Thursday, February 01, 2007

The Much Anticiapated Sonia Interview PG-13

Our next guest has the sole distinction of making Mr Beamish blush. However, when one wears a gasmask nobody notices blushing. Sonia did answer the question and apparently that is her picture in the avatar. I want to stress that Beakerambo is not
a self portrait. There is a gender confused person in Tredington who has asked that question.

I am surprised how many of my readers have made the trek to Sonia's blog. Her blog is about far more than nudity and has several top notch political posts and posts about art. Regular readers of this blog know I have an interest in the arts.

Nudity

1 What is the difference between art and pornography? There is nudity in a Renoir or
Greek sculptures, but few would consider them pornographic.

2 Are there people who should keep their clothes on for aesthetic purposes. I do not have a desire to see Janet Reno naked,

3 Do you think the nudity increases the ammount of trolls on your site. Recently, you
had what appears to be a fake Syrian. We usually get the most unhinged leftists and
anti-semites on this site.

Architecture

4 You seem to have a preference for the ancients. Is this a misconception on my part?

5 Name your top five architectural favorites.

Film

6 Is there a bias in the arts community against family fare. I see movies like Shrek,
Monsters Inc and the Incredibles as examples of extreemly well made movies.

7 There are some movies with nudity that are snoozes. I slept through Bolero and Showgirls due to bad writing. Is writing the key to a good movie. You seemed to like Eyes Wide Shut, I found the movie a bore.

8 We have a house film snob ( Poultry) who would like to hear your thoughts on Almodvar. Are there any of his films you would recomend?

9 What are your views of film genres that we never see discused on your blog such as Musicals, Horror, Martial Arts Films and Comedy?

10 Is the age of Epic films like the English Patient, Dr Zhivago, Ben Hur a thing of the past? I would note that the Lord of the Rings trilogy qualifies as an epic.

11 What are your thoughts on the Superhero movies. The Spiderman Franchise seems to do quite well due to well constructed villans and plot lines.

12 Name the top five over rated and under rated films of all time?

13 Do you also watch older films? I was surprised to see how many of my readers remembered Superfly, Harry and Tonto, Black Sunday and some of the older films that
are referenced in passing.

Anti Communism

14 Has anti-Americanism become reflexive amongst the far left?
15 Is the far left a religion? As a pseudo-religion are its true believers oblivious
to logic, facts, history and sanity?
16 Is there a hard core anti-semitic element on the left?
17 I see a mental health defect with many on the far left. Is there a mental health
aspect to people who are prone to idiotic conspiracies, such as the mostly anti-semitic 9-11 fare.
18 Has the far left Disneyfied Islamic history and culture. Theological law placed on nonbelivers with Jim Crow elements, amputations and capital punishment for gays and rape victims does not seem to be humane.
19 Are Communists oblivious to the human toll and history of subversion and treason
in their own history? I often get perplexed far left types who can not understand the
hatred of many for their handiwork.
20 Is the notion that we can create Utopia in this world flawed and sometimes dangerous?
21 What is your response to the Communists who claim that the Khmer Rouge fiasco in Cambodia had nothing to do with Marx?
22 I am amazed at how many arts types sympathise with a movement that surpresses Artistic freedom? How do arts and letters types rationalize this contradiction.
23 Groups supported by the far left FARC, Hezbollah, Taliban are all deeply involved in drug dealing? Do far left types address this at all? Is Drug dealing for Social Justice just another contradiction like liberation via starvation.
24 Do the far left over romanticize terrorists as oppressed? Even today we have unrepentant spoiled terrorists teaching in American Universities named Ayers and Dorn.
25 Why do so many true believers flock to your site? Some of your commentors praise of Cuba. This borders on incoherent lunacy, all of you can read what you are told to read. People just happen to risk death fleeing the workers paradise.

I would like to thank you in advance for your thoughtful responses.

58 comments:

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

Sonia didn't make me blush. I just know someone who looks like her in the face. I don't know if the rest looks the same.

Robert Bayn said...

PG 13? as a rule I only read rated R interviews, and with at least one fat chick, which is why I will love the Clinton movie when and if it ever comes out!

sonia said...

Great questions, Beak, I am really impressed.

I had a lot of fun answering them.

Nudity

1 What is the difference between art and pornography? There is nudity in a Renoir or Greek sculptures, but few would consider them pornographic.

They are almost identical. Art is an individual interpretation of reality. Pornography is an individual interpretation of sex. The best art is pornography. And the best pornography is art. Very reluctantly, I will admit that there is also some (very little) non-pornographic art and non-artistic pornography.

2 Are there people who should keep their clothes on for aesthetic purposes. I do not have a desire to see Janet Reno naked,

It’s called discrimination and it’s perfectly normal. We all discriminate based on sex, race, beauty, age or other factors. It’s sad, but it’s human. Janet Reno might try to file a civil-rights suit against you, but I think it would be rejected.

3 Do you think the nudity increases the ammount of trolls on your site. Recently, you had what appears to be a fake Syrian. We usually get the most unhinged leftists and anti-semites on this site.

Personally, I wish I had more trolls. The only trolls I seem to attract are purely commercial ones, with links to Viagra and cell phone sites. It’s hard to be a troll on my blog. No matter what you write (something obscene, or politically radical, or insane) it’s likely related either to the post in question or to a recent post. My Syrian Borat looks perfectly normal and middle-class respectable on my blog.

Architecture

4 You seem to have a preference for the ancients. Is this a misconception on my part?

Not at all. I like modern architecture too, but slighly less than old architecture. There is a mystique aura around ancient historic sites that Frank Gehry’s buildings simply don’t have.

5 Name your top five architectural favorites.

Alhambra in Spain
El Castillo pyramid in Chichen Itza
Taj Mahal in India
Forbidden City in China
Malbork Castle in Poland

Film

6 Is there a bias in the arts community against family fare. I see movies like Shrek, Monsters Inc and the Incredibles as examples of extremely well made movies.

I agree there is a bias. But I also think that many family movies would be a lot better if they also had their ‘’adult versions’’ (a bit like ‘’widescreen’’ and ‘’full screen’’ versions) for parents. You bring your kids to a threatre. You park them in a theatre playing the ‘’kiddie’’ version of Shrek, and you go next door to see the ‘’NC-17’’ version.

7 There are some movies with nudity that are snoozes. I slept through Bolero and Showgirls due to bad writing. Is writing the key to a good movie. You seemed to like Eyes Wide Shut, I found the movie a bore.

I agree about Belero (and all Bo Derek films, without exception). But Showgirls was a lot of fun (of the ‘’so bad, it’s hilarious’’ variety). ‘’Eyes Wide Shut’’ was a truly hypnotic experience. The kind of hypnotism that puts some (like you) to sleep and others (like me) to pure extasy.

8 We have a house film snob ( Poultry) who would like to hear your thoughts on Almodvar. Are there any of his films you would recommend?

All Almodovar’s films are good, except ‘’Tie Me Up Tie Me Down’’, ‘’High Heels’’ and ‘’The Flower of My Secret‘’. In the 80’s, his films were funny, crazy, messy and surprising. In the 90’s, he experimented with different genres, with very uneven results (all the above-mentioned flops date from this middle period). Since 1999, his films are mature masterpieces, expertly mixing serious melodrama with humor and sensuality.

9 What are your views of film genres that we never see discused on your blog such as Musicals, Horror, Martial Arts Films and Comedy?

Unfortunately, the best musical films were made between 1932 and 1952, when no nudity was allowed on screen. I would love to see a nude Ginger Rogers dancing with Fred Astaire. Who knows, since it’s now possible to colorize movies, maybe one day will be technologically possible to undress Ginger Rogers or Cyd Charisse.

I did discuss a great erotic martial art film from Hong Kong, ‘’Women On The Run’’ and a great erotic horror film, ‘’Hostel’’ (2006). I also love such great erotic horror movies like ‘’Nekromantik’’ (1987) and ‘’Freeze Me’’ (2000). There are plenty of great erotic comedies as well, like ‘’Confetti’’ (2006).

10 Is the age of Epic films like the English Patient, Dr Zhivago, Ben Hur a thing of the past? I would note that the Lord of the Rings trilogy qualifies as an epic.

Definitely not. Epic films were always popular and they will remain so. I just hope they will loose some of those epic clothes. ‘’Excalibur’’ is a far greater film than ‘’Ben Hur’’ for precisely that reason.

11 What are your thoughts on the Superhero movies. The Spiderman Franchise seems to do quite well due to well constructed villans and plot lines.

I hate Superhero movies, with the exception of most Batman movies. The first two Batmans and the last one were great films. But all those Supermans, Hulks and Spider-Mans are worthless, boring trash.

12 Name the top five over rated and under rated films of all time?

Overrated (I am simply picking the worst Oscar-winners in the last 40 years) :

Beautiful Mind
Gladiator
The English Patient
Driving Miss Daisy
In The Heat Of The Night

Underrated (I am not listing undeservedly obscure films, only well-known films that were unjustly maligned):

Apocalypto
Starship Troopers
The Name of the Rose
Year of the Dragon
Heaven’s Gate
Zabriskie Point


13 Do you also watch older films? I was surprised to see how many of my readers remembered Superfly, Harry and Tonto, Black Sunday and some of the older films that are referenced in passing.

You call that old films ? My favorite old movies are ‘’Cabiria’’ (1914), ‘’The Birth of a Nation’’ (1915), ‘’Les Vampires’’ (1915), ‘’Haxan’’ (1921) and ‘’Foolish Wives’’ (1922).

Anti Communism

14 Has anti-Americanism become reflexive amongst the far left?

Is the Earth round ? Of course. But there is nothing personal here. The far leftists hated Spain from 1492 until 1650’s (and thought England was a brave little nation to fight against them), and they hated England from 1650’s until 1950’s (and thought United States was a brave little nation to rebel against them)…

15 Is the far left a religion? As a pseudo-religion are its true believers oblivious to logic, facts, history and sanity?

It’s FAR worse than religion. At least religious people care only about certain, non-economic, aspects of life (and when they care about ALL aspects of life, like the Hassidic Jews, or the Catholic nuns, at least they don’t force others to be like them). But Communists apply their Marxist religion to all aspects of life, including the way toilet paper should be produced and sold, and impose it on everybody by force. Communism is like a religious monastery, except nobody shoots you in the back when you try to leave a monastery…

16 Is there a hard core anti-semitic element on the left?

Is there sex in porno movies ? Communism, from the very beginning in 1917 was an alliance between Jewish traitors of their own religion and rabid anti-semites. They worked together during the Soviet Revolution and during World War II, but otherwise they purged each other with abandon (usually the anti-semites were on top, but not always, in Poland between 1945 and 1949, the shoe was on the other foot). Things aren’t that different now. If the far left would ever gain power, the Osamas would quickly purge the Noam Chomskys from their ranks (or, less likely, vice versa)…

17 I see a mental health defect with many on the far left. Is there a mental health aspect to people who are prone to idiotic conspiracies, such as the mostly anti-semitic 9-11 fare.

It’s not a mental health defect. It’s a disease that can attack anybody, anywhere. Nobody is immune to the Communist disease, although having a perfectly honest, democratic government would definitely help. That’s why United States has far less idiotic conspiracy theories than totalitarian countries, but it still has them. If Bush honestly told the American people: ‘’We need to go to Iraq to secure our energy needs, and to make sure that Shiites and Sunnis fight each other instead of uniting to fight against us’’, there would be far less idiotic conspiracy theories…

18 Has the far left Disneyfied Islamic history and culture. Theological law placed on nonbelivers with Jim Crow elements, amputations and capital punishment for gays and rape victims does not seem to be humane.

Not really. The Islamic culture in the early years (between 630 and 1300’s) was truly remarkable and far less oppressive than all the other contemporary cultures. It was still very agressive militarily (conquering half of the World), but they invariably imposed a system that was more free and open than the one they destroyed. Things only changed during the Renaissance and the Reformation. Christianity slowly evolved for the better, while Islam slowly degenerated into its present, sorry state.

19 Are Communists oblivious to the human toll and history of subversion and treason in their own history? I often get perplexed far left types who can not understand the hatred of many for their handiwork.

There are two types of Communists. The Stalins and the Trotskys. The Trotskys organize the revolution, and once they succeed, they are killed by the Stalins, who impose a system far more oppressive than the previous one. The Stalins perfectly know the human toll, but they see it as a necessary evil to achieve their leftist nirvana. They simply deny those crimes. The Trotskys don’t deny them, but they don’t feel guilty about them, because they are among their chief victims. Consequently, don’t expect any apologies from either of them.

20 Is the notion that we can create Utopia in this world flawed and sometimes dangerous?

Flawed and SOMETIMES dangerous ? More like ‘’Evil and ALWAYS deadly’’

21 What is your response to the Communists who claim that the Khmer Rouge fiasco in Cambodia had nothing to do with Marx?

Well, I am not surprised, because many Christians also claim that the Spanish Inquisition had nothing to do with the teachings of Jesus Christ. Actually, I am glad when they claim that. It proves that they are Trotskys and not Stalins. I will take a Trotsky over a Stalin anytime…

22 I am amazed at how many arts types sympathise with a movement that surpresses Artistic freedom? How do arts and letters types rationalize this contradiction?

There is no contradiction. Art, like Communism, tries to re-write reality. A Communist is like a mad artist, except his canvas is the real world, where real people live. An artist can paint over a person, or leave an actor on the cutting room floor. A Communist does the same, but with real people.

23 Groups supported by the far left FARC, Hezbollah, Taliban are all deeply involved in drug dealing? Do far left types address this at all? Is Drug dealing for Social Justice just another contradiction like liberation via starvation.

I disagree with the foundation with your question. Drugs shouldn’t be illegal. Governments that ban drug production, trade and sale are Communist in that specific area. The real contradiction is between free-market capitalism and the interdiction of drugs.

24 Do the far left over romanticize terrorists as oppressed? Even today we have unrepentant spoiled terrorists teaching in American Universities named Ayers and Dorn.

The problem isn’t so much with romanticizing terrorists as oppressed, but with romanticizing the oppressed. There is nothing admirable about being oppressed. I don’t admire Jews like Janusz Korczak who went willingly to the gas chambers. I admire Jews like Abba Kovner, who fought Nazis in the Vilna woods, or Mordecai Anielewicz, who led the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

25 Why do so many true believers flock to your site? Some of your commentors praise of Cuba. This borders on incoherent lunacy, all of you can read what you are told to read. People just happen to risk death fleeing the workers paradise.

Good question. I would love to think that it’s because they have doubts about their commitment to Communism, and they are curious about a different point of view. Most of them believe what I used to believe 25 years ago…

Or maybe they just like to be shocked…

Mr. Ducky said...

Hmmm, top 5 under rated. Since you have a number of people of faith visti you site Beak...

1. The Passion of Saint Joan

Maria Falconetti's performance is considered the finest by an actress in film history ... and the Passion was made in 1928. Still one of the great screen portrayals of faith.

2. The Dekalog

One film for each of the ten commandments. How do the commandments influence modern life and how do they help us in ethical dilemmas? This is the best piece of cinema in the last 30 years.

3. Au Hasard Balthazar

A donkey lives and dies. That's it. A masterpiece. Bresson's stripped down naturalism requires a little acclimation but it's well worth the trouble. A seriously religious director.

4. Andrei Rublev

Faith lost and regained in the story of a great Russian icon painter. If nothing else the bell casting scene makes it a great experience.

5. The Gospel According to St. Matthew

Pasolini's version. How can you pass up a film maker who tried to cast Jack Kerouac as Christ and had to settle for a marxist truck driver from Naples?

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Really, I'm not joking. Seeing these five would make someone's faith stronger and give a great overview of film technique.

beakerkin said...

Ducky

I did ask the Almodvar question with you in mind.

Sonia

Those were great answers to some difficult questions. As far as Eyes
Wide Shut I fell asleep.This may be
because I have more interest in a NY Deli sandwich than watching the dreadful acting of Tom Cruise or Nicole Kidman.

I do not know if the work is quite ready for NC-17 Shrek.

Robert Bayn said...

Beak,

I'm a little disappointed with you and this interview. Here you have a good looking naked Chick and you don't hit on her once? Come on I know gay dudes that hit on girls more than you!


Or maybe there is something you would like to confess?

Mr. Ducky said...

Beak, I have never seen an Almodvar film. Thought about getting around to it but something usually comes along.

My guess is that they have some substance.

Mr. Ducky said...

Also Beak, if I had told you to check it out you wouldn't have paid any attention but maybe Sonia's recommendation of the great Les Vampires will convince you that even a serial from 1915 can be a kick.

Vive Musidora.

beakerkin said...

Ducky

I am not a film head. I like my Fox Classic movies or TNT but that is as about as far as I go.

Rob

When doing an interview one is expected to be professional. However, do note I can be tempted by fried chicken, NY Deli Sandwiches and Eastern European fare.

Remember I worked in the world of high fashion where nudity was so common it was almost trite.

Farmer John said...

So I take it your political outlook is primarily libertarian, sonia (nudity/drugs good)? If so, do you think that everyone (at all levels) in our society is capable of not falling into a cycle of drug addiction/ dependence and of establishing the long-term bonds (marriage) necessary to raise healthy children?

And speaking of children, what's your view about "age of consent" laws, are kids capable of deciding for themselves when to smoke/drink or engage in sexual activity?

I know it's a loaded question...

beakerkin said...

Farmer I think you just moved us into R territory.

I always prefered consent laws than took the age of the participants into account. A 16 year old having relations with a 14 year old is different from a 30 year old with a 14. I know the laws of Israel are based upon that.

Farmer John said...

Actually the "loaded" part of my question comes from the fact that a certain percentage of our adult citizen population have the mental abilities of children, even at forty and fifty years of age... and therefore are not capable of making "informed choices" about things like drugs... and marriage.

And if the current societal restrictions were "dropped" in favor of a more "libertarian" system, would likely add significant numbers to the proportion of our population in poverty, addicted, and raising kids out-of-wedlock, living on the social safety net.

Cuz if its' legal, it must be okay to do, right?

beakerkin said...

Farmer

I am not a Liberterian, but I do love them because they drive Commies nuts. The drug laws we have now are insane and do not work.

Are you ready to jail a pregnant woman who is caught drunk or drugged for endangering the welfare of a child. I would love to see Nanc or TMW answer that. It is legal for a pregnant woman to get drunk.

I have never been in favor of making the USA more like Amsterdam.
Prostitution is legal in Las Vegas but regulated.

The mere fact something is legal doesn't make it adviseable.

sonia said...

Farmer,

do you think that everyone (at all levels) in our society is capable of not falling into a cycle of drug addiction/ dependence

Many people are indeed incapable of resisting addiction. But making drugs illegal doesn’t help them in any way. It simply makes drugs more expensive for them, forcing them to steal to acquire them. In an ideal world, cocaine would cost as much as cigarettes or vine, drug addicts would be treated like alcoholics, and countries like Bolivia, Columbia and Afghanistan would be happy and prosperous satisfying a stable demand.

do you think that everyone (at all levels) in our society is capable of establishing the long-term bonds (marriage) necessary to raise healthy children?

There is no connection between that and drug legalization/nudity. True, drug addicts make poor parents, but so do alcoholics. And nudists can be as good parents as those obsessed with clothes.

what's your view about "age of consent" laws, are kids capable of deciding for themselves when to smoke/drink or engage in sexual activity?

I am a parent myself, so I have no problems with ‘’age of consent’’ laws. None at all. Of course, in my particular case, ‘’age of consent’’ meant that my daughters were only allowed to wear clothes at home once they reached a certain age… As for sexual activity, I think 18 is a bit late for most people, but I certainly won’t be telling other parents how to raise their children. My daughters were allowed to have sex at 13 (and only with partners their own age, of course).

Beak,

The mere fact something is legal doesn't make it adviseable

100% agree.

beakerkin said...

I am the last person to advise anyone but thirteen sounds to young. Of course this would make me a hypocrite of sorts. I think seventeen or sixteen is better.

I leave such matters to those who raise their own kids.

Robert Bayn said...

I'm with Beak on this one, although I think Sex is best left for Marriage, but 13 is way to young.

beakerkin said...

I am certain Nanc or TMW will be along at any moment.....

This is not going to be fun.

Freedomnow said...

Quote of the week,

"There are two types of Communists. The Stalins and the Trotskys. The Trotskys organize the revolution, and once they succeed, they are killed by the Stalins, who impose a system far more oppressive than the previous one. The Stalins perfectly know the human toll, but they see it as a necessary evil to achieve their leftist nirvana. They simply deny those crimes. The Trotskys don’t deny them, but they don’t feel guilty about them, because they are among their chief victims. Consequently, don’t expect any apologies from either of them."

This was as true in the 20s as it is today.

Farmer John said...

I've got no problem w/casual recreational drug users or sexual bacchannalias for responsible adults or even underage kids who's parent's believe are capable of acting in a mature and responsible manner. What I do have a problem with is with people who think that "everyone" should be allowed to do whatever they like and that any "society" could afford to legalize behaviors that would ruin 10-15% (if not more) of their population (IQ's under 85).

Most addicts don't steal because the cost of drugs is too high. They steal because they'd rather do drugs and/or get drunk than work to earn the $4 a cheap bottle of wine costs. They'd rather get a $50 cocaine high than catch a $10 vodka hangover. And they'd rather keep a buzz on all day than hold down a straight-and-sober 9-5 job. Make drugs cheap... you'll simply have that many more users... supply & demand - Economics 101.

And many young girls today would rather have illegitimate kids by serial boyfriends and go on welfare than work at Wal-Mart and buy condoms.

For what kind of "responsible behavior" can you expect from adults with the mental ages of 12 year olds without anyone to "supervise" them but the government and a society that refuses to maintain any "volunatry" moral standards of conduct... who need "laws" enacted over them to prevent irresponsible adults from "smoking" in restaurants and thereby damaging the health of those around them.

We have to have these "Nanny State" laws for every bad-habit because libertarians and cynics insist on the right to do whatever the 'H they feel like in public... including walking around naked all day.

Go ahead and walk around naked at home. Why do you have to do it in front of the world in public? I don't get it... it's like you don't give a crap about the people who have no self-control and need someone to set an example of responsible behavior for them to emulate.

I hate to say this sonia, but you remind me of Diogenes of Sinope... who thought it proper to masturbate in the Agora and only wished he could cure his hunger as easily.

Rant-off. I figure sonia needed at least one right-wing kook to blast her... so I volunteered. I'm gonna go put on some clothes now. I feel stupid dressed like this.

beakerkin said...

Freedomnow

I thought you were one of those types who was offeneded by architecture posts.

I caught that quote but am trying to place the Duck in the right camp. All the same both roads lead to evil.

Farmer John are you willing to jail a pregnant woman who gets caught drunk the second time? It is the right thing to do, but it will never fly.

Farmer John said...

No, but I'd get a court order and have her sterilized.

Always On Watch Two said...

Sonia,
Christianity slowly evolved for the better, while Islam slowly degenerated into its present, sorry state.

Because ___________? After all, the Koran itself was the same during all those centuries of freedom to which you alluded. I think that Dr. Andrew Bostom has used many sources to prove that Islam has never been an ideology of freedom.

I just ordered a copy of Richard Fletcher's Moorish Spain. I'm interested to see his take on just how free Spain was under the Moors.

Elmer's Brother said...

Ginger Rogers naked? Will it show at the dollar theater?

beakerkin said...

Elmer

I am floored by the notion of Monsters Inc or Shrek in NC-17 form.

Sonia is probably enjoying a good laugh as we speak.

Farmer John said...

I hope so, beak. I just wish she'd put on some clothes when she went "out".

Farmer John said...

...although she was invited. Sorry to be such a party pooper. I shoulda stayed home.

Elmer's Brother said...

beak,

somehow I can't imagine the incredibles humping each other through those leotards....maybe duhkkky could find some existential meaning to it all

Warren said...

I watch very few films, simply because in most cases, I have already read the book or novel years before.

Almost always, the movie is a huge disappointment and unrecognizable as the creation of the author.

It takes about 100 pages of screenplay to make a two hour movie. You can see what happens to novels that run several hundred pages.

Characters and plot development become two dimensional representations in a two dimensional medium.

The movies;
Beautiful Mind
Gladiator
The English Patient
Driving Miss Daisy
In The Heat Of The Night

Definitely overrated and filled with a screen version of what is supposed to be angst but comes across as constipation.

I would add;
Out of Africa
Grapes of Wrath
Anything with that fat sweating buffoon, Alec Baldwin.
Dances with Wolves

Apocalypto:
Haven't seen it but would like to.

Starship Troopers:
I was definitely disappointed by this movie. In Robert Heinlein's novel, this was a story of coming of age, duty and patriotism. Maybe I set my sights too high but I found it disappointing.

The Name of the Rose;
I would agree with Sonias assessment of this movie.

Year of the Dragon;
So so.

Heaven's Gate;
A real snoozer.

Zabriskie Point;
Didn't see.

I would add;
Blade Runner
The Wall
Open Range (the only Kevin Cosner movie I can tolerate)

kuhnkat said...

Farmer John,

if you think economics is what is preventing 20% of our population from becoming drug addicts or using on a long term regular basis you really need to show us some facts.

The FACT is that NO drugs are out of the reach of ANYONE on an occasional basis in the US!!!!!

The FACT is that addicts usually figure out some way of regularly obtaining their drug of choice.

The FACT is that we have such a LARGE VOLUME of ALL drugs available that LEGALISING them would see only a SMALL increase in addiction.

By being legal those who WANTED to get off would have a much easier time getting help and working within a supportive framework to get straight.

The FACT is that decriminalising drugs would mean that many USERS would never go to Criminal Finishing School in County Jails, Penetentaries...

The FACT is that people with large incomes can maintain their addictions for long periods of time.

The FACT is that mentally/emotionally damaged people are the ones who make up the largest group of self destructive addicts that are the real problem.

The FACT is that keeping drugs illegal and the profits in the billions also keeps violence and corruption firmly tied into the culture. It makes it reasonable to people without moral grounding to see it as a way to the American Dream or simply GREED!!!

The FACT is that this profit motive has created the largest number of corrupt individuals in the Justice System, Law Enforcement, Border Groups, Politicians and regular Joes that has ever existed in the US!!!!! It is so pervasive that it is hard to find people who have NEVER been exposed to illegal substances.

Legalising drugs to the level we see for alcohol would definitely see a slightly larger group of addicts. It would ALSO see a great reduction in violent crime and the problems we are having with trying to increase the security of our country.

The lessons of Prohibition are argued occasionally over the years. Too bad more people don't take them to heart.

So, why don't we make alcohol illegal again?? My dad was an alcoholic. Don't you care about all the kids becoming alcoholics because the ease of access to alcohol??

Why aren't we making tobacco illegal??

Another little item you need to take into account is that most people will not become addicts or REMAIN an addict if they DO become addicted.

I went through Cocaine twice. I was a smoker for 18 years. I don't think I was an actual alcoholic, but, I was a VERY HEAVY drinker and didn't stop until after a number of blackouts!!!

Am I average?? What's average??

Basically the damage done to the society by the immoral bastards who will do anything to make a buck far exceeds the damage to individuals and society by the actual addiction that can be much better managed in a non-criminal environment.

The war on drugs has only created more rich immoral @ssholes than it has decreased addiction. It has also produced a body count that exceeds our war on terror. Nothing like free enterprise huh??

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

kuhnkat said...

Sonia,

"Christianity slowly evolved for the better, while Islam slowly degenerated into its present, sorry state."

Well, the Caliphate could afford to be somewhat tolerant of the obedient little Dhimmi's. Is that how you would have liked to live??

This is a persistent misconception. Just because the tyrant wasn't actively going around and persecuting people and torturing and slaughtering them does NOT mean they had a rose garden like modern France, Canada, Sweden...

Sharia'a was still the operative law and was enforced through most of these periods in which MOONBATS like to point as showing how progressive Muslims could be.

A careful reading of manuscripts from the times would also show fairly regular periods of MOBS of Muslims attacking the infidels living among them for religious or trumped up reasons. These mobs are NEVER brought to justice for their actions.

We also need to take into account the differences of rulers. A totalitarian system can be the most wonderful on the face of the earth IF you have a group of very intelligent, humanistic people assisting the ruler to maintain an equitable system. Of course, the next group ruling could make the inquisition look good!!!

Basically, Islam has not improved or deteriorated. It is the same now as it was then. There are differences based on what is brought to the forefront of the Umma by the leaders, but, they are all using the same MANUAL!!!! They also insist that the MANUAL was written by Allah through Mohammed and is perfect and must be believed and obeyed in all ways.

Kinda makes it sticky when you try to change the interpretation and the rest of the group decides to chop off your head for blasphemy!!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

American Crusader said...

I had the hardest time getting here earlier. I kept getting a 502 error message.
I liked the questions..you covered a wide area of arts and politics. Not an easy combination.
Sonia weaved her way through like a pro. Very interesting person.
I'm not sure about family movies having an adult version. I like seeing the directors and writers making a version that fulfills both adults and children.

z said...

Sonia..why sex for your daughters at 13? What possible advantage to that is there, and I'd have to assume they're on the pill at that ripe old age. Do you think that's healthy, considering how many more years they'd probably take it?

And, I'd like to thank you for posting Beak's questions to you as you answered them...that should be a prerequisite for Beak's interviewees.

Thanks. z

Robert Bayn said...

I will go on the record right now and say any fat person in spandex should be in prison, this includes, Rosie O'Donnell, Micheal Moore and that Big Bird chick from American Idol!

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

None of the films listed by Ducky above have car chases in them.

BORING!

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

I will agree with Sonia that Excalibur was a good flick, despite the lack of a car chase scene.

But no movie can be perfect.

Farmer John said...

kuhnkat,

Here's a fact for you... a pack of cigarettes costs...??? What did it cost forty years ago...??? How many people smoked then..??? Today...???

Farmer John said...

...and the FACT is I can grow marijuana for NOTHING. I buy an ounce...it comes with seeds!

Farmer John said...

...and don't even get me started on...poppies!

Farmer John said...

Look at what the Brits did to the Chinese in the eighteenth century. They put 'em to sleep for two hundred years with opium.

Farmer John said...

You have many facts kuhnkat... but your messin' w/the law now...

supply & demand.

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

I buy an ounce...it comes with seeds!

Man, I hate that.

Farmer John said...

...they should clean out the stems, at least...

Elmer's Brother said...

why not make rape lawful...if people are going to do it anyway...

Elmer's Brother said...

because I've lived with both alcoholics and drug addicts (relatives) and I'd rather make it harder for them to do either

Steve Harkonnen said...

Sonia claims drugs should be legalized. While I'd hate to see the initial outcome of that, imagine the long-term effects, like the drastic decline of demand. It would potentially put bin Laden out of the heroin business and the drug cartels in South America would go bankrupt because commercial trade would take over the distribution system.

I have always been a believer in that if you remove something from society that is illegal and suddenly make it legal, the desire to have that illegal substance goes away.

beakerkin said...

Steve

Think of all John Brown's friends who would take financial hits if we legalized drugs FARC, Hezbollah, Hugo, Fidel, Taliban all make money on drug dealing.

John Brown could no longer afford his Superfly threads.

I am not in favor of legalizing drugs, but I understand the argument.

beakerkin said...

Steve

Think of all John Brown's friends who would take financial hits if we legalized drugs FARC, Hezbollah, Hugo, Fidel, Taliban all make money on drug dealing.

John Brown could no longer afford his Superfly threads.

I am not in favor of legalizing drugs, but I understand the argument.

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

I think we should just illegalize stupidity.

"Have you ever voted for a Democrat on purpose?"

"Book 'em, Dano!"

Always On Watch Two said...

From KuhnKat's comment above:

Christianity slowly evolved for the better, while Islam slowly degenerated into its present, sorry state."

Well, the Caliphate could afford to be somewhat tolerant of the obedient little Dhimmi's.


Today I was reading Richard Fletcher. He surmised that one reason for some tolerance in Islam in Spain--having infidels hold office, for example--was that the Muslim tribes couldn't manage to govern as they'd new had experience in managing an empire. Interesting supposition on Fletcher's part. He also pointed out that one Muslims were trained to govern, they were more inclined to impose shari'a law, which is strict adherence to the Koran.

Always On Watch Two said...

From KuhnKat's comment above:

Christianity slowly evolved for the better, while Islam slowly degenerated into its present, sorry state."

Well, the Caliphate could afford to be somewhat tolerant of the obedient little Dhimmi's.


Today I was reading Richard Fletcher. He surmised that one reason for some tolerance in Islam in Spain--having infidels hold office, for example--was that the Muslim tribes couldn't manage to govern as they'd new had experience in managing an empire. Interesting supposition on Fletcher's part. He also pointed out that one Muslims were trained to govern, they were more inclined to impose shari'a law, which is strict adherence to the Koran.

Elmer's Brother said...

yeah I mean imagine legalized drugs....all the broken homes and all the good stuff like that for sure (he did in his best Valley girl accent) (/sarcasm)

Urban_Infidel said...

Sex at 13? With other 13 yr olds?

Well, I'm not a parent but I was a 13 yr old girl a long time ago and that is way too young for sex. I was 15 my first time and I think that was too young too.

beakerkin said...

UI

I agree with you. However as I was 14, this does make me a hypocrite.

Farmer John said...

People who think that the human "demand" for pleasure would ever decrease if drugs were made legal and sex more available... aren't thinking straight.

Elmer's Brother said...

it's not the narrow road fj

kuhnkat said...

Farmer,

yup, all the RAGWEED comes with seeds!!

So, if it is SOOOOOOO easy to grow the stuff, how come there is soooo much money to be made that people ILLEGALLY WORK THEIR TAILS OFF TO GROW, PROCESS, and DISTRIBUTE it??

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

And YES, I AM messin' with the LAW now. The LAW has created a situation it can NOT deal with!! The LAW in many cases IS the problem as they are bought off or PART OF the conspiracy!!!

Ever think of how much SOCIAL SAFETY NET could be purchased with the money WASTED on our WAR ON DRUGS??

You ever hear of the theory that creating laws that aren't reasonable create a general CONTEMPT for authority and the laws??

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Renegade Eye said...

More is known about Sonia, than is known about me.

beakerkin said...

Renegade

I know far more about your site than I am given credit for. If you would like your own interview this can be arranged.

You rabid dog John Brown still spams this site. How is it that far left types can opperate spam free? I guess free speech for me but none for thee must be a "progressive value".

Do note when I am in interview mode I am polite and business like.
In a forum or comment section I am no longer functioning as a host.

If you prefer to have Florian interview you I am sure he would be up to the task. He is quite good and has improved markedly.