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The Real Jack Bauer

Well, as usual once "24" starts running, there's the oh so predictable rush to claim connection to it. Dean Barnett, purely on ego, claims that Hugh Hewitt is the "Jack Bauer of the Blogosphere", while a hack writer at TIME tries to claim that Jack Bauer has evolved into a compromise-making, mistake-making guy who does the best he can while rejecting "Bushian moral absolutes".

Obviously, the TIME hack has not watched the show very closely, if he thinks Bauer's morals are not absolute. And Dean Barnett is painfully remiss in his claim, as he clearly failed to note the results of an election on that very question last year.

The Emperor will not be pleased.

Anyway, it's been another year, and so now would be a good time to ask the audience again, whom they think is the real Jack Bauer of the Blogosphere, 2007. Please explain what Jack Bauer means to you, and why there's no time and the CTU computers are so easy to hack.

Comments (17)

Jack Bauer has compromised?... (Below threshold)

Jack Bauer has compromised? Or complied with a basic moral of warfare?

I received a "Top 24 Jack B... (Below threshold)

I received a "Top 24 Jack Bauer list" from a friend the other day and I had to ask, "Jack Who?"
I have never seen a single episode of this "24" and don't have any desire to see it. My engineering friends will probably disown me.......

They SHOULD disown you. Wha... (Below threshold)

They SHOULD disown you. What are you, a Canadian?


Uh, there is no "real Jack ... (Below threshold)

Uh, there is no "real Jack Bauer." What is it with rightwingers and their need for mythological heros? Charlton Heston, John Wayne and now Keifer Sutherland...

Jack Bauer IS the bl... (Below threshold)

Jack Bauer IS the blogosphere! Trust me.

What is it with rightwinger... (Below threshold)

What is it with rightwingers and their need for mythological heros? Charlton Heston, John Wayne and now Keifer Sutherland...

Posted by: blackcat77

Martin Sheen?

Gina Davis?

Alan Alda?

Charlie Sheen?

Pound for pound, I think Liberals can out-mythological-hero the rightwingers any day of the week.

... lest we be hypocritica

Is it true that the AMNESIA... (Below threshold)

Is it true that the AMNESIA card has been played already? Clue: It's a SOAP OPERA! If you enjoy "living" inside a product, this is the ULTIMATE: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117359/ (check the trailer; it doesn't do the film justice but you'll get the idea)! As for the J.B. (giggle) of the web? Tie: Son-of-Bigfoot Goldberg and Four Dinners Podhoretz; with Kiefer, they're My Three Sons. (a really bad nepotism joke)

You should be careful using... (Below threshold)

You should be careful using the phrase "mythological heroes". When I hear that phrase, I get visions of Obama...

Listkeeper-Behave!... (Below threshold)


Behave! and guess what Keifer is not only a son of a Canadian-he is one!

[from wikipedia] Early life Kiefer Sutherland is the son of Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas, both successful Canadian actors. He is of Scottish descent on both sides and is the grandson of Canadian statesman and founder of Canadian medicare Tommy Douglas, who was in 2004 voted by CBCviewers as The Greatest Canadian.

He and his twin sister, Rachel, were born in London while his parents were working there. As a result, he holds both Canadian and British passports.

His family moved to Los Angeles, California shortly afterwards, but his parents eventually divorced in 1970. In 1975, Sutherland moved with his mother to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where he attended high school at St. Andrew's College, Martingrove Collegiate Institute and Malvern Collegiate Institute. A preparatory school where he was training to become a priest.{what the @#%#!} Kiefer also spent a semester at Regina Mundi College in London, Ontario, Canada.

and as a quasi semi perma embarrassed almost Canadian myself...

OK -I got nothin'...


As to Hugh Hewitt he does look kinda like an older gunless Jack Bauer.

Crrrrap-and I can't spell K... (Below threshold)

Crrrrap-and I can't spell Kiefer...who the hell names their kid "Kiefer"?

The grandson of the FOUNDER... (Below threshold)

The grandson of the FOUNDER OF CANADIAN MEDICARE!!!!

Jeebus someone shoot him in the thigh!

See, Rory, if Canada would ... (Below threshold)
The Listkeeper:

See, Rory, if Canada would quit exporting people like Sutherland and The Shat, Canadian children would have someone non-wussy to look up to.

Yo: That's not really what ... (Below threshold)

Yo: That's not really what I was saying. I agree that there are a lot of actors who mistake celebrity for expertise and that includes the ones you mentioned. But for some on the right, there seems to be real confusion about actors and the roles they play. Another example would be Mel Gibson and the Braveheart/Patriot thing. I think it's sad that *anybody* would base their politics on what an actor says.

Listkeeper-The Sha... (Below threshold)


The Shat-

William Shatner?

Looooove him-he IS Boston Legal..

blackcat,I think you... (Below threshold)

I think you mistake why some conservatives like John Wayne and Heston. Not because they were Rooster Cogburn (sp?) or Moses, but because of the political stances they took/take in real life.
Personally, I am not on board with alot of what came out of John Wayne, even when you take into account of when he said it.
But Heston. Him, I can get behind (and not just because of those broad shoulders and tight ass, when he was in his prime). Marched with Dr. King for civil rights. Put his name, money and career on the line to defend free speech and 2nd ammendment rights.
I am a much bigger fan of Chuck Heston, private citizen and activist, than I am of his films.
And nobody can make a serious claim that he is not a serious thinker or lacks knowledge on what he chanels his energy into.
For this same reason I rarely find myself annoyed (but sometimes perplexed) by lefty types like Newman. HIs politics aren't in line with mine, but he knows many of the facts at hand, and he can back up what he says.
Unlike the Sheens et al that were mentioned above.

The Time 'writer' obviously... (Below threshold)

The Time 'writer' obviously had a story in mind that bashed Bush and was just looking for something he could shoe-horn it into.

That's become a "journalistic" specialty lately. You can tell from press conferences that they have the story already written and they're just asking questions to get the right quote for their already-written story.

Rumsfeld used to handle those types very well. I haven't seen a Gates presser yet, but I can't see how they would be even half as entertaining.

I'm the real Jack Bauer. Yo... (Below threshold)

I'm the real Jack Bauer. You're all on my list.






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