October 24, 2014 1:45 PM
"There's too many other women out there to date," Weezy's ex said.
Lil' Wayne is known for coupling up with some of entertainment's most well-known ladies, and his ex Toya Wright does not seem to approve of his latest choice.
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May 20, 2015 10:05 AM
They live is a large and beautiful home in a clean and safe neighborhood.He also drives a "cool" Chevrolet Camaro.Yet is is lost on them that the Soviet Union's political and economic system, that they fight and kill for, produces nothing but poverty and misery.I think some day Phillip will have a reckoning to this and defect to the USA, while Elizabeth remains a hard core Soviet spy to the end.
One of the greatest shows in TV history. Right up there with the Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Justified and Deadwood. Totally addictive.
May 20, 2015 10:04 AM
"Can loyalty to a country or an idea ever justify deception and murder?"Sometimes. Depends on the country. Depends on the idea.The Americans, well researched, written, acted, produced, sets a standard for television one hopes will be emulated in the industry.
Well yeah, it's just a TV show. But in our era, movies, TV shows, the web or even books are how we reinforce (or undermine) cultural values, pass information and wrestle with ideas. Books throughout history have changed its course, and I regard TV as a book brought to life. That it may be the "vast wasteland" doesn't diminish its power to communicate.But I suppose back in the Middle Ages when the troubadour came to town, many people dismissed what he had to relate as just a story from the old wandering guy.
May 20, 2015 10:02 AM
"Can loyalty to a country or an idea ever justify deception and murder?"Of course. It's all part of the job. It's all field-agent/007/licensed-to-kill stuff. Those James Bond movies are real. They're based, even if loosely, on real events. Now, not everybody is cut out to be a field agent, and so, not everybody is. If you don't have stomach for deception and murder, find yourself a different job.
May 20, 2015 10:01 AM
Q: Can loyalty to a country or an idea ever justify deception and murder?A: Every day since these concepts have existed.
May 20, 2015 10:00 AM
Great discussion! This drama is amazing. I would miss almost any event to watch it as well. My big question, where is Martha now? May be a painful off season for this fan.
May 20, 2015 9:59 AM
I like the show but I think the " loyalty"comes from the iron hand the USSR wielded. I have no doubt if these two defected, agents would be sent after them to either take them back to the Lubyanka, or kill them in place. Elizabeth is more hardcore than Philip, but I sense some softening on her part. We shall see.
May 20, 2015 9:58 AM
"Can loyalty to a country or an idea ever..."Ever? Of course. Had Hitler, Mao, or Stalin been murdered many millions of people would have lived.
India has carefully learned from its new scared cow how to use its long arm to create problem in Pakistan. Initial investigation in Karachi suggests Indian involvement in this terrorist act. Wait and see another terrorist act right before the tour or right after the tour.
May 20, 2015 9:57 AM
Justification to one person may differ from another, so you're assuming in your question whether there's public consensus on "justification". To the Soviet spies in the TV series, their loyalty to the Soviet Union "justifies" their deeds, but an average American may differ. If we apply the "normal" standards of ethics, we would argue that nothing justifies the taking of lives, unless one acts out of self-defence...
Why is the WSJ writing about lame tv shows? Isn't that what the Huffington Post is for?
Seriously funny and insightful as well. Thank you Mrs Gopnik. It really is a wonderful show and I try to mention it to most anyone I meet. Never knew that about the voles role reversal BTW.
One sure sign the world is evolving is when it decides not to tolerate Islam a minute longer. Conversely, our president scorns us for not tolerating Islam more than we do.
May 20, 2015 9:56 AM
Loyalty, like all other human emotions, hits its limits when moral dilemmas arise. At that point, most of us will opt for what is "moral". To say that the characters on the show are making moral choices as a result of their loyalty is sidestepping the issue that to act like they do requires, in reality, a serious element of psychopathy.If it weren't for that trait in them that, I believe, we all suspect exists, then we wouldn't be so ambivalent about them: now we root for them, now we don't, and we condemn their actions instead.Ultimately, they are liars, albeit out of necessity. They lie, they deceive, and they murder. To note that there is occasional guilt or compunction does not satisfy the definition: guilt is a powerful force that causes profound misery. But it is also cathartic in its ability to compel change. In this context, their guilt makes for a good story. In reality, it is illogical.Nonetheless, it is a great show and I can't get enough of it.