Ban all the things!

I know how you feel

I know how you feel

This alleged film cricket wants Gone With The Wind never to be screened again. (How he feels about chucking all copies of the novel into a big bonfire he doesn’t specify.) Personally I’d rather listen to bagpipes than watch GWTW because it’s completely tedious and way too long, but this censorship-mania is getting out of hand.

“Warner Bros. just stopped licensing another of pop culture’s most visible uses of the Confederate flag — toy replicas of the General Lee, an orange Dodge Charger from “The Dukes of Hazzard’’ — as retailers like Amazon and Walmart have finally backed away from selling merchandise with that racist symbol.”

Feel the hate

Feel the hate

Good grief.  And get this: “True, “Gone with the Wind’’ isn’t as blatantly and virulently racist as D.W. Griffith’s “Birth of a Nation,’’ which was considered one of the greatest American movies as late as the early 1960s, but is now rarely screened, even in museums.”

Because obviously a film cannot be both racist and artistically worthwhile. There is no aesthetic merit without ideological purity. Is this the kind of totalitarian thinking that passes for criticism in a free country? 

  • Ban the Statue of liberty – It’s French!

  • FactsWillOut

    ” Is this the kind of totalitarian thinking that passes for criticism in a free country? ”

    Come now, BM, you know the answer as well as I do.

    • Xavier

      Free country? Where?

      • FactsWillOut

        I read about one once. It was called “These United States”. Since then, collectivists took it over and turned it into a police state.

  • Justin St.Denis

    In response, yes this is the kind of totalitarian thinking that passes for criticism in both the USA and Canada today, at least among the unwashed, semi-literate hordes which comprise the majority of our ill-educated populations.

    Learning to speak languages other than English, Spanish or French can REALLY open up the horizons of the average potted plant called a Canadian and/or an American. Try it. If truth doesn’t make you shit yourself, you will be immeasurably enriched by your efforts.

    • FactsWillOut

      Actually, most polls show that most folk don’t want the flag banned, or even taken off the SC statehouse grounds.
      it is a vocal minority that wants to impose it’s will on others, and the problem is that we let them get away with it.

      • Justin St.Denis

        I did not claim otherwise. What you wrote is also true. Fact is, people ARE stupid and misinformed, largely because they don’t give a shit. And that is too bad.

        • FactsWillOut

          U’ll probaly catch hell from the so-called real conservatives here, you know, the one’s who want the state to ban the things they don’t like instead of the things that the left doesn’t like, but here goes:

          “Don’t it always seem to go, That you don’t know what you’ve got ’till it’s gone”.

          History indicates that people only wake up when it’s ALL gone.

          • Justin St.Denis

            I highly recommend the new Joni Mitchell 4CD box-set entitled LOVE HAS MANY FACES.

            Joni sang a lot of truth as well as a relatively small amount of political balderdash. Mercifully, Joni never strayed far from her speciality – the ways of the human heart. This new box set is simply gorgeous, and brilliantly compiled by the artist herself.

          • FactsWillOut

            All the old folk singers had a few interesting things to say, Gordon Lightfoot, Joan Baez, and so on, if one listens to their less popular stuff, instead of the “iconic” stuff.
            I wonder what they would be saying now…?

            PS, I’m a vinyl kinda guy.

          • Justin St.Denis

            Wow! My sentiment precisely. And I happen to have a serious addiction to Lightfoot, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Phil Ochs, Judy Collins, Eric Anderson and a few others. My wife sings and plays classical guitar like an angel. Her instrumental versions of many of these artists’ better songs are impeccable! I am so blessed.

            We also own over 5,000 CDs, and 7500 mint-condition vinyl discs of material unavailable in any other format. Full stereo systems in every room (seven systems in all, mostly Sony or Denon, with three Oracle turntables). We nurture our serious musical monkeys!

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I don’t want to ban anything that can’t be put in the negative feedback loop of common sense and morality.

          • FactsWillOut

            I know, you’ve always been a pretty freedom-oriented poster….

            How about hand-grenades, RPG’s and the AA-12:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOoUVeyaY_8

            I think I should buy able to buy these at my local gun store.
            I think permitless open or concealed carry should be allowed.
            I think I should be allowed to distill and sell booze, without a permit.
            I think I should be able to open a BBQ restaurant on my lawn (in a rural area, anyway)…etc.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I think you should be allowed to distill booze without a permit.
            But, if booze is distilled incorrectly there’s a risk of methanol poisoning and blindness.
            So, there has to be some guarantee to your consumers that your product is safe.

          • FactsWillOut

            That risk is actually a myth.
            You can drink booze straight out of a stove-top still.

            http://homedistiller.org/intro/methanol/methanol

            Still, for taste’s sake, best to get rid of the heads and tails.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            If that’s true then why should I bother brewing beer?
            I’m actually looking forward to trying that powdered alcohol.

          • FactsWillOut

            Well, distilling alcohol is illegal. But you can get some OK stills on E-Bay, from about $100 on up to 5 grand if you want to produce big quantities of…essential oils.

            Stay away from powdered alcohol, snorting it is bad for ya.

          • Justin St.Denis

            The powdered alcohol is not very good. It actually tastes like it comes out of a laboratory, not a bottle or a cask or a barrel. It was awful. Then again, I am deeply into vintage wines, and most cheaper wines make me gag. I am certain that “plonk drinkers” will embrace powdered alcoholic beverages as soon as they become readily available. So will hardcore drunks and alcoholics, I suppose.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I was thinking about going camping as the main advantage.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            And you could drink it with astronaut orange juice.

          • Xavier

            Well, it’s going in my bug out bag just the same.

          • Justin St.Denis

            Astronaut orange juice? Is that the stuff that was called “TANG” about a million years ago when we were kids? That stuff tasted like shit!

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I love Tang.
            I hate bars that serve it.

          • Xavier

            True dat. Sellers cut it with turpentine, or whatever, and we ended up with the myth of poorly made whiskey blinding and killing people.

          • mauser 98

            Prestone

          • Blacksmith

            “Still, for taste’s sake, best to get rid of the heads and tails.”
            I have a couple of friends who are into distilling, I ad heard the heads and tails before, but had no personal knowledge, one friend saved me a taste of the head one time and I was enlightened.

          • Justin St.Denis

            You’ve been listening to a few urban legends there chap! That methanol gig has been over-emphasized and totally distorted by urban police forces for decades now. You gotta TRY to brew something that causes methanol poisoning or blindness, otherwise it just ain’t gonna happen.

          • mauser 98

            aahhh Prestone … or Vitalis with a little mix

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            The main story I heard when I was a kid was when people used to keep methanol in vodka bottles in the back of their cars to use as gas line antifreeze during the winter.
            And then some kid would break into the car and drink it and go blind.
            If I didn’t have teenagers I’d think about it.
            That’s one way to reduce the fetal alcohol syndrome car stealing kids in this town.
            Good idea for a bait car.

          • mauser 98

            Prestone, Vitalis or shoe polish over a candle will get an ounce or so ( hey 60’s am talking here)
            DrunkbyNoon says brake fluid drank by some
            that stuff will peel auto paint…??

          • Exile1981

            In junior high a guy broke into the school and nearly died because he drank the liquid from the photocopier machine.

            A local store around my parts was busted 10 years ago for selling orange crush bottles premixed with I think it was rubbing alcohol to native kids. The muslim who owned the store and mixed the stuff up went to jail over that.

          • mauser 98

            whew! .. i can’t top that one

          • Exile1981

            In Junior high the school was less than 2 kilometers from a reserve.

            The local store that was doing the pre-mix is about 100 meters from the border of a reserve. The odd part of the story was that when he got out of jail he opened a liquor store and they actually gave him a license. When the rcmp busted him for something (5 time sin 3 years) they each time took his license and less than 24 hours later had a new one. We always figured he had a “friend” in the Alberta government that kept approving his new licenses.

            When he died the community gave a collective sigh.

          • FactsWillOut

            Spill some on your car. It’s horrible stuff. Still, I recommend folk drink it, Darwin and all.

          • Exile1981

            Or just make it so you can home distil for personal use but you can not sell or trade it unless you are licensed.

          • FactsWillOut

            Let the market decide, not the cops.

  • El Martyachi

    Yes.

  • Martin B

    Before the Confederate battle flag ever flew, slavery was conducted for 85 years under the American flag. If politicians, retailers and so forth meekly surrender to this ban the rebel flag hysteria, what ground will they have left to stand on when the emboldened grievance activists demand that Old Glory be condemned & banned?

    • Justin St.Denis

      It has already started. The U.S. flag will be declared a symbol of hate should the proglodytes get into government again.

      Dear Jesus, please take all the bad democrats who hate America and bring them to Your house for a “sit-down talk” about the dangers of pursuing evil. If that doesn’t work, could You just send them all for a dirt-nap in hell a.s.a.p. Thank You. Nighty-night.

  • Dana Garcia

    Right, we wouldn’t want anyone to see the GWTW performance of Hattie McDaniel, who won the first Academy Award ever for a black actor.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_black_Academy_Award_winners_and_nominees

    • Justin St.Denis

      That would be criminal, wouldn’t it?

      • Dana Garcia

        Well, it was historic.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Schools already ban all of Mark Twain.

  • canminuteman

    Everyone remember now, all this diversity is actually a strength!

  • andycanuck

    (A) it ticks me off that it’s the Post and not e.g. the Daily News; and (B) I bet he loves Sergei Eisenstein’s Soviet propaganda films.

    • Justin St.Denis

      And Leni Riefenstahl’s nazi movies, naturally.

  • terrence

    I juts had a quick look at the comments under the article – most, if not all, were VERY critical of the bozo – referring to nazi book-burnings, etc…

  • Xavier

    It seems to me that blacks, and their uber-white liberal manipulators, are trying to erase the very things they should be preserving. If I were in their shoes, I’d want to keep the old movies and symbols of oppression; those items are evidence of how society was, and how it has changed.

    If this involved the Jewish people, it would be as if they were elimination all evidence of the holocaust. It’s just bizarre.

    • Exile1981

      That’s the problem those movies show change and how much has been done to make up for past wrongs. If they destroy that evidence then they can claim we are just as racist now as 200 years ago.

  • mauser 98

    a SC Democrat Governor made the Rebel flag official in 1962 or so

    • Blacksmith

      Do you have a name? I was trying to find some info for another argument, and could not find the info.

  • Blacksmith

    I do not own a Confederate flag, I have never flown a confederate flag, I think it is time I rectified that error.