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Obama '08? How about: Oh, never!

Any genuine contest between liberty and equality is a contest liberty must lose. (Ronald Dworkin.)Barrack Obama is all about equality, which means that in the final analysis, he'll toss liberty if it gets in the way. Even Brits get it:As I have said before, I do not trust McCain; I think his judgment is erratic and impetuous, and sometimes wrong. But on the big picture, he gets it. He will defend America and the free world whereas Obama will undermine them and aid their enemies.Here’s why. McCain believes in protecting and defending America as it is. Obama tells the world he is ashamed of America and wants to change it into something else. McCain stands for American exceptionalism, the belief that American values are superior to tyrannies. Obama stands for the expiation of America’s original sin in oppressing black people, the third world and the poor.Obama thinks world conflicts are basically the west’s fault, and so it must right the injustices it has inflicted.My folks were lif…

And I thought Speed Racer looked bad...

This is really nauseating. I can't think of a nice thing to say. Even Karl Urban, who I thought was an awesome choice for McCoy looks....

And look at the leads. Good grief!

UPDATE: Having survived reading the article...

Simon Pegg as Scotty still looks good, but in the group shot his expression seems to say, "Good grief, look at these fooles."

I had hope (hope, I say) when Karl Urban was cast as McCoy. I laughed out loud because it seemed so perfect. Seeing him in that picture, though, makes my stomach churn.

As for the rest of the cast…? Oh. My. God.

And the production designs?!? The bridge of the Enterprise as interpreted by Apple Store designers? Abrams bragging that the bridge set is so cool it makes Apple Stores look uncool. He must think the set designs for Logan’s Run are just uber cool and not some Texas shopping mall. Oh wait…

And ooh, handrails for crew to hang onto when they hit turbulence. How exciting, realism! Feh!

Abrams states that he's not making this for Tr…

DVD: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Raiders of the Lost Ark, or, in long form, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, is arguably a perfect film. What it lacks in depth or intellect it more than makes up for in verve, style, and an extraordinary dedication to craft. Above all else, it rocks.The next two sequels couldn't live up to the original. Temple of Doom decided that "dark" was a good thing. I enjoyed it at the time but it's aged horribly, with Steven Spielberg's wife-to-be being grating and annoying. Please, please, I now beg, just let her fall into the lava! Only that little Short Round bastard (!) is worse.And while The Last Crusade recaptured a degree of the original's sense of fun, it obliterated two of its cherished characters. Marcus Brody was reduced to being a idiot while Sallah is depicted as hapless and well nigh useless. These were criminal abuses of people who were key to the first film, especially in the way they gave Indiana Jones, the man, background and depth.And n…