Linda Stirling Unmasked: The Black Whip

: Dragged from her chariot by a mob of fanatical vigilante Christian monks, the revered astronomer was stripped naked, skinned to her bones with sharp oyster shells, stoned and burned alive as possibly the first executed witch in history. A kind of purge that was apparently big business back then.



BoogieMan The Lee Atwater story

Stefan Forbes: director/producer
rt: 86 min

Is this film a parody, a satire of what American politics has become? Is it the horror story of the decline in American way of life? If it is even close to what is truth then Boogie Man is a horror story come true. Ethics be damned. This is a story of how to win an election where the rules regulating what is said are few if any.

To see politicians such as tucker eskew, howard fineman laugh at the political dirty tricks of lee Atwater as if it were all so much fun. To hear the story of this Carl Rove look and sound and think alike, with all the lies, the catering to the lowest denominator evoked in the wake of human fear and trepidation is to be treated to a worse then Alien drama because we know this is the real deal.

The excuse that seems to satisfy those with even a modicum of conscience is that politics is war. But that assertion deserve further illumination. Who is at war. And against whom. What sides are drawn and what, after the end has been achieved, is the price of this victory.

The current political scene is unquestionably one of money speaking to money. It is also the black versus white war and the war against women by men and women who want to hold fast to a past where child birth is paramount, even more important that the life of the mother to be.

It is a unique time in women history given the inclusion of women into positions of gainful employment formerly reserved for men only. But at the same time, women are now forced into multi tasking or in eliciting the radical man who will take on the ' stay at home father" role. To all of this there is bound to be a backlash, a cry from women to reassert their unique role as the procreator of the species and by men who are confronted with competition from those they deem their inferior.

This 2008 election is about women more than the policies of the hopeful politician who stand before us promising change. Both 'want to be leaders' are so similar in most of their agendas that one is hard pressed to vote for either on the basis of which country they will invade next and for how long.

What is significant is their difference on sex education, on abortion, on the right of a woman to make life altering decisions regarding her own body. The assertion that Sara Palin is a "good mother" seems to be the rallying cry against women who might not want to be a good mother as Sara is said to be. A good mother becomes the battle cry on the front lines of the war against women.

Is being a good mother enough?. Sara Palin is trying to put her values, her concept of the rightful role of women as mother onto the lives of millions of Americans and those in dire need of birth control world wide who would be at the mercy of her power. Again I ask, what is a good mother and does Sara Palin meet the criterion.

Critical women need to examine the difference between having a woman rise to power, which is very significant versus which woman is being pushed forward as the next Vice President and potential ruler of the United States.

How she got to where she is and how she will be delivered to the American public is the essence of Boogie Man. it is a film to be seen. I don't particular care for horror flicks and this one is no exception, except of course, it isn't a fairy tale. it is real. A deadly expose

Linda Z
WBAI Women's Collective
RT Vine: witches brew

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