Michael Ford
Arts and Entertainment Editor

Bush Revolution

   The Democrats promised the biggest voter turnout ever in this year’s election and claimed the outcome would be to their advantage. Well, they were right about the turnout, but apparently everyone voted for President George W. Bush. Bush received more votes than any presidential candidate in history, even trumping the record set by Ronald Reagan in 1984. Vice President Dick Cheney said the American people gave Bush a mandate. Bush claims he earned a capital and intends to spend it. Regardless of what you call it, Bush proves to be unstoppable and nothing short of a superhero for the Republican Party. The '80s had the Reagan revolution; welcome to the Bush revolution.

Republicans Reloaded

   Republicans solidified themselves as the majority in America with this year’s election. They increased their control of the state Legislature for the seventh straight time. The highlight of the night for Republicans was the defeat of Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle at the hands of Republican John Thune. Republicans also gained four seats in the Senate to command a 55-44 majority. In the House, Republicans will hold a 231-200 edge, with three races still undecided. As a result, many people, especially those in blue states, threatened to move to Canada. My apathetic sentiment towards those people leaves me with only one reply to their threat of migration – bye.

What youth vote?

   Everyone thought this year’s election would be the day the youth let their voice be heard, by voting in record numbers. But according to exit polls, the youth voter turnout did not surpass that of the 2000 election. The effort to get young people to the polls largely concentrated on college students, but more than 60 percent of America’s youth do not attend college. The picture should be becoming clearer as to why the youth turnout disappointed. If young people wish to be taken seriously and gain a voice in regards to politics, they will first need to actually make their way to the polls.

R. Kelly sues Jay-Z

   As most of you probably know from reading my review in the last issue, Jay-Z and R. Kelly recently released a record together. However, their coinciding tour “Best of Both Worlds” ended abruptly Friday, Oct. 29 due to a halted performance at Madison Square Garden during which Kelly unexpectedly walked off stage after claiming he saw two men in the crowd with guns. Shortly thereafter, Kelly accused a member of Jay-Z's entourage of blasting him in the face with pepper spray. As a result, Kelly filed a $75 million breach-of-contract suit against Jay-Z. The following day, Jay-Z returned to the Garden to perform without Kelly and continues to perform solo with other guest entertainers.

This week's rent:

   “Heaven’s Prisoners” (1996), directed by Phil Joanou. Once hailed as the next Spielberg, Phil Joanou never quite lived up to expectations. However, the highly underrated and overlooked “Heaven’s Prisoners” displays Joanou’s outstanding filmmaking capabilities. Alec Baldwin stars as Dave Robicheaux, a recovering alcoholic and former cop seeking revenge on the death of his family. With Baldwin at his grittiest best, and set in the atmospheric underworld of New Orleans, this lone jewel hidden in Joanou’s less than stellar filmography should not be missed. Listening to Baldwin attempt a southern accent, alone, warrants the rental.

Grade: B -

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The Voice, 2004
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