Pete Spiliakos is a columnist for First Things.

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Film Studies: Captain America

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Saw it last week and I’m still not entirely sure what I think.  It was a very enjoyable action movie.  It was also unambiguously pro-American, though as Alyssa Rosenberg pointed out it, had trouble incorporating the WWII-era Army’s racial segregation in a satisfying . . . . Continue Reading »

Nerd Studies: No Hobbits Here

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I’m late getting to it, but the Wall Street Journal /John McCain comparison of the most strident Tea Party affiliated politicians to hobbits just doesn’t work.  The worst that can reasonably be said about the most recalcitrant of the Tea Party-affiliated congressmen, is that they . . . . Continue Reading »

Some Mostly Dissenting Thoughts

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1.  I agree with Dr. Ceaser that Obama’s speech last night did not enlarge the man in any way.  He seemed very much a party leader and not much more.  Several good things came from the speech.  The first is that now we’ve heard a whole bunch of the lines of bs . . . . Continue Reading »

We Have…

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such things in our public discourse as Sheila Jackson Lee’s outburst accusing opponents of a debt ceiling increase on our current President’s terms as motivated by racism.  I guess we have to address them, even though time, energy, and attention would be more enjoyably spent . . . . Continue Reading »

Losing to Themselves

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Everybody needs to read William Voegeli’s awesome post  on how Obama is running circles around the congressional Republicans in the public argument over the debt ceiling increase and cutting the deficit.  Somehow Obama is now the one who is serious about controlling the . . . . Continue Reading »