Here’s Part Two of Megan Fox’s audit of the Brookfield Zoo, looking for anti-human prejudice and Leftist propaganda. Each section of the zoo has its own special kind of indoctrination. The Monkey House, I’m sure you can guess, is all about equating humans with animals and forcing displays on children that lower people to the level of animals. Watch the video and see different variations on this theme, always with a a little white boy sitting in positions like a monkey or a white man doing something superimposed over the shape of a monkey.
For political correctness, of course they used a white person for these illustrations. It’s okay with the PC crowd to directly compare a white person to a monkey. Actually, it’s more than “okay” to them…it’s a central facet of the Left’s religion of “Scientism”.
You wouldn’t believe how upset Megan and I made the Left with these Brookfield Zoo videos. The whole series scored almost a half a million hits on YouTube combined, in just under a month. What we discovered is that when the Left is challenged on things like this, they go bananas. They don’t know how to respond and they apparently aren’t used to being challenged. They’re a brittle bunch…and they lash out like wild animals when questioned.
Come to think of it…if anyone’s to be compared directly to animals, it’s the Leftists. Though that’s an insult to animals. And, truthfully, I’m more comfortable comparing Leftists to what they actually are: demons. The children of darkness, scratching and clawing and gnashing their teeth. Animals might not have souls, but they don’t operate from a place of evil either. Since Leftists are atheists for the most part, they don’t believe they have souls. And they sure as hell act like it.
This obsession with lowering humans to the level of “just animals” has to be part of the Devil’s work. Growing up Catholic, we didn’t spend much time on the Old Testament in school and the Book of Genesis was something mostly reserved for art class or penmanship (where we would either draw pretty pictures of the Garden of Eden or Noah’s Ark or we’d copy lines of verse in our special handwriting books to practice our cursive). Catholics, at least in Cleveland in the 1980s, didn’t spend any time at all debating whether the Book of Genesis was or wasn’t a word-for-word historical truth. We kept our focus on the New Testament and learned from Jesus’ teachings…and as far as I remember, Jesus didn’t spend any time at all talking about how life on Earth began.
It’s interesting to think about, sure, but it’s not something I have ever invested emotionally in. Growing up Catholic, I was taught that this was a key difference between us and both protestants and atheists. A religion teacher in high school promised that once we graduated and headed off to college that we’d be surprised to find that both protestants and atheists were obsessed with the book of Genesis; one side was committed to insisting that every word was true and the other was obsessed with mocking all Christians because they believed it to be just a creation myth, one of dozens from around the world.
I was always taught that humans are the caretakers of animals and that we’re a notch above them for a reason. We’re different from them and share a planet with them and have a responsibility to use them wisely. That means being kind and compassionate to them, understanding them wherever possible, and not harming them if it can be avoided. Cockroaches that have invested a kitchen should receive no mercy…but a single spider crawling on the wall deserves a humane relocation to the front yard instead of a swat with a newspaper.
I’ve never believed that humans came from monkeys. I believe that humans are here as caretakers of monkeys…and all the rest of the animal kingdom. I feel that humans and apes are examples of convergent evolution: we’re similar in a lot of ways but we didn’t come from them. This is like how sharks and dolphins look a lot alike in many ways, but dolphins didn’t used to be sharks. And both of them look a lot like ancient marine reptiles like ichthyosaurs, but neither sharks nor dolphins evolved from them.
I don’t think a zoo is the place for displays about the origins of life because I think zoos should focus on the animals that are alive today, not ancient history. Zoos should tell us all about the remarkable things that the animals displayed in the zoo can do. Let’s leave debate about what evolved from what or into what to another venue. That’s a great discussion for Sunday school or biology class, where a good portion of a semester can be devoted to various theories. For an afternoon at the zoo, let’s stick to displays that show how far a monkey can jump, what orangutans eat, how strong a gorilla is, and what other amazing things each of these animals can do.
When zoos veer off onto other tangents in these exhibits, it feels like an old episode of Dick Cavett where Gloria Swanson, Margot Kidder, and Janis Joplin are on…but it’s BizarroWorld so instead of asking any of them interesting questions about themselves, Cavett (in this alternate reality) instead decides to read the phone book. Could you imagine that? Gloria Swanson (aka, Norma Desmond). Margot Kidder (aka, Lois Lane). Janis Joplin (aka, Founding Member of Club 27). Right there, on his set…but instead of having one of the most fascinating conversations ever with three iconic people who were as different as night and day (and day, I guess), just imagine if Cavett had instead decided to begin somewhere in the “Ds” and recite an endless list of names and numbers (when no one asked him to do that). Wouldn’t that be horrifically disappointing?
This is how I feel when walking through a zoo and instead of telling us anything about the amazing creatures on display the zoo decides instead to either tell us that we’re nothing but relatively hairless monkeys or guilt trip us with another lecture about how humans are the bane of the planet and that we’re all DOOMED because the Anthropogenic Apocalypse is nigh.
There are orangutans at the Brookfield Zoo. There are gorillas too. They have all sorts of amazing monkeys I’ve never seen before and don’t know the names of. That’s partly because instead of having any information about them, instead Brookfield thought it was more important to have pictures of a little blonde haired white boy sitting on his haunches exactly like a monkey (who is squatting beside him).
What sinfully missed opportunities and poor judgment by the Zoo’s management team.
Megan Fox and I have been working on a few projects under the banner of “Story Time Digital Media”; one of those is a study of the museums and cultural institutions in Chicago to see what sort of subtle bias exists in what’s being put in front of the children here. Our theory is that even well-meaning places (like the Brookfield Zoo) end up with exhibits that push the Left’s agenda because people hired as Directors slip these things in whenever they can. Most people don’t even notice them.
The 1990s and 2000s seemed to have been the zenith for this sort of sneaky propaganda. All of the faded, mostly-ignored exhibits from that era have a lot of bias in them…this was the height of Al Gore’s popularity and the whole “Inconvenient Truth” bandwagon. None of these things have been updated much in recent years and new exhibits built around Chicago don’t seem to contain this garbage (that we’ve seen so far, at least). I’m fascinated by this.
Megan and I are working on putting together our first documentary film on the subject, with a companion book of essays, and these YouTube clips are the first step towards that. What we’re interested in is taking a look at places we remember from childhood as being propaganda-free…and then looking at what happened to them in the 1990s and 2000s when people in our age cohort were no longer paying attention to these places. When I was in my 20s and early 30s, I didn’t go to zoos or museums much. I certainly didn’t go as often as I did when I was a kid.
Now that my friends all have children who are zoo-going age and I take my godchildren to these places, too, I’m floored by how much the marketing and branding has changed. The Brookfield Zoo, in particular, is very focused on teaching little kids that humans are bad and are a blight on the planet. That’s not the sort of zoo experience I had as a child going to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
This “Adventures with Agua” exhibit (that the Illinois EPA installed at the zoo) is the craziest thing I have seen in a long time. It is a religious experience for the Left. In this exhibit, you can:
* self-flagellate for being a “bad person” for wasting water and making the planet sad
* learn the 35 New Commandments for being a “good person” by never washing your face, always wearing dirty clothes, and never taking vacations anywhere far away (unless you are one of the elites on the Left…and then no rules apply to you)
* purchase carbon credit and water indulgences to make up for past sins
* accept the reality that the game is rigged and you can never really become a “good person”, because no matter what you do you will never, ever do enough to save the planet since we are all doomed and the Anthropogenic Apocalypse is nigh
It’s all so crazy.
When I was a kid and my parents would take me to the zoo, I would learn so many cool things about animals that I was beside myself the whole car ride home. I just couldn’t wait to take out my markers and paper and draw pictures of the animals and I would beg for books on the animals and to learn more about them. The zoos got me so fired up that for a number of years I wanted to be a zookeeper or paleontologist when I grew up. The zoos hit a home run with my imagination.
Does this “Adventures with Agua” do that for kids today?
Do children listening to the zoos’ “humans are bad” garbage come home excited to learn about the animals?
I don’t think so. I imagine some kids even walk away from the zoo resenting the animals, since every exhibit seems determined to guilt trip the children into thinking they are responsible for these animals dying. At some point, if you are told over and over again that you are responsible for all the misery and suffering of a certain thing…then you resent that thing, because if that thing no longer existed then you would not have to listen to how bad you are for being responsible for harming that thing.
What an epic fail the Brookfield Zoo is.
Are zoos where you live like this too?
Since the audit we did of the Field Museum upset the Left so much, Megan Fox and I decided to travel to the Brookfield Zoo in the Chicago suburbs to see what propaganda lurked there. What we’re looking for during these museum audits includes displays at the zoo that:
(1) Teach children that humans are bad and are destroying the planet.
(2) Guilt trips about how “fragile” all the animals are and how everything that people do kills animals (which makes humans bad). Even looking at an animal for too long can kill it. Breathing in an animal’s general direction can kill it. Getting out of bed in the morning kills tons of animals. Etc.
(3) Ego trips about how only the Left knows how to live and how the white elites of the West should dictate how the brown and black people in other countries live (there’s a lot of that in these displays). You wouldn’t believe how much neocolonial nonsense the Left spouts, where these elite preach about what businesses should or should not be allowed to exist in Asian and African countries. That always makes me wonder if the elites have investments in Western companies that produce those products…so the animals are really being used as propaganda chips to keep industries from developing in Asia and Africa that would compete with existing companies that have monopolies today.
What’s with all the propaganda?
Zoos weren’t like this when I was a kid. At least the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, the Toledo Zoo, and the Cincinnati Zoo back in Ohio weren’t like this. But for some reason the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago is just chock full of propaganda here in 2014. Unsuspecting families who go there expecting a fun time with their children where they would learn a few things about cool animals come away disappointed: because instead of providing facts about the animals in the exhibits, the Zoo uses that space to teach kids that the Anthropogenic Apocalypse is coming and that we’re all doomed. DOOOOOOOMED!, they say.
There’s also a lot of weirdness where the Left indoctrinates the children into the cult of carbon credit indulgences and other bizarre cultist things they can do as penance to become “good people”. Exhibits that should be teaching the kids about the amazing things that animals can do instead tell the kids that only if they go home and throw away all food with palm oil in it and yell at their parents to never buy anything with palm oil as an ingredient then — and only then — will they be “good people”. But, even that won’t save the planet…because we’re all DOOOMED.
And it’s probably happening in your local zoo too. Have you noticed it? Why do zoos have to be like this now?
Why can’t zoos just focus on educating kids on the wonders of the natural world?
If the goal of the zoo is to promote conservation, I don’t understand the weird guilt trips and the apocalypse hysteria. Consider this:
* The Brookfield Zoo’s tactic is to beat children over the head with propaganda that tells them that humans are bad, that their parents are bad, and that all animals are fragile and that just about everything that people do kills these animals and soon there will be no animals left and the planet will explode and we’ll all be dead. Is that supposed to encourage the children to grow up to love these animals and want to protect them? I don’t think the people behind this marketing/indoctrination program have ever worked with children. So…the Zoo succeeds in being depressing and becomes a place that kids don’t really want to go, because it’s so doom and gloom and sad there. And the kids leave not learning anything about animals, but instead go home feeling hopeless and possibly even suicidal. How does this benefit the animals or nature?
* The zoos have been engaged in this doom and gloom propaganda for probably 20 years now. Has it made the situation better? Have animals been saved because a whole generation of children was taught to hate themselves and believe that the planet is fragile and will be destroyed at any moment? Has this propaganda made things better?
* Remember back in the 80s and 90s? Zoos were fun places that inspired imagination. Remember going to a zoo on a field trip? That was easily the highlight of the entire school year. It was fun. We learned about the amazing things that the animals could do. When we got back to our desks we couldn’t wait to take out our markers and paper and draw pictures of the new animals we “discovered” and the things we learned about them. There was absolutely zero talk about the apocalypse or about humans being bad. Humans were celebrated as the caretakers of all these wonderful creatures…and people were never depicted as infectious parasites that are destroying the planet.
There is a real sickness in the Left. The Leftists have a suicidal impulse that wants to collapse civilization and eradicate humans. Sadly, they don’t want to start with themselves (which would solve the problem).
At some point, isn’t it time to take a look at what the zoos are doing and ask them why they don’t go back to doing things the way they used to do them…seeing as how this “humans are bad” push hasn’t made anything better in the last 20 years since they started it?
Did you happen to stumble on the viral Internet sensation that was my friend Megan Fox’s audit of the Field Museum last month?
This was an interesting experience, because one trip to the museum asking questions about some of the things posted in the displays ended up causing the Left to have a complete meltdown. Megan and I have been working on a few book projects, with one of them focusing on the propaganda put in front of children in places like the Field Museum here in Chicago.
The museum’s “Evolving Earth” exhibit is dusty and poorly-maintained. A lot of the displays have “facts” in them that are outdated by many years. Some of the displays have contradictions within just a few paragraphs. Others show artistic depictions of animals that are wildly off…but, again, the exhibits have not been updated in a decade or more. Yet, this is what they’re teaching all the school children that are paraded through this exhibit every day en route to the fossils (which is what the kids really want to see).
Going to Catholic school as a kid, I never was exposed to very much Creationism or speculation on the origins of life. The Garden of Eden and Genesis were covered in religion class, but only in passing. Usually, that would happen in a combined religion class/art class (or penmanship exercise)…where we would read stories about the Creation event and then draw pictures of all the animals in the Garden, the Tree of Life, etc. We spent probably a day on this every year in grade school (and no time at all on it in high school). The story of Noah’s Ark had about the same amount of classroom time.
Megan Fox is not Catholic. Like my boyfriend Justin, she’s some kind of protestant (but I never can remember which). Calvinist, Lutheran, something. It’s also part of the legacy of Catholic school that I don’t remember these things, because to me all protestants are just “protestants”. Culturally, we’re very different…and one of those differences is how little I care about how life started on this planet.
I find that I care about this as much as I care about whatever happened to Amelia Earhart or whatever happened to Alexander the Great’s tomb. Would it be nice to know the truth? Sure. Would it make an exciting detective story or Indiana Jones-type movie, centered on solving these great mysteries once and for all? Definitely. But I don’t lose sleep over these things.
Growing up Catholic, there was no time spent by the nuns who taught me in grade school wondering if dinosaurs were on Noah’s Ark. Noah’s Ark was one of the Bible stories used to inspire us to draw really pretty pictures during art class. I don’t recall any of my classmates drawing dinosaurs, but I do remember a girl named Melissa putting two unicorns on the gangplank leading into the Ark and Sister Mary Howard (probably the scariest and meanest of all nuns) didn’t bat an eye at that. This was a nun who would smack kids upside the head for coloring ousted the lines…but she didn’t care if unicorns were included in the Ark scene.
I think that’s just because for Catholics the list of what was on the Ark or wasn’t on the Ark…or what was real or what wasn’t real…didn’t matter as much as it does to protestants (or, I’ve come to discover, to self-proclaimed atheists).
What inspired this new book project with Megan was a trip she took last year to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, where a docent became apoplectic when Megan referred to one of the fossil skulls in the exhibit as a “dragon”. Because to her it looked just like a dragon from a fantasy movie. The docent — no doubt an Obama-voting leftist — just couldn’t stand that a mom with her kids called a fossil skull “a dragon” and practically pushed other museum-goers down in her rush to correct Megan. “That’s not a dragon. It’s a dinosaur. Don’t call it a dragon,” the Docent commanded. Megan reacted the same way I do whenever the word-police are dispatched by the Left: she called it a dragon repeatedly until the Docent shriveled to the floor like Margaret Hamilton meeting a pail of water.
The brittleness of the ideological Left always amuses me.
And I am thankful that these lunatics always so clearly telegraph what upsets them. I know I am onto something when they react hysterically to anything that I do, or friends of mine in the good guy ranks like Megan do. If calling dinosaurs by the word “dragons” upsets the Left, then I think that’s something we all need to start doing. When the Left is emotionally upset and raging about something ridiculous, then it can’t be firing on all cylinders in its attempts to destroy our country.
That video tour Megan and I made of the Field Museum has something like 1.2 million hits on YouTube now. It upset the Left so much that Megan’s been receiving a steady stream of death and rape threats from people who claim they are employees of the Field Museum or the museum’s supporters. All because she asked questions about some of the poorly-made displays in the museum and used the word “dragons” for the reconstructed creatures on display.
Incidentally, when I lived in China I would hear the word “dragon” all the time when someone meant to say “dinosaur”. I taught English in Beijing and corrected the “Engrish” writings of Chinese business people and the dinosaur/dragon thing happened all the time. It’s because Chinese people call all fossils “dragon bones”, as there’s no word exactly like “fossil”. Chinese is an idiomatic language and when they say “dragon bones” they mean any ancient creature whose remains are found in the ground. They capture more of the wonder of such a discovery by saying they are “dragon bones”, as opposed to our dry, clinical word such as “fossil”.
It’s an interesting question to ask if whether the word “dinosaur” — literally meaning “terrible lizard” — is the best term to use for the astounding beasts of our planet’s past. Were they really “terrible lizards”? Terrible, here, means more “awesome”…like how “Ivan the Terrible” is better translated as “Ivan the Awe-inspiring” or “Ivan the Awesome”. There’s nothing “terrible” about dinosaurs. And there’s nothing really lizard-like either. That’s a 1950s way of looking at these creatures, as if they were lumbering, slow-moving, behemoths always being trapped in tar or drowned in lava in bad murals that decorated the cinder block walls of Cleveland’s natural history museum (all seven rooms of it) back when I was a kid.
I like that Megan Fox calls these creatures “dragons”. And not just because it upsets the Left so much. I like that Chinese people call them “dragons” as well, even though they (and Megan) aren’t implying these creatures ever breathed fire. They are truly marvelous creatures to wonder about…to speculate about…and to discuss.
I’m looking forward to sharing with you more of our audits of the museums of Chicago and updating you on some of the other projects that Megan Fox and I have been working on with our Story Time Digital Media production company. I hope you check us out on YouTube, here: www.YouTube.com/IntolerantFox
Also follow along on the Facebook account we have setup for Story Time, too: https://www.facebook.com/MeganFoxWriter
It’s a learning process and quite the adventure to be directing and producing videos like this. As someone who is not the best with technology, I’m amazed that Megan and I were able to upset the Left so much with our first foray into the medium…but clearly the word “dragon” is a magical word that rings some kind of bell with these lunatics.
The following is a conversation with a welfare mother who called in to a radio show. If you haven’t heard it, you must listen. The woman describes how she can smoke marijuana, sit around doing nothing all day, and the checks come every month. Words cannot adequately describe, you must hear it for yourself.
UPDATE: A reader discovered a source saying this was false. Not exactly a hoax, but apparently the woman called back again and said she had been on welfare, but was off it, and was incensed others didn’t do the same. Also that she invented the original story to raise awareness. Now I am left wondering if the retraction is true, or merely the result of worrying that some government official would come after her now that she embarrassed the system. A person who has been on welfare and successfully gotten off it could surely come up with better ways to raise awareness for the PROS and CONS of welfare than by concocting a story which only highlights the CONS of the system.
If any body else finds more to this story, let me know.
Video after the jump because it auto-plays.
To this day, I’m unsure if the mother of one of my college friends was actually a KGB operative in the 1980s and early 90s.
The woman was a gorgeous former ballerina with long, velvety red hair who grew up in Soviet-controlled Poland and emigrated to the US, ultimately becoming a flight attendant for Pan Am back when that job was still pretty much the equivalent of being a supermodel. She’d vanish here and there for long periods, and whenever she’d resurface it would be in remarkable proximity to some Cold War-related event that just happened to explode in the news as she was setting her bags back in her closet from her return flight home. After Gorbachev’s toppling and the subsequent dismantling of the former “Evil Empire”, she sort of lost her zip and drive…and seemed permanently disappointed . She stopped flying soon after that…and was honestly never quite the same.
This is all one of those in-jokes amongst my college friends, and has been for years…with us speculating as to whether or not this woman really was a KGB field agent operating under a flight attendant’s cover. Usually, when we’d get on the subject, we’d ultimately decide that “Nah, she couldn’t be. Someone would have put it together. But she sure SEEMS like she could have been KGB. But, NAH…” It didn’t help, of course, that whenever asked about it (in a roundabout way) she’d either be evasive…or would firmly deny it, but with a quick wink at the end that she’d ALSO deny was anything other than “just a blink”.
There’s a new show on F/X that’s well worth your time, called The Americans. It stars the woman who played “Felicity” — back when America was enthralled with her hair (until she cut it and destroyed so many psyches) — and the guy who played Sally Field’s gay son on Brothers & Sisters (obviously, he was one of the brothers, but he ended up with a better guy than any of the sisters…and I’m not just saying that because the character “Scotty” totally reminds me of my own boyfriend, Justin, and some people say I look like this actor). The two of them are KGB agents who were selected for a longterm, deep cover operation in suburban Washington where they pose as a husband and wife team…complete with children who have absolutely no idea that their parents are Russian spies. Kind of, maybe, like my college friend (we think).
The Americans is set in 1981, which is an awful lot of fun for me to watch as it’s just shy of the earliest period I can remember in life. I was around 4 or so when Ronald Reagan was shot, and I don’t remember a thing about the assassination attempt or his recovery. I can remember the 1984 presidential election…but anything earlier than that is just memories of school and family vacations and birthday parties. So, in a way, shows like The Americans kind of fill in missing memories for me of a time when I was alive but just not paying attention to the world outside my little bubble in Cleveland.
I have a strict rule for any show, in that I don’t recommend it to someone else unless I’ve seen three or four episodes and it holds up. A lot of shows have great pilot episodes…but then no follow through or real course ahead. The Americans is fascinating…and just gets better as the episodes progress.
It’s interesting to see Felicity and the Gay Brother ducking down to their laundry room to send coded messages to their handlers…while a few doors away there’s actually an FBI agent and his family who just recently moved in…and the big mystery of this season, for me, is whether that FBI guy really knows these people are spies and that’s why he moved there. It could all be a big coincidence, and the FBI guy might ultimately figure things out…or he could go the entire series without ever having a clue. I love a show that has so much room to twist and turn.
And I also like how the show very much reminds me of trying to figure out if my friend’s mother was a KGB agent…or if she really was just a flight attendant who enjoyed messing with people.
I also sort of nostalgically miss the Cold War, because everything seemed so much simpler back then. Some people like to say “we were all so afraid of nuclear war”, but I don’t remember the 1980s like that. I never had any fear of a nuclear strike because I knew that if the Russians were dumb enough to hit us they’d just seal their own doom. That mutually-assured destruction policy made me sleep easy at night.
It’s such a far cry from today, where the great enemy of our nation (and the West in general) is “the religion of peace” that is Islam, which is neither a religion nor peaceful. Islam is a militarized death cult patiently waging a clandestine, guerrilla war for world domination…and the Ministry of Truth that is our national media gleefully runs cover for them. Hollywood won’t use Muslims as villains even in movies with terrorist-takeover themes…instead employing North Koreans as, supposedly, the biggest threat to civilization today. Ridiculous.
I miss the days when our enemy was rational, sane, and afraid of retaliation from us. With Islam, not only are our enemies insane and motivated by pure hate…but they know we will never hit them back. New York and Washington DC are hit with major terrorist attacks…and, yet, Mecca and Medina sat unscathed. The Soviets knew if they ever pulled a stunt like 9/11 that Moscow and St. Petersburg would have been parking lots.
We’re in this weird holding pattern with Islam where far too many people are scared to death of speaking the truth about “the religion of peace”…in much the same way that the cowards of the 1930s were terrified of saying anything bad about the new regime in Berlin and the lunatic who was calling the shots there. It’s so much scarier living in Chicago in the year 2013 than it was being a kid in Cleveland in the 1980s because today could be the day that Muslims decide to bring jihad to the shores of Lake Michigan and blow something up in spectacular fashion…when I never for even one day ever thought that the Soviets would ever send a missile into the Midwest.
I really think you’d get something interesting out of watching The Americans. I like it so much that I bought one of those season passes from Amazon Instant Video, which I rarely ever do. With most things, I just wait until Netflix gets the show or I read the recaps that people do of programs that are on cable. Hulu had a few episodes of The Americans but it stopped getting the new ones…and so I signed up for the Amazon pass. It’s totally worth the $2/episode they charge because I end up watching the episodes several times.
It’s very rare for Justin to watch a show with me because he has a touch of ADD and it’s hard for him to sit through a TV program…but he’ll walk through the living room when I have The Americans on and he’ll get mesmerized…and then, of course, he’ll spend the rest of the episode asking me questions about everything that’s happening (which is a Justin trademark).
I really can’t say enough good about this show or the fascinating things I learn or end up thinking about after watching it. I really hope at some point they have a character on it who is a flight attendant for Pan Am…based on a certain person I know…so I can say “I KNEW IT!” and think of someone winking at her TV wherever she’s now retired.
QUESTION for COMMENTS: Have you seen this show too? If so, what do you think of it?
Have You Ever Seen Changeling? It’s actually worth your valuable time (and really inspirational too).
The movie Changeling is not the 70s horror flick with George C. Scott and the ghost boy in the wheelchair (that would be The Changeling…and it scared the bejeebus out of me as a little kid…because apparently the addition of an extra three letters equals pure terror).
In 2008, Angelina Jolie starred in Changeling and I purposefully avoided seeing it in theaters because I’ve long believed Angelina Jolie is a cuckoo-bird. She wore a vial of her brother’s blood around her neck for a while, apparently dated him around the time she won her Oscar, and then stole Brad Pitt from Rachel from Friends. Being gay, I’ve never understood her sex appeal…but instead thought she was trash for participating in adultery. While I typically enjoy movies set in the 1920s and am fascinated by stories based on real-events, I just couldn’t get beyond my dislike for the actress to see this movie when it was new…and in years since I honestly never encountered it on DVD or on Netflix or even thought of it again.
But, while I was sick this last month I watched a lot of movies on Amazon Instant Video and somehow accidentally ordered Changeling when I probably wanted The Changeling…and so felt obliged to let the movie play, regardless of Angelin’a presence.
I’m truly glad that I did because not only was Angelina very good in the role (and gorgeous, too, incidentally…looking spot-on perfect as a woman in the 1920s without a vial of her brother’s blood in sight) but the story itself introduced me to two new American heroes in the form of Christine Collins and the Reverend Gustav Briegleb.
Collins (portrayed by Jolie in the film) was a mother whose young son went missing around 1927 in Los Angeles while she was away at work. The Los Angeles Police Department was the most corrupt in the world at the time and decided it wanted some good publicity…so they shipped in a runaway boy they found in Illinois and tried to pass him off as Collins’ son Walter. When Collins insisted that this stranger was not her son, the police ultimately decided to lock her up in a mental ward to shut her up so they wouldn’t have any more bad press over the fiasco. It’s so sad to admit it, but this is the sort of thing I can honestly see happening here in Chicago with Rahm Emanuel as Mayor and Democrats running the Justice Department nationwide.
Briegleb was a man with a radio show at the time who realized what happened to Collins and vowed to broadcast every day on the subject until everyone in listening range was riled up against the police for their abuse of power. He did just that…and ultimately forced Collins’ release. Watching the movie, he seemed to be the Andrew Breitbart of his day…which made me doubly sad because neither he nor Andrew are around anymore.
After Briegleb rescued her, Collins went after the police, sued the primary guy responsible for what happened to her, and kept suing him again and again through the years trying to force him to pay her the judgement she was awarded (which would have been about $400,000 adjusted for inflation). Someone with this sort of tenacity is amazing here in 2013…let alone in 1927 in Los Angeles…when no doubt most of her peers were terrified of being killed by those crooked cops in a “traffic accident” or “robbery” or something.
The movie could have been a gruesome, scary, serial killer story…but instead it was a very inspirational tale of a woman who just would not be broken and one who never gave up on finding her son. Christine Collins was absolutely amazing. I really hope that if I ever had a kid I’d fight for him or her as much as Collins waged all-out-war for hers.
I enjoyed the movie so much that I spent a few days researching what happened to everyone after the story told in the film ended. True to form, Christine Collins spent the rest of her life looking for her son. She lived until 1964 and apparently had to use aliases and change her name here and there because people affiliated with the crooked cops kept bothering her…even decades later. But, still she kept up her battle against the bad guys. And she never gave up hope that her son was still out there somewhere. Gustav Briegleb kept calling out the crooked police until the day that he died…and together with Collins he so embarrassed the City of Los Angeles that new laws had to be passed to prevent the police from ever again having the ability to just throw someone in a mental ward when they wanted to silence the person.
2013 is really starting out to be a bleak year and though the Ministry of Truth that is our national media won’t admit the obvious, we really are in an economic Depression. Things will get much, much worse in the days ahead as all of the many taxes prescribed by Obamacare drive companies out of business or force massive layoffs. Simultaneously, never in our lifetimes have we had so many people in government who believe they can do whatever they want to people and that they are answerable to no one. It all feels very reminiscent to Los Angeles in the late-1920s when Collins and Breigleb fought back.
I think a lot of you out there are going to be fighting back in your own ways in the years ahead. I hope you never go through anything like what happened to Collins…but in whatever challenges you do face I do hope you never give up, never surrender, and that you always speak truth to power. People today are scared of our government and the power it wields…and some are even afraid of being “disappeared” somewhere because they oppose what the Left is doing to the country (and what it will do in the next four years).
What I liked most about the movie Changeling is that it illustrates there is indeed an alternative to being too afraid to take on the “big guys” or the all-powerful government. I’m sure Collins was scared…and Angelina depicted her as being unsure what to do at times…but she would not let those monsters break her.
And in the end it was actually she who embarrassed and broke them.
What a great movie this ended up being…so good that I ended up doing something I almost never do and I bought the DVD so that I can watch it again one day when Justin’s home too.
It really is worth your valuable time the next night you want to put something on your video screen.
Why is the media pretending Ann Coulter’s new book Mugged doesn’t exist? — Listen LIVE at 1030pm CST
What: The HillBuzz & Mrs. Fox Show
When: 1030pm CST, 10/10/2012
Tonight Megan Fox and I will be talking about Ann Coulter’s new book, Mugged, and why the corrupt media is embargoing all talk about it.
What are they scared of?
What don’t they want you to know about?
Interviewing John Groom and Ann Coulter tonight: listen LIVE 6pm CST on “Through the Mirror” Wednesday 10/10/2012
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Tonight I’m on with Larry Sinclair interviewing Ann Coulter about her new book Mugged.
She’ll be on at 6pm, so please chime in below in comments with any questions you’d like me to ask her if I get the chance. Click HERE to listen to Ann Coulter on the show at 6pm CST!
The book is fantastic — her best one yet — because it really clobbers the Left for consistently using black people as pawns and inventing false charges of racism to push through their political agenda.
White people’s intense, irrational fear of being called “racists” has allowed the Left to get away with a great deal…particularly in the last four years. Ann argues it’s time to stop being afraid of the Jesse Jacksons, Al Sharptons, and other race-baiters of the world and I agree with her.
This is going to be a fun show for me because I’ve always admired Ann’s courage and her fearless ability to take on the Left every day of her life. Anyone who can send lefties into apoplectic fits at the mere mention of her name must be doing something right in my opinion.
TUNE in at 6pm CST tonight to listen to Ann Coulter on “Through the Mirror” – I’m guest-hosting again for Larry Sinclair but he’s actually going to appear to talk to Ann Coulter as well so it is guaranteed to be an interesting and memorable time on the radio. Ann Coulter, Larry Sinclair, and me — oh my!
[ Click above to checkout $1.4 Billion Man on Amazon]
Earlier in the program, starting at 5pm CST, I’m going to interview John F. Groom about his new book $1.4 Billion Man. That’s the staggering sum spent on the Obama family to maintain their level of luxury in the White House!
You’re not going to want to miss that, because Groom is the guy who has painstakingly poured through records and obtained FOIA documents to determine where tax money is spent to support a lavish lifestyle for the Obamas; he looks at spending under other presidents too, but it’s particularly important between now and the election to make sure the public knows exactly how high on the hog the Obamas have been living on YOUR dime.
It’s a great two hours of radio tonight that starts with John F. Groom at 5pm and continues with Ann Coulter at 6pm.