Klavan On The Culture

Klavan On The Culture

Climate Alarmists Got Nuthin’ Left But Power

October 11th, 2015 - 6:25 pm

Take a look at this from an editorial in the weekend Wall Street Journal:

Last month George Mason Professor Jagadish Shukla and 19 others signed a letter to President Obama, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and White House science advisor John Holdren urging punishment for climate dissenters. “One additional tool — recently proposed by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse — is a RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) investigation of corporations and other organizations that have knowingly deceived the American people about the risks of climate change as a means to forestall America’s response to climate change,” they wrote.

In other words, they want the feds to use a law created to prosecute the mafia against lawful businesses and scientists…

The climate change alarmists are getting increasingly desperate and fascistic as their bid for elite control of energy supplies through fear mongering and the spread of climate panic continues to founder against the facts.

Take a look as Senator Ted Cruz questions Aaron Mair, the president of the Sierra Club, on the subject. It’s long — almost ten minutes — but worth it:

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I try to tell myself these environmentalists believe what they’re saying — i.e. that they are hysterical millenarians who truly want to lead us all back into a make-believe pre-industrial paradise like the one they saw in Avatar or something — but even they must have doubts in the dark hours, at this point, and wonder if they’re not just in the grip of a primitive and increasingly indefensible superstition.

A Liberal’s Ten Commandments

‘The Martian’ vs Environmental Defeatism

October 9th, 2015 - 9:24 am

If we can send a Hollywood liberal to Mars, why can’t we send all of them?

One of the toughest parts of selling the conservative message is that so often we’re for what we’re also against. For instance, I oppose racism as being anti-American and anti-God. But I also oppose the abuse of racist accusations to curtail speech and to silence opposition to statist solutions. Like Ronald Reagan, I’m in favor of a government safety net for our citizens who are in financial trouble and need help becoming self-sufficient. But I oppose buying off citizens with entitlements in order to continually increase the power of the government.

And, of course, like every thinking person, I’d like to keep our air and water clean and want all of us to use the earth with conscious care. But I despise the fear-mongering, small-minded primitivism of modern environmentalism and its superstitious juju nonsense about evil oil, “climate change” and diminishing resources.

Which is why I so enjoyed The Martian, the engrossing and moving new adventure film starring Matt Damon and based on the nerdy-but-exciting novel by Andy Weir. Whatever the intentions of the author and the filmmaker, the message of this story is clear: There is nothing man can’t achieve if he is willing to “science the s*** out of it.” And as director Ridley Scott and screenwriter Drew Goddard also show: faith in God underlies our faith in ourselves because it affirms the ultimate logic of nature. That is, things don’t just happen, they happen in an orderly way, and so we can figure them out. As astronaut Mark Watney (Damon) tells Jesus (playing Himself): “I’m counting on you.”

The Martian‘s message is the same as the message of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar: “Mankind was born on earth. It was never meant to die there.”

We’ve always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible. And we count these moments. These moments when we dare to aim higher, to break barriers, to reach for the stars, to make the unknown known. We count these moments as our proudest achievements. But we lost all that. Or perhaps we’ve just forgotten that we are still pioneers. And we’ve barely begun. And that our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, because our destiny lies above us.

But The Martian is far more successful as a film than Interstellar because the intellectual Nolan hasn’t yet overcome his need to tell us what to think whereas Ridley Scott understands he just has to tell the story and keep us entertained. Whatever themes a story has will explore and explain themselves. You can’t walk out of The Martian without feeling — without knowing: The stars are ours for the taking. The future lies — not in the dreamy backward illogic of primitivistic left-wing pap like Avatar — but in the science and faith that take us deeper and deeper into the universe and closer and closer to the truth which is our destiny.

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Who’s Hillary?

October 6th, 2015 - 5:51 am

Can You Spot Her?

Remember those Where’s Waldo? books that were popular a while back? On each page, there was a cartoon crowd scene and you had to scan the various figures until you found Waldo, the guy in the wool hat and the striped sweater? They should put out a new book called Who’s Hillary? On each page, there’d be dozens of drawings of Hillary and you’d have to figure out which was the real one? If any.

There could be the hip, self-mocking Hillary we were treated to on Saturday Night Democrat Toady — I mean Live! — the other night. There could be the indignant Hillary who tried to weasel out of fair questions on the Today show. There could be Grandma Hillary who just can’t make heads nor tails of those danged email servers — what do you, wipe em with a cloth er sumpin? There could be southern-accent Hillary, and African American Hillary and teary-eyed Hillary…  Hey, if it doesn’t work as a book we can always make it a line of dolls!

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Democrats on Gun Violence: Ban Facts

October 4th, 2015 - 9:38 am

I don’t usually post my videos one after another, but this one is too topical to hold back. On the Democrats’ reaction to mass shootings. Take a look:

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My New Podcast

October 2nd, 2015 - 11:21 am

Hey, my new podcast is up and running. You can listen for free here. It’s still a work in progress. We haven’t quite got the state-of-the-art studio finished yet, so I can’t have guests or bring in Cirque du Soleil to perform interpretive dances of my ideas, but it’s a start and I’d love to get feedback from anyone who takes a listen. Click the picture below to take you there.


The MacArthur Grant Explained

September 30th, 2015 - 1:51 pm

You may wonder why a MacArthur Genius Grant was given to Ta-Nehisi Coates, a bitter and, for my money, racist anti-white author at the Atlantic. Let me explain:

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Dear John

September 27th, 2015 - 8:12 am

I had a drink with John Boehner once. We were both at a small, private party and found ourselves together at the bar. I’m afraid my reaction to him was on the haughty side.

“He’s an institutional man,” I wrote with disdain to an old friend.

To which my friend, an old political hand, replied: “Yes, but let me remind you: Congress is an institution.”

Far be it from me to interrupt the Trumpian chest-beating on the right at Boehner’s announced resignation, but I still can’t help having some sympathy for the guy. It’s possible we on the right wanted something from him no mere speaker of the House could have delivered. We’re all heroes at our keyboards and our microphones, after all. We all know what’s what, what should be done and how. Anyone who can’t live up to the courage we have in our imaginations or can’t achieve the results we achieve in our fantasies must be either a wimp or a traitor. But how much wisdom and self-awareness does it take to remember: that’s not the real world? Hell, it’s not even Washington, D.C.

Which is not to let Boehner off the hook for his failings. He did not recognize that Barack Obama was not the usual politician, but rather a narcissistic ideologue, not to be trusted. He kept making deals with the guy only to find himself double-crossed. And when he went to publicize the president’s lies, he found a news media so corrupted by racism and ideology that they had become little more than a gang of professional liars, dedicated to protecting the White House.

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From Hollywood Reporter: The Gosnell Cast

September 25th, 2015 - 12:12 pm

Earl Billings, a very good actor, will play Kermit Gosnell, a very bad man.

As mentioned in a post below, the Gosnell movie is shooting now in Oklahoma (which stands in for Philadelphia!) and Paul Bond at The Hollywood Reporter has now announced the cast:

The filmmakers behind Gosnell, a movie about abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, said Thursday that Earl Billings has been cast as Gosnell while Dean Cain will play Detective James Wood, who investigated Gosnell in a case that led to him being convicted on three counts of murder and one of manslaughter.

Billings, who bears a slight resemblance to the real Gosnell, has been a character actor for more than three decades, showing up in such films as American Splendor and Thank You For Smoking. He was a regular on the TV series Miss Guided in 2008.

Cain is best known as Clark Kent in the TV series Lois & Clark and has recently starred in a slew of TV Christmas movies.

Gosnell, originally conceived as a TV movie but now planned as a feature film, has begun filming in Oklahoma City, a producer said Thursday.

Nick Searcy, best known as an actor for his role on Justified on FX, is directing Gosnell from a script by Andrew Klavan, who drew on a 280-page grand jury report that describes how the African-American doctor charged different prices for anesthesia depending on how much pain a patient was willing to endure and how white women were given a nicer waiting room and cleaner medical equipment than the minority women.

The report alleges that Gosnell killed hundreds of infants by sticking scissors into their necks, but he was convicted a few years ago on just three counts of murder and one of manslaughter.

The movie also will tell the story of what filmmakers say was a media cover-up that lasted decades.

Have the U.S. and UK Traded Places?

September 23rd, 2015 - 8:25 am

One of the pleasures of traveling overseas is getting a brief glimpse of your homeland from afar. When I lived in the UK during much of the nineties, I used to compare it to looking at that famous photo of Earthrise taken by astronaut William Anders during the Apollo 8 mission, the first manned orbit around the moon. Suddenly, at a distance, the place you live looks very different and you get a new perspective on it.

The effect is not quite so dramatic when you only visit for a week, but during my recent vacation in the UK, I couldn’t help but notice that politically our two nations seem to have switched places. From similar experiences of governance, we have drawn entirely different lessons.

It used to be the two parties in the U.S. squabbled ferociously but agreed on the basics: patriotism, capitalism, liberty. In England, conversely, the left was full-blown Communistic and the Labour party would actually start its meetings with a rousing chorus of the Old Red Flag, whereas the Tories could only blither uselessly about “preserving our way of life.”

Now we’re the divided ones. The Democrats are in full America-hating, income-seizing, idea-suppressing mode and the Republicans, such as they are, are fighting a rearguard action over the body of our tattered Constitution. In England, meanwhile, years of Thatcherism and then Blairism have convinced a majority of the electorate that, when it comes to the economy at any rate, capitalism and free markets are the answer. London seems to be booming, full of young foreigners and natives sporting goods and delivering services. Labour has become such a collection of ostracized crackpots that they’ve elected commie terrorist-sympathizer Jeremy Corbyn to lead them, one hopes, into complete powerlessness and obscurity.

How did we, after the good economic years of Reagan and Clinton, wind up with this lawless leftist clown of ours in the White House? How did the greatest economic engine of all time start to sport an economy as drab as post-war England’s? How did we lose the plot of freedom? Let’s hope it was just a joke of historical circumstance and we all come to our senses soon.

Though with Trump still in the race, my hopes are not high.

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“Gosnell” Begins Filming

September 21st, 2015 - 12:51 pm

Gosnell Films

Just in time for my return from vacation, the Gosnell film begins shooting today. The pic shows International Stage and Screen Star Nick Searcy (I think that’s his full name) directing the cast. I wish him, them, and producers Ann McElhinney, Phelim McAleer and Magdalena Segieda all the best as they bring their amazing journey to fruition (with a small assist from me on screenplay duties).

For those who got caught in the news blackout imposed by the major media, Kermit Gosnell is the most prolific serial killer in American history, leaving only God knows how many bodies in his wake — and God, believe me, has an exact count. Why did the story go virtually unreported by the networks, and most of the major papers? Because Gosnell was an abortionist and the possibly thousands of people he murdered were babies so, like, feminism… or something.

Luckily, the media learned its lesson and would never again bury a major news story simply to defend the practice of killing infants. Oh, wait…

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