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MAO MOCKED

A New Zealand-based Chinese academic schools his zombie students:

Mr Li is flabbergasted Chinese students spoke so reverently of Mao, glossing over his murderous regime and comparing him with Jesus Christ, as they protested the lampooning of him on the cover of a student newspaper this week.

He said students have been brainwashed by the Chinese government, which keeps the education sector and media under tight control.

“Mao is depicted as a genius. He was a genius - an evil genius, like Hitler,” Mr Li said yesterday.

“Seventy million people died because of his cruel and stupid rule.”

Extra points to Mr. Li for identifying Mao’s rule as “stupid”. This is something that routinely escapes stupid historians.

(Via Kiwi Jack)

Posted by Tim B. on 05/20/2006 at 10:56 AM
  1. I’m almost certain, Mr. Dong Li has turned down all those Chinese Government offers, to return home.

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 05 20 at 11:29 AM • permalink

  2. give the man a medal - & some protection from the chinese version of bulgarian umbrellas

    Posted by KK on 2006 05 20 at 12:06 PM • permalink

  3. One great leap forward, two great leaps back…

    Posted by slammer on 2006 05 20 at 12:19 PM • permalink

  4. At least the Chinese students have an excuse. They were educated under one of the most repressive regimes on earth, with all of their textbooks approved by the government. Our own students, with their Che t-shirts and Che posters have no problem idolizing a brutal mass murderer, and no excuse.

    Posted by ErnieG on 2006 05 20 at 12:20 PM • permalink

  5. An index on the the front page in Saturday’s South China Morning Post says “Millions were swept up in the fervour of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution.  But for China to grow, it must reject Mao and his legacy.”  The photos and op-ed are buried in pages 7, 12 & 13.  I don’t think much is thought of Mao here in Hong Kong.

    Posted by Stevo on 2006 05 20 at 12:33 PM • permalink

  6. Stevo, Are you living in HK?  How’d you acclimate?  About 3 days and I have to get out of there.

    Posted by lmassie on 2006 05 20 at 12:41 PM • permalink

  7. #6 lmassie:
    I’m here until October.  I’m loving it.  An ex-pat colleague of 11 years here has called it 11 summers!  I’m in an apartment in Causeway Bay, just 200m from the office.  Sounds like you visit here.  The heat hasn’t really hit, and the typhoon just missed Honkers.

    Posted by Stevo on 2006 05 20 at 12:58 PM • permalink

  8. Stevo, you must be a night owl.
    I’ve a mate named Igor who used to live in HK.  He loved it.  Ran the Hash.
    I get there often as I fly from the States to Perth several times a year.  Going through again end of June, but just a layover.  Usually stay in the Charterhouse Hotel in Wan Chi. Do like the place but after 3 days the hustle and bustle gets to me.  That and not having anything to do but eat and shop.  Gets old.  Same problem in Sydney, but Sydney has Bondi and topless girls.

    Posted by lmassie on 2006 05 20 at 02:51 PM • permalink

  9. The great banana forward song

    Ma-o, Maa-aa-aa-o
    Day de light and I wanna go home

    Posted by rhhardin on 2006 05 20 at 06:22 PM • permalink

  10. Ran the hash. Explain please.

    Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 05 20 at 07:42 PM • permalink

  11. Ran the Hash - is that Hash House Harriets?
    Strewth, they are everywhere (I know of them as my Aunt and Uncle lived in Port Moresby for a couple of years, he worked at POM Tech).

    Posted by kae on 2006 05 20 at 08:03 PM • permalink

  12. Hash House Harriets?  Is that a feminist splinter group of the Hash House Harriers?

    Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 05 20 at 09:29 PM • permalink

  13. Don’t forget the cannibalism during the engineered famines.

    Posted by Daniel San on 2006 05 20 at 11:24 PM • permalink

  14. Oh, we won’t.

    Posted by jgm on 2006 05 21 at 01:56 AM • permalink

  15. Mao says: “Swap children, eat well”.

    “Yi zi er shi”, 1,  2,  3, 4.

    Posted by nofixedabode on 2006 05 21 at 04:11 AM • permalink

  16. #14 and #15,
    Thanks for the links, it was grim reading, until I got to the part about the weathermen blowing themselves up!.Bwahahahahahahaha!.

    Posted by Daniel San on 2006 05 21 at 04:29 AM • permalink

  17. You’re welcome. Yes, grim. Sometimes I envy the blissful ignorance in which the moonbats dwell!

    Posted by nofixedabode on 2006 05 21 at 04:44 AM • permalink

  18. This is something that routinely escapes stupid historians.

    Name one.

    Posted by mhar4 on 2006 05 21 at 05:06 PM • permalink

  19. #8 lmassie:
    Yep, a night owl, watching James Bond movies on widescreen cable.  I have neither back in Sydney.  007 movies are corny.  Nothing about Mao in the paper yesterday, although HK was British ruled back then.  Charterhouse Hotel is closer to Causeway Bay than Wan Chai.  I’m at Lanson Place, only about 4 months new.

    Posted by Stevo on 2006 05 21 at 05:17 PM • permalink

  20. Oh, now now, please, please, please,let’s become a communist country! Bing Lee tv king could be our new political leader here.

    Besides, the green coats and caps are in fashion.

    Posted by 1.618 on 2006 05 21 at 06:37 PM • permalink

  21. p.s. Do communist Chinese-New Zealand-migrant-soon to be Australian civilians, like playing with sheep?

    Posted by 1.618 on 2006 05 21 at 06:38 PM • permalink

  22. #18 There are too many to name, unfortunately.  Obviously, mhar4 was not around in the universities of the late 60s and mid 70s when history students were indoctrinated in the ‘noble’ experiments of Mao, who was thought to be revolutionising socialism, instead of burying it under millions of Chinese bodies.
    No propaganda from China in those years was thought too rich to be swallowed whole by an academic Western left, disillusioned by the reality of the Czechoslovakia invasion.

    Mao dined out on these very stupid teachers for twenty years.

    Posted by Barrie on 2006 05 21 at 06:41 PM • permalink

  23. #18, mhar4:

    This is something that routinely escapes stupid historians.

    Name one.

    mhar4, are you saying that there is no such thing as a stupid historian?  That’s a very far stretch; any profession or trade has a certain number of stupid people, simply through a Bell curve distrubution if nothing else. 

    Or are you asking because you are an
    historian yourself?  And perhaps feel professionally insulted?  If so, grow a thicker skin.

    In either case, I’ll offer a definition of a stupid historian, and we can see how historians fit:  Someone who rewrites history to reflect their personal values or political values without regard to actual historical events.

    As an example, historians who depict Mao so some sort of saint, when in fact he contributed greatly to Communism’s body count of 100 million victims in the 20th century.  Pol Pot comes to mind as well.  And Stalin. 

    Your turn.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 05 21 at 09:14 PM • permalink

  24. Jeffs, Barrie:

    I’m unfortunately not old enough to have been at school or university in the 60s or 70s, but I’d really love to know any modern historian who eulogises Mao or Stalin.

    My memory of school is a video on the dictators which described Stalin killing millions, and Mao killing tens of millions through induced famine. 

    I’ve never read a history which denies this; the closest I’ve seen is WWII historians (e.g. Winston Churchill) who considered Stalin’s brutality during WWII to some small degree justified given the foe the allies were facing.  I know of no-one who excuses or denies the post war terror.

    For instance, judging from titles and prefaces, all the books in the University of Sydney library on the Chinese famine and the Ukranian famine are supportive of the idea that they were caused by Mao and Stalin’s deliberate policy, and killed a great many innocents.  I know this isn’t a great research methodology (it’s only 5 big, and I’m judging the Ukranian one just from its title), but it’s something.

    So which historians? I’ve looked, and not found any. Names please, and a book somewhere in an Australian library; if I’ve time I’ll go and have a read.

    Posted by Patrick Caldon on 2006 05 21 at 10:58 PM • permalink

  25. Patrick, try William Mandel and Howard Zinn.

    Posted by Achillea on 2006 05 21 at 11:05 PM • permalink

  26. @18 “Name one.”

    OK.  Stupid historians?  I can name some.

    John K. Fairbank, enthusiastic apologist for Mao.

    If we wanted to expand beyond the confines of apologists for Mao and his murderous Chinese Commies we could name Jerry Hough, who rewrote “Smolensk Under Soviet Rule” into a paean to the Brave New Soviet Society, thus turning a useful book of scholarship into a mess of propaganda lies.  He also thinks that Stalin’s Purges of the late 1930s killed about 10,000 people, which is off by at least two orders of magnitude in the numbers outright shot, let alone the millions who later died in the camps.

    There is also J. Arch Getty, who also belittled the casulaties of the Purges and extolled the wonderfulness of Commie rule in Russia.

    I suppose one could argue that these guys are not stupid, just dishonest liars, academic Walter Durantys.  I won’t object.

    Do you begin to see a pattern here to the stupidity and dishonesty of certain historians?  Why they must be real historians, and not just biassed propaganda liars, for they have tenured chairs at major universities.  That proves it, right?

    I could have added David Irving,who has written books purporting to be history books, but who is not actually considered an historian, except by moonbats, and who never had a faculty position.  He does qualify under the stupid and dishonest catagories, however.  Being a Nazi apologist will do that to you, just as surely as being a Commie apologist will.

    Now we are seeing tenured apologists among Western lefty academics for the Islamists (e.g. Juan Cole).  So long as murderous, totalitarian swine hate freedom, liberty, capitalism, the USA, and the Jews they will never lack for tenured apologists and supporters.

    Posted by Michael Lonie on 2006 05 21 at 11:39 PM • permalink

  27. Extra points to Mr. Li for identifying Mao’s rule as “stupid”. This is something that routinely escapes stupid historians.

    #23

    Obviously I meant rountine(?!) examples of historians failing to understand the horrors of Mao’s rule. And no, Real Jeffs, I am not an historian. And indeed, if I recall, you are a big fan of Communist propaganda.

    #26

    John K. Fairbank? What are you, nuts? Among many things, in the 1950s Fairbank was an advocate for Taiwanese independence, which earned him the lifelong ire of both the ChiComs and the ChiNats.

    Your other examples are irrlevent.

    Posted by mhar4 on 2006 05 22 at 01:33 AM • permalink

  28. #24 and #27
    Patrick, I define a ‘modern historian’ as someone writing about contemporary events and teaching students attitudes towards them.  This is exactly what Maoist historians did in the 60s and 70s, and many of them are still around today; though one or two might have publicly recanted, most just ignore their own past.
    I vividly recall a raving English historian claiming that Mao was ‘creating a New Man’in China about 1970.  It shouldn’t be hard to find such books even today.
    It is the unwillingness of such marxist historians to admit they were stupid and wrong that is so sickening.  The recent stupid attacks on Keith Windschuttle are an Australian case in point.

    mhar4:  Michael is showing you a continuing trend in leftist teachers, and their close similarity with old fascist/marxist ones -why don’t you notice this, and learn?

    Posted by Barrie on 2006 05 22 at 02:23 AM • permalink

  29. #28

    You just have no idea what you are talking about.

    Posted by mhar4 on 2006 05 22 at 02:38 AM • permalink

  30. It is the unwillingness of such marxist historians to admit they were stupid and wrong that is so sickening.

    You’re so full of it. Give me one example of John Howard unequivocally condemning China’s current human rights record. He never has, and that’s sickening.

    Posted by mhar4 on 2006 05 22 at 04:06 AM • permalink

  31. Mr Li our Austrayan arms are open to you ..don’t waste your breath in Helengrad -come’n join Strayans Down Under…

    Posted by crash on 2006 05 22 at 08:22 AM • permalink

  32. And no, Real Jeffs, I am not an historian. And indeed, if I recall, you are a big fan of Communist propaganda.

    Tsk, tsk, mhar4.  You recall wrong.  I enjoyed a Chinese movie that you consider Communist propaganda.  There’s a difference.  (Hint: I reviewed Tim’s archives to see what the fuck you were talking about.  You might try that sometime.)

    OK, you’re not a historian, which I inferred from your web site which includes, oddly enough, a fair amount of history.  My bad.

    But you didn’t respond to the first part of my original point:

    mhar4, are you saying that there is no such thing as a stupid historian?  That’s a very far stretch; any profession or trade has a certain number of stupid people, simply through a Bell curve distrubution if nothing else. 

    Instead, you indulged in ad hominem attacks.  Wotta surprise.  For someone who is not a historian, you are awfully defensive of them.

    You just have no idea what you are talking about.

    Such a brilliant and literate response!  What a compelling argument!  I’m so impressed. 

    You’re so full of it. Give me one example of John Howard unequivocally condemning China’s current human rights record. He never has, and that’s sickening.

    Well, neither has Bush, for that matter.  The State Department, so-so.  But I don’t see anyone on this thread openly supporting Chinese human rights either; indeed, I don’t ever recall anyone on this blog doing that and not being booed down.  So why the piss, mhar4? 

    I ask because YOU dropped a question requesting people to name a stupid historian.  YOU ignored the main point of the thread (i.e., Mao is not a saint).  YOU diverted the thread away from something that you later bitch about Howard not doing. 

    I don’t expect you to answer, given your performance thus far.  But you should take note that bullshit wrapped up in a diploma remains bullshit.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 05 22 at 09:53 AM • permalink

  33. Actually, the Bush administration, and Bush specifically, has a very good record on raising human rights issues with the Chinese, and he stands by Taiwan, which makes him alright by me.

    Blair has made some strong statements, too. Red Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, however, is a shameful disgrace.

    As to stupid historians, oh there are plenty, and I have worked with a few, but to return to the original point, give me one example of a historian in the last ten years who has written one positive thing about Mao, let alone “routinely”. I can’t think of any. I can think of lots of examples of great scholars, many in Australia, who have done a huge amount to expose Mao’s monstrousness and go some way to trying to understand how he was able to wreak the havoc that he did.

    Posted by mhar4 on 2006 05 22 at 10:23 AM • permalink

  34. ...give me one example of a historian in the last ten years who has written one positive thing about Mao, let alone “routinely”. I can’t think of any.

    mhar4, your original commnet was:

    This is something that routinely escapes stupid historians.

    Name one.

    You are moving the goalposts.  Granted, it’s a good move, since your original post was extremely vague.  But you get my point, I think.

    As to the last 10 years for good things about Mao…..honestly, I am hard pressed to do that for Mao.  On the other hand, empirical evidence indicates that there are historians who have recently written positive things about Mao (Read this…again).  Or at least the older books haven’t been re-written.  Historians and teachers within the Chinese government clearly are involved with this. 

    But that’s within China, isn’t it?  So, moving the goalposts myself, there are people who still say positive things about Mao’s peers outside of China.  Castro comes to mind.  Pol Pot, Che, and Stalin as well.

    As for Bush…..I’m not so keen on his stance towards China.  Yes, he does support Taiwan, but not as much as the USA used to.  There’s too much courting of Chinese business these days, partially encouraged by the Administration.  This is an economically driven stance, and I understand it.  But dealing with China leaves a sour taste in my mouth.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 05 22 at 12:19 PM • permalink

  35. What the hell are you talking about? Of course young Chinese from the mainland have a positive view of Mao. Anything else would require a serious public reassessment of China’s communist history and we all know that the CCP doesn’t countenance that because its a damned dictatorship. Anyway, it’s so much more complex that you understand. Mao is also a figure of nostalgia in China, a figure of kitch. Chinese kids download Mao images onto the mobile phones. Bizarre? Yes, but there it is. Modern China.

    But the thrust of the original post, and some of the subsequent comments, was that there are bleeding-heart idiot leftist China historians in the West who somehow routinely fail to understand or write about the horrors, stupidities and distasters of Mao and Maoism. But that is just wrong. There are not any.

    Posted by mhar4 on 2006 05 22 at 12:39 PM • permalink

  36. Tsk, tsk, mhar4.  You recall wrong.  I enjoyed a Chinese movie that you consider Communist propaganda.

    Knock yourself out.
    Hero

    Posted by mhar4 on 2006 05 22 at 01:46 PM • permalink

  37. One

    Posted by nofixedabode on 2006 05 22 at 02:36 PM • permalink

  38. Two

    Posted by nofixedabode on 2006 05 22 at 02:37 PM • permalink

  39. mhar4, you certainly are taking the piss, aren’t you?

    Mao is also a figure of nostalgia in China, a figure of kitch.

    How about all those Che Guevara t-shirts being sold in the US?  And he’s a “hero” from Cuba and South America. 

    So you think I don’t understand Mao place in popular culture?  For me, your comment was a “No shit, Sherlock!” moment.  Get a grip on reality, would you?  (That’s another thing that don’t go with diplomas, by the way.)

    And I clearly said “But that’s within China, isn’t it?”  So your faux outrage is more than a little faux.

    Really, mhar4, you’ve contributed nothing of value to this thread, other than virtually hosing the place with your testostrone. 

    Come back when you have something substantial to say on the thread topic.  All you and I are doing is talking past each other.  And pixels are far too precious a commodity to waste doing that.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 05 22 at 02:38 PM • permalink

  40. Three

    Posted by nofixedabode on 2006 05 22 at 02:44 PM • permalink

  41. So you think I don’t understand Mao place in popular culture?

    I think you don’t know the full extent of Mao’s place in popular culture in China.

    And I clearly said “But that’s within China, isn’t it?” So your faux outrage is more than a little faux.

    Come on, the whole point of the post was the supposed support for Mao among Western historians. But you haven’t told me any names.

    Posted by mhar4 on 2006 05 22 at 03:06 PM • permalink

  42. I fail to see the relevence of “One”, “Two” or “Three”.

    Posted by mhar4 on 2006 05 22 at 03:34 PM • permalink

  43. Try harder.

    Posted by nofixedabode on 2006 05 22 at 03:38 PM • permalink

  44. He won’t, nofixedabode.  mhar4 has a serious ‘tude problem, and isn’t listening very well.  He dismissed all earlier answers (not just mine) with equal rudeness.  For him, trying harder means banging on the keyboard with more force.

    Personally, I think mhar4 is pissed because Tim dared to diss historians.  But that’s just me, y’know?

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 05 22 at 04:19 PM • permalink

  45. Personally, I think mhar4 is pissed because Tim dared to diss historians.  But that’s just me, y’know?

    Indeed he did. And I am just after some empircal evidence to support the proposition. Just one name of a contemporary historian of China in the West who fails to understand the horrors, stupidities and distasters of Mao and Maoism. Just one name. C’mon.

    Posted by mhar4 on 2006 05 22 at 04:27 PM • permalink

  46. You’ve been offered several.  You brushed them off as “irrelevant”, “You’re so full of it”, etc, with no substantiation as to why.  You offered only a couple of counterpoints on others.  “Condescending” may be too strong a word to describe your behavior, but I can think of no better one right now.

    I’m seeing no intention of having a serious discussion from you.  This was your mode of operation in earlier threads, and a major reason why I don’t take you seriously.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 05 22 at 05:18 PM • permalink

  47. Who? Fairbank? That’s absurd to describe him as apologist for Mao. He died in 1991, too. Have you read him? Who else? I followed the links above and found a reference to a missionary who died in 1993 at the age of 95, something about the Chinese community in California recognizing Mao’s birth, and a dead link. That’s it? What about contemporary historians? A single name.

    Posted by mhar4 on 2006 05 22 at 05:22 PM • permalink

  48. Well there you have it, that’s the way trolls argue: they demand you prove your assertions, and when you do, they claim that your proof does not meet their requirements. Straight out of the “How To Run a Re-Education Camp” handbook.

    Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2006 05 23 at 12:23 AM • permalink

  49. Please remaind me of the proof.

    Posted by mhar4 on 2006 05 23 at 01:54 AM • permalink

  50. I mentioned “blissful ignorance” earlier. I should have also noted that such ignorance is willful and deliberate. The biggest reason I couldn’t pull it off is that I won’t work that hard!

    Posted by nofixedabode on 2006 05 23 at 05:40 AM • permalink

  51. I take it, then, that you can’t name any Western contemporary China historians who routinely, or even just occasionally, fail to understand the horrors, stupidities and distasters of Mao and Maoism.

    Posted by mhar4 on 2006 05 23 at 07:02 AM • permalink

  52. Talking of Maoists, has anybody read this history lesson? Some interesting apologists were heavily influenced including historian Henry Reynolds, the ususal assortment of ABC journalists, economists, political professors and others…good read.

    Posted by Srekwah on 2006 05 23 at 01:17 PM • permalink

  53. mhar4-

    Apparently not any that you will admit to. “One” quotes a Berkeley professor praising Mao, and alludes to others who have greater praise for him. “Two”, not a dead link but a link requiring registration, lists authors (in and out of China) who praise Mao. I’m not gonna violate their intellectual property rights by reposting their work here, you’ll just have to register. “Three”... well, I guess you were still in diapers at the time, but the early ‘90s is still pretty contemporary to us adults.

    More? Plenty of Mao praise here.

    This guy is also a great admirer of Mao. But his credentials as a historian are doubtful, even though he’d consider himself one of the greatest.

    Posted by nofixedabode on 2006 05 23 at 02:47 PM • permalink

  54. If you want to trawl all the people who have praised Mao over the decades, then you’d better include Nixon and Kissinger.

    But that ignores the mountain of publishing over the last twenty years damning Mao - Barmé, Goldman, Becker, Link, Apter and Saitch, Nathan, on and on and on, a concerted, serious effort to understand Mao’s legacy and recognize its horrors. There is just not a single professional China historian working today that I can think of who would do anything other than lament Mao. What about them?

    Posted by mhar4 on 2006 05 23 at 03:04 PM • permalink

  55. Too bad you didn’t try this tactic at the start, mhar4.  Y’know, something along the lines of:  “Hey, yeah, I know, there are stupid historians out there, but here is some good reading from people who aren’t stupid enough to idiolize Mao.”

    Instead, you spend a couple days being a rude pain in the arse, moving the goalposts, rejecting answers, and in general behaving like a troll.

    Maybe your list is valid, and maybe it’s not.  I’ll have to look at it and see.  But if you want to be taken seriously, maybe you should change your approach away from screeching and more towards teaching, hmmmmmm?

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 05 23 at 03:15 PM • permalink

  56. Well that sound like a truce, Jeffs. Actually, Jeffs I’ve been pretty consistent in wanting some meaningful evidence for the original, frankly silly, assertion.

    I am old school, you see, and if someone makes a claim, I want them to be able to back it up.

    Which reminds me: I enjoyed a Chinese movie that you consider Communist propaganda.

    Unlike you, I don’t go for a post-modern, all-truth-is-relative view of the world. Hero was the Party-line, pure and simple.

    Posted by mhar4 on 2006 05 23 at 03:31 PM • permalink

  57. By all means… DAMN NIXON AND KISSINGER. The damage they did to this nation is unforgivable.  But that’s another thread. Kissinger, not that he matters any longer, is still a Mao apologist.

    You challenged us to “Name one”. That “one” being (from the original post) ”... identifying Mao’s rule as “stupid”. This is something that routinely escapes stupid historians.”

    You’ve been given numerous examples of professors, historians and authors who, having had a lot to say about Mao, fail to acknowledge the sheer stupidity of his reign, not to mention the complete disconnect from reality that Marxism requires to begin with.

    And still you flail.

    Posted by nofixedabode on 2006 05 23 at 03:47 PM • permalink

  58. Yeah, yeah. Just relax and do some reading and get back to me.

    Posted by mhar4 on 2006 05 23 at 04:03 PM • permalink

  59. You know what, mhar? Fuck you, your question has been answered over and over again, and now you’re ordering people to do more research until they find an answer that satisfies YOU? For being an asshole, you’re banned.

    Today is I’m Sick of Troll Shit Day. By the way, any emails I get from trolls complaining about how I’ve banned them will be published both here and on MY blog. With email links.

    Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2006 05 23 at 07:27 PM • permalink

  60. Unlike you, I don’t go for a post-modern, all-truth-is-relative view of the world. Hero was the Party-line, pure and simple.

    You know me so well, mhar4.  Not.  Yeah, you’re banned (and good riddance!), but I’m still going to respond.  Here, not at your blog, not after being such an ass.

    But is that what pisses you off so much?  That I enjoyed a movie that you hated?  Especially since said movie was 90% bullshit martial arts special effects, 8% character interaction, and 2% romance?

    “Hero” was a typical Jet Li movie, lotsa improbably fights using special effects, but not a lot of deep thought.  The major political moment was when Jet Li (as the assassin) acknowledged that Chinese unity—under a single Emperor—to stop the constant strife was important enough to die for. 

    Is that a Party line?  More accurately, is that a line to the Communist Party?  I don’t think so. 

    Was the portrayal supportive of the current regime?  Possibly.

    Is this pure and simple?  No! 

    We have a difference of opinion here, mhar4.  Over a fucking movie.  Is that why you’re such an ass? 

    If so, grow up.  If not, well….grow up anyway.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 05 23 at 07:46 PM • permalink

  61. Andrea,

    I love it. It’s amazing how difficult it is for some people to just say “Oops, I made a mistake.”

    Then again, maybe it’s just easy fo rme ‘cuz I’ve had so much practice.

    Posted by Mr. Magoo on 2006 05 23 at 07:53 PM • permalink

  62. Well, I guess it had to be done. Still… I find that banging my head against a brick wall is kinda cathartic. And addictive…

    Posted by nofixedabode on 2006 05 24 at 01:32 AM • permalink

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