Trolling for an Assassination

 Politics, Religion, Right Wingnuts, Society  Comments Off on Trolling for an Assassination
Nov 182009

From time to time I have a discussion of politics with someone at work. He’s very much a conservative Republican.  Yesterday our discussion went to how far off the cliff the most extreme elements of the right-wing have gone. He kept insisting there were extremists on the left as well.

I made the point to him that I agreed there were some on the left so as extreme as to be somewhat embarrassing, but the difference was that I’d bet him dinner he couldn’t find reliable reporting on or Youtube videos of left-wing people going to the steps of the Justice Department for the express purpose of trying to incite someone to beat the crap out of a gay person. I challenged him to find a story of a left leaning person who had killed a doctor, or a Youtube of Democratic Congressperson taking to the floor of the U.S. House and calling the death of the college student a “hoax” with the mother of the student in the gallery. He cut short to conversation.

And now come forth the Psalmists. Apparently they are now printing the phrase, “Psalm 109,” on mouse pads, bumper stickers, and even teddy bears. The Biblical verse Psalm 109: “Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Let his children become fatherless; and his wife become a widow.” Frank Schaeffer, a one-time evangelical leader, tells Rachael Maddow that this latest Bible-quoting campaign is nothing short of “trawling for assassins.”


The hate is just beyond belief and frightening, but even more frightening is the lack of outcry from the leading ministers and clerics against such activities.


 Crime, Culture, Movies, Society  Comments Off on Bobby
Nov 292006

BobbyThe story of the assassination of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, on June 6th, 1968, which centers around 22 people who were at the Ambassador Hotel where he was killed.

Directed by
Emilio Estevez

Drama, History

Harry Belafonte, Joy Bryant, Nick Cannon, Emilio Estevez, Laurence Fishburne, Brian Geraghty, Heather Graham, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, Joshua Jackson, Ashton Kutcher, Shia LaBeouf, Lindsay Lohan, William H. Macy, Svetlana Metkina

Lay and I went to see this movie Friday night after Thanksgiving over at the Mall in Shelby, N.C. We were both disappointed. Maybe my expectations were set wrong. Too many subplots, half of which could/should be cut or vastly trimmed. Finally, the closing ‘sermon’ on violence has little relation to the themes developed in the previous two hours. The movie does capture the Kennedy ‘mystique’–using actual footage–but fails to cohere as a whole. Not Altmanesque enough; few can do well the kind of ensemble piece which R.A. has worked 40 years perfecting. Nonetheless, I cried at the end–the overwhelming ‘what-ifs’ of the Bobby phenomenon are haunting reminders of the differences between the much-maligned Kennedy ‘dynasty’ and the Bush one currently in operation. Sharon Stone is marvellous, as are most of the performances; guess the fundamental problem is in the script.

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