- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 22, 2005

Texas villains

” ‘Syriana’ is Hollywood’s latest effort to explain the real world. …

“The bad guys are oil company executives and CIA spooks. …

“Muslim terrorists? Oh, they’re just disillusioned young Pakistanis who have been fired by the oil company. They’re not really bad people, but …

“The easiest way to judge evil in this movie is by who has a Texas accent. … At the finale, while the terrorists veer toward … [a liquefied natural gas] tanker with their pirated Stinger missile, the camera keeps cutting back to the head of the oil company receiving the ‘Oil Man of the Year’ award as the band plays ‘The Yellow Rose of Texas.’ …

” ‘Syriana’ has resonated so well with environmentalists that the Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council are sponsoring showings around the country. …

“We may be in a mess over imported oil, but don’t worry — the Hollywood-Environmental Axis is leading us out of it.”

William Tucker, writing on “Hollywood Solves the Oil Problem,” Monday in the American Enterprise Online at www.taemag.org

Hollywood hero

“Celebrated author of children’s books (and alleged quadruple murderer and co-founder of the Crips gang) Stanley ‘Tookie’ Williams, was executed last week. Many Hollywood activists wept. …

“The Hollywood Left is now proof-positive that … you can be wrong only so many times before people just stop paying attention for any reason other than sideshow entertainment.

“It is no accident that the recent spate of leftist Hollywood social-cause strikeouts coincides with theater ticket sales that have fallen to their lowest levels in well over a decade. …

“Hollywood’s voice of dissent is hoarse, and their last shot at glory went down the drain with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s denial of clemency for the Dr. Seuss of Death Row. This was perhaps the swan song of Hollywood activists, who all but hopped up on the table with Tookie.”

Doug Powers, writing on “Hollywood receives a lethal rejection,” Monday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

Vast conspiracy

“We all remember Hillary Rodham Clinton’s charge of a ‘vast right-wing conspiracy’: the allegation that there were a bunch of right-wingers out to get her husband. …

“Now, however, there is a vast left-wing movement to get George W. Bush, an effort never more apparent than on Friday, Dec. 16, 2005, the day after the incredible Iraqi elections.

“As someone who has been cautiously optimistic over whether the Middle East could democratize, I was thrilled with the results. It was a huge vindication for Bush. …

“On Friday, I watched anxiously to see how liberal reporters would swallow what was, for them, a terrible political loss. How would they cover this achievement? …

“I got my answer: The [New York] Times rolled out a gem examining whether the Nixonian George W. Bush has been spying on innocent Americans with the sinister assistance of dark forces at the National Security Agency. …

“Way to go, New York Times! On a day when humanity took an astonishing step forward, you did not let down your soldiers in the war against George W. Bush.”

Paul Kengor, writing on “The Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy,” Monday in the American Spectator at www.spectator.org

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