservatives had assumed that by 2010 the corner had been turned and our nearly 20 year romance with AGW hysteria would go into decline.  With large numbers of people in America and in other countries turning against alarmist claims, things were looking up, and indeed, they may yet be.

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