We’ve had a run of good movies over the last couple of weeks here in Morris. Well,
“good” in the sense of thought-provoking and well made, but actually they were both reduced to simple, small-scale ideas executed terrifyingly.
Get Out has been getting all these rave reviews, and they’re deserved — it’s a horror movie that races along, and actually is horrifying. However, if you’re expecting an innovative story, you’re going to be disappointed: this is the old degenerate-family-in-remote-location-murdering-people story. You’ve already seen it in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes, even crappy cheap ripoffs like that House of Wax movie with Paris Hilton. The only twist here is that the evil family is white — wait, no, they’re always white. The twist here is that they’re not inbred redneck hillbillies, they’re nice, normal-on-the-outside prosperous upper-class white professional people who live in a lovely, tasteful mansion in the country. Also, there is no Final Girl, but instead, a Final Black Man. Otherwise, it’s a perfect fit to the standard template for this kind of movie.
According to an email I received yesterday, my present life is NOT how I present it within the pages of this blog. A Christian man by the name Nathan Smith says I am lying when I say I am happy. He also says my life is absent of compassion, freedom, and happiness, despite me saying differently. Smith challenges my manhood, saying that if I truly was a brave man I would ask a cognitive behaviorist to render their opinion on my written work. You mean the secular psychologist I see every two weeks, the man who reads my writing and encourages me to keep telling my story?
Whatever anyone may feel about them, protests are not situations of jest, imitation, or uninformed parody. Protests deal with people’s lives on different levels. If the protest doesn’t typically deal with wellbeing, it deals with the right to life. With that understood, protests are not something that should be imitated for the sake of promoting anything. This type of act only makes a mockery of serious situations that should not be touched.
Pepsi, Pepsi, Pepsi. I am beginning to question the intellect of your marketing department
And guess which one it is. Here’s a hint, from Fareed Zakaria on CNN, that bastion of the liberal press:
“I think Donald Trump became president of the United States” last night”
And here, I thought he became President when he cheated his way into enough electoral votes, or when he was sworn in on January 20th, or most recently when he managed to read a speech to Congress, in between episodes of making an ass out of himself. But no, I guess it took the meaningless bombing of an air field in some country filled with brown people, after arranging with two vicious dictators that it would do no real damage, for Trump to become President for real.
There is something wrong and unsettling in a culture in which a large segment of its population demonizes its highest achievers and greatest benefactors as villains. Such is the case with the anti-economic inequality movement.
The problem with these kinds of surveys is that they fail to properly calculate wealth. That is, they fail to calculate the value of the created wealth put into the hands of consumers. This survey, like many others, fails to distinguish between money, which is a claim on wealth, and real wealth—the goods and services that money can buy. You can’t just consider wealth held in the form of shares of stock or bank accounts or dollar bills or even gold coins. You must consider the big picture. A little introspection quickly exposes the fallacies behind reports like this one. Here’s what I mean.
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—A broad majority of Americans do not believe that they have heard the real reason for Steve Bannon’s abrupt removal from the National Security Council but desperately hope that, when that reason ultimately emerges, it will not involve a sex tape.
In one of the more rational posts at Stinque, nojo makes the case for ignoring CNN, not because the news network is dishonest, but because the news is mixed in with so much non-news that the mixture clouds the mind.
President Trump weighs in on the controversy, opining that Bill O’Reilly has done nothing wrong. Max’s Dad believes this to be one more instance of birds of a feather. It does bring to mind a dim, vague, possibly false memory of Charles Manson suggesting that Jeffrey Dahmer did nothing wrong.
Libertarian Michael A. LaFerrara at Principled Perspectives argues against Medicare-for-all proposals, employing a common argument: increasing life expectancy. The problem with that argument is it ignores that part of extended life that comes from dramatic decreases in infant mortality. That is not the only argument offered by Mr. LaFerrara. When it comes to healthcare for everyone, he is against the concept itself. “Medicare-for-all is immoral and impractical.”
Vincent at A Wayfarer’s Notes is now out of the hospital, still in treatment for small lymphocytic lymphoma, a form of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. He manages to write entertainingly about the entire experience, being – you know – the irrepressible genius that he is. The possibility of the universe stumbling on without this writer is hard to envision. We wish him well.