Monday, May 23, 2011

Almodovar: Six Inches

As reported by Jo Piazza of FOX News: “Spanish director Pedro Almodovar's latest thriller, "The Skin I Live In" had filmgoers fleeing the theater Thursday night at its gala premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, due to some aggressively violent and disturbing content.

Something similar happened on ‘The Lou Dobbs (radio talk) Show’ starting yesterday when Dobbs declared most stridently that Benjamin Netanyahu owes Barack Obama an apology for publicly speaking to him in ‘that tone’ during joint statements with the press in attendance. What followed was highly disturbing radio in which both guests and listeners were reduced to incoherence while bludgeoned by Dobbs’ highly combative beat-down style.

I have always been suspicious of Dobbs. There had at one time been talk of Dobbs throwing his hat into the ring. I truly thought he might try it. Though his words seemed tailored to serve this purpose, I felt there was always an undertone of insincerity, limitless arrogance, and touch of dementia.

It is perhaps appropriate to note that in search of ratings, those so engaged will seek ever higher realms of outrage to aspire to in an effort to garner attention in an increasingly crowded field. Almodovar no doubt has proven over and over again that he is a genius director. His latest offering, however, seems to have crossed a line, and I will not be going to see it.

Few have been more consistent in their criticism of Barack Obama’s policies than Dobbs. It has earned him a considerable following among the like-minded, some of whom had switch from brain-dead booster Hannity. To now suddenly turn on his audience, characterizing the Israeli PM as rude and downright ignorant while ignoring Obama’s own avalanche transgressions, is at the very least insensitive.

Most, but the most ardent Jew haters and Marxists, would agree that Obama had it coming. They were relieved that at least someone had finally stood up to this flame-throwing ideologue, even if it took someone from another country to do it. God knows, our own have been tip-toeing around this rogue elephant, lest they be called nasty names.

Which brings to mind the question: Why are so many, on the Republican side, so loath to run for high office, turning our roster of candidates into a virtual revolving door? Obviously, they’ve looked around and seen how others are treated, and reached the conclusion: Who needs it? Moses too was reluctant to lead.

Leadership in this country has been turned into an exercise in self-flagellation – particularly on the Republican side. I suspect that even Gingrich saw it coming and purposely torpedoed himself as to fashion a (not so) graceful way out.

We’ve reached the end of the line as a nation. Not only have our problems become so immense as to defy solution, but the media attacks have become intolerably cruel. No one in their right mind can afford to subject themselves to that – especially people who value their families first and foremost.

Looking at it another way, imagine our candidates as pole-vaulters. In order for Republicans to qualify, they must get over a bar set at 6 meters. Democrats, on the other hand, merely need to clear six inches.

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