Another Bad Day at Black Rock

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In perhaps director John Sturges best film Bad Day at Black Rock some of the fight scenes might be a little stiff by modern film standards, but their clumsiness actually makes them more effective ( remember that shoving match in high-school). Red-necks have a history of under estimating their opponents so its little wonder that the disabled John J. Macreedy (Spencer Tracy) combination of physical toughness and fighting skills are a surprise that catch them off guard. The film does something that few films do, it turns a conventional wisdom on its ear. Tracy is the one wearing the suit, he is well spoken, educated, but down to earth. On the other hand the locals see themselves as the everyman, the common man yet it becomes obvious from the start that they are very cliquish, closed, and have their own rigid hierarchy. The locals support that hierarchy partly out of habit, partly out of fear. The secrets of the powerful thus become something that the followers feel they must protect for reasons that they are no longer quite sure of.

Most of us have looked around our own work places, looked at some media figures, corporate CEOs and wandered how so many people of questionable ethics and intelligence got so far. Our parents told us, and they meant well, that people get ahead through hard work, conscientiousness and perseverance. So part of what makes us a little cynical is when someone that has failed at several marriages, is a drug addict, a draft dodger, is known to spend his vacations in London drinking French champagne and smoking Cuban cigars has managed to make millions without ever doing an honest days work. As you have probably already guessed I’m talking about Rush Limbaugh, Rush crowing about the new Jim Crow

I mean, you take a look at the average Democrat voter registration drive, you can take for every hundred thousand voters they register, the cumulative IQ would probably be less than a pencil eraser. So when it comes time for the election, half of them can be fooled in saying, “No, it’s not Election Day. It’s tomorrow, Wednesday.” And they show up on Wednesday to vote when the polls are closed, and the Democrats claim a trick has been played on them. That’s how stupid some of their voters are.

In a cork screwed turned inside out kind of way Limbaugh does know something about intelligence. For quite a few years now Limbaugh has depended on the stupidity and sheep herd mentality of his listeners to enjoy an extraordinarily elite lifestyle. It isn’t even the slightest bit important that this demigod says that Democrats are stupid. What matters is that the sheeple that hang on his every word are reassured that they and their AM prophet are the smartest thing since the egg timer. Limbaugh, like O’Reilly, Hannity, Savage and others are simply right-wing nannies that hand out ideological suckers to, well, the suckers. What would right-wingers be without their nannies and their suckers? What a shock that would be to their systems to leave the cave and walk out into the light of reason, facts, and real patriotism.

Anyone that was curious as to what it is like to live a life without honor might want to send a postcard to Chris Wallace and ask, Chris Wallace Never Asked A Bush Administration Official Why They Demoted Richard Clarke

The reactionary right-wing Powerline was once voted Time magazine’s blog of the year, Paul and John remind us why, September 23, 2006 The fruits of an unserious presidency,

JOHN AGREES: That’s right. I’d go farther in defense of President Bush, too. The record is clear that he believed more effective, definitive action needed to be taken against al Qaeda and ordered a plan for such action to be prepared early in his Presidency. As I recall, such a plan was either just complete or almost so, when the terrorists struck first. Also, while one can argue that Bush didn’t act aggressively enough soon enough, he didn’t pass on an opportunity to collar bin Laden, as Clinton did.

Paul and John are not the least bit interested in reality. That’s a precondition for belonging to the Bush Cult, Before Sept. 11, the Bush Anti-Terror Effort Was Mostly Ambition

– The administration did not resume its predecessor’s covert deployment of cruise missile submarines and gunships, on six-hour alert near Afghanistan’s borders. The standby force gave Clinton the option, never used, of an immediate strike against targets in al Qaeda’s top leadership. The Bush administration put no such capability in place before Sept. 11.

– At least twice, Bush conveyed the message to the Taliban that the United States would hold the regime responsible for an al Qaeda attack. But after concluding that bin Laden’s group had carried out the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole – a conclusion stated without hedge in a Feb. 9 briefing for Vice President Cheney – the new administration did not choose to order armed forces into action.

-In his first budget, Bush spent $13.6 billion on counterterrorist programs across 40 departments and agencies. That compares with $12 billion in the previous fiscal year, according to the Office of Management and Budget. There were also somewhat higher gaps this year, however, between what military commanders said they needed to combat terrorists and what they got. When the Senate Armed Services Committee tried to fill those gaps with $600 million diverted from ballistic missile defense, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said he would recommend a veto. That threat came Sept. 9.

Paul and John and Rush and millions of others can’t seem to differentiate between success and failure. President Clinton in many way was the best conservative president we’ve had since Teddy Roosevelt. Loyalty is a great quality, but when loyalty blinds citizens to the faults if its leaders to the point that it endangers the nation and humanity then you’ve stepped off the edge to blind rabid nationalism. Case in point, Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Worsens Terror Threat

The classified National Intelligence Estimate attributes a more direct role to the Iraq war in fueling radicalism than that presented either in recent White House documents or in a report released Wednesday by the House Intelligence Committee, according to several officials in Washington involved in preparing the assessment or who have read the final document.

The intelligence estimate, completed in April, is the first formal appraisal of global terrorism by United States intelligence agencies since the Iraq war began, and represents a consensus view of the 16 disparate spy services inside government. Titled “Trends in Global Terrorism: Implications for the United States,’’ it asserts that Islamic radicalism, rather than being in retreat, has metastasized and spread across the globe.

How badly does Bush have to do in the so-called war on terror before the kool-aid drinkers give up the ghost.

HECTOR
(reading aloud)
John J. Macreedy. From Los Angeles.
(looking up)
I wanna know everything he does,
Pete. Check every call — any mail.

PETE
(nodding)
And in the meantime…?

HECTOR
(grinning harshly)
In the meantime, I’ll crowd him a
little…
(looking up the stairs)
…see if he’s got any iron in his
blood…
from the screenplay Bad Day at Black Rock by Don McGuire and Millard Kaufman