Veteran’s Day 11/11/10

To all our veteran’s:  Thank you for your service. Your sacrifices are not forgotten.

‘The Walking Dead’ Zombie Archetype

[This article touches on the zombies as portrayed in AMC’s series The Walking Dead based on the albeit limited observation of the only two episodes to have aired so far.]

Those who have been watching the Walking Dead might have noticed the zombies are portrayed as slightly different that the usual archetypes. [fairly complete list here]

For the most part the zombie genre is divided into either Slow Zombies or Fast Zombies. The classic Romero zombie is the slow Shambler, hungry for any living flesh (not just brains – that was added to the meme by Return of the Living Dead in 1985). The Shambler is not much of a threat when encountered alone but in groups is very dangerous. Movies like 28 Days gave us the Fast Zombie – the furious, charging fire-and-forget undead missile.

However, the writers of The Walking Dead have taken an approach that is (in my opinion) very novel and engaging.   New Jovian Thunderbolt has a write up on it here (with some good comments, too).

As he puts it, The Walking Dead zombie is an evolution of the classic shambler.  I agree.  The portrayal so far is that each one evidences a slight shadow of the former person the zombie was. I believe it’s a change for the better; it adds to the creepiness, and adds a tug of sadness for the creature from the viewer. No longer is the individual zombie a faceless husk to be merely avoided or put down but a reminder of a life lost.

Until they attack; then it’s headshot time.

Get Out And Vote!!!

Breda shares a quote from House Republican Leader John Boehner:

“Ladies and gentlemen, we have a president in the White House who referred to Americans who disagree with him as ‘our enemies.’…

[Please read the rest]

Let’s also remember the Obama said recently in Chicago

“I’m not on the ballot but my agenda is.”

That my friends, is the heart of it.  If there was ever a year to vote straight ticket this is it.

This year any vote for any Democrat (even your local dogcatcher) is a statement of approval of the policies of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, Harry Reid, John Conyers, Charles Schumer, Barbara Boxer, Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, Cass Sunstein, and the rest of their sorry lot.

The abuses of the current administration deserve complete and total repudiation.

Drive your friends, family and neighbors to the polls if you have to.

Don’t count this as ‘in the bag’; we need to win by enough margin in each race that they can’t recount it enough times to win.   Furthermore, don’t let the message to Washington be diluted by third party votes.  They remember 1994; let’s burn the memory of 2010 into their heads, too.

Go vote!