Falling Awake

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Honest liberals

…and yes, Governor Schwarzenegger is a liberal.

I point out liberal dishonesty as much as I possibly can–there are only so many hours in a day, you know.  So, it’s only fair to spotlight a few times this week where liberals spoke honestly.

Hollywood and Abortion, Ctd.

As a liberal who writes about film, there are few things that I find more irritating than the tendency of other liberal film writers to treat the 95 percent of Hollywood films that push (explicitly or implicitly) liberal ideas as if they were utterly apolitical and commonsensical, and then react with shock and despair on those rare occasions when a movie with conservative themes makes its way to theatres.

Yes, in two recent films, Waitress and Knocked Up, a woman whom we might otherwise expect to consider abortion instead opts to have the baby. (Isn’t it supposed to take three examples to establish a trend?) And yes, of course, Hollywood would prefer not to talk about abortion at all, as it’s a subject generally not known for its entertainment value.

But do we really need successive articles in Slate and The New York Times positing some conservative climate of fear in Hollywood? I seem to recall two recent films, The Cider House Rules (which the Times article mentions but dismisses) and Vera Drake (which neither article mentions at all) that netted Academy Award nominations (and one victory) for actors playing heroic abortion providers. (In the former case, Michael Caine won the Oscar despite delivering what may have been the most mawkish performance of his long and frequently riveting career.) When actors start getting nominations for playing anti-abortion activists, then I’ll expect to see a raft of articles about Pro-Life Hollywood. (If it needs to be added, I am myself firmly pro-choice.)

By the way, I try to check out movie reviews at Libertas.  Where else would you find a review of the new Fantastic Four picture (written by an anonymous someone in the movie business) that sounds like this?

Of course the U.S. Army’s evil. This is a studio film. Of course, the Army will eventually turn on the worst outfitted superheroes in movie history. Of course, the Army will do business with evil to save the village. Of course, when we all know it’s not true General Hager will say, “Mission accomplished.” (I’m not kidding,. He really says it. I swear. And please don’t spend $8.50 and risk another sequel to see if I’m lying. I’m begging you to take my word for it. Begging you.)

But the low point of many a low point is reached when the Army uses a loophole to torture a prisoner. This is a PG film aimed at young kids and this moment is obvious in its malicious intent and beyond the pale. This is a total propagandist sucker-punch slipped into a family Summer movie and unforgivable. I was horrified. It’s the most appalling abuse of an audience I can remember in a long time.


Schwarzenegger: Turn Off Spanish TV

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told a gathering of Hispanic journalists that immigrants should avoid Spanish-language media if they want to learn English quickly.

“You’ve got to turn off the Spanish television set” and avoid Spanish-language television, books and newspapers, the Republican governor said Wednesday night at the annual convention of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

“You’re just forced to speak English, and that just makes you learn the language faster,” Schwarzenegger said.

“I know this sounds odd and this is the politically incorrect thing to say, and I’m going to get myself in trouble,” he said, noting that he rarely spoke German and was forced to learn English when he emigrated from Austria.

Of course, this was not received well by his audience:

“I’m sitting shaking my head not believing that someone would be so naive and out of it that he would say something like that,” said Alex Nogales, president and chief executive of the National Hispanic Media Coalition.

How could Arnold Schwarzenegger possibly know what it’s like to be a non-English-speaking immigrant?  What would he know about succeeding in this country despite those handicaps?


Death Penalty Deters Murders, Studies Say

“Science does really draw a conclusion. It did. There is no question about it,” said Naci Mocan, an economics professor at the University of Colorado at Denver. “The conclusion is there is a deterrent effect.”

A 2003 study he co-authored, and a 2006 study that re-examined the data, found that each execution results in five fewer homicides, and commuting a death sentence means five more homicides. “The results are robust, they don’t really go away,” he said. “I oppose the death penalty. But my results show that the death penalty (deters) — what am I going to do, hide them?”

Imagine that.  A liberal scientist who’s not willing to fudge facts to push his agenda.


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