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Movie Review: A Streetcar Named Suuuuuuu-LUT!

VivienLeighThumbby Brad Nelson
Also known as A Streetcar Named Desire. But I couldn’t help reacting to Vivien Leigh’s riveting performance as a…shall we say…a Sandra Fluke type person. She’s a bit of an s-word. And a victim. More » • (767 views)

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No Paine no Gain. That’s ‘Common Sense.’

CommonSenseThumbby Brad Nelson
It is at least an implied American Duty to read Thomas Paine’s Common Sense which I fairly recently did, minus the Appendix and the “Address to the People Called Quakers” which were added in later editions. More » • (1951 views)

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Book Review: “Intellectuals and Society” by Thomas Sowell

ThomasSowellThumbby Brad Nelson
This is a terrific book and not anywhere near as dull as the title would suggest. Intellectuals and Society is a fascinating history of the intelligentsia’s growing hegemony over our society and the harmful effects this is having. More » • (787 views)

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The Politics of Meaning

Kool-Aidby Brad Nelson
I was inspired to take up this subject by George Neumayr’s excellent article, A New Way of Being on the Planet. Give it a read if you haven’t. It’s an oldie but a goodie. More » • (713 views)

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Does Tea Keep You Awake?

TeaPartyThumbby Brad Nelson
One of the virtues of the Tea Party movement is that it is not necessarily aligned with any party. It’s not an outgrowth of the Republican Party, although we can only hope the Republican Party will become an outgrowth of the Tea Party movement and return to its conservative, freedom-based, limited-government roots. More » • (725 views)

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Movie Review: Gattaca

GattacaThumbby Brad Nelson
This is a stylish, slightly artsy-fartsy, film about seizing or creating your own destiny instead of passively accepting what others have told you it should be or already is. It’s a film about stickin’ it to The Man and circumventing the Big Brother state. More » • (883 views)

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Movie Review: The Agony and the Ecstasy

AgonyThumbby Brad Nelson
Maybe I’m turning into Newt Gingrich, but I’ve always liked religious-themed movies. But in this one you get a three-fer: religion, art, and politics. They say that you shouldn’t mix religion and politics. Maybe that’s why I like them, front-and-center, in a movie with stars from an era when star-power and talent could carry a grand theme. More » • (2289 views)

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Book Review: George Washington’s Sacred Fire

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By Peter A. Lillback with Jerry Newcombe. For most of the first one hundred and fifty years after his death, George Washington’s biographers portrayed him as a Christian gentleman. Then during the early to mid-twentieth century this began to change. More » • (1617 views)

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The Palate-Cleansing Review: The Day the Earth Stood Still

EarthStoodStillThumbby Brad Nelson
I made the mistake a while back of watching the 2008 version of The Day The Earth Stood Still. I had to go back and watch the original just to cleanse the palate. The 2008 version was that bad. But the original is certainly a movie that could have been due a remake. More » • (783 views)

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Movie Review: On the Waterfront

BrandoThumb2by Brad Nelson
“Winner of 8 Academy Awards!!!!” — Roger Egbert, Ate the Movies.  •  “A real con-ten-duh for best film ever.” — Film Snobinski, LA Times  •  “I laughed. I cried. I vomited into the sofa.” — Joe Blow, Star Review More » • (1119 views)

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Stubborn Things Pub Chat–Why National Review Online (NRO) and I Parted as Friends

VoltaireThumbby Monsieur Voltaire
It’s not a secret that Stubborn Things was born partially from a growing sense of dissatisfaction with NRO, the site that used to be the favorite watering hole for most posters here. But who started diverging from whom? More » • (3450 views)

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Movie Review: Burn After Reading

BradPittThumbby Brad Nelson
What is a dark comedy? Well, it’s the opposite of the movies that stir the so-called nobler emotions. Dark comedies are about laughing when somebody proverbially slips on a banana peel. That’s the opposite of the warm-fuzzy emotions stirred by Bambi, Tinkerbell, and Avatar. More » • (734 views)

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