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We Americans all look the same

So why is crime of Americans on other Americans so high in America? By Trent Lott’s reasoning, you’d think that the Muslims are one giant ethnic group. The Republicans should have learned by now that they need to ball-gag Lott before they let him out in public.

I really want to learn how to use Bush’s reality bending powers. He ranks right up there with the Scarlet Witch in failing to understand what one wants is not necessarily the right reality for everyone. Woodward’s comments on 60 Minutes only confirms that Bush likes to bend reality at right angles whenever he gets a chance. It must be hella fun to be able to do that.

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Planetes

Planetes

Genre: Space themed drama with some action elements

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Meta-Plot (hightlight to read):

Despite the fact that it begins about a man and his tragedy of losing his wife to an accident due to space debris, this is actually the story of a young girl forced to work for the lowly Debris Section of a large corporation in space. While it is about collecting dangerous trash in space, it’s also about mankind expanding to the stars, faced with issues such as evolution, romance and politics. Although I normally hate political heavy anime, this one never goes too far beyond a few points or ideas. The music and the story is superb and interesting.

My Reason for Five Stars:

Planetes is one of the few anime that I read the manga first and thought that the animated version would be so much less than worthy. However, I was completely surprised that it really followed the story and was well done overall. The realism and complexity of the subjects discussed is purely mind-boggling, but not overwhelming. I like it a lot because it is what could happen in our near future.

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Last Exile

Last Exile

Genre: Action drama

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Meta-Plot (hightlight to read):

A poor but skilled vanship pilot and his navigator who work as message couriers get sucked into a world of war between nations and factions – Anatory (a nation full of resources and honor), Disith (a bleak cold nation running out of resources) and the mysterious Guild (who control the giant Engines that keep warships afloat in the skies).

A strange girl appears, and the pilot and his navigator join forces with Captain Roe of the mighty airship Silvana to work to restoring peace and bringing salvation to the rest of the world and the Grand Stream by finding and unlocking the secret of the Exile.

My Reason for Four Stars:

Gonzo took the route of adding digital scenery and ships to the traditional anime style, which usually results in less than stellar anime. However, with the awesome story, powerful characters and flawless blending of styles, Last Exile really drew me in and hooked me. The action/flying scenes really blew me away, as well as the depth and complexity of the plot.

Although the Guild people are in essence the “bad guys,” you feel really bad for the characters Dio Eracles and his servant when they are forced to “grow up” and become full-fledged members of their faction.

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Or so the present Administration would have you believe. It gives me a headache to sit there and watch Bush try to tell people that the Geneva Conventions are “vague,” “outdated,” and alluding to the fact that they are in favor of the Terrorists (after watching TV, it’s like you should capitalize Terrorists because they want you to believe it’s a race of people). Especially the one dealing with prisoners of war. What is so vague about allowing prisoners of war to maintain their dignity and their lives as opposed to humiliation and death at the hands of torturers?

You know, I never really paid much attention to John Stewart’s Daily Show on Comedy Central until he started satirically attacking and analyzing these weird assumptions and power plays made by our government. It become compelling because, aside from the obvious direction of humor, the observations and satire rings incredibly true in some instances. I still don’t put a ton of stock in the Daily Show as “news media” – it addresses real-time issues with that oh-so crazy skewed perspective that seems to hit home with a lot of people.

Sometimes, the “truth of it” is more hilarious than the “manufactured” reality that the media and government want us to believe.

And a friend of mine linked this awesome bit about flag interpretations in modern times.

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Nipples

But where are the nipples?

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One half of the nation? You can look at this news with either the half-empty or half-full view. I think of it as the half-full type of result, as more Americans don’t believe that Saddam had anything to do with 9/11 than those who do.

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Well

Here’s a link for you.

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