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I Recommend . . .

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2009/09/20

I recommend following Patterico’s Pontifications, Common Sense Political Thought and Head Noises, the three sites (other than my own) I watch several times a day. PP and CSPT both have multiple authors. PP is a large-type blogsite and CSPT is considered to be a small-type blogsite, but both are well-traveled. Head Noises is a single-blogger site but has loads of valuable input and loads of valuable links to other sites.

If you’re looking for echo-chamber conservative sites, don’t go there. PP has a few liberals who debate honestly and several trolls who refuse honest debates. CSPT has a large number of liberals who comment regularly to the conservative authors. While Head Noises has a limited amount of commentary (which is unfortunate, considering her articles), her articles and side-bar linkage are superb and worthy of full-spectrum commentary and debate.

If you want a feel for the real world, I suggest reading those three blogsites daily. And please feel free to add your own perspective to the discussions. Get involved. Politics is real life. And all three sites add articles wholly unrelated to politics. Well rounded, they are (to use a Yoda-ism).

All three sites can be found on my sidebar.

Disclaimer: I am listed as an author on CSPT. I cross-post some of my articles from here over there. But I am a lesser author over on CSPT.

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Thicker Than Water, A Review

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2009/09/20

I recently bought a “Hallmark Four Pack” from K-Mart (I do my best not to give Wally World a dime). In that Four Pack is the movie “Thicker Than Water.” The back of the dvd case says:

Thicker Than Water
A faded photograph leads powerful attorney Natalie Jones to the bittersweet secrets of her late father’s past – where horses run free, families are bound by honor, and true love really exists. Starring Melissa Gilbert, Brian Wimmer, and Lindsay Wagner. 87 min / Color / Widescreen / Not Rated / Dove “Family-Approved” for All Ages [author’s note: I don’t know where “Jones” came from.]

Whenever I watch a movie, I expect to see a Liberal agenda. If you’re a low-to-mid-level actor and you are a Conservative, “you’ll never work in this town again.” While there may be a perceived underlying liberal bias in the movie if you look very closely, there is nothing whatsoever that this Christian Conservative can argue against. Nothing at all. The hint of liberal bias actually fits well within a Christian world view.

Enough of the political side of the review.

This movie is definitely in the genre of “chick flicks.” And I like “chick flicks.” I expect people drawn to chick flicks will need the Kleenex nearby. I could’ve used some, but my sleeve did the trick. The movie is romantic in the classical sense.

The movie begins after the funeral of a highly-respected judge and the execution of his will has already occurred. Natalie, the successful attorney-daughter of the judge finds out he had a past. He was married to someone else before he was married to her (deceased) mother. And it moves from there. She is thrust into a very rural environment in her search for the truth.

There are 3, 4, 5 love stories intertwined. Maybe more. There is the history of modern-style romance. And there is a new modern-style romance added into the story. But the modern-style romance isn’t the driver of the story. The other, non-romantic, love stories drive this movie.

There is the woman who had a hard life but has been truly charitable despite her lack of resources. There is her refusal to be paid back for her charity, despite her definite need for resources the “pay back” would help alleviate. There is the woman’s devotion to keep a promise someone else made. There is the stewardship of the land despite the hurdles placed in front of her. There is the “right thing to do” aspect, even though “the right thing to do” will cost someone a fortune. And there is, as expected, a growth in understanding and priority-organization.

I consider this a “must see” movie, and not only because Melissa Gilbert (who couldn’t love her work?) stars. It is very family-friendly and very date-friendly. And, husbands, your wives will thank you for suggesting you two watch the movie together. It’s better than a bunch of pretty plants that are already dead.

But, keep that box of Kleenex handy. You’ll need it.

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Double Entendre Three-peat

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2009/09/20

This British article had me nearly fall off the futon. I won’t reprint any of it here for what will become obvious reasons if you follow the link. All it took was the lede, the sub-lede and the byline. That’s it.

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