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    The Politics of the Dark Knight

    Superhero movies tend to be trite, even the best of them. Like the bold swaths of colored ink that fill comic book pages, it seemed such movies had to contain simple lessons and obvious conflicts. They were not serious movies, not even the best of them. Then came along “The Dark Knight.” You will have heard that it’s good. You will have heard that Heath Ledger turns in such a performance as the Joker that his interpretation should now define the role. You will have heard that it’s a genuine dramatic film that just happens to star men in masks. All of this is true. You will also have heard…

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    Politics and Music- an Urgent Call for Harmony

    Since writing this, the ordinance discussed below has been shelved, at least temporarily, thanks to a ground roots campaign that resulted in almost 6000 emails (in just 4 days!) protesting the proposed law. Even so, it could still resurface and be passed at a later date. I would ask that you still read the message below and respond as you see fit. The Chicago city council is trying to push through an ordinance that would severely restrict the ability of musical groups to be able to play at many, mostly smaller venues, i.e. clubs, bars, restaurants, etc. It’s known as the “Events Promoters” ordinance and will have the effect of…

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    Heroes and Good Guys: Politics in General

    The entertainment industry these days keeps presenting us with “heroes” who are not heroic. “Good guys” who cuss and swear all over the place, whose evident ambition is to have sex with every attractive woman in sight, who think getting even is the right thing to do, are not good. God, who is a good god, tells us to forgive, not take revenge. People who lie, cheat, and steal are evil people. Being a popular woman, even in the real world, does not make you good, either. Getting noticed on the internet can be quite a challenge. I have had a site up for weeks and have only 11 recorded…

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    How Has British Politics Influenced the Structure of Its Government?

    The British politics over the course of its history has been relatively simply compared to other politics in other governments like in France. British politics start and end with the Parliament. Britain is formally known as a constitutionally Parliament. Parliament is characterized by democracy, sovereignty, and supremacy over the monarch. Powers in the legislature have been fused together in the House of Lords and Commons. The House of Lords is basically powerless compared to the House of Commons.� In England there has been a steady movement toward autonomy as the Welsh and Scottish have been pressing for autonomy from England. A Scottish Parliament has been created along with a Welsh…

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    Is There a Future for the Tea Party in American Politics?

    I am a social liberal and a fiscal conservative. I do believe that we could improve the USA if we have smaller government and a less intrusive Federal government. I believe that the Federal government should primarily be concerned with National Security and International Relations. I do not believe that people’s lives should be overly regulated and I would love to see more personal freedom. With all of that being said, I had to go and scroll through some of the right-wing statements and policies regarding national security and legislation since I wanted to see whether they really believe the same things I do. 1. In order to improve national…