It failed to account for (or warn against) totalitarianism rising from the Left.
We saw it in Hillary Clinton.
And we now see it in the authoritarian communism of Big Tech and the Democrat Party.
Keep in mind that V for Vendetta hails from the first War “on” Terror: in which the United States subjected Muslims worldwide to horrible treatment (based on the lie that the terror attacks of 9/11 were the work of 19 beardy guys with box cutters).
I fought in that war.
I fought against the lies.
I called out Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld as being two of the primary authors of the attacks.
That was called 9/11 truth.
Subsequently, I voted for Barack Obama in 2008 solely because I thought he would bring these same neoconservatives (Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, etc.) to justice.
He did not.
And now the second War “on” Terror is upon us: the one where everyone who voted for Trump (all 78 million of us [McInerney numbers]) are domestic terrorists.
I have never come to you with such an important message, my dear friends.
The United States is now under martial law (although it has not been announced).
There has been/will be a military coup.
Trump will be President for the next eight years.
This according to Dr. Steve Pieczenik.
Dr. Pieczenik is my intellectual hero.
In the arts, my intellectual hero is Jean-Luc Godard.
But in philosophy, it is Dr. Pieczenik.
Life is art.
But art must be guided by a philosophy.
And so I have learned (over the past five years), from Dr. Pieczenik and Donald Trump, to honor the military and to honor law enforcement.
And it appears the military are about to save our asses.
Because our election was stolen.
It was stolen in a myriad of ways.
Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney warned us in the days leading up to the election that it would be stolen.
He told us about The Hammer (computer program) and Scorecard (an app run on that program).
And then we saw it happen.
As an insomniac, I was personally awake and exercising when Wisconsin miraculously shifted from Trump to Biden at 4 a.m.
Trump told us on the night of the election that this would happen.
He said (to paraphrase), “I don’t want them to find any ballots at 4 a.m.”
And that’s precisely what they did.
And WHEN they did it.
The powers that installed Joe Biden.
Or attempted to install him.
Joe Biden cannot be President.
He cannot be Commander in Chief.
He is publicly compromised by China.
He took money (as I understand, while still Vice President) from China.
This was exposed in emails on Hunter Biden’s “laptop from hell”.
Joe Biden is doubtless “the big guy” who got a 10% cut of his son’s shady dealings.
The big guy.
But this goes much, much deeper than Joe Biden.
If Dr. Pieczenik is correct, what we will see over the next seven days will be a multitude of arrests.
Think ABSCAM, but on an infinitely-larger scale.
This is, very much, the rolling up of a public corruption ring.
But it is a ring which has invaded every area of our Federal government.
I don’t relish it.
I wouldn’t think the military would particularly relish it either.
Except that it is just.
9/11 was not the work of 19 beardy guys with boxcutters.
It was, far more so, the work of Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld (to name but two).
Two wars were started because these traitors engineered the controlled demolition of Manhattan’s two tallest buildings.
And for nearly 20 years, those crimes have gone unpunished.
The U.S. military has had to fight the endless (and in many cases pointless) wars which have ensued.
I have no problem with a military veteran’s vote counting as two votes (in relation to mine).
What will the next seven days bring?
We citizens have tried to get the information out.
It has been exactly like 9/11.
The media lacks basic journalistic curiosity.
The end of “one vote, one person” coupled with Biden as Commander in Chief would be the death of America.
China has engineered it.
From COVID-19 to fake mail-in ballots.
No judge in the entire country would look at the evidence.
Lin Wood tried.
Sidney Powell tried.
Jenna Ellis tried.
Rudy Giuliani tried.
And only 147 of our 535 Federal legislators gave a fuck about election fraud.
By way of a false-flag attack on the Capitol (thanks CIA), no evidence was put in front of the American public.
The courts failed.
And China is heavily invested in our media companies.
Which means that a certain narrative will prevail.
And that narrative will be crafted to please the stockholders.
We have done our part.
I have put in two months.
I have crammed evidence out into every crevice of the internet.
I have done it for two months straight.
Now it appears that our last hope is our military.
Martial law is warranted when court systems are no longer functioning.
Because of corruption, our court systems are no longer functioning.
Is a military coup ever warranted?
What if a country was so thoroughly infested by corruption that it could no longer function?
I believe that is the very situation we are in now.
Our voting system needs major overhauling.
It has been exposed as being nonfunctional.
There may be entire agencies of our government which have outgrown their usefulness.
And they will not go quietly into the night.
And so it very well may be that the Second American Revolution will be a military coup.
In these times of censorship, I am quite aware that I am not allowed to voice approval of this coup.
“If my thought dreams could be seen/they’d probably put my head in a guillotine”
I am also quite aware that my blog is surveilled.
Every blog is surveilled.
I am quite certain that I am (and have been) on “lists” for much of the past 20 years.
So, by writing this blog post, I am helping to alert all who might be interested that a military coup appears imminent in the USA.
I have no ability to stop this coup.
And I have no part to play in this coup.
But I have a right to say that my vote should count.
And my vote didn’t count.
The Supreme Court failed me.
Congress failed me.
It appears that Mike Pence failed me.
The news media has most certainly failed me.
Trump tried every legal means.
And by doing so, he has displayed that our system is fundamentally broken.
I did all I could as a concerned citizen.
But I will not resort to violence.
I will simply report what I hear.
This is what Steve Pieczenik has said.
I like Steve Pieczenik.
I love him.
I love all who love our American flag.
I love all who love our history of rebellion against tyranny.
I love all who honor our founding fathers.
I love all who honor our military.
I love all who respect our police.
This is a great war between the military and corruption.
There will be some military who are found to be corrupt.
Perhaps General Mattis.
Definitely General Clapper.
And what of Mark Milley?
I reserve the right to let his actions create a true impression in my mind.
General McInerney is an American hero.
It is from him that we learned “tactical deception”.
I am a simple citizen.
I don’t have a job.
I have two college degrees.
I have mental challenges.
I have love in my heart.
And fire in my veins.
The thought of America ending at the hands of Joe Biden boils my blood.
But it is now beyond my capability.
I now know that my vote doesn’t count.
Because of Dominion Voting Systems (among other reasons).
Because of Ruby Freeman (among other reasons).
Because of foreign election interference (cyber warfare).
I love our country.
I look at General Flynn, and I see someone who also loves our country.
The military cannot turn a blind eye to election fraud.
It was an attack upon our critical infrastructure.
It was an attack on the mechanisms of democracy.
America is out of balance.
It is now up to the military.
What will they decide?
What have they been working on?
What have they been investigating?
Is there a plan?
We should find out this week.
If Joe Biden is sworn in, then it is a fairly strong indication that there was no plan.
But I find it exceedingly-hard to believe that such lack of planning would be possible.
Every mechanism of our government (including our military) would have had to fail in order for an illegitimately-elected traitor (money from China while in office) to assume the role of Commander in Chief.
I am willing to die for my country.
I am willing to die for the hope that liberty might live on.
I cannot, with a good conscience, consign future generations to the totalitarian tendency of communism.
I cannot, as a citizen, be fine with turning the keys to the kingdom over to Beijing Joe.
I have done my part.
I have fought the good fight.
I have won the race.
My name is Paul Etheredge.
I spent decades searching for the truth about 9/11.
Everyone laughed at me.
I used my own money to buy books on the subject.
I delivered pizzas.
I listened to Alex Jones.
I worked hard for those books.
I am willing to be proven wrong.
But we cannot build our house on shifting sands.
We cannot continue to progress as a country if we constantly reinforce big lies.
At some point the truth must come out.
This may be the most consequential week in American history.
May God help us and bless us.
I ask this in the name of the Prince of Princes–the King of Kings.
I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ who died on the cross so that we might live with God the Father in heaven.
I ask that the Holy Spirit be with us and guide our actions.
May we move with swift, merciless love.
May we protect.
May we be merciful warriors.
May we protect and teach.
May God open the eyes of Americans to the corruption which surrounds us.
May God bring us peace for our repentance.
May God have mercy on the souls of those who harmed children.
May God have mercy on the souls of those who staged false-flag terror attacks.
May God have mercy on the souls of those who sent our young men and women to die in foreign lands…all for a buck.
May God mercilessly shut down the center of corruption.
May God mercilessly rid our land of the cancer of secrecy.
May God cancel those who have usurped powers they do not rightfully wield.
But the golden nugget embedded in the article was this:
How long will Alphabet Inc. leave it up?
You have the title.
The Wayback Machine has no working records of the YouTube video.
I would archive it, but I’m sick of fucking signing up for shit and being tracked.
So fuck it.
You can track it down.
And we’re gonna do a little oral transmission here.
this film review will be strictly spoilers and nothing but.
Not my usual m.o..
I’m not selling anything.
I don’t generate income by you clicking on this story.
I have no link to any content creator above.
I write very strange film reviews.
It’s called free fucking speech.
I also write music.
All my music is free to stream and download.
And I’m not gonna post a link.
Go find it.
The purpose of this article is strictly to get information out.
I am a conservative.
The same kind of conservative Donald Trump is.
Like it, or leave it.
I belive in Jesus.
I love God.
If you don’t like my foul mouth, then you can leave now.
I curse because I’m angry.
And I curse because I will not be told what I can and cannot say.
This is my website.
I’m using my free speech.
I’m gonna walk until they make me run.
So I’m here today to tell you about what I think is going on.
I scour the internet every day (especially these past 22 days) in an effort to avail myself of actionable intelligence.
I have a thirst for knowledge.
But more than that, I have a thirst for truth.
I support QAnon.
I support Trump.
I love my country: the United States of America.
I support our military.
I support our law enforcement officers.
And now I’m going to get around to the fucking point.
I watched this entire one hour, eight minute, and 44 second video – – – – – – so that you don’t have to.
But I still recommend you watch it.
And archive it (if at all possible).
Wayback Machine is my jam.
I’ve never been asked to “log in” until today.
You can work a little too.
Here’s the beef.
This whole video is good.
All of the guests are good.
But there is one particular guest (the first one) who drops what I find to be some new and illuminating information.
The guest is Major Jeffrey Prather.
It should be noted that several of the six guests (including Maj. Prather) appear to be forthcoming content creators for this new outlet: American Media Periscope.
I’ve never heard of this outlet.
I get the impression that they have only been around a couple of weeks.
AND ALREADY TWEETED OUT BY THE PRESIDENT!
Which brings me back to my point.
Something in here MUST be salient.
And my guess is that it is the first guest: Major Prather.
If you haven’t heard of Sidney Powell by now, you have been living under a rock.
While most of America is being blasted with “Sidney Powell is even too crazy for Trump” blah blah bullshit, those who know (Trump voters) are well aware that Ms. Powell is an accomplished lawyer.
Her most recent claim to notoriety is successfully defending General Michael Flynn from the petty bitterness of sore losers.
Update: if you’re just waking up, the Flynn case has been dismissed (within the past 24 hours). This according to a tweet by one of Flynn’s brothers. Go find it yourself. I.e., Flynn’s not gonna need a pardon.
We’ve known this for awhile.
The government has no case when the government has no prosecutor.
Judge Emmet Sullivan is a really atrocious example of a judicial activist.
Not a judge.
Sullivan dragged out the case another three months…after the Department of Justice withdrew its case.
But I digress…
It does not take a fucking genius to imagine that the exceedingly-persecuted Michael Flynn might be very grateful indeed for the legal services of Sidney Powell.
Flynn fought hard for Trump in 2016.
Flynn was unfairly targeted by Obama’s illegal Crossfire Hurricane program (run by the FBI).
Flynn’s life has been ruined (in a worldly sense).
But he has survived.
I believe the man had to sell his home to pay his legal fees.
Thirty years in the U.S. Army and that’s the treatment he got from Obama, Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Lisa Page, Loretta Lynch, Susan Rice, Bruce Ohr, Rod Rosenstein, John Brennan, James Clapper, and (last but not least) Joe Biden.
So Michael Flynn has some scores to settle.
Because of his ongoing case, he was essentially precluded by the judge from publicly speaking for the past four years.
What a illegal travesty!
So now we come to what should be obvious to any thinking individual as the massively-fraudulent election of 2020.
We have been waiting three years for any of those aforementioned people to get in trouble…FOR ANYTHING!
We would have been happy if Hillary Clinton had gotten a fucking parking ticket, but she didn’t.
We have waited through:
We have been built up by a bunch of tick-tock bullshit.
Maybe it had a purpose.
Surely it did.
But what I am about to report casts it in a slightly different light.
You can decide for yourself whether what I convey seems plausible.
I belive Q is legit.
But it is a HIGHLY, HIGHLY complex and nuanced PSYOP.
I do not believe it is a fucking LARP.
And if it’s a LARP, then so what?
It has been effective.
It is a part of world history.
It has gotten people DIGGING like never before.
Me and a few other people tried to expose 9/11 as an inside job/false-flag stand down/what have you.
We didn’t really prevail.
We were ignored.
Maybe we were completely wrong to doubt the official story of 9/11.
But I don’t think so.
I researched that event like my life depended on it.
BECAUSE IT CHANGED THE WORLD…FOR THE WORSE.
We didn’t need to go to war in Afghanistan.
And we didn’t need to stay there 20 years.
We didn’t need to go to Iraq.
Correct me if I’m wrong (and I’m sure you will), but I think we could have arrested Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld and a few others and called it a day.
Which brings us to the current times.
There wasn’t enough of a GREAT AWAKENING to reach critical mass.
But that was 19 years ago.
I can’t really recall Q ever having talked about 9/11.
Maybe Q will tell us that 9/11 was actually the work of 19 beardy guys with boxcutters working out of a cave in Afghanistan.
And maybe that’s the whole story.
But I don’t buy it.
I believe the CIA was involved.
So does Dr. Steve Pieczenik.
Do yourself a favor and buy his eBook American Warrior in Crises.
I get nothing for plugging that.
He’s not a friend of mine.
I’ve never spoken to or exchanged correspondence with him.
I just respect his work.
Is he always right?
But for my money, he’s as close as we get to truth in this day and age.
So here’s the rub.
Flynn has some scores to settle.
The other military people who saw Flynn become a political prisoner also have some scores to settle…ON HIS BEHALF.
You cannot fail to serve your country (like Obama) and then turn around and ruin a guy’s life who did (for 30 years!).
You shouldn’t prosecute a guy for a process crime and, in so doing, make him lose his house.
I think I donated 20 bucks to Flynn.
Damn right I did!
I worked at Starbucks.
And I was proud to give my hard-earned money to a MILITARY spy chief.
And there’s the rub.
I used to want to work in intelligence.
Maybe I still do.
But I’m old.
And, honestly, I’m a fucking musician.
So just call me Sherlock Holmes.
And a shabby one at that (perhaps).
But I take great pride in TRYING to know what’s going on.
Because, again, I LOVE MY COUNTRY!
And who taught me to truly love my country?
And who else?
And who else?
If you don’t think that Sidney Powell is privy to some very interesting information by way of representing General Flynn, then you are incredibly naive.
Which finally brings us to this YouTube video.
Major Prather (according to his LinkedIn) worked at the Defense Intelligence Agency for 17 years…and in a very high position at that!
General Flynn headed the DIA.
It might be said that the DIA is the military rival in the U.S. to the civilian CIA.
That’s right: the CIA is a civilian intelligence organization.
A weird thing.
Created in 1947.
The CIA’s predecessor was the OSS: a military intelligence unit.
Although the OSS were a bit kooky (thanks to their head William J. Donovan), at least they were putting themselves in harm’s way.
But again I digress.
The CIA has lost a little more than 100 officers/operatives in the past 73 years.
That’s the official number.
And it sounds about right.
The DIA has officially lost 21.
That number makes less sense.
But it makes sense in that the DIA is sort of the cream of the crop for military intelligence in the United States.
The NSA may be thought of as being even more elite (and powerful as a unit) because of the unique types of intelligence gathering they do.
The NSA supplies intel to the CIA, FBI, DIA, etc.
The NSA is a military intelligence organization.
Back to these casualty numbers.
The CIA has officially lost 133 of its employees on the job…in 73 years.
The DIA has officially lost 21 of its employees on the job…in 59 years.
But that doesn’t really tell the true story.
Sure, the CIA has its paramilitary strike teams.
They used to be called SAD/SOG (Special Activities Division/Special Operations Group).
These officers were largely recruited from the military special operations units: Army Delta Force, Navy SEALs, MARSOC, etc.
Other than these agents, the CIA is more pencil-pusher, wear a tie, James Bond shit.
And I do mean shit.
Once upon a time, the CIA used to help overthrow communist governments.
This might seem inhumane.
Until you live under communism.
In which case, you see just how humane it really is.
But the CIA has gotten away from that mission.
So much so that they ended up with a Director who had once voted for a communist for U.S. President.
That’s right: John Brennan voted for Gus Hall.
It should have been a disqualifying factor by some estimations.
The CIA and FBI apparently share the same requirement upon beginning official employment: you must pass a lie detector test…and one of the questions is something to the effect of “have you ever supported a group that has sought the overthrow of the U.S. government.”
John Brennan admittedly had a tough time answering that question.
But he might as well have answered:
To my eyes, John Brennan is clearly a traitor to the U.S.
Following closely behind him is Michael Hayden (who led both the CIA and NSA respectively).
But Michael Flynn is cut from a different cloth.
He’s a spymaster.
But he cut his teeth doing the real thing.
Serving in Army intelligence (INSCOM).
Putting himself in harm’s way.
The same cannot be said of John Brennan (and most of the CIA).
[Michael Hayden is a strange case of…well, I don’t know…I just have to assume he is corrupted and coopted to such an extraordinary level that he doesn’t even really love his country any more (if he ever did in the first place)–he loves himself…first and foremost]
So I give Major Jeffrey Prather (formerly of the DIA) a great deal of respect as a foregone conclusion.
[keep in mind…the DIA has had its share of bad eggs…James Clapper chiefly among them]
If you watch no other section of the video I posted above, watch the segment with Prather.
Where do they fit in to this election?
Which brings up 9/11.
And the incredibly strange/significant “death” of Daniel Lewin.
Yes, I know I put death in quotes.
I’m about as sure Daniel Lewin died on 9/11 as I am sure that Adam Lanza was a master with an assault rifle.
Which is to say, not very sure.
But the Electoral College will meet on my birthday: December 14th.
Ok, we know about Dominion Voting Systems and all the programmers they have/had in Serbia. A bit of a strange locale. Wonder if the company memos are in Cyrillic?
I don’t now why I wrote that down.
I’m going off notes.
Something appears to have happened there.
I’m not sure what Prather’s point was on this.
What was seized?
From the CIA?
And seized by whom?
The U.S. Army?
I should take this opportunity to point out a strange assertion of Prather’s.
I find this one a little hard to believe, but I suppose it’s possible.
Prather asserts that the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and Marines have all had their computer systems compromised.
Might this have something to do with the DoD contract with AWS?
Amazon Web Services.
The CIA uses them too.
Look it up, you lazy fucker!
It’s an article…in The Atlantic.
There have been rumors that the votes in (for example) Michigan were sent by Dominion Voting Systems by way of AWS (which is to say, over the internet? cloud???) to Europe in order for the votes to be tallied.
Giuliani has pointed out just how ludicrous this is.
And it is!
But what’s the exact chain?
We know there is a company called Scytl.
They are headquartered in Barcelona.
They are rumored to have a “back up” data site (servers) in Frankfurt.
There is good evidence that internet traffic in Frankfurt, Germany on the night of the U.S. election set records for that city.
Look it up.
WikiLeaks exposed the fact that the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt is a giant CIA hacking base.
This can be found in the Vault 7 materials from WikiLeaks.
So, did the CIA hack our election?
Seems to me like a high probability.
Indeed, Prather outlines this dichotomy: the civil war in the U.S. has already started…and the SO/LIC confrontation can so far best be described as DIA vs. CIA (or, perhaps more accurately, military vs. CIA).
I believe this is probably accurate.
It is borne out by all the intelligence I have personally gathered (OSINT) over the past few years.
The CIA has lost its way.
I once applied there.
Thank God I didn’t get the job.
I also once tried to sell my soul to the Devil (true story), but that tale can wait…
I am saved by the grace of Jesus Christ.
I am the worst among sinners.
Which is why I need the grace of Jesus more than anyone.
I also applied for Air Force Intelligence once.
Didn’t get it.
Maybe because I have a fucking music degree and an MBA.
Not exactly what’s commonly thought needed to assess China’s answer to the F-35.
Which brings us to Prather’s point.
According to Major Prather, only the U.S. Air Force and the newly created Space Force have retained the security of their computer networks.
This is a bold claim.
I don’t have anything to really gauge it on.
Except that I have a soft spot for INSCOM (because of Q and Flynn) and a soft spot for the 4th POG (because they followed me on Twitter for some odd reason [before Jack Dorsey squashed me like a bug]).
Prather then pivots to his concerns.
He talked about possibly-imminent “interdictions” against Iran.
We have heard Q talk about Iran.
I love Iranian psychedelic music from the ’60s.
Before the Islamic revolutionaries fucked everything up.
I have nothing against Muslims.
I love them.
I have nothing against Iranians.
I love them.
I LOVE Kiarostami [RIP].
But let’s take stock for a moment here.
Joe Biden “won”.
Netanyahu pretty fucking quickly called to congratulate Joe.
And THEN…YESTERDAY Netanyahu calls to congratulate Jonathan Pollard on his release.
What in the actual fuck?!?
How pro-Israeli does a President [Trump] have to be in order to get a little respect from Israel?
Maybe Netanyahu is working with Trump behind the scenes.
Maybe we should have a sort of FVEY agreement with Israel.
But probably not.
Because, you know, remember the U.S.S. Liberty (you fuckers!).
Back to 9/11.
I have no idea if the Israelis were involved.
There was definitely some suspicious shit.
Zim-American Israeli Shipping.
Vacating the WTC right before the attacks.
And the moving truck company [Dominick Suter].
Mossad had some strange presence in and around NYC leading up to 9/11.
I don’t know what they were doing there.
And then there were the Mossad “art students” (which Pieczenik has attested to from personal experience).
All I know is this.
9/11 could not have gone undetected (and undeterred) by our military.
To the list of Rumsfeld and Cheney (Liz’s dad), we should add Ralph Eberhart, Richard Myers, etc. And almost certainly Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Perle, etc.
Keep in mind, nobody ever got in trouble.
The two tallest buildings in America fell down (were blown up) and all we did was waterboard KSM 183 times.
Perhaps Flynn and Anthony Shaffer could set me straight on some stuff.
I get the general gist of Able Danger.
But it still doesn’t explain a lot of things.
I’m gonna have to side with Pieczenik on this one: we’ve seen one long procession of (unpunished) false-flags since 9/11.
Now comes the pain.
Pieczenik seemed really sure about those watermarks on the ballots.
And I believe him.
Shaffer seemed to corroborate their likelihood.
But I was of the understanding that DHS was running this election sting.
After watching this YouTube video, it has dawned on me just how suspicious Chad Wolf has been acting.
See something, say something, right?
Why wouldn’t he fire Chris Krebs?
Even more importantly, what in the actual fuck was CISA doing on the night of the election?
Alexandra Bruce brings up some pretty excellent points in this video.
If I understand her correctly, she seems to be saying that cisa WAS IN ON THE WHOLE THING!
[Which would make sense in the same way that NORAD was doubtless in on 9/11]
But here is perhaps the most intriguing bit of information which Major Prather dropped.
It is his assertion that Ezra Cohen-Watnick is, in fact, Q.
Or rather, he says something to the effect that there is a [and I paraphrase] “very high likelihood” of this.
Call me dumb, but I never even thought of that possibility.
I know who ECW is (not personally, of course).
Thomas Wictor drew attention to this personage years ago.
Said there were no pictures of him because he’s military intelligence.
It’s all starting to click.
I find the ECW theory highly-plausible.
But then Prather throws a massive curveball.
Maj. Prather asserts that Bill Barr is getting ready to indict Ezra Cohen-Watnick (!).
For being Q??
A final bit of potentially disheartening information from Prather is that “Durham has done nothing” (paraphrase).
I.e., John Durham has not, and will not, bring any of the Crossfire Hurricane [coup #1] traitors to justice.
Sure, we got Clinesmith, but give me a fucking break…
I’d still rather see Hillary get a parking ticket.
So there you have it.
The other guests in the video are all quite good.
They all have some rather harrowing predictions for the coming days/weeks/months.
All seem to agree that Trump will probably prevail and be elected to a 2nd term.
But it could get really ugly.
Ms. Burke brings up the specter of military tribunals.
Every time I write a political post I take my life in my own hands.
Because I let everyone have it.
Out into the ether.
An equal opportunity whistle-blower.
And so I must let you know that this is almost a great movie.
Yet, I’m not even sure if it’s a good movie.
Let me explain.
The Stoning of Soraya M. was released at a very suspicious time.
By a very suspicious (and talented) director.
All through the George W. Bush presidency there was a pervasive itch…a green tide of bile just waiting to drown the country of Iran.
First we reduced one of the poorest countries on Earth (Afghanistan) to rubble. It was mostly rubble to begin with.
Our military had trouble finding high-value targets to hit. There were none.
Then our trumped-up intelligence hit the big stage: the U.N. General Assembly.
Colin Powell knowingly lied. The U.S. intelligence community was used as a pawn.
The intel was being propped beneath a faulty case like a gratis jack beneath a compact car.
Remember? The Downing Street memo?
And so we knocked off another country. Iraq. The neo-con wargasm really kicked in. No doubt the poet Ed Sanders was unsurprised. He coined the phrase wargasm and had been documenting the demented drive of American bloodlust for decades.
And then the steamroller sputtered.
Iran was always next.
Always. Always. Next month. This fall. Imminent.
Praise be to God that the neo-con luck ran out. Like the serial killers they are, their ability to trick and deceive abated.
And what the hell does any of this have to do with the film I’m reviewing?
Quite simply, the film I’m reviewing is perfect propaganda to bomb the hell out of Iran.
It was premiered in the final months of the Bush junta.
Perhaps the director and producers had dragged their heels a bit.
Perhaps they realized they were being used?
But the story goes deeper.
Director Cyrus Nowrasteh is best known for directing a two-part ABC miniseries called The Path to 9/11. It is “controversial”…which is to say, it is critical of the U.S. government…but only in the most kid-gloves, “oh they should have killed more Muslims” kind of way. To reframe my argument, Cyrus Nowrasteh was already a propagandist whether he knew it or not.
And that’s where this film comes in.
Let me start by saying that the acting in this film is fantastic. The direction is stellar (yes, the guy I was just insulting has world-class talent).
What we must ask ourselves is this: was this film merely meant to pull on the heartstrings like a flippant Laura Bush quote about the Taliban or was Nowrasteh sincere in this unfortunately-timed release?
I believe the director was sincere.
In fact, I believe the director is the parallel of the character Ebrahim in this film.
Ebrahim is the mayor of a small town in Iran.
Ebrahim wants to do the right thing, but he is tricked.
Even so, Ebrahim is a victim of dogma. Ebrahim’s a dumb-ass.
And yet, we respect him somewhat.
The same goes for Nowrasteh.
If my reading of The Path to 9/11 is correct, then Nowrasteh has never considered the possibility that the United States attacked itself on 9/11. Adding further color to that false-flag would be the involvement of Israel.
One thing is certain: it seems that Nowrasteh showed a shocking lack of curiosity when making The Path to 9/11.
Fool me once, Cyrus…shame on…
And so then Nowrasteh gets to direct this piece of cinema. It is cinema. But how much can we invest our hearts in a story told by a facilitator of untruths?
It pains me to discount the amazing acting of Mozhan Marnò.
And I do not discount it.
She is one of the most talented actresses I have witnessed in a long time.
The same goes for Shohreh Aghdashloo. Tremendous thespian skills!
And Nowrasteh (whom I’ve spent “paragraphs” berating)…what a talent!
But is that talent misdirected? [no pun intended]
I’m not cowing to Iran.
I have nothing to gain. I have everything to lose.
This film, on its own merits, is extremely remarkable.
But taken in the context of Hollywood propaganda, it becomes suspect.
The Mullah in the film is a scumbag.
The husband is a scumbag.
The town mayor is essentially a scumbag (dupe).
There are very few subtle shadings of character here.
We end up with an unfortunate equation.
Iran = bad.
Islam = bad.
Islamic men = bad.
Islamic women = good.
The equation is begging for some stealth bombers to fill the gap and vaporize those Muslim men. “Liberate” those Muslim women.
Come on: we’re pros at it! Look at our resume!! Afghanistan? Check. Iraq? Check. This is our line of work!
We’ll give it a snappy name like Enduring Freedom (how much of our “freedom” can they endure?) and it’ll be over in a few weeks.
We’ll be greeted as saviors.
Let me point out one final detail.
There are some sub-equations here.
Shah = good/bad.
Ayatollah = bad.
And so, mathematicians of ethics, how does the SAVAK compute?
What was Mosaddegh’s good/bad rating?
All we ask in cinema is for a real story. If you don’t pimp yourself out to the bomb boys, then the Palme d’Or is yours.
Perhaps I am wrong.
I am willing to admit that I may be wrong.
If you can’t tell by the title of this film how it ends (don’t see Titanic), Soraya gets stoned. As in murdered. As in disgusting.
But what is most disgusting?
Hypocrisy. The film starts with a quote by Hafez.
The corrupt Mullah is no worse than the military-industrial director.
And for those of immense talent (like Nowrasteh), there is always redemption in the next film.
Tell the real story. Read a book.
The path to 9/11 almost certainly started in Langley and Herzliya.
One or the other.
Or was it the old boys network of Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Poppy Bush?
Somebody better get it straight or this world ain’t going nowhere good.
Help us out Cyrus! The truth will free both our countries.
Yes. In America we have our heroes of the Revolution. George Washington. Paul Revere.
But here…we have a sad goodbye to a great hero for Hong Kong.
Thus begins the Bruce Lee apochrypha.
It starts very bad. Some of the editing seems straight out of the Tim and Eric Awesome Show.
But it gets better. Way better! No, this is not a great film. It’s not even really a good film. But for fans of Bruce Lee it is worth watching for several reasons.
I must admit: Bruce Lee brought about a change in my innermost being. I know that sounds naïve. I owe some credit to Shaquille O’Neal. I just happened to catch an interview between Shaq and Yao Ming in which O’Neal admitted that his passion for basketball stemmed from being inspired by Bruce Lee.
Having recently seen Lee’s canonic oeuvre when I came across this interview, it made total sense to me what Shaq was saying.
And that brings us to one of the highlights of Game of Death: Bruce Lee vs. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Yes, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer indeed plays a fairly significant role in this film. What is more, this gives me the opportunity to reach out and wish Kareem a speedy recovery as he has just recently undergone coronary bypass surgery.
It actually is amazing that director Robert Clouse put together a semi-watchable film from what little he had to go on.
Hugh O’Brian is pretty good in this. It’s just a shame that his acting talents go to waste in dialogues with body doubles.
If I haven’t made it abundantly clear, let me clarify: Bruce Lee was no longer alive when this film was being put together. Though Lee filmed portions of it, his absence presented a particularly insurmountable problem.
It pains me to say this, but it really is the ensemble cast which keeps this film afloat when it should lag and sag from Lee’s missing contribution. Dean Jagger is a disgusting psychopath who reminds me of what I imagine Donald Rumsfeld to be like behind closed doors.
The biggest saving grace is Colleen Camp. She looks so beautiful in this film!
As for there being a conspiracy involved in the demise of Bruce Lee, I don’t doubt that for a second. Unfortunately, it is not a subject on which I have any pertinent knowledge.
We fans can continue to gain inspiration from the anti-fascist characters Lee embodied. His short life brought such joy and exhilaration into the world.
This is the best Bond film. As of 2006. On my site, you will find reviews of the 20 preceding Bond movies. The reviews were not written to lead up to this conclusion. They were written to assess the series as a whole. While I realize that said series has continued since 2006, I will address that extended life at a later time. My previous reviews slowly culled the catalog down to three (and now four) films of unmatched greatness (in terms of this series): The Man with the Golden Gun, A View to a Kill, License to Kill, and now the one which far exceeds even those three:: Casino Royale.
Why? Because…Martin Campbell. His effort on GoldenEye was just that…a good try. His work here is timeless: an auteur.
Why? Because…the first time Bond and Vesper Lynd meet. The best dialog in the entire history of Bond films.
Because…Eva Green is the most beautiful Bond girl in 44 years (which is to say, as of 2006, ever).
Because Bond falls in love…really. Like no time since On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
That speaks to the feminine ideal of Eva Green.
But let us delve deeper…into why “the bitch is dead”…
Yes, those are the words.
It is one of those rare times when I can refer back to the book with knowing alacrity.
By George W. Bush’s second term in office, the bitch was beginning to die. The bitch in question? Propaganda.
People are becoming too informed.
And so a film such as this only gains credibility by mentioning the 9/11 put options.
It may sound like heresy to say it, but this is the third great James Bond movie up to this point in the series. Furthermore, it is particularly rich that it came out during the presidency of George H.W. Bush. The pleasant surprise is that Carey Lowell takes the cake as hottest Bond girl through the first 16 films. These are controversial claims and allusions. Buckle up.
1974. The first great Bond film. There is no denying the palpable rush of Dr. No–no topping the exotic sensuality of From Russia with Love. It has less to do with Connery, perhaps the best Bond, than it does with cinema. The first great James Bond film came under the watchful eye of auteur Guy Hamilton. He lives. The Man with the Golden Gun. Yes, it was a Roger Moore film. So sue me.
1985. The second great James Bond film. Travesty of travesties! He’s going to name two from the 80s. Yes, that’s right. A View to a Kill. John Glen made an auteurist bid with this flick. Again with the Roger Moore. John Glen lives.
1989. The third perfect Bond film. John Glen achieves immortality. Hyperbole. Hyperbole. This is to take nothing away from our cherished Guy Hamilton. He too made more that just Golden Gun.
But let us stretch out a bit… What makes these three films so strong? Answer: the villains. Christopher Lee. Christopher Walken. And Christopher…er, Robert Davi.
George H.W. Bush. There was a book from 1992 called The Mafia, CIA and George Bush written by Pete Brewton. That’s back when there was only one George Bush known on the world stage. Middle initials were unnecessary. I haven’t read the book in question, but it bears mentioning that I remembered the pithy title mistakenly…as The CIA, Drugs, and George Bush. There’s more than an Oxford comma’s difference between the two…obviously.
1998 brought the world a book called Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion by Gary Webb. I have not read this book either.
So what, you may be asking, is my fucking point?
Let me note a few poignant books I have read. 9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made in USA by Webster Griffin Tarpley. Crossing the Rubicon by Michael Ruppert. The Big Wedding by Sander Hicks. 9/11 The Big Lie (L’Effroyable imposture) by Thierry Meyssan. Pentagate also by Meyssan. The Shadow Government: 9/11 and State Terror by Len Bracken. The Arch Conspirator also by Bracken. Body of Secrets by James Bamford. America’s “War on Terrorism” by Michel Chossudovsky. The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions by David Ray Griffin. The Bilderberg Group by Daniel Estulin. Inside Job: Unmasking the 9/11 Conspiracies by Jim Marrs. The Terror Conspiracy also by Marrs.
If you’re still reading you are likely laughing or transfixed. And again I can sense the question: what is the fucking point?
Well, dear reader, it is that I can wholeheartedly agree with Mark Gorton’s reservations regarding George H.W. Bush. I used to think Dick Cheney was the scariest guy in the world (thanks Mike Ruppert). Donald Rumsfeld always seemed in the running. But after reading Gorton’s fastidious research, I concur that the prize should probably go to Poppy Bush.
At wikispooks.com, one can find the following articles by Gorton:
Fifty Years of the Deep State
The Coup of ’63, Part I
The Political Dominance of the Cabal
Gorton is not your average conspiracy theorist. His degrees are from Yale, Stanford, and Harvard (respectively). His business successes include founding LimeWire and the Tower Research Capital hedge fund.
And that brings us to sex.
Carey Lowell. With her androgynous hairstyle, she still (because of?) manages to be the hottest Bond girl through the first 16 films. Sure, Timothy Dalton is great, but Carey Lowell is fan-fucking-tastic. The message of the establishment is that if you don’t play by the rules, you don’t get the sex cookie. Carey Lowell is not an establishment actress in this movie. Her character is the anti-Bond girl in some respects. For this series, anyway, that’s as good as it gets. Until Anamaria Marinca is cast alongside (or as) 007, the bar is memorably set by Lowell. Perhaps as I critically watch the more recent films I will find other Bond girls who truly stand out in a believable way, but Lowell takes the cake through the first 16 films.
Lowell lived in Houston for awhile. Back to Bush. Right down the road is the scariest man in the world? Dear readers…the Internet remains free for only so long. Soon we may have to get all Bradbury and become book people. If Carey ever gets tired of Richard Gere, maybe she’ll meet us in the forest. I’ll be Histoire(s) du cinema. The book.
A film critic’s most daunting task is tackling that which has been pored over for decades. What can be left to write about a film such as this? This is no doubt one of the most famous movies ever made. What has accounted for its “staying power?”
There is, of course, the well-tailored Cary Grant in his grey suit and tie (grey tie) thinking thin while suavely moving between Madison Ave. and points west. There is the deliciously-evil James Mason whose one-liners ring with Shakespearean gravity in their chilly enunciation. Even Martin Landau…with his iconic, effeminately-sinister visage makes a lasting mark upon the viewer’s brain. And then there is Eva Marie Saint: her glowing locks like Garbo in Technicolor. These are great characters, but there is something more.
Situations. What would Sartre and Debord make of this dissection? This critical tangent? The crop duster scene. Surrealism. Beckett, but back to Finnegans Wake. Somehow screenwriter Ernest Lehman tapped into the non sequitur nature of Joyce’s masterpiece (akin to Hawks’ approach in The Big Sleep [by way of Raymond Chandler]). It is one of the greatest situations in cinema. There are few scenes more iconic than Cary Grant in full stride trying futilely to outrun an approaching plane.
The overarching situation involves the C.I.A. Leo Carroll is fantastic in the short-but-powerful role of The Professor. We sense a Donald Rumsfeld sort of character. Polite. Gentlemanly. But certainly a man of the cloth in the dark arts. It is perhaps fitting that we end up atop Mount Rushmore…that gargantuan creation of Gutzon Borglum (himself a mysterious if not shadowy personage).
But all of these methods merely attempt to approach what can be summed up only as essential cinematic viewing. In Hitchcock here we find an apex of craftsmanship and imagination. Not even the masterful performance of Grant can usurp the controlling role of our auteur. It is a slippery slope. Had the film failed to deliver; failed to age well, it would have been Hitchcock’s fault. Somehow this greatest of all directors managed to make all the elements work together in a dramatic harmony of color. Cinema is the closest we come to a truly synesthetic art. When films start to differentiate themselves by their smells and the ways they literally touch us, we will have tasted the future. For now, pinnacles such as North by Northwest have yet to be surpassed.