Per Variety, a new Chappaquiddick film will shortly be released on the famed “incident,” in which U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy’s negligence (some would say cowardice) resulted in the death of his 28-year-old companion, Mary Jo Kopechne. “The film says that what happened at Chappaquiddick was even worse than we think. Kopechne’s body was found in a position that implied that she was struggling to keep her head out of the water. And what the film suggests is that once the car turned upside down, she didn’t die; she was alive and then drowned, after a period of time, as the water seeped in. This makes Edward Kennedy’s decision not to report the crime a clear-cut act of criminal negligence — but in spirit (if not legally), it renders it something closer to an act of killing.”
1976: “We will run out of oil by 2011.” — Jimmy Carter.
2017: The US is now the world’s #1 exporter of petroleum products.
Constitution Day is a celebration of the US Constitution, normally observed on September 17, the day in 1787 that delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia. More details on Constitution Day here. In this short clip (Omega Glory episode), a people who had forgotten the meaning of the Constitution are reminded by, of all people, Star Trek’s Captain James T. Kirk.
Actress Julienne Davis recently revealed that she is a “conservative,” which she defined as: “I believe in freedom. I believe in capitalism. I believe in the autonomy of the individual.” It was reported elsewhere that these rather mild and beneficent beliefs were slammed by her peers in Hollywood: “I’ve been attacked with obscenities, called a racist, and had one person tell me he hoped I would die.”
Per TV Guide: “No matter who you voted for, American Horror Story’s absurd portrait of a liberal hissy fit is something South Park could not have done better…For self-described anti-liberals weary of cable pundits and late-night hosts that mock conservatives, this may seem like an early Christmas gift.”
Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 US presidential election despite winning a majority of votes. The same thing happened to Al Gore in 2000. Many of Hillary Clinton’s disappointed followers are demanding that the electoral college be abolished, and Hillary has begun a press campaign for just that.
Shouldn’t “one person, one vote” prevail? Why do we let this antiquated system continue? In election after election, it seems as though the “fly-over” part of the country keeps foiling candidates hugely popular in NYC and LA. As explained in this short film, that is exactly what the electoral college is supposed to do: insure that heavily-populated regions of the country — whatever their political inclinations — are not able to disenfranchise and dominate geographic minorities in remote or less-densely populated states.
The system was deliberately designed to require candidates to consider the interests of the whole country, not just part of it, such that any candidate derisively dismissing a large part of the country as “deplorables” would lose. She just did.
That’s not a bug — it’s a feature.
Tom Hanks narrates the epic story of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuated half a million people from the stricken piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan. This short film is a good example of how free people respond in a crisis. Per the Huffington Post, “As panicked crowds rushed to find refuge from the area around the World Trade Center, many soon found themselves at the water’s edge, trapped on an island. After seeing huge groups of people gathering on the waterfront, the U.S. Coast Guard put out the call for all vessels in the area to help those who were stranded in lower Manhattan.The maritime community answered in force.”
Punching “Nazis” just got a film: Bushwick projects a world in which the break-away state of Texas attacks a NYC neighborhood, only to find out that hipsters are really, really tough. Reviewers are calling it “timely,” but can’t bring themselves to otherwise endorse the ridiculous story. The film does represent in a nutshell, as it were, how progressives internally justify their aggression: they project an imaginary enemy, so they can punch it.
The Guardian published a warning to parents to steer their kids away from recent books and movies about dystopias:
“The kind of freedom that’s being advocated in The Hunger Games and Divergent is, as Salon magazine recently pointed out, more like ‘agit-prop for capitalism’…What marks these dystopias out from previous ones is that, almost without exception, the bad guys are not the corporations but the state and those well-meaning liberal leftists who want to make the world a better place. If you see yourself as a left-leaning progressive parent, you might want to exercise some of that oppressive parental control and limit your kids exposure to the ‘freedom’ expressed in YA dystopian fiction.”
So whatever you do, don’t let your kids watch movies or read books about dystopias. Recent films like The Giver would be disastrous for them to see. Even earlier films such as Equilibrium, 1984, and especially Harrison Bergeron, might take them down the wrong path. In general, the whole genre of science fiction films is suspicious.