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Adventures in Selection Bias

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August must be a slow month even for those brimming with manufactured outrage, because over at Big Hollywood today, the best James Hudnall can come up with is a dashed-off piece about how Jimmy Carter sucks and Sylvester Stallone rules.  No, seriously.

After the moribund Carter years, the age of Reagan issued in a new era of American confidence. And with that confidence came a wave of films full of male bravado after a decade of paranoid, navel gazing films with negative endings.

I’m not going to quote the piece more extensively than that, since that’s basically his whole argument right there.  The “New Hollywood” films of the 1970s were the perfect pseudo-intellectual, hollow, self-obsessed type of the Carter Administration, just as the hyper-masculine action hero pictures of the 1980s were  perfect type of the Reagan-era’s Nietzschean vitality.  While it’s worth nothing that Hudnall is not so enamored of Schwarzeneggerian masculinity as to hit the free weights and slug the whey protein himself, the idea of art-as-a-mirror is certainly a familiar and tempting one.

The problem, though is that he’s comparing the arthouse picture of one era with the summer blockbuster fare of the next.  After all, the first Superman movie, Grease, Saturday Night Fever, and two Bond movies all grossed in the top 10 in the 1970s, and Platoon, The Killing Fields, and Ordinary People all won Oscars in the 1980s.  And of “Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis, Gibson, Norris, Van Damme, Seagal,” only Stallone had a movie in the 1980s that out-grossed Platoon.

I’m not trying to make the point that the 70s were better than the 80s for film, or vice versa.  We’re talking about fucking ten-year periods here; they both had a lot of movies, and when you try to generalize this broadly, you only open yourself up to death by a thousand counterexamples.  For every Taxi Driver there’s also a Do the Right Thing, and for every Lethal Weapon 2 there’s a Smokey and the Bandit.  But if this is the way Hudnall wants to kill some time in late August, I don’t really hold it against him; I just worry about the type of person who curses Jimmy Carter under his breath while watching The Graduate and gets a hard-on for the Great Communicator mid-way through Bloodsport.

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August 17, 2010 at 12:05 am

Stay Classy, James Hudnall

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GET IT? SHE’S LIKE THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST BECAUSE SHE HAS MINIONS THAT CLEAN UP MESSES.

WAIT THAT DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE.

OK, I MEAN, SHE’S LIKE THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST BECAUSE SHE’S A WOMAN PARTICIPATING IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE.

NEXT WEEK I’M THINKING OF HAVING HER BE A SHREW, BATTON CAN DRAW SOME SWEET WHISKERS.

OR MAYBE I’LL MAKE SOME MENSTRUATION  JOKES.  WOMEN WHO ARE DEMOCRATS ARE ALWAYS ACTING LIKE THEY ARE ON THEIR PERIODS.

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November 15, 2009 at 11:26 pm

Name Me One

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I’m only going to do this once more, because I’m sure James Hudnall’s piece characterizing the Sotomayor nomination as an affirmative action hire is just the first of many.  He claims

When you favor someone because of their race over others who are equally or more qualified, that’s racism.

without offering any evidence that this is in fact the case with Sotomayor.  So go ahead, name me a liberal white male judge more qualified than Sotomayor.  

Identity politics is racist, sexist, tribalist, classist nonsense. If our society is to ever truly grow up, we need to kill it off with extreme prejudice.

You’re the one playing at identity politics, and you’re the one being racist, when any time a person of color (and especially a woman of color) is hired, you immediately cry “AFFIRMATIVE ACTION” without any evidence.  The argument isn’t just “People of color shouldn’t be hired over better qualified white people,” it’s also “If a person of color was hired, there must have been a more qualified white person who was passed over.”

Name me one.

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May 27, 2009 at 5:48 pm

John Nolte’s Back, and So is the Shitty Editing

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There’s two different posts to day (one by James Hudnall and one by John Simpson) both freaking out over a silly Drudge headline about obesity being a factor in climate change.

HIGH rates of obesity in richer countries cause up to a billion extra tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year, compared with countries with leaner populations, according to a study that assesses the additional food and fuel needs of the overweight.

The finding is particularly worrying, scientists say, because obesity is on the rise in many rich nations.

“Population fatness has an environmental impact,” said Phil Edwards, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. “We’re all being told to stay fit and keep our weight down because it’s good for our health. The important thing is that staying slim is good for your health and for the health of the planet.”

This simple, obvious observation, made by a British academic with no known political affiliations or government ties, sends both Hudnall and Simpson into hysterics about the myriad ways in which American liberals will now persecute obese people.

Hudnall:

So do China and India have less greenhouse gas emissions than Canada and Germany? After all, China and India have “thinner” people. The answer is of course, no. This is a false claim like many of those the AGW crowd makes.

But making false statements didn’t stop the anti-smoking crusaders who made it seem like smoking a cigarette automatically gives you get lung cancer. And it’s gotten so bad many places are using their anti-smoker bias to deny smokers their civil rights. Using the same logic, they can start doing that to the “obese.”

There’s not much for me to do here except direct Hudnall to that first paragraph he quoted.  Their research claims that the obesity factors accounts for a billion extra tons of greenhouse gases a year.  The researchers never claim that obesity is the only factor.  That would be silly.

Simpson is even more red-faced though:

You know where this is going, right, people? Global Warming (GW) taxes on junk foods, if not all. Will they even dare propose a discriminatory tax on fat people themselves?

Um, probably not!  The researchers offer no policy prescriptions, and have no voice within the American government.  Chill the fuck out.

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April 22, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Hudnall: Obama Should Be More Like Putin, Chavez, and Ahmadinejad

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Imagine Vladamir Putin on a European trip apologizing for Russia invading its neighbors and murdering millions of people in the name of Communism. Imagine Putin saying Russia will never be at war with capitalists, is ashamed of his country’s past treatment of minorities, that they were wrong to send thousands of innocent people to Siberian Gulags for dissent and other trumped up charges, andthat he’s sorry for decimating Chechnya and invading Georgia.

OK, how about this, imagine Hugo Chavez bowing to President Bush or hugging Dick Cheney. Silly, huh?

How about Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad going to Europe and saying, “You know…all that extremist stuff we do, the hanging of gay people, the imprisoning and execution of dissenters, the elimination of women’s rights — that was my predecessors doing. I’m not like that.”

The reason this will never happen is because these men operate from a position of strength. They’re leaders who represent their people as they see fit and believe they are right. Even if a lot of what they do is reprehensible, they have to show the world they stand by their country.

When will Obama start ruling us with an iron fist, already?  One of the best things about the Obama Administration is watching conservatives like the ones at BH try to reconcile their view that all liberals are total wusses with their view that Obama is a diabolical socialist mastermind, set to turn himself into dictator-for-life.  He can’t really be both, guys!

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April 10, 2009 at 8:12 pm