A 13 Hours Movie Review

From Mr. Wintery Knight over at his blog. He has really done his research on this topic. I’ll definitely be seeing this movie based on his review.

13 Hours movie review, and my top 25 posts about the Benghazi cover-up

I went to see the movie 13 hours on Saturday and found that it dovetailed nicely with all the stories that I had written on this blog about the events in Libya and the subsequent lies and cover-up by the Obama administration.

I was asked to review the movie and post all of the links to the previous stories by my friends Kevin and McKenzie, so that’s what I’m going to do. . . .

Enduring the Movies

Max trying to do some mansplaining. Which means he's gonna get beat up soon.

Max expressing his concerns (mansplaining). Max will get beat up by a girl soon.

Recently I’ve been digging through the archives on the Salvo website looking for articles to recirculate (The website is updated daily so check back often!). Well, one of the gems that I found was Girly Men: The Media’s Attack on Masculinity by S. T. Karnick. It’s from 2008 so some of the pop culture examples he gives are a bit dated, but the thesis of the article still holds up. In fact, we’re simply further down the road on that issue. So it was with this article in the back of my mind that I stumbled upon Propaganda Pop Culture: From Cuckmercials to ‘Star Wars’ at the Taki’s Magazine website. The author Gavin McInnes not only points out the current P.C. craziness, but he offers helpful ways to go to the movies and get out unscathed by the SJW propaganda, and in some cases even with a renewed faith in humanity! Here’s what I mean.

When watching a female Jedi reboot the Star Wars franchise and solve all the universe’s problems you simply say, “Of course this woman is extraordinary. That’s why she’s going to save the universe. You wouldn’t have some random slob taking down the First Order.” When you see the black guy babble like a toddler, you forgive his lack of personality. “He just left the stormtroopers,” you say to yourself. “He’s a fish out of water. Of course he’s acting like a ridiculous baby.” At the end of the film (another spoiler) we meet Luke Skywalker. “Well, they all basically worship him,” you tell yourself. “In that sense they’re respecting all the hard work white men have done in the past. He’s Jesus in a way. It’s a Christian film.” To enjoy any kind of pop culture these days, you inject your suspension of disbelief with steroids and comb through hundreds of metaphors looking for something that even sort of resembles a plausible reality.

It works for Mad Max, too. Sure, Max himself is in the background and it’s all about Charlize Theron, but look at the precious cargo they’re carrying: pregnant women. Charlize’s character is as childless as she is miserable. The pregnant women in this movie are depicted as the future of the world. In that sense, it’s a pro-life movie that venerates moms—stay-at-home moms, no less. All right, I like it now. Let’s grab some popcorn.

Good stuff. I’m looking forward to my next opportunity to try out this method.

Common Score

DailyMail.com is running this story on yet another expose by the people at Project Veritas. This time they’re looking at public education and Common Core. Undercover Common Core Video: Executive Says “I hate kids, it’s all about the money:

James O’Keefe, president and founder of Project Veritas, released a powerful and troubling new video today showing a regional sales executive at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, one of the country’s leading textbook publishers and profiteers of Common Core admitting that Common Core is all about the money.

In this new video, Project Veritas journalists visit with America’s top textbook publishing companies, the moneymakers of Common Core, in an effort to expose how crony capitalism is taking over America’s educational system. Shockingly, our journalists caught a publishing executive mocking her own immoral behavior and then laughing about it on hidden camera.

read the rest…

Some choice quotes from the youtube video:

“You don’t think that the educational publishing companies are in it for education do you? No. They’re in it for the money. The fact that they have to align the educational standards is what they have to do to sell the books.”

“It’s a joke,” a Brooklyn, NY teacher confirmed in the undercover video. “It’s all a money game.”

After explaining how Common Core is overwhelmingly profit driven, Barrow went on to say, “I hate kids. I’m in it to sell books. Don’t even kid yourself for a heartbeat.”

“The publishing companies are the winners in the game,” stated Kirk Williams of PS 140 in the Bronx, NY.

Author Robin Phillips has written on Common Core for Salvo in one of salvomag.com’s popular articles of late. Robin’s article takes a look at the Common Core fiasco from another angle however. I recommend it to you.

School Deform
How Common Core Promotes Cultural Engineering by Killing the Imagination

31phillips. . . America’s founders understood that a healthy democracy requires that citizens learn to think critically, to ask questions, and to develop well-ordered faculties of reason and imagination. Citizens who were inculcated in the ways of sound thinking would be able to preserve the riches of our cultural heritage. This was the same vision articulated by Plato, who argued in The Republic that the highest goal of all education is knowledge of the Good. By contrast, when the architects of Common Core tried to describe the goal of education, they were unable to articulate anything higher than “college and career readiness” and “21st century literacy” for a “global economy.” . . .

 

Christianity for Good?

Maybe even Richard Dawkins himself believes it is so. From Breitbart:

In a text that is coursing about on social media, professional God-slayer Richard Dawkins begrudgingly admitted that Christianity may actually be our best defense against aberrant forms of religion that threaten the world.

“There are no Christians, as far as I know, blowing up buildings,” Dawkins said. “I am not aware of any Christian suicide bombers. I am not aware of any major Christian denomination that believes the penalty for apostasy is death.”

In a rare moment of candor, Dawkins reluctantly accepted that the teachings of Jesus Christ do not lead to a world of terror, whereas followers of radical Islam perpetrate the very atrocities that he laments.

Because of this realization, Dawkins wondered aloud whether Christianity might indeed offer an antidote to protect western civilization against jihad.

“I have mixed feelings about the decline of Christianity, in so far as Christianity might be a bulwark against something worse,” he said.

Granted this was said in 2010, but with all that continues to develop in our world I can see no reason for him to have changed his opinion much.

This reminds me of an article by Salvo columnist Cameron Wybrow, where he points out that Nietzsche came to similar conclusions . . . .

Capital Losses: Nietzsche on Losing English Morality

Often one can learn something from authors with whom one disagrees. An author with whom I disagree, but from whom I have learned a good deal, is Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900).

Nietzsche was rabidly anti-Christian and anti-Platonic, and thus opposed two of the foundational pillars of Western civilization. Nonetheless, I find that his analysis of the modern West, including its religion, is sometimes perceptive and warrants consideration.

In one of the most contemptuous of old books, Twilight of the Idols (1889), Nietzsche wrote:

[The English] are rid of the Christian God and now believe all the more firmly that they must cling to Christian morality. . . . In England one must rehabilitate oneself after every little emancipation from theology by showing . . . what a moral fanatic one is. . . .

We others hold otherwise. When one gives up the Christian faith, one pulls the right to Christian morality out from under one’s feet. . . . Christianity is a system, a whole view of things thought out together. By breaking one main concept out of it, the faith in God, one breaks the whole. . . . Christianity presupposes that man does not know, cannot know, what is good for him, what evil: he believes in God, who alone knows it. Christian morality is a command; its origin is transcendent; it is beyond all criticism, all right to criticism; it has truth only if God is the truth—it stands and falls with faith in God.

When the English actually believe that they know “intuitively” what is good and evil, when they therefore suppose that they no longer require Christianity as the guarantee of morality, we merely witness the effects of the dominion of the Christian value judgment and an expression of the strength and depth of this dominion: such that the origin of English morality has been forgotten, such that the very conditional character of its right to existence is no longer felt. For the English, morality is not yet a problem.

Blips: Short Write-Ups on New Books and Film

Found in every Salvo. Here are a few from the latest issue. You should subscribe! (Here’s a subscription deal w a free issue.)

*I’d also like to point you to a review of the new film The Revenant by our friend C. R. Wiley over at the Patheos website.

B O O K S

books-stealing-from-godStealing from God: Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case
by Frank Turek

Frank Turek strings out the fatal flaws in popular arguments for atheism. Using the acronym CRIMES, Turek shows how Causality, Reason, Information and Intentionality, Morality, Evil, and Science—all intellectual realms to which atheists imperiously lay claim—only make rational sense in a theistic worldview. Turek is a master with the double-edged sword of logic and has a rollicking good time wielding it. •

books-merchants-of-despairMerchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism
by Robert Zubrin

Zubrin says that disputes over such apparently diverse subjects as racial equality, nuclear power, and environmentalism ultimately boil down to the same conflict: the worth of humankind. Some of today’s most fashionable ideas, he says, are essentially replays of earlier ideological fads that were used to motivate and justify oppression, tyranny, and genocide, and he marshals historical accounts to back up the claim. •

books-whats-your-worldviewWhat’s Your Worldview? An Interactive Approach to Life’s Big Questions
by James N. Anderson

Inspired by those “Choose your own adventure” novels, Anderson takes readers through a series of questions about free will, truth, knowledge, goodness, God, and more to help them think through their own belief system. This handbook will make an excellent tool for working through with confused people who don’t know what they believe or for training thoughtful youth in a confusing world. •

F I L M

films-agenda2Agenda 2: Masters of Deceit

In this follow-up to the award-winning Agenda: Grinding America Down (2010), former Idaho state representative Curtis Bowers traces how movements such as progressive income taxation, environmentalism, disinformation in education, the subversion of churches, and more are railroading America toward a collectivist future that fulfils everything Karl Marx and his successors dreamed of. Bowers also suggests counter-measures anyone can take to stem the tide. •

films-an-open-secretAn Open Secret

Amy Berg exposes the rampant sexual exploitation of teenage boys in the entertainment industry. Several victims (now grown) speak about what drew them to Hollywood—usually music, acting, or modeling—and how their abusers gained their trust and carried out the abuses. To this day, many of the perpetrators have not only escaped punishment but still manage to work with and around children. •

films-living-watersLiving Waters: Intelligent Design in the Oceans of the Earth

Illustra Media has produced another stunning exploration of biological life, this time from the aquatic world. The irreducible complexity of the dolphin’s sonar system, the sea turtle’s and Pacific salmon’s navigation systems, and the humpback whale are presented as formidable challenges to the Darwinian mechanism. Filming was done in Canada, Bermuda, Polynesia, Mexico, and the United States. •

A Broken Beauty

Sexual-Revolution-CoverReaders of Salvo will be familiar with Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse. Marcia Segelstein interviewed her for the magazine a while back (see: To Make a Family) and her organization, The Ruth Institute, has been featured in the “Allied Front” column.

I found a more recent interview with Dr. Morse at aleteia.org where she talks about her new book and why they decided to put Marilyn Monroe on the cover:

When Art Director Todd Bingham came up with the cover for this book, I knew the concept was perfect. Who better to represent the empty promises of the Sexual Revolution than Marilyn Monroe? She remains an iconic figure of sex appeal. But there was a darker tragic side to her life.

Marilyn Monroe’s childhood included: a mentally unstable mother, a completely absent father, a disorganized childhood that included two different foster homes, probably sexual assault at the hands of adults in those homes, and an early marriage that she hoped would create stability. The “glamorous” side of her adult life included movie stardom, modeling, appearance in the first issue of “Playboy” in December 1953, three marriages, and an uncertain number of affairs. The dark side of her adult life included sexual exploitation by rich and powerful men, drug use, and her own cavalier disregard for the feelings of others. And in spite of all her fame and success, she had an unsureness of herself and her own value that included stage fright and finally, an early death. [Her biographer Norman Mailer wrote that she’d had twelve abortions before age 29.—ed.]

Her life and death is a metaphor for the Sexual Revolution. The “glamour” and the empty promises get the full attention of the media. The downsides, not so much. The sexual exploitation that led to so much of the tragedy of Marilyn Monroe’s life does not get the blame that it deserves. Neither does the brokenness of her early family life. We just keep looking at the carefully-crafted images and ignore the dark underside.

Likewise, the media still do not connect the dots between the poisonous ideology of the Sexual Revolution and the pain and grief and ultimately the loneliness that are endemic in our society. This book tries to fill that gap.

See also, from Touchstone
Beauty & the Beast: Maclin Horton on Marilyn Monroe & Hugh Hefner, Together at Last