January 23, 2004
Re "Gov. Warns of 'Armageddon Cuts,' " Jan. 21: What a neat trick -- by dumping budget decisions in the laps of voters, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has absolved himself of any responsibility for fixing California's deficit. Should voters reject Propositions 57 and 58, the doomsday scenario he paints would be our fault, not his. Such a passive-aggressive tack seems strange from a man so attentive to his image of "take charge" hypermasculinity. Then again, Republicans have long trafficked in hysteria -- fear of communism, crime, homosexuality, etc. -- to justify their platforms.
January 2, 2011 |
A Is for Armageddon A Catalogue of Disasters That May Culminate in the End of the World as We Know It Richard Horne Harper: 272 pp., $19.99 paper After reading Richard Horne's "A Is for Armageddon," there's an obvious question to ask this New Year's weekend (besides how to get rid of a doozy of a hangover): Why bother making any resolutions this year? Life on Earth could end tomorrow ? or today, for that matter ? thanks to any of a gallery of horrors served up by the universe or produced by ourselves.
January 6, 2002
My question to "Armageddon" screenwriter Jonathan Hensleigh is not why he chose to throw up in his car after the person "very prominently affiliated" with the film "Armageddon" said to him, "Yeah, wasn't it cool the way the [plane hitting the building was similar to] the asteroids hitting the buildings in 'Armageddon'" ("Rethinking Their Life's Work," Dec. 23). Rather, why didn't Mr. Hensleigh simply vomit directly in this miscreant's face? CHRISTOPHER DILL Los Angeles
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November 9, 1985
It's time we realized something about moralizers who believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible, especially those who have any influence on national policy. The Bible predicts Armageddon; the moralizers expect Armageddon; and it appears that many of them are doing everything they can to assure the world's destruction, to fulfill the prophecy. This includes Cal Thomas (as reflected in his offensive and infantile column) Jerry Falwell, Caspar Weinberger and Ronald Reagan.
July 26, 1998
The question July 12: Critics of "Armageddon" are complaining about the film editors' "machine-gun cutting." So which scenes, from any movie, would you have left on the cutting-room floor? In "Jurassic Park," I'd eliminate the scenes where the computer operator smokes. The inclusion of smoking in this children's movie was totally superfluous.
June 9, 1991
In his review of John F. Walvoord's "Armageddon, Oil and the Middle East Crisis" (March 10), Charles Solomon states that Walvoord predicts an imminent conflict in the Middle East involving millions of men. In my opinion, however, Walvoord is careful to point out that the Middle East is the battleground on the road to Armageddon and that "Armageddon is ahead in God's calendar of future events." As Walvoord makes clear, biblical scholars may not know for certain just when these end-time battles will take place, but the existing signs of the times suggest that the desperate struggles will take place in our future years, possibly the early years of the 21st Century.