A large part of the anti-military and anti-war bias of the mainstream media stems from the typical journalist’s stubborn ignorance about basic military matters. Jack Kelly offers new yet familiar examples.
I’ve been thinking idly about Revenge Of The Sith coming out tomorrow (and George Lucas’ recent thinly-veiled potshot at President “Darth Sidious” Bush), so I thought it might be worth looking back at an old column in The Weekly Standard that turns conventional Star Wars wisdom on its head. Check out “The Case for the Empire” and tell me what you think.
And no, I’m not very serious. Only barely.
UPDATE: John Podhoretz has seen the movie, and he’s not amused.
UPDATE 2: Derb hates Star Wars. All of it.
Rumors continued to circulate today, suggesting that a nationally syndicated talk radio host and would-be bestselling author had infiltrated the crowd at an anti-war rally in Key West recently. ProtestWarrior denied any involvement in the stunt, seen here in a photograph e-mailed to Brain Shavings by a very reliable source.
L.A. Indymedia has video of two Marine LAVs (not “tanks” as claimed) that showed up at an International ANSWER protest outside the Westwood Federal Building on Tuesday. Watch the video to see how compassionate lefties treat the troops they claim to support.
So was this an episode of repression? Did AshKKKroft send jackbooted thugs to crush dissent wherever it sprouts? Uh, not exactly. The Marines got lost on their way to a Veterans Day parade and celebration.
I talked to one Marine with one of the “Striker” vehicles. He told me they had driven the vehicles up from Camp Pendleton the night before (Tuesday) on the freeway. Getting off the 405 Freeway going north, they would have passed Wilshire and Veteran where ANSWER had called a rally to protest the attack on Fallujah in Iraq.
I asked him if he was “rolling around Westwood” Tuesday night. He said, “Yeah, and we drove past that anti-war demonstration. We was lost. We’re not from L.A. We didn’t know where this place (WLA VA) was. We were trying to find it.”
“Did you drive around the block twice?” I asked.
“Yeah, we did. We stopped to ask them (the protestors) directions, but they weren’t very nice.”