song of the week:
song of the week:
Posted by Opinionnation Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 1:53 PM
it looks like other people have noticed the comparisons between Batman and the Bush Administration.
A Wall Street Journal opinion piece has pointed out what I pointed out last week. -Guess which one made Drudge :-)
Posted by Opinionnation Friday, July 25, 2008 at 12:52 PM
Whenever I hear Obama speak I get a tightening feeling in my pants
Posted by Opinionnation Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at 1:10 PM
65% of French, German, and Italians would vote for Barack Obama in the upcoming presidential election if given the chance. And some Eurorag newspapers are even describing Barack Obama as the “John Kennedy of our time”.
Imagine that! A man with absolutely no experience, no convictions (he has flip-flopped on every major position) and no actual policy is hailed a great man in many European countries. -Hilariously funny but at the same time very, very frightening.
I wonder what about Obama makes Europe love him. Could it be the Obama’s anti-American and anti-Semitic ties? Perhaps it is because of his “anti-war” (anti-US military intervention) stance? Whatever reasons it may be I can tell you that it is not based on sound political understanding.
Most politicians shove some type of empty rhetoric down our throats. But all Barack Obama is, is empty rhetoric. Anyway, I just thought it was funny for the American people to be labeled ignorant by the most ignorant people on the planet.
Posted by Opinionnation Friday, July 18, 2008 at 9:32 PM
I went to the midnight showing last night and so here is my review.
Let me start by saying that I can’t really talk about specific parts of the film because so many things happen that are unexpected and would spoil the movie. Instead, I want to mention the themes and the performances.
Whoever cast both "Batman Begins" and now “The Dark Knight” should be given a lot of credit. When I heard about a new Batman film starring Christian Bale as the caped crusader I thought it was a horrible choice. I liked Bale but I was sure that the role wouldn’t fit him. –wrong! He is perfect for the new direction of Batman.
And then when I heard that Heath Ledger was being dubbed to play the role of the Joker in "Dark Knight" I was pretty upset. I thought it was just a studio move to try to add the teen girl audience. –Really wrong! His performance as the Joker is truly legendary. He is what the Joker should have always been. And like many great artists, he died from his art and for it. He will win the Oscar.
Now to the film itself: The Dark Knight is more than just a movie… it really is. It is a great commentary on present day, Good vs. Evil. By “present day” I mean about terrorism, domestic spying, oversees rendition, and good men doing what is necessary to protect their citizens. The comparisons were plain as day.
In the film, Batman makes the choice to use domestic surveillance on every cell phone in Gotham in order to triangulate the whereabouts of the Joker (after the Joker starts killing off high ranking officials). And out of protest, Batman’s trusted friend Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) threatens to resign for the use of such surveillance. I was surprised because what the film expressed was the true moral dilemma of our time. And believe it or not, the film compared Batman to George W. Bush and his leadership after September 11th.
Either you die a hero, or you live long enough to become the villain. That quote is one of the main themes of the film and when you see it, you will understand how it plays to the Bush Administration and its efforts to protect this nation. The movie is not political in tone but it is a moral observation on both our enemies and our policies. But don’t see the film just because of the refreshing moral compass.
The Dark Knight is very entertaining on all fronts. If anything, see the movie for Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker. Because it does not get better than that.
Posted by Opinionnation at 1:27 PM
Needless to say those uptight, self-righteous liberals are easily offended:
CHICAGO (AP) - Comedian Bernie Mac endured some heckling and a campaign rebuke during a surprise appearance Friday night at a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Toward the end of a 10-minute standup routine at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Chicago, the 50-year-old star of "The Bernie Mac Show" joked about menopause, sexual infidelity and promiscuity, and used occasional crude language.
"My little nephew came to me and he said, 'Uncle, what's the difference between a hypothetical question and a realistic question?'" Mac said. "I said, I don't know, but I said, 'Go upstairs and ask your mother if she'd make love to the mailman for $50,000.'"
As the joke continued, the punchline evoked an angry response from at least one person in the audience, who said it was offensive to women.
"It's not funny. Let's get Barack on," a man shouted from the crowd, which paid $2,300 each to support the Illinois senator.
Posted by Opinionnation Sunday, July 13, 2008 at 3:42 PM
I was shocked when I heard the news, today. His on air personality was very likable and he was a true professional.
(Fox News) Tony Snow, the former White House press secretary and conservative pundit who bedeviled the press corps and charmed millions as a FOX News television and radio host, died Saturday after a long bout with cancer. He was 53.
Posted by Opinionnation Saturday, July 12, 2008 at 12:37 PM
Posted by Opinionnation Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 11:48 AM
The season finale of Hell’s Kitchen was last night and needless to say, this morning I am pissed off. My hope for Chef Ramsay’s new pick was Petrozza, but instead he chose Christina to run his new restaurant.
I thought Petrozza had clearly won the contest. He has more experience and seemed to be a motivating leader. The only reason I think that he lost was because the network executives needed a female to win this season. I’m not saying that Christina isn’t worthy of the position. But I am saying that “Rock” won last season and Heather West won before that so they needed a woman to win. –ratings.
I love the show and Gordon Ramsay… but that is bullcrap!
Posted by Opinionnation Wednesday, July 09, 2008 at 1:46 PM
I truly do hate this asshole. I still wish his punishment was being locked in a cage with a pack of starved wolves… but I guess this is still something:
New York -- Michael Vick, the former star National Football League quarterback serving a 23-month prison sentence for his role in a dogfighting ring, has filed for bankruptcy protection, court papers show.
Vick had debts of between $10 million and $50 million, according to a Chapter 11 petition filed on Monday with the U.S. bankruptcy court in Newport News, Virginia. His assets also totaled between $10 million and $50 million. The petition did not offer more specifics.
The filing came after Vick failed to resolve a legal dispute with one large creditor, Joel Enterprises Inc., which is owed $4.5 million for breach of contract, court papers show.
Posted by Opinionnation Tuesday, July 08, 2008 at 2:30 PM
Can they coexist?
I haven’t done one of these posts in a while because frankly, I’m tried of the monotony that comes with political blogging. I’ve written it all and I’ve seen it all. But, occasionally I don’t mind wondering aloud…
-Barack Obama scares me. He really does. Not because he is black (half-black) or because he happens to be in the Democratic Party (as a former Democrat, I truly respect the honest few that are left). What scares me is that Barack Obama is a true believer. He is a true, hardcore leftist.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Being a leftist doesn’t make him a bad person; I can handle differing opinions. But the prospect (as minute as it may be) of a radical leftist in control of this country is something that scares me. And a radical leftist acting as commander-in-chief of the US military is enough to make me sick.
The reason for this is very simple. –Logic and extremism never go together. You can’t run a presidential campaign on the immediate US surrender of Iraq just because you happen to be “anti-war”. And I put “anti-war” in quotations because people like Barack Obama (and every other liberal) aren’t really, anti-war. What they are is “anti-US military intervention”. Liberals have long been content with brutal regimes and horrific genocide as long as the US does not impose its military will.
Just because Barack has a principled stance against the use of the United States military, it does not mean that he can ignore the undeniable progress in Iraq. It does not mean that he can ignore the fact that the Iraqi people really have a legitimate chance to grow a functioning democracy. Barack Obama cannot do that…….. But he does! He does because logic and extremism do not mix. We all know that alcohol impairs judgment. Well, so does liberalism (or extreme conservatism for that matter).
Let me put it this way: It goes back to the classic battle of book smarts vs. street smarts. And one of them will get you killed
George Bush has street smarts. Barack Obama has book smarts. Unfortunately, the world is not a social club where the thematic discussion is 19th century poetry. The world is the proliferation of nuclear weapons and tyrannical regimes bent on the destruction of an entire people. The world is brutal North Korean prison camps. It is a world where women get stoned to death for dating men from a differing religion.
Leading the free-world with hopeless idealism is a noble thing… it truly is. It will also get you killed. And by “you”, I mean we. And by “we”, I mean American servicemen and the American people. Because in the end, a leader has to be able to find the reality through their ideological prism. The extremist views of Barack Obama and those of radical jihad may be at the opposite ends of the spectrum… but they do both lead to the same thing. -American causalities.
Posted by Opinionnation Sunday, July 06, 2008 at 8:18 PM