The Dude (with the help of the Diva) discovered that Gandalf has something to say about audacity on PlayStation 2. They worked very hard to get the quote for mom’s blog. And it’s perfect:
For ourselves there is no hope. This is our final act to give Frodo time — time to end the evil that marshalls before us.
We now give witness that the day of men faces the final test. The eye of Sauron will be upon us, mistaking our audacity for power.
We must hold his gaze long enough for the unthinkable to become real. For hope to conquer all.
At first, the Dude gave me only the part of this quote about audacity — that evil would mistake it for power. And I was disappointed. Where is the inspiration in that?
But it’s all in the context: sometimes we are powerless; sometimes we do confront circumstances and opposition that are overwhelming. I loved Lord of the Rings for the reminder that it is a great honor to give your all on the side of good, standing against evil, even if it costs you everything. And even the weakest among us has a part to play.
You just have to go with Gimli! “Certainty of death! Small chance of success. . .What are we waiting for?” There’s audacity!
(Thx for LOTR transcript.)
And speaking of declining ratings . . . is it any wonder that West Wing is headed into the tank? The show has become nothing but preaching and propagandizing. Tonight’s episode had a story line about a legislative battle over stem cell research.
The scene that was supposed to pluck the heart-strings featured the Jimmy Smits character persuading another Congressman to vote for stem cell research by arguing that “we are dragging our heels when we could be alleviating suffering.”
Nonsense. I’m skipping over the horrible irony of invoking “suffering” on the side arguing for destroying life — or as Smits parsed it: “the potential person.” Instead I want to highlight the propaganda specific to the stem cell issue. The truth is that the really promising research in this area involves adult stem cells, not embryonic stem cells.
A great resource on this issue is Joni Eareckson Tada. She has been confined to a wheelchair since a diving accident left her a quadriplegic in 1967. She knows real suffering — and she opposes embryonic stem cell research. Here’s a link to her organization and solid research on this issue.
CNN sees a double-digit decline in viewers. . .the report says this is the sixth straight month that FOX has beat all (cable) comers. . . hmmmmm. . . .
You heard it here first: CNN will try to fix the problem with a new talk show hosted by Michael Moore — and Janeane Garofolo as cohost for balance.
Oops, there goes my shot at Tucker Carlson’s seat.
Beijing +10 opened at the UN yesterday. More on that in the days ahead; today be sure to see Steve Rhoads’ article in NRO on the fallacies of the androgyny agenda many delegates will be pushing.
In an article on Katie Couric, this month’s Vogue magazine covers the reasoned audacity v. Naomi Wolf duel from November’s Today Show appearance. The article isn’t online, so my Director of Puffery is working on getting a copy . . . check back soon!
UPDATE: Here’s the Vogue mention at the jump. Check out how I was dressed in a “sharp” red suit, while Naomi looked, um, “luscious” in pink?!?! Vogue thinks Naomi was using pink to send a message. . What would that be? Pink now means: “my candidate just lost . . .but don’t move to Canada, the sun will come out tomorrow?”