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Kirsten Gillibrand and Oprah Winfrey, get your guns: Frontier women in modern American life
New York Daily News ^ | Monday, December 27th 2010 | Stanley Crouch

Posted on 12/29/2010 2:02:35 PM PST by presidio9

While recently watching the Coen brothers' new movie, "True Grit," I thought of how the story of a 14-year-old girl functioning in a world of rough and ruthless men conforms to the longstanding American myth of the pioneer woman - a myth that is especially relevant today, in the wake of congressional legislation that would have perished without a woman's strong leadership.

American women were central to pushing the country westward and managing frontier towns of men who would've been happy drinking, shooting and killing each other if the female desire for order and tranquility had not been imposed upon them.

Women prevailed through a hornet's nest of miseries, from death during childbirth to gun battles on the prairie to the ravages of disease. In addition, pioneer women learned to shoot guns and do many things that their sisters in big cities did not know about. It is unimaginable that an extraordinary sharpshooter like Annie Oakley would have thrived in Boston.

All of this has been sentimentalized and reduced to a barrel of purple clichés. Any serious American artist has to avoid hollow platitudes because, when delivered well, the story of a pioneer woman not only captures the 19th century, but speaks directly to our time. That's why "True Grit" is so relevant today.

The movie reminds that our national myths are very different from the propaganda passed off as fact by Fox News. Myths like that of the frontier woman are not only grounded in historical reality, but recur often enough to elevate us beyond the cynicism of well-advertised and well-packaged lies put forth by the right.

Because it is about a genuinely American woman who learns terrible things about life but prevails over all obstacles, "True Grit" will be a sure success. And it will likely benefit from our shared affection for the person from whom nothing is expected, but who nevertheless manages to persevere.

There are fine examples of pioneer women in our own time, the kind who are willing to endure what they must in order to achieve important things. These include, among many others, the billionaire queen of national goodwill, Oprah Winfrey, and New York's junior senator, Kirsten Gillibrand. Some would even put the narcissistic balloon of hot air known as Sarah Palin into this group.

At the moment, Gillibrand is the most talked about of this bunch because of the impact she has had since Gov. Paterson appointed her to take the seat of Hillary Clinton, who left the Senate to serve as secretary of state.

Little was expected of Gillibrand, but she came through in the way that American women often do, regardless of color, class, religion or sexual orientation.

Gillibrand seems to have gone into training for political battle when she lost 40 pounds. Like it or not, men take women more seriously if their good ideas pair with good looks.

Gillibrand made herself crucial to repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell. She was also central to passing the Zadroga bill to help ailing 9/11 first-responders. Not too shabby for someone who was branded as so insignificant by so many.

When the remarkable heroine of "True Grit," Mattie Ross, finally gets the drop on the film's villain, a look of great conviction flashes across her face as she points a rifle at him. I am sure that it is a look Gillibrand and all women of her type, whatever their political persuasion, will recognize easily in themselves.


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1 posted on 12/29/2010 2:02:40 PM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9
There are fine examples of pioneer women in our own time, the kind who are willing to endure what they must in order to achieve important things. These include, among many others, the billionaire queen of national goodwill, Oprah Winfrey, and New York's junior senator, Kirsten Gillibrand. Some would even put the narcissistic balloon of hot air known as Sarah Palin into this group.

This guy is totally insane.

2 posted on 12/29/2010 2:05:16 PM PST by frogjerk (I believe in unicorns, fairies and pro-life Democrats.)
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To: presidio9

Stanley seems a little light in the loafers if ya know what I mean.


3 posted on 12/29/2010 2:05:23 PM PST by bkepley
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To: presidio9

Nice comic relief. Even funnier than Couch’s usual high standards of satire.


4 posted on 12/29/2010 2:07:19 PM PST by Patrick1 (I'm a soldier of good fortune, I'm guarding the Yucatan.)
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To: Patrick1
Nice comic relief. Even funnier than Couch’s usual high standards of satire.

The thing I liked about this column is the fact that, while it clearly alludes to Sara Palin, it avoids mentioning her by name, unlike every other column he has written for the last two years.

5 posted on 12/29/2010 2:11:28 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: presidio9

“congressional legislation that would have perished without a woman’s strong leadership”

Mmm - strong as the smell of a nearby skunk.


6 posted on 12/29/2010 2:15:51 PM PST by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: RoadTest

Light in the loafers?? This guy(?) can’t even lay claim to feet.


7 posted on 12/29/2010 2:18:58 PM PST by snarkbait (<<For Rent>>)
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To: presidio9
American women were central to pushing the country westward and managing frontier towns of men who would've been happy drinking, shooting and killing each other if the female desire for order and tranquility had not been imposed upon them.

Women have always been more powerful and influential than history suggests.

But as far as men not being able to govern themselves and having some kind of uncontrollable bloodlust, well, let's just say I beg to differ.

8 posted on 12/29/2010 2:21:41 PM PST by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenario at a time.)
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To: presidio9
American women were central to pushing the country westward and managing frontier towns of men who would've been happy drinking, shooting and killing each other if the female desire for order and tranquility had not been imposed upon them.

Oprah and her kind are doing a good job in Oakland, Richmond, and elsewhere keeping order and tranquility - not! Sarah is the proper role-model for our future survival.

Stanley Grouch is envious of Sarah Palin. It shows. He probably never fired a gun. Sharpshooters can and do thrive in cities, the military can attest to that as they recruit from cities.

9 posted on 12/29/2010 2:30:43 PM PST by roadcat
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To: bkepley

DING DING DING DING DING

WE GOT THE WINNER!


10 posted on 12/29/2010 2:35:09 PM PST by IMR 4350
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To: presidio9
All of this has been sentimentalized and reduced to a barrel of purple clichés. Any serious American artist has to avoid hollow platitudes...

It always makes me laugh to see how rigidly liberal spew their formulaic programming. They are taught to do something and then immediately claim, very precisely, that they are not doing it. They believe this will somehow neutralize the ability of anyone to expose their absurdity, by rendering them invisible to cogent rebuttal. In other words, they try to create a neurolinguistic spell, by following the orders of some spook shrink who used tax dollars to wank off in a lab somewhere.

The writer of this article, Stanley Crouch (and a better name for a liberal I've never heard) is a perfect example of this moronic tactic. Stanley starts by spewing utterly absurd agenda generalities stuffed with purple clichés and hollow platitudes, and then writes: "All of this has been sentimentalized and reduced to a barrel of purple clichés. Any serious American artist has to avoid hollow platitudes..."

This is not only what he was taught in J-School, it's more deeply taught in his very survival as a liberal. We call them sheeple, thinking in our heart of hearts that they are actually human beings who demonstrate embarrassingly cowardly behavior that they could correct if they wanted to. But we are wrong. Liberals have literally turned themselves into herd-animals, and behave exactly as they are programmed - and that especially includes language. Because without the languge structures, liberal denial falls apart, and they are exposed to themselves as the cowards they really are.

11 posted on 12/29/2010 2:39:51 PM PST by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on its own.)
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To: presidio9
Let's assume for the sake of argument that Palin is narcissistic, although I think few narcissists would carry a Down Syndrome baby to term while in her 40s. But are not Obama and Oprah supreme narcissists? Every time I'm standing at the checkout counter, Oprah's mug is in my face, and Obama's message in speeches around the world is, "Me good, America and Bush bad."

As for Gillibrand, she was just another "yea" in votes that passed by wide margins.

This guy is a slack-jawed idiot - Palin comes closer to the pioneer woman mystique than just about any woman I can think of. She should teach this creep how to hunt, fish, snowmobile, and kayak. But he'd probably be afraid he'd get his pants dirty.
12 posted on 12/29/2010 2:42:50 PM PST by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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To: potlatch; PhilDragoo; ntnychik; MeekOneGOP

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- More people were killed in one year with firearms in NYC in 1899 than were killed in all the years added together between 1865 and 1900 in the so-called wild west -

Now compare that to how many are killed by Crouch’s “brothers” in just one month in urban cities today.....

In Washington DC in 1999 black teenagers had a higher murder (kills per 100,000 population) than in Rhowanda during their machete massacres between two tribes -

Today in several African countries the popular gourmet meal of black African cannibals is eating a black African pygmy -

You can check out Kenya (homeland of Opansy) yourselves -

How does that grab you Stanley!

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13 posted on 12/29/2010 2:43:30 PM PST by devolve (. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SUSPICIOUS MIMES . . . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: presidio9

Typical pathetic liberal, obsessed by Fox News and Sarah Palin. What a pantload this column is.


14 posted on 12/29/2010 2:46:41 PM PST by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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To: potlatch

15 posted on 12/29/2010 2:53:31 PM PST by devolve (. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stanley Crotch . . . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: presidio9
Stanley should give back his salary for the week for writing this while under the influence of hallucinogenic fungus.
16 posted on 12/29/2010 3:02:16 PM PST by crazyhorse691 (Now that the libs are in power dissent is not only unpatriotic, but, it is also racist.)
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To: presidio9

Hey, there, Stanley...you tryin’ to get Juan’s old job at NPR? Sorry, those yentas there are nothing like Annie Oakley, and they don’t like black guys in their hen house!


17 posted on 12/29/2010 3:21:06 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: Steve_Seattle

Oh he’d get his pants dirty, but not on the outside....


18 posted on 12/29/2010 3:30:19 PM PST by taildragger ((Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: devolve

I’m pretty certain you made a typo and meant 1999 in your comment.

Lol, I’m surprised this guy didn’t include Pelosi and Hillary in his list. Hillary could certainly drink with the best of them in the ‘old West’.

In the old West guns were everywhere and you don’t read that children were shooting children back then.


19 posted on 12/29/2010 3:48:09 PM PST by potlatch ( Life must be lived forward but can only be seen looking backward. - Soren Kierkegaard)
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To: devolve

Nice graphic devolve.


20 posted on 12/29/2010 3:49:19 PM PST by potlatch ( Life must be lived forward but can only be seen looking backward. - Soren Kierkegaard)
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To: potlatch

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I had it right

I have the source in one of my Old West firearm graphic books

Year 1899 in NYC Vs 1865-1900
- 35 years

The “frontier” in the 19th century was actually from the Eastern mountains Westward

- Firearms were plentiful but an armed citizenry makes for a polite citizenry

- But Stanley Crotch watches too much TV and movies and needs to quit eating all those cheeseburgers and fries with Meechelle

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21 posted on 12/29/2010 4:01:47 PM PST by devolve (. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stanley Crotch . . . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: potlatch

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Stanley “Lardo” Crotch would not last a day in Alaska

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22 posted on 12/29/2010 4:07:19 PM PST by devolve (. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stanley Crotch . . . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: devolve
[More people were killed in one year with firearms in NYC in 1899 ]

Ok, sorry, it just surprised me.
I admit I am not at all familiar with Stanley Crouch and would have to do a Google on him, lol.

[armed citizenry makes for a polite citizenry]
That's true but the children were more disciplined I guess. They knew how to shoot when needed and left it alone otherwise.

23 posted on 12/29/2010 4:08:42 PM PST by potlatch ( Life must be lived forward but can only be seen looking backward. - Soren Kierkegaard)
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To: presidio9

kirsten gillibrand is dangerous.


24 posted on 12/29/2010 4:09:36 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (If these are the good old days, we are so screwed.)
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To: devolve

Neither would I, lol, I’d freeze to death.


25 posted on 12/29/2010 4:10:17 PM PST by potlatch ( Life must be lived forward but can only be seen looking backward. - Soren Kierkegaard)
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To: potlatch

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The frontier - like the East Coast - had to contend with hostile Injuns that were busy killing Injuns in other tribes

I can say that - being part Injun

Stanley “Lardo” Crotch is and has always been a radical black liberation racecard scumbag creep - He is only employed in media because of affirmitive action and extortion -

Keep it up Crotch - and I will publish on Free Republlic the official 1999 Clinton/Reno FBI-DOJ Uniform Crime Report statistics and percentages that urban blacks commit the vast majority of all violent crimes and murders in the USA -

While American white males commit under 1 per 100,000 of them

OK El-Crotcho - Now go write a story about how wonderful Obama is for bringing in another 85,000 crazy violent Somali Muslim terrorists to the USA.....

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26 posted on 12/29/2010 4:23:23 PM PST by devolve (. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stanley Crotch . . . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: potlatch

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You would shoot wild game with your little pistola and give half of it to Piper

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27 posted on 12/29/2010 4:26:02 PM PST by devolve (. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stanley Crotch . . . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: devolve

[I can say that - being part Injun]

Lol. Crouch certainly got you on the warpath!!


28 posted on 12/29/2010 5:00:58 PM PST by potlatch ( Life must be lived forward but can only be seen looking backward. - Soren Kierkegaard)
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29 posted on 12/29/2010 5:10:39 PM PST by devolve (. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wagya for only $100 pound . . . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: devolve

Barky got a thing for large cabooses?


30 posted on 12/29/2010 9:10:14 PM PST by jospehm20
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To: presidio9

Stanley used to be OK. Now he’s just a lefty windbag.


31 posted on 12/29/2010 10:58:09 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: devolve

Thank you


32 posted on 12/30/2010 5:27:49 PM PST by potlatch ( Life must be lived forward but can only be seen looking backward. - Soren Kierkegaard)
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