Monthly Archive: 2003 October

In the shadow of Pfc. Lynch

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Pfc. Jessica Lynch has had a tough year, but why does she deserve to be fawned over by major news organizations and hailed a hero for simply surviving? Three people involved with the same events in Iraq arguably have had a much rougher 2003: Sok Khak Ung, a Lance Cpl. who participated in a diversion […]

New 2nd Column

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I added a second column to Dragonize today. This will be a permanent new feature, adding a space for media reviews separate from the blog column. It is tentatively called “Complete Subjectivity,” which has long been a sort of mantra for this site.

The O’Reilly Fiasco

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Terry Gross has been accused by some NPR listeners and its own ombudsman of unfairly going after Bill O’Reilly in her interview with the Fox News Channel host that aired October 9, 2003. I sent this letter to NPR’s ombudsman today: Terry Gross knows her audience, and she knows what we want to know about […]

Electronic Voting

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Electronic voting got a little ink as a fly in the California gubernatorial recall’s ointment. According to the Mercury News, 1.42 million Californians voted electronically. Opponents of the recall demanded that the vote shouldn’t take place until all 15.3 million registered voters could vote that way, to avoid the possible recurrence of what happened in […]

Racial Gray Area

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Wayne Joseph (linked article has an upcoming movie spoiler) grew up black, married a black woman and has black kids, but was shocked when a DNA test failed to find any African blood in his own veins. His ancestors’ light-brown skin and association with blacks led the Jim Crow South to lump them in with […]

Bullier sues former bullee, Eminem

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From Launch.com: In addition to the ruling, the judge included a 10-stanza rhyme as a footnote which read in part, “It is therefore this court’s ultimate position, that Eminem is entitled to summary disposition.”

Return to Returner

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I just realized that my indictment of Japan’s Returner as a B-movie implies that Hollywood blockbusters (including some source materials for Returner) are the global standard for A-movies. Hollywood, as a movie-making money machine, is unmatched on this planet and it would be unfair to hold foreign features to the same production standards. Ideologically speaking […]

“Beat” Zatoichi

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Takeshi Kitano (aka “Beat” Takeshi) is the Japanese cohost of Takeshi’s Castle (which lives in America as the hilariously dubbed MXC). He’s also a prolific director of philosophical yakuza flicks, unique in their emotional detachment to the extreme violence they depict. They often explore the stereotypical Japanese honor system of severed pinky fingers and seppuku, […]

Returner

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The classic sci-fi B-movie has flying saucers on strings, robots with vacuum tube heads, and foam rock throwing beasts that are slaves to hypercephalic aliens. This genre’s present has unfortanately been dominated by the SciFi channel and it’s unwatchable, made-for-cable rehashes of animal swarm and cyber-commando films. Returner promises to finally blow the door wide […]

Double Plus Ungood

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…anyone who has spent any time in this city recognized the situation for what it was: painfully perfect. After the game, Alou, Randall Simon and others urged Cubs fans to go easy on the guy, and they were right. He didn’t give up the eight runs…He gave the Marlins another out, a little more life, […]

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