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On this date in 1789 at Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York city , George Washington took the first oath of office as President of the United States. It’s been downhill ever since.

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President James Monroe was born on this day in 1758

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Andrew Price, per the norm, slices and dices the hypocrisy of the left’s war protestors, and further nails ’em with this in the comments section.

I was just saying that I think there is an added reason they hated Bush rather than just that he forced them to confront the reality of what they wanted, i.e. “kill the terrorists in a way I don’t need to know about it.” I think that is a rotten partisan-ness that has sunk in on the left and they now see Republicans as the enemy and automatically attack them with no effort made to work together where there is common ground.

Essentially, almost the entire left has become fringe, whereas our side still has a majority who are rational and whose goals are improving America first rather than destroying the opposition first.

They, notably our very own BarryO, also seem to enjoy playing gotcha with semantics and/or strawmen, instead of plucking the collective log from their own eyes, but such is life where “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” vanished from their platform many miles ago in the rearview.

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Berber General Tariq ibn Ziyad


On this date in 711 AD, the Umayyads under Berber General Tariq ibn Ziyad began the conquest of Hispania landing on Gibraltar.

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Robert Downey Jr. has been set upon by the perpetually aggrieved again. During the press junket for Avengers: Age of Ultron (coming soon to a theater near you) he was asked about comments regarding comic book movies that were made by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Downey replied by saying; “Look I respect the heck out of him. I think for a man whose native tongue is Spanish to be able to put together a phrase like ‘cultural genocide’ just speaks to how bright he is.” For this he has been vilified by some as, get this, racist (yes, I can’t believe it either).

To get a full appreciation of Downey’s remarks here are Inarritu’s remarks in full:

“I sometimes enjoy them because they are basic and simple and go well with popcorn. The problem is that sometimes they purport to be profound, based on some Greek mythological kind of thing. And they are honestly very right wing. I always see them as killing people because they do not believe in what you believe, or they are not being who you want them to be.”

‘I hate that, and don’t respond to those characters. They have been poison, this cultural genocide, because the audience is so overexposed to plot and explosions and shit that doesn’t mean nothing about the experience of being human.
He added: ‘Superheroes…just the word hero bothers me. What the f*** does that mean?
‘It’s a false, misleading conception, the superhero. Then, the way they apply violence to it, it’s absolutely right wing.
‘If you observe the mentality of most of those films, it’s really about people who are rich, who have power, who will do the good, who will kill the bad. Philosophically, I just don’t like them.’

It is of course Inarritu’s right to like or don’t like the kind of movies that he does, The rub here is he pretty much calls what Downey has been doing crap and racist propaganda. So how would one expect Downey to reply? I find it a bit rich that a man from Mexico who speaks spanish and has obvious European features would say anything about cultural genocide…but even ignoring that I am hard pressed to find an example of what he describes in these movies. His inability to understand what “superhero” means is wilful ignorance on his part because it plays against his narrative. Superheros are of course “super” because they have abilities that “normal” human beings don’t possess. They exist to fight things we can’t or feel helpless in the face of. Superman was drawn by some Jewish kids first as a way to fight Hitler. Batman fights the evil we are helpless against.

Look at Inarritu’s remarks again; “…who will do the good, who will kill the bad. Philosophically, I just don’t like them” Philosophically he likes things ambiguous. That must be how he reconciles the cultural genocide of South and Central America by his ancestors the Spanish Conquistadors…now THERE’s some genocide for you, not some comic book movie genocide, that my friends was honest to God conquering in the name of manifest destiny.

Of course this is all beyond the capability of the perpetually aggrieved to comprehend of figure out because all they know is RDJ is a rich white man and he called a brown man stupid.

Thanks to Scott for pointing this out is the Open Topic post yesterday.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3055271/Robert-Downey-Jr-sparks-controversy-accused-making-racist-remark-Oscar-winning-Mexican-director.html#ixzz3YPd7NNSz
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Sunday Open Thread

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Guernica by Pablo Picasso

On this date in 1937 the German Luftwaffe dive bombed the town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.