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Nov 5, 2006 9:36 pm

Borat and Bob Barr

First Bob Barr joins with the ACLU to fight for civil liberties and eloquently defends free speech. Then the former Republican Congressman takes on PETA as well as the anti-obesity lobby. In addition, he threw his support to a Libertarian candidate for Congress. Now, he has a hilarious scene in a film that, in my opinion, has a legitimate claim to the title funniest movie ever made, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

I went into the theater with extremely high anticipation having viewed television clips of Borat such this one and the fact that the film review site Rotten Tomatoes gave it an astronomical 96% favorable rating. Not only did the movie far exceed my expectations as to how humorous it would be, it had other virtues too. The music for various scenes was very well chosen enhancing the experience and the visuals were sometimes quite stunning, especially the parts in his home country. In addition, behind the laughter there is some perceptive social commentary going on. Sure, there is a character on screen spouting some of the most vile anti-Semitism ever heard but this same character also washes his face in the hotel room toilet.

Maybe you are a little depressed about the senseless deaths and maiming of our soldiers in Iraq, not to mention the public money pouring down that particular rat hole at such an alarming rate. Perhaps the fact that very few people seem to care that war on people who use certain kinds drugs continues to eat away at everything we hold of value as Americans has got you down. Certainly, the substitution of despicable and deceptive personal attack for reasoned discourse on the issues by so many candidates running in the upcoming election would discourage anyone. If you are having any such feelings going to see Borat could lighten your mood considerably, at least until you read the next morning’s paper.

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