Script advisor to Red Dawn

Posted in Crazy Weapons at 3:28 pm by George Smith

The remake of Red Dawn was laughed out of town. On Metacritic it was a well into the red 32.

“The film adopts a fringe conspiracy theory that has long been pushed by a small, right-wing coalition led by Newt Gingrich: that terrorists or a rogue state could devastate America with an electro-magnetic pulse, or EMP,” reads one review.

And boy is the guy who played Thor in The Avengers movie bummed. For Chris Hemsworth it was like being Bela Lugosi in Glen or Glenda.

Then there is the Washington Times, the paper of record of the far right in DC, and hardcore electromagnetic pulse man Peter Pry, once staffer for long gone Republican Curt Weldon:

[North Korea] is a mortal nuclear threat to the United States— right now …

they have a special kind of nuclear weapon that could destroy the United States with a single blow.

In summer 2004, a delegation of Russian generals warned the Congressional Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Commission that secrets had leaked to North Korea for a decisive new nuclear weapon — a Super-EMP warhead.

Any nuclear weapon detonated above an altitude of 30 kilometers will generate an electromagnetic pulse that will destroy electronics and could collapse the electric power grid and other critical infrastructures — communications, transportation, banking and finance, food and water — that sustain modern civilization and the lives of 300 million Americans. All could be destroyed by a single nuclear weapon making an EMP attack.

A Super-EMP attack on the United States would cause much more and much deeper damage than a primitive nuclear weapon …

You know the rest of the script from the Cult of Electromagnetic Pulse Crazy.

As with Red Dawn, the part of the country that isn’t rabid ferret Republican Party — which is most of it — isn’t buying.

Roscoe Bartlett was sent home in November and it’s really going to be hard for the Cult to scrape up the same ton of fun they had when he was around.

Which leaves only the newspaper of lunatics and its imitators.

“[Two hundred] million Americans — would probably perish from starvation, disease and societal collapse,” it reads. Did that many people die in Red Dawn?


  1. James said,

    December 20, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    That fringe right-wing group apparently talked someone into developing an entire TV series around it. It is hardly a right-wing idea, it’s been common enough in Science Fiction writing since it was a known effect, i.e., from the beginning. I think your desire to denigrate a vast right-wing conspiracy you see everywhere has turned from a subconscious need to prove your superiority to an unhealthy obsession. I fear you may pick up an assault rife and kill little children just to prove how wrong right-wing thinking is. I hope you get the help you need.

  2. George Smith said,

    December 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Yeah, I was watching that show for awhile. Except it’s not quite as you billed it, being an enemy within/magical tech thing rather than the standard right wing cult script. I think you’ll have to start worrying about all the progressive blogs that have unhealthy interests in right wing extremism rather than just mine. .

  3. Floormaster Squeeze said,

    December 21, 2012 at 7:35 am


    You will have to try a little harder to show how the “science fiction” conceit is not also enabling current anti-science lunacy. Specific people have engaged in a public discourse and sought public spending (largely by a pro-ignorance right wing) and you seem pretty ignorant of the impact fiction can have in enabling ideas.

    Your little rhetorical flourish at the end of your post was reprehensible. I will leave it at that.

  4. James said,

    December 21, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    What anti-science lunacy? Someone, somewhere, said something you don’t agree with? If it’s more than that please tell me where this great anti-science conspiracy is. You two seem pretty rigid in your thinking and tolerance. How can anyone be ignorant of the impact of fiction on enabling ideas as it appears nightly on the Democrat’s propaganda arm of ABC news, and daily in the NYT’s. Ya, but shrug that off as my pro-ignorance right wing thinking, you shame me with your perfect knowledge and moral superiority. My ‘flourish’ is no different and prolly less offensive than comments/accusations posted about the NRA, and all gun owners.

  5. George Smith said,

    December 22, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Nobody needs perfect knowledge or moral superiority to shame the NRA or gun right. Wayne LaPierre did quite well making a shameful example of himself yesterday on national tv.



    “I don’t even know where to begin,??? Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said on MSNBC. “As a supporter of the Second Amendment and a supporter of the NRA, I just found it very haunting and very disturbing that we are a country talking about arming our teachers and principals in classrooms.???

    An aide to a top Senate Republican called LaPierre’s speech “dumb??? and “bizarre.???

    Among those most insulted by LaPierre’s diatribe — in which he called for armed guards at schools and railed against the media — were the still-mourning residents of Newtown.

    “How dare they???? fumed Elizabeth Murphy, 42, who lives int the town. “We are all still grieving. This is the wrong time to discuss their goal of putting more guns on the street . . . The bodies haven’t even all been buried yet.???


    There’s no conspiracy about the GOP’s anti-science position. The views are quite plain. Every week you can find one of the foot soldiers popping off about how evolution is only a theory, that creationism should be taught as an option. Or the great global warming hoax. Or that the female body shuts down rape sperm. The party has populated the committees on science oversight in the House with dolts. The GOP is anti-science and one of the reasons is simple. It conflicts with its ideology. Science adheres to standards and such things don’t allow for a political position as data.

    But that’s another entire can of regular worms separate from the erupting belligerent defensiveness concerning the unimpeded right to buy semi-automatic assault rifles.

    Actually, I’m surprised you’re here. Over the past couple years I’ve regularly said the obvious divides are unbridgeable. Anyway, this is now more applicable to the posts on the NRA this week than the EMP doom fringe topic.


  6. James said,

    December 28, 2012 at 9:50 am

    haha, you’re joking right? You protest you don’t need moral superiority but then insist we change all gun laws to suit you. Steele works for MSMBC, ’nuff said. “An aide to .. ” Really? Isn’t that like saying my cousin Jokamo says .. It only shows you can find someone somewhere to say something to support your point.
    Oh My! we’re entering a new dark ages, someone doesn’t believe in evolution. You’re a laugh a minute. Get hysterical much?
    Ya, “.. political position as data.” You’re talking about falsifying data to achieve the ‘hockey stick.’ Maybe you mean the ‘hide the decline’ emails. Next you’ll be saying to believe in God is believe in a fairy tale, ghost in the sky, while saying “Unemployment checks and Food Stamps stimulate the economy and put people to work.” I think your snipes on relatively minor subjects blinds you to the greater truth of deceits, contradictions, and increasingly vicious intolerance by the left in this country.

  7. Frank said,

    December 30, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    My my, James. Your skills at invective are most impressive.