Hollywood finds new things to rip off
Feb 25th, 2014 by Ken Hagler

I just watched a trail­er for an upcom­ing Hol­ly­wood movie called Brick Man­sions, and imme­di­ate­ly noticed that it looked like a crap­py ripoff of a fair­ly well-known French action movie that aired in the US with the title Dis­trict B13 (the orig­i­nal French title was Ban­lieue 13). It even had the same actor play­ing what looked like the same part. Then at the end of the trail­er, the words “based on the screen­play for Ban­lieue 13” flashed on the screen.

I guess they ran out of Japan­ese and Euro­pean hor­ror movies to make bad copies of, so now they’ve moved on to Euro­pean action movies.

Traditions are not necessarily good
Feb 10th, 2014 by Ken Hagler

Steve Chap­man on the Myth of ‘Tra­di­tion­al Mar­riage’. Gay marriageIn the
bat­tle over same-sex mar­riage, oppo­nents are strong­ly in favor of
defer­ring to the wis­dom of our ances­tors. Indi­ana Gov. Mike Pence
uses the pre­vail­ing for­mu­la when he says, “I sup­port tra­di­tion­al
mar­riage.” The Chris­t­ian Coali­tion of Amer­i­ca urges its friends to
“Say ‘I Do’ to Tra­di­tion­al Mar­riage.” But invok­ing age-old cus­toms
has not served to con­vince the Amer­i­can peo­ple, most of whom now
favor let­ting gays wed. As Steve Chap­man writes, Amer­i­cans have
rarely ral­lied to the idea that we should do some­thing just because
that’s what was done in the time of Hen­ry VII or even George
Wash­ing­ton. []

When Con­ser­v­a­tives go on about “tra­di­tion­al mar­riage,” they are actu­al­ly talk­ing about 1950’s sit­com mar­riage. A real tra­di­tion­al mar­riage is between a man and one or more female slaves bought from their fathers for some goats (or oth­er live­stock). The goats can expect much bet­ter treat­ment from their new own­ers.

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