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I took a moment to look at the viewer comments on IMDB for The Patriot. WOW are they bitter. Typical:

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The Patriot (2000)

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Dumb Movie for Dumb people(americans), 24 March 2002
Author: Gunter Gimp from England

I will not go through all the problems because i can see many people already have.I saw this again and it was actually worse than the first time i saw it.I’d just like to pick my favourite moments in the film.

Tavinton(to black slaves) " Any slave who fights for the crown will become a free man" Black guys "We arent slaves sir, we work this land ourselves"

I couldnt help but laugh when he said that, who does mel gibson think he is kidding and i pray that most americans also saw somthing wrong with that scene.

Tavington " You Stupid little boy!!"

Most Americans probably wont get the joke unless they have watched a certain British comedy. I must keep my review short and will end it here for i must burn a church with americans inside. 1/10

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It’s fiction, folks.

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Letters to the editor of the local rag show that those who voted against many budgets weren’t doing so because they were anti-education, just pro-sanity. This one makes a good point:
I am a senior citizen and Lakeland school taxpayer, no doubt like many others in the school district. The bureaucracy of the school board and the administration is outrageous. Last year the school budget was $97 million and this year, $116 million.

I have a couple of suggestions that would impact the school budget significantly. We as taxpayers support two high schools — Lakeland in Shrub Oak and Walter Panas on the border of Peekskill. How about redistricting? The state Legislature did it with no problems. The savings would be substantial — could be 50 percent or more! How about outsourcing the bus transportation system? Other schools have done it with no problems — Chappaqua, Yorktown, Peekskill and Ossining. There no doubt would be tremendous savings.
Consolidate? Outsource? Political suicide-no board would go for it. So sad! So taxpayers must foor a whopping 20% increase levied on them by a board that would last 2 weeks in the business world. Another reasonable question:

Why can’t districts learn to economize?

Recently, we read that the majority of the school budget proposals were passed. The increase for Pleasantville was in excess of 10 percent. When additional funds are come by so easily, it takes away the incentive to stretch the money to get the most out of it. It seems the only ones budgeting are the taxpayers. We do not have the option of proposing how much money we want. We have to make do with what we have regardless of our increased living expenses.

Because it is political suicide for a board to even suggest that faculty have less than a Mercedes Benz health plan, that text books not be spanking new, or to ever reconcile frugality with the best interests of children. So after we give these kids a pricey education, they move to Texas, Arizona, or the Carolinas, where they can afford to live.

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Cowboys

Gooey, syrupy, right wing kool aid drinking propaganda. And I loved it. Turn up the sound. Made by a 22 year Navy vet.

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Message from Randi
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05.25.2005

What a week!

Thank you to all the New Yorkers who made it out the Operation-Truth fundraiser on Saturday (pictured). Even though the media refuses to cover these wars and why we’re fighting them, this great group of vets are still working day and night to get the truth out there.

I spent Tuesday and Wednesday in Washington. I testified at a House Forum on the sorry state of our news media and spoke with several Senators and Representatives on and off the air.

I’ll be honest, it is rough out there. You’ve got to stay informed. The truth is on our side. We may have to fight twice as hard to get it, but that’s only because the Republicans will do ANYTHING to twist or suppress it.

Thanks for listening…I’m coming home now!

Love ALLways,

Randi

Randi as in Randi Rhodes, personality on Air America radio. She’s fighting for us and the fringe cause. In this case, Operation Truth. I don’t know much about them, but they claim to be a non-profit advocacy organization for veterans, and nonpartisan.
Let’s see…non partisan…advocacy…non-profit…Oh,just like the AARP. I’m sure they aligned with Randi Rhodes because they were non partisan. Groups that link to them include impeachbush.org. How dumb do I look?
I blogged before that fringe left causes often give themselves names that imply that they are the last bastion of democracy and/or truth. Typically, they do things like quote Voltaire about how "dangerous it is to be right when the government is wrong." Here’s a good clip from the "about" page from the Voltaire-quoting, Operation Truth linking dangerouscitizen.org:
“Somewhere the saving and putting away had to begin again and someone had to do the saving and the keeping, one way or another, in books, in records, in people’s heads, any way at all so long as it was safe, free from moths, silverfish, rust and dry-rot, and men with matches.”
— Ray Bradbury, narration from the novel, Fahrenheit 451

The purpose of this site is to educate the reader about her/his right and duty, as an American Citizen, to dissent whenever the government acts unjustly. This site offers articles for learning about some of those unjust actions, like the "war on terrorism" and the "war on drugs", both which involve the "war on democracy". This site also offers resources for dissenting without resorting to violence.

The Hangman’s Noose pictured in the Dangerous Citizen logo is a symbol of persecution, inspired by the trials and hangings of 19 people unjustly accused of witchcraft in 1692. The noose is used here as representation of the consequences often risked by those who dissent.

They disagree, so they don intellectual flak jackets and act like they are Mel Gibson in The Patriot. Debating on the substance of issues and policy hasn’t worked, so they resort to quoting futuristic nightmare novels and philosophes to pimp themselves as freedom fighters instead of 60’s wannabes. This is why, short of economic calamity or a Watergate type event I am fairly certain that the 2008 election will look like 1972 again. Moderates get repelled by the fringe.

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