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August 11, 2015

Some Midday Links

The Fantastic Four film has bombed, badly. The director, Josh Trank, knocked the film on its premiere night, stating that he had a "vision" of the film that never made it to the screen.

This EW article gets into that, and suggests the studio took the film away from him, pretty much, ordering changes to the ending to make it more fighty, etc.

Their attempted rescue did not work -- or perhaps Trank is right, and the "rescue" actually hurt the film.

Who knows.

Newsweek is of course now using Salon writers to write articles about how Everything Is Racist. My favorite part of this is that he uses the old "Let me talk vaguely about something and make you think I'm talking about something else. Now, do you think I'm talking about that other thing? Wrong. Here's what I'm really talking about."

I remember how that gambit rocked my world when I first read it in sixth grade.

Damon Linker, who is I think a Christian liberal, says Trump is a Nietzchean.

What he's talking about is Nietzche's conception of the Morality of the Strong vs. the Morality of the Weak. Nietzche believed (I think) that pre-Christianity, the Morality of the Strong had prevailed, and this was natural and right. But Christianity displaced that with the Morality of the Weak -- the "slave's morality," he called it -- with the emphasis on care of the sick and the rights of the weak.

Linker's claim is that Trump doesn't talk about Christianity, but does talk a lot of being a Winner and being right because he's rich, a sort of Morality of the Strong sort of thing.

Eh, see what you think.

This is amusing: Asked if Rich Lowry is right that Trump is a "whiner," Trump says "I'm the most fabulous whiner."

"Well, I think he is probably right, I am the most fabulous whiner," Trump responded. "I do whine because I want to win. And I am not happy about not winning. And I am a whiner. And I’m a whiner and I keep whining and whining until I win. And I'm gonna win for the country and I'm going to make our country great again."

Video at the link. Not sure Linker saw that when he penned his Trump the Nietzchean piece.

This Federalist piece declares Trump inevitable, and a reaction to our increasingly rules-y world, where all the rules are made by a Cadre of Elite Douchebags. In his reading, Trump's refusal to acknowledge any rules (even some that make sense) is an inevitable reaction.

Incidentally, I do get that aspect of the Trump appeal, the blustery gonadal defiance.

This American Spectator piece on "Bulverism" I've wanted to link since last night, when I saw it on Hot Air's Quotes of the Day. Definitely give it a spin.

Oh, and this lefty dolt is running for the Canadian Parliament. Video below.

Eh, it's one of those contrivedly weird videos that is all-to-calculated to go viral. Like that rule that you can't do deliberate camp.

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