charge at Helm’s Deep

For some odd reason this clip is getting a lot play on the Conservative/III% sites.  I can’t imagine why (oh if you think Obongo the Kenyon Klingon Fucker™ isn’t worried, why is his ad up front?):

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    he LoR Trilogy resonates so well because it is the eternal struggle of Good vs. Evil that men instinctively know is the essence of existence. Domestically the latest version is statist tyranny vs. liberty.

    I remember the outcry from lib/progs when the trilogy began that it was too simplistic. The rejected the “Good vs. Evil” premise because everything is much more nuanced. I always felt it was because they had a guilty conscience and didn’t like the view in the mirror.
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    Fa Cube Itches growls and barks:

    So, our plan is an idiotic retreat into a trap (against all advice the whole way), arrogantly assume that our enemy is too stupid to overcome our feeble defenses, and then win in the end because the writer wants us to?

    Strategically speaking, that might not be um….sound.

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    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    Fa Cube Itches says:

    So, our plan is an idiotic retreat into a trap (against all advice the whole way), arrogantly assume that our enemy is too stupid to overcome our feeble defenses, and then win in the end because the writer wants us to?

    Strategically speaking, that might not be um….sound.

    I can tell you’re fairly adept when it comes to the British Understatement too, my friend :em05:

    Point well taken, though.

    No, what I take from it is that there is no time for giving up unless you’re already dead. Blow the fucking trumpets, charge and either go down fighting or emerge victorious, because if you give up and don’t fight at all, you might as well be already dead.

    And when you’ve got the enemy as confused, desperate and demoralized as we have at this point in history, the very last thing you want to do is go fwench and hoist the white flag.

    This far and no further, not one more step back, tonight we celebrate victory or we dine in hell. Either way, we did what we had to do. Charge! Ride right through the motherless sons of goats, send them back to the hell that spawned them, grease the treads of your tanks with their innards, lubricate your bayonets with their blood and make them fear us more than they fear death itself.

    Onwards, to victory!
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    Tallulah growls and barks:

    Great scene — but the music should be this: the first three minutes are the best damn cavalry charge music ever written: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmDEuFaoSC0

    It just makes you want to go out and OVERTHROW something.

    Shostakovich wrote it under STALIN’s cruel reign: he was denounced by the tyrant and barely survived, but this symphony was about the triumph of the human spirit. Movement 1 was Life, Movement 2 was Love, Movement 3 was Disillusionment and Death, and Movement 4 was REBIRTH.

    Glorious. The sword of art raised in defiance of one of the two cruelest monsters who ever crushed mankind.

    Shit, listen to this whole final movement: the finale will lift you right out of your seat.

    When Leonard Bernstein conducted this performance in Moscow in 1959, when it was still the Soviet Union, the Russian audience leapt to their feet as one and gave him a standing ovation for five minutes. The composer was there, overcome with emotion.

    The whole symphony is extraordinarily passionate: the third movement is almost unbearably tragic, yet extraordinarily beautiful, and deeply Russian.

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    Tallulah growls and barks:

    Ah, Cube, I don’t think that was the point, my friend. Yes, they were cornered: bad advice and cowardice, the usual human failings, led them there: but I think the point of the story (and overall as well) was that somehow mankind’s goodness and courage survive and rebloom in new dungheaps; the miracle occurs again and again. I’m sure the peasants in the Dark Ages would have been astounded to find themselves in 1890s America, for instance; for sure the Romans thought the end of their Empire meant the lamps were being extinguished forever.

    Reading history (Gibbon is a hell of a storyteller) gives one the Long View. Sure comes in handy when we have a jackanapes in the White House.

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    LC Light29ID growls and barks:

    Emperor Misha I @ #:

    That was so beautiful…especially lubricated bayonets

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    themandownthehall growls and barks:

    Here and I thought it was a reference to what we’re going to have to do when Obama loses and the usual suspects riot and start acting like they always do when they don’t get their way… Lock and load!