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Sunday, October 5, 2008

An American Carol Doesn't Live Up to My Hope and Expectations

I liked the concept and loved the actors, but the movie is unworthy of either.

I love to laugh out loud. I love great slapstick. I laughed out loud at The Forty Year Old Virgin, and Super Bad, and even Knocked up. These movies, though raunchy, had a sweetness, a thoughtful, positive message that could be described as having a good 'moral and ethical' stand for virtues of life and sanctity of marriage and family, and they delivered. Despite being juvenile, they were funny and entertaining.

An American Carol had a lot of promise for great virtues of honor, and courage, and standing up to aggressors who threaten our country's liberty. It had great talent, and a great premise, to mock with biting irony and satire, the foolishness of Michael Moore and his 'Documentaries,' but the movie was flat. It had a few good moments of satire, but lacked real irony and depth.

It relied on symbols, images and cheap gags. It lacked heart and soul. Michael Moore's fictitious character's transformation in the end, was completely unbelievable and formulaic.

I stayed until the end of the movie, wishing it would turn around and deliver me. That was wishful thinking. I have to give it thumbs down. My husband says it's not that bad. Maybe it's a guy's flick.
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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database


Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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