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FBI Considered “It’s A Wonderful Life” Communist Propaganda

Wisebread finds an old fbi memo discussing why “It’s a Wonderful Life” is pinko marxist american hating propaganda:

There is submitted herewith the running memorandum concerning Communist infiltration of the motion picture industry which has been brought up to date as of May 26, 1947….

With regard to the picture “It’s a Wonderful Life”, [redacted] stated in substance that the film represented rather obvious attempts to discredit bankers by casting Lionel Barrymore as a “scrooge-type” so that he would be the most hated man in the picture. This, according to these sources, is a common trick used by Communists.

In addition, [redacted] stated that, in his opinion, this picture deliberately maligned the upper class, attempting to show the people who had money were mean and despicable characters. [redacted] related that if he made this picture portraying the banker, he would have shown this individual to have been following the rules as laid down by the State Bank Examiner in connection with making loans. Further, [redacted] stated that the scene wouldn’t have “suffered at all” in portraying the banker as a man who was protecting funds put in his care by private individuals and adhering to the rules governing the loan of that money rather than portraying the part as it was shown. In summary, [redacted] stated that it was not necessary to make the banker such a mean character and “I would never have done it that way.”

(via Boing Boing)

Wii Have a Problem

A site dedicated to damage inflicted by Wii controllers (or the people who swing them like they are swatting flies)

Yet again another baseball accident, my mate had just stated playing when I told him to “get in side the game”, so he stepped up to the plate, with his entire mite he began swinging the Wii mote when the strap broke and the controller broke loss and at almost point blank range smashed the fireplace surroundings.

(Thanks Andrea)

Playing the Wii in a Movie Theater

Happy Holidays everyone. I’ll be back on Tuesday.

Christmas’ Pagan Origins

Some light holiday reading:

No one knows what day Jesus Christ was born on. From the biblical description, most historians believe that his birth probably occurred in September, approximately six months after Passover. One thing they agree on is that it is very unlikely that Jesus was born in December, since the bible records shepherds tending their sheep in the fields on that night. This is quite unlikely to have happened during a cold Judean winter. So why do we celebrate Christ’s birthday as Christmas, on December the 25th?

The answer lies in the pagan origins of Christmas. In ancient Babylon, the feast of the Son of Isis (Goddess of Nature) was celebrated on December 25. Raucous partying, gluttonous eating and drinking, and gift-giving were traditions of this feast.

In Rome, the Winter Solstice was celebrated many years before the birth of Christ. The Romans called their winter holiday Saturnalia, honoring Saturn, the God of Agriculture. In January, they observed the Kalends of January, which represented the triumph of life over death. This whole season was called Dies Natalis Invicti Solis, the Birthday of the Unconquered Sun. The festival season was marked by much merrymaking. It is in ancient Rome that the tradition of the Mummers was born. The Mummers were groups of costumed singers and dancers who traveled from house to house entertaining their neighbors. From this, the Christmas tradition of caroling was born.

Silent Star Wars

(via Found on the Web)

50 Greatest Cartoons

Cityrag just made the friday before christmas weekend even more unproductive for us.

Found a cool list of The 50 Greatest Cartoons as voted on by the animation industry in 1994. As a holiday present to our readers we’ve put together a link to an online video for each one below! (we found a video for all but 6.) So many wonderful, funny and trippy cartoons spanning the decades (including some that were banned.)

(via Boing Boing)

Christian Mars

Oh dear.

The Red Planet is a symbol of the blood of Christ, which represents the substitutionary Spiritual death of Jesus Christ on the Cross. The blood of animal sacrifices foreshadowed the Cross (Hebrews 9:12-14). The color of the Red Planet is a reminder of blood of Christ, which is the single most important event in history after the re-Creation during the Appeal Trial of Satan. The Red Planet is a reminder to man and angels of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for mankind.

The name, Mars, came from Satan. It refers to Satan as the god of war, who was defeated when Jesus Christ paid for the sins of the world on the Cross. The name, Mars, is blasphemy. The Romans, who were hoodwinked by the devil, named the planet; and scientists, who are no smarter, have continued the deception. This is just another lie of Satan, the master of deceit, in an attempt to hide the truth of the Cross.

The Red Planet has two sides, front and back. The two sides represent the front and back of Jesus Christ on the Cross. The front represents acceptance and the back represents rejection. Salvation is a matter of personal choice. The planet is pock marked with craters and volcanoes, which represent wounds of the Lord Jesus Christ who was battered, bruised, punctured with nails and thorns, and stabbed with a spear.

(via Bad Astronomy)

Can Tossing

I dunno…

(via J-Walk)

(Why) Christmas is the Most Atheistic Holiday of All

From Unscrewing the Inscrutable:

Mind you, I don’t mean that odd little religious holiday of the same name–the one with Baby Jesus and Three Kings and Manger scenes.

I mean the one that tends to be celebrated: The obvious parody of the Chrisatian holiday. Instead of Jesus, we have Santa Claus, who could be described as “What God would be like if he had a sense of proportion.” He brings gifts instead of eternal life and coal instead of eternal hellfire. He has magical powers as ridiculous as those of Jesus, like the ability to climb chimneys and make ruminants fly, which are much more useful than Jesus’ ‘casting out demons into pigs’ kind of thing.

He’s a clearly what Jesus would be if he was real. Nobody would ever consider nailing this omnibenevolent deity to anything, would they? Nor does he hold anything against you longer than a year.

Of course, only the very young or foolish actually believe he exists. And a mark of maturity is the admission that he doesn’t. People who believe are ridiculed…just as it should be. All it takes is a critical look at the evidence. That’s the purpose of ‘Fat Man + Chimney’ after all: to make the impossibility more obvious for children.

Bush Plans to Expand Military

This was the first news story I read today and I didn’t post it because I was too depressed about it. I’ll post it now so everyone can vent about it.

President Bush acknowledged for the first time yesterday that the United States is not winning the war in Iraq and said he plans to expand the overall size of the “stressed” U.S. armed forces to meet the challenges of a long-term global struggle against terrorists.

As he searches for a new strategy for Iraq, Bush has now adopted the formula advanced by his top military adviser to describe the situation. “We’re not winning, we’re not losing,” Bush said in an interview with The Washington Post. The assessment was a striking reversal for a president who, days before the November elections, declared, “Absolutely, we’re winning.”

In another turnaround, Bush said he has ordered Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to develop a plan to increase the troop strength of the Army and Marine Corps, heeding warnings from the Pentagon and Capitol Hill that multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan are stretching the armed forces toward the breaking point. “We need to reset our military,” said Bush, whose administration had opposed increasing force levels as recently as this summer.

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