‘American Sniper’: The Iraq war as seen through the eyes of the people


Kyle CooperNew post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!


Themes in Law & Order SVU: Your tax dollars at work for you

Such a story Big Brother has for us.

So, Breitbart alerted us this weekend to a Writers Guild of America-East event in February, at which entertainment writers and other intellectual luminaries – including a communications professional from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – will meet to discuss the topic of “The Affordable Care Act: Comedy, Drama, and Reality – Portraying Obamacare in TV & Film.”

Yes, this workshop is about positioning Obamacare in entertainment narratives – series TV, movies – in order to embed themes about it in people’s minds.  The federal government is involved.  And, of course, money linked to George Soros is paying for at least part of this.  Outrageous, right? Continue reading “Themes in Law & Order SVU: Your tax dollars at work for you”

Holidays 2013: The ochre-toned movie edition

Have yourself a yellow little Christmas.


Maybe he's signing up for Obamacare. (Christian Bale in Out of the Furnace.)
Maybe he’s signing up for Obamacare. (Christian Bale in Out of the Furnace.)

I’ve felt for some years as if something weird is going on.  Thanksgiving hits, and all these dark, depressing, ochre-hued movie trailers start popping up on the tube (which is what brings me my football, and therefore must be turned on).

I know that this is because films are being positioned for the Oscar nominations.  Don’t bother explaining it to me.  My point is that it seems really out of sync with the spirit of the holidays.  It makes you wonder Continue reading “Holidays 2013: The ochre-toned movie edition”

Five phenomena of popular culture about which I am 100 percent clueless

Don’t know much about Honey Boo Boo.

Does it mean you are living a permanent “senior moment,” that you see more and more pop-culture references you can’t follow at all?

I don’t know.  I’m not sure I would have known more about these particular phenomena if I were, say, 20 years younger in the year 2013.  In 1993, when I was 20 years younger, there wasn’t nearly so much marginalia in our passing culture.  I’m not sure the issue is age, here, so much as the “informational” transformation that has made it possible for such a dense succession of pointless and unmemorable manifestations to parade before the average person’s consciousness in a given day.

But maybe I’m just getting old.  I do want to note, with some pride, that I have finally gotten a slightly better clue than I once had about what the word “Kardashian” means.  There was a long time there when, for all I knew, it could have been the name of one of those exotic, “French” diseases.

OK, here goes, in no particular order. Continue reading “Five phenomena of popular culture about which I am 100 percent clueless”

What you probably didn’t know about the Paula Deen dust-up

It’s a shakedown.

It’s something you probably didn’t even think about, when news of Paula Deen’s use of the N-word penetrated your consciousness.

If you’re like me, you haven’t taken the trouble to investigate the Paula Deen N-word business any further.  (I had never paid that much attention to Deen anyway.  I’m not a cooking-show aficionado.)  You agreed, of course, that she should not have used the N-word.  You mentally denounced the practice.  Deen isn’t a rap star or a high-powered director making a Hollywood movie, so, of course, she is ineligible to use the N-word for “art’s” sake.

You figured that what was being retailed in the news about her was substantially correct.  You thought it was sad that a folksy, funny lady who had made a big success out of down-home cooking was brought low by careless bad manners, recorded at some point in her life.  You were annoyed at the apparent persistence of this stupid, destructive pattern in Southern social intercourse.  When is it all going to stop, for crying out loud?

But if you had taken the trouble to investigate, as John Leonard did, you would have discovered the following: Continue reading “What you probably didn’t know about the Paula Deen dust-up”