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It Doesn’t Take a Saint

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Conservatives or “Right Wing Populists”?

NoRINOsThumbby Lady Krystyna
Katrina Trinko posted at The Corner at NRO early this week (August 5, 2013) regarding the minimum wage and a “living wage.” Ms. Trinko is a perfect example of the problem with people who claim they are conservative, whether they are just citizens or politicians. More » • (1731 views)

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“Don’t be afraid to see what you see.” — Ronald Reagan • (609 views)

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Movie Review: The Station Agent

TheStationAgentThumbby Brad Nelson
This is a little quiet film. It’s as much meditation as movie. It’s a koan on the act of being and the human need to make connections. It’s a freak show, but the movie lets us know that we’re all freaks and that it’s okay. More » • (662 views)

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The Republican Hispanic Immigration Mirage

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The House Republican leadership has let it be known that it will take up the question of immigration reform later this year. House Republicans know the 1000+ page Senate bill 744 is very unpopular, so they are planning to bring several smaller bills to a vote. More » • (1195 views)

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Movie Review: Captain Blood (1935)

CaptainBloodThumbby Brad Nelson
These older movies are often difficult to review. Partly this is because the styles have changed so much since the 30’s and 40’s. But it’s certainly not because they are in black and white. Many of these old movies are beautifully photographed (think “Raging Bull” as an example of a modern masterpiece in black-and-white). It’s surprising just how rich black-and-white can be. But rating these old films can be difficult because it’s hard to separate the corn from the cream. More » • (1010 views)

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Reconquering the Discourse–Part 1: The Battleground of Ideas

VoltaireThumbby Monsieur Voltaire
In the last half-century, we Conservatives have let ourselves become the “other” in our own culture. Controversial, outmoded, extreme, Neanderthal, medieval: these are the qualifiers we hear constantly associated with our views–in news, entertainment, social media, the classroom and even conversation among peers. More » • (2135 views)

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Review: Double Indemnity (1944)

DoubleIndemnityThumbby Brad Nelson
I love old black-and-white movies, especially the genre of film noir. Many yutes dismiss out of hand any movie that is not in color, but I love the look and feel of them. They just don’t make them like this anymore. And “Double Indemnity” is one of the  greats of film noir. More » • (796 views)

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Movie Review: The Lost Weekend

LostWeekendThumbby Brad Nelson
I suppose I should be having a couple of Buds while watching Ray Milland get plastered. But alcoholism is no laughing matter…except, of course, when it is. The comic drunk remains a staple of stage and screen. But “The Lost Weekend” isn’t one of those comical portrayals. It’s a tragic one. More » • (838 views)

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Movie Review: City of God

CityOfGodThumbby Brad Nelson
This movie is based upon a true story. First, a little Avatarcasm (I still can’t get that stupid movie out of my head but it makes for a fine foil for my morality tales)…

It can be a beautiful thing when children murder other children, especially when they are all “people of color” living an Avatar-like life in tribal naturalness. That yucky thing called “Western Civilization” is so oppressive and exploitative. More » • (796 views)

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Lions and Tigers and Rights, Oh My.

LionThumbby Brad Nelson
I was thinking more about inalienable rights last night….while watching a nature show. I love watching nature shows, and it doesn’t take long to be astonished (and repulsed) by the reality of “nature, red in tooth and claw.” Things kill and eat each other whenever they can. We are meat-on-the-hoof to lions, for instance. And so we are to rapists, murderers, or belligerent foreign countries or factions who would make war on us. More » • (914 views)

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ScapegoatThumbby Brad Nelson
I was doing a little channel surfing a while ago and ran across “The Diary of Anne Frank” playing on TCM. I didn’t watch it because once you’ve read the book (the actual diary), there’s absolutely no reason to watch the movie. And of all the over-rated or just esoteric “classics” out there, that diary isn’t one of them. It’s a true gem. I highly recommend it. And it’s not a depressing read if that is what is holding you back. It’s well worth the time.

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Movie Review: Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked)

PirateRadioThumbby Brad Nelson
There were two opposing forces in this movie: British quirky and cultural stupid. In the end, it was British quirky (with the help of a boat load of great music) that won out. But this film starts off trying way too hard to show “Gee, aren’t we all the coolest people who are just so darn fun-loving and hip?” More » • (1825 views)

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