Saturday, April 2nd, 2011 :: 10:23 PM

"The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture for wild beasts to fight in." (>>)

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 :: 2:35 PM

"But I can't help wondering, what would have been the reaction if Susan Boyle couldn't sing?" (>>)

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009 :: 12:25 PM
The American Myth of Redemptive Violence

"Whereas before, torture was the 'tool of the enemy,' now torture is the tool of Jack Bauer. Its use is a heroic act of defiance, often of petty bureaucratic limitations, or of conceited liberals whose personal conscience means more to them than the safety of their fellow citizens. While Bauer is presented as an ultimate heroic figure (and also a figure with some heroic flaws), those who challenge use of the rough stuff are naïve, and their presence and involvement in the national security process is threatening.

"The myth of the ticking bomb is the core of the program. Torture always works. Torture always saves the day. Torture is the ultimate act of heroism, of defiance of pointy-headed liberal morality in favor of service to the greater good, to society.

"[Camus said,] 'We must fight for the truth and we must take care not to kill it with the very weapons we use in its defense…' This is the fundamental dilemma that '24' dodges. What are the values for which Jack Bauer is fighting? Is he not abdicating them by his conduct?" (>>)

Monday, August 4th, 2008 :: 2:33 PM

"Why can’t we just talk like human beings talk to one another?" (>>)

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006 :: 1:53 PM

"torture porn" (>>)

Saturday, November 19th, 2005 :: 4:43 PM

"…sucking the marrow from the broken leg of academia." (>>)

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005 :: 12:43 PM

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Wednesday, August 4th, 2004 :: 12:13 AM

"Here's a crazy idea: let culture emerge from free choices of individuals. If it changes, then it changes. If individuals don't like the way it changes, they can keep living the same way they were before, and they can let other people live how they want too. If Bush wants to refuse to recognize the private arrangements homosexuals make as marriage, let him do it – as a private, personal choice." (>>)

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2003 :: 3:04 PM

This is a good commentary on how Johnny Cash was ripped off at the VMAs, and also how boring and fake the whole Britney Spears/Madonna/Christina Aquilera kiss was. Besides, the author uses the phrase "MTV Lesbian Stunt Coordinator."

Saturday, August 30th, 2003 :: 8:24 AM

Relevant Magazine put out this great comment as a Daily Slice:

"In our humble opinion, the MTV Video Music Awards last night sucked. All the self-generated hype, all the pop culture fluff, it was just too much to swallow. Madonna kissing Britney and Christina? Contrived, not controversial. Mostly, it was just sad. After a while, we got the feeling we had been eating cake frosting for two hours. Anyway, we had planned on doing a recap — complete with witty comments — but we're just not interested anymore."

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