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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Saw Prometheus last night...

... with my daughter.  I was going to write a review but this morning I noticed Kurt Schlichter had already done it for me.  He even took the trouble to do a much better job than I would have:

'Prometheus Shows Hollywood's Religious Ignorance
"Prometheus" is a hot mess with good visuals and good performances in the service of an incoherent plot and an even less coherent message. It wants to ask those Big Questions, but the vocabulary that its stunted sense of spirituality provides is simply too limited to do so. The answer to “Where did we come from?” turns out to be some guys who are marginally taller than us and who have the complexion of a back-up singer for The Cure. And we, the audience, are sorry we asked.
I'm personally glad I saw the movie but can't think of a single disagreement with Mr. Schichter's review.  If you gotta see each and every 'Alien' movie then you have to see this one.  If you don't have some  non-rational need to do so save your money.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

US Military Checkmated in the Mid-East?

If you're not depressed enough about our options in the Mid-East, Richard Fernandez can hook you up:

But those catastrophes is now distinctly within the realm of possibility and palpably nearer. The bulk of America’s forces are in landlocked Afghanistan, dispatched by a genius policy that sought to ‘end the war where it began’. Those forces have scant means of resupply through Pakistan, which has finally manifested its open hatred for the United States. Nor can American forces be withdrawn from Afghanistan except through Russian controlled territory — the same Russia which Hillary Clinton must now face off against in Syria.
The administration has checkmated in such an epic manner as to beggar the imagination. Ordinary stupidity could hardly have effected such a comprehensive disaster. Mere imbecility would have been insufficient to the task. Only an arrogance that mistook ignorance and incompetence for “smart diplomacy” could have achieved such a train wreck.
I hadn't thought about things that way, and it's stunning to think about.  Read the whole thing here.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Layman 'splains it to the Bishop of Exeter

At the Telegraph Blogs, James Delingpole absolutely brutalizes the hapless bishop:
Bishop, you are no doubt a very busy man, what with all the sustainability workshops you have to attend and all the junk-science books by Mark Lynas and George Monbiot you have to read in order to keep abreast of the latest weapons-grade drivel about "climate change." 
Apparently the Bishop of Exeter thought to build some wind turbines or something without getting the community's buy-in.  When the laity found out about it, they kind of hurt his feelings.  Which caused him to whine in public.  Which got Mr. Delingpole's attention.  Which the churchman shouldn't have done.

The beating is merciless but as the Proverbs say:  "A whip for the horse, a bridal for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools."

To say the the whole thing is worth reading doesn't do it justice.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Noonan on Obama in the Wall Street Journal

Peggy Noonan supported Obama back in the day but, like many, apparently woke up:
The president was deliberately using a misleading argument to paint a false picture! But you know, why would he go out there waving an article that could immediately be debunked? Maybe because he thought it was true. That's more alarming, isn't it, the idea that he knows so little about the effects of his own economic program that he thinks he really is a low spender.
That's gotta hurt.  Read the whole thing.