Some Random Discussions I – Hollywood, DoD, Air America & coherence

Note from November 2007: This was originally posted on a blog of mine that was hosted on Blogger. I’ve since imported that blog over here to C Good’s Things on WordPress.

This Is London had a very interesting article about a recent interview that Anthony Hopkins gave to another magazine. In the article, Hopkins is quoted as saying that he is not terribly impressed by Hollywood or by a lot of Hollywood actors. The article is at Some particularly good quotes:

I’m also tired of the camera moving all over the place, with car chases so cut and edited you don’t know what’s happening. . . . It’s condescending. Audiences aren’t so mindless as movie-makers think

If you look at The Shining or Fargo, they photograph it and let actors tell a story. That’s the old-fashioned way. I hope it comes back

It’s [acting’s] a job, like any other, so don’t make a big deal. Be polite, treat the crew with respect and don’t think you’re different

There was a large discussion on Slashdot ( about whether the DoD is censoring sites accessible to the troops in Iraq. The original post on Slashdot was inspired on a post on another blog alleging that there was censorship and that the censorship was politically biased. (And no, I’m not going to link to that other blog because it sounds like the original post was pretty ignorant & hysterical to begin with; there’s a link in the Slashdot post if anyone wants to check it out.)

Bottom line of all the discussion was yes, there’s censorship of sites, and it’s not based on politics, it’s based on available bandwidth, bandwidth usage by a site, and where the soldier is located. Particularly, if they are located on the front lines, they don’t need to be browsing the internet if they’re supposed to be on guard duty.

Anyway, a very interesting discussion –

And, the New York Post was carrying story saying that Air America will likely lose the lease on it’s New York radio station. Any other available stations will probably not be high-power stations capable of reaching the entire NYC area.

There’s also an article in the Washington Post titled “Democrats Struggle to Seize Opportunity”. As has been written about extensively elsewhere (including The New Republic, National Review, and the Opinion Journal), the Democratic party right now is floundering. This is saddening for a lot of us on the right because if any one party gets too much power & too comfortable with it, that party gets too interested in keeping its power, and not interested in actually getting anything accomplished. This is true of both Republicans & Democrats. So when either party has almost completely imploded in the way the Democratic party has, it’s not welcome news.

Currently, the Democratic party seems to be riven between those who want to pound on Bush, Republicans, Neo-cons, and anyone who is too successful in business versus those who want to present an alternative message & program to American voters. Another way to describe the rift is between those who feel the party is losing elections because they are not extreme enough, versus those who feel the party is losing elections because they are too extreme already.

This section here is a good summary of the whole article:

The Democratic leaders in Congress — Pelosi and Sen. Harry M. Reid(Nev.) — are the party’s chief strategists and architects of the agenda, which they view as a way to market party ideas on energy, health care, education and other issues. They have held countless meetings to construct the right list, consulting with governors, mayors and just about every Democratic adviser in town.


“By the time the election rolls around, people are going to know where Democrats stand,” Reid said.


But many in the party have their doubts. On Feb. 27, Reid and Pelosi appeared before the Democratic Governors Association. At one point in the conversation, Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, noting that the two leaders had talked about a variety of themes and ideas, asked for help. Could they reduce the message to just two or three core ideas that governors could echo in the states?


According to multiple accounts from those in the room, Reid said they had narrowed the list to six and proceeded to talk about them. Pelosi then offered her six — not all the same as Reid’s. Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski said later: “One of the other governors said ‘What do you think?’ and I said ‘You know what I think? I don’t think we have a message.’ “


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