Vive la France part deux!

As much as Black Jacques Chirac can be a jackhole, I’ve got give him cred for at least letting his people vote on this EU thing. From what I understand, he could have sent it to parliament for an easy win. That’s what most of the EU countries do. My take is this: as long as the Franco-Prussian alliance was running the EU, the French were happy. Now the unwashed masses in Lithuania and Estonia etc. are jumping in, the French want to take their ball and go home. Well, duh! Would Americans want the Guatemalans and Hondurans etc. to dictate trade and immigration policy in the U.S.? It’s good to see the people of a country stand up and say “non” to an overbearing nanny-state government.

Posted at 12:12 pm by Johnny B

Kingdom of Neutrality and Political Correctness

My apologies for not ever finishing the draft with the Kingdom of Heaven reference. The draft was about the Newsweek article, which by the time I gathered my thoughts, the story had already been beaten to death and I didn’t think it was a worthwhile post.

However, Kingdom is Heaven warrants a post, and although I could never comment as effectively as Teddy Durgin (below–my favorite movie reviewer) I will put it this way: I was very disappointed with the movie, because I always feel that in order for a movie to be effective it must–if not take sides–then at least offer a point of view, any point of view, so that the audience has some feeling for the characters. I really didn’t give a flip about any of the main characters by the end of the movie, and felt very little emotional investment.

That being said, I think some of the overall conclusions of the main character (pretty boy Orlando Bloom) are right on the money. (e.g.–“you know it doesn’t matter who was here first, because the truth is…it wasn’t us, and it wasn’t those guys out there about to kill us…etc..”). But Teddy sums it up best.

http://home.ezezine.com/171_3/171_3-2005.05.08.23.35.archive.html

Posted at 12:40 pm by Logipundit

Posted by Mistah Broussard @ 05/29/2005 05:37 PM PDT
I think hundreds of in-flight arrows typically yield $100 mil gross. This movie must be really bad to handicap the “in-flight arrow” effect.

Posted by Mistah Broussard @ 05/29/2005 05:38 PM PDT
So why did the newsweek article make you want to watch this again…so you can not take sides in the war on terror?

Posted by BP @ 05/29/2005 07:10 PM PDT
Sort of…the mainstream media’s attempt to “be objective” by concentrating on anything that can make the US, the military in general, and the Bush administration in particular, look bad, without any regard to rational thought or journalistic integrity makes me so angry I would almost want to put myself through another two hours of mind-numbing political correctness–with the hope that my head would simply explode and I wouldn’t haven’t to read or watch the news again…

Or something like that…does that help?

Kingdom of Jackasses

Could someone please explain their reference to Kingdom of Heaven in one of the drafts. Was it a good movie?

Posted at 11:57 am by Johnny B

My name is Jim. You can call me Jim.

Here is a magazine that has something to do with VISUAL culture. It is run by a certain New York artiste who posts blogs invisibly on this site. Members need secret decoder glasses to read them, available for a minimal service fee of 25$ plus shipping and handling. Send a SASE to PO Box 5555555 columbus Ohio 43210.

Posted at 11:56 am by Johnny B

Posted by Jim @ 05/31/2005 10:43 AM PDT
Whoa…I just figured out you guys are using black type on white background. I’ve been posting with white type this whole time, hence the invisibility problem. Thanks for alerting me! I thought you were just ignoring me. And thanks for the plug!

Posted by JohnnyB @ 05/31/2005 07:05 PM PDT
Here at Logipundit.com we’re all about innovation, pushing the envelope. We are the envelope. In particular, a white envelope with black type on the address.

Viva la France!

I’m curious to know what the experts on France say about this referendum vote. I haven’t been to France, so what do I know? I know some of y’all have traveled there and know a lot more about what’s going on than I do. My first take is that if the French are worried about their sovereignty and don’t want to be too influenced by eastern europe or (allah forbid) Turkey or Belgium, maybe they are right to vote, “non”. Maybe I’m just saying this so the euro can drop and I can afford to travel there.

Posted at 11:50 am by Johnny B

Posted by Michael Gahagan @ 05/29/2005 01:05 PM PDT
According to NHK, the debate seems to be about the future of France’s immigration, cultural, and labor policies. The right-leaning population of France wants a no vote because a yes vote will open the French borders to low paid European immigrants who may take thier jobs; and currently France has double-digit unemployment (for reasons that are too numerous to mention). Also, France is very nationalistic and some people are afraid that the French culture will be diluted by immigrants, bringing with them thier own culture. France even has a Minister of Culture to oversee things like this. One interesting note is that France has the largest Muslim population in Europe and recently the French voted to outlaw religious (i.e. Muslim) symbols and headgarbs in public schools.
The left-leaning population wants to protect the poorer citizens of the EU by opening the borders. This seems to be similar to our CAFTA debate going on in the U.S.
In my opinion, the EU is bad news for the US since a common currency and laws will allow for the more powerful, liberal leaders of the EU, namely France and Germany, to eventually turn all of the EU into a socialist area that could cause the US export problems in the form of very high tariffs on US goods. Heaven forbid the EU forms a common military, which may lead to another Il Duce.

Posted by BP @ 05/29/2005 07:14 PM PDT
European military?

Does anyone have the numbers on European military power? If they were to combine them all what kind of force would that mean?

Kingdom of Neutrality and Political Correctness

Sunday, May 29, 2005
Kingdom of Neutrality and Political Correctness
My apologies for not ever finishing the draft with the Kingdom of Heaven reference. The draft was about the Newsweek article, which by the time I gathered my thoughts, the story had already been beaten to death and I didn’t think it was a worthwhile post.

However, Kingdom is Heaven warrants a post, and although I could never comment as effectively as Teddy Durgin (below–my favorite movie reviewer) I will put it this way: I was very disappointed with the movie, because I always feel that in order for a movie to be effective it must–if not take sides–then at least offer a point of view, any point of view, so that the audience has some feeling for the characters. I really didn’t give a flip about any of the main characters by the end of the movie, and felt very little emotional investment.

That being said, I think some of the overall conclusions of the main character (pretty boy Orlando Bloom) are right on the money. (e.g.–“you know it doesn’t matter who was here first, because the truth is…it wasn’t us, and it wasn’t those guys out there about to kill us…etc..”). But Teddy sums it up best.

http://home.ezezine.com/171_3/171_3-2005.05.08.23.35.archive.html

Posted at 12:40 pm by Logipundit

Posted by Mistah Broussard @ 05/29/2005 05:37 PM PDT
I think hundreds of in-flight arrows typically yield $100 mil gross. This movie must be really bad to handicap the “in-flight arrow” effect.

Posted by Mistah Broussard @ 05/29/2005 05:38 PM PDT
So why did the newsweek article make you want to watch this again…so you can not take sides in the war on terror?

Posted by BP @ 05/29/2005 07:10 PM PDT
Sort of…the mainstream media’s attempt to “be objective” by concentrating on anything that can make the US, the military in general, and the Bush administration in particular, look bad, without any regard to rational thought or journalistic integrity makes me so angry I would almost want to put myself through another two hours of mind-numbing political correctness–with the hope that my head would simply explode and I wouldn’t haven’t to read or watch the news again…

Or something like that…does that help?

Interesting website

This whole website looks good. Property rights are good. Government intervention and confiscation of private property is bad. This is an absolute I’m pretty sure I can stick to.

Posted at 02:21 pm by Johnny B

Posted by Eric @ 05/28/2005 05:08 PM PDT
Great site – here’s another telling article from that magazine:

http://www.capmag.com/article.asp?ID=4233

I welcome comments . . .

E

Posted by JohnnyB @ 05/28/2005 07:51 PM PDT
Is this the one, the only, Eric H that sold in West Virginia about six or so summers ago? This is one of the articles I had in mind when I sent this link. Grover Norquist recently said, “If Republicans don’t stand up for the principles of smaller government and lower taxes, then the party is simply a place we send our kids to intern”. Something like that. It’s true.