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  • The disappearance of heroes -- perception or reality?

    11/10/2013 8:36:22 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 10 replies
    Renew America ^ | 11-10-13 | Luke Hamilton
    Our stories are changing. Wonder and Beauty slowly eke from our world, unnoticed and unmourned. I used to think it was a natural cessation from the Neverland of youth; a necessary immigration from the immature trappings of youthful imagination to the logical constraints of a moribund maturity. However I've found that this is not just my perspective, draining of imagination and wonder as I age. Our stories, our heroes are changing. Our children seem less prone to idealism, more immune to wonder; and this points to a tidal shift in the culture itself. If you watch or read any contemporary...
  • The Scapegoat Strategy [Obama's Final Strategy For Re-Election: "Find Villains" says Krauthammer]

    10/13/2011 7:09:44 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 13, 2011
    The Scapegoat Strategy By Charles Krauthammer October 13 What do you do if you can’t run on your record — on 9 percent unemployment, stagnant growth and ruinous deficits as far as the eye can see? How to run when you are asked whether Americans are better off than they were four years ago and you are compelled to answer no? Play the outsider. Declare yourself the underdog. Denounce Washington as if the electorate hasn’t noticed that you’ve been in charge of it for nearly three years. But above all: Find villains. President Obama first tried finding excuses, blaming America’s...
  • SHOCK: PA Dem: "We Still Have The Street Money" To Pay For Voters

    10/25/2010 11:44:32 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 29 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 25, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    ANDREA MITCHELL, NBC: "What is the secret here to turn out? In the old days, the old machine days, what we called 'walking around money,' handing out money to get people to vote. Is it still the case? What do you do, what is the magic in Philadelphia? REP. ROBERT BRADY (D-PA): "We still have the street money and we're very knowledgeable." Rep. Brady is also the chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic party.
  • Dealing With Being the Health Care ‘Villains’ (The Insurance Companies and their Employees)

    08/27/2009 8:41:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 916+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 27, 2009 | Kevin Sack
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Max Shireman says that when he looks in the mirror he does not see the monster the politicians have made him out to be. Sure, he could stand to lose a few pounds. And there was that speeding ticket last year for going 40 in a 30-mile-an-hour zone. But in his mind, he is just “a hard-working guy,” the son of an autoworker, who put himself through college, bought a house in the suburbs and occasionally volunteers at a local hospice. His indulgences, he said, are limited to sampling local microbrews and watching “Top Chef” with his...
  • 25% Agree With Pelosi That Health Insurers are ‘Villains’

    08/07/2009 4:00:14 PM PDT · by freespirited · 32 replies · 1,068+ views
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared last week that health insurance companies are “villains,” and 25% of U.S. voters agree with her. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 37% disagree with the speaker and don’t believe health insurers are “villains.” Virtually the same number (38%), however, are not sure, a finding which should give insurers pause as the health care reform debate intensifies. Fifty percent (50%) of Republicans disagree with Pelosi, as do the plurality (45%) of voters not affiliated with either major political party. Thirty-seven percent (37%) of Democrats share her view, but 19% don’t. Yet all...
  • FReep This Poll! No Joke Is the joker poster of the President offensive?

    08/04/2009 5:38:05 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 58 replies · 3,145+ views
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | Fox 5 San Diego
    No Joke Is the joker poster of the President offensive? * YES * NO Go to the link provided here at this post. Look for the poll at the right side of the home page of Fox 5 San Diego. Vote your choice.
  • VIDEO: Pelosi: I'm Called A "Villain" All The Time, So It's "Okay" For Me To Use It

    08/01/2009 8:14:56 AM PDT · by ianschwartz · 19 replies · 577+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 1, 2009 | Real Clear Politics
    The Hill: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) isn't much for calling names, but defended calling health insurers "villains" this past week. "I don't like using words like 'villains,' but people call me a villain all the time, so I figure it's probably okay to use it back," Pelosi said in an interview on Bloomberg News airing this weekend.
  • Pelosi: I'm called a 'villain' all the time, so it's okay to use it back

    08/01/2009 7:48:33 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 14 replies · 515+ views
    Pelosi: I'm called a 'villain' all the time, so it's okay to use it back @ 10:22 am by Michael O'Brien House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) isn't much for calling names, but defended calling health insurers "villains" this past week. "I don't like using words like 'villains,' but people call me a villain all the time, so I figure it's probably okay to use it back," Pelosi said in an interview on Bloomberg News airing this weekend. Pelosi went after insurers at her weekly press conference this past week, attracting headlines for calling them "villains." "It's almost immoral what they...
  • Abbey Body Identified As Gay Lover Of Edward II

    02/17/2008 6:44:21 PM PST · by blam · 122 replies · 822+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-18-2008 | Laura Clout
    Abbey body identified as gay lover of Edward II By Laura Clout Last Updated: 1:06am GMT 18/02/2008 A mutilated body found in an abbey graveyard has been identified as that of a notorious medieval villain rumoured to have been the gay lover of Edward II. The remains, which bear the hallmarks of having been hanged, drawn and quartered, are thought to be those of Sir Hugh Despenser the Younger, who was executed as a traitor in 1326. Sir Hugh was executed after Edward II [above] was deposed from the throne in 1326 Sir Hugh had been favourite of Edward II...
  • CIA boss Goss is cooked; Tied to contractor's poker parties

    05/06/2006 9:08:50 AM PDT · by churchillbuff · 140 replies · 4,354+ views
    Daily News ^ | May 6 06 | Daily News
    CIA Director Porter Goss abruptly resigned yesterday amid allegations that he and a top aide may have attended Watergate poker parties where bribes and prostitutes were provided to a corrupt congressman.
  • 'Help! Mom!' casts liberals as villains (RAT whining won't stop author from writing more)

    10/16/2005 6:05:54 AM PDT · by Libloather · 79 replies · 2,058+ views
    World Peace Herald ^ | 10/16/05 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    'Help! Mom!' casts liberals as villains By Cheryl Wetzstein The Washington Times Published October 16, 2005 WASHINGTON -- Katharine DeBrecht, a married mother of three, wanted to make a point about the importance of conservative values. So, she penned a children's book -- "Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed!" -- to stand up to the "liberal agenda that's being thrown at our kids from the left." **SNIP** Liberals have lambasted the book as "brainwashing" and "Nazi propaganda." The Democratic Underground Web site listed Mrs. DeBrecht as one of its "Top 10 Conservative Idiots" last month. "If ever there...
  • CA: Governor's crusade against business rules has found no villains

    02/13/2005 10:30:14 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 325+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 2/12/05 | Dion Nissenbaum
    SACRAMENTO - When Arnold Schwarzenegger took office, he vowed to whack away at a tangle of California regulations he blamed for choking the frail state economy. In one of his first acts as governor, Schwarzenegger put an immediate six-month freeze on hundreds of pending rules and directed his staff to get rid of anything that was putting a crimp on business. Consumer groups braced for the worst. They expected the Republican governor to take aim at hard-fought protections for everything from the environment to consumers. Instead, during his first year in office, Schwarzenegger embraced the kinds of rules he railed...
  • Hollywood opts for Serbian bad guys

    07/23/2004 3:52:43 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 65 replies · 1,226+ views
    The Times ^ | July 24, 2004 | Wendy Ide
    HOLLYWOOD’S choice of bad guy can say a lot about the state of the world at any particular time. So it is interesting to note that the generic Eastern European gangster, and more specifically the Serbian War Criminal, has received a massive boost in popularity as the action movie villain du jour. Serbian baddies turn up in Matthew Vaughn’s forthcoming drug-dealing underworld drama Layer Cake; Serbian war criminals take their place at the bargaining table (alongside Hollywood’s evil stalwarts, the Asian despot and the dour German) to bid for the ultimate super weapon in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle...
  • Christopher Lee Stakes Claim as Cinema Icon

    12/09/2002 3:52:34 PM PST · by JameRetief · 19 replies · 252+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 9, 2002 | Paul Majendie
    PARIS (Reuters) - Christopher Lee is piling up his credentials as a cinema icon -- he has played the villain in James Bond, Star Wars and "The Lord of the Rings."All the 80-year-old British actor now needs to complete the set is an appearance in the "Harry Potter" movies.Lee, a tall and saturnine figure with an unmistakable air of menace, rose to fame playing Count Dracula in the classic Hammer horror films and has made more than 280 movies.Now he is in more demand than ever and readily admits: "I'll never retire. What would I do?"He feels that he helped...
  • Since 9/11, New Heroes and Villains

    09/06/2002 7:32:36 AM PDT · by 7thson · 147+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Friday, September 6, 2002 | David Ignatius
    PARIS -- One simple way to think about how the world changed in the past year is to note that ordinary firefighters became America's heroes and brilliant financial tycoons became villains. Heroes and villains define the cultural values of any society -- in that sense, you are what you admire. And by that measure, we really do live in a different world from the one that existed a year ago. Simple, working-class virtues have come back, not simply into fashion but into our hearts. My French friends got a lump in the throat when they saw the Fire Department of...