Thursday, August 31, 2006

Meanwhile, Back in the Wild West

This column from Robyn Blumner at the St. Petersburg Red Star...excuse me, the St. Petersburg Times on the "Deadwood" man versus the girlie man, is getting a lot of play on the Internet, as well it should:
The Deadwood hero leaves bodies in the thoroughfare, while the reality hero tries to prevent the bloodshed in the first place. The Deadwood hero is a vigilante, while the reality hero understands the inherent value of a society dictated by the rule of law. The Deadwood hero is impulsive, aggressive and macho, while the reality hero is a rational consensus-builder with an intelligent plan of action.

Under a curtain of fear from terrorism, we have been manipulated into thinking that our national security depends on casting our lot with a Deadwood hero when in fact it lies with the other.
Yeah, right. Here's the best response, from Don Feder at Frontpage Magazine:
Three thousand dead Americans? Well, why didn’t you prevent the bloodshed in the first place! A Dark Ages theocracy pledged to wipe Israel off the face of the earth is acquiring weapons of mass jihad? Let’s build a consensus! All of those Islamists not in favor of wiping Israel off the face of the earth, raise your hands.

And this is the type of analysis on which major metropolitan newspapers waste scarce resources -- like ink and paper.
To a large extent this argument highlights the incredible divide between liberals and conservatives — forget solutions...we simply do not see the same world. I will readily agree that Bush couldn't have done a worse job with Iraq if he had hired the Three Stooges to run the invasion, but that doesn't mean that we're NOT in the middle of World War III with a foe who wants us morphed into ashes and lampshades.

Our supreme struggle is to win the war without turning America into Winston Smith's ultimate nightmare.

You tell me...are we succeeding?


Anonymous said...

Michael: I realize I'm in the minority, but everytime you purchase a commercial airline ticket you surrender every right granted to you under the Constitution. Protest this intrusion, even lightly, and you lose even more rights -- all of it being done without even the pretext of a warrant.

So, my answer to your question is YES, we have Lost and as bad as it is, it will only get worst when the anti-gun Dem-rats get back in power.

Off the subject but it was mentioned in the beginning quote, as far as I am concerned DEADWOOD has to be one of the lamest shows HBO has ever broadcast. The finale episode was a true stinker.

All The Best,
Frank W. James

Not Available said...

I just want to know why they killed off Ellsworth.

Tell me something pretty.

Anonymous said...

Actually, Deadwood is a spectacular with brilliant writing. It is the furthest thing from lame.

How about a privately owned commercial charter airline where you can do what you want. Buck the system with your own entry into the market. Airline start-ups seem to do very well if Jet Blue is any indication.

Anonymous said...

6:11 -- All I can say is if you think DEADWOOD is brilliant writing your vocabulary must be extremely limited (four letter words and all) and you have no clue that the basics of drama consist of conflict and "resolution".

All The Best,
Frank W. James

Not Available said...

In episodic television the "resolution" is put off until next week, or the next (hoping you will tune in again.

There are 4 more hours of Deadwood next year. Perhaps we will have "resolution" then.

Anonymous said...

I used to love that show Love Boat. They always ended every episode with a resolution. Yeah, Deadwood needs resolution...or maybe just Julie the cruise director.

Erik Himmel said...

I used to adore that show Love Boat. They constantly finished each scene with a goals. Better believe it, Deadwood needs resolution...or possibly just Julie the voyage executive.