“The Avengers” — a conservative film

Did I ever tell you that I got to meet with David Swindle last year?  He’s an associate editor at PJ Media, which is kind enough periodically to publish my articles.  I’ve been corresponding with David for several years, and was delighted to get the chance to meet him.  He is, as you would expect, he’s very nice, not to mention intelligent, thoughtful, and well-informed.  He’s also a much deeper, more spiritual thinker than I am.  I’m not a person who is comfortable with philosophy and metaphysics.  I like playing with abstract ideas, as well as the nexus between fact and ideology, but my mind doesn’t usually travel much further than that.  David’s does.

You can see his deep thinking on display in his latest post about The Avengers, last year’s smash hit movie.  I saw the movie in a theater (something I rarely do), and enjoyed it very much.  It helped that the actors playing Thor and Captain America were very nice to look at.  I’m also a big fan of Robert Downey, Jr., and always have been.  I thought it was tragic when he destroyed his career with drugs, and I’ve been very pleased to see him achieve a normal life and deserved fame as an actor.  However, I’m sorry to say that I missed the larger dimensions that David sees in The Avengers.  There turns out to be a whole lot of interesting stuff going on in this movie.

Can’t. Help. Myself. Must. Boast.

John Hawkins, at Right Wing News, just published his list of the 60 Best Conservative Blogs for 2012.  You can only imagine how honored I am to be included as No. 25 on that list. Check the list out and see how your favorite bloggers fared.

I’ll just add that John is one of my favorite people in the blogosphere, not just because he’s a great political commentator and writer, but because he’s a person who constantly strives to be the best person possible.  Whenever he does posts at PJ Media about ways to live a better life, I make sure to read them.  This one, detailing some mind hacks that we can use to keep a positive attitude, is still one of all-time my favorites.  I routinely apply them to my own thinking, and encourage my children to do the same.

Speaking of PJ Media, after reading John’s list, David Swindle was inspired to write his own.  David is asking for your help in narrowing down his list.