Not much else tonight, folks. For some reason, either nothing is grabbing me or my heart just ain’t in it. I will leave you with a few things I’ve pondered.
Some will argue that this is evidence of the barbaric nature of our military. I would argue otherwise — it is evidence that the military, even on items outside the public eye at the time, is investigating and prosecuting as needed. I would also question whether the media would’ve made similar demands in the days back when we had an American media instead of a global one. And yet, even then, the military investigated and prosecuted.
James Taranto looks at the media fallout of the Newsweek-Quran debacle. I particularly like this gem:
Allow us to answer the question: Yes, in our opinion, the press should produce more stories–many more than it does–about how great the American military is. When it does so, it should adhere as rigorously to the facts as we expect it to do when it produces stories that make the military look bad.
Much has been made over the subtle political statements that can be dug up in Star Wars RotS. Fine, there’s hints. I’ll even admit I notice such things, whether they cast a major pall over my enjoyment or just a minor shadow. Still, in this one, who cares?
And who especially cares about a Nature vs. Nurture examination of the evil of Darth Vader?!! How silly is this crap?
Born into slavery on the desert planet Tatooine, Anakin was a mama’s boy raised in a single-parent home never knowing who his father was. Identified by the Jedi as the next big thing, Force-wise, Anakin is whisked away to grow up under the tutelage of such galactic godfathers as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda and Mace Windu.
Cry me a freakin’ river. The dude may have started out as a candy-ass, but he choked people … to death … with his mind, man. Besides, that was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. If y’all don’t have this case hammered out on a nature/nurture basis, you ain’t ever going to nail Vader down headcase-wise.
Oh yeah, did I mention it’s fiction?