Christopher Lee, Warrior

Mike_B sent us a link from British Forces.TV on Sir Christopher Lee. Lee starred in many a matinee movie played in Lex before the theater was torn down to make homes. Lee’s passing makes me wonder if there are any actors left who served in combat – and not the CGI kind. Lee’s record is classified (still!). From the article, one gets a sense of Lee, the warrior: When pressed by an eager interviewer on his SAS past, he leaned forward and whispered: “Can you keep a secret?” “Yes!” the interviewer replied, breathless with excitement. “So can I.” replied a smiling […]

Torture as entertainment

When one reviews the list of activities that constitute “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques” there is a sense of ‘is that all?’ Belly slaps and water dousing are found on the sideline of any football team that wins. So what is all the outrage about? It isn’t the activity, it is the attitude. Torture became a very popular and lucrative form of entertainment.  “Survivor,” “Dexter,” “Breaking Bad,” and “24” provide viewers with a buffet of behavior underpinned by highly questionable selective moral reasoning. Making alliances to protect one’s self and betrayal presented ad a feature of the game, not a character defect. […]

Who won the Cold War?

Via “The Avationist,” an inside look at the Cold War. Meanwhile, Sarah Hoyt and Eric Raymond explore the USSR’s most potent weapon, which is not Vladimir Putin, though he was part of it. Do any of these look familiar? There is no truth, only competing agendas. All Western (and especially American) claims to moral superiority over Communism/Fascism/Islam are vitiated by the West’s history of racism and colonialism. There are no objective standards by which we may judge one culture to be better than another. Anyone who claims that there are such standards is an evil oppressor. The prosperity of the […]

Field of Lost Shoes: The Initial Op-For Review

Just got home from the 1950 showing of Field of Lost Shoes here in Leesburg. I went with COL Hank and Mrs COL Hank. A more in-depth review will follow, but I’ll go with this tonight…   In the men’s room right after the end of the film. COL Hank and I are at the urinals. COL H: “I wonder who wrote the script.” LtCol P: “He should have the shit beaten out of him.”   (More to follow.)

“3 Blind Mice”?? What the F…??

Ragnar Lothbrok sent these in, and neither he nor I can make heads or tails of them: :-O Can ANY-ONE provide any explanation??  

The Doolittle Raid

We missed it yesterday– fie on us– but the boys at XBRADTC were on it. The  surprise attack on the Japanese capitol shocked the Japanese, and gave an immense boost to American morale. Prior to the news of the daring raid, virtually everywhere the American public looked, doom and despair were to be found. It seemed the US might lose the war. The public was still steeled to fight on, but needed a sign that their faith in the war effort was well placed.

Donald Rumsfeld, A Documentary

I ran across the trailer for the Documentary: The Unknown Known.  The title of the documentary comes from a DoD briefing in February of 2002 when he famously said: “There are known knowns.”  It was directed by Academy Award winner Errol Morris whom also directed The Fog of War, which was an excellent documentary about the life of Robert McNamara. I’m unsure how I will take this, I grew up in the shadow of war following, 11 SEP 2001.  However, I will say I was well read, knowing of the Neo-Conservative movement and all of the folks that were in […]

Movie Review: “White House Down”

Herodotus wrote to volunteer his review of this film, which out of my keen sense of deference to him I will not honor with a link. I summarize it here. BLUF: It sucks, don’t see it. Discussion: Mrs Herodotus apparently asked to go see it; wish granted by husband. Anger at politically correct and silly plot ensues. “[Mrs H] warned me not to speak during the movie. I thought that MY head would explode. I thought my head would explode afterwards when I wanted to tear this film apart. I needed to vent to someone. Save your money.” Recommendation: “DO […]

Colonel Sherman Potter RIP!

One of my favorite TV military characters, Harry Morgan, Colonel Sherman Potter has died. MASH in my mind captured the good and the bad of the military.  If one goes to Tom Ricks blog today, there is an article regarding chickenshit in the military.  One of the main virtues of MASH was it propensity to bust the bubble of military pompesity.  MASH more than twenty years after the airing of its final episode, it remains one of my favorite programs.

Justice For One = Justice For All

Preface: I am not advocating a pardon or a pass for either one of these jokers. I’m just tossing out a question, or some food for thought. OK, if I get it right, the argument for giving Roman Polanski a pass is that he’s done such good work, such incredible film-making, that the aggregate of his artistic accomplishments ought to outweigh one– how might the French put it?– indiscretion some thirty years ago. That being done, what ought we to do with this guy? Kinda changes the terms of reference, doesn’t it. Does Stebbins get Hollywood backing? Hell, does he […]