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‘Hunger Games’ Scare You? Blame Bush, Says DVD
MRC.org ^ | Aug. 27, 2012 | Lauren Thompson

Posted on 09/09/2012 6:32:28 AM PDT by 1rudeboy

America is a totalitarian regime. Or, it was when George W. Bush was president. And maybe it still is. Or something.

As if we needed more proof that blockbuster entertainment needn’t have even a nodding acquaintance with cogent political thought, the people that brought us Suzanne Collins’s “Hunger Games” franchise can’t just quietly take their millions to the bank. They need us to know how unfair their payday is.

“The Hunger Games” DVD was released Aug. 18, and the special features section titled “Game Maker: Suzanne Collins and the Hunger Games Phenomenon” is filled with nuggets of liberal received wisdom about American capitalism and the horrors of life under the Bush regime.

David Levithan, from the publisher Scholastic, commented how “The Hunger Games” was “written in frustration of the Bush era,” and blogger Amanda Belcher feared that although “this book is about horrific events, it’s really not that far-fetched from things that are going on today.”

Levithan really, really wanted to make sure audiences know who the real villain of the story is. “These books were written in the heart of the Bush era. The commentary there is it is written in this last regime. These feelings of disenfranchisement haven’t gone away,” he said.

Don’t recall Bush demanding each state should offer up their children to fight to the death on reality television. Was it around the time he let Ted Kennedy write education “reform,” or when he was expanding the Medicare entitlement?

Actor Donald Sutherland (who plays dictator President Snow), praised the Occupy Wall Street movement, asserting that it’s “absolutely time” for a revolution.

[The Hunger Games] is an allegory of this imperial power, this oligarchy of the multi-rich, this 0.1 percent,” droned, and the actor has shilled for Occupy Wall Street before. Sutherland, of course, is a member of that imperial 1 percent. His net worth is estimated at $40 million. (In fairness, that’s only $39.7 million in Canadian dollars, and Sutherland is from Toronto …)

In the same interview Sutherland said, “[The Hunger Games] so clearly and carefully echoes [today]. I think the people with Occupy Wall Street and Occupy L.A., out of those people will come a leader. It has to. It’s time, it’s absolutely time.” To date, the Occupiers haven’t produced much beyond theme parks for vermin, so Mr. Sutherland seems too optimistic.

In the same vein, Drew McWeeny a senior-reviewer at hitfix.com stated Americans are “living through” the content of “The Hunger Games.”

“Obviously there’s not going to be a revolution in the streets of Panem, but I think there are major changes coming and situations to be addressed. Her [Suzanne Collins] book will continue to resonate over the next few years. It will be fascinating to see how real life and her work parallel over the next couple of years,” McWeeny said.

Here’s looking forward to such incisive commentary in about 10 years when Levithan will remind us that the “The Food Stamp Games” was “written in frustration of the Obama era.”



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KEYWORDS: boycotthollywood; bushsfault; defundtheleft; hollywoodreds; liberalism; thehungergames
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1 posted on 09/09/2012 6:32:30 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

It’s a shame, really - the movie was a lot of fun.

But, then, it seems one cannot expect people who indulge in make believe for a living - and an opulent living at that - to demonstrate the capacity for cool and rational thought in the real world.


2 posted on 09/09/2012 6:42:04 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: 1rudeboy

Funny, when I read the book I couldn’t stop thinking about the powers of a big government that can force a citizenry to watch and participate in a system of mandatory murder and total manipulation. Do you think Sutherland donated his bonanza to a Toronto food bank or homeless shelter?


3 posted on 09/09/2012 6:43:39 AM PDT by immadashell
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To: 1rudeboy

And yet it was the GOVERNMENT that was bloated and rich and exploiting everyone else in the books and the movie.


4 posted on 09/09/2012 6:44:40 AM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: 1rudeboy

Sweet sweet tear of Libtard derangement...


5 posted on 09/09/2012 6:45:23 AM PDT by StAnDeliver (A tale of a very grey woman, who was no lady...)
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To: 1rudeboy
[The Hunger Games] is an allegory of this imperial power, this oligarchy of the multi-rich, this 0.1 percent,” droned, and the actor has shilled for Occupy Wall Street before. Sutherland, of course, is a member of that imperial 1 percent. His net worth is estimated at $40 million.

At the heart of every liberal is a core of hypocrisy.


6 posted on 09/09/2012 6:47:23 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Worst. President. Ever.)
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To: 1rudeboy

And here is what it means to be a liberal.

The folks who adorn their walls with images of Che are the same folks who place the nations healthcare in the hands of unelected bureaucrats.

The evil they claim to see in others, they simply cannot, or will not see in themselves


7 posted on 09/09/2012 6:48:16 AM PDT by Scotswife
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To: 1rudeboy
“Oddball” should have stopped smoking weed in 1946.

Hey Oddball... “stop with them negatives waves baby”!

LLS

8 posted on 09/09/2012 6:49:42 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("if it looks like you are not gonna make it you gotta get mean, I mean plumb mad-dog mean" J. Wales)
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To: 1rudeboy

Only watched the movie. Jennifer Lawrence is fine for one’s eyes.


9 posted on 09/09/2012 6:51:12 AM PDT by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: reagan_fanatic

I find it interesting (full disclosure: haven’t read the book or seen the movie), that libs go out of their way to tell the folks who saw the movie that, “you didn’t see what you thought you saw.” Or, “THIS is really what you saw.”


10 posted on 09/09/2012 6:52:03 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Jack Hammer
It’s a shame, really - the movie was a lot of fun

It was, as was the book.

Problem is, too many people found a conservative message in the movie so the producers had to chime in and tell us this wasn't really what they meant. Oops.

11 posted on 09/09/2012 6:53:56 AM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: SMGFan

http://images.mstarz.com/data/images/full/4648/jennifer-lawrence.jpg?w=600


12 posted on 09/09/2012 6:55:32 AM PDT by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: 1rudeboy

re: I find it interesting (full disclosure: haven’t read the book or seen the movie), that libs go out of their way to tell the folks who saw the movie that, “you didn’t see what you thought you saw.” Or, “THIS is really what you saw.”

Libs did the same thing for the movie “Wag the Dog”.


13 posted on 09/09/2012 6:56:54 AM PDT by Nevadan
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To: 1rudeboy
I think it's hilarious that the people who brought us this story blame it thoroughly on the Republicans, when things are no different under the Democrats.

Party affiliation is irrelevant to the workings of our government. The agenda progresses regardless.

14 posted on 09/09/2012 7:05:00 AM PDT by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Is he kidding? The Hunger Games are subconsciously making the next generation deathly afraid of a strong centralized government. The main nemeisis is an all powerful national government, using drones and troops against its own people. All the money and resources are siphoned to this strong centralized area while the zones live in squalor and submission. A lot of currently teenage girls should be joinng the ranks of the tea party in about 10 years if my theory is right.


15 posted on 09/09/2012 7:20:40 AM PDT by gore_sux (Al Franken - Preferred by Minnesota Educated Somali Pirates and Suicide Bombers Everywhere)
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To: 1rudeboy
[The Hunger Games] is an allegory of this imperial power, this oligarchy of the multi-rich, this 0.1 percent,” droned, and the actor has shilled for Occupy Wall Street before. Sutherland,

They blame Republicans for their oppression yet the wealthiest of the wealthy in this country mostly Leftist Democrats like Sutherland.

Socialism is for the people not the Socialist.

16 posted on 09/09/2012 7:20:58 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: 1rudeboy

How come some petulant dorkweed gets to insert his political nasty into a major film?

The investors should be financially punished when they fail to clean out the gratuitous snot from these otherwise outstanding productions.


17 posted on 09/09/2012 7:24:48 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: 1rudeboy

The author ripped the concept off from another book from 1999, called Battle Royale.

I have read all three books, and I don’t see how any of that could happen under a Conservative/Libertarian society. First of all the GOVERNEMNT runs everything in Panem. There are no corporations, people do not have the freedom to live where they want, they don’t have the freedom to ANYTHING they want, the people can’t have guns, only the authorities can have a gun. People can be killed for hunting. People can be killed for talking bad about the government. The people living in the districts work for the GOVERNMENT, and the Government forcefully distributes the wealth and produce of each district to the surrounding districts. Meanwhile food is rationed by the government. While the people at the top, and the people who live in the Capitol get the best of everything and live it up.

The Hunger Games trilogy has more in common with Communism than Free Market Capitalism.


18 posted on 09/09/2012 7:29:52 AM PDT by RatsDawg
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To: 1rudeboy

The capitol in “Hunger Games” is definitely liberal.

* body modification (mostly liberal except military tattoos) * utter concentration of people into small zones (liberal/fascist Agenda 21)
* idealization of nature as people free and protection of animals, to the point that starving people are whipped for hunting for food or mutilated into avox
* the rulers rule but consider military service beneath them (using sector 2 people as peacekeepers unless a citizen is deeply in debt), whereas conservatives value service


19 posted on 09/09/2012 7:31:35 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: reagan_fanatic

At the heart of every liberal is a core of hypocrisy.”

Yep. No question. Liberals are the absolute one-percenters. They worship the concept of an ‘informed oligarchy’ - the one percent - who tell the rest of us how to live. Well, with absolute honesty I can say that I would rather not live than to live like that - under them.

20 posted on 09/09/2012 7:34:15 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Pontiac
Those wealthy who are Socialists believe in it because THEY can afford. it. The problem is that the rest of us cannot and they don't care. Socialism does not punish the wealthy too severely, but destroys the middle class. Some Socialist countries do severely punish the wealthy but the wealthy will then move to another less punishing country. Exhibit A: Great Britain in the 60’s........(Quote the Beatles Taxman- 1 for you, 19 for me=95% taxation) Exhibit B: France now.......the wealthy moving to Britain which is not as punishing as it once was.
21 posted on 09/09/2012 7:42:50 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: 1rudeboy

I’ve read all three books and watched the movie this weekend when I got it from Netflix. The first book is extremely detailed and the movie is not. It couldn’t be. If it was, the movie would be at least four hours long.

Keep in mind that comments made Suzanne Collins, who authored the books and helped write the screenplay, and by other folks associated with the movie are designed to get you to watch it.

— SPOILER ALERT! —
Bear in mind that this is just the first part of the story. In the books the government is overthrown by the people living in the districts and a representative form of government is installed.

Drew McWeeny a senior-reviewer at hitfix.com: “Obviously there’s not going to be a revolution in the streets of Panem...”

Show your ignorance Drew. It is obvious you did not read books 2 and 3. What an idiot. There IS a revolution and it is lead by the Mockingjay.


22 posted on 09/09/2012 7:43:14 AM PDT by upchuck ("Definition of 'racist:' someone that is winning an argument with a liberal." ~ Peter Brimelow)
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To: DouglasKC
And yet it was the GOVERNMENT that was bloated and rich and exploiting everyone else in the books and the movie.

Many on the Left intuitively understand the dangers of Big Government - but they have been taught to blame their fears on the other party, that their people wouldn't misuse the system that way.

Many on the Right think exactly the same way.

There is a failure to understand that the State is the problem, not the people who happen to run it at the moment.

23 posted on 09/09/2012 7:51:20 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: RatsDawg

“Battle Royale” is an outstanding book, and made all the more so by its central conceit, taking place in an alternate-timeline Japan (the Republic of Greater East Asia) thereby combing my two favorite genres: alternate history and dystopian fiction.

“Hunger Games”; not so much. Not bad as dystopian fiction goes, but nowhere near as good as “Battle Royale”.


24 posted on 09/09/2012 7:53:06 AM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: RatsDawg

I’ve used this book for a student book club for years. Recently, I’ve had the kids read, “Breaking Stalin’s Nose,” which is about life under USSR. My students have no problem making the connection between an all-powerful government/Panem and an all-powerful government/USSR. Pity the liberals can’t see that...


25 posted on 09/09/2012 8:01:32 AM PDT by Aggie Mama
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To: 1rudeboy
You know how they say "Hunger Games" in France? "Battle Royale with cheese." Frank Capra would have loved Hunger Games, Catching Fire and The Mockingjay. Katniss Everdeen would have been a freeper, not a DUmmy clone. She hates government, loves weapons and kills everything she sees. That's our girl.
26 posted on 09/09/2012 8:02:11 AM PDT by tumblindice (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: 1rudeboy

But if it is a totalitarian government run by DEMOCRAPS it will be OK.

So as long as democraps are growing government as fast as possible, we will not have to worry when the hunger games will start


27 posted on 09/09/2012 8:03:11 AM PDT by Mr. K ("The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum [of good]")
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To: 1rudeboy

“Don’t recall Bush demanding each state should offer up their children to fight to the death on reality television.”

I think this is what Liberals call, “The Iraq War”.


28 posted on 09/09/2012 8:03:52 AM PDT by RatsDawg
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To: 1rudeboy

Having read the trilogy I really disliked how the series ended....no spoilers from me....but I thought it sucked....

I hope the last movie changes the ending...


29 posted on 09/09/2012 8:07:15 AM PDT by Popman (In a place you only dream of Where your soul is always free)
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To: 1rudeboy

Personally, I would like to see an American version of the Japanese movie Battle Royale, but with a twist.

In the original movie, Japan was wracked with crime, economic chaos and despair, popularly blamed on high school students.

In the American version, America should be relatively prosperous and happy, but the government (Obama’s, but that doesn’t need to be said) wants everybody to be miserable, starving and full of hate, and thinks that it can bring the ruin of America by providing ruthless entertainment of children killing children to “the masses” on live TV.


30 posted on 09/09/2012 8:08:55 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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To: Popman

I agree, Mockingjay, was the worst of the series, I didn’t like the ending either. It was still worth the read though.


31 posted on 09/09/2012 8:09:03 AM PDT by RatsDawg
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To: 1rudeboy
When will conservatives stop giving their hard earned money to left wing Hollywood ideologues? I have not seen a move in over 15 years, and I do not plan on ever going agaion. I have not purchased a DVD, and I do not watch any premium movie channels.

Even when they make a movie that we conservatives rave about, they take the money we shoveled into Hollywood and use it to destroy our way of life. All the while laughing at the stupid conservatives who keep falling for the lie when they say;
"Don't worry Charlie conservative, I won't pull the football away this time"!

32 posted on 09/09/2012 8:18:47 AM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting to go home)
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To: 1rudeboy

I guess they forget Obama telling people they need to sacrifice and then his old lady loading up on lobster and exotic vacations.


33 posted on 09/09/2012 8:20:13 AM PDT by linn37 (Newt supporter here.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Watched that movie just the other day, and it just wreaked of liberal/socialist ideology. The only character with a backbone was the girl who hunted (on king’s land no less) to provide for her family, and eventually became the nemesis for the sutherland character. The only reason I watched the whole movie was to see how the powers to be in the would respond to the potential threat that the girl would pose.


34 posted on 09/09/2012 8:21:07 AM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: Drew68

You’re exactly right, my wife and I saw the movie and our thoughts were where this movie could have been made and the book written by a Conservative, it was probably done by liberals and progressives. They accuse others with the wrongs they are committing. I was immediatly reminded by a PBS program years ago that showed some of the Russian and Eastern European housing projects and went on to explain in a positive manner how one day all would live in housing in the cities near there employment, which was determined at various educationl levels to fit your perceived aptitude and the needs of the state. The only residents living outside the cities would be those engaged in mining, forestry, agriculture, etc. and they would live in controlled compounds areas. In our glorious future there will be no private property. I saw this 25 to 45 years ago. It was part of a program that predicted the future. I had read enough to recognize it as an early 20th Century progressive ideal.

The movie fits right into the parameters and behavior you would expect from those who want a strong central government with a party in control of the masses, much like what we are seeing from the democrats.


35 posted on 09/09/2012 8:23:31 AM PDT by duffee (Romney 2012, NEWT 2016)
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To: duffee

Dim bulbs are the one that would enable the tools to be created in government that would lead to a hunger games scenario in the first place.

The irony is that they don’t realize that their poop also stinks.


36 posted on 09/09/2012 8:49:16 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: 1rudeboy
They're kidding, right? One of the most glaring liberal scenes in the movie is when Sutherland is trimming his roses and speaking of the people and the consequences of the uprising. He says something like " we didn't punish them. The games are important because we gave them hope. And we can control them with hope."

The hair on my arms stood up when he said that.

Hope and change.

37 posted on 09/09/2012 8:51:39 AM PDT by Badabing Badablonde (New to the internet? CLICK HERE)
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To: 1rudeboy

“Don’t recall Bush demanding each state..... Was it around the time he let Ted Kennedy write education “reform,” or when he was expanding the Medicare entitlement?”

Well “No Child Left Behind” and Medicare Entitlements, are building blocks that lead to societies like in the Hunger Games


38 posted on 09/09/2012 9:06:36 AM PDT by RatsDawg
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To: tumblindice

“Katniss Everdeen would have been a freeper, not a DUmmy clone. She hates government, loves weapons and kills everything she sees. That’s our girl.”

*****

Well said! If she were real, I would marry her.


39 posted on 09/09/2012 9:41:03 AM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: factoryrat

I noticed now in movies they can never have just men be heroes, either the sole hero is a woman, or there has to be a team with at least one woman on it.


40 posted on 09/09/2012 9:51:07 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: 1rudeboy

——In the same interview Sutherland said, “[The Hunger Games] so clearly and carefully echoes [today]. I think the people with Occupy Wall Street and Occupy L.A., out of those people will come a leader. It has to. It’s time, it’s absolutely time.”——

Sutherland must have been smoking some serious weed... If he thinks a “leader” will emerge from the OWS movement...which is almost entirely AstroTurf not grass roots...OWS is paid for and and funded by socialist like Soros and world wide union movements....

There are tools nothing more...


41 posted on 09/09/2012 9:53:04 AM PDT by Popman (In a place you only dream of Where your soul is always free)
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To: 1rudeboy
Wow. Wrong. I came away from the movie and the first two books feeling exactly the opposite. The masses were "feeding" a central, all powerful government. This story is the best warning against big centralized government I have ever read/seen. If their intent was to show that conservatism could lead to this, it didn't work out that way!

By the way, while reading the books, I couldn't figure out why the author called the story "Hunger" Games. Every single page had some reference to food and people eating lots of it. And in the movie, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence, at any rate) was obviously VERY well fed. She is a very healthy girl.

Katniss

42 posted on 09/09/2012 10:53:48 AM PDT by America_Right (Remember, Republicans have a lot more in common with Democrats than they do with Tea Partiers.)
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To: 1rudeboy

This movie is an obvious rip-off of what the Aztecs used to do to their subservient tribes. I won’t be seeing this movie.....With a girl warrior hero? Another example of the feminization of American society


43 posted on 09/09/2012 11:00:02 AM PDT by dennisw (Government be yo mamma - Re-elect Barack Obama)
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To: 1rudeboy

How much you wanna bet Suzanne Collins thinks Obama is the bestest thing ever to happen to America and is going to save us all from the big bad government that Bush created??


44 posted on 09/09/2012 11:02:55 AM PDT by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: Scotswife

>>And here is what it means to be a liberal.

“Marxism represents a further vital and creative stage in the maturing of man’s universal vision. “
—Zbigniew Brzezinski

http://www.amazon.com/Between-Two-Ages-Zbigniew-Brzezinski/dp/0140043144

If you thought this movie was scary - wait until the Brzezinski realty show hits the screen.


45 posted on 09/09/2012 11:33:33 AM PDT by wm25burke
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To: dennisw

Katniss is not a warrior. She is just a girl who happened to be in the right places at the right time, standing up for what she believed in. She is a hunter, and does what she has to do to provide for her fatherless family, (her father was killed). She is an every day average girl, an unlikely heroin out leading the way and taking on the system, no matter how hard the system tries to destroy her, her family and friends, she continues to do what is right. A very Sarah Palin like figure. I don’t really see feminization in it.


46 posted on 09/09/2012 11:40:05 AM PDT by RatsDawg
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To: upchuck
Show your ignorance Drew. It is obvious you did not read books 2 and 3. What an idiot. There IS a revolution and it is lead by the Mockingjay.

Professional critics of "x" are failed producers of "x." I recall the idiot critic that reviews films for Rolling Stone who complained that "how can you have a Harry Potter movie without Hogwarts" when reviewing Deathly Hallows Pt 1. Well, mr smartypants critic, Deathly Hallows Pt 1 happened completely away from Hogwarts, just like the first part of the book!

I used to read movie reviews to decide which movies to see. If certain critics hated the movies, I knew I'd love it.

Mark

47 posted on 09/09/2012 11:50:59 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: 1rudeboy

Panem is basically North Korea with gladiator sports and reality TV. It’s nothing less than the nightmare of communism made accessible to every teenager in the country. In that regard, the author has inadvertently provided us a great cultural service.


48 posted on 09/09/2012 12:09:44 PM PDT by Steel Wolf ("Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master." - Gaius Sallustius Crispus)
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To: Pontiac
I've heard the movie has done wonders for the sport of bow hunting/shooting. I first learned to shoot when I went to camp at 9 years old. I loved it and continued the sport through college. Would love to get into it again. Never got into those compound bows, though.

The new show "Revolution" will keep up that theme, too. Just watched the pilot of that yesterday. Except I think she uses a crossbow in that.

49 posted on 09/09/2012 12:22:43 PM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Beyond the politics of this opinion it is just not true. There is virtually no mention of capitalism and corporations when it comes to the evil empire, free enterprise takes place in a black market setting, and the whole thing is basically a Stalinist state. The only critic of American culture here is that of a shallow, entertainment driven society, where people get off watching obscene garbage on TV. A valid critic that conservatives and liberals can agree about.

Criticism of Bush era is simply not there.


50 posted on 09/09/2012 12:26:27 PM PDT by BurningOak (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2830849/reply?c=1)
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