Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Monday, October 09, 2006

And my eyes opened Part Two

The second thing that caught my eye that showed me the Left just doesn’t understand was from an article in the Washington Post on Sunday about the movie “Death of a President” (Washington Post, Sunday, October 8, 2006, D4).
For those of you who don’t know, the movie is a “British film told like a documentary that tracks the political drama behind an investigation into Bush’s murder in October 2007…(and) uses digital technology to depict Bush being gunned down” (Washington Post, Sunday, October 8, 2006, D4).
The movie actually depicts a sitting President of the United States being assassinated. No, not a fictional US President, or even a past President who was assassinated, but the film actually created a scene that shows President Bush being assassinated using a new form of digital technology that makes the scene appear as real as any newscast.
The problem with the article for me, is that it questions why so many theater operators like Regal Entertainment, 6,300 screens in the US, and Cinemark USA, 2,500 screens in the US, has refused to show the film. AMC Entertainment, 5,600 screens in the US, has yet to make a decision.The film is being distributed by Newmarket Films.
This is the final line of the article:
“Death of a President” is not Newmarket’s first controversial film. In 2004, it released Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.”

The article actually equates “The Passion” with a film that depicts the assassination of a sitting US President and creates footage that shows the assassination. “The Passion” was a movie that depicted the final days of the most important person in the history of Western civilization if not the world, and used actual historical accounts of those final days of the death of Jesus. “Death of a President” is a sick and twisted depiction of the death of the leader of the free world. Regardless of your opinion of Bush, this film is deplorable, and to compare the two is almost as bad.

The Left just doesn’t get it.


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Best wishes for continued ascendancy,
Dr. Whoami

P.S. Here's some blogs that I found
of interest
as I negotiated my way
through cyberspace:

Every Student
Religion Comparison
Around the Well
Danish Cartoons
Arabic Cartoons
Muhammad or Jesus???
Answering Islam
Is Jesus God?
A Short Look At Six World Religions
God's Word in different languages...
How to become a Christian
Who Is Jesus?
See The Word
Watch The Jesus Movie
Spanish Cartoons
German Cartoons
Chinese Cartoons
Italian Cartoons
Greek Cartoons
Japanese Cartoons
Portuguese Cartoons
French Cartoons
Hindi Cartoons
Russian Cartoons
'Thought & Humor'

Only one of these is amalgamated with me -
can you determine which one??? Tell me
sometime what your thoughts are about
all this:O)

Mon Oct 09, 10:40:00 PM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

Wow, how to follow that comment...

"The Passion" was controversial. You can't deny that.

This film may be despicable and disgusting, but it too is controversial. That's true as well.

Maybe that's all that line meant. Really.

Mon Oct 09, 10:48:00 PM  
Blogger Wadical said...

Not how I read it, Quake. When read in context it does seem to equate the two. Kudos to the theaters who refuse to carry it. There must be a line between right and wrong, between free speech and malicious speech, otherwise there is chaos and anarchy. Where should that line be? I dare not guess but I'll definitely say that this movie has long since stepped over it.

Tue Oct 10, 06:42:00 AM  
Blogger Oncorhynchus Mykiss said...

More than what Quaker Dave is arguing is this: Publius, what the hell does any of your posting have to do with the "LEFT"? If you had left out your last line I would understand your post, but you threw that in that arbitrarily. Where the hell does the left come in, moviegoers? Hollywood? Theater owners? Doesnt make any sense unless you just want to start blaming the left for everything like rain, abdominal pains, and winter.

Tue Oct 10, 08:17:00 AM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

Right on for censorship. Absolutely. Ban it. That makes what makes America great... these days. Don't like the message, shout it down. Ban it. Shut people up.

Just like at Columbia University. Right?

Tue Oct 10, 04:33:00 PM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

Hey, and it's okay to blame all this on "the left."

And Bill Clinton.

Tue Oct 10, 04:34:00 PM  
Blogger Wadical said...

That's the pot callin' the kettle black. Kinda like everything from global warming and Hurricane Katrina to the price of gas and terrorist attacks are the fault of none other than GW, huh?

You think Hollywood's not the epicenter of the quintessential "Left"?? Are you kidding me? Perhaps you can cite a few examples of the political "Right" thriving in 'ol tinsel town. I sure as hell can't.

Tue Oct 10, 09:56:00 PM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

Bush refuses to admit to the truth of global warming. It's not his fault. It IS his fault that our government is not addressing the issue.

People do not cause hurricanes. Decades of politicians of both parties ignored the warnings that the levees would not hold. Bush's administration did not respond to the disaster. They still haven't. People are still suffering. That IS his fault.

Bush war of empire against Iraq has not made us any safer. It has simply created a place where terrorists can go and blow up Americans, and hone their skills for future attacks. Meanwhile, bin Laden runs free. That IS Bush's fault.

Gas prices? Other than the fact that 1) we have no real energy policy, 2) the policy we have was crafted by an oil man and his lobbyist buddies, in secret, and 3) the fact that prices have miraculously come down just before an election, I can't think of what Bush might have to do with that issue. Can you?

As for Hollywood, it's not about Left or Right. It's about CAPITALISM. They make movies they think will SELL TICKETS. Period. Attacking Hollywood as "liberal" is an old canard, like attacking "New York liberals" and "the liberal media." Hooey. Horse hockey. Nonsense.

Tue Oct 10, 11:10:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

QD, I simply don’t understand how “The Passion” was controversial. Was it because Mel Gibson was the director? Was it because it was bloody? I don’t understand how.

Tue Oct 10, 11:59:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Wadical, I simply find the movie with Bush disturbing. There was no reason to digitally create a scene with his assassination. They could have used a fictional President instead. But, they knew what they were doing, and they did it for a reason. Perhaps it was to generate buzz just as it has here, and if so that is still despicable. But, I believe there was a deeper agenda to it, and that makes it much worse.

Wed Oct 11, 12:01:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

MyKiss, since I have studied media bias, and since I read the Post everyday, I can tell you that there is a strong liberal bias in the Post that is very easy to see. Therefore, my comment still holds true.
I find it ridiculous that a liberal writer for the Washington Post would equate the movie “The Passion” for being as controversial as a movie that depicts the assassination of a sitting President.

Wed Oct 11, 12:04:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

QD, I can tell you that the research exists by university scholars that the media does have an ideological bias that is decidedly Left. This is what I spent my time in graduate school researching. And if you look at donations to the two political parties, you will see just how much those in Hollywood give to the Democratic Party. They give money to the Democrats because they believe in liberal ideology, that is just the truth.

Now, you are right, we do have a tremendous energy problem here in the US. If a third world country like Brazil with 150 million more people can switch their cars from gasoline to sugar cane, it is disgusting that the US can not make the same switch to corn. But, neither party is making a hard push for this. Both parties are tied to big oil or we would have done it already. It took Brazil more than 15 years to do it, and they don’t use more than 20% of the world’s natural resources like we do here in the US. But, 15 years ago goes back to a Bush/Clinton/Bush, and a Democratic controlled and a Republican controlled Congress; neither side did anything. I blame both sides on this one.

Wed Oct 11, 12:11:00 AM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

Hollywood is part of corporate America. They are about profits, not indoctrination.

"The Passion" was controversial because many people perceive it to be anti-Semitic, because it continues to repeat the LIE that the Jews killed Christ. Which is a message that continues to get people killed. If some folks didn't see it that way, that's their right.

By the way, I'm curious: did anybody here ever see "The Lat Temptation of Christ"? What did you think of that one?

Thu Oct 12, 03:27:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

QD, neither the movie nor the Bible says that the Jews killed Jesus. It is very clear from both that it was the Roman judge who sentenced Him and it was Roman soldiers who carried out the execution. But, both show that the Jewish leaders did not try to stop the crucifixion and in fact supported the crucifixion because Jesus challenged their authority. The movie was a presentation of the Biblical story of Jesus.

On the second not, no I didn’t see the movie “The last Temptation of Christ,” although I doubt it would be one that I would want to see either by the title.

Sun Oct 15, 09:58:00 PM  

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