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  • Unfriendly fire

    09/27/2009 6:36:44 PM PDT · by Saije · 11 replies · 1,031+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 9/27/2009 | John Dufresne
    On Aug. 6, 2001, our vacationing president was warned by the CIA for the 36th time in eight months that Osama bin Laden was determined to strike in the United States and that recent intelligence had suggested an attack might be imminent. There were at that moment, George W. Bush was told, 70 bin-Laden-related field investigations being conducted in the country. “All right,’’ our president told the CIA officer, “you’ve covered your ass.’’ On one level, Jon Krakauer’s “Where Men Win Glory’’ represents a detailed look at the tragic tale of Pat Tillman, the football star who quit the NFL...
  • The 'shocked and appalled' syndrome

    03/20/2009 8:00:32 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 40 replies · 714+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | March 20, 2009 | McKay Coppins
    So, HBO is at it again, trying to attract attention -- and, consequently, subscribers -- by outraging the Mormons. Can we really blame them? Offending Latter-day Saints by mocking or misrepresenting our faith has proven to be a very lucrative business, after all. Take, for example, Jon Krakauer's inflammatory bestseller, "Under the Banner of Heaven." The book, which was released in July 2003, tells the story of two Mormon fundamentalists who brutally murdered Brenda Lafferty and her infant daughter, claiming they acted on divine revelation. Krakauer attempts to prove that such behavior has roots in the history of Mormonism, and...
  • McCandless' story isn't really told in the book or the film

    11/04/2007 10:14:06 AM PST · by skeptoid · 2 replies · 144+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | November 4, 2007 | CRAIG MEDRED
    "Into the Wild'' is a misrepresentation, a sham, a fraud. There, I've finally said what somebody has needed to say for a long time. First the book and now the movie try to portray Alexander Supertramp as the Everyman example of youth gone off to the wilderness in search of the meaning of life. Unfortunately, Tramp wasn't Everyman. And he most certainly didn't go off to the wilderness searching for the meaning of life.