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March 15, 2007

300

Filed under: Defending America,Entertainment,Media — Sisyphus @ 7:45 am

I just saw “300” last night.  I must confess, I’m still a little bit disoriented by it.  It’s simply an awe-inspiringly great film.  The acting, the dialogue, the plot, the ideology, and the action all mesh well together to form an ironclad encapsulation of what I hold dear. The Spartans represent the best in Western culture (unlike the homosexual, pedophile Athenians), and valiantly give their lives to defend it. The queen of the Spartan king Leonidas, in defending the Spartan presence at Thermopylae, says much that needs to be said for the American presence in Iraq. We are at war, here. We are defending the culture and heritage of our forefathers, a fine and unbroken chain of superior cultural values extending from the time of the Hebrews through the era of the Greeks through the rise of the Christian faith unto the rise of this noble Republic. Those who oppose our valiant defense of these ideals are no better than the unspeakably perverse and depraved Persians of the film (an enemy, ironically, that we still fight to this day and age).

My one objection to the film was that I felt I noticed an uncanny physical resemblance between the actor playing Leonidas and the ultimate enemy of our freedoms, Osama Bin Laden. Perhaps it’s only my imagination, though.

All in all, this is a wonderful film that represents the best in Western culture. I’d recommend it to you all, and I’d strongly recommend to President Bush that we enlist the Greeks in our coming battle with the new Persian Empire, Iran. They beat them once, I’m sure they can do it again.

19 Comments »

  1. I haven’t been to a movie theater since I saw Passion of the Christ. Maybe it’s finally time to go again. Thanks for the recommendation.

    Comment by Psycheout — March 15, 2007 @ 7:51 am | Reply

  2. Be warned, it’s very violent. Most of the dead are Persians, though, cowardly slaves of an evil empire.

    Comment by Sisyphus — March 15, 2007 @ 8:03 am | Reply

  3. Most of the dead are Persians, though, cowardly slaves of an evil empire.

    Still no reason to cheer, though. They are our fellow humans, and I’m sure that Brownback wouldn’t cheer the death of our enemies, or take their lives lightly. He’d do what has to be done, but would do so with grave solemnity and with a knowledge that it is for the greater good of humanity.

    It does sound like an interesting movie, however. Thanks for the tip.

    Comment by lyssie — March 15, 2007 @ 8:45 am | Reply

  4. He’d slaughter the Persians with a tear in his eye! LOL.

    Comment by Psycheout — March 15, 2007 @ 8:48 am | Reply

  5. You have to see the movie, Lyssie. I doubt you’ll have such warm feelings for the Persians after you see what evils they’re capable of.

    We mustn’t forget that, now, as we muster our strength for melee with the mullahs.

    Comment by Sisyphus — March 15, 2007 @ 10:18 am | Reply

  6. The acting? Really? None of those people winning academy awards, people. In any case, Sparta did little to contribute to Western culture. Every thing you claim to value in that culture came from Athens. And guess what? Spartans also engaged in pederasty.

    It’s a movie, people, don’t read too much into it.

    Comment by RDM — March 15, 2007 @ 12:18 pm | Reply

  7. “The acting? Really? None of those people winning academy awards, people.”

    Not yet, of course. The year’s still young. We’ll see if anything better comes out. Then again, I can see the Academy Awards being biased against a film like this.

    “Every thing you claim to value in that culture came from Athens. And guess what? Spartans also engaged in pederasty.”

    Those Athenians were shielded by the Spartan army. If not for Sparta, Athens would’ve ended up speaking Persian.

    I didn’t know the Spartans were child-molesters. Do you have any proof of this, or is this just an unsubstantiated allegation?

    Comment by Sisyphus — March 15, 2007 @ 12:29 pm | Reply

  8. “Those Athenians were shielded by the Spartan army. If not for Sparta, Athens would’ve ended up speaking Persian.”

    Not true. Sparta is south and west of Sparta, the Persians could have come after Athens first. In any case, in the actual historical events, the Athens fielded a 10,000 man army which Xerxes managed to go around. Furthermore, the Athenian navy used the delay at Thermopylae to destroy Xerxes navy at Artemision. The reality is that the Greek city states–Athens, Sparta, Corinth and others–had entered in a mutual defense pact to protect themselves from the Persian army.

    “I didn’t know the Spartans were child-molesters. Do you have any proof of this, or is this just an unsubstantiated allegation?”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spartan_Pederasty

    Comment by RDM — March 15, 2007 @ 12:43 pm | Reply

  9. “Not true. Sparta is south and west of Sparta, the Persians could have come after Athens first. In any case, in the actual historical events, the Athens fielded a 10,000 man army which Xerxes managed to go around. Furthermore, the Athenian navy used the delay at Thermopylae to destroy Xerxes navy at Artemision. The reality is that the Greek city states–Athens, Sparta, Corinth and others–had entered in a mutual defense pact to protect themselves from the Persian army.”

    Nevertheless, if the Spartans hadn’t defeated the Persians at Thermopylae and Plataea, the Athenians would’ve ended up speaking Persian. Besides, the Athenian victory you mention was only made possible by the Spartan delaying battle at Thermopylae.

    “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spartan_Pederasty”

    Sorry, we don’t trust wikipedia around here. Its liberal bias is well-known. This website uses Conservapedia for our references. Here’s what they have to say about Sparta:

    “Sparta was a Greek City state best known for military strength. It was able to destroy Athens after Athens defeated Persia.”

    http://www.conservapedia.com/Sparta

    I guess that shows who was tougher, stronger, and better able to defend civilization, if you ask me.

    Comment by Sisyphus — March 15, 2007 @ 12:48 pm | Reply

  10. “Nevertheless, if the Spartans hadn’t defeated the Persians at Thermopylae and Plataea, the Athenians would’ve ended up speaking Persian. Besides, the Athenian victory you mention was only made possible by the Spartan delaying battle at Thermopylae.”

    Oh please. Read some history.

    “Sorry, we don’t trust wikipedia around here. Its liberal bias is well-known. This website uses Conservapedia for our references. Here’s what they have to say about Sparta: “Sparta was a Greek City state best known for military strength. It was able to destroy Athens after Athens defeated Persia.” http://www.conservapedia.com/Sparta” I guess that shows who was tougher, stronger, and better able to defend civilization, if you ask me.”

    Yes, a single sentence that contradicts your premise and contains no comparative information certainly proves that Sparta was more able to defend civilization. You are certainly correct on that point. Sparta defeated Athens after Athens defeated Persia. Wait, who defeated Persia? Oh right, not the Spartans. Nuts! Never mind that the Peloponnesian War was separated from the Battle of Thermopylae by by 50 years.

    Look, when conservapedia starts having more than one line descriptions that contain no historical dates, names, or external references, I’ll start using conservapedia. If you want to limit your universe of knowledge to only those items contained in conservapedia, then you’re welcome to. Nonetheless, the wikipedia article references Plutarch, Plato, Cicero, Xenophon, among others, and four modern writers–Thomas Scanlon, Erich Bethe, John Symonds, and William Percy.

    It’s not wikipedia that you are up against here. It’s historical fact.

    Comment by RDM — March 15, 2007 @ 1:58 pm | Reply

  11. I just saw the 300. It seemed eerily relevant. Good thing we’ve got the numbers on our side this time. But do we have the spine?

    Comment by relee — March 15, 2007 @ 9:47 pm | Reply

  12. That’s a great question, relee. I bet Pelosi would draft a resolution of surrender! Sisyphus, thoughts?

    Comment by Psycheout — March 15, 2007 @ 10:37 pm | Reply

  13. I think Pelosi is like that guy in the Spartan Legislature who took bribes from the Persians. But I’m sure RDM knows so much more about it, having a network of leftist revisionist historians he can tap in to for up-to-date information on how Leonidas was really a Communist like the typical wikipedia user.

    Comment by Sisyphus — March 16, 2007 @ 3:52 am | Reply

  14. RDM, you’ve got to admit, Sisyphus has got you there. Check and mate. Well played, sir.

    Comment by Psycheout — March 16, 2007 @ 4:57 am | Reply

  15. Psyche, very true, when all else fails, call someone a communist. Now that’s what I call debate!

    Comment by RDM — March 16, 2007 @ 7:40 am | Reply

  16. “Psyche, very true, when all else fails, call someone a communist. Now that’s what I call debate!”

    Well, if the shoe fits…

    Comment by Sisyphus — March 16, 2007 @ 8:20 am | Reply

  17. The Spartans engaged in phedophilia, slave-trade, raped and pillaged and they threw babies off a mountain, if that’s your idea of a perfect civilization…

    Oh, and they didn’t mind some “mannly-loving” either…

    Comment by Skeptic — May 21, 2007 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

  18. “The Spartans engaged in phedophilia, slave-trade, raped and pillaged and they threw babies off a mountain, if that’s your idea of a perfect civilization…

    Oh, and they didn’t mind some “mannly-loving” either…”

    Well, some of that is distortion written by the Athenians. As for the rest, well, times were tough. They WERE pagans, but they still had a pretty decently-designed society put together.

    Comment by Sisyphus — May 21, 2007 @ 4:35 pm | Reply

  19. No, it’s not a distorted view, the Greeks weren’t ashamed of homosexuality, it was commonly accepted in all of the Greek city-states and after that in the Roman Empire.

    I still don’t find it a decent society, the Egyptians didn’t throw their babies off mountains or legalized pedophilia, neither did the Persians.

    The Spartans were known as ruthless conquerers, a blood-thirsty nation, far more blood-thirsty than the Persian Empire ever was!

    Remember that the movie is based on a comic, it diverges from the historical accounts.

    Comment by Skeptic — May 21, 2007 @ 7:24 pm | Reply


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