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The War on Mel Gibson
Lew Rockwell ^ | March 27, 2004 | Gary North

Posted on 03/27/2004 5:43:47 AM PST by NYer

The War on Mel Gibson

by Gary North
by Gary North

Over the last four weeks, I have written a book, The War on Mel Gibson. I have decided to give it away this weekend, but only this weekend. I will pull it off the Web on Tuesday. In short, "Download now, or forever hold your peace." Until Tuesday, you can download it here:

The War on Mel Gibson

Save the book to your hard drive by using the floppy disk icon on Acrobat Reader. Alternatively, right-click on the link, and click Save Target As... Name it: Gibson. (This way is also good if you have trouble downloading the book: a blank screen.)

THE CULTURE WAR

I argue in my book that the media's war on The Passion of the Christ has been systematic and increasingly frantic. It is part of the overall culture war that is being waged by the Left on America specifically and the West generally. The chief theoretician of this war was the Italian Communist, Antonio Gramsci, who died in 1937. I go into this background in my book. Gramsci understood eighty years ago: Christianity is the enemy of Communist revolution. He wrote in 1921:

What remains to be done? Nothing other than to destroy the present form of civilization. In this field, 'to destroy' does not mean the same as in the economic field. It does not mean to deprive humanity of the material products that it needs to subsist and develop. It means to destroy spiritual hierarchies, prejudices, idols and ossified traditions.

Conservatives and libertarians have fought an amazingly successful counter-attack over the last three decades in the area of economic theory. Socialists have been routed, both intellectually and politically. The Soviet Union went belly-up. In the battle of ideas, we have scored victory after victory.

In the culture war, however, we have been beaten again and again. On every front, we are surrounded by the enemy: in literature, television, and especially the movies.

Now, in a stunning reversal, Mel Gibson has handed us a victory so overwhelming that the Establishment media are in shock. They mounted a full-scale battle against Gibson, beginning almost as soon as he announced his plan to produce the movie. The Left unloaded on him with everything it had. The attempt failed. So far, the failure is in the $300 million range, and it is not yet Easter weekend. The movie has not yet opened in Europe, Latin America, and South Korea.

Like the guerilla officer he played in The Patriot, Mel Gibson caught the enemy with its collective pants down – which, for this particular enemy, is a familiar condition. He did this with the most appropriate weapon at his or anyone's disposal: the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

He aimed his weapon at the belly of the beast. He hit dead center. The beast hardly knows what hit it, let alone what to do about it. It is screaming. Gibson is accused of anti-Semitism. His movie has repeatedly been called pornographic because of its violence. Mexico's humanist government has rated the movie X – no children allowed. There is fear – gut-wrenching fear – in the Establishment. I say it's good for them. They deserve it.

Gibson sent the media into apoplexy as soon as he revealed his plans for The Passion. Major newspapers began doing hatchet movie reviews before Gibson even began shooting the picture. Someone stole a copy of the script and released it to selective reviewers.

Tremendous pressure was placed on Gibson to change the movie. Right up until opening day, Hollywood moguls said they would never work with him again. (They changed their tune when the movie took in $117 million in five days.)

Why? Why did Hollywood walk away from what instantly became a blockbuster? For the same reason that the studios continue to lose hundreds of millions of dollars producing films that attack religion and morality: its intense hostility to Christianity and the value system it teaches.

The financial success of the movie has sent them a message: there are millions of ticket-buying patrons who do not share Hollywood's values, and who are willing to put their money where their values are. So was Gibson. This is the only reason the viewers are in a position to send Hollywood and the New York Times a message. Gibson put at risk tens of millions of dollars of his own money to fund this project. He is now a very rich man. He is going to be much richer by the time the movie goes to DVD. And then the "annuity" begins. This movie will be rented for the rest of his life, in many languages.

AN ICEBERG OF DISCONTENT

We should recognize The Passion for what it is: an experiment that has revealed the tip of a very large iceberg of discontent. Hollywood did not want to acknowledge that this iceberg was there. Prior to the movie's release, a supposed expert in Hollywood, one Michael Levine, told the Washington Times: "This film has all the makings of a [box office] bomb." Thank you, Mr. Levine, for your insight. You opened the window on the inner workings of Hollywood's movie-makers. Unlike their forebears in the 1930s and 1940s, they don't know what the audience wants.

Mel Gibson's victory has sounded an alarm bell: the powers that be can be transformed into the powers that were. The powers that be have heard the alarm. The question is: Have their victims also heard it?

The Sanhedrin had the Romans seal Jesus' tomb because they knew that Jesus had prophesied His resurrection in three days. The Sanhedrin feared that the disciples would steal the body and claim His resurrection. But they completely misjudged the disciples, who had all fled. It was the women who discovered the open tomb, not the disciples. The disciples were the last to know about their deliverance from bondage. Their rulers saw the great reversal coming before they did. This has not changed. But it should.

Gibson has touched a nerve. In full public view, he challenged the cultural powers that be. He beat them to a pulp in full public view. Whether he can do it again is now of major concern to Hollywood and the Establishment media.

The conservative public was given an opportunity to test its own strength of numbers. This is the first time in my lifetime that any artistically first-rate movie has challenged the Establishment's view of Christianity. This is the most important counter-offensive that we have seen in the culture war.

In Europe, the spiritual erosion process is almost complete. But the inheritor will not be Communism. Unless there is a great reversal, the inheritor will be Islam.

WHY A FREE BOOK?

My book was rejected by a major Christian publishing house. The editor says it is too negative. It is not 50-50 optimism and pessimism, he said. Quite true; if you want a happy-face book for the culturally uninformed, this is not the book. It must be rewritten, he said. Not likely, I said. Hence, this offer. I would rather get the "original, uncut version" out to the hard corps.

The significance of Gibson's effort is that this is the first major cultural watershed: a counter-offensive to the mass media. This is a war. Christians who spend their money in Christian book stores (women, ages 45 to 75) have been engaged in this war at the family level, but not the mass-media level. I was unable to write a happy-face, "Jesus loves Hollywood, and has a wonderful plan for its life" book. I had to write the truth.

The truth of the culture war is that we have been losing it on all sides in the public arena. There is no way to paint a happy face on this loss. We must begin where we are: in the corner. The first step is to understand our enemies and why they have been successful.

I think there is an army of Christians out there who are sick to death – no, sick to life – of what this era's cultural masters have shoved down their throats. I am convinced that we have seen a turning point. I wrote my book accordingly. It is no happy face cheer-me-up. It is a call to a war in which we are in very late stages.

Mel Gibson has become very rich betting because of the existence of an audience that was ready to see the truth. I think this is also true of the Christian book-buying public. But the editor was not persuaded.

Download the book. Read it. Draw your own conclusion. But I warn you: I name names, quote verbatim, and take no prisoners. If that's your kind of weekend reading, download the book.

Who knows? Maybe the publisher will reconsider. I can think of some Hollywood chief executives who would like to reconsider optioning the distribution rights to The Passion of the Christ. Unlike them, the publisher still has time.

If, after reading the book, you think the publisher should reconsider, I would deeply appreciate it if you would spend 37 cents to send him a note recommending the book. I provide details on the title page. You're not in any way obligated to do this, of course. But I need a little help from my friends.

[Warning: if too many of you try to download it at once, the site may go into overload mode. The book really is there, even if the site gives you a 404 error message. Try later. Economics defines scarcity as follows: "At zero price, there is more demand than supply." This law applies to bandwidth.]


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KEYWORDS: bigdeception; culturewar; garynorth; gramsci; kushmeerintoches; melgibson; melsfalsegospel; strongdelusion; survival; theleft; thepassion
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1 posted on 03/27/2004 5:43:48 AM PST by NYer
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To: NYer
Thank you.. good luck with your book
2 posted on 03/27/2004 5:46:46 AM PST by DollyCali ("Trying to keep the Freepers pulling in the same direction is like trying to herd cats." Richard Poe)
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To: NYer
Wow, a 226 page "free book"
3 posted on 03/27/2004 5:47:06 AM PST by Crazieman
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To: Crazieman
Whoops, meant to add more. I'll definitely give it a read. Didn't want the post to sound demeaning, was not intended. Bit tired
4 posted on 03/27/2004 5:47:58 AM PST by Crazieman
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To: american colleen; sinkspur; Lady In Blue; Salvation; Polycarp IV; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; ..

The Left unloaded on him with everything it had. The attempt failed. So far, the failure is in the $300 million range, and it is not yet Easter weekend.

Catholic Ping - let me know if you want on/off this list


5 posted on 03/27/2004 5:50:57 AM PST by NYer (Prayer is the Strength of the Weak)
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To: NYer
Wasn't there a Gary North who had a doom and gloom web sight devoted to the Y2K problems that would surely result in utter chaos throughout the world because of programming problems which the year 2000 would cause to manifest the innate problems of dependancy on computers?
6 posted on 03/27/2004 5:51:59 AM PST by Radix (The Canteen? Yeah, it is for the Troops. Do you got a problem with that?)
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To: DollyCali
While I agree with the gist of the article, I do believe that one area where conservatives and Christians have been successful is in the home school arena. It may take decades to see what happens when a couple of million kids know from the beginning that the culture is rotten and are instructed to defend against it.
7 posted on 03/27/2004 5:55:40 AM PST by sittnick (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: NYer; kstewskis; Victoria Delsoul; Dr. Scarpetta; GirlShortstop; lonevoice; kattracks; ...
You're a marvel.

Just started to read some of it. (More later.)

This should stir up some excitement around here.

Blessings to you my friend!

Passion Ping!

8 posted on 03/27/2004 5:56:24 AM PST by Northern Yankee ( "Behold Mother... I make all things new." - Jesus of Nazareth)
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To: NYer
One little caveat:
Is this the same Gary North who warned of all sorts of catastrophes at Y2K?
9 posted on 03/27/2004 5:56:45 AM PST by sittnick (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: sittnick; OrthodoxPresbyterian
One little caveat: Is this the same Gary North who warned of all sorts of catastrophes at Y2K?

Yeah. Same guy.

He's moved on, taken his lumps. Or so I've heard

10 posted on 03/27/2004 6:06:55 AM PST by jude24 (Explore the meaning behind THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST -- www.thelife.com)
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To: NYer
Thanks bump.
11 posted on 03/27/2004 6:10:48 AM PST by Rocko ('s Modern Life)
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To: AAABEST; MarMema
Passion Ping!
12 posted on 03/27/2004 6:14:26 AM PST by NYer (Prayer is the Strength of the Weak)
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To: NYer
Antonio Gramsci...The Clinton's guiding light....
and corner stone of Hitlery's Village (of "It takes a Village"-) fame (starring Al Franken as the idiot)
13 posted on 03/27/2004 6:23:21 AM PST by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: NYer
Gary North & Christian Reconstructionism, Dominion Theology and Theonomy
14 posted on 03/27/2004 6:35:45 AM PST by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: joesnuffy
Gary during the Y2K hysteria was and still is a great shill for Burt Blumert's (The Lew Rockwell web site)
Camino Coin shop
15 posted on 03/27/2004 6:39:28 AM PST by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: NYer
ping me,please........
16 posted on 03/27/2004 6:51:15 AM PST by fishbabe
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To: NYer
>They mounted a full-scale battle against [?!?] Gibson, beginning almost as soon as he announced his plan to produce the movie

Did they? Or was it
just what Hollywood calls a
public relations

campaign
? They get folks
riled up, and some people spend
money on one side,

others spend money
on the other side. Call me
cynical -- jaded --

but to businessmen,
Christians are just another
demographic, and --

judging from the way
so many Christians have thrown
their money into

the business wallets
to see The Passion -- they are
a gullible one.

17 posted on 03/27/2004 7:16:47 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: NYer
Why? Why did Hollywood walk away from what instantly became a blockbuster? For the same reason that the studios continue to lose hundreds of millions of dollars producing films that attack religion and morality: its intense hostility to Christianity and the value system it teaches.

I agree with every point this article makes and especially this one. Hollywood isn't trying to make money. The Hollywood liberal elite are willing to have their companies lose large sums in order to further their agenda. Ask the Disney stockholders.

It's not about money. It's about power.

18 posted on 03/27/2004 7:35:06 AM PST by Puzzleman (Bush = Steadfast leadership in time of change)
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To: NYer
BUMP Thank you for your generosity!
19 posted on 03/27/2004 7:59:56 AM PST by Libertina (Praises for Your day, Lord!)
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To: theFIRMbss
A public relations campaign ?
You've got to be kidding...

All of the "jewish talking heads" and the "Hollywood elite" got together and decided to play along with Mel by predenting to go nuts over the movie so the apparent controversy would get those dumb "gullible" sheeple to spend their $300 M plus.

Let me adjust my Tin foil hat.
20 posted on 03/27/2004 8:16:19 AM PST by UltraKonservativen (( YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID ))
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To: UltraKonservativen
>All of the "jewish talking heads" and the "Hollywood elite" got together and decided to play along with Mel by predenting to go nuts over the movie so the apparent controversy would get those dumb "gullible" sheeple to spend their $300 M plus. Let me adjust my Tin foil hat.


21 posted on 03/27/2004 8:35:36 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: Northern Yankee
Thanks for the ping, Jay. For those of us with dial-up connections, this would be one major download. I'd appreciate a ping if you post a review of the book. I'd like to know your thoughts, if possible, before committing my PC to the task.

Yes, this is the guy who became known as "Scary Gary" during the Y2K hysteria, and he is a Christian reconstructionist. But, to give credit, Gary North has always been a heckuva writer and this may be a very good book.
22 posted on 03/27/2004 8:37:12 AM PST by lonevoice (Some things have to be believed to be seen)
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To: theFIRMbss
You mean the New York Times was in on the plot? Just go back and read what they have said about Gibson, his film and his father.
23 posted on 03/27/2004 8:48:50 AM PST by RobbyS (Latin nothing of atonment)
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To: RobbyS
>You mean the New York Times was in on the plot? Just go back and read what they have said about Gibson, his film and his father.

It's not a "plot." It's
what pop culture is. Details
such as what is said

are irrelevant.
(When fish swim, it's not a "plot"
with them and water . . .)

24 posted on 03/27/2004 9:03:58 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: Libertina
BTW, I read on another Web site that a bank robber turned himself in after seeing Gibson's film. Also, a killer did this as extensively covered on FR.
25 posted on 03/27/2004 9:06:42 AM PST by Dante3
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To: theFIRMbss
Are you trying to tell us that Gibson paid the ADL to start this whole ruckus about the movie being anti-semitic?
26 posted on 03/27/2004 9:09:54 AM PST by per loin (This tagline has not been censored!)
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To: theFIRMbss
The "Grey Lady" is now part of the "pop culture?" And of course academics like Paula Fredericksen and establishment organs like the New Republic? All these elites and Hollywood have in commmon is a common hatred of traditional Christianity. They are going to connive in a plot--it would have to be deliberate-- to gull Christians by exposing them to theological views that the plottters hate? You have to excuse me. but that sounds totally Clarke--ish
27 posted on 03/27/2004 9:17:42 AM PST by RobbyS (Latin nothing of atonment)
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To: per loin
>Are you trying to tell us that Gibson paid the ADL to start this whole ruckus about the movie being anti-semitic?

No, pop culture is
just a big machine. The parts
all do their own thing

but the net effect
is to strip mine our money.
(Jewish groups all knew

that just by talking
about Mel they'd hype his film.
But, at the same time,

they also knew they'd
get more donations from folks
who see their viewpoint.)

Everyone's "honest,"
everyone's speaking their mind,
but everyone knows

they're part of one big
machine. It's a machine that
just wants our money.

28 posted on 03/27/2004 9:22:04 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: RobbyS
>All these elites and Hollywood have in commmon is a common hatred of traditional Christianity

I'm sure they don't like
Christianity, but all
are passionate for:


29 posted on 03/27/2004 9:31:42 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: lonevoice; kstewskis
Its huge.

I will do what I can, Marsha.

Good to see you again!

Where's Karen? IS she out looking for WMD, or Mel?

BTW... My brother is attending a convention down in New Orleans, and rumor has it that Mel Gibson may be their keynote speaker today.

30 posted on 03/27/2004 9:31:56 AM PST by Northern Yankee ( "Behold Mother... I make all things new." - Jesus of Nazareth)
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To: theFIRMbss
Ok I get it. Reductionism is cheaper than thinking.
31 posted on 03/27/2004 9:35:06 AM PST by per loin (This tagline has not been censored!)
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To: theFIRMbss
I'm sure they don't like Christianity, but all are passionate for [money} I don't think you get it. Unlike the old Jews who ran Hollywood a half century ago, they do HATE Christianity and because the eastern elites share this hatred/contempt, they no longer have to defer to the faith of the majority of ordinary Americans. But you reallly don't know how RADICAL a departure this film is, do you? Unlike Crap like "The Greatest Story Ever Told," it actuallly disturbs audiences, far more deeply than "Saving Private Ryan." It is as if they were to make a film called "Gladiator" realisticallly without all the romantic touches. In a way it is like "Roots,"but pulling no punches.
32 posted on 03/27/2004 9:50:19 AM PST by RobbyS (Latin nothing of atonment)
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To: NYer
Very good, what several dozen pages I've read.

I am most interested in looking at the area around page 100-140 or so. I would have liked the book to start with that historical stuff, but I'm no writer... I'm looking forward to studying those sections.
33 posted on 03/27/2004 10:02:17 AM PST by AFPhys (My Passion review: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1089021/posts?page=13#13)
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To: NYer
Bump! I just downloaded it and I'll read it bit by bit.

Thanks for the head's up!

34 posted on 03/27/2004 10:05:36 AM PST by american colleen
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To: theFIRMbss
but to businessmen, Christians are just another demographic, and -- judging from the way so many Christians have thrown their money into the business wallets to see The Passion -- they are a gullible one.

Good product *deserves* money "into the business wallets".

Would you have it any other way?

35 posted on 03/27/2004 10:16:40 AM PST by FreeReign
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To: theFIRMbss
You're wrong if you think the Hollywood media elite are trying to make money for their stockholders. Look at their stock performances. The elite want to use the media companies to push their propaganda. And their stockholders are getting fed up with their doing it.
36 posted on 03/27/2004 10:29:10 AM PST by Puzzleman (Bush = Steadfast leadership in time of change)
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To: Northern Yankee
BTW... My brother is attending a convention down in New Orleans, and rumor has it that Mel Gibson may be their keynote speaker today.

If Mel is going to be there maybe we could ask your brother to look for Karen in New Orleans! :-P

37 posted on 03/27/2004 10:39:49 AM PST by lonevoice (Some things have to be believed to be seen)
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To: Puzzleman
Good post, and one that shines the spotlight of truth on the cultural elite's war against our traditional, historically Judeo-Christian, values. Another example is CBS. Their ratings have been going down the toilet for a long time, and they do know why. Instead of implementing new policies that would reverse the trend, they give us commentary by Andy Rooney. Despite their admission that they received more emails and phone calls reviling Rooney's Gibson hit piece than any show in CBS history, they see no need to apologize. In fact, they allowed Rooney to address the issue a second time just to heap more ridicule on the outraged viewers.
38 posted on 03/27/2004 10:48:39 AM PST by lonevoice (Some things have to be believed to be seen)
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To: Puzzleman
No money, no power.
39 posted on 03/27/2004 10:57:26 AM PST by DB ()
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To: NYer
Gibson has touched a nerve. In full public view, he challenged the cultural powers that be. He beat them to a pulp in full public view. Whether he can do it again is now of major concern to Hollywood and the Establishment media.

If he (or anyone else) does it again, the Hollywood system will be history. Christians and conservatives can produce and market their own films. We should get rid of Hollywood and Big network television. There is no reason Hollywood or New York should control video media anymore. Their reign of terror and error is over. "The emperor wears no clothes."

They are clueless and valueless. Completely out of touch with reality...and American culture. It's time to get rid of the anti-Christian media.

40 posted on 03/27/2004 11:01:25 AM PST by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: lonevoice
Look who owns CBS?? Nuff said:)
41 posted on 03/27/2004 11:07:19 AM PST by international american (Support our troops!! Send Kerry back to Boston!!!!)
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To: theFIRMbss
So Mel Gibson is just another astute businessman taking advantage of a gullible demographic.

I just peeked at your 'about page' and see that you appear to know all about taking advantage of a gullible demographic.

42 posted on 03/27/2004 11:12:52 AM PST by CarryaBigStick
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To: Northern Yankee; NYer
North's comments are right on target. Thanks for the ping
43 posted on 03/27/2004 11:15:38 AM PST by Victoria Delsoul (Kerry's 3 Purple Hearts are: 2 for minor arm and thigh injury and 1 for killing a semi-dead VietCong)
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To: lonevoice
...look for Karen in New Orleans!

My thoughts exactly.

44 posted on 03/27/2004 1:16:44 PM PST by Northern Yankee ( "Behold Mother... I make all things new." - Jesus of Nazareth)
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To: DB
No money, no power.

In the long run, you are right. But for now, Eisner controls billions of dollars worth of assets and thousands of employees and he has a lot of power. He has not been interested in getting a good return on those assets and employees but rather has wanted to use them to say what he wants said. Eventually, he will either lose control of his Disney empire or he will run it into the ground. Then he will have no power.

45 posted on 03/27/2004 1:21:57 PM PST by Puzzleman (Bush = Steadfast leadership in time of change)
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To: theFIRMbss
You need to get out more.
46 posted on 03/27/2004 1:53:01 PM PST by SendShaqtoIraq
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To: NYer
This book is spot on. Excellent, excellent post!
47 posted on 03/27/2004 2:01:43 PM PST by TOUGH STOUGH (A vote for anyone other than George Bush for president is wholly irresponsible.)
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To: NYer
Thanks for posting this. I just finished reading the book and was going to post this myself.

Book Report...
This is a well researched and footnoted history of how we got to this point where we have filth all over the tv and movie screens. I always wondered and I knew there was a history, but have not had it explained so thoroughly. It covers the history of Communism and Christianity from the days of Christ to Lenin and an Italian named Gramsci who updated the communist manifesto to fit modern times. He talks about the true Christians and Jews and the false (liberal) Christians and Jews (the ones who supposedly were responsible for allowing movies like the Last Tempation of Christ") I will not go into details but you must read it. It has wonderful quotes by Michael Medved, Mary Pickford (who I had no idea was such a lovely, intelligent soul) and related gospel verses to explain how we got here. It even has solutions that Christians can do using Mel Gibson as a role model. He states that if Mel can do it, we all can and should.

48 posted on 03/27/2004 2:39:56 PM PST by abigail2
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To: SendShaqtoIraq
>You need to get out more

Finally, someone
says something I can agree
with! Only now I

need to figure out
why Britney never calls back
when I ask her out . . .

49 posted on 03/27/2004 2:47:57 PM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: DollyCali
Thank you and good luck!
50 posted on 03/27/2004 2:52:35 PM PST by freeangel (freeangel)
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