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Highly Suspect Reviews: Where to Invade Next

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Michael Moore himself doesn’t even really consider his films documentaries, per say. I mean, they are, but he also understands that he’s creating leftist, populist propaganda as entertainment more than, strictly speaking, documentaries. Doesn’t make the films any less true, but certainly slanted. However, his latest film, which Chris, Ashley, Richard and Sarah review here, is…ok, it’s more of that.

Here Moore goes oversees with the conceit that he is invading other countries and stealing resources from them only the resources he’s stealing is their good political policies. Surprisingly (or not so surprisingly) this review got away from us a bit and turned into a rather lengthy diatribe from our four out and proud as liberals review crew so sorry if that’s not your thing. But you know, some things gotta be said.

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Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.
  • Mr_Plainview

    Well I’ve long said that a false patriot blindly proclaims the greatness of their own nation, while a true patriot proclaims the greatness of other nations and seeks to bring those attributes to their own. But that’s just me and my liberal craziness thinking that it’s better to improve and innovate using both internal as well as external input, rather then just saying “fuck it, as far as I’m concerned this is as good as it’s gonna get. Now let the innovative stagnation begin while the world passes us by.”

    While I generally agree with what Michael Moore has to say in his films, I do truly despise him and his previous endeavors. I’m my opinion his other films have been some pretty extreme propaganda, and I can’t stand propaganda even if it’s espousing views similar to my own. That said though I’ll probably give this a watch due to what y’all had to say about it.

  • Bat42

    That 60% is a lie. Over half of the federal budget is entitlements (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid). Military is less than 20% and most of that is for the VA (medical care for veterans).

    • Bat42

      And provolone originated in Casilli, a village near Mt.Vesuvius, at the end of the 19th century.

      • Mr_Plainview

        Good to know, I love provolone.

        • Chris Cox

          Yeah, not clear what his issue with provolone was either.

    • Mr_Plainview

      Actually Social Security has an independent budget that is separate from the rest of the federal governments.

      I do also wonder how you label Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid as “entitlements” since anyone collecting them has been paying for them with their taxes. In the case of Social Security they have most likely been paying into them their whole life. My taxes go towards those programs and if someday I need to use them it isn’t me being “entitled” it’s me getting a return on my investment. Basically the whole idea of those programs being “entitlements” or “financial burdens” are complete myths with no basis on fact.

      http://www.alternet.org/economy/fact-check-social-security-does-not-increase-deficit
      http://www.coolfreebielinks.com/Articles/Social_Security_Not_Entitlement.html
      http://www.justfacts.com/socialsecurity.asp#f89

      • Bat42

        There are multiple definitions for entitlements, so I won’t get into that.

        Social Security is supposed to be separate, but hasn’t been for some time. When Congress refused to raise taxes for LBJ’s Great Society programs, he “borrowed” money from the SS trust fund.

        And provolone is great, but some American companies don’t use enough salt. This can make the cheese bland and rubbery. That’s probably what Richard had.

  • Rock-X

    You know, regarding the point of us “losing sight”, what Ashley said made me think of a scene from Revenge of the Sith (which I showed to my parents recently for a mini Star Wars marathon leading into The Force Awakens) that demonstrates her point exactly: It was when Padme is talking to Anakin and asks “What if the democracy we thought we were serving no longer exists, and
    the Republic has become the very evil we have been fighting to destroy?”, and his response was “I don’t believe that, & YOU’RE sounding like a Separatist.”

  • Albinoassassin

    Ah Richard, you know just the Foucault reference to set the sociologist inside me aflutter.

  • Neil Kelly

    The general discussion here is as interesting as the discussion of the documentary. With so much fear-mongering and cynicism being spread out not just in the U.S. , but in Europe too, I think this is something people will watch to re-focus on what is important.

  • Neil Kelly

    Also Chris so are so damm right, the Aztec is a monstrosity. 😀 Honorable mentions can also go to the Ford Scorpio, *enter name of a Pickup Truck here*, mid-generation Mustang, and my personal favourite, the Chrysler Prowler.

  • Konner Hodges

    Our military spending is actually only 16% of the US government’s fiscal budget

  • E. Scotty

    Go see Germany today.